Abstracts & Commmentary

Goldenseal-Drug Interactions: A Concern?

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
07-07-2021 
Goldenseal increased the levels of the drug midazolam and decreased the levels of the drug metformin, but flaws in the study design call into question the practical value of the results.

Air Pollution Worsens Heart Failure Outcomes

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
07-07-2021 
Increased air pollution exposure in those with heart failure increases hospital readmissions, outpatient visits, and inpatient admissions, suggesting an overall increase in morbidity.

Low Melatonin and Dyspepsia in Menopause

by Amy Patel, ND
07-07-2021 
Treatment with melatonin may help resolve Helicobacter pylori infection, according to a new randomized, placebo-controlled trial.

Effects of Fecal Microbiome Transfer in Adolescents with Obesity

by Mark Davis, ND
06-02-2021 
For overweight people with metabolic system and low gut diversity, FMT may offer a helpful intervention.

Exercise-Induced Improvements on Cognitive Measures of Generalization

by Maxwell Crispo, ND
06-02-2021 
Participation in a dance aerobics class resulted in a significant increase in the brain’s network flexibility and fewer errors on cognitive generalization tasks.

Can a Turmeric Extract Relieve Arthritic Pain as Well as Acetaminophen?

by Princess Burnett, ND
06-02-2021 
Turmeric improved pain, function, and stiffness better than acetaminophen in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Melatonin May Improve Survival in Late-Stage Lung Cancer Patients After Surgical Resection

by Erica Joseph, ND, LAc
06-02-2021 
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer (excluding skin cancer) in both men and women. Supplementing treatment regimens with melatonin, especially in late-stage patients, has the potential to improve survival rates.

Cancer Immunotherapy Dependent on Gut Biome

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
05-26-2021 
Modifying patients’ microbiome for a healthy gut, through fecal microbiota transplant, diet, or other interventions, may improve patient response to cancer immunotherapy.

Propolis for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

by Bert Mathieson, ND, RD, CDCES
05-26-2021 
When patients with an upper respiratory tract infection used a propolis spray, packed with antimicrobial and immune-enhancing properties, their symptoms disappeared 2 days earlier than in the placebo group.

Going Beyond the Hype of Hydrogen Water

by Dana G. Cohen, MD
05-26-2021 
Hydrogen water has been shown to benefit a range of conditions, including cancer, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, and hepatis B, along with improving mood.

Improved Natural Killer Cell Function with Seaweed Extract

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
05-26-2021 
This nutrient-dense food may increase the activity of natural killer cells, modulating the immune system.

Probiotics and Their Immunological Impact on Liver Cirrhosis

by Ramneek Bhogal, DC, DABCI
05-26-2021 
Restoration of gut health appears to regulate inflammation, leading to improved hepatic health and immune function.

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

by Daniel Chong, ND
05-05-2021 
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
05-05-2021 
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
05-05-2021 
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
05-05-2021 
Type 2 diabetics following a low-carbohydrate diet showed improved glycemic control, but the long-term effectiveness requires further investigation.

Exercise Training Reduces Mortality

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
04-07-2021 
About 35 minutes of moderate physical activity a day improves lifespan regardless of hours spent sitting. Even 11 minutes a day of moderate exercise reduces risk for premature death.

Thyroid Nodule Reduction with Spirulina, Curcumin, and Boswellia? Maybe.

by Mona Morstein, ND
04-07-2021 
Using a spirulina/curcumin/Boswellia extract for 3 months may reduce the size of benign thyroid nodules.

Effects of Gardening on Physical and Mental Health Among Older Adults During Covid-19 Lockdown

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
04-07-2021 
Spending more time gardening during the lockdown was associated with better self-reported physical, mental, and emotional health compared to those who did not garden.

Efficacy of a Natural Product for Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
03-03-2021 
Dry mouth can be caused by a variety of conditions, but a plant-dipeptide combo supplement appears to improve saliva production and saliva pH.