08 Sep 2017

Next Frontier Biosciences Scientific Advisor Dr. Rav Ivker to Hold Book Signings

Do you suffer from chronic pain and want to learn about how cannabis can be used as a natural, holistic treatment alternative to synthetic medications? Do you work in a dispensary or clinical setting and desire to become better educated about how to advise your patients on the appropriate use of cannabis? No matter who you are, Next Frontier Biosciences’ Dr. Rav Ivker has you covered, providing a comprehensive guide to the use and benefits of medical marijuana, as well as complementary healing therapies and practices in his new book, Cannabis for Chronic Pain: A Proven Prescription for Using Marijuana to Relieve Your Pain & Heal Your Life.

 

Dr. Rav will be holding book signings next Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00pm at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in LoDo (1628 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202) and the Boulder Bookstore on Tuesday, September 19 at 7:30pm (1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302). We hope you’ll join us for this exciting opportunity to meet with a knowledgeable and passionate thought leader in the medical cannabis community.

 

Dr. Rav, a respected holistic family physician and cannabis clinician based in Boulder, serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at Next Frontier Biosciences. A health educator, spiritual counselor, author and healthcare visionary with nearly 45 years of experience, his primary focus is in the treatment and prevention of chronic pain using a holistic approach that includes medical marijuana.

 

Complete with success stories from real-life patients, Cannabis for Chronic Pain, which hits bookstore shelves next week, guides readers through the cannabis and holistic treatment program for specific chronic pain conditions—from arthritis, back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, shingles, menstrual cramps, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and pain from cancer or its treatment.

 

Dr. Rav presents cannabis from a scientific, medical, and mystical perspective, making a compelling case for medical marijuana as a safe and effective alternative to opioids.

 

07 Sep 2017

Press Release: Cannabis For Chronic Pain By Dr. Rav Ivker

Cannabis For Chronic Pain 

By: Dr. Rav Ivker

 

“An informative approach to an increasingly mainstream topic, and even skeptics may find Ivker’s positive energy, encouraging view of life, and generous sprinkling of inspirational quotes from the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Albert Einstein beneficial.”

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Cannabis for Chronic Pain presents a long-awaited, rational discussion of the potential of cannabis as a therapeutic tool across a wide spectrum of challenging medical conditions. From the perspectives of both patient and clinician, Dr. Ivker provides compelling evidence to support judicious use of cannabis, especially for chronic pain, and reveals that in terms of risk versus benefit, cannabis outshines anything pharmaceutical.”

—David Perlmutter, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain and Brain Maker

 

“This book is a valuable resource for anyone suffering with chronic pain. By establishing the standard of care for the emerging field of cannabis medicine, it guides readers to quickly and safely relieve their pain, providing an effective alternative to opioids. But even more important it helps readers address the causes of their pain while providing a holistic self-care approach to long-term relief, utilizing state-of-the-art integrative and functional medicine.”

—Mark Hyman, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Fat, Get Thin

 

 

With medical marijuana legalized in more than half of the country’s 50 states, legal marijuana sales have created a multi-billion dollar industry. In CANNABIS FOR CHRONIC PAIN (September 12, 2017; Touchstone; $25; Hardcover; ISBN: 978-1-5011-5588-8)—the first authoritative and comprehensive guide for treating chronic pain with medical marijuana—holistic family physician DR. RAV IVKER provides essential information and instruction on how to use marijuana to treat a variety of physical and emotional pain conditions. Dr. Ivker also serves as a Scientific adviser to Next Frontier Biosciences, the formulators of Verra Wellness.

 

Dr. Ivker has been practicing family medicine for the past forty-five years. Since 1987, his practice has focused on treating and preventing chronic illness using a whole-person (body-mind-spirit) approach. After suffering an extremely painful case of shingles and experiencing firsthand the dramatic relief provided by medical marijuana, he was inspired to write this book and broadcast the message that cannabis is a safe and highly effective alternative to the addictive and often deadly opioids. In 2014, there were fifty-two deaths every day from opioid overdose.

 

This integration of cannabis into a holistic medical treatment program has proven to be remarkably successful for quickly relieving pain providing long-term relief, reducing and eliminating opioids, addressing the causes of disease, and for helping patients to heal their lives. In his Fully Alive Medicine practice he’s treated more than 7,000 chronic pain patients with medical marijuana.

 

Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans—more than heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. As the number of patients using medical marijuana increases yearly, misconceptions about cannabis and whether it’s harmful or dangerous still abound. In CANNABIS FOR CHRONIC PAIN, Dr. Ivker dispels many of the misconceptions and presents marijuana’s risks and therapeutic potential for healing anyone afflicted with chronic pain.

 

The book guides readers through the various safe means of cannabis treatment and addresses a range of topics such as:

  • The common requirements across states for patients to obtain medical marijuana licenses.
  • The pros and cons of the delivery methods, including smoking, vaporizing, transdermal patches, and even juicing.
  • Driving while under the influence of marijuana and common side effects of THC.
  • The differences between the two primary Sativa and Indica strains and their varying effects on common chronic pain conditions.
  • The most effective hybrid pain relievers to purchase.

 

Complete with success stories from real-life patients, CANNABIS FOR CHRONIC PAIN guides readers through the cannabis and holistic treatment program for specific chronic pain conditions—from arthritis, back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, shingles, menstrual cramps, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and pain from cancer or its treatment. Dr. Rav offers step-by-step instructions on the benefits and appropriate use of medical marijuana and complementary healing therapies and practices. (For example, cannabis does not have to be smoked or ingested to be effective! Transdermal patches, tablets, sublingual and nasal sprays, and drops can achieve the same, if not better, pain relief.) It’s now possible to create a distinct cannabis prescription for varying types of chronic pain. The book also doubles as an instructional manual for industry workers—budtenders and cannabis clinicians—to advise patients on the appropriate use of medical marijuana.

 

CANNABIS FOR CHRONIC PAIN presents cannabis from a scientific, medical, and mystical perspective, making a compelling case for medical marijuana as a safe and effective alternative to opioids.

 

 

Dr. Rav Ivker is a holistic family doctor with nearly five decades of experience. He’s written seven holistic healing books, most notably Sinus Survival He received his DO degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a past-president and cofounder of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM), a past-president of the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He runs his own holistic medical practice, Fully Alive Medicine, in Boulder, Colorado.

 

 

Media Contact: Courtney Brach, 212.698.1296, Courtney.Brach@simonandschuster.com