by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
Have you ever looked at a label and noticed the term medical food? Although medical foods have been around for decades, many healthcare professionals may not recognize this term, as it was not part of our standard medical training. As these therapeutic medical foods become more and more popular it is our responsibility as healthcare professionals to understand what they are, their significance, and how they compare to functional foods.
by Natural Medicine Journal
In his interview with Tina Kaczor, ND, Alan Gaby, MD, discusses the lack evidence regarding the safety and efficacy of high-dose vitamin D and encourages the naturopathic community to reconsider current practices.
by Karolyn A. Gazella
The Summit brought together naturopathic clinicians, researchers, and leaders of academic and professional associations to discuss the naturopathic profession, patient access, public relations, and public health regulations.
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
The results of several cohorts were reported in this paper. Thirty-six patients with seminoma or lymphomas were treated; half received the trial medication, the remainder placebo. Forty-two patients with cervical cancer were also treated, again half with medication and half with placebo. Taking berberine significantly decreased the incidence and severity of radiation-induced acute intestinal syndrome in these patients compared to the patients in the control group.
by Christine Toomasi, ND
Patients can feel overwhelmed when diagnosed with diabetes, often due to the expectation of lifestyle change with minimal clinical support. Exercise and healthy, balanced meals are interventions commonly used by integrative practitioners for diabetic patients. While this trial does a great job of highlighting the importance of these interventions, more significantly it emphasizes the importance of consistent education, support, and behavioral strategies. Although the endpoint of cardiovascular events cannot be determined without further follow-up, it would seem reasonable that the changes noted thus far in the intervention group will result in decreased cardiovascular events based on the reduction of CVD risk factors.
by Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh
It's time to reconsider the use of antidepressants in Alzheimer's sufferers. Instead, we should focus on true prevention: eating real foods, drinking clean water, exercising daily exercise in a way we enjoy, engaging in healthy relationships, keeping minds active, and maintaining supportive social structures.
by Jeremy Appleton, ND
Botanical remedies have been used for centuries to treat various inflammatory conditions. This review describes some recent advances in our understanding of the actions and efficacy of 2 ancient anti-inflammatory herbs--turmeric (Curcuma longa) and frankincense (Boswellia serrata)--with modern examples of the evidence of their efficacy in osteoarthritis.
by Natural Standard
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is required for the synthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine and for myelin formation. This monograph summarizes the research on the vitamin, including information on its most and least effective uses.