Abstracts & Commmentary

Boswellia and Brain Tumors

by Kirsten West, ND, LAc, FABNO
03-04-2020 
A new pilot study suggests that frankincense, the sap from the Boswellia tree, may help alleviate cerebral edema in patients with brain tumors.

Physical Fitness Decreases Risk of Colorectal Cancer for Individuals with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

by Emma Lee, ND
03-04-2020 
A recent cross-sectional, double-blind study investigated the impact of physical fitness on the risk of developing colorectal cancer.

Bovine Colostrum for Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Infectious Diarrhea

by Caitlin O'Connor, ND
03-04-2020 
Bovine colostrum may offer another tool in the fight against childhood infectious diarrhea.

Dietary Supplement Use During Chemotherapy

by Dugald Seely, ND, MSc, FABNO
02-16-2020 
Which supplements may benefit, harm, or have no effect for chemotherapy patients? A recent study tackles this important question.

Telomeres, Inflammation, and Dietary Supplements

by Ronald Hoffman, MD
02-05-2020 
Nutritional supplements may positively affect telomere length and aging, according to a recent intervention study.

Can Physical Activity Decrease the Risk of Depression?

by Ashok Bhandari, ND
02-05-2020 
One more argument for encouraging movement: Exercising may lower the risk of depression even in those with a genetic risk for it.

Even a Short Walk Helps Reduce Mortality Risk

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
02-05-2020 
Although conventional belief is that you need to walk 10,000 steps a day to see health benefits from walking, a recent study found that a more modest 4,400 steps daily can substantially reduce mortality rates.

Nigella sativa Dissolves Small Renal Liths

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
12-04-2019 
In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, ground Nigella sativa seeds reduced the number of renal liths in the treatment group compared to the placebo group.

Dying of a Broken Heart?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
12-04-2019 
Does injury to the heart release chemicals that make people feel depressed, or does depression release chemicals that promote heart injury? Or is it a two-way street?

Helicobacter Pylori, Antioxidants, and Garlic in Gastric Cancer Prevention

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
12-04-2019 
A recent study sought to determine whether eradication of H pylori or certain supplements would affect gastric cancer incidence or mortality over a period of just over 2 decades.

Crohn’s Disease and Elemental Diet Study

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND
12-04-2019 
This prospective, randomized clinical trial compared the tolerability and efficacy of diets designed to treat Crohn’s disease.

Skipping Breakfast Associated with Increased Cardiovascular Disease and Death

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
11-06-2019 
A review of the research on the heart health reasons for eating breakfast—and the importance of timing it right.

Higher Frequency of Adverse Events in Older Patients on Antidepressant Drugs

by Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc
11-06-2019 
Drugs intended to treat depression symptoms in the elderly may have adverse psychological and non-psychological effects. Alternative naturopathic treatments may be beneficial in this population.

Aloe Polysaccharide and Propolis as Potential Chemopreventive Agents in Smokers

by Eleonora Naydis, ND, LAc, FABNO
11-06-2019 
Naturally sourced products helped test subjects eliminate harmful chemicals associated with cigarette smoking and induced changes in blood contents that suggest a protective effect on the kidneys and liver.

Soy Intake and Osteoporotic Fracture Risk in Women with a History of Breast Cancer

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
10-23-2019 
Whole soy foods were associated with significantly reduced risk of osteoporosis-related bone fractures in pre/perimenopausal survivors of breast cancer. This adds to evidence that dietary soy may reduce risks related to cancer.

Doxycycline Treatment in Early Breast Cancer

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
10-23-2019 
A pilot study demonstrates that administering doxycycline before surgery reduces cancer stem cells, building on a separate study showing that vitamin C and berberine optimize doxycycline’s anticancer effects. Could the combination benefit our patients?

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation and Breast Cancer

by Miranda LaBant, ND
10-23-2019 
A recent study adds support to the the extensive positive data for the use of omega-3 supplementation during standard chemotherapy and clinical outcomes.

Honest Placebo: Good Medicine for Cancer-Related Fatigue?

by Todd Robinson, ND
10-23-2019 
The improvement of subjective cancer-related fatigue in cancer survivors by placebo may involve the dopamine system.

Esophageal Cancer: Treatment with Radiation, Oral Vitamin C, Chemotherapy and the Effects on Inflammatory Markers

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
10-23-2019 
A recent study that considers the effects of vitamin C on inflammatory markers in patients undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer represents the type of real-world clinical scenario most naturopathic doctors see in their practices—a combination of conventional and naturopathic treatments.

Eryngium caucasicum Improves Primary Dysmenorrhea

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
10-02-2019 
Double-blind, placebo-controlled study shows that a traditional Middle Eastern herb is as effective as ibuprofen in reducing menstrual pain.