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Clinical Applications of Fecal Transplant

By Mark Davis, ND
By Mark Davis, ND. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), most commonly known as fecal transplant, is the process of applying microbes from the stool of a healthy person to the GI tract of a sick person in order to restore the patient’s microbial community, and thus the patient, to good health. The US Food and Drug Administration presently regulates FMT as a drug and a biological agent to treat patients with Clostridium difficile infection not responding to standard therapies. In addition to clinician use of FMT, sick people all over the world are preparing FMT retention enemas themselves at home. This article examines the evidence for the safety and efficacy of FMT for various conditions.

Iodine Supplementation During Pregnancy and Lactation

By Douglas MacKay, ND, Andrea Wong, PhD, and Haiuyen Nguyen, BS
Iodine is a dietary mineral required for the production of thyroid hormones, which are necessary for brain development in utero and during early childhood. Iodine deficiency is associated with thyroid dysfunction, and frank iodine deficiency during pregnancy can result in irreversible brain damage and other neurological abnormalities in infants. Scientific evidence pertaining to the consequences of mild-to-moderate iodine deficiency is less consistent, but emerging signals suggest that even moderate iodine deficiency during pregnancy and/or lactation is clinically meaningful. Clinicians who advise pregnant and lactating women play a key role in facilitating public health efforts to eliminate iodine deficiency in North America.

Curcumin Reduces Degenerative Disc Disease Pain

By Marcus Webb, ND, DO
Curcumin, extracted from turmeric, is a popular remedy for combating many inflammatory musculoskeletal-based and nonmusculoskeletal-based health concerns. While attention has been given to the effects of curcumin in relation to the pain and disability associated with arthritis of the peripheral joints, little has been written about its potential to help spinal pain, especially that of degenerative intervertebral disc disease. This brief review redresses this gap in information and offers some support and rationale for the use of curcumin preparations in this common and disabling disease.

Abstracts & Commentary

Does Air Pollution Make Women Anxious?

By Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Air pollution is a known risk factor in cardiovascular disease and respiratory disorders, but what impact does it have on mood? In this observational cohort study of data from the US Nurses’ Health Study, researchers found that women with higher exposure to air pollution were more likely to experience anxiety. Though these results are preliminary, they suggest that practitioners query pollution exposure with all patients who suffer fro anxiety.

Are Carotenoids Helpful or Harmful in the Fight Against Cancer?

By Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
A recent study found that higher beta-carotene levels in lean women reduced breast cancer risk by 18% to 28%, contradicting studies on other at-risk populations. Is there something about the carotenoids and cancer that we still have to learn?

Crocin and Major Depressive Disorder

By Setareh Tais, ND
In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study, researchers found that adding crocin (a constituent of saffron) to a patient’s selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor dosage led to greatly improved scores on several depression indices.

Glucose Metabolism, Satiety, and the Paleo Diet

By Daniel Chong, ND
This randomized cross-over trial of 24 healthy men suggests possible benefits of the Paleo diet, but it raises more questions than it answers.

The Bleach Paradox

By Sarah Bedell Cook, ND
Even though bleach is a broad-spectrum disinfectant, its use is associated with greater risk of infections in children according to this study of children in Spain, the Netherlands, and Finland. The findings underline the important of using nontoxic alternatives to bleach for household cleaning.

Raisins Improve Glycemic Control

By Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO, and Eliza Klearman, ND, LAc
Raisins are fruit, but they’re also about 79% carbohydrate by weight. Yet, according to this study, participants who consumed raisins had a significant 23% reduction in postprandial glucose levels as compared to those who consumed a 100-calorie “snack pack.”

N-acetyl-cysteine to Treat Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

By Megan Chmelik
Research into natural treatments for PCOS has been rare, but according to this literature review, supplementation with the nutrient N-acetyl-cysteine may alleviate many symptoms of PCOS and address factors that contribute to infertility.

Effectiveness of Acupuncture in Osteoarthritis

By Carl Hangee-Bauer, ND, LAc
This systematic review and meta-analysis reaffirms what many integrative healthcare professionals already know—that our patients may benefit greatly from the noninvasive, accessible therapy of acupuncture.

Blueberries vs Hypertension

By Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Blueberries may deserve a place on the list of “heart-healthy foods,” according to this randomized controlled trial. Study participants showed remarkable decreases in blood pressure after the daily addition of freeze-dried blueberry powder to their diet.

Male Infertility and the Seminal Fluid Microbiota

By Setareh Tais, ND
According to this preliminary study, the bacterial communities found in semen have significant impact on male fertility. Will the future of treating male infertility revolve around a simple dose of Lactobacillus?

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Understanding the Business of Medicine

By Natural Medicine Journal
Healthcare professionals focus so much of their attention on being the best they can be, but sometimes that just isn’t enough to create a thriving medical practice. In this interview with 3 experts, listeners will learn about enhancing patient retention and optimizing clinic operations.

Interviews with Experts

Integrative Medicine Research Series, Episode 3

By Natural Medicine Journal
In this interview, Dugald Seely, ND, founder and executive director of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, describes the research projects presently underway at the center. He also describes the pragmatic research design that is presently helping to advance the field of integrative research and he discusses the future of integrative cancer research.

Healthcare Perspectives

School of Naturopathic Medicine Mentorship Program at Bastyr University

By Jane Guiltinan, ND, Phoebe Yin, ND, Eric Jones, ND, and John Hibbs, ND
Since 2010, the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University has paired first-year naturopathic students with core faculty mentors. This article explores the essence of the mentor/protégé relationship and gleans insights from students and faculty about the benefits of mentorship.

Fresh, Sustainable, and Cage-Free: The 30th Anniversary AANP Conference

By Natural Medicine Journal
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) is hosting the largest gathering of licensed naturopathic physicians at its 30th Anniversary Conference August 5-8, 2015, in Oakland, CA. The AANP 2015 Conference program will feature day-long boot camps, expert panels, Naturopathic Education Doctoring (NED) talks, research, and Personal Insightful Tales of Healing (PITH). We talked with AANP Conference Curriculum Committee Chair Tori Hudson, ND, about what makes the AANP Conference an essential experience for anyone involved in natural medicine.

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