Two Nutrients for the Aging Brain

Two Nutrients for the Aging Brain

By Dr Tori Hudson, N.D. 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...

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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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Antidepressants-Apparently informed consent is not required?

Antidepressants-Apparently informed consent is not required?

By Dr Philip Rouchotas, MSc, ND As an outpatient ND in Southern Ontario with a practice focused on mental health, I am frustrated? outraged? at the number of patients that present with a recent prescription for an antidepressant, yet having received no discussion of informed consent. Furthermore, they typically have been aggressively reassured that these medications are safe, relatively free from side effects, and not addictive. As I give them the quick, “google” version of side effects, a typical look of shock and horror overtakes the patient. Anyone working in this field knows the very minimal efficacy they deliver, the debilitating...

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Managing Radiation Exposure

Managing Radiation Exposure

By Dr Neil McKinney, ND We are all exposed to cosmic radiation, radioactive elements in the Earth below us, ultraviolet radiation from the Sun, radionuclides released from nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima, and escapement from many nuclear facilities. We expose ourselves voluntarily to increased radiation when we fly in airplanes, use wifi and cellular phones (1), and when we undergo medical imaging such as PET, bone or CT scans. Most scans such as PET and bone scans use relatively “soft-emitters” that deliver a low dose of weakly energetic particles, doing minimal damage. Of greatest concern are CT scans, which are...

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Anti-microbial activity of Neem (Azadirachta indica)

Anti-microbial activity of Neem (Azadirachta indica)

By Dr Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO Published clinical research on Neem in humans is mostly focused on reduction of oral pathogens in gingivitis and periodontitis, and in the treatment of parasitic infections. Although Neem has become a popular adjunctive antimicrobial to employ in the treatment of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), there are no published clinical trials substantiating the efficacy in intestinal infections or dysbiosis. Perhaps the study that most closely approaches this indication is a 2009 trial that tested the efficacy reducing Streptococcus mutans contamination of the toothbrush with 3% Neem in comparison to 2% triclosan, 0.2% chlorhexidine gluconate and 1%...

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