Best Health Articles — April 3rd, 2016

by Dr. Ana Jones ND and Dr. Louise Wilson ND (inactive)

From Alison: Each Sunday theNDDC publishes a list of the top articles from around the web in 5 different health categories to help you stay up-to-date on the latest information.

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The Top Article of the Week

Studying the relation between spring and spiking suicide rates – Wency Leung, Globe and Mail

In most cases, suicide is a solitary event and yet it has often far-reaching repercussions for many others.  It is rather like throwing a stone into a pond; the ripples spread and spread”.  This quote taken from the book A Special Scar, highlights the degree to which suicide impacts not only the individual, but society as a whole.  Most all of us have been touched by this tragedy, yet the conversation surrounding suicide remains largely unspoken.  A wave of acceptance and understanding, however, appears to be taking hold in our communities and seeking greater understanding of mental illness, and suicide, is perhaps on the horizon.

In our Best Article of the Week, by Wency Leung of the Globe and Mail, an understanding of the enigma that is suicide is explored, specifically as it related to the onset of allergy season.   While the two variables seem distinctly unrelated, research has shown that suicide rates appear to increase both in spring and fall, times when environmental allergens are elevated.  To researchers exploring this phenomenon, this may indicate a possible link between the two, that while not direct, still warrants further study to hopefully elucidate the connection.

While causative factors regarding suicide are multifactorial, gathering information regarding possible links will only help to promote further understanding of suicide and mental illness.  The importance of this understanding is not only critical for the individual at risk, but also for the rest of us in the ripples.

General Health

Acupuncture in the ER – Dr. Wendy Cunningham/Cunningham Chiropractic, CDAPress

When “health care” is anything but – Dr. W Gifford-Jones, MD, OrilliaPacket

PubMed Urged to Include Funding Info, Conflicts of Interest with Study Abstracts – Center for Science in the Public Interest



“Fat” is not a Feeling – Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND

Eating beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils may help lose weight and keep it off – St. Michael’s Hospital, Science Daily

The improbable rise of the banana, America’s most popular fruit – Joseph Stromberg, Vox

11 Incredible Pinterest Boards for Easy Paleo Recipes – Heidi Pashman, Greatest

Concern with Long Term Chromium Supplement Use – Razi Berry, NDNR



An Exercise for Boosting Self Worth (+ Why Postive Affirmations Only Make You Feel Worse) – Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND

Mirror Mirror – Dr. Katie Hendricks, PhD, Dr. Gay Hendricks, PhD, Natural Path

How To Stop Stressing About Things You Can’t Control – Susie Moore, Greatist

Late sleepers are tired of being discriminated against. And science has their back. – Brian Resnick, Vox


Specific Health Conditions and Treatment Protocols

HPV: Cervical peeling as treatment for precancerous conditions – Medical University of Vienna, ScienceDaily

Researchers to look at pill to treat postmenopausal women with stress urinary incontinence – Beaumont Health, ScienceDaily

Yearly cost of US premature births linked to air pollution: $4.33 billion – NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine, ScienceDaily

Tame Your Wild PMS – Dr. Natasha Turner, ND


Novel Research

How Child Prodigies Teach Us About Autism – Ohio State University, ScienceDaily

Women with endometriosis at higher risk for heart disease – American Heart Association: Science Daily

New nanoparticle reveals cancer treatment effectiveness in real time – Brigham and Women’s Hospital, ScienceDaily

Are We What We Eat? Evidence of vegetarian diet permanently shaping human genome to change individual risk of cancer, heart disease – Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press), Science Daily

“Mind Diet” Beneficial for Alzheimers – Razi Berry, NDNR


About the Author
Dr. Ana Jones ND and Dr. Louise Wilson ND (inactive)

Dr. Ana Jones, N.D. specializes in women’s health and environmental medicine at her private practice in Tempe, AZ. She enjoys volunteering with Naturopaths Without Borders in Rocky Point, Mexico. Her passion is to help others discover optimal health. Join her adventure on Facebook and Twitter.    Dr. Louise Wilson, ND (inactive) is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a specialist honors degree in psychology in 2006. In 2010 she graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Since graduation she has been in private practice in Bolton, Ontario, with a clinical focus on establishing the foundations of health.