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Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Deficiencies & Potential Mechanisms in ADHD

Deficiency in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) has recently been investigated as a potential pathogenetic mechanism in ADHD ((Stevens et al, 1995). Although current pharmacotherapies, such as methylphenidate and atomoxetine, are able to improve ADHD symptoms, there is still about 20-40% of patients with ADHD who do not benefit

Legal Cannabis

Two JAMA Studies with Podcast: Legal Cannabis Reduces Opioid Prescribing

Recently the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published two studies and commentary on the relationship between legal cannabis use and opioid prescribing rates and patterns. We provide an 11-minute podcast from the authors and the study abstract summaries below. One study examines state implementation of medical and adult-use


Low Testosterone Levels Pose Disease Risk for Men of All Ages

It is well known that male testosterone levels decline with age, which can lead to sarcopenia, osteopenia and an increase in chronic disease risk, such as obesity, Type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But, what is the ideal level among men of various age groups? A new study, published in Scientific

Anti-Inflammatory Function of HDL Cholesterol

Omegas May Play a Role in Correcting Lipoprotein Patterns in Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome (MetSyn) is a multifaceted combination of cardiovascular disease risk factors and co-morbidities that include abdominal obesity, elevated triglycerides, mildly elevated blood pressure and fasting glucose, and low HDL-cholesterol.  Disagreements remain as to whether MetSyn risk factors act synergistically or independently. However the alterations in plasma triglycerides (TG) and


Seven-Year Meditation Study Shows Improved Attention Span into Old Age

As one ages, our attention span is often met with challenges of fatigue, attention lapses and fluctuations during prolonged sessions of concentration. Regular and intensive meditation, over the course of a lifetime, could help a person remain attentive and focused well into old age. “This study is the first to

coronary disease

A Retrospective Look at Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Coronary Disease

The commentary published on Today’s Practitioner from Jeffrey Bland PhD and Alex Vasquez, DO was met with widespread interest. In light of the response and the scientific flip flopping regarding Omega-3 fatty acids and coronary disease, it’s important to take retrospective look at a significant 2016 study, Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid

fish oil

More Controversy and Challenges to 2018 JAMA Fish Oil Study

Negative opinions on the conclusions continue in response to a recent Journal of the American Heart Association study, Associations of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplement Use with Cardiovascular Disease Risks. Jeff Bland, Ph.D. calls the JAMA fish oil study one of the most controversial in recent history. The meta-analysis reviewed 10

Are You in There? What’s Behind Autism?

All of our children are gifts, and this includes those with autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities. In this video, from a previous Clinical and Scientific Insights CASI conference, Nancy O’Hara MD says, “these children may be wrapped in many layers of wrapping paper. It is our job to try to

Omega-3 fatty acids reduce breast cancer risk in post-menopausal women

The anti-inflammatory effect of omega-3 fatty acids may lower the breast cancer risk of obese, post-menopausal women. A study published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids have a specific protective effect for obese, post menopausal women with dense breast tissue. Andrea Manni, professor and division chief of endocrinology,

Potential Inhibition of Cognitive Decline with B Vitamins & Omega-3s

This article, provided by our content partner Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED), discusses a previously unknown association related to the possible inhibition of progressive brain atrophy in mildly impaired elderly people with higher omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid intake and B-vitamins. Previously published in Fats of Life,

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Omega-3 May Improve Quality of Life for Pancreatic Cancer Patients

The addition of intravenous omega-3 fatty acids to anti-tumor medications for pancreatic cancer may improve quality of life (QOL) and clinical response, according to researchers from the University Hospitals of Leicester, UK. The authors report that the first clinical trial of intravenous (IV) ω-3FAs as a therapeutic agent in any

rheumatoid arthritis

Practice Model: Nutritional Program for Rheumatoid Arthritis

The following is an excerpt of the case study by Dan Lukaczer. As stated, this report is an example of how to develop a nutritional plan for RA and other forms of arthritis. This is based on the concept that research studies with RA patients have suggested that the clinical benefits from a dietary “prescription” may involve more than just the elimination of potentially antigenic proteins. Numerous adjunctive nutritional sources have been explored, and some have shown reproducible, consistent attenuation of symptoms. These include probiotics, fish oils, and antioxidants, which are briefly reviewed in the attached case study. By Dan Lukaczer, published in Integrative Medicine, Vol. 4, No. 2.

WHITE PAPER: Clinical Apps for Omega-7 & Omega-3 in Cardio Health

Omega-3 fatty acids have been widely studied for decades, with wellestablished benefits to maintaining multiple aspects of cardiovascular health. Emerging science on omega-7 fatty acids is also promising, specifically in regards to lipid metabolism. Content Courtesy of Metagenics, Clinical Applications of Omega-7 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Cardiovascular Health.

Organic dairy gets a healthy nod, more work ahead

By now you may have heard about a study from Washington State University that reports organic milk contains significantly higher concentrations of essential-fatty acids, compared to milk from cows on conventionally managed dairy farms. While this is not news to some, it is the first large-scale study of its type.

Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Integrative Treatments to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Recognizing the contribution and inter-relatedness of lipoprotein risk factors is critical to prioritizing treatment strategies for cardiovascular risk reduction. Lipoprotein factors still dominate risk for developing cardiovascular disease, including myocardial infarction. Some emerging risk factors such as C-reactive protein…

Mood and Microbes

Mood and Microbes, by Jane Foster, PhD

This three-part videos by Jane Foster, PhD, author, professor and leading expert in the microbiome, walks listeners through her research on mood and microbes and how this affects the gut-brain axis. In these three 15-minute videos, you will learn: What do we know about the microbiome? How do microbes communicate

neurobiology of stress

The Neurobiology of Stress

At the 2016 Neurobiology of Stress Workshop in Newport Beach, CA, a group of experts presented the symposium The Microbiome: Development, Stress, and Disease, published in Mammalian Genome. This report, coauthored by leading experts Jane Foster, PhD, John Crynan PhD and colleagues, summarizes and builds upon some of the key concepts


VIDEO: Case Study with Scot Bay, MD on Probiotics and Psychiatry

Do probiotics and psychiatry have a role to play in helping with mood disorders? In this video, from the 2018 Integrative Healthcare Symposium, Scot Bay, MD a practicing psychiatrist and host of Psychiatry Today’s weekly radio show, discusses four case studies for patients with depression and how a multi-species probiotic


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