December 2015 Vol. 7 Issue 12

Abstracts & Commentary

Melatonin Reduces Anxiety and Pain of Pediatric Blood Draws

by Kate Rempel Best known for its use in insomnia, melatonin is also showing promise as a pain and anxiety reducer.

Curcumin and Premenstrual Syndrome

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH  Study finds curcumin attenuates the severity of premenstrual syndrome in 18-to 34-year-old females with regular menstrual cycles.

Khorasan Wheat-Based Diet and Acute Coronary Syndrome

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND  An organic khorasan wheat-based replacement diet improves risk profile of patients with acute coronary syndrome: a randomized crossover trial.

Does Coffee Decrease Suicide Risk?

by Petra Eichelsdoerfer, ND, CN, RPh  A recent observational study explored the relationship between coffee/caffeine consumption and completed suicide. Will the results change our advice to patients with mood disorders?

Healthcare Perspectives

First-Ever IGNITE Conference Fires Up Integrative Medicine Practices

by Natural Medicine Journal Emerson Ecologics, a supplier of professional-grade nutritional supplements to integrative healthcare professionals, recently launched a conference designed to educate practitioners about the fundamentals of the business of medicine.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

The Role of Methionine in Cancer Growth and Control

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  Restriction of methionine in the diet has been used in animal studies as a mimetic to caloric restriction with similar metabolic effects. Many of these effects, such as lower insulin-like growth factor, should induce favorable outcomes in patients with a history of cancer. This review explores the theory and evidence for a normal-calorie, methionine-restriction diet in the context of cancer care specifically.