Chronic Pain

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Q&A with Leyla, Part 2
January 4, 2017
Fish oil and surgery: risks and benefits. I have leg pain, cramps and migraine, would it help to increase my dopamine? Should CoQ10 or ubiquinol be taken away from a statin? How does leptin and leptin resistance relate to insulin levels? Click HERE for part 1.



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Proper Diagnosis and Treatment of Pelvic Pain, Part 1
December 8, 2016
Stephanie Prendergast, author of "Pelvic Pain Explained: What Everyone Needs to Know," explains how pelvic floor dysfunction may underlie a wide variety of challenging conditions: prostatitis in men, vaginal pain in women (vulvadynia), and sexual, bowel and urinary problems (including interstitial cystitis) in both sexes. How prevalent is pelvic pain? When should one suspect that their condition might be related to pelvic pain? What mistakes do doctors make in misdiagnosing or mistreating pelvic floor disorders? What can trigger them? Why does the media sometimes misrepresent this condition? How is it diagnosed? Are Kegel exercises and biofeedback still part of therapy? What is therapy like? Who’s qualified to properly diagnose and treat these problems? What’s being done to increase awareness of the under-appreciated roles pelvic floor dysfunction and pudendal neuralgia play in many difficult-to-treat disorders? The take-home message is one of hope for sufferers if proper therapy is applied. Click HERE for part 2.



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Proper Diagnosis and Treatment of Pelvic Pain, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Stephanie Prendergast, author of "Pelvic Pain Explained: What Everyone Needs to Know." Click HERE for part 1.



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The Potential Benefits of Medical Marijuana, Part 1
December 1, 2016
Dr. Rachna Patel is a pioneer in research and application of medical marijuana. She is careful to distinguish her practice from “card mills” that indiscriminately hand out prescriptions for marijuana to mostly recreational users. Rather, she tailors various formulas comprising differing ratios and dosages of THC and cannabidiol according to patients' medical conditions. She finds many of her patients with pain conditions respond well to medical marijuana: fibromyalgia, arthritis, and neuropathy. Many are able to taper their prescription meds due to the pain relief they obtain. She describes topical application of marijuana for psoriasis and sore joints. Patients with MS experience decreased spasticity and patients with Parkinson’s Disease see improvements in tremors. Patients with anxiety enjoy freedom from panic attacks. Medical marijuana is well-suited for insomnia. It ameliorates GI pain in IBS and colitis. What patients are NOT candidates for medical marijuana? Can it be used in kids and adolescents? How might it paradoxically help ADHD? Do patients feel stoned? Does it create addiction or dependency? What about "amotivational syndrome" that is reported in chronic pot smokers? Does it provide support to cancer patients? Might it possess anti-inflammatory effects? Why does Dr. Patel eschew use of inhaled marijuana products? Should users trust the internet or should they access prescription marijuana via official licensed dispensaries? Click HERE for part 2.



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Integrative Treatment of Headaches, Part 1
August 26, 2015
Dr. Corey Schuler, chiropractor, board-certified nutritionist, and founder of the Hudson Headache Clinic, discusses integrative treatment of headaches: What are the different types of headaches? What roles do chronic muscle tension and spinal misalignment play in headaches? What are common dietary triggers? Could gut imbalances predispose to headaches? Do hormones play a part? What supplements are most helpful for headache sufferers? How significant is stress, and what techniques help alleviate it? Click HERE for part 2.



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Integrative Treatment of Headaches, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Corey Schuler, founder of the Hudson Headache Clinic. Click HERE for part 1.



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“The Herbal Pharmacist,” Part 2
August 5, 2015
"The Herbal Pharmacist," DavidForeman, tackles chronic pain, a problem that affects 100 million Americans and exacts a huge financial toll. What are the downsides of current prescription and over-the-counter pain medications? Are there natural anti-inflammatories? Could Celadrin play a role in pain relief? How might magnesium and Omega 3 fatty acids ameliorate pain? Click HERE for part 1.



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