About a decade ago, with roughly one-quarter of all Americans suffering some form of chronic pain, the US government did what it does best, and declared a “War on Pain.” Doctors responded by doing what they do best: prescribing painkillers. The result? Thousands of preventable deaths due to overdoses and side-effects, a surge of addiction, and even more people in chronic pain. Fortunately, as pain expert Jacob Teitelbaum points out, holistic and integrative medicine offers many safer, more effective options.
Anti-inflammatory drugs hold the top spot for specialty drug spending in the US, accounting for 23% of all dollars spent on specialty medications. They're also among the most common culprits when it comes to adverse effects, and those end up costing us billions---$2.2 billion to be exact.
A glucan-based compound derived from Shiitake mushrooms might provide a sorely needed new option for people with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Metformin, a first-line drug treatment for type 2 diabetes, has been prescribed to over 120 million people worldwide.It’s a safe bet that a large proportion of those people are deficient in vitamin B12, thanks to the use of this medication.
People with psoriatic disease — autoimmune conditions characterized by over-expression of proinflammatory cytokines — also had an increased risk for migraine. The connection? Chronic systemic inflammation.
Commonly extolled for its cardiovascular benefits, the Mediterranean diet may also foster good metabolic health by promoting a healthy intestinal microbiome.
To improve the care of patients struggling with food intolerances and to help them restore their health, clinicians need to understand the gut-brain axis and the ways in which allergen-induced inflammation ripples out through multiple organ systems, including the brain.
Indoor air pollutants, including mold and mycotoxins, may be contributing to more than 50% of our patient’s illnesses. All too often, though, we clinicians are unaware of it. Fortunately there are effective strategies that can help us help our patients "break the mold" and minimize the negative effects of mycotoxins.
Supplementation with a form of vitamin K may help to improve glycemic status in premenopausal women with prediabetes.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), one of the most common autoimmune diseases, may be triggered by changes in the microbial composition of the gut, specifically the overgrowth of an organism called Prevotella copri.