What the Helminth! Are “Purposeful Parasites” The Next Probiotics?

By Megan Copeland, MS, CNS, Contributing Writer

Helminth HymenolepsisNew to helminth therapy? Pull up a chair, it’s about to get dirty.

If the idea of utilizing parasitic worms as immune system modulators makes you squirm, you’re certainly not alone. Sure it sounds strange, but the use of “purposeful parasites” is not as far-fetched as it seems.

Researchers like William Parker, PhD, of the Division of Surgical Sciences at Duke University, believe certain types of helminths can be helpful in treating immunological, gastrointestinal, autoimmune, and even cognitive disorders.

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A Role for N-Acetyl Cysteine in Treating Parkinson's Disease

Written by Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

People with Parkinson’s disease may benefit from supplementation with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University recently showed that Parkinson’s patients who took NAC daily for three month showed significant improvements of mental and physical abilities, as well as beneficial changes on brain imaging. 

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New Bills Urge Wider Federal Coverage of Supplements, Medical Foods

Written by Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Two new pieces of federal legislation propose to expand access to vital health supports for millions of low-income Americans. If passed, the bills will make crucial medical foods and dietary supplements available to individuals and families who otherwise struggle to afford them.

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Susan Blum, MD: Actualizing “Food as Medicine” in Real-World Practice

Written by Administrator

Food is medicine: It’s easy to say. To make it work in a modern medical practice is not quite so simple.

"Dr. Susan Blum is a leader in applying the principles of functional medicine to the care of people with autoimmune diseases. The Blum Center for Health, her thriving clinic in Rye Brook, NY, is a prime example of a new practice model that supports a truly holistic approach.

In this video, from the Heal Thy Practice 2014 conference, Dr. Blum gives an inside "nuts & bolts" look at her practice and shares key lessons she learned along the way.

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