Local M.D. Celebrates 20 Years of Teaching Yoga

Michael Cheikin, M.D., medical director at Center for Optimal Health, in Plymouth Meeting, is celebrating 20 years of serving the community via the unusual combination of medical doctor and yoga instructor.

Cheikin first began teaching yoga as a means to help his chronic pain and fibromyalgia patients. While his patients benefited, his uncommon approach was not embraced by everyone. Cheikin explains, “When I started teaching yoga at a local hospital in 1998, the public relations department sent me a concerned memo stating, ‘What do you think you’re doing? You’ll ruin our reputation!’”  Continue reading

Hope in a Time of Crisis: Communities Organize to Fight Opioid Addiction

by Jack Firneno

Girl comforting her friendIt’s impossible to talk about pain management in 2017, and in Southeastern Pennsylvania, without also exploring the opioid crisis.

The Drug Enforcement Agency’s analysis of drug-related deaths in 2015 shows a continued rise in overdoses statewide, especially from opioids. Published last July, it documents 3,383 drug-related deaths across Pennsylvania that year. Heroin and fentanyl, a synthetic opioid often mixed with heroin, were present in 54.6 and 27 percent, respectively, of all overdose deaths.

That means, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, that opioid overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death—not just drug-related fatalities—in the state. Bucks and Montgomery counties, with their mix of densely populated and rural areas, ranked in about the middle of the list, with 117 deaths in Bucks and 136 in Montgomery.

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Local Pain Specialist Bruce Nicholson, MD, Endorses CBD for Pain Management

by Gisele R. Siebold

DrBruceNicholsonDr. Bruce D. Nicholson, the director of Pain Specialists of Greater Lehigh Valley, as well as the medical director for the Division of Pain Management, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, acknowledges and understands that chronic pain is a complex problem, and treating it successfully requires a unified, coordinated, multidisciplinary approach. “The human body is an amazing system of well-orchestrated parts. Like a machine, each part contributes to the harmony of the whole. When illness or injury strikes, however, the entire system is affected and pain is often the result,” explains Nicholson. “Pain is actually the body’s way of signaling a breakdown of one of its parts. Although unpleasant, pain provides an important warning to protect the body against further injury.”

Nicholson is also a clinical associate professor at Penn State’s College of Medicine at Hershey Medical Center, and board certified in anesthesiology and pain management by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He consistently researches treatments that can confidently be recommended for patients, taking into consideration their long-term health and well-being.

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Reveal and Heal the Source of Pain with Zero Pain Now

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by Rebecca Antsis and Karen G. Meshkov

According to a 2015 study published by the National Institutes of Health, nearly 50 million Americans—one in every five people—suffer from severe or chronic pain.

The wide variety of pain management techniques varies from physical therapy and surgical procedures to the most controversial and widespread approach: the use of prescription opioids.

But the persistence of chronic pain has forced even more conservative-leaning
patients to seek relief options that fall outside the confines of the traditional medical model. One such alternative method is the Zero Pain Now program.

Zero Pain Now is founded upon the discoveries of Dr. John E. Sarno, a physician and professor of rehabilitation medicine at New York University School of Medicine. During the 1970s, Sarno discovered a mind-body connection between certain forms of pain and repressed emotion.

Dan Buglio, a certified Zero Pain Now coach whose work is based on Sarno’s initial discovery, points out that we encounter proof of this relationship daily: “We cry, we blush, we get nervous stomachs; these are all very real, universally accepted physical changes to our bodies that happen as a result of emotion stimulus. So why not pain?”

Sarno called the pain it produced tension myositis syndrome (TMS). He published his findings and, in more than 45 years of practice, cured countless chronic pain sufferers, and did so at little cost to the patient.

But as is common to those ahead of their time, Sarno’s work remained in obscurity until it was resurrected three decades later by Rapid Life Change coach Adam Heller, who healed himself from a long bout with severe back pain by studying the work of Sarno and other mind-body advocates.

Through extensive research and lived experience, Heller improved upon the processes with his program Zero Pain Now, a step-by-step coaching protocol to help those afflicted with chronic pain end it completely.

Over 1,000 private coaching clients have gone through the private Zero Pain Now coaching program and 97 percent were able to eliminate their pain completely, a metric unrivaled by other pain management techniques. Further, a pilot study conducted at the Mayo Clinic at the end of 2015 was designed to measure how effective Zero Pain Now would be for longtime sufferers of chronic pain, including those with lower back pain, degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, shoulder pain, groin pain, spinal stenosis and migraines. The pilot participants started the program with reported pain levels of mid- to high-intensity. The results showed that every single patient was pain free by the end of the 28-day program.

Bucks County resident Dan Buglio is thrilled to be among that 97 percent. For over a decade, Buglio suffered with debilitating back pain and sciatica. Frustrated by ineffective treatments offered by his doctors, he sought out alternatives. Zero Pain Now was the protocol that finally ended his pain, and he has remained pain free for the past six years.

Buglio has made it his life’s mission to help others end their pain through the Zero Pain Now program, which includes education on the nature of pain, a customized pain assessment, and a proven process to reverse the body’s physical response to suffering caused by the emotional world. “It is that process that ends the pain,“ says Buglio, who works one-on-one with clients in person, via video chat and email.

The first step, he asserts, is becoming proactive about your health. “Many people delegate their health to their doctors, where it does not require any thinking or ownership on the patient’s part.”

Another hurdle Buglio helps his clients over is the shift in mindset. “It’s hard to accept the reality that pain is actually caused by the body’s real physical reaction to intense emotions and stress. The pain is real, but so is the cure.”

For people interested in learning more, there is a free, online diagnostic pain test available at YourPainTest.com that quickly ascertains whether the sufferer is a candidate for the program. “The test takes only about five minutes and is free. You can access it from your smartphone. If you are in pain and you’ve been told there’s no hope, I encourage you to take it. You have nothing to lose and, potentially, so much to gain.”

For more information, call 800-580-6530 or visit DanBuglio.com

Rebecca Antsis is a Pennsylvania-based writer, performer and editorial associate for Natural Awakenings BuxMont. Connect at RebeccaAntsis@gmail.com.

Karen G. Meshkov is publisher and director of advertising partnerships for Natural Awakenings BuxMont.

June 2017