2004-01-07 Prolo Your Pain Away: Curing Chronic Pain with Prolotherapy by Ross A. Hauser MD, Marion A. Hauser MS RD Paperback
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Prolo Your Pain Away: Curing Chronic Pain with Prolotherapy
By Ross A. Hauser MD and Marion A. Hauser MS RD
3.7 out of 5 stars (7 Reviews)
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Publisher:  Beulah Land Press
Edition:  2nd
Published:  January 7, 2004
Binding:  Paperback
Pages:  374
Product Description:
Prolotherapy is a simple and safe technique that stimulates your body's healing mechanisms to grow new ligament and tendon tissue. Prolotherapy provides a permanent cure for many chronic painful conditions without the complications of surgery or drugs. If you or someone you know is one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain, this book is a must-read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars.  Exactly what I needed, May 13, 2014
By Rebecca Lynn Fine (Tampa, Fl.)
This was a gift to my mom. This is a wonderful gift to give to anyone who has chronic pain of any kind. My mom used Prolo Therapy and is a firm believer in it. This is a great alternative to surgery's which could leave you in worse pain than when you started. For my mom Prolo Therapy was a life changer. When your quality of life is being dampered by chronic pain...well this could be your answer. Wonderful book.I highly recommend.

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3.0 out of 5 stars.  Still not sure about this guy!?!?!?, May 02, 2014
By jcerveny (cerveny3)
I got the book and did go to see him for a condition I am now having surgery for that is really hard to treat. He might work some miracles for others, but not for me. When I went to see him he really "jabbed" at me even though he could tell the first time I was in terrible pain, why continue the jabbing??? Yes it hurts, I know he is trying to help but, well I don't know, just wasn't for me. May work wonders for others with different issues.

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3.0 out of 5 stars.  Prolotherapy, March 25, 2013
By Judith S. Moerlein (ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, US)
I found the book to be repetitive and Inconclusive. I have loaned it to others, and was pleased to learn of the therapy.

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1.0 out of 5 stars.  "Prolo" --a scientific hoax, January 14, 2008
By mystery woman
I read this book on the recommendation of a physician. I began reading the book with great hope, given the claims made by the authors. The first author is a physician who developed this treatment. I am a health care professional and a scientist whose work has included studying pain and its treatment. As I read the book, I came to understand why I had never heard of the approach among pain researchers or specialists treating fibromyalgia and why the medical establishment has rejected this approach. (The author himself describes this rejection.)

The authors make claims that prolotherapy will cure many, if not most, painful maladies--based on only their subjective experience. Their theory of pain is limited and not advocated by any mainstream pain theorists or researchers. Perhaps more importantly, Hausers' claims are not based in credible research, i.e., randomized clinical trials--or anything that approaches this standard. The findings are based on non-standardized means of assessing pain, clinical experiences with no attempt to reduce the possibility of other factors affecting patients' pain, pain reports "collected" informally by the people who want this therapy to work, no comparison to other treatments or other physician groups using this method, and no formal methods of analyzing the pain reports.

The real clincher for me occurred when they started to introject very conservative Christianity (I am a Christian). Their description of their own clinic includes how Dr. Hauser and his staff include what appears to be proselytizing Christianity in their treatment. In the Hausers' final analysis, they state that if prolotherapy treatments do not relieve pain, the fault lies either with improper administration of the treatment or the lack of Christian faith in the patient (The authors state something to the effect that the patients with continuing pain have not allowed God to be the center of their lives). They do not entertain the possibility that the therapy or its underlying theory may be at fault or even limited to some degree. This is not the mindset of medical scientists who would allow the data to guide toward a greater or different understanding of the problem of pain. Instead, they blame the professional who is supposedly not accurately using their methods--and/or the patient. People with pain do not need to experience further episodes of "blaming the victim." Furthermore, the authors do not address: (1) how their beliefs affect their work with persons of another or no faith or the likelihood that non-Christians are not among their patient groups; and (2) whether patients may decrease their reported pain levels in order not to appear lacking in faith. (Remember their stated belief that if prolotherapy is not effective, it may be a result of the patient's lack of faith.) Lack of adequate scientific methods, possible pressure to underreport pain, and likely only Christian patients add to the many reasons to doubt seriously the Hausers' therapeutic claims.

I have thrown this book away; I would not even donate it because I do not want a pain patient (or even an M.D.) with little scientific background to believe that this treatment is a credible approach to pain. It is a shame that Dr. Hauser has several books in the popular press advocating this expensive therapy with so little supportive data.

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4.0 out of 5 stars.  Prolotherapy, December 12, 2007
By cookiehha (NE OR)
Factual book by good author. I have had prolo 3 times and it has helped my lower back pain. It is gradual over 1-2 months but is real healing not just covering the pain.

2 of 3 people found the above review helpful.

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  Prolo Your Pain Away, September 19, 2007
By Muriel J. Page (Washington, DC)
this is a book that was extremely informative about an alternative procedure tohelp me with my arthritis. I purchased this book for my primary doctor to inform her of this procedure since this is not an acknowledged medical procedure.

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