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There are imposters masquerading as free food in our fields and woods, and some of them contain toxins likely to cause sickness and even death. Poisoning from intentionally foraged plants is usually more serious than the accidental ingestion of brightly-colored berries or a flower or two by children.  Chris Holstege, M.D.,the medical toxicologist who directs the Blue Ridge Poison...
Dear Crozet, The Covid pandemic appears to finally be ending in our community. Vaccination rates are up, and new and serious cases are way down. This is the moment we have all been waiting for! And so, I am here to ask a favor: Can you all please go back to languishing indoors like you were before the pandemic? I...
The internet generation (iGen) is the first cohort to have lived their entire adolescence in the age of the smart phone (those born between 1995-2012).  This generation is experiencing ever higher rates of loneliness, depression, anxiety and mental health issues in general (even before Covid), leading to questions about the potential contributory impact of smart phone and social media use. The...
Last Friday night will go down in the history of my bad nights of sleep as one of the worst. My best friend/training partner and I were camping at Grayson Highlands State Park the night before running a 50-mile trail race in the stunning but rocky trails in the park. Unfortunately, there was a high wind advisory and we...
“Can you meet me in 512?” It was the charge nurse calling me on my work phone. 512 is our major resuscitation bay. “Yes.” I answered her terseness with my own. By her clipped tone I knew it was something bad. I could feel my pulse rate drop dramatically as I headed in her direction. It was a well-trained response. There is...
I was walking the lanes of Appomattox Courthouse yesterday and thinking about the national mood and the mood in my hospital. Appomattox Courthouse is not too far from Charlottesville and is well worth a visit. Much of the small village has been restored to the way it appeared in 1865 when history was made there.  On a pleasant April day it...
We have all felt it—the way strong emotions such as anxiety, stress, excitement, love, and grief can hit us right in the gut. Our language is full of descriptions: “butterflies in my stomach” when madly in love, the “sinking feeling” in our stomachs when things start to go wrong, bad news experienced as a “kick in the gut,” the...

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The Socrates Project: Explosion of Accidental Poisonings Prompts New Guidance

There are imposters masquerading as free food in our fields and woods, and some of them contain toxins likely to cause sickness and even...

Back to Fitness: Please Return to the Languishing

Dear Crozet, The Covid pandemic appears to finally be ending in our community. Vaccination rates are up, and new and serious cases are way...

iGen, Social Media and Mental Health

The internet generation (iGen) is the first cohort to have lived their entire adolescence in the age of the smart phone (those born between...

Back to Fitness: Here They Come to Snuff the Rooster

Last Friday night will go down in the history of my bad nights of sleep as one of the worst. My best friend/training partner...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: Pulse Check

“Can you meet me in 512?” It was the charge nurse calling me on my work phone. 512 is our major resuscitation bay. “Yes.” I answered...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: The Beginning of the End

I was walking the lanes of Appomattox Courthouse yesterday and thinking about the national mood and the mood in my hospital. Appomattox Courthouse is not...

The Mind-Gut Connection: We Are What We Eat

We have all felt it—the way strong emotions such as anxiety, stress, excitement, love, and grief can hit us right in the gut. Our...