Abstracts & Commmentary

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.

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.

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?

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.

Rotavirus Vaccination Lowers Diabetes Risk in Children

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
10-02-2019 
Analysis of a national database in Australia shows a lower incidence of type 1 diabetes among children after the initiation of routine vaccination against rotavirus.

Cardiometabolic Benefits of Residential Green Space

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
10-02-2019 
Exposure to natural environments may have beneficial effects on cardiometabolic health beyond those ascribable to greater physical activity and improved air quality.

The Antioxidant N-Acetyl-cysteine Improves Sperm Quality

by Megan Chmelik
10-02-2019 
Daily supplementation with N-acetyl-cysteine for 3 months in men with abnormal sperm improved sperm quality and reduced markers of oxidative stress, which may contribute to male infertility.

Gratitude Diary Improves Mood in Suicidal Inpatients

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
09-05-2019 
In a recent randomized controlled trial involving suicidal inpatients, patients who recorded their appreciation for simple gifts or pleasures in a “gratitude diary” showed greater improvements in hope and optimism than those who kept a food diary.

Blueberries Improve Cardiometabolic Function

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
09-04-2019 
Study finds that the equivalent of 1 cup of blueberries per day improves high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol and vascular endothelial factors, which could reduce cardiovascular event risk by 11% or more.

Vitamin K Status and Mobility in Older Adults

by John Neustadt, ND
09-04-2019 
Longitudinal cohort study of older adults shows an association between low vitamin K levels and mobility.

Curcumin with Turmeric Essential Oil for Knee Osteoarthritis

by Cheryl Myers, RN
09-04-2019 
Randomized trial finds curcumin with turmeric essential oil is just as effective as diclofenac for the treatment of knee pain from osteoarthritis, with fewer adverse effects. The curcumin/turmeric combination could be a safe and effective NSAID alternative.

Replenishing Vitamin D Deficiency Improves Lung Cancer Prognosis

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
08-07-2019 
An interventional trial finds vitamin D supplements specifically benefit patients with lung cancer who were vitamin D–deficient to begin with, supporting an individualized approach to supplementation in this population.

Blueberries for Knee Osteoarthritis

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
08-07-2019 
Study finds that blueberries improve pain, stiffness, and gait but do not reduce biomarkers of inflammation in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Delta Tocotrienol and Bevacizumab for Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

by Kirsten West, ND, LAc, FABNO
08-07-2019 
Randomized trial shows that tocotrienol, a member of the vitamin E family, works synergistically with bevacizumab, a monoclonal antibody, to slow progression and extend survival in women with refractory ovarian cancer.

Anaerobically Prepared Fecal Microbiota Transplant for Ulcerative Colitis

by Mark Davis, ND
08-07-2019 
Study shows patients with ulcerative colitis who receive fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) experience steroid-free remission at 8 weeks in numbers greater than placebo.

Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Risk of Dying

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
07-02-2019 
A comprehensive analysis of data from 2 large cohorts, followed for several decades, suggests that sugar-sweetened beverages are a grave public health risk.