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“Trauma constantly confronts us with our fragility and with man’s inhumanity to man but also with our extraordinary resilience.”  – Bessel Van Der Kolk PTSD is now such a familiar term, it may be surprising to know that it was first formally established as recently as 1980 in DSM-III (the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, third edition). However, the concept that experiencing or witnessing...
Take a guess: what is a major risk factor for the development of alcoholism and also increases the chances of getting arthritis and cancer? The answer is ACEs, or Adverse Childhood Experiences. For many years there was a “nature vs nurture” debate about which is the most significant determiner of our health and personality, genes or environment? Spoiler alert: it’s both. While...
“On Day One, President Biden fulfilled his promise to rejoin the Paris Agreement and set a course for the United States to tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad, reaching net zero emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050. … Climate change poses an existential threat.” – April 22, 2021 White House FACT SHEET. As America and the world prepare...
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...

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

“Trauma constantly confronts us with our fragility and with man’s inhumanity to man but also with our extraordinary resilience.”  – Bessel Van Der Kolk PTSD is now such a familiar term,...

The Other ACE (Not the Winning Card)

Take a guess: what is a major risk factor for the development of alcoholism and also increases the chances of getting arthritis and cancer? The...

Insights for Flourishing: An Incommodious Question: Can Renewable Energy Tackle the Existential Threat?

“On Day One, President Biden fulfilled his promise to rejoin the Paris Agreement and set a course for the United States to tackle the...

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...