Chronic disease, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease, is on the rise in the U.S., but effective ways to reverse this trend remain elusive. At Helfgott, studying nutritional and mind-body approaches to chronic illness is a strong focus of our research. Previous Helfgott studies have looked at about the efficacy of weight loss methods and the expectancy effects associated with these methods. In addition, Helfgott investigators study a range of diets to determine possible effects on the cellular level and in clinical applications. These nutritional studies include investigations into effects of detoxification diets, cruciferous vegetable supplements and cervical cancer prevention, and the naturopathic Anti-inflammatory Diet’s effects on immune parameters in diabetics and pre-diabetics.


Title: A Mixed-Method Evaluation of Local Community Health Education on Food Intake and Behavior Change
Principal Investigator:  Kim Tippens, ND, MSAOM, MPH
Student Investigator: Bob Graybill

Title: Effects of MSM on Markers of Oxidative Stress and Muscle Damage Following Exhaustive Exercise
Principal Investigator:  Kim Tippens, ND, MSAOM, MPH
Student Investigator: Eric Withee, MS

Title: Micronutrient Levels In Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Principal Investigators: Heather Zwickey, PhD, Melissa Gard, ND, Morgan Schafer, MS and Sarah Hourston, ND

Title: Pilot Study to Test the Naturopathic Anti-Inflammatory Diet on Inflammatory Markers in Type II Diabetics (in Collaboration with OHSU)
Investigators: Heather Zwickey, PhD, Heather Schiffke, MATCH, and Erin Connelly, ND

Title: Food As Medicine Everyday Research (FAMER): Evaluating Physiological Changes Associated with a Shift toward a Whole-Foods Diet
Principal Investigator: Kim Tippens ND, MSAOM, MPH
Clinical Investigator: Andrew Erlandsen, ND

Title: Effect of a Comprehensive Nutrition Support Product on the Nutritional Status of Adults with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Principal Investigator: Jenn Ryan, ND, MS

Title: Measuring Subjective Experience of Naturopathic Medicine among Women with Disordered Eating: A Mixed Methods Study
Principal Investigator: Corina Dunlap, ND

Title: Nutritional Status and Quality of Life in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Principal Investigator: Corina Dunlap, ND

Title: Physicians’ Attitudes toward and Knowledge of Plant-Based Diets
Principal Investigator: Morgan Schafer, MS

Title: Efficacy and Feasibility of a 12 Week Ketogenic Diet in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease
Principal Investigator: Richard Rosenbaum, MD
Co-Investigators: Angela Senders, ND, Andrew Erlandsen, ND, & Heather Zwickey, PhD