Episode #168: How To Banish Chronic Pain Forever.

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In this October 25, 2011 free audio episode: How to banish chronic pain forever, are marathons bad for your heart, supporting your lower back while swimming, splenda addiction, aspartic acid for boosting testosterone, vibram five fingers, PMS, fasted running and choosing bike wheels.

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Featured Topic: How To Banish Chronic Pain Forever

Dr. David Minkoff –  Dr. Minkoff is a complementary and alternative medicine expert, inventor of Master Amino Pattern, owner of Body Health, director of the Lifeworks Wellness Center in Florida, and finisher of 38 Ironman triathlons. In today's featured topic, Dr. Minkoff and I discuss prolozone therapy, enhanced external counter pulsation, and other new and alternative methods for chronic pain management and how to stop chronic pain.

You can also listen to Dr. Minkoff in…

Episode #26: The THREE Main Causes of Illness and Poor Performance

Episode #105: A Peek Into The Life of An Ironman, Natural Medicine Physician.

Episode #143: Can “Prolotherapy” Make Your Injuries Vanish?

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Listener Q&A:

A listener has a call-in question about whether marathons are bad for your heart.

In my response, I mention my article “Is Exercise Bad For You?”

John has a call-in question: I've gotten into tri's the last few years, and did my first 70.3 in September (5:37:30). I'm 45 years old, and had a spinal fusion in my L3-5 area about 20 years ago (from a bad accident that left me unable to walk). My question is this: I used to be a lifeguard, and swimming was really fun and easy back in the day…now I have a body drag that is killing my time in the triathlons. Because my spine is now straight, I am unable to “plane” myself in the water, and simply drag myself along. When I use the bouy between my legs, I swim much faster and easier–but when I remove it, everything goes to heck (lack of ability to use muscles to stabilize myself in the water). I've tried working harder on my kicks–but I still sink; I've tried working on lowering my head in the water, but end up not getting planed out….do you have any tips on how I can improve my swim? I've tried a few coaches, and most just don't know what to do. I hate leaving the water in 85th place and having to bust it so hard to get back in the top 50…I'm desperate man.

In my response to John, I mention the Aquasphere Phantom wetsuit.

Yanet asks: How do I detox from Splenda? I only drink one coffee in the morning but I need 8 Splendas or is not sweet enough. I have tried Stevia, Agave but they do not taste sweet to me no matter how much I put. Should I use regular sugar since it's only once a day? Have I developed a sugar tolerance? I still want to drink my espresso every morning, what do you recommend?

In my response to Yanet, I mention my article “12 Ways To Reduce Carbohydrate Cravings”.

Kevin asks: What is your opinion of D-Aspartic Acid as a natural testosterone booster? I have read a few reviews and studies and have yet to see any negatives.

Darren asks: Ben, I recently got a pair of Vibram Fivefingers and am slowly building up mileage. I know a few people who train in Vibrams but when they race they use standard running shoes. From previous episodes I know that if you're racing on a specific surface then you should train on it as the change in surface can lead to injury. Would I be risking injury by racing in standard shoes and training in minimalist shoes?

Tony asks: I have a question about my wife and her potential adrenal fatigue, or PMDD, or something crazy going on on a hormone level. It seems like the week before her period, all hell breaks loose in our house, so she went to see her doctor and they diagnosed her with PMDD based on symptoms, and prescribed her an anti-depressant. My wife is wondering what differently can she do nutritionally so her adrenals functioning correctly. So I am speaking for myself and my kids, Ben can you help my wife gain her sanity back?

Jesse asks: How many fasted runs should you do in a week? I do most of my running before my wife and kids get up or I go to work. Which means I haven't eaten for at least 12 hours. I am running 4 days a week, three quality/ speed runs during the week and a long run on the weekend of about an hour or so. Should I eat before some of these? Or is it ok to do all of your exercise fasted?

Bill asks: I know you have carbon clinchers from Gray. If you were to do it over again, with all the new wheels out there, would you consider a tubular tire to save a few grams? Flats are my big worry during a race and are the tubulars less susceptible to flatting? Also, are the claims of super aero wheels from Zipp firecrest and Profile making a real world difference for the 20 mph riders?

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4 thoughts on “Episode #168: How To Banish Chronic Pain Forever.

  1. rick says:

    Good to see that you are on Stitcher now. I was waiting for that to happen.

  2. Great to hear Dr. Minkoff back again, love his style. If I heard him right he insinuated that Docs don't offer EECP treatment because its cheap then he should be calling 60 Minutes! I think he has a good scoop there.

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