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April 2004
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The Anti-Dementia Effect of Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Hericium erinaceum) and Its Clinical Application
by Hirokazu Kawagishi, Cun Zhuang, and Ellen Shnidman
As the incidence of Alzheimer’s continues to rise in the US, research is geared up for more potent pharmaceuticals. However, the drugs simply delay further deterioration, whereas the Lion’s Mane Mushroom has been found to stimulate Nerve Growth Factor — proteins that play a role in regeneration of neurons in the brain.

Lithium: Other Effects — Part 2
by Jonathan Wright, MD
Not only does Lithium protect the brain from normal “wear and tear” but it has also been shown to reduce violent and aggressive behavior, as well as treatment for alcoholism, anorexia, and headaches.

SSRIs: Are They as Safe as Promised? Part I
by Gary Null, PhD and Martin Feldman, MD
In the 16 years since Prozac was introduced in the US, it has generated more than $21 billion in sales. But is it safe? The FDA has received more than 45,000 reports of adverse reactions, including suicidal ideation and violence.

Insomnia Options: Natural Medicine Choices
by Jason Barker, ND and Chris D. Meletis, ND
Instead of using pharmaceutical drugs when you can’t sleep, which carry certain risks, these Naturopaths recommend natural sleep aids such as magnesium, tryptophan, and melatonin, while looking for the underlying causes of insomnia.

Why Nutritional Therapies Fail in Patients Who Need Them the Most
by Judy Kitchen
Many patients with disorders of the digestive, endocrine and immune systems often do not get the benefits from nutritional supplements, which may be associated with heme deficiency, low stomach acid, or nerve dysfunction. Follow the elegant system of pathways through which nutrients function.

Fibromyalgia: Clinical Management Improves Outcomes, Reduces Treatment Complications
by Russell Jaffe, PhD
Here is a comprehensive, evidence-based, first line approach to treating fibromyalgia and CFS, using substitution for reactive foods, an alkalinizing diet, correction of essential nutrient deficits, and evoking the healing response.

Guided Digital Medicine: The Law of Unintended Consequences and Non-Disease Treatment of Diseases — Part 1
by Savely Yurkovsky, MD
Many specialties and therapies today has led to “a pile of weapons with no sound doctrine guiding their effective use,” says this innovative researcher. His medical model interfaces with theories of biology and physics.

GPC, Ortho-Nutraceutical for Active Living and Healthy Aging
by Parris M. Kidd, PhD
This nutraceutical has been extensively researched and found to be superior to other cholinergic agents in the treatment of dementia, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and is much safer than pharmaceuticals. So why isn’t it being utilized?

Food Allergy & Food Intolerance: Specific vs Innate Immunity
by Roger Davis Deutsch
Much of the new research on food allergy and intolerance is surprising — showing the subtle but very important differences in how our immune system handles them.


briefed by Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

The War on Cancer
by Ralph W. Moss, PhD

Healing with Homeopathy
Homeopathic Cartography
by Judyth Reichenberg and Robert Ullman, NDs

Health Risks & Environmental Issues
Fragrance Alters Mood and Brain Chemistry
by Rose Marie Williams, MA

Phytotherapy Review & Commentary
by Kerry Bone, FNIMH, FNHAA

New Column
Pathways to Healing
by Elaine Zablocki

Chinese Medicine Update
Depression & Chinese Medicine
by Bob Flaws, Dipl. Ac & CH, FNAAOM, FRCHM

Townsend’s New York Observer
What’s in a Name? Terming Non-Standard Medical Treatment
by Marcus A. Cohen

Medical Journalist Report of Innovative Biologics
New Developments in EDTA Chelation Therapy
by Morton Walker, DPM with Randall Walker

Medicinal Properties in Whole Foods
The Disease-Fighting Effects of Hyaluronan
by Gina L. Nick, PhD, ND

Web Page Potpourri
by Marjorie Roswell

Acupuncture and Moxibustion
“Matrix” Point Formula
by Honora Lee Wolfe, Dipl. Ac., Lic. Ac., FNAAOM

Medical Anthropology
In a Good Mood: Culture and the Reinvention of Happiness
by Tim Batchelder, BA

Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology Review & Commentary
Mood Disorders, Depression, Brain Chemistry Relationship to Weight Loss and Sleep Disorders
by Robert A. Anderson, MD

Highly Effective Treatments for Pain and Fatigue
How CFS, Fibromyalgia, or Stress Can Make You Gain Weight
by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Women’s Health Update
Insomnia and Sleep Disorders in Women
by Tori Hudson, ND, Professor

Nutritional Influences on Illness
Nutritional Influences on Sleep
by Melvyn R. Werbach, MD


The Medical Malpractice Crisis
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

In the News

Rife Conference 2003 Summary

Mental Health Without Drugs?

IBCMT Workshop in the Philippines

Niacinamide for Depression

Key Ingredient Missing in Some Arthritis Supplements

Letters to the Editor

Meat Trees to Provide a ‘Carnucopia’?

Hair Analysis Study Flawed

Favorable Outcome with Removal of Amalgams

Hair Analysis Can Permit Accurate Diagnosis and Treatment

Nature’s Perfect Statin

The Potential Health Benefits of Purple Corn

Curcumin to Prevent Blood Clots

Dr. Don Carrow’s Tale

The Benefits of Medical Freedom

Caffeine Anaphylaxis — Stage II

Integrative Psychiatry

Antioxidant Activity of Fruit Juices

Two Vitamins Cut ICU Deaths in Half

Our Evolving Maladaptation

Mental Illness May Really Be Infectious Disease


Staying Healthy with the Seasons
by Elson M. Haas, MD
review by Irene Alleger

The Modern Nutritional Diseases and How to Prevent Them
by Alice Ottoboni, PhD & Fred Ottoboni, MPH, PhD
review by Jule Klotter

The Healing Nutrition Within
by Eric R. Braverman, MD
review by Beatrice Trum Hunter

Professionalism and Ethics in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
by John Crellin and Fernando Ania
review by Katherine Duff

The Sick House Survival Guide
by Angela Hobbs
review by Katherine Duff

The Untold Story of Milk, Green Pastures, Contented Cows and Raw Dairy Foods
by Ron Schmid, ND, foreword by Sally Fallon
review by Beatrice Trum Hunter

. . . the regular features, commentary and opinions we can count on each month from our distinguished columnists.



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