Abstracts & Commmentary

Fried Fish and Heart Failure

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
07-01-2011 
Eating 5 or more servings of baked or broiled fish per week lowered the risk of heart failure by 30%. Eating fried fish 1 or more times a week was associated with a 48% increase in risk for heart failure. No association was seen between consumption of omega-3 fish oil supplements or trans fatty acids with heart failure.

Mindfulness and Menopause

by Lena Suhaila, ND
07-01-2011 
Subjects were randomized to 8 weekly 2.5-hour Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes, plus an all-day class on a weekend day during the 6th week and guided instruction to be practiced at home on days they did not have class. The study measures bothersomeness and intensity of hot flashes and night sweats, and their impact on quality of life, sleep quality, anxiety, and perceived stress.This is frequently seen in menopause: Negative emotions and psychological distress are reported in conjunction with hot flashes.

Coffee's Effects on Breast Cancer

by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
07-01-2011 
This study clearly demonstrates a preventive effect of on ER- breast cancer from consumption of at least 5 cups of boiled coffee daily. The body of literature on the relationship between coffee intake and breast cancer is quite mixed. There are studies with similar findings to those of this study. However, there are also studies that show a reduction in risk of ER+ breast cancers from coffee. There yet other studies that suggest an increased risk of ER- breast cancer associated with caffeine intake.

Cell Phone Exposure Shown to Increase Brain Glucose Metabolism

by Jennifer Brusewitz, ND
06-01-2011 
For years, medical experts and scientists have voiced concerns regarding the questionable safety of cell phone use, but even with the evidence mounting, this alluring technology is hard to resist. Humankind's increasing use of cell phones, 5 billion users worldwide, necessitates a thorough, unbiased look at the risks.

Green Tea and L-Theanine in Mild Cognitive Impairment

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
06-01-2011 
Green tea, and especially l-theanine, should be added to a growing list of possible therapies for treating early Alzheimer's disease. Although the improvements measured in this study were modest, these data taken in context with other studies create a convincing argument that L-theanine with green tea polyphenols and caffeine provide clinical benefit.

Serum Phospholipids and Prostate Cancer Risk

by Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO
06-01-2011 
Levels of DHA were higher among high-grade cases compared with controls. Levels of TFA 18:1 and 18:2 were significantly lower among high-grade cases compared with controls. There were no other significant differences in the remaining phospholipids between control and cancer groups.

Probiotic bacteria lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM and bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07 in functional bowel disorders

by Barry W. Ritz, PhD
06-01-2011 
The combination of L-NCFM and B-LBi07 probiotic strains at 1x1011 CFU BID effectively manipulates the microbiota in subjects with FBDs and may provide a clinical benefit by reducing the severity of bloating symptoms in patients diagnosed with non-constipation IBS, functional diarrhea, or functional bloating.

Fish Oil Improves Chemotherapy Effects in Lung Cancer Patients

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
05-01-2011 
Previous studies in vitro and in vivo have shown omega-3 fatty acids may increase the cytotoxicity of chemotherapy agents. While such preliminary evidence points to potentiation of chemotherapy, there is little clinical trial data to date to substantiate these claims. The current abstract strengthens the body of evidence that suggests EPA/DHA may sensitize cancer cells to the cytotoxic effects of chemotherapeutics.

Kefir Beats Yogurt in H. pylori Treatment

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
05-01-2011 
Kefir significantly improved triple antibiotic therapy eradication of <i>H. pylori</i>. Infection was eradicated in more than three-quarters of those patients drinking kefir, compared with only half of those who received antibiotics plus placebo.

Finasteride's Effect on Prostate Cancer

by Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO
05-01-2011 
Levels of DHA were higher among high-grade cases compared with controls. Levels of TFA 18:1 and 18:2 were significantly lower among high-grade cases compared with controls. There were no other significant differences of the remaining phospholipids between control and cancer groups. EPA was not associated with risk of high-grade PCa, and associations were similar for EPA+DHA to that of DHA alone.

Prunes Act as Laxatives

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
05-01-2011 
Prunes work. That is, prunes appear to do exactly what everyone has always thought they do; they act as a mild laxative. Although some would think this action is obvious, this study by Attaluri et al may be among the first human clinical trial published in the peer reviewed literature that demonstrates prune efficacy.

Cranial Therapy Shows Potential for Enhancing the Body's Ability to Produce Nitric Oxide

by Adam Killpartrick, DC
05-01-2011 
The article reported the overall average of the baseline and post treatment nitric oxide levels; the individual results of each of the 23 participants were not included. The cranial therapy was associated with changes in NO levels in exhaled breath.

Lactobacillus Reuteri DSM 17938 Appears to Reduce Colic

by Matthew Baral, ND
04-01-2011 
Colicky infants taking L. reuteri experienced a significant decrease in daily crying time. Stool microbiology revealed an increase in lactobacilli and decrease in Escherichia coli in the treatment group. L. reuteri was well tolerated and no adverse effects were noted.

Cranberries in the Treatment of Male Urinary Tract Problems

by Geovanni Espinosa, ND, LAc, CNS
04-01-2011 
Forty-two men, aged 45 to 70 years (mean age 63 (SD 5.5) years), participated in this study. All subjects entering the study had lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), elevated PSA and/or BHP (BPH). Other inclusion criteria were histological findings of acute or chronic non-bacterial prostatitis, normal urinary sediment and negative bacterial cultivation of urine. The diagnosis was asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis category IV according to the National Institute of Health classification system.

Fecal Flora Transplantation In the Treatment of Colonic and Metabolic Disease

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
04-01-2011 
Ten patients undergoing "fecal bacteriotherapy," or what in the United States is often termed "fecal transplantation." In this process the bowel is cleansed with antibiotics and then fecal suspensions from healthy donors are administered daily.

Insulin Sensitizers in the Treatment of PCOS

by Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton, ND
04-01-2011 
One hundred twenty patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and 14-16 months of infertility were studied in this randomized, controlled clinical trial. Patients were randomly assigned to receive either 1,500 mg/day metformin or 4 grams of myo-inositol plus 400 mcg folic acid daily. In patients where in whom pregnancy occurred, patients underwent ovulation induction with recombinant follicle stimulating hormone (r-FSH) (37.5 units/day) for a maximum of 3 attempts.

Primary Homeopathic Treatment of Cancers of the Pancreas, Stomach, Gallbladder, and Liver

by Christopher Johnson, ND
04-01-2011 
Psorinum 6X was administered, up to 0.02 ml/Kg body weight orally once daily for all participants. Conventional (eg, infection and pain control, electrolyte balancing, abdominal/pleural paracentesis) and homeopathic (ie, administration of homeopathic medicines on pathological indications) supportive measures were also administered. Complete tumor response occurred in 33.33% of those diagnosed with stage III disease and 10.71% of those with stage IV. Partial response occurred in 41.03% and 33.93% respectively. Five-year survival rates were 38.64% (pancreatic), 38.1% (gastric), 37.5% (gallbladder), and 43.75% (liver).

Magnesium Citrate Improves Vision in Normotensive Glaucoma

by Michael T. Murray, ND
03-01-2011 
Controlled clinical trial to evaluate the effect of oral magnesium therapy on ocular blood flow and visual field perimetry indices in patients with normotensive glaucoma (NTG). Blood magnesium level measurement, visual field analysis, and color Doppler imaging of the orbital vessels were done before treatment and at 1 month.

Vitamin E Protects Patients from Cisplatin-induced Neuropathy in a Randomized Trial

by Steve Austin, ND
03-01-2011 
Cisplatin use is limited by severe neurotoxicity. When the cumulative dose exceeds 300 mg/m2, in some reports most patients suffer significant neurological damage. Cisplatin is known to increase oxidative stress; vitamin E is an antioxidant, and current evidence suggests that the antioxidant actions of vitamin E do not interfere with the therapeutic effect of chemotherapy.

Sesame Oil and Diabetes

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
03-01-2011 
This open label study included 60 type 2 diabetes mellitus patients divided into 3 groups; 18 patients received sesame oil, 20 patients took a daily dose of glibenclamide (Glyburide), and 22 took both sesame oil and glibenclamide. The patients in the sesame group were supplied with sesame oil and instructed to use about 35 grams (about 2.4 tablespoons) per day in cooking or salad preparation for 60 days. Blood samples were collected at baseline and after 60 days of the experiment for analysis.