Abstracts & Commmentary

Berberine and Glycemic Control

by Bert Mathieson, ND, RD, CDCES
A new randomized controlled trial finds that berberine may act as a gut microbiome modulator for improving gylcemic control, killing some gut microbes and enhancing others.

Effects of an Amino Acid Mixture on Exercise-Induced Cortisol Levels

by John Neustadt, ND
Increases in cortisol after an 80-minute biking exercise trial were blunted in people who supplemented with an amino acid mixture compared to placebo.

Weighted Blankets for Better Sleep

by Catherine Darley, ND
After use of a weighted blanket for about a year, 92% of insomnia sufferers in the study had at least a 50% improvement and 78% experienced remission of their insomnia.

Efficacy of a Natural Product for Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
Dry mouth can be caused by a variety of conditions, but a plant-dipeptide combo supplement appears to improve saliva production and saliva pH.

The Journey Back to Feeling “Normal” After Chemotherapy

by Princess Burnett, ND
Roughly two-thirds of women treated for ovarian cancer did not return to a sense of “normal” 18 months after treatment. This study looks at predictors and interventions for persistent symptoms and low quality of life.

The Effect of Mulberry Leaf and White Kidney Bean Extract Mix on Postprandial Glucose Control in Prediabetic Patients

by Daemon Jones, ND
Supplementing with these 2 plants improved glucose control in prediabetics in the short term but not the long term.

Changing Natural Surroundings Creates Microbial Anti-Inflammatory & Immunological Effects in Daycare Children

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
This field study demonstrates for the first time that altering real-world settings can change environmental microbiomes in ways that have measurable, impactful effects on human inflammatory status and immune system function.

Laughter’s Links with Cardiovascular Disease and All-Cause Mortality

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
A large, prospective study found that low frequency of laughter was significantly associated with all-cause mortality and CVD incidence in an older population.

Effects of Curcumin on PCOS Pathophysiology

by Megan Chmelik, ND
Insulin levels improved in PCOS patients supplementing with curcumin, but other metabolic parameters did not improve.

Coenzyme Q10 in Sepsis Patients

by Corey B. Schuler, RN, MS, CNS, CNSC, DC
Treating sepsis patients with ubiquinone along with standard care lowered some inflammation markers and in-hospital mortality rate.

Does High-Dose Oral DHA Improve Dementia?

by Shiva Barton, ND, LAc
Supplementing with omega-3s in the short term (less than 6 months) may do little for preventing dementia, but the effects of long-term supplementation are still being researched.

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging Reveals Inflammation Post Covid-19 Recovery

by Vivian A. Kominos, MD, FACC, ABOIM
In a study of 100 patients who had recovered from Covid-19, 60% had evidence of myocardial inflammation. Safe, known measures to decrease cardiac inflammation may be indicated.

Efficacy and Safety of a Botanical Hemp Extract Containing Cannabidiol

by Miles Sarill, MSc
HDL cholesterol levels significantly improved in those receiving a CBD supplement.

Some Carbohydrates Are Good for the Heart

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND
Improving the quality of your carbohydrates consumed can lead to weight loss, smaller waist circumference, and lowered blood pressure.

Probiotics for Dysbiosis in Parkinson Disease

by Heather Zwickey, PhD
Medications for Parkinson Disease may decrease butyrate-producing microbes and increase Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus species, with ramifications for optimal probiotic supplements and diet.

Ketogenic Diet and Breast Cancer

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
Adoption of a ketogenic diet may help women with breast cancer reduce fat mass, a risk factor for recurrence.

Chemical Hair Treatments May Pose Highest Cancer Risk to Black Women

by Maxwell Crispo, ND
Use of permanent hair dye was associated with a 45% increase in breast cancer risk in Black women compared to a 7% increase in White women. In contrast, hair straightener use was associated with an 18% increased risk for all participants.

Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Do They Decrease Anxiety in Cancer Patients?

by Poorvi Shah, DO
A meta-analysis of 28 studies, involving about 3,000 participants, finds that mindfulness-based interventions can reduce anxiety for up to 6 months after the intervention but not longer.

Role of Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 in HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Patients

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
This large study looks at the relationship between IGF-1 levels, body mass index, and recurrence and mortality in HER2+ breast cancer patients, with surprising results.

Shifting the Gut Microbiome in People with Type 2 Diabetes

by Bert Mathieson, ND, RD, CDCES
Supplementing with Scutellaria baicalensis in conjunction with medication may shift the gut microbiota in a way that improves glycemic control.