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Vitamin D: New Findings, New Questions

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 9, No. 2. Summer, 2008

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with everything from psoriasis and osteoporosis to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and autoimmune diseases. But the relationships may not be as simple as we'd like to believe. Neither is the relationship between sun exposure and vitamin D production in the skin.

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.

Sensitivity, Stress Reduction & Quelling Inflammation Are Keys to Managing Acne

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 8, No. 3. Fall, 2007

High-dose vitamin A, an inflammation-lowering diet, stress reduction and a healthy dose of kindness can go a long way toward reducing the physical and psychosocial impact of acne.

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.

Does C-reactive Protein Have a Place in the CVD Risk Pantheon?

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 8, No. 1. Spring, 2007

One of the hottest debates in cardiology for the past few years centers on the question of whether C-reactive protein is a meaningful risk indicator for heart disease. It clearly correlates with a tendency toward inflammation, but is it truly causative? Dr. Traub contends that even if there's no direct causal relationship, an elevated CRP is telling you that something's wrong---something that warrants attention.

Seafood Safety Reports Make Big Splash

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 7, No. 4. Winter, 2006

The issue of whether or not to eat fish has had a lot of people floundering in recent years. Many are concerned about mercury and other environmental toxins found in some fish. Two major reports, one from the Institute of Medicine, and another from researchers at Harvard insist that the health benefits of a fish-rich diet far outweigh the minimal risks. Enviro-groups contend that the reports are downplaying the pollution problem.

Institute of Medicine's Summit on Integrative Medicine: Revolution! Reform! Reimbursement?

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

Revolution and reform were major themes at the Institute of Medicine's historic Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Public Health. But it's another "R" word reimbursement that will determine what a reformed, integrated system will really deliver. IOM delegates called for a radical shift toward prevention and "wellness" but no one is sure how that transformation will be financed.

Natural Medicine & Healthcare Reform: Taking Our Places, Raising Our Voices

By Michael Traub, ND, FABNO - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

Health policy experts are concerned that health care reform efforts could be stymied by a severe lack of primary care doctors. The problem could be attenuated if those presiding over reform would allow the thousands of licensed or license-eligible naturopaths and other holistic non-MD practitioners help to shape and then participate in a reformed health care system.

IDA Medical Foundation Seeks to "Democratize" Prevention

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 9, No. 4. Winter, 2008

Cutting edge early risk detection tests and preventive medicine have become the privilege of the wealthy. Dr. James Ehrlich, a pioneer in cardiovascular risk assessment, hopes to change that with his new Identify Disease in Advance Foundation, which will bring state-of-the-art preventive medicine to people who can least afford it but would most benefit from it.

From "Health Care" to Healthful Caring

By Russell M. Jaffe, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 4. Winter, 2008

The US spends 99 cents of its health care dollar on end-stage treatment and hardly a penny on prevention; as a result we're facing an unprecedented burden of chronic disease that claims lives and threatens our economic future. Some of the best minds in medicine are now working to put proactive prevention at the center of American medicine.