February 2018 Vol. 10 Issue 2

Abstracts & Commentary

Does Having a Dog Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Owning a dog may improve our health in many ways, from prompting us to exercise more to providing companionship to ward off depression and isolation. Could dog ownership increase longevity and lower risk of cardiovascular disease?

Home-based Natural Settings Influence Brain Anatomy

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH  Mental health benefits of nature may be achieved in part from actual structural changes in stress-related areas of the brain.

Lifestyle and Herbs for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

by Megan Chmelik, ND  Lifestyle modification alone appears to improve some aspects of polycystic ovary syndrome. A recent study suggests that a treatment plan that includes both lifestyle changes and select herbal supplements may achieve even greater improvement in some patients.

Air Pollution and All-cause Mortality in the Elderly

by Julianne Forbes, ND  Comprehensive study of older adults in the United States raises a question: Do the current US air quality standards need revision?

Moderate to Vigorous Exercise Associated with Greater Longevity

by Jennifer Johnson, ND, LAc  A large prospective study finds good news and bad news. The good news: exercise helps us live longer. The bad news? Women may need to work harder to reap the benefits.


Integrative Dermatology to Clinical Practice: A Conversation with Raja Sivamani, MD

by Natural Medicine Journal Skin conditions are common in many clinical practices. In this interview, dermatologist and researcher Raja Sivamani, MD, describes how an integrative approach can help improve outcomes, especially with difficult to treat dermatological conditions.