Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for checking out our website! We hope that you will find it helpful. Please refer to the list below for answers to commonly asked questions. If you have a more specific question or would like to provide comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact us anytime!
Who are we?
Our names are Matt, Ryan, and Jessica, and we are are a group of now competitive runners. In the past we all played numerous sports at a high level, but as we progressed through our 20’s and into our 30’s each of us began to place a focus on running. The main reason we decided to focus on running was because we all enjoy it, it can be really flexible in terms of scheduling, and the mental and physical benefits are superb. Plus, the fact that it is free (for the most part) is definitely a bonus!
Are we doctors?
Nope! Matt is a lab technician and Ryan and Jessica are both accountants. Therefore, there a few things to keep in mind:
1. We cannot diagnose any conditions and we cannot prescribe any treatments. The information found on our site is purely for the purpose of discussion.
2. Although we cannot provide official medical advice, we hope that some of the information found on this site can help your rehabilitation or performance. For example, if there is an an article about a topic that you feel could be very applicable to you, perhaps it is worth taking that information to your doctor for further discussion.
3. We may provide descriptions of our personal experiences. Although our experiences may sound similar to something you are currently dealing with, please keep in mind that everything differs on an individual level, so again, take this information as topics of discussion.
What is alternative medicine?
Merriam-Webster provides the following definition of alternative medicine: “any of various systems of healing or treating disease (as homeopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, Ayurveda, or faith healing) that are not included in the traditional curricula taught in medical schools of the United States and Britain.“
Do we sell any related products?
No, we do not produce or sell any products. The closest we get is providing links to other websites that may sell items, but for us we are only interested in discussion.
Am I a hippie if I consider alternative medicine?
Maybe (and there’s nothing wrong with that), but that would have nothing to do with the fact that you’re researching alternative medicine. Although there is a preconceived notion that alternative medicine is for those who are highly spiritual, minimalistic, or simply “out there”, this is not the case.
Alternative medicine has found a lot more popularity in recent years. This isn’t simply because there are magic potions developed that seem to work, but instead, hard-nosed science has started to deliver evidence showing that some alternative processes can have benefits.
Whenever you are researching alternative medical practices and products, we highly recommend that you check the source and look for facts rooted in science. Although there is less information available when compared with standard medicine, it is a growing area of research, which is an exciting time to become familiar.
Has alternative medicine worked for us?
Yes. If not, we likely wouldn’t be putting as much work into sharing our experiences. However, it hasn’t always worked, so we are not here to preach miracle cures that do not exist. Again, simply sparking some discussion based on trending topics and previous experiences.
Will my doctors, trainers, nutritionists, etc, know anything about alternative medicine?
Most likely. This is an area of medicine that has garnered enough interest from the general and athletic populations that it is often hard for these professionals to not know anything about it. However, as “alternative” would imply, this topic likely isn’t covered in depth in their standard schooling. Often times additional courses or personal experiences are necessary for these professionals to become experts in the field. Therefore, how much the know will vary from individual to individual, but suffice to say they should have some valuable information for you.