October 2016 Vol. 8 Issue 101

Abstracts & Commentary

Periodontitis and Alzheimer’s Disease

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Observational study sheds light on the mechanisms driving Alzheimer’s disease progression. Can a relatively simple intervention help slow cognitive decline?

Benefits of Elderberry for Symptoms of Common Cold in Air Travelers

by Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO  In this placebo-controlled study, elderberry extract reduced symptoms and duration of common colds related to air travel, but the quality of the study raises some concerns.

Vitamin D Effective for Suppressing Immune Reactions

by Heather Paulson, ND, FABNO  Double-blind, randomized controlled study, finds vitamin D is associated with changes in cell-mediated immunity—and that serum vitamin D levels increase significantly after 2 months of supplementation.

Treatment of IgE-mediated Food Allergies with Baked Egg Biscuits

by Eleonora Naydis, ND, LAc, FABNO  Study shows that gradually introducing egg protein in baked form can effectively desensitize egg-allergic children.

Sponsored Podcasts

Getting to the Root of Food Sensitivities: An interview with Todd Born, ND

by Natural Medicine Journal In this podcast, naturopathic physician Todd Born addresses key issues associated with the effective integrative treatment of food sensitivities and intolerances.

Interviews with Experts

Immune Processes and Brain Health

by Natural Medicine Journal In this interview with Natural Medicine Journal's Editor-in-Chief, Heather Zwickey, PhD, explains how immune processes can influence brain health—including in Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and depressive disorders. She discusses nutrition, supplements, and the complicated ways gut health and immunity interact with cognitive function.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

The Immune System: An Integrative Perspective

by Eric Secor A healthy and intact immune response requires coordination between skin, mucosal barriers, and both the innate and adaptive aspects of immune response. With an overarching mandate of protection, the blueprints of individual immune surveillance systems are inherited through family history and fashioned through interactions with the environment, including lifestyle choices and chemical exposures. The goal of this article is to provide an overview of the immune response and opportunities for assessment, treatment, and management from an integrative medical perspective.