Interviews with Experts

Addressing the Primary Care Provider Shortage

by Natural Medicine Journal
In early 2019 the Association of American Medical Colleges released its findings from the fifth annual study on physician supply and demand. They predict a shortage of nearly 122,000 physicians by 2032 with more than half coming from primary care. In this interview, Michelle Simon, PhD, ND, president and CEO of the Institute for Natural Medicine, discusses a potential solution that is gaining traction.

What Every Clinician Needs to Know About Cancer-Related Dermatology

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
In this episode of the Natural Medicine Journal podcast, we interview naturopathic oncologist Shauna Birdsall, ND, FABNO, about skin cancer in the integrative medicine setting. From preventing squamous cell carcinomas to recognizing melanoma, Birdsall details the essentials of cancer-related dermatology.

Here's How the Natural Products Industry Is Tackling Climate Change

by Natural Medicine Journal
In this interview, we talk to the Climate Collaborative's director, Erin Callahan, about how the organization brings the natural products industry together with the shared goal of reversing climate change.

From the Front Lines of Research in Naturopathic Oncology

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
In this podcast interview, we speak with neuroscientist and physician Leanna J. Standish, ND, PhD, LAc, FABNO, about her naturopathic oncology research. Standish has been involved in original research at Bastyr University since 1987, where she continues to teach and serve patients. We discuss the research she's currently working on—the Canadian US Integrative Oncology Study (CUSIOS)—and its focus on understanding how integrative oncology care affects outcomes for people with certain advanced cancers. In addition, we discuss the use of psychedelic drugs like psilocybin in cancer care—especially for people who have a history of trauma.

Neurotransmitters in Sleep and Wakefulness

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
To treat patients with sleep disturbances, it’s important to understand how neurotransmitters affect sleep and wakefulness. In this interview, NMJ’s Editor-in-Chief Tina Kaczor sat down with neurotransmitter expert and practicing naturopathic physician Robyn Kutka, ND, to learn more about how GABA, melatonin, histamine, acetylcholine, dopamine, serotonin and lesser-known neurotransmitters are involved in the circadian rhythm.

Understanding the Ethical Pitfalls Associated with Content Marketing

by Natural Medicine Journal
Using content to connect with potential patients and grow a medical practice has become increasingly popular. Most practice owners are using some form of content to promote their business including a website, blogs, podcasts, social media posts, and/or email campaigns. In this podcast, the ethical ramifications of content marketing are explored with naturopathic physician and medical writer, Sarah Cook, ND.

Nutrients to Reduce Risk of Hearing Loss

by Natural Medicine Journal
Statistics indicate that hearing loss is on the rise. In this interview, board certified otolaryngologist Ford D. Albritton, IV, MD, FACS, describes the magnitude of the problem, as well as the research associated with key nutrients that can help reduce the risk of hearing loss.

The Gut-Brain Axis

by Natural Medicine Journal
In this interview NMJ's editor-in-chief, Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, and Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP, discuss the integral role of the gut microbiota in mood and cognition.

Exploring Helminthic Therapy

by Natural Medicine Journal
Helminthic therapy is an experimental therapy used to treat autoimmune conditions and other immune system illnesses. In this interview, Sidney Baker, MD, explains what this therapy is and describes pros and cons, clinical applications and how he has used this therapy in his practice.

A Closer Look at the AICR’s New Expert Report on Cancer Prevention

by Natural Medicine Journal
In this interview Nigel Brockton, PhD, describes the most recent expert report produced by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). The AICR is a highly-respected non-profit organization leading the charge against cancer globally. This latest report provides a blueprint that practitioners and patients can use to help reduce cancer risk.

Enhancing Cognition with Citicoline

by Natural Medicine Journal
Natural Medicine Journal's publisher interviews Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, PhD, and Perry Renshaw, MD, PhD, about the research they are conducting at The University of Utah in the Neuroscience Department. They specifically describe research associated with the safety and efficacy of supplemental citicoline, as well as evaluate emerging research in this area.

Cardiovascular Lab Tests in Natural Medicine

by Natural Medicine Journal
In this podcast episode, we talk about cardiovascular labs with naturopathic cardiology expert, Daniel Chong, ND. Chong discusses the use of cholesterol panels and other tests he uses in practice. He dispels some common myths about how to interpret different lab results.

Major Research Projects in Naturopathic Oncology

by Natural Medicine Journal
Natural Medicine Journal Editor-in-Chief Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, recently sat down with Dugald Seely, ND, FABNO, director of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, to discuss several ongoing studies in integrative oncology.

Erectile Dysfunction's Clues About Cardiovascular Health

by Natural Medicine Journal
In over half of all cases of hospitalization for a cardiovascular event, the first symptom is the event itself. So anything we can do to get any early indicator that something is going wrong in the cardiovascular system can have a huge impact. Erectile dysfunction is one such early signal. According to cardiovascular health expert Daniel Chong, ND, identifying sexual dysfunction is essential for improving cardiovascular outcomes. 

Addressing Male Urinary Incontinence

by Natural Medicine Journal
One in four men over the age of 65 has urinary incontinence, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this interview, men's health expert Ronald Morton, MD, FACS, describes how urinary incontinence is diagnosed and treated. He also provides detailed information about the key medical devices that are available to treat this condition.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

by Natural Medicine Journal
The FDA recently held a meeting to discuss ways to decrease the frequency and patterns associated with opioid misuse and abuse. In this interview, pain management expert, Beth Darnall, PhD, talks about the crisis of opioid addiction and how to create safe, effective non-opioid pain management strategies.

The Stress Response: Lifestyle and Herbs for Maintaining Resilience

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
In this interview, Aviva Romm, MD, reviews how the stress response is triggered, how the hypothalamic-pituatary-adrenal (HPA) axis engages, and what can be done to lessen the health consequences of chronic stress. This is a conversation for patients and practitioners alike, covering the basics and some nuanced botanical insights that can help any clinician in prescribing adaptogenic plant combinations for their patients.

Clinical Applications of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Conditions

by Natural Medicine Journal
In this interview, Ronald Hoffman, MD, discusses how he uses the specific carbohydrate diet to treat inflammatory bowel conditions. He describes techniques to enhance compliance and outcomes and compares the SCD with the Paleo and low-FODMAP diets.

Immune Processes and Brain Health

by Natural Medicine Journal
In this interview with Natural Medicine Journal's Editor-in-Chief, Heather Zwickey, PhD, explains how immune processes can influence brain health—including in Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and depressive disorders. She discusses nutrition, supplements, and the complicated ways gut health and immunity interact with cognitive function.

Adulterated Ingredients and Products in the Natural Supplements Industry

by Natural Medicine Journal
In this interview Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council, discusses the serious issue of adulteration in the natural products industry. Blumenthal also describes the Botanical Adulterants Program and how it is helping to educate people about this troubling topic.