October 2021 Vol. 13 Issue 101

Abstracts & Commentary

Zinc Chloride Mouthwash Limits Chemotherapy-Induced Oral Mucositis and Weight Loss

by Michael Walker, ND, FABNO  An intervention with zinc chloride mouth rinse dramatically improved the incidence and severity of oral mucositis.

Coffee and Tea Consumption and the Risk of Invasive Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women

by Lindsay Adrian, ND, FABNO  Data from nearly 80,000 women in the Women’s Health Initiative suggest that there is no difference in breast cancer incidence regardless of intake of regular or decaffeinated coffee or tea.

Can Supplementation With Vitamin D Affect PD-L1 Expression in Gastrointestinal Cancers?

by Shauna M. Birdsall, ND, FABNO  Vitamin D supplementation may reduce the risk of total death in GI cancer patients, partly by enhancing anticancer immunity.

Antibiotics Show Benefit in Pancreatic Cancer

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Some pancreatic cancer patients receiving gemcitabine treatment had improved progression-free survival when taking antibiotics.

Precisely Timed Light May Reduce Chemotherapy-Related Sleep Disruption and Fatigue

by Catherine Darley, ND  Cancer patients who received light therapy slept more than 2 hours longer and had 16% greater sleep efficiency than the control group.

Healthcare Perspectives

A Message From the New Publisher

by Liz Plizga As the new publisher of Natural Medicine Journal, we are pleased to present this special issue on the important topic of oncology.


Integrative Interventions that Inhibit Cancer Stem Cell Activity: A Conversation with Holly Lucille, ND, RN

by Natural Medicine Journal In this interview, integrative medical expert Holly Lucille, ND, RN, describes why it’s important to look at cancer stem cell activity when creating an integrative cancer treatment plan. She discusses scientific literature that looks at whether natural interventions can help stop cancer formation and growth and inhibit cancer stem cell activity.

Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer

by Natural Medicine Journal In this interview, our editor-in-chief, Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, speaks with Aminah Keats, ND, FABNO, about breast cancer disparities in African American women.