Conventional medicine has been thinking about chronic pain and depression in entirely the wrong way. After years of research, we now know that conditions such as migraine, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic back pain, depression, anxiety, and PTSD are not diseases in themselves, but actually symptoms of an underlying inflammation of the brain – a neuroinflammatory disease causing a “brain on fire.”
The Foundation for Total Recovery, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that will conduct much-needed research to help better understand, diagnose, treat, and ultimately prevent the progression of neuroinflammatory disease. It’s also home to a new online community to both educate and bring together those afflicted, as well as their caregivers, doctors, and researchers.
Through our partnership with the 501c3 organization, Global Impact, all U.S. donations to the Foundation for Total Recovery are tax-deductible. You can learn more and donate at www.totalrecovery.charity.org.
Gary Kaplan, D.O. is the founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, and author of Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression (Rodale, 2014). A pioneer and leader in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Kaplan is one of only 19 physicians in the country to be board-certified in both Family Medicine and Pain Medicine. He is also board-certified in Medical Acupuncture and has studied and practiced Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Herbal Medicine. Dr. Kaplan is also certified by The American College for Advancement in Medicine in the practice of Chelation Therapy.
Dr. Kaplan graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. He completed his residency training at Georgetown University/Providence Hospital’s Family Practice Residency Program and was trained in acupuncture at the UCLA School of Medicine Extension. Dr. Kaplan currently serves as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and is a fellow of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.
Dr. Kaplan created the Kaplan Center to offer patients suffering with chronic pain and illness a more effective model of medical care. Utilizing a broad range of conventional and alternative medicine strategies, the Center’s physicians, nurses, psychotherapists, and physical therapists collaborate closely on patients’ progress, sharing insights and treatment recommendations to ensure the best outcome for each case. This multidisciplinary approach has proven to be highly effective — especially for patients suffering with complex and longstanding medical problems. Dr. Kaplan and his team offer an individualized treatment program to each patient, integrating, as appropriate, both conventional and alternative medical approaches, providing evidence-based medical care that supports and enhances each patient’s natural ability to heal.
He has worked with the National Institutes of Health to establish acupuncture as a medically effective treatment for a range of chronic pain problems. Additionally, Dr. Kaplan has trained physicians in medical acupuncture through the Helms Institute for Medical Acupuncture, sponsored by the UCLA School of Medicine, and has written and lectured extensively on acupuncture and the integration of complementary and alternative therapies in the treatment of pain and chronic illness. In 2015 he established the Foundation for Total Recovery in order to provide support and find a cure for all who suffer with chronic pain and depression by educating patients, building an online community of patients, doctors and researchers, partnering with leading researchers, academics and innovators, and studying data to find a baseline approach to diagnosing and curing neuroinflammation.
Dr. Kaplan’s work has been featured in TIME magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News 5, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN News, BBC Radio, and NPR’s Diane Rehm Show. He writes a regular column for MindBodyGreen and US News and World Report, and can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit http://www.kaplanclinic.com.
Marjorie Connell is the Executive Director of Foundation for Total Recovery. After college, she moved to Washington, DC to work on Capitol Hill where she enjoyed almost 10 years working for the United States Congress. Most recently, she ran Scheduling Operations for a national Vice Presidential candidate and was the Director of Operations for the highest ranking Republican woman in the House of Representative’s Leadership. She is excited about this transition to the nonprofit sector and joining the search for the cure for neuroinflammatory diseases.
Marjorie was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Marjorie and her husband live in Arlington, Virginia with their son and red standard poodle. She suffered from migraines and food sensitivities most of her life, until she found Dr. Kaplan in 2008.
Gary Kaplan, D.O.
is the founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine and author of Total Recovery. A pioneer and leader in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Kaplan is one of only 19 physicians in the country to be board-certified in both Family Medicine and Pain Medicine. Dr. Kaplan is a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and serves on the Advisory Committee to Health and Human Services for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
We need to change our minds on how pain is viewed. By viewing pain as a symptom of neuroinflammation, we can better understand and help the millions who suffer from chronic pain and depression. More research into neuroinflammation is needed to diagnose, treat and ultimately prevent a disease that causes pain for so many, but we are on the right path. – Dr. Linda Watkins, Ph.D. Department of Psychology & Neuroscience; Center for Neuroscience
University of Colorado at Boulder
Pioneer in the field of Pain Research and Neuroinflammation