June 2017 Vol. 9 Issue 6

Healthcare Perspectives

Women in Balance Symposium

by Natural Medicine Journal The National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) recently hosted a conference to address hard-to-treat medical conditions that affect women. Experts presented on conditions ranging from infertility to endometriosis. They provided education, insights, and recommendations for practice.

Takeaways from the 2017 Integrative SIBO Conference

by Natural Medicine Journal Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a heterogeneous syndrome characterized by an increase in the number and/or the presence of atypical microbiota in the small intestine. The 2017 Integrative SIBO Conference focused on the mechanisms underlying the condition and its diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and associations with other conditions. These summaries of the conference presentations will benefit both those who attended the conference and those who missed it.


The Integrative Treatment of Thyroid Conditions

by Natural Medicine Journal Leading integrative medicine pioneer, Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, CCN, describes his philosophy regarding hard-to-treat thyroid conditions. Jaffe starts with proper diagnosis and then takes listeners through to the environmental impact, alkalinizing the body, and using targeted nutrients to provide an individualized approach.

Abstracts & Commentary

Mediterranean Diet and Brain Shrinkage

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  New study of older adults in Scotland supports the association between the Mediterranean diet and brain volume, suggesting adherence may prevent brain shrinkage.

Exercise for Glucose Control in Diabetes and Prediabetes

by Mona Morstein, ND  Exercise increases insulin sensitivity, so it makes sense to recommend regular exercise for patients who are insulin-resistant. An encouraging new study compares 2 forms of exercise in patients with diabetes and prediabetes. The results support this recommendation: Just do it.

Passive Exposure to Flame-retardant Chemicals in Preschool Children

by Katherine Layman, ND  Young children are naturally exposed to flame retardants through sources such as mattresses, pillows, strollers, and car seats, but we don’t know how or if exposure affects their health or behavior. Results from an observational study may motivate clinicians to address exposures in their patients.

Soy and Breast Cancer

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  In the past, clinicians have discouraged women with a history of breast cancer from consuming soy products, based on what we now know is misleading evidence. Add this recent epidemiological study to mounting evidence that soy is safe and may even reduce mortality for some women.

Vitamin D Deficiency in Metastatic Melanoma

by Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO  Many naturopathic clinicians encourage their melanoma patients to avoid sun exposure and supplement with vitamin D. Results from a recent study support these recommendations.