Abstracts & Commmentary

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bovine Colostrum for Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Infectious Diarrhea

by Caitlin O'Connor, ND
03-04-2020 
Bovine colostrum may offer another tool in the fight against childhood infectious diarrhea.

Metabolic Effects of Time-Restricted Eating

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
03-04-2020 
An emerging dietary strategy—time-restricted eating—may help treat metabolic syndrome, with better compliance than more rigorous weight-loss programs.

Boswellia and Brain Tumors

by Kirsten West, ND, LAc, FABNO
03-04-2020 
A new pilot study suggests that frankincense, the sap from the Boswellia tree, may help alleviate cerebral edema in patients with brain tumors.

Dietary Supplement Use During Chemotherapy

by Dugald Seely, ND, MSc, FABNO
02-16-2020 
Which supplements may benefit, harm, or have no effect for chemotherapy patients? A recent study tackles this important question.

Telomeres, Inflammation, and Dietary Supplements

by Ronald Hoffman, MD
02-05-2020 
Nutritional supplements may positively affect telomere length and aging, according to a recent intervention study.

Can Physical Activity Decrease the Risk of Depression?

by Ashok Bhandari, ND
02-05-2020 
One more argument for encouraging movement: Exercising may lower the risk of depression even in those with a genetic risk for it.

Even a Short Walk Helps Reduce Mortality Risk

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
02-05-2020 
Although conventional belief is that you need to walk 10,000 steps a day to see health benefits from walking, a recent study found that a more modest 4,400 steps daily can substantially reduce mortality rates.