May 2019 Vol. 11 Issue 51

Abstracts & Commentary

Wearable Devices: Usable or Useless Information?

by John Neustadt, ND  Fitness trackers and similar technologies, a multibillion dollar industry, provide users with a plethora of information. Many collect data not just on step count or miles covered, but on physiologic measures of fitness and health such as heart rate and sleep patterns. But how reliable is the data?

Light Therapy Glasses for Depression in Teens

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND  Clinical trial finds a novel mode of blue light delivery improves mood in teenagers suffering from depression.

Outdoor Light Pollution Linked to Increased Depression and Suicide Risk

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH  Light at night (LAN), often called “light pollution,” has been identified as a public health threat. A recent study links LAN specifically to increased prevalence of depression and suicide or suicidal ideation.

Should Aggression Be Added to Melatonin’s Adverse Effects?

by Catherine Darley, ND  Melatonin use among adults has nearly doubled in the last decade, but comprehensive data on adverse effects is lacking. A recent randomized controlled trial used a creative setup to explore whether or not melatonin increases aggressive tendencies, an effect that has been observed in animals.

Clock Genes and Aging in the Elderly

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  Clock genes help control circadian rhythms. Several polymorphisms of the CLOCK gene, one of the first such genes to be discovered, have been identified. Could variations in the CLOCK gene explain differences in aging quality?


Restorative Sleep Strategies: A Conversation with Christopher Shade, PhD

by Natural Medicine Journal During this video interview, Christopher Shade, PhD, discusses targeted nutrients to support restorative sleep in patients who are struggling with sleep issues. Shade focuses on the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), key botanicals, cannabidiol (CBD), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Neurotransmitters in Sleep and Wakefulness

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  To treat patients with sleep disturbances, it’s important to understand how neurotransmitters affect sleep and wakefulness. In this interview, NMJ’s Editor-in-Chief Tina Kaczor sat down with neurotransmitter expert and practicing naturopathic physician Robyn Kutka, ND, to learn more about how GABA, melatonin, histamine, acetylcholine, dopamine, serotonin and lesser-known neurotransmitters are involved in the circadian rhythm.