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Evidence Based Medicine

By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Apr 17, 2019

What is “evidence based medicine”? In plain language, an evidence based model means nothing more than: basing medical decisions on what actually works. “Evidence based medicine” may be one of the latest buzzwords in both natural health and mainstream medicine, but for all of its hype, it is rarely found–in either model of healthcare. “Evidence based …

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The importance of studying correlations

By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Apr 17, 2019

“Correlation doesn’t equal causation!” It’s the rally cry against dubious science and irrational claims. And it’s true. But just because correlation doesn’t equal causation doesn’t mean

Do Essential Oils Really Work?

By FHRF Research Team | Jan 20, 2019

Do Essential Oils Work? Can you really expect medicinal effects from aromatherapy? Essential oils are recognized as one of the fastest growing segments of the natural health industry. You can find these oils at neighborhood sales parties, your corner drugstore, specialty health food shops, and countless online retailers. But as we all learned in middle school, …

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Elderberry for Cold & Flu Symptoms

By FHRF Research Team | Jan 9, 2019

Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) supplementation effectively treats upper respiratory symptoms: A meta-analysis of randomized, controlled clinical trials Upper respiratory symptoms are often treated with over the counter drugs, antibiotics, and antiviral medications. Due to concerns about safety and efficacy, there is a demand for an alternative solution. Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has been used to treat …

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Essential Oils in Your Child’s School

By FHRF Research Team | Aug 30, 2018

As the use of essential oils in the classroom becomes more popular and widespread, parents, educators, and administrators have questions regarding the appropriateness of this practice. You may be an administrator looking for more information on setting school policies about this practice. Perhaps you are a concerned parent wondering about a school’s new practice or a …

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Misinterpreted Terms in Scientific Research

By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Aug 10, 2018

Scientific terminology can be one of the greatest inhibiting factors when it comes to reading and understanding research studies. While scientists may be writing in English, many of the terms scientists use have definitions that differ from culturally accepted definitions used in everyday language. This leads to a great deal of confusion and misinterpretation of scientific …

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Herb-Drug Interactions During Pregnancy

By FHRF Research Team | Jan 14, 2018

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 …

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Are lavender and tea tree oils dangerous for boys?

By FHRF Research Team | Mar 11, 2017

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 …

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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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