Abstracts & Commmentary

Metformin Protects Against Breast Cancer Metastasis

by Davis W. Lamson, ND
Study demonstrates metformin’s anticancer benefits in a new subpopulation of women with breast cancer.

Ashwagandha Helps Manage Stress-Related Weight Gain

by Tori Hudson, ND
A recent double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial investigated the effects of a popular adaptogen on controlling weight and improving general well-being in adults with chronic stress.

Aspirin and Colorectal Cancer

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the top causes of cancer death in the United States. For those with a history of CRC, a life-extending treatment may already be in the medicine cabinet.

Benefits of Elderberry for Symptoms of Common Cold in Air Travelers

by Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO
In this placebo-controlled study, elderberry extract reduced symptoms and duration of common colds related to air travel, but the quality of the study raises some concerns.

Treatment of IgE-mediated Food Allergies with Baked Egg Biscuits

by Eleonora Naydis, ND, LAc, FABNO
Study shows that gradually introducing egg protein in baked form can effectively desensitize egg-allergic children.

Vitamin D Effective for Suppressing Immune Reactions

by Heather Paulson, ND, FABNO
Double-blind, randomized controlled study, finds vitamin D is associated with changes in cell-mediated immunity—and that serum vitamin D levels increase significantly after 2 months of supplementation.

Periodontitis and Alzheimer’s Disease

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Observational study sheds light on the mechanisms driving Alzheimer’s disease progression. Can a relatively simple intervention help slow cognitive decline?

Early Peanut Exposure and Allergy Risk

by Kimberly Sanders, ND
Mounting evidence supports recommendations to introduce infants without an existing peanut allergy to peanut products earlier in life to prevent peanut allergy.

High Glycemic Index Diet Associated with Lung Cancer

by Ellen McDonell, ND
A new study, only the second to evaluate the associations between glycemic index and lung cancer, suggests a low glycemic index diet may have benefits for prevention.

Metformin and Acupuncture in Overweight/Obese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

by Carl Hangee-Bauer, ND, LAc
Small trial sparks high hopes: If electroacupuncture improves blood sugar markers in people with diabetes, could it also help those who are at risk?

Fenugreek’s Effects on Hormone Changes and Sexual Function in Healthy Men

by Geovanni Espinosa, ND, LAc, CNS
Low testosterone affects 20% of men over age 70. This double-blind, randomized clinical study suggests fenugreek extract may help.

Does Homeopathy Prevent Flu?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
A recent study found homeopathy protects against flu and respiratory tract infections in kids. But are the results too good to be true?

Iron Supplementation in Pregnancy and Infancy

by Lilian Au, ND
When in a child’s life is iron supplementation most critical? Hint: Iron deficiency during periods of rapid brain growth can impair development.

Parental Sleep and Reported Sleep Quality of Children

by Erin Psota, ND
When a parent reports sleep problems in their child, healthcare providers often focus on the child’s issues, but sleep problems in children may be more of a family affair.

Useable Green Spaces Can Affect Children’s Health-Related Quality of Life and BMI

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
Most parents intuitively recognize that spending time outside is good for their children, but objective evidence of the value of green space for health may push both parents and practitioners to be more proactive in getting children outdoors.

IBS and Probiotic Treatment in Pediatric Patients

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
Study finds Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG significantly reduces pain severity after one week and significantly improves functional ability after two weeks in children 4 to 18 years old.

Multivitamins and Chronic Disease Risk Reduction

by Douglas MacKay, ND
Do multivitamins decrease your patients’ risk for chronic disease? Will (or should) the answer to this question change your current recommendations?

An Effective, Natural Treatment for GERD: Aloe Vera Syrup

by Devin Wilson, ND
Conventional treatments effectively improve symptoms of GERD. Is aloe vera a reasonable natural treatment option?

Nightly Fasting Improves Breast Cancer Prognosis

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
“Eat an early dinner and a late breakfast.” Could this simple recommendation yield life-extending benefits for women with breast cancer?

Food as Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease

by Daniel Chong, ND
Endothelial function may play a more important role than lipoproteins in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis—if dietary nitrate improves endothelial function, correcting nutrient deficiencies may be addressing the heart of the evolution of CVD.