Is Essential Oil Vaping Safe?

The Rise Of The “Personal Diffuser” Essential Oils Stick These pens are offered as a portable option for your favorite scent. But are they safe? *Originally published on Rodale’s OrganicLife Where there’s smoke, there’s fire—and where there are clouds of vegetable glycerin vapor, there are probably essential oil vaporizer pens. Often called a “personal diffuser” or “diffuser …

Huffington Post: Me vs. Fibromyalgia – featuring Dr. Christo

Dr. Christo was featured in the Me vs. Fibromyalgia Chronic Spotlight Series with Puja Rios where he shares his passion for pain management and tips for new technologies. Part I is available now on Huffington Post. To wrap up 2017’s Chronic Spotlight Series, we’ll learn heaps of new information in this two-parter with Dr. Paul …

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Pain Awareness Month: The “Give a Squat 4 Pain” Campaign

September is Pain Awareness Month, and with a new campaign, the American Chronic Pain Association wants people to “Give a Squat 4 Pain”. To participate, ACPA is asking people to squat against a wall (or any vertical surface), holding the position for as long as they can. After feeling the burn, they should head over …

Olivia Newton-John: Back Pain Revealed as Breast Cancer Relapse

Cancer Returns After 20 years of being in remission from breast cancer, Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with a relapse. Though she initially just thought it was back pain, she wrote in a statement on Facebook that she soon learned her cancer had returned and “metastasized to the sacrum.” Metastasis is the development of secondary malignant …

Dr. Christo Contributes to Thrive Global

Overcoming Pain Advice from an expert. Originally published on Thrive Global.  Chronic pain affects 116 million U.S. adults, and 40% of people living in developing countries. It doesn’t spare the more vulnerable members of society either. For instance, 20% of all children are affected by chronic pain and the prevalence increases among older adults. Pain-relief …

Babies at Risk

Healthy, full-term newborns typically receive a heel lance at birth to screen for genetic disorders and immunizations. Sick babies need blood draws more often, though and these interventions are painful. For example, almost all ill and preterm infants have to endure multiple painful procedures—from blood draws to complicated surgeries—in order to ensure that they have …

How JFK’s Back Pain May Have Led to His Death

A resurgence of John F. Kennedy’s pain struggles are in the news after a newly released publication in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. We learned on our JFK show from noted historian Robert Dallek, that Kennedy struggled with substantial low back pain, but he also suffered from an autoimmune disorder that probably lead to  osteoporosis …

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Medical Marijuana Preferred Over Opioids for Managing Pain

A recently published study reports that medical marijuana can be an effective and preferred treatment for pain. It found that 97% of patients said they are able to decrease the amount of opiates they consume when they also use cannabis, and 81% said that using cannabis by itself was more effective at treating their condition …

Steve Kerr Wins NBA Title Despite Battle with Back Injury

The reigning NBA Coach of the Year, Steve Kerr celebrated his NBA Title win with the Golden State Warriors after missing 11 playoff games this season due to a back injury. As the team celebrated with confetti and champagne, Kerr had a thick bandage around his neck and back. Men in suits followed the Coach …