Abstracts & Commmentary

Ketogenic Diet for PCOS

by Megan Chmelik
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
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
To supplement with B complex or not to supplement? A new study raises tricky questions.

Pollen Exposure and Respiratory Viral Infections

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
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
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
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
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
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
Bovine colostrum may offer another tool in the fight against childhood infectious diarrhea.

Metabolic Effects of Time-Restricted Eating

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Dying of a Broken Heart?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Does injury to the heart release chemicals that make people feel depressed, or does depression release chemicals that promote heart injury? Or is it a two-way street?

Helicobacter Pylori, Antioxidants, and Garlic in Gastric Cancer Prevention

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
A recent study sought to determine whether eradication of H pylori or certain supplements would affect gastric cancer incidence or mortality over a period of just over 2 decades.

Crohn’s Disease and Elemental Diet Study

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND
This prospective, randomized clinical trial compared the tolerability and efficacy of diets designed to treat Crohn’s disease.

Nigella sativa Dissolves Small Renal Liths

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, ground Nigella sativa seeds reduced the number of renal liths in the treatment group compared to the placebo group.

Higher Frequency of Adverse Events in Older Patients on Antidepressant Drugs

by Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc
Drugs intended to treat depression symptoms in the elderly may have adverse psychological and non-psychological effects. Alternative naturopathic treatments may be beneficial in this population.