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+ Is my emotional response to pain controllable?

[ Posted on 06.12.2017 ]

June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month!  According to Migraine.com, there are about 100 million people with headaches in the U.S.; about 37 million of these people have migraines. The World Health Organization suggests that 18 percent of women and 7 percent of men in the U.S. suffer from migraines.  After back pain, which accounts for 27% of pain; headache pain accounts for 15%. Apparently we are a nation in pain. According to paindoctor.com, “pain affects more people in the US than diabetes heart disease and cancer combined. A whopping 126 million or 55% of all adults experienced pain in the past three months. And that’s just the pain that’s reported. I remember having migraines when I was in my late teens. There was little else I could do than lie in bed until it passed. Lucky for me, it was episodic and I never had to deal with them…

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+ How can talking heal stomach pain?

[ Posted on 04.14.2016 ]

If you never heard the podcast Only Human, you are in for a treat.  A wonderful health-focused series produced by WNYC, each episode brings us straight-up real life stories that we can all relate to. A recent episode featured doctors telling stories about patients who changed their lives, told in the fashion of the Moth radio hour.  One of the episodes that really stood out for me was Dr. Richard Weinberg’s story of a young woman who came to his practice complaining of stomach pain, which he found impossible to diagnose…until he simply started talking to her about such unlikely subjects such as dreams and her bakery. I say unlikely, because Dr. Weinberg is a gastroenterologist.  The nature of this young woman’s pain was rooted in a traumatic event that had occurred when she was a teenager. This story is an amazing example of how just talking and listening can…

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Unhappiness is any form of believing that when we don’t get what we want, it means we are goin…

Unhappiness is any form of believing that when we don’t get what we want, it means we are going to feel a way we don’t want.

[ Bruce Di Marsico ]