Posts Tagged ‘pain’

Medical Marijuana Expert/Dr David Bearman

Sunday, April 9th, 2017




Dr David Bearman, M.D. is one of the most clinically knowledgeable physicians in the U.S. in the field of medical marijuana and will appear on the Holistic Health Show on Saturday.  He has spent 40 years working in substance and drug abuse treatment and prevention programs.  Dr. Bearman was a pioneer in the free and community clinic movement.  His career includes public health, administrative medicine, provision of primary care, pain management and cannabinology.

His almost 40 year professional experience in the drug abuse treatment and prevention field includes being the Co-Director of the Haight-Ashbury Drug Treatment Program, being a member of Governor Reagan’s Inter Agency Task Force on Drug Abuse, a member of both the Santa Barbara and the San Diego County Drug Abuse Technical Advisor Committees, and a consultant to Hoffman-LaRoche, Santa Barbara County Schools and the National PTA. He has been recognized by the Santa Barbara Medical Society with the Humanitarian Recognition Award.

Dr. Bearman is also the author of Drugs Are NOT the Devil’s Tools: How Discrimination and Greed Created a Dysfunctional Drug Policy and How It Can Be Fixed in 2 volumes. More information is available at:

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Can Music Alleviate Cancer Patients’ Symptoms?

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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A new review published by Cochrane Library found that there is significant evidence that music interventions help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, pain, and fatigue in cancer patients, while also boosting their quality of life. Researchers looked at studies that examined the impact of music therapy (a personalized music experience provided by trained music therapists), and music medicine (listening to prerecorde4d music offered by by a doctor or nurse) on psychological and physical outcomes in people with cancer.

Researchers examined a total of 52 trials in the review that constituted 3,731 cancer participants. Twenty three of the trials were considered to be music therapy, and the remaining 29 were classified as music medicine interventions. One of the most important finding was that all kinds of music interventions resulted in a moderate to strong effect in reducing anxiety of patients. For music and pain reduction, they  found a large treatment benefit, and for fatigue they found a small to moderate treatment effect. They also found small reductions in heart and respiratory rates and a lower blood pressure associated with music interventions. Researchers continued “The results of single studies suggest that music listening may reduce the nee4d for anesthetics and analgesics, as well as decreased recovery time and duration of hospitalization, but more research is needed for these outcomes.” They concluded “We hope that the findings of this review will encourage health care providers in medical settings to seriously consider the use of music therapy in the psychosocial care of people with cancer.”

More Studies on Meditation as a Healing Therapy.

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Meditation as Healing Therapy

A recent issue of Science Digest reports that more studies are looking at meditation as an effective therapy for cognitive impairment, migraine headache, and pain. In their first study subjects were between age 55 and 90 with mild cognitive impairment (problem with memory or other faculties without yet having dementia) and found that those who practiced MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction consisting of meditation and yoga) for 8 weeks had significantly improved functional connectivity in their brain network that is active during introspective thought such as retrieving memories and less atrophy in the hippocampus (area of brain responsible for emotions. learning, and memory) when compared with controls who received conventional care.  Researchers concluded that the findings indicate meditation may positively affect the area of the brain most impacted by Alzheimer’s and thus may be capable of slowing the progress of the disease.

In their second study researchers found that adults with migraine headaches who practiced MBSR for eight weeks had shorter and less debilitating migraines than those in the control group receiving standard care. The subjects also tended to have less frequent and less severe attacks of migraine and reported having a greater sense of self-control over their migraines.

Another studied carried out by a colleague found that as little as three 20-minute training sessions in mindfulness meditation can reduce pain and everyday anxiety in healthy individuals with no previous meditation experience. Subjects rated the pain they felt while meditating  as 40 percent less intense and 57 percent less unpleasant than when they tested with their eyes closed only.  At the same time the brain imaging showed decreased neural activity in the area of the brain involved with feeling the location and intensity of pain and increased activity in regions of the brain associated with attention and the ability to regulate emotions.  In the anxiety research, subjects reported decreases in everyday anxiety by as much as 39 percent during meditation. At the same time scans of the brain showed increased activity in areas associated with regulating thinking, emotions and worrying. More research by the team on meditation and worry or migraine headaches are ongoing.

Dr Dawson Church (EFT and Epigenetics) and Dr Richard Ruhling (Holistic Health and Perscription Drugs) on Holistic Health Show

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

dawsonrruhlingDr Dawson Church (left) and Dr Richard Ruhling  were guests on the Holistic Health Show yesterday.

Dr Dawson has edited or authored many books and collaborated with leading authorities such as Dr Bernie Siegel, Dr Larry Dossey, Dr Christiane Northrup and others and is well known for his latest award winning book Genie in Your Genes. More information is available on that is one of the largest alternative medicine sites on the web.

Dr richard Ruhling is a retired physician who traught health sciences at Loma Linda University. More information is available at:

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Can Music Reduce the Anxiety of a Prostate Biopsy?

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Recent research published in the journal Urology concluded that noise-cancelling headphones playing classical music may reduce the anxiety and pain of a prostate biopsy that is often used to diagnose prostate cancer.
Eighty eight men were randomly assigned in the study to one of three groups. One group had no headphones, a second had noise-cancelling headphones without music, and the third had the headphones and listened to Bach concertos. Blood pressure was taken on all before and after a trans-rectal biopsy, an intrusive procedure. Among study participants, the diastolic blood pressure remained elevated after the procedure compared to before for both groups with no musical intervention. However, the men who wore the headphones and listened to Bach had no increase in blood pressure and reported less pain as measured on a questionnaire. Anxiety often causes a rise in diastolic blood pressure. This procedure is simple and easy to apply for those needing a prostate biopsy.

Pain Reduction from the Practice of Yoga

Friday, August 5th, 2011


A new study published in the Journal of Pain Research concluded that women with fibromyalgia who practiced yoga self-reported a reduction in their physical and psychological symptoms of chronic pain. In the study women practiced yoga twice a week for 75 minutes for eight weeks. Participants completed questionnaires to determine pain intensity before and after the study period. They reported significant reductions in pain and associated symptoms and psychological benefits such as feeling less helpless, being more accepting of their condition and less fearful of current and future symptoms. Previous research showed that women with fibromyalgia have lower-than average levels of cortisol that can contribute to pain, fatigue and stress sensitivity and in this study the saliva of subjects revealed enhanced cortisol levels at the end of the 8 week program.

Final Program of Faith, Healing and Spirituality Series on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, June 26th, 2011



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Mel Brake, Kelli Calabrese and Marsha Scarbrough (lower right) were the final guests on the Faith, Healing, and Spirituality series on the Holistic Health Show.

Mel Brake is Founder and Director of MPW Foundation, has been interviewed on multiple media outlets and journals, and has been recognized for his artistic endeavors. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be seen at:

Kelli Calabrese is a leading fitness, nutrition and wellness professional who has written books and provides services for national celebrities and corporations. More information is available at:

Marsha Scarbrough is author of Medicine Dance: One Woman’s Healing Journey into the World of Native American Sweatlodges, Meditation, and Dance Fasts. and has over 75 published articles. Her exciting career has included 17 years in Hollywood., More information was presented earlier on this blog and can be found at:

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Distance Healer Interviewed on Holistic Health Show

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

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On Saturday, Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, Holistic Health Show interviewed John Lucas, a distance healer. Mr Lucas reports that he can do muscle testing at a distance with clients and delete the energy frequencies causing problems. He tested 10 people and deleted frequencies on each. All discuss their experience on the show. More information about John Lucas can be found at

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Pain, Fatigue, Insomnia and Brain Fog Continue After Treatment for Many Cancer Patients

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011


Research presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago June 4-8 reported that following treatment cancer survivors often continue to suffer moderate to severe problems of pain, fatigue, sleep, memory, and concentration for 3 to 5 years. Two hundred forty eight cancer survivors (breast, colorectal, lung,and prostate) primarily female, with most beyyond 5 year survival were evaluated. The most common symptoms reported were: fatigue (16%), disturbed sleep (15%), pain (13%), and cognitive impairment (13%). Physicians and health care providers need to be more aware of these problems and educate survivors on natural ways to deal with them.

Meditation and Pain

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010


Research to be published in the journal Pain concluded that people who meditate regularly “find pain less unpleasant because their brains anticipate the pain less.” The researchers studied a group of individuals with varying lengths of time meditating ranging from months to decades. It was only the most advanced whose anticipation and pain differed from non-meditators. The researchers found that certain areas of the brain showed less activity as meditators anticipated pain and this was least active in anticipation of pain for advanced meditators with up to 35 years of practice. Researchers also stated “meditation trains the brain to be more present focused and therefore spend less time anticipating future negative events. Further research should be carried out evaluating how how the brain is changed by meditation. More information is available at: