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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Barry Bonds,Osteoarthritis,Aging,and Competing

Barry Bonds is the greatest home run hitter in modern baseball. He hit more home runs than anyone else in this game. He is no slouch in the field or running the bases either. There is no controversy about him being a tremendous athlete. Barry, so what if they place an asterisk next to your home run total? Did you take legal steroids during your career? The jury is divided on the question however, the public probably less so. Barry, I realize you had injuries and that likely you had top medical treatment. "To say that you didn’t know what your trainer was doing to you sounds stupid" says Tony .I don’t think you’re stupid. Saying "yes" is a better way to go. Too bad you can’t undo it.
Today, Tony and I ran a 10 mile tapering training run on Western States trail. That means that the entire run is not as fast as a regular training run. The tapering started because we have a run in Malibu on the 23rd. Tony is running the 20 K "call me a wimp if you like but I don’t want to beat up my body" and I am running a 50 K. The question I have for Barry Bonds is "are you going to be able to run a 50 K 25 years from now"? I hope that you will be able and that the things that you injected into your body will not come back to haunt you in the future. I figure that you did what you did because you wanted to continue to be the best at what you were doing at that time.
Related to health, treatment, and fitness is an article in the Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2011. The title: Doctors’ New Advice for Joint Pain: Get Moving by Laura Landro. In the article, Kate Lorig at Stanford University "the most dangerous exercise you can do when you have arthritis is none". According to the research, each extra pound of body weight adds the equivalent of 4 pounds to the knees.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that recently has shown up more in young and middle-age adults as a result of obesity and sport injuries. Currently, treatment is focusing on weight loss combined with exercises aimed at improving joint function and building up muscles that support the joints. Consider the scope of the problem as this disease affects some 27 million Americans and leads to 632,000 surgical joint replacements a year. This number is expected to grow as the population ages: one and two adults will likely develop knee osteoarthritis before the age of 85. The risk increases to two in three adults who are obese. If you are going to reach age 85, you better start to do something. Stretching exercises found in Bob Anderson’s book is helpful as well as taking Tony’s advice and not beating up your body. Find the right physical activity for you. Consider paddling or bike riding. A trial of glucosamine – chondroiton in 2006 found that 22% of the people in the study had significant pain relief. However, in 2008, a different study found that the supplements are no better in slowing loss of cartilage of the knee compared with placebo according to lead researcher Daniel Clegg. He recommends that patients discuss with their doctor whether the supplements are an option.
My buddy, Dr. Wayne Fiske told me that he believes age has something to do with it because he’s afraid that things can wear out. We are both the same age. One difference when we were younger is that he beat up his body with karate. So currently, I am in superior physical condition. I spend my time with exercise, health, and competition and he spends his time doing good photography. So for me, in one sense age has nothing to do with it.
Just yesterday, I had communication with Linda Rodgers my running partner in 2001 and 2002. At that time, Linda was married and living in Greenwood which is "Beyond Cool". Linda and I ran and ran and ran and preparation for the Western states 100. Chapter 9 in my book tells about some of our experiences. Linda has completed the Tevis, Western States 100, and the Hawaiian Ironman. This attractive female is currently selling real estate in Los Altos, California. For those of you looking for an athletic, energetic realtor, contact her at


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