Blogs and Posts
Healing Begins at Home - The DOC Journey Starting Point
The DOC Journey began to evolve in 2003, as I emerged from my own 15-year struggle with chronic pain. It took me a long time to figure out how I ended up being in this state and even longer to understand what had allowed me to escape. Then I was exposed to the deep neuroscience research around chronic mental and physical disease and it has become much clearer.
My Bad Golf Game and Chronic Pain - Neuroplasticity
The way we survive is that our brain is constantly comparing the present to the past and any situation that triggers a hint of a prior threatening scenario, will create a danger signal.
Are You Kidding Me? Ill Advised Spine Surgery
Patients and physicians are frequently making illogical decisions regarding spine surgery. I have watched this phenomenon steadily worsen for over 30 years. One of the core problems is that there is little accountability.
Degenerative Disc Disease Isn’t a Disease
Surgeries being performed for axial neck, thoracic, and low back pain on normally aging spines was a major reason I quit my spinal surgery practice in 2019. Not only was the success rate low, patients were often much worse after the surgeries and few physicians were willing to take care of them.
Forgiveness is Not What You Think - Learn It!
Forgiveness is a learned skill and an ongoing daily process without a beginning or endpoint. It is a powerful statement to you and the world that you are going to live your life on your terms, and no one person or situation is going to take that away from you. It is the tipping point of healing in that you cannot create the necessary shift in your brain to move on without letting go of the past.
Directly Calming Your Body's Threat Response
When your stresses overwhelm the coping capacity of your nervous system, you will experience mental or physical symptoms. There are ways of increasing the resiliency of your nervous system and also methods to process stress so it has less of an impact. But this response is part of life and inevitable. When it occurs, you will want to minimize the time spent in this state. This set of tools directly lower your elevated stress reaction.