Category: NFH RESEARCH BLOG

Webinar on Multiple Sclerosis and Stroke, Two Studies in Naturopathic Neurology By Dr Neil McKinney, ND
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Webinar on Multiple Sclerosis and Stroke, Two Studies in Naturopathic Neurology By Dr Neil McKinney, ND

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an auto-immune demyelinating disease of the nervous system, with intermittent or progressive course, often to disability, and even death.  In contrast, cerebrovascular disease (CVD) events such as stroke can be insidious, or acute, often with morbid disability or death. The completely different patterns of pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment across these two...

Enriched Marine Oil Supplements Increase Peripheral Blood Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators Concentrations and Reprogram Host Immune Responses: A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study by David W. Lescheid, N.D., Ph.D.
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Enriched Marine Oil Supplements Increase Peripheral Blood Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators Concentrations and Reprogram Host Immune Responses: A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study by David W. Lescheid, N.D., Ph.D.

Recent scientific advances demonstrate that acute inflammation includes at least three different phases named initiation (or onset); resolution; and post-resolution (or adapted homeostasis). All three of these phases must occur in a controlled fashion over time for optimal healing to occur in an acutely inflamed tissue. Resolution of acute inflammation is an active process that...

L- Carnitine: An Under-utilized Superstar by Dr Philip Rouchotas, ND
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L- Carnitine: An Under-utilized Superstar by Dr Philip Rouchotas, ND

L- carnitine is an ultra-versatile under-utilized superstar in the tool bag of the integrative healthcare provider. The goal of this review is to reacquaint readers with this safe, effective, and cost-effective intervention. A quick search of PubMed revealed 65 meta-analytic and systematic reviews of this agent. A selection of these will be presented below. L-...

Fish oils are NOT blood-thinners by Dr Neil McKinney, ND
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Fish oils are NOT blood-thinners by Dr Neil McKinney, ND

Omega 3 oil is a marvelous natural anti-inflammatory and is also associated with positive changes in hypertriglyceridemia. These properties would be expected to give a great benefit in cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Somehow many doctors and scientists have attributed to fish oils the property of anti-coagulation. Thinning of the blood would be of concern if the...

The role of mitochondria during viral infections by Dr. David W Lescheid, PhD
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The role of mitochondria during viral infections by Dr. David W Lescheid, PhD

Historically, mitochondria were considered primarily as the ‘powerhouses of the cell’ because they contain the major biochemical pathways needed to produce ATP energy. However, mitochondria also have many other functions including biosynthesis of amino acids, nucleotides, cholesterol and glutathione as well as control of antioxidant defences, redox status, apoptosis and autophagy.1, 1 Mitochondria also are...

Laboratory Blood Markers to Track Health: By Dr Carissa Doherty
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Laboratory Blood Markers to Track Health: By Dr Carissa Doherty

Heath markers are important tools in the assessment of clinical practice. Naturopathic doctors are trained to assess patients with a baseline, initiate a protocol to optimize health or treat a symptom and then reassess the protocol. Health markers have been found in the research about frailty. Frailty is a complex idea that includes a decline...

St John’s Wort Extract May Help Manage Postmenopausal Symptoms and Depression: By Dr Peter Alphonse, PhD
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St John’s Wort Extract May Help Manage Postmenopausal Symptoms and Depression: By Dr Peter Alphonse, PhD

Mood imbalance and associated disorders have become increasingly common worldwide. Especially, substantial decline in the quality of life and increased susceptibility to psychological problems is usually observed during peri‑ and postmenopause. Hypericum perforatum (St John’s wort) is a well-known botanical for its mood enhancing activity exerted by various bioactive components present in it. This recent double-blind...

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