Tag Archives: alternative-med

FDA Asks, Gets Answers, Pain Patients not Involved

FDA Asks, Gets Answers on Reducing Opioid Epidemic – Pain Medicine News – Oct 2017 – Kenneth Bender

The prevalence and consequences of opioid use disorder can be reduced without preventing patients with pain from receiving necessary opioid analgesics, according to a consensus report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine requested by the FDA.

Perhaps it can be, but it certainly is not.

Once again, the fate of pain patients is being decided by people who don’t understand the cruel waste of a life devastated by chronic pain.   Continue reading

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The Nuts and Bolts of Low-level Laser (Light) Therapy

Here are my annotations of five studies showing the efficacy of photobiomodulation (PBM), also called LLLT, for pain, depression, and muscle function. (as of 2/9/2018)

The Nuts and Bolts of Low-level Laser (Light) Therapy – Ann Biomed Eng. 2012 Feb;  /PMC3288797/

This full-text article explains how LLLT works.

Soon after the discovery of lasers in the 1960s it was realized that laser therapy had the potential to improve wound healing and reduce pain, inflammation and swelling.

In recent years the field sometimes known as photobiomodulation has broadened to include light-emitting diodes and other light sources, and the range of wavelengths used now includes many in the red and near infrared   Continue reading

Survey on Complimentary Therapy for EDS

Study Title: Use of Complementary Therapies for Pain Management in Patients with Ehlers-Danlos and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders – Principal Investigator: Jessica Demes

The purpose of our study is to learn more about how adult patients manage their pain when affected by Ehlers Danlos or a Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder. We are hoping that you could provide your opinions and perspectives in this survey.

To join the study, we will ask you to complete a survey with questions about hypermobility and how you experience and manage any pain you have. These questions may take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.

Is mindfulness making us ill?

Is mindfulness making us ill? – January 2016 – By Dawn Foster

It’s the relaxation technique of choice, popular with employers and even the NHS. But some have found it can have unexpected effects.

I am sitting in a circle in a grey, corporate room with 10 housing association employees – administrators, security guards, cleaners – eyes darting about nervously

I’m here to write about a new mindfulness initiative, and since I’ve never to my knowledge had any mental health issues and usually thrive under stress, I anticipate a straightforward, if awkward, experience.

Then comes the meditation.   Continue reading

An insider exposes Naturopathy’s false claims

Bastyr University is trying to silence a blogger exposing naturopathy’s false claims — Quartz

Complementary medicine therapies drawn from traditional practices, ranging from massage and vitamin supplements to acupuncture and meditation, are today becoming broadly incorporated into mainstream medicine as more scientific studies validate their efficacy

But naturopathy, a belief system built on the concept that “nature knows best” when it comes to healing, takes it a step further.

Practitioners use a host of pseudoscientific techniques including energy healing and homeopathy that can be not only ineffective, but dangerous.   Continue reading

Guide to Relieving Pain Without Medication

The PPM Guide to Relieving Pain Without Medication – Sept 2017 – By Rosemary Black

For chronic pain, there are several effective non-opioid alternatives including mind-body techniques, biofeedback, devices and ancient Chinese therapies.

In fact, many agree that nonopioid medications and non-drug therapies are the preferred treatment, only prescribing stronger pain medications when these options have failed.

So what other options are available to those who suffer chronic pain? Are they effective? Are they a better alternative?

Not better, but somewhat effective sometimes for some people.   Continue reading

Functional Medicine for Chronic Pain Care

Incorporating Functional Medicine Into Chronic Pain Care – Practical Pain Mgmt – By David J. Schaefer, DO, MPH and David Cosio, PhD – June 14, 2017

A 4-session functional medicine program can help patients take ownership of their health by teaching them about proper diet, sleep hygiene, exercise, and stress management.

What Is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine (FM) addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership.   Continue reading

Are Alternative Pain Treatments Effective for You?

Are Alternative Pain Treatments Effective for You? – August 19, 2017 by Lynn Webster, M.D.

The New York Times recently published an article called “The Secret Life of Pain.” In it, David C. Roberts, a former physicist and diplomat who worked at an embassy in Bangkok, shares his story as a chronic pain patient.

His doctors told them that he was hypersensitive, and that he could choose how to experience the pain.

I think “hypersensitive” meant he was experiencing more pain than others with the same condition.  Continue reading

Chronic Pain Rehab Reduces Central Sensitization

Interdisciplinary Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program Reduces Central Sensitization – Pain Medicine News – July 2017

Patients with chronic pain who participated in an interdisciplinary chronic pain rehabilitation program achieved a significant reduction in central sensitization, according to a preliminary assessment.

When managing the most refractory of chronic pain patients in clinical practice, “we have noticed high overlap in various conditions like fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, pelvic pain, migraine, temporomandibular joint disorder and back pain,said principal investigator Xavier Jimenez, MD, medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program

“patients seem to improve with interdisciplinary chronic pain rehabilitation program (iCPRP) treatment,” Dr. Jimenez said.   Continue reading

Mainstream Medicine Smitten by Hocus-Pocus

Mainstream medicine is partly to blame for the ‘treatments’ Goop promotes By Arthur Caplan and Timothy Caulfield – August 2, 2017

It is easy to mock the ridiculous and potentially harmful health advice and product lines promoted by Gwyneth Paltrow and her team at Goop.

Sleeping near healing crystals, lugging around jade eggs in the vagina, swilling moon juice, undergoing raw goat milk cleanses, dabbing on sex dust, and snapping photos of your aura are just some of the ridiculous treatments and remedies offered at high prices to those looking for health ideas from a movie star.

How does this company and other equally daffy outfits pull off these highly lucrative health scams?

Mainstream medicine is partly to blame.   Continue reading