Abstracts & Commmentary

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.

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.

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.

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.

Berberine and Glycemic Control

by Bert Mathieson, ND, RD, CDCES
03-03-2021 
A new randomized controlled trial finds that berberine may act as a gut microbiome modulator for improving gylcemic control, killing some gut microbes and enhancing others.

Effects of an Amino Acid Mixture on Exercise-Induced Cortisol Levels

by John Neustadt, ND
03-03-2021 
Increases in cortisol after an 80-minute biking exercise trial were blunted in people who supplemented with an amino acid mixture compared to placebo.

Weighted Blankets for Better Sleep

by Catherine Darley, ND
03-03-2021 
After use of a weighted blanket for about a year, 92% of insomnia sufferers in the study had at least a 50% improvement and 78% experienced remission of their insomnia.