The Integrative Therapeutics blog is your destination for staying current on topics within the integrative medicine community.
// Maxine Fidler, ND
To best understand the challenges faced in regard to lung function, it is important to consider respiratory function, healthy lung function during cooler weather, and enviromental factors which can influence function.
// Lauren Martin, MS, CNS
There are an abundance of immune system supplements on the market that claim to boost, enhance, or support the immune system and its ability to protect the body. Although many products make these claims, we have an obligation to dig deeper and determine what is in the product and how it affects the body.
// Danielle Smith Anderson, ND, MAc, LAc, RDH
Although flavonoids and bioflavonoids have long been incorporated into the care plans of many, individuals may be unaware of the role they play. The following are a few clarifications for what these plant powerhouses are, where they came from, and how to investigate them.
// Lauren Martin, MS, CNS
Quercetin, one of the most abundant flavonoids found in food, has become perhaps the most studied flavonoid today. This article identifies rich sources of quercetin and determines how much food needs to be consumed to equal the amount received through supplementation. This distinction has implications when looking to select a nutritional supplement.
// Jessica Pizano, MS, CNS
Most of us rarely think about snot or mucus production. Yet, it is always present. What is the point of having this viscous substance?
// Corey Schuler, RN, CNS, LN, DC and Amy Doyle, MS, CNS
Upper respiratory tract concerns are historically among the leading reasons for visits to primary care for both children and adults.1,2 Pelargonium sidoides is a potential solution to this challenge. A specific extract of Pelargonium sidoides has been studied to shorten the duration of upper respiratory tract irritations.
// Anne Thiel, ND
Quercetin is one of the thousands of phytochemicals, or phenolic compounds, naturally occurring in various plants. It is broadly classified as a flavonoid and more specifically as a flavonol. Quercetin is regarded as well tolerated when used appropriately. The absorption of dietary quercetin and any potential health benefits are influenced by the source and amount consumed, as well as bioavailability.9 Read more about the dosing ranges here.
// Sarah Cook, ND
Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid and dosing varies widely among clinical trials and in clinical practice. This blog post highlights some of the dosing options for glutamine and the function and risks of different dosage protocols.
// Christopher Oswald, DC, CNS, CFMP
Botanicals and herbs are consistently used with the goal of supporting a wide variety of health processes. The use of botanical supplements is broadly reported throughout history in the application of numerous folk and natural remedies, with the oldest evidence pointing to use approximately 5,000 years ago. Review a recommendation of what type of evidence to focus on when looking to use or recommend a botanical or herb.
Wendy Henderson is the Director of Corporate Partnerships at Feed the Children, an organization that is working to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry. Read her thoughts on the many definitions of “starving,” which doesn’t just mean lack of food, it also means lack of nutrients.