July 2012 Vol. 4 Issue 7

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Breast Thermography: History, Theory, and Use

by Debi Walker, ND  More than 50 years has passed since the hypothesis of thermography in breast imaging was proposed. During this time, thermography has gone from a legitimate, promising technology to one relegated to the shadows outside conventional medicine. While thermography is not well evidenced for use as a screening tool, its use as an adjunctive imaging procedure alongside mammography should be considered, particularly for those with dense breast tissue. However, validation of protocols, equipment, and analytical techniques is needed in the context of large, randomized trials before its use can be considered truly evidence-based.

Abstracts & Commentary

Half of Preschoolers Do Not Go Outside to Play Daily

by Matthew Baral, ND  On average, one half of the preschoolers in the 8,950 children sampled, representing 4 million children, are not being taken outside to play daily by a parent. Fifty-one percent of children were reported to go outside to play at least once per day with a parent; 58% of children not in childcare went outside daily.

Fish Oil and Cardiovascular Disease

by Keri Marshall, ND  This study concluded that based on the 14 studies analyzed, supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids did not reduce the risk of overall cardiovascular events, all-cause mortality, sudden cardiac death, myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, or transient ischemic attack and stroke. A small reduction in cardiovascular death was found but disappeared when data from one study "with major methodological problems" was excluded.

Can Vitamins C and E Improve H. pylori Eradication Rates?

by Donald Brown, ND  Thirty patients with a diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori-positive non-ulcer dyspepsia participated in a 4-week study to find out if vitamins C and E improve eradication rates.

Folate and Childhood Cancers

by Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton, ND  This study looked at first diagnosis of cancer during 1986-2008 among children <5 years of age, looking both at total incidence of cancer as well as 14 categories of malignancy most likely to have prenatal origins.

Prunes May Prevent and Reverse Osteoporotic Bone Loss

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  One hundred sixty post-menopausal women participated in a randomized non-blind comparative study to discover if consumption of dried plums significantly increases bone mineral density of ulna and spine in comparison with consuming dried apples.