About 100 million Americans live with some form of chronic pain—more than the combined number who suffer from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. But chronic pain has always been a mystery. It often returns at the slightest provocation, even when doctors can’t find anything wrong. Oddly enough, whether the pain is physical or emotional, traumatic or slight, our brains register all pain as the same thing, and these signals can keep firing in the nervous system for months, even years.
In Total Recovery, Dr. Gary Kaplan argues that we’ve been thinking about disease all wrong. Drawing on dramatic patient stories and cutting-edge research, the book reveals that chronic physical and emotional pain are two sides of the same coin. New discoveries show that disease is not the result of a single event but an accumulation of traumas. Every injury, every infection, every toxin, and every emotional blow generates the same reaction: inflammation, activated by tiny cells in the brain, called microglia. Turned on too often from too many assaults, it can have a devastating cumulative effect.
Conventional treatment for these conditions is focused on symptoms, not causes, and can leave patients locked into a lifetime of pain and suffering. Dr. Kaplan’s unified theory of chronic pain and depression helps us understand not only the cause of these conditions but also the issues we must address to create a pathway to healing. With this revolutionary new framework in place, we have been given the keys to recover.
With cutting edge science and clinical expertise, Gary Kaplan has identified the source of the inflammation that keeps patients in an endless cycle of pain and depression. He offers profound insight into the way our life experiences have a cumulative effect on our health. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has suffered without relief or wants a deeper insight into how our bodies work. –Mark Hyman, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Blood Sugar Solution, and chairman, the Institute for Functional Medicine
In Total Recovery, Gary Kaplan offers a potentially game-changing insight: the neurological key to the inflammation that keeps patients in a perpetual cycle of pain and depression. If you have suffered for years without relief, this remarkable book may change your life. –Andrew Weil, MD, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, and author of True Food
This fascinating book reads like a detective novel, but it’s not fiction. Gary Kaplan is a thoughtful integrative doctor willing to spend hours—even years—getting to the bottom of his patients’ chronic pain and illness. What he has learned could help you. –Arthur Agatston, M.D., Medical Director of Wellness and Prevention for Baptist Health South Florida and author of The South Beach Diet
Dr. Kaplan’s book draws on his decades of research and clinical practice offering us paradigm-shifting insights into the causes of chronic pain. I highly recommend this book to the millions of people who live with pain and are seeking new answers. –Brian Berman, MD. Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine , University of Maryland School of Medicine
This book reads like a riveting detective story, in which case study after case study leads to one of the most compelling findings in recent medical history. By unveiling and responding to the real culprit in chronic pain, Dr. Kaplan’s Total Recoveryrepresents a radical shift in understanding illness and the path to optimal health. –Tara Brach, Ph.D. Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
Gary Kaplan is the Sherlock Holmes of chronic pain. In Total Recovery, he describes how to uncover the underlying causes of chronic pain and, how by correcting them, seemingly hopeless patients can move toward health. It is a “must read” at every pain center, by every pain physician and for every patient with chronic pain. –Wayne B. Jonas, MD, President and CEO, Samueli Institute, Former Director (1995-1999), Office of Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Dr. Gary Kaplan is so good at seeing the whole person—looking for clues among seemingly disconnected events, as well as health issues that are frequently ignored in conventional Western medical practice. His highlighting of the role of the brain’s microglia in predisposing patients’ bodies and emotions to over-react to seeming small new traumas is fascinating. This is an excellent work for healthcare providers and patients alike. –Woodson Merrell, MD, Chairman, Department of Integrative Medicine, Mt Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center
Despite 42 years of holistic success in managing chronic pain and depression, conventional medicine remains in the Dark Ages in relation to this major problem! What the patient needs is a “Real Doctor,” exemplified here in Dr. Kaplan’s essential book for patients and physicians. Read and heed his outstanding advice. –C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., President, Holos Energy Medicine Education, Professor Emeritus of Energy Medicine, President Emeritus, Holos University Graduate Seminary
A. Ang: I found this book fascinating for many reasons. One reason right off the bat is because it’s not every day that a doctor originally trained in western medicine addresses the (general) history of losing patients (as customers) to non western remedies. This is a well written book that lacks the expected arrogance of a typical Western doctor’s perspective. I cannot remember a time when I have heard any Doctor say that they don’t heal people, but do their best to clear the way for the body to heal itself. I have said it before, I always enjoy books with insightful information told through the stories of real people as this book does. Many,important and common issues are covered. Turns out that keeping inflammation down anywhere in the body and more focus on digestion and our digestive tracts are key factors to good health. Filled with smart very progressive information I have been looking for. “I begin by assuming that patients’ intuitions about their bodies are relevant.” What a unique concept!
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FREE COMPANION TOOLKIT TO TOTAL RECOVERY!
What’s in the Total Recovery Toolkit?
1. A 3-PART VIDEO SERIES ON THE GUT BRAIN CONNECTION
In this series, Dr. Kaplan discusses why people stay in pain, in spite of treatment, and how treatment strategies must change to become more effective. Topics include:
The neuro-physiological connection between the human gut and brain.
The gut’s role in mediating chronic pain conditions.
The effect of pain medications and antibiotics on gut health.
The problem of “leaky gut” and how this condition contributes to chronic pain, inflammation, obesity, fatigue, metabolic syndrome and depression.
How to improve gut health through nutrition, exercise and stress management.
2. AUTOGENIC MEDITATION INSTRUCTION
The Total Recovery Toolkit also includes an 8-minute autogenic meditation instruction MP3 to guide you in exploring several relaxation techniques to help regulate physiological variables such as body temperature and blood pressure. Say ah…
3. A WEEKLY HEALTH DIARY
Keeping a current health diary assists with identifying any problem aspects to your diet. The toolkit includes a template for your diary with tips for getting started.
4. A HEALTH TIMELINE
Maintaining a health timeline helps you to see if/when a cumulative problematic health pattern has emerged. If you’re dealing with an illness, it will help you to find evidence of how your illness has evolved over the years. The toolkit includes a health timeline template to effectively track and chart your health history. You might be surprised at what you’ll find!
5. CONSUMER GUIDE TO CHOOSING A DOCTOR TO TREAT YOUR CHRONIC PAIN
Finding a top physician to treat your pain can be a tricky business, and it’s important not to make a mistake that could waste time and risk your health. This consumer guide offers 17 things to consider to help you make the right choices.
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