Abstracts & Commmentary

Ginseng as a Remedy for Chemo Fatigue

by Amy Loschert, ND
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.

Egg Exposure and Allergy Incidence in Children

by Matthew Baral, ND
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.

Most Effective Methods to Increase Children's Fruit Consumption

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
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.

High-Dose NAC Improves Small Airway Function in COPD

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND
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.

Environmental Tree Loss and Respiratory and Cardiovascular Mortality

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
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.

Does Curcumin Reduce Radiation Dermatitis?

by Kirsten West, ND, LAc, FABNO
11-01-2013 

Low Fat Diet and Telomere Length in Prostate Cancer Patients

by Ian Bier, ND, PhD, LAc
11-01-2013 

DHA Linked with Reading Ability in Healthy Children

by Sarah Bedell Cook, ND
11-01-2013 

Supplement Use After Breast Cancer

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
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.

Berries Improve Glycemic Response to Bread or Sugar

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
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.

Fecal Transplants in Ulcerative Colitis

by Mark Davis, ND
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.

Reducing Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence by Focusing on Metabolic Parameters

by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
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.

Eating Walnuts Extends Longevity

by Mona Morstein, ND
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.

The Problem With Estrogen Metabolite Ratios

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
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.

Calcium Channel Blocker Use and Breast Cancer Risk

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
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.

Do Fatty Acids Really Increase Risk of Prostate Cancer?

by Douglas MacKay, ND
08-01-2013 
Compared with men in the lowest quartile of total long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, men in the highest quartile had a 44% increased risk for low-grade prostate cancer, a 71% increased risk for high-grade prostate cancer, and a 43% increased risk for all grades of prostate cancer.

Resveratrol Decreases Inflammation

by Heather Hausenblas, PhD
08-01-2013 
At the end of the 6-week intervention, the men in the resveratrol group had a significant decrease in tumor necrosis factor-α and interleukin 6 compared to the placebo control group.

Vegetable Intake and Prostate Cancer Mortality

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
08-01-2013 
Replacing 10% of energy intake from carbohydrates with vegetable fat was associated with a 29% lower risk of lethal prostate cancer and 26% lower all-cause mortality.