Dominique Easley

Dominique Easley knows how to use his brawn on the football field to benefit the New England Patriots. A former University of Florida Gridiron star, Easley was listed as the No. 1 defensive tackle in the nation in 2010, later entering the National Football League player draft in 2014, where he was selected by the … Read more

Building a Resilient Spirit

Building a Resilient Spirit

I think John Lennon said it best when he sang that “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” This has certainly been my experience and has taught me a great deal about resiliency. When I was 25 and busy planning my “happily ever after” life of children and a successful career, … Read more

Selecting Shoes When You Have Pain in Your Feet

If wearing pain-free clothing can help you cope better with fibromyalgia, CRPS/RSD or other pain conditions, is there footwear that can help with foot pain? We had to ask! Whether you have chronic foot pain or a pain condition that affects your feet, wearing shoes can hurt.  So, we reached out to Dr. Elliot Udell, DPM, DAAPM, FASPM, FASPD, to … Read more

Blacklist Royals

BAND

Anyone who has come home at the end of a tough day and relaxed to the sounds of a favorite song or artist knows that music is transformative, powerful. However, for Rob Rufus and his twin, Nat—principals of the punk rock group Blacklist Royals—music has also been the natural response to a life-altering event that … Read more

The Power of Chocolate For Pain Relief

The Power of Chocolate For Pain Relief

Tired of painkillers that wreak havoc on your stomach, or worse, can be addictive? Try one your whole body will love: chocolate. Chocolate – the word alone is enough to make our eyes light up and our brain cells dance. And not just because it tastes delicious. Cocoa, the active ingredient in chocolate, provides a … Read more

Access to Care

Access to Care

When it comes to the challenges of working within the health care system, our family has gotten plenty of experience as we’ve dealt with my wife’s chronic pain: step therapy, delays in the authorization process, medications being moved to the “specialty tier” level—even being considered a drug seeker. Becoming an advocate includes having knowledge of … Read more

Waging a War on Pain

Waging a War on Pain

Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MD, can see the silver lining in a black cloud. The program director for the Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management in Washington, DC, often says that war—that most dreadful and deadly of human inventions—can be a catalyst for positive medical change. That’s looking on the bright side. But Dr. … Read more