Daily RemedySep 17, 2021
A conversation with Kim, a chronic pain patient
We speak with Kim, who shares her story of medical neglect and patient abandonment.
A conversation with Miss VJ Gray, a chronic pain patient and advocate
We speak with Miss VJ Gray, a clinically trained researcher who uses data to drive advocacy.
A conversation with Milissa, chronic pain patient
A conversation with Milissa, chronic pain patient
Milissa is a college graduate with a bachelor degree in economics and played D1 tennis before moving on to the professional circuit. Due to many orthopedic injuries, she had no choice but to retire and began her business career in banking shortly thereafter. She's now a Vice President with a regional agency she's been with for over 30-years. Her work has allowed her to film commercials within the US and abroad, including Rwanda, London and Banff, Canada, just to name a few incredible locations.
Milissa's had many injuries from playing sports, particularly tennis - she's had over 22 surgeries including 12 to her knees along with both shoulders, foot, wrists, etc. Her predominant injury is to her spine, which resulted in a 3-level spinal fusion in 2017.
A conversation with Mr. Bill Murphy, chronic pain patient advocate
We speak with Mr. Bill Murphy, a chronic pain patient and patient advocate who helps other patients with chronic pain effectively navigate the clinical encounter.
A conversation with Mr. Tom Hayashi, chronic pain patient advocate
We speak with Mr. Tom Hayashi, a chronic pain patient advocate who strives to provide his wife, a chronic pain patient, the highest quality of life possible - often against all odds.
A conversation with Dr. Felix Brizuela
We speak with Dr. Felix Brizuela, a physician fighting for medical autonomy after having his career and personal life destroyed by an overzealous inquiry into his clinical practice.
#burdenofpain #opioids #physician #autonomy
A conversation with Dr. Jane Orient of AAPS
We speak with Dr. Jane Orient, media contact for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).
AAPS is a non-partisan professional association of physicians in all types of practices and specialties across the country.
Since 1943, AAPS has been dedicated to the highest ethical standards of the Oath of Hippocrates and to preserving the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship and the practice of private medicine.
To learn more, select the following link: https://aapsonline.org/.
#burdenofpain #opioids #physician #autonomy
A conversation with chronic pain patient and true survivor, Arianne Grand Gassaway
We interview chronic pain patient Arianne Grand Gassaway about her experiences as a chronic pain patient and as a mother of a daughter with substance use dependency.
To discuss her opinion piece in Filter Magazine: https://filtermag.org/drug-seeker-pain-patients/
Her Twitter handle is: ravensspirit68
#chronic #pain #advocacy #burdenofpain
A conversation with chronic pain patient, Joe Love
We interview chronic pain patient Joe Love and learn about his story of love and advocacy.
#chronic #pain #advocacy #burdenofpain
A conversation with Kellie Gasser, chronic pain patient and advocate
Kellie is a chronic pain patient who shares her story and what led her to become a chronic pain patient advocate.
#chronic #pain #patient #advocacy
A conversation with Brandon Pollard, chronic pain patient
Brandon is a chronic pain patient who shares his story as a chronic pain patient.
#chronic #pain #patient #advocacy
A conversation with Dr. Stefan Kertesz, PI of CSI: OPIOIDS
Dr. Stefan Kertesz is the principal investigator of CSI:OPIOIDs (Clinical Context of Suicide Following Opioid Transitions), a scientific research study that examines suicides after prescription opioid dose reductions in patients with long-term pain.
Beginning as a pilot study supported by UAB Heersink School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine, today it’s supported by a Veterans Administration grant under the title “CSI:OPIOIDs-V“.
The study’s purpose is to increase knowledge of the demographic, societal, and clinical factors that have led and may lead patients with pain to die by suicide after opioid reduction or stoppage.
A summary of the study can be found on its website: sites.uab.edu/csiopioids
To learn more about the study, select the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8-GIE65UXQ
To review the study's summary sheet, select the following link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13lhVfAfU9o6-fnX5K3e7RzUKtZTon68K/edit?usp=share_link&ouid=108766571153722131021&rtpof=true&sd=true
Dr. Stefan Kertesz is certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine, has a 22-year history of delivering primary care for vulnerable populations such as the homeless, and an 18-year history of research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Veterans Administration on care and services for problems of addiction and drug use. An addiction scholar, Kertesz serves on multiple task forces and teams related to opioid safety. He also led a national petition that resulted in major changes to a planned policy set up by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
#chronic #pain #addiction #patient #advocacy
A conversation with Miss Anne Fuqua, chronic pain advocate who chronicles patient suicides
We speak with Miss Anne Fuqua, a nurse by training who was among the first chronic pain patients to record patient suicides. Her efforts led to the first study analyzing the impact of pain on suicide risk.
To learn more about this study, select the following link: https://sites.uab.edu/csiopioids/
#chronic #pain #advocacy #suicide
A conversation with Miss Barby Ingle, media personality and patient advocate
We speak with Miss Barby Ingle at the BRAIN & PAIN Summit about her advocacy and her personal story.
To learn more about her, select the following link: http://barbyingle.com/
#chronic #pain #advocacy
Daily Remedy podcast with Miss SkyQ
We interview a chronic pain patient who has lived with her clinical conditions for over a decade. She is active in her local community and speaks on behalf of both chronic pain and substance use dependency patients.
#chronic #pain #dependency #advocacy
A conversation with Pat Irving, a former nurse and chronic pain patient
Miss Pat Irving is a former nurse and chronic pain patient who has seen the worst of health policy in the ongoing opioid crisis.
#opioids #chronic #pain #patient
A conversation with Jessica, a chronic pain patient fighting against an unjust health system
Jessica is a chronic pain patient who is struggling to control her pain while fighting a health system bent on disenfranchising her at every turn.
Please note that discussions of suicide and euthanasia are discussed in this video. We strongly encourage Jessica and all others who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide to seek counseling and medical therapy.
If you are interested in learning more about suicide prevention, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope by raising awareness through individual stories, we can prevent those with suicidal ideations from following through.
#opioids #CDC #DEA #suicide #prevention
A conversation with Ashley, an advocate with lived experience
Ashley Rodgers is a mother, wife and former healthcare worker. Additionally, she is a chronic pain patient of almost 30 years, who has been initiating legislative efforts to protect people in pain and their providers on both the state and national levels since the 2016 CDC Guidelines interrupted her pain management treatment in 2017.
#opioids #CDC #DEA
Daily Remedy podcast with Aneri Pattani, senior correspondent for KFF Health News
We discuss Miss Pattani's reporting on opioid settlements, highlighting the advocacy of patients most affected. Through KFF Health News, she leads an initiative to track how opioid settlement funds are allocated.
Miss Aneri Pattani is a national correspondent with KFF Health News, where she reports on a broad range of public health topics, including mental health, substance use, and the health of adolescents and young adults. She is also a fellow at the Bloomberg American Health Initiative.
Relevant articles cited in the podcast include:
A conversation with Kristen Ogden, patient advocate for Dr. David Bockoff
We speak with Miss Kristen Ogden, patient advocate and newly minted legal expert who has filed the first motion to intervene from a patient advocacy group on behalf of her physician, Dr. David Bockoff, in an opioid prescribing related case.
The case number is: USCA Case #23-1007.
To learn how you can file a motion to intervene on behalf of your physician who you believe is unjustly targeted by the DEA, please contact Kristen directly: email@example.com.
#DEA #patient #advocacy
Analyzing opioid prescribing trends with Mr. Jacob James Rich
We speak with Mr. Jacob James Rich, who wrote an article in Reason Magazine - The Fight To Criminalize Opioid Prescribing - which provides a synopsis of his seminal work published in the Yale Law & Policy Review Inter Alia.
We discuss the article in depth, gleaning important insights on how opioid data is mischaracterized to arrive at contrived narratives of physician over-prescribing.
Mr. Jacob James Rich is a researcher at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Value-Based Care Research, a Ph.D. student at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and a policy analyst at Reason Foundation.
#opioid #epidemic #data #fallacy
A conversation with Dr. John Whyte, author of Take Control of Your Heart Disease Risk
Dr. Whyte is a three time author and the chief medical officer of WebMD. We discuss his latest book, Take Control of Your Heart Disease Risk.
To purchase a copy, select the following link.
#WebMD #heart #disease
Catching up with Dr. Linda Cheek, founder of Doctors of Courage
We catch up with Dr. Linda Cheek to glean her thoughts on the DEA's continuing encroachment into healthcare in a post-Ruan world.
#opioids #DEA #patient #advocacy
A conversation with Dr. Selwyn O. Rogers, trauma surgeon and gun policy expert
Selwyn O. Rogers Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, is a widely respected surgeon and public health expert. As founding director of the University of Chicago Medicine Trauma Center, Dr. Rogers built an interdisciplinary team of specialists to treat patients who suffer injury from life-threatening events, such as car crashes, serious falls and gun violence. His efforts have expanded trauma care on the South Side.
A conversation with Dr. Kyle Fischer, policy director for the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention
Kyle Fischer, MD, MPH, serves as the policy director for the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention. He leads the organization in coordinating, developing, and advocating for evidence-informed policy to end community violence. Besides this role, he continues to practice as an emergency physician and fellowship director in health policy with the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His interest in violence prevention stems from his emergency medicine residency in Philadelphia, where he volunteered with the Healing Hurt People program. Dr. Fischer possesses health policy experience with both non-profit organizations and state and federal legislatures, including in Wisconsin, Maryland, and the United States House of Representatives. He received a combined MD-MPH from the University of Wisconsin. Currently, he works clinically at University of Maryland Medical Center and University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center.
A conversation with Dr. Edwin Leap, physician writer and emergency medicine physician
Dr. Edwin Leap is an emergency physician with 24 years of experience. He is a well known communicator and a successful columnist, writing about everything from medicine to family, faith to culture and everything in between.
A conversation with Mr. Omar M Khateeb, innovator in medical device sales
Mr. Omar Khateeb is an innovator in a field where traditional reigns. Starting as a device sales rep, Mr. Khateeb has carved a niche as a thought leader in the space of medical device sales. He advocates for social media in medical device sales and has the tract record to prove it. He is the host of two podcasts, The State of Medtech and Mind Loom, and is an active presence on social media, particularly LinkedIn.
A conversation with Miss Smriti Kirubanandan, passionate healthcare strategist
Miss Kirubanandan, affectionately known as Simi, Smriti Kirubanandan is an experienced healthcare strategist with 14 years of work at the intersection of healthcare, technology, and innovation.
She is a board member of the Word Food Bank, where she focuses on equity and equality in the space of nutritious food and making an impact to improve public health by eradicating hunger and improving food policy.
She is the executive producer of the HLTH Forward Podcast and contributor to MedCity News.
A conversation with Mr. Michael Johnson, legal expert in physician contracts
Mr. Michael Johnson is a lawyer who specializes in physician contracts. He has an active social media presence where he can be found educating physicians on best practices when it comes to negotiating and signing contracts. He is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and Louisiana, and graduated from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana.
A conversation with Dr. Samant Virk, founder of MediSprout
Dr. Virk is a Neurologist trained in interventional spine and pain management who founded the startup, MediSprout.
MediSprout connects doctors with their patients using secure two-way video through a platform that can be downloaded onto a smart device or desktop. It promotes continuity of care by keeping doctors and patients better connected between visits, providing an easy way to refill prescriptions, review test results, ask questions or simply check in on a care plan.
A conversation with Professor Mark Garofoli about the future of marijuana
He is the director of Experiential Learning and Clinical Assistant Professor at West Virginia University. He is actively involved in patient care and policy at the WVU Integrative Pain Management Center. And he is the host of the Pain Pod on the Pharmacy Podcast Network.
Today we discuss the implications of President Biden’s decision to issue a mass pardon for those with federal convictions for marijuana possession.
A conversation with Miss Tamara Lynn Stewart, an advocate for chronic pain patients
Patient, activist, and lobbyist, Miss Stewart uses her experience as a patient to garner experience as a public policy advocate for chronic pain patients. She has an unusually high success rate in enacting legislation at the state and federal level. Recently she advocated for patient centric policies at the CDC.
A conversation with Kathleen J. O’Shea, a migraine patient and the author of So Much More than A Headache
Kathleen J. O’Shea, Professor of English at Monroe Community College (Rochester, N.Y.) is a 44-year migraine sufferer, has taken her passion for literature and her chronic illness to create So Much More than A Headache: Understanding Migraine through Literature. Kathy has transitioned from being a migraine patient to one who wants to combine her life experience and her professional expertise to help migraine sufferers understand they are not alone, and for those who are fortunate not to suffer from this condition, to become more empathetic and understanding of those who do.
A conversation with Justin Breen, author of Epic Life
Mr. Breen is the connecting superhero for every visionary-, investment-, abundance-mindset entrepreneur who shares their stories with the world. He is the CEO of BrEpic Communications and BrEpic Network, and of course, the author of Epic Life.
A conversation with Mr. JeVon McCormick, a man who found his name and regained his identity
We speak with Mr. JeVon McCormick, CEO of Scribe Media and author of Modern Leader. Mr. He helps individuals from a variety of backgrounds write, publish, and market their books. Scribe Media has worked with over 1700 authors, including members of The Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Nassim Taleb and David Goggins, whose blockbuster book Can’t Hurt Me has sold over 2 million copies.
To learn more about Mr. McCormick, please select the following link.
To purchase his latest book, Modern Leader, please select the following link.
A conversation with Sam LaCrosse, a self-described nobody
We speak with Sam Lacrosse, author of Value Economics: The Study of Identity and a commercial cloud executive at Oracle. Sam LaCrosse is a nobody. He hasn't done anything amazing. He is not extraordinary or impressive. He doesn't even have a Wikipedia entry. He's just an ordinary guy from Cleveland, Ohio, who now lives an ordinary life in Austin, Texas. But if you want to check him out, he writes blogs on dontreadthisblog.com and hosts Don't Listen to This Podcast. Sam is the CEO and founder of Don't Do This, LLC, a company that makes no money. He is also a board member of Thrive Living Corporation and an ambassador for RallyCap Sports. This is his first book.
To purchase his latest book, Value Economics: The Study of Identity, please select the following link.
Prestige 2.0 BMO Harris
Dr. Joshi speaks with bankers at BMO Harris to discuss financial literacy among patients with substance use dependency.
A conversation with Dr. Red Lawhern on the comments concerning the CDC opioid prescribing guidelines for chronic pain
We discuss trends in the comments that have appeared in response to the draft version of the updated clinical practice guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.
Richard A. Lawhern, PhD, is a technically trained non-physician with 20 years of experience in peer-to-peer patient support groups for chronic pain patients. His work and commentaries have been published or featured at the US Trigeminal Neuralgia Association, The American Council on Science and Health, The Journal of Medicine of the National College of Physicians, the National Institutes for Neurological Disorder and Stroke, among others.
A conversation with Miss Lauren Deluca of the CIAAG
We discuss the many layers of bureaucracy within federal organizations like the CDC and FDA, and reveal how those layers allow for undue corporate influence and counterintuitive policies.
The Chronic Illness Advocacy & Awareness Group, Inc. (CIAAG) is a national non-profit organization focused on Public-Private-Partnership initiatives within the Healthcare Sector. CIAAG acts as a liaison between the public, lawmakers and other stakeholders to facilitate productive discussion and provide recommendations to address the knowledge gaps and inconsistencies within the Public-Private-Partnerships that are influencing access to care and healthcare as a whole in America.
A conversation with Dr. Thomas Kline & Jonelle Elgaway of the National Pain Council
Today we are here with Dr. Thomas Kline and Jonelle Elgaway, of the National Pain Council, a citizen's group with no ties to any university, drug company, corporate entity, or government entity, operating solely as an independent entity to provide facts and write papers in support for legislative change over the opioid epidemic.
Dr. Thomas Kline is the Chief Medical Adviser and Miss Jonelle Elgaway is the Executor Director of the National Pain Council.
We discuss the current state of fear that has come to define opioid policy and legislation. We conclude by identifying opportunities for patients affected by harmful laws and policies to get involved with the National Pain Council.
A conversation with Mr. Adam Marcus, founder of Retraction Watch and editor for Primary Care at Medscape
We discuss the rise in retractions among academic publications, and the pandemic's impact on retractions in clinical journals over the last two years.
Mr. Marcus is a health journalist with over 25 years of experience in science, health, medicine. He is the Editorial Director for Primary Care at Medscape. He is also the Co-founder of Retraction Watch, a blog focusing on issues of research integrity and science publishing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Nature, among other outlets.
A conversation with Dr. John Whyte, Chief Medical Officer of WebMD and author of the new book, Take Control of Your Diabetes Risk
We discuss Dr. John Whyte's latest book, Take Control of Your Diabetes Risk, and reveal what it offers patients struggling with diabetes.
Dr. Whyte is the Chief Medical Officer, WebMD. He leads efforts to develop and expand strategic partnerships that create meaningful change around important and timely public health issues. Prior to WebMD, Whyte served as the director of professional affairs and stakeholder engagement at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
A conversation with Miss Tara Haelle, a health journalist and subject matter expert on vaccines
We discuss Miss Haelle's struggles to overcome vaccine misinformation during the pandemic. As a journalist, she often found herself at odds with physicians despite her extensive track record of health journalism and research on vaccines.
Miss Haelle is a science and multimedia journalist who specializes in reporting on vaccines and other matters of public health, pediatric and maternal health, and mental health, among other topics. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, NPR, Scientific American, Medscape, and the Washington Post, just to name a few outlets. If you want to learn more about her writings and her journey as a writer, please visit her personal website - https://tarahaelle.net/.
A conversation with Miss Sandra Lamb, an award winning journalist and author
We discuss Miss Lamb’s experiences during the pandemic and glean her thoughts on how it affected the quality of writing among journalists. She explains how disruptions in normal journalistic processes hamper accurate reporting and fact-checking.
Sandra Lamb is an award-winning author of many books, including; Writing Well for Business Success; 3000 Power Words and Phrases for Effective Performance; How to Write It: A Complete Guide to Everything You'll Ever Write; and Personal Notes How to Write from the Heart for Any Occasion. She is a former columnist for The Denver Post and former Rocky Mountain News, and she has written relationship/psychology articles for national women's magazines such as Family Circle and Woman's Day; and health care and science articles for such publications as Scientific American, AARP, and many others.
A conversation with Miss Andrea King Collier, author and award winning health journalist
We discuss her journalism as a writer and lived experiences as a patient during the pandemic, chronicling a timeline of her work before and after she became symptomatic with COVID-19.
Miss Andrea King Collier has over 30 years of experience reporting on medicine, public health, health care and health care policy for national publications and news outlets, including NBC, Next Avenue, and Essence. Her work on health, education and family issues has appeared in O Magazine and AARP Magazine, among others.
She is the author of “Still With Me: A Daughter’s Journey of Love and Loss” and “The Black Woman’s Guide to Black Men’s Health”.
A conversation with Mr. John Tassoni, addiction recovery policy expert and lobbyist at The Sentinel Group
We discuss addiction policies in Rhode Island and demonstrate how political bureaucracies can influence the passing of addiction policy and law.
Mr. Tassoni is a former state senator from Rhode Island who currently serves as a vice president at the Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council, and who is also a member of the Rhode Island Governor’s Task Force on Overdose Prevention and Intervention. He is the host of the show, RecoveryTV RI, which can be seen on myRITV.
A conversation with Miss Leah Samuel, health and equity editor for The Conversation
We discuss health and equity in a post-pandemic world. While health and equity may be the future of medicine, its roots are firmly grounded in past disparities of healthcare. We show how past racially discriminatory practices in medicine manifest as subtle biases today.
Miss Leah Samuel is a health and equity editor for The Conversation. Previously she was a staff reporter for STAT. A journalist for over 25 years, her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country, including Harvard Magazine, Labor Notes, the Chicago Reporter, and PublicSource.org.
A conversation with Mr. Ron Chapman, of Chapman Law Group, on Ruan v. United States
We discuss the oral arguments presented on March 1st in the seminal case, Ruan v. United States - arguably the most important case on opioid prescribing in decades, and a surefire bellwether for future opioid-related cases.
A conversation with Dr. Jeff Singer, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute
We discuss the proposed changes to the CDC opioid prescribing guidelines and challenge the false notions around opioids, prohibition, and addiction. Dr. Singer shares the wisdom of his experiences as he discusses America's long history of struggling to understand addiction.
Dr. Jeffrey A. Singer is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and works in the Department of Health Policy Studies. He is President Emeritus and founder of Valley Surgical Clinics, the largest and oldest group private surgical practice in Arizona, and has been in private practice as a general surgeon for more than 35 years. He is a steadfast advocate for clinically sound drug policies, particularly that of harm reduction.
A conversation with Miss Bev Schechtman, Vice President of The Doctor Patient Forum
We discuss Miss Schechtman's journey from a patient to a patient advocate, who through her platform now empowers patients suffering from chronic pain to speak about the injustices they face in today's healthcare system.
She has spent years chronicling the false opioid litigation narrative, and has learned how a select few physicians and policy makers led an entire nation down a path of misinformation.
To learn more about Miss Schechtman and her advocacy, please visit the The Doctor Patient Forum/Don’t Punish Pain site.