November 2015 Vol. 7 Issue 11

Abstracts & Commentary

Fish Oil Prevents Psychosis

by Keri Marshall, ND  This study, as well as previous studies of omega 3s and psychosis, demonstrates the potential of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids as a safe and efficacious strategy for the prevention of psychotic states in at-risk individuals.

Mediterranean Diet, Extra-virgin Olive Oil, and Breast Cancer Risk

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  The PREDIMED data have yielded more fascinating insights about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet—this time as it affects the incidence of breast cancer in women who had not previously had the disease. Consider these findings if you need another reason to recommend this healthy diet to patients.

Nature Walks Boost Mental Health

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH  Walking in nature, but not in urban environments, is shown to reduce psychopsychologic rumination. This is the first study to demonstrate neuroimaging and corresponding psychological changes in response to real natural vs built environmental exposures.

Cannabis Ameliorates Diabetic Neuropathy Pain

by Donald I. Abrams, MD  A recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial adds to the growing body of evidence that cannabis is effective in the treatment of neuropathic syndromes.

Coffee May Reduce Colon Cancer Recurrence

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  In this prospective, observational study, drinkers of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee who also survived colon cancer were found to be 41% less likely to have their cancer recur than non‒coffee drinkers.

Healthcare Perspectives

Seeking Health Educational Institute (SHEI) Conference Makes its Debut

by Sarah Bedell Cook, ND  The first annual Seeking Health Educational Institute conference brought together top experts and 250 attendees for a 4-day boot camp on the clinical applications of epigenetics.

Interviews with Experts

Integrative Medicine Research Series, Episode 6

by Natural Medicine Journal As president and chief executive office of the Samueli Institute, Alexandria, Virginia, Wayne Jonas, MD, leads a team of researchers dedicated to the effectiveness and integration of healing-oriented practices and their role in wellness and healthcare. In this interview, he describes challenges of integrative medicine research, recent advancements, and what the future may bring.

New Medical Conference to be Held In Hawaii

by Natural Medicine Journal In this interview, conference organizer Dr. Michael Traub discusses how the Hawaii Doc Talks 2016 medical conference is different than other conferences.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Effects of Oral Supplementation With Methylsulfonylmethane on Skin Health and Wrinkle Reduction

by Michael Anthonavage The effects and perception of aging are directly reflected in the health and condition of the skin. Beauty and antiaging products largely focus on treatment of the skin with an outside-in strategy. There is demand for “beauty from within” products that support underlying internal processes necessary for healthy and vital skin. This study assesses the effectiveness of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) as an oral supplement on skin health using expert grading, instrumental measurements, and participant self-evaluation.