May 2013 Vol. 5 Issue 5


Discussing Effective Adrenal Support with Bradley Bush, ND

by Natural Medicine Journal Dr. Bradley Bush describes the connection between epinephrine, norepinephrine, and neurotransmitter synthesis in patients with poor adrenal function. Bush discusses the role of S-adenosyl-methionine in correcting underlying methylation imbalances in this patient population.

Abstracts & Commentary

Does the Mediterranean Diet Cut Cardiovascular Disease Risk by 30%?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  This multicenter trial from Spain assessed whether the Mediterranean diet lowered participants’ risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Participants were enrolled in 1 of 3 groups: a group that ate the Mediterranean diet supplemented with 4 T per day of extra-virgin olive oil, a group that ate the Mediterranean diet supplemented with 30 g per day of a mixture of nuts, or a group that ate a low-fat control diet. The researchers concluded that risk for CVD was reduced by approximately 30% among the groups eating a Mediterranean diet.

Curcumin and Exercise Together Improve Heart Function

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  It is reasonable to take this current study at face value and begin using curcumin in treatment plans aimed at improving cardiovascular status. This study may have particular value in lobbying patients to exercise, as well as take supplements. The combination of exercise + curcumin in this pilot study was superior to either exercise or curcumin alone.

N-Acetylcysteine Enhances the Effect of Clomiphene Citrate in Women With PCOS

by Setareh Tais, ND  Several natural medicines have been shown to be beneficial as natural treatments for infertility secondary to anovulation in PCOS patients.

Plant-Based Proteins Necessary for Healthy Bones

by Nancy A. Rao, ND, LAc  Phyto-based proteins, polyphenols and other compounds found in fruits and vegetables, like soybeans, wasabi, Satsuma oranges, sargassum algae and others, are associated with stimulating osteoblastic activity, decreasing osteoclastic activity of the bones, and could be preventive of osteoporosis.

Soy Intake and Decreased Risk of Lung Cancer Death in Women

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  Adding whole soy foods to one's diet is an easy and inexpensive means of adding to the chemoprotective effects of a diet high in plant-based foods.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Frankincense's Efficacy in Treating Osteoarthritis

by Jeremy Appleton, ND  Boswellia is an ancient remedy with numerous modern clinical applications. Extracts of the gum resin with 20% to 30% AKBA represent viable alternative treatments of osteoarthritis. Boswellia extract is also a promising treatment for other inflammatory conditions, including asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and cerebral edema. Further research is needed to adequately assess its efficacy for these applications.

Healthcare Perspectives

How to Use Social Media in Your Practice

by Glenn Sabin Can you really grow patient volume with a smart social media strategy? Absolutely. But it takes time and commitment to earn big dividends. First and foremost, social media is about the engagement process through sharing relevant and useful information. This helps establish trust around your brand.