According to a report from the Institute of Medicine, Nearly one third of Americans struggle with chronic pain. That’s more than the number of patients with cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. The effects of chronic pain are not only physical, but emotional as well. And for a long time, the treatments have been the same. But new research is helping us gain greater understanding of the mechanisms of pain and now there is a very promising new intervention available that doesn’t employ medications. Our guests will be Jeffery Mogil and Eric Garland.
Dr. Mogil is head of the Pain Genetics Lab at McGill University, and has made seminal contributions to the field of pain genetics, and is the author of most major reviews of the subject and the editor of the only textbook, The Genetics of Pain. Dr. Garland is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work and Associate Director of Integrative Medicine in Supportive Oncology at the Hunstman Cancer Institute. Hehas developed a method called M.O.R.E. (Mindfulness Oriented Recovery Enhancement), which uses mindfulness to decrease symptoms of chronic pain.