October 2016 Vol. 8 Issue 10

Abstracts & Commentary

Fenugreek’s Effects on Hormone Changes and Sexual Function in Healthy Men

by Geovanni Espinosa, ND, LAc, CNS  Low testosterone affects 20% of men over age 70. This double-blind, randomized clinical study suggests fenugreek extract may help.

Early Peanut Exposure and Allergy Risk

by Kimberly Sanders, ND  Mounting evidence supports recommendations to introduce infants without an existing peanut allergy to peanut products earlier in life to prevent peanut allergy.

High Glycemic Index Diet Associated with Lung Cancer

by Ellen McDonell, ND  A new study, only the second to evaluate the associations between glycemic index and lung cancer, suggests a low glycemic index diet may have benefits for prevention.

Metformin and Acupuncture in Overweight/Obese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

by Carl Hangee-Bauer, ND, LAc  Small trial sparks high hopes: If electroacupuncture improves blood sugar markers in people with diabetes, could it also help those who are at risk?


How to Effectively Build a Successful Practice: Advice from Business Development Expert Daniel Kalish, DC

by Natural Medicine Journal In this sponsored podcast, business strategist and expert Dr Daniel Kalish identifies key challenges that presently face clinicians and how they can overcome those issues. He discusses the importance of finding a niche, effectively communicating with patients, and how to maximize systems associated with the patient life cycle.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Biodiversity, Nature, and Human Health

by Kristen Arvidson Some recent studies claim biodiversity has a positive effect on human health, whereas human alterations to the natural environment have unfavorable health effects. This brief literature review cites current research that endorses biodiversity for human health and examines the negative consequences of natural environment modification. The review focuses on the health benefits of biodiverse environments, outdoor activity, and plant interactions, as well as the negative health effects of human disturbances, climate change, and urban landscapes.