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Evidence-Based Health Info from the Franklin Institute of Wellness:

Currently Recruiting: Essential Oils for Morning Sickness

The Franklin Institute of Wellness’ research team is conducting a clinical trial on the use of essential oils for morning sickness and overall quality of life among women in early pregnancy. THE STUDY “THE EFFECTS OF AROMATHERAPY ON MORNING SICKNESS AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN EARLY PREGNANCY“ PARTICIPANTS: NOW RECRUITING We are now recruiting for a research study on aromatherapy in early pregnancy. If you are in your first trimester of pregnancy and interested in participating, you are invited to learn more. You may qualify if you: are pregnant are between the ages of 18 and 45 years old do not […]

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aromatherapy and autism

CURRENTLY RECRUITING: Essential Oils and Anxiety Among Autistic Children

Essential oils are frequently used to address symptoms associated with an autism spectrum disorder but essential oils for autism have yet to be fully evaluated for suitability. Because autistic children are hypersensitive to sensory experiences, aromatherapy protocols developed for the general population may not be suitable for use with autistic children. To evaluate the effects of essential oils on anxiety scores for autistic children, the Franklin Institute of Wellness’ Aromatherapy Research Foundation is conducting a clinical trial. The Study “The Effects of Aromatherapy and Scent Memory on Anxiety Scores Among Children With Autism,“ Participants: Now Recruiting We are now recruiting participants for an […]

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aromatherapy for fatigue

Essential Oils for Hypothyroidism-Induced Fatigue

Fatigue is one of the most prevalent symptoms of hypothyroidism among women, reducing overall quality of life. While essential oils have been found to increase stamina and boost energy levels among athletes, aromatherapy has not been studied for its potential to reduce fatigue among women with hypothyroidism. To evaluate this potential, the Franklin Institute of Wellness’ Aromatherapy Research Foundation is conducting a clinical trial. The Study “Aromatherapy for Fatigue Among Women with Hypothyroidism: A Randomized, Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial.“ Methodology Our research team conducted a randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial on the use of afternoon essential oil inhalation. In this study, women […]

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essential oils for autism

Aromatherapy for Pre-Procedural Anxiety Among Pediatric Autistic Patients

While essential oils have been found in the scientific literature to reduce anxiety in patients when administered prior to a scheduled medical procedures, no study has evaluated essential oils for autism. The potential for these effects on pediatric autistic patients is uncertain due to the way in which autistic children experience sensory stimuli. Because autistic children are hypersensitive to sensory experiences, essential oils which have been found in the scientific literature to reduce anxiety may not be suitable. To evaluate the potential for suitibility and efficacy of essential oils on anxiety among autistic children, the Franklin Institute of Wellness’ Aromatherapy Research Foundation […]

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herb-drug interactions pregnancy

Study Finds Significant Threat of Herb-Drug Interactions During Pregnancy

According to a recent study, over 1 in 5 pregnant women are taking both prescription drugs and self-prescribed herbal supplements, many of which are known to pose a risk of interactions leading to adverse health outcomes. Because pharmaceuticals are prescribed by a care provider and herbal supplements are typically self-prescribed, the risk of interactions is significant without guidance from a professional who is knowledgeable in the risks posed by these interactions. During pregnancy, these risks become much more serious. Researchers sought to quantify the threat posed by herb-drug interactions in this cross-sectional study. These findings underscore the importance of seeking independent […]

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Ear Infections: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Ear infections (otitis media) are one of the most common illnesses of childhood and the primary cause for antibiotic use in children, costing the U.S. roughly $5 billion each year. They are serious business, whether you are a parent or practitioner. Approximately 75% percent of children have one by the age of three and almost half of them have 3 or more ear infections by that age. By the age of 7, 93% of children have experienced an ear infection. A total of 8.8 million ear infections in children were recorded during the year 2006, and the majority of those were in […]

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prevention when traveling

Study Finds That Elderberry Keeps You Healthy When Traveling

According to a recent study, elderberry supplementation protects you from the cold and flu viruses when traveling. Several studies reveal that air travel increases the risk of respiratory infections such as the common cold and the flu (Mangili, et.al., 2009). Studies also reveal that elderberry is an effective preventive for the cold and flu. Researchers sought to discover whether or not elderberry could also prevent the viral infections that are faced by international travelers. These findings are particularly noteworthy for the students who join us on our European Educational Tour. The Study “Elderberry Supplementation Reduces Cold Duration and Symptoms in Air-Travellers: A […]

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elderberry syrup

The Proper Way to Make Elderberry Syrup

Black elderberries have a rich history in herbal medicine and elderberry syrup is a must-have in any natural cold and flu medicine chest. Elderberry syrup gained significant attention in the natural health community shortly after the H1N1 flu outbreak when a study was released demonstrating its ability to effectively inhibit this widespread strain of the flu (Roschek, et.al., 2009). It is now available at just about any corner drugstore–though it can easily be made at home.  Research reveals that it prevents the common cold and the flu by inhibiting viral replication, so it is best taken at the very first sign of […]

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Participating in a Clinical Trial or Research Study

As a Research Institution, the Franklin Institute of Wellness has ongoing calls for volunteers to participate in a wide range of research studies and clinical trials conducted by the research team here at the institution. If you have ever considered volunteering to participate in a research study, whether with us or elsewhere, you may have questions about the process itself, what will be asked of you, and how your privacy will be protected. These are all good questions to ask! Agreeing to participate in a research study is a big decision and one in which transparency is a must. Here is […]

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Probiotics for Colic: What Works and What Doesn’t

Probiotics and colic are a common natural health team, but recent studies have suggested that probiotics for colic may not be ideal. The research team at the Franklin Institute of Wellness addressed this question head-on to get the facts about when probiotics can reduce crying–and when they actually increase crying time among newborns. Background Colic is a catch-all term that refers to frequent crying among newborns. To meet the proper definition of colic, the infant’s persistent crying and fussing cannot be explained by any other health condition, so if a baby cries but has another diagnosis, it is not technically colic. Colic […]

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How do we Establish Causation?

We have all heard the mantra “correlation does not equal causation.” This helps to ensure that causation is not assigned where it should not be assigned. But that begs the question, what does establish causation? Causation is notoriously difficult to establish, but that does not mean that it is difficult to recognize. While there are numerous methods used to establish causation, the most common approach is to focus on the three necessary criteria most often used in research studies. Correlation Matters While correlation is not sufficient to establish causation, it is one of the requirements. Without a relationship between the two variables, causation cannot […]

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What is a Cross Sectional Study?

A cross sectional study provides information about the burden of disease within a population and the relationships between various exposures and outcomes. These do not use experimental methodology but are extremely beneficial scientific studies, especially for identifying risk factors, studying beliefs and attitudes about a given subject, and learning more about factors related to a specific outcome. Overview A cross sectional study is the scientific version of a still life image. Only, rather than capturing expressions and split second glimpses of a visual scene, it captures the equivalent of a snapshot of health status among a specific group of people, typically referred to as a population. […]

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Four Keys to Reading a Scientific Study

Reading a scientific study can feel like reading something in a foreign language. Imagine this common scenario: you’ve just come across a new claim about your favorite herb or essential oil. There’s even a link to a study to support this claim. You know that you need to click on the study to confirm the claims…. and then what? These four keys are must-haves when analyzing at any published scientific research. The Abstract Will Not Cut It  The first step to reading a scientific study is to gain access to the actual study. It may be tempting to just stick with the […]

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Are lavender and tea tree oils dangerous for young boys?

You may have heard the rumors: a clinical trial proves that lavender oil and tea tree oil have estrogenic-like effects in young boys, causing prepubertal gynecomastia! Background In the early 2000s, a pediatrician noticed a trend within his practice. Three boys, of different ages and from different families, all presented with the same extremely rare disorder: prepubertal gynecomastia. Noticing this cluster of cases, he began looking for similarities among these boys. Were they exposed to any of the myriad of hormone disruptors in the environment? No. Upon investigating further, he found that the only discernible trend among the patients was exposure to lavender oil […]

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