Best Health Articles — March 20th, 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

Fatal Mistakes – Sarah Kliff, Vox

Where do we go when we fail? As medical professionals we are taught to hold a certain confidence when we speak to our peers and patients. During school we were pushed to our limits and tested repeatedly so that we would be prepared for any situation. Yet no matter how seasoned we become, we are still practicing medicine; we all have doubts and we all make mistakes.

After finishing my fourth year of medical school with a confidence that I would be able to see patients on my own, I was surprised to face crippling anxiety around potentially doing harm to any of my patients. With malpractice looming over my head and no one to check in with, putting my heart into patient care and trusting my intuition was overshadowed by doubt and fear.

The article we chose for “Best of the Week” features the story of a nurse who made a fatal mistake with a patient, and how feeling isolated in her errors without support from her community lead to her taking her own life. Thankfully our profession is often more supportive than the conventional medicine field; perhaps rooted in our understanding that many answers aren’t black and white. We have multiple forums where we can communicate with each other regarding difficult cases, and unfamiliar modalities and pathologies, but we are still held to an extremely high standard by our profession, our patients, and ourselves. This article and the tragedy it recalls encourages us to overcome our pride, confide in our colleagues, and empower our profession. I hope this article gives you the courage to reach out to colleagues the next time you make a mistake and to be supportive of your colleagues when they make theirs.


General Health

Why Don’t More Doctors Practice Prevention?  -Dr. Michael Greger, MD, NutritionFacts

The Unseen Implications of Excess Fluoride on Your Health – Dr. Olisa Mak, ND, Natural Path

Reasons Why Women are Choosing Vaginal and Home Birth After Caesarean – Dr. Sarah King, ND, Natural Path

Pregnant and Smoking? Study finds nearly half who quit resumed soon after childbirth. – CBC News Health

Lessons From the Mindlessly Slim – Razi Berry, Natural Path



Social Sabotage: How To Respond to Criticism About your Food and Exercise – Jen Comas, Girls Gone Strong

FDA to Start Testing For Glyphosphate in Food – Razi Berry, NaturalPath

The Importance of Water & Water Purification – Shawn Peters, NaturalPath

Nutrition Roadmap Aims to Advance Research to Provide More Individualized Advice – OASH & USDA Press Office



Is Wu Wei the Modern-Day Stress Solution? – Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND,

The Hidden Cause of Weight Gain – Dr. Pearl Arjomand, ND, Naturopathic Foundations

25 Things About Life That I Wish I Had Known 10 Years Ago – Darius Foroux, Greatist

9 Fat Loss Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making – Nia Shanks, Life Like A Girl

The 3 Absolute Worst Health and Fitness Goals You Must Avoid – John Berardi, Ph.D, Precison Nutrition


Specific Health Conditions and Treatment Protocols

Herbal Cough Remedies For Kids – Dr. Sheila Kingsbury, ND, RH(AHG), NaturalPath

Natural Extract Could Be Used To Treat Pancreatic Cancer – Razi Berry, NaturalPath

Endometriosis: 5 Natural Treatments That Really Work – Dr. Lara Briden, ND, Lara Briden’s Health Hormone Blog

Avoiding Fermentable Carbohydrates Helps Kids With IBS – TAP Integrative, Natural Partners Wellness Blog

Why am I so cold and tired all the time? All about iron deficiency – Dr. Justin Gallant, ND, Hamilton Naturopathic Doctor


Novel Research

Rare Form of Diabetes May Require Alternate Treatment – Washington University School of Medicine, Science Daily

Global Study Reveals Genes as Major Cause of Inflammatory Diseases – Queensland University of Technology, Science Daily

Breast Milk Sugars Promote Healthy Infant Growth Through Gut Microbiome – Razi Berry, NDNR

Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution Linked to Impulsivity, Emotional Problems in Children – Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Science Daily

Vegans May Lack Essential Nutrient Intake, Study Reports – Mayo Clinic, Science Daily

Scientists Discover a Link Between Psoriasis and General Bone Loss – Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (CNIO), Science Daily

Natural Sugar May Treat Fatty Liver Disease – Razi Berry, NaturalPath

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.