What is central sensitization?

Central sensitization: the back story to just about every story I tell on this blog. I’ve written the phrase a million times, but always in passing, always with a link to an article somewhere else. I think it’s high time the topic gets its own post. Practice Makes Perfect We’ve all heard the phrase “practiceContinue reading “What is central sensitization?”

Why do some hospitals get away with charging such exorbitant prices?

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a ground-breaking report yesterday looking at the average prices charged by 3,000 U.S. hospitals for the “top 100 most frequently billed charges.” The report shows that different hospitals appear to charge wildly different prices for the same procedures, seemingly without any rhyme or reason.  While one hospitalContinue reading “Why do some hospitals get away with charging such exorbitant prices?”

Someday there could be a test for fibromyalgia

One of the reasons I am so optimistic about the future is that someday I believe we will have a way for doctors to see just how much pain a person is in.  It won’t be a matter of taking the patient’s word for it (though that should be enough) or wondering whether or notContinue reading “Someday there could be a test for fibromyalgia”

Do you believe in qi?

Do you believe in qi? “When I practice qi gong or t’ai qi, I do not trouble myself with whether or not the qi is “real.” Qi gong is an art. I practice it in a beautiful way. Like Japanese cuisine, it works best when it looks good. To do a thing in a beautifulContinue reading “Do you believe in qi?”

“Science-based” vs. “evidenced-based” medicine

Over the years, I’ve seen the words “evidence-based” used to justify a lot of concepts I find dubious.  (Trust me– I saw some pretty ridiculous things during the time I worked in a mental health group home). This article from Paul Ingraham at PainScience.com in favor of moving from evidence-based to science-based medicine was music to my ears. Continue reading ““Science-based” vs. “evidenced-based” medicine”