Acupuncture, Part I

Most of us have heard of this ancient Chinese traditional medical treatment. Today, it’s used more and more to treat pain. We’ll hear how successful acupuncture has been for Jamie Shimmel’s fibromyalgia and plantar fasciits. Then, a leading specialist in this field, Dr. Robert Bonakdar from the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine surprises us with …

Acupuncture, Part II

Most of us have heard of this ancient Chinese traditional medical treatment. Today, it’s used more and more to treat pain. We’ll hear how successful acupuncture has been for Jamie Shimmel’s fibromyalgia and plantar fasciits. Then, a leading specialist in this field, Dr. Robert Bonakdar from the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine surprises us with …

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 …

Herbal Remedies for Pain

Have you thought about using Feverfew, Cat’s Claw, or Ginger to ease your pain? The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 4 billion people or 80% of the world population use herbal medicine for some aspect of primary health care. Dr. Chad Wilde, a pain specialist and herbalist will give us his recommendations on effective …

Chakra Healing

Many mind-body therapies help us cope with life events and optimize personal health. A specific mind-body therapy called Chakra Balancing is rooted in the tantric and yoga traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism.  We will explore this rich and complex system of energy healing with both of our guests. Jennifer Becker describes how well chakra balancing …

Pain Coaching

Being in chronic pain is dreadful but being in pain and feeling alone is unbearable.  In many cases, pain can take over our lives, and engulf us in a cloud of hopelessness. Is it possible to restore vitality and optimism?  Both of our guests believe that there is a way.  Jim Brown shares how Take …

Osteoporosis: Silent, Searing and Bone Breaking

Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone isn’t able to keep up with the removal of old bone.  Bones then become weak, brittle, and painful — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause what is known as a “fragility fracture.”  Our guest is Dr. Keith …

Audioanalgesia: Music that Soothes the Body & Soul

Music has been used since the ancient times to influence health and help us deal with pain and distress. In fact, music can reduce pain during surgery and have a positive effect on chronic pain or terminal illness. For 30 years, Andrea (Andy) Cooper has battled chronic spinal pain.  She’s found an ally, though in …

Pooches, Pets and Pain Relief

Most of us have felt the soothing sensations of stroking the fur of our pets, especially dogs and cats.  But, is there any actual evidence of this connection between our four-legged friends and us?  Actually, published studies show that animal assisted therapy optimizes healing, and therapy dogs provide benefits across a broad range of medical …