Working through Difficult Hormones Cases using Labs and Methylation

Working through Difficult Hormones Cases using Labs and Methylation

February 11, 2020 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST Dr Carissa Doherty Cholesterol is biosynthesized by all cells and is an essential structural component of cell membranes. Cholesterol is a precursor for the biosynthesis of steroid hormones, bile acids and vitamin D. Assessing a hormone case without a cholesterol value means we don’t have the full picture. If there is low cholesterol or inflammatory cholesterol then good hormones can’t be made. Cholesterol is metabolized to estradiol in the liver. These metabolic pathways. detoxification pathways require fuel in the form of vitamins and minerals. When important detoxification pathways aren’t working, then...

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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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EFFECT OF LUTEIN AND ZEAXANTHIN ON AGE RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION (AMD): By Dr. Venket Rao, PhD, Professor Emeritus

EFFECT OF LUTEIN AND ZEAXANTHIN ON AGE RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION (AMD): By Dr. Venket Rao, PhD, Professor Emeritus

There is convincing scientific evidence to support the association between oxidative stress and chronic diseases including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, and macular diseases. During the course of the last two decades, there has been great interest in the use of antioxidants in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. Dietary guidelines around the globe have recommended increased consumption of plant foods including fruits and vegetables to reduce their risk. Fruits and vegetables are good sources of several beneficial phytochemicals. Antioxidant phytochemicals, in particular, constitute an important component of plant phytochemicals. Carotenoids are among the most important antioxidant phytochemicals present...

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Two Nutrients for the Aging Brain: Dr. Tori Hudson, ND.

Two Nutrients for the Aging Brain: Dr. Tori Hudson, ND.

Botanicals and nutraceuticals could have a potential role in slowing progression of cognitive impairment and/or dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, improving cognition and memory, and improve behavior in those with dementia.  Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-80% of all dementias, and is one of the most frightening, life altering and deadly diseases of our time.  Not all Alzheimer’s disease is in the elderly and over 200,000 U.S. adults have early onset (< 65 y) disease.  There is no cure at this time.  Any role of botanical and nutraceuticals for risk reduction, prevention, and disease alteration must be considered. Mild cognitive impairment involves problems...

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Management of Male Infertility Using Nutraceuticals

Management of Male Infertility Using Nutraceuticals

By Dr. Venket Rao, PhD  It is reported that infertility affects 15% of all couples and contributes to their difficulty in achieving a pregnancy. Up to 30-50% of this abnormality is associated with male partners. It is estimated that about 7-10% of adult men in their reproductive years (20-50 years of age) could be infertile. Of these infertile men, up to 25% are estimated to have nonspecific or idiopathic infertility. Unfortunately, for these men, medical therapy has generally been ineffective in improving sperm quality and fertility. In a significant number of such infertile men, the etiology of their infertility is not...

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Consider Saffron for Fibromyalgia

Consider Saffron for Fibromyalgia

By Dr Tori Hudson Fibromyalgia (FM) is considered a neurological disorder with chronic and widespread musculoskeletal pains. It can also be associated with mild to severe fatigue, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, hypersensitivities to light/sound/touch, digestive problems, headaches and cognitive difficulties. More women than men have FM. While we do not understand what causes fibromyalgia, it appears that it is multifactorial, and not the same cause for every patient, but includes genetics, infections with some illnesses triggering or aggravating fibromyalgia, and physical and/or emotional trauma/significant stressors. It is considered neurological because there appears to be an abnormal increase in certain levels of...

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Women’s Health Update: Lifestyle Habits That Make a Difference

Women’s Health Update: Lifestyle Habits That Make a Difference

By Dr Tori Hudson, ND Practicing medicine in the current era is an infinite stream of research studies to keep up with, dealing with complex patients, seeing patients with complex and challenging medical issues, embracing patients with elusive conditions that have yet no diagnosis, and we haven’t even arrived at the economic obstacles of running a clinical practice. For those of us who practice modern naturopathic medicine or integrative medicine, all of these issues are escalated…. and no more so than the challenge of trying to keep up with the natural medicine research as well the conventional medicine research. That is...

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Updates on Medicinal Mushrooms for Cancer

Updates on Medicinal Mushrooms for Cancer

By Dr Michael Traub, ND, FABNO Scientific study of medicinal mushrooms through the last five decades has proved its many beneficial outcomes in cancer and other diseases and has led to rapid development of manufacturing businesses dealing with commercial cultivation of mushrooms. Medicinal mushrooms have been approved adjuncts to standard cancer treatments in Japan and China for more than 30 years and have an extensive clinical history of safe use as single agents or combined with radiation therapy or chemotherapy. I recently reviewed the past couple years of scientific publications on the topic of medicinal mushrooms for cancer and would like...

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Probiotic supplementation reduces bone loss in older women with low bone mineral density

Probiotic supplementation reduces bone loss in older women with low bone mineral density

By David Lescheid, N.D., Ph.D. A system’s view of bone metabolism includes more than just input from hormones, minerals and the immune system but also input from the microbiome. Indeed, the links between bone health and the microbiota are so strong that a new research field named osteomicrobiologyi was recently initiated to help bridge gaps between bone physiology, gastroenterology, immunology, and microbiology. The effects of the gut microbiome on regulation of bone mass, development of bone diseases (such as osteoporosis) and inflammatory joint diseases (characterized by bone loss) are well established in animal studies. However, no studies currently exist in humans. In...

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Green Tea Extract: Better than Metformin for Glycemic Control

Green Tea Extract: Better than Metformin for Glycemic Control

By Dr Venket Rao, PhD   This clinical study was undertaken to evaluate the effects of green tea extract and metformin, both individually and in combination, on type 2 diabetes risk factors and obesity in nondiabetic overweight women. The study was conducted at the Clinical Hospital of Federal University of Goias, Brazil. The green tea used in the study contained 500 mg of Camellia sinensis leaf extract with 280 mg polyphenols, including catechins. The working hypothesis of the study was that green tea would reduce glycaemia through changes in body composition. Using defined eligible criteria, 120 subjects were recruited into the study. A...

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