Abstracts & Commmentary

Verbal Conditioning Decreases Nocebo Effects

by Eleonora Naydis, ND, LAc, FABNO
03-07-2018 
When adverse effects of treatment are presented to patients it can foster negative expectations (nocebo effect). A randomized controlled trial shows timely words matter.

Moderate to Vigorous Exercise Associated with Greater Longevity

by Jennifer Johnson, ND, LAc
02-07-2018 
A large prospective study finds good news and bad news. The good news: exercise helps us live longer. The bad news? Women may need to work harder to reap the benefits.

Lifestyle and Herbs for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

by Megan Chmelik
02-07-2018 
Lifestyle modification alone appears to improve some aspects of polycystic ovary syndrome. A recent study suggests that a treatment plan that includes both lifestyle changes and select herbal supplements may achieve even greater improvement in some patients.

Air Pollution and All-cause Mortality in the Elderly

by Julianne Forbes, ND
02-07-2018 
Comprehensive study of older adults in the United States raises a question: Do the current US air quality standards need revision?

Does Having a Dog Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
02-07-2018 
Owning a dog may improve our health in many ways, from prompting us to exercise more to providing companionship to ward off depression and isolation. Could dog ownership increase longevity and lower risk of cardiovascular disease?

Home-based Natural Settings Influence Brain Anatomy

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
02-07-2018 
Mental health benefits of nature may be achieved in part from actual structural changes in stress-related areas of the brain.

Is Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream on the Horizon?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
12-06-2017 
Could tinkering with ingredients in chocolate ice cream transform a vice into a virtue?

Optimism, Resilience, and Depression

by Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc
12-06-2017 
A new study sheds light on the relationship between optimism, mental health, and physical health, suggesting the connections are not as simple as one might think.

Residential Green Space and Allostatic Load

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
12-06-2017 
A first-of-its-kind study analyzes biomarkers to assess the health effects of green space exposure. The findings have implications for healthcare practitioners, public health officials, urban developers, and anyone who wants to understand how their environmental surroundings, particularly the presence or absence of natural surroundings around their home, influence their health.

The Role for Naturopathic Medicine in Hospital-Based Care

by Bob Bernhardt, LLM, PhD
12-06-2017 
Patients report high level of satisfaction following inpatient experience with naturopathic care combined with evidence-based academic medicine.

Diet, Supplements, and Parkinson’s Disease

by Joshua Z. Goldenberg, ND
12-06-2017 
With few conventional treatment options, patients with Parkinson’s disease may turn to natural medicine. A new study evaluates the benefit of diet and supplements on disease progression.

OPERA Supplementation for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

by Miranda LaBant, ND
11-15-2017 
A small prospective study finds a combination of alpha lipoic acid, Boswellia serrata, methylsulfonylmethane, and bromelain improves symptoms in patients with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

Do B Vitamins Cause Lung Cancer?

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
11-15-2017 
Study finds that B vitamins are associated with lung cancer, but only some B vitamins, in some men, in some smokers.

Phytotherapy in Biochemically Recurrent Prostate Cancer

by Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO
11-15-2017 
A randomized, controlled trial tests the effects of green tea, resveratrol, broccoli sprouts, and turmeric in men with prostate cancer. Results were unimpressive but the study is not without merit.

Coriolus versicolor in Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma

by Ellen McDonell, ND
11-15-2017 
Can Coriolus versicolor extract help patients with advanced liver cancers? Results from a randomized controlled trial are not robust, but may lay groundwork for future studies.

Clinical Efficacy of Topical Indigo naturalis in Psoriasis

by Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO
11-01-2017 
Placebo-controlled trial not only supports efficacy of topical Indigo as natural therapy for psoriasis, but also elucidates its mechanism of action.

Bread and the Microbiome: A Personal Matter

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND
11-01-2017 
A randomized trial compares glycemic responses to industrially made white bread with responses to traditionally made whole grain sourdough and underscores the importance of genetic diversity in the gut microbiome.

High-Fat vs High-Carbohydrate Diet and Cardiovascular Disease

by Teri Jackson, ND
11-01-2017 
Cholesterol and fat have long been considered enemies of cardiovascular health. Have carbohydrates been wolves in sheep’s clothing?

Melatonin for Heart Attack Recovery

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
11-01-2017 
Melatonin as a natural intervention to speed recovery after a heart attack is appealing. Although a recent study is not encouraging, other evidence supports its potential.

Could Quercetin Help Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

by Megan Chmelik
11-01-2017 
Insulin resistance is a feature of polycystic ovary disease (PCOS), and adiponectin increases insulin sensitivity. A new study finds quercetin increases adiponectin levels. Could quercetin have clinical benefit for women with PCOS?