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Nutrition

Chronic disease, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease, is on the rise in the U.S., but effective ways to reverse this trend remain elusive. At Helfgott, studying nutritional and mind-body approaches to chronic illness is a strong focus of our research. Previous Helfgott studies have looked at about the efficacy of weight loss methods and the expectancy effects associated with these methods. In addition, Helfgott investigators study a range of diets to determine possible effects on the cellular level and in clinical applications. These nutritional studies include investigations into effects of detoxification diets, cruciferous vegetable supplements and cervical cancer prevention, and the naturopathic Anti-inflammatory Diet’s effects on immune parameters in diabetics and pre-diabetics.


Projects:

Title:  Micronutrient Levels in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Principal Investigator:  Sarah Hourston, ND, MS

Title: Dietary Supplements and Estrogen Metabolism in Healthy Pre-Menopausal Women (Cruciferous)
Principal Investigator:  Heather Zwickey, Ph.D.
Coordinator:  Heather Schiffke, MATCM

Title: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of Local Community Health Education on Food Intake and Behavior Change
Principal Investigator:  Kim Tippens, ND, MSAOM, MPH

Title: Effects of MSM on Markers of Oxidative Stress and Muscle Damage Following Exhaustive Exercise.
Principal Investigator:  Kim Tippens, ND, MSAOM, MPH