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. Download and start listening now!