Healthcare Perspectives

Takeaways from the 2017 Integrative SIBO Conference

by Natural Medicine Journal
Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a heterogeneous syndrome characterized by an increase in the number and/or the presence of atypical microbiota in the small intestine. The 2017 Integrative SIBO Conference focused on the mechanisms underlying the condition and its diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and associations with other conditions. These summaries of the conference presentations will benefit both those who attended the conference and those who missed it.

Abstracts & Commentary

Effects of Forest Bathing on Elderly COPD Patients

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
Exciting results from a novel study investigating the effects of Shinrin-yoku in patients with respiratory disease elevate the potential clinical applications of forest bathing—but also raise more questions.

Artificial Light at Night Increases Breast Cancer Risk

by Heather Wright, ND, FABNO
A recent observational study generated maps that color coded high to low levels of light at night, as well as breast cancer incidence, per census tract. As hypothesized, more cases occurred in the urban and high-population areas.

Urtica Benefits Women with Diabetes

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
A recent randomized controlled trial finds extract of stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) superior to placebo in reducing fasting plasma glucose in women with diabetes.

Fenugreek Standardized Extract for Menopausal Symptoms

by Jennifer Johnson, ND, LAc
Fenugreek seed has a long history of medicinal use, and recent research suggests it has activity in hormone-mediated conditions. A new placebo-controlled trial shows that fenugreek extract substantially and significantly improves a range of menopause-related symptoms.

Natural Treatments for Anxiety and Depression

by Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc
Prescription antidepressants are only marginally effective for mild to moderate depression, and anxiolytic medications, though effective in the short term, have a number of potential adverse effects. An encouraging study found a holistic, naturopathic approach significantly reduced symptoms of both anxiety and depression in its patient population.

Beneficial Microbe Repairs and Protects Against Aspirin-Induced Injury

by Rebecca Lovejoy, ND, LAc
Although low-dose aspirin (LDA) reduces cardiovascular risk and may even help prevent certain cancers, it can wreak havoc on the stomach and small bowel. Could adding lactobacillus-rich yogurt to the diet help protect the gut lining from LDA damage?

Are Cancer Survivorship Care Plans Doing More Harm Than Good?

by Matt Mumber, MD
Survivorship Care Plans are intended to facilitate efficient continuity of care and to provide cancer survivors with a resource to address treatment-related symptoms and risk reduction. But a recent study shows they may be causing undue anxiety instead.

Coffee and Hypertension

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Some of us get “the jitters” when we drink too much coffee, so we intuitively expect the relationship between coffee consumption and blood pressure to be positively linear. Results from a recent study say otherwise.

Sponsored Podcasts

Micronutrient Deficiencies in America

by Natural Medicine Journal
In this interview, Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. discusses the state of micronutrient deficiencies in America. Vitamin D, vitamin B6, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and even vitamin C are deficient in tens of millions of Americans. Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. also discusses what can be done to identify and treat what she calls a “hidden epidemic of micronutrient deficiencies.”

A Physiology-First Approach to Treating Lyme Disease

by Natural Medicine Journal
Lyme disease can be a challenging condition to treat. In this interview, integrative medicine expert, Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, CCN, describes his treatment approach and also explains the important connection between Lyme disease and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

Integrative Treatment Considerations for Patients with Eating Disorders: An Interview with Carrie Decker, ND

by Natural Medicine Journal
People who currently and have historically struggled with eating disorders often have many eating disorder-related symptoms that respond positively to an integrative approach to treatment. Just like many other chronic health conditions, with appropriately selected interventions, recovery from an eating disorder can be further facilitated with holistic support.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Management of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

by Jaclyn Chasse, ND
The loss of a single pregnancy can be devastating, but some women experience multiple losses, compounding the devastation. Dr. Chasse explains many potential causes of pregnancy loss and provides guidelines for evaluation and treatment, noting that naturopathic clinicians have much to offer.

Mediterranean Diet for Cancer Prevention

by Michelle Qaqundah, ND, FABNO
The benefits of a Mediterranean diet have been touted for years, but evidence of its health-promoting effects continues to mount. This article reviews more recent studies that underscore the diet’s cancer-preventing effects, and provides an in-depth analysis of the diet itself, including specific suggestions for food selection and preparation to improve adherence.

Women's Health Special Issue 2017

by Natural Medicine Journal

Interviews with Experts

The Stress Response: Lifestyle and Herbs for Maintaining Resilience

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
In this interview, Aviva Romm, MD, reviews how the stress response is triggered, how the hypothalamic-pituatary-adrenal (HPA) axis engages, and what can be done to lessen the health consequences of chronic stress. This is a conversation for patients and practitioners alike, covering the basics and some nuanced botanical insights that can help any clinician in prescribing adaptogenic plant combinations for their patients.