August 2015 Vol. 7 Issue 8

Abstracts & Commentary

Pregnant Women Need More Protein

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND  According to this randomized trial, current recommendations for protein intake for pregnant women are inadequate, which makes it even more important for healthcare providers to encourage pregnant patients to increase protein intake while closely monitoring their diet.

Does Vitamin D Improve Blood Sugar Regulation?

by Megan Chmelik Calling into question decades of previous research, this randomized double-blind study of adolescents found that high doses of vitamin D did not demonstrate appreciable decreases in parameters assessing metabolic syndrome.

Can Encouraging Awe Decrease Inflammation?

by Michael T. Murray, ND  We’ve all read that positive emotions have an effect on health, but which emotions have the most impact? In this study, researchers discovered that the emotion of awe had the greatest correlation with lowered inflammation.

Are Carotenoids Helpful or Harmful in the Fight Against Cancer?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  A recent study found that higher beta-carotene levels in lean women reduced breast cancer risk by 18% to 28%, contradicting studies on other at-risk populations. Is there something about the carotenoids and cancer that we still have to learn?

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Clinical Applications of Fecal Transplant

by Mark Davis, ND  By Mark Davis, ND. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), most commonly known as fecal transplant, is the process of applying microbes from the stool of a healthy person to the GI tract of a sick person in order to restore the patient’s microbial community, and thus the patient, to good health. The US Food and Drug Administration presently regulates FMT as a drug and a biological agent to treat patients with Clostridium difficile infection not responding to standard therapies. In addition to clinician use of FMT, sick people all over the world are preparing FMT retention enemas themselves at home. This article examines the evidence for the safety and efficacy of FMT for various conditions.

Interviews with Experts

Integrative Medicine Research Series, Episode 4

by Natural Medicine Journal Lorenzo Cohen's research at MD Anderson Cancer Center focuses on mind-body medicine with an emphasis on reducing risk of cancer and helping to prevent recurrence. In this interview, he discusses his current research, as well as challenges and future aspirations associated with integrated medicine specific to oncology.