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Grit, Gravel & Commitment: Cycling with Larry at the Maine Lighthouse Ride

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Grit, Gravel & Commitment: Cycling with Larry at the Maine Lighthouse Ride My Body Odyssey rode along with Larry Langmore on the 40 mile option of the 20th Annual Maine Lighthouse Ride this year, a benefit for the Eastern Trail Association that attracts 800 riders from near and far.   40 miles is a good long…

Three Passionate Odysseys from the 51st Falmouth Road Race: On Foot, Wheels & Crutches

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Three Passionate Odysseys from the 51st Falmouth Road Race: On Foot, Wheels & Crutches My Body Odyssey attended the 51st  Falmouth Road Race– the  local, 7-mile pub crawl that quickly evolved into a major, international event with 75,000 spectators and 10,000 runners annually. Our episode features three participants at this year’s event, including the only runner…

My Expert Odyssey: Dr. D.J. Kennedy On back Pain & Life As a Weightlifting Event

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My Expert Odyssey: Dr. D.J. Kennedy on Life As a weightlifting event As a former competitive weightlifter, strength coach, and now Chair of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine at Vanderbilt Medical School, Dr. D.J. Kennedy specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of back issues that nearly all of us experience- including chronic back pain. “The numbers…

Primal Posture for Modern Pain? The Gokhale Method of Walking, Sitting & Bending

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Primal Posture for Modern Pain? The Gokhale Method of Walking, Sitting & Bending Three decades ago, Esther Gokhale created the Gokhale Method to apply primal posture to modern pain. Gokhale emphasized small improvements in everyday movements to prevent and heal back pain and musculoskeletal damage. Now, more than 20,000 people have learned to walk, sit,…
Ultimate Mark leaps from ultimate frisbee to soccer

The New Ultimate Mark

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The New Ultimate Mark: More Community, Less Injury, Same Sick Tattoo Featuring Esther Gokhale & Dr. Michele Kerulis You deeply love your sport and the people who play it. But your body is telling you it’s time to move on. You need more community, less injury. At some point in our adult years, we all deal…
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Rehab Without Fatigue? The Great Challenges of Long COVID Treatment

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Rehab Without Fatigue? The Great Challenges of Long COVID Treatment Featuring Dr. David Putrino Long COVID can feel like a lifetime sentence — yet scientists are developing more effective treatments for these deeply debilitating cases. Dr. David Putrino, Director of Rehabilitation Innovation for the Mount Sinai Health System, is a major contributor to this effort….

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Cyclist for Life Howie

Cyclist for Life Howie: Riding the Ups & Downs of Cancer Howie, a recently retired software engineer, has been an avid cyclist most of his adult life, with a total mileage equivalent to a few laps around the planet. But more remarkable is the fact that Howie has done a good bit of that cycling…
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Rowing Through Cancer, Injury & Trauma

Rowing Through Cancer, Injury & Trauma Three Body Odysseys At 2022 Head Of The Charles “I plan to row till my last breath.” That’s a pretty strong endorsement for any sport. And we heard this deep love of rowing several times from committed rowers at the 2022 Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR), the rowing…
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Generational Gene

Generational Gene: Cycling for Diabetes Prevention Our protagonist in this episode, Generational Gene, may at first seem like a special case. A middle-aged school superintendent with a father and grandfather who’ve contracted Type 2 diabetes later in life, Gene seems at higher-than-average risk to develop the condition, as well.  But in fact Gene is very…

Season 1

My Expert Odyssey Part 2

My Expert Odyssey Part 2: Scoliosis, Pre-Diabetes, Postpartum, & Cancer In this second of two holiday bonus episodes, we again get a bit more personal with season one expert guests whose own experiences have inspired and informed their professional pursuits – “My Expert Odyssey” times four.  First off, Dr. Mark Stoutenberg of Temple University’s Department…

My Expert Odyssey Part 1

My Expert Odyssey Part 1: Depression, Diabetes & Trauma (Bonus Episode) What leads someone on a path to becoming a noted researcher on the benefits of exercise for depression or diabetes? Or a coach in the relatively new sport of para rowing?  Not surprisingly, personal experience can play a huge role in lighting those pathways….
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Rowing Through Cancer, Injury & Trauma

Rowing Through Cancer, Injury & Trauma Three Body Odysseys At 2022 Head Of The Charles “I plan to row till my last breath.” That’s a pretty strong endorsement for any sport. And we heard this deep love of rowing several times from committed rowers at the 2022 Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR), the rowing…
image is of two stick figures riding bikes and wearing helmets. the one in front is an adult, the one behind a child. the text reads generational gene, episode 8

Generational Gene

Generational Gene: Cycling for Diabetes Prevention Our protagonist in this episode, Generational Gene, may at first seem like a special case. A middle-aged school superintendent with a father and grandfather who’ve contracted Type 2 diabetes later in life, Gene seems at higher-than-average risk to develop the condition, as well.  But in fact Gene is very…
image is of a cyclist riding a bike, pulling an iv drop behind him. the text reads cyclist for life howie, episode 7

Cyclist for Life Howie

Cyclist for Life Howie: Riding the Ups & Downs of Cancer Howie, a recently retired software engineer, has been an avid cyclist most of his adult life, with a total mileage equivalent to a few laps around the planet. But more remarkable is the fact that Howie has done a good bit of that cycling…
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Josie & Joe in Tandem

Josie & Joe in Tandem vs. Multiple sclerosis Six months ago, Josie was bedridden with a flare-up of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) she has been battling for a decade alongside her husband Joe and with some help from their much loved custom tandem bike. Over that same decade Josie and Joe have logged over 10,000…
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Yogi Jess on a Tightrope

Yogi Jess on a Tightrope: From Mobility to Stability Jess is a successful and respected yoga teacher – young, fit, doing all the right things to stay healthy. She’s also highly knowledgeable about anatomy and physiology, with two graduate degrees in the field. But a series of mysterious episodes involving circulation to one arm led…

Mom-on-the-run Erin: The Challenges of postpartum Depression

Mom-on-the-Run Erin According to the CDC, one in eight new mothers experience postpartum depression, which in Erin’s case, as with others, came after a difficult pregnancy.  “I was on bedrest for a while and I had preeclampsia,” confides Erin. “And I wasn’t good at being pregnant.” Weight gain didn’t help matters either. But Erin had…
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Doc Sarah: Mysterious Condition, Miraculous Race

Doc Sarah: Mysterious Condition, Miraculous Race How do we know when to push through pain and injury to pursue the sports and activities we love? And when should we suspect that injuries are not isolated events but part of a disease process?  In this episode, we meet MBO protagonist Doc Sarah, a pediatrician, mother of…
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Iron Woman Diane

Iron Woman Diane The Rewards & Challenges of Exercise With Diabetes Iron Woman Diane, a recently retired power industry executive with Type 1 diabetes, has completed three full Ironman triathlons, numerous marathons and many lengthy cycling events, such as the New England Tour De Cure where My Body Odyssey first met her.  One day, though,…
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Ultimate Mark: “I Just Love Playing Too Much!”

Ultimate Mark: “I Just Love Playing Too Much!” In My Body Odyssey’s first full episode we meet Ultimate Mark– an uber competitive weekend warrior in many sports but most frequently Ultimate Disc (formerly Ultimate Frisbee).   Mark hurls himself on the ultimate field just as he once did as an aspiring soccer goalie.  Problem is Mark…