Abstracts & Commmentary

Nigella sativa Dissolves Small Renal Liths

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
12-04-2019 
In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, ground Nigella sativa seeds reduced the number of renal liths in the treatment group compared to the placebo group.

Dying of a Broken Heart?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
12-04-2019 
Does injury to the heart release chemicals that make people feel depressed, or does depression release chemicals that promote heart injury? Or is it a two-way street?

Helicobacter Pylori, Antioxidants, and Garlic in Gastric Cancer Prevention

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
12-04-2019 
A recent study sought to determine whether eradication of H pylori or certain supplements would affect gastric cancer incidence or mortality over a period of just over 2 decades.

Crohn’s Disease and Elemental Diet Study

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND
12-04-2019 
This prospective, randomized clinical trial compared the tolerability and efficacy of diets designed to treat Crohn’s disease.

Skipping Breakfast Associated with Increased Cardiovascular Disease and Death

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
11-06-2019 
A review of the research on the heart health reasons for eating breakfast—and the importance of timing it right.

Higher Frequency of Adverse Events in Older Patients on Antidepressant Drugs

by Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc
11-06-2019 
Drugs intended to treat depression symptoms in the elderly may have adverse psychological and non-psychological effects. Alternative naturopathic treatments may be beneficial in this population.

Aloe Polysaccharide and Propolis as Potential Chemopreventive Agents in Smokers

by Eleonora Naydis, ND, LAc, FABNO
11-06-2019 
Naturally sourced products helped test subjects eliminate harmful chemicals associated with cigarette smoking and induced changes in blood contents that suggest a protective effect on the kidneys and liver.

Soy Intake and Osteoporotic Fracture Risk in Women with a History of Breast Cancer

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
10-23-2019 
Whole soy foods were associated with significantly reduced risk of osteoporosis-related bone fractures in pre/perimenopausal survivors of breast cancer. This adds to evidence that dietary soy may reduce risks related to cancer.

Doxycycline Treatment in Early Breast Cancer

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
10-23-2019 
A pilot study demonstrates that administering doxycycline before surgery reduces cancer stem cells, building on a separate study showing that vitamin C and berberine optimize doxycycline’s anticancer effects. Could the combination benefit our patients?

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation and Breast Cancer

by Miranda LaBant, ND
10-23-2019 
A recent study adds support to the the extensive positive data for the use of omega-3 supplementation during standard chemotherapy and clinical outcomes.

Honest Placebo: Good Medicine for Cancer-Related Fatigue?

by Todd Robinson, ND
10-23-2019 
The improvement of subjective cancer-related fatigue in cancer survivors by placebo may involve the dopamine system.

Esophageal Cancer: Treatment with Radiation, Oral Vitamin C, Chemotherapy and the Effects on Inflammatory Markers

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
10-23-2019 
A recent study that considers the effects of vitamin C on inflammatory markers in patients undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer represents the type of real-world clinical scenario most naturopathic doctors see in their practices—a combination of conventional and naturopathic treatments.

Eryngium caucasicum Improves Primary Dysmenorrhea

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
10-02-2019 
Double-blind, placebo-controlled study shows that a traditional Middle Eastern herb is as effective as ibuprofen in reducing menstrual pain.

Rotavirus Vaccination Lowers Diabetes Risk in Children

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
10-02-2019 
Analysis of a national database in Australia shows a lower incidence of type 1 diabetes among children after the initiation of routine vaccination against rotavirus.

Cardiometabolic Benefits of Residential Green Space

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
10-02-2019 
Exposure to natural environments may have beneficial effects on cardiometabolic health beyond those ascribable to greater physical activity and improved air quality.

The Antioxidant N-Acetyl-cysteine Improves Sperm Quality

by Megan Chmelik
10-02-2019 
Daily supplementation with N-acetyl-cysteine for 3 months in men with abnormal sperm improved sperm quality and reduced markers of oxidative stress, which may contribute to male infertility.

Gratitude Diary Improves Mood in Suicidal Inpatients

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
09-05-2019 
In a recent randomized controlled trial involving suicidal inpatients, patients who recorded their appreciation for simple gifts or pleasures in a “gratitude diary” showed greater improvements in hope and optimism than those who kept a food diary.

Vitamin K Status and Mobility in Older Adults

by John Neustadt, ND
09-04-2019 
Longitudinal cohort study of older adults shows an association between low vitamin K levels and mobility.

Curcumin with Turmeric Essential Oil for Knee Osteoarthritis

by Cheryl Myers, RN
09-04-2019 
Randomized trial finds curcumin with turmeric essential oil is just as effective as diclofenac for the treatment of knee pain from osteoarthritis, with fewer adverse effects. The curcumin/turmeric combination could be a safe and effective NSAID alternative.

Blueberries Improve Cardiometabolic Function

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
09-04-2019 
Study finds that the equivalent of 1 cup of blueberries per day improves high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol and vascular endothelial factors, which could reduce cardiovascular event risk by 11% or more.