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For Psoriasis Patients, Olive Polyphenols May Provide Relief

By Staff Writer - Vol. 8, No. 2. , 2007

Polyphenols from olives, known to be potent antioxidants, can also down-regulate inflammation, and they’re proving effective in clearing psoriasis.

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Hispanic Communities Show Unique Patterns of Herb Use

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 3. , 2001

Use of herbal medicine is widespread in Latin American communities, according to a study by researchers at the University of Texas. People from Hispanic cultures tend to favor herbs in tea and tincture form, rather than as pills or capsules. They are also more likely to use herbal plasters, baths and poultices than members of other ethnic groups.

Collaboration for Healthcare Renewal Hosts Cost Effectiveness Work Group

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 2. , 2004

The Collaboration for Healthcare Renewal is a cross-disciplinary ad hoc action group dedicated to creating policy that fosters growth of integrative medicine. The organization recently launched a Cost Effectiveness Work Group to gather data showing the cost savings obtained from holistic health care strategies.

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Whole Grains Mean a Whole Lot Less Diabetes

By Staff Writer - Vol. 7, No. 4. , 2006

Daily consumption of magnesium-rich whole grains took a 30% bite out of the risk of diabetes among a cohort of more than 40,000 Black women, according to a recently published transatlantic study.

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Compound from Sweet Oranges Eases Pregnancy-Associated Hemorrhoids

By Staff Writer - Vol. 7, No. 1. , 2006

Hemorrhoids are a very common problem during pregnancy, affecting roughly 25% of all pregnant women. Diosmin, an anti-inflammatory and vasoconstrictive compound derived from a variety of Mediterranean sweet oranges, can safely reduce incidence and severity of hemorrhoids during pregnancy.

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HRT and Breast Cancer: Synthetic Progestins May Increase Risk

By Tori S. Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 1. , 2006

A massive French study suggests that the type of progesterone used in postmenopausal HRT is the decisive factor in determining the breast cancer risk associated with hormone therapy. Synthetic progestins appear to increase risk, while bio-identical progesterone does not. Digital mammography can improve detection of breast cancers in younger women with dense breasts, but the cost is high.

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Dietary Supplements in Children: The Who’s, What’s and Why’s of Childhood Supplement Use

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. , 2001

Market research from the Hartman Group, Bellevue, WA, indicates that 60% of parents surveyed indicated that doctors were the most important sources of information on dietary supplements for their children.

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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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Extracts of Coriolus Improve Survival in GI, Lung, Breast Cancer Patients

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. , 2001

The coriolus or “Turkey Tail” mushroom is a common denizen of dead tree stumps worldwide. But it is proving to be uncommon medicine for a number of cancer types. Used for centuries in Asian medicine, coriolus extracts are now being studied in modern medical settings.

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Why the Natural Products Industry Needs the FDA

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 9, No. 4. , 2008

The natural products industry has done a poor job of regulating itself thus far, making it difficult for many doctors who are committed to natural medicine to know which products they can trust. An overhaul of the regulatory system is long overdue.

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