Health Topics A-Z




























Medical Foods: Nutrition for Healing

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Medical foods can help you handle your acute and chronic pain without the side effects associated with pharmaceuticals.
Air Date: 2/10/17
Duration: 26:55
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: David Silver, MD
Dr. David SilverDr. David Silver currently serves as Chief Medical Officer and formerly held the positions of President and Chief Operating Officer at Targeted Medical Pharma.

Dr. Silver is a practicing board certified rheumatologist and internist with privileges at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California and served as clinical chief of rheumatology at Cedars Sinai from October 2000 to September 2004.

Since June 1993, Dr. Silver has taught at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine in various capacities and in July 2004 was named an associate clinical professor. From December 1994 to October 2008, Dr. Silver served as the director of the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and, since January 1993, Dr. Silver has served as associate medical director of the Osteoporosis Medical Center, a non-profit research corporation in Beverly Hills, California. From May 2003 to April 2006, Dr. Silver served as member of the scientific advisory committee of the American College of Rheumatology and, from May 2000 to April 2002, he served as a member of the awards and grants committee.

Dr. Silver has written a book entitled Playing Through Arthritis: How to Conquer Pain and Enjoy Your Favorite Sports and Activities. Dr. Silver has also been granted several research grants to study osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and epicondylitis. He is the author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and has regularly accepted speaking engagements on various topics in rheumatology. He also serves as peer reviewer for Arthritis and Rheumatism, Clinical Rheumatology, Osteoporosis International, Journal of Osteoporosis and American Journal of Managed Care.

Dr. Silver received a Bachelor of Arts degree in medical sciences with a minor in economics from Boston University and a medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine. He did his residency training in internal medical at Northwestern University School of Medicine and his fellowship in Rheumatology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
  • Book Title: Playing Through Arthritis: How to Conquer Pain and Enjoy Your Favorite Sports and Activities
  • Guest Facebook Account: www.facebook.com/TargetedMedicalPharma www.facebook.com/MedicalFoodsInfo
  • Guest Twitter Account: @tmedpharma @medfoods
Medical Foods: Nutrition for Healing
Millions of Americans suffer from acute or chronic pain. The emotional and financial burden on families can be devastating.

Symptoms are frequently treated, but the root cause isn’t always addressed. There are so many conditions that have pain as a symptom but from different sources.

Ideally, there is a more direct way to treat the cause.

Nutrition works differently when you are ailing versus when you are healthy. Treating nutritional deficiencies associated with disease can help address chronic pain. 

Medical foods are formulas recognized by the FDA for nutritional management of disease. They’re specifically designed to treat a disease or condition. These foods make disease claims and must have the data to support the structure and function of claims. They must contain components recognized as safe for consumption, so they aren’t regulated as strongly as pharmaceuticals.

Medical foods don’t require a prescription but do require physician supervision. Many physicians sell products directly.

A holistic treatment can help avoid the side effects of pharmaceuticals. Be sure to seek integrative therapy for your pain.

Listen as Dr. David Silver joins Dr. Susanne Bennett to discuss medical foods.