To all iSTOP's patients as well as all the friends of iSTOP, a very happy holiday season. May 2003 be filled with no pain and lots of happiness.
iSTOP wishes to thank all the people who have generously contributed toward funding various iSTOP projects during the past year.
Your donations were channeled towards payment for some of our patients, also towards the distribution of iSTOP information and advertising.
Donations to iSTOP are tax deductible.
During the weekend of September 12 - 15, our offices were buzzing as another group of physiotherapists and doctors were trained in the IMS method.
This course had a real international "flavor" as we had doctors from Malaysia, Italy and Guyana who also attended.
Feedback revealed that it was yet again a very successful course.
We wish our new practitioners good luck in their respective practices and hope that the new knowledge they have garnished, will be an asset in their practices.
The University of Washington's Multidisciplinary Pain Center has, since 1986, hosted the annual Gunn-Loke Lecture.
This lecture has become a popular educational event. Past lecturers include, amongst others, Ron Malzack, Patrick Wall, Gordon Waddell and Maria Fitzgerald.
This year's lecture was held on July 9. The lecturer was the eminent Dr Marshall Devor. His lecture was titled "Neural Mechanisms of Pain in Neuropathy"
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Dr Gunn was invited by the Canadian RSD Network to speak at the RSD Conference on July 11 - 13, 2002 in Vancouver.
The theme for the conference was "BALANCE IS THE KEY TO RSD/CRPS".
AEHF, Dallas, Texas
June 6 - 9, 2002: The Annual International Symposium on Man and His Environment in Health and Disease. Dr Gunn gave a lecture on June 6 on the topic "The Importance of Good Connections" and on June 7 he talked about "How to Recognize Early Neuropathy"
Session Evaluation on this symposium indicated that Dr Gunn's lecture was very positive.
Pochon CHA University, Korea
Dr Gunn was invited by Dr Sae-il Chun and Dr Kang Ahn to present the final lecture for the Advanced Course of IMS at the Graduate School of Complementary Alternative Medicine, Pochon CHA University in Korea.
Dr Gunn was appointed as visiting Clinical Professor.
There were 50 students who graduated from this course - most of them are already Professors in their fields of interest. They were all very impressed with the capabilities of IMS.
April / May 2002
During April 27 - 29, 2002 Dr Gunn was in London to help with the IMS Course which was organized by James Pinkney. James was assisted by Nickey Snazell, Steve Varney and Dr Richard Cassons. Practical sessions continued on May 18, 2002.
Dr Gunn attended the ICMART Conference in Edinburgh and debated with Dr Peter Baldry on Deep Needling vs Superficial Needling. Dr Gunn also gave a workshop on "Desensitization of Neuropathic Allodynia".
The Conference was held May 3 to 6, 2002 and feedback on Dr Gunn's presentation indicated that it was excellent and that there are lots of possibilities for this kind of treatment.
The IMS course in Bergen was held on May 9 - 11, 2002. Ronnie Hilland was the organizer for this course. He was assisted by Dr Casson and Rune Enehaug.
Feedback reflected that this was also a very successful course.
Nine in B.C.
Community leaders to be inducted
to order's first level this spring
By PATRICIA BAILEY
and MALCOLM CURTIS
A Vancouver doctor with a world-wide reputation for treating chronic pain without drugs was among nine B.C. residents appointed to the Order of Canada Monday.
Dr. Chan Gunn will join Vancouver environmentalist Vicky Husband and Hornby Island puppeteer Judith Lawrence in becoming members — the first level of the order — at a ceremony at Rideau Hall this spring.
The nine B.C. appointments were among 96 announced by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson Monday.
Retired politicians Ed Broadbent and Howard Pawley, former hockey star Red Kelly, broadcaster Patrick Watson and journalist John Eraser were also among those appointed to the order.
More than 1,000 people from around the world come to Vancouver annually to see pain specialist Gunn.
"This is a tribute to the thousands of people who have chronic pain and no one believes them," said the doctor, who founded the Gunn Pain Clinic on West Broadway. "We have solved the puzzle of chronic pain without drugs or surgery."
Gunn specializes in the treatment of neuropathic pain, or chronic pain due to nerve damage.
He believes this kind of pain can only be helped by hands-on treatment using acupuncture needles.
Husband, 61, conservation chairwoman of the Sierra Club of B.C., said she was thrilled to be made a member of the order. She raised the profile of the organization and became involved in the campaigns to protect coastal areas, including Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island.
Tuesday January 15, 2002
Dr Solomon is a visiting pain specialist from Palm Springs, California where he uses an integrative approach to manage patients with chronic pain.
Dr Solomon was formally trained at UCLA in the field of anesthesiology and has always held an interest in the study and treatment of painful conditions. His interest eventually led him toward the study of acupuncture and he was instrumental in the organization / development and eventual expansion of the UCLA Center for East-West medicine.