Updated: November 5th, 2020

Last month, five of MUIH’s Clinical Nutrition Interns had articles published on Holistic Primary Care’s website. Topics include vaccinations, vitamin prescriptions, wearable fitness trackers, FDA regulations, and more.

The MUIH Nutrition Internship Program provides up to 1000 hours of supervised professional practice in the field of nutrition for those who hold an advanced degree in nutrition from an accredited institution. The program offers professional practice experience where interns can choose to focus on one or more areas of nutrition including clinical practice, community education, culinary education, or nutrition writing and communication.

Browse the articles by our interns below and click through to read the complete pieces.

“Link Between HPV Vaccines & Ovarian Failure Raises Concern” by Jessica Best

The vaccine against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) may possibly be associated with ovarian dysfunction and the rare condition of premature ovarian failure (POF), according to a statement released earlier this year by the American College of Pediatricians (ACP). Read more

“Should Metformin Come with a B12 ‘Prescription’?” by Sherryl Van Lare

Metformin is widely considered to be a first-line treatment for type 2 diabetes, and it has been prescribed to over 120 million people worldwide. It’s a safe bet that a large proportion of those people are deficient in vitamin B12, thanks to the use of this medication. Read more

“Wearable Fitness Trackers: They’re Popular, But Are they Accurate?” by Leandro Pucci

Wearable fitness trackers are everywhere these days. Consumers are using these devices to monitor exercise, sleep, and a host of other related health parameters. Health care researchers are also using the devices in the context of clinical studies. The choice of brands, features, and styles of wearable trackers is also expanding rapidly. Read more

“FDA Squelches Home Cancer Tests, Encourages Physician-Guided Liquid Biopsies” by Gina Cushenberry

Should consumers have free access to at-home cancer testing kits without physician oversight? Definitely not, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The agency has finally put its foot down in a ruling that is likely to squelch the marketing of direct-to-consumer cancer tests for some time. Read more

“Will FDA Start Regulating Fitness Trackers?” by Gina Cushenberry

If the FDA should decide to revise its current policy on fitness trackers, changing their status from “general wellness products” to “medical devices,” it could change the game for many health tech companies and their consumers, as well as for clinicians who’ve gotten into the “quantified self” movement. Read more

“Fast-Forward: Insulin Resistance Speeds Cycling in Bipolar Patients” by Gina Cushenberry

Insulin resistance may be the reason so many bipolar patients do not respond to treatment. Until recently not much had been known about the impact of insulin resistance on bipolar disorder. But over the last five years, researchers have shown a strong relationship between the two. Read more

“‘Farm to Clinic’ Model Brings Healthful Bounty to One Oregon Community” by Julia Powers

A unique partnership between health clinics and small farms in Portland, Oregon, is proving that helping people make the connection between their food choices and their health can lead to meaningful changes. Read more