March 2019 Vol. 11 Issue 3

Abstracts & Commentary

Probiotics for Bipolar Disorder Mania

by Lachlan Crawford, ND  Randomized controlled trial finds bipolar patients on probiotics have fewer rehospitalizations compared to those on placebo.

Early-life Alcohol Consumption and High-Grade Prostate Cancer

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH  Study finds a positive association between heavier alcohol exposure from the ages of 15 to 49 and the diagnosis of high-grade prostate cancer at time of biopsy.

Residential Green Space and Cardiovascular Disease Risk

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH  The beneficial effects of green space on cardiovascular disease have been recognized for years, but a new study is one of the first to use biomarkers to elucidate a mechanism of action.

Intravenous Vitamin C and Radio Sensitization in Pancreatic Cancer

by Heather Wright, ND, FABNO  A combination of in vitro and in vivo studies, including a phase I clinical trial, supports the addition of intravenous vitamin C to a regimen of chemotherapy and radiation therapy for treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Breakfast Improves Cardiometabolic Health Measures in Men with Prediabetes

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  In 2017, the American Heart Association established that not skipping breakfast is associated with better health and even lower cardiovascular risk. The results of a controlled feeding trial involving prediabetic men corroborate—eating earlier in the day improved several measures of cardiometabolic health.


Exploring the Role of Probiotics and Brain Health: A Conversation with Ross Pelton, RPh

by Natural Medicine Journal Research is confirming that there is a direct link between the gut and the brain. In this interview, probiotics expert Ross Pelton, RPh, will describe the research associated with probiotics and brain health. The focus of the interview is on cognition and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety and how probiotics may help patients with brain issues.

Healthcare Perspectives

2019 Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians Conference Highlights

by Karolyn A. Gazella Conference attendees absorbed 3 days of thought-provoking content on integrative oncology, including talks on such diverse topics as laughter, Ayurveda, light exposure, and the ketogenic diet in cancer care.