Elvis Presley: Head Trauma, Autoimmunity, and Agonizing Pain Part I

Featuring Dr. Forrest Tennant Elvis Presley is the “King of Rock and Roll” and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. His death is still controversial. Was it drug overdose, or a heart attack? In fact, Elvis’ medical history was complex and involved pain as well as traumatic brain injury, and probably …

Fibromyalgia with AJ Langer- Her Struggles and Ultimate Success

Fibromyalgia affects up to 4% of the population, and leads to widespread body pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and even memory problems. Women are nine times more frequently affected than men. Actress AJ Langer, best known for her television roles on My So Called Life, Seinfeld, and Coach talks about her struggles and ultimate success with …

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 …

The Hidden Pain in every Kitchen, Part II

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 continued …

Melodic Medicine, Part I

Listening to music helps control pain in medical settings like the ICU, and in chronic conditions like low back pain, fibromyalgia, and cancer. Our first guest, Tim Janis, is a renowned composer, producer, and performer. We’ll talk to Tim about the inspiration for his work and impact of his music on patients, wounded warriors, and …

Melodic Medicine, Part II

Listening to music helps control pain in medical settings like the ICU and in chronic conditions like low back pain, fibromyalgia, and cancer. Our first guest, Tim Janis is a renowned composer, producer, and performer. In Part II, we’ll talk to Tim about the physiological, psychological, and neurological benefits of music on our health, how music …

Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy (nerve pain) worldwide.  The pain felt at the onset of this disease can be so subtle or diverse that it is often ignored by patients, or even misdiagnosed by doctors. Our special guest is very dear to us all; Leave It To Beaver’s Jerry Mathers.  When he discovered he …

Emotional Pain

It seems surprising, but pain caused by emotional distress can be felt more deeply and for a longer period of time than pain caused by physical injuries. On today’s show, we’ll talk to Julie Hersh, author of Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope. Julie shares her journey from the depths of painful depression and three suicide …

Medical Marijuana, Pain, and Controversy

Marijuana is one of the most widely used drugs in the world. It’s one of the oldest documented medicines in history, and there are many therapeutic uses: it manages pain, including the pain of childbirth, relieves spasticity (from multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury), reduces nausea, stimulates appetite and can control glaucoma. On the other …

Trigeminal Neuralgia

There are several facial pain syndromes, but Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) may be the worst. Sudden, stabbing, electrical sensations radiating from the ear down the face are typical leading some to call this syndrome the “suicide disease” because the pain can be so excruciating.  We’ll get a firsthand account of living with and overcoming TN from …