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A Nurse Hypnotherapist and Chronic Back Pain Sufferer to Be Interviewed on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

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On Saturday, Dr Carl O Helvie, Host of the Holistic Health Show will interview Seth-Deborah Roth (left) and Karen Hummel, (right).

Seth-Deborah is a certified instructor and faculty member of the National Guild of Hypnosis and a Nurse Anesthetist. She is a member of the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists, the International Hypnosis Federation, the American Board of Hypnosis, the International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association, Imagery International and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
She is an instructor of medical hypnosis at the Hypnotherapy Center in Oakland, California and received the 2005 “Award of Excellence” in the category of Health Care from the International Hypnosis Federation. She has been featured on the discovery Channel’s “Myth Busters” segment on hypnosis.
She has also presented to the National Guild of Hypnosis, the International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association, the International Hypnosis Federation, the American Board of Hypnosis, the Institute for the Advanced Studies of Health World Conference, and the Dermatology Nurses Association on the many uses of hypnosis in the area of health. She lectures at hospitals on medical hypnosis including St Rose Hospital, Seton Hospital, and the Bay Area Cancer Forum at Sutter Hospital. Seth-Deborah teaches a teleseminar course on Medical Hypnotherapy Certification and often speaks on the San Francisco radio station KEST “Seeing Beyond” with Bonnie Colleen. She also writes a blog called “Hypnotic Health” at

Karen Hummel is a wellness coach whose passion is helping others with pain. She holds a masters degree in Health Service Management and a baccalaureate degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. Karen is a Certified Personal Trainer with eighteen years of training experience and has served as a Wellness Director for several large corporations.

In 1998, after years of perseverance to reach her own fitness goal she was seriously injured in an automobile accident and told prior to surgery that she would almost certainly be a paraplegic. Karen refused to believe this and after three surgeries her surgeon told her that had it not been for the muscles she had developed from years of exercise she would not have walked away.
Several years later after excruciating pain, doctor’s visits, and medical tests, a piece of hardware from her original surgery was found to be piercing the spinal canal. This had caused tremendous nerve pain throughout her spine and eventually the loss of feeling in her right leg. Another surgery was scheduled but the chronic pain continued. One year later, testing found that a second device in her back had broken and the area had not healed properly., Karen had her last back surgery to correct the problem in 2006.
Karen has made tremendous improvements since her last surgery and is happy to be back at the gym, but still lives with chronic pain daily. She is in the process of writing a book about her experiences and hopes it will be an inspiration to others battling pain. More information is available at:

Natural Ways to Deal with Back Pain

Sunday, May 16th, 2010


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On the Holistic Health Show yesterday Dr Carl O Helvie interviewed Frank Titus (left) and Mitchell Yass (right) on natural ways to treat back pain.
Frank has a B.S. degree in Exercise {Physiology and is founder of Health Through Motion and uses Titus Motion Therapy with high profile entertainment and sports individuals. More information was presented earlier on this blog or can be found at

Mitchell Yass is a physical therapist and is known as the “Miracle Man” on Long Island for his work with pain. His goal is to help others avoid surgery and drugs in the resolution of back pain. More information is available on an earlier blog and on

Both practitioners say they have achieved over a 90% success rate in resolving pain with natural methods.

Enjoy the interview below.

Suffering From Pain? Listen to Natural Ways to Eliminate It with Frank Titus and Mitchell Yass

Sunday, May 9th, 2010


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Dr Carl O. Helvie, Host, Holistic Health Show will interview Frank Titus and Mitchell Yass on Saturday at 12 noon PST.

Frank Titus is a leading exercise therapist and pain management expert for over 16 years. After graduating with a B.S. degree in Exercise Physiology from Indiana State University in 1992, Frank worked as an Assistant Director at the Egoscue Method Clinic in San Diego, where he recognized that motion and exercise therapy modalities had higher success rates and longer-term benefits than other pain treatments. He then abandoned plans to continue on in physical therapy or chiropractics, and instead, became actively involved in popularizing spine and body alignment as the most effective ways of eliminating pain.

Titus Motion Therapy (TMT) has seen a success rate of over 95% in treating such painful chronic conditions as herniated disc, sciatica, whiplash, carpal tunnel, migraines, fibromyalgia, TMJ, rotator cuff injuries, degenerative joint disease, tennis elbow, ACL injuries, and arthritis. TMT is an eight week program utilizing specific, yet simple, exercises and motions to restore posture, balance and flexibility. The results is elimination of pain. Frank founded the Health Through Motion in 1995 where he offers Titus Motion Therapy and has personally treated high profile clients in the entertainment and sports worlds including Olympians, and PGA, NFL, PBA, ATP, AVP and NBA athletes. He also hosts the #1 talk radio show “The Painkillers” on 97.1 FM and was the only non Medical Doctor to appear on The American Health Journal an award winning television series on PBS. More information is available at:

Mitchell Yass is a licensed physical therapist, author and founder of the Personalized Pain Resolution method. Already known as the “Miracle Worker” throughout Long Island, New York, he uses the Internet to solve America’s pain through downloadable videos offering exactly what one would experience during his in-person evaluations. Subjects of videos include Herniated Disc-Lumber (lower back), Herniated Disc-cervical (neck pain, and Sciatica.
Mitchell spent 15 years developing a method for identifying the cause of pain and for resolving it. His mission was to eliminate unnecessary surgeries, prevent prescription drug dependence and to allow his patients to resume a comfortable, active lifestyle. He has proven that in 90% to 95% of cases he has treated, the cause of pain is muscle weakness and imbalance and his pain diagnosis and treatment protocol eliminates his patient’s pain in just days or weeks. More information is available at

Those Who Are Older and Have More Money Use More Alternative Treatments for Pain

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010


A study appearing in Pain Medicine concluded that socioeconomic factors, mainly in the form of race and age, play a large role in the use of alternative treatments for chronic pain. In the study those who were white used alternative interventions more frequently than those who were black, and elderly individuals were more likely to use alternative interventions than younger people. The researchers say the differences may be due to alternative therapies attracting individuals with high education levels and income or may be a result of different insurance coverage.

Results were based upon the ethnic and racial disparities in treating chronic pain among 5,750 adults over a six year period. Using the Pain Assessment Inventory Narrative the researchers assessed the treatment methods used, pain-related symptoms, data on socioeconomic characteristics, medical history, and physical and social characteristics in the black and white adults. Alternative treatments considered in the study included manipulation therapy such as chiropractors or physical therapists, biofeedback, and acupuncture.
Thirty five percent reported using at least one form of complementary and alternative therapy with 25% using manipulation, 13% using biofeedback, and 8% using acupuncture.

Lifting and Back Problems

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010


Recent research published in The Spine Journal (2010, 10 (1):26) concluded that more physical loading (pressure placed on the spine from frequent lifting) may delay disc degeneration, the main suspected cause of severe back pain. Studying identical twins where one of the siblings was an average of 29 pounds heavier than the other he found that loading in the form of extra weight was not harmful to the individual’s spinal discs and there was slightly less disc degeneration in the heavier twin than in the lighter one. The researcher stated that the most prevalent source of physical loading on the spine is body weight.

He concluded that routine physical loading within limits is not bad for discs and that those fearful of physical loading activities at home, work or the gym should gradually increase physical loading to strengthen the spine.

Dr Mark Brown, Dr Phillip Cheras and Dr Eugene Lipov Interviewed on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

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Dr Carl O. Helvie, Host, Holistic Health Show interviewed Dr Mark Brown (top left), Dr Phillip Cheras (top right), and Dr Eugene Lipov (bottom left) yesterday. Dr Brown M.D., PhD is Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and has over 40 years experience caring for patients with neck and back pain. His award winning book is titled “Conquer Back and Neck Pain: Walk it Off.“More information is available on a previous entry on this site and at

Dr Cheras, PhD, is the Deputy Director of the Australian Center for Complementary Medical Education and Research and has been principle or co-investigator of clinical trials in Complementary Medicine in excess of 5 million dollar. His doctoral research on osteoarthritis received international attention. More information can be found on an earlier blog here. He can be reached through his publicist at:

Dr Lipov, M.D., a board certified anesthesiologist and pain manager, is Director of Research at Northwest Community Hospital and Medical Director of the Advanced Pain Center. More information was presented on an earlier blog or he can be reached through his publicist at:

The interview from yesterdays show follows.

TENS Found Not Effective for Chronic Low Back Pain

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010


According to new guidelines published in the December, 2009 issue of Neurology transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) which is used widely for pain management is probably ineffective for chronic low back pain and is,thus, not recommended for low back pain that has persisted for 3 months or longer(chronic). These guidelines are a result of research studies reviewed in which all but one excluded people with known caused of low back pain. The results of the research reviewed showed that TENS did not ease chronic low back pain resulting from causes such as multiple sclerosis, a pinched nerve, scoliosis (severe curvature of the spine), obesity, spondylolisthesis ( severe displacement of a backbone), or had no known cause. The author of the new guidelines, Dr Richard Dubinsky, a researcher at Kansas University Medical Center said there is no benefit for people using TENS for chronic back pain.

Dr. Mark Brown, Dr. Phillip A Cheras, and Dr. Eugene Lipov to be Interviewed on the Holistic Health Show on Saturday

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

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On Saturday, Dr Carl O Helvie will interview Dr Mark Brown (top left), Dr Phillip Cheras (top right), and Dr Eugene Lipov (lower left).

Dr Brown, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He has over 40 years experience caring for patients with back and neck pain and his PhD thesis and all of his research devoted to the cause, prevention, and cure of spinal disorders. He is a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Lumbar Spine and is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Orthopaedic Association, Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, the Cervical Spine Research Society, Medical Advisory Board of PinnacleCare, and the North America Spine Society. He serves as a Consultant Reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery , is on the Board of Associate Editors of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, is on the Associate Editorial Board of Spine, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques.
He is the author of Conquer Back and Neck Pain: Walk it Off that was a finalist in the National Best Book Awards in the health, exercise and fitness category and also received the 2008 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for first place in the “consumer health” category.

Dr Phillip Cheras received his PhD from the University of Queensland in Australia in 1993 and has been an Adjunct Associate Professor with NatMed Research at Southern Cross University in Australia since 2007. He has received international attention for his doctoral research which lead him to propose a new paradigm for the causation of osteoarthritis. He has published his “Vascular Concept of Osteoarthritis Causation” and presented it at numerous international conferences and symposia. In 2001 he was a core member of the team that established the Australian Centre for Complementary Medical Education and Research (ACCMER), a joint venture of the University of Queensland and Southern Cross University, and became the foundation Deputy Director.
Dr Cheras has been the Principal or Co-investigator of clinical trials in complementary medicine valued in excess of $5 million. He has fostered links between the complementary medicine industry, academia, government, and entrepreneurial investors.

Dr Cheras reviews for a wide range of journals and organizations including the Cancer Council of Australia. In 2007, he was appointed as Interim Executive Officer for the newly created national Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) with the University of Western Sydney. He is a consultant to the Complementary and Alternative Industry and has co-authored both national and international reviews.

Dr Eugene Lipov, M.D. is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. He graduated from Northwestern Medical School in 1984 and attended Rush St Luke’s Medical Center to pursue advanced training in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. He has been on the academic faculty at Rush St Luke’s for more than 5 years.

Dr Lipov is currently the Director of Research, Northwest Community Hospital, and Medical Director, Advanced Pain Center. He has conducted numerous media interviews about his innovative treatment of hot flashes and pain management. He was an instructor for ISIS (International Spine Injection Society) and is a member of ISIS and NASS (North America Spine Society).

Alexander Technique Effective for Back Pain

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010


In a study published in Family Practice researchers concluded that the Alexander technique was considered effective by most patients. The Alexander Technique is a method of teaching bodily awareness and reducing muscle tension. Patients are taught standing and sitting postures and how to move correctly.

Researchers at the University of Southampton and Bristol surveyed patients to determine their expectations of and experiences with the Alexander technique and prescribed exercises. One hundred eighty three people who had received lessons in the Alexander technique returned questionnaires and 176 who had received prescribed exercises returned them. A follow up questionnaire was completed 3 months after the first and many of the subjects were interviewed. Findings included positive expectations of both groups at the beginning of the study that remained the same for the exercise group after 3 months. However, the expectations were higher after 3 months for the Alexander technique group. This group believed they had learned how to manage their back pain and the method fit well into their lifestyle.

Yoga, Physical Therapy, Graston Technique and Therapies Used by a Sufferer for Back Pain Relief

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

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Guests of Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, on the Holistic Health Show yesterday were Dr Richard Vincent (left), Ms Ginger Garner in a yoga pose (right), and Mrs Lynda Cookson (below).

Dr Vincent, a chiropractor, is President of the Integrated health Care Practice Resource Group, a management group, and introduced the Graston Technique, a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to the chiropractic profession in 2001. More information is available on a previous blog here or at

Ms Garner is a physical therapist and founder of Professional Yoga Therapy Studies and developer of the Professional Yoga Therapy and Elementary Renewal Method of Rehabilitation. More information is available on an earlier blog here or

Mrs Cookson is from the West of Ireland and was forced to change her career as owner of a clinic to artist and writer when she developed severe back pain. She is a well established artist and has sold painting around the world. More information is available on an earlier bloig here or at

The interview with these guests follow. I hope you enjoy and learn from it.