August 16, 2017: The 40th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Death

Elvis Presley remains the most iconic American musician of all time, even 40 years after his death in 1977. His albums still earn millions of dollars each year, and most artists in the industry today, across many genres attribute their musical inspiration to Elvis. But this successful and charismatic man was living in a great …

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 …

Prodigy

Remembering Prodigy: Overcoming Sickle Cell Anemia

Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, passed away June 20, 2017 at age 42 after a life-long struggle with Sickle Cell Anemia. I was fortunate enough to interview Prodigy on my radio show where we had the chance to talk about his childhood, complications with the disease, and how he overcame his pain. He was dedicated to …

End of Life

Pain at the End: Are Opioids a Risk or a Relief?

At the end of life, we want to make sure that we are comfortable. People across the globe fear dying in pain. It’s a real fear because the World Health Organization estimates that 1/10 people alive today risks dying a painful death. This is true for developing countries, as well as developed countries like the …

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

Featuring Dr. Nick –  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 an …

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

Featuring George Klein –  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 …

Elvis Presley Death

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

Featuring Dr. Forest 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 an …

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 …

Will We Die in Pain? Part II

In part two of our show, Mike Hill (director, writer, and producer) shares some powerful, behind the scenes moments that he experienced while filming the compelling documentary, “Life Before Death”.  Dr. Kathleen Foley then gives us the hope we need to ease our fear of dying a painful death. http://paulchristomd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Aches-And-Gains-028-Will-We-Die-In-Pain-II.mp3

Will We Die in Pain? Part I

“Life Before Death” is a moving, award winning documentary film that features the worldwide battle by physicians and nurses to stop the epidemic of pain that threatens to condemn one in every ten of us to die a painful death. Through the eyes of patients and their families, we experience very personally the agony of …