Functional Medicine

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk of Gestational Diabetes, Ecclampsia

By August West, Contributing Writer

Women who follow a Mediterranean diet pattern—high in fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts, whole grains, legumes, and fish, but low in saturated fats, red meat, and processed foods—have a markedly lower risk of gestational diabetes, eclampsia, pre-eclampsia, and other adverse outcomes of pregnancy. That’s the key signal from a new study of nearly 8,000 geographically, […]

Confronting the Challenge Of Pharmaceutical Pollution

By Erik Goldman

The world has a drug problem. A drug pollution problem, that is. Infiltration of potentially bioactive drug metabolites into waterways and groundwater is a widespread and growing phenomenon affecting nearly every region of the planet. According to a recent worldwide study, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) have been detected in streams and rivers on every continent, […]

One in Every Two IBD Patients Is Zinc Deficient

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

One in every two people with irritable bowel disease (IBD) is zinc-deficient, according to a recent systematic review of nine studies representing more than 2,400 IBD patients. The prevalence of zinc deficiency, based on serum zinc measurements, was higher among those with Crohn’s disease (CD), affecting 54% of the patients in this subgroup, versus 41% […]

Botanical Medicine Research Roundup

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

Research on medicinal herbs and phytochemicals continues to surge worldwide. Here are summaries of a few of the recent studies that grabbed our attention here at Holistic Primary Care. Horsetail Extract Matches Thiazide for BP Regulation A standardized extract of Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) produced clinically and statistically significant reductions in both systolic and diastolic blood […]

Smell Training with Herbal Oils Could Restore Olfaction Post-Covid

By Erik Goldman

Loss of olfaction is one of the most common and vexing sequelae of Covid-19, often persisting for many months after the acute phase of the infection. The vast majority of Covid patients experience some degree of olfactory impairment, and roughly one quarter fully lose the sense of smell (anosmia) during the acute phase of the […]

Framingham Data Link High Omegas with Better Midlife Brain Health

By Erik Goldman

New data from the third generation of the Framingham Heart Study indicate that higher red blood cell Omega-3 concentrations correlate with healthier brain structure and better cognitive function in midlife. The study also suggests that the effects of Omega-3 fatty acids on the brain are mediated, to some degree by apolipoprotein-E (APOE) genotype. “In multivariable […]

In Leaky Gut, Bovine IgGs Can Minimize Autoimmune Triggers

By Kareem Kandil, MD, ND, Contributing Writer

People with gastrointestinal symptoms and immune system dysfunction represent one of the fastest-growing and most clinically challenging patient subsets. This constellation of problems can manifest as chronic fatigue syndrome, small bowel bacterial and/or fungal overgrowth (SIBO/SIFO), and autoimmunity. It’s estimated that over 50 million Americans suffer from at least one autoimmune condition. The current healthcare […]

Hormone Replacement Therapy & Bone Health: Cyplexinol Nutritional Support

By Erik Goldman

Hormone Replacement Therapy & Bone Health: Cyplexinol Nutritional Support On average bone density decreases by 10% in women during the five years of menopause due to changes in estrogen. While Hormone Replacement Therapy offers support in maintaining bone health, there can be a precipitous loss when women discontinue HRT. Along with the decline in estrogen, […]

New Research Points to the Gut As Key for Depression Treatment

By Chad Larson, NMD, DC, and Mark Engelman, MD, Contributing Writers

They say the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach. The same could be said about a person’s brain. With all that we’re now learning about the gut-brain axis, it is becoming clear that mood, cognitive function, sleep cycles, and many other aspects of our psychological health are directly influenced by factors originating […]

The Truth About Melatonin: Dosing, Quality, and Clinical Uses

By Deanna Minich, PhD, Contributing Writer

Over the last five years, melatonin has become one of the world’s most popular dietary supplements, with global sales topping $1.5 billion. An endogenous neurohormone, melatonin also functions as an antioxidant, chemopreventive, and anti-inflammatory molecule. It is most commonly known for sleep promotion, but it has other clinical uses, including immune health support, adjunctive treatment […]