April 2020 Vol. 12 Issue 4

Abstracts & Commentary

Mushrooms as Brain Food

by Lorinda Sorensen, ND, LAc  A recent study found that eating more than 2 servings a week of mushrooms may reduce risk of mild cognitive impairment compared to fewer servings.

Pollen Exposure and Respiratory Viral Infections

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  A recent study that combined tissue culture, mouse, and human data creates a compelling argument that pollen exposure weakens innate immune defense against viral infection—and not just in allergy sufferers.

Views of Nature Affect Sugar Consumption and Delayed Gratification

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH  Looking at scenes of nature may curb a sweet tooth—and the desire for instant gratification—better than viewing urban scenery.

Ultra-Processed Food Consumption and Mortality

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH  The growing appetite for ultra-processed foods worldwide is linked to a rise in mortality and obesity risks.

Healthcare Perspectives

A Wild and Precious Conference

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO, recounts the highlights from the 9th OncANP conference.


Reverse Osteoporosis with a Whole-Person Approach

by Natural Medicine Journal According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone density which places them at risk of developing osteoporosis. In this interview, bone health expert John Neustadt, ND, explains why a bone density scan is not the most clinically important endpoint and how to identify fracture risk in clinical practice.

Covid-19: What We Know Now About Spread, Shedding Period, Symptoms, and Effects of Pollen

by Natural Medicine Journal In this interview Heather Zwickey, PhD, provides an important update about Covid-19 for healthcare professionals. She discusses the concerning fact that people can be asymptomatic for a longer period of time than previously expected and that the viral shedding may take longer as well.

Covid-19 Update: Sense of Smell and Taste, Fever, and Airborne Spread

by Natural Medicine Journal This podcast addresses new information regarding the loss of smell and taste as symptoms, as well as airborne spread of the virus. In addition to being editor-in-chief of the Natural Medicine Journal, Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, has been seeing patients since earning her doctorate from the National University of Natural Medicine in 2000.

New Covid-19 Insights: Antibody Testing, Healthcare Disparities, and More

by Natural Medicine Journal This update features information about recovery from Covid-19, antibody testing, how long the virus lives on surfaces, healthcare disparity that increases risk of death, and new information about air pollution and Covid-19.

Changing the Way We Talk About Death and Dying with Patients

by Natural Medicine Journal Caring for a patient who is critically ill and dying poses communication challenges for everyone involved—patient, practitioners, and loved ones. How we communicate during this profound time in a person’s life can significantly impact end-of-life care. In this interview, health communications expert and researcher Carey Candrian, PhD, talks about the power of language and explains why it’s time to evaluate equity in hospice and palliative care.