Naturopathic practitioners have long assumed that breast tissue, conventionally assumed to be sterile, harbored bacteria. Evidence from recent studies supports the existence of a distinct breast microbiome. A new study by Hieken et al compared the breast microbiome in benign breast disease to the microbiome in cancerous breast tissue, with fascinating observations.
In a randomized clinical trial, participants with type 2 diabetes consuming a high-fiber diet showed better glycemic control, an expected finding. But the mechanism underlying fiber’s benefits, as suggested in the study, challenge conventional wisdom.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has been associated with dysbiosis of the gut microbiome. Results from a recent trial suggest that synbiotic supplementation may improve glycemic control and moderate lipid levels, which could reduce diabetes and cardiovascular risks in women with PCOS.
A subgroup analysis of the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) suggests a high-dose oral multivitamin (OMV) may provide protection from cardiovascular events for some, but not all, post-MI patients.
A prospective dietary study of a large cohort of women seeks to determine the influence of fruit and vegetable consumption on risk of endometriosis. One explanation of the surprising findings supports the role of gut inflammation in the genesis of endometriosis.
The association of gut health to general health has been the focus of many medical approaches, including traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and naturopathic medicine. The discovery of the gut microbiome has led to new areas of research that focus on the possible biochemical mechanisms that can relate gut health to local disease as well as the health of distant organs. The relationship of the gut to the skin, referred to as the gut-skin axis, is one emerging area of research.
The use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for men has risen dramatically in recent years. This comprehensive review article covers many aspects of TRT, including testosterone metabolism, indications for TRT, diagnostic testing with a decision-to-treat algorithm, contraindications, and risks vs benefits of treatment.
Natural Medicine Journal's publisher interviews Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, PhD, and Perry Renshaw, MD, PhD, about the research they are conducting at The University of Utah in the Neuroscience Department. They specifically describe research associated with the safety and efficacy of supplemental citicoline, as well as evaluate emerging research in this area.
In this interview, naturopathic physician and probiotic expert Donald Brown, ND, discusses the role of probiotics in supporting the gut microbiome. Brown also describes the mechanisms of action and clinical applications of probiotics, as well as strains, dosages, and potential contraindications.
In this interview, naturopathic physician Carrie Decker, ND, describes some of the actions she takes with patients to help reduce the risk of developing dementia and cognitive decline. Her integrative approach includes nutritional and lifestyle assessment, assessment for common risk factors or other potential exposures, and nutritional supplementation to meet her patients individual needs.
A document issued by the World Naturopathic Federation (WNF) addresses the regulation of naturopathic practice around the globe, providing details about standards of regulation in various countries and links to country-specific regulations and naturopathic organizations.