Claims and Pain

Not all information is equally useful and not all perspectives are equally valid. Everyone is entitled to an opinion but some opinions are worth more than others. In a rational discussion, any claim about the effectiveness of a pain treatment should be backed up by evidence and the nature of the evidence be made transparent. […]

Buyer Beware

These days it seems to me that many people believe there are two broad categories of medicine, “conventional” (the kind of medicine practiced by most medical doctors) and “alternative “(everything else including traditional Chinese, homeopathic, naturopathic, complementary and so on). Those who disdain “conventional” medicine with its drugs and surgery will be attracted to the […]

Belief is Not Enough

There are countless treatments available for pain if the Internet is any indication. Often, the description of a therapy is accompanied by explanations, endorsements and testimonials. When I read some of these things I am often impressed by the stories of relief and the passion with which they are told. I’m convinced that many who […]

Decisions, Decisions

Every intervention for pain may carry some risks and benefits. They key in deciding whether to try some new therapy is having knowledge of your chances of getting relief vs. your chance of having a bad reaction. Given that there is no such thing as perfect knowledge or certainty, you’ll have to take at least […]

A Different Take on Meditation

We do not teach meditation as a spiritual practice and there are no spiritual teachings as part of our pain group sessions. However, meditation and spiritual practice have long been intertwined in many belief systems. It may be useful to look at some of the things said about meditation from a different perspective than ours. […]