Proper exercise does not harm

Malpractice is improper conduct or simply misuse. (bad practice)
The following is excerpted from a story on “CBS This Morning” in February 2013. The article can be found at The orange highlighting is my custom for setting off something that I find objectionable. It has taken me a year to become calm enough to address this appropriately.
(CBS News) Doctors are seeing an explosion of baby boomers coming in with injuries from exercise. The influx has been dubbed “boomeritis.”
“It’s a result of the mentality boomers have about exercise”, Dr. Riley Williams, an orthopedic surgeon who practices sports medicine at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, explained on “CBS This Morning.”
“You have to understand that this generation of individuals 45 and up have been bred on the idea that exercise is going to not only lengthen your life, but increase your quality of life and thus they’ve been exercising their whole lives,” he said. “As you get older, joints, ligaments, and tendons, they change, as we all know, and you’re going to have some injuries from time to time if you exercise vigorously.Williams said he doesn’t consider “boomeritis” to a big problem because it is associated with exercise.
He said, “I always stress in my office that I’d rather have a problem with my limbs as opposed to problems with my core, diabetes, heart disease and things, so as we know, vigorous exercise is a helpful approach. However, we start to have a certain type of commitment to our exercise and we ignore these normal signs that may warn us if something is coming about.
To avoid injury longer, Williams suggests a diverse set of exercising routines. He explained, “Take running, for example. I see a lot of five-day-week runners. It’s almost virtually impossible after a certain age to continue with that frequency, so I encourage people to do other things, biking, intense gym training, things that give you that high that we heard about that’s associated with running exclusively.”
Injuries are not an inherent part of exercise. Ken Hutchins teaches correctly that injury is the only thing that exercise can produce directly, but that proper exercise is done within the constraints of safety. Injury should never occur and it must never be deemed acceptable. Injury is however and inherent risk to varying degrees with recreational activities. This presentation clearly illustrates the usual confusion over the distinction between exercise and recreation. To not consider an increase in injuries problematic is abhorrent, and to disguise it with this supposed association with exercise displays a conflict of interest when it comes from an orthopedist.
To mention “core” (a meaningless jargon term), diabetes and heart disease are merely a play on sensationalism and not worthy of my time to rebut.
The ignored warning signs that are mentioned are not associated with proper exercise. they are associated with recreational activities. Proper exercise never imposes anything from without but involves the limit of volitional effort from within.
“To avoid injury longer” ??????????????  How about avoid injury. ? Varying activities and the associated “high” are indicators that the topic of discussion is again recreation. Recreation is a wonderful thing. Everyone should get as much as practical, but to undermine the benefit of exercise because of a misguided attempt to correct the problem of inaccurate risk assessment for one’s recreational activity is a big, albeit common, mistake.
This “doctor” goes on to praise openness to having joint replacements earlier in life. The suggestion is that the replacements contribute to quality of life because of the incorrectly supposed hazard of exercise.

Bad advice

Malpractice is improper conduct or simply misuse. (bad practice)
The following was excerpted from an email message that was sent out with the intent of promoting better health. It was copied directly, minus pictures, to avoid any mistakes. The orange highlighting is my custom for setting off something that I find objectionable.
Studies have shown that mindfulness can help improve mood and psychological well-being. Paying attention while eating assures full digestion and nutritional benefits.

  • Don’t eat standing, walking or driving. While multitasking can be good for some activities, it takes away from mindful eating. Sit down or pull the car over, and take some time to enjoy your food.
  • Eat without distraction. Focusing on food is challenging when you are watching television or sitting at your desk surrounded by clutter. First, choose to eat at the dining room or kitchen table. Next, clear everything off the table except for your food. Finally, sit down and enjoy your meal!
  • If you don’t really enjoy the food, don’t eat it! There’s no reason to waste calories. If you don’t enjoy the food you’re eating, stop eating it and find something else.

Most of these suggestions are reasonable, but to promote an association between diet and entertainment is misguided. The purpose of diet is to provide the best possible balance of nutrients (that includes quantity in balance) to fuel the mechanism. I’m all for paying attention. I just think that improper eating is most often a result of seeking pleasure, and this message is only encouraging the problem.

At first glance this message might seem harmless, but this kind of misleading idea snuck into our conversations leads to it becoming accepted only for familiarity though it has no credibility. The fact that words can be arranged in a sentence doesn’t mean they convey anything legitimate, and when the idea is put forth from one that poses as authoritative, the damage can be extensive.