Studies in Analytical Phase
Food sensitivity testing/food elimination on disease-specific symptoms in weight loss, diabetes, headaches, and GI complaints
The purpose of this study is to investigate the ability of a novel food sensitivity test, which identifies foods as reactive, to have a positive effect on disease-specific symptoms in four classes of patients: persons with type II diabetes, overweight/obese who are interested in losing weight, persons with headaches or migraines, and persons with digestive disorders. Each participant receives a lab report indicating their reactive foods and is given a plan for eliminating those foods from the diet for 90 days. Participants are assessed for disease-specific symptoms, blood pressure, heart rate, physical activity levels, functional health and well-being, body mass index, body fat, and waist and hip circumference.
A polysaccharide (rice bran and Shiitake mushroom) on immunological functioning
The purpose of this study is to investigate the outcomes of a 60-day trial of rice bran arabinoxylan partially hydrolyzed by an enzyme complex from Shiitake mushroom among adults. Specifically, subjects will participate in a two-group, randomized intervention. One group will take 1 gram/day and the other group will take 3 gram/day to compare differences in outcomes between the two groups. The primary outcomes for this study will be Natural Killer cell activity, cytokines, total bilirubin, creatinine, and liver function tests. Outcomes will be compared between groups at baseline, 48 hours, 1 week, and 30 and 60 days.
The effect of Tai Chi on smoking cessation
The purpose of this study is to investigate the smoking outcome of a Tai Chi for Health intervention among smokers who are interested in stopping. This 12-week group intervention focuses on improving: muscular strength and flexibility, heart and lung capacity, posture, balance, and the integration of the mind and body. Specifically, subjects attend 3 sessions per week for 3 months. The primary outcome for this study is smoking cessation, and we also measure blood pressure, heart rate, physical activity levels, functional health and well-being, body mass index, body fat, and waist and hip circumference.