TheElite Training Group track club [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Expanding the area of what is possible
In Track & Field Distance Running & Competent Self-Care in medicine and psychology
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]
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]
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]
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.
 Always think and reason in terms of underlying mechanisms of how things work.
 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]
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
TheETG Track & Field Promotions Project —– http://theetgtrackclub.com/documents/TheETGTrackPromotionmasterofsport.pdf
TheETG “This Is Track & Field” document —– http://theetgtrackclub.com/documents/TheETGThisIsTrack&Fieldmasterofsport.pdf
2019 professional Track & Field TV schedule
—– January — time/channel coming — Armory Track Invitational [New York]
—– February — time/channel coming — Milrose Games [New York]
—– February — time/channel coming — New Balance Indoor Grand Prix [Boston, Massachusetts]
—– February — time/channel coming — Indoor USA Track & Field Championships
—– April — time/channel coming — Texas Relays [Austin Texas]
—– May – time/channel coming – Diamond League [Doha, Qatar]
—– May – time/channel coming – Diamond League [Shanghai, China]
—– May – time/channel coming – Boston Games [Boston, Massachusetts]
—– May – time/channel coming – Prefontaine Classic [Eugene, Oregon]
—– May – time/channel coming – Diamond League [Rome, Italy]
—– June – time/channel coming – Diamond League [Oslo, Norway]
—– June – time/channel coming – Diamond League [Stockholm, Sweden]
—– June – time/channel coming – USA Track & Field Championships
—– June – time/channel coming – Diamond League [Paris, France]
—– July – time/channel coming – Diamond League [Lausanne, Switzerland]
—– July – time/channel coming – Diamond League [Rabat, Morocco]
—– July – time/channel coming – Diamond League [Monaco]
—– July – time/channel coming – Diamond League [London, United Kingdom]
—– August — time/channel coming — World Track & Field Championships [Doha, Qatar]
—– August — time/channel coming — Diamond League [Birmingham, United Kingdom]
—– August — time/channel coming — Diamond League [Zurich, Switzerland]
—– August — time/channel coming — Diamond League [Brussels, Belgium]
—– 2021 — [time/channel coming] — World Track & Field Championships [Eugene, Oregon]
The ETG Competent Self-Care Project
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………….
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.
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
TheETG Medical Message Of The Day
“In April, the WHO declared that the problem “threatens the achievements of modern medicine. A post-antibiotic era — in which common infections and minor injuries can kill — is a very real possibility for the 21st century.”
“……a report on antibiotic resistance linked to an executive order from President Barack Obama, who directed the National Security Council to work with a governmental task force and a nongovernmental advisory council to develop a national action plan by February 2015.”
“…..antibiotics in a market that is currently worth more than $40 billion annually for drugs that are starting to fail.
C.Nathan, M.D., et al
Resistance — Problems, Progress, and Prospects
New England Journal Of Medicine…..volume 371 #19…..November 6, 2014….page 1761 – 1763
[CNBC, December 11, 2014…..Drug resistance deadlier than cancer by 2050……by Catherine Boyle]
“Infections resistant to medicines will kill more people per year than cancer by 2050, and cost the world $100 trillion annually, according to a U.K. government-backed report led by Jim O’Neill, the well-known former Goldman Sachs economist.”
“The wide-ranging study, called the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, was commissioned by the U.K. government earlier this year amid growing concerns about drug-resistant “superbugs”, including new strains of E. coli, malaria and tuberculosis.”.
“Its forecasts, based on research by RAND Europe and KPMG, suggest that drug resistance, which is estimated to have caused around 700,000 deaths globally this year, will cause 10 million by 2050 if further action is not taken.”
“In the study, 18% of physicians or other providers rejected the recommendations and continued giving their patients the antibiotics they had prescribed. Patients whose health care professionals didn’t follow those recommendations had a 3.5% readmission rate within 30 days and an 82-hour average length of stay. But when physicians and other providers did follow the guidance to stop or change an antimicrobial, their patients had no readmissions and a 68-hour average length of stay.”
“Inappropriate antibiotic use most likely occurred in patients receiving ceftriaxone/cefotaxime (62%), vancomycin (11%), and meropenem (5%). The most common diagnoses that triggered a recommendation to change antibiotic use were pneumonia (22%), urinary tract infection (19%), and presumed sepsis (9%).”
Antibiotics for Children: When Less Is More
Journal Of The American Medical Association…..Volume 312 #20…..November 26, 2014……page 2079 – 2080
[FDA, December 24, 2013]
“……antibacterial soap products contain chemical ingredients, such as triclosan and triclocarban, which may carry unnecessary risks given that their benefits are unproven.”
“New data suggest that the risks associated with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps may outweigh the benefits,” Rogers says. There are indications that certain ingredients in these soaps may contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics, and may have unanticipated hormonal effects that are of concern to FDA.”
[FDA, September 2, 2016]
“Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections.
“This final rule applies to consumer antiseptic wash products containing one or more of 19 specific active ingredients, including the most commonly used ingredients – triclosan and triclocarban.”
“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”
“Begin with the end in mind”—-[Stephen Covey]
Photo of the stuff that I put my food/drink in or on. Along the path to better nutrient consumption, weight loss, and/or better supplements, etc in today’s world it may be wise to look at what you place your food in or on. Glass may reduce your consumption of stuff over the long term that may leach into your food or drink. Plastic particles, plasticizer chemicals, paints, dies, etc. that over a period of years or decades can gradually endup inside your body, and subsequently inside your cells.
In our country at present, portion size is the low hanging fruit in the subject matter of weight loss. Perform this task…..visit an antique shop. Look at the standard plate size in the1920’s – 50’s. Compare them to what you have in your kitchen cabinets today. The first thing that goes through people’s minds when they go to smaller plates is….”how do I fit all my food on such a small plate”. That’s pretty much the point. You don’t fit [and can’t] fit all the volume of food you’re accustomed to eating on the small plate.
“Endothelial progenitor cells and microparticles are emerging as novel markers of cardiovascular disease risk, which could potentially be modified by dietary fat. We have previously shown that replacing dietary saturated fatty acids with monounsaturated or n–6 (ω-6) polyunsaturated fatty acids improved lipid biomarkers, blood pressure, and markers of endothelial activation, but their effects on circulating endothelial progenitor cells and microparticles are unclear.”
“The Dietary Intervention and VAScular function Study investigated the replacement of 9.5–9.6% of total energy contributed by saturated fatty acids with monounsaturated fatty acids or n–6 polyunsaturated fatty acids for 16 weeks on endothelial progenitor cells and microparticle numbers in United Kingdom adults with moderate cardiovascular disease risk.”
“In this randomized, controlled, single-blind, parallel-group dietary intervention, men and women aged 21–60 years (n = 190) with moderate cardiovascular disease risk consumed 1 of three 16-weeks isoenergetic diets.”
“The monounsaturated fatty acids-rich diet increased endothelial progenitor cell numbers (+28.4%).”
“Replacement of….. saturated fatty acids with monounsaturated fatty acids increased endothelial progenitor cells numbers, and replacement with either saturated fatty acids with monounsaturated or n–6 polyunsaturated fatty acids decreased microparticle numbers, suggesting beneficial effects on endothelial repair and maintenance.”
M.Weech, et al
Replacement of dietary saturated fat with unsaturated fats increases numbers of circulating endothelial progenitor cells and decreases numbers of microparticles: findings from the randomized, controlled Dietary Intervention and VAScular function (DIVAS) study
American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition — Volume 107 #6 — June 2018 — page 876
TheETG nutrition medicine —–
TheETG heart disease repair —–
“Walking pace is associated with risk of premature mortality.”
“We examined the associations between walking pace and cause-specific mortality, investigating the potential modifying effect of factors such as total physical activity volume, highest physical activity intensity, age, sex and body mass index.”
“Prospective pooled analysis of 11 population-based baseline surveys in England and Scotland between 1994 and 2008 that were linked with mortality records.”
“50,225 walkers were entered in the core analyses. Among participants who did not experience an event in the first 2 years of follow-up (n=49 731), walking at an average or brisk/fast pace was associated with a reduced risk of all-cause (20%) and 24%, respectively) and Cardiovascular disease mortality (24% and 21%, respectively), compared with reporting walking at a slow pace.”
“……such associations were evident among those over 50 years, those not meeting the physical activity recommendations and those who did not undertake vigorous-intensity activity.”
“No associations were seen between pace and cancer mortality.”
“…..these analyses suggest that increasing walking pace could reduce risk for all-cause and Cardiovascular Disease mortality. Walking pace could be emphasised in public health messages, especially in situations when increase in walking volume or frequency is less feasible.”
E.Stamatakis, et al
Self-rated walking pace and all-cause, cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality: individual participant pooled analysis of 50 225 walkers from 11 population British cohorts
British Journal Of Sports Medicine — Volume 52 #12 — June 2018
Training To Live Training For Life………
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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.