December 2014 Vol. 6 Issue 12

Abstracts & Commentary

Prognostic Role of Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte Ratio in Cancer

by Jen Green, ND, FABNO  This systematic review and meta-analysis combination explores the prognostic role of the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in cancer diagnosis, demonstrating NLR to be an accurate, cost-effective, and reliable biomarker for oncologists.

Treating Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

by Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP  This retrospective study found that cost-effective herbal treatments were just as effective as more expensive pharmaceuticals in treating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), offering SIBO sufferers a natural strategy for relief.

Strength-training Regimen Effective at Treating Plantar Fasciitis

by Brian Perry, ND  Patients diagnosed with plantar fasciitis experience greater relief of symptoms from strength training than usual treatment—something every integrative practitioner should know.

Does Cancer Treatment Cause Cognitive Impairment?

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  “Chemo brain” has been documented in multiple studies, but this is the first to assess pretreatment fatigue and cognition in cancer patients and suggests that cognitive deficits may be part of the disease process itself.

Sulforaphane Shows Promise in Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Matthew Baral, ND  In a recent study, a derivative of broccoli sprouts demonstrated improvement in behavior and alleviation of symptoms in teen and adult participants with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), offering practitioners the hope of a natural therapy with no side effects to treat patients with ASD.

Cannabinoids and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  In this retrospective study of prison inmates with PTSD, a synthetic cannabinoid reduced chronic pain, insomnia, and nightmares, in addition to providing other benefits.


A Closer Look at the Nutritive Value of Hemp Hearts With Ashley Koff, RD

by Natural Medicine Journal In this interview, registered dietician Ashley Koff, RD, compares and contrasts hemp hearts to other plant sources of protein and essential fatty acids. She also describes the therapeutic potential of hemp hearts and explains why they may be the preferred recommendation for many patients.

Annual Updates in Environmental Medicine

by Natural Medicine Journal In this audio interview, Walter Crinnion, ND, discusses the SpiritMed Conference coming up in January 2015 and describes the connection between the environment and stem cells.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Inositol and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

by Megan Chmelik, ND  This review highlights inositol, specifically in the forms of myo-inositol and d-chiro inositol, in order to provide up-to-date information that can be applied to a clinical setting for the naturopathic treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Healthcare Perspectives

Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities for Enhancing Research Literacy Skills

by Angela Senders, ND, MCR  In this final article of a 3-part series, the authors provide information about continuing education opportunities that will enhance practitioners’ research literacy skills.