Abstracts & Commmentary

Prevention of Pediatric Viral Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

by Monique Aucoin, ND
10-04-2017 
The evidence for a link between vitamin D deficiency and pediatric respiratory tract infections is murky. A recent randomized trial further muddies the waters.

Probiotic Supplementation in Gestational Diabetes

by Jaclyn Chasse, ND
10-04-2017 
A randomized trial pits probiotics against placebo in pregnant women with gestational diabetes. Will probiotics improve outcomes in this vulnerable population?

Genomics, the Mind, and the Gut

by Joshua Z. Goldenberg, ND
10-04-2017 
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) benefits some patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Could a genetic test help identify which IBS patients would benefit the most?

The Mediterranean Diet in Fatty Liver Disease

by Asia Muhammad, ND
10-04-2017 
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is associated with a high-fat, high-calorie diet. Can a lifestyle change reverse the pathology?

The Mediterranean Diet in Australia

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
09-06-2017 
We know that adherence to a Mediterranean diet benefits health, but the mixed results of a new study in Australians may leave us with more questions than answers.

Vitamin D and Calcium May Reduce Risk of Early Menopause

by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
09-06-2017 
Data gleaned from a large sample of women suggests dietary vitamin D and calcium protect ovaries from premature aging.

Vitamin K2 (MK-7) Supplementation in Hemodialysis Patients

by John Neustadt, ND
09-06-2017 
Vitamin K deficiency puts patients at risk for vascular calcification, which increases their risk of a cardiovascular event. Can vitamin K supplementation help?

Sulforaphane for Glucose Control in Diabetics

by Erica Joseph, ND, LAc
09-06-2017 
Using gene signature matching, investigators identify a novel “drug” to address overproduction of glucose in type 2 diabetes. One more reason to eat your broccoli.

Informed Prostate Cancer Patients Have Less Regret Following Treatment

by Matt Mumber, MD
08-23-2017 
A new study highlights the importance of informing men about the complexities and nuances associated with cancer treatment options. Patients who fully understand treatment side effects, quality of life issues, recurrence risk, healthy lifestyle practices, and other aspects of care have less regret in both the short-term and long-term.

Betalain-rich Concentrate Improves Exercise Performance

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
08-23-2017 
A new double-blind, randomized trial yields expected results: beet juice improves athletic performance. But the proposed mechanism of action? Unexpected.

Adding L-Citrulline Increases Plasma L-Arginine in Men

by Geovanni Espinosa, ND, LAc, CNS
08-02-2017 
Clinical trials have shown L-arginine supplementation has health benefits for men, including improved sports performance and erectile function. A new study suggests we can boost effects of supplementation by adding a second amino acid.

Autism Symptoms Alleviated with Fecal Microbiota Transplantation

by Mark Davis, ND
08-02-2017 
With mounting research suggesting benefits of fecal transplantation for children with autism, it’s important that practitioners have the knowledge to guide concerned parents.

Probiotics Improve Depression in IBS Sufferers

by Joshua Z. Goldenberg, ND
08-02-2017 
Placebo-controlled study shows a daily dose of probiotics significantly improves depression in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, and hints at potential mechanisms of action.

Curcumin and Bone Density

by Alan Miller, ND
08-02-2017 
Go-to nutrients for improving bone density include calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin K, and omega-3 fatty acids. Should curcumin be added to that list?

Anthocyanins for Cardiovascular Health

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
08-02-2017 
Good news: Anthocyanin supplements offer real, measurable benefits for cardiovascular health. But should we consider a more “whole”-istic approach?

Stress Hormones and Ovarian Cancer Prognosis

by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
07-05-2017 
Studies continue to show a link between stress and prognosis in women with ovarian cancer. Understanding the clinical implications of the connection is essential. How can natural medicine help?

How Inhaled Nanoparticles Contribute to Vascular Disease

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
07-05-2017 
Exposure to airborne environmental nanoparticles is associated with cardiovascular disease. A new study sheds light on exactly how inhaled nanoparticles contribute to vascular inflammation.

Can Camping Reset Melatonin Production?

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
07-05-2017 
Circadian rhythm disruption has negative effects on health and well-being. A novel, real-world study in human participants sheds light on natural solutions for rhythm modulation.

DASH Diet Helps Reduce Risk of Gout

by Ronald Hoffman, MD
07-05-2017 
Most clinicians recommend a low-purine diet for patients with gout. A recent prospective study adds to mounting evidence that uric acid is only part of a larger problem, which should change our dietary recommendations.

Tailored Vitamin D Supplementation in Early Breast Cancer

by Heather Wright, ND, FABNO
07-05-2017 
Because vitamin D sufficiency has been associated with improved mortality risk in women with breast cancer, vitamin D repletion should be an important goal. Should we rethink our traditional approach to supplementation?