November 2010 Vol. 2 Issue 11

Interviews with Experts

A Conversation with Bastyr University Researcher Leanna Standish, ND, PhD, LAc, FABNO, About Naturopathic Research And Her Two NIH Funded Clinical Trials

By Natural Medicine Journal
Leanna Standish, ND, PhD, LAc, FABNO is an experienced researcher, neuroscientist, acupuncturist and naturopathic doctor (ND), as well as one of only a handful of NDs in the state of Washington to be board certified in naturopathic oncology. She is a research professor in the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University and the Medical Director of the Bastyr Integrative Oncology Research Center (BIORC).

Abstracts & Commentary

Effects of DHEA and Exercise on Strength and Function in Older, Frail Women

By Susan W. Ryan, DO
This study reaffirms that DHEA supplementation does not improve BMD nor bone turnover markers. The authors conclude that DHEA supplementation improves lower-extremity strength and function in older, frail women involved in gentle exercise when in fact it is not demonstrated that the supplementation of DHEA had any material impact on performance.

The Use of Curcumin with Gemcitabine in Patients With Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

By Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
Given the potential of curcumin as both an anticancer agent and a chemotherapy sensitizing agent, there is keen interest in finding the appropriate applications and doses for its use in integrative oncology.

Does CAM Access Reduce Healthcare Expenditures?

By Carlo Calabrese, ND, MPH
This paper is the latest in a series from this team to evaluate insurance claims databases resulting after a 1996 insurance inclusion mandate for CAM providers in Washington state. The change in regulation required that health insurance companies operating within the state to provide access to every state-qualified class of healthcare providers. Earlier papers from the group found that overall claims were little affected by coverage of CAM providers due to smaller claim size compared to conventional medical claims. Those studies also found that CAM users tended to have higher morbidity than non-users.

Mediterranean Diet and Mortality: A Second Meta-Analysis

By Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
This paper is an update of Sofi et al 2008, adding data from newly published studies. The increased quantity of data did not have a substantial effect on the original findings.

Selenium & Prostate Cancer: Untangling the Web of Conflicting Data

By Steve Austin, ND
What are we to make of the findings of the new trial? It came up empty-handed, but its findings tell us nothing about primary prevention. Recall that primary prevention was the focus of the original successful trial.

Community Profiles

Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine Integrates Community, Medicine, and the Environment

By Alexis Lynn
Thompson notes that the physical changes to the space reflect not only green concepts, but the notion of regeneration, as well. "That idea of recreating and giving back even more than you take is very naturopathic in its essence." The goal, she says, is "to leave this environment in a better place than we even have received it."

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Coenzyme Q10 in Parkinson's Disease: Ready for First Line Use?

By Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder marked by resting tremors, rigidity of movement, postural abnormalities, and akinesia. The "trigger"for the onset of PD is not known and is presumed to be multifactorial, involving genetic susceptibility and environmental agents.

Naturopathic Approaches to Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis

By Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN
Healthcare providers can help prevent and treat osteoporosis by supporting the improvement of nutritional status through diet and nutritional supplementation, along with suggestion for an increase in exercise training.

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