Runners and Lyme Disease

Christine Green, MD’s Commentary –
Christine Green, MDI am an outdoor runner and want us all to continue to enjoy running.  You can enjoy the outdoors, but be vigilant.  You can run but not hide from ticks!



Runner's WorldRunners and Lyme Disease:  Many of its early symptoms mimic overtraining, and mistaking it for something else may enable a tiny pest to become your worst nightmare.
By Gretchen Voss
Published on June 19, 2014 by Runner’s World

The pain, like a screwdriver twisting hotly through her knee, was excruciating. And the swelling, well, you could see it ballooning through her pants.

Angela Coulombe, 42, had just run the 2007 Beach to Beacon–a 10-K along the picturesque coast of her hometown, Portland, Maine. She thought she had simply reignited an old injury (she had knee surgery back in high school). So she did what any athlete would do: rested, iced, and popped ibuprofen for a week. When that didn’t help, she headed to the physical therapist. An MRI revealed nothing beyond unspecified knee inflammation. She began physical therapy, but a month in, the pain and swelling only worsened.

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New Lyme Disease Treatment Guidelines

Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 4.33.10 PMDrs. Cameron, Maloney and Ms. Johnson have done yeoman’s work to produce the first Lyme disease treatment guidelines that follow the IOM’s recommendations for producing guidelines. All recommendations are “graded” which means that the evidence or research on which the recommendations are made is evaluated for strength and accuracy. The statistical power of each study is evaluated. This is a remarkable document which you can give to your primary care doctor in the event that you get bitten by a tick, have a annular (roundish) spreading rash appear or develop a “summer flu.” All of these can be signs of acute tick borne disease, which is often Lyme disease.

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Transcript for Stuart Brown — Play, Spirit, and Character

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Toward the end of the interview, responding to the question of people who feel they never had a sense of play: “Dr. Brown: Well, then you start with things like rhythm and movement and those things that intrinsically produce some sense of pleasure and joyfulness. Well, as Bob Fagen says, “Movement fills an empty heart.” This could be an ad for Rosen Movement, which uses fun music, basic anatomy-based movements, connection, and playfulness to cultivate awareness and vitality.


Transcript for Stuart Brown — Play, Spirit, and Character
Published on June 18, 2014 by On Being with Krista Tippett

1072312229_ab7edef19c_oStuart Brown: I could ask you as a parent and any other parent that’s listening with a young child, you know, say a child over 3 but under 12. And if you just observe them and don’t try and direct them and watch what it is they like to do in play, you often will see a key to their innate talents. And if those talents are given fairly free reign, then you see that there is a union between self and talent. And that this is nature’s way of sort of saying this is who you are and what you are. And I’m sure if you go back and think about both of your children or yourself and go back to your earliest emotion-laden, visual, and visceral memories of what really gave you joy, you’ll have some sense of what was natural for you and where your talents lie.

[Music: “Seven League Boots” by Zoe Keating]

Krista Tippett, host: Who knew that we learn empathy, trust, irony, and problem solving through play — something the dictionary defines as “pleasurable and apparently purposeless activity.” Dr. Stuart Brown suggests that the rough-and-tumble play of children actually prevents violent behavior; that play can grow human talents and character across a lifetime. Play, as he studies it, is an indispensable part of being human.I’m Krista Tippett, and this is On Being.Stuart Brown founded the National Institute for Play at the age of 63, after too many years, as he puts it, as a workaholic doctor. His mission is to bring the unrealized knowledge, practices, and benefits of play into public life. I interviewed him in 2007.

Ms. Tippett: Where I’d like to start with you is where I start with every interview, whatever the subject is. I’d like to just hear a little bit about, let’s say, your background spiritually as well as your background of — as a person who plays.


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is founder and president of the National Institute for Play near Monterey, California. He is co-author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.

Emotional and Physical Pain Activate Similar Brain Regions

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Interesting article … basically, tylenol can help emotional pain feel better, which confirms that emotional and physical pain are similar. Very relevant to Rosen Method, explaining how touch impacts the emotions.


Emotional and Physical Pain Activate Similar Brain Regions
Where does emotion hurt in the body?
Published on April 19, 2012 by Alan Fogel in Body Sense

16When people feel emotional pain, the same areas of the brain get activated as when people feel physical pain: the anterior insula and the anterior cingulate cortex. In one study, these regions were activated when people experienced an experimental social rejection from peers. In another more real-life study, the same regions were activated when people who had recently broken up with romantic partners viewed pictures of the former partner.