February 2015 Vol. 7 Issue 2

Healthcare Perspectives

New York Attorney General Orders Removal of Herbal Products From Store Shelves

by Michael Levin Michael D. Levin, founder of Health Business Strategies, LLC, Clackamas, Oregon, encourages practitioners to fight against the move by the New York Attorney General to remove dietary supplements from the shelves of major retailers.

2015 SpiritMed Annual Updates in Environmental Medicine Conference

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  A report from the annual SpiritMed environmental medicine conference, held January 15-18, 2015, in St Petersburg, Florida.


A Conversation With Daniel K. Church, PhD

by Karolyn A. Gazella Daniel Church, PhD, has been president of Bastyr University, Kenmore, Washington, since 2005. As he prepares for retirement at the end of this school year, he takes a candid look back and a thoughtful look forward as he comments about his tenure as president and the future of naturopathic medicine.

Research Update on the Antitumor Effects of Fermented Wheat Germ Extract

by Natural Medicine Journal Respected naturopathic oncologist Michael Traub, ND, FABNO, provides an updated overview of fermented wheat germ extract. In addition to discussing specific research studies, Traub explains contraindications, dosage, and some of the pros and cons of this unique natural substance.

Abstracts & Commentary

Is Sperm Quality Influenced by Comorbidities?

by Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton, ND  In this study, men with fertility problems were shown to be more likely to also suffer from endocrine, genitourinary, and dermatological disorders. The study reminds us that treating patients for infertility may often mean treating other “unrelated” health issues.

Effects of Sedentary Lifestyle on Telomere Length

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  With all the focus on the health benefits of increasing exercise, we may be overlooking a more critical, and simple, way to improve health—standing up.

The Role of Hookworm Infection in Immunomodulation of Celiac Disease Patients

by Mark Davis, ND  A recent study inoculated celiac disease patients with hookworm larvae, and the results were promising. Could it be that the human gut’s “old friend,” the hookworm, holds the key to treating celiac disease?

Essential Fatty Acids Block the Depressive Effect of Interferon Therapy

by Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc  In this Taiwanese study, researchers found that adding omega-3 fatty acids to the diet of patients undergoing interferon-alpha therapy decreased their depressive symptoms significantly.

Milk vs Fermented Milk Products in Risk of Mortality and Fracture

by Kate Rhéaume-Bleue, ND  In a recent study, researchers observed that milk consumption had a deleterious effect on mortality and fracture risk, but that fermented dairy products did not. Given that milk and fermented dairy products have vastly different nutritional profiles, practitioners would be well advised to reconsider how they talk to patients about dairy in the diet.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Metabolic Considerations in Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Elizabeth Mumper, MD  Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a disorder characterized by social, communication, and behavioral impairments, has increased dramatically in recent years. The conventional medical paradigm defines ASD as a neurological disorder. Conventional treatments rely on behavioral therapies and psychotropic medications but have limited success and tolerability. A new paradigm is emerging that views ASD as a multisystem disorder accompanied by metabolic and mitochondrial impairments. A clinical approach to assess and treat metabolic dysfunction in ASD is reviewed here.