Abstracts & Commmentary

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.

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.

Association of Suicide Completion with Air Pollution

by Julianne Forbes, ND
02-03-2016 
Suicide risk increases in the days following exposure to certain air pollutants, according to a recent study.

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.

Reconsidering Coenzyme Q10 in Parkinson's Disease

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
02-03-2016 
A recent study stirs up lingering questions about whether CoQ10 is worth recommending for Parkinson’s disease, and, if so, which form is best.

Does Coffee Decrease Suicide Risk?

by Petra Eichelsdoerfer, ND, CN, RPh
12-02-2015 
A recent observational study explored the relationship between coffee/caffeine consumption and completed suicide. Will the results change our advice to patients with mood disorders?

Melatonin Reduces Anxiety and Pain of Pediatric Blood Draws

by Kate Rempel
12-02-2015 
Best known for its use in insomnia, melatonin is also showing promise as a pain and anxiety reducer.

Curcumin and Premenstrual Syndrome

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
12-02-2015 
Study finds curcumin attenuates the severity of premenstrual syndrome in 18-to 34-year-old females with regular menstrual cycles.

Khorasan Wheat-Based Diet and Acute Coronary Syndrome

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND
12-02-2015 
An organic khorasan wheat-based replacement diet improves risk profile of patients with acute coronary syndrome: a randomized crossover trial.

Coffee May Reduce Colon Cancer Recurrence

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
11-04-2015 
In this prospective, observational study, drinkers of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee who also survived colon cancer were found to be 41% less likely to have their cancer recur than non‒coffee drinkers.

Mediterranean Diet, Extra-virgin Olive Oil, and Breast Cancer Risk

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
11-04-2015 
The PREDIMED data have yielded more fascinating insights about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet—this time as it affects the incidence of breast cancer in women who had not previously had the disease. Consider these findings if you need another reason to recommend this healthy diet to patients.

Nature Walks Boost Mental Health

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
11-04-2015 
Walking in nature, but not in urban environments, is shown to reduce psychopsychologic rumination. This is the first study to demonstrate neuroimaging and corresponding psychological changes in response to real natural vs built environmental exposures.

Cannabis Ameliorates Diabetic Neuropathy Pain

by Donald I. Abrams, MD
11-04-2015 
A recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial adds to the growing body of evidence that cannabis is effective in the treatment of neuropathic syndromes.

Fish Oil Prevents Psychosis

by Keri Marshall, ND
11-04-2015 
This study, as well as previous studies of omega 3s and psychosis, demonstrates the potential of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids as a safe and efficacious strategy for the prevention of psychotic states in at-risk individuals.

Nuts May Reduce Cancer, but Not Diabetes, Risk

by Eliza Klearman, ND, LAc
10-07-2015 
In a new review and meta-analysis, researchers have found that nut consumption is associated with a lower risk of specific cancers but not on the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Light-intensity Physical Activity Trumps Sedentary Behavior

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
10-07-2015 
A recent observational analysis showed that even light physical activity had an inverse relationship with mortality, which may prove helpful as we attempt to motivate exercise-averse patients.