Have you ever been late to see the doctor and turned away, or showed up on time and asked to wait an unreasonably long period of time? Both Mark Alyn, host of Late Night Health, and I both agree that doctors being too busy to meet their patient is a pathetic excuse, and we talk about this frustrating phenomenon on the show.
My popular article “ABCs of ZZZs” was recently featured in Home Health Magazine. The PDF is viewable on my Publications page. The article provided by Home Health Magazine is also available for download in PDF format. This article was also featured on if you prefer to read it on your computer. If you prefer to read ABCs of ZZZs on your computer, you can read it HowToBeHealthier.org.
If you haven’t noticed already, our new website design is live! We’ve changed the colors to match our new radio show Late Night Health. There are also many subtle layout changes to most of the pages of the website that make it even easier to use. Take some time to look through the updated pages and let us know what you think. We’ve got some great things planned for our blog and website. Stay tuned!
Top Doctors is an excellent resource for finding quality care near you and targeted for your unique needs. A USNews project, it provides information on the best doctors that have been nominated by other doctors and reviewed by a physician-led research team.
Despite having been on USNews Top Doctors for a while, I now have an official page on the website where visitors can learn exactly what I specialize in (electromyography, neuromuscular disorders, and sports injuries) as well as details about my credentials, where I work, and how to get in contact with me.
Thanks to USNews for the nomination!
Head over to Physician’s Money Digest to read Ed Rabinowitz’s profile of Dr. Jet. An excerpt:
When Lewis was studying to be a physician, his original line of thinking was surgery. That changed before he finished medical school. His mother, who had been a nurse and inspired him to explore the health care field, experienced a stroke, and watching her work through rehabilitation changed his focus.
“I think anything that happens with your parents tends to inspire you,” Lewis explains. “Being involved there, trying to get her to walk again, and feed her again, because it was a pretty intense stroke, really got my interest going in that direction. And my sister is an occupational therapist, so we spent a lot of time together talking.”
Those experiences propelled Lewis into the world of pain management, and set the stage for his embracing an integrative approach to healing.
Environmental concerns are becoming more rooted in our cultural consciousness every day, not only within politics and science, but in the household as well. Teaching kids how to be aware of their impact on the earth can not only be fun, but surprisingly easy.
Kids that grow up with pets learn early on how to take care of animals as well as how animals are affected by their environment. Combine that with their natural tendency to wonder about the world, they are well equipped to explore these ideas while coming to their own conclusions.
In a piece for Natural Awakenings Magazine, I talk more about this:
Help children become experts. “Kids can inspire their friends and parents to be more environmentally conscious,” advises Dr. Moshe Lewis, chief of physical medicine and rehab at the California Pacific Medical Center, in San Francisco.
Surround the family with nature. “Kids are naturally curious. As they learn about the natural habitat of animals, their importance in the ecosystem and how beautiful they are, they develop an appreciation for the diverse flora and fauna species on Earth,” says Lewis.
Finally, encourage self-expression. “For kids, being able to verbalize or express their feelings is critical,” says Lewis. “Sometimes, this requires more than just talk therapy. I have found that art and other creative expressions are a way to work through various emotions.”
Wyatt Myers from DaddyMDGuides, a website that provides advice and experiences from doctors that are also raising kids, asked me recently how to have a dialogue about drugs:
How do you talk with your child about drugs?
I often get asked how to keep children away from drugs. I explain to parents that they must model this behavior by making lifestyle choices that help them minimize the amount of prescription drugs that they have to take. When parents must be on these medications, it’s vital that they explain to their children how the meds work and why they are taken. The medications should also be stored safely. As a health care provider, I have to be extra careful about what medications I take, and thus I don’t take any controlled substances. When my son is ill, I make sure to tell him why he can’t take extra medicine, even though, "it tastes good, Daddy!”
Just yesterday, I explained to a patient who is dependent on Valium why I am going to detox her from this medication, as her son recently relapsed on prescription medications and stole some of hers. Sometimes words are not enough. I also have to help modify behavior, which can be difficult for patients to hear.
While it isn’t easy at all times, fatherhood is an incredible joy and a learning experience. I was recently interviewed for a piece in The Daddy MD Guides about my background as a father, while balancing my practice and other aspects of life:
What was the biggest challenge you faced while your wife was pregnant, and how did you overcome it?
The greatest challenge I faced while my wife was pregnant was the stress of worrying if I would make it to the delivery in time. My San Francisco practice was close to 50 miles from the hospital where my wife would be giving birth, and every time my Blackberry buzzed, I would reflexively spring to action expecting my wife to call saying the baby was half born. I learned to adjust to this by simply telling colleagues and patients that I wasn’t being rude when I kept staring at my Blackberry during their appointment, but that my wife and I were expecting any time.
What’s the most surprising thing being a dad has taught you?
Living in the moment is the greatest challenge for a busy professional. As with all career-oriented people, every opportunity we have is a chance to further our careers. The chance to write a book, the networking meeting, time on the golf course, attending industry seminars and conferences allows us to move our status another notch up the ladder by meeting other influential people.
Being a dad means enjoying the simple moments with your child. It means participating in activities that don’t have another motive involved other than face-to-face time with my child. A play date is not a business opportunity to network nor should it be turned into one. I gain more satisfaction and true happiness out of stepping away from the computer and turning off the phone and playing one-on-one with my child. He still respects me and wants me involved in that process unconditionally. Networking and other similar business opportunities may or may not achieve such fulfillment.
What’s the one bit of advice about fatherhood you wish someone had given you much earlier?
Everyone has advised me to savor each moment, as the time that your children are reverential and want you for one-on-one face time is limited. I do wish someone had told me how to get more hours and work into the day more efficiently as I continue to struggle with that one.
What’s the one thing about being a new dad that shouldn’t be missed?
What’s the most underrated thing about fatherhood?
How much happiness children bring all of us, including fathers. The pressures of life are intense: Being an adult, a father, and often the head of the household creates several challenges in all of our lives. We have our corporate or business responsibilities, we also need to rest, and there does not seem to be enough time to also take your kids to school, attend their activities, participate in their homework, get them ready for bed, and just to play with them.
However, the happiness and joy that children bring because they are so loving and innocent makes the impossible seem possible. Fatherhood is underrated because our society doesn’t really place much value on family time. This is because from a business perspective letting staff leave early to pick up their children, attend children-related events like sports or recitals, and the like does not benefit a company directly financially. Indirectly you might have a motivated and efficient worker, but when staff is not doing work and they’re on the clock, the business is not being productive.
Children don’t care or need to understand about deadlines, reports, and business productivity. They’re content with simple things, and they love being part of their parents’ lives. Thus I feel that the happiness they bring is underrated by dads because it has to be recognized and appreciated for its simple fulfillment of love. All of us want to be appreciated. Men seek that in objects, including awards, prestige, money, power, and accomplishments and in tangibles like houses, luxury items, and an attractive spouse. Children teach their fathers, who invest time in their lives, that happiness can be found in knowing that your child loves you and appreciates the time their father gives them. Happiness comes from seeing the new milestones first, hearing new vocabulary yourself, exploring the world together with your child, and teaching them how to fix something or how to fish.
There will always be another goal to accomplish in the world, a record to set or beat, a financial hurdle to surmount, another acquisition that can be made. However, time to really be happy with one’s children before they are independent and on their own is relatively fleeting but no less enjoyable. Hence, I look forward to the various weekend activities as my week is pretty busy. And, yet, I try to find one activity each day, if it is nothing more than getting ready for “tuck in services” where my son and I drown out all the world’s distractions and have our time together, as this makes me happy.
Why are fathers important?
Children need both parents. Fathers can show, model, and teach a child a different, though not always the correct, approach. This provides balance and it also shows children that parents should stay together if at all possible. Relationships with children and spouses are hard. It isn’t always glorious and happy. Children need to see their fathers stay. They need to see arguments resolved. They need to see hardships overcome by both parents working together.
Children certainly need their mothers. The bond of love a mother has to a child is probably unequalled. Fathers likewise play a vital role in their kid’s life if they insist on being present and participating.
Career, marriage, kids… how does a guy stay sane?
It feels impossible. My life seems schizophrenic from the outside. Many days I will travel more than a hundred miles just to tuck my child in for the night. Or I will not leave enough time to be at my first meeting of the day just to drop him off at school. Likewise, I will push deadlines back and turn down opportunities to be out networking just to spend time with my child.
On the other end, I often take him to events that might only have a handful of children present because they’re more for adults, e.g. a wedding. I tell everyone who asks that I always take invitations to such events seriously, but I must be able to bring my child.
In holding to that credo, I also try to take my son to all the birthday and play date events that he gets invited to, and I push my work to the side. It isn’t easy. I don’t expect an award. I often am functioning on pure reserve and not even half the sleep requirements I give to patients. Yet, every day that I make it through, I am thankful that my son is in my life and that I am in his. I was adopted and did not have my father in my life. By the time I tracked him down as an adult, he had just passed, which is actually how I found him, through an obituary.
Thus I have already been more involved and present in my son’s life than my father could be in mine. This gives me the motivation to press on and the warmth of my son’s love (at least till the teen years) as fuel.
Late Night Health, the radio show I co-host with Mark Alyn, had its first airing this year and has garnered attention as a result, like a recent Suite101 article that offers details about how the show came to be:
He had the idea for the show several months ago while talking with a friend at a radio station. Alyn told him, “I’d like to do a show on the weekends geared to the boomer and it would be on late at night, maybe at midnight.”
His friend offered him a spot on his station starting the following weekend. Alyn did not accept immediately, opting to take his time and do more pre-production to garner better results. But several weeks later Late Night Health was born.
As more and more people are taking ownership of their health, many are interested in methods of pain relief and health guidance that emphasize alternatives to standard medication. Late Night Health is a great place to hear experts and innovators talk about how to improve well-being without leaving your comfort zone. Often, the solution can be simplicity itself.
While the program offers all kinds of options including pharmaceutical treatments, acupuncture, chiropractics and other alternative ideas, Dr. Lewis had one piece of simple advice that everyone can heed, “Slow down and smell the roses. We are all so busy and often multitasking, myself included. We need to enjoy life more and appreciate the roses.”
Learn more about LateNightHealth on it’s official website
I am pleased to announce that I will be co-hosting a new radio show! Late Night Health Radio will offer professional insight into a variety of important health issues, while providing a special focus on America’s baby boomer generation. The host, Mark Alyn, with 20 years of experience as a television host and reporter, will join me in discussing health tips, the newest studies, and tackle subjects like pain management, and dealing with diabetes and cancer. I’ll be contributing thorough coverage of my specialty in pain relief and rehabilitation, joined by special guests such as Dr. Gorodisky M.D. and many more!
Be prepared to be informed and entertained. More details are coming soon. To stay up to date on the latest Late Night Health Radio developments, visit the official website.
You may have noticed some new changes on TheJetMD.com, namely the new colors and the new logo, but we’ve been busy updating many other aspects of the website to make it even easier to browse.
Articles on other websites that have either featured me or I helped write. The articles on broken down by category making it very easy to find articles that are most relevant to you.
Listen to all of Dr. Lewis’ recent audio podcasts and radio appearances, all streamable through TheJetMD.com.
There is now a map with updated locations.
Read and download PDF articles, publications, and guides. Browse educational documents for pain, helpful therapies, information on medical diseases, and news.
There are new free images for media companies. Download Jet-MD-related media for your weblog, article, newspaper, or television shows.
The bottom of the Treatment and Learn sub-pages now have an enhanced footer with useful buttons such as the new Pintrest button along with links forwarding visitors to relevant blog posts. We’ve also made many small design tweaks. Be sure to browse through our website to see all our nifty changes!
Pain Management & Rehabilitation
801 Brewster Avenue, Suite 240
Redwood City, CA 94063
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1618 Sullivan Avenue
Daly City, CA 94015
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San Francisco, CA 94110
We are glad that you find the content we provide valuable enough to continually stop by. Thanks for visiting TheJetMD.com.
I’ve been kindly featured in an article by Trevor Dagarin on the Splash Magazines blog — you can find the full article on LAsplash.com. I love what I do and it’s very fulfilling to be able to bring relief to my patients and inspire hope in others. It’s an honor to be recognized and a blessing to be able to make a difference.
Dr. Moshe Lewis is an expert and medical specialist in the field of pain management and rehab. As an agent of constant change, Dr. Lewis systematically pieces together ways of integrating medical disciplines. Some include acupuncture, osteopathy, physical therapy, chiropracty and psychotherapy, all with a goal of utilizing noninvasive techniques to increase recovery time for patients with habitual pain and discomfort. Pushing the boundaries is where Dr. Lewis feels most comfortable. “The pain doctor of today and most certainly tomorrow is going to combine the best of the East and West,” said Dr. Lewis. On an individual basis, selecting the appropriate combination of techniques is critical to help relieve or stop a patient’s pain. “I am constantly trying to select novelty therapies some of which are old and some of which are brand new."
Read this article on LAsplash.com.
If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, you’ve probably noticed that I have been posting about the new pages on my website. Along with a new design, we’ve added these new and easy to use pages so visitors and patients can quickly sort through a plethora of educational content on pain solutions, alternative treatments, and general health information that I have personally contributed to. The information is separated by video, audio interviews (podcasts), and text articles that can be conveniently sorted through. Here are some details about the new pages:
Television, radio, and videocasters come to Dr. Moshe Lewis seeking empathetic advice and empirical knowledge of pain, disease, healthy lifestyles, and technology. Watch over 20 educational videos featuring The Pain Coach himself on this convenient TV channel.
Dr. Moshe Lewis is a guest contributor and writer to many sites including Fox News, Yahoo, Men’s Health, Everyday Health, Dr. Oz’s Share Care and his own blog. Browse the massive catalog of articles that Dr. Lewis has participated in recently.
Listen to all of the radio shows and podcasts Dr. Moshe Lewis has been featured on recently. From topics including yoga to chronic pain, these educational audio shows will keep you coming back for more.
This page received a small update. Read and download PDF articles, publications, and guides that Dr. Moshe has written for his patients and website visitors. These publications are educational documents about pain management, helpful alternative therapies, medical diseases, and general news about the health care industry.
These pages will be contributed to in the future, so be sure to subscribe or visit TheJetMD blog frequently and chat with me on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. We usually post two educational articles a week. If you have any recommendations for TheJetMD blog, we would be happy to hear from you.
There’s been a lot of buzz about Google and their stance on user privacy recently. When it comes to the internet and technology, you can always assume some malicious company or person is after your private information. This is no different in the new “app” economy. Free applications are known to search your smartphone for personal information, many times for malicious purposes. These applications don’t give any indication they are sucking in your personal data, so to be safe you must assume these free applications will take your data in order to turn a profit. For more information, be sure to read this PhysiciansMoneyDigest article.
Moshe Lewis, MD, a pain management specialist, is referred to as the “Digital Doctor” due to his use of social media to establish better doctor-patient relationships. He says that these apps really are not free when it comes to the privacy of information.
“The fact is that information is always being collected,” says Lewis, noting that Amazon absorbs information like a wet sponge. “I think the challenge is that we almost have to stay off the Internet to avoid it.”
However, the best site at gathering information may be Google, according to Gray, who finds Gmail “the spookiest of all.” Google’s email service lifts and saves keywords from email. For example, if you send an email to someone discussing the fact that you’re planning a vacation to Florida, you’ll soon see ads popping up on your screen promoting Florida vacations and airfare.
“It’s actually delving into your correspondence and using that information to market to you,” he says.
And physicians need to be aware of that, says Gray. They should realize that if they’re using an app to write or chart patient prescriptions, that information is likely being monitored.
“If you’re a gastroenterologist, presumably there’s some organization that would like to know what you’re prescribing and target certain products to you based on that information,” he says.
Read this article on PhysiciansMoneyDigest.com.
Cooking legend Paula Deen is the epitome of you are what you eat. The Savannah restaurant owner and author of several cookbooks, who also appears in her own television show, tells “kids to have cheesecake for breakfast… chocolate cake and meatloaf for lunch—and french fries” according to Barbara Walters. Apparently the chef heeded her own advice and now the blatant disregard for eating healthy has caught up with her as she has been diagnosed with type II diabetes. The official announcement of her type II diabetes only came about recently, several years after she was actually diagnosed. Unfortunately this announcement did not come out in conjunction with a public service announcement promoting organic foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, or while pushing healthy entree selections at the buffet of her world famous restaurant. Instead Chef Deen elected to take her diabetes story public in conjunction with her role as a paid spokeswoman for Novo, the Danish-based pharmaceutical manufacturer, pushing its new diabetes management program. With role models such as Chef Deen, it is no wonder that America is becoming the fattest nation, with staggering statistics on cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and more alarmingly, juvenile diabetes, to back it up.
With Chef Deen on the air and in our children’s cookbooks the nation will turn into the capital of juvenile diabetes in no time unless parents take a proactive stance against such role models. As a parent and physician myself, I will not allow Chef Deen’s children’s cookbook in my home because I don’t want any child to follow in her footsteps and become a diabetic. I encourage all parents to step away from the plate and lead by example by deep-sixing Chef Deen’s cookbooks and planting an organic garden with your children instead.
Top Doctors, developed by U.S. News, is an excellent doctor search engine. Top Doctors is a “data-rich directory of excellent doctors, coupled with sophisticated searching and sorting tools, to help each consumer and each referring doctor address a particular need.” U.S. News, in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., enlists doctors to recommend their trusted colleagues, forging a list of the nation’s best doctors. The database was originally created nearly two decades ago.
It’s a great honor to be featured on U.S. News’ Top Doctors.
I am now a contributor to HealthyBlackMen.org’s amazing blog. I highly recommend all my readers subscribe to their website. Not only does it provide really great health information, it also provides relevant information on the latest trends, media, shopping deals, and sports news. Here is my HealthyBlackMen.org contributor announcement:
HealthyBlackMen.org is honored to welcome Dr. Moshe Lewis to our great team of Contributors. You may have already seen him on television or come across his expertise on other health websites. He is among the best in his field and will share his expertise right here month after month. Dr. Moshe, a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician specializes in pain management.
Dr. Moshe Lewis has devoted his professional career to providing compassionate care to people who suffer with chronic pain. In addition to physical pain, Dr. Lewis and his team include the often emotional component associated with those dealing with pain. Dr. Moshe Lewis specializes in the non-surgical management of musculoskeletal and neurological injuries and diseases. His focus of care is pain relief, regaining flexibility, and building strength with the goal of getting people back to work and enjoying healthy, productive lives. Questions can be directed to Dr. Lewis right here at HealthyBlackMen.org.
Or copy this link into your preferred posting application: http://www.remmelwellness.com/advancements-in-health.xml Or search your favorite service such as iTunes
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Carly Zinderman has written a great article on the benefits of alternative medicine and treatments in the chronic pain treatment profession. If you are curious to know why pain management specialists like Lisa Shives, M.D. and I use alternative medicine, take a look at Carly’s article at HealthTree:
People who suffer from chronic pain and other conditions, ranging from sleep disorders to menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, are finding new benefits from alternative medicine. As Eastern and Western medicines draw closer, more and more patients are looking at alternative pain relief than ever before.
Pain management specialist Dr. Moshe Lewis regularly uses alternative therapies, including acupuncture and massage to treat chronic pain. Although he studied traditional medicine at some of the top medical hospitals on the East Coast, including Mount Sinai Medical Center, after moving to California, Lewis began to integrate alternative pain relief into his practice and even maintains an acupuncturist on his staff. Lewis recommends different alternative pain relief methods for each of his patients with chronic pain. Some may find relief in physical therapy and massage, while others benefit from acupuncture.
I’m honored to be writing about an article regarding my services. It’s a great introduction to my pain philosophy:
Dr. Moshe Lewis is a pain specialist located in Redwood City, California that has made it his life mission to help victims of chronic pain stay functional and enable them to enjoy life to the fullest. Dr. Lewis uses what is called integrative medicine which includes everything from prescriptions drugs to acupuncture to yoga to meditation. “I try to blend the best in medicine from the east and the west. I know that the future of pain management is going to be a blend of treatments not because it is trendy, but because it is absolutely the most effective and most complete wrap around care for a patient,” explains Dr. Lewis.
Read the entire article on my services at LAsplash.com
Can’t live without your tablet, laptop, or smartphone? These gadgets may be convenient, but for many, they may also be the source of chronic pain.
Cancer is a scary word and the diagnosis plunges patients into a search for the most effective treatments. Some gravitate toward modern medical treatments, some to alternative treatments, and some blend the best of both.
This is the first of a three-part special report by CreakyJoints about the dangers of oxycodone. The pain associated with osteoarthritis is often unbearable. As the joint deteriorates, the bones begin to rub together, making even the most basic movement incredibly painful. One of the most commonly prescribed painkillers for the pain associated with arthritis is Oxycontin
More than 40 million Americans are affected by arthritis. If left untreated, arthritis can become a chronic condition with symptoms of severe pain and swelling that seriously disrupts everyday life. Learning how to live with arthritis can be extremely difficult, but by making healthy lifestyle changes and incorporating different treatments, you can manage the symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Ken McCoy recently interviewed me on his radio show. We had a great time discussing what pain management is, what pain management specialists do, and my philosophy regarding pain management in general. Click the play button on the audio player above to listen to our segment. Here’s an overview of what we talked about:
Trying to get patients to understand their medication: Medication is extremely important to many, but some forget what their medicine is supposed to be doing for them. Sometimes they no longer need to be taking it.
Ken McCoy and I also discuss how I got started as a pain management, physical medicine, and rehabilitation specialist. * We discuss how the holistic approach to treating patients and the future of medicine/health.
InMag.com — a website created by the editors of Hollywood Magazine for entertainment, fashion, people, and lifestyle news — recently added a story about me to their website. I am very excited and honored to be featured on their Health & Fitness Page. I will be posting a news/newsworthly blog post tomorrow in order to maintain my two original blog posts a week record. I would like to thank everyone for their support of TheJetMD.com and for following me on Twitter & Facebook!
Dr. Moshe Lewis, aka The Jet MD, will soon join the rank and file of other celebrity media M.D.’s. His media savvy methods have landed him on ABC, USA Today, CBS, NBC, KISS FM and a host of other major media outlets.
An innovative medical specialist, Lewis currently serves as a Pain Management expert for health advice sites including Dr. Oz’s Sharecare, Everyday Health and Smart Now. Having been featured on a number of radio shows, Dr. Lewis is in talks to create and host multi-media programming that utilizes varied platforms to broaden the reach and scope of his cutting edge techniques.
1. Get up 15 minutes earlier.
2. Prepare for the morning the night before.
3. Don’t rely on your memory-write things down.
4. Do nothing you have to lie about later.
5. Make copies of all keys.
6. Practice preventive maintenance.
7. Be prepared to wait.
8. Don’t procrastinate, do it now.
9. Plan ahead.
10. Repair or get rid of anything that doesn’t work right.
11. Allow 15 minutes of extra time to get to appointments.
12. Reduce or eliminate the caffeine in your diet.
13. Always set up a 'contingency plan’ just in case.
14. Relax your standards.
15. Count 10 things you are grateful for everyday.
16. Ask questions and repeat directions or instructions.
17. Say “no” more often.
18. Unplug your phone.
19. Learn to meet your own needs.
20. Simplify, simplify, simplify.
21. Avoid negative people.
22. Stand up and stretch.
23. Remember you always have options.
24. Get enough sleep. Set your alarm for bedtime.
25. Organize! Losing things is stressful.
26. Monitor your body for stress signs.
27. Write you thoughts and feelings down on paper.
28. Take deep breaths when you feel stressed.
29. Visualize success before any experience you fear.
30. Stop a bad habit.
31. Talk out your problems with a friend.
32. Quit trying to ‘fix’ other people.
33. Learn to live one day at a time.
34. Do something you really enjoy everyday.
35. Add an ounce of love to everything you do.
36. Take a bath or a shower when you feel tense.
37. Do a favor for someone when you feel tense.
38. Focus on giving rather than receiving from others.
39. Do something new.
40. Accept the things that you can’t change.
41. Be flexible. Some things are not worth perfection.
42. Stop negative self-talk: “I’m too fat, too old. etc.”
43. Change pace on the weekends.
44. Pay attention to details in front of you.
45. Do one thing at a time.
46. Allow time everyday for privacy, quiet and thinking.
47. Do unpleasant task first and enjoy the day.
48. Delegate responsibilities to capable people.
49. Go out to lunch and get away from your work.
50. Don’t say something that could make matters worse.
51. Forgive people and events. The world is not a perfect place.
52. Practice being more optimistic and cheerful.
53. Identify the things that cause you stress.
55. Believe in yourself.
56. Keep in touch with friends and relatives.
57. Give and receive attention regularly.
58. Exercise at least three times a week.
59. Live within your budget.
60. Have a network of friends and acquaintances.
61. Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water.
62. Look for the silver lining.
63. Do something fun at least once a week.
64. Use your time wisely.
65. Get strength from your beliefs.
66. Look at your problems as challenges.
67. Think good thoughts.
68. Take more breaks from your work.
69. Talk less, listen more.
70. Make your environment more comfortable.
71. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
72. Seek the help and advice of the people you trust.
73. Work on things that are important.
74. Treat yourself and others with respect.
75. Set daily goals.
76. Be gentle with yourself.
77. Avoid interruptions.
78. Don’t let other people’s problems become yours.
79. When you are feeling overwhelmed, say so.
80. Trade in the upsetting nightly news for a comedy.
81. Read 15 minutes daily from a book that you enjoy.
82. Refuse to listen to or repeat gossip.
83. Have fun. Plan silly breaks.
84. Get out in nature, even for a few minutes.
85. Music...listen, sing, dance and turn off that TV!
86. Pray on a regular basis.
87. Practice grace under pressure.
88. Create a support group of people, places and things.
89. Always tell the truth, it’s easier to remember.
90. Know your limitations and let others know them too.
91. Ask for help when you need it.
92. Know your values and priorities and be true to them.
93. Listen to your dreams.
94. Learn, give and accept compliments.
95. Buy yourself flowers.
96. Live in the ‘here and now’ as much as possible.
97. Laugh as much as possible.
98. Watch the world go by and let yourself do nothing.
99. Indulge when you need it.
100. Keep your life free of clutter.
Last week I was featured on KTVU's Channel 2 10 O'Clock news to discuss the implications of a new study correlating increased hand pain with prolonged use of handheld devices such as cell phones and video game controllers. The video is short (1 minute and 45 seconds); I make an appearance at the 1 minute mark. You can see me discuss why pain arises when using texting or gaming devices and what I think the implications are.
Tomorrow (Saturday April 8th, 2011), I will be attending my business partner and friend Liza Reichenberger’s open house for her new startup pain management company ‘spORTHOcare’. Liza is also known as “Herculiza”, the world famous all-natural body builder and winner of WNBF’s Universe 2008. Liza has been lifting weights for decades and continues to compete in competitions on the side as she builds her company.
Feel free to stop by to take a look at Liza’s gym, offices, and meet the famous body builder herself. Both of us will be there to answer any questions you have about spORTHOcare and pain management in general. Hope to see you there!
Learn more about Liza:
Liza Reichenberger knows about pain. Suffering from chronic and severe pain secondary to familial osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease, she has “a horrid neck” with a large herniated disc and multiple bone spurs causing her daily pain – especially in the morning as she struggles to move upon awakening. Three different spine surgeons have recommended cervical decompression and fusion. Their advice? Stop exercising. Yea, sure.
You don’t tell “Herculiza,” the greatest natural female bodybuilder of all time, to stop working out. But, like most people, Reichenberger did what she was told and followed her doctor’s advice. She stopped all upper body weight training for 6 months. Big mistake.
“I completely fell apart!” she says. “The pain became even worse.” When she returned to the gym and resumed her zero-impact conditioning and resistance program, her pain subsided dramatically.
Read the rest of the article “Local bodybuilding legend helps patients conquer pain”