August 2016 Vol. 8 Issue 8

Abstracts & Commentary

Urban Air Pollution and Increased Mortality Rates

by Walter Crinnion, ND  Nutritional and lifestyle recommendations for cancer prevention abound, but this convincing longitudinal study suggests a different intervention may provide even greater health protection.

Berberine Improves Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Practitioners of natural medicine recognize the antibacterial properties of berberine, but new studies suggest that the compound influences body processes in a number of ways, extending its application and potential areas of benefit. Exciting results from a recent trial demonstrate its effectiveness as a treatment for a common, chronic, elusive disorder.

Nutraceuticals for Adjunctive Depression Care

by Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc  Systematic review of existing research reveals that certain nutrients enhance the effectiveness of antidepressant medications—good news for clinicians caring for treatment-resistant patients.

Gum Disease and Risk of Smoking-Related Cancers in Never-Smoker Men

by Eleonora Naydis, ND, LAc, FABNO  What do periodontal disease, smoking, inflammation, and cancer have in common? Evidence from a recent study elevates the importance of regular dental care for cancer risk reduction.


An Integrative Approach to Business & Medicine

by Natural Medicine Journal With integrative medicine set to emerge as the primary form of healthcare in our country, the opportunity for practitioners to reach patients has never been greater—but having both the clinical and business expertise to run and grow a successful practice can be a challenge. In these interviews with 2 of the industry’s top clinical experts, Tieraona Low Dog, MD, and Mimi Guarneri, MD, listeners will learn more about the intersection of (and need for) both clinical and business expertise, as well as the great opportunity that exists for integrative practitioners to positively impact medical care in our country.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Evidence-Based Treatment of Digestive Symptoms in Pancreatic Cancer Patients

by Heather Wright, ND, FABNO  Patients with pancreatic cancer experience symptoms of disease and treatment-related symptoms that can reduce quality of life and negatively impact survival. This paper discusses practical tools for supporting patients in digestive tract symptom reduction with safe interventions such as nutritional counseling and evidence-based supplements. Patients and caregivers who are provided knowledge about digestive tract physiology, nutritional education, and detailed instructions for use of pancreatic enzymes may more effectively utilize treatment plans at home. Supporting overall nutritional status and maximizing digestive function with use of pancreatic enzymes and supplements such as probiotics and melatonin may help reduce suffering in pancreatic cancer patients and support quality of life.