Can Coconut Oil Reduce Pain?

Coconuts – and coconut oil, specifically – are part of the most talked about food purported to have health benefits these days. So can coconut oil reduce pain? Coconut oil comes from pressing the dried “meat” of mature coconuts, harvested from coconut palm, to extract the oil. This oil has been shown to provide a … Read more

When It Hurts to Be Touched

When It Hurts to Be Touched

Our sense of touch is one of our most basic and fundamental aspects of the human experience. We use our ability to feel as an integral tool to discriminate and better understand our environment, almost without thinking about it, because we do it all day long. Likewise, being touched by others is a critical part … Read more

Hakuna Matata – No Worries

Hakuna Matata – No Worries

I work very hard in my life to live in the present moment and find joy and happiness there. However, there are some things, especially the prospect of surgery, that drag my thoughts kicking and screaming out of the present and into the future. I have wrist and elbow surgery scheduled for May 26th to hopefully … Read more

Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s & Pain

THIS IS GOING TO SOUND LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A SCI-FI MOVIE. Deep brain stimulation (DBS)—used most commonly to treat advanced Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor but also for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), dystonia, pain and, recently, depression—is brain surgery performed while the patient is awake. And it begins with a hole drilled into the patient’s skull. … Read more

Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Expert Advice

Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Expert Advice

Abdominal pain can be easy to rationalize away—at least at first. You chalk it up to “just gas.” Or maybe stress. Or possibly something you ate. But when the pain becomes chronic, it could be a sign that you’re dealing with something more serious, like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). WHAT IS IBD? Ulcerative colitis and … Read more