Abstracts & Commmentary

Prebiotic Relieves Constipation and Alters Microbiota

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
09-02-2020 
Along with improving gastrointestinal regularity, soluble fiber may also reduce systemic inflammation by purging the body of bacterial endotoxins.

Ashwagandha May Calm Generalized Anxiety Disorder

by Wendy Wells, NMD
09-02-2020 
New research supports the use of ashwagandha to treat anxiety, sleep issues, and stress-related conditions such as high cortisol levels and muscle tension.

New Links Between Air Pollution, CVD, and Mortality

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
09-02-2020 
A new study finding a link between particulates, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality is especially relevant now, as we observe the effects of decreased air pollution amid Covid shutdowns.

Vitamin D and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND
08-05-2020 
By modifying the immune response and decreasing antibodies, vitamin D may help in the treatment of autoimmune thyroid disease.

Tuberculosis Mortality Impacted by Residential Tree Density

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
08-05-2020 
For TB patients, the greener the neighborhood, the lower the mortality risk. This inverse relationship may hold true for other respiratory conditions as well.

Ergothioneine and Citrus Metabolites Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

by Lorinda Sorensen, ND, LAc
08-05-2020 
A recent population-based, prospective study looked at plasma metabolites, including ergothioneine, to identify a link between health-conscious food patterns and reduced cardiometabolic morbidity and mortality.

Association of Longitudinal Patterns of Habitual Sleep Duration With Risk of Cardiovascular Events and All-Cause Mortality

by John Neustadt, ND
08-05-2020 
People who sleep between 7 and 8 hours per night are at the lowest risk for first-time cardiovascular events, as well as all-cause mortality, according to a new study.

Vitamin D Levels Associated with Covid-19 Infection Risk

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
08-05-2020 
Higher vitamin D status correlates with a lower number of Covid-19 cases and a lower number of deaths from the disease.

The Mediterranean Diet Decreases Diabetes Incidence, Even in the U.S. Population

by Michelle Qaqundah, ND, FABNO
07-01-2020 
People with the highest adherence to the Mediterranean diet showed a 17% decrease in incidence of diabetes mellitus compared to those with the lowest adherence. Nuts, legumes, moderate alcohol, and less red and processed meat may be the key.

Transcendental Meditation Improves Cardiac Arterial Disease

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
07-01-2020 
Adding Transcendental Meditation to a cardiac rehabilitation regime may increase blood flow to the heart by more than 20%.

Toxicant Exposure in Early Life and the Impact on Early Language Development

by Caitlin O'Connor, ND
07-01-2020 
Use of common, toxin-heavy household products correlated with as much as a 6.7% variance in language outcomes in 2-year-olds.

Metformin and Diabetic Neuropathy: Think B12

by Davis W. Lamson, ND
06-03-2020 
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
06-03-2020 
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
06-03-2020 
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
06-03-2020 
Although hypermobility may be advantageous in disciplines such as ballet, it can also come with debilitating consequences.

Vitamin D Alters Gut Microbiome

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
05-20-2020 
Supplementing with vitamin D was associated with increased beneficial bacteria and decreased pathogenic bacteria in a recent study.

Meta-Analysis Concludes Probiotics Effectively Reduce IBS Symptoms

by Ronald Hoffman, MD
05-20-2020 
Which probiotic strains work best for different subtypes of IBS and at what dose? A recent meta-analysis offers some answers.

Treatment of IBS Without Constipation with Rifaximin Versus a Spore-Based Probiotic

by Alena Guggenheim, ND
05-20-2020 
Spore-based probiotics may offer an appealing alternative to pricey rifaximin and onerous diets in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.

Healing the Gut Naturally

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
05-20-2020 
A combination of natural agents long used by natural-medicine practitioners gets some evidence-based validation in a new intervention study.

Low-FODMAP Diet in the Management of Quiescent Inflammatory Bowel Disease

by Eleonora Naydis, ND, LAc, FABNO
05-20-2020 
Cutting down on certain poorly absorbed sugars in your diet may relieve gastrointestinal distress.