Abstracts & Commmentary
02-01-2014 The concept that nature provides stress relief gained momentum during the early 19th century when Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, among others, began the transcendentalist movement. Past research has illustrated the many benefits of spending time in greener settings. This study considered the effects of different environments on several measures of stress.
02-01-2014 The latest in a series of articles on beetroot as a performance-enhancer looked at the effects of the juice on cyclists' performance at high altitude. The study found that drinking beetroot juice increased plasma nitrate and nitrate levels, lowered VO2, and improved speed.
02-01-2014 A recent study found that 30 grams of flaxseed per day significantly reduced blood pressure in hypertensive individuals. These results come as a pleasant surprise. To quote the lead author, Dr Delfin Rodriguez, "This reduction of SBP and DBP after administration of dietary flaxseed is the largest decrease in BP ever shown by any dietary intervention."
02-01-2014 Cancer-related fatigue can be a debilitating condition, and the available treatments for it do not seem to provide significant relief. Recent research has focused on American ginseng as a possible remedy. This current study suggests American ginseng may improve energy levels in cancer patients.
12-01-2013 Controversy surrounds the ideal time to introduce infants to solid foods. Naturopathic physicians often see parents who wait until long after the commonly recommended 4 to 6 months. This study and others suggest later introduction may do more harm than good.
12-01-2013 How do children best learn about healthy eating habits? Not through education, according to a recent study. We examine an approach that did have long-lasting effects, and consider what the implications might be for improving our patients' approach to food.
12-01-2013 A recent double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial examined the effects of high-dose NAC on several measures of COPD. The results shed light on appropriate dosage and duration of treatment.
12-01-2013 Researchers have made an important first step in assessing a novel method of comparing population-based health data with environmental conditions. The longitudinal-ecological study looked at the link between mortality from two causes and the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle.
10-01-2013 The use of antioxidant supplements was associated with a 16% decreased risk of death from any cause. Vitamin C alone was associated with decreased risk of death from any cause. Vitamin E was associated with a decreased risk of recurrence.
10-01-2013 Berries provide significant amounts of polyphenols that are linked to a wide array of health benefits. Yet patients, particularly those with blood sugar problems, are often resistant to our suggestions to eat berries in quantity or with frequency out of fear of the fructose the berries contain. These studies provide the data to respond to this concern.
10-01-2013 Seven subjects showed a clinical response at 1 week, of whom 6 maintained a clinical response at 1 month. Three of the responders achieved clinical remission at 1 week and also maintained remission at 1 month.
10-01-2013 In breast cancer survivors, women who had both central obesity and insulin resistance were more likely to have poor metabolic profiles including dyslipidemia, low-grade inflammation, and glucose dysregulation. Participants who were centrally obese but not insulin resistant had similar metabolic profiles to the lean participants in this study.
09-01-2013 Nut consumption was associated with a significantly reduced risk of all-cause mortality. Compared to non-consumers, subjects consuming nuts >3 servings/week had a 39% lower mortality risk. A similar protective effect against cardiovascular and cancer mortality was observed.
09-01-2013 The theory that estrogen metabolite ratios are predictive of cancer risk is failing in these studies to be predictive. This current paper is one more in a series that call this hypothesis into question. It may be time for our profession to reassess the theory and rethink the clinical practices we have adopted based on these assumptions.
09-01-2013 With 1 in 3 Americans having high blood pressure, antihypertensive drugs are among the most frequently prescribed medicines in America. There are 11 different antihypertensive drug classes to choose from, each with its own risks and side effects. For those requiring a medication for control, this study suggests there may be an associated risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women taking calcium channel blockers for a long duration.