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Intracrine Steroid Biosynthesis

ANDREW L. RUBMAN, ND, FABNE  SUSAN GORDON, PHD, LMT  In the May 2021 issue of NDNR, Carrie Decker, ND, wrote an excellent article titled “The Anti-Aging Effects of DHEA.”1 The present article also discusses DHEA, but focuses specifically on the evolutionary significance and clinical implications of the intracrine biosynthesis and metabolism of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in postmenopausal women. Forty percent of androgens in men, and 75% and nearly 100% of estrogens in […]

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Epigenetics: Growing Up in a Toxic World – Part 2

CHRIS D. MELETIS, ND  Last month, in Part I of this article, I reviewed the different types of epigenetic modifications and how they can adversely affect children’s health. In the current article, I discuss these modifications in more detail, including how they can be effectively prevented or reversed.  A variety of factors can lead to such epigenetic modifications, starting in the prenatal period […]

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Immune Function & Competence: Gut Microbial Influences

MICHELLE MADDUX, ND  The intricate interplay between our commensal bacteria and our immune system is complex and wide-reaching. Given that immune competence is at the forefront of our public health interest as of late, this article will briefly review the relationship, mechanisms, and potential therapeutic value of intestinal microbiome manipulation through therapeutic probiotic supplementation.  Comprised of the […]

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Tick Tubes: Stopping Lyme in Its Tracks

JACOB SCHOR, ND, FABNO  This past winter, my wife and I saved all the cardboard tubes at the core of toilet paper and paper towel rolls. Today (early March), I will use them to make “tick tubes.” Our nearest neighbor, a now-retired gynecologist, has already put his tubes out, and I’m aware of not keeping up. He turned me onto this idea during the winter when he shared a […]

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Wired for Self-Healing- Part 2

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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Urinary Incontinence: A Common Problem for Elderly Women

THOMAS A. KRUZEL, ND Urinary incontinence affects 23-31% of the female elderly population1 and is estimated to affect 50-65% of both sexes in hospitals and nursing homes.2 Generally, older women experience more incontinence than men; however, incidence ranges can vary due to a reluctance to report symptoms.3,4 Urinary incontinence can lead to decreased social integration, activity, anxiety, depression, and avoidance of prescribed medications due to side effects.5,6 US health care costs for treatment […]

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Nutraceuticals for Knee OA: Naturopathic Evidence-Based Strategies

DYLAN W. KRUEGER, NMD Americans work tremendously hard for the vast majority of their lives, often with the idyllic dream of an active and exciting retirement. Unfortunately, many folks reach retirement battered, beaten, and struggling with chronic diseases and pain. Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is the most common form of OA and adversely affects 19% of […]

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Dementia: Depression as a Risk Factor

ROMI FUNG, ND, MSC The “Baby Boomer” generation, defined as people born between 1946 and 1964, is a demographic cohort consisting of 76 million people around the globe born during post-World War II (WWII).1 A baby boom is a sudden rise in the number of births observed from year to year. On the heels of WWII, births rose sharply. In Canada, for example, the number of annual births increased by 15% between 1945 and 1946.2 In […]

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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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Treating Bipolar Disorder: A Review of Evidence-Informed Naturopathic Treatment Options

SAM N. CLOUTHIER, BHSC, ND Bipolar disorder is a complex illness that affects approximately 2% of the Canadian population and affects males and females in equal numbers.1 Currently, typical treatment protocols for bipolar disorder include lithium, anti-psychotics, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Naturopathic medicine can offer significant value in managing the symptoms of bipolar disorder and treating the side effects of pharmaceutical interventions. This article reviews the evidence available for dietary […]

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Our Bugs and Our Brains

JESSICA BRANDES, ND Although initial estimates of a 10:1 ratio have been revised downward to reflect a ratio closer to 1:1,1 there is consensus that the number of microbes in our bodies exceeds the total number of human cells. Representing more than 99% of our genetic material, the bugs were here first, have co-evolved with us, and continue to […]

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Gut Bacteria in ‘Preemies’ May Be Causing Neurological Damage

NODE SMITH, ND Extremely premature infants are at a high risk for brain damage. Researchers have now found possible targets for the early treatment of such damage outside the brain: Bacteria in the gut of premature infants may play a key role. The research team found that the overgrowth of the gastrointestinal tract with the […]

Overeating is NOT Causing Obesity

NODE SMITH, ND Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that obesity affects more than 40% of American adults, placing them at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020 — 2025 further tells us that losing weight […]

Maybe More to the ‘Screen-time” Question for Kids and it’s Link to Behavior

NODE SMITH, ND School-aged children who spend more time in front of screens are only slightly more likely to have attention disorders, disturbed sleep or lower grades and are no more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, finds one of the largest studies to date to explore how screen time impacts youth. The research, […]

Workspace Air Quality Impacts Productivity

NODE SMITH, ND The air quality within an office can have significant impacts on employees’ cognitive function, including response times and ability to focus, and it may also affect their productivity, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The one-year study, which included participants in offices across six countries […]

Too Much Free Time May Lead to Lower Sense of Well-Being

NODE SMITH, ND As an individual’s free time increases, so does that person’s sense of well-being — but only up to a point. Too much free time can be also be a bad thing, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “People often complain about being too busy and express wanting more time. […]

Assessment of PRP Treatment for Osteoarthritis

NODE SMITH, ND A pilot study conducted by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine combined wearable technology and patient-reported outcomes to assess the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment in osteoarthritis (OA). The results, published in the journal Regenerative Medicine, showed that a single injection of leukocyte-rich/PRP in the knee joint significantly improved functional mobility, […]

The Question of How Non-Fatal Overdoses Affect the Brain

NODE SMITH, ND An opioid overdose isn’t a death sentence. In fact, estimates indicate that in the United States, only 4% to 18% of opioid overdoses that are treated in a hospital or pre-hospital setting — such as an ambulance or someone’s home — actually kill the patient. But there’s a lot that scientists still […]

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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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Intangible Assets: Hidden Financial Strengths in Naturopathic Institutions

FRASER SMITH, MATD, ND  This month’s title may sound like a direct-to-video action film that one might find on the far right of a row in a Netflix scroll. However, intangible assets are an important notation in accounting, and the concept behind it means something for our colleges. Like a family with bills to pay, kids to […]

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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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