June 2020 Vol. 12 Issue 6

Abstracts & Commentary

Metformin and Diabetic Neuropathy: Think B12

by Davis W. Lamson, ND  Metformin, along with other factors such as celiac disease, may contribute to vitamin B12 deficiency in diabetics.

Cocoa Drink Improves Walking Distance in Those with Peripheral Artery Disease

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH  Once reserved for nobility alone, chocolate is now consumed worldwide. Growing evidence, including a new randomized clinical trial, suggests chocolate may benefit the cardiovascular system.

Air Pollution Worsens Osteoporosis

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Exposure to fine particulates is associated with lower bone mass, adding to the arguments in favor of air filters.

Professional Ballet Dancers Frequently Exhibit Connective Tissue Gene Variants

by Alena Guggenheim, ND  Although hypermobility may be advantageous in disciplines such as ballet, it can also come with debilitating consequences.


Addressing Metabolic Endotoxemia in Clinical Practice

by Natural Medicine Journal The scientific literature now recognizes that metabolic endotoxemia is an underlying factor in many serious health conditions. In this interview, research microbiologist Kiran Krishnan describes how and why this condition occurs and how to prevent and reverse it.

Battling Physician Burnout from a Mind-Body Perspective

by Natural Medicine Journal A 2019 report on physician burnout found that nearly 60% of physicians identified as either burned out, colloquially depressed, or clinically depressed. And some estimates indicate that 76% of physicians worldwide are experiencing burnout. In this interview, integrative medical expert and radiation oncologist, Matt Mumber, MD, reminds practitioners to try a mind-body integrative approach to reversing and reducing risk of burnout.

Transforming Healthcare to a Whole-Person Approach

by Natural Medicine Journal Tracy W. Gaudet, MD, was the executive director of the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) National Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, which helped the VHA embrace a whole health approach that empowers and equips patients to take charge of their health. Now as executive director of the Whole Health Institute, she is once again a catalyst in helping transform healthcare to a more holistic, integrative approach.