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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.
 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
2018 professional Track & Field TV schedule
—– 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]
—– 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]
—– 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
“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………
The quackery of tradional medicine……….
“Statins are the most widely prescribed, cholesterol-lowering drugs in the world.”
“Despite the expiration of their patents, revenue for statins is expected to rise, with total sales on track to reach an estimated $1 trillion by 2020.”
“A bitter dispute has erupted among doctors over suggestions that statins should be prescribed to millions of healthy people at low risk of heart disease. There are concerns that the benefits have been exaggerated and the risks have been underplayed.”
“….the raw data on the efficacy and safety of statins are being kept secret and have not been subjected to scrutiny by other scientists.”
“Doctors and patients are being misled about the true benefits and harms of statins……”
Statin wars: have we been misled about the evidence? A narrative review
British Journal Of Sports Medicine — Volume 52 #14 — July 2018
good bacteria & immune system functioning………
“A mounting body of evidence indicates that diverse microbial metabolites profoundly regulate the immune system via host receptors and other target molecules.”
“Immune cells express metabolite‐specific receptors such as P2X7, GPR41, GPR43, GPR109A, aryl hydrocarbon receptor precursor (AhR), pregnane X receptor (PXR), farnesoid X receptor (FXR), TGR5 and other molecular targets.”
“Microbial metabolites and their receptors form an extensive array of signals to respond to changes in nutrition, health and immunological status. As a consequence, microbial metabolite signals contribute to nutrient harvest from diet, and regulate host metabolism and the immune system.”
“Importantly, microbial metabolites bidirectionally function to promote both tolerance and immunity to effectively fight infection without developing inflammatory diseases. In pathogenic conditions, adverse effects of microbial metabolites have been observed as well. Key immune‐regulatory functions of the metabolites, generated from carbohydrates, proteins and bile acids, are reviewed in this article.”
Immune regulation by microbiome metabolites
Immunology — Volume 154 #2 — June 2018 — page 220
good bacteria -vs- multiple sclerosis…………
“A vast number of studies have demonstrated a remarkable role for the gut microbiota and their metabolites in the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases, including multiple sclerosis.”
“Recent studies in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, an animal model of multiple sclerosis, have revealed that modifying certain intestinal bacterial populations may influence immune cell priming in the periphery, resulting in dysregulation of immune responses and neuroinflammatory processes in the central nervous system.”
“Conversely, some commensal bacteria and their antigenic products can protect against inflammation within the central nervous system.”
“Specific components of the gut microbiome have been implicated in the production of pro‐inflammatory cytokines and subsequent generation of Th17 cells. Similarly, commensal bacteria and their metabolites can also promote the generation of regulatory T‐cells, contributing to immune suppression.”
“Short‐chain fatty acids may induce Treg either by G‐protein‐coupled receptors or inhibition of histone deacetylases. Tryptophan metabolites may suppress inflammatory responses by acting on the aryl hydrocarbon receptor in T‐cells or astrocytes.”
“Interestingly, secretion of these metabolites can be impaired by excess consumption of dietary components, such as long‐chain fatty acids or salt, indicating that the diet represents an environmental factor affecting the complex crosstalk between the gut microbiota and the immune system.”
“This review discusses new aspects of host–microbiota interaction and the immune system with a special focus on multiple sclerosis as a prototype T‐cell‐mediated autoimmune disease of the central nervous system.”
S.H.Aiden, et al
Impacts of microbiome metabolites on immune regulation and autoimmunity
Immunology — Volume 154 #2 — June 2018 — page 230
“A metastatic hormone receptor–positive breast cancer, usually resistant to immunotherapy, is successfully treated with tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes enriched for neoantigen reactivity, underscoring the broad potential of this immunotherapeutic approach.”
Targeting the cancer mutanome of breast cancer
Nature Medicine — Volume 27 #6 — June 2018 — page 703
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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.