Best Health Articles — May 15th, 2016

by Dr. Allison Galan 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

Too Much Folate in Pregnant Women Increases Risk for Autism, Study Suggests – John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Our “Best Article of the Week” comes to us from John Hopkins School of Public Health discussing new research concerning excess levels of folate as well as serum B12 in pregnant women and potential autism risk.

While the implications of this research are concerning, as practitioners we know that it’s important to take a step back and evaluate this information in order to get a clearer sense of what it means for our clients and their individual risks.

The preliminary findings regarding the research will be presented May 13 at the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research in Baltimore and understanding more about the populations of women with elevated values, such as methylation difficulties and other factors such as folate in the diet, will be useful in order to more fully understand the link to autism.

Research that presents specific information pertaining to the health of our clients, especially when it comes to prenatal care, will always be vital. Evaluating forthcoming data, however, to provide more conclusive and explanatory rational is just as critical when applying it to our client’s individualistic needs. In other words, seeing the whole picture, which won’t leave you missing the forest for the trees.


General Health

In Defense of “Alternative Medicine” – John Weeks: Huffington post

About That Scary Swaddling Study – Ardienne Lafrance: The Atlantic

Doomed to be the ‘Biggest Losers’? – Olgan Khazan: The Atlantic



High fruit intake during adolescence linked with lower breast cancer risk – BMJ: Science Daily

Top 10 Changes I’d Like to See in Canada’s New Food Guide – Dr. Yoni Freedhoff: Weighty Matters

What Makes Superfoods Super? – Dr. Millie Lytle ND, MPH, CNS

Distance makes the habits healthier: Advice on snacking – BMJ: Science Daily



This Moment is Enough – Leo Babauta: Zen Habits

The Actually Useful Guide to Self-Help – Susie Moore: Greatist

Why Self Control Isn’t The Reason You Can’t Meet Your Goals – Stephanie Lee: Greatist

I Stopped Complaining for One Month. Here’s How It Changed Me. – Locke Hughes: Greatist


Specific Health Conditions and Treatment Protocols

Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis: Clearing the Obstacles and Addressing the Psora – Dr. Diane Angela Fong, ND: NDNR

Are Food Sensitivities Aggravating Your Seasonal Allergies or Vice Versa? – Dr. Sarah Giardenelli, ND, MSOM, LAc: Natural Path

Even Low Levels Of Air Polution Affect Children’s Lung Health – Razi Berry: NDNR

Flavonoids may help prevent erectyle dysfunction – Natural Partners


Novel Research

What’s Behind the Heartbreaking Risk of Anti-inflammatory Drugs – Razi Berry: NDNR

When You Take Acetaminophen, You Don’t Feel Other’s Pain As Much – Jeff Grabmeier: ScienceDaily

About the Author
Dr. Allison Galan ND and Dr. Louise Wilson ND (inactive)

Dr. Allison Galan, ND is a graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta. In her practice, she focuses on empowering her patients to be their own catalyst for change, in order to optimize their health. 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.