Functional Medicine

UPShots Clinical Research Roundup

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

Research on diet, nutraceuticals, and herbal medicine continues to grow worldwide. Here are summaries of a few recent studies that have grabbed our attention at Holistic Primary Care. Cinnamon Fosters Weight Loss in Type 2 Diabetes A gram of cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia), thrice daily, promoted weight loss and lowered hemoglobin A1c levels in a small […]

Shiitake Mushrooms: Make Sure They’re Well-Cooked

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

Shiitake mushrooms (Lentinula edodes) are a healthful and nutritious culinary delight—provided they’re cooked thoroughly. Eaten raw or undercooked, however, they can trigger a florid dermatitis in some people. A recent case report in the New England Journal of Medicine provides an important reminder of the possibility of this uncommon but dramatic reaction. Drs. Eglė Janušonytė […]

Maternal Marijuana Use is Bad News for Baby

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

Use of marijuana during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, significantly raises the risk of preterm birth, low birth weight, and perinatal complications that require neonatal intensive care. Those are the main conclusions of a massive metanalysis and systematic review of 57 studies looking at the impact of in utero cannabis exposure. Combined, the studies […]

Aspartame Lingers, Triggers Insulin Secretion

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

Aspartame from artificially-sweetened soft drinks can linger in saliva, triggering insulin secretion long after the sweetener is swallowed. This, in turn, can cause blood glucose to drop resulting in appetite surges that nullify the alleged weight management benefits of the widely popular artificial sweetener. That’s the logical conclusion of a new study by Brasilian researchers […]

Clearing Psoriasis With High-Dose Vitamin D

By Erik Goldman

A small but compelling case series published last year suggests that mega-doses of vitamin D can yield dramatic improvement in the severity of longstanding psoriasis. And by “mega,” we mean doses as high as 60,000 IU per day. Renu Mahtani, a physician at the Autoimmunity Treatment Centre, Pune, India, together with Pradeep M.K. Nair of […]

Curcumin is Comparable to Omeprazole for Dyspepsia

By August West, Contributing Writer

Supplementation with 500 mg of curcumin, four times daily, is comparable to the drug omeprazole (Prilosec) for reducing symptoms of dyspepsia, according to a recent double-blind, head-to-head study published in the British Medical Journal’s Evidence-Based Medicine. Pradermchai Kongkam and colleagues at the Department of Internal Medicine, Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine, Bangkok, randomized 209 patients […]

Impact of Musculoskeletal Inflammation: Cyplexinol Regenerative Support

By Erik Goldman

Holistic practitioners are on the front line of musculoskeletal inflammation, with an intimate understanding of the long-term impact it can have on patient’s health, well-being, and quality of life. In this free webinar, the father and son chiropractic team of Drs. Frank and Matthew Cucolo explore the mechanism and impact of inflammation, and introduce the […]

Maternal Aspartame Consumption Linked to Autism Risk in Children

By Erik Goldman

Women who drink diet soda or consume other aspartame-containing products during pregnancy may be unwittingly putting their male children at risk for autism spectrum disorders. That’s the troubling signal from a new study of more than 350 maternal-child pairs, by Sharon Fowler, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio. […]

“Great Resignation” or Long Covid?

By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, Contributing Writer

Early in 2021, roughly one year after authorities declared Covid-19 a pandemic, a lot of people left their jobs, and business leaders began fretting about “the Great Resignation,” also known as “the Big Quit.” Politicians, economists, and social scientists offered a wide range of plausible explanations: people had gotten used to spending time at home […]

In Memoriam: Michael A. Stroka (November 5, 1969 – June 14, 2023)

By Erik Goldman

Holistic Primary Care honors the fruitful life, and laments the untimely death, of Michael A. Stroka, co-founder and CEO of the American Nutrition Association (ANA). A tireless advocate for the principle of Food-as-Medicine, Stroka accomplished much in his 53 years. With combined JD and MBA degrees from the University of Virginia, Michael began his career […]