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BRAIN INFLAMMATION BLOG #1: The New Paradigm* for the Treatment of Chronic Pain Disorders

Dr Alex Vasquez, 25 April 2016

Note: Dr Vasquez's expertise on the topics of fibromyalgia, dysbiosis, nutrition, functional medicine, clinical medicine, and microbiome/dysbiosis is demonstrated by the following publications (and more) plus numerous international post-graduate presentations since 2001: 

  1. Neuroinflammation in fibromyalgia and CRPS is multifactorial. Nature Reviews Rheumatology 2016 Mar PDF

  2. The Microbiome Arrives to Prime Time in Primary Care, Implications for the Anti-Dysbiotic Treatment of Fibromyalgia. Nutritional Perspectives 2015 Oct PDF

  3. Translating Microbiome (Microbiota) and Dysbiosis Research into Clinical Practice: The 20-Year Development of a Structured Approach that Gives Actionable Form to Intellectual Concepts. International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine  2015 Jun PDF

  4. Inflammation Mastery, 4th Edition (and thereafter). 2016 PDF of samples

  5. Mitochondrial Medicine Arrives to Prime Time in Clinical Care: Nutritional Biochemistry and Mitochondrial Hyperpermeability (“Leaky Mitochondria”) Meet Disease Pathogenesis and Clinical Interventions. Integr Med 2014 Aug

History of previous work: Most people --especially clinicians and healthcare students-- who are familiar with my work know that most of my teaching originated from the work that I did when I started teaching Orthopedics and Rheumatology for the Naturopathic Medicine Program at Bastyr University in 2000 and 2001; from those seedling course notes blossomed the books initially published as Integrative Orthopedics (2004, 2007, 2011), Integrative Rheumatology (2006, 2007, 2014 and now published as Inflammation Mastery, 4th Edition in 2016) and also Musculoskeletal Pain: Expanded Clinical Strategies, commissioned by the Institute for Functional Medicine in 2008. During all these years, I have published more than 100 professional articles and letters on the topics of nutrition and pain and inflammation, and I have given innumerable post-graduate presentations internationally. Many of my articles such as on vitamin D (2004) and mitochondrial nutrition (2014) have been potent "paradigm shifts" in the way clinicians view specific problems and solutions in clinical practice. Likewise, my most recent major article is titled "Neuroinflammation in fibromyalgia and CRPS is multifactorial" published in Nature Reviews Rheumatology (March 2016).