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Estrogen-Deficient Skin: Benefits from Topical Estrogens & Phytoestrogens

KATIE STROBE, ND   Menopause is a pivotal time in a woman’s life that is characterized by decreased estrogen levels due to declining ovarian function. Biological aging accelerates throughout the body’s tissues and is particularly noticeable on the skin, which loses structural integrity. The alterations to the skin include decreased vascularity, fibroblast production, collagen, and elastin, and increased matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). These changes result […]

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Aging Gracefully with Cannabis

ROB STREISFELD, NMD   As society appears to have a growing acceptance and increased understanding of plant-based diets, dietary supplements, and even medications, Cannabis sativa is back in the spotlight.    With over 500 compounds currently identified within the plant, including cannabinoids, terpenoids, flavonoids, and micronutrients,1 the opportunity to integrate Cannabis into a functional, healthy lifestyle brings with it tremendous potential for a wide range of health […]

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The Importance of Gut Health- Part 2

JAMES SENSENIG, ND  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. On October 11, 2017, Dr Jim Sensenig spoke on the importance of gut health. In this […]

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JACOB SCHOR, ND, FABNO My wife and I have retreated to a small lakeside summer cabin in Maine to winter the pandemic. Doing so has made social distancing easy; there are no people with whom to socialize. The cabin was built 40 years back for summer weekends, not for winter use, so we have stockpiled firewood, topped off the propane […]

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The Skin: An Outer Reflection of Inner Aging

CHRIS D. MELETIS, ND  The human skin is the largest organ of the body. It comprises 15% of body weight and has an average surface area of around 2 m2 (21.5 square feet).1 The skin has a high turnover rate, with epidermal skin cells replacing themselves approximately once every 27 days.2 The skin contains and constrains the trillions of other cells that constitute the “us” that resides within. The skin […]

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Optimizing Recovery: Using Acupuncture, Trigger-point Injection, & Red Light Therapy

JANNINE KRAUSE, ND, EAMP  Jannine Krause, ND, EAMP is a naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist, and host of the podcast “The Health Fix.” Dr Krause practices in Tacoma and Renton, WA, where she specializes in helping her patients enhance their recovery from life, stress, and workouts so they can enjoy their life to the fullest. She’s on a mission to change the current healthcare model to one […]

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Mast Cell Activation: Skin is Just Scratching the Surface

THALIA HALE, ND Mast Cell Activation (MCA) is demanding awareness in functional medicine practices, especially among practitioners working with patients with chronic complex illnesses and infections such as chronic dysbiosis, Sick Building Syndrome, and Lyme disease and its associated infections.  MCA patients may appear complex in nature, as the syndrome affects multiple systems in the body; this can result in an array of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Fortunately, as […]

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The Anti-Aging Effects of DHEA

CARRIE DECKER, ND  This review of literature, pertaining to the effects of DHEA on aging, stems from a clinical case I saw early on in my practice when I was seeing patients in a variety of smaller towns in Wisconsin. Not surprisingly, many of them were what you might expect of Wisconsinites: hardy, dependable folk, never to miss a day of work on the farm […]

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The Reproductive Microbiome: Profound Implications of New Research

SARAH WYLIE, ND and JACLYN CHASSE-SMEATON, ND  Once upon a time, I attended the birth of a patient in a teaching hospital in Vermont. The baby was born and crying healthfully at her mother’s breast, and it was time for the mother’s uterus to contract after delivering the placenta. Instinctively, forgetting I was in a hospital setting, I reached […]

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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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Healthy Conception and Pregnancy: The Role of Nitric Oxide and Other Critical Factors

CHRIS D. MELETIS, ND Modern couples face many obstacles to becoming pregnant or giving birth to a healthy baby, and the distribution of contributing factors appears to be nearly equal between male and female. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 12% of women aged 15 to 44 years in the United States struggle with […]

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Stress Response and Regulatory Protein in Skeletal Muscle

NODE SMITH, ND Researchers at the University of Cincinnati say a regulatory protein found in skeletal muscle fiber may play an important role in the body’s fight or flight response when encountering stressful situations. The protein, fast skeletal myosin binding protein-C (fMyBP-C), plays a foundational role in the proper regulation of contractile structure and function […]

Philosophy Can Change Our Relationship with Pain

NODE SMITH, ND Dr. Sabrina Coninx from Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Dr. Peter Stilwell from McGill University, Canada, have investigated how philosophical approaches can be used to think in new ways about pain and its management. The researchers advocate not merely reducing chronic pain management to searching and treating underlying physical changes but instead adopting an […]

It’s About Belly Weight Not BMI

NODE SMITH, ND People with abdominal obesity and excess fat around the body’s mid-section and organs have an increased risk of heart disease even if their body mass index (BMI) measurement is within a healthy weight range, according to a new Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association published today in the Association’s flagship journal, […]

Masculinity Linked to Better Dad Parenting

NODE SMITH, ND In some men, having traditional masculine characteristics such as competitiveness and adventurousness was linked to being better fathers to infants, a new study found. But the men in this study — highly educated and from dual-earner couples — combined those stereotypically masculine traits with the belief that they should be nurturing, highly […]

Stress May Not Lead to Loss of Control in Eating Disorders

NODE SMITH, ND A unique residential study has concluded that, contrary to perceived wisdom, people with eating disorders do not lose self-control — leading to binge-eating — in response to stress. The findings of the Cambridge-led research are published in the Journal of Neuroscience. People who experience bulimia nervosa and a subset of those affected […]

Cognitive Struggles as a Child Could Mean Mental Health Issues as an Adult

NODE SMITH, ND Children experiencing cognitive problems such as low attention, poor memory or lack of inhibition may later suffer mental health issues as teenagers and young adults, a new study reveals. Targeting specific markers in childhood for early treatment may help to minimize the risk of children developing certain psychopathological problems in adolescence and […]

Cannabis Use in Youth Could Lead to Heart Disease

NODE SMITH, ND Smoking cannabis when you’re young may increase your risk of developing heart disease later, according to a recent University of Guelph study. In the first study to look at specific risk indicators for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in young, healthy cannabis users, researchers found subtle but potentially important changes in heart and artery […]

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A Scientific Education: Part 3

FRASER SMITH, MATD, ND  In my previous 2 articles, we examined how science and medicine have become intertwined as our contemporary forms of health care took shape. We also looked at how naturopathic medicine retooled its educational systems 50 years ago and emerged with a consistent system of physician-level training. There are challenges that the profession faces, as always, […]

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A Scientific Education: Part 2

FRASER SMITH, MATD, ND  No matter the obstacles they place, the truth of our medicine will win out.  (John Bastyr)1  If we take the phrase “modern world” to denote the advent of a society using technology at a higher level than ever seen, based on an explosion in the growth of pure and applied sciences, […]

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A Scientific Education: Part 1

FRASER SMITH, MATD, ND  Naturopathic medical education is deeply rooted in science, and those roots extend in several directions. One aspect of this rootedness is the education we provide to students on how to evaluate the evidence for various treatment options. Another is that naturopathic medical students thoroughly study human structure and function and the pathological (including molecular and […]

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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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ELISA/ACT® Biotechnologies Introduces COVID Vax LRA Panel

Test now available to identify delayed immune hypersensitivity to the components in COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the U.S. Sterling, VA – Over 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the US, however a sizeable percentage of Americans have not received one. While some have decided they will not be vaccinated, others are […]

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Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center Announces Revamped Clinical Program to Address Gut Health Challenges

WOODSTOCK, IL—Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center (LMRC), a hub of clinical tools and resources for functional medicine practitioners, is thrilled to announce the newly revamped Pillars of GI Health Program. As new research continues to build around functional medicine approaches to gastrointestinal health, the program has been updated to reflect these findings in clinically relevant ways. […]

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MegaMycoBalance

MegaMycoBalance is a powerful natural formula that supports healthy yeast and fungal balance in the body.Yeasts are a natural part of a healthy and well-balanced gut microbiome. However, they can quickly grow out of control if this careful balance is thrown off by diet or medications. Formulated with undecylenic acid and bee propolis, MegaMycoBalance can support a […]

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