February 2017 Vol. 9 Issue 2

Abstracts & Commentary

Diet for Prostate Cancer Survivors

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Study analyzing associations between consumption of various sources of protein and recurrence of prostate cancer does not yield exciting new findings, but there are a few take-home messages.

Self-Care with Acupressure for Cancer-Related Fatigue

by Rebecca Lovejoy, ND, LAc  Acupressure significantly improved sleep quality and quality of life measures in women with persistent cancer-related fatigue in a recent randomized clinical trial.

Topical EGCG for Radiation Dermatitis

by Kirsten West, ND, LAc, FABNO  Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol abundant in green tea, appears to soothe the red, burning, painful, itchy skin associated with radiation therapy.

Vitamin D in Miscarriage Prevention

by Jennifer Fitzgerald, ND  Randomized controlled trial shows vitamin D supplementation reduces pregnancy losses and provides clues to the mechanism of action.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Recognizing Autoimmune/Autoinflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants (ASIA)

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  Autoimmune/Autoinflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants (ASIA) is a relatively new entity introduced in 2011. Diagnosis of ASIA is based on major and minor criteria encompassing generalized signs and symptoms such as persistent fatigue, cognitive difficulties, neurological deficits, myalgias/arthralgias, and dry mouth. As the name implies, an immune adjuvant is requisite, although the adjuvant itself may or may not be identified. ASIA is thought to be a rare entity, which makes the identification and study of those affected challenging. Knowledge of ASIA may help clinicians identify patients with underlying immune dysregulation.