Healthcare Perspectives

Top 10 Topics of 2021

by Deirdre Shevlin Bell
Health remained at the forefront of public discourse in 2021, and the Natural Medicine Journal continued to offer their expertise as the world tried to navigate the ever-shifting landscape. As we kick off a new year, let's take a look back at the content that garnered the most attention this past year.


Testing for Food Sensitivities in Clinical Practice

by Natural Medicine Journal
Addressing food sensitivities in clinical practice has become increasingly important. But what’s the best way to do that? The first step is optimal testing and identification.

Blood Sugar Stabilization: Addressing Prediabetes in Clinical Practice

by Natural Medicine Journal
Addressing prediabetes in clinical practice is absolutely critical. In this interview, Robert Graham, MD, FACP, who is board-certified in both internal and integrative medicine, discusses his approach to identifying, reversing, and treating prediabetes.

Targeted Nutrients and Herbs to Enhance Brain Health: A Conversation With NMJ Editor Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO

by Natural Medicine Journal
In this interview, integrative health expert Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, explains some of the key mechanisms associated with the development of age-related brain dysfunction and dementia. She also describes specific nutrients and herbs that can help protect and enhance brain function along with diet and lifestyle advice.

Protecting Physicians Against Burnout

by Natural Medicine Journal
Clinician distress and physician burnout is at an all-time high, but what can be done about it? A team at Weill Cornell Medicine is making an effort to create an effective, reproducible solution. In this interview, Karolyn Gazella talks with lead author Klaus Kjaer, MD, about the model they implemented in 2019 and the outcomes of their project using that model.

Epigenetics and Cellular Aging

by Natural Medicine Journal
Antiaging advocates contend that the aging process can be slowed down, but how well has this been proven? In this interview, Kara Fitzgerald, ND, IFMCP, discusses how epigenetics is involved in cellular aging, details of the protocol used in the study, and where we are headed in the future.

Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer

by Natural Medicine Journal
In this interview, our editor-in-chief, Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, speaks with Aminah Keats, ND, FABNO, about breast cancer disparities in African American women.

Solving the Mystery of Who Gets Long Covid

by Natural Medicine Journal
In this interview, Michelle Harkins MD, researcher and professor at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, describes her upcoming study looking at who is most likely to get long Covid with the hopes of developing effective prevention and treatment strategies.

Integrative Interventions that Inhibit Cancer Stem Cell Activity: A Conversation with Holly Lucille, ND, RN

by Natural Medicine Journal
In this interview, integrative medical expert Holly Lucille, ND, RN, describes why it’s important to look at cancer stem cell activity when creating an integrative cancer treatment plan. She discusses scientific literature that looks at whether natural interventions can help stop cancer formation and growth and inhibit cancer stem cell activity.

Thinking About Expanding Your Clinic? Listen to This First.

by Natural Medicine Journal
Expanding a medical practice is both exciting and challenging. In this interview, Dugald Seely, ND, FABNO, describes why and how he expanded his highly specialized oncology clinic.

L-Theanine Research Update and Clinical Applications Review

by Natural Medicine Journal
L-theanine is a powerful amino acid that has several important clinical applications. In this interview, Derek Timm, PhD, and Michael Lelah, PhD, discuss the latest research and clinical uses of a special form of L-theanine. They also cover contraindications, dosage, and other clinical information.

Abstracts & Commentary

Could a Late-Night Meal Be Helpful for Obese Patients With Heart Disease?

by Maxwell Crispo, ND
Although health practitioners often discourage late-night eating, this small study found that eating meals later in the evening may better protect cardiorespiratory fitness in obese, heart-failure patients than eating meals earlier.

IBS-Related Pain and Oral Food Tolerance

by Adam Rinde, ND
Common food antigens, such as dairy, soy, wheat, and gluten, cause more of a reaction in IBS patients than in healthy volunteers, suggesting that such superantigens may be involved as a driver in IBS.

Flavanol's Effects on Vascular Function During Acute Stress

by Princess Burnett, ND
This study showed that dietary flavanols are effective in eliminating post-stress weakening of endothelial function.

CBD for Healthcare Worker Burnout?

by Eric Dorninger, ND, LAc
A recent study looked at the effectiveness and safety of CBD in reducing emotional exhaustion and burnout in frontline healthcare professionals.

Kidney Stone Incidence and Characteristics in Patients Following a Ketogenic Diet

by Sheila Dean, DSc, RD, LD, CCN, CDE
A ketogenic diet, which consists of adequate protein and high fat, can dramatically increase the incidence of kidney stones.

Chuna Manual Therapy Outperforms Usual Care for Chronic Neck Pain

by Celia Hildebrand, DAOM, LAc
Patients receiving Chuna therapy reported significantly improved measures for all pain outcomes.

Do the Benefits of Fasting Extend to the Gut Microbiome?

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
A recent paper identifies the effect of Ramadan fasting on the gut microbiome and adds to the body of research supporting the health benefits of intermittent fasting.