Chronic Disease

The Fed’s Misguided “War on Pain,” And What We Can Do Instead

By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, Contributing Writer

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 Side-Effects Carry High Price Tag

By Rachael Adams, Contributing Writer

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.

Should Metformin Come with a B12 “Prescription”?

By Sherryl Van Lare, Contributing Writer

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.

Psoriasis is a Real (Migraine) Headache

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

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.

Gluten Sensitivity, Food Allergies & The Gut-Brain Connection

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

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.