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Hookworm at the Beach

My Facebook feed has been full of stories about the Canadian couple who acquired hookworm, or as the story stresses, larva migrans, while vacationing in the Dominican Republic. Of course, many of the stories tell you that the solution for this is that you should always wears shoes on the beach.

Oh, really?

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As regular readers here know, I am rather laid up at the moment. On December 10, 2017 I managed to rupture my Achilles tendon while playing tennis. I’ve previously written about this in What’s Up, Doc?, followed by What’s Afoot?.

So, here’s an update along with some thoughts about why I’m in this predicament. (Hint: look at the title of this post.)

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Great Eclipse

We now interrupt our non-regular and completely unscheduled set of Out West posts (yes, I’ll get to them later) for my quick trip to southern Illinois to view the eclipse in its totality.

And of course I found time to do other things.

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The Plantigrady Bunch

A couple of weeks ago there were a bunch of articles about a new study discussing why humans walk heel-toe. The articles related that to dogs and cats, who walk on their toes.

Unsurprisingly, I have some bones to pick with the articles. (Hell, I have bones to pick with just about everything, right?)

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There have been quite a few articles out about a new study that claims that running barefoot, as opposed to running shod, improves your memory. I thought I’d take a look at the study to see what it really said, and just what it means to improve your working memory.

Barefooters probably won’t like what I have to say.

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Central Ohio is probably not the best place to be located if you are trying to get in shape for hiking or backpacking somewhere with mountains. But I do have a favorite place to do as much as I can.

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There’s a new health breakthrough related to barefooting that I thought I should report on. It not only can make you feel much better and lead a healthier life, it manages to verify, and then magnify qi.

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