October 2013 Vol. 5 Issue 10

Abstracts & Commentary

Reducing Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence by Focusing on Metabolic Parameters

by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO  In breast cancer survivors, women who had both central obesity and insulin resistance were more likely to have poor metabolic profiles including dyslipidemia, low-grade inflammation, and glucose dysregulation. Participants who were centrally obese but not insulin resistant had similar metabolic profiles to the lean participants in this study.

Supplement Use After Breast Cancer

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  The use of antioxidant supplements was associated with a 16% decreased risk of death from any cause. Vitamin C alone was associated with decreased risk of death from any cause. Vitamin E was associated with a decreased risk of recurrence.

Berries Improve Glycemic Response to Bread or Sugar

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Berries provide significant amounts of polyphenols that are linked to a wide array of health benefits. Yet patients, particularly those with blood sugar problems, are often resistant to our suggestions to eat berries in quantity or with frequency out of fear of the fructose the berries contain. These studies provide the data to respond to this concern.

Fecal Transplants in Ulcerative Colitis

by Mark Davis, ND  Seven subjects showed a clinical response at 1 week, of whom 6 maintained a clinical response at 1 month. Three of the responders achieved clinical remission at 1 week and also maintained remission at 1 month.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Effects of Resveratrol and Collagen Supplementation on Facial Aging

by Heather Hausenblas, PhD  The participants reported significant improvements in skin satisfaction and body satisfaction after taking Collagen Booster for 6 months. More specifically, participants reported significantly higher body and skin satisfaction scores at the 3- and 6-month visits compared to their baseline visits.

Healthcare Perspectives

Naturopathic Medicine Serving Underserved Communities

by Marianne Marchese, ND  Most of the medications and naturopathic medicines are free to patients or provided at very low cost, but they're limited due to limited resources. The malnutrition program is expensive to run, yet vital to providing the basic needs most in the United States take for granted.

Interviews with Experts

The Upcoming International Congress for Clinicians in Complementary Medicine

by Karolyn A. Gazella In this interview, program committee member Marcia Prenguber, ND, FABNO, describes the goals of the conference and provides a glimpse of what attendees can expect to learn.