April 2017 Vol. 9 Issue 41


Integrative Treatment Considerations for Patients with Eating Disorders: An Interview with Carrie Decker, ND

by Natural Medicine Journal People who currently and have historically struggled with eating disorders often have many eating disorder-related symptoms that respond positively to an integrative approach to treatment. Just like many other chronic health conditions, with appropriately selected interventions, recovery from an eating disorder can be further facilitated with holistic support.

The Stress Response: Lifestyle and Herbs for Maintaining Resilience

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  In this interview, Aviva Romm, MD, reviews how the stress response is triggered, how the hypothalamic-pituatary-adrenal (HPA) axis engages, and what can be done to lessen the health consequences of chronic stress. This is a conversation for patients and practitioners alike, covering the basics and some nuanced botanical insights that can help any clinician in prescribing adaptogenic plant combinations for their patients.

Abstracts & Commentary

Artificial Light at Night Increases Breast Cancer Risk

by Heather Wright, ND, FABNO  A recent observational study generated maps that color coded high to low levels of light at night, as well as breast cancer incidence, per census tract. As hypothesized, more cases occurred in the urban and high-population areas.

Urtica Benefits Women with Diabetes

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  A recent randomized controlled trial finds extract of stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) superior to placebo in reducing fasting plasma glucose in women with diabetes.

Fenugreek Standardized Extract for Menopausal Symptoms

by Jennifer Johnson, ND, LAc  Fenugreek seed has a long history of medicinal use, and recent research suggests it has activity in hormone-mediated conditions. A new placebo-controlled trial shows that fenugreek extract substantially and significantly improves a range of menopause-related symptoms.

Inositol, Betaine, and Boswellia for Breast Health

by Megan Chmelik, ND  Breast lumps and breast pain are common concerns among premenopausal women. In a recent randomized controlled trial, familiar, readily available supplements significantly improved breast symptoms.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Management of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

by Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton, ND  The loss of a single pregnancy can be devastating, but some women experience multiple losses, compounding the devastation. Dr. Chasse explains many potential causes of pregnancy loss and provides guidelines for evaluation and treatment, noting that naturopathic clinicians have much to offer.

Healthcare Perspectives

Caring for Women With Integrative Medicine

by Karolyn A. Gazella According to the US Department of Labor, women make 80 percent of all healthcare decisions in this country. They choose family health plans, schedule and execute doctor appointments, and manage the health of the entire family. But who is taking care of the health needs of women?