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 [...]
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, 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.” […]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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.
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 [...]
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. […]