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The Pain-Free Zone

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Valentine's Day: Partner Massage Therapy & Conscious Dating
Hal S. Blatman, MD, joins Necie to discuss massage therapy for your partner for Valentine's Day. Then, Necie welcomes Dr. Tranquility Lydia to discuss the concept of Conscious Dating, dating with intentionality, self-love mindfulness and self-awareness.

New Year, New Beginnings for 2022
Necie is joined again by Hal S. Blatman, MD, to talk about smart eating choices such as Whole 30 recipes for the New Year, plus other tips to feel better.

A Healthier Christmas & Innovative Fibromyalgia Clinical Trial
This month, Necie discusses wise alternate approaches to several traditional Christmas meals with Hal S. Blatman, MD. Then, Jeremy Frank, PhD, the Head of Operations at Swing Therapeutics stops by to discuss an important fibromyalgia clinical trial and how listeners can join.

Healthy Thanksgiving Options & Bereavement and Choices
Hal S. Blatman, MD, again joins Necie to discuss ways to have a healthier and happier Thanksgiving meal. Then Necie shares a very personal story of dealing with grief and bereavement.

Where Pain Comes From & an Inspiration Story of Survival
Necie is joined again this week by Hal S. Blatman, MD, to discuss where pain comes from and how to find it. Dr. Blatman is a Board Certified Practitioner of Integrative Medicine. His background includes training in orthopedic surgery, occupational/environmental medicine, toxicology, craniosacral therapy, healing touch, herbal medicine, and aroma therapy. He sees patients in Cincinnati and Manhattan NYC.

Then, Shelva Hall shares her inspirational story of surviving a difficult marriage and her path to emotional and spiritual freedom.


Necie Returns with Dr. Hal Blatman
Food plays a big part in health and wellness. Necie is joined this week by Hal S. Blatman, MD. Dr. Blatman is Board Certified Practitioner of Integrative Medicine. His background includes training in orthopedic surgery, occupational/environmental medicine, toxicology, craniosacral therapy, healing touch, herbal medicine, and aroma therapy. He sees patients in Cincinnati and Manhattan NYC.

9 Questions Your Doctor Wishes You Would Ask
This week, Necie is joined by a listener named Barry, to discuss nine questions your doctor wishes you would ask. Plus, boundaries and why they are important.

Sarah Shockley's Healing Journey
Our return guest is Sarah Anne Shockley , author of THE PAIN COMPANION: Everyday Wisdom for Living with and Moving Beyond Chronic Pain. Sarah shares her story, and what led her to write her book. Then, Necie discusses using a journal and social media can help you manage your chronic pain.

Senior Care Services: What you need to know
Necie's in-studio guest is Hemali Shah, MD, MBA/HCM, MCSD, CEO of Soul Care Services. They discuss in-home care for seniors, including prescription management, diabetes management, personal care, adult day care and more.

Understanding the Unique Legal Needs of the Veteran Community
Necie welcomes Edward Farmer, a Chicago-based attorney who specializes in helping Veterans. He will talk about his practice, and the difficulty some veterans face in accessing their benefits.

Strength & Fear
Necie's guest is Change Agent Darryl K. Horton. Darryl was a contributing author to the book Life Lessons I wish I Knew. He joins the program to discuss his life, his challenges, and the fears and strengths it takes to endure a medical crisis.

Living A Resilient Life
Necie welcomes author and occupational therapist Kat Elton, who has lived with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since age two. Her two books, A Resilient Life: Learning to thrive, not just survive with rheumatoid arthritis, and True Health, the Inside Job, pave the way for readers to move into health, regardless of their circumstances.

Setting Goals and How to Reach Them
If you are suffering from a chronic illness, and even if you are not, it is important to set goals, no matter what the situation. And not just set goals, but set smart goals. Neice's goal was to have a podcast to help people suffering with chronic pain. She will talk about the steps she took to achieve that goal.

How I overcame debilitating disease naturally, and you can too
Jaya Jaya Myra is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker and natural lifestyle expert teaching people how to cultivate excellent physical, mental and emotional health based on their personal energy and composition type. After healing herself naturally from debilitating fibromyalgia, Myra developed a blueprint for attaining health based on each persons unique elemental composition. Her approach to health shows why one-size-fits-all solutions do not work for everyone, and how to find what will work for you. Her debut book, Vibrational Healing: Attain Balance & Wholeness. Understand Your Energetic Type is published in 9 languages and is available worldwide. Jaya Jaya Myra is also the Founder & Director of the 501c3 non profit organization Gita for the Masses, teaching spiritual practices that promote conscious character development, inter-religious dialogue & interfaith harmony.

How Do You Cope When You Have a Chronic Illness
Living with chronic illness and chronic pain has many challenges. Just getting through your day to day routine is one of them. Necie discusses the challenges of finding outlets to take your mind off of the pain, and to focus on yourself. You need to find a plan that works for you.

The Art of Energy Healing.
Alexis Brink, LMT, is a practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu®. A Jin Shin Jyutsu® practitioner uses both hands (referred to as "jumper cables") to hold a combination of Safety Energy Locations. SELs are the area in the body that can become congested and can lock up. When this happens, energy cannot flow freely. This pattern will cause disharmony or disease.

As the SELs release and balance is restored, the client experiences physical, mental and spiritual harmony. By using our hands and placing them on certain areas, we can open the SELs and release the congestion. The energy flow can now move uninterrupted, down the front of the body and up the back. When all the energy is flowing in harmony, there is a sense of well-being and happiness. It is in this state, that healing can occur.

Mindful Journaling for Pain Relief & Wellness
Mindful, expressive writing is a proven way to improve your emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual health. Join Necie and her guest Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW,CPCC to learn more about the writing and wellness connection. Discover how writing can help with healing and chronic pain management. The pain body has a story to tell as does the pain free part of you. The body story often has wisdom to offer to activate inner healing. Learn specific journaling exercises that can support healing, comfort and pain reduction.

ENCORE SHOW: The Alternative Pain Treatment Directory
Cindy Perlin, a licensed clinical social worker, certified biofeedback practitioner, chronic pain survivor and author of The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments: The Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free returns this week as our guest host. She will discuss the creation and future of The Alternative Pain Treatment Directory, the "go to" resource for chronic pain patients looking for safe, effective pain relief. Through a combination of alternative pain treatment provider listings, recommended products and informative articles, pain patients can find everything they need to feel better.

Optimize Healing by using Physical Intelligence
Neice welcomes Wei Houng, an International Speaker & Trainer, and one of the co-authors of Breakthrough Healing: Insights and wisdom into the power of alternative medicine.

Wei believes that when people have a true understanding of who and what they are as well as WHY they behave the way they do… backed by validating science; struggle and conflict become a thing of the past and living to our full potential goes from theory to reality. That applies to healing as well.

Is Medical Cannabis right for your Fibromyalgia condition
Is medical cannabis right for your Fibromyalgia condition? Necie explores that question, and the overall benefits of medical cannibus with Joseph Friedman, R.Ph. MBA, founding member and principal at Professional Dispensaries of Illinois, (PDI) Medical LLC.

Battlefield of the Mind
When you have a chronic illness, you cannot control the ebbs and flows of your illness. Some days, you wake up and feel great, while others, the pain is too great to even get out of bed. It is hard to manage your emotions when you don't know what is going to happen from one day to the next. You may get angry, you may get depressed. So not only to you have to manage your physical pain, you also need to handle your mental pain as well. Neice shares tips to help you with those battles.

Managing Chronic Illness in the Work Force
This week, Necie chats with Alex Umansky, Esq. about chronic illness in the work force. How can you manage your illness and treatments, and keep from getting fired? What regulations are in place to protect you? And what changes could be on the horizon due to the political climate?

Fibromyalgia versus Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic pain and fatigue are common symptoms of both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. But how can you tell what you are suffering from? Necie explains some of the similarities between the two conditions, and the differences.

Neice will also discuss her journey with fibromyalgia, how the condition is diagnosed, and the most common treatment options.

Intentions Instead of Resolutions
Mew Year's Resolutions are meant to be broken. So this year, we suggest intentions instead of resolutions!

Neice will talk about the Seven Day Intention challenge she is doing with her pain management support group. She will also talk about how to find the right doctor, and why it is so important to find the right doctor on your first try.

ENCORE SHOW: Overcoming Chronic Pain by Tending to the Mind, Body and Spirit
Cindy Perlin, a licensed clinical social worker, certified biofeedback practitioner, chronic pain survivor and author of The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments: The Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free returns this week as our guest host. Cindy will discuss the dangers of most conventional pain treatments and how to develop a safe, effective treatment plan that incorporates body-based, mind-based and spirituality-based approaches to maximize your healing potential.

Patient Rights - How to advocate for Yourself!
As a patient, you have certain rights. Some are guaranteed by federal law, such as the right to get a copy of your medical records, and the right to keep them private. Many states have additional laws protecting patients, and health care facilities often have a patient bill of rights.

For those suffering with long term or chronic health issues, it is incredibly important to know what those rights are. We will discuss those rights this week. Necie will also lead a personal discussion on the symptoms and treatments for Fibromyalgia.

What is True Wellness
Each of us is part of an unhealthy culture in crisis. Modern medicine's answer is to label diseases and medicate symptoms. The result? Our culture has become more ill and fatigued than ever. Our guest Dr. Rachel Northern believes that you need to heal the underlying causes of your disease before you can achieve true wellness. Your body is designed to heal itself, and she will help us discover what your body truly needs in order to restore itself from the inside out.

My Mayo Clinic Experience
Necie was recently at the Mayo Clinic for treatments related to her fibromyalgia. She will discuss what happened with her doctors, and why the visit was.

In part two of the episode, Necie will discuss her upcoming Seasonal Solidarity Virtual Summit, beginning on December 12th.

Stress and Disease: The Hidden Connections
Kyle Davies is a coach, author and trainer. He teaches people how to optimise their wellbeing, attain clarity of mind, and perform more effectively at work, home, and in life. Kyle originally qualified as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and is the creator of Energy-Flow Coaching.

Kyle began his career in management consulting before moving into healthcare. Along with colleagues, he pioneered a new approach for treating chronic fatigue and pain, anxiety, depression and other stress related symptoms - which is reflected in the recently published book, The Intelligent Body.

Eliminating Toxins
Autoimmune disease has many core causes, but a big one is toxins. Reducing your toxic load is critical to healing your leaky gut, which will start to allow your body to participate in healing your pain. Our guest this week is health coach Cheryl Meyer, award winning author of It Feels Good to Feel Good: learn to eliminate toxins, reduce inflammation and feel great again. She will discuss how those toxins are getting into our bodies, and how to eliminate them.

Medicine's Best Kept Secret: Biofeedback and Neurofeedback for Chronic Pain
Our guest host is Licensed Clinical Social Worker, nationally certified biofeedback practitioner and chronic pain survivor Cindy Perlin. She welcomes Susan Antelis a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, certified biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioner and creative arts therapist. They will discuss the use of biofeedback and neurifeedback for chronic pain treatments.

Cindy Perlin and The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments
If you are in chronic pain and you’re not getting adequate relief from your treatment, You need to read Cindy Perlin's book. You don’t have to learn to live with your pain. There are treatments available that could safely cure your pain.

The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments reviews the evidence for the safety and effectiveness of a wide variety of treatments as well as how organized medicine is keeping you from getting the care you need and deserve. It’s a comprehensive guide to avoiding the treatments that don’t work or are likely to cause harm and selecting the therapies that are most likely to promote healing.

The Body Code and the Reduction of Chronic Pain
This week's guest is Mark Hernandez, a Holistic Practitioner / Certified Body Code Practitioner and a Certified Advanced ASHWork Practitioner. He helps people (especially female professionals) that have "hit the wall" with health and well-being issues. His work is non-invasive, safe, gentle and yields results--at times instantly, and in other cases, over time.

We'll be talking about the Body Code as a tool for reducing chronic pain.

If the majority of people with chronic health conditions are leading fairly normal lives, what's their secret? In a word, acceptance. Necie will discuss why this is so important, especially when dealing with a disease like Fibromyalgia.

Plus, Necie also shares some of her favorite products for dealing with chronic pain.

Mikel Carmon M.A., EALI, EEM-CP
Our guest on this episode is Mikel Carmon M.A., EALI, EEM-CP. She is author of CreateEnergy: Co-Creating Your Life with Conscious Intention, Balance and Simplicity

We create our lives with our thoughts and our behaviors. When we consciously choose our behavior or our thoughts, we are choosing to create a life of what resonates with us. It is that simple.

Co-creating your life with the Universe is what this life/day planner is all about. Every day, you choose what you want to experience and focus on. It is that simple. You get to choose. And intentional living is the result of deliberate choices, actions and thoughts.

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Dr. Erin Stair
Necie welcomes Dr. Erin Stair, a physician and health consultant who runs Blooming Wellness, a holistic health and wellness consultation service and blog. She is affectionately known to her patients as Dr. Eeks. She will discuss her new book Manic Kingdom: Based on a True Story, a compelling book, based on a true story, about one doctor-to-be’s struggle with mental illness and finding recovery in highly unusual, dangerous places.

In addition, we will be discussing ZenBand & ZENTone Sound Therapy.