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Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2015 May;26(2):309-20. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2014.12.006.

Nutrition and pain.

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Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington, C408 Health Sciences, 1959 NE Pacific St, Seattle, WA 98195-6390, USA; Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington, Box 356540, 1959 NE Pacific Street, BB-1469, Seattle, WA 98195-6540, USA. Electronic address:


Research is providing compelling evidence for Hippocrates' oft quoted "Let food be thy medicine." Despite this, most graduating physicians receive only a few hours of instruction about nutrition and coaching to help patients change their eating habits. Appropriate nutritional interventions may be one of the most useful tools doctors have to improve overall health outcomes in their patients and specifically reduce inflammation. Whether doctors choose to do this themselves or collaborate with other professionals trained in nutritional coaching, the benefits of attending to nutritional status can enhance outcomes of other therapies.


Antioxidants; Diet; Healing; Inflammation; Integrative pain medicine; Microbiome; Micronutrients; Nutrition

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