December 2015 Vol. 7 Issue 12

Healthcare Perspectives

First-Ever IGNITE Conference Fires Up Integrative Medicine Practices

by Natural Medicine Journal Emerson Ecologics, a supplier of professional-grade nutritional supplements to integrative healthcare professionals, recently launched a conference designed to educate practitioners about the fundamentals of the business of medicine.

Abstracts & Commentary

Does Coffee Decrease Suicide Risk?

by Petra Eichelsdoerfer, ND, CN, RPh  A recent observational study explored the relationship between coffee/caffeine consumption and completed suicide. Will the results change our advice to patients with mood disorders?

Curcumin and Premenstrual Syndrome

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH  Study finds curcumin attenuates the severity of premenstrual syndrome in 18-to 34-year-old females with regular menstrual cycles.

Melatonin Reduces Anxiety and Pain of Pediatric Blood Draws

by Kate Rempel Best known for its use in insomnia, melatonin is also showing promise as a pain and anxiety reducer.

Khorasan Wheat-Based Diet and Acute Coronary Syndrome

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND  An organic khorasan wheat-based replacement diet improves risk profile of patients with acute coronary syndrome: a randomized crossover trial.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

The Role of Methionine in Cancer Growth and Control

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  Restriction of methionine in the diet has been used in animal studies as a mimetic to caloric restriction with similar metabolic effects. Many of these effects, such as lower insulin-like growth factor, should induce favorable outcomes in patients with a history of cancer. This review explores the theory and evidence for a normal-calorie, methionine-restriction diet in the context of cancer care specifically.