March 2016 Vol. 8 Issue 3

Abstracts & Commentary

Curcumin Reduces PMS Symptoms

by Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton, ND  A recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial looked at the effects of curcumin on the physical, mood, and behavioral symptoms of PMS.

Light Therapy More Effective Than Prozac in Patients With Major Depression

by Michael T. Murray, ND  Light therapy should be considered as a first-line or adjuvant treatment in patients with nonseasonal major depression.

Fructose Restriction Improves Metabolic Syndrome in Overweight Kids

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Not long ago fructose was considered a “healthy” sweetener. This study shines light on just how damaging it really is.

Single Dose Multivitamin Improves Mood

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  The surprising results of this study—that giving a multivitamin and mineral supplement caused acute mood improvement in just 1 hour—made us want to dig deeper.

Healthcare Perspectives

New Integrative Wisdom Website Raises Awareness of Integrative Medicine

by Natural Medicine Journal To further the mission of making integrative medicine part of every healthcare discussion, Integrative Therapeutics has launched a collection of video interviews with individuals across the integrative medicine community.

Cutting-Edge Speakers Highlighted at Annual Naturopathic Oncology Conference

by Karolyn A. Gazella The 200+ attendees of the 5th annual Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians conference were presented with diverse content and experienced professional camaraderie during the event. An interesting mix of immunology, integrative research, and practical clinical information was dispensed throughout the conference held February 26–28, 2016, at the Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.

Interdisciplinary Learning at Integrative Healthcare Symposium

by Deirdre Shevlin Bell The Integrative Healthcare Symposium annual conference, held in New York City February 25-27, 2016, brought together integrative healthcare experts and innovators from around the country for 3 days of presentations and continuing medical education (CME).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Integrative and Functional Medicine in Refractive, Chronic, Complex, Pain Syndromes

by Leigh Arseneau, ND, FMP  The current standard of care medical model is a disease-based approach. Diagnosis and determination of appropriate treatment options are complex processes that require a move toward a more patient-centric model of care that includes individualized diagnosis and treatment. The functional medicine model requires a diagnosis, but in addition, an understanding of the unique mechanisms including predisposing genetic factors, biochemical and psychosocial factors, and underlying dysfunctions in order to prescribe appropriate evidence-based therapies to improve overall health. The purpose of this case series is to describe the potential benefits of implementing a functional medicine approach for various chronic, complex pain syndromes.