March 2018 Vol. 10 Issue 3

Abstracts & Commentary

Verbal Conditioning Decreases Nocebo Effects

by Eleonora Naydis, ND, LAc, FABNO  When adverse effects of treatment are presented to patients it can foster negative expectations (nocebo effect). A randomized controlled trial shows timely words matter.

Mediterranean Diet Helps Breast Cancer Survivors with Weight Goals

by Michelle Qaqundah, ND, FABNO  Breast cancer survivors who are overweight post-treatment have a poorer prognosis, so diet is critical for these patients. A recent study tests the benefits of the Mediterranean diet in this population.

Vitamin D and Calcium Fail to Reduce Fractures

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Systematic review draws unsettling conclusions about the effects of vitamin D and calcium on fracture risk.

Curcumin for Capecitabine-Induced Hand-Foot Syndrome

by Kirsten West, ND, LAc, FABNO  Hand-foot syndrome is a common side effect of capecitabine, a chemotherapy drug. Could curcumin (turmeric) help prevent dermatologic toxicity?

Acupuncture for Type 2 Diabetes

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH  Study finds that acupuncture at CV-12 for 30 minutes with 5 minutes of bird pecking stimulation lowers random blood glucose (RBG) in men with type 2 diabetes.

Healthcare Perspectives

Cutting-Edge Cancer Content From the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians Conference

by Karolyn A. Gazella More than 200 healthcare professionals attended this year’s Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP) Conference that was held February 16-18 at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes in Arizona. A total of 16.5 continuing education credits, 4.5 of which were pharmacy, were available to attendees.


Addressing Sleep Issues in Clinical Practice: A discussion with Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD

by Natural Medicine Journal There is a significant link between lack of sleep and hormonal, inflammatory, and immune system health. In this interview, Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, describes the connection and then provides information about his comprehensive, integrative approach to sleep issues.