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The Pain Cure: The Proven Medical Program That Helps End Your Chronic Pain Hardcover – May 1, 1999

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Khalsa (Brain Longevity, LJ 5/1/97), an integrative medicine specialist, is credited with developing "the first holistic pain management program in the southwestern United States," combining medication, nutrition, physical therapies, and mental and spiritual approaches. This book begins with an overview of the mechanism of pain and how it can initiate chronic pain or chronic pain syndrome, a difference the author explains. Next, Khalsa devotes a chapter to each aspect of his program. Additional chapters focus on specific painful conditions (arthritis, fibromyalgia, headache). The appendixes use line drawings to illustrate exercises involving meditation, yoga, breathing, and weight training. A short list of resources and recommended readings is included. Khalsa uses statistics and scientific studies liberally, but no references validate his statements. Individuals desperate to rid themselves of pain will find good information on combining traditional medical and alternative approaches, but references to "cures" and "spectacular results" may leave some skeptical. Recommended for public or consumer health libraries where there is a demand for alternative health titles.ALisa McCormick, Jewish Hosp. Lib., Cincinnati
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First, the authors of the enthusiastic Brain Longevity (1997) want you to learn how to experience pain without suffering. Writing in the first-person voice of physician Khalsa, they discuss methods for gaining control of rather than giving in to pain. Khalsa's four levels of handling chronic pain involve nutritional therapy, physical therapy, medications, and mental and spiritual control. Since acute pain is a symptom and chronic pain a disease, the patient with acute pain should promptly consult a doctor so that therapy begins before the problem becomes ingrained. Khalsa underlines the importance of serotonin, L-tryptophan, acupuncture, exercise, homeopathic remedies, cognitive therapy, and stress reduction. He inveighs against doctors who are afraid to give a patient a sufficient amount of a painkiller because they fear professional investigation, making the patient addicted, or unwittingly causing death. Regarding his patients as thinking and feeling individuals, Khalsa seeks to help them humanely and, perhaps more important, to show them how to improve their conditions by themselves. William Beatty
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446523054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446523059
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have had two neck fusions and also suffer from fibromyalgia. I found Khalsa's book extremely helpful and easy-to-read. He offers well-rounded advice for chronic pain sufferers. The most helpful aspect of the book for me was his explanation of the causes of chronic pain and how we can help to control it. I was so glad to get an explanation of the causes of chronic pain, as most doctors do not take the time to explain this. Just by gaining an understanding of how the "pain cycle" works, I was able to relax and found that my pain level has decreased. The author also includes a multitude of ways to relieve and rise above the pain, such as exercises, yoga, nutrition, acupuncture, medications (both pharmaceutical and natural), and meditations and spiritual healing. This book is a helpful, holistic approach to chronic pain management. Included is an appendix with resources for further reading and places to obtain vitamins and various products suggested in the book. I find it to be an encouraging and valuable resource.
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Format: Paperback
I have been a chronic pain patient for 10 years. I cried when I read the opening chapter of this book because someone FINALLY understood how I felt and what I was going through. This book has made a differnece in my life. I now understand the pain process and how my body handles it. I have learned strategies for coping and living a fuller life. This is the third copy of the book I have bought for a friend who needed it as well. Everyone who either suffers from chronic pain or has someone close to them who does, needs to read this book.
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Format: Hardcover
I have Crohn's disease and several complications thereof. I have been searching for hope and answers for years. This book has been one of the most helpful, empowering things to come along for me. It doesn't claim to have all the answers but instead humbly offers an emormous amount of information and "tools" for controlling pain. I have found it very comprehensive and enlightening and would love to talk about it with other readers. If interested please contact me!
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Format: Hardcover
This book is the answer to my prayers!! It is so well written I found it more to be like a best selling novel that I just couldn't put down! Dr. Khalsa's theory of bringing Eastern & Western medicine together not only should be used to treat chronic pain, but practiced with all types of medical treatments. After reading this book I immediately went for treatment with Dr. Khalsa. Seeing his true dedication in helping people understand the way to use the tools nessary to help ourselves was just the precise information I was looking for, for many years. I can't thank you enough Dr. Khalsa, for what you and your knowledgeable staff have taught me. I highly reccomend this book to everyone looking not for a quick temporrary remmedy (Western medicine) but the way to change our lives and to bring our mind, bodies, and souls together.
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By A Customer on April 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
At 18 years old, I had never known what it was like to walk without being in pain. The doctors knew of no cure. I was lost in a depression so deep. I had no hope.
I cried when I read the first chapter of The Pain Cure. For the first time someone could put into words what the pain I felt was. It explained to me why I hurt, and what I could do about it. And from this I have sought the route so I can 'endure my pain without suffering from it.' Last week I did the three mile M.S. walk with my high school. I am doing things in my life that never would have been possible if I had not have undergone the awakening that I have. This book has saved my life, and sent me on a new path.
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By A Customer on August 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I suffer from fibromyalgia. I found this book to be full of practical and useful information on how to cope with FMS, and hopefully, reduce its effects. Dr. Khalsa writes in a easy to read and informative way. He appears to really care about people and improving their health. I strongly believe in the mind/body connection and that, along with diet and medication, a sense of hope and determination can help to heal.
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Format: Paperback
The `Pain Cure' is a valuable resource empowering you with tools and information for controlling your pain and regaining your life.

It covers an enormous amount of information including nutritional therapy, physical therapies, medication...as well as mind/body exercises, meditation and strength training..... A total holistic approach bringing Eastern & Western medicine together.

During times of pain it is easy to want to hide away & I found comfort & encouragement during my time of need.

Thankfully this combined technique is becoming a more recognizable form of treatment by doctors of today.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who suffers from pain.

Life Is Too Short .....Regain & Enjoy Your Life!
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As a sufferer of fibromyalgia I have found this books suggested treatments incredibly valuable. Yes there are a lot of supplements he recommends, but I was desperate enough to try virtually all at once and have found myself with more energy, stamina and strength, and way less pain, than I have had in years!! I am even beginning to have dream sleep for the first time in years! Being a Christian I replaced his Buddhist meditations with Christian ones, but that was the only significant change I made. I had the energy to enjoy my daughters wedding and I am even well enough to be planning an overseas trip. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to all fibromyalgia sufferers!
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