Learn more about the PPDA’s impact including outreach projects and clinical research.
Two PPDA Co-Founders; Howard Schubiner, MD, and Alan Gordon, LCSW, led a 3-arm randomized controlled trial on the efficacy of the mind-body treatment approach for patients with chronic pain and fibromyalgia. The study took place at the University of Colorado-Boulder, along with Tor Wager, PhD, and Yoni Ashar, PhD candidate. The study will be published in early 2019 and a documentary about the study, PAIN BRAIN, is expected to release in 2019 as well. For general info on the study, visit: Indiegogo.com and for clinical info on the study visit: ClinicalTrials.gov
online training Course for health professionals
We are creating a continued medical education (CME) online course for health professionals who want to learn how to diagnose and treat mind-body disorders. Led by David Clarke, MD (PPDA President) and Jessica Shahinian (Outreach Director), the course utilizes multiple real-world case studies to challenge participants to conduct a stress evaluation, treat the patient on the basis of empathy, and be capable of curing chronic conditions that were previously thought to be incurable. Our online course will be available Spring 2019. Learn more about the course, instructors and watch module 1 of 13.
ppd text book
Psychophysiologic Disorders: An Interprofessional Approach is a new textbook for healthcare professionals with planned publication in 2019. The authors represent a wide range of training and experience including Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Movement Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Sports Medicine and the perspective of a patient. They also represent Australia, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and six of the United States. Chapters will focus on the neurophysiology, clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of common presentations of PPD including medically unexplained symptoms and chronic functional syndromes. Significant effort is being made to limit specialty-specific jargon so that a range of clinicians (and even the lay public) can take advantage of the authors' decades of experience.
THOUSAND Dollars Raised
We have raised over $300,000 to help achieve our mission of advancing the diagnosis and treatment of stress-induced medical conditions.
Thousand PEople Impacted
Our team has reached over 100,000 people around the world in spreading awareness about mind-body disorders (PPD) and the safest, most affordable, and most effective way to treat and even cure patients with these conditions.
Years educatinG Globally
Founded in 2009 and incorporated in 2011, the PPDA has spent the last 9 years educating health professionals and the public on mind-body disorders (PPD) and the most effective way to diagnose and treat these conditions that were once thought to be incurable.
The PPDA and it’s leadership team are often featured in the media. Here are some highlights including a sneak peak of who is featuring us next.
the doctors featuring Alan Gordon, LCSW
The Doctors send a teenage boy with excruciating pain to see Alan Gordon, PPDA Co-Founder. Alan finally gives Casey a diagnosis that seems to resonate - Psychophysiologic Disorder (PPD).
VOX article featuring Dr. Schubiner
Vox article “America’s most famous back pain doctor said pain is in your head. Thousands think he's right.” by Julia Belluz is about the controversial life work of Dr. John Sarno and features an interview with Dr. Howard Schubiner (PPDA Co-Founder). Dr. Schubiner has continued to advance the understanding of the mind-body connection where Dr. Sarno left off by conducting clinical research, including a recent 3-arm randomized controlled trial in Boulder, CO (publication anticipated in early 2019).
vox article featuring Alan Gordon, LCSW
Vox article “100 million Americans have chronic pain. Very few use one of the best tools to treat it: Chronic pain often has no physical cause. Psychotherapy can reduce the suffering.” by Brian Resnick features an interview with Alan Gordon, LCSW (PPDA Co-Founder).
mind-body documentary feat. dr Schubiner
A stunning documentary by filmmakers Kent Bassett and Marion Cunningham, THIS MIGHT HURT, follows Howard Schubiner, MD (PPDA Co-Founder) in his work treating, and even curing, patients with Psychophysiologic Disorders including chronic pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, and other conditions previously thought to be incurable. The documentary is set to release in 2019, for more info visit ThisMightHurtFilm.com
curable podcast - DAVID clarke, MD
Curable’s weekly podcast Like Mind Like Body Episode #1 - Your Parents Might Be The Reason For That Pain In Your Butt interviews PPDA President & Co-Founder, David Clarke, MD.
Curable Podcast - ALicia Batson, MD
Curable’s weekly podcast Like Mind Like Body Episode #12 - Stumped: A Double-Boarded Physician’s Quest to Cure Her Chronic Pain interviews PPDA Board member, Alicia Bond Batson, MD.
Curable Podcast - David Hanscom, MD
Curable’s weekly podcast Like Mind Like Body Episode #15 - Why Spinal Surgery Doesn’t Solve Back Pain (According to a Spine Surgeon) interviews PPDA Board member, David Hanscom, MD. Dr. Hanscom explains why spine surgery is not the antidote that so many people with chronic back pain seek.
Curable Podcast - David Schechter, MD
Curable’s weekly podcast Like Mind Like Body Episode #27 - What Does Psychology Have To Do With Sports Injuries? interviews PPDA Board member, David Schechter, MD.
FALLING UP Radio - JeSSICA SHAHINIAN, BFA
Michael Harris, author of Falling Down, Getting Up, interviews PPDA Outreach Director and creator of GotPainCure, Jessica Shahinian, on her PPD recovery story in this episode How Chronic Pain Almost Ended the Life of a Dancer.
Falling Up Radio - David Clarke, MD
Michael Harris, author of Falling Down, Getting Up, interviews PPDA President & Co-Founder and author of “They Can’t Find Anything Wrong!” Dr. David Clarke on his work in the treating PPD patients with medically unexplained symptoms as Gastroenterologist and Internal Medicine clinician. Check out the episode Is Stress Literally Killing You?
The Mind And Fitness Podcast - David hanscom, MD
Eddy Lindenstein interviews PPDA Board member Dr. David Hanscom about his PPD recovery story and his work with PPD patients as a spine surgeon in Episode #25 - Dr. David Hanscom
The Mind And Fitness Podcast - Alicia Batson, MD
Eddy Lindenstein interviews PPDA Board member Dr. Alicia Batson about her recovery from PPD and how this led her to better understanding how to diagnose and treat patients with medically unexplained symptoms and chronic functional syndromes. Click to listen to Episode # 55 - Dr. Alicia Batson
The Mind And Fitness Podcast - Jessica Shahinian
Eddy Lindenstein interviews Jessica Shahinian, PPDA Outreach Director and creator of GotPainCure, about her recovery from over 20 mindbody symptoms that threatened to end not only her dance career but also her life. Jessica shares how she made a rapid recovery and tips to help others relieve their chronic pain or medically unexplained symptoms from home. Click to listen to Episode #62 - Jessica Shahinian.