Abstracts & Commmentary

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.

B Vitamins and Bone Fracture Risk

by John Neustadt, ND
05-06-2020 
To supplement with B complex or not to supplement? A new study raises tricky questions.

Ketogenic Diet for PCOS

by Megan Chmelik
05-06-2020 
After 3 months on a ketogenic diet, women with PCOS lost more than 20 pounds on average, a new study reports.

Measles Infection or Measles Vaccine?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
05-06-2020 
Natural infection by measles—but not the measles vaccine—may compromise the immune system for many years.

Pollen Exposure and Respiratory Viral Infections

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
04-06-2020 
A recent study that combined tissue culture, mouse, and human data creates a compelling argument that pollen exposure weakens innate immune defense against viral infection—and not just in allergy sufferers.

Ultra-Processed Food Consumption and Mortality

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
04-01-2020 
The growing appetite for ultra-processed foods worldwide is linked to a rise in mortality and obesity risks.

Views of Nature Affect Sugar Consumption and Delayed Gratification

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
04-01-2020 
Looking at scenes of nature may curb a sweet tooth—and the desire for instant gratification—better than viewing urban scenery.

Mushrooms as Brain Food

by Lorinda Sorensen, ND, LAc
04-01-2020 
A recent study found that eating more than 2 servings a week of mushrooms may reduce risk of mild cognitive impairment compared to fewer servings.

Physical Fitness Decreases Risk of Colorectal Cancer for Individuals with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

by Emma Lee, ND
03-04-2020 
A recent cross-sectional, double-blind study investigated the impact of physical fitness on the risk of developing colorectal cancer.