FitOldDog’s Cabbage Theory Of Gods And Plantar Fasciitis

William Prowse IV (left) and FitOldDog (right).

Who would you trust for advice on the treatment of plantar fasciitis, William Prowse IV (left) or FitOldDog (right). FitOldDog says you can trust both of us!!! Was William Farm Boy in The Princess Bride? I think so; my favorite movie.

Hi folks, welcome!

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Setting up a business isn’t only about designing products, such as our plantar fasciitis treatment, to make money, it’s really about making a difference, but you do need some money to keep making a difference.

When I was growing up, or becoming conscious (not conscious in the way Eckhart Tolle means, as that came much later), our mother professed to be a Jehovah’s Witness. I remember her going around knocking on doors with copies of WatchTower and Awake, with us kids in tow. I never did get what she was talking about. I’ve always needed more concrete evidence of the existence of things, including the existence of so-called gods or God. Never made any sense to me. If I have a religion at all, it is the firm belief (not that I ascribe to the concept belief in the absence of evidence) that I don’t know what is going on in this wonderful universe of ours, and nor does anyone else, whatever they say or rant, but it is extremely interesting.

FitOldDog's treatment for plantar fasciitis e-book.I did notice that people talk a lot about their gods and God, most trying all the while to convince others of the veracity of their system of ‘belief.’ I’m not saying that they are all wrong, just that none of them make any sense to me.

About  60 years later, having retired from a career as a scientist/pathologist, I tried to sell the concept of body awareness, with little success. I subsequently chose to focus on something that really hurts, Plantar Fasciitis. I thought that this might get people’s attention, especially those with excruciatingly sore heels. I’ve been there, and it’s a royal pain in the butt. To my surprise there were many theories as to the cause of this crippling condition, and just as many approaches to treatment, if not more.

I noticed that people talk a lot about their particular opinion concerning mechanisms of, and treatment approaches to, plantar fasciitis.

This is when I came up with FitOldDog’s Cabbage Theory Of Life, that being:

If lots of people says lots of different things about a topic, many conflicting things in fact, the chances are that no one really knows what is going on with respect to the particular instance under discussion, be it gods, sore heels, or whatever.

Photo of The Plantar Fasciitis Survival Guide by William Errol Prowse IV and a Trigger Point Performance roller preferred by FitOldDog. Photo by FitOldDog.Why cabbages?

Well, I have never heard anyone, except for philosophers subscribing to extreme forms of skepticism, debate the existence versus the non-existence of cabbages – they just eat them, or they don’t, period. This leads me to suspect that cabbages may well be around, whereas the god/God and sore heel debates require something more concrete to be established – Oh! Yes! Never run on concrete, really bad for plantar fasciitis.

Conclusion: as a business proposition, plantar fasciitis could be a winner, but there is lots of competition, much of which I find unimpressive. Cabbage cluster at Boss BettyMy favorite competitor is William Prowse IV. Just watch his video and read his book, The Plantar Fasciitis Survival Guide.

Should I promote my competitors?

Only if their product is better than mine, and then I should get out of the business.

But plantar fasciitis, like religion, is a not a one size fits all sort of problem. I would prefer to work with William, to our mutual benefit and that of our respective customers. I compared and contrasted our products in a previous post, which William said he appreciated. Thank you William – I wonder what I, II and III were like?

What I really want is for people to listen when I tell them about the wonders of the study of Body Awareness – best of luck, FitOldDog, in this 140 character, take a pill, world of ours!

Don’t worry, I won’t give up.


Kevin aka FitOldDog



  1. 1. “If lots of people says lots of different things about a topic, many conflicting things in fact, the chances are that no one really knows what is going on with respect to the particular instance under discussion…”
    That describes economics for starters.
    However, not knowing is not the same as not trying to know! (Chicago School excluded – they have been know it all and wrong for decades)
    2. While you may ignore a competitor or praise a competitor NEVER slag them off to potential customers. That will direct them to sample their wares. Backbiting never pays a positive rate of return)
    3. Markets do seem to function optimally where there is competition between suppliers for the goods and services on offer. This competition is not just on price but also product differentiation.
    4. Collusion is not always beneficial to customers and often leads to: “a conspiracy against the public and some contrivance to raise prices” (Adam Smith)
    5. Cabbages are demons that haunt the school dinners of young children and do not exist on the home dinner table (as Mum gave up trying years ago).

    • Knew you would respond to that one. For starters, I really like cabbage, especially in Cole Slaw. I’m still experimenting with marketing, and this is one little experiment. It is interesting to watch how people respond. As there are millions of potential PF customers, this is a good place to learn. Friends have arrived – go to go. -k

  2. I ate cabbage yesterday. I like it. Shredded and lightly steamed and then put in the frying pan with whatever else is in there (e.g. tomatoes, turkey breast). Spinach is good too, not only for Popeye. I bought some sauerkraut weeks ago in a jar as it is supposed to be very good for you. I haven’t dared to open it yet though. The thought of fermented cabbage puts me off – but I will open it some day soon.

  3. “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
    “To talk of many things:
    Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
    Of cabbages–and kings–
    And why the sea is boiling hot–
    And whether pigs have wings.”

  4. Lawrence says

    Kevin! It’s Lawrence. Roger told me you had a blog so I decided to see for myself. Good show, old chap! Haha! Nice to see you are still in great shape from when I last saw you. Email me at the usual place. Let’s meet up and have lunch sometime. I’m still here, even after all these years.

    • Hi Lawrence, nice to hear from you. Yep! Let’s have lunch, that would be nice. I could even come to the GSK cafeteria, for old times sake, and to visit the credit union at the same time. You’d just have to get me in. How about sometime next week? Cheers, Kevin

    • As for the initial idea you put forward. You can only make a difference if you make money. A pauper has little influence. Money and profits are not evil (well some on the left preach that it is) the good or evil comes from what you do with the stuff.
      You can make money from snake oil and attract a lynch mob, or make money from attempte at effective treatments and help others. Ah, choices, choice. Whether to help others or help yourself…………..

  5. Hi Trevor! It’s a fine line between developing a business plan that leads to pauperdom and the Ford Pinto approach. I’m well acquainted with the excellent lecture on the nature of money by Francisco d’Anconia in Atlas Shrugged, not that I agree entirely with the precepts of Objectivism. It is a matter of primary focus, and the means of achieving your primary goal. Of course, you need money to achieve all sorts of things, but if money becomes the primary goal you can slide down that slippery slope to making it your only real goal. That was my point. It’s a motivational and philosophical balancing act. I’m trying to make money, but with good and useful stuff. Books are slowly selling, and I’m working on my brand. I’m also having fun, which keeps me young. Hope you are having fun, too. Help oneself in the act of helping others is my goal. Thanks for the comment.

  6. Working on a book too but it is from an entirely different planet

  7. Should read Gewis to Aethelburg

    • Hi Trevor, I’m as unlikely to read it as you are unlikely to read my scientific articles, as poetry completely eludes me. You would find my stuff easier, I suspect, though you do protest about my use of certain terms, I’ve noticed. Keep writing, it’s good for the soul, whatever that is. Kevin

  8. AS for objectivism that is not my Economics. The Austrian School say all value is subjective and arrived at without and rigid parameters. The opposite of physics in many ways. I am not a slave to the Austrian school but on
    this I tend to agree

  9. Contains PROSE

  10. Not finished yet and how do I know about interesting. Covers Anglo-Saxon history,legend and myth the finished version of all 12 vol about 1200 pages+
    Not you cup of tea.

    • I do enjoy historical fiction.

      • Where i commit the Anglo Saxon Chronicle to verse I do not produce fiction but history in verse. Many Greek and Roman historians did this.
        I am a poet first not a fiction writer, that is used as a sort of wrapping material and I do not consider my prose to be art.
        You might want to look up the “Leeches book of Bald” for Anglo Saxon medicine. It may give you the horrors, but it is an insight into that culture.
        Finally, as Objectivism seems favoured by wall Street crooks, on balance I reject it in its entirety.

        • Hi Trevor! No need to throw out the baby with the bathwater. There are some good thoughts in the works of Ayn Rand, and the extremism is understandable given her life history. The right wing is using her work as the usual justification for evil, which is not a new thing, and I guess it makes a change from the bible. I found that reading her somewhat irritating books was enlightening in that it took me from a somewhat liberal extreme to a more central balance, dynamic as that might be. In veterinary school, and subsequent reading, I learned some things about the history of medicine, the killing of all those wise women (so-called witches), and the rest of those horrors. A quick look at your recommended reading, brings back those memories, but I was surprised to see surgery recommended for hair lip – I wonder about the success rate, which may have been not too bad, if the witches were listened to. Fascinating stuff.

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