Anxiety is a Symptom – Not a Diagnosis

Every living creature on this planet survives by avoiding threats and gravitating towards rewards. The driving force is staying alive and survival of the species. This is accomplished by the nervous system taking in data from the environment through each body sensor and analyzing it every millisecond. All of the … Read More

The Scrap Heap

Modern medicine has forgotten its foundational mission – to take care of you – all of you. The capacity to deliver high-level services for a given challenging situation is commendable and beyond reproach. Physicians’ commitment to excellence approaches unbelievable, requiring years of training, long hours, ongoing learning and just plain … Read More

Success is a “Story”

There is currently an epidemic of pain in our country, and chronic pain is increasing especially rapidly in people under 40. Teen anxiety, with its many physical manifestations is particularly problematic. A few of them include: Body image disorders Eating disorders Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Irritable Bowel and Spastic … Read More

Depression is Anxiety

Depression is anxiety. It is the constellation of symptoms caused by relentless anxiety. This is critical to understand because anxiety is simply the sensation you feel when your body is full of stress chemicals, such as cortisol, adrenaline and histamines. It is the essence of your body’s neurochemical unconscious survival … Read More

Do You Really Need Spine Surgery?

You can’t fix what you can’t see (or isn’t there)   I am publishing my book, Do You Really Need Spine Surgery: Take Control with Advice from a Spine Surgeon, this fall of 2019. I retired from my practice as a complex spine surgeon in December of 2018 to pursue this project. … Read More

Pain Sensitization – A Frayed Wire

Research has demonstrated what all of us already know. Repetition of unpleasant sensations worsens over time and becomes intolerable. This is particularly true with pain and the classic example is that of water torture. Although the drop of water is inherently painless, it eventually is perceived by the poor prisoner … Read More

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