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Deep Dive into Fish Oil Benefits

// Dr. Danielle Anderson

Fish oils are one of nature’s sources of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) omega-3 fatty acids. Humans have limited capacity to endogenously produce EPA and DHA and thus they are considered essential fatty acids, and sufficient amounts need to be obtained from food sources or supplementation*. Learn three key components when choosing fish oil supplements.


Digestive Enzymes: Amylase, Protease, and Lipase

// Christopher Oswald, DC, LN, CNS

Digestive enzymes including amylase, protease, and lipase represent a foundational aspect of gastrointestinal health.* Either producing them efficiently or supplementing when necessary are important considerations for today’s integrative practitioner.


Five Stars for Hamilton (Anxiety Rating Scale)

// Danielle Huntsman, MS, CNS, LDN

In 1959, Max Hamilton, MD developed and published the Hamilton Anxiety Scale, affectionately referred to as HAM-A. The HAM-A was the first rating scale to be published and is available in the public domain (meaning anyone can download and use it). After several decades of minimal use, a significant resurgence of use of the HAM-A over the last twenty years provides over 900 references in total using a very gross bibliometric method. 5

What could be responsible for the renewed interest?


Role of Digestive Enzymes in Everyday Health*

// Christopher Oswald, DC, LN, CNS

Optimal digestive function depends on the presence of digestive enzymes and their effective interaction with food eaten each day. Combining the proper application of digestive enzymes to promote the full breakdown of food can yield powerful long-term results for both the young and old.


What Patients Think and Don't Say about Occasional Anxiety

// Corey Schuler, RN, MS, CNS, CNSC, DC

A therapeutic encounter between a doctor and patient discussing occasional anxiety solutions.


Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) Benefits and Dosing

// Amy Doyle, MS, CNS

Goldenseal, Hydrastis canadensis, is a low growing herbaceous perennial native to the American Northeast. The benefits of goldenseal can be traced back to Native American cultures where the root and rhizome had many purposes including use a fabric dye, and for gastrointestinal and immune support.*


Strategies for Success on a Gluten-Free Diet

// Sharyn Reinhold, M.S.

Some key factors in helping your patients maintain a long-term and successful gluten-free diet include: meal-planning resources, education on appropriate foods, and an “emergency” plan for accidental exposure such as gluten enzyme supplements.


The Science Behind Enzyme Therapy

// Sharyn Reinhold, M.S.

Roughly one out of one hundred people are affected by celiac disease and many more are eliminating gluten from their diets for health reasons. Since the 1950s, researchers have been studying various enzymes for gluten-digesting potential. Digestive enzymes help to break down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients.


Women and Stress: Understanding Changes that Cause HPA Axis Dysregulation

// Amy Doyle, MS, CNS

Individual variances in the stress response are influenced not only by early life events, genetics, and age, but also by gender. The onset of puberty marks the nascence of sex differences in stress reactivity. Examining the neuroendocrine changes across the lifespan that render women more vulnerable to HPA axis dysregulation allows us to look at herbs and nutrients that may offer support.


Risks of Nutrient Deficiencies in a Gluten-Free Diet

// Sharyn Reinhold, M.S.

Individuals following a gluten-free diet commonly do not consume adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals. Education and guidance for your patients can be very valuable for the prevention of nutrient deficiencies.

 

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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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