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"Honey, I Shrunk the Wound": Manuka Honey Checks Infection, Speeds Healing

By Lee Lipsenthal, MD - Vol. 5, No. 3. Fall, 2004

Honey contains substances that inhibit bacterial infections and when applied topically, can help speed the healing of wounds. In particular, honey produced by bees feeding on the flowers of New Zealand's Manuka trees is best at promoting wound healing.

Xylitol Can Reduce Need for Antibiotics in Otitis, Upper Respiratory Infections

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 3. Fall, 2004

A new nasal spray containing xylitol, a naturally occurring compound, can greatly reduce the ability of pathogenic bacteria to grow in the sinuses and throught. This can eliminate many ear and upper respiratory infections without the need for antibiotics.

Oregano Oil Proves Effective Against Coronavirus

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 4. Winter, 2003

Oil of oregano, a powerful natural antimicrobial, was able to eliminate human coronavirus, the virus thought to be responsible for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Lycopene Has Health Benefits Beyond Prostate Cancer Prevention

By Stacey J. Bell, DSc, RD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 2. Summer, 2007

A recent National Cancer Institute sponsored study has challenged the notion that increased lycopene consumption can prevent prostate cancer. But on closer analysis of the data, that conclusion is hardly written in stone. A wealth of other research shows that this valuable nutrient, found abundantly in tomatoes, can lower blood pressure, reduce cardiac events, and even protect against sunburn.

Columbia's Center for Holistic Urology Tests New Botanicals for Prostate Disease

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 4, No. 3. July, 2003

Aaron Katz, MD, and his colleagues at the Center for Holistic Urology at New York's Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, are studying a number of herbal medicines and nutraceuticals with potential to improve men's urogenital health. They are particularly excited about Zyflamend, a new herbal combination containing turmeric, ginger, holy basil, and others, that appears to inhibits prostate cancer cell growth and reduces inflammation.

Demise of PC-SPES Angers Prostate Cancer Patients

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 3, No. 2. June, 2002

PC-SPES, a supplement advertised as a botanical medicine for prostate problems, was wildly popular among men with prostate cancer, largely because it seemed to work when pharmaceutical options did not. PC-SPES turned out to contain DES and warfarin, and was pulled from the market by California authorities, triggering outrage in the prostate cancer community.

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.

Raising Vitamin D vs. Reducing Skin Cancer: Are They Mutually Exclusive Goals?

By Michael Traub, ND & Monica Scheel, MD - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2009

As we've learned more about the importance of vitamin D in preventing heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes and depression, some people have begun to challenge skin cancer reduction efforts focused on sun avoidance. But careful review of the science shows that oral vitamin D supplements can more than compensate for any vitamin D lost through sun-avoidance. For light skinned people, sun protection makes most sense---just make sure to use eco-friendly products.

Making Sense of Bioidentical Hormones

By Michael Traub, ND, FABNO - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

Use of bioidentical hormones - estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone derived from plants such as soy or yam - has grown rapidly over the last decade. According to a new FDA rule, claims that bioidentical hormones are safer or more effective than conventional HRT are false and misleading. The issue has become one of the hottest women's health controversies.

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.