Interviews with Experts
In this interview with naturopathic oncology specialist Adam Kerievsky, ND, LAc, FABNO, we discuss the risk factors for triple-negative breast cancer, the treatment challenges it poses for practitioners, and complementary therapies that may benefit patients battling this cancer.
Michael Friedman, ND, founder and executive director of the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM), talks to Natural Medicine Journal about the history of this collaborative organization, its publication the Journal of Restorative Medicine, and its conference coming up in October 2014.
The ability to access, interpret, and critically evaluate primary medical literature—is a skill natural medicine practitioners must develop to better educate their patients and promote their profession.
John Weeks was honored for his 30 years as a leading advocate of integrative medicine with a lifetime achievement living tribute on May 15, 2014, during the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH) conference in Miami.
Poor blood circulation often manifests as small but chronic temperature differences in the peripheral extremities, and the surface of the skin may be an indication of abnormal blood flow and more serious vascular or circulation disorders. This study investigates the effect of Oligonol, a highly bioavailable source of low–molecular weight polyphenols extracted from lychee fruit, on peripheral blood circulation using skin thermography. The results suggest that Oligonol might act as a vasodilator and be an effective treatment for a variety of vasoconstriction symptoms such as cold hands and feet, shoulder discomfort, and diabetes-related vascular problems.
Coconut oil, and many other portions of the plant Cocos nucifera L., have been hypothesized to have antimicrobial and antifungal activity. Medium-chain fatty acid constituents of coconut oil including lauric acid, capric acid, and others provide antimicrobial effect by disrupting bacterial, fungal, and viral cell membranes, leading to cell death. This review summarizes in vivo and in vitro studies of topical anti-infective properties of coconut oil and the medium-chain fatty acids contained within, and describes the proposed use of coconut products for dermal infections.
Iodine is an essential element in human physiology. Its role in thyroid function is well known and heavily weighted in the literature. Its putative role as an anticarcinogenic agent is just beginning to be widely appreciated. The molecular effects of iodine as well as ongoing epidemiological evidence points to its probable role in prevention of cancers through its antioxidant, antiinflammatory, prodifferentiating, and proapoptotic effects. This is particularly evident with stomach and breast cancers but may be relevant for many other cancers that have yet to be substantially studied.
In this interview, Lucas A. Tims, ND, FABNO, discusses how integrative medicine practitioners can improve the quality of life for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.