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Perimenopause: An Undertreated Phase in Women’s Reproductive Lives

LISA BRENT, ND, LAc Perimenopause is the time period in which women transition from premenopause (the reproductive years) into menopause. Typically, these changes occur between the ages of 40 and 51 and usually last about 4 years. Perimenopause ends 1 year after a woman’s last menstrual period, at which point she is officially in menopause.1 Symptoms of perimenopause can be mild, such as slight changes to the menstrual […]

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Medicinal Mushrooms: Their Role in GI Cancers

MICHAEL TRAUB, ND, DHANP, FABNO  Medicinal mushrooms play an essential role in the treatment of cancer. In the past decade, the use of mycotherapy has attracted much attention in the efforts to understand various benefits and the possible mechanisms through which they influence cancer prevention, carcinogenesis, and anti-cancer therapy. A relatively large number of studies have indicated that mushrooms […]

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Digestive, Skin, Immune Issues: A Complicated Case

MATTHEW STRICKLAND, ND LW, a 22-year-old female, presented to my office with a problem list that included digestive issues, skin issues, weak immune system, food/allergy sensitivities, and hormonal imbalance. LW reported that all of her health problems started at age 14. There were no major changes in stress at the time, and no traumas or physical injuries. Her diet […]

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Interoception & GI Disorders: The Importance of Mind-Body Therapies for Comprehensive Treatment

JOY NAUMAN, ND, MS Naturopathic physicians who work with patients with functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are well aware of the high prevalence of mental health comorbidities. We have been taught to treat patients holistically, and for most of us the concept of a mind-body connection is nothing new. Over the last few years, we have seen exciting new research emerge on the gut-brain connection and the microbiome’s influence on […]

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Water Quality: Science Fiction or Science Fact?

CHERYL KASDORF, ND  Kurt Vonnegut’s idea of “ice-nine,” in his book Cat’s Cradle, has stuck with me over the years.1 His novels captured me, not only for their satire – which I appreciated as a teen – but also for their science fiction. I am a raving fan of science fiction. I believe it introduces a wider truth, and what is often presented as […]

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The Endocannabinoid System: Interactions with Gut Flora and the GI System

JAKE F. FELICE, ND, LMP  Addressing clinical features of the endocannabinoid system and its modulation offers a new opportunity for clinicians to explore complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies.1,2 The variable nature of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) dictates a patient-centered dosing paradigm, necessitating an education-based approach to patient care that is consistent with naturopathic principles. In addition to cannabinoids, ECS stimulation […]

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Therapeutic Psychobiotics: Modulating Mood and More via the Gut-Brain Axis

JESSICA BRANDES, ND  If microbes are controlling the brain, then microbes are controlling everything. (John F. Cryan)  According to a recent 3-part study conducted on behalf of the American Psychological Association,1-3 US adults surveyed reported elevated levels of stress that was exacerbated by a variety of recent events beyond the COVID pandemic. Seventy percent of those surveyed considered the economy a significant stressor (as compared […]

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Polarity Analysis Homeopathy: Two Women’s Health Cases

TIM SHANNON, ND, DHANP  I began my naturopathic studies at NUNM (then called “NCNM”) in 1996. Several years prior to starting my naturopathic education, I became intrigued with homeopathy. I recall several NCNM teachers describing homeopathy in miraculous, though daunting, terms. In addition, it was common to hear instructors almost proudly proclaim that only after 10 years of […]

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IGF-1 and HER2+ Breast CA: A New Study Raises Questions

JACOB SCHOR, ND, FABNO Many of us have advocated that cancer patients should practice caloric restriction to lower insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). A recent study brings this premise into question. In April 2020, Yiwei Tong and colleagues reported data on IGF-1 in HER2-positive breast cancer patients that differed from what we would have predicted.1  Tong analyzed data from 679 breast cancer patients who […]

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Iodine Regulation: A Way to Improve Thyroid Disease

ALAN CHRISTIANSON, NMD Women in their late 30s to early 60s make up most naturopathic patients. This article will give naturopathic physicians insights on iodine that may help them assist their patients even more. In this paper, I will show that the smallest deviation in iodine can cause thyroid disease and that correcting that deviation may reverse it.   Adult women are more prone […]

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Basket Weaving: How Neurasthenia Inspired the Arts & Crafts Movement and More

 Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO During our time at home this past spring, I took up 2 new hobbies: chair caning and basket making. I can’t claim to be particularly accomplished at either. If you want to joke about me being a basket case, don’t feel too clever; the suggestion has already been made.  In the process of acquiring these skills, I ended up learning […]

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Pregnenolone & Its Metabolites

CARRIE DECKER, ND  When we speak of hormones, we often think of those that play a role in mediating sexual function: estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. These hormones come from the common base molecule of cholesterol, and all 3 derive from the mother hormone, pregnenolone (PREG), while estrogen and testosterone are also both downstream from dehydroepiandrosterone, commonly known as DHEA.   PREG […]

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Treating Infertility: A Whole-Body Approach Including Mayan Uterine Massage & Seed Cycling

ANA LARA, NMD Fertility is a topic that many women have strong personal feelings about. I often hear my female patients say, “Having children is the one thing I am designed to do, yet I can’t get pregnant. I feel less of a woman.” Well, let me start off by stating the obvious that women were designed to do more than have babies. Yet, I also take a […]

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Vascular Aging: An Important Consideration in Longevity Medicine

STEPHEN W. PARCELL, ND  Too often, patients seeking age-management medicine tend to be most interested in their appearance. Because of this demand, medical professionals tend to also focus on cosmetic interventions, including testosterone for big muscles, hair implants, skin peels, laser treatments, dermabrasion, hormone replacement, and endless supplements – all toward the goal of hopefully looking better. I believe more emphasis should be placed on disease prevention. Though dermatologic improvements […]

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Most People Can Produce Neutralizing Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2

NODE SMITH, ND The majority of the population can produce neutralizing antibodies against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in severe cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Michael Mor of Tel Aviv University, and colleagues. Moreover, the results support the use of […]

First Measurements of Element: Einsteinium

NODE SMITH, ND Since element 99 — einsteinium — was discovered in 1952 at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) from the debris of the first hydrogen bomb, scientists have performed very few experiments with it because it is so hard to create and is exceptionally radioactive. A team of Berkeley […]

Importance of Fungi in Gut for Immune Health

NODE SMITH, ND Common fungi, often present in the gut, teach the immune system how to respond to their more dangerous relatives, according to new research from scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine. Breakdowns in this process can leave people susceptible to deadly fungal infections. The study, published in Cell, reveals a new twist in the […]

A New Assessment Tool to Determine Reading Difficulties Earlier

NODE SMITH, ND A study published in the journal Pediatrics expands validation evidence for a new screening tool that directly engages preschool-age children during clinic visits to assess their early literacy skills. The tool, which is the first of its kind, has the potential to identify reading difficulties as early as possible, target interventions and […]

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation and Melanoma

NODE SMITH, ND For patients with cancers that do not respond to immunotherapy drugs, adjusting the composition of microorganisms in the intestines — known as the gut microbiome — through the use of stool, or fecal, transplants may help some of these individuals respond to the immunotherapy drugs, a new study suggests. Researchers at the […]

Sperm Cells Poison Competitors to Implant Egg

NODE SMITH, ND Competition among sperm cells is fierce — they all want to reach the egg cell first to fertilize it. A research team from Berlin now shows in mice that the ability of sperm to move progressively depends on the protein RAC1. Optimal amounts of active protein improve the competitiveness of individual sperm, […]

Why Some Men Respond Aggressively When ‘Manhood’ is Questioned

NODE SMITH, ND When their manhood is threatened, some men respond aggressively, but not all. New research from Duke University suggests who may be most triggered by such threats — younger men whose sense of masculinity depends heavily on other people’s opinions. “Our results suggest that the more social pressure a man feels to be […]

How Does Trauma-Focused Psychotherapy Work?

NODE SMITH, ND Trauma-focused psychotherapy is widely considered the best available treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, the ways in which this method affects the brain to promote recovery from PTSD are not well understood. In a new study published today in Biological Psychiatry, researchers used neuroimaging to examine how the brain areas responsible […]

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Integrative Practice: The Great Wide Somewhere

FRASER SMITH, MATD, ND  Working in integrative practice settings is an increasingly relevant possibility for naturopathic graduates. Last month we discussed the phenomenon of allopathic practitioners adopting therapeutic modalities that have been traditionally part of naturopathic practice. This month, we look at the opportunities to prepare our students for entering an integrative setting.  What’s in a Name  […]

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Integration? Or Asset Stripping? Naturopathic Modalities Without the Profession

FRASER SMITH, MATD, ND  There are many differences between natural products/natural therapies, and prescription drugs/surgery, but one in particular is important for professional formation. That is the exclusive right to use or prescribe pharmaceuticals and to perform surgery. In some but not all jurisdictions, naturopathic doctors have the right to prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform in-office procedures. However, any medical […]

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Your Online Course Offerings: Four Keys to Signing Up More People

CHEN YEN Naturopathic doctors and other holistic health practitioners often ask me, “I have an online course but people aren’t purchasing it. What can I do to get more people to sign up?”   Having an online course to offer the public (or other practitioners) can help you educate and reach more people at once. Keep in mind that people can benefit from your […]

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Caught or Taught? Business Skills as a Core Competency

FRASER SMITH, MATD, ND  The old saw that “doctors are terrible business people” has some truth to it.1 The tremendous focus required to achieve proficiency in biomedical sciences, diagnosis, and therapeutics comes at a price. That singular focus can preclude learning other important skills. Wrapping all of those skills together and then effectively delivering naturopathic care to a patient is another great […]

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Hilma Introduces Gas Relief

Hilma, a natural remedies brand known for its clinically researched alternatives to OTC brands, introduced a new Gas Relief product on February 23rd. Hilma’s Gas Relief is a capsule that relieves gas and bloating with a blend of soothing herbs. Created by Hilma’s board of doctors, PhDs, and herbalists, Gas Relief combines 5 natural ingredients […]

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ECS Therapeutics™ offers CE webinar on therapeutic potential of topical cannabinoids, plus introduces three new products

Hauppauge, NY – ECS Therapeutics™, the leading provider of a healthcare practitioner-exclusive line of CBD products, is committed to the continuing education of healthcare professionals. Offering a free CE credit (approved for General, Pharmacy, or Pain), ECS Therapeutics is opening up registration for an educational webinar that will discuss cannabinoids and their therapeutic interaction with […]

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Beyond the Trend: Uprooting Racism in Medicine & Wellness

As part of our webinar series, NFH is pleased to sponsorBeyond the Trend: Uprooting Racism in Medicine & WellnessFebruary 9, 2021, 1:00-3:00 PM EST In the midst of a global pandemic and civil unrest, numerous organizations and institutions published statements of solidarity. The glaring health disparities that exist in underserved and marginalized communities have once […]

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The NDNR Physician’s Choice Award is bestowed upon companies that embrace naturopathic medicine and support naturopathic physicians, their practices and patients. Characteristics of a nominee should include, but are not limited to: quality products, superior customer service, community outreach, and social/environmental impact.

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