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Release date is November 30, 2017.
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Can Medical Cannabis help you? Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have legalized some form of Medical Cannabis for treatment of serious conditions. Pain, cancer, sleep disturbance, mood disorders, epilepsy, osteoporosis, anxiety disorders, and many others are all conditions that may be helped by this treatment. Author Dr. Michael Moskowitz reviews the science of our own built in cannabinoid system, then launches into practical topics, including medical cannabis treatment, dispensary management, paraphernalia, embodiments, routes of administration, and DIY treatment. He covers the complexities of state laws, learning the phases of treatment, working with dispensaries, understanding the different embodiments and routes of administration, knowing how to avoid undesirable psychotropic effects, and combining this approach with both traditional and alternative medical care. The book details many ways of using this treatment without being cognitively altered. It is meticulously documented, and scientifically grounded to both help physicians with recommendations and treatment planning and in delivering highly relevant and useful treatment choices for patients. Whether you are a patient, practitioner, caregiver or lawmaker, Medical Cannabis: A Guide for Patients, Practitioners, and Caregivers separates myth from reality and proves itself invaluable to your own decision making about this therapeutic approach.
Pages: 223
Pub Date: 11-30-2017

February 2016 Article in the US issue of GQ from interview with Michael H. Moskowitz, MD, MPH

Revision of website: Animations are now available on all platforms, served by Vimeo.
Animation section has been replaced with Therapeutic Animations that are therapeutic exercises in Neuroplastic Transformation, in and of themselves.

The 2015 Pain Care Skills Training
will be held at the
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Memorial Auditorium
8901 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20889
The 5th Annual Pain Care Skills Training brings colleagues and subject matter experts together to learn more about optimizing care and alternative approaches to pain management within the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) environment.
The focus will be in sharing best practices, conducting hands on training, learning alternative approaches, and a pain care curriculum for the future of DoD and VHA in Pain Management. The overall goal of the Pain Care Skills Training will be to promote readiness, restoration of function and relief of pain while reducing the misuse of opioids.

September 15, 2015: Dr. Moskowitz presented a lecture on Medical Marijuana and Pain and served as a faculty member discussing the subject of Medical Marijuana for Pain, PTSD and other Clinical Issues

September 16, 2015: Dr. Golden and Dr. Moskowitz gave an 8 hour training in Neuroplasticity and Pain: Neuroplastic Transformation

September 17, 2015: Dr. Golden and Dr. Moskowitz gave an 8 hour training in Neuroplasticity and Pain: Neuroplastic Transformation

August 6, 2015 Neuroplastic Transformation Workbook, by Michael H. Moskowitz, MD, MPH and Marla D. Golden, DO, MS is ranked #3 on Amazon best selling list for Chronic Pain.

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January 27, 2015 Release of a new book by best selling author Norman Doidge:
The Brain’s Way of Healing
Features the work of Dr. Moskowitz and Dr. Golden in Chapter 1

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New York Times:
New books by Frances E. Jensen, Norman Doidge and Michael S. Gazzaniga.

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Wavemakers podcast 
Feb. 5, 2015
Ignoring pain or trying to be distracted from pain is a fool’s errand because the pain will constantly intrude. These principles hold true with pain but also with depression, anxiety,
post-traumatic stress disorder and so many other conditions.
Anytime your brain is being stimulated with a pain signal, you need to counter-stimulate it.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a big thing or a little thing but turn on the rest of your brain every
time pain is turned on to intrude upon your consciousness with pain. It doesn’t matter if
the counter-stimulation makes the pain better or not; just keep turning on the nerve cells
so the pain doesn’t get comfortable and take over more and more brain real estate. —
Michael Moskowitz, MD

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Brain Science Podcast
Feb. 2015 | BSP 116: Norman Doidge on Brain Plasticity
Psychiatrist Norman Doidge returns to the Brain Science Podcast to discuss his new
book The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the
Frontiers, which is a follow-up to his best-seller The Brain That Changes Itself (BSP 26).
In this interview we focus on the underlying principles of brain plasticity and their clinical
implications. Although brain plasticity is well established in the research community it
has not yet fully penetrated clinical medicine where old views, which seen the brain as
largely fixed in adulthood, make it difficult for new approaches to reach most patients.
Twitter: Brain Science Podcast: Norman #Doidge discusses his new book, The
Brain's Way of Healing

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Wall Street Journal 
Feb. 6, 2015
Our Amazingly Plastic Brains
Mental and physical exercise can keep the brain fit and help it recover capacities lost to
disease and trauma
Twitter: Exercise triggers new brain cell growth & releases brain-fertilizer-like
neurotrophic growth factors. #Doidge in WSJ
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The Guardian 
Feb. 21, 2015
Important among Moskowitz’s findings and those of many others in the field is the
suggestion that, after a short time, the opioid narcotics used for pain treatment cease to
work. The plastic brain’s own opioid receptors grow saturated. It produces new ones less
sensitive to the medication, rendering the patient more and more dependent on higher
and higher doses. For Moskowitz, weaning the patient away from opioid-induced brain
sensitivity is one of the first tasks in a treatment process that engages the patient in
relentless mental effort.
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Feb. 19, 2015
and-an-autistic-boy-speak You describe a doctor with chronic pain who cures himself by
visualization. Can an ordinary person do this?
Norman Doidge: Yes. Dr. Moskowitz knew that there’s not one pain center in the brain,
there are about a dozen and most of these centers don’t just process pain, they process
something else. One area that regulates pain is also involved in processing mental imagery. Moskowitz knew that when we go from feeling acute pain to chronic pain, about
20 percent of that pain and imagery map is hijacked for pain processing.
When we’re not in pain, none of the pain areas fires up in the brain. When we’re in acute pain, these areas fire like pinpricks. When it’s in chronic pain, these same areas are firing like huge supernovas. So how did he stop the pain?
Norman Doidge: He forced himself to visualize imagery whenever he was in pain. It
didn’t matter what he imagined, as long he engaged that map for imagery instead of pain.
For the first two weeks, he only had a few seconds of time when he wasn’t in pain. It took several months to have significant pain-free periods and by the end of the year, he was completely pain-free and off all medication.

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The Guardian 
Feb. 8, 2015
Norman Doidge: the man teaching us to change our minds 

In The Brain’s Way of Healing, Norman Doidge’s first chapter details how a doctor in chronic pain from a crippling neck injury methodically teaches his brain to block out pain
using visualization techniques, forcing those brain areas that felt pain to “process anything but pain, to weaken his chronic brain circuits.” This practice becomes second
nature and then curative. The doctor, Michael Moskowitz, runs a revolutionary pain clinic
helping those with conditions no amount of analgesics can touch.

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Force your brain areas sensing pain to process anything but pain, to weaken chronic
brain circuits. #Moskowitz

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Sydney Morning Herald 
Feb. 7, 2015

The power of our grey matter: we can seize control of our brain's destiny with focused
The power of our grey matter: we can seize control of our brain's destiny with focused

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The Australian  
Jan. 31, 2015
Training the brain to beat pain

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The Globe and Mail 
Jan. 23 2015

Norman Doidge: When you feel pain you often can’t pay attention, you’re emotionally dysregulated, maybe hypersensitive to light, can’t do complex visual problems. And that’s because there are areas of the brain that process pain and attention, emotion and visual images. In chronic pain, the processing of pain hijacks those brain areas so you can’t perform the other functions. Because the brain is plastic, when it is stimulated in an ongoing way, say, by a pinched nerve, the pain map for the hurt area grows in size, and becomes better at processing pain. Chronic pain is plasticity gone wild.
I describe cases where people, the moment they experience a twinge of pain, force themselves to visualize something. And if they were relentless and did this over a period of months, they slowly lowered their chronic pain. They liberated the hijacked parts of their brain maps from processing the pain signals so that they could process the other
signals they were meant to process.
It’s possible to wean people off opioids, but only if you have something else to offer them, and that’s where neuroplastic interventions come in.
It’s possible to wean people off opioids, but only if you have something else to offer them, and that’s where neuroplastic interventions come in.

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Macleans magazine 
Jan. 23, 2015
How your brain can heal itself

Groundbreaking research offers new hope for people with chronic pain, multiple
sclerosis and more
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Daily Mail UK 
Jan. 12, 2015
How your brain can heal your body: Astonishing new research reveals the brain's ability to rewire itself can conquer pain - and overcome 'untreatable' illnesses

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