Abstracts & Commmentary

Intestinal Fermentation of L-carnitine in Red Meat Promotes Atherosclerosis

by Jaclyn Chasse, ND
06-01-2013 
This publication pulled together data from several studies, both mouse and human, to assess the role of trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) on atherosclerosis. TMAO is a product of carnitine metabolism by microbiota in the gut.

Meditation Increases Telomerase Activity and Improves Mental Health

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
06-01-2013 
This was an 8-week pilot study of daily yogic meditation versus relaxation in mildly depressed, elderly caregivers of dementia patients. The intervention group practiced Kundalini yoga with Kirtan Kriya meditation for 12 minutes daily; the placebo group listened to a prescribed relaxation CD for the same length of time. Measures of depression, mental health, cognitive function, and telomerase activity were assessed.

Cardioprotective Effects of Aged Garlic Extract

by Matthew J. Budoff, MD, FACC, FAHA
06-01-2013 
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among the US population. Aged garlic extract helps to modulate multiple cardiovascular risk factors by lowering blood pressure, inhibiting platelet aggregation and adhesion, lowering cholesterol, and preventing LDL oxidation and smoking-induced oxidative damage.

Does the Mediterranean Diet Cut Cardiovascular Disease Risk by 30%?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
05-01-2013 
This multicenter trial from Spain assessed whether the Mediterranean diet lowered participants’ risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Participants were enrolled in 1 of 3 groups: a group that ate the Mediterranean diet supplemented with 4 T per day of extra-virgin olive oil, a group that ate the Mediterranean diet supplemented with 30 g per day of a mixture of nuts, or a group that ate a low-fat control diet. The researchers concluded that risk for CVD was reduced by approximately 30% among the groups eating a Mediterranean diet.

Curcumin and Exercise Together Improve Heart Function

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
05-01-2013 
It is reasonable to take this current study at face value and begin using curcumin in treatment plans aimed at improving cardiovascular status. This study may have particular value in lobbying patients to exercise, as well as take supplements. The combination of exercise + curcumin in this pilot study was superior to either exercise or curcumin alone.

N-Acetylcysteine Enhances the Effect of Clomiphene Citrate in Women With PCOS

by Setareh Tais, ND
05-01-2013 
Several natural medicines have been shown to be beneficial as natural treatments for infertility secondary to anovulation in PCOS patients.

Plant-Based Proteins Necessary for Healthy Bones

by Nancy A. Rao, ND, LAc
05-01-2013 
Phyto-based proteins, polyphenols and other compounds found in fruits and vegetables, like soybeans, wasabi, Satsuma oranges, sargassum algae and others, are associated with stimulating osteoblastic activity, decreasing osteoclastic activity of the bones, and could be preventive of osteoporosis.

Soy Intake and Decreased Risk of Lung Cancer Death in Women

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
05-01-2013 
Adding whole soy foods to one's diet is an easy and inexpensive means of adding to the chemoprotective effects of a diet high in plant-based foods.

Variables Predicting Spinal Surgery After Injury

by Jay Wilson, DC
04-01-2013 
As pressure to rein in escalating healthcare costs mounts, so does scrutiny of costly, aggressive treatment paradigms.

Calcium and Cardiovascular Risk: The Devil is in the Details

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
04-01-2013 
Clinicians should counsel patients on a more judicious total calcium intake that ensures adequacy of calcium without excess.

Aspirin Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer Mortality

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
04-01-2013 
Convincing a man who has been diagnosed and treated for high-risk prostate cancer to take aspirin may increase his chance of surviving for 10 years by a factor of nearly 5.

Chronic Stress and Ovarian Cancer Progression

by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
04-01-2013 
Prolonged and extensive activation of sympathetic catecholamines in association with HPA activation does not bode well for people with established cancer.

Select Lactobacilli Species vs Antibiotics in Preventing Urinary Tract Infection

by Tori Hudson, ND
04-01-2013 
Antibacterial medications are the mainstay of the conventional medical approach, but the use of longer-term antibiotic prophylaxis is associated with drug resistance and some adverse effects in many women.

Dietary Choline Increases Prostate Cancer Deaths

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
03-01-2013 
The top 5 foods contributing to choline in the diets of the participants were whole eggs, beef, skim milk, reduced-fat milk, and poultry without skin.

Effects of Lactobacilli Suppositories on Vaginal Ecology During Pregnancy

by Jaclyn Chasse, ND
03-01-2013 
The mechanism by which these pathogenic flora impact cervical competence is not well understood. Regardless of the mechanism, it is clear that vaginal ecology has an effect on the ability of the cervix to maintain a pregnancy, and that administration of a vaginal suppository of Lactobacillus is effective to not only correct vaginal ecology, but in this case, to also mitigate the risk of preterm birth associated with the presence of pathogenic flora in the vaginal vault.

Acupuncture in Treating Cancer-Related Fatigue

by Carl Hangee-Bauer, ND, LAc
03-01-2013 
Acupuncture, however, is an adjunctive therapy that appears to be one of the least controversial of the CAM therapies available to cancer patients. It is often sought out by cancer patients wishing to support their current treatment and improve their health and wellness during and after their treatments. Unlike herbal medicines and nutritional supplements, there are fewer concerns about treatment interference or conflicts in care.

Dietary Glycemic Load and Colon Cancer

by Laura Perkowski, ND
03-01-2013 
The effect of metabolic syndrome on the risk and prognosis of colon cancer has been well documented.3–6 Metabolic syndrome is defined as having at least 3 of the following: central obesity, hypertension, abnormal blood lipid levels, and high blood glucose level.

Green Tea and Gastrointestinal Cancers

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND
02-01-2013 
74,941 women aged 40–70 were recruited from 7 urban areas around Shanghai, China from December 1996 through May 2000, with a participation rate of 92.7%.

Daily Dried Apples Improve Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Women

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
02-01-2013 
One-hundred sixty postmenopausal women were recruited from 2007 through 2009. They were not receiving hormone therapy or other agents, including cholesterol-lowering drugs, for at least 3 months prior to the start of the study.

Antioxidants for Improving Sperm Progressive Motility

by Setareh Tais, ND
02-01-2013 
One hundred fourteen healthy men aged 21 to 46 years with primary male infertility for at least 18 months were studied. Male factor infertility was defined by normal sperm morphology less than 50% using World Health Organization criteria, sperm concentration less than 20 x 106/mL (oligozoospermia), and sperm motility less than 50% (asthenozoospermia).