October 2015 Vol. 7 Issue 10

Abstracts & Commentary

Light-intensity Physical Activity Trumps Sedentary Behavior

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  A recent observational analysis showed that even light physical activity had an inverse relationship with mortality, which may prove helpful as we attempt to motivate exercise-averse patients.

Can Restricting Fermentable Carbohydrates Help Kids With Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

by Teresa Silliman, ND  Studies suggest a diet low in fermentable carbohydrates alleviates irritable bowel syndrome in adults. Recent research questions whether it can also help children.

Choosing the Right Vitamin K2: Menaquinone-4 vs Menaquinone-7

by Kate Rhéaume-Bleue, ND  Natural strategies to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have included menaquinone-4 (MK-4) since the 1990s—but is it the best form of vitamin K2 for RA patients?

Nuts May Reduce Cancer, but Not Diabetes, Risk

by Eliza Klearman, ND, LAc  In a new review and meta-analysis, researchers have found that nut consumption is associated with a lower risk of specific cancers but not on the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Identifying and Treating Magnesium Deficiency in Cancer Patients Receiving Platinum-based Chemotherapy

by Jen Green, ND, FABNO  In this article, the authors review the prevalence of magnesium (Mg) deficiency in patients undergoing platinum-based chemotherapy, summarize research on IV and oral Mg in supportive care, discuss the role of Mg in carcinogenesis, explore different forms of oral Mg, investigate current best evidence on the effect of Mg on survivorship, and review ways for clinicians to identify and remedy early signs of Mg depletion.