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112 – Kristin Reihman “Are You Trying to Live or Are You Trying to Die?”

Kristin Reihman is one of my favorite people on the planet and one of my longest-known guests. I met her in 1990 my first day of swim practice at Yale! I knew the minute I met her that she was special in ways I had never encountered. Kristin loves and accepts all people, despite their flaws and bullshit, and that love and acceptance shine through her physical being into the stratosphere. Not to mention she’s hard to miss. I called her and about 5 other women from her swim class, the amazons, they were these tall, glowing, robust, strong, insanely fast swimmers who you couldn’t’ take your eyes off.



Kristin is here today not because she’s beautiful and talented (which she is – after college she became an MD now specializing in complex, chronic & medically mysterious illnesses) but because of the path her life has taken over the past few years. I’ll sum it up right here by saying she recently published her first book called “Life After Lyme: Revive your inner rock star and achieve a full recovery.” Yep – she is a lyme survivor and barely lived to tell about it. I’m so glad she did because I just can’t imagine a world without her beautiful spirit in it. And you won’t either after listening.


Today we talk about:

  • Toxic fatigue
  • Chi and Jing
  • Being a 6 foot tall blond American in China
  • Our inherent gifts
  • Becoming a family doctor
  • Chronic disease: Mystery and frustration
  • Kristin’s Lyme Journey
  • “Do you want to live or do you want to die?”
  • Constant fear states


Kristin is truly one of the brightest lights in this world and I for one and grateful that she didn’t let that light go out. I think one of the stories she shares, the title of this podcast is based upon this question, “Are you trying to live or are you trying to die?” It’s your choice in the end. When she says it out loud, it takes my breath away. We do have a choice everyday on so many levels. Do we want to die or do we want to truly live? I’ll leave you with that today. And please – anyone listening who suffers from lyme, or has even the tiniest inkling that you might have lyme or someone you know does, please check out Kristin’s book at – and pass this link along. Because there is hope when you are at your darkest hour, when you have no idea what is wrong and you think you may be going crazy. When you have absolutely nothing left to give and it’s finally time for you to take. Don’t give up. You’re not crazy. Keep going.


Okay friends, that’s it for today. And now you know what time it is, it’s time to get out and run this world. Have a great workout and I’ll see you next week!