Strategies to Make Treatment Adherence a Top Priority in Clinical Practice

by Natural Medicine Journal
Low treatment adherence negatively impacts patient outcomes and limits the effective treatment of chronic conditions in clinical practice. In this interview, Alex Keller, ND, describes the key findings of a recent paper he coauthored with his colleagues.

Recommending Functional Foods in Clinical Practice

by Natural Medicine Journal
The functional food category has grown considerably over the past few years. In this interview, research microbiologist Kiran Krishnan describes how clinicians can utilize targeted functional foods in clinical practice. As a leading probiotic researcher, Krishnan focuses much of his attention on how functional foods can positively influence gut health.

Using the Longevity Wheel Concept to Address Issues of Aging

by Natural Medicine Journal
There is a big difference between biological aging and chronological aging. In this interview, Christopher Shade, PhD, discusses the scientific underpinnings of aging and describes the construct he uses to address this issue in clinical practice.

Loving-Kindness Meditation as a Healing Tool

by Natural Medicine Journal
In this interview, Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA), OIM, explains why and how loving-kindness meditation, and meditation in general, can help with PTSD and other conditions.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Medication-Induced Osteoporosis

by John Neustadt, ND
With 44% of men and 57% of women in the United States aged 65 years or more taking at least 5 medications, it is important for clinicians to know that several commonly prescribed medications cause osteoporosis and increase fracture risk. This review will help clinicians understand which common medications have adverse skeletal effects, their mechanisms of action, and how to mitigate the damage or change the medication.

Topical CBD for Pain

by Jamie Corroon, ND, MPH
Given the lower risk of adverse effects and the high reported tolerability, topical cannabidiol treatments for chronic pain may represent an underutilized therapy.

Abstracts & Commentary

Goldenseal-Drug Interactions: A Concern?

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
Goldenseal increased the levels of the drug midazolam and decreased the levels of the drug metformin, but flaws in the study design call into question the practical value of the results.

Air Pollution Worsens Heart Failure Outcomes

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Increased air pollution exposure in those with heart failure increases hospital readmissions, outpatient visits, and inpatient admissions, suggesting an overall increase in morbidity.

Low Melatonin and Dyspepsia in Menopause

by Amy Patel, ND
Treatment with melatonin may help resolve Helicobacter pylori infection, according to a new randomized, placebo-controlled trial.

Can a Turmeric Extract Relieve Arthritic Pain as Well as Acetaminophen?

by Princess Burnett, ND
Turmeric improved pain, function, and stiffness better than acetaminophen in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Melatonin May Improve Survival in Late-Stage Lung Cancer Patients After Surgical Resection

by Erica Joseph, ND, LAc
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer (excluding skin cancer) in both men and women. Supplementing treatment regimens with melatonin, especially in late-stage patients, has the potential to improve survival rates.

Exercise-Induced Improvements on Cognitive Measures of Generalization

by Maxwell Crispo, ND
Participation in a dance aerobics class resulted in a significant increase in the brain’s network flexibility and fewer errors on cognitive generalization tasks.