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TOP READ Echinacea & Elderberry Reduces Flu Duration

The coincidental timing of holiday air travel and flu season poses an increased health risk for patients. Two new studies on elderberry or a combination of Echinacea purpurea and elderberry may reduce the duration and severity of symptoms from colds and flu. The first study examined the use of elderberry for travel related respiratory illness.  […]

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Influenza Vaccine in Elderly: Nutritional Status-Dependent Immunogenicity

The immune response to influenza vaccine is attenuated in elderly persons, though they are at greatest risk for morbidity and mortality by influenza virus infection. Experimental studies demonstrate that co-administration of L-cystine and L-theanine enhanced antigen-specific production of immunoglobulin in aged mice infected with influenza virus. This study thus investigated (more…)To gain access to this […]

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Infrared Light Irradiation on Retinal Artery, Vein Blood Flow & Atherosclerosis-inducing Factors

In this small pilot study, published in Integrative Medicine Research (Dec. 2017), researchers evaluated the influence of pinpoint plantar long-wavelength infrared light irradiation (stress-free therapy; SFT) on chorioretinal hemodynamics (retinal artery and vein blood flows) as well as its influences on atherosclerosis-inducing factors (triglycerides; TG, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol; LDL-C, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol; HDL-C), and vascular […]

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Attenuation of Natural Killer T-Cells with Cystine & Theanine

Men who perform resistance training 3 times a week for at least 6 months tend to have lower T-helper cell counts than non–resistance trained men. In addition, the natural killer (NK) cell count, an index of innate immunity, has been shown to decrease below the resting value after submaximal resistance (more…)To gain access to this […]

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Larch Arabinogalactan and Immune Response

In 2013, a study, Immunomodulatory Effects of ResistAid™: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Multidose Study, evaluated the ability of a proprietary arabinogalactan extract from the larch tree (ResistAid™, Lonza Ltd., Basel, Switzerland) to change the immune response in healthy adults to a standardized antigenic challenge of tetanus and influenza vaccines in (more…)To gain access to this […]

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Double Blind Randomized Trial: L-Cystine, L-Theanine and the Common Cold

The common cold, an acute infection properly known as “cold syndrome,” is the most common human illness. The majority of cases of cold syndrome are acute infections of the upper respiratory tract, and its major cause is viral infection. Conventional methods of treatment use medications, such as analgesic agents and antihistamines, but these are only […]

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Genotyping May Minimize the Need for Liver Transplants

Genotyping could help minimize the need for liver transplants.  Winston Dunn, MD associate professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dunn, the study lead author, presented evidence at the annual Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017 conference, showing that genotyping of patients with advanced cirrhosis from hepatitis C virus could help health-care professionals predict the likelihood […]

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Webinar: A Genomic Approach To Cardiovascular Disease

Webinar by Genoma International. Sherry is a 53 year-old female with a family history of cardiovascular disease. She was proactive about her approach to health, physically active, and ate a balanced diet. When she was found to have significantly elevated LDL cholesterol on a routine checkup, she switched to a completely plant-based diet. After 6 months, her […]

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Reader Question: At what age, what circumstances, presenting pathologies, and/or family history should one undergo genetic testing?

QUESTION:  At what age and what circumstances or presenting pathologies or family history with certain pathologies should one undergo genetic testing? For instance, let’s say a patient had a grandparent who had colitis and died in his 70s from an adenocarcinoma, but his parents did not have any colitis or intestinal disorders. And, a colonoscopy at […]

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Genomic Toolbox: Four Full-Text Studies on Using Genomic Sequencing in Your Integrative Medical Practice

In this article, Today’s Practitioner provides four full-text studies and opinion columns to help you organize your own genomic toolbox. Click on the respective title for the complete text document. 1. Nutrigenomics: The Potential to Optimize Chronic Disease with SNP-Based Dietary Recommendations, by Lara Pizzorno, MA, MDiv, LMT, published in (more…)To gain access to this […]

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Patient Handout on Biochemical Individuality

The following is a free patient handout by John Neustadt, ND, and Steve Pieczenik, MD, PhD. Originally published in Integrative Medicine, a Clinicians Journal, this downloadable information sheet explains to patients how biochemical individuality refers to the unique nutritional needs each person has based on their genetics, lifestyle, and environmental exposure to various stresses. This […]

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Two Studies with Full Text Downloads on Genetic Variants and Their Health Associations

The following are studies with full text downloads that focus on genetic variants and how they affect serum concentrations of important nutrients, such as lycopene, selenium and others. A Common Variant in the SETD7 Gene Predicts Serum Lycopene Concentrations By Christopher R. D’Adamo, et al published in J. Nutrients, Feb. 2016 ABSTRACT / Dietary intake […]

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Audio Case Study: Nutrigenomics and Heart Disease

Have you considered how nutrigenomics and heart disease might be what you need for ideal integrative cardio care? In this podcast from This Week in America with Ric Bratton, Bobbi Kline MD, board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, nutrigenomics expert and co-founder of Genoma International, discusses how nutrigenomics can play a role in uncovering hidden errors in DNA that […]

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Diabetes Remission Without Drugs is Possible, says New Lancet Study

Diabetes remission, without drugs, is possible, according to this just published Lancet study. Researchers found that nearly half of of the study subjects achieved and maintained diabetes remission at one year without anti-diabetic medications. Subjects with diabetes for as long as 6 years were able to reverse diabetes following an 8-week, low-calorie diet and intensive-weight […]

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Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.: Why Soy Isoflavones Don’t Work for Many Menopausal Women

Letter from Tieraona Low Dog, M.D: If you’re like me, you’ve probably noticed that some of your patients get great results from eating soy or taking soy isoflavones for relief of menopausal symptoms. Yet for other patients, these approaches are ineffective. Have You Wondered Why Soy Isoflavones Don’t Always Work? I did. I was puzzled […]

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Shorter Influenza A Duration with Lianhuaqingwen

Rapid antigenic evolution in an influenza virus increases the likelihood of emergence of novel strains. Under the circumstances, if vaccines are not yet available, treatment plays a crucial role in control of the disease. In this meta-analysis, the authors have compared the efficacy and safety of Lianhuaqingwen capsule (LHQW-C) and (more…)To gain access to this […]

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