EMB #141: Holistic Pain Relief

Holistic pain relief is the topic on this episode of Exploring Mind and Body, and today I’m interviewing Dr. Heather Tick her book called Holistic Pain Relieft.  Now I must say to be quite honest with you I was a little weary picking up a book written by a doctor, I was expecting complicated details, explanations I couldn’t understand and more information about medicine than food and lifestyle. I couldn’t have been more wrong, and once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. The title is really what got my attention, and after I started flipping through it and reading the content I was pleasantly surprised to understand that it was about food, lifestyle and even exercise. Holistic pain relief covers such a wide array of health issues, cures and prevention I couldn’t imagine someone picking it up and not getting something out of it.

Dr. Heather Tick is the author of Holistic Pain Relief and has been an integrative medical practitioner for over 20 years.. A sought-after speaker, she lives in Seattle and works at the University of Washington, where she is the first Gunn-Loke Endowed Professor for Integrative Pain Medicine. Visit her online at http://www.heathertickmd.com.


Holistic Pain Relief with Dr. Heather Tick

Holistic Pain Relief with Dr. Heather Tick

The Interview:

First of all I really must say I loved this interview, Dr. Tick was personable, she was well spoken and easy to understand.  She didn’t read off statistic, she didn’t ramble on about boring subjects and to be honest with you, this was certainly one of my favorite interviews thus far.


  • How did you get into the medical field?

– You may be interested to hear Dr. Tick studies acupuncture while attending conventional medical school.

  • Why did you decide to write a book?

– In the interview it was clear Dr. Tick really does have a passion for reducing the pain levels of her patients and as you’ll hear in the interview, this book was a way to reach a bigger audience.

– I thought it was as pretty cool and incredibly brave that Dr. Tick not only wrote this book for the everyday person but for other doctors as well, colleagues to help them better understand that food has it’s own healing properties.

  • What was the hardest part about writing this book?

– I’d imagine in many cases with a book like this, the answer of ‘referencing’ and making everything credible and professional is an endless task.

  • What do you specialize in?

– It’s clear that Dr. Tick specializes in Holistic Pain Relief but I think you’ll find it interesting how she got into the field and the pain she dealt with herself which is why she specializes in pain relief.

3 Tips to Improve You Life Today

#1. Cut down sugar consumption

  • Dr. Tick talks about how we’re addicted to sugar and by talking small steps like eat more veggies is way to get you moving in the right direction.

#2.  Start to move

  • There are so many things one can do to start to move.  I love this part of the book, I love the idea of a Dr. actually prescribing exercise.  Dr, doesn’t go over anything complex or hidden with this tip, just start moving in some way each day.

#3.  Get more sleep

  • Dr. Tick recommends 7 1/2 to 8hrs of sleep a night.  I’m sure many of us don’t get this but here are some tips to help out:

-Sleep in total darkness

-Turn off electronics

-And here is a link for a short video I put together myself to help you sleep better.

Thank You

Thanks so much for your time Dr. Tick, it was an absolute pleasure interviewing you and hearing what you have to say about Holistic Pain Relief.  I’d love to have you on the show again and will reach out in the near future.

And thank to you out there, thanks to the listeners for all the downloads, comments and shares, you make this show what it is, so thanks for all your support with keeping this show moving forward.  All the best in Holistic Pain Relief in your life!

For more information on Dr. Tick you can check out her:

Facebook page or find her on Twitter.