Mind the Brain

A science-based medicine skeptic struggles with his as-yet medically unexplained pain and resists alternative quack treatments

Paul: “For three years I kept my faith that relief had to be just around the corner, but my disappointment is now as chronic as my pain. Hope has become a distraction.”

“ACT: The best thing [for pain] since sliced bread or the Emperor’s new clothes?”

Reflections on the debate with David Gillanders about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy at the British Pain Society, Glasgow, September 15, 2017

No, JAMA Internal Medicine, acupuncture should not be considered an option for preventing migraines.

….And no further research is needed. These 3 excellent articles provide some background for my blog, but their titles alone are worth leading with: Acupuncture is astrology practice with needles. Acupuncture: 3000 studies and more research is not needed. Acupuncture is  theatrical placebo. Each of these articles helps highlights an important distinction between an evidence-based … Continue reading "No, JAMA Internal Medicine, acupuncture should not be considered an option for preventing migraines."

Mindfulness-based stress reduction versus cognitive behavior therapy for chronic back pain

The most interesting things to be learned from a recent clinical trial of mindfulness-based stress reduction to cognitive behavior therapy for chronic back pain are not what the authors intend. Noticing that some key information is missing from the study illustrates why we don’t need more studies like it. We need more studies of mindfulness-based … Continue reading "Mindfulness-based stress reduction versus cognitive behavior therapy for chronic back pain"