Doc’s Talk 10-02-2011

Dr. Scaff spoke about your readiness for the Honolulu Marathon.

We’re now only 8 weeks from the marathonYour training is Done! If you were running the marathon today you would probably do just about as well as you will in December.

Everything you do now should be geared toward marathon day (Sunday, December 11). The time to make your final decisions for marathon day is now.

Shoes: What shoes will you wear? If you need to purchase new shoes, do it now.

Clothing:  Decide what socks, undergarments, and outer garments you will be wearing. What will your outer garments say?  (You can make a statement with your outer garments.)

Weight: At this point in your training weight loss should stop. Now may be time to gain some weight. The body you have now is the one you’ll have for the race.

Distance: Unless you have run multiple marathons Dr. Scaff recommends doing nothing longer than 16 miles …or Less!

Injuries: If you’ve started to develop injuries, this might be a good time to lay off a bit on the strenuous activity.

Dr. Scaff has observed people talking about chafing.  Chafing should be non-existent.  You should be able to run the entire year without a chafe or blister.

Training: People have been advising folks to breathe in through their nose and out through their mouths; …but some people can’t do that due to a deviated septum and other issues.  Dr. Scaff says to just do what is comfortable for YOU.

Take Precautions: Start taking health precautions. You might refrain from entering bike races, or playing golf; be careful running any foot races, and take precautions to stay healthy around people who have colds.

For some good reading on nutrition, Dr. Scaff recommends everyone check out the daily postings on Dr. Alan Titchenal’s “Got Nutrients?” web site:

Here are a few related and recent postings from the “Got Nutrients?” web site:

October 3, 2011

Have you ever heard that if you feel like you are getting sick, just drink enough alcohol and it will kill off anything that might ail you? Don’t believe it. According to some new research, alcohol abuse is likely to impair immune functions and increase susceptibility to viral infection.

Consumer Link:

Alcohol Impairs the Body’s Ability to Fight Off Viral Infection, Study Finds

October 2, 2011

Taking glucocorticoid drugs like prednisone, cortisone, etc. more than doubles the risk of severe vitamin D deficiency according to an analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examinations Survey (NHANES) data on over 22,000 children, adolescents, and adults.

Consumer Link:

Oral Steroids Linked To Severe Vitamin D Deficiency In Nationwide Study