Iodine is a dietary mineral required for the production of thyroid hormones, which are necessary for brain development in utero and during early childhood. Iodine deficiency is associated with thyroid dysfunction, and frank iodine deficiency during pregnancy can result in irreversible brain damage and other neurological abnormalities in infants. Scientific evidence pertaining to the consequences of mild-to-moderate iodine deficiency is less consistent, but emerging signals suggest that even moderate iodine deficiency during pregnancy and/or lactation is clinically meaningful. Clinicians who advise pregnant and lactating women play a key role in facilitating public health efforts to eliminate iodine deficiency in North America.
Abstracts & Commentary
Raisins are fruit, but they’re also about 79% carbohydrate by weight. Yet, according to this study, participants who consumed raisins had a significant 23% reduction in postprandial glucose levels as compared to those who consumed a 100-calorie “snack pack.”
In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study, researchers found that adding crocin (a constituent of saffron) to a patient’s selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor dosage led to greatly improved scores on several depression indices.
Even though bleach is a broad-spectrum disinfectant, its use is associated with greater risk of infections in children according to this study of children in Spain, the Netherlands, and Finland. The findings underline the important of using nontoxic alternatives to bleach for household cleaning.
This randomized cross-over trial of 24 healthy men suggests possible benefits of the Paleo diet, but it raises more questions than it answers.
Interviews with Experts
In this interview, Dugald Seely, ND, founder and executive director of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, describes the research projects presently underway at the center. He also describes the pragmatic research design that is presently helping to advance the field of integrative research and he discusses the future of integrative cancer research.
Healthcare professionals focus so much of their attention on being the best they can be, but sometimes that just isn’t enough to create a thriving medical practice. In this interview with 3 experts, listeners will learn about enhancing patient retention and optimizing clinic operations.
Since 2010, the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University has paired first-year naturopathic students with core faculty mentors. This article explores the essence of the mentor/protégé relationship and gleans insights from students and faculty about the benefits of mentorship.