Interview with Author Laurada Byers on The Value of Integrative Medicine for PTSD, Pain, Cancer and Parkinson’s

When I first read Wild Wisdom, A Warthog’s Tale, I mistakenly took it for a children’s book. Look beyond the enchanting art work and you will find it is nothing of the sort. It’s a very adult book that uncovers the private thoughts and public decisions that Laurada Byers madeRead …

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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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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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Researchers Identify Biomarker Blood Test to Measure Pain

A breakthrough test developed by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers to measure pain in patients could help stem the tide of the opioid crisis in Indiana, and throughout the rest of the nation. A study led by psychiatry professor Alexander Niculescu, MD, PhD and published in Nature journal Molecular PsychiatryRead …

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Low-Level Laser Therapy as a Non-Pharma Option for Chronic Pain and Osteoarthritis

As the pressure to adopt non-pharma solutions for chronic pain become more imperative, integrative providers are looking at low-level laser therapy as a viable option. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a form of light therapy that triggers biochemical changes within cells. Photons are absorbed by cellular photoreceptors, triggering chemical alterations

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ACT NOW! IHPC Call to Comment on HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force

Want your voice heard about integrative pain management? The Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force issued its draft report in late Dec. 2018. The comment period is open for the next 90 days, until March 28, 2019. The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Task Force), in aRead …

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Webinar: Drs. Vanila Singh and Shari Ling on the HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force

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It’s no secret that there is an opioid addiction crisis in this country and that opioid prescriptions have played a role in this epidemic. To the integrative health community, it’s also no secret that part of the solution lies with integrative pain management protocols. What you may not know isRead …

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Inclusion Check-in: Are Integrative Practices in New Federal Opioid Legislation, National Academy, and FDA Activity?

One can easily count the chickens of non-pharmacological approaches highlighted in multiple organizational guidelines and state strategies related to pain and opioids. But one definitely cannot count on them hatching inside each new, significant policy initiative. Regular medicine tends to regress toward a non-inclusive mean in pain treatment. And “mean”Read …

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