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Benefits of Elderberry for Symptoms of Common Cold in Air Travelers

By Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO
In this placebo-controlled study, elderberry extract reduced symptoms and duration of common colds related to air travel, but the quality of the study raises some concerns.

Periodontitis and Alzheimer’s Disease

By Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Observational study sheds light on the mechanisms driving Alzheimer’s disease progression. Can a relatively simple intervention help slow cognitive decline?

Vitamin D Effective for Suppressing Immune Reactions

By Heather Paulson, ND, FABNO
Double-blind, randomized controlled study, finds vitamin D is associated with changes in cell-mediated immunity—and that serum vitamin D levels increase significantly after 2 months of supplementation.

Treatment of IgE-mediated Food Allergies with Baked Egg Biscuits

By Eleonora Naydis, ND, LAc, FABNO
Study shows that gradually introducing egg protein in baked form can effectively desensitize egg-allergic children.

Aspirin and Colorectal Cancer

By Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the top causes of cancer death in the United States. For those with a history of CRC, a life-extending treatment may already be in the medicine cabinet.

Ashwagandha Helps Manage Stress-Related Weight Gain

By Tori Hudson, ND
A recent double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial investigated the effects of a popular adaptogen on controlling weight and improving general well-being in adults with chronic stress.

Metformin Protects Against Breast Cancer Metastasis

By Davis W. Lamson, ND
Study demonstrates metformin’s anticancer benefits in a new subpopulation of women with breast cancer.

Grape Juice Improves Driving in Stressed Working Mothers

By Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Placebo-controlled study demonstrates the benefits of flavonoid-rich grape juice for women who live life in the fast lane.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Lifestyle Interventions Enhance Quality of Life and Reduce Recurrence Risk Among Cancer Survivors

By Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, Matt Mumber, MD, and Karolyn A. Gazella
There are 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States and, according to the American Cancer Society, this number is projected to increase to 20 million by 2026. In recognition of the unique health needs of this growing population, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has mandated that cancer centers provide survivors with a Survivorship Care Plan. This review provides scientific substantiation regarding key lifestyle intervention strategies that both help cancer centers meet the mandate, and help cancer survivors heal from treatment, reduce their risk of cancer recurrence, and enhance overall wellness.

The Immune System: An Integrative Perspective

By Eric Secor
A healthy and intact immune response requires coordination between skin, mucosal barriers, and both the innate and adaptive aspects of immune response. With an overarching mandate of protection, the blueprints of individual immune surveillance systems are inherited through family history and fashioned through interactions with the environment, including lifestyle choices and chemical exposures. The goal of this article is to provide an overview of the immune response and opportunities for assessment, treatment, and management from an integrative medical perspective.

Biodiversity, Nature, and Human Health

By Kristen Arvidson
Some recent studies claim biodiversity has a positive effect on human health, whereas human alterations to the natural environment have unfavorable health effects. This brief literature review cites current research that endorses biodiversity for human health and examines the negative consequences of natural environment modification. The review focuses on the health benefits of biodiverse environments, outdoor activity, and plant interactions, as well as the negative health effects of human disturbances, climate change, and urban landscapes.

Immunology Special Issue 2016

By Natural Medicine Journal

Pediatrics Special Issue 2016

By Natural Medicine Journal

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