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By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Nov 6, 2019

Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is one of the highest grossing dietary supplements in recent years. It is available as a syrup, in gummies, as lollipops, lozenges, etc. But does elderberry actually work?

How to Read a Scientific Paper

By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Nov 6, 2019

How to Read a Scientific Paper You don’t have to be an expert scientist to benefit from research. Reading a scientific paper 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 …

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Cross Sectional Study

By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Nov 6, 2019

A cross sectional study is the scientific version of a still life image. Rather than capturing expressions and glimpses of a visual scene, it captures the health status of a specific group of people, typically referred to as a population.

How to Establish Cause and Effect in Health Science

By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Nov 6, 2019

Cause and Effect in Health Science How does science answer correlation vs 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 …

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Ear Infection Treatment: An Evidence Based Approach

By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Nov 6, 2019

The standard practice of prescribing antibiotics for pediatric ear infections is in conflict with evidence-based medicine, AAP guidelines, and the global standard of care. And it may be causing our children more harm than benefit.

Dr. Hawkins’ Ginger Chews Formula

By FHRF Research Team | Oct 15, 2019

Ginger is great for all forms of nausea, regardless of cause. Studies have found that it helps to alleviate postoperative nausea and morning sickness, and that it can reduce vomiting episodes in nausea due to side effects of certain prescription drugs. It’s also used traditionally for food poisoning, motion sickness, and all other forms of digestive …

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Lavender, Tea Tree, & Breast Growth in… Little Girls?!?

By FHRF Research Team | Aug 9, 2019

Lavender, tea tree, and breast growth in… little girls?!? After the release of a case series/lab study pre-print earlier this week, my inbox has been exploding with questions about the latest claims regarding lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil, and the growth of breasts in young children. You can read the abstract of the manuscript here. …

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How do essential oils work?

By FHRF Research Team | Jul 15, 2019

How do Essential Oils Work? – Ask Dr Hawkins “How do essential oils work?” They (usually) smell nice. They are all natural. They are fun to explore. But when it comes to medicinal actions, how do essential oils work is one of the most frequent questions we receive. It’s immediately after “Do essential oils work?” And it is such a …

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Essential Oils for Labor

By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Jul 14, 2019

Recent research on essential oils for labor finds that aromatherapy has many benefits when it comes to pain reduction, especially during the active stage of labor.

Why is science always changing?

By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Apr 18, 2019

WHY SHOULD WE BELIEVE SCIENCE WHEN SCIENTISTS HAVE BEEN WRONG BEFORE? The only guarantee is there are no guarantees One unfulfilled expectation of science is flawless accuracy. Unlike math, where formulas are always right and answers stay the same across millennia, health science is the attempt to explain and apply findings from an ever-evolving and changing planet …

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Meet Dr Hawkins

Dr. Hawkins brings 20 years of expertise in the integrative health field to her role as Executive Director of the Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences and the leader of our clinical research team.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health from Union Institute and University, a Master’s Degree in Health Education & Promotion from the University of Alabama, a post-graduate certificate in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a PhD in Health Research from Middle Tennessee State University, and is completing the post-doctoral Global Scholars Research Training Program at Harvard Medical School. She also holds certifications in numerous natural health fields including aromatherapy, aromatic medicine, herbalism, childbirth education, and labor support.

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