Probiotics: From Scientific Evidence to Bedside Applications for Health Professionals by Dr A. Venket Rao

Probiotics: From Scientific Evidence to Bedside Applications for Health Professionals by Dr A. Venket Rao

The human intestinal tract is colonized by several thousand species of bacteria. These species represent both beneficial bacteria as well as harmful ones. Beneficial bacteria are referred to as probiotics. Research over the years and more recent findings have shown the beneficial effects of probiotics in the prevention, treatment, and management of several human diseases including gastrointestinal disorders, atopic dermatitis, vaginitis, and oral health. Other diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and osteoporosis are also the topic of recent clinical studies. Clinical studies have also been conducted to study the role of probiotics in improving athletic performance. The focus of...

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

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- carnitine serves as a transporter of free fatty acids greater than 14 carbons in length to be shuttled into the inner mitochondrial matrix where they enter the beta oxidation pathway. L-carnitine is present in greatest concentration in skeletal and cardiac muscle, yet is found in...

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

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 patient is on blood-thinning drugs, has had hemorrhagic disorders, or is about to have surgery. Scientists from Holland looking at the health of Inuit and Eskimo in the 1970s found low rates of CVD, and attributed this largely to intake of fish and blubber (seal,...

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Green Tea and Reduction of Breast Cancer Risk and Recurrence by Dr Tori Hudson, ND

Green Tea and Reduction of Breast Cancer Risk and Recurrence by Dr Tori Hudson, ND

As clinicians, you likely already know of the many health benefits of green tea, and likely some of you are already familiar with some of the research on green tea and breast cancer risk reduction and recurrence. Based on a study some years back, I have been advising women with stage I and II breast cancer to drink 5 cups/day or take a select number of capsules per day (amount is based on the dose per capsule ). This current meta-analysis is a good update on the topic. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate green tea...

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

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 key controllers of the response to numerous stressors,2 including infection, tissue injury and metabolic dysfunction.3 This paper will summarize the recently discovered roles of mitochondria in regulating immune responses,4, 5 especially those necessary for fighting viral infections. Mitochondrial signals that regulate immune responses include reactive...

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Laboratory Blood Markers to Track Health: By Dr Carissa Doherty

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 in biological function that will lead to deterioration of physiological function, a decline in the ability to respond to stress and an associated increase in vulnerability.  Frailty indexes have been postulated for many years using data from people and then seeing how that data changes though...

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

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 placebo controlled randomized study has evaluated the effects of St John’s wort extract on hot flashes, menopausal symptoms, and depression in 80 postmenopausal women. The researchers randomized postmenopausal women aged 45–60 years in two groups to receive either tablets containing 270–330 μg of St John’s wort (treatment...

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New Clinical Study Reaffirms the Benefits of Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM®) for Osteoarthritis: By Dr. Peter Alphonse, PhD, CFS

New Clinical Study Reaffirms the Benefits of Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM®) for Osteoarthritis: By Dr. Peter Alphonse, PhD, CFS

Natural eggshell membrane (NEM®) is a supplement that is derived from hen eggshell membrane. It contains naturally occurring glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, and proteins, that are useful for maintaining healthy articular cartilage and surrounding synovium and connective tissue. Studies have demonstrated that NEM® can improve symptoms of pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis (OA) within 7–10 days of starting supplementation. A very recent independent, multicenter, randomised double-blind placebo-controlled study corroborates these previous findings. The study was conducted across 8 different university medical centres and a total of 166 patients (male, 32; females, 134; age ≥ 40 years) with...

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