Abstracts & Commmentary

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.

Honey May Relieve Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
03-16-2016 

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.

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-Smeaton, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.