What is The Board of Medicine?

From nutrition and plant medicine to neurosurgery and psychiatry, the Board has you covered. The Board of Medicine is a consortium of physicians, scientists, and subject matter experts working together to provide access to evidence-based, peer-reviewed and data-driven knowledge to ensure the safety of medicine for patients, prescribers, and industry partners.

The Board of Medicine is a 501C3 Non-Profit Medical Board that trains and certifies care providers, medicines, and medicine producers and distributors. We have seen a startling rise in the number of deaths and disabilities due to over-prescription and misuse of opioid narcotics and benzodiazepines over the last 20 years. Furthermore, we have also seen a spike in the number of people diagnosed with treatment-resistant chronic illnesses, specifically mental illnesses. The pharmaceuticals often prescribed to treat these chronic conditions have many adverse or unwanted effects that often get worse the longer the medicine is taken. Some of these side effects are unfortunately permanent.

Do No Harm

From a critical analysis of the literature, it has become clear that the number needed to treat (NNT), or how many people need to be treated with a medicine to see a clinically significant reduction in symptoms, with most prescription medicines used to treat chronic mental illnesses and chronic pain disorders is very high. What is actually more frightening is that the number needed to harm (NNH), or how many people need to be treated with a medicine to see a clinically significant side effect, is actually very low. What this means, in the case of SSRI’s or opioids for chronic pain as an example, is that most of the time these medicines are prescribed for long-term use,  they are more likely to cause harm than they are to result in symptom relief.

This practice is in direct violation of the Hippocratic principle of Primum Non Nocere or Do No Harm. This principle was put into place by both the founding members of Western Medicine and Eastern Medicine practices alike and Hippocrates mentioned it frequently. It is unethical to treat a patient with a medicine that has significant risk when the available non-invasive and non-pharmacologic options have not been completely explored and exhausted. This is particularly critical when working with vulnerable populations (children, pregnant women, geriatric patients, etc.) who are often not good candidates for prescription pharmaceuticals and who often receive prescriptions that are off-label.

Choose how you heal

Thankfully, plant medicines like non-psychoactive forms of cannabis (CBD, CBDa, CBN, CBG, etc), many herbs (valerian root, turmeric, ashwaganda, etc), and therapeutic mushrooms are extremely safe when used and dosed properly. These plant medicines actually have a lower NNT and a much higher NNH, indicating that they are more likely to provide symptom relief than adverse reactions. This is how Hippocrates originally described medicines that heal and how he intended medicines to be used for treatment.

The Board of Medicine has focused on developing the world’s first peer-reviewed evidence-based guidelines for production, treatment, and use of such medicines that are currently unregulated in the market because so many of them are safe and effective when used correctly. Medicines from herbs to mushrooms and fungi to cannabis and cacti are powerful tools to support healing that have been passed down to us, sometimes for thousands of years. Science is now demonstrating how and why these ancient medicines work and that they work very safely when used properly. The Board of Medicine is proud to bring this essential information to you so that, finally, you can choose how you heal.