Women's Health Special Issue 2017

by Natural Medicine Journal

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.

Perioperative Probiotics in Abdominal Surgeries

by Rebecca Lovejoy, ND, LAc
The use of probiotics to support general health is widespread, and quite a bit of research has been conducted on the use of various strains and doses in various contexts. Based on available research, some guidelines have been developed on clinical use of beneficial bacteria under specific disease or treatment circumstances, regarding strains, doses, and expected outcomes. This article highlights available evidence related to the use of probiotics in abdominal surgery as an addition to standard perioperative procedures, such as prophylactic antibiotic administration, with special attention to the use of probiotics in the perioperative gastrointestinal (GI) oncology setting, a narrow focus that lies beyond the scope of current guidelines.

Abstracts & Commentary

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.

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.

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.

Urban Air Pollution and Insulin Resistance, Type 2 Diabetes, and Obesity

by Walter Crinnion, ND
Preventing diabetes—a breath of fresh air? A recent trial raises diabetes concerns for people living in urban environments.

Nigella sativa Supports Healing in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND
Placebo-controlled study demonstrates positive effects of Nigella sativa (also known as black cumin), supporting its use in the management of both endocrine and immune disorders.

Olfaction, Radioactive Iodine, and Salivation

by Kirsten West, ND
According to a recent randomized controlled trial, aromatherapy may be helpful in treating radiation-induced dry mouth.

Electric Bicycles Increase Fitness

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Using an electrically assisted bicycle to commute to work for even 1 month may have measurable health benefits.

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.

Clinical Applications of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Conditions

by Natural Medicine Journal
In this interview, Ronald Hoffman, MD, discusses how he uses the specific carbohydrate diet to treat inflammatory bowel conditions. He describes techniques to enhance compliance and outcomes and compares the SCD with the Paleo and low-FODMAP diets.

Sponsored Podcasts

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.

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.”