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.

Spirituality as a Healing Tool

by Natural Medicine Journal
What role can spirituality play in healing? On this episode of the podcast, spirituality scholar Frederic Craigie, PhD, gives practitioners advice on how they can successfully meet the spiritual needs of their patients. He also talks about ways clinicians can become more spiritually grounded in their work.

Abstracts & Commentary

(R)-Alpha Lipoic Acid: Weight Loss with Benefits?

by Daniel Chong, ND
Although supplementation with lipoic acid did not decrease triglycerides, it did lower weight, body mass index, and inflammation in overweight and obese adults.

Are Low-Carb Diets in Diabetics Worth the Effort?

by Princess Burnett, ND
Type 2 diabetics following a low-carbohydrate diet showed improved glycemic control, but the long-term effectiveness requires further investigation.

Zingiber officinale: Beneficial Effects on Cholesterol and Glucose in Type 2 Diabetes

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
Ginger may help lower fasting glucose and total cholesterol in those with type 2 diabetes.

Endocrine Disruptors and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adolescents

by Sara Gottfried, MD, FACOG
A study involving the New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site found a modest association between adolescent exposure to endocrine disruptors, particularly phthalates, and a greater risk of ADHD.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Making Sense of Osteoporosis Testing

by John Neustadt, ND
A review of the diagnostic and screening technologies and common laboratory tests for predicting, treating, and monitoring osteoporosis and fractures.

Floatation Therapy for Specific Health Concerns

by Laura Witte, PhD, PA-C
Floatation therapy appears to be a safe, natural option for conditions such as pain, depression, anxiety, stress, and sleep disorders that could potentially reduce medication requirements.