December 2013 Vol. 5 Issue 12

Healthcare Perspectives

Holistic Well-Child Promotion in a Family-Centered, Group-Based Format

by Leslie Solomonian, ND  Lifestyle choices made in childhood have a tremendous impact on morbidity and mortality not only during the pediatric years, but throughout one's lifespan. Stakeholders have identified the importance of prioritizing multi-tiered approaches to wellness promotion for children. Naturopathic medicine has demonstrated benefit to illness prevention and wellness promotion, but is inaccessible to much of the population, particularly those at greatest risk of poor health. Group-based programs may be a successful and cost-effective method of delivering naturopathic care to greater numbers of families in the community as part of a larger public health effort. We propose a pilot program to evaluate the efficacy of such an approach.

First International Clinical Congress a Success

by Karolyn A. Gazella If record attendance from healthcare practitioners from around the world is an indicator of success, this conference hit the mark. Convened by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and held in collaboration with Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on Oct 29-31, 2013, the conference featured keynotes from two leaders in the field of integrative medicine: Tracy Gaudet, MD, and Joseph Pizzorno, ND.

Abstracts & Commentary

Egg Exposure and Allergy Incidence in Children

by Matthew Baral, ND  Controversy surrounds the ideal time to introduce infants to solid foods. Naturopathic physicians often see parents who wait until long after the commonly recommended 4 to 6 months. This study and others suggest later introduction may do more harm than good.

Environmental Tree Loss and Respiratory and Cardiovascular Mortality

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH  Researchers have made an important first step in assessing a novel method of comparing population-based health data with environmental conditions. The longitudinal-ecological study looked at the link between mortality from two causes and the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle.

Most Effective Methods to Increase Children's Fruit Consumption

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  How do children best learn about healthy eating habits? Not through education, according to a recent study. We examine an approach that did have long-lasting effects, and consider what the implications might be for improving our patients' approach to food.

High-Dose NAC Improves Small Airway Function in COPD

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND  A recent double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial examined the effects of high-dose NAC on several measures of COPD. The results shed light on appropriate dosage and duration of treatment.