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Natural Practitioner’s Top 10 Stories From 2023


2023As we begin 2024, Natural Practitioner (NP) magazine looks back at the most read stories throughout 2023. This year featured news items including the Bastyr and NUNM’s plans to merge, and a study that found that altered gut bacteria may be early sign of Alzheimer’s disease. See below for the top headlines of the year.

1.     Growing Older Gracefully

How the healthy aging marketplace is  faring post-pandemic and what new trends are emerging.



2.     A Higher Dose of Magnesium Each Day Keeps Dementia at Bay, Study Says

More magnesium in our daily diet leads to better brain health as we age, according to scientists from theNeuroimaging and Brain Lab at The Australian National University (ANU).



3.     Bastyr and NUNM to Merge

Bastyr University and Clinics (Seattle, WA and San Diego, CA) and National University of Natural Medicine and Clinics (NUNM, Portland, OR) plan to merge.



4.     Perchance to Dream

Americans are being robbed of quality sleep (and therefore, broken dreams)—here’s how you can help.



5.     What’s New in the World of Biotics & Enzymes

The microbiome’s relationship with health continues to prove powerful, and biotics and enzymes can help your patients/clients to support long-term homeostasis.



6.     Two Probiotics Identified as Antihypertensive

Recent studies suggest that probiotics may offer a protective effect, but researchers have a limited understanding of why shaping the gut microbiota can regulate blood pressure.



7.     Study Finds Higher-than Recommended Doses of Vitamin D Reduces the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

Taking higher-than-recommended doses of vitamin D for five years reduced the risk of atrial fibrillation in older men and women, according to a new study published in American Heart Journal from the University of Eastern Finland.



8.     Altered Gut Bacteria May Be Early Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease

People in the earliest stage of Alzheimer’s disease—after brain changes have begun but before cognitive symptoms become apparent—harbor an assortment of bacteria in their intestines that differs from the gut bacteria of healthy people, according to a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.



9.     Trusting Your Gut: Digestion and the Microbiome

Gas, heartburn and constipation are just a few of the most common digestive problems Americans suffer from today. Historically, understanding digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), leaky gut and Crohn’s disease was paltry. Even the understanding of what caused common issues such as bloating was limited.



10.     2023 Practitioner’s Choice Awards

Natural Practitioner (NP) magazine polled its practitioner readers on their most recommended products to compile its 2023 Practitioner’s Choice Awards. After all, who is better qualified to determine the industry’s winners than the people who recommend them to their patients?