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How To Have Tourette’s Part 5 – The Power Of A Carrot

I’m stepping away from the timeline of How To Have Tourette’s today to address a couple of things that have been brought up.  It was easiest to do it in a video.

It’s about 13 minutes long so I broke it into two videos to appease youtube and others.

Here’s part 1:

Here’s Part 2:

Thanks as always. If you know someone with Tourette’s, please pass the link on. I’d appreciate a tweet as well. Let’s pretend it’s my birthday.

This is Part 5 in a series.  Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4


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  • Marie July 15, 2009, 10:55 am

    While I was not one of the readers who asked for a video, I thought it was really interesting to see the ticks. The story of the thumb was funny, especially the comment to the library patron. I once had the same experience when I had a cut on my head. After answering the question 50 times I made something up, much to the horror of a customer.

  • Marc July 15, 2009, 11:54 am

    Needless to say that the hat rocks. All the best for you, you crazy man!

  • Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings July 15, 2009, 3:01 pm

    Josh, you crack me up! Those stories are too funny. You should do more videos!

    • Josh Hanagarne July 15, 2009, 3:03 pm

      @Sami. Thanks. I do them as often as I think I’m up to it. Glad you like it!

  • We Fly Spitfires July 15, 2009, 3:20 pm

    Awesome videos. I watched them intently and enjoyed them thoroughly. However, they left me with one burning question: what the heck is RKC?!

    • Josh Hanagarne July 15, 2009, 5:46 pm

      It’s the hardstyle Russian Kettlebell Instructor certification. You can only buy the fancy hat after you pass the 3 day certification. It means I am full of power and might. Thanks for all the compliments. I’m blushing!

  • Jules July 16, 2009, 7:31 am

    Hey Josh, I’m really enjoying your series. Whenever I listen to an installment, I keep thinking about the same question: how the hell do you lift? One of those twitches during a push press or something looks really dangerous!

    Have you considered getting a customised mouthguard made? I have one for nightly teeth clenching, and they clasp to your teeth, no biting down required. They’re not cheap but very nice.

    • Josh Hanagarne July 16, 2009, 8:48 am

      Hey Jules. Good questions. As to the lifting, when I lift hard, nothing happens. No tics. That’s how I know I’m lifting hard. It’s one of the silver linings to the whole mess. If I’m using the amount of focus I’m supposed to when I’m doing a deadlift or a push press, etc, there’s no room in my brain for anything else. The whole world shrinks down to that little ball of pain and it’s perfect. Now, when I quit lifting and I’m breathing hard, all bets are off. But during the workout itself, I belong to me for a while.

      I have a custom mouthguard at night, and yeah, it wasn’t cheap. I got it because of grinding my teeth when I sleep. These days, I don’t get the biting problem as much in the day. It’s because of how busy I am at work and the pace I have to maintain. Kind of like the lifting, there’s no room in my head for extreme tics if I’m moving at breakneck speed through my day.

      But you’re right and I hadn’t thought of it–I could absolutely wear it during the day without it causing problems. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Stephen "Steve" Ruiz, RKC July 16, 2009, 10:49 am

    Josh: Love the site and the stories…BUT, I LOVE the hat! Since we went through the RKC certification at the same time, I fully understand why you did the vid with the hat — heck, I’ve had to launder my “free” RKC Instructor shirt so many times (from wearing it so many times!) its about to fall apart! I’m ordering the hat today! How’s your training? Looking forward to hearing your results for the SSST…HARDSTYLE!!!

    • Josh Hanagarne July 16, 2009, 11:08 am

      I feel the same way, Steve. My shirt is already looking kind of sorry from overuse:0-

  • Marie July 18, 2009, 10:33 pm

    Since this post, and the last one, had stories of you in college, can you tell us a little about dating with Tourettes? Did you ever date anyone else with Tourettes? Is there any chance that your wife will be doing an entry so we can get her perspective on it?

    • Josh Hanagarne July 19, 2009, 7:49 am


      absolutely. I’ll be talking about some of it on Wednesday. My wife has a lot of stories about this and will be telling the story soon about how I tried to talk her out of marrying me at the last minute.

  • Ms Constantine August 10, 2009, 6:23 am

    Hey Josh

    I’m a visitor from ProBlogger and absolutely loved these videos! It’s amazing how easy it is to ignore the tics when you just carry on like they’re not happening.

    You’re a funny guy, I like your style. :]

    • Josh Hanagarne August 10, 2009, 7:34 am

      Ms. Çostantine, thank you for the kind words. There are days when the tics are impossible to ignore, but those are usually the days when I get injured. The Tourette’s series is currently on hiatus while we try to sell the book proposal, but should be back soon. Thanks again.

  • Anders Ronnau August 13, 2009, 3:28 am

    Hi Josh
    Thank you for your posts on Tourettes. They give great insight into your life with TS.
    When you describe weight lifting:
    “If I’m using the amount of focus I’m supposed to when I’m doing a deadlift or a push press, etc, there’s no room in my brain for anything else.”
    – it sound like some of the experiences you can have with mindfullness exercises.
    Have you ever done any work with Mindfullness?

    • Josh Hanagarne August 13, 2009, 7:39 am

      Anders, what exactly is mindfulness? I’m tried some hypnosis, but literally cannot sit still for 5 seconds quietly, so trances have been off the table.

  • Anders Ronnau August 15, 2009, 1:33 pm

    Josh, Mindfulness is a form of meditation that helps you create the mental focus that you are describing during workout. Just without the workout.
    The point being that it helps you access this state of perfect focus whenever you need to. For example in situations when you know the tics might become bad.
    Jon Kabat-Zinn is known as the originator of the discipline Mindfulness, which has been widely studied by psychologists with great results on a lot of different mental distractors.
    Now if you can’t sit still for 5 seconds, I can see how quiet meditation could be a problem.
    I work with people with the ADHD diagnosis, so I know what you’re talking about… 😉

  • Anders Ronnau August 16, 2009, 8:33 am

    Josh, I work as an NLP Coach primarily with people with the ADHD diagnosis.
    NLP is Neuro Linguistic Programming, and with the tools from NLP and a coaching approach, I can help them find resources that they didn’t think they had.
    This can be anything from finding mental and thus physical calmness, over figuring out a way to manage time in their minds easily, to finding self worth.
    I have my own business in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Jennifer le Roux February 14, 2010, 10:37 pm

    you are such a wonderful character! I love the way you explain everything, and your humor is awesome! love the story about the cast and the eye socket tale!

    • Josh Hanagarne February 15, 2010, 10:55 am

      Thanks Jennifer. I never get tired of the eye socket story.