July 2019 Vol. 11 Issue 7

Abstracts & Commentary

Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Risk of Dying

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  A comprehensive analysis of data from 2 large cohorts, followed for several decades, suggests that sugar-sweetened beverages are a grave public health risk.

Gardening Promotes Production of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor in the Elderly

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH  The mental health benefits of gardening have been recognized for centuries and confirmed by modern-day science, but a recent study is among the first to explore the mechanism of action using biomarker data.

Physician Assurance Reduces Patient Symptoms

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH  Study finds a brief, one-sentence assurance from a physician in response to a patients’ allergic reaction significantly reduces allergic symptoms.

Ultra-processed Food Consumption, Appetite, and Weight Gain

by Ronald Hoffman, MD  Sophisticated inpatient trial and several other new studies confirm the harm of ultra-processed foods.

Probiotics, Fecal Transplant, and the Microbiome

by Andrea McBeth, ND  A study in both human volunteers and mice shows the benefit of autologous fecal transplant for reconstitution of the microbiome following antibiotic treatment. But what about probiotics?


Addressing the Challenge of Mineral Supplementation in Clinical Practice

by Natural Medicine Journal In this interview Stephen Ashmead, MS, MBA, discusses mineral acid chelates and their functions. In addition to discussing mineral supplementation in general, Ashmead delves more deeply into the importance of magnesium and why magnesium chelate is the preferred form.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Grain-free, Sugar-free, Dairy-free Family Cookbook

by Jennifer Brusewitz, ND  Mealtime for families with children on restrictive diets can be fraught with stress and frustration. This new cookbook is an inspiring, accessible resource for families facing the challenge of transitioning to a grain-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free diet.

Healthcare Perspectives

Proactively Preventing and Reversing Physician Burnout

by Karolyn A. Gazella In the United States the demand for healthcare continues to rise, while the number of available doctors continues to fall. One consequence of this trend is physician burnout. Can an integrative approach help reduce burnout risk?