Abstracts & Commmentary

Urtica Benefits Women with Diabetes

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
04-19-2017 
A recent randomized controlled trial finds extract of stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) superior to placebo in reducing fasting plasma glucose in women with diabetes.

Fenugreek Standardized Extract for Menopausal Symptoms

by Jennifer Johnson, ND, LAc
04-19-2017 
Fenugreek seed has a long history of medicinal use, and recent research suggests it has activity in hormone-mediated conditions. A new placebo-controlled trial shows that fenugreek extract substantially and significantly improves a range of menopause-related symptoms.

Electric Bicycles Increase Fitness

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
04-05-2017 
Using an electrically assisted bicycle to commute to work for even 1 month may have measurable health benefits.

Olfaction, Radioactive Iodine, and Salivation

by Kirsten West, ND, LAc, FABNO
04-05-2017 
According to a recent randomized controlled trial, aromatherapy may be helpful in treating radiation-induced dry mouth.

Nigella sativa Supports Healing in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND
04-05-2017 
Placebo-controlled study demonstrates positive effects of Nigella sativa (also known as black cumin), supporting its use in the management of both endocrine and immune disorders.

Urban Air Pollution and Insulin Resistance, Type 2 Diabetes, and Obesity

by Walter Crinnion, ND
04-05-2017 
Preventing diabetes—a breath of fresh air? A recent trial raises diabetes concerns for people living in urban environments.

Do Low FODMAP Diets Work for IBS-D?

by Joshua Z. Goldenberg, ND
03-01-2017 
A second trial of a low FODMAP diet for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is as inconclusive as the first, leaving lingering questions about the helpfulness of this diet for patients with IBS.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

by Ronald Hoffman, MD
03-01-2017 
A trial of the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) for children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) yields convincing results: 8 out of 10 children who adhered to the SCD for 12 weeks obtained clinical remission.

Vitamin B12 and Tinnitus

by Mark Carney, ND, LAc
03-01-2017 
Pilot study shows vitamin B12 improved tinnitus, possibly revealing a new mechanism for treating neuronal inflammation.

Topical EGCG for Radiation Dermatitis

by Kirsten West, ND, LAc, FABNO
02-01-2017 
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol abundant in green tea, appears to soothe the red, burning, painful, itchy skin associated with radiation therapy.

Vitamin D in Miscarriage Prevention

by Jennifer Fitzgerald, ND
02-01-2017 
Randomized controlled trial shows vitamin D supplementation reduces pregnancy losses and provides clues to the mechanism of action.

Diet for Prostate Cancer Survivors

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
02-01-2017 
Study analyzing associations between consumption of various sources of protein and recurrence of prostate cancer does not yield exciting new findings, but there are a few take-home messages.

Self-Care with Acupressure for Cancer-Related Fatigue

by Rebecca Lovejoy, ND, LAc
02-01-2017 
Acupressure significantly improved sleep quality and quality of life measures in women with persistent cancer-related fatigue in a recent randomized clinical trial.

Acetaminophen and Risk of Behavioral Problems in Children

by Michael T. Murray, ND
12-07-2016 
Associations between prenatal use of acetaminophen and behavioral problems in children adds to concerns about the safety of what is widely considered to be a benign over-the-counter remedy for pain and fever.

Does Magnesium Really Help Hot Flashes?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
12-07-2016 
Previous studies suggested magnesium could be an effective treatment for hot flashes. A new study finds the mineral is no better than placebo—but still effective.

Saffron Powerfully Modulates Anxiety and Depression

by Mark Davis, ND
12-07-2016 
A randomized controlled trial finds saffron extract reduces symptoms of both anxiety and depression, with benefits similar to a leading antidepressant medication.

Colorectal Cancer Risk Reduction Using Metformin

by Davis W. Lamson, ND
12-07-2016 
Last month we learned of metformin’s anticancer benefits in breast cancer. This month we review the evidence for its potential to prevent colorectal cancer. And again we ask, “What place does metformin have in natural medicine?”

Grape Juice Improves Driving in Stressed Working Mothers

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
11-02-2016 
Placebo-controlled study demonstrates the benefits of flavonoid-rich grape juice for women who live life in the fast lane.

Metformin Protects Against Breast Cancer Metastasis

by Davis W. Lamson, ND
11-02-2016 
Study demonstrates metformin’s anticancer benefits in a new subpopulation of women with breast cancer.

Ashwagandha Helps Manage Stress-Related Weight Gain

by Tori Hudson, ND
11-02-2016 
A recent double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial investigated the effects of a popular adaptogen on controlling weight and improving general well-being in adults with chronic stress.