April 2016 Vol. 8 Issue 4

Abstracts & Commentary

High Fiber Intake by Adolescent Girls Lowers Breast Cancer Risk in Adulthood

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  A large, retrospective cohort study adds to growing body of evidence that fiber intake provides a protective benefit for young women.

High-Protein Breakfasts Especially Important for Adolescents

by Kelsey Asplin, ND  A high-protein breakfast benefits all children, but may particularly benefit overweight kids.

Topical Saffron for Diabetic Erectile Dysfunction

by Daniel Lander, ND, FABNO  Study suggests that topically applied saffron gel could be a natural, safe, and effective alternative to the current standard treatments for erectile dysfunction.

Ashwagandha Root Extract and Sexual Function in Women

by Tori Hudson, ND  Pilot study finds ashwagandha root extract improves several parameters related to sexual dysfunction in women.


Discussing Online Patient Dispensaries with Daniel Kalish, DC, and Julie Beck, DC, MS, CSCS

by Natural Medicine Journal If you are thinking about adding an online patient dispensary to your practice or changing your present dispensary, this podcast will provide valuable information about the various features and benefits provided by these technology platforms. The podcast features specific information about wellevate, a new online patient dispensary from Emerson Ecologics.

Healthcare Perspectives

Integrative Health Insights: A Discussion with Rachel Fischer, MD, MPH

by Natural Medicine Journal Rachel Fischer, MD, MPH, is a physician and faculty member in the college of graduate and professional studies at the University of Western States (UWS). Her research interests have gravitated toward preventive medicine and optimal health and performance. She is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and is currently pursuing certification by the Institute of Functional Medicine.

Modern Industrial Foods and Their Effects on the Human Body

by Harry Hong, PhD, LAc  The majority of American farmland today is dominated by industrial agriculture featuring chemically intensive food production in large single-crop farms and animal production facilities. Modern food processing has grown into a large industry with revenue of hundreds of billions of dollars. The effects of industrial agriculture and the food processing industry on the environment and public health have raised concerns over the decades. This Healthcare Perspectives article reviews recent publications on modern interventions commonly used in the food industry, including genetic engineering, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, and food additives, as well as their possible detrimental effects on the human body.