Abstracts & Commmentary

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.

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.

Topical Saffron for Diabetic Erectile Dysfunction

by Daniel Lander, ND, FABNO
04-06-2016 
Study suggests that topically applied saffron gel could be a natural, safe, and effective alternative to the current standard treatments for erectile dysfunction.

High-Dose Intravenous Vitamin C in Cancer Care

by Heather Wright, ND, FABNO
03-16-2016 
A new intravenous vitamin C (IVC) clinical trial—and a call for physicians providing IVC to report cases of exceptional responses to help better focus future studies.

Exercise During Cancer Treatment Lessens Fatigue

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
03-16-2016 
Could exercise be even more important than diet and supplements in an integrative cancer treatment plan?

Intake of Fish and Omega 3s and Breast Cancer Survival

by Keri Marshall, ND
03-16-2016 
A recent study provides evidence to suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may provide some risk reduction for all causes of mortality in women with a history of breast cancer.

Honey May Relieve Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
03-16-2016 

Single Dose Multivitamin Improves Mood

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
03-02-2016 
The surprising results of this study—that giving a multivitamin and mineral supplement caused acute mood improvement in just 1 hour—made us want to dig deeper.

Fructose Restriction Improves Metabolic Syndrome in Overweight Kids

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
03-02-2016 
Not long ago fructose was considered a “healthy” sweetener. This study shines light on just how damaging it really is.

Light Therapy More Effective Than Prozac in Patients With Major Depression

by Michael T. Murray, ND
03-02-2016 
Light therapy should be considered as a first-line or adjuvant treatment in patients with nonseasonal major depression.

Curcumin Reduces PMS Symptoms

by Jaclyn Chasse, ND
03-02-2016 
A recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial looked at the effects of curcumin on the physical, mood, and behavioral symptoms of PMS.

Forest Therapy in Breast Cancer Patients

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
02-03-2016 
An initial feasibility study, supported by evidence from the literature, raises the question: Could forest therapy be a beneficial method of adjunctive cancer care?

Fiber in Early Life Doesn't Affect Type I Diabetes Risk

by Kimberly Sanders, ND
02-03-2016 
Lack of association between dietary soluble fiber intake and islet cell autoimmunity leads to questions about the role of diet-related gut microbiome alterations and their influence on immunomodulation.