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Challenged by MS, the "Spice-Trekkers" Discover Their Own Culinary Medicine

By Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

Philippe and  Ethné de Vienne an explorer by nature. He and his wife Ethné travel the world, sourcing organic spices and herbs where they’re grown. That’s their job as the owners of the Montreal-based spice company, Épices de Cru. But five years ago, when Philippe was suddenly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, their search took a very different turn--one that led to important discoveries about how to use foods and spices to alter the course of serious autoimmune diseases.

IM4US: Challenging Economic Disparities in Integrative Medicine

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Integrative medicine offers immeasurable value in treating a multitude of health conditions. But the steep price of holistic services, and the fact that most are not covered by either federal  payors or private insurance, makes them inaccessible to many people, especially in poor and medically underserved communities. One health justice organization is working to change all of that.

What Common Blood Tests Reveal About Cancer Risk

By Nalini Chilkov, LAc, OMD, Contributing Writer

While there is no simple blood test for predicting who will get cancer, there is a lot of information to be gleaned from basic blood work that, taken together, reveals much about an individual’s predispositions for many forms of cancer.

With Sioux Chef, Native Americans Rediscover Indigenous Foodways

By Ana Maria Puente, Contributing Writer

With a restaurant and catering company called Sioux Chef, an Oglala Lakota chef named Sean Sherman is helping Native American communities--and many other non-Natives--to discover the original indigenous foods of North America. Many native foods--things like cattail shoots, prairie turnips, choke cherries, prickly pears, rabbit and bison--are extremely healthy.

SAMe Equals Rx Drugs in Treatment of Depression

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

A recent literature review of S-Adenosyl-methionine (SAMe) is shedding new light on this unique compound in the treatment of depression and other neuropsychiatric disorders. In some studies, SAMe was equivalent in efficacy to Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs) and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) in reducing symptoms and improving quality of life.

Rhodiola: An Herbal Ally for Balancing Cortisol

By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contributing Writer

The combination of Rhodiola extract with two other adaptogenic herbs--Magnolia and Phellodendron—create a wonderful synergistic effect that addresses the cortisol/DHEA imbalance so rampant in the 21st century world.

To Reverse Alzheimer’s, Seek its Triggers: An Interview with Dale Bredesen, MD

By Erik Goldman, Editor

Alzheimer’s disease is largely preventable, and often reversible. Those are bold statements, especially from a conventionally-trained neurologist. But Dale Bredesen, MD, is used to challenging orthodox views. In this in-depth interview article, Dr. Bredesen shares his perspective--drawn from more than 30 years' clinical and research experience--on how to avert the "long goodbye" of dementia.

Prenatal Multivitamins May Reduce Autism Risk

By Jessica Waller, Contributing Writer

It’s long been known that maternal diet can influence pregnancy outcomes, and the effects of nutritional supplementation during pregnancy can have far-reaching benefits. A recent population-based observational study by an international team of American, Swedish and British researchers suggests that prenatal vitamin use (with and without folic acid) reduces risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children.