Audio Interviews

Bronze TreeInterviews on the neuroscience of pain, neuroplasticity, brain rehabilitation, CRPS/RSD, and more. Featured here are a number of my own in-depth interviews as well as other broadcasts or podcasts. [Note: if you have trouble with any of these recordings — WordPress has its limits — send me a note and I’ll forward you the MP3]



Interview with Dr. Michael Moskowitz & Dr. Marla Golden
Neuroplasticians & Founders / Creators of Neuroplastix
The process of healing starts by embracing the core belief that one can be pain free, and that the brain can be rewired. A discussion on the competitive nature of neuroplasticity, and “taking back” pirated brain maps.

Interview with neuroscientist Michael Merzenich: Weakening the Power of Brain Maps & Sensory Retraining
Pioneer in brain plasticity research & founder of BrainHQ, a brain training program

Interview with Norman Doidge: Inflammation & Neuroimmunology, How mind changes functioning & structure of brain (OCD), pain maps
Author, The Brain That Changes Itself & The Brain’s Way of Healing

Interview with Professor Allan Basbaum: Pain experience vs. sensory one; loss of inhibition with disorders like CRPS & his groundbreaking clinical studies in cell transplant therapy for treatment of pain & neurological dysfunction

Interview with Elena Juris, Coping Strategies & Therapies for Chronic Pain
Author, Positive Options for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Interview with Beth Darnall, Chronic Pain & the Relaxation Response
Author, Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the Dangers of Prescription Opioids and Gain Control Over Chronic Pain

Interview with Bahram Jam on Learned Helplessness & V.O.M.I.T. (Victim of Medical Imaging Technology); Stabilizing Nervous System
Director, Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute & Author, The Pain Truth

Interview with Adriaan Louw, Neuroscience of Pain
Author, Why Do I Hurt? A Patient Book About the Neuroscience of Pain

Interview with Neil Pearson, Neuroscience of Pain (Part One)
Co-founder of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Sciences Group
“Understanding pain neurophysiology is linked with less pain, improved movement and decreased perception of disability.”

Interview with Dr. Victor Pedro on Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
Neuroscientist & Founder of Brain Rehabilitation Clinic
Neurological dysfunction & Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Interview with Neil Pearson, Neuroscience of Pain (Part Two)
Co-founder of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Sciences Group

Interview with Award-winning Australian Neuroscientist Lorimer Moseley
Co-author of numerous books including Explain Pain & Painful Yarns
Phantom limbs, the virtual body, cultural influences on pain, critical mass

Chronic Pain Still Widely Untreated & Misunderstood
ABC Radio, The World Today, Australia (July 2013)

Interview with Rick Smith on chemicals, neurotoxicity & brain disorders
Co-author of book Toxin, Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World
Impact of hormone-disrupting chemicals on bodily systems & neurological function

Interview with George Allen on applying neuroplasticity after a stroke to reduce pain & restore mobility
George is a person living with Synaesthesia, a neurological condition

Less Pain, Fewer Pills
Paul Costello interviews Dr. Beth Darnall (podcast)–less-pain–fewer-pills-.html


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Outside the Margins

The following is a four part series I did on a subject that falls outside the “neuroscience of pain” margin but with which it shares something in common. These interviews were among the best in my 15 years of doing radio.

My guest was the subject of a National Film Board documentary called Griefwalker, a palliative care teacher and ceremonialist by the name of Stephen Jenkinson who has, for more than a decade, revolutionized the way death and dying are known and done in North America. His ideas, I think, can be applied to the experience of pain, for those who are drawn to this sort of thing.

His thoughts on grief as an intelligence are perhaps what intrigue me most – and since recent research in neuroscience has further proven the link between emotional and physical pain, these interviews may provide welcome insight for those searching for more of a holistic healing approach to chronic pain. He says:

“Grief in this culture is an affliction, an arbitrary, chaotic visitation of poor luck, a monstrous violation of the natural order of things. But grief is a true skill of life, an equal of the ability to love, as hard to learn and as life-making. The grief of people living with the death of a loved one is hard earned. They deserve good teaching, not affliction and therapy and antidepressants.”

Here are the interviews:

Being There with Stephen Jenkinson, Part One

Being There with Stephen Jenkinson, Part Two

Being There with Stephen Jenkinson, Part Three

Being There with Stephen Jenkinson, Part Four