Naturopathic Perspective

Naturopathic Principles for the Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis

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

L-Arginine Improves Vascular Function

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

Is Homocysteine Dead?

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter, 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!

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

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

Surgically Significant Supplements

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

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

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

Every Symptom Tells a Story: Guided Imagery in Clinical Practice

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

Natural Medicine & Healthcare Reform: Taking Our Places, Raising Our Voices

By Michael Traub, ND, FABNO - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

Health policy experts are concerned that health care reform efforts could be stymied by a severe lack of primary care doctors. The problem could be attenuated if those presiding over reform would allow the thousands of licensed or license-eligible naturopaths and other holistic non-MD practitioners help to shape and then participate in a reformed health care system.

Raising Vitamin D vs. Reducing Skin Cancer: Are They Mutually Exclusive Goals?

By Michael Traub, ND & Monica Scheel, MD - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2009

As we've learned more about the importance of vitamin D in preventing heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes and depression, some people have begun to challenge skin cancer reduction efforts focused on sun avoidance. But careful review of the science shows that oral vitamin D supplements can more than compensate for any vitamin D lost through sun-avoidance. For light skinned people, sun protection makes most sense---just make sure to use eco-friendly products.

Making Sense of Bioidentical Hormones

By Michael Traub, ND, FABNO - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

Use of bioidentical hormones - estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone derived from plants such as soy or yam - has grown rapidly over the last decade. According to a new FDA rule, claims that bioidentical hormones are safer or more effective than conventional HRT are false and misleading. The issue has become one of the hottest women's health controversies.