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4 January 2016

Get moving for a better body and brain




By Dr. Phil Maffetone Most runners intuitively know movement is necessary for a healthy body — nearly as necessary as air. But did you know it’s important for developing and maintaining a healthy brain, too? That’s because attached to our wiggling toes, bending knees, rotating spine and all moving muscles are nerve endings sending up to […]

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3 September 2015

Kids Don’t Need to Sit All Day in School: It’s Bad for Their Health




Bernadine Somers and Morgan Academy will be the first school of our region in West Virginia, maybe even the entire East Coast, to experiment with stand-up desks for kids. Most adults and children spend their days engaged in a damaging and unhealthful activity: sitting. Parking ourselves in chairs for long periods results in a chronic […]

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26 December 2014

Natural Foot Health vs. Shoe Industry




by Dr. Ray McClanahan. During a vacation with my family in Hawaii, we attended a Luau, where nearly every native Hawaiian had beautiful spread toes and strong healthy feet. That is  not often the case on the mainland. I couldn’t help but wonder if it was related to the fact that they work and live barefoot […]

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30 October 2013

Let’s Do Lunge: Dynamic Movements and Exercise Drills




Join me, my kids Leo and Lily, and my fellow movement teacher and Two Rivers Treads Education lead Paul Koczera, as we lead you through several exercise snacks that are demonstrated in these three videos. Do these simple dynamic movements and drills whenever and wherever you can. They can be done any time of day, […]

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20 October 2013

Breathing Exercises for Runners: But First, Are You Able to Breathe Nasally?




We run primarily with our legs?  So why is the Natural Running Center publishing a three-part video series (with accompanying text) on breathing? The answer is simple: Better breathing is the secret weapon to running better, feeling better, relaxing better, thinking better, being in better posture, sleeping better, and so on. Trust me here. Maybe […]

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7 May 2013

Book Excerpt from “FARMACOLOGY”




Please enjoy this excerpt from a new book called “FARMACOLOGY:What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing,” from my colleague Dr. Daphne Miller.  Dr. Miller is a fellow Family Physician and we met a little over a year ago at an event promoting Nature Prescriptions.  Dr. Miller is one of the nation’s […]

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10 February 2013

Can Music Help You Run Faster? Dr. Phil Maffetone Says “Not” When You’re Actually Running




Many runners depend on their tunes to get through their workouts. Other runners never run with music, using the syncopated beats of their breathing or footstriking as their private cadence-like metronome to propel them forward. So, is there a right way or wrong way when it comes to music and running?          […]

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12 December 2012

One Small Step for Man…Proprioceptive Deception




Most of us during the course of the day seldom watch where we put our feet when we are out and about. Instead, we rely on our innate sense of balance and the neural-muscular connection between the brain and feet. It’s as if our body is on auto-pilot. For example, when you’re carrying a cup […]

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18 September 2012

Running and Asthma: Getting Healthy is the Best, Natural Treatment




by Dr. Phil Maffetone. Many runners often experience asthma. Yes, asthma is a common condition found in endurance athletes, and even occurs at a higher incidence than the general population. Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition characterized by episodes or attacks of impaired breathing. Symptoms are caused by chronic inflammation and narrowing of the airways […]

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11 July 2012

For Those Who Love to Run While on the Road….




Print out these (larger size), get them laminated, and you can have your very own personalized hotel-room doorknob cards. Source: www.facebook.com/runningquotes  

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11 June 2012

Scientists Discover that “Exercise in Moderation is Beneficial!” Really?




by Dr. Phil Maffetone. I don’t keep track of which “health” lifestyle craze we’re in the midst of right now, but the odds are there’s at least one that’s grabbing a lot of current headlines. I don’t read newspapers or magazines, watch TV or listen to the radio. That includes almost all the same junk […]

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2 June 2012

Got Stress? Then, Running More = Running Better?




Got Stress? We all have it enter our lives, some experiencing stress more frequently than others. How we deal with it has been the subject of countless books, magazine articles, and talk shows. Too many people, unfortunately, attempt to self-medicate their way past stress, ranging from the daily jolts of caffeine to doctor-prescribed pills. But […]

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13 May 2012

All Runners: No Immunity from Heart Disease




The circumstances surrounding Micah True’s untimely death while he was out on a routine 12-mile trail run in the Gila wilderness area of New Mexico have caused many runners to look inward…to their own hearts. According to the Associated Press, “While medical examiners couldn’t point to the cause of the heart disease, they said True’s left […]

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1 May 2012

Walk Right Before You Run (and Only in the Right Shoes)




  Half of the customers who enter Two Rivers Treads in Shepherdstown, West Virginia have no interest in running or buying running shoes. That’s because we are not exclusively a “minimalist running store”. We also carry shoes for walkers and hikers. We want people moving and there is no safer, accessible, and natural movement than […]

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17 April 2012

Health Risks of Drinking Too Much Water Before or During a Race: Beware of Intoxication and Hyponatremia




by Dr. Phil Maffetone. Drinking fluids during training and racing will soon be reaching a boiling point of controversy and not for reasons most runners might suspect. Dehydration, and how to keep it under control, is nothing new. What’s been bubbling up in the media for the past few years is hyperhydration—drinking too much and […]

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17 April 2012

Boston Marathon 2012 — Meet the Heat




With the hot temperatures putting a distinctive stamp on the 2012 Boston Marathon, I wisely played it safe. I finished 10 minutes slower than last year’s time (2:37), yet came away with fourth in my age group (45-49). More importantly, I avoided the medical tent by following good racing practices. I wasn’t here to see […]

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24 March 2012

Nature, Play, Running, and the Rebirth of Fartlek




*** Last week, I had the privilege of addressing an audience of local youth in a TEDx event that was hosted by National Conservation and Training Center in Shepherdstown , West Virginia.   The topic was “Connection to Nature.” For those who have never heard of TED, it stands for “Technology, Entertainment, and Design”, and the […]

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7 March 2012

Barefoot and Minimalist Shoes for Walking




by Dr. Michael Nirenberg, DPM Walking au naturel may sound a bit naughty but when it comes to your feet, going barefoot is one of the simplest ways to make walking better and healthier. As a podiatrist, I have studied the benefits of barefoot activity and embraced them to the point that I advise many […]

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1 November 2011

Reducing Stress: Don’t Let the Workouts Control You




by Bill Katovsky. Research scientists love tormenting lab rats. The furry little rodents are starved, shocked, bullied, and even water-boarded. Their torture is encouraged under the rational aegis of science—to find out how stress affects the brain. Because rats provide a fairly reliable indicator of human behavior, scientists use them to examine how stress affects […]

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10 September 2011

VivoBarefoot Aquas — Ideal for Everyday Use and Comfort




By Pete Larson.  I’ve gotten a number of emails recently from readers asking about what type of shoe I wear to work. Given that I’ve spent most of the past 4 months either in sandals, barefoot, or in running shoes (i.e., summer attire for a college prof), none of those are likely the answer that […]

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