It is the Package

Gary Greenberg published an excellent piece in the New York Times magazine entitled “What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick”?

This well researched essay walks us through the history of the placebo effect, our current scientific understandings, and what effect these might have on western medicine. He describes the recent conference of the Society for Interdisciplinary Placebo Studies…

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Calling For a Patient Revolution


Last weekend I had the pleasure of speaking and attending the Colorado AHEC Engaging Communities in Education & Research conference.  The conference is focused on providing rural preceptors across all health disciplines with education and connections with community partners.  Included a wide spectrum of providers and community members.  There was of course, a lot of content and a panel…

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There is Movement Afoot.

I often feel that when it comes to chronic pain, PTs are passionate and informed, but often just talking amongst ourselves. The Align Conference held in Denver last week felt different. Multiple professions (PT, OT, MD, DO, PA, NP, and PATIENT) were present and passionate about making a difference. This was the first conference where a merger of Evidence In…

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We Are Humans with Unmet Needs

We frequently discuss pain, depression, anxiety, addiction and the ways our medical industrial complex sells sickness and risky interventions as simple solutions to “fix you!”  I recently listened to Johann Hari discussing his book Lost Connections ( on the Ezra Klein show).  There are some that disagree with his analysis of societal influences on mental health, though I found many of…

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Too Many Too Many’s – NSAIDs

We are thirsty in the rain.  We have too much medical care and not enough “health” care.

This is the second in the series of Too Many Too Many’s and today we would like to highlight the overutilization of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) both medically prescribed and self-prescribed.   More than 70 million prescriptions for NSAIDs are…

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Too Many Too Many’s – Opioids

As a nation when it comes to medical care we are thirsty in the rain.  We frequently have too much medical care and not enough “health” care.   With this backdrop we are launching a series entitled “Too Many Too Many’s” which focuses on the many areas of overutilization in our medical system. We are beginning the series with the…

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