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Personal Insights: Q&A with Sonia Malani, Naturopathic Medicine Student

As a busy student at Bastyr University, Sonia Malani tries to maximize every moment of the day. On her path to becoming a naturopathic doctor, she stays anchored through the tumult of student life with the simple illuminating principles of integrative philosophy that her time at Bastyr has helped to cultivate.

What Our Immune System Would Look Like Without Microflora

// Sarah Cook, ND

There is an undeniable connection between exposure to microflora (germs) and the function of immune systems. However, without microflora, immune systems would not exist. A deeper understanding of the mechanisms at play may inform individuals how, when, and why to use probiotics for therapeutic effect.

The Role of Cortisol

// Lise Alschuler, ND

I find myself thinking and talking about cortisol a lot these days. It’s actually a nice back to the future kind of thing as I remember getting very excited about cortisol when I was in school in the mid-90’s. One of my very first lectures was on the topic of stress, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, and cortisol. After hacking my way through the jungles of clinical practice for the next 20 years, I find that I have made my way right back to cortisol.

Cortisol and Sleep: The HPA Axis Activity Connection

// Tori Hudson, ND

The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis interacts with sleep in a multiplicity of ways and a growing body of research suggests reciprocal associations between sleep and activity of the HPA axis. Normal sleep architecture is characterized by cycles of light sleep, deeper slow-wave sleep and REM sleep. Light sleep includes stage 1 and stage 2 sleep. Stage 1 sleep has mixed frequency theta, slow rolling eye movements and slightly reduced eye movement and chin electromyography (EMG). Stage 2 has mixed frequency electroencephalogram (EEG). Deeper slow-wave sleep includes stages 3 and 4. Stage 3 sleep is characterized by 20-50% delta EEG and stage 4 has greater than 50% delta EEG.

Personal Insights: Q&A with Dr. Deepa Verma

Dr. Deepa Verma seems to do it all: She’s the founder of the Synergistiq Integrative Health Center, an accomplished author and blogger, a frequent guest physician on a variety of media programs, and mother of three. Through it all, Dr. Verma has a clear focus in pursuing her work to its greatest potential.

The Function of the Lungs

// Maxine Fidler, MS, 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 environmental factors which can influence function.

Immune System Supplements: Buyer Beware

// 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.

Flavonoids and Bioflavonoids: A Review

// 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.

Quercetin in Food as Compared to Supplementation

// 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.

Let’s Talk About Snot: A Closer Look at Nasal Mucus

// 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?


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