by Gina Cushman, NMD, PHD
Long-term use of oral contraceptives (OCs) and of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have been linked to increased blood coagulation, with its increased risk of cardiovascular problems. Their long-term use also has been linked to altered immune and inflammatory factors, suggesting an increased risk of chronic immune disorders with an inflammatory component, including cancer. This report reviews these various risks. Also discussed are 2 natural food extracts, one showing anticoagulant effects and the other exhibiting certain anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects.
by Setareh Tais, ND
Diminished ovarian reserve, a natural process by which the follicular pool diminishes with time, is often clinically asymptomatic but presents a challenge to those wanting to become pregnant. Although pelvic ultrasonography and day 3 serum hormone testing have long been common methods of assessing ovarian reserve, promising research suggests the utility of anti-mullerian hormone testing to identify patients with diminished ovarian reserve. Conventional wisdom would suggest that in vitro fertilization is the only answer for diminished ovarian reserve, but preliminary research offers hope that egg quality and ovarian reserve can be improved by dehydroepiandrosterone, melatonin, and myo-inositol.
by Erin Psota, ND
As fevers are seen as a beneficial healing process, naturopathic physicians tend to use conventional antipyretics more sparingly than allopathically trained practitioners, depending on patient, parent, and professional comfort.
by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
NMJ’s Medical Editor, Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, recently interviewed Valter Longo, PhD, Edna M. Jones professor in gerontology, professor in biological science, and director of the Longevity Institute, on his research in caloric restriction and fasting in cancer.