By Dr. Mitchell Yass – Stop the Pain, I Want My Life Back


Mental Impedances To Trying An Alternative Treatment For Resolving Pain

I have been spending a lot of time lately trying to understand why existing patients tell me that they have told a friend or a family member about the remarkable results they achieved in resolving their pain with my method of treatment and yet they can’t convince them to make the call to come in for treatment. From a logical stand point it seems odd that someone who has been in pain for a sustained period of time would not be willing to try an alternative treatment even when someone they know who has experienced the benefits of the treatment encourages them to try it. After talking to a few people, some with a psychology background, it became evident that there are mental impedances preventing people from being open to even beginning to understand the rationale for my method which has stopped thousands from getting unnecessary surgeries and resolved the pain of those who had surgery which did nothing to alter their pain. Below are the most frequent thought processes that limit people from trying my method of diagnosing and treating pain.


“I have had surgery or multiple surgeries and if I find out that the cause of my surgeries was not the cause of my pain, I would have to blame myself for getting unnecessary surgery/surgeries”. This mindset is very destructive. Nobody would ever blame a person for getting a surgery. The reason a person gets surgery is because they are convinced that the surgery is necessary. They are making a decision based on the information provided to them by medical personnel that they trust. There is no reason to look backwards. If there is an alternative treatment that can help you resolve your pain and it steers away from the type of treatment you have had to that point, there is nothing wrong with this. If the past treatments have not worked, there is probably a good reason for that. So if a new treatment is different from the past, there is certainly a chance that this new treatment might work. Be open to it.

“I trust my physician and believe he/she is out for my best interests”. Absolutely. Nobody is questioning that your physician is not out for your best interests or that he/she should not be trusted. But their decision making is based on their educational background and experience. It is recently come to light that the diagnostic method utilizing MRIs typically used for identifying the cause of pain is invalid. The American College Of Physicians has stated so in their recommendations to physicians published in February. Your physician is privy to the same information I am. It is their decision and responsibility to look at the most up to date evidence to determine the correct way to diagnose and treat pain. You have every right to challenge your physician with this information. The physician patient relationship runs two ways. Trust must be achieved by proving that the care provided is based on the most up to date information available.

“Your method seems too good to be true since you have claimed and shown that you can resolve people’s pain in two or three treatments”. This one really took me by surprise. I never realized just how true this statement is until I stopped to think about it. It does sound too good to be true and people are told that if it sounds to good to be true is probably is. All I can say in my defense is there have been so many advancements made in the past that were thought to be too good to be true and actually were as good as promised. The Polio vaccination is a great example. I simply urge those who have this belief to check out my website, and challenge your beliefs with the information provided. Look at the information and the testimonials. I believe there is more than enough evidence to show that my method does what it says it can do.

“If your method is so good, why isn’t every body using it”? This one is easier to answer. I made the system up after I completed medical school. I saw a need for this understanding because I felt medical school did not prepare me to treat effectively. I have spent years maximizing the effectiveness of the method. It just so happens that recently I have been contacted by a few medical practitioners who are interested in learning the method to use with their patients. You might be surprised one day and find out your medical practitioner is now using my method to diagnose and treat pain. I do believe this will be coming soon.

It is very scary to go away from what you know especially when it comes to your health. The key is to educate yourself to the best extent possible. Then make the best informed decision you can. I can tell you that it has been tough to be the first guy to figure out that the cause of most pain is muscle weakness or imbalance. But it is getting easier as more medical practitioners and medical organizations begin to come to the same conclusion. Be open to the change that is coming. It could help resolve your pain and get you back to a normal life faster than you think.


Dr. Mary Riggin

Dr. Mary Riggin

Dr. Mary Riggin,LAc,  FitFM - Family Wellness

Executive Director, Acupuncture Physician

Dr. Riggin is  FitFM - Family Wellness , is the Founder and Director of Healing Touch Oriental Medicine. As an inspiring health educator, in-demand speaker and doctor of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Dr. Mary has helped thousands of people completely turn their health around.

Dr. Mary co-hosts and produces the wildly popular radio show "Food is the First Medicine" and her presentations and viewpoints on natural healthcare have made her an in-demand and innovative expert in the natural health world.

Dr. Mary Riggin, produces and hosts Food is the First Medicine Talk Radio Show, and is a popular speaker.She has practices natural medicine in the Tampa Bay area; her passion and purpose is to help as many people as possible. Listen to her weekly on TanTalk 1340AM in Tampa Bay, or online anytime, anywhere at

She is former Vice Chair of the Florida State Board of Acupuncture. She has been featured on various TV and radio shows and frequently teaches free classes at community and recreation centers throughout Pinellas County.

She is a published author and was featured in the book A Woman's Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Alternative Healing, writes and publishes educational newsletters and brochures, and was elected to serve two consecutive terms as President of the Florida State Oriental Medical Association.
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