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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29874199/effect-of-bacillius-coagulans-and-galactomannans-on-obese-patients-undergoing-sleeve-gastrectomy-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Fay Kazzi, Noha Daher, Grenith Zimmerman, Manuel Garcia, Nicholas Schmidt, Keith Scharf
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of probiotics and prebiotics (LactoWise®) on weight loss, blood pressure, and clinical lab values in morbidly obese patients undergoing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG). Materials Methods: Sixty patients undergoing LSG were recruited to participate in the study and randomized into either a LactoWise® or placebo group. The LactoWise® group (LWG) received 4.5 billion live cells of bacillus coagulans and galactomannans (300 mg); the placebo group received 600 mg of calcium citrate yielding 126 mg of elemental calcium...
June 6, 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29859509/nathan-bryan-phd-addressing-the-root-of-vascular-disease-with-nitric-oxide
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Andrew W Campbell, Nathan Bryan
No Abstract Available.
May 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29477136/canine-assisted-therapy-as-an-adjunct-tool-in-the-care-of-the-surgical-patient-a-literature-review-and-opportunity-for-research
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Lauren Folgosa Cooley, Sandra B Barker
The use of canine-assisted therapy (CAT) in healthcare is expanding and the purpose of this review is to highlight its potential use in the surgical patient. While CAT literature to date has detailed widespread benefits in blood pressure control and improving pain, anxiety, and stress, little research has been performed specifically in surgical patients who may benefit significantly from CAT interventions. Critical points highlighted herein are as follows: (1) Hypertension is common and significantly increases morbidity and mortality associated with elective surgery...
May 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29477135/potential-of-anthocyanin-to-prevent-cardiovascular-disease-in-diabetes
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Almottesembellah Abdalruhman Gaiz, Sapha Mosawy, Natalie Colson, Indu Singh
Context • Type 2 diabetes mellitus is an independent precipitating factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Heart disease is one of the leading causes of mortality in patients with diabetes, mainly due to macrovascular complications, such as atherosclerosis. Although aspirin is a frequently used therapy for the inhibition of platelet hyperactivity, many studies suggest that aspirin resistance is rising. Objective • The study intended to investigate the benefits of anthocyanin (AC) as an antioxidant with inhibitory effects on platelets and, consequently, its potential usefulness as complementary antiplatelet therapy to attenuate the negative effects of atherosclerosis and CVD in patients with diabetes...
May 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29477134/a-novel-combination-therapy-for-patients-with-dry-eye-disease-a-pilot-study
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Will Smith, David McMahon, Maria Nymark
Context • Approximately 25% of the US population suffers from dry eyes or some abnormality of the exposed ocular surface. Investigation of effective modalities for their management is needed. Objective • The study intended to examine the efficacy of a proprietary, daily, Dry Eye Protocol consisting of daily use of a moist, heated, ocular compress and intake of an omega-3 dietary supplement in treatment of ocular surface disease. Design • The research team designed a 4-wk, clinically based, open-label, multicenter cohort study...
May 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29428930/managing-hashimoto-s-thyroiditis-through-personalized-care-a-case-report
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Keren Dolan, Heather Finley, Margo Gasta, Sasha Houseman
Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) affects more than 14 million individuals in the United States, most of them women. Thyroid replacement therapy has long been the foundation of medical treatment for HT; however, recent research supports a role for nutritional approaches. This case report describes the management of a 34-y-old female with HT who declined thyroid replacement therapy and was successfully managed for a period of 5 mo. The patient was advised to follow a phytonutrient rich diet (eg, berries); avoid sensitive foods (gluten and soy); and consume quality fats, fermented foods, and filtered water...
May 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135458/immediate-effects-of-osteopathic-treatment-versus-therapeutic-exercise-on-patients-with-chronic-cervical-pain
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Xabier Galindez-Ibarbengoetxea, Igor Setuain, Robinson Ramírez-Velez, Lars L Andersen, Miriam González-Izal, Andoni Jauregi, Mikel Izquierdo
Context • Alternatives to medication for immediate pain relief are needed because long-term use of pain medication has been associated with adverse effects. High-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) manipulation techniques (MTs) and craniocervical flexion (CCF) exercises have been frequently used in the management of chronic cervical pain. Objective • The study intended to compare the immediate effects on pain of a treatment using HVLA manipulation versus one using a CCF exercise protocol. Design • The research team designed a single-blinded, randomized clinical trial...
May 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135456/probiotics-and-their-use-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Muhammad Amer, Muhammad Nadeem, Saeed Ur Rashid Nazir, Maira Fakhar, Fatima Abid, Qurat-Ul Ain, Elliyah Asif
Context • Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis result in similar gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, including pain, diarrhea, stools with mucus or blood, and ulceration or tissue damage within the alimentary canal. Gut microbiota play a crucial role in triggering, maintaining, and exacerbating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Probiotics might help to rebalance the gut flora in a positive way, shifting from pro- to anti-inflammatory. Objectives • The study intended to investigate the safety and use of probiotics and the biological effects of probiotic bacteria on IBD...
May 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101776/the-effects-of-massage-by-mothers-on-mother-infant-attachment
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Mahnaz Shoghi, Soroor Sohrabi, Mahboobe Rasouli
Context • Transferring a newborn to the intensive care unit due to a premature birth is a major obstacle in the establishment of emotional attachment between a mother and her child. Researchers believe that the formation and continuation of such an attachment have a profound effect on the child's mental development and behavior in the coming years of life. Not all studies have agreed, however, that skin contact alone, such as massage provides, can improve attachment. Objective • The aim of this study was to determine the effects on maternal attachment behaviors of infants hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of massage provided by mothers for their premature neonates...
May 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055284/multiple-sampling-and-saf-fixative-triple-faeces-testing-for-dysbiosis-and-pathogenic-infections-of-the-gastrointestinal-tract-case-report
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Johanna Mauss, Michelle Retz, Roger Dilts, Jeffrey Langland
The classic presentation of acute gastrointestinal (GI) parasitic infection including fever, diarrhea, nausea, and/or abdominal pain is not always a reliable measure. In these cases, parasitic infections require sensitive stool testing to be identified and treated effectively. The standard practice for stool analysis typically requires 3 separate stool specimens to be collected on 3 separate days to overcome the possibility of misdiagnosis due to intermittent shedding. Nonetheless, this practice is not often utilized due to very short periods of sample viability, which often leads to patient misdiagnosis...
May 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29428928/new-concepts-of-chronic-pain-and-the-potential-role-of-complementary-therapies
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Ken Wojcikowski, Vanessa J Vigar, Christopher J Oliver
Context • The mechanisms of chronic pain involve complex neuroplastic changes at all 3 orders of neurons involved in the transmission of pain as well as changes in the descending inhibitory pathway. Although traditional pharmaceutical therapies have some efficacy, substantial scope exists for a new model of individualized therapy, tailored to the specific response of each patient. Because changes occur at all levels of the pain pathway, successful treatment may require a combination of therapies with different mechanisms of action...
March 10, 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29859508/rebuttal-to-aung-et-al-associations-of-omega-3-fatty-acid-supplement-use-with-cardiovascular-disease-risks-meta-analysis-of-10-trials-involving-77-917-individuals
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332023/autonomic-response-testing-compared-with-immunoglobulin-e-allergy-panel-test-results-preliminary-report
#13
Autumn Frandsen, Mark McClure, Myung Kyu Chung, Patrick J LaRiccia
Context • Chronically ill patients who have failed standard medical assessment and therapies are often assessed by integrative medical providers for atypical manifestations of allergies as the possible source or contributing factor(s) to their condition. Skin testing and immunoglobulin E (IgE) allergy panels increase the cost of care in these patients. Objective • The objective of this study was to determine the accuracy of autonomic response testing (ART) as compared with IgE allergy panel blood tests...
March 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055287/efficacy-and-tolerability-of-high-dose-pelargonium-extract-in-patients-with-the-common-cold
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David S Riley, Viktor G Lizogub, Andrea Zimmermann, Petra Funk, Walter Lehmacher
Context • The common cold (CC) is usually caused by a viral infection. Antibiotics are often prescribed unnecessarily for it, although no evidence exists for any benefit in the CC. Effective alternatives are needed. Objective • The study intended to evaluate the efficacy of 7630, a proprietary extract of Pelargonium sidoides, the active ingredient in umckaloabo, compared with a placebo for the treatment of the CC. Design • This was a prospective, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled, phase 3 clinical trial (RCT), with an adaptive group-sequential design with 2 parts, both of which were 2-arm trials...
March 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987077/remission-of-schizoaffective-disorder-using-homeopathic-medicine-2-case-reports
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Diane E Grise, Tara Peyman, Jeffrey Langland
Context • Research on the schizophrenia spectrum is primarily focused on pharmaceutical interventions, although alternative treatments have been gaining increasing popularity in recent years because patients are seeking treatments that are effective and have reduced side effects. A significant body of evidence already exists supporting the effectiveness of homeopathy to treat a wide array of illnesses. Objective • The research team intended to demonstrate the need for using both alternative and conventional treatments to improve clinical outcomes in the treatment of schizoaffective disorder...
March 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987076/potential-facilitators-and-barriers-to-awareness-of-n-of-1-trials-for-physicians-in-traditional-chinese-medicine
#16
Jiang Li, Dang Wei, Junqiang Niu, Min Yang, Long Ge, Xiaoqin Wang, Wenzhen Yuan, Jinhui Tian, Hongcai Shang, Jingbo Zhai, Kehu Yang, Min Dai
Context • N-of-1 trials are multiple crossover trials with randomized and blinded methods, conducted with a single participant to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of a therapy. They can be a helpful tool for enriching clinical research for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), but the approach has gained little traction in TCM. Information is needed before supporters of the trials can pursue a change to that status. Objective • The study intended to obtain data needed to support TCM clinicians' adoption of N-of-1 trials...
March 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987075/whooping-cough-alleviated-by-homeopathic-medicines-a-case-report
#17
Youngran Chung
Context • Pertussis cough (whooping cough) is distressing due to the intensity and chronicity of its cough. No specific drugs are available that can alleviate the cough's intensity or significantly shorten its duration. Homeopathic medicines are used for a wide variety of medical conditions, including cough. Objective • The study investigated the benefits of homeopathic medicines for whooping cough, to alleviate the cough's intensity and to shorten its duration. Design • The current study was a case series of patients with whooping cough...
March 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647729/analgesic-effects-of-diluted-bee-venom-acupuncture-mediated-by-%C3%AE-opioid-and-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptors-in-osteoarthritic-rats
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Jeong-Eun Huh, Byung-Kwan Seo, Jung-Woo Lee, Yeon-Cheol Park, Yong-Hyeon Baek
Context • Pain from osteoarthritis is associated with peripheral nociception and central pain processing. Given the unmet need for innovative, effective, and well-tolerated therapies, many patients, after looking for more satisfactory alternatives, decide to use complementary and alternative modalities. The analgesic mechanism of subcutaneous injections of diluted bee venom into an acupoint is thought to be part of an anti-inflammatory effect and the central modulation of pain processing. Objectives • Using the rat model of collagenase-induced osteoarthritis (CIOA), the study intended to investigate the analgesic effects of bee venom acupuncture (BVA) as they are related to the acupuncture points and dosage used and to determine whether the analgesic mechanisms of BVA for pain were mediated by opioid or adrenergic receptors...
March 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646806/potential-of-probiotics-in-hypercholesterolemia-a-review-of-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-findings
#19
Smriti Sharma, Seema Puri, Anura V Kurpad
Context • Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a major public health problem in developing and developed countries. Elevated cholesterol levels, especially low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and the emergence of CHD, have been positively correlated in many clinical and epidemiological studies. The health benefits of probiotics have received a great deal of attention, including their blood cholesterol-lowering effects on humans. Objective • The research team intended to determine the current state of research examining the effects of various probiotic strains on lipid profiles, including measures in serum of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol...
March 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29477139/effects-of-thymol-a-natural-phenolic-compound-on-human-gastric-adenocarcinoma-cells-in-vitro
#20
Ayse Günes-Bayir, Abdurrahim Kocyigit, Eray Metin Güler, Huriye Senay Kiziltan
Context • Alternative and complementary medicine has gained importance in anticancer treatment, reflecting a movement toward an integrated approach to treating various diseases. Natural products originating from plants can contain biologically active substances. Thymol is a major component of many plants from the family Lamiaceae that are often used for medicinal and culinary purposes in Mediterranean countries. Objective • The purpose of the present study was to investigate thymol's cytotoxic, genotoxic, apoptotic effects on gastric adenocarcinoma (AGS) cells, including measurement of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and glutathione (GSH) levels at the same time...
February 24, 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
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