June 2017 Editor’s Letter
For the month of June, we feature a couple of timely articles about spring cleaning, and cycle tracking, as well as weightier topics including substance abuse, insomnia, and ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Drs. Christina Bjorndal, ND and Candace Haarsma, ND share their insights on using safe and effective cleaning products in your home. There is a whole host of chemicals hiding in these products and Drs. Bjorndal and Haarsma do an excellent job of breaking them down for us.
Dr. Sarah King ND discusses the intricacies of cycle charting. For women, our menstrual and hormone cycles can seem confusing and a burden, especially if we don’t understand the underlying biology. Dr. King explains the physiological events that drive women’s cycles, and how to chart them in order to evaluate not only fertility but hormonal health in general.
Dr. Liam LaTouche, ND examines the causes of insomnia, common medications used to manage insomnia, as well as some of the first line naturopathic treatments. Unfortunately sleep medications as a group tend to have unpleasant side effects, so many people prefer to use natural substance such as melatonin, and others, instead.
Dr. Chris Habib, ND tackles the problem of substance abuse. Surprisingly, 1 in 5 people have suffered from alcohol or substance abuse at one time or another. Dr. Habib discusses types of naturopathic injection therapies, herbal treatments, and acupuncture, that may help people deal with addiction and substance abuse.
Finally, Dr. Maria Shapoval, ND discusses ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a chronic neurodegenerative condition, and research into the effectiveness of various acupuncture methods. Thank you to all our authors this month!
We hope you enjoy our issue this month!
Heidi Fritz, MA, ND