February 2021 Vol. 13 Issue 2

Abstracts & Commentary

Changing Natural Surroundings Creates Microbial Anti-Inflammatory & Immunological Effects in Daycare Children

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH  This field study demonstrates for the first time that altering real-world settings can change environmental microbiomes in ways that have measurable, impactful effects on human inflammatory status and immune system function.

Laughter’s Links with Cardiovascular Disease and All-Cause Mortality

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  A large, prospective study found that low frequency of laughter was significantly associated with all-cause mortality and CVD incidence in an older population.

The Journey Back to Feeling “Normal” After Chemotherapy

by Princess Burnett, ND  Roughly two-thirds of women treated for ovarian cancer did not return to a sense of “normal” 18 months after treatment. This study looks at predictors and interventions for persistent symptoms and low quality of life.

The Effect of Mulberry Leaf and White Kidney Bean Extract Mix on Postprandial Glucose Control in Prediabetic Patients

by Daemon Jones, ND  Supplementing with these 2 plants improved glucose control in prediabetics in the short term but not the long term.


Addressing the Stress-Immune Connection in Clinical Practice

by Natural Medicine Journal Enhancing immunity in some patients may require a comprehensive approach to stress management. In this interview, integrative health expert and Natural Medicine Journal editorial board member Ramneek Bhogal, DC, DABCI, provides clinical insights on how best to help patients deal with stress while enhancing immunity.

Covid-19 Insights: Enhancing Recovery With an Integrative Approach

by Natural Medicine Journal On this episode, Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, describes the paper she recently published with her colleagues at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine about convalescence considerations for patients diagnosed with mild to moderate Covid-19 disease.

Support Strategies for Grief and Loss

by Natural Medicine Journal As the Covid-19 pandemic continues unabated, more and more people are dealing with loss and grief. Compassionately caring for the grieving person and their care partners has nuances that all healthcare practitioners should consider. On this episode, assistant research professor Heather Coats, PhD, APRN-BC, provides insights that can help clinicians care for their grieving patients.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Stress, Immunity, and Hair Health

Chronic stress can lead to the collapse of immune privilege and inflammatory cascades in hair follicles that result in hair loss. Natural interventions, such as specific nutritional supplements, diets, electroacupuncture, and more, can help address the problem at the root to restore healthy hair.