May 2020 Vol. 12 Issue 51


Enhancing Viral Immunity via the Gut Microbiome

by Natural Medicine Journal On this episode pharmacist, nutritionist, author, and health educator, Ross Pelton, discusses his comprehensive strategy to support and enhance viral immunity. In addition to making the connection between the gut microbiome and the immune system, Pelton talks about diet, lifestyle, and dietary supplements that have been shown to support a healthy gut microbiome. He also discusses probiotic research, dosage, and why multistrain combinations are effective.

Covid-19 Shines Light on Existing Healthcare Disparities

by Natural Medicine Journal African Americans and other people of color throughout the United States are suffering disproportionately from Covid-19. In this interview, Udaya Thomas, MSN, MPH, APRN, CYT, talks about how integrative practitioners can better serve the health needs of underserved populations during this pandemic.

Clinical Considerations to Reduce Risk of Colon Cancer

by Natural Medicine Journal Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, and yet it is the third leading cause of cancer deaths after lung cancer, and prostate for men and breast cancer for women. In this interview, naturopathic oncologist Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, discusses how clinicians can help patients reduce their risk of developing colon cancer. Kaczor has been working in oncology for 2 decades and is a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.

Covid-19 Insights: Frontline Perspective from an Emergency Room Physician

by Natural Medicine Journal Susan Ryan, DO, has been on the front lines of this pandemic since it began. She shares insights about her experience and discusses the spectrum of symptoms, the toll on healthcare, and her own struggles with fear and anxiety.

Abstracts & Commentary

Vitamin D Alters Gut Microbiome

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Supplementing with vitamin D was associated with increased beneficial bacteria and decreased pathogenic bacteria in a recent study.

Meta-Analysis Concludes Probiotics Effectively Reduce IBS Symptoms

by Ronald Hoffman, MD  Which probiotic strains work best for different subtypes of IBS and at what dose? A recent meta-analysis offers some answers.

Treatment of IBS Without Constipation with Rifaximin Versus a Spore-Based Probiotic

by Alena Guggenheim, ND  Spore-based probiotics may offer an appealing alternative to pricey rifaximin and onerous diets in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.

Healing the Gut Naturally

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  A combination of natural agents long used by natural-medicine practitioners gets some evidence-based validation in a new intervention study.

Low-FODMAP Diet in the Management of Quiescent Inflammatory Bowel Disease

by Eleonora Naydis, ND, LAc, FABNO  Cutting down on certain poorly absorbed sugars in your diet may relieve gastrointestinal distress.

Healthcare Perspectives

Integrative Approaches to Gastrointestinal Health

by Karolyn A. Gazella According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, approximately 60 to 70 million Americans have a digestive disease. In addition, the American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 23 men and 1 in 25 women will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year and about 24,000 people will be diagnosed with stomach cancer. Issues involving the gastrointestinal (GI) tract are diverse, common, disruptive, and sometimes deadly. That’s why we devoted an entire issue of the Natural Medicine Journal to this important topic.