February 2011 Vol. 3 Issue 2

Quality Standards

Beyond Testing: Ensuring Supplement Quality

by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO  This issue of the "Natural Medicine Journal," we debut a column on quality in which various aspects of quality assurance in the dietary supplement industry will be addressed. It will be a practitioner's journey into the world of dietary supplement manufacturing. As we travel, we will learn the route, appreciate the landscape, and take some keepsakes back into our clinical practices.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Nutritional Medicine Textbook, by Alan R. Gaby, MD

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  When Alan Gaby's Nutritional Medicine textbook arrived in the mail, my first thought was, "This book weighs a lot." I walked over and placed it on the office scale. It weighs in at just over 8 pounds, 6 ounces. "Dr. Gaby birthed a textbook," I thought to myself. As I read the textbook, I realized that the analogy of birth was not far from the truth.

Abstracts & Commentary

Medical Qigong Improves Quality of Life, Mood, and Energy in Cancer Patients

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  Randomized controlled trial of 162 patients with various cancers. Average age was 60 years old (range 31-86) All patients had a prognosis >12 months and had never done QiGong before participating in the study. Outcome measures, including quality of life (QOL), fatigue, mood, and an inflammatory biomarker were measured before intervention and at 10 weeks post-intervention.

Risk of Ischemic Stroke Doubles After a Cup of Coffee

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Trained interviewers questioned 390 subjects (209 men, 181 women) a median of 3 days after acute ischemic stroke. Each subject's coffee consumption in the hour before stroke symptoms appeared was compared with his or her usual frequency of consumption in the prior year.

Hypertension Linked With Learning and Attention Problems in Children

by Erin Psota, ND  Data was collected on 201 patients 10 to 18 years of age, referred to the pediatric hypertension clinic at the University of Rochester Medical Center over a 3-year period. Subjects were assessed as either having or not having primary hypertension. Patients were considered hypertensive if either systolic or diastolic measurements were above the 95th percentile at the initial visit with subsequent confirmation by 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, assessment by a school nurse, or home monitoring. Provider-confirmed learning disabilities (LDs) and/or formal treatment for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were assessed per parent report.

Acupuncture vs Metoclopramide for Postoperative Gastroparesis Syndrome

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH  This is a randomized controlled trial of 63 patients from the Eastern Hepatobiliary Surgical Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China, 2004 to 2007, with postoperative gastroparesis syndrome (PGS) treated with acupuncture or metoclopramide (Reglan). Acupuncture was given to 32 patients, of whom 22 were male and 10 female.

Maitake Induces Ovulation in People with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

by Teresa Silliman, ND  Eighty subjects with a diagnosis of PCOS. After dropouts or noncompliance, 72 women participated in the study. Group 1 (n=36) were assigned to receive SX-fraction from Maitake mushroom (MSX) containing 250 mg of dried maitake mushroom powder and 18 mg of MSX per tab at a dose of 3 tabs 3 times daily between meals. Group 2 (n=36) was assigned to receive clomiphene citrate (CC), 50 mg daily on days 5-9 of menstrual cycle.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

The Multifaceted Role of Mast Cells in Cancer

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Mast cells play a dual role in cancer, and their presence in tumor tissue may affect prognosis both positively and negatively. What isn't clear is in which situations mast cells aid tumor growth and in which they suppress it. Published studies are reviewed in an attempt to provide a clinically useful understanding for the practitioner.

The Health Dividend of Glutathione

by Dean P. Jones, PhD  Emerging personalized health strategies utilize glutathione (GSH) as a quantitative indicator of health with the expectation that diet selection, GSH supplementation, and lifestyle approaches can be used to manage GSH status, thereby providing a health dividend by protecting against disease development.

Community Profiles

Sponsor Profile: Vital Nutrients

by Natural Medicine Journal Thomas J. Petrarca is president and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Nutrients and RHG & Company, Inc. During the past 7 years, he has been leading the strategic transformation of Vital Nutrients, stressing quality as a key component of the company’s cultural philosophy. Thom has nearly 16 years' experience with professional medical and healthcare products, but his passion for mental, physical, and spiritual health spans 3 decades. Before joining Vital Nutrients, he was the president and CEO of BC Corporation, a manufacturer with 3 strategic business units, including a professional medical products group where quality assurance and control was mission critical. He graduated magna cum laude from Roger Williams University with a BS in management science and marketing and received his MBA from the University of Rhode Island.