Abstracts & Commmentary

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.

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.

Choosing the Right Vitamin K2: Menaquinone-4 vs Menaquinone-7

by Kate Rhéaume-Bleue, ND
10-07-2015 
Natural strategies to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have included menaquinone-4 (MK-4) since the 1990s—but is it the best form of vitamin K2 for RA patients?

Can Restricting Fermentable Carbohydrates Help Kids With Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

by Teresa Silliman, ND
10-07-2015 
Studies suggest a diet low in fermentable carbohydrates alleviates irritable bowel syndrome in adults. Recent research questions whether it can also help children.

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.

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.

Does Air Pollution Cause Anxiety?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
09-16-2015 
Air pollution is a known risk factor in cardiovascular disease and respiratory disorders, but what impact does it have on mood? This study found that women with higher exposure to air pollution were more likely to experience anxiety.

Are Cosmetologists and Manicurists at Greater Risk for Pregnancy Complications?

by Anne Marie Fine, NMD
09-16-2015 
In a recent population-based retrospective study of cosmetologists and manicurists in California, researchers found that women who work in this industry are at greater risk for adverse birth outcomes and maternal health complications.

Low-dose Chemical Mixtures as Carcinogens

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
09-16-2015 
In this study, 11 teams of toxicology experts reviewed relevant data on the chemicals in our everyday life to ascertain their carcinogenic impact according to the “hallmarks of cancer.”

Bisphenol A and Pregnant Women

by Jessica Tran, ND
09-16-2015 
In a case-control study, researchers measured levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in 2 sets of pregnant women—those with a diagnosis of fetal malformation and those without. Surprisingly, the women with healthy fetuses demonstrated higher rates of conjugated BPA, which may indicate that women who metabolize BPA poorly are more likely to have fetuses with developmental defects.

Air Pollution Aggravates Diabetes

by Julianne Forbes, ND
09-16-2015 
In this study of cross-sectional data from Italy, researchers discovered a direct correlation between levels of particulate matter in the air and the increase in hospitalizations for diabetic patients over the age of 45.

Life Through Orange-colored Glasses

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
09-02-2015 
In this crossover trial involving 13 healthy male adolescents, wearing blue-blocking, orange-tinted glasses before bed improved sleep disruption and led to better cognitive activation in the morning. Although preliminary, this study may pave the way for future studies that address sleep problems in any population whose quality of life is affected by poor sleep.

Waon Therapy Linked to Cardiovascular Health

by Heather Wright, ND, FABNO
09-02-2015 
According to this pilot study, patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) saw improvement in quality of life as well as many biochemical markers from a course of waon therapy, a Japanese sauna treatment.

Rhodiola Rosea vs Sertraline for Major Depression

by Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc
09-02-2015 
In the first randomized controlled trial comparing the efficacy of Rhodiola rosea and a pharmaceutical antidepressant, the result was technically a draw. But the study also raises important questions about whether trials on biologics—pharmaceutical or herbal—alone truly address the multiple layers of depression treatment.

Telomere Length, Maternal Depression, and Child Behavior

by Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton, ND
09-02-2015 
In the first study to measure the effect of maternal clinical depression on telomere length (TL) and its relationship with oppositional defiant behavior preschoolers, researchers found that behavioral issues in children are linked to shorter TL and maternal depression.

Pregnant Women Need More Protein

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND
08-05-2015 
According to this randomized trial, current recommendations for protein intake for pregnant women are inadequate, which makes it even more important for healthcare providers to encourage pregnant patients to increase protein intake while closely monitoring their diet.

Can Encouraging Awe Decrease Inflammation?

by Michael T. Murray, ND
08-05-2015 
We’ve all read that positive emotions have an effect on health, but which emotions have the most impact? In this study, researchers discovered that the emotion of awe had the greatest correlation with lowered inflammation.

Does Vitamin D Improve Blood Sugar Regulation?

by Megan Chmelik, ND
08-05-2015 
Calling into question decades of previous research, this randomized double-blind study of adolescents found that high doses of vitamin D did not demonstrate appreciable decreases in parameters assessing metabolic syndrome.

Are Carotenoids Helpful or Harmful in the Fight Against Cancer?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
08-05-2015 
A recent study found that higher beta-carotene levels in lean women reduced breast cancer risk by 18% to 28%, contradicting studies on other at-risk populations. Is there something about the carotenoids and cancer that we still have to learn?