August 2011 Vol. 3 Issue 8

Quality Standards

The World in a Capsule

by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO  The globalization of the food and ingredient supply chain is quite significant. It is not unheard of to have ingredients sourced from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America all within one product. Even relatively simple products with one active ingredient can have inactive ingredients sourced from all over the planet.

Abstracts & Commentary

Multiple Pesticide Exposures Increases Lymphoma Risk

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  A case-control study using multiple logistic regression analysis to assess the relationship between the number of pesticides used and ensuing risk of developing NHL. Exposure data was gotten from the Cross-Canada Study of Pesticides and Health, gathered between 1991 and 1994. Ensuing cases of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) were found through hospital records or cancer registries.

Magnesium Supplementation Reduces Hot Flashes in Women with Breast Cancer

by Michael T. Murray, ND  Magnesium supplementation was found to be associated with a significant reduction in frequency/week of hot flashes and hot flash score. Reductions in fatigue, sweating, and distress were all significant.

Restless Leg Syndrome and Melatonin

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  This small study may in time be seen as one of the first clinical trials that eventually lead to a change in the way we approach restless leg syndrome (RLS) treatment in clinical practice.

Dietary Intervention in Infancy and Later Signs of Beta-Cell Autoimmunity

by Christine Toomasi, ND  With the incidence of type 1 diabetes rising faster than it has previously among children, food content in early childhood has been postulated to impact the risk of developing this disease later in life. In particular, early exposure to complex protein (found in cow's milk-based formula) and shortened breastfeeding duration could be risk factors for beta cell autoimmunity. In this trial, researchers from the Trial to Reduce IDDM in the Genetically at Risk (TRIGR) project investigated the effect of early dietary intervention during infancy on genetically susceptible infants.

Time for a Siesta?

by Teresa Silliman, ND  Napping in the mid-day is a custom in many cultures throughout the world. Whether such naps affect nighttime sleeping patterns by lessening the duration or quality of nighttime sleep has been debated. This study suggests that nighttime sleep duration and quality are not impaired by regular napping.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Health Effects of Tart Cherries

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Cherries, the fruit of Prunus cerasus trees, and their juice concentrates may be clinically beneficial in various conditions, including gout, arthritis, muscle injury, diabetes and neurodegeneration. In general tart cherries contain more beneficial phytochemicals.

The Latest Research on Vitamin D

by Natural Standard Vitamin D is one of the most publicized nutrients today. This monograph assesses the recent research, outlines the most and least promising uses for the vitamin, and explains interactions and contraindications.

Healthcare Perspectives

Six Easy Steps to Creating a Successful Integrative Medicine Practice

by Glenn Sabin Media and content marketing expert Glenn Sabin offers his comprehensive plan for moving your integrative medicine center or practice into a position of sustainable, long-term profitability for years to come.