September 30, 2011

A Different Normal

If you suffer from chronic pain, then you are now in the company of 116 million other Americans according to a recent report by the Institute […]
August 30, 2011

The Lesson We Can All Take Away From Chronic Pain

First off, I must disclose that I have never taken a business class, always reach for the sports page over the financial section of the paper, […]
August 17, 2011

Why Our Approach To Chronic Pain Is Flawed

If you peered over your child’s shoulder while they were doing their homework and saw that they were doing it all wrong, what would you do? […]
November 23, 2010

Darvon and Darvocet Withdrawn

I imagine that by now many of you have heard the news that pain killers Darvon and Darvocet have been taken off of the market. On […]
October 12, 2010

Feel Better

What does someone in pain really want? I think, deep down, they just want to feel better. That seems reasonable, doesn’t it? You bet. While conceptually […]
August 30, 2010

Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia

Last week The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a study that found tai chi to be an effective treatment for reducing pain and symptoms […]
August 10, 2010

Reward, Motivation, and Better Health, Part IV

My latest series of blogs this summer have focused on the neurotransmitter dopamine and its powerful effect on behavior patterns and motivation. If you remember, things […]
July 22, 2010

Reward, Motivation, and Better Health, Part III

As we continue to delve into our discussion about reward mechanisms and motivation, I thought I would bring up a discussion that came up while I […]
June 14, 2010

Reward, Motivation, and Better Health, Part II

If you recall, I last suggested that we tap into the motivation and reward mechanisms of the brain as a tool to better manage our health. […]
June 1, 2010

Reward, Motivation, and Better Health, Part I

My next series of blog posts will look at how the motivation and reward mechanisms of the brain work and ways we can take of advantage […]
May 24, 2010

Painful Facts

I am working on a presentation analyzing cost in pain treatment that I will be giving in Las Vegas, and I thought that instead of letting […]
May 17, 2010

Get Your Cherries!

Last week I saw this season’s first batch of ripe cherries at my local farmer’s market. In northern California, the advent of deep red cherries in […]
May 3, 2010

The Momentum of Obesity

“A woman can’t be too rich or too thin” -Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor This week I came across some eye-opening information on where we are […]
April 26, 2010

Where Does Marijuana Fit In?

Last Saturday finally provided me with a sunny morning without rain or early morning commitments so I used it as an opportunity to go on my […]
April 19, 2010

You’re only as Young as Your Back

Last week we looked at a recent JAMA article that showed an unnecessary, costlier, and riskier trend in spine surgery; namely a steep rise in the […]
April 15, 2010

No Health, No Wealth

Who is regulating health care, anyway? In Take Charge of Your Chronic Pain I discussed how profitable treating pain is for corporate America. That includes publicly […]
April 5, 2010

With Gratitude

I remember coming across the phrase “The attitude of gratitude” in Rhonda Byrne’s hugely successful book and DVD The Secret a few years back. I thought […]
March 29, 2010

Prefrontal Cortex

This weekend I had the pleasure of doing a book signing at a bookstore that is only a few blocks from where I grew up. The […]
March 22, 2010

One Fine Saturday

This weekend I had the pleasure of doing a book signing at a bookstore that is only a few blocks from where I grew up. The […]
March 15, 2010

A New Risk to Add to the List

Last week the American Journal of Medicine published research suggesting that the regular use of over-the-counter (OTC) pain killers, like acetaminophen and aspirin, is associated with […]
March 8, 2010

Health Care Reform Starts at Home

Many pundits and economists believe that our economy is starting to show the early stages of bouncing back. We are starting to see signs of improving […]
March 2, 2010

The Times They are a Changing

In a recent blog, “Upright and Steady,” I extolled the virtues of good balance as part of a long, healthy and productive life. Specifically, I was […]
February 20, 2010

The Healthiest Breakfast You Haven’t Tried

So, what is the healthiest breakfast you haven’t tried? Buckwheat. If you aren’t from Eastern Europe, then my guess is that you haven’t been eating your […]
February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine’s Day

The theme of love surrounding Valentine’s Day offers us a great opportunity-to eat more chocolate! Showing affection and an appreciation for loved ones in our lives […]
February 3, 2010

Upright and Steady

Part of being happy during later years is being able to remain engaged and maintain a sense of independence. A decline in balance can interrupt a […]
January 25, 2010


Delivering health care, including medical care, is, to some degree a service business with many of the same issues that hotels and restaurants deal with. Patrons […]
January 17, 2010

Boob Tube or Death Trap?

There you are, glued to your TV set, watching your country in an elimination round soccer match at the upcoming World Cup this summer in South […]
January 9, 2010

Ain’t No Cure for the Winter Time Blues

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) just published a study on antidepressants: “Antidepressant Drug Effects and Depression Severity.” The lead authors are from the […]
January 1, 2010

Happy New Year, Happy New Decade

My New Year’s Day morning paper presented an article from the Associated Press stating that the “U.S. falls short on some health goals for 2010.” The […]
December 17, 2009

Blog 1

“Take Charge of Your Chronic Pain” comes to you at a pivotal time in our nation’s history. Few are satisfied with the current state of health […]