Abstracts & Commmentary

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.