>Beck had the author of The Christmas Box on his radio show this morning. That was Richard Paul Evans from Salt Lake City. The “Box” was his first. He now has 17 books published and all of them are on the NY Times best seller list. It’s amazing, the success of this young man.
He estimates that he has maybe seventeen million copies of his works in print. Compare that to best-selling mystery novelist James Patterson who has been writing for a lot longer than Evans and has some 60 million books published.
To start his interview Glenn explained that Richard Evans is afflicted with Turrets Syndrome. That means he has an almost uncontrollable instinct to spit on people he meets or has in front of him. Yes, that sounds like a strange affliction, but it’s one shared by thousands of people. Evans is an absolutely delightful young man and has homes in Italy and in America now due to his financial success.
His latest book is The Walk where this man has the most perfect situation, a great family, wife, houses, cars, riches and almost overnight he loses everything. Sound familiar. This man is so distraught that he contemplates suicide, which is quite common today when our economy has gone so far south.
The man decides against suicide, but he will walk it off – go on a long walk from Washington to Florida. This gave Evans plenty of opportunity to formulate new books as this man encounters many adventures every mile of the way. Pick up one of Evans books. He’s absolutely outstanding. Don White
Want to know more about Touretes Syndrome? Read the following from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders And Stroke:
What is Tourette syndrome?
Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. The disorder is named for Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette, the pioneering French neurologist who in 1885 first described the condition in an 86-year-old French noblewoman.
The early symptoms of TS are almost always noticed first in childhood, with the average onset between the ages of 7 and 10 years. TS occurs in people from all ethnic groups; males are affected about three to four times more often than females. It is estimated that 200,000 Americans have the most severe form of TS, and as many as one in 100 exhibit milder and less complex symptoms such as chronic motor or vocal tics or transient tics of childhood. Although TS can be a chronic condition with symptoms lasting a lifetime, most people with the condition experience their worst symptoms in their early teens, with improvement occurring in the late teens and continuing into adulthood.
What are the symptoms?
Tics are classified as either simple or complex. Simple motor tics are sudden, brief, repetitive movements that involve a limited number of muscle groups. Some of the more common simple tics include eye blinking and other vision irregularities, facial grimacing, shoulder shrugging, and head or shoulder jerking. Simple vocalizations might include repetitive throat-clearing, sniffing, or grunting sounds. Complex tics are distinct, coordinated patterns of movements involving several muscle groups. Complex motor tics might include facial grimacing combined with a head twist and a shoulder shrug. Other complex motor tics may actually appear purposeful, including sniffing or touching objects, hopping, jumping, bending, or twisting. Simple vocal tics may include throat-clearing, sniffing/snorting, grunting, or barking. More complex vocal tics include words or phrases. Perhaps the most dramatic and disabling tics include motor movements that result in self-harm such as punching oneself in the face or vocal tics including coprolalia (uttering swear words) or echolalia (repeating the words or phrases of others). Some tics are preceded by an urge or sensation in the affected muscle group, commonly called a premonitory urge. Some with TS will describe a need to complete a tic in a certain way or a certain number of times in order to relieve the urge or decrease the sensation.
Tics are often worse with excitement or anxiety and better during calm, focused activities. Certain physical experiences can trigger or worsen tics, for example tight collars may trigger neck tics, or hearing another person sniff or throat-clear may trigger similar sounds. Tics do not go away during sleep but are often significantly diminished.
free link: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tourette/detail_tourette.htm#158813231
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