September 2011 Vol. 3 Issue 9

Quality Standards

The Truth About Medical Foods

by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO  Have you ever looked at a label and noticed the term medical food? Although medical foods have been around for decades, many healthcare professionals may not recognize this term, as it was not part of our standard medical training. As these therapeutic medical foods become more and more popular it is our responsibility as healthcare professionals to understand what they are, their significance, and how they compare to functional foods.

Healthcare Perspectives

AANP 2011 Convention Report

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  "Natural Medicine Journal's" editors share highlights from the recent AANP convention and exposition in Phoenix, AZ.

2011 AANP Conference Abstracts

by Natural Medicine Journal The following research abstracts were presented at the Conference and Exhibition of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians held...

Reconsidering Vitamin D: Interview with Alan Gaby, MD

by Natural Medicine Journal In his interview with Tina Kaczor, ND, Alan Gaby, MD, discusses the lack evidence regarding the safety and efficacy of high-dose vitamin D and encourages the naturopathic community to reconsider current practices.

First-Ever Science Summit at the AANP Convention a Success

by Karolyn A. Gazella The Summit brought together naturopathic clinicians, researchers, and leaders of academic and professional associations to discuss the naturopathic profession, patient access, public relations, and public health regulations.

Abstracts & Commentary

Colic Improves With Acupuncture

by Jaclyn Chasse, ND  Ninety otherwise healthy infants aged 2 to 8 weeks with infantile colic were randomized to receive acupuncture or no treatment. No sham acupuncture was administered.

Berberine Calms GI Upset From Radiation Therapy

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  The results of several cohorts were reported in this paper. Thirty-six patients with seminoma or lymphomas were treated; half received the trial medication, the remainder placebo. Forty-two patients with cervical cancer were also treated, again half with medication and half with placebo. Taking berberine significantly decreased the incidence and severity of radiation-induced acute intestinal syndrome in these patients compared to the patients in the control group.

Long-Term Effects of a Lifestyle Intervention on Weight and Cardiovascular Risk

by Christine Toomasi, ND  Patients can feel overwhelmed when diagnosed with diabetes, often due to the expectation of lifestyle change with minimal clinical support. Exercise and healthy, balanced meals are interventions commonly used by integrative practitioners for diabetic patients. While this trial does a great job of highlighting the importance of these interventions, more significantly it emphasizes the importance of consistent education, support, and behavioral strategies. Although the endpoint of cardiovascular events cannot be determined without further follow-up, it would seem reasonable that the changes noted thus far in the intervention group will result in decreased cardiovascular events based on the reduction of CVD risk factors.

Antidepressants and Dementia: More Risk than Benefit?

by Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh  It's time to reconsider the use of antidepressants in Alzheimer's sufferers. Instead, we should focus on true prevention: eating real foods, drinking clean water, exercising daily exercise in a way we enjoy, engaging in healthy relationships, keeping minds active, and maintaining supportive social structures.

Community Profiles

Naturopathic Residency Program Announces 2011 Recipients

by Teresa M. Peterson New naturopathic graduates Carrie Runde, ND, and Dana Brigham, ND, have earned the honor of being this years ITI-AANP STAIR residents. The ITI-AANP STAIR residency awards two fully paid scholarships for a year-long residency at an integrative clinic practicing complementary and naturopathic medicine.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Turmeric and Frankincense in Inflammation: An Update

by Jeremy Appleton, ND  Botanical remedies have been used for centuries to treat various inflammatory conditions. This review describes some recent advances in our understanding of the actions and efficacy of 2 ancient anti-inflammatory herbs--turmeric (Curcuma longa) and frankincense (Boswellia serrata)--with modern examples of the evidence of their efficacy in osteoarthritis.

The Many Uses for Vitamin B6

by Natural Standard Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is required for the synthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine and for myelin formation. This monograph summarizes the research on the vitamin, including information on its most and least effective uses.

Interviews with Experts

Gratitude: The Wellness Benefits of Living in a State of Grace

by Natural Medicine Journal NMJ's Senior Medical Editor Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, interviews Michael Murray, ND, at the 2011 AANP Convention in Phoenix, AZ, on the topic of gratitude and health.