September 2019 Vol. 11 Issue 9

Abstracts & Commentary

Curcumin with Turmeric Essential Oil for Knee Osteoarthritis

by Cheryl Myers, RN  Randomized trial finds curcumin with turmeric essential oil is just as effective as diclofenac for the treatment of knee pain from osteoarthritis, with fewer adverse effects. The curcumin/turmeric combination could be a safe and effective NSAID alternative.

Gratitude Diary Improves Mood in Suicidal Inpatients

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  In a recent randomized controlled trial involving suicidal inpatients, patients who recorded their appreciation for simple gifts or pleasures in a “gratitude diary” showed greater improvements in hope and optimism than those who kept a food diary.

Blueberries Improve Cardiometabolic Function

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH  Study finds that the equivalent of 1 cup of blueberries per day improves high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol and vascular endothelial factors, which could reduce cardiovascular event risk by 11% or more.

Vitamin K Status and Mobility in Older Adults

by John Neustadt, ND  Longitudinal cohort study of older adults shows an association between low vitamin K levels and mobility.

Healthcare Perspectives

Naturopathic Doctors Celebrate 100 Years of Licensure at the 2019 AANP Convention

by Sarah Bedell Cook, ND  Aside from the usual excitement of reuniting and learning from colleagues, this year, participants had an even bigger reason to celebrate: 2019 marked 100 years of licensure for naturopathic doctors in the United States.