The Placebo Effect – Harnessing the Body’s Healing Power

The most powerful treatment for any disorder is stimulating your body to heal itself. I was introduced to this concept in the 1980’s by Dr. Bernie Siegel’s book, Love, Medicine and Miracles. He reviews some of literature that links stress with disease and also relates many stories of patients with … Read More

Anxiety, Anger, and Adrenaline

I’m continually searching for ways to understand and explain the Neurophysiological Disorder (NPD). Here’s one of my efforts. Every human being has anxiety as a necessary survival trait. Every cell in the human body has evolved to survive – not to have a great time. Unfortunately humans become anxious in … Read More

Trapped for 18 Years from Scoliosis Surgery

Georgia I first met Georgia when she was 15 years-old. She had undergone a fusion for adolescent scoliosis at another hospital. Her post-op pain was much worse than usual and nine months after the surgery she was still experiencing severe pain. Normally, pain from a fusion such as hers is … Read More

Your Hand Stuck Over the Stove

Picture taken from Ernesto Sanchez’s guest post, “The Journey of 1000 Moons” “I’m Fine” Here’s a puzzling situation I often encounter: A patient experiencing severe chronic pain on my spine intake questionnaire rates him or herself as a zero on a 10-point scale with regards to anxiety, depression, and anger. … Read More

Video 2/19: Your Hand Over the Stove

Consider a situation where you are forced to hold your hand next to the hot burner of a stove.  What would happen to your anxiety?  What would be your next response?  In chronic pain, you “can’t get your hand away from the stove.” I talk about this in depth in … Read More