Abstracts & Commentary
Used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to treat diabetes, Salacia oblonga is now getting attention in the west. A recent study found it reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney failure.
The humble peanut gets its due as a heart-healthy food, thanks to this study in which peanuts were shown to offer the same cardiovascular benefit as tree nuts. With the rising costs of tree-nut cultivation making them more expensive, practitioners can recommend peanut consumption for patients needing heart-healthy and affordable food choices.
In a recent randomized, controlled clinical trial, curcumin showed promise in treating periodontitis, a dental disease that is becoming more common as our patient population ages.
Is early exposure to peanuts the solution to the peanut allergies that are so prevalent in children today? According to this randomized controlled trial, peanut allergy in infants was drastically decreased by the early introduction of small amounts of peanuts into the diet. These results have the potential to upend all current thinking on the treatment of allergies.
Interviews with Experts
Jeffrey Dusek, PhD, director of research at Penny George Institute for Integrative Health, shares his insights about the innovations and challenges he sees in integrative medical research.
In 2014, the FDA issued a proposed rule titled, “Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels.” This means in the next few years, everyone in the United States will need to learn to read new food and supplement labels to find out nutritional information for everything from breakfast cereals to ice cream to multivitamins. This article gives readers a head start.
Helicobacter pylori overgrowth in the gastrointestinal tract is a contributor to the formation of gastric ulcers, gastric cancer, and a unique lymphoma involving the gut mucosa (mucosal-associated lymphatic tissue lymphoma). Extragastric conditions, such as rashes, joint pain, and autoimmune thrombocytopenia have also been linked to H pylori overgrowth. Current treatments to eradicate H pylori include antibiotics, which bring some risk of untoward effects. Natural agents such as bismuth, mastic gum, and oil of oregano may achieve the therapeutic goal of eradication without undue risks.