Chronic Disease

Angelica Extract Brings New Mechanism to Bear on Alzheimer's Disease

By Thomas Walshe, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 2. Summer, 2007

The patient, a 51-year-old woman, "showed jealousy toward her husband as the first noticeable sign of the disease. Soon a rapidly increasing loss of memory could be noticed. She could not find her way around her own apartment.

The Naturopathic Approach for Psoriasis

By Michael Traub, ND & Monica Scheel, MD - Vol. 8, No. 2. Summer, 2007

Psoriasis is thought to be the result of T-cell activation initiated by unidentified antigens. These activated T-cells release cytokines like tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) that lead to keratinocyte proliferation. This hyper-proliferative response decreases epidermal transit time from the normal 28 days to 2–4 days, ultimately leading to the erythematous scaly plaques that characterize the disease.

For Psoriasis Patients, Olive Polyphenols May Provide Relief

By Staff Writer - Vol. 8, No. 2. Summer, 2007

Polyphenols from olives, known to be potent antioxidants, can also down-regulate inflammation, and they're proving effective in clearing psoriasis.

Obesity in Women: Conjugated Linoleic Acid, Calcium May Be Valuable Allies

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 3. Fall, 2007

Obesity is especially common among women. Recent studies show that women can lose small but clinically meaningful amounts of weight through the Atkins, Zone, Ornish or LEARN diet regimens. Conjugated linoleic acid may be a valuable ally in weight loss. Calcium supplementation may also help.

Mostly Ocean: A New Wave of Interest Quinton's Marine Therapy

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 3. Fall, 2007

More than 100 years ago, French physiologist Rene Quinton described similarities between human blood plasma and ocean water, and he established a whole system of "marine therapies," making use of specially harvested seawater to treat everything from skin rashes to tuberculosis. Today, a new generation of clinicians worldwide are discovering the salutary effects of Quinton’s "Marine Plasma."

Sustainable Weight Loss: Understanding Famine Physiology and the Psychology of Obesity

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 8, No. 3. Fall, 2007

In 2001, Jon Abrams was a successful fast-track Wall Streeter. He was also morbidly obese, weighing over 400 lb. Despite disciplined dieting on everything from Atkins to Zone, he couldn’t lose weight, until he began to understand why his body wanted to be fat. Speaking at the American Holistic Medical Association’s annual conference, he shared lessons learned on his journey back to fitness.

Is Diabetes an Environmental Illness?

By Staff Writer - Vol. 8, No. 4. Winter, 2007

PORTLAND, OR—Few people think of type 2 diabetes as being an "environmental" disease. But new data, recently published in prominent diabetes journals, point to an etiologic connection between exposure to "persistent organic pollutants (POPs)" and risk of diabetes, said John Peterson "Pete" Myers, at the annual meeting of the American Holistic Medical Association.

Ecology and Public Health: Healing the Web of Life

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 8, No. 4. Winter, 2007

PORTLAND, OR—Environmental issues are inseparable from health care issues, and holistically minded physicians need to step up and assume leadership in the effort to reverse environmental degradation.

Hypothyroidism: Very Common But Easily Missed

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 8, No. 4. Winter, 2007

Hypothyroidism is very common, and it has serious health consequences, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, menorrhagia, infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, depression, psoriasis, and urticaria. But you'll often miss it if you rely solely on conventional diagnostic criteria.