Abstracts & Commmentary

Myo-Inositol in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

by Setareh Tais, ND
08-01-2013 
After the 8-week myo-inositol treatment, there was a significant reduction in LH/FSH ratio, FSH, prolactin, androstenedione, testosterone, insulin, and BMI compared to baseline; there was also a significant increase in the glucose/insulin ratio.

Will B Vitamins Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?

by Benjamin Lynch, ND
08-01-2013 
Comparing placebo versus the B-vitamin complex intervention, the group receiving the B-vitamin complex demonstrated significant reduction of overall brain atrophy. When looking at just the placebo group, those with homocysteine levels above the median had greater gray matter atrophy than those with homocysteine levels below the median.

Statins may reduce cancer related mortality

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
07-01-2013 
Statins can reduce risk of dying of breast cancer more than other adjuvant therapies in use. Statins do come with risks, but they seem to be of smaller magnitude than the cancer therapies currently considered routine. If we weigh risk versus benefit, the scale is starting to tip toward statins.

Saffron Improves Sexual Dysfunction

by Heather Hausenblas, PhD
07-01-2013 
Modern in vitro and in vivo research provides validation of saffron as a potential medicinal plant, with studies indicating saffron has possible anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic, antioxidant, antidepressant, and memory-enhancing properties.

Melatonin Supplementation Improves Sleep in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Jessica Mitchell, ND
07-01-2013 
Parents reported improvement in sleep difficulties, sleep onset delay, sleep duration, and sleep total. Parents also reported improvement of affect, attention deficit/hyperactivitiy disorder (ADHD) behaviors, repetitive behaviors, and compulsive behaviors. Parenting Stress Index improved.

Baby's First Taste of Fish: Optimal Timing Prevents Asthma

by Setareh Tais, ND
07-01-2013 
Infants who were introduced to fish between 6 and 12 months had a statistically significant lower incidence of wheezing at 48 months when compared to infants who were not introduced to fish in the first year of life. Infants who were introduced to fish between 0 and 6 months had slightly higher risk of wheezing at 48 months. The consumption of less than 1/2 serving per week of fatty fish was associated with a significantly higher incidence of wheezing at 48 months.

Chocolate May Improve Cognitive Function

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
07-01-2013 
After 8 weeks, participants consuming the high and intermediate flavanol cocoa products did significantly better on both trail-making tests; had significantly better verbal fluency scores; and had significantly reduced insulin resistance, blood pressure, blood glucose, and levels of lipid peroxidation. None of these test results changed in participants who consumed the low-flavanol cocoa.

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.

Telomere Length and Respiratory Health

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
06-01-2013 
Telomere length is looking more and more like a possible predictor of health and longevity. The question this leaves all of us with is whether interventions that change telomere length will be associated with changes in either.

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.

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.

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.

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.