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American Heart Association says New research suggests Gut Bacteria may be linked to High Blood Pressure, Depression

 

American Heart AssociationNew Orleans, LA – A study of bacteria in the gut identified differences between people with high blood pressure compared to those with high blood pressure plus depression, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions. 

“People are ‘meta-organisms’ made up of roughly equal numbers of human cells and bacteria. Gut bacteria ecology interacts with our bodily physiology and brains, which may steer some people towards developing high blood pressure and depression,” said Bruce R. Stevens, Ph.D., lead author of the study and professor of physiology & functional genomics, medicine and psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida.

This infographic illustrates the connection between the brain, central nervous system and other organs and how they interact with a person's gut microbes to show different patterns - from people with high blood pressure plus depression; high blood pressure without depression; depression with healthy blood pressure; or healthy subjects without depression or high blood pressure. (Bruce R. Stevens, Ph.D.)

This infographic illustrates the connection between the brain, central nervous system and other organs and how they interact with a person’s gut microbes to show different patterns – from people with high blood pressure plus depression; high blood pressure without depression; depression with healthy blood pressure; or healthy subjects without depression or high blood pressure. (Bruce R. Stevens, Ph.D.)

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American Heart Association study shows Veterans with depression and/or PTSD more likely to seek cardiac rehab

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – According to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or depression were more likely to use cardiac rehabilitation services after an episode of ischemic heart disease than those who didn’t have PTSD or depression.

A large study offers new evidence that mental health disorders may not be a barrier to cardiac rehabilitation. (American Heart Association)

A large study offers new evidence that mental health disorders may not be a barrier to cardiac rehabilitation. (American Heart Association)

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Dodging the Roadkill: Psychologically Spring

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – It’s time to SPRING FORWARD and I couldn’t be more excited. I am NOT a fan of winter and although it’s not officially spring, psychologically, I’m there.

I hate January and February. 

I guess the older I get, the more I can’t tolerate cold temperatures.  Plus, it cuts down on my “biker” time.  In my part of the country, Tennessee, we have some of the most schizophrenic weather you will find.

One day it could be 60 degrees, then the next day, 25. We could have snow overnight,that would melt away to a fifty degree day by afternoon. 

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

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Dodging the Roadkill: Psychologically Spring

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – It’s time to SPRING FORWARD and I couldn’t be more excited. I am NOT a fan of winter and although it’s not officially spring, psychologically, I’m there.

I hate January and February. 

I guess the older I get, the more I can’t tolerate cold temperatures.  Plus, it cuts down on my “biker” time.  In my part of the country, Tennessee, we have some of the most schizophrenic weather you will find.

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

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Dodging the Roadkill: Layered Up To Throttle Up

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Obviously old man winter has reared his ugly head in many parts of the country, so the days I get to ride are far and few between. 

Today was one of those days.

I haven’t had “black beauty” out for a good run in over a week.  On that day, the temps were in the low to mid fifties, but I was still trying to shake a bad cold and just didn’t feel it.  

This week, we’ve had rain, ice and some snow flurries, so the best I could do was fire up the “beast” and take it for a quick spin around the neighborhood.  Not much, but it felt good.

Hank biking in the Winter.

Hank biking in the Winter.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Layered Up To Throttle Up

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Obviously old man winter has reared his ugly head in many parts of the country, so the days I get to ride are far and few between. 

Today was one of those days.

I haven’t had “black beauty” out for a good run in over a week.  On that day, the temps were in the low to mid fifties, but I was still trying to shake a bad cold and just didn’t feel it.  

This week, we’ve had rain, ice and some snow flurries, so the best I could do was fire up the “beast” and take it for a quick spin around the neighborhood.  Not much, but it felt good.

Hank biking in the Winter.

Hank biking in the Winter.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Encouragement

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I HATE the time switch.  I’m a warm weather fan, so moving the clocks back an hour just tells me that the cold weather is coming and it gets darker earlier. 

But I don’t want to talk about the weather or the time switch.  If you’ve been following my journey then you know my story.  This motorcycle changed my life.  

We’re approaching the holidays filled with family get togethers, turkey and dressing, Christmas music and Santa Claus.  A festive time of the year and a time to give thanks and count our blessings. But this time of the year can be a struggle for some of you and I know exactly how you feel. 

Hank and his motorcycle.

Hank and his motorcycle.

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Dodging the Roadkill: To Each His Own

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – When I first started this journey, it was always going to be a Harley for me.  The last motorcycle I owned was a Suzuki 750.  I wanted to own a Harley and I wanted to get fully involved in the “biker culture” and a Harley was what I wanted.

I also want to own an Indian.  The more I research this company and their products, the more I want to own and ride one.  Since I started this journey late in life, I won’t have the years and years of riding that many of you have had to try different bikes, or ride different models, so I will do my best to get a taste of them all.

The point is, it doesn’t matter what you ride.  It doesn’t matter what brand you’re loyal to.  It matters THAT. YOU. RIDE!

Motorcycle Riders.

Motorcycle Riders.

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My Two Cents: Do you see what I see?

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterClarksville, TN – In a media career that spanned over 40 years, I’ve been blessed to have met a lot of incredible people.  Rock stars, celebrities, politicians and more. 

But what I’ve enjoyed the most is meeting people who’ve been dealt a bad hand, but have persevered and made the most of their life.  They refuse to let their circumstances dictate who they are.     

This is just that kind of story.

Tracy Bettencourt

Tracy Bettencourt

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Dodging the Roadkill: Merry Christmas and Thank You

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – When I started this journey two years ago, I began a journal of my experiences and started blogging about it here.  Never in my wildest dreams did I expect this kind of response.

Thank You!

Buying a motorcycle when I did, was one of the most life changing experiences I’ve ever had.  I have met some INCREDIBLE people and traveled to some destinations that I would have never seen had it not been for this motorcycle. 

When I returned from my first long distance trip after buying my first bike, the first call I got was from a close friend I met while doing stand-up comedy.  He SHOWERED me with praise for what I had just done and told me how proud of me he was.

Hank and his Motorcycle

Hank and his Motorcycle

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