Abstracts & Commmentary

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.

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?

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?

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?

Mediterranean Diet and Brain Shrinkage

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
06-07-2017 
New study of older adults in Scotland supports the association between the Mediterranean diet and brain volume, suggesting adherence may prevent brain shrinkage.

Exercise for Glucose Control in Diabetes and Prediabetes

by Mona Morstein, ND
06-07-2017 
Exercise increases insulin sensitivity, so it makes sense to recommend regular exercise for patients who are insulin-resistant. An encouraging new study compares 2 forms of exercise in patients with diabetes and prediabetes. The results support this recommendation: Just do it.

Passive Exposure to Flame-retardant Chemicals in Preschool Children

by Katherine Layman, ND
06-07-2017 
Young children are naturally exposed to flame retardants through sources such as mattresses, pillows, strollers, and car seats, but we don’t know how or if exposure affects their health or behavior. Results from an observational study may motivate clinicians to address exposures in their patients.

Soy and Breast Cancer

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
06-07-2017 
In the past, clinicians have discouraged women with a history of breast cancer from consuming soy products, based on what we now know is misleading evidence. Add this recent epidemiological study to mounting evidence that soy is safe and may even reduce mortality for some women.

Vitamin D Deficiency in Metastatic Melanoma

by Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO
06-07-2017 
Many naturopathic clinicians encourage their melanoma patients to avoid sun exposure and supplement with vitamin D. Results from a recent study support these recommendations.