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Episode 90 | Robbe Richman: The Power of a Pill With Nothing in it!

If the red pill were real, would you take it? If you’ve seen the movie The Matrix, then you know what Robbe Richman is talking about. Robbe is the creator of the Xpill. The Xpill is not a prescription drug or a supplement. All it is is brown rice protein with no active ingredients. On its own, it has no healing properties, and yet the moment people take it, their whole perception and approach to life changes. The power of a pill lies in the transformation effect it has on people. What’s more...


Episode 89 | Dr. Amy Wacholtz, PhD: Demystifying The Role Of Spirituality In Pain Management

Many people have questions about the role of spirituality in pain management and pain relief. Dr. Amy Wacholtz, a licensed clinical psychologist, pain researcher and assistant professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado, explores the role of spirituality as part of an integrative pain management program. Spirituality can be defined as the experience of transcendence, connectedness, meaning and purpose. If you have pain, you know all too how it can derail you from your path and...


Episode 88 | Dr. Peter Levine, PhD: Connections Between Trauma, PTSD And Chronic Pain

PTSD can happen to anyone. It's not a sign of weakness. In many ways, it's a normal part of the traumatic healing process. Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur after you've experienced any type of trauma. A trauma is defined by a shocking or a dangerous event that you see or experience. Depending on which study you read, approximately 15% to 35% of patients with PTSD also suffer from chronic pain. Is there a link between trauma, PTSD, and chronic pain? Dr. Peter Levine, author of...


Episode 87 | Dr. Les Aria: Pain Psychology: A Paradigm Shift In Treating Pain with

For a lot of practitioners, medical and psychiatric patients are difficult to treat, approach, or figure out. Dr. Les Aria is a rehabilitation and pain psychologist with over a decade of experience in working with patients with chronic pain and other types of chronic diseases. He specializes in treating complex medical-psychiatric chronic pain patients, when others suggest nothing can be done. His love for the brain and pain has helped him develop a unique style in helping patients who are...


Episode 86 | Erin Nielsen: Reset Your Body To Burn Fat, Alleviate Pain, And Get Your Energy Back

If you have chronic pain, you’ve been told for years, decades, and even still today, to take it easy, to rest, and to not do any type of activity that may cause pain oftentimes by people who are well-intentioned and are trying to help you feel better. With the latest research and data coming out in the new world of pain science, exercise in its many forms and varieties actually have very specific benefits to reducing the severity of chronic pain. It promotes better sleep and decreases...


Episode 85 | Dr. Nalini Chilkov: Cancer Related Fatigue: The Most Common and Persistent Complaint of Long Term Cancer Survivors

The overall state of cancer care has improved over the past two decades through the widespread use of traditional therapies such as surgery, medications, and chemotherapy. Improved cancer therapy has led to an increased life expectancy and cure rates. The good news is that in most types of cancers, the survival rate has increased dramatically. The not so good news for the more than 10 million survivors of cancer in the United States of America is that when most returned to a normal life,...


Episode 84 | Jason Prall: How To Increase Lifespan And Longevity Despite Pain

To increase lifespan and longevity, practitioners as well as patients need to identify what they are doing incorrectly with their health practices and lifestyles. Jason Prall believes that the biggest component to the destruction of our health is the error in our ways of using technology, our bodies taking in toxins from food production, and even emotional traumas. He teaches people the mental framework of a healthy lifestyle and the emotional components of health, where it comes from and...


Episode 83 | Jennifer Battles: How To Live An Active Life Beyond Pain Combining ACT & PT

Physical Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are two of the most important therapies for pain relief. To live an active life beyond pain, Jennifer Battles believes that combining ACT with PT is the best method. Your time and focus shifts from finding a way to reduce the pain to living your life knowing that your battling the pain and winning it. She shares her research about ACT, values, goals, and how to defuse unpleasant sensations, thoughts and emotions when you are in...


Episode 82 | Dr. Beth Darnall: How to Slowly and Successfully Taper Off of Opioids

Dr. Beth Darnall’s most recent paper, Patient Centered Prescription Opioid Tapering in Community Outpatients With Chronic Pain, raised some concern on opioid addiction and the reduction of opioid prescribing. Dr. Darnall highly believes opioids have a place as part of an integrative pain care program for certain types of chronic pain syndromes. If you're somebody who has chronic pain, conservative pain care can be difficult to access because it's often not prescribed. Her paper tackles the...


Episode 81 | Dr. Stephen Porges: Optimizing Human Experiences Through the Lens of the Polyvagal Theory

Have you ever wondered how your heart and brain interacts and coordinates? For decades, Dr. Stephen Porges, a leading expert in developmental psychophysiology and developmental behavioral neuroscience, has been studying the connection between human behavior and physiology, specifically the vagus nerve. Dr. Porges’ work on the vagus nerve opens up new insights into the way our autonomic nervous system unconsciously mediates behaviors such social engagement, trust, and intimacy. Simply put,...


Episode 80 | Dr. Jeffrey Mogil: Sex Differences In Pain And Pain Inhibition

When women get pregnant, they carry the child for nine months then go through hours of labor. The notion that women are more tolerant to pain stems from this. However, studies show that women are greatly over-represented as pain patients. Dr. Jeffrey Mogil explains that women say that they are in pain more often than men do, but that can also mean that women are more prone to diseases that happen to be painful. The only way to know the sex differences in pain between a man and a woman is...


Episode 79 | Dr. Rachna Patel: Is CBD Oil The New Miracle Oil For Chronic Pain Relief?

America is in the middle of an opioid epidemic because it has become the alternative agent for practitioners and patients suffering from chronic pain. It is a natural way of alleviating pain but not without its side effects. There are already 29 states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana for medical purposes, but this still leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Dr. Rachna Patel has been working with CBD oil and medical marijuana to develop a methodology that allows her to walk...


Episode 76 | Dr. Stephan Guyenet: Hunger, The Brain And Why We Overeat

Are you finding it hard to resist sinking your teeth into that third donut? Do you find that your pants are getting a little bit more snug than it was just a couple of weeks ago? You are not alone. The struggle with weight loss has increased over the years with the onslaught of food choices in great portions. Shifting your focus from your gut to your brain may be the answer. Dr. Stephan Guyenet takes us into the inner circuits of the brain and delivers profound insights on how weight loss...


Episode 75 | Dr Kevin Vowles: How To Avoid The Trap Of Negative Thinking Using ACT

It's great to be here with you for another episode. Before this episode, I sat down for a couple of minutes and I started to write out a list of all the different ways we have to treat, alleviate, control, or numb pain. Think about it for just a moment. Think about all the different types of pills, lotions, potions, surgeries, injections, practitioners, and treatments that all claim to resolve pain. It's quite mind-numbing after a while. If I had a nickel every time someone sent me an...


Episode 74 | Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo: The Relationship Between Blood Sugar Imbalance And Chronic Inflammation

Blood sugar balance is critical for our cells to get nutrients and energy. Every single organ and system of our body will be affected when there blood sugar imbalance. A symptom of this is brain fog, where the brain just goes offline because it is not getting all its needed nourishment. This imbalance also affects the liver. Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo explains more on how blood sugar can affect the body and how it is even related to chronic pain. She shares that the first step is to dampen the...


Episode 73 | Will Boyd, DPT: Empowering Physical Therapy Students

Physical therapists change people’s lives like they are working a miracle. But before they get to this point, PTs need to go to school and devote time to learn the practice. Most PT schools have a B Average environment of students which is helpful for some by way of academic excellence. However this also creates anxiety and depression for some students who are asking if they are really cut out for the job. Dr. Will Boyd, DPT understands this hierarchy system is a part of the rigorous...


Episode 72 | The Impact Of Functional Nutrition As Medicine with Dr. Mark Hyman

You can eat whatever you want as long as you make the food yourself. If you want to eat cake, make one with ingredients that you can pronounce. Dr. Mark Hyman knows that functional nutrition plays a huge role in the natural healing process. Food has an enormous impact on our bodies which means eating isn’t just a personal choice. Food keeps the body healthy in the most natural way possible as long as it is not made from wheat, corn and soy. Learn more of the principles of healthy eating...


Episode 71 | Dr. Ben Cormack: Evidence Based Practice: Promoting Cognitive Efficiency For PTs

A good therapist should always point their patients towards a scientific direction from what an evidence based practice may have shown them. Which is why Dr. Ben Cormack, a specialist in the combination of pain science and exercise, believes that exercise is the best way to heal chronic pain naturally. Dr. Cormack knows that there are no specifics in exercise that will show that this yoga discipline will heal this, or this Pilates technique will heal that. The great thing about evidence...


Episode 70 | Evelyn Hecht, PT: How to Revolutionize The Healing Process Using Modern Pain Care

Emotional or sexual trauma, these two are just some of the contributing factors for people to suffer pelvic pain. By understanding the effects of the overall body to the small pelvic region, Dr. Evelyn Hecht is able to correct orthopedic issues as well as pelvic floor issues. But she also believes that modern pain care is revolutionizing the way physical therapists see their patients in therapy. Aside from developing a teamwork between the doctors and the patient, Dr. Hecht also reaches...


Episode 69 | Dr. Peter Abaci: Conquer Your Chronic Pain; How To Save Integrative Pain Care

The technology that modern medicine possess is so powerful that it can change the life of a patient with a push of a button. The danger is that the medical community needs to be aware of how to harness this technology appropriately and judiciously, because if not more problems for the patient may occur. Author of Conquer Your Chronic Pain Dr. Peter Abaci believes that integrative pain care can help in chronic pain management with core principles like function, independence and social...