November 2012 Vol. 4 Issue 11

Abstracts & Commentary

Blueberries Protect DNA

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  A study published in August 2007 in which 168 volunteers drank a daily glass of blueberry/apple juice for a month found that plasma quercetin, ascorbic acid, and trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC) were significantly increased. The researchers reported a 20% protection (P<0.01) against ex vivo hydrogen peroxide-provoked oxidative DNA damage.2

Creatine as a Natural Adjunct to Depression Treatment

by Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc  A randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial of women with major depressive disorder showed that creatine enhanced the effect of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.

Vitamin D and Risk of Acute Respiratory Tract Infection

by Matthew Baral, ND  It seems clear from this study that even when vitamin D dosing may not be optimal it can still have a large impact on the health of children.

High Lead Levels Increase Risk of Gout

by Walter Crinnion, ND  Data from 6,153 US residents over the age of 40 were used in the study to look for an association between blood lead levels and gout attacks. The researchers tracked of the amount of purine-containing foods participants consumed. The study accounted for confounding factors that might affect gout risk.

Fish Oil and Heart Disease

by Douglas MacKay, ND  For adults, an intake of 8 or more ounces per week—about 20% of total recommended intake of protein foods—of a variety of seafood is recommended.

Healthcare Perspectives

Honoring Diversity in Cancer Prevention and Control at The Society for Integrative Oncology Conference

by Karolyn A. Gazella This year's international conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) was hosted by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and held on October 8-10 in Albuquerque, NM. This is the 9th year the SIO held its annual conference and this year the focus was on patient-centered care with a special emphasis on eliminating social, cultural, and economic barriers to cancer care.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

The Effects of Soy Consumption on Breast Cancer Prognosis

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  Isoflavones from soy have both estrogenic and antiestrogenic action, and in vitro and animal studies have shown possible interference with hormone blockade agents used in breast cancer aftercare. Epidemiological data, however, suggests that soy consumption is not associated with increased risk in any population of women with a history of breast cancer. Further, there appears to be a linear relationship between decreased risk of recurrence and/or mortality and increasing soy consumption.