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 …

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 …

JFK’s Pain – Historical Perspective, Part II

Many know that President John F. Kennedy suffered from low back pain. But, Kennedy’s medical history was far more serious and complex.  In fact, his health was a closely guarded secret. It wasn’t until the release of his medical records in 2002 that the public became aware of his lifelong struggle with pain. In the …

JFK’s Pain – Historical Perspective, Part I

Many know that President John F. Kennedy suffered from low back pain. But, Kennedy’s medical history was far more serious and complex.  In fact, his health was a closely guarded secret. It wasn’t until the release of his medical records in 2002 that the public became aware of his lifelong struggle with pain. The first …