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Can Laughter Therapy Reduce Radiation Dermatitis?

By Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
According to this small study, laughter therapy alleviated symptoms of radiation dermatitis in breast-cancer patients, but in statistically nonsignificant ways. Should practitioners encourage laughter as therapy before larger clinical trials are performed?

Can Chondroitin and Glucosamine Rival Cox-2 Inhibitors for Osteoarthritis?

By Sarah Bedell Cook, ND
Surprising results of a European trial suggest a combination of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride offers better pain relief for knee osteoarthritis than celecoxib.

Plant a Tree, Ditch the Antidepressants?

By Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
Greater density of trees in London neighborhoods had an inversion association with the use of antidepressant medication among residents in a recent cross-sectional analysis.

Vitamin C Aids Recovery From Cardiac Surgery

By Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
Vitamin C was shown in a recent study to have a profound effect on recovery from cardiac surgery, potentially offering a low-cost, safe way to improve outcomes.

Essential Fatty Acids and Antioxidants Benefit Women With Female Pattern Hair Loss

By Sherry Torkos, RPh, and Karolyn A. Gazella
A new study using essential fatty acids and antioxidants in women with female pattern hair loss found that these nutrients increased hair density and improved hair growth.

High Isoflavone Intake May Increase Breast Cancer Growth

By Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
Add another recent study on the effect of soy isoflavones on breast-cancer patients to the debate over whether soy intake is dangerous for this population. Here's an analysis of the study and guidance on how to talk about soy with patients as the debate rages on.

Bisphenol A in Beverage Containers May Raise Blood Pressure

By Jessica Tran, ND
An alarming study out of Korea showed that even minimal exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) can significantly raise blood pressure in people who drink out of BPA-lined cans.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Reduces Atrial Fibrillation Risk

By Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
A recent study using data from the Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea (PREDIMED) Trial found that people who consumed more extra virgin olive oil had fewer incidents of atrial fibrillation than those who consumed less.

Is Sperm Quality Influenced by Comorbidities?

By Jaclyn Chasse, ND
In this study, men with fertility problems were shown to be more likely to also suffer from endocrine, genitourinary, and dermatological disorders. The study reminds us that treating patients for infertility may often mean treating other “unrelated” health issues.

The Role of Hookworm Infection in Immunomodulation of Celiac Disease Patients

By Mark Davis, ND, and Mollie Parker
A recent study inoculated celiac disease patients with hookworm larvae, and the results were promising. Could it be that the human gut’s “old friend,” the hookworm, holds the key to treating celiac disease?

Peer-Reviewed Articles

N-Acetylglucosamine for Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

By Andy Z. X. Zhu, PhD, Ishita Patel, PharmD, RPh, Melinda P. Hidalgo, BSc, and Veeral Gandhi, RPh
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is associated with a widespread breakdown of glycosaminoglycans, which are normally attached to mucin and help to form a protective barrier separating bacteria from the intestinal epithelium. N-acetylglucosamine (NAG) is a naturally occurring amino sugar precursor for epithelial glycosaminoglycan synthesis. This pragmatic open-label clinical trial assessed the efficacy and safety of NAG and demonstrated that NAG could be an efficacious adjunctive treatment for IBD.

Atopic Dermatitis in Pediatric Patients

By Kristina Roberts, ND, and Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO
Atopic dermatitis (AD) continues to increase in prevalence. In 30% to 40% of patients, this condition persists into adulthood. These statistics reflect poorly on the standard-of-care therapies that fail to address the root cause of AD and therefore cannot cure it. This overview describes treatment considerations that address the underlying cause, which is imperative to treatment success and patient satisfaction.

Metabolic Considerations in Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Elizabeth Mumper, MD, and Sarah Bedell Cook, ND
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a disorder characterized by social, communication, and behavioral impairments, has increased dramatically in recent years. The conventional medical paradigm defines ASD as a neurological disorder. Conventional treatments rely on behavioral therapies and psychotropic medications but have limited success and tolerability. A new paradigm is emerging that views ASD as a multisystem disorder accompanied by metabolic and mitochondrial impairments. A clinical approach to assess and treat metabolic dysfunction in ASD is reviewed here.

Healthcare Perspectives

Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians Continues to Grow

By Karolyn A. Gazella
Read our report from this year’s conference of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP), where 195 attendees and a variety of exhibitors enjoyed exceptional content, healthy cuisine, and comfortable camaraderie.

2015 SpiritMed Annual Updates in Environmental Medicine Conference

By Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
A report from the annual SpiritMed environmental medicine conference, held January 15-18, 2015, in St Petersburg, Florida.

New York Attorney General Orders Removal of Herbal Products From Store Shelves

By Michael Levin
Michael D. Levin, founder of Health Business Strategies, LLC, Clackamas, Oregon, encourages practitioners to fight against the move by the New York Attorney General to remove dietary supplements from the shelves of major retailers.

Perspectives on the Present Primary Care Crisis

By Karolyn A. Gazella
The looming shortage of primary care physicians presents a potential crisis in the healthcare system. We talk with a medical doctor, a nurse practitioner, a naturopathic physician, and the executive director of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care to explore possible solutions.

Top 10 Stories of 2014

By Deirdre Shevlin Bell
With a huge dose of gratitude to our many talented and dedicated contributors, let's take a look at the most popular articles of 2014.

Interviews with Experts

Integrative Cardiology in Practice

By Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
In this interview, integrative cardiology expert Mark C. Houston, MD, offers insight into treating patients with hypertension, obesity, and coronary disease via the Mediterranean diet, supplementation, and holistic therapies.

A Conversation With Daniel K. Church, PhD

By Karolyn A. Gazella
Daniel Church, PhD, has been president of Bastyr University, Kenmore, Washington, since 2005. As he prepares for retirement at the end of this school year, he takes a candid look back and a thoughtful look forward as he comments about his tenure as president and the future of naturopathic medicine.

Sponsored Podcasts

Research Update on the Antitumor Effects of Fermented Wheat Germ Extract

By Natural Medicine Journal
Respected naturopathic oncologist Michael Traub, ND, FABNO, provides an updated overview of fermented wheat germ extract. In addition to discussing specific research studies, Traub explains contraindications, dosage, and some of the pros and cons of this unique natural substance.





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