April 2011 Vol. 3 Issue 4

Abstracts & Commentary

Insulin Sensitizers in the Treatment of PCOS

by Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton, ND  One hundred twenty patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and 14-16 months of infertility were studied in this randomized, controlled clinical trial. Patients were randomly assigned to receive either 1,500 mg/day metformin or 4 grams of myo-inositol plus 400 mcg folic acid daily. In patients where in whom pregnancy occurred, patients underwent ovulation induction with recombinant follicle stimulating hormone (r-FSH) (37.5 units/day) for a maximum of 3 attempts.

Primary Homeopathic Treatment of Cancers of the Pancreas, Stomach, Gallbladder, and Liver

by Christopher Johnson, ND  Psorinum 6X was administered, up to 0.02 ml/Kg body weight orally once daily for all participants. Conventional (eg, infection and pain control, electrolyte balancing, abdominal/pleural paracentesis) and homeopathic (ie, administration of homeopathic medicines on pathological indications) supportive measures were also administered. Complete tumor response occurred in 33.33% of those diagnosed with stage III disease and 10.71% of those with stage IV. Partial response occurred in 41.03% and 33.93% respectively. Five-year survival rates were 38.64% (pancreatic), 38.1% (gastric), 37.5% (gallbladder), and 43.75% (liver).

Lactobacillus Reuteri DSM 17938 Appears to Reduce Colic

by Matthew Baral, ND  Colicky infants taking L. reuteri experienced a significant decrease in daily crying time. Stool microbiology revealed an increase in lactobacilli and decrease in Escherichia coli in the treatment group. L. reuteri was well tolerated and no adverse effects were noted.

Cranberries in the Treatment of Male Urinary Tract Problems

by Geovanni Espinosa, ND, LAc, CNS  Forty-two men, aged 45 to 70 years (mean age 63 (SD 5.5) years), participated in this study. All subjects entering the study had lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), elevated PSA and/or BHP (BPH). Other inclusion criteria were histological findings of acute or chronic non-bacterial prostatitis, normal urinary sediment and negative bacterial cultivation of urine. The diagnosis was asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis category IV according to the National Institute of Health classification system.

Fecal Flora Transplantation In the Treatment of Colonic and Metabolic Disease

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Ten patients undergoing "fecal bacteriotherapy," or what in the United States is often termed "fecal transplantation." In this process the bowel is cleansed with antibiotics and then fecal suspensions from healthy donors are administered daily.

Quality Standards

Radiation in Dietary Supplements

by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO  The potential health implications caused by the nuclear disaster in Japan may extend beyond Japanese citizens. The wind and water currents have carried radioactive materials to many parts of the world. Furthermore, concerns are arising regarding consumable goods exported from Japan. Included in this category are dietary supplement ingredients and their finished products.

Healthcare Perspectives

Integrative Medicine Visionary, Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Recognized at Recent Healthcare Symposium

by Karolyn A. Gazella More than 900 people, most of them healthcare professionals, sat transfixed as Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, walked onto the stage to receive the 2011 Visionary Award at the recent Integrative Healthcare Symposium, held in New York City, March 4-6, 2011. Her keynote topic was "Soul Work: Integrating the Spirit in Healthcare."

Healthcare Professionals Have Responsibility Not to Promote Misleading Ingredients

by Douglas MacKay, ND  Healthcare practitioners should be particularly mindful about the situation in Japan regarding their patients' interest and potential use of potassium iodide. The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has advised its member companies--and posted a statement to its website--that potassium iodide used at the appropriate time and level of 130 mg daily may be effective in reducing the risk of thyroid cancer in individuals or populations at risk for inhalation or ingestion of radioiodines.


Clinical Roundtable: Effects of Radiation Exposure

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  As clinicians we're being asked difficult questions about radioactive exposure by our patients in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear crisis in Japan. As physicians who likely do not have a background in nuclear physics, it can be difficult to wade through the complex and conflicting information to present a balanced view to our patients. "Natural Medicine Journal" has reached out to two experts to give us a balanced and scientifically based explanation of the risks and how to mitigate them.

The Importance of Understanding Drug-Nutrient Interactions and Depletions

by Natural Medicine Journal As dietary supplement use continues to rise, has our knowledge of drug-nutrient interactions and depletions kept pace? And why are patients still not telling their doctors about the dietary supplements they are taking? "Natural Medicine Journal" explores this topic with expert pharmacist, author, and publisher Dr. Catherine Ulbricht.

Researcher Interview: Misha Ruth Cohen, OMD, LAc

by Natural Medicine Journal Chinese medicine expert Dr. Misha Cohen talks about the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the importance of acupuncture as a key modality, and how it all fits with our changing healthcare system.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Nutrient Profile: Iodine

by Alan Christianson, ND  Iodine is an essential element to human health. Globally, a large percentage of the world's population is affected by iodine deficiency disorders. Iodine-rich diets and iodinization of salt around the world has reduced the prevalence of endemic goiters. In the United States, as well as around the world, the most vulnerable populations to the consequences of iodine deficiency are pregnant women and children. Maintaining adequate iodine status while avoiding acute exposure to large doses of iodine may be the most effective means of lessening iodine-related diseases.