August 2019 Vol. 11 Issue 8

Abstracts & Commentary

Replenishing Vitamin D Deficiency Improves Lung Cancer Prognosis

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  An interventional trial finds vitamin D supplements specifically benefit patients with lung cancer who were vitamin D–deficient to begin with, supporting an individualized approach to supplementation in this population.

Anaerobically Prepared Fecal Microbiota Transplant for Ulcerative Colitis

by Mark Davis, ND  Study shows patients with ulcerative colitis who receive fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) experience steroid-free remission at 8 weeks in numbers greater than placebo.

Delta Tocotrienol and Bevacizumab for Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

by Kirsten West, ND, LAc, FABNO  Randomized trial shows that tocotrienol, a member of the vitamin E family, works synergistically with bevacizumab, a monoclonal antibody, to slow progression and extend survival in women with refractory ovarian cancer.

Blueberries for Knee Osteoarthritis

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH  Study finds that blueberries improve pain, stiffness, and gait but do not reduce biomarkers of inflammation in patients with knee osteoarthritis.


Essential Fatty Acids in Clinical Practice: A Conversation with Ronald Hoffman, MD

by Natural Medicine Journal In this interview, Ronald Hoffman, MD, describes the scientific research associated with essential fatty acids, specifically omega-3 fats from fish oil. Hoffman touches on some of the controversial research and then focuses on the practical clinical applications that have been confirmed in the scientific literature.

Healthcare Perspectives

Climate Change and Food Quality

by Karolyn A. Gazella Experts have long warned that climate change will have a negative impact on the quantity of food we can produce worldwide. But now research is showing us that climate change will have a profound and negative impact on food quality and nutrient content as well.