Like many of you I’m sure, I have been overwhelmed with competing emotions over the past several months, many of which have to do with COVID-19. Honestly though I’d say at the forefront of these for me has been gratitude – for myself and my family, but also for our community and state. Alaska has…

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So, it seems as though we’ve been fast-forwarded into the Jetsons age (or Star Trek) in some ways by COVID-19. Telemedicine appears to be here to stay for the near future, and many experts are predicting it will stick around even once this crisis has passed. There wasn’t a functional Internet when I was in…

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Confirmed Cases of Covid 19

OK, I admit I’m a little unnerved by this whole coronavirus thing. My bravado (and I’ve heard this from enough people to know I’m not the only one) is a little bit better maintained I think, by voicing things like “I’m not worried about getting sick or dying – I just don’t want to get…

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New year… New decade… New energy for a lot of people. Maybe you’re not so lucky, but regardless of where you find yourself on the spectrum of health, wellness and your general outlook on life right now, I want to talk about taking what’s new and making it old. As in routine. Habit. From McAnally…

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Katrina White, MAc, LAc and Dr. McAnally were honored to be interviewed this month by MedPageToday; the official transcript is available for viewing at https://www.medpagetoday.com/blogs/pain-points/83801   Here’s the initial rough draft with a little more information… At the outset of a new decade, as we race towards the era of the Jetsons, more money is…

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opioid epidemic

As many in the community are aware, two SouthCentral Alaskan primary care providers were arrested last month by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and are currently under trial for indictments regarding criminal practices related to the inappropriate prescription of controlled substances, primarily opioids (“narcotics”). We don’t wish to highlight their troubles here, but rather take this…

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Preoperative Optimization of the Chronic Pain Patient

We are excited to announce that Oxford University Press has finally released our collaborative manual (with Dr. Beth Darnall from the Stanford University pain team, and Anchorage’s own Dr. Lyn Freeman) on our preoperative optimization program (see valerasprogram.com). The book is the first to address the complex and costly problem of failure to optimize chronic…

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ANTLR

As many of you know, September is National Pain Awareness month, and this month we’re choosing to concentrate on one of the more debilitating and still poorly understood conditions today: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS, formerly known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy or RSD.) NAPM has adapted to the evolving national and international treatment guidelines for…

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Windmills

…was the original title of an article I wrote for the American Academy of Pain Medicine/MedPage Today collaboration (“Pain Points”) this month. I’m supposed to be exposing folks around the country to how we do pain management here in AK, but I needed to get some stuff off my chest – see https://www.medpagetoday.com/blogs/pain-points/81569 for my…

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