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T-Cell Differentiation and Intestinal Mucosal Barrier Function

// Amy Doyle, MS, CNS

The intestinal barrier encounters external stimuli from the environment on a daily basis. This barrier is comprised of a cellular layer, known as the epithelium, as well as a mucosal layer that consists of a sophisticated network of glycoproteins that function to protect the underlying single-celled layer. What follows is a discussion of the immune response within the mucosal layer and its influence on T-cell differentiation.

Oral Lavender Supplement Dosing Considerations: 80mg vs. 160mg

Oral lavender oil is an evidence-based dietary supplement which has been studied in both 80 mg and 160 mg doses. While practitioners may not always think about a style of recommending or prescribing, the art of medicine requires it. We asked two clinicians about their style of recommending an oral lavender oil supplement.

Personal Insights: Q&A with Dr. Allison Siebecker

Since 2010, Dr. Allison Siebecker has dedicated her professional career to educating patients and doctors alike on Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), the most common functional gastrointestinal disorder in the world. In her interview, Dr. Siebecker shares the trials she has overcome in personal life which have made her dedicated to this cause and how she hopes it impacts individuals in the future.

Chronotypes and Nutrition - ‘Perfect Timing’

// Kate Hope, MS, CNS

Our daily sleep-wake cycle is governed by an internal biological clock that operates on a near 24-hour cycle called the circadian rhythm. Chronobiology is the study of how this process regulates almost every function of life, including sleep, arousal, feeding, and a host of metabolic activities.1

Echinacea Benefits and Dosing

// Sarah Cook, ND

A closer look at Echinacea’s benefits and dosing protocol including exploration of the three medically used species: Echinacea purpurea, E. angustifolia, and E. pallida.

Challenges of Stress Management

// Anne Thiel, ND

Stress management is frequently a focus of patient intervention which can be improved upon by digging into the nuances of how, when, and what to use in support of this crucial conversation.

HPA Axis Supplements To Support Optimization

Reports suggest that 60–80% of visits to primary care are stress-related. It should come as no surprise that supporting HPA axis homeostasis is a significant clinical goal and one which requires differing HPA axis supplement recommendations for different stages and to meet individual need.

The History and Benefits of Eleuthero

// Maxine Fidler, MS, ND

Eleutherococcus senticosus, or Eleuthero, is an adaptogenic herb native to Russia, China, Korea, and Japan.*1 This article highlights some of the benefits associated with eleuthero, as well as its colorful history and adaptogenic qualities.*

Effects of Stress on Digestion

// Chris Oswald, DC, CNS, CFMP

Stress is something that most people have to deal with on a daily basis. Appropriate levels of stress promote powerful benefits throughout the body, yet when the systems associated with stress are routinely activated, the body may not respond as we would like. The effects of stress throughout the body are quite pervasive and the effects of stress on digestion can be widely occurring.

Personal Insights: Q&A with Dr. Alan Gaby, Nutritional Medicine

After dedicating more than thirty years of his life’s work to the study of nutritional medicine, Dr. Alan Gaby is more firm in his belief than ever: nutritional therapy is a vital treatment approach that needs to be practiced as one of the main components in modern medicine.


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†† For homeopathic products: these indications are based solely on traditional homeopathic use. They have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.
* For dietary supplements: this statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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