May 2021 Vol. 13 Issue 5

Abstracts & Commentary

(R)-Alpha Lipoic Acid: Weight Loss with Benefits?

by Daniel Chong, ND  Although supplementation with lipoic acid did not decrease triglycerides, it did lower weight, body mass index, and inflammation in overweight and obese adults.

Zingiber officinale: Beneficial Effects on Cholesterol and Glucose in Type 2 Diabetes

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH  Ginger may help lower fasting glucose and total cholesterol in those with type 2 diabetes.

Endocrine Disruptors and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adolescents

by Sara Gottfried, MD, FACOG  A study involving the New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site found a modest association between adolescent exposure to endocrine disruptors, particularly phthalates, and a greater risk of ADHD.

Are Low-Carb Diets in Diabetics Worth the Effort?

by Princess Burnett, ND  Type 2 diabetics following a low-carbohydrate diet showed improved glycemic control, but the long-term effectiveness requires further investigation.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Making Sense of Osteoporosis Testing

by John Neustadt, ND  A review of the diagnostic and screening technologies and common laboratory tests for predicting, treating, and monitoring osteoporosis and fractures.

Healthcare Perspectives

The Potential Benefits of Oral and IV Peptides

by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD  A recent study offers some important clinical takeaways about the potential of amino acid and polypeptide therapies, as well as the use of phosphatidylserine to lower cortisol levels.


Recommending Functional Foods in Clinical Practice

by Natural Medicine Journal The functional food category has grown considerably over the past few years. In this interview, research microbiologist Kiran Krishnan describes how clinicians can utilize targeted functional foods in clinical practice. As a leading probiotic researcher, Krishnan focuses much of his attention on how functional foods can positively influence gut health.