Dr. Rav Ivker
Holistic Family Physician And Health Educator, and Best-Selling Author
Dr. Robert (Rav) Ivker is a holistic healer, family physician, cannabis clinician, health educator, and best-selling author of eight holistic healing books, most notably SINUS SURVIVAL: The Holistic Medical Treatment for Sinusitis, Allergies, and Colds, 4th edition, and Cannabis for Chronic Pain. He is a board-certified integrative holistic physician, a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the co-founder and past-president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM), and a past-president of the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA).
Dr. Ivker began practicing family medicine in 1972 after graduating from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Since curing a 10-year bout of chronic sinusitis in 1987 using a holistic (body-mind-spirit) approach, his focus has been treating, preventing, and curing chronic disease by teaching patients exceptional self-care; and transforming health care by establishing Fully Alive Medicine (integrative holistic medicine) as the foundation for primary care in the 21st century, based on the core belief love heals.
During the past seven years in his Fully Alive Medicine practice in Boulder, CO, he has evaluated and treated more than 7500 chronic pain patients using medical marijuana to relieve their suffering. He also continues to work with challenging chronic and fungal sinusitis patients, in addition to asthmatics wanting to break their dependence on inhalers.
His new book, Cannabis for Chronic Pain (Simon & Schuster, Sept. 2017), is an introduction to the holistic sub-specialty of Cannabis Medicine. The book is focused on the application of medical marijuana for relieving chronic pain (both physical and emotional), and its use as a complement to a holistic treatment program for potentially curing the underlying condition causing the pain. With Cannabis for Chronic Pain, Dr. Ivker is helping to establish the standard of care for the safe and effective use of medical marijuana for treating chronic pain and offering a solution to the opioid crisis.
My personal experience with a severe case of shingles, combined with the thousands of similar success stories I’ve seen from working with more than 7500 chronic pain patients using medical marijuana to relieve their suffering, inspired me to write Cannabis for Chronic Pain.
In the book I guide the reader in the appropriate use of this remarkable medicine for treating twenty of the most common chronic pain conditions – both physical and emotional pain.
“Cannabis for chronic pain presents a long-awaited, rational discussion of the potential of cannabis as a therapeutic tool…”
DAVID PERLMUTTER, MD
Chronic sinusitis is the world’s most common respiratory condition, making life miserable for millions of sinus sufferers. Since 1988 with the publication of the first of four editions of the bestselling Sinus Survival, I have been continually committed to the process of improving the quality and effectiveness of the holistic Sinus Survival Treatment Program.
It has truly been a privilege and a pleasure working with several thousand of the most challenging sinus patients and helping them to relieve their sinus dis-ease and heal their lives.
“Thank you for the book. I now feel empowered about managing this seemingly uncontrollable aspect of my health.”
RONELLE S., SAN FRANCISCO, CA
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