TheElite Training Group track club [theetg@theetgtrackclub.com]

Expanding the area of what is possible

In Track & Field Distance Running & Competent Self-Care in medicine and psychology

 

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As you continue to acquire and apply more information you continue to expand the area of what is possible.

“I don’t know that there is any magic level of interest in science that people ought to have. But the more they understand, the more they will be able to control their destiny and achieve their other aims.” —[Stephen Hawking]

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Data-less conclusions founded upon faulty assumptions are the mother of all screw-ups.

They lead to human belief systems that quickly get set in stone insuring that new information gets shouted down as group think, ego, and resistance to change supplant data, logic and reason. In all areas of applied science and particularly in anything having to do with human performance, age & aging, and “its genetic”…..avoid group think, pursue critical thinking, engage in intellectual honesty.

Put data ahead of dogma. Follow the data -not- the crowd.

“In God we trust…Everyone else must bring data.” —[W.Edwards Deming]

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The functioning of brain cells, muscle cells, blood cells, -all cells- are governed by the laws of nature, -not- your chosen belief system.

The laws of nature -are- the underlying mechanisms of how everything works. Science identifies and describes the laws of nature. Problems often occur with the interpretation and application of science, rather than with science itself.  The all too typical…”science doesn’t explain everything” argument cannot be inserted each time one’s comfort zone is challenged. The all too typical…”its genetic” argument cannot be inserted each time one cannot explain something. The laws of nature that control human cellular function are -not- governed by your chosen belief system or the dogma you have been indoctrinated into, or the dogma you refuse to set aside.

“Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.” —[Francis Bacon]

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Critical Thinking is the opposite of blind engagement in group think. It is applied Intellectual Honesty.

In track & field distance running, in medicine, in psychology, and in parenting, critical thinking should consist of at least 2 main required actions.

[1] Always think and reason in terms of underlying mechanisms of how things work.

[2] Respond to any assumption, especially your own, with the question….why is that. Be willing to give and embrace an intellectually honest answer.

“Refrain from illusions, insist on work and not words, patiently seek divine and scientific truth.”—[Maria Mendeleeva]

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To be a good track coach one must -first- be a good physiologist.

To be a good medical doctor one must -first- be a good physiologist..

To be a good physiologist one must -first- be willing to…………

— put data ahead of dogma, follow the data -not- the crowd

— put science ahead of indoctrinated tradition

— put logic and reason ahead of faulty assumptions

— put mechanisms ahead of correlations and “risk factors”

— put critical thinking and clinical reasoning ahead of a memorized set of “if–then” statements

— read and apply large amounts of published research

— accept outcomes as the judge and jury of your work

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TheETG Track & Field Promotions Project —– http://theetgtrackclub.com/documents/TheETGTrackPromotionmasterofsport.pdf

TheETG “This Is Track & Field” document —– http://theetgtrackclub.com/documents/TheETGThisIsTrack&Fieldmasterofsport.pdf

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Professional Track & Field on TV

—– February 17, Saturday [5:30pm – NBCSN] indoor USA Track & Field Championships

—– February 18, Sunday [5pm – NBCSN] indoor USA Track & Field Championships

 

2018…..outdoor

—–  World Relay Championships…..Nassau Bahamas [time & channel details coming]

—– Penn Relays…..Philadelphia Pennsylvania [time & channel details coming]

—– Drake Relays…..Des Moines, Iowa [time & channel details coming]

—– Diamond League…..Doha, Qatar [time & channel details coming]

—– Diamond League…..Shanghai, China [time & channel details coming]

—– Prefontaine Classic…..Eugene Oregon [time & channel details coming]

—– [non-pro meet] NCAA Track & Field Championships…..[time & channel details coming]

—– Diamond League…..Oslo, Norway [time & channel details coming]

—– Diamond League…..Stockholm, Sweden [time & channel details coming]

—– USA Track & Field Championships [time & channel details coming]

—– Diamond League…..Lausanne [time & channel details coming]

—– Diamond League…..London, United Kingdom [time & channel details coming]

—– Diamond League…..Rabat, Morocco [time & channel details coming]

—– Diamond League…..Monaco [time & channel details coming]

—– Diamond League…..Lausanne [time & channel details coming]

—– Diamond League…..Birmingham, United Kingdom [time & channel details coming]

—– Diamond League…..Zurich Switzerland [time & channel details coming]

—– Diamond League…..Brussels Belgium,[time & channel details coming]

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Indoor Track 2019

—– Armory Track Invitational…..New York, New York [time & channel details coming]

—– Milrose Games…..New York, New York [time & channel details coming]

—– New Balance Indoor Grand Prix…..Boston, Massachusetts [time & channel details coming]

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2019 —– World Track & Field Championships…..Doha, Qatar [time & channel details coming]

2021 —– World Track & Field Championships…..Eugene, Oregon [time & channel details coming]

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The ETG Competent Self-Care Project

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A major part of TheETG mission is to expand the area of what is possible in competent self-care in medicine and psychology. TheETG’s primary method of achieving that is to proliferate applied science based information by way of –free– packets containing plain language info for “the average joe” seeking to move themselves or others forward in these areas.

These packets attempt to address the following problem………….

 

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Competent Self-Care: Medicine…….The best medicine comes with no risk-versus-benefit equations to contemplate, no daily violations of “first, do no harm”, no whac-a-mole medicine being practiced to medicate each health issue as it pops up. To be a good doctor one must -first- be a good physiologist. And in order to have a fully functioning health care system available to all human beings in America its core must be comprised of competent self-care and good physiologists.

Competent Self-Care: Psychology…….So-called “mental health professionals” should practice more mental health and less pharmacology. The goal of applied psychology is to empower people to achieve self-mastery. This should be the goal of competent self-care and all psychologists. Parenting….dysfunction moves from the parents, into the home, into the kids, into the streets, into the norm. Personal growth toward being a fully functional human being can move from the parents, into the home, into the kids, into the streets, into the norm.

see the free pdf packets on “Competent Self-Care Packets” page of this website.

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To be a good medical patient one must -first- be a good consumer.

To be a good consumer of health care services one must be willing to….

put fixing a problem ahead of medicating one

discern between what is known and what -your- doctor knows

put outcomes ahead of loyalty to your doctor and your doctor’s kind demeanor

put your life ahead of loyalty to your doctor

avoid emtionalizing disease and allowing emotion to make health care choices

avoid seeking a 2nd opinion from practitioners of the same brand name of medicine that produced the first one

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TheETG Medical Message Of The Day

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“Dietary fish oils, rich in long-chain n–3 fatty acids [e.g., docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)], modulate inflammatory reactions through various mechanisms, including gene expression, which is measured as messenger RNA concentration.”
“We wanted to determine the effects of 6 months of dietary supplementation with an n–3 FA preparation rich in DHA on global DNA methylation of peripheral blood leukocytes and the relation to plasma EPA and DHA concentrations in Alzheimer disease patients.”

“Patients originated from the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled OmegAD study, in which 174 Alzheimer patients received either 1.7g DHA and 0.6g EPA or placebo daily for 6 months.”

“At 6 months, the n–3 FA group displayed marked increases in DHA and EPA plasma concentrations (2.6- and 3.5-fold), as well as decreased methylation in 2 out of 4 CpG sites, respectively.”

“Supplementation with n–3 FA for 6 months was associated with global DNA hypomethylation in peripheral blood leukocytes. Our data may be of importance in measuring various effects of marine oils, including gene expression, in patients with Alzheimer disease and in other patients taking n–3 FA supplements.”

K.Mohsen, et al
DHA-rich n–3 fatty acid supplementation decreases DNA methylation in blood leukocytes: the OmegAD study
American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition — Volume 106 #4 — October 2017 — page 1157

“Practices that include yoga asanas and mindfulness-based stress reduction for the management of stress are increasingly popular……”
“……systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials….”
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“42 studies were included in the meta-analysis.”
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“Interventions that included yoga asanas were associated with
– reduced cortisol, systolic blood pressure, heart rate, heart rate variability
– reduced fasting blood glucose, cholesterol and low density lipoprotein.
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“Practices that include yoga asanas appear to be associated with improved regulation of the sympathetic nervous system and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system in various populations.”
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M.C.Pascoe, et al
Yoga, mindfulness-based stress reduction and stress-related physiological measures: A meta-analysis
Psychoneuroendocrinology — Volume 86 — December 2017

Alzheimer’s, Heart Disease, Cancer……
Medically the 3 big ticket items in America. Fewer than 10% of people that get these are in an “its genetic” situation. Medically the 3 big ticket items in America all have the immune system in common……
— In Alzheimer’s….macrophages are a specific type of immune system cell that are supposed to remove beta-amyloid plaques from brain blood vessel walls, preventing beta-amyloid’s continued accumulation and toxicity to brain cells, especially those in the memory areas of the brain called the hippocampus.

— In Heart Disease….macrophages are a specific type of immune system cell that are supposed to remove cholesterol plaques from blood vessel walls, preventing their continued accumulation and significant blocking of blood flow through blood vessels.

— In cancer…”Natural killer cells” are a specific type of immune system cells that are supposed to kill cancer cells, preventing their continued growth and spread. At autopsy, many Americans that died of Alzheimer’s were developing heart disease and cancer. At autopsy, many Americans that died of Heart Disease were developing Alzheimer’s and cancer. At autopsy, many Americans that died of cancer were developing Alzheimer’s and cancer.

— In the brain, when rate of beta-amyloid deposits exceeds the rate of removal, and does so for years or decades, this is what Alzheimer’s looks like.

— In the blood vessels around the heart, legs, neck, etc, when rate of cholesterol deposits exceeds the rate of removal, and does so for years or decades, this is what Heart Disease looks like.

— In the body in general, when rate of cancer cell production, growth, and/or spread exceeds the rate of cancer cell death, and does so for years or decades, this is what Cancer looks like.

To be a good doctor one must -first- be a good physiologist. Physiology is -not- pharmacology. You can’t drug your way to a fully functioning immune system. You can’t drug your way to restore an immune system to full functioning.

TheETG repair of brain cell overwork, overwhelm, “mental illness” —– http://theetgtrackclub.com/documents/TheETGbrain.pdf

Rather than focus on the removal of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain by macrophages, the Traditional Medicine approach is to drug their way to artificially upping neurotransmitters related to memory and thinking ability to help people ‘live with” beta amyloid continuing to kill off their brain cells.
Rather than focus on the removal of choloesterol plaques by macrophages, the Traditional Medicine approach is to drug [via statin drugs….Lipitor, Crestor, Pravastatin, etc] their way to slowing the rate that cholesterol plaques continue to accumulate on blood vessels walls, continuing to close off the blood vessel and kill patient.
Rather than focus on the killing of cancer cells by Natural Killer cells, the Traditional Medicine approach is to drug and radiate their way to temporarily killing some cancer cells while also killing off the body’s main killers of cancer cells, sending the patient on their way with a low functioning immune system and the likelihood of recurrence in spite of the “cancer survivor” mantra.
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— Relatively modest levels of immune system suppression maintained over years or decades can have major effects. It can be enough to create a situation where…..beta amyloid’s binding of a small amount of a substance called “macrophage-inhibitory factor” can be all that’s necessary for Alzheimer’s progression across years and decades.

— Relatively modest levels of immune system suppression maintained over years or decades can have major effects. It can be enough to create a situation where…..a small amount of cholesterol causing engorgement of macrophages rendering them useless can be all that’s necessary for Heart Disease progression across years and decades.

— Relatively modest levels of immune system suppression maintained over years or decades can have major effects. It can be enough to create a situation where…..cancer cell production of a small amount a substance called “Inter-Leukin-10”, preventing Natural Killer cells from killing them off can be all that’s necessary for Cancer progression across years and decades. To be a good doctor one must -first- be a good physiologist. Physiology is -not- pharmacology. Mind-Body Medicine is all but exclusively about using the brain to increase immune cell number, immune cell activity, and restore immune system functioning. Through published research, Nutrition Medicine has identified several individual nutrients that can be consumed in supplement form to increase immune cell number, immune cell activity, and restore immune system functioning. The immune system…..Chronically elevated levels of stress, levels maintained for years or decades chronically reduces immune cell number, immune cell activity, immune system functioning. Stress leads to increased production of beta-amyloid, increased deposits of cholesterol on blood vessel walls, increased production of cancerous cells.
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Through published research, Nutrition Medicine has identified several individual nutrients that can be consumed in supplement form that interfere with beta amyloid production or its continued existence. Such as resveratrol. Such as curcumin. Such as N-acetyl-L-cysteine. Such as L-Carnitine.
Through published research, Nutrition Medicine has identified several individual nutrients that can be consumed in supplement form that interfere with cholesterol getting deposited on artery walls or aid in its removal. Such as Vitamin K2. Such as Allicin [Kyolic]. Such as Resveratrol.
Through published research, Nutrition Medicine has identified several individual nutrients that can be consumed in supplement form that can increase Natural Killer Cell activity and function in killing cancer cells. Such as liquid colostrum. Such as very long chain plant sugars [organic Aloe Juice]. Such as nucleotides.
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To be a good doctor one must -first- be a good physiologist.
Physiology is -not- pharmacology.

“All the good things….they don’t teach us in medical school, because the drug companies pay for our education.” [Dr. John Sessions M.D.]

“……the benefits that US health care currently deliver may not outweigh the aggregate health harm it imparts.” [Journal Of The American Medical Association…Volume 302 #1..July 1, 2009…page 89 – 91] “In the United States, 50% of people over age 85 will develop Alzheimer’s disease” [CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation Of America]

Meditation or relaxation exercises.
The memory, thinking, and reasoning areas of the brain are no different than muscle. Decades of stress and overwork will present its bill at some point.

Exercise the brain.
The memory, thinking, and reasoning areas of the brain are no different than muscle. Atrophy due to disuse will eventually create a breeding ground for oxidants and pro-oxidants that will attack tissues and DNA, leading to several disease processes, from clogged blood vessels [stroke] to altered cell production [cancer]. This is more than “use it or lose it”. You’ll not only lose it if you don’t use it, but you’ll contribute to disease if you don’t use it.

Exercise the brain.
The brain controls muscle. Walking, running, lifting weights, ect, don’t just exercise muscles and heart, they exercise the brain cells as well. Atrophy due to disuse [ie. lack of exercise] will eventually create a breeding ground for oxidants and pro-oxidants that will attack tissues and DNA, leading to several disease processes, from clogged blood vessels [stroke] to altered cell production [cancer]. This is more than “use it or lose it”. You’ll not only lose it if you don’t use it, but you’ll contribute to disease if you don’t use it.

“The term hidden elder is used in Chinese society to describe older adults who are socially isolated and refuse social participation. Substantial evidence has indicated the important role of social isolation in increasing psychiatric morbidity and mortality risks in later life.“
 
”Innovative service is promptly needed to address the social and psychological health needs of hidden elders. We aimed to test the feasibility and the preliminary effectiveness of a peer-assisted tai-chi-qigong programme in strengthening social networks and enhancing psychosocial wellbeing of Chinese hidden elders.”
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”In the 3-month tai-chi-qigong programme, participants practiced two 60-min sessions each week, during which they were paired up with socially active older adults.“
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”Participants who received the peer-assisted tai-chi-qigong programme generally showed better improvement in outcomes than the control group. With support from peer elders, the compliance rate of elders participating in tai-chi-qigong was 71%.”
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“This pilot study showed that peer-assisted tai-chi-qigong is a feasible social intervention for hidden elders. A full-scale trial is needed to assess the possible benefits for social and physical health.”
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A.W.K.Chan, et al
Effects of a peer-assisted tai-chi-qigong programme on social isolation and psychological wellbeing in Chinese hidden elders: a pilot randomised controlled trial
The Lancet — Volume 388, Supplement 1 — October 2016, Page S23
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“This study included 18,676 adults aged 80–122 years from the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey…..”
“In a large sample of Chinese oldest old, we found a dose-response association between psychological wellbeing and all-cause mortality. Our results, if substantiated by future research, suggest that psychological factors in older age might have a role in longevity.”
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E.Gong, et al
Psychological wellbeing and all-cause mortality in the oldest old in China: a longitudinal survey-based study
The Lancet — Volume 388, Supplement 1 — October 2016, Page S22

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Mind-body medicine is founded on the basic principle that the brain controls or influences the function of all cells in the body by direct connection to them via the nervous system, or via chemical interaction via release of hormones or substances called neuro-peptides.

Hence the importance of and awareness of the existence of mind-body medicine. And the importance of utilizing mind-body medicine and integrating into the practice of medicine in the United States.