February 2013 Vol. 5 Issue 2

Book Reviews

Book Review: Chocolate as Medicine

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  We have reached the end of an anomalous period of history in which some distortion of the time space continuum appears to have turned things upside down, inside out, and backwards. We grew up and lived in a peculiar reality, during which chocolate was viewed negatively. For a good part of our lives, people have had a peculiar notion that chocolate was bad for you and either avoided eating it or felt guilty when they did.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

The Economic Evaluation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

by Setareh Tais, ND  The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has steadily grown in recent decades, followed by an increase in insurance coverage for various CAM providers (eg, naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists, massage therapist, chiropractors). However, with rising healthcare costs, insurers and policy makers have expressed concerns about the cost-effectiveness of healthcare, both conventional and CAM. Although more prospective outcome studies are needed to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of CAM, there have been published research studies demonstrating that CAM is cost-effective and may present cost-savings due to inexpensive treatments, lower technology interventions, and its emphasis on preventative medicine.

Abstracts & Commentary

Antioxidants for Improving Sperm Progressive Motility

by Setareh Tais, ND  One hundred fourteen healthy men aged 21 to 46 years with primary male infertility for at least 18 months were studied. Male factor infertility was defined by normal sperm morphology less than 50% using World Health Organization criteria, sperm concentration less than 20 x 106/mL (oligozoospermia), and sperm motility less than 50% (asthenozoospermia).

Green Tea and Gastrointestinal Cancers

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND  74,941 women aged 40–70 were recruited from 7 urban areas around Shanghai, China from December 1996 through May 2000, with a participation rate of 92.7%.

NSAID Use and Risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Chronic Liver Disease

by Laura Perkowski, ND  Many published studies demonstrate a correlation between aspirin use and decreased risk of liver cancer, as well as cancer in general. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials found that daily aspirin reduced the number of deaths due to cancer compared to control.

Daily Dried Apples Improve Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Women

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  One-hundred sixty postmenopausal women were recruited from 2007 through 2009. They were not receiving hormone therapy or other agents, including cholesterol-lowering drugs, for at least 3 months prior to the start of the study.


Probiotics in Clinical Practice

by Natural Medicine Journal According to registered pharmacist and best-selling author, Suzy Cohen, probiotics affect gene activity in a positive and collaborative way. This podcast is sponsored by Essential Formulas Incorporated/Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics

Understanding Cancerous Growth as a Metabolic Process

by Natural Medicine Journal Greg Nigh, ND, LAc, refutes Dr. James Watson's hypothesis that antioxidants are detrimental in cancer care. He also explains how many of the mechanisms of cancer growth have been targets of integrative oncology focused growth control for quite some time.