Best healing books according to redditors

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u/HORSEPANTSU · 53 pointsr/heroesofthestorm

Switch your mouse hand to your other hand while working/browsing the internet. It'll only take a couple of days to feel natural. This will let your wrist take a break when needed. Still use your other hand occasionally as complete rest is bad. Motion is key.

Is your issue coming from your wrist? Just because you have wrist pain doesn't mean it's the source. A lot of mine comes from neck/shoulder/elbow I've learned (can feel it pull when I do shoulder stretches/movements). You sit down all day for work. Check your back/neck/shoulders/elbow. Make sure you aren't locking up. Again, keeping motion in your body is key.

Make sure your posture is good. This is important too.

This book helped me a lot: It has a overview in the first 3 chapters then specific parts to focus on that hurt in other chapters. So you read chapter 1-3, then skip to your problem chapter.

You most likely hurt because some muscles are over compensating while others are not moving at all. What this book taught me is a lot of our issues from deskjobs/gaming come from being immobile. Evolution, the way our bodies are, are used to constantly being used. Basic muscle-skeletal motion is the backbone of your health. It's how you breathe, blood circulates, speaking, etc. If you stop moving your body adapts to that lifestyle.

Basically, from seeing doctors, and being told to stretch specific parts that hurt (your wrist) never fixed the underlying issue. You should stretch your wrist, it helps a ton and prevents injury. But I had to getup and stretch everything and get my body moving again due to my lifestyle.

Sorry for the wall of text. Idk you position or lifestyle, but if you have a desk job and play video games you're most likely immobile most of the day and only your arms and wrist move, thus they work hard and hurt to makeup for your shoulder and other parts doing nothing. I felt the need to type this out to you and everyone else as a PSA because it'll become much worse than just wrist problems in a few years.

u/tikael · 34 pointsr/Teachers

Wow, bunches of pseudoscience in this thread. Let's start from the top then:

Vitamin C doesn't boost your immune system. In fact, nothing really does.

Zicam is not risk free, and has minimal evidentiary support.

Essential oils and other forms of pseudoscience woo aren't going to stop a cold, I highly suggest Paul Offit's book Do You Believe in Magic? which contains a much longer look at all the various ways snake oil salesmen have weedled their way into modern life and why many people happily promote this nonsense because they have become convinced that it worked for them.

You're a teacher, so you should know something about trustworthy sources. Don't take medical advice from strangers on the internet, go to a real doctor and ask them for their opinion as an expert.

u/SHITMANGLER_PRO_3000 · 25 pointsr/AskReddit

99% of back pain is psychosomatic. Imperfections in your vertebrae do not cause crippling pain, your subconscious does.

EDIT: 90%.

EDIT: For the open-minded who are interested: when I was desperate, this US$7 book and its concepts brought enlightenment and relief. The comments on Amazon may help convince you.

u/topapito · 20 pointsr/steroids

Diabetic here 53yo. Spent 3 years cruising: 6' 2" 220LBS, 9% Body Fat.. Here's what I learned. My apologies for the wall of text.

Diabetes tends to make your blood thicker by increasing hemoglobin levels. So does AAS. Although they each arrive at blood thickening in different scientific ways I know nothing about, they thicken your blood. Together, they can have a terribly dangerous effect on your cardiovascular system. This is not to say don't do it. But if you are going to do AAS, then you want to get regular blood tests (e/30 days) and keep a very close eye on your hemoglobin levels.

There is a simple solution to this problem, if you can find a way to do it. Bloodletting. In our case, we cannot donate blood because we use insulin. So nobody accepts our blood. Find a way to lose 1 litre of blood per month and all the hemoglobin problems are done with. (warning: good luck trying to find a doctor to do this). You may find a leech treatment center that may do this for you, but just complain about high hemoglobin. never claim AAS or everyone and your brother will turn their back on you.

AAS tends to lower your overall blood sugar readings with time. You NEED to make sure you are keeping a mindful watch on your BG levels. Test often. Especially during training. Always bring carbohydrate drinks to the gym with you. ALWAYS. Test before going into the gym and right after exercising. On legs day, test often. Legs are the biggest muscle group and use up the most carbohydrates of all muscles. You will faint from a big workout if your blood sugar drops. Avoid fainting under lots of weights.

A CGM (Continuous Glucose Meter) is your best friend, invest in one. They may be expensive, but well worth the expenditure if you're serious about training. Last I looked, you can pick one up in Amazon for like $500? Easy to get, expensive to maintain. you'll be spending around $300 a month in the little thingamajigs you inject into your skin. But use it for a month and watch your knowledge of your diabetes increase 100 fold. Then go back to pinching until you feel changes. Use it to monitor your yearly progress rather than daily.

Another piece of advice for everyone. WALK. Walk to work, walk home, walk to school, walk to the gym. WALK walk and walk. There is no better exercise for the cardiovascular system than walking. Try it. When you get to the gym, walk on the treadmill. No running, just walking. It WILL change your life whether you are a bodybuilder or a weakling. WALK goddammit.

HGH, IGF-1 will explode your blood glucose for days at a time. They tend to block insulin action and your blood sugar will stay high for days and you'll be helpless until they wear off. Stay away if you can. (I know IGF-1 claims to lower blood sugar dramatically, my results were 180 degrees opposite and dangerous). Please be careful.

Vitamin D-3. Get your levels checked out. If they are hovering around 30, you need to take Vitamin D-3 immediately. And no, 5000 IU's a day won't get those levels up.


It is a great read on the perils of Vitamin D3 deficiency. And no, I am in no way associated to the book or author, nor am I an Amazon affiliate. I copied and pasted the url from the Amazon Kindle page. Long story short, vitamin D3 levels should be at around 120! You will feel the difference once you get to those levels, diabetic or not. I did it, 100,000 IU's per day and it was awesome! DO NOT, NOT ATTEMPT THIS WITHOUT READING THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For the sceptics, the book cites around 30k scientific studies in England about the benefits of VitaminD3 and provides links to download them all. I can't say enough good things about this.

In closing. You do not have to give up body-building or AAS. You just have to learn new things and work differently. other than that, it's business as usual.

u/iamonlyoneman · 14 pointsr/confidence

You know who knows you are wearing a brace? Nobody. You know who cares? Also nobody. A brace is probably going to be about as noticeable as your "slouch" to the side, and neither of them is a big deal to anyone worth your time. I knew a girl who wore a brace under clothes and it wasn't really noticeable. For you this is like some big important thing, right? For the rest of the world, every medical condition you will ever have is relatively unimportant.

IDK what is causing your curves to be a little off. It is possible you could DIY some fixing by applying the Egoscue Method. It's cheap if you want a paper copy, and there's an app as well. Dig the reviews: You may also be interested in

The main thing you need to remember is that there's nothing to be afraid of. If someone notices your brace through your clothes (and most people won't, especially the first time you meet them) then you say it's because you've got scoliosis. Drop it on them like it is as important as the sky being blue or the carpet being blue, no big deal . . . and they probably won't think much of it.

Look at some of these pictures of people wearing their braces under clothes. They don't look like much of anything.

u/_brycycle_ · 11 pointsr/Survival

I second Broadleaf plantain, Plantago major, and Yarrow, Achillea millefolium for minor scrapes and cuts. Both are easy to identify with some practice and attention, and are extraordinarily prevalent in many areas around the world. Neither is particularly strongly antimicrobial, but yarrow is hemostatic (can stop/slow bleeding) and mildly antimicrobial, and plantain is pleasantly soothing and drawing.

Here in the pacific northwest, I would probably use a wash made of tea (decoction) from Oregon Grape Root (Mahonia aquifolium) to clean a wound if I had concern over infection. The berberine alkaloids present in the root that give it the yellow color have been shown to have antibacterial properties. See [here] (, [here] (, [here] (, and [here] (

[Herbal Antibiotics] ( by Stephen Buhler is an excellent resource if you'd like to investigate plants with antimicrobial properties further. The information in the book is heavily based on both scientific study and historical usage from around the world. I'll bet we'll appreciate the plants even more when and if our pharmaceutical antibiotics are no longer useful.

u/SilverViper · 10 pointsr/Fibromyalgia

-Diagnosed officially about a year ago at Mayo.

-More than likely spurred on by chronic migraines since age 7.

Fibro is really tough because patients often have a ridiculous number of symptoms, many of which are debilitating by themselves. For me those are (fatigue, nausea, mild insomnia, allergies, widespread pain, migraines, brain fog, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, tinnitus, visual snow, depression, anxiety).

Medications that I've tried for fibro since diagnosis:

-Cannabis: Mostly helps with the nausea, which for me was probably the most debilitating symptom. I was regularly dry heaving and throwing up if I moved at all. If you are able to recommend it legally, I would strongly recommend telling patients to get a vaporizer(I personally use a volcano at home and a firefly 2 for travel). They are more efficient and don't harm your lungs as long as you don't crank up the heat settings. I don't really see much difference between sativa versus indica personally. As far as pain management goes, it's pretty laughable...but it does help a tad.

CBD: I've only been able to extensively try one which was underwhelming but mildly effective for pain management. Others, have had better results.

Zofran: Helpful but still wasn't able to do much on it.

Cymbalta(tried up to 120mg, settled at 90mg): Definitely helped my muscles feel less achy. My mood would swing way way too much on it so I decided to stop as suicidal thoughts were becoming the norm on it. Withdrawal was also a nightmare even with gradual tapering.

Fioricet w/codeine: I was originally taking this for migraines and stopped a few months back as I tried to replace it with midrin. I only took it once or twice a week at most but it was incredibly helpful for fibro symptoms. I'm not sure if it was the codeine or the barbiturates. It may still have been the right call to end it but it has definitely cut into how active I am.

Quell Device: This one has been one of the most surprising for me. It's far from perfect but it has helped. It's great for those days where I can't do much. I strap it on, push the button and I kinda forget about it until I notice that I'm being more active.

Sleep: I'm still trying to figure this one out. I've bought a new mattress. I use ear plugs and a mask to try to limit stimuli. I cover up all LEDs in my room. I try to follow good sleep hygiene practices. My sleep has gotten better but it's still far from normal. I wake up too often and still have trouble getting to bed. Melatonin has also helped a tad. Cutting out naps was a big win for me as well.

Some of the biggest changes I've had were from lifestyle changes:

-limiting stress as much as possible

-Maintain or get social connections(anxiety and depression) need to get out and keep involved.

-Daily stretching, yoga, or moderate exercise


-myofascial release massage: I believe it has helped me but I'm not sure if it is worth the price of admission given it's not covered.

-fish oil: I can't say one way or another to be honest. I keep trying it on and off to see if it's helping.

-distractions: To this day I do not know of a better way to beat chronic pain than to distract oneself...Find a good tv show, movie, video game, audio book, book, whatever and indulge a bit.

Best book I've read on fibro is:

Highly recommended as it is pretty up to date and seemed to accurately relay a lot of my feelings as a fellow sufferer.

Thanks for taking the time and effort to ask sufferers and try to help. You're a good human being. :) I think most sufferers feel for the physician in the room as there is no good answer. I think it's a really tough situation for all parties involved(doctors, patients, family and friends). I hope more people like you take interest and maybe we can figure out some ways of limiting the suffering caused it.

u/squidboots · 9 pointsr/witchcraft

Seconding u/theUnmutual6's recommendations, in addition to u/BlueSmoke95's suggestion to check out Ann Moura's work. I would like to recommend Ellen Dugan's Natural Witchery and her related domestic witchery books. Ellen is a certified Master Gardener and incorporates plants into much of her work.

Some of my favorite plant books!

Plant Science:

u/Crusoebear · 8 pointsr/Meditation

After lots of lower back pain, sciatica, etc & having the shots followed by my doctor recommending surgery and trying lots of things this has really helped me.. Meditation & breathing exercises seem to help lessen stress that he talks about in the book too.

u/Tebulus · 8 pointsr/askMRP

Stay busy and productive as much as possible within the constraints of your primary goal being "heal my back as quickly and efficiently as possible". You cant fight her unconscious perception so if you are a temporary invalid rest assured she is silently judging you in your weakest most painful moments. Protip: that is okay.

So four things: 1. Be attractive and don't be unattractive. 2. Prioritize healing. 3. Try to internalize that physical ability is a single puzzle piece on a very large puzzle and that you can still make a woman attracted to you and lead her while disabled/invalid. 4. Delegate.

Also, a question: How would you behave if this was your life from now on? Are you fucked? Or can you make it work? Do that.

Also I have heard people with chronic back pain say this is the shit and it cures you permanently:

u/igemoko · 8 pointsr/ChronicPain

"Oh my gawd I would just curl up in a ball and DIE if I hurt all the time like you!! Anyway, let me tell you about this hike I went on..."

"You can't drink with your medication? Oh it's ok, just have a few, I'd totally be an alcoholic by now HAHH"

"Oh my goodness you poor thing, have you tried [insert naturopathic/homeopathic/other BS here]?"

"You can't really be hurting all the time, have you read this book to get rid of back pain?" (I do not have back pain..)

"Aw you're so boring, you never hang out with us and I miss youuuu"

"It's ok, you'll get better soon, I'm praying for you every day!"

...and many more reasons on why I dread in-person social interaction.

u/sixtyearths · 7 pointsr/IsItBullshit

Offit, Paul A., M.D., Do You Believe in Magic? [amazon link, $6] The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, 2013

(I have removed a bunch of interesting information about how Pauling was an accomplished scientist before his descent into pseudoscience, and how the supplement industry was able to get in a position where it could legally sell carcinogens with no regulation from the FDA, how they tricked people into supporting these laws, and the propaganda they have used. If you're interested in that, I recommend reading the book (linked above). Sources for his claims here are listed in the back of the book on page 265. I do not receive any compensation from sales of this book.)

Do You Believe in Magic?, Page 53:

...On December 14, 1942, about thirty years before Pauling published his first book, Donald Cowan, Harold Diehl, and Abe Baker, from the University of Minnesota, published a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association titled “Vitamins for the Prevention of Colds.” The authors concluded, “Under the conditions of this controlled study, in which 980 colds were treated . . . there is no indication that vitamin C alone, an antihistamine alone, or vitamin C plus an antihistamine have any important effect on the duration or severity of infections of the upper respiratory tract.”

Other studies followed. After Pauling’s pronouncement, researchers at the University of Maryland gave 3,000 milligrams of vitamin C every day for three weeks to eleven volunteers and a sugar pill (placebo) to ten others. Then they infected volunteers with a common cold virus. All developed cold symptoms of similar duration. At the University of Toronto, researchers administered vitamin C or placebos to 3,500 volunteers. Again, vitamin C didn’t prevent colds, even in those receiving as much as 2,000 milligrams a day. In 2002, researchers in the Netherlands administered multivitamins or placebo to more than 600 volunteers. Again, no difference. At least fifteen studies have now shown that vitamin C doesn’t treat the common cold. As a consequence, neither the FDA, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Academy Dietetic Association, the Center for Human Nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, nor the Department of Health and Human Services recommend supplemental vitamin C for the prevention or treatment of colds.

Page 55:

...cancer researchers decided to test Pauling’s theory. Charles Moertel, of the Mayo Clinic, evaluated 150 cancer victims: half received ten grams of vitamin C a day and half didn’t. The vitamin C-treated group showed no difference in symptoms or mortality. Moertel concluded, “We were unable to show a therapeutic benefit of high-dose vitamin C.” Pauling was outraged. He sent an angry letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, which had published the study, claiming that Moertel had missed the point. Of course vitamin C hadn’t worked: Moertel had treated patients who had already received chemotherapy. Pauling claimed that vitamin C worked only if cancer victims had received no prior chemotherapy.

...Moertel performed a second study; the results were the same. Moertel concluded, “Among patients with measurable disease, none had objective improvement. It can be concluded that high-dose vitamin C therapy is not effective against malignant disease regardless of whether the patient received any prior chemotherapy.”


Subsequent studies have consistently shown that vitamin C doesn’t treat cancer.

Pauling wasn’t finished. Next, he claimed that vitamin C, when taken with massive doses of vitamin A (25,000 international units) and vitamin E (400 to 1,600 IU), as well as selenium (a basic element) and beta-carotene (a precursor to vitamin A), could do more than just prevent colds and treat cancer; they could treat virtually every disease known to man. Pauling claimed that vitamins and supplements could cure heart disease, mental illness, pneumonia, hepatitis, polio, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, chickenpox, meningitis, shingles, fever blisters, cold sores, canker sores, warts, aging, allergies, asthma, arthritis, diabetes, retinal detachment, strokes, ulcers, shock, typhoid fever, tetanus, dysentery, whooping cough, leprosy, hay fever, burns, fractures, wounds, heat prostration, altitude sickness, radiation, poisoning, glaucoma, kidney failure, influenza, bladder ailments, stress, rabies, and snakebites. When the AIDS virus entered the United States in the 1970s, Pauling claimed vitamins could treat that, too.

Page 58:

Although studies had failed to support him, Pauling believed that vitamins and supplements had one property that made them cure-alls, a property that continues to be hawked on everything from ketchup to pomegranate juice and that rivals words like natural and organic for sales impact: antioxidant.

Antioxidation vs. oxidation has been billed as a contest between good and evil. The battle takes place in cellular organelles called mitochondria, where the body converts food to energy, a process that requires oxygen and so is called oxidation. One consequence of oxidation is the generation of electron scavengers called free radicals (evil). Free radicals can damage DNA, cell membranes, and the lining of arteries; not surprisingly, they’ve been linked to aging, cancer, and heart disease. To neutralize free radicals, the body makes its own antioxidants (good). Antioxidants can also be found in fruits and vegetables—specifically, selenium, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, C, and E. Studies have shown that people who eat more fruits and vegetables have a lower incidence of cancer and heart disease and live longer. The logic is obvious: if fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants—and people who eat lots of fruits and vegetables are healthier—then people who take supplemental antioxidants should also be healthier.

In fact, they’re less healthy.

In 1994, the National Cancer Institute, in collaboration with Finland’s National Public Health Institute, studied 29,000 Finnish men, all long-term smokers more than fifty years old. This group was chosen because they were at high risk for cancer and heart disease. Subjects were given vitamin E, beta-carotene, both, or neither. The results were clear: those taking vitamins and supplements were more likely to die from lung cancer or heart disease than those who didn’t take them—the opposite of what researchers had anticipated.

In 1996, investigators from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle, studied 18,000 people who, because they had been exposed to asbestos, were at increased risk of lung cancer. Again, subjects received vitamin A, beta-carotene, both, or neither. Investigators ended the study abruptly when they realized that those who took vitamins and supplements were dying from cancer and heart disease at rates 28 and 17 percent higher, respectively, than those who didn’t.

In 2004, researchers from the University of Copenhagen reviewed fourteen randomized trials involving more than 170,000 people who took vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene to see whether antioxidants could prevent intestinal cancers. Again, antioxidants didn’t live up to the hype. The authors concluded, “We could not find evidence that antioxidant supplements can prevent gastrointestinal cancers; on the contrary, they seem to increase overall mortality.” When these same researchers evaluated the seven best studies, they found that death rates were 6 percent higher in those taking vitamins.

In 2005, researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine evaluated nineteen studies involving more than 136,000 people and found an increased risk of death associated with supplemental vitamin E. Dr. Benjamin Caballero, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said, “This reaffirms what others have said. The evidence for supplementing with any vitamin particularly vitamin E, is just not there. This idea that people have that [vitamins] will not hurt them may not be that simple.” That same year, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association evaluated more than 9,000 people who took high-dose vitamin E to prevent cancer; those who took vitamin E were more likely to develop heart failure than those who didn’t.

In 2007, researchers from the National Cancer Institute examined 11,000 men who did or didn’t take multivitamins. Those who took multivitamins were twice as likely to die from advanced prostate cancer.

In 2008, a review of all existing studies involving more than 230,000 people who did or did not receive supplemental antioxidants found that vitamins increased the risk of cancer and heart disease.

On October 10, 2011, researchers from the University of Minnesota evaluated 39,000 older women and found that those who took supplemental multivitamins, magnesium, zinc, copper, and iron died at rates higher than those who didn’t. They concluded, “Based on existing evidence, we see little justification for the general and widespread use of dietary supplements.”

Two days later, on October 12, researchers from the Cleveland Clinic published the results of a study of 36,000 men who took vitamin E, selenium, both, or neither. They found that those receiving vitamin E had a 17 percent greater risk of prostate cancer.

Offit, Paul A., M.D., Do You Believe in Magic? [amazon link, $6] The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, 2013

u/shosun · 7 pointsr/DeadBedrooms

The book Heal Pelvic Pain may be beneficial to her as a supplement to her pelvic floor therapy. Best of luck.

u/GnollBelle · 7 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

If you don't mind my being nebby, this book helped a lot with my back pain. It's a little bit woo, but it's basically about how emotional stress can manifest as physical pain. There's some suggestions for dealing with it too.

u/transdermalcelebrity · 7 pointsr/Hypothyroidism

Ok, so I could soapbox on this forever, but I'll try to be brief. (edit: and looking back I failed ;) )

High tsh with normal T3 T4 (can you include your free t3 & t4 numbers because "normal" is subjective with some docs?) just on the surface sounds like you're early on in the hypo process. Your TSH is coming high from your pituitary gland because it's like the gland is screaming for hormone, but the hormone actually produced (T3 &4), while lower than your brain would like, doesn't fall into your doctor's ranges for being abnormal. That said, too many doctors treat entirely based on labs and not on symptoms. And imo the wait way too long just to be "sure" that your levels have adjusted as much as they could on the current dose.

The medical profession is way behind when you are dealing with autoimmune endocrine disorders.

Now all that said, there are many other problems that come along with Hashimotos and being autoimmune that while they correlate with thyroid problems they are not necessarily caused directly by thyroid dysfunction. It is the whole autoimmune process that really screws you up.

Your doctor poo pooing your request for a celiac test is bs. It is not an unusual request in this day and age, and the basic celiac test is bloodwork. Based on that reaction alone I'd switch docs because she's not even considering, especially given that you have a history of all kinds of gastric problems.

That said, celiac testing isn't the end all be all. I was blood tested; negative. Had an endoscopy (many gastric issues here too) and they found evidence of the same kind of damage that celiac causes (flattening of the mucus and villi around the duodenum) but a biopsy did not show celiac. Hence I was told non-celiac gluten intolerance. Many Hashimoto folk have this. Plus I remember reading somewhere that they can't find all the different types of celiac through testing yet.

So at one point I just gave up gluten anyway and felt better. -For a couple years prior, bread and cake things just started tasting like plain flour to me, whereas gluten free goods (once I tried them) started tasting like food again.

I too have done paleo and it helped but not as much as I needed. I just started reading a book that was highly recommended by a good friend with similar problems and it seems spectacular.

Really breaking it down, the book was written by a pharmacist. It goes into all the different mechanisms that go on with Hashimotos (at present understanding) and how they affect you. Of great consideration are the gastric issues because they usually = a lack of absorption and thus vitamin deficiencies going on to significant degree. What I like so far is that she doesn't just state those things but goes into easy to understand detail of what is actually happening and she does this for each thing (food, supplements, even some spices) that are affected by absorption.

Anyway, it's a stricter diet that paleo, but essentially said "if A is a problem then eliminate food 1, if B is a problem then add vitamin x but only the sublingual kind or only from food (depending on the vitamin based on what is absorbed better)".

Oh, and also she recommends against protein pump inhibitors because they reduce your acid and low acid = poor absorption = GERD. However she also says don't stop immediate and gives suggestions on how to transition off of them. And instead what you do is use a couple of specific digestive enzymes. She gives proper dosing and tells how long to use them. (if you just want to know off the bat, pm me and I'll tell you)

It's called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause and I'm really excited about it because I've had very similar problems to yours and it's affected my life too much.

u/riverboat_legend · 7 pointsr/TMJ

I've been making lots of small and not-so-small changes that seem to be helping a lot:

  • No more swimsuits that tie at my neck
  • No more heavy cross-body purses
  • Got invisalign. I've really benefitted from just knowing my teeth are protected = lowers my anxiety. Not to mention it's improving my bite, which is huge.
  • Get massages from people who specialize in face and neck issues. This is really key for me. I also got a foam roller and lacrosse balls so I can work out my muscles at home.
  • No more sleeping on my stomach. Huge improvement! Working on limiting side sleeping, but it's slow going.
  • Yoga 1-2 times a week to stretch out my muscles and release stress.

    Things I'm working on and optimistic about:
  • Going to a physical therapist specialized in TMJ. Went to one who wasn't specialized and reached a limit of how he could help me. Found a new person and currently jumping through the paperwork hoops to see them.
  • Going to a therapist to work on stress management. Still too early to say on this, but I think it will be a huge help.
  • Getting a specialized neck pillow for when I sleep. Just need to purchase.
  • Improving ergonomics of my desk at work. This is an ongoing project, and I tend to slouch in front of my computer.
  • Paying attention to and eliminating any habits that strain my neck. Even as simple as how I wear my hair!

    It's been a slow process of self care and self advocacy. Luckily things have been getting better steadily. My TMJ was triggered by stressful events about 2 years ago, so a lot of stress management work has helped me. Also, distance from the stressful events.

    I am currently reading The TMJ Healing Plan and recommend it highly:

    Good luck out there! I hope some of my own experience can be useful. I'm excited to read what's working for others.

    Edit to add: I was working two jobs for several years and this year quit the second one as a way to help simplify my life. While the money was nice, it wasn't worth the overall impacts on my life.
u/greeny_cat · 6 pointsr/thepapinis

This book does wonders for back pain, it actually cures it - I know it sounds unbelievable, but I tried it on myself, my relatives and coworkers, and everybody got relief:

Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by John E. Sarno

u/oopssorrydaddy · 6 pointsr/backpain

In my experience, back pain is usually caused by tight muscles, injury, or your brain.


Because you don't appear to have gotten injured, I would suggest stretching your hamstrings, QL, and hips before and after you go to bed.


While stretching helped me, my biggest breakthrough was reading This book. I think our minds have a much bigger impact on muscle pain than we think.


Just my two cents! Good luck – you will figure this out.

u/REInvestor · 6 pointsr/Supplements

FWIW, I definitely don't disagree with you in theory. I am just a random guy. And random guys are not often right!

If you think there is a small chance I am right, then I would check out these cheap Kindle books, which are slightly more credible:

This guy is an actual MD who prescribes D3 in the range that I take:

This dude is what got me initially curious, he is a bit of a lunatic (what an endorsement!), but he cites a LOT of papers. After reading this, I read some more books.

And then this one on K2:

Also, I have gotten several friends and family members to run the same test in the last year, and all report positive results with healthy D and calcium levels. Again, I'm just a random dude, so YMMV, but I'm obviously a big believer at this point.


u/distor · 5 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I've been suffering from low back pain for years and had a slight scolosis when I was younger. I would keep three things in mind:

1 - If an exercise hurts your back, stop right away! Bad form will ruin you. I've hurt myself doing handstands (arched lower back), burpees, leg raises, even squats. Work on the form, the form, the form, forget about reps! Take videos of yourself, exercise in front of a mirror, ask a friend... Hollow body at all times is the key, even when playing other sports!

2 - Posture. I read a lot about form here, but my everyday posture was very bad and this was causing the most trouble. I've fixed an excessive anterior pelvic tilt (APT), and I'm forcing myself to keep my lower back slightly arched when I sit - those helped a lot.

3 - Work out your posterior chain! That's hamstrings, glutes, and all the back muscles. There are some good exercises for that in the Foundation book (the back pain book). While some good bodyweight exercises will build everything at once, like the L-sit, I like doing specific exercises for my back. Here's the link to the book : It's not as revolutionary as they claim it to be at all, but it helped me with back pain so have a look at it!

u/throwOutName101 · 5 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Read this book. It works amazingly well for me. Its a program of simple exercises that will really strengthen your back and teach you proper posture and movement patterns.

u/retirementgrease · 5 pointsr/TBIsurvivors

Godspeed, friend. BTW, I just started reading Norman Doidge's The Brain's Way of Healing which is interesting and applicable. It might give you some ideas or tools to use to cope and/or heal.

u/slowcarsfast · 5 pointsr/financialindependence

I had chronic lower back pain for several years even as a relatively young guy. I tried chiro, physical therapy, yoga, etc. and nothing really made a difference. The biggest factor that finally helped me to get rid of it was this book:

Maybe it was placebo effect or maybe it actually works, but either way my back has been waaaaay better since reading it a couple years ago.

u/Booby_Hatch · 5 pointsr/Fibromyalgia

A good book for you and your husband. You, because you can relieve some of your fibro symptoms yourself, at home, and the husband because it will help him to better understand what you're living with.

u/Sanpi · 4 pointsr/ScienceFr

Article très intéressant mais sans aucune source.

Plusieurs dizaines d’expériences citées et pas un seul lien mis à part une référence vers un livre : Do You Believe in Magic?: Vitamins, Supplements, and All Things Natural: A Look Behind the Curtain. Est ce un extrait traduit de ce livre ?

u/Gertrude2008 · 4 pointsr/ChronicPain

The first one I read was recommended by one of my old physical therapists. You can find it here:

From there, I did some research, and found that one of the authors from the above book also has a workbook. If I had to chose between one or the other, I would have only purchased the workbook. You can find the workbook here:

It seriously changed my life. It looks like the price has gone up a significant amount since I purchased it a year or so ago. Maybe you can find it for cheaper? I think it was around $45 when I bought it which seemed like a lot... until I thought of the thousands of dollars I had paid for all my medical crap.

u/RangerLee · 4 pointsr/thedivision

First off, that sucks.

I have not read this, but a friend of my swears by this book. (no shortage of hurt backs on us veterans) He said his back pain is gone, no surgery and no more pain meds. So I figured I figured I would link it here.

u/Timmyj01 · 4 pointsr/yoga

Healing Back Pain: The Mind Body Connection by John Sarno is an awesome book on this subject. Really you can apply this information to so many things in your life

u/BetterGhost · 4 pointsr/Guitar

This book, Pain Free by Pete Egoscue, changed my life. At one point I thought I was going to have to give up guitar because of wrist pain/soreness. Now I do a couple of small stretches a few times each week and the pain is 100% gone. No surgery. No physical therapy. I’m not a doctor so I can only comment on my own experience, but this worked for me. I saw improvement within a couple of days.

I hope you get on top of this quickly. Chronic pain is no joke.

u/jake989 · 4 pointsr/AskReddit

Eliminate refined sugar and white flours from your diet. I recently read Anticancer and the author talks alot about the connection between blood sugar levels and body inflammation. As an overt example, he uses acne and that it's mostly an issue in the developed world (where we eat refined sugars and flours that spike you blood sugar level). He cites a study (pdf) of a few island cultures who eat a very natural diet and have zero cases of acne. Another study showed improvement with Australian teenagers following a low glycemic load diet.

u/burritoace · 4 pointsr/pittsburgh

I tried to get an appointment with Henkelmann and there was nothing available for months. Sounds to me like he is headed towards retirement. I was referred to Melissa Antonoplos at CRS Green Tree, who helped me out to some degree.

If OP (or anyone else) is looking for a massage option for TMJ, I've also been pretty happy with Allisa at Mindful Massage and Bodywork.

E: Another recommendation is for those struggling with TMJ to check out this book

u/txeskimo17 · 4 pointsr/Fibromyalgia

That is wonderful how much you want to help and support her; she will definitely appreciate it.

These are what I use:


Mattress Topper:

What is nice about that mattress topper is it has 2 zones so you can heat one side of bed without having to heat other side. The mattress topper is also great at soothing all-over body aches since you're laying on top of it; feels amazing to crawl into after a long day.

There's also a really good book about Fibro, written by a doctor who has the disease herself. It's laid out in easy to understand language and includes both conventional and alternative treatment methods. The book is a must-read for sufferers, their loved ones, and even their health care providers. My review of this book would be: Before reading the book, I was genuinely ready to kill myself because I felt it was hopeless to try and cope with this disease for another 50+ years. Reading her book I've been able to find ways to improve my circumstances and now feel motivated to fight the disease as several of her methods have already made a huge difference in my life.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/tifu

I'm going to leave this book here in case she finds sex after this incident to be painful.

u/kitkat2495 · 3 pointsr/Interstitialcystitis

It's all so confusing haha I feel you. My PT appointment was definitely promising! I'm in NYC and go to Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, the head woman there is very invested in pelvic pain and came out with this book that I also bought! you should check it out if you're waiting to get in to see a PT as it has alot of exercises and massages in there, and the reviews are also very promising.


u/Sbeast · 3 pointsr/mentalhealth

As /u/RAGE_CAKES suggests a sex therapist would be the ideal choice to deal with this kind of problem.

This also reminds me of a book called The Body Remembers which is about how trauma can effect the body even after the event is over, which you might want to look into.

u/SokoMora · 3 pointsr/socialwork
u/SavvyMomsTips · 3 pointsr/Christianmarriage

As much as she may want to leave the past in the past, the body remembers it. I think the reason God tells us to reserve sex for marriage is because the body remembers and it can make it harder to build a sexual connection in marriage. With trauma the body memories are stronger and can require professional help.we used this book in my course on trauma. It's very helpful for understanding body responses to trauma. I assume there are similar books that deal with non traumatic responses if her past wasn't traumatic.

u/Amnesiacthrowaway · 3 pointsr/raisedbynarcissists

You are not alone and it has everything to do with stress and trauma. What you are describing is very normal for people with traumatic childhoods. I have very little memory of mine. I started to remember more in the last year (fun times!) but still only know a fraction of what happened.

Usually something will trigger the memories, and this commonly does happen when your life is actually pretty stable. Like your brain decides you can handle it now.

In my case, going NC with my mom is what opened the Pandora's box. I made a list of all the offenses she committed that I could remember so I could make a note to myself as to why she is banished forever (in case I ever reconsider). Once I started making the list more and more stuff came to me. There was a deluge of stuff at first and now stuff pops up here and there. It is like stuff I always knew but I forgot I knew it.

You might want to read this book It does a good job of explaining the science behind why traumatic memories get repressed. I found it somewhat helpful to understand on a neurochemical level what causes this.

u/dogboyboy · 3 pointsr/BlackPeopleTwitter
u/yourelate · 3 pointsr/JoeRogan

Its called Brachial hanging.
It was on one of the steve maxwell episodes (probably the latest one.) He tells Joe about a book he read on the subject of shoulder pain.

John M. kirsch book:

its good shit. also check out John E. Sarnos book for chronic pain issues:

u/COKeefe88 · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I have a herniated disc at L4/L5. I've been severely limited and in constant pain for over 3 years.

I've recently read a book that I am confident will change my life.

Most people have severely degenerated discs at the L5/S1 level by the age of 20, but many of them never experience pain from this.

Many people have disc bulges/herniations/protrusions that are discovered accidentally in CT scans or MRIs done for other reasons, and which never cause pain.

Nerve compression - the supposed mechanism of back pain in disc herniations - normally causes numbness and paralysis, not pain.

Studies have been done showing that there is no correlation between disc herniations and back pain - that is, people who have no history of back pain are just as likely, on examination, to have a herniated disc as people who do have a history of back pain.

The book is called Healing Back Pain. Do yourself a favor and read it. It will change your life.

u/iwastheone · 3 pointsr/sports

Opiates are a bitch. Worst scourge ever to hit this country, but that's another topic altogether. Doesn't matter. A drug is a drug is a drug, and if it's effing with your normal life, get the eff off of it as soon as it's medically feasibly/possible. Some doctors are in it for the money writing scripts, most are trying their best to ease your pain. Pain is (hopefully) temporary. depends on the injury, be it physical or mental.

There are ways to deal with physical pain, there is a mind/body connection sometimes. If that's your case, I'd recommend reading Dr. John Sarnoff's books ( ).

I once worked with an ex-heroin addict, clean and sober when I knew him. While doing the morning drive to a job I struck a match to light my cigarette, and that gave him thoughts of cooking heroin in a spoon. I asked him what was so great about that shit, he got a faraway look in his eyes as he drove and thought about it, like someone thinks about a lost love. He said to me, "It's like everything's okay! No matter what life's really like, it made it all not matter." And that's not dealing with life on life's terms, it's an illusion that traps and kills many of us. All opiates are heroin in pill form. You've gotten off them, my advice, stay the eff off them, it's too great a risk. Learn different ways to deal with any pain, whether it be a real physical or a psychological one. The price of going back to drugs may not be one you would make it back from. No shit.

Again, pat yourself on the back for getting off the drugs. Live your life without them. Yeah, I know, it sucks sometimes, you'll survive. And that's the point of it all really. You will survive. They say God's got a master plan for us all, as long as we don't get in the way of it.


u/orinokio · 3 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

For me it was a general feeling of getting sick all the time )almost like a flu but not as strong), extreme tiredness and brain fog. The thing is my thyroid problem should have been under control because I already had a total thyroidectomy and my meds were under control. The doctor even wanted to reduce my hormone dosage. I had always felt tired but during the last year, after being on exchange in Europe and eating pasta and bread for most of my intake, I almost became bed ridden and could barely function. Since I didn't attribute it to my thyroid it took me a while to figure it out, trying to research chronic fatigue syndrome, mostly. Then I dounf two books that explained mot of my symptons.

Long story short Hashimoto's thryoiditis is an autoimmune disorder that goes beyond the thyroid and for people with autoimmune disorders gluten wreaks havoc on the body. Since I stopped eating gluten (first i did an elimination diet where you stop eating gluten, soy,dairy and corn I've since reintroduced corn and dairy with great success) my energy levels are way better and i feel muuuuuch better and whenever I eat it i feel bad and very tired but I agree that my situation may have deteriorated more than it should have because of the 6 months that I had gluten comprise most of my diet.

Here are the 2 books:

The first one explains better the gluten issue while the second focuses more on Hashimoto's.

If you have any further questions I'll be glad to help.

u/HypoQuestions88 · 3 pointsr/Hashimotos

I would definitely recommend thyroid medication sooner rather than later; it can take time to find your right dose. I went untreated for years and ended up pretty anemic. The thyroid has a hand in pretty much every process in your body, and it's incredibly important. There are definitely lifestyle changes you can make that can help - I totally recommend any book by Izabella Wentz (I started with Finding Your Root Cause) - but the first step to feeling better is getting on meds.

What were your thyroid lab results (TSH, Free T4, Free T3, TPO/TG Antibodies)?

u/becomingreptile · 3 pointsr/Hashimotos

From what I am reading, gluten perpetuates the autoimmune response from your body, and you'll keep having issues unless you drop it. My Dr, who has hypothyroidism himself, says its okay to go gluten-less and not gluten-free, but I'm still having serious muscle and joint pain and am still tired, so I'm working all the food/ inflammation angles.

Dropping "goitrogens" (uncooked broccoli, all soy, etc), taking some supplements to boost immune system and gut health (turmeric, zinc, fish oil, probiotics, and when I finally find it cheap, selenium)... I've been feeling like shit for a long time and after getting past the shock of having an autoimmune disease I'm in full on "fuck this shit" mode.

I recommend two things! If you are struggling with cooking better for yourself, I recommend an app called Mealime. It's honestly great for any human, despite diet issues, but you can tell it to remove gluten from the recipes it gives you, and holy crap they're all good and fast! If you like to bake and cook like I do, a friend who's little girl has celiacs told me about a book called "How Can It Be Gluten Free", which is written and recipes tested by America's Test Kitchen (and has a second volume, also!).

Second thing, is go out and buy this book cause it's written by a pharmacist who is currently in remission from Hashi's and she talks about all the bull crap she went through with drs and medicine and supplements and food. I haven't read through it all but what I have has been very insightful and had great reviews on Amazon from people like us.

I hope this helps!

u/blupppp · 3 pointsr/Assistance

Doubt and uncertainty are a terrible thing and I can't help at all but cancer has a 1 and 3 chance of effecting me so I have been researching what I would do if I got cancer and to be prepaired just incase I cross paths with it.

3 books

Anticancer: A New Way of Life

Neurosurgeon gets a brain tumour, gets chemo and goes into remission, gets tumour again and decides to study if food and life style can effect his cancer. Video of the author

Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

Doctor studies if the mind can influence the body in it's ability to heal itself and finds studies to verify if it is possible. Video of the author

Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds

Doctor studies anecdotal evidence of people who had cancer that went into spontaneous remission for almost no apparent reason and finds traits amongst all people.

Look into cannabis oil and how it effects cancer, would highly recommend taking lots of cannabis oil and changing her diet.

Rick Simpson: Run from the Cure

CNN Weed Documentary

CNN Weed 2 Documentary

u/smoothcam72 · 3 pointsr/trees

please read this book, you'll probably live longer and happier as a result.

u/kick_girl · 3 pointsr/actuallesbians

Hi. I totally sympathize with what you and your gf are going through. I think you are getting great advice and support here in the comments. I just wanted to add to it and say that I've been reading a book that's been a real eye-opener about how we can help ourselves understand the mechanics of cancer a little bit better, and how we can help ourselves stay healthy. It's called Anticancer: A New Way of Life, by David Servan-Schreiber.

Now it's not one of those "cure yourself with carrots, doctors don't know anything," things, at all, but the book does offer a lot of common sense about what role our diet, stress, and other factors play in our lives. Though the author did eventually die of cancer, he had survived 19 years past his initial diagnosis, and so I think that still makes it a very worthwhile read. I know it's made me feel stronger to read it and try to implement its advice, so I thought it may help you, too.

Best of luck to you and your gf!

u/digitalfrost · 3 pointsr/Dentistry

Posture and tongue position also play a role in mouth breathing. I'm currently reading and learned a lot about good habits.

Forward head posture, side sleeping in fetal position, and not having the tongue on the correct spot can all increase mouth breathing.

u/MrTwoToedSloth · 3 pointsr/Fibromyalgia

I highly recommend this book for yourself and maybe even for family members. It covers a lot in a concise way.

u/drmhunt · 3 pointsr/ibs

It is actually important to rule out lactose intolerance and celiac disease. If your symptoms are being caused by either of those conditions, then the solution really is to eliminate either lactose or gluten. Reducing the amount of insoluble fiber you eat (and adding a bit more soluble fiber) is probably also a good idea to help get things calmed down. Insoluble fiber is found in leafy greens, the skins of many fruits and vegetables, (pretty much the stuff that is still recognizable when it comes out the other end) and the bran of grains. Soluble fiber absorbs water and makes stool soft and slippery, but helps it hold its shape. It's found in large quantities in oats, rice and the flesh of most fruits and vegetables.

That said, elimination and highly restrictive diets are not a great path to start down. You end up being afraid of food, and limiting your diet in a lot of ways that are unnecessary. Many, many people with IBS try to identify all the possible "trigger" foods they react to. The theory behind highly restrictive diets (like the FODMAP diet) is that if you can eliminate all the foods that cause GI sensations, then your symptoms will go away. But here's the thing. 25% of perfectly healthy people with no GI complaints will also "fail" the breath tests that suggest "incomplete digestion" of certain carbohydrate molecules (the test for FODMAP sensitivity). That means the food isn't REALLY the problem. The real problem is visceral hypersensitivity. (That's when you really pay attention to sensations in your gut, you notice them and are really bothered by them. It leads to considerable discomfort and even pain in response to what other people might just experience as a passing sensation.) Visceral hypersensitivity, combined with anxiety and catastrophizing about both GI symptoms and the possible consequences of those symptoms (fear of incontinence, even if you've never actually had an accident, embarrassment, fear of having to run out of a meeting or class, or being trapped somewhere where you can't get to a bathroom quickly and easily) all lead to vicious cycle of increasing hypervigilance and pain and urgency. Sure, trying to eliminate all GI sensations by dramatically limiting your diet is one way to go. But there's a better way.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy actually addresses the underlying visceral hypersensitivity. Once that's under control, you can eat pretty much anything you want without living in fear of pain, urgency and inconvenience. Please note that just because I'm suggesting therapy does NOT mean the symptoms are "all in your head" or that you're "neurotic". Far from it. Stress, anxiety and hypervigilance lead to increased low level inflammation and reactivity in the gut for very straightforward biological reasons. The mind IS the brain and the brain interacts with the rest of body in LOTS of ways. For example, when you're stressed, your brain produces something called CRF or corticotropin releasing factor. CRF causes the release of cortisol, one of the major stress hormones. Turns out the gut has LOTS of CRF receptors. That's just one small way that how you manage stress and think about your GI symptoms can have a direct effect on GI functioning.

So learning how to manage stress, and reduce anxiety, catastrophizing and visceral hypersensitivity is by far the most effective long term strategy for reclaiming your life from IBS. You may be able to find a good CBT therapist in your area at or or If you can't find one (or afford one - we're expensive) you might check out my CBT self-help book, Reclaim Your Life from IBS. It's available in many public libraries, or you can just get one for yourself at

Good luck!

Dr. Melissa Hunt

u/SifuJon · 3 pointsr/weightroom

Foundation training by Dr. Goodman has been great for my SI issue I've been having. His book is great, and there are tons of free videos on youtube and his website

u/imtakingcrazypills · 3 pointsr/leangains

L5-S1 herniation here. Most important advise, GO SLOW!!!!! Taking a year, or two, or even three for slow progress is a pain in the ass, but compared to a life altering injury that plagues you daily, there's no question. Just suck up your pride on this one.

As for a fantastic the best starting place, do Foundation Training, based on this book, or see his website here. I started here, and then at the end of the designed protocol I slowly introduced dead lift back in.

Exactly one year to the day of my back injury I dead lifted 315x7. Still not as good as it once was (and it probably never will be, but whatev...), but I was pretty pleased.

Go slow, and good luck!

u/jasonbchan · 3 pointsr/fitness30plus

Hey - keep your head up, you can get this thing fixed. I'm in my late thirties and have had two herniated discs (first around 15 years ago). I am an ultrarunner, and what's worked for me is balancing out my miles with yoga (Yin specifically) and strength training. Specifically for keeping the back in good shape, I highly recommend Foundation. I noticed a difference almost immediately after beginning these exercises (no weights involved). Also, for a general understanding of how the back works and how you can keep it healthy, I recommend Gokhale's 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back. Really good guidance on posture, sitting, sleeping, etc. Good luck.

u/Plumbean · 3 pointsr/crossfit

Lay down on ice or a heating pad? That's not very helpful. I have chronic lower back issues, have been so rapt in spasms that I ended up in the ER unable to move, injected full of painkillers, endured months of PT, tried yoga, diet changes, followed every youtuber's advice - nothing helped.

Here's the only thing that helped me: Crossfit and Foundation Training ( - strengthening the core and learning how to hinge. Squats, good mornings, chair pose, planks, even dead lifts. If I can get in a good round of dead lifting, I know my back is going to be good for days. If my back goes out of whack again, I have a regimen of stretches I can return to and get right again quickly.

Or, lay down on some ice I guess.

u/rocknrollchuck · 3 pointsr/marriedredpill

I've seen many men here recommend this book. I haven't read it myself, but so many have said it was a game-changer that I'll share it with you so you can check it out:

Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection

Maybe it will help you.

u/turk_rig · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

Hey thanks for reaching out. Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I am not used to getting messages on here.

Anyways, I highly recommend buying his book Foundation. I bought the kindle version so its always on my phone but I can see the value of a hard copy so that you can mark and fold pages of your favorites. I say get the book only because he explains what these exercises are doing and what muscles you are conditioning. The knowledge helps as your doing the exercises so you can feel the tiny muscles working. I had the problem of getting lazy once my back felt better and stopped doing the exercises but I learned my lesson and do at least my favorite exercises every day. It will really help.

My latest breakthrough in terms of my back and health has been doing circuit exercises. Sorry for the long story here. So I tried the P90x and the beach body in the past and each time I did I hurt my back and had to stop. Last year after our second child my wife started doing Bikini Body Guide - Kayla Itsines after 12 weeks I couldn't believe how good she looked. She searched for a while to find the right workout that she could do because of her bad knees. This was it for her. She said that I should try it and that she is seeing more guys doing with great results as well. I was hesitant at first because of the name of the workout but I got into it and I have never felt or looked better. I am almost 33 and feel/look so much better than I did when I was weight training at 23. It also is great for your back and works well with the Foundation training stretches. The other thing that is so great about it is that the workouts are 28 minutes Mon, Wed, and Fri. and 40 mins of cardio Tues, Thurs, and Sat. I do all the exercises at home so you don't have to take the time to go to the gym or the cost of a gym. The time is the biggest part for me because the family takes so much time and energy. I would be happy to send you the zip file of the workout if you would like it.

Another thing I would recommend is finding a Chiropractor that practices kinesiology in cases of emergency. A couple times a year my back gets inflamed to where I can not adjust it myself and so I go see my Chrio. I am very lucky with the one I have even though she doesn't take insurance, she also doesn't require an xray to do an adjustment. She is the only chiro that has actually fixed me and wants me to get better instead of telling me I have to go back and see her every week. She is the one that told me to get the Foundation book and said that she loses customers because of this but she is happy to give people a better life.

The last thing that I do and recommend is buying a pool noodle and cutting it down to the width of your car seat and using that at your lumbar for when you are in the car. I drive a lot for work and that sitting in a car seat is sometime the most uncomfortable position that I can be in. The pool noodle at the lumbar really helps and also flexing my abs muscles takes the pressure of my back.
I hope this helps. Feel free to reach out if you would like the Bikini Body Guide aka BBG. Let me know if you have any questions and thanks again for reaching out.

u/Potz_n_Pans · 2 pointsr/TheRedPill

I'm plugging Tom Merrick.


After switching from a 9-5 vehicle job to early morning physical labor I felt the price I paid for sitting too long. I've dedicated most of my free time since January to mobility and physical alignment. I am recovering from a life time of previous physical punishment but seeing incredibly quick improvements from a daily discipline of proper mobility. I've forgone all other training besides my job to strip my body down to its basics. I figure if the base is level and square, I can dedicate my physical ambitions in any direction. It's honestly felt 'spiritual' learning my own, individual body. With daily use of the same motions in a slow and focused manner, I'm continually squashing through pain spots and weaknesses; many that I never knew I had because I simply was never paying attention to them.


I recommend Tom Merrick's routines to find your own weaknesses and have something to gauge progress with, and just make daily habits of the ones that work well for you. Pain Free by Pete Egoscue and Foundation Training by Eric Goodman have driven a lot of my progress as well as simple research into the discomforts or oddities I discovered in my body.


I figure if life is a game, than longevity is the name of that game. My best odds rest in a body that's built to prevent injury and operate at peak levels. A couple of months ago I realized I will feel the urge to do daily mobility work for the rest of my life because it feels too damn good.


Movement is so basic but so forgotten. It's fundamental to who we are as primal beings.


I rant about this because I care so much about it. So many people in my life are in physical pain and it drives me mad that movement isn't taught by anyone in our lives until we discover our own need for it.


Feel good, live good.

u/lolimserious · 2 pointsr/worldnews
u/WaffleDynamics · 2 pointsr/preppers

Here's my advice:

There are some plants you can easily grow, that have well known and tested medicinal properties. St. John's wort, for example, is a sedative that's pretty safe. Comfrey leaves make a good poultice for bruises and other aches/pains, but I wouldn't ingest it or put any part of the plant on an open wound. Comfrey is such a valuable plant for its other properties, that I would absolutely recommend growing it under every fruit tree you have. Willow bark can give you salicylic acid, which is where aspirin comes from. I've not attempted it, and I understand that willow bark has some other compounds that aren't so beneficial, so do your research.

But really, what you need is a book on growing herbal medicines. You can seriously kill someone if you don't know what you're doing, so definitely read up. I like this one, but don't rely on just one source if you're really going to be serious about natural medicines.

u/JoeIsHereBSU · 2 pointsr/preppers

In your area keep an eye out for an event called "Stop the Bleed". It is a free event that teachings how to teat medical trauma. Other than that you can go to 2nd hand book shops and look for books related to prepping topics. Other cheap suggestions.

  • LED Headlamp
    • you can find these as cheap as $7 but this is what I suggest
  • LED Flashlight
    • you can find these cheaper but that is what I suggest
  • Edible plant books for your area on amazon.
    • Usually around $10 to $20
  • Medical herbs book
    • you can find more like this on amazon
  • Ask your parents to start gardening with you or at least let you do it. Seeds are cheap.
  • Make yourself a hobo stove. There are videos on youtube on how to do it.
  • Candles.
    • Cheap stuff you can get at thrift stores and on clearance. You'll slowly learn what are good prices on them over time. Right after the holidays are the best time for these.

      I've run out of time. Let me know if you have any questions.
u/JohnnyPlainview · 2 pointsr/ibs

I feel for you, my friend. The depression and anxiety that comes as part of this package deal is the worst. You're not alone. Internet hugs, if you want them.

I second the recommendation for the low-fodmap diet, it's one of the few things that's really helped me.

I'm glad you're getting CBT - have you tried mindfulness meditation? I found that getting acquainted with some guided meditations has been very helpful - I'd recommend the app Headspace (paid) or Insight Timer (free).

If focusing your CBT on your worry about shitting yourself in public hasn't helped it, I'd recommend this book. I don't believe everything she says, but she specifically addresses this worry and offers some strategies to deal with it.

Feel free to PM me if you want to talk or rant or anything. :)

u/benjdu · 2 pointsr/ibs

Sure! CBT is basically a form of psychological therapy that has been successfully applied to individuals with IBS to help manage and better live with symptoms, and regain some of the quality of life aspects. It sounds to me like a lot of your symptoms are exacerbated by stress, and CBT definitely helps with that! Take a look at this book

u/baccheion · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

Or one could follow the megadose vitamin D protocol (30,000-50,000 IU for 3 months; 10 IU D3 : 2 mcg+ MK-4): Also, add magnesium (oil spray to also fix any magnesium deficiency and support vitamin D) and a good multivitamin like AOR Ortho-Core.

u/rooting4humanity · 2 pointsr/Wicca

I'm not sure if you have ever heard of Rosemary Gladstar (she's been an herbalist for 50years or so). She is not Wiccan but she teaches and writes books on herbal recipes, tinctures, syrups, remedies etc. She's famous for making things like "zoom balls" for energy/stress and "fire cider" for it's healing properties during cold/flu season. I have used several of her concoctions and can swear by them. She also teaches which herb to grow in your garden for healing and useful things.

Here's a link to my favorite recipe:

Here is a link to her best book (IMO) called 'Medicinal Herbs, A Beginners Guide.'

u/Pimpinella · 2 pointsr/skeptic

Do You Believe in Magic? by Paul Offit. Generally I've loved all of Dr. Offit's books.

u/VaginalKnives · 2 pointsr/sex

If anything hurts, stop.

Three fingers used shallowly will do nothing to help train your muscles, because they are an inch or so inside your vagina. Explore with one finger inserted past the muscle band. Then work up from there.

Stop attempting intercourse. There are plenty of ways to pleasure each other without it until your body is ready. Hands, mouths, sex toys (or safe objects covered in condoms) and other body parts (eg intercrural sex).

If you want more professional help, see a urogynaecologist (urogynecologist in US English) for diagnosis and referral to treatment.

I highly recommend working through the book "Heal Pelvic Pain" by Amy Stein. Lots of libraries have it.

u/sub-dural · 2 pointsr/ChronicPain

Neuroplasticity: neurons that wire together fire together.
Neurons that continually alert your brain to pain alter the mapping of your brain and more areas become wired for pain.
This unwires other brain functions.. memory, concentration, everything.
This is why it is hard to concentrate when you are in pain and the 'mental fog' therein.

There are some good books on the matter..
The Brain that Changes Itself by Doige
If you do not understand the science or anatomy/physiology of brain stuff, Dr Doidge does a great job explaining everything.

I am reading this one by Dr Doidge as well..

u/morry32 · 2 pointsr/INxxOver30

exercise is great and so is yoga but more intentional than that is where body work lives.

It can feel a little self indulgent but I like to work my knots out, get into deep stretches, and generally find where my emotional and psychological self meet my body. Somehow I didn't know about the theory of the body remembering and how our bodies protect us from fearful thinking and cognitive dissonance. You might not either?

I suggest it because it sounds like you are being very rational and still not understanding what or why your mind is behaving in this way. My therapist recommended this book and while you didn't mention trauma...

u/incrediblemonk · 2 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

Dr. Sarno was a legend, starting in the 1960s. He recently passed away. Read the comments on Amazon at least, even if you don't read the book. It helped me, not with back pain, but with ALL my running injuries. (I started to meditate in 2011, no injuries since).

u/urbal · 2 pointsr/Health

Two suggestions. 1.) Go to acupuncture 2.) Read this or ANY book on the subject by Dr. John Sarno. He's healed countless celebrities and others.

u/maxfoiler · 2 pointsr/MGTOW

Read this book, it changed my life.

Healing Back Pain

u/skipthedrive · 2 pointsr/WorkOnline

I'm going to give you a different recommendation than what you're seeking...

I also dealt with (and am still dealing slightly with) sciatica. Do yourself a favor and read up a bit on Dr. John Sarno. Here is one of his books that was recommended to me by a friend, which I highly recommend looking into. Some celebs (i.e. Howard Stern) have endorsed him.

Best of luck

u/Liberatedhusky · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Absolutely agree, I remember having back pain for a long time, that has all gone away since I've started lifting. Back pain is a result of a weak back a lot of the time. There's even a book that says all your back pain is made up bullshit.

u/imsoggy · 2 pointsr/nba

Do yourself a giant favor & read THIS BOOK before suffering any further or going under the knife. Best $7 you'll ever spend...

Dr Sarno's book has fixed nearly all his readers "chronic" back problems. For me it took just over a week (after 4yrs of nearly crying just to tie my shoes).

***note: nearly 5 stars from 1500 reviews

u/jenna52cali · 2 pointsr/depressionregimens

You should look into somatoform disorders. I highly recommended you read Healing Back Pain by Dr. John E. Sarno.

u/SighOp · 2 pointsr/kratom

Before you have any more invasive procedures, I would recommend that you read a short powerful book by Dr. John Sarno, "Healing Back Pain". It may change your life.

u/Rileserson · 2 pointsr/kratom

Try this book: My wife has chronic back pain and was recommended this book by a friend. Just got it in the mail and am hoping it helps, it has great reviews on Amazon and for $10 I figured it was worth a shot.

u/bpthrx · 2 pointsr/WayOfTheBern

Are you open to the concept of psychogenic pain? I was in constant pain for 10 years until I read this book (Actually listened to the audio book). It cured me in about 6 months. (For me it was bodywide fibromyalgia & tendonitis, not back pain, but it was psychosomatic in origin)

The hardest part is getting yourself truly open to the idea

Someone made a Documentary about the doctor, he helped cure Larry David and Howard Stern of their chronic pain problems:

u/Reddevil313 · 2 pointsr/JoeRogan


I found a slightly different listing for it

Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection

u/miby · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

I ran a lot when I was in high school. I switched to weightlifting after I graduated and recently started running again. I noticed the back pain too. I thought it was odd since I never had it when I ran before. (I'm only 26)

I noticed that I stiffen my back when I run and started making a point to move my back more when I am running and that helped a lot. Another thing I did was read this book it completely changed my mindset on my pain and I have absolutely no pain when running or lifting now :)

Good luck!!

As for the cold running... I really can't help because I live in the south and it's basically never cold lol

u/ipeedinyourpool · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Dealt with severe low back pain (herniated L4) and sciatica for about 6 months too. Got an inversion table and every other device on Amazon. After everything, with no improvement, this book cured me within a month.
I've since helped 2 others completely resolve their low back issues.

u/jiffener · 2 pointsr/Weakpots

I am such a shill for physical therapy, DO IT! I think it's what will ultimately fix you! (not just you, but, like, everyone)

for most people's problems, if nothing has been actually torn apart, and in some cases where it has, physical therapy > massage > chiropractor > surgery > sitting around whining how everything hurts and you keep snapping ur shit up

(those are greater than signs btw, not some weird reverse process diagram)

Also have I told you about our lord and savior Pain Free by Pete Egoscue?

u/fluffyunicorn1 · 2 pointsr/AskProgramming

I would like to know as well! I've been suffering from poor posture from sitting at a desk all day. I have to consciously make an effort to not round my shoulders. I found that this book's excersices have helped me a lot!

u/BCPhil · 2 pointsr/london

There's a book about being pain free that really helps. It's about addressing the root cause of the pain instead of the spot of the pain. Kind of like having the wheels aligned on the car instead of replacing tires that wear down on one side. The title talks about chronic pain, but I mostly get soreness from racquetball and it helps.

u/SnowManSnow222 · 2 pointsr/ptsd

LucydDreaming - Regarding your fibromyalgia - maybe take a look at Dr. John Sarno and his work with TMS. His idea is basically that many ailments such as back pain are manifestations of anger. Do you feel angry? If not, you might be expressing your anger physically rather than feeling it emotionally. He talks a lot about back pain - but his work also applies to other conditions such as fibromyalgia. Also take a look at Steve Ozanich's book: That one is really good and very detailed. He even talks about his own trauma and how that manifested into a zillion different physical problems - and how he eventually healed himself with Dr.Sarno's principles.

From my research I have found that a lot of people who have PTSD are also diagnosed with fibromyalgia sometime AFTER their trauma. I'm not a doctor - so I don't know if it would help you or not. But I figure a $10 ebook - worth a shot?

For me - I had so many bizarre symptoms after my trauma - new allergies, chronic pain, at one point I was so exhausted and weak I was bedridden for 7 months! Now I think it was simply a physical manifestation of my extreme emotional pain.

Everyone, thank you for your nice comments. I never would have thought I would be able to look at my PTSD this way - ever.

u/foxevv · 2 pointsr/Hypothyroidism

[This book] could be very helpful for you. Since your condition is autoimmune based the cause most likely lies within the intestines. 80% of the body's immune system is carried within the intestines and the bacteria that harbor it. Healing them can bring you closer to remission.

u/lvv77 · 2 pointsr/Hypothyroidism
u/SpinThePickle · 2 pointsr/Fibromyalgia

I'd recommend reading The Fibro Manual. It has some tips on talking to your doctor, understanding your condition, and even a warm up routine designed to get a fibro body ready to exercise.

I first borrowed it from the local public library, but later purchased a copy so that I could just write my own notes in it.

u/terminal_veracity · 2 pointsr/Fibromyalgia

> My rheumatologist doesn't seem very well-versed in fibro

Welcome to the club. I'm in southern California and I'd love to find a good rheumatologist too. So far I've seen 4 of them, including 1 in an academic setting, and all of them are either woefully uneducated about fibromyalgia and/or are unwilling to treat it. For instance, one of them was unaware of the 2010 ACR criteria. Another one was very thorough, did a bunch of extra testing, and seemed good until I asked about the FM/a test. I know that it has a bad reputation, but she was totally unaware that it even exists. Another reum. doc, who I thought was the best overall, is unwilling to treat fibromyalgia because "it's not an inflammatory disease." It seems like rheumatologists don't like fibromyalgia because it's the only rheumatological condition that doesn't have a specific, well-regarded, and reliable test.

You might also consider a neurologist or pain management specialist. I've had fairly good luck with the neurologist, especially because he's able to do EMG and nerve conduction to help rule out some stuff and describe my condition. Pain management people are supposed to know about fibro. Mine is shit, but at least they are more willing to push medications like high-dose Lyrica.

One long shot and I can't personally recommend her is Ginevra Liptan who runs this:

Here's her book:

Her approach is a bit too out there for me, but may work if I get desperate enough.

In any case, I hope you find some relief. Good luck.

u/lumberjack_ok · 2 pointsr/Fibromyalgia

Now it's not all that and a bag of chips and some of it is just hokey, BUT there is a lot of useful stuff in it.

u/purplerain444 · 2 pointsr/Fibromyalgia

Fibro is definitely a neurological condition. It can manifest in the form of inflammation, but that's definitely not the cause. Check out the Fibro Manual, I think you'll find it more helpful: The Fibro Manual

u/thesmallshadows · 2 pointsr/Fibromyalgia

Fibro management is different for everyone. If I had to pick one thing that helped my pain and fatigue the most, it was modifying my diet to find what foods cause flare ups and eliminating them. Wheat, eggs, and potatoes cause my pain to skyrocket and make me unbearably tired for days. I'm still achy without them, but the difference is very significant. I found this book to be incredibly informative and useful for learning how to help myself as much as I can. I consider it a must-read for anyone with fibro.

u/alleyeswideopen · 2 pointsr/Soulnexus

This. I have all the same issues as the OP, though my weight fluctuates +- 10lbs. The gains and losses are always a reflection of hormone balance and gut health.

Books for OP:

Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal

Medical Medium Thyroid Healing: The Truth behind Hashimoto's, Graves', Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules & Epstein-Barr

Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon

This one doesn’t go into spirituality exactly, but it was a godsend to me. It’s a well-written, easy read and focuses heavily on stress management and emotional health as a means of achieving hormone balance: The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: A Proven 4-Week Program to Rescue Your Metabolism, Hormones, Mind & Mood

u/WestIndianLilac · 1 pointr/TwoXChromosomes

Get that book. It's by a proper physio and has things you can do for all manner of pelvic ailments. My physio recommended it too me for something else and it was great. Also see if you can find a womens health physio to check you out and see if there is anything you can do. The pelvic floor is often overlooked when people have pelvic area type issues.

My pelvic floor was over tight and it was aggravating things, may well be worth investigating.

u/dumplefilledbin · 1 pointr/shittingadvice

I've got the same problem as you OP and, though no doctor has referred me to a specialist yet because they never fucking listen, I have some advice:

  1. Stretch. Check out the pelvic floor stretches in this book and do them two or three times a day, every day.

  2. Hot porridge/oatmeal for breakfast every morning with a hot cup of coffee/English Breakfast tea – the temperature of both foods, plus the fibre and caffeine stimulant usually create enough of a storm for me to have a big enough shit to be productive (completely evacuating is basically a non-starter for me now).

  3. If you can, play browser games while you poo. I'm not joking, find a little surface you can put your laptop/iPad on slightly to the right/left of your position on the toilet, easily reachable, and play away. I find Transformice helps me the best, but you just need something that requires minimum mental effort but that is stimulating enough to distract you from your bowels.

  4. Learn where the apex is. Pushing to shit with dyssynergic defecation only helps if you time it right. You need to completely relax right up until the point you know it's gonna come out, and then push from the upper abdomen downwards, if you get me. Not too hard, because that makes breaking up the shit more likely and having to start over. You want to get as much out in one push as you can, so start soft, and breathe through it.

  5. If you've got something important to do, like an event or party, and don't want to have to think about shitting, two suppositories make the entire world fall out of my arse (do not do this too often – it becomes less effective with frequent use for anismus sufferers from what I can gather) and leaves me with decent relief.

  6. When you go for a shit, remove your trousers/pants, underwear and socks. If you are flexible enough, literally pull your knees up and rest your heels on the rim of the toilet. This is a weird piece of advice, but one that has proven invaluable for me.

  7. Last thing: stay mobile. I've recently finished uni in London for the year and have been extremely bored in my village family home. Played Skyrim for a week straight pretty much and barely moved. Made the problem so much fucking worse.

  8. If you do not get regular exercise (walking is fine) and if your diet is shitty, this problem will get worse and rapidly. I just had to take sodium picosulfate (industrial-strength laxative, swear to God) for three days to go for a shit and I write this to you in the aftermath of an agonising episode on the toilet.

  9. Botox injections are nothing to be worried about and are 80% effective in the short term, and almost 50% effective in the long term, IIRC. If you have the access (I envy you if so), go for it!

    EDIT: Regarding number 9, if the botox injection is not effective at all, there is usually a hidden prolapse that would not show up in regular tests – keep that in mind!
u/swamped_lc · 1 pointr/Interstitialcystitis

> I was told it was pelvic floor tension, and slowly over the years the flare ups just kind of became less and less.

That's interesting. Who told you this and what did they recommend for you at the time?

If the pain you're having is a recurrence of that issue, I'd recommend the book "Heal Pelvic Pain". Hopefully it's available in your country. There's a digital version you can read right away. It's effectively a home PT/physio program of gentle stretching, which is almost identical to what I was taught in PT.

It would make sense that you're continuing to experience breakthrough pain if the underlying condition isn't being treated. It's possible there may be more to it given the pain coinciding with your implant, but that's a good place to start.

u/poopa-chalupa · 1 pointr/PelvicFloor

I'm assuming you've been checked for diabetes. It could be pfd as it sounds like they did thorough testing for anything else. Just warning you the tests for pfd are not pleasant.

I have pfd but it doesn't cause urinary problems too often for me but that doesn't mean you don't potentially have it. Also letting you know that with pfd, the mind is thought to be a major contributing factor and physical therapy is often accompanied with talk therapy. It's really up to you if you want to pursue testing and see if this route is worth it.

There's also a good book about pfd excercises if you just wanted to try them at home. Most of the exercises in the book are just regular stretches but there is some inner rectal work involved.

u/pelvicpainthrowaway · 1 pointr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

If you keep coming back negative for UTI and other infections, I would try to see a specialist. I see IC already mentioned here and it could be that or another one of many pelvic pain conditions that don't involve infection. I thought I had a problem with UTIs too. I saw several doctors. Medications and antibiotics didn't help. I finally saw a gyn specializing in pelvic pain and a urologist. Between the two of them, we worked out a solution. I recommend this [book]( Strengthening-Incontinence/dp/0071546561/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492197691&sr=8-1-fkmr2&keywords=heal+your+pelvic+pain+book) as well.

u/starlys · 1 pointr/TwoXChromosomes

Find a obgyn who specializes in vaginal disorders. Sounds like some form of vulvodynia. Topical medications and physical therapy can do wonders. Also, check out this book which has great advice for various vaginal disorders and exercises you can do at home:

I suffered for two years with a vaginal disorder (chronic years infections which caused vulvodynia) and still have issues from time to time so I know how frustrating it can be.

u/melvinkoopmans · 1 pointr/neuro

Exactly. I have that book already, and read his other book: The Brain's Way of Healing. I find it rather difficult to convey these ideas of neuroplasticity to him in a way that he won't feel attacked by it or drop out the conversation because it's hard to follow. Which seems to be an issue I encounter in general. Neuroscience is so complex it's often hard to talk about the implications to people who are in no way familiar with it.

u/AltitudinousOne · 1 pointr/booksuggestions
u/caterpee · 1 pointr/adultsurvivors (workbook that goes with the above)

These three books have been absolutely invaluable to me as a placeholder for therapy. In fact, when I was in an intensive-outpatient day program specifically for sexual trauma, 90% of the therapy was directly out of the first book. When I could no longer afford to attend, I just went out and bought it myself.

I'm not trying to push that its better than therapy but I completely understand where you guys are at and to be honest if it's not the right time, then it's not the right time, and nothing good comes of forcing yourself before you're ready or before being sure that you will have time to open pandora's box, in a least it feels that way, anyway.

You sound very loving and supporting to be there with your girlfriend through this, and I hope you both can get some peace asap. Sending yall the best of thoughts.

u/maveri4201 · 1 pointr/relationship_advice

I guess I should clarify. I don't mean at that very moment. Just like the OP's bf, it works just fine after immediately controlling the impulse. Trauma, stress, etc (both big and small) can get stored up and need release. You acknowledge that yourself, so I don't think we're that far off.

>Exercise is great because it helps to process cortisol. Progressive muscle tensing is also great.

ETA: There is a direct refutation of you article linked right there:

"Striking a pillow, bag or bed when one is not already angry can be an effective technique employed by some Reichian or Bioenergetic therapists for inducing, evoking and becoming more aware of one's repressed rage."

u/im-mundt · 1 pointr/golf
u/coinbaserep · 1 pointr/marriedredpill

Take a look at this , take some time to read the reviews and this might be your solution to back pain. It’s change my life, followed the book and studied it religiously since last March

Stopped going to chiropractor, PT and massage therapy and resumed majority of my physical activities

u/camalittle · 1 pointr/AskReddit

It's psychosomatic.

I'm sure right now people are thinking that I'm saying "your pain is not real". I had this pain. I know it's real.
You probably have something called "TMS".

Reading this book and absorbing it cured me of back pain.

Read the reviews. Buy the book. Or borrow it.

You have to keep an open mind, because many people cannot accept this way of thinking about their pain (or other TMS-related malady). I think it's because they get insulted or offended they are not being taken seriously because they think they are being told the pain they have is due to some sort of "mental weakness".
It's not weakness. The pain is brain's method to distract you from some unresolved stress or misplaced rage -- stuff that almost everyone carries with them. And TMS manifests itself as different problems with different people. It can be back pain, allergies, knee problems, so-called "fibromyalgia", irritable bowel.. you name it-- it's probably TMS.

The author of this book had also proven that bulging discs, herniated discs, "misalignment" of the spine causing compressed nerves do not cause pain. There are tens of millions of people who lead pain free lives who have all sorts of these "problems" in the spine.

And because the pain is mental, chiropractic, heat, cold, accupuncture, drugs, surgery- you name it- will only give you temporary relief (placebo effect).

Trust the author of this book. He does not hawk his books anywhere. He does not do any public advertising of his books or his theory.

And it's really no "theory". It's really what causes most pain and other illnesses.
(Obviously there are serious illnesses and trauma where TMS does not apply. No one is suggesting cancer and heart disease are psychosomatic- or that if you are in a car accident your pain is all in your head.)

u/colnross · 1 pointr/weightroom

I've heard from multiple people about this book over the last couple weeks though I have no personal experience with it. My experience with back issues was completely weight related. I carried all my extra weight around my midsection and had chronic back pain. After losing over 60lbs the pain dissipated and hasn't returned.

u/FluffyPurpleThing · 1 pointr/40something

I don't know how to write this without sounding like a weirdo, so I'll just write it:

I started having back pain as a young adult. Doctors couldn't find anything and no medical or alternative treatment helped. I'd spend weeks in excruciating pain and no one could help me.

Then someone gave me this book. And I swear: by the time I finished reading it, I was healed. This is the book. It works like magic. I still get back pains, but not as frequently and definitely not as bad. Stretching, strengthening the core muscles and taking OTC pain medications are all I need now.

u/HappyTodayIndeed · 1 pointr/raisedbyborderlines

The Science of How Our Minds and Our Bodies Converge in the Healing of Trauma (article)

Healing Back Pain, John Sarno. Look for the most recent, updated version. It isn't only about back pain. It's about somatic pain. I just finished reading it this week. I've been following the recommendations and feel better than I have in years. I feel loose and comfortable in my body.

Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain (He has a personal history of childhood trauma and chronic pain) Website here: And here:

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma (He also has a history of childhood trauma; he is involved in the struggle for official recognition of C-PTSD)

The Body Never Lies - The Lingering Effects of Cruel Parenting (Alice Miller, so not new, but good)

Good luck!

Therapy with a trauma-informed therapist helped a lot. The more I talked, and the less I see or interact with my mother--at my therapist's recommendation--the less pain I have had.

After a few months I started EMDR. My body feel different. I can't explain it to you actually. But I do have less pain.

I have been through a lot of conventional treatments and am not inclined to believe in "alternative" approaches to disease. I was very, very angry early in my pain journey when a few doctors suggested that I see a psychotherapist. I thought they were shuffling me off because they couldn't' help me, and that pyschotherapy was to learn to live in constant pain. I didn't know it could END the pain.

u/ddesigns · 1 pointr/pittsburgh

I can't help with a doctor but I highly recommend this book before she commits to surgery. It's only $8 on Amazon.

u/TheNob1eCow · 1 pointr/WorkOnline

I'm sorry to hear that my friend. That's honestly really unacceptable of your doctor!? Might want to consider finding a new one. My doctor has not hesitated with my pain. Not that he has helped too much but if I ask for something he supports me. Definitely hope you find some help! The books I keep getting recommended seem promising! - book

u/klahaya · 1 pointr/Meditation

A controversial method, but one that helped me get rid of my sciatica, was reading Dr. John Sarno's book "Healing Back Pain."

u/dirtyjeep · 1 pointr/MMFB

I had back/upper neck pain from 18 to 26. I went to multiple physical therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and massage therapists. I was just like you - had X-rays and MRI's and doctors told me there was nothing physically wrong with me. This book was the best thing that helped me.

Give it a try, it's only $6 on Amazon.

u/carolinerumur · 1 pointr/ChronicPain

Have you ever read Dr. John Sarno's book Healing Back Pain? Check it out. The reviews are crazy. Howard Stern is a massive fan, this book healed his back pain.

u/tonetonitony · 1 pointr/piano

I don't have this problem and I haven't read this book, but it's supposedly a godsend for people with back pain. Good luck!

u/GetOffMyLawn_ · 1 pointr/Fibromyalgia

Even if "it's all in your head" it's not your fault. If it is that's actually good news, because it's potentially within your control. But first I would see a rheumatologist and see if he/she actually diagnoses fibro.

Normally gentle exercise helps fibro so I am surprised that a doc would tell you to stop if he thinks it's fibro.

If you want to pursue the psychosomatic route looks for books by Dr. John Sarno. Read the book and see if it makes sense to you. But don't neglect to see a rheum as well and make sure it is (or isn't) fibro.

I remember when I came down with CFS and the docs were telling me, well, you're depressed, you need to adjust your antidepressant medication. At that point I'd been dealing with depression and AD medication for decades, had been under psychiatric care for 10 years, it definitely wasn't depression or lack of appropriate medication. Took me a few years to find out that my medication was actually making me worse! I stopped taking ADs and found another way to manage my depression.

u/EffectiveConcern · 1 pointr/ChronicPain

Thank you for the good wishes. As for your situation - I suggest you try reading this book . It has helped me only somewhat since I have quite some degree of degeneration in certain areas of the spine, so not sure any amount of psychotherapy would help there, but he does have really good points and I have managed to resolve some of my flare ups with this approach.

Basically he is suggesting something such as - that a lot of body pain comes from ignoring emotions and pushing yourself way over the limit and tends to create these types of issues. Usually tends to happen to highly perfectionist type A people who tend to have tons of internal pressure. There are some stories of people he has helped with this approach.

From what you are saying it seems you are really under a lot of pressure, you should find a way to chill out more. Also weed is good for this.

u/Abcroc · 1 pointr/blogsnark

Might be worth a read. It's helped some people I'm close with.

u/dreamgalaxies · 1 pointr/Anxiety

I came down with extreme muscle tension in my neck and upper back in grad school and it got progressively worse and worse until I finally started therapy this year (5 years later). Even that didn't really help until I read this book:

It's a little out of date but the theory is that unconscious emotions and anxiety are causing the muscle tension.
I, like you it sounds like, was not very in touch with my internal self and often self-medicated to avoid thinking about it and go about my life. It wasn't until I tried to pay more attention to my feelings that my pain got better...and trust me, I tried everything (massages, injections, acupuncture, chiropractic, etc etc etc)

Sounds kinda woo but if you're running out of options...
This was my introduction to the concept, commonly referred to as "Mind-Body Syndrome" or TMS":

Feel better.

u/redbeards · 1 pointr/Sciatica

I didn't like the approach, but many, many people have been helped by this guy's book. It sounds like you might be open to it.

u/maleficus_electrica · 1 pointr/occult

try this book, if mindfulness helps this might help even more.

u/depressed_sunflower · 1 pointr/Nootropics

Don't know if this will be of any help but about ten years ago I experienced chronic carpal tunnel syndrome and pain in my wrist, along my arm and in my shoulder. It was absolutely debilitating and went on for months. I tried so many different things including trigger point therapy, had physiotherapy through my local NHS, saw an osteopath but nothing worked and I was in agony. I then read this book;

It sounds crazy but the pain I had had for over 6 months dissipated after reading the book, taking in the information and since then if it ever starts to come back I think about the information in the book and the pain goes. I got the book very cheaply from ebay. He has written another book more specifically about back pain;

Totally recommend his theory/treatment.

u/TriumphantGeorge · 1 pointr/Posture

A certain Dr Sarno had a similar take on this. Putting the detail of his theorising of his aside (he has an idea about muscle response and stuff), he basically said:

Back pain is rarely due to actual back problems. Plenty of people with knackered discs walk around pain-free. The pain is due to referral of sorts - your brain representing emotional pain or stress or anxiety in body locations.

Sometimes the location is 'inspired' by a previous accident which makes you wonder if it has recurred, but that's more to do with it being a previous emotional spot than actual physical injury (he says).

His answer: Stop trying to work out what's wrong. Just trust that it is your brain playing up, and carry on as normal. Sometimes even that simple acknowledgement of the pain is enough to clear it up!

Let me double up on the OP's anxiety-depression treatment encouragement. Not even treatment, so much as: recognise that your system is declaring to you that all is not well in your life, in how you are handling things, and see if you are pushing yourself along in a way, or in a direction, you secretly know you shouldn't be.

u/KK444 · 1 pointr/ChronicPain

OP, my heart swells for you. I am so sorry you are experiencing so much pain. It is such a silent and solo walk through, well, hell.

On the support side: there is an awesome org called 7 Cups of Tea that is "free, anonymous, and confidential conversations with trained active listeners. All conversations are deleted." It could be a great resource when you need someone to listen.

On the back pain side, one suggestion to look into with an open mind is John Sarno's method for solving chronic pain and RSI injuries called "The Mind-Body Prescription". I'm sure you can google the info you need, but just in case here is his book.

I have two friends who are incredibly intelligent, healthy, athletic men who, in their 20's, were healed by his method. One experienced such bad pain from typing that he couldn't hold his wife's hand, hold groceries, anything. He tried everything he could think of and nothing worked for long. The other would be woken from his sleep because of his pain and was planning to leave the company he started for a period of time because the pain was too terrible. They are rational, wonderful, amazing people and this ACTUALLY cured them, within a few days. They wrote about their story on Quora here

Dr. Sarno describes the type of people who most often benefit from his treatment/tend to have these chronic pain issues:
"They tend to be perfectionistic, compulsive, highly conscientious and ambitious; they are driven, self-critical and generally successful. Parallel with these traits, and sometimes more prominent, is the compulsion to please, to be a good person, to be helpful and nonconfrontational. In short, people with TMS have a strong need to seek approval, whether it is love, admiration or respect."
Does this sound like you?

If yes, keep an open mind and explore his work. I do hope with all my heart you are on the road to recovery soon.

u/i_have_a_gub · 1 pointr/bjj

Jesus Christ, people are already talking about surgery. Read one of John Sarno's books and see if it resonates with you.

u/prodifysas · 1 pointr/2cb

Happen to me also, I am wondering if this could be related to :

TLDR: Your mind is hurting you to protect you from being scared, stressed or angered by your though.

u/bitterjealousangry · 1 pointr/reddevils

It probably has more to do with stress or tight hamstrings. Well that's why my lower back hurts anyway.

I hear people rave about this doctor and the book.

Also here's a 20/20 segment on him.

u/Stucardo · 1 pointr/orangecounty

This worked for me, IMO most back pain can be solved by yourself

u/msccc · 1 pointr/crossfit

Another possibility: some people carry stress/tension in their low back.

I thought for the longest time I was injured. Started on improving how I handle work stress/emotions and my issues went away.

This book is helpful if you think that might be a cause:

u/strandthechinahand · 1 pointr/backpain

Cool is that this book?

I'll add it to my reading list.

u/alwaysagoodtime · 1 pointr/AskReddit

None of the above, you don't need any of it. The pain is all
in your head. You just need two books:

Healing Back Pain


Rapid Recovery from Back and Neck Pain: A Nine-Step Recovery Plan

Those two books solved my back pain.

u/2dglasses · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I have been struggling with carpal tunnel, back, neck, and hip pain for roughly 5 years now. I've been to several PTs, Chiros, Doctors, Massage therapists, acupuncture, ergonomic mice/ name it. Nothing helped.

Carpal tunnel is most likely linked to bad posture. Your back, shoulder, neck, hip, hands and everything else are interlinked. Carpal tunnel is usually due to your neck being tweaked. (Which can be caused from issues elsewhere.)

Here are the things that are helping me:

I recently started doing ddpyoga. Laugh all you want, but it is awesome and it's fun AND it makes you feel great. If you stick with it you will feel better. It's not yoga like you typically imagine it. It's no bullshit and incredibly fun and the workouts dont take forever either (a big plus).

Also the things in these books are incredibly helpful:

They helped me realize that my pain is all coming from hip misalignment. It's immediately noticeable if you ever feel "off balance" or your natural stance has your feet pointing outward.

Hope this helps.

u/TLSOK · 1 pointr/RSI

These problems have to do with accumulated muscular tension which over time becomes "permanent". It can be removed but it will not go away on its own. Muscles will start to stick together and more and more movement patterns are impaired. In the body, everything is connected to everything, so it is more useful to work on realigning the body as a whole.

As you have found, most regular doctors know nothing about such things and have no interest in learning.

You must now embark on a Healing Journey. You can take a self-help approach or you can spend a lot of money paying various
therapists to help you. Or you can do both. The types of therapists that may be helpful will be various kinds of "bodyworkers" - massage therapists, myofascial therapists, Rolfers, Hellerworkers, etc. Maybe some chiropractors. You might look into yoga and other types of stretching. You need to spend time checking into various approaches and helpers to see what and/or who works for you.
You can make all the progress you want on this. Its just a matter of how much you want to learn and how much time you want to spend learning about and working on yourself.

Here are some very special books that I highly recommend:
(there are countless more)


u/TheBigLewinski · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I have back pain, and for some karmic reason perhaps, know a few people with either problems or have titanium in lieu of back bone. Here are my opinions..

  1. Chiro borders on quackery. Physiotherapy definitely works, but someone who -really- knows what they're doing will take research and patience.

  2. Too many downsides. Addiction. They stop working. Side effects such as weight gain and mood swings... and you can get busted for DWI if you're caught driving with them, even if they're prescribed to you. Most importantly (as if that wasn't enough), they mask the pain and allow you to do activities (such as sitting for long periods of time) that will increase pain down the road... which will increase your need for the drugs, and the cycle continues.

  3. Yes. The most time consuming, since you'll need to do research and a bit of trial and error to find out what works, but by far the best long term solution.

  4. Also yes, but don't get a video, get a person who can tailor the routine to suit you.

  5. Who has time for fun anyway? Are you over 30? Yeah, fun time is over. It's decay management time now.

  6. Not unless absolutely necessary. The downsides are significant. If you think fun time is over now, surgery will make misery a near permanent house guest.

  7. Never tried it, and every doctor I've heard as a varying opinion of it. Better than surgery or pills though.

    Edit: I can also vouch for this book... Pain Free. Which describes various stretching techniques for different parts of the body.
u/ProntoBronto · 1 pointr/Fitness

My wife has PFPS and I've been helping her deal with it for the better part of a year. It seems like we tried everything, including 7 weeks and two grand worth of physical therapy. Nothing worked. (This is going to sound like a sales pitch but I swear it's not.) Until I stumbled upon The Egoscue Method.

The basic theory behind it is that pain (in the knees, back, neck, shoulders, etc) is due to muscle imbalances that lead to poor biomechanical structure of the body. Our bodies have evolved over thousands and thousands of years to be on the move. In less than a century, we've gone from moving all day to sitting all day, forcing our bodies to go against thousands of years of evolution. And in short -- it causes shit to get messed up.

The Egoscue Method is designed to get your body working properly again through simple stretches and exercises. I was super skeptical, but ended up being surprised at how well it worked. After a year of chronic pain, my wife did some of the knee stuff in this book and within a couple days was feeling better than ever.

The idea behind it also seems pretty sound. For example, one exercise is simple butt squeezes to help activate your glutes. I tried explaining to my wife how to do it, but for some reason she wasn't getting it. I was explaining how to fire your glutes, and she (exact words) replied, "It just feels like I'm clenching my butthole." That's when I realized she had no idea how to activate her glutes.

Another one is you sit on the edge of a chair and, keeping your toes on the ground, you lift your heels up. But the key is to not use your toes, but rather use your hip flexors to lift them up. She couldn't do it. Like, at all. Her mind had no idea how to activate her hip flexors.

So now imagine her at physical therapy, doing leg raises, band walks, all this leg work, yet her body doesn't utilize her glutes or her hip flexors. So the muscles her body does utilize get stronger, while the ones her body doesn't remain weak. All this stuff that was supposed to be helping had been making things worse by widening the strength/weakness gap, creating larger imbalances, and worse body biomechanics.

It may not work for everyone, but it's made a world of difference for her. Just figured I'd share our experience with others, because if it weren't for some throwaway comment on some random message board, I don't know if I ever would've found out about the stuff otherwise. Hopefully this helps someone else, cuz chronic knee pain can be a real bitch.

Really interested in any other experiences or opinions on this stuff. I could go on and on about it, but I tried to keep it simple.

tl;dr, Work on proper biomechanics before working on strengthening your muscles, as you could be doing more harm than good.

u/damaged_but_whole · 1 pointr/Hashimotos

Hey, thanks for replying.

I think what I am going to do to start is take this Thyroid Support supplement and read this book. Searching through the reviews and judging by what others have said about Selenium alone, I think I might have more luck trying to clean up the antibodies by treating the root cause with nutrition than I will by just letting my antibodies kill my healthy tissue and putting fake hormone in my body to help with the resultant hormone deficiency. It seems strange to me based on what I've read already that doctors aren't trying to cure the actual condition, but just using synthroid as a bandaid, basically, to patch up the biggest side effect of the condition. From what I understand so far, my symptoms are a result of processes that are happening with the antibodies attacking my healthy tissues. Different amounts of certain nutrition sort of "mop up" the various imbalances and excess byproducts in the system due to different reactions (for example, selenium does something good and, if I recall correctly, hydrogen pyroxide is byproduct made in over-abundance with Hashimoto's). But I am just beginning to learn and the ideas I shared here are just scraping the surface.

u/kbear12 · 1 pointr/TwoXChromosomes

Don't fret! Sounds like it's an under active thyroid, which is what I have. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis when I was about 10, so trust me when I say that it's definitely not anything to be frightened about.

My biggest suggestion, if it is hypothyroidism, is to read this book:

It is a fantastic source of knowledge and information about what's going on in your body and what can help and why.

Another tip, especially after reading the book, is to make sure you have a doctor who's willing to listen and work with you and not just prescribe pills and send you on your way. A lot of times, symptoms will persist even when your blood work comes back normal. It wasn't until I read the book just recently, and started taking a few additional supplements that I finally started to feel better. I have had HT for as long as I can remember so I never knew anything other than being cold all the time, feeling like it was nearly impossible to wake up in the morning, and being tired all the time.

Thyroid problems are irritating and a hassle, but they're completely manageable and shouldn't affect your job at all.

If you have any questions or want to talk, feel free to let me know. I have, quite literally, a lifetime of experience with it.

u/AlysiaElwood · 1 pointr/Hashimotos
u/coffeeandsynthroid · 1 pointr/Hypothyroidism

Check out the Root Cause by Isabella Wentz! Here is her blog... but the book explains really clearly how you can put autoimmune disorders into remission, so I'd recommend you check it out!

u/readingwindow · 1 pointr/Hashimotos

A lot of this is trial and error to see what works for you. The Root Cause might help you figure out where to start to discover triggers and reduce the antibodies. I'm still working on it too! My peroxidase is down to 124 and thyroglobulin has stayed steady at 2. Currently on T4 and T3, taking various supplements (multi-vit, Vit B and D, probiotic, calcium, fish oil), soy and dairy free (gluten free didn't seem to help, but I may try GF again depending on how things go).


Edited to add: I had a food sensitivity test done in Dec, which revealed that I am highly reactive to casein and whey and eggs (yolks and whites), which is why I went DF in January. I had severe GI issues and have felt way better DF. Working on healing my leaky gut to try to reduce my autoimmune response.

u/solarcynth · 1 pointr/Hypothyroidism

Literally going through a version of this right now.

Diagnosed Hashi's at 17, put on levo and 11 yrs later still had symptoms and felt absolute blah.

Jan. 2018- needed to try something to change this, so I started a keto diet, felt better at first then worse (also avoided gluten like 80% of the time)-- Around April I found out about the AIP diet and tried a mostly, paleoish/AIP as much as I really could, diet, most importantly avoiding gluten altogether. I then staggered eliminating potential problem-causing foods, getting rid of dairy first, then nightshades, etc. As a poor foodie who enjoys cooking, it was tough, but doable. Lots of repeated recipes.

Of course, come these past holidays I had to test some limits. I had eliminated all of the AIP "categories" - I was hangry - but I was also DEFINITELY feeling better. So I had some nibbles here and there, only testing one type at a time, and in a small amount. And, if I had some cow dairy, or a sizable amount of gluten, I got a reaction :( Physically, irritated white bumps on or inside my lips, then a slew of Hashi symptoms, like that fatigue man.

I absolutely scoffed at the thought of a "gluten free" diet when it first popped up too. I hate that I have done the time to test it, with this result. But... I do love learning new, healthy recipes. It sucks, but most doctors aren't interested in treating the cause of these symptoms. Read up and research, take everyone's experience and story in, and listen to your body! It might be gluten, or it might be another sensitivity, but your body's reaction should be a good gauge.

This and This were my starter books looking into the science of what was causing everything, This was helpful when eliminating foods, and lately I've been adapting some recipes from this book (+ meat!) which has been very tasty.

u/stratosss · 1 pointr/trees

Might want to check this book out. Dude who wrote it had a type of brain cancer that usually kills within a year, maybe two. He lasted from 1992 to just a few weeks ago by doing what he describes in his book.

u/Tryingalways · 1 pointr/Health

It seems there is a consensus that cruciferous vegetables are the thing, and cooked tomatoes (liberate lycopene when cooked). Also, curcumine (with pepper or ginger to make it more powerful). It is an anti-inflammatory and that helps fight cancer. And green tea.

This lady must eat correctly. Hope you can persuade her, and that it is not because of money.

I read this book and found it fantastic.

Used copies go for under $10.

u/mile_high_midnight · 1 pointr/AskReddit

My stepdad recently had two bouts with cancer - one tumor on his nasal nerve and the other on the brain lining. Not a very fun experience I can imagine.

Anyway, my mom did a lot of research into cancer and how to treat and prevent it and found a great book by written by a physician/neuroscientist who had two malignant brain tumors himself. Essentially, he wanted to find a way to improve his odds of beating the cancer and improve his quality of life (diagnosed at age 31, survived until age 50 if that tells you anything).

It's called Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber

Amazon Link

(You may want to look into the audiobook, since there is a lot of content which can become very dry)

Essentially, he explains the relationship between inflammation and disease, particularly in relation to the food we eat (and sometimes the food our food eats). He does this without new-age quackery and backs it up with a lot of science.

I really hope this helps. My family has dealt with a lot of cancer, and it's a rough disease for everyone involved.

u/wonderful_wonton · 1 pointr/news

I think that was about his age, too. I don't think they use that pesticide anymore. If you're interested, this is the book where he talks about it.

It's a fantastic book by the way. I highly recommend it. Just now, looking at the ratings, it's solid 5 stars with 788 reviews.

u/anhedoniac · 1 pointr/singing

If you haven't already, please get a hold of this book:

I was in a similar situation to you. It really me, I know. The good news, however, is that this book helped teach me invaluable habits that have helped immensely without needing surgery! There's nothing specifically in this book relating to singing, but if you apply the principles throughout your daily life then you will see a difference.

After adjusting my practice regimen and retraining my muscles to sing with less pressure on my jaw, I've found that I can sing better, looser, and with less pain! There will be a period where you'll have to dial back on practice though. Learn to have more effective practices in shorter amounts of time. Give yourself plenty of breaks throughout.

I really hope this information can help you. Good luck!

u/abletoma · 1 pointr/TMJ

Some people think it should be lips together teeth lightly touching.

TMJ healing plan is a good book on the topic.

u/jbrs_ · 1 pointr/cfs

I saw your post and almost didn't make a comment because what I am going to say is pretty out there, but given that your CFS started with a viral issue, there's something you should know about. I have seen many others with a similar story (history with a viral issue often coupled with thyroid issues followed by a chronic mystery illness) and have been PMing them instead but I think a lot of people could benefit from this information. It is at the very least an extremely low risk treatment that is relatively easy to integrate and can be done alongside other protocols, and has helped a lot of people with a variety of chronic illnesses. Check out Anthony's instagram page for personal stories.


As I said before, it's pretty out there, but so far his information has been consistent with or added insight to everything I've learned as I've undergone treatment. It is consistent with so many particular things too, like elevated homocysteine levels, MTHFR gene mutation, borderline lyme test, and a whole host of symptoms.


The good news is that all that is required to treat the underlying conditions is natural supplements and changes to diet. I've been on the protocol for six months and have stopped all other treatment, and while i am not healed, I am definitely seeing significant improvements. The usual time table is 6-12 months too, so it is a very good sign that I'm seeing progress this early. Also interesting given Anthony's theories that the only other time I felt this well was when a doctor in Utah put me on an antiviral (acyclovir).


Here is a link to the book (he also has a recipe book that also covers a lot of the information in the first book), and then here are a few podcasts in order of importance:

Epstein Barr Revealed

Healing from Mold Exposure

The Unknown Cause of Lyme Disease

Heavy Metal Detox

MTHFR gene defect


His site is and he has a bunch of useful info on there, like links to preferred brands (no additives and the effective forms) of supplements.


Anyway good luck with everything and feel free to reach out if you have questions.

u/athomas84 · 1 pointr/Fibromyalgia

I've had fibromyalgia for over twenty years. This book helped me a lot. I still have symptoms and many bad days, but I've seen some improvements. Most importantly this book has given me hope.

I must insert a disclaimer though, because none of his advice has scientific references. Always make sure to keep talking to your doctor instead of only taking advice from a book.

Stay strong!

Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal

u/Narvaez · 1 pointr/casualiama

I don't know if this can help, but tell your husband to read this book and see if it can make something to relieve your symptoms:

u/thanksdollface · 1 pointr/Candida

Do not take any of those "Candida cure" supplements. I had to learn the hard way, and it screwed up my gut for a year.

You should read the book, [Medical Medium](Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal , which has a chapter on Candida. I started eating the things he List and juices and in three weeks I felt huge progress.

u/VladtheMystic · 1 pointr/bangalore

Hey, couple of suggestions

Try out foundation back training. Link to the book here

The exercises in the book are mostly for lower and mid back issues so might not be fully relevant to you. They helped me immensely when I had severe lower back trouble. Have been virtually pain free since I started doing them. I also had cervical disc trouble and was told that the space between two of my neck discs has reduced due to an injury. This left me unable to turn my neck, move my arms beyond shoulder level, throw things for a while. It got better on its own after a while though. I did go through trying many exercises online to fix it (dont remember which). The basic theory being that if your supporting muscles are strong, the discs will eventually be OK.

I have no personal experience but have seen a lot of noise about Qi Spine clinics in Bangalore.

Good luck, hope it gets better

u/ensui67 · 1 pointr/bicycling

First, I would check the fit. Second, poor posture will do that to ya. It's important to strengthen those core muscles and to perform your activities ergonomically. The muscles you'll really want to target are the ones supporting your spine on the backside and not so much your abs.

I highly recommend the exercises described in "Foundation: Redefine Your Core, Conquer Back Pain, and Move with Confidence". They're mostly pilate/yoga type of exercises in which you only have to use your own body weight and gravity.

u/taiyoukei · 1 pointr/conspiracy

I've taken anywhere between 20,000 - 100,000 IU per day in combination with K2-MK7 for the past 2 years.

Read Jeff Bowles book

D3 + k2 mk7 is perfectly safe in very high doses

u/IceWaves · 1 pointr/AskDocs

The answer for me was twofold. The first: rehabilitative pilates. Private sessions twice a week for 10 years. You need to strengthen your core muscles and keep them strong.

Persistent pain in the back like this is also, I hate to say it, often in the mind and the result of stress and fear. Please read Dr. Sarno's "Healing Back Pain: The Mind Body Connection". It was a life-changing book for me. Let me guess: are you a super type A personality? Perfectionist? People-pleaser? Not super in touch with your emotions? Constantly stressed-out? Then you are prone to TMS: tension myofascial syndrome. Read Sarno on how to end your back pain forever just by realizing why it's happening.

u/DedRok · 1 pointr/backpain

You gotta think of it day by day. Each time you do it, it dulls the pain 1%. Do it for 100 days. It took me about that long to considered my back healed but I wanted it to be stronger so I just kept going. It corrects your posture and I overly just feel better doing it without pain. It's like a hybrid of Yoga which is only good for you body.

There are different foundation excersize you can find online for free. I ended up just buying a 15 dollar book on Amazon. It had a bunch of 2 week routines with different complexities. Great pictures of what muscles should be activating and ect.

I probably spent $3000-4000 on pysio, chirco, and massages over 5 years and this 15 dollar book and free YouTube video I gave you are what fixed me.

u/bzkneez · 1 pointr/VitaminD

I’d say take 100 mcg with your 7000 IU of vitamin D. Usually people take about 100-200 mcg of k2 per 10000 IU of vitamin D.

These books by Jeff t Bowles go into detail about vitamin d, k2 and magnesium. I believe the second one is free and is the most detailed.

As for timing of D and k2 and when to be taken. I hear different things all the time. Take with fat for better absorption. Take d and k2 apart or else they cancel each other out, etc. I say do what works best for your schedule. I personally take them together at the same time, first thing in the morning with my coffee (apparently coffee reduces absorption) but this is what works for me and has been working.

u/furcryingoutloud · 1 pointr/asktrp

If you are the daring kind, this is a really good read. It's packed with scientific studies. 33,000 to be exact.

I tried it, and it worked for me. Everything it said would happen actually happened. I don't have anything to do with this book. So don't buy it. Don't follow its instructions and don't believe me. But if you like reading, this book might be a good read for anyone interested.

Disclosure: This book is bad for you. So are steroids, sex and video games.

u/fatetrader · 1 pointr/Nootropics

No problem, you can find a lot of info on this website or read this book as I said it is badly written but has all the necessary info

u/ayaman123 · 1 pointr/Ayahuasca

I think it can help if it's taken regularly. Regular drinkers of ayahuasca have an upregulated amount of serotonin receptors in their brains, which would allow someone to feel more pleasure from less.


What is your exercise regime like? Are you lifting weights? Lifting weights is one of the best natural anti-depressants I have ever found. Look up the Body by Science workouts, they are intense weight workouts that are done in 15 minutes, I love them and they have changed my life and body.


Also, if you need a jumpstart, one known secret is to meagdose vitamin D for a period of time. I assume you're getting enough sun down there, but high doses can completely remove inflammation from the body which allows it to heal itself -

Just read the reviews there.


The other thing I can recommend is cold showers and the Wim hof method, which can and will boost dopamine by a not shy 300%+. Most depression comes from low dopamine. But you must do the breathing exercises first then the cold shower for it to work properly.


Additionally, Look into heart-brain coherence breathing and practice that for a week or two. Gregg Braden has a bunch of good stuff on that.


Also if you can get into the work of Dr. Joe Dispenza, he actually gives you the formula backed up by neuroscience, eipigentics, quantum physics and the placebo effect, for how to heal yourself from anything, including depression -

Since you have time, try watching one video of his per day.


To me, all these things together combined with meditation which it sounds like you're already doing, are even more effective than ayahuasca because one can actually sustain these practices and they are nearly free.


Please let me know your thoughts.

u/garysavage1000 · 1 pointr/VitaminD

Check out this book on amazon and more importantly, the reviews. This books is about mega dosing with vitamin D

u/yeah-ok · 1 pointr/Nootropics

I used a strong tincture from UK supplier - worked as it should: have never heard or read about estrogenic concerns with the Crypto. Would recommend: if you haven't already got it.

u/pattysmife · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

I jump higher at 35 than I did playing basketball all through high school. I credit it to two things.

  1. Much stronger legs through actually learning how to hip hinge and incorporate my posterior chain.

  2. Increased mobility in my hips which enables a more effective hinge.

    As the saying goes, "good athletes use their legs, great athletes use their hips".

    Edit: If you want to develop a good hinge you can do stuff like kettlebell swings and deadlifts, but I personally am I huge fan of Eric Goodman's "Foundation" exercises.
u/RDBUL · 1 pointr/Goruck

I can't speak to fusion directly, but I had a microdiscectomy on my L5-S1 four years ago. Mine was due to a massive herniation at the L5-S1. Originally, the doctor thought he was going to have to fuse me as the location of herniation was in a place that was difficult to reach, but in the end he didn't.

Since my surgery, I made a full recovery and am stronger now than ever. Since surgery, I've competed in several Crossfit competitions (I even won one), done mountain ultra races, Spartan Trifectia's, and about 30 GORUCK events (including a bunch of heavies and a couple HTLs). I still ruck several times a week (many times with a 75# ruck) and Olympic lift in my daily workouts.

Your post op recovery/rehab is key. Don't rush it... listen to your body. I highly recommend the "Foundation Training" program ( I followed this programming to a "T" the weeks following surgery and I truly believe that it was a major contributor to my recovery/results (positive mindset/outlook is #1). The program focuses on redefining your "core" as not your abs, but your posterior chain muscles. The exercises are very "yoga-ish", but don't let it fool you, I've seen it make gym-rat & muscle heads alike shiver in their own puddle of sweat. Here's a link to the actual book I used Several times a week I still integrate their movements into my workouts.

Best of Luck!!!

u/cipher_alpha · 1 pointr/Fitness

Ice and ibuprofen to kill the inflammation. Then do the exercises from this book:

I've had back problems a long time too, I don't think they will ever go away but we can't give up. We adapt and overcome.

u/ayaPapaya · 0 pointsr/twincitiessocial

Herniated disk? Consider reading this

u/stalkmyusername · 0 pointsr/brasil

Olha sem querer ser meio direto..

Essa desculpa pra Cannabis não vai colar. Eu tenho ADHD e Cannabis é a PIOR coisa pra isso. Só funciona nos primeiros 30 minutos, quando a onda começa a cair você fica 30x menos focado.

Agora em relação a fibro eu fui diagnosticado com isso também, também tenho degeneração dos discos da coluna e tive 2 anos e meio de dor crônica no ciático. Força. O que eu posso dizer que da pra vencer tudo isso com a força da mente (estou falando sério). Leia um livro do John E. Sarno, MD do Hospital de Nova York sobre o assunto:


Ele também cita fibromialgia no livro como uma das teorias deles que isso tudo são doenças mais psicossomáticas do que físicas, do tipo que muitas pessoas têm hérnia e fibro e não sentenem sintomas, até mais do que os sintomáticos.

Te desejo muita sorte e força. É capaz de vencer tudo isso sem remédios, no começo não mas conforme você vai melhorando você condiciona sua mente.


Um abraço.

u/feminist-lady · -1 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

Okay, my story itself may not be what you're looking for, but I'll go ahead and tell you a little bit about it. I have vaginismus due to having very severe endometriosis. I mean I'm just in constant pain, so whenever I try to insert something vaginally I usually get really overwhelmed and emotional and it will hurt in varying degrees usually depending on how bad my pelvic pain and or/depression is at the time.

Now, I haven't tried to have sex, and I'm nowhere near over it, but as a student hoping to be an OB/GYN, I can try to point you toward some help. I don't know your personal situation, but pelvic floor therapy is often the first line treatment for vaginismus. Pelvic floor therapy is something you can do on your own or with a physical therapist. If you're going to do it on your own, I'd recommend the book [Heal Pelvic Pain by Amy Stein.] ( If you want to try to find a physical therapist, [this] ( site may be able to help you understand what goes in to this. I myself will probably see a pelvic floor therapist next semester. A huge key is just having a good support system. My parents and my family doctor are fantastic and make everything easier to bear :)

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me!

u/knitknitterknit · -1 pointsr/vegan

My husband went through this same cycle. It is nearly the exact story you posted.

Turned out to be all stress based. He read the book Healing Back Pain, which is basically a book about how your body will create pains and issues for you to distract you from dealing with your mental issues. As soon as he started understanding that that was his problem, all his symptoms cleared up. We have thousands of dollars of medical to pay off now because of this.

I really feel for you because he was at his wit's end with all these issues and you sound like you are as well. Feel free to PM me if you need to talk.

Edit: link.

u/Moosewiggle · -1 pointsr/news

Ide like to point out that theye are many plant based medicines that can cure illnesses such as meningitis effectively and sometimes more effectively than modern medicine. Having said that, it is very wise to use modern medicine first, and follow up with plant based medicine should the antibiotics not be effective. See stephen harrod buhner's books, specifically "herbal antibiotics" for more information. His books are very well sourced.

u/walkersm · -7 pointsr/MechanicAdvice

BUt there is a certain part I would like you to consider. There are people walking around with your exact same spine abnormality that have no pain. THey dont know they have the abnormality becase they never go to the doctor to get a back xray. Just as there are people that have pain and take an xray and see no abnormality. I wish I could put it in car terms so you could see the logic. If you are looking for something and see something you in your mind make a causal connection even though one may not exist. And that is what the science has proved, there is not link between abnormalities of the spine and pain. WHat if that was true?

I am not going to try and convince you I just wanted to let you know what worked for me. In my thirties I imagine I was a lot like you. I used to go to a local park to drape myself over the curved park benches to get relief from my back pain. I am in my 40's now and never even think about my back. And I was cured by a book. All I will ask you is please please please before they try and cut into your back read a 60 page book By Dr. Sarno and try his techniques for a month. All you got to loose is $14.95

I wish you luck. Hope you can continue doing what you love for a living. What ever that is.

EDIT: A link to the book in case you or anyone else is interested:

u/Gyrene2 · -7 pointsr/running

There's nothing wrong with you. Both symptoms are psychosomatic. Think about it, it doesn't hurt when you're running, but only when you're walking. Makes no sense. This is how I have healed from every running injury I have ever developed. Check out these resources: