Abstracts & Commmentary

Association Between Mediterranean Diet and Increased Telomere Length

by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
Many studies have suggested that protection of telomeres leads to longevity. In a study using data from Nurses’ Health, researchers found that participants maintaining a Mediterranean diet had healthier, longer telomeres than those who did not follow that diet—yet more evidence that adherence to a Mediterranean diet leads to longer, healthier lives.

Will Amla Become the Next Weapon Against Heart Disease?

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
Amla, Emblica officinalis (Phyllanthus emblica), popularly known as Indian gooseberry, is a traditional rasayana herb used in Ayurvedic medicine and one that hasn't been studied often in the Western literature. In this pilot study, researchers found that smokers who ingested amla fruit showed significant improvement in their cholesterol-related blood work, suggesting that integrative practitioners may soon obtain another safe, effective way to treat their cardiovascular patients.

The Impact of Vitamin C on Endothelial Function

by Daniel Chong, ND
This analysis highlights the positive impact vitamin C has on endothelial function, which is good news for some of our most vulnerable patients—those with heart disease and diabetes.

Dark Chocolate Improves Mobility in Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease

by Russell B. Marz, ND, LAc
In this study, 20 participants with peripheral artery disease were evaluated for mean walking distance and maximum walking time at baseline as well as 2 hours after ingestion of 2 kinds of chocolate—a dark chocolate containing 85% cacao or a milk chocolate containing 35% cacao of less. The participants ingesting dark chocolate improved significantly in the mobility exercises, a finding that may eventually encourage practitioners to “prescribe” dark chocolate for their cardiovascular patients.

Essential Fatty Acids Block the Depressive Effect of Interferon Therapy

by Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc
In this Taiwanese study, researchers found that adding omega-3 fatty acids to the diet of patients undergoing interferon-alpha therapy decreased their depressive symptoms significantly.

Milk vs Fermented Milk Products in Risk of Mortality and Fracture

by Kate Rhéaume-Bleue, ND
In a recent study, researchers observed that milk consumption had a deleterious effect on mortality and fracture risk, but that fermented dairy products did not. Given that milk and fermented dairy products have vastly different nutritional profiles, practitioners would be well advised to reconsider how they talk to patients about dairy in the diet.

The Role of Hookworm Infection in Immunomodulation of Celiac Disease Patients

by Mark Davis, ND
A recent study inoculated celiac disease patients with hookworm larvae, and the results were promising. Could it be that the human gut’s “old friend,” the hookworm, holds the key to treating celiac disease?

Bisphenol A in Beverage Containers May Raise Blood Pressure

by Jessica Tran, ND
An alarming study out of Korea showed that even minimal exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) can significantly raise blood pressure in people who drink out of BPA-lined cans.

Effects of Sedentary Lifestyle on Telomere Length

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
With all the focus on the health benefits of increasing exercise, we may be overlooking a more critical, and simple, way to improve health—standing up.

Is Sperm Quality Influenced by Comorbidities?

by Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton, ND
In this study, men with fertility problems were shown to be more likely to also suffer from endocrine, genitourinary, and dermatological disorders. The study reminds us that treating patients for infertility may often mean treating other “unrelated” health issues.

Cannabinoids and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
In this retrospective study of prison inmates with PTSD, a synthetic cannabinoid reduced chronic pain, insomnia, and nightmares, in addition to providing other benefits.

Strength-training Regimen Effective at Treating Plantar Fasciitis

by Brian Perry, ND
Patients diagnosed with plantar fasciitis experience greater relief of symptoms from strength training than usual treatment—something every integrative practitioner should know.

Does Cancer Treatment Cause Cognitive Impairment?

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
“Chemo brain” has been documented in multiple studies, but this is the first to assess pretreatment fatigue and cognition in cancer patients and suggests that cognitive deficits may be part of the disease process itself.

Sulforaphane Shows Promise in Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Matthew Baral, ND
In a recent study, a derivative of broccoli sprouts demonstrated improvement in behavior and alleviation of symptoms in teen and adult participants with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), offering practitioners the hope of a natural therapy with no side effects to treat patients with ASD.

Prognostic Role of Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte Ratio in Cancer

by Jen Green, ND, FABNO
This systematic review and meta-analysis combination explores the prognostic role of the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in cancer diagnosis, demonstrating NLR to be an accurate, cost-effective, and reliable biomarker for oncologists.

Treating Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

by Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP
This retrospective study found that cost-effective herbal treatments were just as effective as more expensive pharmaceuticals in treating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), offering SIBO sufferers a natural strategy for relief.

Can Curcumin Solve Depression?

by Ajay Goel, PhD
A recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study suggests curcumin may be a safe, effective treatment for depression-related disorders.

Effect of Medical Cannabis Laws on Overdose Deaths

by Neil McKinney, ND
The results of a recent study suggest marijuana may be more of an "exit strategy" than a "gateway drug."

Flavonoid-rich Dark Chocolate Positively Impacts Stress Response

by Michael T. Murray, ND
In this placebo-controlled, single-blind study people who consumed dark chocolate had significantly decreased cortisol levels and epinephrine reactivity to psychosocial stress compared to placebo.

Malignant Brain Tumors Associated With Mobile and Cordless Phone Use

by Jennifer Brusewitz, ND
Will a recent study finding a significant association between mobile and cordless phone use and malignant brain tumors cause us to reconsider our addiction to wireless technology?