It’s Not All About About Grams and Milligrams

During one of my most frustrating experiences in the fun field of clinical dietetics, I had a husband and wife who were obviously under the influence of at least one potent substance, yell the names of random foods at me in a rapid-fire style for well over an hour. He had hypertension and she had…

We Need to Talk About Rural Health

 I don’t believe that anyone can have a well-informed  discussion about healthcare policy without first turning an eye towards rural health in the U.S. There are many different ways to define an area as “rural”, but it’s fair to say that 15-20% of the total population in America lives in a rural area. I am…

What Can Be Done About Catastrophizing

This is the last post of a three part series: Understanding Catastrophizing, The Role of Catastrophizing in Chronic Pain, and What Can Be Done About Catastrophizing The first step to stopping catastrophizing is, not surprisingly, awareness. People who catastrophize really don’t recognize what they’re doing – this is their reality. That’s why if someone is…

The Role of Catastrophizing in Chronic Pain

  This is the second post of a three part series: Understanding Catastrophizing, The Role of Catastrophizing in Chronic Pain, and What Can Be Done About Catastrophizing Interestingly, a good bit of work is being done to understand pain catastrophizing right now. After all, pain is known to be much more than a sensory experience;…

Understanding Catastrophizing

This is the first post of a three part series: Understanding Catastrophizing, The Role of Catastrophizing in Chronic Pain, and What Can Be Done About Catastrophizing Catastrophizing in general is believing that something is worse than it actually is; for example, believing that because you lost your job, you are destined to become homeless and…