Abstracts & Commentary

ND, LAc
A randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial of women with major depressive disorder showed that creatine enhanced the effect of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.
ND
For adults, an intake of 8 or more ounces per week—about 20% of total recommended intake of protein foods—of a variety of seafood is recommended.
ND, FABNO
A study published in August 2007 in which 168 volunteers drank a daily glass of blueberry/apple juice for a month found that plasma quercetin, ascorbic acid, and trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC) were significantly increased. The researchers reported a 20% protection (P<0.01) against ex vivo hydrogen peroxide-provoked oxidative DNA damage.2
ND
It seems clear from this study that even when vitamin D dosing may not be optimal it can still have a large impact on the health of children.
PharmD, MBA[c]
This retrospective correlational study finds physician empathy to help in reducing serious metabolic complications from diabetes. Groups whose physicians had high empathy scores had significantly fewer patients with acute metabolic complications.
ND, FABNO
The bottom line is that although Akilen’s new study provides the statistical strength to tell us that cinnamon does have an effect, the effect turns out to be modest and is surpassed by other supplements, as well as lifestyle and pharmaceutical interventions. Our patients who think that sprinkling cinnamon on their toast will fix their diabetes are barking up the wrong tree.
Editor In Chief
A diagnosis could be missed in 3 out of every 10 patients with subclinical hypothyroidism if the blood draw is done later in the day.
ND
In all 3 groups, total testosterone and free androgen index decreased; sex hormone–binding globulin increased. The berberine and metformin groups showed comparable changes in total testosterone and free androgen index, which were significantly greater than placebo. However, sex hormone–binding globulin increased significantly in the berberine group compared with both metformin and placebo.
ND
The many studies are quite clear: While there is not enough evidence to support using Coriolus versicolor alone for cancer treatment, there are mountains of evidence showing its efficacy as an adjuvant therapy. Particularly in cases of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and gastric cancer, this mushroom therapy should be a component of the treatment plan, both during and after conventional treatments.
ND
The effect of metabolic syndrome on the risk and prognosis of colon cancer has been well documented.3–6 Metabolic syndrome is defined as having at least 3 of the following: central obesity, hypertension, abnormal blood lipid levels, and high blood glucose level.