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Air Pollution & Heart Failure: Hospital Readmissions Show Clear Link

JACOB SCHOR, ND, FABNO  Consider how cause and effect might apply to mouse traps. It is easy to assume that mouse traps are associated with greater murine mortality, and based on this, you might advise mice to avoid them. The association is clearly time-dependent: There will be little impact on mortality if the mouse avoids a mouse trap after the trap has already sprung. However, if […]

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Wired for Self-Healing- Part 3

JAMES SENSENIG, ND LOUISE EDWARDS, ND, LAC   This column is transcribed from a weekly live conversation produced by the Naturopathic Medical Institute (NMI). The goal of NMI is to preserve and promote the principles of naturopathic philosophy through clinical application, in your offices and in your communities, every day. This lightly edited transcript (by Emily Kane, […]

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Integrative Tobacco Cessation: A Case Study

JULIE RHODES, ND, MS  Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States.1 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 20.8% of Americans (50.6 million) over the age of 18 years were using tobacco in 2019.1 Worldwide, cigarette smoking remains the most common form of tobacco use and kills more than 8 million people each year, including both […]

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Think Beets, Not Meat! Vegetarian Diets and Cardiovascular Health

STEPHEN W. PARCELL, ND  There is good scientific data supporting the role of diet in the prevention of disease, especially cardiovascular disease. Many of the foods we grew up eating – foods that are a part of our cultural food heritage – are not good for our health. It’s an inconvenient truth. In my practice of over 20 years, I have seen all manner of […]

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Biological Age Reversal: A Research Study from NUNM’s Helfgott Research Institute

NODE SMITH, ND An exciting new research study was recently conducted by our very own naturopathic medical research facility, NUNM’s Helfgott Research Institute, in Portland, Oregon.1   The study, which was published on April 12th in the journal Aging, was a randomized, controlled trial (RCT) investigating the ability of an 8-week combined intervention of healthy diet and lifestyle measures (sleep, exercise, and relaxation) and a basic supplement regimen (fruit and vegetable powder and a probiotic) to reverse biological age. The study showed that in […]

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Age-Related Diseases: Genetics Load the Gun, Lifestyle Pulls the Trigger

CHRIS D. MELETIS, ND  In its simplest terms, aging can be explained by the concept of the wear-and-tear of life exceeding the repair. This is often how I start the conversation with patients as we journey into the concepts of biological age vs chronological age. In our youth, we are often all too eager to hit those societally imposed thresholds of prefrontal cortex development […]

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Association Spotlight: The Naturopathic Orthopedic Medicine Academy

TERRANCE MANNING II, ND, RMSK  SAMUEL G. OLTMAN, ND  Whether one is a primary-care naturopathic physician in a state with a limited scope or a long-time naturopathic prolotherapist practicing in a state with a broad scope, there is a need within health care for a specialty society regarding diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal complaints. In order to fill […]

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CBD and the Heart

JAKE F. FELICE, ND, LMP  For several months now, I have been writing about the endocannabinoid system (ECS), the many physiologic processes it influences in the body, and how imbalances in the system can result in dysfunction that impacts clinical disorders.1 The ECS consists of numerous endocannabinoids, the cannabinoid receptors to which they attach, and the enzymes that degrade them. It is […]

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Notes from the Field: October, 2020

JARED L. ZEFF, ND, VNMI, LAC  The following is not an article prepared for a medical journal. Not every statement of fact is cited or referenced. This is a commentary on the medicine, a running set of observations about practice in the field. It’s not meant to be a peer-reviewed presentation; rather, these are notes […]

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Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia: Treatment Using the Hippocratic Philosophy

CHRIS D. MELETIS, ND  The philosophy of Hippocrates has been shown over the past 2400 years to not only have merit but also notable scientific veracity. Hippocrates advocated a natural approach to the treatment of diseases and emphasized the need for harmony between the individual and social and natural environments.1 His approach is especially relevant to mental disorders […]

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More Than the Sum of Our Parts: The Role of Unconscious Stress in Chronic Illness

ERIN HAYFORD, ND   The ultimate goal of any naturopathic medical practice is to identify and treat the cause of the illness rather than mitigate or suppress the expression – the symptoms – of disease. Through our holistic lens, we understand that inherent to our biology is a quest to establish, maintain, and restore health, and, therefore, that disease is the result of […]

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Defeating Depression: A Holistic Approach

CHRISTINA BJORNDAL, ND   SYDNEY SPEER  Now, more than ever, our society is being affected by continually rising rates of mental illness. Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States for people ages 15-44, affecting more than 16 million American adults, and results in more than 48 000 suicides per year.1,2  Effective treatment of depression requires a multi-faceted approach that addresses underlying causes and supports the whole […]

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The Mental Health Repercussions for ‘Wandering Thoughts’

NODE SMITH, ND Where does your mind wander when you have idle time? A University of Arizona-led study published in Scientific Reports may offer some clues, and the findings reveal a surprising amount about our mental health. 78 participants were trained to voice their thoughts aloud for 10 minutes while sitting alone in a room […]

Active Learning Still the Most Effective

NODE SMITH, ND Engaging students through interactive activities, discussions, feedback and AI-enhanced technologies resulted in improved academic performance compared to traditional lectures, lessons or readings, faculty from Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute concluded after collecting research into active learning. The research also found that effective active learning methods use not only hands-on and minds-on […]

Blinding Macular Degeneration May be Driven by Toxic DNA

NODE SMITH, ND Damaging DNA builds up in the eyes of patients with geographic atrophy, an untreatable, poorly understood form of age-related macular degeneration that causes blindness, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine reveals. Based on the discovery, the researchers think it may be possible to treat the disease with common […]

Mushrooms May Help Lower Depression

NODE SMITH, ND Mushrooms have been making headlines due to their many health advantages. Not only do they lower one’s risk of cancer and premature death, but new research led by Penn State College of Medicine also reveals that these superfoods may benefit a person’s mental health. Penn State researchers used data on diet and […]

Concentrate on Fitness NOT Weight Loss

NODE SMITH, ND The prevalence of obesity around the world has tripled over the past 40 years, and, along with that rise, dieting and attempts to lose weight also have soared. But according to a review article published in the journal iScience, when it comes to getting healthy and reducing mortality risk, increasing physical activity […]

Research Discusses Six Stages of Engagement Regarding ADHD Treatment

NODE SMITH, ND Six stages of engagement in treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have been reported by researchers at Boston Medical Center based on a diverse study, inclusive of parents of predominantly racial and ethnic minority children with ADHD. Published in Pediatrics, this new framework has been informed by the experiences of parents throughout the […]

Pilot Study: Diet and Exercise to Manage Autism and Other Cognitive Disabilities

NODE SMITH, ND Adhering to a diet and exercise program to manage health can be a challenge for anyone. But maintaining a healthy weight may present unique challenges for young adults with inherent barriers such as cognitive impairment. A pilot study at the University of Cincinnati found that young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) […]

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A Million Vacations: Increasing Resilience in Naturopathic Medical Students

FRASER SMITH, MATD, ND  You can only drive down Main Street so many times… And a million vacations is what you’ve got in mind. (Max Webster, a Canadian rock band)   Nobody ever said medical school would be easy, but I’ve observed that all first-year students face a fundamental challenge, or even feel overwhelmed, by naturopathic medical school. In 24 years of naturopathic education, from […]

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Ouroboros: The Cycle of Renewal in Medical Education

FRASER SMITH, MATD, ND  Life is full of cycles of birth, growth, senescence, and death, only to start anew. As we study biology in medical school, we learn about cell cycles, biochemical cycles, and feedback loops that grow, self-extinguish, and then start up again. Medicine, and medical education, has also operated in cycles over time. […]

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Two Junes: The Difference a Year Can Make

FRASER SMITH, MATD, ND  With the sun shining, the days getting long, and 2021 at its halfway-point at the time of this writing, it seems like a good moment to reflect on June 2020 versus June 2021. It’s been an unprecedented 12 months for naturopathic medical education and the profession. In a recent conference call for the Naturopathic Medicine Collaborative, where […]

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Integrity is a Verb

FRASER SMITH, MATD, ND  Integrity is a quality that everyone respects. It makes a fine word in corporate mission statements, and sometimes it’s meant earnestly. Integrity is vital for a medical education institution and for a health care profession. This month’s title sheds the spotlight on integrity in action, the word in deed. Grammatically speaking, integrity is a noun, although it can be […]

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AllergoSan USA Sponsors Institute for Natural Medicine Residency Consortium

PORT CHESTER, NY August 16, 2021: AllergoSan USA, home of Omni-Biotic probioticbrands, today announced their sponsorship of the Institute for Natural Medicine ResidencyConsortium (IRC). In partnership with schools of naturopathic medicine and leadingnaturopathic clinics in the United States, the IRC provides a much needed and sustainablemodel for a more formal and uniform naturopathic residency experience. […]

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AllergoSan USA’s Omni-Biotic Stress Release Recognized as Nutraingredients USA Probiotic of the Year

PORT CHESTER, NY  AllergoSan USA’s Omni-Biotic Stress Release psychobiotic was recognized as Nutraingredients USA Probiotic of the Year. Focusing on true innovation, long-term market success and cutting-edge research, the NutraIngredients-USA Awards honor the best and brightest in ingredients, finished products, companies, people, and initiatives in the nutrition and dietary supplements industry. Omni-Biotic Stress Release was […]

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ECS Nutraceuticals Group LLC Receives NSF International’s Good Manufacturing Practice Certification

HAUPPAUGUE, NY – ECS Nutraceuticals Group LLC, the manufacturer of ECS Therapeutics® premier healthcare-exclusive hemp CBD brand and other private label brands, was recently added to NSF International’s NSF/ANSI 455-2 Dietary Supplements Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification. Earning GMP certification from NSF International verifies that their manufacturing facility located in Hauppauge, New York has the […]

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