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Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction is Associated with Improved Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

By Steven Rosenzweig, MD, Diane K. Reibel, PhD et al.

Psychological stress is linked with impaired glycemic control in diabetics and increased risk of diabetes mellitus. Physiological responses to stress, including increased glucose production, glucose mobilization and insulin resistance, could partially mediate this risk. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week group intervention shown to reduce stress-related symptoms in various patient populations, but the program is yet untested in diabetic cohorts. read more…

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Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, FACN, CNS: Functional Medicine Pioneer

Interview by Karolyn A. Gazella

Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, earned his bachelor degree in chemistry and biology from the University of California at Irvine. After receiving his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Oregon, Eugene, he became a chemistry professor at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. Dr Bland has also been the clinical laboratory director for the Bellevue Redmond Medical Laboratory in Washington State, the director of the Nutritional Supplement Research Laboratory at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, and president of the Seattle-based Northwest Academy of Preventive Medicine. Dr Bland also developed read more…

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The Importance of Functional Biomarkers In The Management of Chronic Illness

Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB

By the time a disease is diagnosed, significant pathology already exists. Medicine has historically focused its evolution on the refinement of the diagnosis of the specific pathology with which the patient presents. The ultimate objective of this medical paradigm is to establish a descriptive term for the pathology that we call a disease. The driving force in medicine is in establishing the differential diagnosis that then leads to an intervention or therapy acknowledged by the standard of practice to be specific to that disease. This medical model is based philosophically upon the assumption that read more…

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A Method for Describing and Evaluating Naturopathic Whole Practice

Patricia M. Herman, ND, MS; Karen J. Sherman, PhD, MPH; Janet H. Erro, RN, MN, PNP; Daniel C. Cherkin, PhD; Bruce Milliman, ND; Lizbeth A. Adams, PhD

Even though complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is generally practiced as distinct systems of medicine, virtually all CAM research has focused on single therapies.1-3 In order to more adequately evaluate the effectiveness of these medical systems, studies that characterize and evaluate the outcome of intact whole systems are needed. One challenge lies in defining the whole medical system (and any medical system it is compared to) in a way that ensures treatment read more…

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The Effects of A Short Program Of Detoxification in Disease-Free Individuals

Anna MacIntosh, PhD, ND, and Karen Ball, ND

Detoxification typically means easing the “drying out” process of an alcohol or drug addict. Traditional systems of medicine with a philosophy based on understanding and applying the wisdom of nature have, as part of their therapeutic armamentaria, included techniques of detoxification.1,2 These medical systems include Ayurvedic, yogic, and naturopathic medicine. In this paper, detoxification indicates techniques that are designed to enhance removal of all toxins from the human body. Using the broadest definition, toxins include exogenously and endogenously produced substances that, if left in the body, may cause harm or promote read more…

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