Abstracts & Commmentary

Kidney Stone Incidence and Characteristics in Patients Following a Ketogenic Diet

by Sheila Dean, DSc, RD, LD, CCN, CDE
11-03-2021 
A ketogenic diet, which consists of adequate protein and high fat, can dramatically increase the incidence of kidney stones.

Chuna Manual Therapy Outperforms Usual Care for Chronic Neck Pain

by Celia Hildebrand, DAOM, LAc
11-03-2021 
Patients receiving Chuna therapy reported significantly improved measures for all pain outcomes.

Do the Benefits of Fasting Extend to the Gut Microbiome?

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
11-03-2021 
A recent paper identifies the effect of Ramadan fasting on the gut microbiome and adds to the body of research supporting the health benefits of intermittent fasting.

Can Supplementation With Vitamin D Affect PD-L1 Expression in Gastrointestinal Cancers?

by Shauna M. Birdsall, ND, FABNO
10-20-2021 
Vitamin D supplementation may reduce the risk of total death in GI cancer patients, partly by enhancing anticancer immunity.

Antibiotics Show Benefit in Pancreatic Cancer

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
10-20-2021 
Some pancreatic cancer patients receiving gemcitabine treatment had improved progression-free survival when taking antibiotics.

Coffee and Tea Consumption and the Risk of Invasive Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women

by Lindsay Adrian, ND, FABNO
10-20-2021 
Data from nearly 80,000 women in the Women’s Health Initiative suggest that there is no difference in breast cancer incidence regardless of intake of regular or decaffeinated coffee or tea.

Zinc Chloride Mouthwash Limits Chemotherapy-Induced Oral Mucositis and Weight Loss

by Michael Walker, ND, FABNO
10-20-2021 
An intervention with zinc chloride mouth rinse dramatically improved the incidence and severity of oral mucositis.

Precisely Timed Light May Reduce Chemotherapy-Related Sleep Disruption and Fatigue

by Catherine Darley, ND
10-20-2021 
Cancer patients who received light therapy slept more than 2 hours longer and had 16% greater sleep efficiency than the control group.

Selenium and CoQ10 Supplementation and Its Effect on D-Dimer

by Corey B. Schuler, RN, MS, CNS, CNSC, DC
10-06-2021 
Supplementing with ubiquinone and selenium yeast may lower cardiovascular risk in certain populations.

Kiwifruit, Psyllium, or Prunes: Which Works Better for Treating Chronic Constipation?

by Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton, ND
10-06-2021 
Although all 3 relieved constipation, kiwifruit was better tolerated, though, in this study, its effects seemed to decline after 2 weeks.

Is Chocolate Good for You? It Might Depend on When You Eat It.

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
10-06-2021 
A recent study finds benefits to consuming chocolate in the morning but reminds us our best guess when it comes to chocolate and health is still only a guess.

Treating Periodontal Disease Delays Alzheimer’s Disease

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
09-01-2021 
A recent study found that periodontal treatment carried out by a dentist specializing in gum disease was associated with a significant reduction in loss of brain matter.

Could Andrographolide From Andrographis paniculata Help With Multiple Sclerosis?

by Bert Mathieson, ND, RD, CDCES
09-01-2021 
Multiple sclerosis patients taking an andrographolide compound saw significant improvements in some outcome measures, but not all.

Fish Oil Supplementation Associated With Improved Testicular Function

by Maxwell Crispo, ND
08-04-2021 
In healthy, young men, taking fish oil was associated with greater semen volume, larger testis size, and improved reproductive hormone levels.

Coffee Lowers Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
08-04-2021 
Among breast cancer survivors, higher coffee consumption after diagnosis was associated with better breast cancer and overall survival.

Magnesium vs Valproate for Migraines

by Shauna M. Birdsall, ND, FABNO
08-04-2021 
Researchers found that magnesium not only enhances the effectiveness of sodium valproate but also enables a lower dose of the pharmaceutical to be used.

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.

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.

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.