Health and Performance

  • A radical shift away from the biomedical bubble The front cover of the July issue of The Lancet: Some people have been calling for and working towards that radical shift for decades. Dr. Patch Adams comes to mind. Sadly, alternative medicine has mainly only paid lip service to “social, behavioural, and environmental determinants of health,” while being much more truly defined by and deeply invested ...
  • Taking out the trash: purging predatory journals from my bibliography Recently I shared a study on social media (Ghorbanpour et al). It seemed to be an unusually low quality paper, and soon after I posted it I was informed that it was published in a suspected “predatory journal” — a fraudulent journal that will publish anything for pay (literally anything, even gibberish). They are scams, ripping off ...
  • Pain after cancer. Let’s take it on. About Us JDB Health and Performance is a partnership with many years experience in the world of professional sport and business.The PainPro™ is our flagship product and is an EMS training device with added recovery and pain relief. The device has TENS, EMS and Microcurrent, it is unique in offering the triple therapy in one mobile ...
  • Zero-G and spines microblog Astronauts get more intervertebral disc herniations when they come down to Earth, probably because the darn things swell up in zero-G. We’re used to thinking about disc herniation as something that happens because of gravity… not because it’s absent! I’m sure most of us probably assume that taking the pressure off is nice for spines ...
  • Why is musculoskeletal medicine such a mess? Jonas Salk at the University of Pittsburgh where he developed the first polio vaccine. We are living in a golden age of pain science and musculoskeletal medicine … sorta The 20th Century was such a scientific and technological earthquake that we all now have a tendency to assume that the human species has advanced knowledge about basically everything, ...
  • Big neck pain book edit The first version of this document was created in 2002. It was upgraded and expanded several times before I started keeping track of updates put it up for sale in September of 2007. It was revised and expanded to book-length in the summer 2009, and continues to be updated as new scientific information becomes available, ...
  • One final lumpy update A globus hystericus story, with a side of science SUMMARY full article 6500 words What’s going on in there? A 19th century etching/lithograph of a human throat dissection during an autopsy. It was just the right sort of day for a stress-triggered medical problem: moving day. The lump in my throat was like a thick booger I couldn’t swallow. Or a ...
  • Pain sensitivity in migraine: specific alterations related to stimulus parameters and location Migraine is the second most prevalent neurological disorder . Understanding the mechanisms of migraine may be the key to identifying and developing new treatments. Quantitative sensory testing (QST) methods are established techniques to assess and measure pain sensitivity in order to gain insight into mechanisms. There are a large ...
  • Your money, your life: how Google ranks webpages that matter PainScience.com has a lot of what Google calls “YMYL” pages: “your money, your life” pages that “could potentially impact the future happiness, health, or financial stability of users.” It’s a responsibility I take seriously (hell, it’s downright oppressive at times). It’s interesting and good that Google takes it seriously too. This information comes from their guidelines ...
  • Regenerative exercise This is the MICROBLOG: small posts about interesting stuff that comes up while I’m updating & upgrading dozens of featured articles on PainScience.com. Follow along on Twitter, Facebook, or RSS. Sorry, no email subscription option at this time, but it’s in the works.