April 2012 Vol. 4 Issue 4

Abstracts & Commentary

Do Organochlorine Pesticides Suppress Serum 25-OH Vitamin D Levels in Humans?

by Robin Bernhoft Researchers studied 1,275 adults from the 2003-2004 federal National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for potential association between serum levels of organochlorine pesticides and vitamin D levels.

Sleeping Pills Associated with More Than 320,000 Premature Deaths Annually in the United States

by Michael T. Murray, ND  Medical records from 10,529 subjects (mean age 54 years) who received hypnotic prescriptions were compared to records from 23,676 matched controls with no hypnotic drug use. Results demonstrated that patients prescribed any hypnotic had substantially elevated hazards of dying compared to those prescribed no hypnotics.

A Whiff of Saffron Changes Hormone Levels in Women

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Forty-seven female college students took part in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving short-term exposure to extracts of saffron. The study found that twenty minutes of exposure to the odor of saffron had a significant effect on these young women's hormone levels.

Magnesium and High Blood Pressure

by Carolyn Dean, MD, ND  In this study, people with high blood pressure who were not on magnesium had higher blood pressure than when they were on magnesium. The authors concluded that magnesium supplementation appears to achieve a small but clinically significant reduction in BP.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Colorectal Cancer in Primary Care

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  The incidence of colorectal cancer is highest in Western populations. It is thought that the reason for this is largely modifiable lifestyle factors. Primary care practitioners are uniquely positioned to influence the habits of their patients. Screening and early diagnosis have profound effects on the prognosis of individuals with colorectal cancer, and recognizing those at high risk may save lives through early detection. In addition, many evidence-based nutritional interventions exist that may reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer in those at high risk.

Interviews with Experts

Caloric Restriction and Fasting in Disease Prevention and Treatment

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  NMJ's Medical Editor, Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, recently interviewed Valter Longo, PhD, Edna M. Jones professor in gerontology, professor in biological science, and director of the Longevity Institute, on his research in caloric restriction and fasting in cancer.

Sponsored Podcasts

Renowned Nutritional Medicine Expert Alan Gaby, MD, Discusses the Importance of Scientific Research

by Natural Medicine Journal Author of the newly released Nutritional Medicine textbook, Alan Gaby, MD, explains why he constantly reviews the scientific literature and shares his findings with practicing clinicians. Gaby talks about how to interpret medical research and shares information about his Nutritional Medicine Update tour.

Healthcare Perspectives

Consortium with Core Members AANMC, CNME and NABNE Receives $100,000 Grant

by John Weeks Biases in the culture, including those of philanthropists, promoted leadership by the last and most reluctant stakeholder in the game: medical doctors inside mainstream academic medicine. Since the mid 1990s, literally millions of philanthropic dollars have poured into the creation and support of something called the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM) and the development of the 51 medical school members with integrative medicine programs.