Category Archives for "mind/body interaction"

The Two Myths of Beating Chronic Pain

There are the two myths that block people from beating chronic pain and get their quality of life back. Myth 1: The Magic Bullet This is a powerful one. When people first get sick, they expect to get better soon. This is a perfectly reasonable and natural thing. But when they don’t, many people I […]

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Your Health – If You Don’t Do This, No One Will

I was watching the Lord of the Rings the other day – the last movie in the trilogy. There’s this part near the end when Frodo – the main hero – is battling against tremendous odds to accomplish his task. He’s exhausted, afraid, hungry and close to despair. And you hear this voice over saying […]

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Mad Goats, Trigger Points and Injury Rehabilitation

In the early years of being a country doctor for the town I live in, I had a farming couple as patients. They were going through a messy divorce, and they wouldn’t talk to each other. Because I was their family doctor, they decided to sort out their affairs by using me as a go-between. So when […]

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What Really Matters – Regrets of the Dying

Bronnie Ware is an Australian palliative nurse who cared for numerous patients during their last days. There’s a real clarity that comes when you know your life is all but spent, and many of Ware’s patients talked to her about what they wished they’d done in their lives. Over the years, Ware noticed several themes […]

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Dissatisfaction and Chronic Pain Relief

I treated a guy the other day who’d been in a nasty car accident. He’d been to several specialists, tried several types of treatments, but the pain continued unabated. When I examined him, I found several nasty trapezius trigger points into which I injected cortisone. He came back to me two weeks later to let me know that the […]

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Dissatisfaction and the Mind Body Connection

I treated a guy the other day who’d been in a nasty car accident. He’d been to several specialists, tried several types of treatments, but the pain continued unabated. When I examined him, I found several nasty trapezius trigger points into which I injected cortisone. He came back to me two weeks later to let me know that the […]

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The Experience of Joy

Joy is not a uniquely human experience. For your rest day, (and an example of unalloyed joy) watch the video below of a baby elephant experiencing the ocean for the first time. In fact, if you are near the sea, I recommend a seaside excursion just to enjoy the feeling of the water flowing over […]

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80-20 Thinking

I want to introduce you to a concept today: it’s called the 80/20 rule. It was originally discovered by Pareto, an Italian economist several hundred years ago. Pareto noticed that 20% of the pea plants in his garden produced 80% of the peas. And when he looked into other spheres of life – economics, nature, life, the rule held true. […]

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You’re More Powerful than You Think You Are

With all the doom and gloom in the world today, it’s sometimes hard to keep a positive outlook. That’s why today I’d like to dedicate this email to the brave people living with pain who every day get up and go about their daily lives with will and determination. People who’re fighting to overcome a […]

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