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Satirical Aerobics

For years I have had a dream. It strikes me that most exercise videos are excessively earnest. Perky! Sincere! Cheerleader-esque! There seemed to be few, if any, home workout routines for people with a healthy sense of irony, and a taste for the absurd. My people. For too long I lacked the time, the equipment, and the chutzpah to make […]

On The Bleeding Edge of Science

  Twenty years ago, a friend of mine stopped being able to walk. It happened intermittently. She’d be fine for a few weeks or months, then collapse. She had intense pelvic pain that doctors couldn’t find a reason for. Some thought she was faking it and sent her to the psych ward, or gave her a catheter without anesthetic “to […]

Get Your Body Back!!!

Posted by on December 17, 2013 in Exercise, Massage, Pain, Physical Therapy, Weight Loss | Comments Off on Get Your Body Back!!!

I always thought that personal trainers were for trophy wives. Which would not be me. Plus, I hate gyms. I see no reason to subject myself to an environment full of clanking torture devices, fluorescent lights, TV screens, hideous music, sweaty odors and the sound of grunting. Not when the free, beautiful outdoors–for running, hiking, biking and dancing–is right there. […]

The Problems That Can’t Be Solved

Posted by on December 03, 2013 in Back pain, Brain, Mental Health, Nervous system, Pain, Post-traumatic stress, Stress | Comments Off on The Problems That Can’t Be Solved

My brother-in-law, Leif Weaver, passed away on November 14, after an eighteen-month battle with aggressive mantle-cell lymphoma. I loved him a whole lot. His memorial was filled with friends and family who were just as broken-hearted, many of whom had flown cross-country on a few hours’ notice to say goodbye. We spent the evening swapping hilarious Leif stories, hugging one […]

How To Make Your Body Disappear

Posted by on October 29, 2013 in Brain, Brain waves, Exercise, Listening, Meditation, Mental Health, Nervous system, Pain, Stress | Comments Off on How To Make Your Body Disappear

Some fun new research has discovered that turning your gym into an oversized, self-propelled boom box can boost your workout performance: …the results showed that most of the volunteers had generated significantly greater muscular force while working at the musically equipped machines than the unmodified ones. They also had used less oxygen to generate that force and reported that their […]

Touchy Topic Tuesday: Blame Is Of The Devil

Posted by on October 01, 2013 in Pain | Comments Off on Touchy Topic Tuesday: Blame Is Of The Devil

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm but the harm does not interest them. -T.S. Eliot, poet (1888-1965) A new book, ‘Scarcity,’ details groundbreaking research on what poverty does to the mind: Worrying about money when it is tight captures our brains. […]

Touchy Topic Tuesday: I Am Embarrassed To Tell You This, But…

…I’m wearing an ankle brace. Turns out my crippled ankle wasn’t psychosomatic after all. According to my fabulous new podiatrist, I have posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, caused by the extra bone in my flat, flat foot torquing my gait and stretching the tendon until it is practically shredded. He says if I don’t wear this brace, I’m a candidate for […]

Touchy Topic Tuesday: How To Hobble Your Ankle Without Falling Down

Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Pain | Comments Off on Touchy Topic Tuesday: How To Hobble Your Ankle Without Falling Down

Update on the crippled ankle: last weekend I used a foam roller on the spot where my hamstrings attach to my ischial tuberosity–the butt bone–and my ankle joint cracked. It’s been getting gradually better ever since. The first thing I do every day is foam-roller that same spot, because it seizes up overnight. So, how does that work? This diagram […]

Touchy Topic Tuesday: Is ‘Tapping’ For Real?

Posted by on September 03, 2013 in Pain | Comments Off on Touchy Topic Tuesday: Is ‘Tapping’ For Real?

Full disclosure: I just did this. Three times. I felt like a real fool. But I’ve had an inflamed ankle for way too long now, especially considering that my job is to relieve problems like chronically inflamed ankles. I know what’s causing it. I got into this line of work partly because of first-hand experience with intractable pain. I’ve done […]

Touchy Topic Tuesday: What About This Four-Cups-of-Coffee Bombshell?

It’s been all over the news: a study published last week in Mayo Clinic Proceedings indicates that drinking more than four cups of coffee a day may be hazardous to your health, particularly if you are under 55. The researchers found that younger men who passed the 28-cup weekly threshold – which works out to about four cups per day […]