Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Worth Sharing!

I feel that posting this may violate some of the mentioned issues, oh well :)
Be careful in this ever changing world in which we live in. I certainly thank Dr. Rutledge and Mr. Hua for this service:

Here is an important message from our legal department to tell you about new federal regulations that went into effect this month. We want to help you understand how these new regulations could affect you as a blogger on health topics.

“We are writing to let you know about revised Guidelines issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on October 5, 2009 relating to endorsement and testimonial advertising. These new Guidelines go into effect on December 1, and reflect the FTC’s interpretation with respect to federal law relating to advertising. These new Guidelines specifically apply to bloggers and could impose liability on bloggers for endorsements or testimonials.

The revised Guidelines state that:

· The Guidelines apply to Bloggers and online word-of-mouth marketers and require them to disclose any material connection to a company when reviewing the company’s products or services (failure to disclose any payment or receipt of free product from an advertiser or someone acting on their behalf could expose you to liability);

· Both advertisers and endorsers can be liable for false or unsubstantiated claims made in an endorsement (if you were given a product for free or were paid to write a review, then the claims you make about the product must be accurate and substantiated);

· Advertisements containing consumer endorsements, or testimonials, must disclose what results a reasonable consumer could expect from the product and can no longer rely on a disclaimer that “results may vary”;

The complete revised Guidelines can be found at The FTC has also posted several short videos explaining the Guidelines at

It is Wellsphere’s policy that bloggers disclose publicly any interest that they have in any topic that they write about. Transparency is critical to your credibility with your readers and to your relationship with Wellsphere. In addition, you must be careful to confirm the accuracy of any statements that you make about a product or service that you are writing about and are responsible for what you write. Please understand that Wellsphere takes compliance with its policies and these Guidelines very seriously and failure to comply may result in the termination of your relationship with Wellsphere. I am happy to answer any questions you have and work with you to address any concerns.”

Have a wonderful day!

Good Health,
Geoffrey Rutledge, MD PhD and David Hua

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Day 4 of 4

way too early on a sunday morning, nonetheless, I'm excited to finish up this course. That is not to say I want it to end, but rather I am looking forward to completing the intake of all of the information. Is it just me or am I especially long-winded on minimized sleep?

The instructor has been fabulous, completely engaging and obviously well-versed in the science of healing and her own unique art form of caring. Plus I always love those down south (Georgia) accents/attitudes/idioms ('The dog won't hunt' ain't exactly a Brooklyn thing).

The flow of the course has been great. From concepts to practice as it should be and we finished off last night with a thrillingly entertaining workout session - the idea was to spread this out to our patients. I may just have to take a few more courses with these people :)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

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Friday, May 09, 2008

Brooklyn Half

Last Saturday I ran the farthest and fastest I have ever run in my life. Running a race is something I had been talking about for a long while, and boom here I finally decided to do it. I joined NYRR last year in hopes of getting into the NYC Marathon (which I would have trained for real hard), alas the lottery did not smile upon me, so perhaps this year I will try again. There are a number of ways to qualify for the NYC Mar. none of which I met, yet.

But I have been receiving e-mails from NYRR and saw one about the Brooklyn-Half Marathon and saw it was right in my neck of the woods, I just decided to sign up. Up to that point I had been running intermittently on top of my weight training, probably no more than 2 miles at a time. As a soon to be PT I would not have recommended that I run in this event without proper training. After signing up, I began to run with a little more zeal and got in a few 5-7 mile runs. I was able to recruit one of my old high school football buddies to run - Dan has been training to become a fireman and thus has been running a lot, (spoiler alert!) so it's o.k. that he beat me by 5 whole minutes. His goal was 1:45, mine was anywhere from 2-2:15.

The night before I did manage to carb load with a big bowl of whole wheat pasta. On race day I didn't even eat breakfast, but my fireman buddy hooked me up with half an orange and the ever-important band-aids over the nipples, crucial.

As the race began on the boardwalk of Coney Island I tried to keep pace with fireman Dan. Navigating through the thousands of runners at a decent pace was the second greatest challenge of the race (the first being fighting fatigue of course toward the end secondary to my lack of training). At mile 3 right as we got off the boardwalk I was starting to lose ground with my pace rabbit. First I yelled out for him to "slow down!" which he did not, to which I yelled out "I will catch you if it's the last thing I do," to which an older lady yelled back in quality Brooklyn fashion: "It probably will be."

The running route itself is set up very well; after the 3 miles on the boardwalk you begin a long straight away up the gut of Brooklyn. I ran by fireman Dan's brother and cousin to ask how far ahead he was and they told me only about a half block up, so I felt alright with that. It was fun because I was able to try to latch on to someone just ahead of me and try to catch them, have small races which kept me going throughout. A little kid yelled "It's Superman!" (I was wearing my Super PT shirt, seen in my blog profile to the right or below), which gave me an extra little boost. As I kept going I stopped at each water station and did walk a little to enjoy the gatorade, which slowed my pace a little I am sure; I was able to maintain an 8:00 pace for most of the race, however toward the end I slowed down and finished with an 8:26 pace.

As I got more and more tired my PT mind set kicked in a little and I started to think about each muscle movement. I felt my hip flexor, especially in my R leg getting tighter and tighter. I actually at one point did a little lateral shuffle in each direction and backpedal to try to clear the constant repetitive forward running motion, which just made sense at the time and did in fact make me feel a little better. As I pressed on getting passed by people of all sizes and experience levels I wished that I had trained a little more. there were some very short people and females passing me by, which can be a little embarrassing, but I did not mind because I know how much they must have trained while I relied on my natural athletic ability (I hope that doesn't sound too chauvinistic, haha).

It was passed on to me later that at about mile 10, entering THE PARK, a 3-year old child was yelling for everyone to STOP, and his mother said "No, sweetheart you want them to keep going." Quality moment.

I kept stopping at each water station to reflect while I enjoyed the cool refreshing drink, whereas my buddy Dan told me he did not stop for water once (possible 5 minute difference there). I began running alongside a good looking young lady whose name was Amy and works in fashion and was originally from Texas, she was running with a group of red shirts with a foot print on the back. She had fallen behind during the start by literally falling down before the starting line because of the mad rush of people on the boardwalk. As we ran and her pace pushed me she regaled me with her past running experiences, having run the NYC Marathon twice, once being sick and the other time injured and not training properly. That conversation lasted close to 1.5 miles, maybe even 2, until we got to that next dreaded water station where I felt the need to stop and walk with my water, despite my pride I told her to go on without me. I had a pleasant walk for close to 100 yards it felt down to the traffic light after the water station, trying to stay out of everyones way.

I felt rejuvenated as I got to the traffic light and took off for the finish line, hoping there would be no more water stations to distract me. There were some wicked hills in the park but I felt strongest going up hill. I ran by a few people on the floor from exhaustion, and yelled to the EMS there was someone puking about 100 yards back around the bend, but they did nothing, sad moment. As a former EMT and a medical volunteer for the last two NYC Marathons it was a shame how that EMS'r did not respond to me, but maybe he took off after I had continued running. I wish I could have stopped to help that poor gentleman on the floor but alas, I did not... I knew (or at least thought) he could better be taken care of by the volunteers on hand and I had to try to catch Dan.

Coming around one of the last bends at about mile 12.2 I saw one of my professors which gave me an added boost, always great seeing people you know along the path to glory... As I was coming up on mile 13 (the full distance is 13.1 miles - which slipped my buddy Dan, who sprinted to mile 13 but then was tired for the extra tenth of a mile) I too decided to sprint ahead (when I actually got to the 13 mile marker). At about 13.05 I felt my legs giving out from the sprinting that I had not prepared them properly for, but I sprinted on, yelling like a madman and bypassing everyone else just cruising into the finish line and that brings us to the picture below and the official scoring time was different from that displayed in the picture, mine was 1:50:30 which I am pleased with for my first ever race of that length. In fact the only other race I had ever run previously was a 5K turkey trot which I finished in 24 minutes and did on a complete whim with zero preparation.

Afterwards I had a few blisters only on my R foot which is going to require future investigation since I plan on continuing to train and run. I still have to give many amazing kudos to Stanley Paris for what he is attempting to accomplish. We did have a problem finding Dan's father after the race, so if you ever run one, make sure you work out an ideal meeting situation.

That's my recap, hope to see you out there running the next one with me!

Monday, May 05, 2008


Got a few post ideas floating around, still trying to get settled back into a NY groove... for now enjoy this news story that goes right to the heart of "You got drugs, you got surgery, you got us":

Commonly Used Medications Associated With Impaired Physical Function In Older Adults

Older adults who take drugs designed to block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine -- including common medications for incontinence, high blood pressure and allergies -- are more likely to be dependent in one or more activities of daily living and to walk slower, according to new findings from researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues.

Of course this could have some impact on that:

One In Four Disabled Seniors Use Risky Or Ineffective Medicines, USA

Roughly a quarter of Americans with disabilities age 65 and older reported using at least one prescription drug deemed inappropriate for persons his or her age, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Only about half as many (13 percent) of elderly people without disabilities used inappropriate drugs, according to the analysis of 2004 data. Thirty-three medications are regarded as inappropriate for people 65 and older.

Thursday, May 01, 2008


May 4-10 is brain tumor action week. Checkout this video I put together with the help of some of my brain tumor friends. Please pass this on to your contacts and ask them to pass it on to their contacts… and so on... Please help us spread awareness about brain tumors. People need to notice! All it costs you is a few minutes out of your day.

TUMORS SUCK! Pass it on!

Eric Anthony Galvez DPT CSCS
Author of REVERSAL
Executive Director of mAss Kickers LLC

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Aggressive Rehab for SCI

could be my laziest post yet... yay