Restorative Medicine Digest

Summer Issue 2017

Five Depression Biotypes

Are all cases of depression the same? Dr. William Walsh thinks this is unlikely. After working with more than 30,000 patients, Dr. Walsh has identified specific chemical imbalances that lead to emotional and mental problems.  Out of his experiences, he identified five distinct biotypes from what was once lumped together as ‘clinical depression:’ undermethylation; folate deficiency; copper overload; pyrrole disorder; and toxic metals. He will be presenting on the five biotypes at the Restorative Medicine Conference in Tucson, AZ this fall. read more »

Spring Issue 2017

Is Postpartum Depression Equivalent to Clinical Depression?

The diagnosis of Postpartum Depression (PPD) is too narrow for most women’s experience. Oftentimes, PPMD comes from a nutritional, hormonal or biochemical imbalance. When it comes to treating imbalance in the body using naturopathic medicine, we always want to look for the cause of the imbalance, and then treat the imbalance itself… read more »

A Comprehensive Integrative Approach to Neurodegenerative Conditions

Neurodegenerative conditions are thought to be incurable and debilitating conditions that result in progressive degeneration and/or death of nerve cells. A naturopathic approach can often slow down the progression of the neuronal degeneration, as well as strengthen the central and peripheral nervous systems, decrease oxidative stress and optimize mitochondrial function. read more »

Inflammation and a Solution: Probiotics

Probiotics are live microbial food supplements or components of bacteria, which have been shown to have beneficial effects on human health. They reinforce the various lines of gut defense: immune exclusion, immune elimination, and immune regulation. read more »

Curcumin Bioavailability – A Review of the Solutions

The problem of curcumin’s low bioavailability has driven extensive research into new technologies which can potentially be applied to the manufacture of high-absorption curcumin supplements. read more »

Iodine or Iodide: What’s Really in Our Supplements?

Two forms of iodine are offered in iodine products, however, questions remain about label claims stating the presence of iodine (I2), which may not be present or available after digestion. It is the purpose of this article to review a recent lab test on a product claiming to contain both iodine and iodide in its formula, and to determine the actual amounts of each ingredient. read more »

Fall Issue 2016

Vitamin K2 for Preventing Atherosclerosis and Building Bone

In “The Role of Vitamin K2 in Bone and Cardiovascular Health,” published in the Journal of Restorative Medicine, author Tal Friedman, ND discusses the more recent revelations about the importance of K2 and its significant differences from the role of K1. K1 is best known for facilitating clotting. But K2 (menaquinone) has been found to be far more important for its role in preventing osteoporosis and atherosclerosis. Based on the results of a comprehensive review and analysis of both observational studies and randomized, double-blind clinical trials, he further makes the case for Vitamin K2 supplementation, particularly MK-7. read more »

In Excess? The Role of Iodine in Hashimoto’s Disease and Thyroid Cancer

Following widespread efforts to eradicate iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) worldwide — first launched in the 1990s and continuing today — epidemiologists noted an unexpected phenomenon: a significant uptick in the rates of both autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s disease) and thyroid cancer. Initial wisdom suggested that because eradication efforts favored universal salt iodization (USI) programs, excess iodine was likely to blame. read more »

Interview with Thyroid Expert and Speaker David Brownstein, MD

Michael Friëdman, ND

I recently had the pleasure of having a conversation with David Brownstein, MD, who is a board certified family physician, integrative practitioner and an expert in thyroid disease, hormones and iodine. He is also the author of fourteen books and is a popular keynote speaker who will be featured at the Toronto Regional Restorative Medicine Conference. In our conversation, he graciously shared details about his typical method for evaluating patients and specifics on his treatment plans using nutrients, herbs, hormones and occasionally pharmaceuticals as needed. I think you’ll find the information he shared to be noteworthy and relevant to your own practice. read more »

The Challenges for US Supplement Companies in Canada

Jen Palmer, ND

If you’re an integrative physician practicing in Canada, you may have noticed that not all professional brands of supplements from the US are available for you to sell in your dispensary. You may also have noticed that the formulas for the Canadian versions of products are different, and may offer lower doses of certain ingredients. read more »