Naturopathic Perspective

The Naturopathic Approach for Psoriasis

By Michael Traub, ND & Monica Scheel, MD - Vol. 8, No. 2. , 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.

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

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

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Seafood Safety Reports Make Big Splash

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

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Every Symptom Tells a Story: Guided Imagery in Clinical Practice

By Marty Rossman, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 4. , 2006

How someone envisions his or her health problems can give clues to deeper issues that keep them from optimal health. Martin Rossman, MD, an expert in guided imagery, explains how to use imagery to improve health outcomes.

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AMA Gears Up to Fight ND Licensure and Doctors of Nursing Practice

By Michael Traub, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 3. , 2006

American Medical Association is formalizing a position statement that directly opposes state licensure for graduates of the nation’s four-year naturopathic medical schools. The resolution, drafted by AMA delegates in Florida, where NDs have come close to winning a licensure bill, is one of several recent moves by the AMA aimed at curtailing the growth of the naturopathic and nursing professions.

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Surgically Significant Supplements

By Monica Scheel, MD & Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 7, No. 2. , 2006

There are many misconceptions about the relative safety, risk, and efficacy of herbs and nutritional supplements for patients requiring surgery. Drs. Traub and Scheel set the record straight on Ginkgo, Vitamin E, Bromelain, Zinc and others.

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What Is the Connection Between Skin Care Products and Breast Cancer?

By Monica Scheel, MD & Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 7, No. 1. , 2006

The average American woman applies 12 cosmetics and body care products every day. Unfortunately, most of these are loaded with parabens and phthalates, synthetic preservatives and texturizers that may be linked to breast cancer. Drs. Traub and Scheel review the science on this issue, and offer less toxic cosmetic options.

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Is Homocysteine Dead?

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 6, No. 4. , 2005

There are some major design flaws in the NORVIT trial, which suggested that there’s little cardiovascular benefit to lowering homocysteine with folic acid therapy. Don’t throw out your folic acid yet!

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L-Arginine Improves Vascular Function

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 6, No. 3. , 2005

L-arginine is an amino acid that the body converts into nitric acid, resulting in relaxation of blood vessel walls and improved blood flow. Supplementation with a new sustained release form of L-arginine can reduce cardiovascular disease risk.

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Naturopathic Principles for the Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis

By Michael Traub, ND and Monica Scheel, MD - Vol. 6, No. 2. , 2005

While conventional treatment of atopic dermatitis focuses on suppressing the overactive immune system, the naturopathic approach looks at the underlying triggers of immune system hyperactivity. In many cases, this includes food sensitivities.

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