Abstracts & Commmentary

Gum Disease and Risk of Smoking-Related Cancers in Never-Smoker Men

by Eleonora Naydis, ND, LAc, FABNO
08-03-2016 
What do periodontal disease, smoking, inflammation, and cancer have in common? Evidence from a recent study elevates the importance of regular dental care for cancer risk reduction.

Urban Air Pollution and Increased Mortality Rates

by Walter Crinnion, ND
08-03-2016 
Nutritional and lifestyle recommendations for cancer prevention abound, but this convincing longitudinal study suggests a different intervention may provide even greater health protection.

Berberine Improves Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
08-03-2016 
Practitioners of natural medicine recognize the antibacterial properties of berberine, but new studies suggest that the compound influences body processes in a number of ways, extending its application and potential areas of benefit. Exciting results from a recent trial demonstrate its effectiveness as a treatment for a common, chronic, elusive disorder.

Nutraceuticals for Adjunctive Depression Care

by Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc
08-03-2016 
Systematic review of existing research reveals that certain nutrients enhance the effectiveness of antidepressant medications—good news for clinicians caring for treatment-resistant patients.

Does Glutamine Reduce Radiation Dermatitis?

by Kirsten West, ND, LAc, FABNO
07-06-2016 
Study shows glutamine reduces severity of radiation dermatitis, but questions remain over whether it's safe to use in patients with cancer.

BRCA1/2 Involvement in Cancer

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
07-06-2016 
All healthcare practitioners should have a general understanding of the role of breast cancer genes, along with an in-depth understanding of which patients have a high risk of having the mutations (and therefore a higher risk of developing the cancers themselves). Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndrome is an inherited disorder in which the risk of breast, ovarian, and several other cancers is higher than normal. Most HBOC is due to mutations in breast cancer susceptibility gene 1 (BRCA1) or 2 (BRCA2).

Vitamin D as Melanoma Treatment

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
07-06-2016 
We’re still not sure how vitamin D affects melanoma risk, but what about vitamin D and melanoma outcome?

Choline Supplementation in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

by Lindsey Wells, ND
07-06-2016 
Alcohol has destructive effects on the developing hippocampus, and studies show that choline positively effects hippocampus growth. This pilot study connects the dots, providing evidence that choline may have a real benefit for children with cognitive deficits related to prenatal alcohol exposure.

Khorasan Wheat and Type 2 Diabetes

by Bob Quinn, PhD
07-06-2016 
Evidence suggests that replacing modern wheat with ancient wheat could have major health benefits, including protective effects for patients with diabetes.

Benefits of Melatonin for Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer

by Ellen McDonell, ND
06-01-2016 
New evidence supports the use of melatonin as a safe, low-cost intervention to improve not only sleep quality, but quality of life, in women with breast cancer.

HEPA Air Filters May Improve Cardiovascular Health

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
06-01-2016 
Intervention study links air quality to cardiovascular risk factors. Could a simple indoor filtration system yield significant health benefits?

Do Dietary Phosphates Affect Serum Phosphorus?

by Lara Pizzorno, MDiv, MA, LMT
06-01-2016 
Research supports current evidence regarding the health effects of phosphate and raises questions about product labeling.

Proton Pump Inhibitors Associated with Chronic Kidney Disease

by Jenna Henderson, ND
06-01-2016 
Recent evidence demonstrates a clear association between proton pump inhibitors and kidney disease.

Probiotics for the Prevention of Relapse of Ulcerative Colitis

by Mark Davis, ND
05-04-2016 
Study finds probiotics may be a promising low- to no-risk intervention to achieve remission for patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Images of Nature May Improve Recovery From Stress Exposure

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
05-04-2016 
Study finds “green” images have restorative benefits, adding to growing evidence base for the hypothesis that exposure to nature, independent of how it is encountered, can be beneficial for human health and well-being.

Do Dietary Considerations Need Ethnic Context?

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
05-04-2016 
Observational study finds that a diet of seaweeds, vegetables, soy products, and mushrooms is associated with health benefits. Should we reconsider the one-size-fits-all Mediterranean diet?

N-acetylcysteine as Adjunctive Treatment for Schizophrenia

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
05-04-2016 
Study finds N-acetylcysteine improves symptoms of schizophrenia, with an unexpected answer to the question: Is it more effective for early or longstanding illness?

Ashwagandha Root Extract and Sexual Function in Women

by Tori Hudson, ND
04-06-2016 
Pilot study finds ashwagandha root extract improves several parameters related to sexual dysfunction in women.

High Fiber Intake by Adolescent Girls Lowers Breast Cancer Risk in Adulthood

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
04-06-2016 
A large, retrospective cohort study adds to growing body of evidence that fiber intake provides a protective benefit for young women.

High-Protein Breakfasts Especially Important for Adolescents

by Kelsey Asplin, ND
04-06-2016 
A high-protein breakfast benefits all children, but may particularly benefit overweight kids.