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Fixin' Healthcare

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Lifestyle Chronicles - More Is Unknown Than Is Known

The only thing you can know for certain is that new information will always be discovered, which leads to new insights and changes in the slope and/or direction of progress. Do not to be discouraged, this is one aspect of the human condition offering promise for the future.

Some assumptions and conventional wisdom about marathon running have been contradicted by more careful analysis of the facts. Analysis of the best weather conditions and the role of hydration and elecrolyte balance did not support previous thinking. This changed the treatment for muscle cramps and postmarathon collapse.

New information and improved insights have altered the role of hydration, which will prevent some deaths during and after marathons. Coaches understood the role of lactic acid in muscle metabolism and physical conditioning before the medical scientists.

So, what is the message? Be humble and keep an open mind. Science is a method. The facts will change and insights are based upon the facts. The challenge is to keep up with the pace (pun intended).

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