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HIV Pain

Treating Your HIV-Related Pain

In the U.S. throughout the year we set aside observance days to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among specific populations and to promote HIV prevention, testing, and treatment. March observes National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Chronic pain is not uncommon for people with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, most frequently referred to as HIV. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating that there are more than 1.2 million Continue Reading→

[Podcast] Heart Pain: Sounding the Alarm

American Heart Month is coming to an end, but there is another important topic I would like to cover with you. Heart disease, as we all know is the leading killer of women and men in the United States. Studies show that the risk of heart attack is greater among women than men. According to statistics from the Heart Foundation, 435,000 American women have heart attacks annually and 267,000 die from them. (more…) Continue Reading→

Cancer Survival Lessons from Comic Legend, Tommy Chong

In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, I interviewed Tommy Chong on my radio show, Aches and Gains. Tommy shared his battle with rectal cancer and the triumphs he has achieved in overcoming his pain. As you may already know, Tommy was a part of the legendary counterculture comedy team of Cheech and Chong. With partner Cheech Marin, he starred in numerous comedic movies, notably Up In Smoke and Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie, as well as appeared in Martin Scorsese’s After Continue Reading→

Breast Cancer

Beating Breast Cancer Pain: What You Need to Know

Those who are battling breast cancer are bound to feel pain at some point. It may result from the cancer itself or from the treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or other therapies. Regardless of the stage of the cancer, pain can occur. In fact, as many as 50% of cancer patients with pain may remain under treated. Cancer pain may be more prominent if it spreads (metastasizes) to other parts of the body - especially the bones. Additionally, tumors can invade into nerves, soft Continue Reading→

When Pain Threatens Your Appetite, Part I

Do we live to eat, or eat to live?  Are there particular foods that can actually alleviate painful conditions? Our guest is Lisa DeFazio, healthy lifestyle expert, nutritionist, and TV host. She’s a certified registered dietitian with a masters degree in Nutritional Science. Lisa will explore these topics and help us regain control of our appetite and nutrition when pain threatens to change Continue Reading→

The Hidden Pain in Every Kitchen, Part I

Chefs spend their lives standing up, walking quickly, chopping, twisting, bending, and lifting heavy pots and pans. Executive Chef Mark Peel was the owner of the award-winning Los Angeles restaurant called Campanile. His work in the kitchen led to carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, and low back pain. He’s overcome all three conditions and continues to thrive in his career. Mark’s here to share with us just how he moved beyond the pain, and tempt us with his new fast food Continue Reading→

Yoga

[PODCAST] Yoga for Well-Being and Comfort

Aches and Gains radio guest Dima, a vice president in financial services, suffered a serious motorcycle accident and Jiu jitzu injury, which left him with a herniated disc and severe pain. Always athletic, active and outgoing, Dima’s chronic pain forced him to step away from the quality of life he was accustomed to, an all too common consequence many pain sufferers experience. Dima became introverted and withdrawn from social situations, especially related to sports. His focus shifted to Continue Reading→

These Exercises Will Help Improve Your Heart Health

Throughout February, Aches and Gains has celebrated American Heart Month. The chronic pain associated with heart disease, commonly resulting from obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, can be devastating for those living with these cardiovascular conditions and their loved ones. As I’ve previously shared, it is essential to recognize the warning signs for a heart attack or stroke, particular among at risk groups such as Baby Boomers and African Americans. (more…) Continue Reading→

Yoga

[PODCAST] Yoga for Well-Being and Comfort

Aches and Gains radio guest Dima, a vice president in financial services, suffered a serious motorcycle accident and Jiu jitzu injury, which left him with a herniated disc and severe pain. Always athletic, active and outgoing, Dima’s chronic pain forced him to step away from the quality of life he was accustomed to, an all too common consequence many pain sufferers experience. Dima became introverted and withdrawn from social situations, especially related to sports. His focus shifted to Continue Reading→

Pain-Coping Blogs Every Woman Should Know

More than 100 million Americans suffer from pain, according to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies. Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. According a 2009 U.S. Health and Human Services Report, women are more likely than men to experience migraines, neck pain, lower back pain, or face or jaw pain, which are among the most commonly-reported pain conditions. (more…) Continue Reading→

Drug Cocktail

Common Deadly Drug Cocktails

Where were you when you found out Kurt Cobain died? News of drug abuse and overdose has been increasing in the media as of late. Many of us may know, either personally or professionally, someone suffering from drug or alcohol addiction who has died.  However, not all drug and alcohol deaths are addiction related. In fact, there are several instances of non-abusers mixing substances such as alcohol and prescription medications which then result in death.  Some of the following cautions may Continue Reading→

Keeping Up With the Joneses: What White Collar Addiction Looks Like

We all have a picture in our head of what addiction looks like. We’ve heard about encounters with drug addicts. One addict is not like the other; that is, they may abuse different substances, but all share the disease of addiction. Some people may even picture drug addicts as coming from a lower socio-economic bracket. However, addiction can manifest itself in many forms. (more…) Continue Reading→

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Addiction, Opioids, and Recovery

Addiction, Opioids, and Recovery

Drug addiction is a serious threat to our country’s public health because it leads to lost lives a[...]
Addiction, Opioids, and Recovery, Part II

Addiction, Opioids, and Recovery, Part II

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