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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.

[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]


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 —–

TheETG “This Is Track & Field” document —–


2018 professional Track & Field TV schedule

—– July 14, Saturday – 12:30pm NBCSN — Diamond League [Rabat, Morocco]

—– July 21, Saturday – 1:30pm NBCSN — Diamond League [Monaco]

—– July 23, Monday – 6:00pm NBCSN — Diamond League [London, United Kingdom]

—– August 18, Saturday – 3:00pm NBCSN — Diamond League [Birmingham, United Kingdom]

—– August 30, Thursday – 2:00pm NBCSN — Diamond League [Zurich, Switzerland]

—– August 31, Friday – 7:00pm NBCSN – Diamond League [Brussels, Belgium]



—– 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]

—– August — time/channel coming — World Track & Field Championships [Doha, Qatar]


—– 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


Amazing, all new, 21rst Century medical breakthroughs
Breaking news, this just in……
— An upset stomach isn’t caused by a Tums or Rolaids deficiency
— Depression isn’t caused by an anti-depressant deficiency
— Heart Disease isn’t caused by a cholesterol lowering drug deficiency
— Cancer isn’t caused by a chemotherapy or radiation deficiency
Our changing health care system.
Here are –your– new doctors. There are many.
Several are specialists. Meet with them regularly.
They will help you add decades of youthful living to your life.
Here are their names…..
Dr. Walking
Dr. Sleep
Dr. Sunset-watching
Dr. Down-Time
Dr. Nutrition
Dr. Laughter-StandupComedy
Dr. Strength training
Dr. Relaxation
Dr. Sunlight-Exposure
Dr. Yoga
Dr. Meditation
Dr. Jogging
Dr. Nutrient-Based-Medicine
Dr. Mind-Body Medicine


“Better health care will depend, not on some new therapeutic standard, but on the level of willingness and competence to engage in self care.”
[Dr. I. Illich….1978]

“Increasing concern is evident about contamination of foodstuffs…..”
“Common off-the-shelf varieties of black, green, white, and oolong teas sold in tea bags were used for analysis in this study. Toxic element testing was performed on 30 different teas…..”
“All brewed teas contained lead with 73% of teas brewed for 3 minutes and 83% brewed for 15 minutes having lead levels considered unsafe for consumption during pregnancy and lactation. Aluminum levels were above recommended guidelines in 20% of brewed teas.”
“No mercury was found at detectable levels in any brewed tea samples.”
“….manganese levels were found to be excessive in some black teas.”
Toxic contamination by heavy metals was found in most of the teas sampled. Some tea samples are considered unsafe.”
“There are no existing guidelines for routine testing or reporting of toxicant levels in “naturally” occurring products. Public health warnings or industry regulation might be indicated to protect consumer safety.”
G.Schwalfenberg, S.J. Genuis, I.Rodushkin
The Benefits and Risks of Consuming Brewed Tea: Beware of Toxic Element Contamination
Journal Of Toxicology — October 23, 2013

Game changer!
Potential to permantly alter the drug company industry. Box of baking soda costs less than $1. Inflamation and auto-immune diseases are a massive chunk of drug company profits.

[results of a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in bottle of water for 2 weeks]……

“In the spleen, as well as the blood and kidneys, they found after drinking water with baking soda for two weeks, the population of immune cells called macrophages, shifted from primarily those that promote inflammation, called M1, to those that reduce it, called M2. Macrophages, perhaps best known for their ability to consume garbage in the body like debris from injured or dead cells, are early arrivers to a call for an immune response.”
“Clinical trials have shown that a daily dose of baking soda can not only reduce acidity but actually slow progression of the kidney disease, and it’s now a therapy offered to patients.”
“The scientists also saw a shift in other immune cell types, like more regulatory T cells, which generally drive down the immune response and help keep the immune system from attacking our own tissues. That anti-inflammatory shift was sustained for at least four hours in humans and three days in rats.”
“O’Connor hopes drinking baking soda can one day produce similar results for people with autoimmune disease.”

Drinking baking soda could be an inexpensive, safe way to combat autoimmune disease

[Rhonda Patrick]
——–“…. women with blood levels of vitamin D in the 60 ng/ml range had an 80% lower breast cancer risk compared to women with less than 20 ng/ml.”
——–“… given 4,000 IU of vitamin D per day slowed cancer progression and improved tumors in men with low-grade prostate cancer (compared to men given placebo).”

Vitamin B12 levels and abnormal pap smears……
“This study aimed to explore the risk of abnormal cervical cytology in relation to serum folate and vitamin B12 levels……”
“A case-control study was carried out among women attending the gynecology clinic for cervical cytology screening.”

“103 cases with abnormal cervical cytology of the cervix and 175 controls with cytological normal smears……”

“The mean vitamin B12 level of cases was significantly lower than that of controls.”
“The results of this study suggest that lower vitamin B12 levels are associated with abnormal cervical cytology.”
H.Yüksel, et al.
Folate and vitamin B12 levels in abnormal pap smears: a case control study.
Europpean Journal Of Gynaecological Oncology — 2007


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

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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.