April 2017 Vol. 9 Issue 4

Abstracts & Commentary

Urban Air Pollution and Insulin Resistance, Type 2 Diabetes, and Obesity

by Walter Crinnion, ND  Preventing diabetes—a breath of fresh air? A recent trial raises diabetes concerns for people living in urban environments.

Electric Bicycles Increase Fitness

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Using an electrically assisted bicycle to commute to work for even 1 month may have measurable health benefits.

Olfaction, Radioactive Iodine, and Salivation

by Kirsten West, ND, LAc, FABNO  According to a recent randomized controlled trial, aromatherapy may be helpful in treating radiation-induced dry mouth.

Nigella sativa Supports Healing in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND  Placebo-controlled study demonstrates positive effects of Nigella sativa (also known as black cumin), supporting its use in the management of both endocrine and immune disorders.


Micronutrient Deficiencies in America

by Natural Medicine Journal In this interview, Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. discusses the state of micronutrient deficiencies in America. Vitamin D, vitamin B6, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and even vitamin C are deficient in tens of millions of Americans. Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. also discusses what can be done to identify and treat what she calls a “hidden epidemic of micronutrient deficiencies.”

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Perioperative Probiotics in Abdominal Surgeries

by Rebecca Lovejoy, ND, LAc  The use of probiotics to support general health is widespread, and quite a bit of research has been conducted on the use of various strains and doses in various contexts. Based on available research, some guidelines have been developed on clinical use of beneficial bacteria under specific disease or treatment circumstances, regarding strains, doses, and expected outcomes. This article highlights available evidence related to the use of probiotics in abdominal surgery as an addition to standard perioperative procedures, such as prophylactic antibiotic administration, with special attention to the use of probiotics in the perioperative gastrointestinal (GI) oncology setting, a narrow focus that lies beyond the scope of current guidelines.