Brandi Glanville Podcast by Kit9
Guest: Pain Expert Dr. David Schechter, author of Think Away Your Pain
Grown up mostly snark free edition
Dr. Schechter teaches people to use their brain to overcome chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting three months or more. Brandi is allergic to pain meds and once had a condition that caused her so much pain she didn’t see the point in living. Schechter says that people have to be “open to this program” for his treatment to work. He says that it varies from person to person how long it takes for the program to work. Weeks for some people, months for others.
Brandi says her sister has not walked in nearly 2 years. She’s on crutches and has seen every doctor in Northern California. Doctors tell her whatever is wrong with her is in her head. Her sister used to be very active, is young, 43, and she’s now depressed and feels she has nothing to live for. And, her sister won’t take antidepressants.
Brandi mentions the Jennifer Aniston film, Cake, about a woman with chronic pain who resorts to getting pain meds in “Taiwan…that place in Mexico that everyone goes”. “Tijuana,” the Doctor corrects her. Brandi talks about going to a hypnotherapist to treat her problem with “self mutilization, if that’s a word.” She saw them for a year and it didn’t help her.
The Dr. talks about “distraction”, a way of keeping the mind active and away from thinking about the thing that it’s drawn to-pain for example. However, he says, that some people that may benefit from medication in addition to his holistic approach. People with severe anxiety, for example. He feels traditional medicine focuses too narrowly on the problem instead the person as a whole.
He started out in medical school at NYU. He was having knee pain at the time which wasn’t getting better. He met a Dr. Sarno who had a mind/body approach to treatment and, after attending one of the Dr’s seminars, found his pain go away quickly. He began to work with Sarno’s patients in a research study who had similar miraculous results. So, when he began his own practice, he wanted to incorporate Sarno’s teachings but found resistance from other doctors. Schechter claims there is “scientific evidence for this mind/body stuff. It’s not just guru stuff.”
Schechter finished medical school and went into family medicine while doing additional training in sports medicine. He’s credentialed in pain management and he’s taught at USC. Brandi thinks opening your mind to the idea of mind over matter is when it can help you. The Dr. says if somebody believes something, they can work their way out of physical conditions. He compares it to people born poor who had a dream of what they could do and then worked their way to success. He sees people who have no hope and he’s able to show them that the problem they thought was insurmountable actually has a solution.
Brandi says she “will not put energy into negative things. She sits in the morning and thinks about what she wants to happen during the day and it happens. But, when she’s in a “downward spiral”, if she puts energy into something negative, “it gets bigger and bigger.” She believes that you put out into the world what you want to happen and it happens (fireBrandifireBrandifireBrandifireBrandi).
The Dr. gets his patients empowered to believe that they have a problem that can be managed. Some people have what Dr. Schechter calls a “book cure.” They read either Dr. Sarno’s books or one of his own and their pain is gone. Others read the book but need a more detailed supervised program. In other cases, he’ll have an in person initial visit and conduct follow up by Skype sessions.
He advocates the technique of journaling as a way of releasing tension and stress. The Dr. encourages people to sit and write about their feelings (Dear diary, Kit here. Brandi sux). It’s an effective exercise to reduce stress and tension. He says there is scientific research to show it helps people with everything from asthma to arthritis. Brandi recently she wrote to express what was upsetting her and it only made her more upset. She won’t say what it was about.
Schechter says people who are skeptical of his treatments want to be skeptical. He says there is some research to support his methods but research is very expensive and the funding isn’t there to support it. Brandi wants the Dr. to meet her sister. Brandi jokes about tricking her sister to see him but the Dr. says she has to be open to it for it to work. Brandi says that her family knows that, with her, “all their business is gonna be out there.” Her sister had three surgeries that she didn’t need and Brandi doesn’t know what to say to her anymore and it’s weighing on both of them.
The Dr. talks about how some people were raised to not speak openly about their feelings so it comes out of them in the form of pain. The Dr. believes levels of pain can be misleading. Sometimes severe pain can end up being the result of a very small problem and light pain can be a symptom of a very serious medical issue. And, by talking to a therapist, their physical pain can be helped. Brandi says it’s like the film, The Promise, but different (facepalm).
Brandi talks about how powerful our brains are but that a lot of us don’t use it to our full potential. The Dr. would like the mind/body connection to be taught in school. Brandi talks about the need for more physical education in schools. Her boys only have PE once a week. Brandi’s son has been to the ER 6 times in the past year. He was ultimately diagnosed with a heart condition called angioadema and has very high cholesterol.
Brandi goes on at length about her skin picking issue. She’s noticed that if she’s busy and focused on something else, she leaves her skin alone. The Dr. encourages her to practice distraction and refocusing away from her problem. She says that she has to stay busy to keep from picking at her face and that’s why she’s doing a lot more charity work now. Focusing on dying children and bigger problems keeps her from focusing on her skin and helps her heal.
She apologizes to the Dr. for being late and says she’s never late and this is her first time. She tells the Dr. (I freaking kid you not)…..”so you popped my late cherry. I’m kidding. That’s horrible”.
Real Housewives of Melbourne SEASON 2 EP 10 – A Day At The Races and Gamble’s HEN’S Night
Loosely translated this episode is:
Engagement Ring Shopping
This episode starts out with Gamble and Rick shopping for Gamble’s engagement ring…the ones she looked at were between the 100k and 400k range, and they were primarily a very pink diamond in the princess cut, and then a white diamond with a comfort cut (which I love and think is a really pretty cut). Since this will not be her first or his first engagement ring Rick doesn’t understand the need as much as Gamble does…however Rick does understand ‘her’ need for this and is willing to do whatever will make her happy. Gamble asks the salesman did they have a specific shape for the third time around…he says no, LOL. Rick has been married twice before and Gamble has been married once and engaged (not married) the second time.
They look at several and the salesman suggests they take a sample of each cut home and discuss it and choose and he will personally make the ring when they decide the cut/color.
Chyka and Daughter Chessie Shopping for Dresses and Hats
The Spring racing Carnival is coming up including Derby Day and there are 4 specific events surrounding this all of which will require new dresses, hats, hand bags and shoes. The first of these events is an all B/W event.
They started at Melissa Jackson; Milner for hats and Chyka tried on several and settled on several…that was pretty straightforward…LOL…
Next they went to La Louvre for dresses…
(NOTE: a mutual friend of WTG’s and mine has a cousin Georgina who owns this store, and the creations she sells (for any and all high-end occasions) are extremely well known throughout Australia, so that means we are almost related, right???) There is also an amazing high back PINK leather couch in the shop where Chessie sat and surveyed her mom modeling the different selections.
Chyka tried on quite a few dresses and they all looked stunning on her, and I can’t remember how many she chose, but remember the shoes, hand bag and hats were also required to complete the outfit. I think Chyka is a very smart dresser and I don’t think I have ever seen her in an outfit that was really bad…(unlike Jackie and Pettipants)
Housewives on the way to Darby Day 2 x 2
Flemington Race Course – The Lexus Marquee – The Birdcage
Jackie explains her hat and says it is an example of how she interacts with the group of ladies that she is the Queen Bee…Gina scoffs in a DC by saying she is all over that like a cheap suit, LOL.
The ladies continue to talk and Gamble says in the spirit of the Melbourne Cup she will be hosting a dog race, and Lydia thinks her dog will win because it is a greyhound.
More conversation leads to Tempest and her recent facelift and how good it looks and Gamble and Janet are interacting much better now towards each other. Then we get Pettipants on Plastic Surgery…
DC/Petti: If you want to have plastic surgery, just know when to tone it down, there are too many women looking like clowns.
Petti now turns to her book and invites them to the launch party, and hands them all an invitation.
The women all get into snapping their fingers like Petti does…zzzzzzzzzz
Gina asks if it is bound in a book cover, and Petti says yes…and technically she is right because the soft cover is still a cover…however that wasn’t what Gina was asking.
DC/Gina: I am curious about Pettifleur’s book because I’ve posted stuff on FaceBook longer than that. (Remember she only read the one page).
Chyka proposes they go have a drink and they all head off to find the booze.
Betting At Derby Day
As the ladies get down to the betting…Janet bets on everything in sight, Petti makes a few bets, Lydia says she loves betting on races, and Jackie says it goes against her beliefs to use her psychic gift for betting (I was wondering why she had not won the lottery yet) but she makes a small $10 bet on #4.
Petti wins on #3, Lydia wins on #3 and Janet wins on every race. Lydia calls everyone else losers!
Petti Book Launch
This segment opens with Pettipants signing a book and looking up and saying “OH my gosh I have a massive queue here…the camera pans to at least 15 people and I think the most I saw were 30 anywhere in the segment, and they most likely were Petti’s friends…and Petti says she is like a “Pig in Mud”…(from your mouth to God’s ear honey!!!)
Janet is singing her praises, Lydia loves the cover because it looks like Petti…and then she starts snapping her fingers and says that click and that bubble butt…Petti says “that girl on the cover…that’s me…eat it”…(and I don’t want to know what she means, ok?)
Gamble brings a different perspective to the conversation and it seems she actually read it and gives a much better overall synopsis than any of the other women. She also says she might take advice from a self-help book if it weren’t about becoming a bitch!
Jackie show up saying how COUTURE she looks tonight (talking about herself). But is greeted warmly by all the ladies…and tells Petti she loved every minute of her book (I think I yacked a bit right then…LOL.)
Gamble mentioned the other book on the market called the Bitch Switch when talking to Janet and Gamble said she read it…she goes on to tell Janet about the other book which is a real self-help book with pages for you to answer questions, etc.
Gina arrives and greets Gamble and Janet and then says in her DC…”I’m curious about Pettifleur’s book” and Gina asks if they know if she has a Publisher? Janet says she is going to announce it tonight.
Then all the ladies are standing at the Step and Repeat and clicking their fingers for a photo op.
Petti takes the microphone and says HI EVERYBODY….and the rest of what she says before asking if anyone has any questions, is totally incoherent! But after she asks if anyone has any questions, Gamble asks who the Publisher is…and you could hear a pin drop, and Petti gets a look on her face…meow! (Uh oh…there is gonna be a fight!)
Petti goes into the same speech from my last blog…: “I’m self-publishing, because I don’t want my message lost in editing or proofreading or whatever, and then goes on to say “I have that Bitch mentality and I switched my Bitch… Publishers take away the message from your book. My book is not about selling my book, it is my true raw message.” (Thanks Petti…clear as mud to me now!)
Jackie, Chyka, Janet, and Gamble all walk up to her to congratulate her after she finishes speaking…Janet, Jackie and Chyka all make snarky DC remarks…and then Petti says she hopes it gets made into a movie because she wants to portray herself and be the star of the show…Uh…NEVAH gonna happen!!!
Gina tries to ask Petti a question of how she found herself in that situation to begin with and Petti rambles on about something, Gamble says she didn’t like the Pathetic Bitch…and I couldn’t listen to any more…I think I went and checked the air in my tires!
Jackie starts a fight…Gina tells her she jumped in mid-conversation and doesn’t know what has been going on…Jackie calling Gamble Gina’s mouthpiece, Petti jumps in saying Gamble is Gina’s mouthpiece…Jackie does a DC saying Gina gets Gamble to be her mouthpiece, a little Chihuahua…Gina tells Jacks to FO and that she is being a pain in the a$$…Gina then says she thinks she’ll go have a cocktail and asks Jacks if she needs a half an hour to get over herself…”will that be enough time luv?”
Jackie lectures about telling Gina and Gamble that this is not the right place to start crap (guess she forgets that it is NEVER the right time when she starts all of HER crap, eh?” Then Lydia has a DC and says Gamble should just STFU for a minute…Gamble tries to explain why a Publisher is so important…to DEAF EARS.
Gamble’s HEN’S Night Party at Gamble’s House
Gamble and Tempest are talking and Tempest is getting her makeup done by Gamble’s make up person (which will be a bone of contention between her and Gina later on).
We get to see Cash and the newest addition to the family, “Wicket”, a little female Pom that Gamble wants to show in another year or so.
Lydia and Janet driving to Gamble’s party and said in a DC “We all know what Gamble is about and this evening could end up being sexy.” Janet making a big deal about Tempest will be there.
Thank heavens Gamble put her foot down and had her party at her home and not the original venue Jackie and Chyka picked out…she said she didn’t want to be humiliated in public and some of the girls are very good at that…the yard is set beautifully and the ladies all show up as “Bond Girls”…Lydia is being snarky in a DC, Petti is saying she is going to be the Mean Bitch at the party…Gina is stunning and Petti brings a fake gun as an accessory, and the rest of them look good as well. Lydia thought Gina looked wonderful but snarked about how long it must have taken her to get ready saying she must have started a 1am that morning…Jacks and Chyka arrive
Rick’s son Luke walked Tempest out into the backyard in a tux and Gamble presented her to the other guests. Janet thinks she looks 10 years younger since the surgery, Petti said it might be a little bit too subtle and she will need another lift very soon (snark), Jackie shakes Tempest’s hand and said HI I’VE HAVEN’T MET YOU BEFORE BUT I HAVE A PSYCHIC VIBE OF WHAT YOU LOOKED LIKE BEFORE…(cough, sputter, gag) then In her DC she said she kind of got the vision that her whole face was pulled back behind her ears, but she looked graceful and beautiful and the Dr. did a great job.
Gamble brings out the diamonds to show the girls from when she and Rick went shopping…Lydia asks her how big she wants the diamond, 2k,3k,4k…then does a DC and holds up her ring and says BEAT THAT GAMBLE…and then laughs like an idiot.
Shirtless waiters show up passing food around, then they set up two chairs and place Gina in one, and Gamble in another and the strippers start their strip dancing and gyrating around both of them…Gina takes it in stride, and Gamble is clearly uneasy and tries to get away and out of the chair… “Jacket” are the next two in the chairs and Janet is pulling the underwear off one guy and Jackie is telling about how she used to sow wild oats but NOW SHE IS MARRIED!
Lydia snarks that Gamble is pretending she never saw a naked man’s body before, c’mon, isn’t she used to something like this?
Jackie does a DC saying Gamble put the biggest act on known to man it was like STFU
Chyka thought it would be a bit of fun and is sorry Gamble didn’t enjoy it. Just maybe Chyka that is why she said she didn’t want it! Duh!
Gamble later is talking to Chyka and says someone took her to a strip club years ago and she hated it and has a phobia about strippers (NO WONDER she said she didn’t want strippers at her party) why couldn’t they have respected that?
Gamble’s comments from her own blog are: “My ex-husband was in the oil industry in Houston. Before we flew home to Australia to get married, the girls from his office took me to a male strip club called La Bears.
Texan girls are wild! The women were screaming and molested these guys. I was put on stage and subjected to some full on stuff that grossed me out. The strippers had prickly skin from shaving and had grabbed my hands and made me rub their oily bodies. I spent the next hour in the bathroom washing my hands. That is why I don’t like strippers.
- Tempest apologized to Janet for how she acted in Sydney
- Janet said she would have defended her sister in the same way
- Gina talking to Gamble saying she is trying to work out where the bloody rumors came from…you weren’t comfortable with the strippers…the rumors have to be coming from Carlos, does he have photos
- Gamble no
- Gina are you sure
- Gamble I’m 100% sure
- Gina I am worried for you more than anything
- Gina spoke to Gamble and said do you know where part of your rumor came from?
- Gamble NO
- Gina, it’s your makeup artist, apparently she also does makeup for strippers
- Janet starting on Gamble again with Tempest.
- Gamble brings out the new puppy
- Puppy licking Gina’s face
- Petty Petti snarking it would take Wicket an hour to lick off Gina’s makup
- Chyka brings out the sex toy gifts
- I’m done!
NEXT WEEK IS THE LAST REGULAR SHOW, then a 2-part reunion…and guess what? Jackie and Gina have another fight…YAY…been there-done that-bought the T-shirt!!!
Ciao for now!
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