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Episode 301: Autoimmune Conditions

Published on November 14, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

imagesThis week we begin a discussion of a much larger topic, autoimmune disease.  We discuss some clinical ideas as well as the philosophy behind trying to treat these conditions.  In addition Dr. Davis asks Dr. Noska some questions about the ins and outs of biotherapeutic drainage.  Enjoy!


Turns out the prevalence of spondyloarthropathies is greater than we had guessed: Dr. Davis posited about 1/100,000 (0.001%), but ankylosing spondylitis, the most prevalent spondyloarthropathy, has a prevalence of 0.1 to 0.2% in the United States.

Link to study on IBD and antibiotic usage.

We also discussed philosophy behind biotherapeutic drainage.  Click here for a link to Dr. Thom’s Unda Numbers book, which is an excellent text for beginning to learn about unda numbers.


Episode 210: Patient Management


IMG_0040 This week we discuss a very important topic in patient management.  Often as NDs we engage in deeper relationships with our patients as we typically spend more time with them in a given visit.  The doctor/patient relationship is a special one, but it is just as important to discuss other aspects of this relationship such as difficult patients and how to better manage patient expectations.






Here is the link to becoming the world’s best doctor.

Dr. Davis mentioned the personal nature of doctor/patient relationships and how they can sometimes be complicated, especially in the setting of oncology.

For your listening pleasure!


Episode 209: Acute Care

Published on September 5, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

IMG_0212 We wanted to discuss a topic that gets less attention in the ND realm.  That is acute care.  It’s pretty important, but we discovered we may know less than we thought we did.  Message us with some of your favorite acute treatments.





Wikipedia states that  “Well-controlled scientific evaluation of iridology has shown entirely negative results, with all rigorous double blind tests failing to find any statistical significance to its claims.”

Effect of an outpatient antimicrobial stewardship intervention on broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribing by primary care pediatricians: a randomized trial.

definition of “elicit”

The good folks over at the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology stated in June 2011 that there is biologic evidence to support the use of honey in modern wound care, and the clinical evidence to date also suggests a benefit.  In Feb 2013, however, the Cochrane Collaboration stated that although honey might be superior to some conventional (burn) dressing materials, there is insufficient evidence to guide clinical practice in other types of wounds.

Stats on sinusitis

More info on sinusitis


Episode 208: Diets

Published on August 22, 2013, by in Uncategorized.


This week we discuss the topic of various diets and how they affect health.  This is obviously a huge topic and one that merits many lengthy discussions.  Hopefully we begin this discussion for you showing that the notion of diet and food is as variable as it is important to the naturopathic profession and the day to day dealings with patients an health.  As always send us your comments, tweets, emails, concerns, etc.


Artificial sweeteners and obesity.

Diet soda and metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

Map of obesity trends in America.

The Age of Obesity

Food Rules, by Michael Pollan

Reversing coronary heart disease with low-fat, low-glycemic index plant-based diet (and stress management, smoking cessation, group psychosocial support, and aerobic exercise) by Dean Ornish

Perfect Health Diet

Causes of lower life expectancy in the Inuit

The Yoga of Eating

Breatharian who eats twinkies

How I Stopped Eating Food



Episode 207: Vitamins

Published on August 1, 2013, by in Uncategorized.


A recent article that was circulating on Facebook prompted a needed discussion on vitamin supplementation.  Is it a good thing?  Is it a bad thing?  Is there a grey area?  We discuss this and more on the latest episode of The Naturocast.


The article that sparked this debate.

Dietary supplements and mortality rate (in older women): not actually a meta-analysis as Dr. Davis suggested, but a pretty big observational study of 35,000 women.

We spoke a bit about vitamin E for smokers–here’s an article about a recent paper showing apparent benefit for recent ex-smokers taking supplemental gamma-tocopherol.

What Dr. Noska spoke about in the podcast regarding folate supplementation is not clear in the literature.  What is clear is that folate is good for baby both periconception and 1st trimester.  More info here and here.

Dr. Noska made the claim that many Americans are magnesium deficient.  While this may actually be true there is no literature that fully supports this notion.  Although there are lots of studies on magnesium here and here and here and here.

Resveratrol Blunts the Positive Effects of Exercise Training on Cardiovascular Health in Aged Men.

Here’s an example of a publication by Trevor Marshall regarding olmesartan (Benicar) and the vitamin D receptor.

The yoga for osteoporosis study that Dr. Davis mentioned is not one from a peer reviewed journal but self-published by the authors in the book Yoga for Osteoporosis.  There are some studies showing yoga may be beneficial to prevent osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, and a case series describing that it may be dangerous for osteoporotic women to perform spinal flexion exercises.

Here’s a brief summary of the therapeutic order (which Dr. Davis had… kinda right) and here’s a much longer treatment by the originators of this specific hierarchy of therapeutic intervention.