Abstracts & Commmentary

Benefits of Ecotherapy for Survivors of Domestic Violence

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
12-05-2018 
Domestic violence can cause health problems that persist even after the threat of acute trauma has ended. Project CarryOn provides a nature-based holistic approach to promote mental, physical, and emotional health in survivors of domestic violence, that, according to a recent study, has measurable benefits.

Fish Oil for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

by Joshua Z. Goldenberg, ND
12-05-2018 
Since the early 1970s clinicians have recommended omega-3 fatty acids for cardiovascular health. Conclusions from a Cochrane Review challenge decades of nutrition advice.

Processed Foods Increase Risk of Cancer

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
12-05-2018 
We know that global consumption of processed foods is rising. A population-based study assessed potential health impacts of this dietary trend, specifically on cancer risk, with alarming results.

Suicide Rates Rise as Temperatures Climb

by Christina Bjorndal, ND
11-07-2018 
Novel study correlates depressive tweets, suicide rates, and ambient temperatures in the United States and Mexico. Could climate change be affecting our mental health?

Probiotics May Not Be for Everyone

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
11-07-2018 
Until very recently, the condition called D-lactic acidosis was considered rare among humans. Current research suggests it may be more common than we think–and the suspected culprit may surprise you.

Fennel for Postmenopausal Sexual Dysfunction

by Marianne Trevorrow, ND
11-07-2018 
A randomized controlled trial compared a phytoestrogen cream to placebo for treatment of postmenopausal sexual dysfunction. Both groups benefited, but why?

Green Tea and Breast Density in At-Risk Postmenopausal Women

by Zach Kadro, ND
10-24-2018 
Certain women with high breast density who are at risk for breast cancer may benefit from daily consumption of green tea extract.

Does Complementary Medicine Increase Risk of Death for Cancer Patients?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
10-24-2018 
The recent JAMA Oncology study on the risks of using complementary medicine after a cancer diagnosis provided sensational headlines—but did it provide any legitimate conclusions about the place of integrative medicine in cancer care?

Fish Oil Supplementation in Adults With Hematological Malignancies

by Ellen McDonell, ND
10-24-2018 
In a recent controlled trial, 9 weeks of fish oil supplementation improved survival and reduced markers of inflammation in patients with blood cancers.

A Role for Protein Intake Before Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation

by Marie Winters, ND, FABNO
10-24-2018 
Muscle wasting and loss of muscle strength are common in the posttransplant period. In an encouraging study, consumption of a whey-soy blend in addition to a nutritional diet had positive effects on serum protein levels, muscle mass, and muscle strength in posttransplant patients.

Expectations and Placebo Effect in Allergic Rhinitis

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
10-03-2018 
Study finds that placebo can improve symptoms of allergic rhinitis, while positive expectations can have beneficial effects on subjective well-being.

Natural Eggshell Membrane Improves Post-Exercise Pain and Stiffness

by Ashok Bhandari, ND
10-03-2018 
In a recent clinical trial eggshell membrane (ESM) significantly improved exercise-related joint pain and stiffness, supporting reports that ESM has chondroprotective effects and underscoring its clinical potential for patients with inflammatory joint disease.

Anti-Müllerian Hormone in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

by Megan Chmelik
10-03-2018 
Prior research has shown that anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is elevated in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. A fascinating study discovers that AMH levels remain elevated during pregnancy and provides evidence of effects on fetal development.

Early to Supper and Late to Bed May Lower Cancer Risk

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
10-03-2018 
Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” According to a new study on circadian rhythms and cancer risk, early to supper may be better health advice (the study does not address wealth and wisdom).

Greening Vacant Lots as a Cost-Effective Mental Health Intervention in Underserved Populations

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
09-05-2018 
Turning empty urban lots into green spaces appears to improve nearby residents’ psychological wellbeing, according to a recent study. The depression-alleviating effects are even greater among those below the poverty line.

Nanocurcumin and Riluzole for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
09-05-2018 
Study finds that nanocurcumin is safe and may improve outcomes in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), especially in those with bulbar ALS.

Intravenous Application of Mistletoe Extract

by Miranda LaBant, ND
09-05-2018 
Mistletoe extract is a widely used natural cancer therapy, typically as an adjunct to conventional therapy, but evidence suggests its benefits and safety vary according to route of administration. A phase I study set out to answer questions about the safety and tolerability of intravenously administered mistletoe.

Fructose Consumption Linked to Asthma

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
09-05-2018 
The Framingham Heart Study has collected data from thousands of participants since its inception in 1948, generating a vast amount of data. A recent study used data from a subset of participants to analyze associations between fructose-containing drinks and incidence of asthma. The results give practitioners even more reason to discourage consumption of beverages such as soda and apple juice.

Ketogenic Diet Improves Seizures

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
08-15-2018 
Prospective clinical trial demonstrates the antiseizure effects of a ketogenic diet. Could a shift in the gut biome be responsible for the effects?

Synbiotic Supplementation for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

by Megan Chmelik
08-15-2018 
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has been associated with dysbiosis of the gut microbiome. Results from a recent trial suggest that synbiotic supplementation may improve glycemic control and moderate lipid levels, which could reduce diabetes and cardiovascular risks in women with PCOS.