Torture

The Pain of Torture, Part II

The very word “Torture” conveys the stark reality of pain – pain inflicted intentionally upon another human being. We’ll hear the harrowing experiences of author Marina Nemat who endured painful foot lashings, a broken wrist, and narrowly escaped a death sentence while she was imprisoned in Iran. Dr. RaminAsgary founded and directed the Human Rights Program at the Mt. Sinai …

Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy helps stimulate the healing of chronically injured ligaments and tendons. It reduces pain and may even regenerate new tissue. Dr. Jeffrey Patterson (in memoriam) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine is one of the country’s leading experts on Prolotherapy and will give insight into this method of healing. Troy Tousey, our second guest, has …

Joint Hypermobility Pain: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Harry Houdini, the famous escape artist probably had Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) – extreme joint flexibility where one can voluntarily dislocate and relocate their joints. Unfortunately, 90% of those with EDS suffer from chronic pain.  We’re joined by Maggie Buckley, who shares her experience with joint hypermobility, accompanying pain, and methods of coping with EDS. Ehlers-Danlos …

Burning

The Burning Alive Syndrome

Erythromelalgia (or EM) is rare and can be a devastating condition.  It typically affects the feet or hands, or both and causes visible redness, as well as sensations of intense heat and burning pain.  Some have described this condition as having their “nerves on fire” or feeling like they’re “burning alive.” We’ll hear Diana Zak …

The Pain of Racism Part I

In America, racial discrimination was the force behind slavery and segregation among the states. Research tells us that still today we may respond more dramatically to seeing white people in pain than we do black people. We’re joined today by Faith Ringgold, an award winning African American artist, author, anti-racism activist and feminist movement advocate to …

Racism

The Pain of Racism, Part II

Racism is painful. It hurts our identity, suppresses our talents, and can lead to injury. In America, racial discrimination was the force behind slavery and segregation among the states. How about racial disparities in understanding and treating pain? Science tells us that we don’t respond to the pain of others equally. We’re joined once again …

The Pain of Torture Part I

The very word “Torture” conveys the stark reality of pain – pain inflicted intentionally upon another human being. We’ll hear the harrowing experiences of author Marina Nemat who endured painful foot lashings, a broken wrist, and narrowly escaped a death sentence while she was imprisoned in Iran. Dr. Ramin Asgary founded and directed the Human …

Plus sized and in Pain: The Benefits of Exercise

The headlines say that obesity is a death sentence. It can lead to hypertension, diabetes, and even cancer. Jeanette DePatie (A.K.A. “The Fat Chick”) is a plus sized, certified fitness instructor. She helps those who haven’t worked out in years to safely start and continue an exercise program. She’s seen firsthand how chronic pain sufferers …

Pain after Breast Reconstruction

The risk of having chronic chest pain after breast surgery (mastectomy and lumpectomy) for cancer is high at 20-30%. When a woman is confronted with breast cancer, many questions arise – not the least of which is post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Janet Ladd, a professional coach shares her experience with mastectomy, breast reconstruction, and pain-free living …

Heart Pain: Sounding the Alarm, Part I

You’re feeling some indigestion after a meal, and then a little chest heaviness. It’s probably nothing. Or is it? If you’re a woman, you could be having a heart attack and not even know it. Our guests today will lead us through maze to answer that question and more. Eliz Green had a heart attack …