FYI – Stress and cell phone addiction


There are articles from the US and UK regarding smartphone addiction. This isn’t just a Korean issue. I recommend reading this article.

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child with smartphone sitting on a benchSmartphone addiction is real.

And it can also make TBI recovery more difficult by affecting your sleep and getting you cranked up into a constant fight-flight state. Not having a lot of “screen time” after a concussion is a good idea for a lot of reasons. This is one of them.

Thanks to Ken Collins for sending along this great research paper:

Exercise rehabilitation for smartphone addiction

Hyunna Kim*


Internet addiction after launching smartphone is becoming serious. Therefore this paper has attempted to sketch out the diverse addiction treatment and then check the feasibility of exercise rehabilitation. The reason to addict the internet or smartphone is personalized individual characters related personal psychological and emotional factors and social environmental factors around them. We have shown that 2 discernible approaches due to 2 different addiction causes: that is behavioral treatment and complementary treatment. In the behavioral treatment, cognitive behavioral approach…

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What is Stress?


I really like this post, especially regarding the importance of gratitude and of being of service to others. This isn’t necessarily gratitude or service in a religious sense; concrete actions in this world matter.

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Shadow of hunchback walking up stairs Stress is the shadow that creeps up on me

Ken Collins sent along some great info about stress. Stress is by far one of the biggest problems after TBI. We experience it from all sides. First, we’re forced to deal with a very real change in how we function in the world. Second, we can get stressed about being stressed. And it builds…

I’ll add to Ken’s notes below:

KC: 99% of the stress you experience is caused by your thinking, your interpretation and your hardwired beliefs. Sure if you grew up in an abusive family, got assaulted, molested or raped, physically threatened or even wrongfully arrested those would all be examples of trauma/stress you have experienced. This trauma is buried in your sub-conscious and under stress is triggered – limbic system fight or flight response in the Amygdala.

True, true. Trauma does stay in the system, unless it is…

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ACA: Equality and Justice for All


Every ACA repeal bill offered by the GOP this year has been a horror show, designed to cut taxes for the affluent while raising costs and reducing access for everyone else. The backstory of the healthcare debate has been to free up government funds to enable tax cuts primarily for the wealthy.  It’s not good health policy and it’s not good economic policy. It’s greed, nothing more.

If you believe in the concept of fairness, if you believe that the Declaration of Independence isn’t just a scrap of paper, or if you believe that the Preamble to the Constitution is meaningful, then you have two new heroes this week.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

These are rights for everyone, not just the more fortunate.

So let me introduce to you the two major risk takers of the Senate, Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine). Senator McCain could kill the bill because these two stood firmly against it. It’s called placing citizens and Country above party and donors.


(Source: Huffington Post)

Full disclosure: There are parts of the GOP bills that would have helped me. However, I’m not willing to place my own interests ahead of what I know to be true and just. Rich or poor, we are all fellow travelers to the grave. Or as the country song says, “never seen a hearse with a luggage rack.”

Brain Injury and Football — No Place to Run


The latest evidence is pretty hard to ignore.

The research leader is Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology at the VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the CTE Center at Boston University. She examined the brains of 111 deceased NFL players. Of these, 110 had CTE, the degenerative disease caused by repeated blows to the head.

The marker for CTE is a protein found in damaged cells. Because it involves microscopic examination of brain cells, it can only be done after death.

However, families often don’t need that proof. While the victim is alive, they deal with issues such as early on-set dementia and suicide attempts.

The argument in the current report is that even if no one else in the NFL had CTE, the 110 proven cases would prove a statistically higher incidence of CTE among NFL players than in the general population. The bodies examined were a non-random sample of NFL players; families donated them because of concerns. However, the sheer number of cases makes the results statistically meaningful. There simply aren’t millions of NFL players.

And it seems likely that other players do have it. The skulls examined come from all playing positions on the American football field:

  • Linemen
  • Running backs
  • Defensive backs
  • Linebackers
  • Quaterbacks
  • Wide receivers
  • Tight ends
  • Place kickers
  • Punters

Everyone who plays is at risk.

More generally everyone is at risk. The major causes of brain injuries are car accidents and slip-and-falls. The difference between civilians and sports players is repetition. People don’t collect (hopefully) 5 or 10 concussions driving, but then can in football, soccer, auto racing, bike racing and other activities.

Even a single concussion can be devastating.

Like the cigarette debate of the 1970s, it’s time for fans and owners to move from denial to action. What do we do to care for the injured? Deal with suicide risks? Cover the costs of dementia c are?

There’s also the ethical question of whether people have the right to do things that will shorten their life. There is still an active debate on the ethics of assisted suicide in the US; doesn’t this fall into that discussion? If you opt to do something that you know can kill you, does it matter what the method is?


  1. “110 NFL Brains,” The New York Times, 25 July 2017.
  2. Gil D. Rabinovici, MD, “Advances and Gaps in Understanding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy,” JAMA, 25 July 2017.

Mindful Mondays: Learning to Pause with Chronic Illness & Pain


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Mindful Mondays. Learning to pause iwth chronic illness and pain How learning to use a “Pause” can greatly improve our lives with chronic illness and pain

Mindful Mondays: Learning to Pause with Chronic Illness & Pain

The past two weeks have been really difficult for me.  Not only is the insurance situation that I am in one of the most difficult but I am also in pain, which just adds more weight. to the urgency of the issue.  So now I have a bad situation, increased pain and then here comes something else… a major bad attitude.

I hate bad attitudes. HATE THEM! They are one of my pet peeves and I am annoyed when other people walk around with a bad attitude.  Well lately ( at least a few weeks ) I have the bad attitude. So much so that I am annoying myself!  Anyone ever been there?  Be so annoying that you can’t stand yourself??

It is almost…

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