Ego: The Enemy of Progress

In a previous article entitled “There is no room for ego in medicine,” I pointed out the danger the patient faces when the doctor thoughts are owned by his ego. One example is when I was helping a cancer patient with the miseries of Chemo, two of which are depression and loss of appetite; I suggested that she ask her doctor to prescribe a substance that had proven to counteract these effects. His answer was that it was “not part of his protocol.”  I will leave the conclusion to you.

I recently cured a lady of severe pain with holistic, non drug methods only to have the lady’s physician put down my methods, handing her a prescription for a drug with many side effects, even though she was pain free. What could possibly cause this kind of attitude?

In my book WHY? The question that could save your life, my goal is to get the reader on the path of being proactive in their healthcare. One chapter attempts to explain this kind of behavior, explaining the difference between left and right brain thinking, and why doctors tend to be very left brain dominant.

The left brain is where memorized information is kept. The right brain is your imagination and the source of new information. Our present educational system tends to teach by memorization of current knowledge, which much of the time will change quite soon after, especially when that knowledge is influenced by the instructor’s opinions. In the case of foreign language, you don’t need to memorize verb tenses to communicate quite well in Mexico or France. They will come as you talk.

Too much memorization, without allowing challenges, can almost shut off the right brain, especially when one goes into graduate level education, such as medical school.  This explains why so many entrepreneurs, among them Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, became successful without degrees.  Progress comes from imagination, not memorization. Major symptoms of left brain dominance are the “know it all” and the egotist. They can’t get “outside the box” to see their lack of understanding. They own the box and defend it.

It will take several articles to demonstrate the incredible damage and slowing of progress that has been caused by doctors and scientists, who, once they become recognized, violently defend their position and work to destroy and degrade anyone who challenges them.  If it is position that results in more money, throw in greed, which multiplies ego.

Truly brilliant people are quite aware of how little they know, in fact, the height of brilliance is realizing you don’t even know what you don’t know—then the mind is truly free to take in new information. This kind of humility is essential to true scientific research.






Natural Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries

The Rotator Cuff muscles (four muscles in total) are the primary support structures for the shoulder. Therefore, even minor dysfunction associated with these muscles can create pain and decreased performance of everyday tasks. A Rotator Cuff injury can be caused by many everyday activities. These activities include traumatic events (e.g. fall on an outstretched arm, “yanking” of the arm), repetitive motion (e.g. throwing a ball, carrying children) and chronic improper posture (e.g. operating a computer, driving).

There are three major types of Rotator Cuff injuries that we treat successfully:

  1. Rotator Cuff Muscle Tears: This is a partial tear of one or more of the four Rotator Cuff muscles. Rotator Cuff muscle tears are often accompanied by deep achy pain in the shoulder and arm weakness.
  2. Tendonitis: Tendons are at the ends of each muscle and attach the muscles to the bones they move. When there is inflammation of these tendons it is called Tendonitis. The symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendonitis are often trigger point pain over the tendon accompanied by deep, achy pain in the shoulder and arm weakness.
  3. Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome: Chronic injury of the Rotator Cuff can lead to a “pinching” of the nerves passing through the shoulder. This is commonly referred to as a Shoulder Impingement or Rotator Cuff Impingement. Symptoms often include numbness, tingling or sharp, shooting pain into the arm or hand.


The most common forms of medical treatment for Rotator Cuff injuries are anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections and surgery. Although meds and injections may reduce the severity of pain associated with rotator cuff dysfunction, they are not a long-term solution and may do more bodily harm than good in the long run. Surgery is a last resort and should only be used if there is irreparable damage to the shoulder that cannot be handled with proper rehabilitation.

First:  Heal the Damaged Tissue

Ending the pain caused by a Rotator Cuff injury requires stopping the cycle of inflammation that is creating the pain. Class IV laser therapy is an excellent method for this, because it is presently the only modality that can both reduce inflammation and heal tissue simultaneously.  During Laser Therapy, the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level, increasing metabolic activity and improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, pain is relieved and function is restored.

Second: Correct the Shoulder and Postural Mechanics

Long-term pain relief of shoulder injuries involves rehabilitation of the shoulder, neck, and thoracic spine. Shoulder rehabilitation is achieved by utilizing specific postural adjustments, exercises and specific posture stabilizing methods in order to re-establish proper motion and strength of the shoulder joint. Ongoing strengthening and stretching exercises are used to rehabilitate the musculature of the shoulder to ensure lasting results.

If you suffer from chronic pain, it is worth your while to spend some time figuring out which of any number of factors are contributing to your pain — we will help you explore which combination of therapies will help you heal it. The good news is — you can do it without drugs, and you can get back to the activities you love!

Dr. Niele Maimone, DC is the owner and founder of Align Healing Center in Danville, CA. For more information or to set up a consult call 925.362.8283 or visit