JOM – Volume 29, Number 1 – Abstracts

The Treatment of Cancer with a Combination of Broad-Spectrum Micronutrients:
Review of Six Relevant Studies

Jonathan E. Prousky, ND, MSc

Chief Naturopathic Medical Officer, Professor, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1255 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M2K 1E2 email:; website:
Editor, Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, email:


Abstract  Five of six studies to date have documented that standard oncologic care (i.e., some combination of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and/or immunotherapy) combined with a broad-spectrum of micronutrients (i.e., some combination of vitamins, minerals, and/or essential fatty acids) normally present in the human body results in increased lifespan and/or improved quality of life among cancer patients who are either terminally ill, end-stage, or high-risk (i.e., having very poor prognoses). The author has summarized these studies and provided clinical recommendations based on the safety and efficacy of this treatment approach.



Medicinal Peat Baths May Accelerate the Detoxification of Psychotropic Drugs

Ivona Guzik, BHSc, ND

442 Holland St. W., Unit 12, Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Z8, email:

Abstract  A patient with anxiety and depression sought naturopathic care to prevent depressive relapses. During an 11-month period, the patient experienced four depressive episodes, each preceded by medicinal peat bath treatment. Based on its detoxifying and hyperthermic effects, it was hypothesized that medicinal peat baths may have accelerated the detoxification of psychotropic drugs. Further research is required to understand the pharmacokinetic effects of medicinal peat baths on drug absorption, metabolism and clearance. Until then, clinicians utilizing medicinal peat baths need to be aware that its detoxification properties might undermine the quality of life for patients taking psychotropic drugs.



The Potential Relationship of Mental Illness, Oxidative Stress and Evolutionary Pressure
Applied via Sexual Selection

Malcom Maclean, MD


Abstract Humanity can be distinguished from the rest of the animal kingdom by the prevalence of mental illness. One might wonder, given that mental disorder may affect 1 in 4 during adolescence/ adulthood, why the brain should be so afflicted while other organs such as liver and kidney are not. This paper proposes two main biochemical explanations: (1) The brain relies mainly and precariously on a single metabolic channel for energy production whereas other organs have more channel; (2) In the face of metabolic stress, much of the metabolic activity of the human brain apparently prioritizes damage limitation over the metabolic needs of healthy mental function. This prioritization derives from an inability to synthesize vitamin C, caused by an ancient mutation. Consequential oxidative stress triggers a protective biochemical switch from glycolysis to the pentose phosphate pathway, resulting in critically diminished neuronal energy production and predisposition to impaired mental function and aggression. At the time of that mutation, this aggression increased successful mating and reproduction in our ancestors. However, the mutation’s damaging effect on human neurochemistry has led to the current pattern of psychiatric and behavioral disorder.