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Just 1.7 milligrams less

Today I took 1.7 milligrams less of my medication Venlafaxine (Effexor). This may not sound like much, but it is just over 2% of my daily 75mg. Venlafaxine is an antidepressant that is taken by millions of people. It was prescribed for my anxiety over a decade ago and I’ve been taken it ever since. Every day the same dose of 75mg and I haven’t missed it once. People who tried to quit Venlafaxine or similar antidepressants know how difficult this can be. This is my story.

Why don’t you just quit?

If you don’t know the drug you may think, “Why don’t you just…

Are dogs the stupid descendants of wolves? A simple question with a complex answer? (This article was originally written in Dutch by me.
I translated it as well as possible)

Wolf and dog from the Wolf Science Center in Vienna

Dog and wolf intelligence

Sometimes people say: “Dogs, are just stupid wolves!”. And earlier I wrote that dogs’ brains are 25% smaller than those of their ancestors. It also doesn’t help the dogs that they were completely humiliated by wolves in an intelligence test in the1980s. It was as if the amateurs of your local basketball team had to compete against the Dream Team of 1992.

Four 10-wk-old Eastern timber wolves and four 10-wk-old…

More than half of the dogs are overweight. More than half of the people are overweight. A significant portion of both are severely obese. It is the result of a mismatch between our prehistoric brain and modern life.

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Recently an article appeared in my local newspaper stating that more than half of the dogs are overweight. In fact, one in ten dogs is morbid obese. A few days earlier elsewhere an article on appeared that painted a very similar picture for people. Maybe this isn’t very surprising considering we are living together for tens of thousands of years.

We now…


“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
- Ernest Hemingway

On a cold winter morning six years ago, Jura and I stepped out the door to go for a run. The route was simple enough, but it was dark and there weren’t streetlights. Without Jura I would stumble over branches, or worse, drown in the canal. The fact that you’re reading this means that this didn’t happen. The solution was as simple as the route: relinquish control and trust Jura to guide me.

You cannot control everything that matters, and not everything…

(this article was originally written in Dutch)

At the beginning of 2016, my dog Jura hurt her knee. It was obvious that this wasn’t just a minor pain, something was really wrong. A few weeks earlier, we hiked 50 kilometers along the coast together. All day long we struggled against a stormy wind and rain. The temperature just above freezing my clothes and her fur were drenched and when we got home it took hours just to feel something again. This wasn’t a problem for us, we did this often.
After her knee injury, Jura had two surgeries. The first wasn’t…

An unconventional race report of the Indian Summer Ultramarathon (Dutch ultra running championships)

Autumn forest Drenthe
Autumn forest Drenthe

Saturday 3:00 AM

Bernard: “What’s that? I hear something…”
Brian: “It sounds like an alarm buzzing. What time is it?”
Bernard: “3 o’clock in the morning.”
Brian: “Wake up everybody!!”
Carla: “No! What ever it is, it should be illegal if it’s done three in the morning.”

What if…

I like to think that for every part of my body there is someone who controls it. So let’s give them names. There is Bernard, who is in charge of all the senses. The smells, the sights, the sounds. Brian, who is the…

Wesley Danes

Ultrarunner, holder of multiple personal records, servant to dogs, holder of a BA in Philosophy of Science, liker of trees, writer of words.

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