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A Proactive Approach to Reducing Dementia Risk: Maintaining a Healthy Brain Today, Tomorrow, and Years to Come

by Natural Medicine Journal
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.

Abstracts & Commentary

Elevated Biotin Intake May Interfere with Laboratory Assays

by Alexander Schauss, PhD, FACN
In 2017 the US Food and Drug Administration issued a report that laboratory results from patients on high doses of biotin could be misleading due to biotin’s interaction with the assay process. A recent study set out to determine the effects of varied doses of biotin on several of the most vulnerable tests.

Low-Carbohydrate Diet as Treatment for Type I Diabetes in Children

by Mona Morstein, ND
Impressive results from a survey conducted via a social media site for people with type 1 diabetes who follow a very low carbohydrate diet (VLCD). Can a VLCD achieve better glycemic control than conventional care?

Topical Milk Thistle for Capecitabine-Induced Hand-Foot Syndrome

by Kirsten West, ND, LAc, FABNO
Capecitabine-induced hand-foot syndrome (HFS) is a potentially treatment-limiting complication of chemotherapy. Could topical milk thistle (silymarin) mitigate capecitabine’s toxicity?

Egg Consumption May Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
For decades we believed eggs were not heart-healthy, then we discovered they may not be so bad. Is it possible eggs could actually do our hearts good?

High–Saturated Fat Diet Increases Endotoxemia

by Judy Fulop, ND, FABNO
Study shows that a diet high in saturated fat leads to a rise in lipopolysaccharide, an endotoxin that may contribute to a number of inflammatory conditions.

Small Particulates Associated with Lower Respiratory Infections

by Julianne Forbes, ND
A large-scale, 17-year observational study in Utah shows short-term elevations in airborne fine particulate matter are associated with increased incidence of acute lower respiratory tract infections in children and adults.

Caffeine, Genotyping, and Athletic Performance

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
A recent study compared caffeine to placebo in elite male athletes and finds caffeine’s effects on athletic performance vary by CYP1A2 genotype, which influences caffeine metabolism.

Coffee Decreases Risk of Postmenopausal Breast Cancer

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Research is making it increasingly clear that coffee does not increase breast cancer risk and may offer protection against breast cancer in certain subgroups. A recent study found that the protective effects occurred with both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee—meaning the credit must go to compounds other than caffeine.

Berry Pigments Help Cognition, Insulin Response, and Cardiovascular Risk in Adults

by Walter Crinnion, ND
Randomized study gives us even more reasons to tout the benefits of blueberries. They may be especially beneficial for older adults and those at risk for diabetes.

Greenspace Exposure Improves Cognitive Performance in Children

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
Spending time outdoors has many benefits, including improved memory and concentration. A new study in children uses MRI scans to demonstrate that greenspace exposure also has measurable effects on brain anatomy.

Gut Bacteria, Sleep, and Brain Health

by Kelsey Asplin, ND
Preliminary study provides an interesting albeit insufficient look at the relationships between the gut microbiota, sleep, and cognition.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Outside the Box Cancer Therapies

by Eric Marsden, ND
A new publication by two naturopathic oncology experts provides quality, comprehensive information on integrative cancer therapies. Directed to patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, it reveals the possibilities and potential benefits of incorporating holistic therapies into cancer care plans.

Interviews with Experts

Exploring Helminthic Therapy

by Natural Medicine Journal
Helminthic therapy is an experimental therapy used to treat autoimmune conditions and other immune system illnesses. In this interview, Sidney Baker, MD, explains what this therapy is and describes pros and cons, clinical applications and how he has used this therapy in his practice.

A Closer Look at the AICR’s New Expert Report on Cancer Prevention

by Natural Medicine Journal
In this interview Nigel Brockton, PhD, describes the most recent expert report produced by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). The AICR is a highly-respected non-profit organization leading the charge against cancer globally. This latest report provides a blueprint that practitioners and patients can use to help reduce cancer risk.

Enhancing Cognition with Citicoline

by Natural Medicine Journal
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.

Healthcare Perspectives

2018 Integrative SIBO Conference Highlights

by Natural Medicine Journal
In April, the 2018 Integrative SIBO Conference was held at Le Meridien New Orleans Hotel. The 2-day event showcased expert presentations on a variety of topics related to small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

Quick and Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Natural Healthcare Practice Website

by Deirdre Shevlin Bell
Optimizing your website is a daunting task—especially if writing about yourself takes you outside your comfort zone. But here's some good news: You can significantly improve the quality of your website without a major time or financial investment, and without needing to become an expert in yet one more thing.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Beyond Brain Damage

by Jill Crista, ND
A fascinating review article describes in detail the many downstream effects of endocrine damage caused by traumatic brain injury, effects that manifest themselves in symptoms that may not be recognized as a consequence of brain trauma.