Monday, February 28, 2011

Dr. Oz and Time Magazine Talk about Chronic Pain

Thank you to the American Pain Foundation for alerting me (and now you) to 2 new articles about chronic pain. You can also sign up for Action Alerts from the American Pain Foundation and have new articles and research sent directly to your email inbox. No stress, no hassles. Just solid helpful information.

You can sign up at www.painfoundation.org 

These 2 articles were published recently by Time magazine. One is by Dr. Mehmet Oz

"The End of Ouch" 

The other one is by Alice Park     "Healing the Hurt"

Both these articles add much needed recognition, scientific backing and credibility to the field of chronic pain.

I hope these articles can help make your life even a little better.

Yours with care
Michael

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Compassion Can be a Powerful and Practical Tool

I came across a fascinating talk, recently, at TED.com. This is a great website to watch short videos from leaders in a variety of fields. Most talks are only 6 minutes and get right to the point. Plus they are free.

I was captivated by a talk from Krista Tippett, called Reconnecting with Compassion. It was not a sentimental appeal for more compassion in our lives, although more is definitely needed - everywhere. It was a highly intelligent discussion of what compassion really means, and can mean in our daily lives.

You can find her talk at


She outlined how kindness is at its' core, as well as beauty, empathy and mystery. She described how compassion can be a practical tool for solving problems.

She mentioned how compassion can be thought of as curiosity without assumptions.

This describes, to me, the perfect attitude for health care providers to take when trying to understand others' pain.

Be careful, this talk may change you.

Yours with care
Michael