Pain and Addiction

Opioids can be invaluable for treating pain, but prescription painkillers can lead to abuse and addiction.  In fact, up to 7% of patients prescribed opioids to treat chronic pain may develop the disease of addiction. Christopher Kennedy Lawford, author of two, New York Times bestselling books on addiction, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office …

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 …

Dr. Maya Angelou – Inspiration and Grace for Living With Pain

Although she spent some of her youth as a mute, Dr. Maya Angelou has been a voice for many generations and cultures. Her life has been filled with much adulation however she is managing the difficulties brought on by COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and arthritis. She suffered a collapsed right lung and has lesions …

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 …

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 …