October 2010 Vol. 2 Issue 10

Abstracts & Commentary

Effects of Diet and Supplements on Prostate Cancer Risk

by Geovanni Espinosa, ND, LAc, CNS  This study does not clarify which type of vitamin E participants use. The study does, however, cite the SELECT trial, a large population trial that did not find reduced risks after supplementing with vitamin E, selenium, or both. It is important to note that the type of vitamin E used in the SELECT trial was only alpha tocopherol. In high doses, alpha-tocopherol "kicks out" critically important gamma-tocopherol in the cells. While alpha-tocopherol inhibits the production of free radicals, it is the gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E that are required to trap and neutralize free radicals.

Dietary Lignans Improve Breast Cancer Survival

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  This is the first paper to examine the association of lignan intakes prior to breast cancer diagnosis and risk of dying. These findings suggest that we should actively promote consumption of lignan-containing foods, particularly in postmenopausal women. Ever since the data from the from the Women's Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) trial was published suggesting that diets high in fruits and vegetables and low in fat have little effect on breast cancer prognosis, researchers and clinicians have sought to define what a "good" diet should be for patients at risk for or diagnosed with breast cancer.

Blueberries Decrease Insulin Resistance

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Blueberries are a new and attractive option to add to our current assortment of things that improve insulin sensitivity. The best-proven and safest ways to increase insulin sensitivity are still exercise and weight loss. Weight reduction reduces insulin resistance in both children and adults, especially in combination with exercise.

Prebiotics and Probiotics in Young Children

by Jessica Mitchell, ND  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 47.4% of preschool-age children and 25.4% of school-age children worldwide are anemic. Approximately half these anemias are thought to be due to iron deficiency. In the United States, WHO does not consider anemia to be a public health problem, as only 3.1% of preschool age children were found to be anemic. However, poor, minority and immigrant children and toddlers are still at risk for iron deficiency with and without anemia.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Parabens and Breast Cancer

by Marianne Marchese, ND  Some research has raised concern that parabens may be associated breast cancer. Parabens have been detected in human breast tissue and have shown estrogenic properties.


Discussing After Care for Cancer Patients Following Treatment, with Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO

by Natural Medicine Journal Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, is a naturopathic physician, board certified in naturopathic oncology. She received her naturopathic doctorate from National College of Natural Medicine, and completed her residency in naturopathic oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, Okla.

Healthcare Perspectives

Consortium Supports Naturopathic Residency Opportunities

by Matt Plavnick Dedicated to increasing postgraduate residency and training opportunities for naturopathic doctors, NERC work has been with clinics across the country to provide official residencies for naturopathic physicians since 2005. Founded by Tori Hudson, ND, and Margaret Beeson, ND, NERC partners with clinics from Maine to Hawaii to create one- and two-year residency opportunities for new naturopathic doctors (NDs).