September 2018 Vol. 10 Issue 9

Book Reviews

Book Review: Herbal ABC’s The Foundation of Herbal Medicine

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND  Sharol Tilgner’s latest book on herbal medicine is a well-written, concise guide to the practice of herbal medicine using a novel organ system–based approach.

Abstracts & Commentary

Nanocurcumin and Riluzole for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH  Study finds that nanocurcumin is safe and may improve outcomes in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), especially in those with bulbar ALS.

Intravenous Application of Mistletoe Extract

by Miranda LaBant, ND  Mistletoe extract is a widely used natural cancer therapy, typically as an adjunct to conventional therapy, but evidence suggests its benefits and safety vary according to route of administration. A phase I study set out to answer questions about the safety and tolerability of intravenously administered mistletoe.

Fructose Consumption Linked to Asthma

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  The Framingham Heart Study has collected data from thousands of participants since its inception in 1948, generating a vast amount of data. A recent study used data from a subset of participants to analyze associations between fructose-containing drinks and incidence of asthma. The results give practitioners even more reason to discourage consumption of beverages such as soda and apple juice.

Greening Vacant Lots as a Cost-Effective Mental Health Intervention in Underserved Populations

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH  Turning empty urban lots into green spaces appears to improve nearby residents’ psychological wellbeing, according to a recent study. The depression-alleviating effects are even greater among those below the poverty line.

Sponsored Podcasts

How Postbiotic Metabolites Impact Health: Exploring New Frontiers of Probiotic Science with Ross Pelton, RPh, CCN

by Natural Medicine Journal In this interview, Ross Pelton, RPh, CCN, describes the new science associated with postbiotic metabolites and their impact on health. Listeners will also discover what postbiotic metabolites are and why they are so important to the human microbiome.