Gary Kaplan, DO

/Gary Kaplan, DO
Gary Kaplan, DO

About Gary Kaplan, DO

Gary Kaplan, D.O. is the founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine and author of Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression. A pioneer and leader in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Kaplan is one of only 19 physicians in the country to be board-certified in both Family Medicine and Pain Medicine. Dr. Kaplan is a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and serves on the Advisory Committee to Health and Human Services for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. To read Dr. Kaplan's complete bio, click here.
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Total Recovery Lecture Series: A New Approach to Diagnosing & Resolving Chronic Pain & Depression

Many people who suffer from chronic pain also suffer with depression. In Part 1 of this 3-Part Video Series, Dr. Gary Kaplan lays the groundwork for understanding why we often see both of these conditions in certain individuals. In Part 2, Dr. Gary Kaplan explains how inflammatory processes in the brain and central [...]

Can Antibiotics Cure Your Chronic Back Pain?

Scientists at the University of Southern Denmark say, “Maybe.” New research indicates that 20 to 40 percent of all chronic, lower back pain is caused by bacterial infection and that treating this infection with an extended course of antibiotics can help many patients avoid back surgery. As a physician who cares for patients with chronic [...]

Meditation: Can It Help Reduce Your Pain?

Meditation, which can be practiced in many different forms, has been used for thousands of years to benefit the mind, body and soul. Now there is a growing body of medical research proving that meditation not only modifies brain function, it can actually change the way we experience physical pain. A study reported in the Journal of Neuroscience showed that patients who had received only a little more than 60 minutes of meditation training were able to dramatically reduce their experience of pain. Patients experienced a reduction in “pain intensity” of about 40 percent and a reduction in “pain unpleasantness” of 57 percent. According to the lead author of the study, Fadel Zeidan, “Meditation produced a greater reduction in pain than even morphine or other pain-relieving drugs, which typically reduce pain ratings by about 25 percent.” […]

Central Sensitization Syndrome, 6-Part Video Series

Central Sensitization Syndrome (CSS) is a new concept that provides a central nervous system link between fibromyalgia, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and potentially other chronic pain conditions. The co-occurrence of psychiatric conditions with chronic pain results in an exponentially high rate of treatment failure and requires a different, more comprehensive strategy for effective treatment. [...]

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Couples Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

On August 14, Dr. Gary Kaplan appeared on Channel 9's "Health Alert" segment. He was interviewed about new research on how to help those suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by including their spouses or significant others in the therapy sessions. In addition to reliving the initial trauma, experiencing heightened anxiety, or having [...]

Diagnosing and Treating Lyme Disease

No bigger than a quarter inch and as small as a poppy seed, the deer tick that transmits Lyme Disease has created big medical problems for many people and a large controversy within the medical community over the best ways to test for and treat the disease. According to Dr. Gary Kaplan, of the Kaplan [...]

Book Recommendation

Plan to be sitting at the beach or resting in the shade this July 4th? I have a book recommendation for you: "A Mindful Nation" by Tim Ryan. I frequently encourage patients to meditate for their own, personal physical and mental benefit. With mindfulness meditation, we learn to expand our awareness of the present moment, [...]

Dr. Kaplan Discusses The Health Benefits of Meditation

On Memorial Day Dr. Gary Kaplan spoke about the power of meditation to protect and heal the brain from post-traumatic stress injury. Dr. Gary was featured on the "Health Alert" section of Channel 9 News.

Meditation for the Military

Between 2004 and 2008, suicide rates among U.S. Army personnel increased by 80 percent, according to a study published in the medical journal Injury Prevention. Prior to committing suicide, many military members completed tours of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan and suffered from anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance-abuse disorders. In response to [...]

Are Statins the Best Means of Preventing Heart Disease?

6 Ways to Reduce Your Cardiac Risk without Prescription Medication Odds are, you or someone you know is currently taking a “statin,” a category of cholesterol-reducing medications commonly prescribed to decrease the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Usually recognized by the brand names “Crestor” and “Lipitor,” statins are a multi-billion dollar industry, with millions of new prescriptions filled each week. In fact, in 2010, sales of Lipitor alone totaled $7.2 billion — an amount higher than for any other prescription medication sold in the US! Looking at the rate of new prescriptions one might think that we’ve finally identified a drug that can successfully prevent heart disease. Statins are being widely prescribed to patients who have higher than normal cholesterol levels – in hope of reducing their risk of developing heart disease.Unfortunately, the medical research to date indicates that statins have very limited usefulness in preventing heart disease unless the patient already has a personal history of heart disease. […]

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