Abstracts & Commmentary

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.

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.

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.

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.

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-Smeaton, 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.

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).

NSAID Use and Risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Chronic Liver Disease

by Laura Perkowski, ND
02-01-2013 
Many published studies demonstrate a correlation between aspirin use and decreased risk of liver cancer, as well as cancer in general. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials found that daily aspirin reduced the number of deaths due to cancer compared to control.

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.

Efficacy of Coriolus Versicolor (Yun Zhi) on Survival in Cancer Patients

by Sara Thyr, ND
12-01-2012 
The many studies are quite clear: While there is not enough evidence to support using Coriolus versicolor alone for cancer treatment, there are mountains of evidence showing its efficacy as an adjuvant therapy. Particularly in cases of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and gastric cancer, this mushroom therapy should be a component of the treatment plan, both during and after conventional treatments.

Berberine Compared to Metformin in Women with PCOS

by Beth Baldwin-lien, ND
12-01-2012 
In all 3 groups, total testosterone and free androgen index decreased; sex hormone–binding globulin increased. The berberine and metformin groups showed comparable changes in total testosterone and free androgen index, which were significantly greater than placebo. However, sex hormone–binding globulin increased significantly in the berberine group compared with both metformin and placebo.

Thyroid-stimulating Hormone Fluctuates With Time of Day

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
12-01-2012 
A diagnosis could be missed in 3 out of every 10 patients with subclinical hypothyroidism if the blood draw is done later in the day.