August 2018 Vol. 10 Issue 81

Abstracts & Commentary

Breast Tissue Microbiota

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  Naturopathic practitioners have long assumed that breast tissue, conventionally assumed to be sterile, harbored bacteria. Evidence from recent studies supports the existence of a distinct breast microbiome. A new study by Hieken et al compared the breast microbiome in benign breast disease to the microbiome in cancerous breast tissue, with fascinating observations.

Ketogenic Diet Improves Seizures

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Prospective clinical trial demonstrates the antiseizure effects of a ketogenic diet. Could a shift in the gut biome be responsible for the effects?

Fiber Feeds Bacteria to Control Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

by Mark Davis, ND  In a randomized clinical trial, participants with type 2 diabetes consuming a high-fiber diet showed better glycemic control, an expected finding. But the mechanism underlying fiber’s benefits, as suggested in the study, challenge conventional wisdom.

Synbiotic Supplementation for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

by Megan Chmelik, ND  Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has been associated with dysbiosis of the gut microbiome. Results from a recent trial suggest that synbiotic supplementation may improve glycemic control and moderate lipid levels, which could reduce diabetes and cardiovascular risks in women with PCOS.


A Deeper Exploration of Probiotics and the Gut Microbiome with Donald Brown, ND

by Natural Medicine Journal In this interview, naturopathic physician and probiotic expert Donald Brown, ND, discusses the role of probiotics in supporting the gut microbiome. Brown also describes the mechanisms of action and clinical applications of probiotics, as well as strains, dosages, and potential contraindications.

The Gut-Brain Axis

by Natural Medicine Journal In this interview NMJ's editor-in-chief, Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, and Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP, discuss the integral role of the gut microbiota in mood and cognition.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

The Gut-Skin Axis and Mechanisms for Communication

by Raja Sivamani, MD  The association of gut health to general health has been the focus of many medical approaches, including traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and naturopathic medicine. The discovery of the gut microbiome has led to new areas of research that focus on the possible biochemical mechanisms that can relate gut health to local disease as well as the health of distant organs. The relationship of the gut to the skin, referred to as the gut-skin axis, is one emerging area of research.