John Stracks, MD

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John Stracks
John Stracks is board certified in family medicine and received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He is interested in integrative medicine, mind body programs and the mind body syndrome. Currently Dr. Stracks is practicing medicine at the Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness. Dr. Stracks believes that treatment plans need to include a mind and body component along with a social and spiritual component as well. Changes in nutrition, activity level, and other lifestyle areas can dramatically improve a person's health. (Source)

In the Fall of 2010 Dr. Stracks was a subject in a Chicago Tribune article called "Writing to Ease Your Pain," in which discussed the methods Dr. Stracks uses to help treat people with chronic pain. Dr. Stracks was also the co-host of the first TMS conference.

In the past, Dr. Stracks has held regular group discussion gatherings that allowed some of his former patients to discuss their treatment successes with other people with TMS/PPD. He calls these get togethers "booster sessions" and modeled them after the patient panels that Dr. Sarno used to host.

Q&A with an Expert Answers
Dr. Stracks has provided numerous responses the PPD/TMS Peer Network's Question & Answer program. He has responded to the following questions:

Research Abstracts

Sustained Pain Reduction Through Affective Self-awareness in Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Michael Hsu, Howard Schubiner, Mark Lumley, John Stracks, et alJournal of Internal Medicine


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This study led by Dr. Howard Schubiner examined the effectiveness of "affective self-awareness" treatment protocol in patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. The participants were all women, and 46% reported at least a 30% drop in pain severity. The treatment used on these patients included journal exercises and mindfulness techniques. It shows that a "TMS treatment approach" can reduce pain in patients.

Contact Information

Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness 1100 E. Huron Street Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60611
312-926-DOCS (3627)

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