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Better Pain Management Is Essential for Reducing Addiction to Prescription Painkillers

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Too many prescription painkillers are used when alternatives may work. Physicians need to be far more cautious about prescribing them. The NYC DOH and other public health agencies are right about this. But there should be another dimension to their campaign.

Am I To Blame For His/Her Affair?

Robert C. Jameson | Posted 02.05.2014 | Women
Robert C. Jameson

It would be easy to say, "Yes, you were to blame." And it would be just as easy to say, "No, it wasn't your fault. You're not to be blamed." If you're feeling confused and a little upset right about now, then you're in the right place.

On Gratitute, Genocide, Reconciliation, Pain and Healing

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana | Posted 02.05.2014 | Women
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

My own reflections on gratitude this year were a little different. For the first time, I felt sincerely grateful not just for the many good things in my life, but for the most difficult and painful experiences I have gone through.

For White People Who Can't Bear to See '12 Years a Slave'

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

I went with dread, and with a friend whose hand I gripped so hard that she finally withdrew it. I went with the intention to close my eyes during the most violent scenes. And I carried out that intention. But I went. And I am, in my deepest self, glad that I went.

It's True: Waiting For The Pain Is Often Worse Than The Pain Itself

Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living

If you've ever gotten a flu shot, you know this to be true: The time you spend waiting for the shot is often more unbearable than the actual pain from...

7 Places Where Your Pain Hides

Posted 03.11.2015 | OWN

The author of Devotion: A Memoir explains where to find those private, personal aches. 1. In Our Bones (Literally) Once, at the end of a yoga cla...

Apologies and Forgiveness: Ramping Up the Reality Factor

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

Saying you are sorry takes a lot of courage because it makes you vulnerable. I know being vulnerable is scary, but if you think about it, it's the price you pay for hurting someone. No one likes to apologize, but no one likes to be hurt either.

MRI Back Scans Do Not Predict if You Need Surgery

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Despite changes in technology and fancy titanium screws, plates and cages, the overall results of surgery have not significantly improved over the last few decades. This over-prescription of surgery is a huge problem.

This Could Be The Source Of Your Chronic Pain And Stress

Frank Wildman, GCFT, Ph.D. | Posted 10.24.2013 | Fifty
Frank Wildman, GCFT, Ph.D.

Our bodies have an inborn reflex that organizes all our bodily stress. It's called the startle reflex. Everyone experiences it. You've probably observed it in others. You step off a curb that's unexpectedly high and feel yourself beginning to fall. A car zooms by too close to you. Your child suddenly screams at a high pitch. In each of these cases, you will experience the startle reflex.

The Dream Is Over, You Just Have to Carry On

Raina Rose | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Raina Rose

I hold on to my hopes like a life preserver. I cling to the notion that humanity is mostly good at the core.

The N-word Not Negro Either

Sojourner Marable Grimmett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Sojourner Marable Grimmett

My former boss cornered me in my cubical, looked into my eyes and asked me what I preferred to be called. "Called?" I said. My frown lines deepened in-between my un-plucked, naturally shaped brows.

An Alternative Approach to Treating Fibromyalgia

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 10.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

While treating the symptoms are essential for fibromyalgia patients, I've had greater success with fibromyalgia therapy by focusing on deficiencies of the body as well as removing any and all triggers that are causing inflammation in the body.

Think All The Good Men & Women Are Already Taken? Read This

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 12.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

But whether you live in Manhattan or in North Dakota, whether you're 19 or 90, whether you're a conservative or a liberal, whether you like country music or classical, there are people with whom it is possible to create true, lasting and loving partnerships.

When Does Choosing a Treatment Matter?

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

In the United States, many provisions of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) are about to take effect. Opponents of the law are concern...

A Palliative to Obamacare Discord

Joseph Cooper | Posted 11.24.2013 | College
Joseph Cooper

These stories (I'm sure there are others) make vivid the embarrassments and fears of patients; their efforts to deal with deterioration, endure pain, and cope with unhinging and detachment. The reader, the viewer, and the re-reader can take cues from caregivers who ease the way to acceptance.

Breaking (Through) Bad

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

What should be clear is that most events in our lives are, simply, beyond our control. The one aspect that we do control -- how we choose to react to what's occurring around us -- is the decisive factor as to how we will perceive and experience our lives.

The Vulgarity of Our Times

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.26.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

To me, the vulgarity in the novel was not its language. What truly makes me cringe -- the most vulgar and obscene things in life -- are humanity's ubiquitous displays of unrelenting greed, hatred, intolerance, and the unquenchable need of people to make war.

Take Two Breaths and Call Me in the Morning: An Unexpected Source of Relief From Arthritis Pain

Vijay Vad, M.D. | Posted 11.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Vijay Vad, M.D.

Proper breathing in a slow, controlled rhythm is the fastest pain reliever you can use. Your goal is to relax -- the opposite of what the pain response is. It is normal to tense up when in pain. By activating the relaxation response you are, in fact, reducing your pain.

American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network Takes it to Congress

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
SidneyAnne Stone

There is a growing need for palliative care programs, which may be attributed to the increasing number of people living with chronic illness in the United States and the need for education and training of healthcare providers is rapidly growing as well.

Muhammad Ali: Trials of a Hero

Marlon Regis | Posted 11.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

As you thought there couldn't be any more footage of live clips, scenes, photo exhibits, other artistic reinterpretations or the highly bestowed awards of honor related to Muhammad Ali, here comes a powerful new documentary titled, The Trials of Muhammad Ali.

Pain's Long Reach and Powerful Grip

Jim Moret | Posted 11.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Jim Moret

Ask our son about pain. He will tell you about the heavy burden it places on him along with everyone close and important to him. He will tell you that pain is real and it is personal.

How the War on Drugs Punishes Those Who Suffer

Jason Silverstein | Posted 11.09.2013 | Crime
Jason Silverstein

Though nearly 50% of the world's cancer patients and 90% of the world's HIV/AIDS patients live in low-to-middle income countries, they only receive 6% of the world's morphine supply.

5 Ways to Avoid Mental Pain and Suffering

Morty Lefkoe | Posted 10.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Morty Lefkoe

For one week be aware every time you experience any mental pain or suffering. Don't suppress it. Experience it fully for just a moment.

This Is Your Brain on Rejection

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2013 | Science
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Rejections are the most common psychological injury we encounter in daily life. The one thing all rejections have in common is -- they hurt! So, what exactly happens in our brains that makes rejections so painful?

UNO in Beirut: Playing Kids With Cancer

Emily O'Dell | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Emily O'Dell

It's easy to feel guilty when you're creaming a kid with cancer in UNO or Fussball, but the Lebanese and Syrian kids with whom I play each week in Beirut love a tough match.