New Treatment for Low Back Pain

Wayne Cooper, a 72 year-old almost-retired attorney, lives in Marin County, California. He has suffered from low back pain and sciatica for nearly 20 years, keeping him from enjoying many activities and requiring daily medication. The Bay Area is hilly—and due to his back pain Cooper could only walk short distances and had to avoid … Read more

Urban Farming

The old adage “you are what you eat” could be the unofficial motto for a community initiative currently under way in one North Carolina city. Against an urban backdrop that includes repurposed tobacco factories, new medical and research facilities and a mix of art galleries, offices and restaurants, several local organizations in Winston-Salem, North Carolina … Read more

Drs. Lonnie & Paul Zeltzer

Solving the Puzzle of Childhood Pain: Reprogramming the central neural circuit pathways “You can’t be someone who likes immediate gratification, and there aren’t usually any quick fixes.” That’s a fact that Lonnie Zeltzer, MD, establishes right away. She’s been treating children and adolescents for the past 30 years and has had a pediatric pain research program … Read more

Tips for Caregivers During the Holidays

Feeling overwhelmed? Here’s how to handle the stress. It’s easy for caregivers to get stressed out during the holiday season. As caregivers, many of us are already overwhelmed with our daily responsibilities, leaving us vulnerable when the stress of the holidays arrives. During this busy season, we can be tempted to increase unhealthy behavior—such as drinking more … Read more

Dr. David Mount

Dr. David Mount would rather listen than talk. It’s not that he doesn’t have plenty to say. But on a patient’s first visit, he wants to hear what led the patient to his office. The neuropsychologist has a keen interest in the mind/body connection and a focus on how pain affects the brain. (“Pain impacts … Read more

Healthy Caregivers

While more than 65 million caregivers—and I am one of them—currently attend to the sickest in our country, statistics show that 72 percent of us fail to see our own physicians regularly. Do the math, and “Houston…we have a problem!” Caregivers interact with many doctors and often perform tasks previously taken care of by licensed … Read more

Caregiving and Opioids

Politicians, pharmaceutical companies, physicians, patients, attorneys, law enforcement and the common citizen have all weighed in on the public health emergency we know as the opioid crisis. Yet one demographic with significant input into this issue has received little or no mention in the discourse of chronic pain patients and opioids: the 65 million and growing … Read more

Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton: Always Winning, a Lifetime Overcoming The homepage for Scott Hamilton’s website features one simple line of text: “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” This is a fitting introduction to one of the world’s most recognized male figure skaters and media personalities. Since winning Olympic gold in 1984, Hamilton has won 70 titles, … Read more

Caregiving and Laughter

When I first launched my radio show for caregivers, a group from AARP interviewed me and discussed the challenges of reaching family caregivers. One of them asked me, “Many people serve for years as a family caregiver, but somehow don’t identify themselves as such. How do you help people see themselves as caregivers?” For whatever … Read more

Donatella Moltisanti and Sound Therapy

Opera singer Donatella Moltisanti discovered the healing effects of sound therapy. Now she helps others use the alternative treatment to reduce chronic pain, relieve stress and find emotional healing. When Donatella Moltisanti was 13 years old, she began experiencing excruciating menstrual pain. It was so bad she was incapacitated a full week each month, spending … Read more