Naturopathic Perspective

Lifestyle Change: Preventive Medicine's Biggest Challenge

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 5, No. 2. Spring, 2004

Helping patients to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes is one of the biggest challenges facing prevention-minded physicians. It is also one of the most important aspects of medical practice. The naturopathic disciplines are uniquely suited to helping patients make the shift.

Insurance Coding: Unprecedented Opportunities

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 5, No. 2. Summer, 2004

The appointment of a naturopathic doctor to the AMA's CPT advisory committee has provided the naturopathic profession with an entr

The Naturopathic Medical Research Agenda

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 5, No. 3. Fall, 2004

Much of the research in "complementary and alternative medicine," has been done by investigators with little experience practicing the therapies they study. Over the last few years, leaders in the naturopathic community have developed an agenda for naturopathic research which better reflects the unique features of naturopathic practice.

Alternatives to Flu Shots

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 5, No. 4. Winter, 2004

The widespread lack of flu vaccines has many people looking for naturopathic ways to prevent and treat the flu. Elderberry, Ginseng, Echinacea, Vitamin C and many other botanical and nutritional products can help.

Combining Natural Medicines and Conventional Cancer Treatment: Hard Questions, Complex Answers

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 6, No. 1. Spring, 2005

Can antioxidant vitamins and immune-system enhancing herbs be combined with conventional chemo- and radiation therapy for cancer? This is one of the most hotly debated topics in cancer care. There are no simple cut and dry answers, but if oncologists and natural medicine practitioners work together, they can usually tailor a comprehensive treatment plan that will benefit their patients.

Naturopathic Principles for the Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis

By Michael Traub, ND and Monica Scheel, MD - Vol. 6, No. 2. Summer, 2005

While conventional treatment of atopic dermatitis focuses on suppressing the overactive immune system, the naturopathic approach looks at the underlying triggers of immune system hyperactivity. In many cases, this includes food sensitivities.

L-Arginine Improves Vascular Function

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 6, No. 3. Fall, 2005

L-arginine is an amino acid that the body converts into nitric acid, resulting in relaxation of blood vessel walls and improved blood flow. Supplementation with a new sustained release form of L-arginine can reduce cardiovascular disease risk.

Is Homocysteine Dead?

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter, 2005

There are some major design flaws in the NORVIT trial, which suggested that there's little cardiovascular benefit to lowering homocysteine with folic acid therapy. Don't throw out your folic acid yet!

What Is the Connection Between Skin Care Products and Breast Cancer?

By Monica Scheel, MD & Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 7, No. 1. Spring, 2006

The average American woman applies 12 cosmetics and body care products every day. Unfortunately, most of these are loaded with parabens and phthalates, synthetic preservatives and texturizers that may be linked to breast cancer. Drs. Traub and Scheel review the science on this issue, and offer less toxic cosmetic options.

Surgically Significant Supplements

By Monica Scheel, MD & Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 7, No. 2. Summer, 2006

There are many misconceptions about the relative safety, risk, and efficacy of herbs and nutritional supplements for patients requiring surgery. Drs. Traub and Scheel set the record straight on Ginkgo, Vitamin E, Bromelain, Zinc and others.