April 2014 Vol. 6 Issue 4

Abstracts & Commentary

Job Stress and Dyslipidemia

by Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH  A recent analysis provides an important reminder to the clinician about the contribution of psychosocial stress, including job strain, to cardiovascular risk.

27-Hydroxycholesterol Promotes Some Breast Cancer Growth

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  A new study points to cholesterol as a contributor to estrogen+ breast cancer progression. Could these results change how integrative practitioners look at cholesterol and cholesterol-lowering medications?

Ashwagandha for Male Infertility

by Setareh Tais, ND  Ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years to treat hypogonadism, low libido, and male infertility. The results of this study are consistent with a prior research demonstrating that Ashwagandha improves sperm parameters in infertile men with hypogonadism.

Vitamin D Supplementation Potentially Helpful for Chronic Urticaria

by Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP  Researchers recently found that high-dose vitamin D boosted the effects of drug therapy for chronic urticaria, but the study was not a home run. Other interventions should also be considered.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Treatment Considerations for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO  A multi-pronged approach to generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is considered the most effective and safest way to treat anxiety due to the wide range of causal factors and dysregulation of various neurotransmitters that are often involved. With a focus on correcting neurotransmitter imbalances in the limbic system, as well as hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction, clinicians can choose from several scientifically supported nutrients and herbs the ones that are most appropriate for each patient to modulate these pathways and change the course of this disorder.

Healthcare Perspectives

Making Sense of Screening Mammography Recommendations

by Tori Hudson, ND  Recent research has called into question the efficacy of screening mammograms. Natural Medicine Journal asked women’s health expert and editorial board member Tori Hudson, ND, to weigh in and offer her guidance for integrative health practitioners. Should the new research change your approach to breast cancer screening?


Supporting Patients During Chemotherapy with Naturopathic Strategies: An Interview with Shauna Birdsall, ND, FABNO

by Natural Medicine Journal Shauna Birdsall, ND, FABNO, discusses how to safely support patients throughout their chemotherapy treatment using natural therapies. She explains why understanding both the conventional treatment and what the patient expresses as his/her most highly prioritized needs is essential for integrating naturopathic therapies effectively.