This course on chronic pain is excerpts from a live, 3 day seminar. This course is intended for chronic pain sufferers and their caregivers. It is for persons with beginner and advanced knowledge. It will help and transform many lives of chronic pain sufferers and their caregivers by opening new opportunities and understanding of chronic pain.
This lecture introduces you to “Dr. Kent” and the seminar while showing you that this is a journey that will transform your life.
Here, we discuss the different types of medicine and how they help: Preventive, Rescue, and Maintenance.
This portion is made up of very important concepts like keeping a pain journal, not overwhelming yourself, and having patience.
Dr. Kent discusses issues like polypharmacy and how it is important to understand the medication(s) you are taking because the side effects may outweigh the overall effectiveness of the treatment.
This lecture helps you to better understand Neuropathic Pain Syndrome and nerve pain so that you can find the best program for your pain.
Here we elaborate on the importance of finding the right medication plan for you, the difference between herbal remedies and medicine, as well as explaining the process of pain care.
In this portion, we will be spending time focusing on more broad categories of types of medicines such as Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen's, and discuss marketing games and half-lifes.
This lecture discusses Opiates, their use, the side effects, addiction and the stigma surrounding them
Here we go over the benefits and drawbacks of anti-depressants for pain.
In this lecture we discuss the main anticonvulsants, also known as antiepileptic medications, their advantages, side effects, and disadvantages for chronic pain care.
This is an abridgement of anti-spasm and topical pain medications.
This is a rundown of the benefits and disadvantages of herbal remedies.
This section goes over different herbal anti-inflammatories such as turmeric, willow bark, devil’s claw, and feverfew and their history, benefits, and drawbacks.
This lecture goes over what adaptogens are and what they do along with some information of a few main adaptogens such as Red Asian Panax Ginseng, Eleuthero Root, Rhodiola Root, and American Wood Ginseng.
Here, we learn about different types of Nervines and how each of them help in their own ways.
This section goes over the problems and dangers of supplements. We urge you to do research on supplements to make sure they truly work, and be careful not to fall victim to fads and false pretenses.
Omega 3 fatty acids NEED to be in your diet and this lecture explains how they are important and ways to get them.
This lecture explains some supplements like ‘S-Adenosyl –L Methionine’ and reviews their benefits.
Here we discuss the benefits of probiotics.
Diet and nutrition is crucial to your health, wellness, and healing because ‘you are what you eat!’
This section describes Dr. Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet and why it helps.
This lecture goes over the importance of a balanced diet. We review proteins, fruits, and vegetables.
It is SUPER important to make sure you are getting all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs so that your body can heal.
This lecture goes over what the Paleo Diet is and elaborates on how it is very natural and that this is what we should have been eating all along.
Here, we discuss the newer treatment option, Intrathecal Pain pumps.
In this lecture, we discuss an increasingly common treatment called Ketamine Infusion, what the procedure is, and the pros and cons.
Here, we explain how medical cannabis can be beneficial.
This lecture is about invasive interventions. They can be aggressive and adventurous, so you want to make sure you try the safer options first and make sure you are considering ALL your risks.
Here, we urge you to be active because it is important for your healing strategy; motion is the lotion that works for pain!
It is a great idea to get therapeutic exercises for your specific problems because it will make all the difference in the world, but make sure you are being careful.
In 1991, after graduating from Oklahoma University medical school, I entered Neurological residency. I had an obsessive interest in the brain and mind, still do. After serving as chief resident I entered a rural practice serving a five County area. As a general neurologist I treated everything from sleep disorders, muscular dystrophy, ALS, multiple sclerosis, migraine, Alzheimer’s, brain tumors, neuropathy, epilepsy, Parkinsonism and chronic pain.
In 1998, because of the failure of the model of care I had been taught in medical school for many of my patients, I began to change my approach to integrative. I also started working with herbs for cognitive enhancement, pain &fatigue. This is when I started following closely the work of Dr. Andrew Weil and the other integrative/holistic leaders.
My new found ways of aggressive chronic pain advocacy and integrative medicine support often found me at odds with some in the Oklahoma medical community .After several skirmishes with the powers that be , I went to Arizona to study integrative/holistic medicine, help revive a clinic for the public health services and get some sun( vitamin D). After just a few years working for United States government health services I went looking for a better way to serve.
In 2008 I developed chronic illness and pain. After the failure of surgery and pharmaceuticals to help me return to health and a good quality of life I turned to herbal therapy, mindfulness and acupuncture. It worked for my pain and I turned my personal life from a rat race to a happy one. I started back on a healthier path and though I have had many stumbles, really allot, I am still moving forward. I also became stronger advocate for the holistic/integrative approach to health and more outspoken for the causes of the “spoonie nation”, “invisible illnesses” and chronic pain sufferers.
Recently I moved back to Oklahoma to be near my family and friends and I co-founded WellVana and mychronicpain.com which are focusing on education to illuminate all the different opportunities to overcome pain, suffering and help sufferers find a new path. I am active on the local seminar circuit, webinars, social media and working with advocacy groups…while looking forward to where my path takes me. I enjoy every day because I wake up and know I will get to help someone find a new path or opportunity.