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 beautiful … More Do you believe in qi?
I’ve seen numerous “alternative medicine” providers perform something they call “muscle testing” or “muscle energy testing” many times as part of their sales pitch. They tell you to put one arm out in front of you, and then push down on your arm. Your arm sinks immediately. Then they ask you a question, or put … More The Scam of “Muscle Energy Testing”
In my experience, the key to learning to work with your pain instead of against it is to learn to view pain as your body’s alarm system. In the developed world, most of us are privileged enough to have very little experience with pain. As children, we only feel pain when we’re at the doctor’s … More Understanding pain as your body’s alarm system
As anyone who’s ever wondered if they have fibromyalgia probably knows, the different specialities within Western medicine are not necessarily on the same page in terms of the way they diagnose and treat pain. Rheumatology is generally the specialty people look to for help with fibromyalgia, yet there are rheumatologists out there who don’t even … More History of Fibromyalgia as a Diagnosis
Fellow pain sufferers, as well as anyone who likes to learn about the body, I can’t stress enough how learning about anatomy and physiology has helped me. First of all, it makes such a big difference when you can begin to understand medical terminology. Once you start studying anatomy, you’ll see that medical terminology, with … More Why you should learn a little anatomy
I can’t believe I haven’t seen this video until now. It was incredibly validating, and I absolutely loved it. http://www.ted.com/talks/elliot_krane_the_mystery_of_chronic_pain.html It is given by Elliot Krause, who is a pediatrician and anesthesiologist at Stanford. He discusses a lot of the changes that take place in the nervous system of a person with chronic pain in … More Amazing TED Talk: The Mystery of Pain as a Disease