Abstracts & Commentary

Measles Infection or Measles Vaccine?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Natural infection by measles—but not the measles vaccine—may compromise the immune system for many years.

B Vitamins and Bone Fracture Risk

by John Neustadt, ND
To supplement with B complex or not to supplement? A new study raises tricky questions.

Ketogenic Diet for PCOS

by Megan Chmelik
After 3 months on a ketogenic diet, women with PCOS lost more than 20 pounds on average, a new study reports.

Low-FODMAP Diet in the Management of Quiescent Inflammatory Bowel Disease

by Eleonora Naydis, ND, LAc, FABNO
Cutting down on certain poorly absorbed sugars in your diet may relieve gastrointestinal distress.

Healing the Gut Naturally

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
A combination of natural agents long used by natural-medicine practitioners gets some evidence-based validation in a new intervention study.

Treatment of IBS Without Constipation with Rifaximin Versus a Spore-Based Probiotic

by Alena Guggenheim, ND
Spore-based probiotics may offer an appealing alternative to pricey rifaximin and onerous diets in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.

Meta-Analysis Concludes Probiotics Effectively Reduce IBS Symptoms

by Ronald Hoffman, MD
Which probiotic strains work best for different subtypes of IBS and at what dose? A recent meta-analysis offers some answers.

Vitamin D Alters Gut Microbiome

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Supplementing with vitamin D was associated with increased beneficial bacteria and decreased pathogenic bacteria in a recent study.

Podcasts

Using Hintonia latiflora in Clinical Practice for High Blood Sugar: A conversation with Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

by Natural Medicine Journal
In this interview, integrative physician and best-selling author Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, discusses his approach to preventing and treating diabetes. Teitelbaum goes into detail about the botanical intervention, Hintonia latiflora, that he uses in clinical practice for prediabetes and diabetes.

Covid-19 Insights: Pet/Animal Transmission, Male Mortality, and More About Antibody Testing

by Natural Medicine Journal
On this episode immunologist and integrative health expert Heather Zwickey, PhD, tackles tough questions about antibody testing concerns, why more men die than women, and what the risk is regarding animal transmission.

Enhancing Viral Immunity via the Gut Microbiome

by Natural Medicine Journal
On this episode pharmacist, nutritionist, author, and health educator, Ross Pelton, discusses his comprehensive strategy to support and enhance viral immunity. In addition to making the connection between the gut microbiome and the immune system, Pelton talks about diet, lifestyle, and dietary supplements that have been shown to support a healthy gut microbiome. He also discusses probiotic research, dosage, and why multistrain combinations are effective.

Covid-19 Insights: Frontline Perspective from an Emergency Room Physician

by Natural Medicine Journal
Susan Ryan, DO, has been on the front lines of this pandemic since it began. She shares insights about her experience and discusses the spectrum of symptoms, the toll on healthcare, and her own struggles with fear and anxiety.

Clinical Considerations to Reduce Risk of Colon Cancer

by Natural Medicine Journal
Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, and yet it is the third leading cause of cancer deaths after lung cancer, and prostate for men and breast cancer for women. In this interview, naturopathic oncologist Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, discusses how clinicians can help patients reduce their risk of developing colon cancer. Kaczor has been working in oncology for 2 decades and is a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.

Covid-19 Shines Light on Existing Healthcare Disparities

by Natural Medicine Journal
African Americans and other people of color throughout the United States are suffering disproportionately from Covid-19. In this interview, Udaya Thomas, MSN, MPH, APRN, CYT, talks about how integrative practitioners can better serve the health needs of underserved populations during this pandemic.

Changing the Way We Talk About Death and Dying with Patients

by Natural Medicine Journal
Caring for a patient who is critically ill and dying poses communication challenges for everyone involved—patient, practitioners, and loved ones. How we communicate during this profound time in a person’s life can significantly impact end-of-life care. In this interview, health communications expert and researcher Carey Candrian, PhD, talks about the power of language and explains why it’s time to evaluate equity in hospice and palliative care.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Highlighting Alpha Lipoic Acid in Diabetes

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA), given orally or intravenously, affects many conditions in which oxidation and inflammation are involved. One of the conditions for which exogenous ALA has been most studied is diabetes. Understanding ALA’s structure and use as an exogenous agent that is more akin to a drug than a nutrient, with particular attention to diabetes and diabetic peripheral neuropathy, is the topic of this review.

Gastrointestinal Health Special Issue 2020

by Natural Medicine Journal