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50 Years of Pain Management

Although electricity has been used for decades, it was the introduction of spinal cord stimulation and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in the 1960s that initiated the modern widespread use (1-2). Cranial electrical stimulation was introduced in 1976, and since then, electrotherapy has been advanced to help heal fractures, wounds, assist bladder control, control opioid addiction, treat fibromyalgia and virtually all pain, cure tinnitus, advance acupuncture, treat hypertension, and improve memory (3-4). Electroshock therapy has unfortunately continued despite its risks and long-term damage, while electrotherapy is not considered acceptable. Even worse is frontal lobotomy for anything, including psychiatric illness or pain!

Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy expanded with use of stimulation for bladder control, wound healing, and fracture healing. In 1978, the American Holistic Medical Association was founded and became the focus for complementary, alternative, and eventually integrative medicine. Unfortunately, the medical system and hospitals began prostituting the integrative word by adding one or two simple tools, rarely comprehensive or holistic. In the 1990s, extended release opioids became available and have been the fountainhead for the severe opioid crisis with increased crime and suicide epidemic. In truly chronic pain, spinal cord stimulation is infinitely safer and more cost-effective (7-8, 10-13).

Of considerable interest is that by July 2000, The Journal of the American Medical Association published an article stating that the third leading cause of death was the medical system! Some have insisted that actually it is the number one cause of death (14). In 2004, pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy was introduced and has since been shown to be the most useful of all electrical tools, not only for pain management, but also a broad variety of diseases.

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C Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, D, Sc, FACS, DABNS, is President of Shealy-Sorin Wellness and Holos Energy Medicine Education. He is the editor of Journal of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine and was Founding President of the American Holistic Medical Association in 1978. Norman has 14 patents in energy medicine, and has published 36 books and over 350 articles. His innovations include electroacupuncure, spinal cord stimulation, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, the RejuvaMatrix® for rejuvenating telomeres, and transcutaneous zcupuncture, chakra sweep, gamma PEMF for stress reduction and opioid addiction, and Biogenics retraining of the nervous system.

Sergey Sorin, MD, DABFM, is a Board-Certified Physician with extensive clinical experience in various aspects of conventional healthcare, as well as a long history of healthcare leadership. After a life-altering diagnosis and successful holistic treatment of colon cancer in 2007 (in full remission and thriving despite having been given a poor prognosis by the oncology), his focus has been on the broad field of holistic medicine personally and professionally. Sergey is currently the CEO and Medical Director of the Shealy-Sorin Wellness Institute, continuing and expanding on the work of C Norman Shealy, one of the true pioneers and founding fathers of the holistic movement.
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