Abstracts & Commentary

Toxicant Exposure in Early Life and the Impact on Early Language Development

by Caitlin O'Connor, ND
Use of common, toxin-heavy household products correlated with as much as a 6.7% variance in language outcomes in 2-year-olds.

Transcendental Meditation Improves Cardiac Arterial Disease

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Adding Transcendental Meditation to a cardiac rehabilitation regime may increase blood flow to the heart by more than 20%.

The Mediterranean Diet Decreases Diabetes Incidence, Even in the U.S. Population

by Michelle Qaqundah, ND, FABNO
People with the highest adherence to the Mediterranean diet showed a 17% decrease in incidence of diabetes mellitus compared to those with the lowest adherence. Nuts, legumes, moderate alcohol, and less red and processed meat may be the key.

Professional Ballet Dancers Frequently Exhibit Connective Tissue Gene Variants

by Alena Guggenheim, ND
Although hypermobility may be advantageous in disciplines such as ballet, it can also come with debilitating consequences.

Air Pollution Worsens Osteoporosis

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Exposure to fine particulates is associated with lower bone mass, adding to the arguments in favor of air filters.

Cocoa Drink Improves Walking Distance in Those with Peripheral Artery Disease

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
Once reserved for nobility alone, chocolate is now consumed worldwide. Growing evidence, including a new randomized clinical trial, suggests chocolate may benefit the cardiovascular system.

Metformin and Diabetic Neuropathy: Think B12

by Davis W. Lamson, ND
Metformin, along with other factors such as celiac disease, may contribute to vitamin B12 deficiency in diabetics.


Rethinking Inflammation as Repair Deficit

by Natural Medicine Journal
Chronic health issues can precipitate from a myriad of origins including inflammation. On this episode, integrative medical physician Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, explains his physiology first approach to restorative healing.

What Integrative Practitioners Need to Know About Telemedicine

by Natural Medicine Journal
On this episode, Robert Cuyler, PhD, provides information and advice on how to effectively utilize telemedicine to treat patients. With 20 years of experience as an early adopter of this technology, Cuyler is a leading telemedicine expert. He is the author of the book Implementing Telemedicine: Completing Projects On Target On Time On Budget.

Transforming Healthcare to a Whole-Person Approach

by Natural Medicine Journal
Tracy W. Gaudet, MD, was the executive director of the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) National Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, which helped the VHA embrace a whole health approach that empowers and equips patients to take charge of their health. Now as executive director of the Whole Health Institute, she is once again a catalyst in helping transform healthcare to a more holistic, integrative approach.

Addressing Metabolic Endotoxemia in Clinical Practice

by Natural Medicine Journal
The scientific literature now recognizes that metabolic endotoxemia is an underlying factor in many serious health conditions. In this interview, research microbiologist Kiran Krishnan describes how and why this condition occurs and how to prevent and reverse it.

Battling Physician Burnout from a Mind-Body Perspective

by Natural Medicine Journal
A 2019 report on physician burnout found that nearly 60% of physicians identified as either burned out, colloquially depressed, or clinically depressed. And some estimates indicate that 76% of physicians worldwide are experiencing burnout. In this interview, integrative medical expert and radiation oncologist, Matt Mumber, MD, reminds practitioners to try a mind-body integrative approach to reversing and reducing risk of burnout.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Recommending Intermittent Fasting

by Ronald Hoffman, MD
For health and longevity, the timing of when we eat and when we fast profoundly affects our physiology.