In the early part of this March (2013) the New England Journal of Medicine published an article on the Mediterranean Diet they said was so significant they had to break the code. The Mediterranean Diet has a lot of polyunsaturated olive oil, vegetables, etc. It made all the news channels.
Dr. Scaff reported that he got the original article and read it and really was not that impressed. Then the summary came out in the summary journals, and they also said it was not that impressive a diet, it had no effect on mortality, …which Dr. Scaff suggests is a good end point: If you don’t live longer, what are you doing it for? The article said the Mediterranean Diet didn’t reduce heart attacks, but it substantially reduced strokes. Continue reading
by Jack H. Scaff Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.M.
Scaff-Ter-Thoughts is a name that came to me (actually submitted by a very close lawyer friend in London) as a way of presenting or abstracting some of the thoughts I might use in more formal professional presentations. The comments while perhaps seeming outrageous (I intend it that way in order to get you to read it) nevertheless represent not only a distillation of the current references but based on years of background experience (after all I am on the Expert Panel with the American College of Sports Medicine) that leads me to believe that these opinions are not only scientifically correct, with merit and will stand the test of time. To the best of my ability I will always include the proper reference.
I have just been invited to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Boston Marathon, and if you need some help back there in Boston let me know. Turns out that I can get more speaking engagements than I have time to do, but I like to talk and let people know how WE are changing the face of health one person, and one marathon, at a time because that is what we’re doing and as a physician I feel very good that way.
The Honolulu Marathon is called “The People’s Marathon”. There were about 26,000 runners. I would like your feedback on this, whether I should pursue this philosophically or not, it’s not necessarily a criticism. Continue reading
The Federal No Call Number to stop Robo-Calls
If you’ve been receiving these “robo-calls” and want to stop them, you can call
the Federal No-Call number: 1-888-382-1222
For more information visit online: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/04/dncfyi.shtm
It takes up to 30 days for it to take effect once you have registered. You cannot stop getting calls from charities or fundraisers for politicians, but 30 days after registering your phone number you should not get robo-calls. If you do get calls there is another number you can call to issue a complaint about entities that call you.
It appears that at some point in time cell numbers are going to be made available. We are not sure what to do about that just yet.
This week the New York Marathon was canceled (due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, October 26 – 29, 2012) and it created a big hub-bub. The politics of the thing is sort of interesting because the New York Nicks played their basketball game today (November 04, 2012) and the New York Giants played their football game.
Whether the New York Marathon should have been run or not is a question of debate. Dr. Scaff does not think it should have been run; if it was next week he thinks they should have run it. But if they had run it this week and set up a booth for the Red Cross they would have probably raised a hundred million dollars for hurricane relief because everybody had flown in for the marathon.
One issue arising from the cancellation of the New York Marathon is that the poor people that came from foreign countries, or came from Hawaii, to qualify for Boston, spent two or three thousand dollars. So, will big races eventually come with trip cancellation insurance? Dr. Scaff thinks it is an idea worth thinking about, because there is such a big financial concern for everybody.