Inappropriate Pain Management after Surgery is a Major Cause of the Opioid Crisis

Over the past decade an increasing reliance on opioids to treat pain has been associated with a rising epidemic of opioid misuse in the USA, that is now expanding globally. Lancet recently published three papers designed to address the role of inappropriate opioid prescribing after surgery as a major causeRead …

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David Haase, MD: Navigating the Intersections of Stress, Pain, and Addiction – Seeing Hope through the Functional Medicine Lens

David Haase on Stress, Pain, and Addiction
In this interview by Craig Gustafson, he talks with David Haase, MD, the keynote speaker at the Institute for Functional Medicine Annual International Conference, 2019. Originally published in Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal, Dr. Haase discusses the issue of  stress, pain, and addiction. The following is an excerpt followed by

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Why and When do Patients Choose to Use Integrative and Complementary Health Approaches

Have you ever noticed your patients’ decision patterns when opting for integrative and complementary health approaches (ICHA) to specific health issues?  This latest study, published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, shows how and why people may prefer ICHA in some situations and but not in others. These choices largelyRead …

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Holistic Approach to Pain May help Prevent Drug Deaths in Vulnerable Populations

As integrative practitioners have been saying, a holistic approach to pain is the answer to the opioid crisis, especially for low-income and at-risk patients. A new study give these ideas merit. A program offering group support, acupuncture, mindfulness, massage and gentle exercise may help prevent patients on prescription opioids fromRead …

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Integrative Healthcare Goes to Washington with the Congressional Integrative Health and Wellness Caucus

Capitol Hill Legislators and Staffers Get a Hands-On Introduction to Integrative Medicine WASHINGTON DC – On March 6, 2019, the second annual Congressional Integrative Health and Wellness Caucus, co-led by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), and Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), was held for an audience of 50 Democratic and Republican HouseRead …

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One in Five Deaths, 11 Million Annually, Associated with Poor Diets, says Lancet study

People in almost every region of the world could benefit from rebalancing their diets to eat optimal amounts of various foods and nutrients, according to the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study tracking trends in consumption of 15 dietary factors from 1990 to 2017 in 195 countries, published in TheRead …

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Gut Microbiome Connected to Effectiveness of Immunotherapies for Cancer

immunotherapies for cancer

A growing amount of research shows that the gut microbiome has a dramatic affect on anti-tumor immunity. Just how the intestinal microbiota limits tumor expansion has remained somewhat elusive. This new study, published in Nature Commutations, shows why certain immune checkpoint inhibitors, used in cancer treatment, don’t always work. It’sRead …

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New Study by Valter Longo, PhD: Fasting Mimicking Repairs Gut and Reduces Inflammation

The science surrounding fasting is reaching new levels of understanding. In this new study, well-known researcher Valter Longo, PhD, study author and the director of the USC Longevity Institute at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and professor of biological sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts

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