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Editor’s letter

November 2018 Editor’s Letter

This month, we feature a range of contributions set to pique your interest.

Dr. Rob Ayoup, ND shares his knowledge of naturopathic aesthetics in his discussion of acne, with an emphasis on skin care products including moisturizers, toners, and how to choose a good product. Dr. Ayoup emphasizes the importance of maintaining good skin barrier function, and which ingredients can help.

Dr. George Cho, ND writes about the health implications of alcohol consumption. Although current recommendations are for no more than approximately 2 drinks a day for men, and 1 for women, Dr. Cho argues that these recommendations may even be too high. For those who perhaps needed a bit of encouragement to curb your enjoyment, this may be a helpful paper.

Dr. Krysten DeSouza, ND provides us with a bird’s eye view of inflammation. This fraught word is used to describe processes involved in many chronic diseases from colitis to eczema to cardiovascular disease to cancer. Dr. DeSouza discusses some of the modifiable contributors to this process.

Dr. Sarah Zadek (King) ND writes about a condition called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), which is a severe form of PMS that begins as early as two weeks before your period, and involves affective symptoms such as depression. Dr. King discusses naturopathic treatment approaches.

Finally, Dr. Louise Wilson, ND (inactive) shares an original analysis on the health benefits of gardening, an activity that is both health promoting in its yields (organic veggies) as well as in its pursuit! Dr. Wilson reviews some of the research on this subject.

Thank you to all of our contributors!

In health,
Heidi Fritz, MA, ND
Editor-in-Chief, Naturopathic Currents