TheElite Training Group track club
Expanding the area of what is possible
In Track & Field Distance Running & Competent Self-Care in medicine and psychology
In all things from applied science to politics and public policy……avoid group think, pursue critical thinking, engage in intellectual honesty.
Put data ahead of dogma as to follow the data -not- the crowd.
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]
The functioning of brain cells, muscle cells, blood cells, -all cells- are governed by the laws of nature. 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. 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 pride, ego, and resistance to change supplant data, logic and reason. Put data ahead of dogma. Follow the data -not- the crowd.
“Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.” —[Francis Bacon]
“In God we trust…Everyone else must bring data.” —[W.Edwards Deming]
Critical Thinking……in track & field distance running, in medicine, in psychology, and in parenting. Critical thinking consists of 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 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
Professional Track & Field on TV
August 4, Friday —– [NBCSN 7pm] World Track & Field Championships…..London, United Kingdom
August 5, Saturday —– [NBCSN 5am] World Track & Field Championships…..London, United Kingdom
August 5, Saturday —– [NBC 3pm] World Track & Field Championships…..London, United Kingdom
August 6, Sunday —– [NBCSN 5am] World Track & Field Championships…..London, United Kingdom
August 6, Sunday —– [NBC 3:30pm] World Track & Field Championships…..London, United Kingdom
August 7, Monday —– [NBCSN 2pm] World Track & Field Championships…..London, United Kingdom
August 8, Tuesday —– [NBCSN 2pm] World Track & Field Championships…..London, United Kingdom
August 9, Wednesday —– [NBCSN 2pm] World Track & Field Championships…..London, United Kingdom
August 10, Thursday —– [NBCSN 2pm] World Track & Field Championships…..London, United Kingdom
August 11, Friday —– [NBCSN 5am] World Track & Field Championships…..London, United Kingdom
August 12, Saturday —– [NBCSN 5am] World Track & Field Championships…..London, United Kingdom
August 12, Saturday —– [NBC 3pm] World Track & Field Championships…..London, United Kingdom
August 13, Sunday —– [NBCSN 5am] World Track & Field Championships…..London, United Kingdom
August 13, Sunday —– [NBC 5pm] World Track & Field Championships…..London, United Kingdom
August 20, Sunday —– [NBCSN 9pm] Diamond League…..Birmingham, United Kingdom
August 24, Thursday —– [NBCSN 2pm] WeltKlasse Diamond League…..Zurich Switzerland
August 27, Sunday —– [NBC 1pm] Diamond League–WeltKlasse…..Zurich Switzerland
Sept 1, Friday —– [NBCSN 8pm] Diamond League–Ivo Van Damme…..Brussels Belgium
Sept 3, Sunday —– [NBC 1pm] Diamond League–Ivo Van Damme…..Brussels Belgium
—– New Balance Indoor Grand Prix…..Boston, Massachusetts [time & channel details coming]
—– Armory Track Invitational…..New York, New York [time & channel details coming]
—– Milrose Games…..New York, New York [time & channel details coming]
—– indoor USA Track & Field Championships [time & channel details coming]
—– indoor World Track & Field Championships [time & channel details coming]
—– 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]
2019 —– World Track & Field Championships…..Doha, Qatar [time & channel details coming]
2021 —– World Track & Field Championships…..Eugene, Oregon [time & channel details coming]
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
[from facebook friend and research scientist Rhonda Patrick PhD]…..I’m super excited that I got my cord blood and placenta banking kit in today! Most people are familiar with banking cord blood, a source of hematopoietic stem cells which can form any blood cell type but are limited to blood cells. The placenta is not only a better source of hematopoietic stem cells because it contains 5-7 times more than cord blood, it also is a rich source of pluripotent stem cells, which are a variety of stem cells that can form cells of any other tissue type including neurons. My friend and former colleague, Dr. Frans Kuypers discovered that the human placenta was a source of pluripotent stem cells back in 2009… and yet the placenta is usually thrown away after delivery. Taking into consideration the fact that there are around 4 million live births in the United States per year alone, you’re talking about a lot of thrown away precious stem cells!
There are only a couple of companies that are currently banking placental stem cells. I decided to go with LifebankUSA (no affiliation) to bank my cord blood and placenta. I hope to see more well-established cord blood companies start banking placental tissue…it is so worth it. If you want to learn more about the placenta as a rich source of pluripotent stem cells you can listen to or watch my interview with Dr. Kuypers on iTunes or YouTube. The name of my podcast and youTube channel is called foundmyfitness. Just look for the interview with Dr. Kuypers (it is an old one).
“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 brought attention to adverse drug events in national patient safety efforts.”
“…..emergency department visits for adverse drug events in the United States in 2013-2014 and describe changes in emergency department visits for adverse drug events since 2005-2006.”
“…..data from 42,585 cases…..in 2013 and 2014 and 27.3% of emergency department visits for adverse drug events resulted in hospitalization.”
“An estimated 34.5% emergency department visits for adverse drug events occurred among adults aged 65 years or older in 2013-2014 compared with an estimated 25.6% in 2005-2006; older adults experienced the highest hospitalization rates (43.6%).”
“Anticoagulants, antibiotics, and diabetes agents were implicated in an estimated 46.9% emergency department visits for adverse drug events……”
“Among children aged 5 years or younger, antibiotics were the most common drug class implicated. Among children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years, antibiotics also were the most common drug class implicated (31.8%) in emergency department visits for adverse drug events, followed by antipsychotics (4.5%).”
“Among older adults (aged ≥65 years), 3 drug classes (anticoagulants, diabetes agents, and opioid analgesics) were implicated in an estimated 59.9% emergency department visits for adverse drug events….”
N. Shehab, et al
US Emergency Department Visits for Outpatient Adverse Drug Events, 2013-2014
Journal Of The American Medical Association — Volume 316 #20 — November 22/29, 2016 — page 2115
“……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]
Nutrition Medicine = food and/or supplements as medicine
fish oil for pregnant mothers…….
“Reduced intake of n−3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (fish oil) may be a contributing factor to the increasing prevalence of wheezing disorders. We assessed the effect of supplementation with n−3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnant women on the risk of persistent wheeze and asthma in their offspring.”
“….736 pregnant women at 24 weeks of gestation to receive 2.4 grams of n−3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (fish oil) or placebo (olive oil) per day.”
“Neither the investigators nor the participants were aware of group assignments during follow-up for the first 3 years of the children’s lives, after which there was a 2-year follow-up period during which only the investigators were unaware of group assignments.”
“……695 children were included in the trial, and 95.5% completed the 3-year, double-blind follow-up period.”
“….risk of persistent wheeze or asthma in the treatment group was 16.9%, versus 23.7% in the control group…..corresponding to a relative reduction of 30.7%.”
“…the effect was strongest in the children of women whose blood levels of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid were in the lowest third of the trial population at randomization: 17.5% versus 34.1%.”
“Analyses of secondary end points showed that supplementation with n−3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (fish oil) was associated with a reduced risk of infections of the lower respiratory tract (31.7% vs. 39.1%)….”
“Supplementation with n−3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (fish oil) in the third trimester of pregnancy reduced the absolute risk of persistent wheeze or asthma and infections of the lower respiratory tract in offspring by approximately 7 percentage points, or one third.”
Hans Bisgaard, et al
Fish Oil–Derived Fatty Acids in Pregnancy and Wheeze and Asthma in Offspring
New England Journal Of Medicine — Volume 375 #26 — December 29, 2016 — page 25
Buyer beware. The quackery of traditional medicine……
“Inappropriate imaging for low back pain can cause harm in three ways: Misinterpretation of results by clinicians resulting in unhelpful advice, needless subsequent investigations (downstream testing) and invasive interventions, including surgery; Misinterpretation of results by patients resulting in catastrophisation, fear and avoidance of movement and activity, and low expectations of recovery; Side effects such as exposure to radiation.”
“Problems associated with excessive imaging for low back pain are well recognised and useful evidence-based guidelines have been developed to help clinicians determine when investigation is appropriate. However, currently, 42% of patients with low back pain receive an X-ray, CT or MRI within 1 year of diagnosis, and of these, 80% receive imaging within 1 month of presentation.”
“The uptake of imaging guidelines is likely to be similarly insufficient among the sports medicine community, where lumbar imaging is frequently used.”
B.Darlow, et al
It is time to stop causing harm with inappropriate imaging for low back pain
British Journal Of Sports Medicine -Volume 57 #5 — March 2017
“These media reports highlight the problem of back pain in sport. From the reports it would appear that athletes’ back symptoms are serious and linked to structural damage. Athletes appear to be managed with rest or limiting training and competition, early referral for advanced imaging that often leads to invasive treatments and a requirement that symptoms settle before full sporting participation can resume. Such an approach to management contradicts current guidelines for back pain.”
Why are back pain guidelines left on the sidelines? Three myths appear to be guiding management of back pain in sport
British Journal Of Sports Medicine — November 2016 – Volume 50 #21
TheETG back, neck, & frozen shoulder repair —– http://theetgtrackclub.com/documents/TheETGbackshoulderrepair.pdf
McKenzie Method physical therapy is –the– most effective and researched method of resolving back pain. It also empowers the patient to fix future problems should they arise, and do it on their own.
——- McKenzie Method diplomaed practitioner or McKenzie certified ….
“High intensity interval training can produce similar if not greater improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness, an independent protective factor against premature death, and some health-related parameters compared to conventional, moderate intensity continuous training.
“High intensity interval training takes substantially less time to complete and this enhances its potential in public health promotion given that lack of time is one of the barriers to long-term adherence to physical activity and exercise training.”
High intensity interval training describes exercise bouts of 10 seconds to 4 minutes with ‘all-out’ maximal effort or intensities of 85–95% of maximum heart rate interspersed by periods of low activity or rest (30 seconds to 4 minutes).
“Despite the accumulated evidence, very little improvement has been made in terms of high intensity interval training implementation in real life settings…”
High-intensity interval training: how much pain to get a gain?
British Journal Of Sports Medicine — Volume 51 #6 — March 2017
TheETG exercise program —– http://theetgtrackclub.com/documents/TheETGexerciseprogram.pdf
see the free pdf packets “Competent Self-Care Packets” page of this website.
see more blog entries by clicking on one of the entries….then click on “archives” or page down and click on “more entries”.
TheETG Human Psychology Message Of The Day
Nutrition Medicine 101
“…….double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised trial of nutritional
supplements on 231 young adult prisoners, comparing disciplinary
offences before and during supplementation.”
“Compared with placebos, those receiving the active capsules
committed an average of 26.3% fewer offences.”
“Compared to baseline, the effect on those taking active
supplements for a minimum of 2 weeks was an average 35.1%
reduction of offences.”
“Antisocial behaviour in prisons, including violence, are reduced by
vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids with similar implications
for those eating poor diets in the community.”
C.B.Gesch, et al
Influence of supplementary vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids on the antisocial behaviour of young adult prisoners Randomised, placebo-controlled trial
The British Journal of Psychiatry…..Volume 181…..2002…..page 22 – 28
“That’s why its called a currency, its a current.
It runs through every life. Its like water.
Money is something that flows. And when we try to hoard it and hold onto it, just like water it becomes stagnant and toxic to those who hold onto it. No matter how much or how little money you have flowing through your life, when you direct that flow with soulful purpose, you feel wealthy. You feel vibrant and alive when you use your money in a way that represents you, not just in response to the market economy but also as an expression of who you are. When you let your move through things you care about, life lights up. That’s really what money is for.”
“What you appreciate, appreciates.” [Lynn Twist]
“Many people choose jobs not on their gifts or talents but on how it pays.”
[Lynn Twist, her book….The Soul Of Money]
[terms…..hippocampus = area of the brain largely responsible for memory]
[terms…..hippocampal volume loss = loss of brain cells in the hippocampus]
[terms…..hippocampal volume loss is also called dementia, Alzheimer’s dementia, etc]
“Low socioeconomic position has been linked to an increased risk of dementia and cognitive decline…..This study examines the relationships between indicators of life-course socioeconomic position with both hippocampal volume and hippocampal volume loss in a population-based cohort of 1,328 older adults aged 65 to 80 years.”
“…..associations of socioeconomic position with baseline hippocampal volume and the annual rate of hippocampal volume atrophy….”
“Participants with lower midlife socioeconomic position had smaller hippocampal volume and faster hippocampal atrophy than participants with higher midlife socioeconomic position.”
“Childhood and early adulthood socioeconomic positions were not related to hippocampal measures.”
“The accumulation-of-risk and the social mobility models revealed that the accumulation of socioeconomic disadvantage and declining socioeconomic trajectories were related to faster hippocampal atrophy.”
“In this cohort of older adults, lower socioprofessional attainment in midlife and disadvantageous life-course socioeconomic position were associated with faster hippocampal atrophy, a cerebral change linked to cognitive disorders. Results support the hypothesized links between socioenvironmental exposures related to stress and/or cognitive enrichment and brain/cognitive reserve capacities.”
M. Elbejjani, et al
Life-Course Socioeconomic Position and Hippocampal Atrophy in a Prospective Cohort of Older Adults
Psychosomatic Medicine — Volume 79 #1 — January 2017 — page 14
Stephanie Zaza, MD, MPH, Laura Kann, PhD, Lisa C. Barrios, DrPH
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual AdolescentsPopulation Estimate and Prevalence of Health Behaviors
Journal Of The American Medical Association — Volume 316 #22 — December 13, 2016 — page 2355
“Major depressive disorder is a stress-related psychiatric disorder. A subgroup of major depressive disorder patients is characterized by increased inflammatory activation. We aimed to investigate whether increased inflammation particularly occurs in major depressive disorder patients with a history of stressful early or later life experiences.”
“….in the subgroup of traumatized major depressive disorder patients, higher severity of childhood sexual abuse was associated with higher levels of both IL-6 and TNF-α in a linear fashion.”
“Our data suggest a linear relationship between childhood sexual abuse and increased pro-inflammatory cytokine levels in major depressive disorder patients, while more recent stressful life events were not related to these inflammatory markers.
L.Grosse, et al
Cytokine levels in major depression are related to childhood trauma but not to recent stressors
Psychoneuroendocrinology — Volume 73 — November 2016 — page 24
TheETG mind-body medicine —– http://theetgtrackclub.com/documents/TheETGmindbodymed.pdf
see the free pdf packets, Medical Message Of The Day, and Human Psychology Message Of The Day on TheETG Competent Self-Care Packets page of this website.
see more blog entries by clicking on one of the entries….then click on “archives” or page down and click on “more entries”.
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.