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Townsend Letter
April 2016
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Letter from the Publisher
Jonathan Collin, MD

Brain Health Conference: Listening to the Gut
by Bob Frost

Curmudgeon's Corner
Saffron Floats
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Allergy and Immunotherapy
by Diego Saporta, MD, FAAOA
How are allergies diagnosed, or best managed? This article discusses testing and explores treatment approaches, including three kinds of immunotherapy and their effectiveness.

Added online October 2016
Fungus Allergy and Hypersensitivity in Mold-Related Illness

by Alan B. McDaniel, MD
Just as some snake venoms are poisonous to humans, some molds release toxins that can cause an allergic response. Read about the history of immunology, including some contentious debates over when and how a reaction can be classified as an allergy, especially in the case of fungus, and how an inclusive approach can help physicians cure their patients.

Prenatal Fluoride and Autism
by John D. MacArthur
This article cites recent research explaining fluoride's mechanism of action in preventing caries; however, this activity also affects the microbial population in the gastrointestinal tract – which for the developing fetus not only weakens immune functioning but also interferes with normal genomic expression, contributing to autism risk.

Spirit in Healing
by Len Saputo, MD, with Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH
While illness can be cured at the physical level, true healing can only happen at the spiritual level. A well-known integrative physician, Dr. Saputo discusses the role of spirit in clinical practice, including such modalities such as Somatic Experiencing, shamanism, and simple compassion.

Chronic Wound/Diabetic Ulcer Healing/Surgical Healing: A New Plant-Based Treatment Clinically Effective in Just 30 Days
by Brian Scott Peskin, BSc; Amid Habib, MD; and Jeff Matheson, MD
All diabetics suffer with impaired wound healing, and there has been no effective treatment. This article describes how Peskin Protocol EFAs have had clinical success with a number of patients, and several case studies are presented.

Overcoming a Knowledge Gap to Develop Competent Nutrigenomics Practitioners
by Yael T. Joffe, PhD, RD; and Christine A. Houghton, BSc (Biochem.), GradDip, R Nutr, PhD Cand
As nutrigenetic testing has exploded in popularity, has practitioner knowledge of how to apply this information kept up? Here the difference between nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics is defined, with examples of each, including nutrigenomic interventions.

Townsend Calendar


Pathways to Healing
LightHearted Medicine Engages Deeply with Patients
Elaine Zablocki

Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Optimizing Metabolism
Top Ten Technologies for Improving Metabolism
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Anti-Aging Medicine
There Can Be No Anti-Aging Without Detoxification
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Ask Dr. J
Jim Cross, ND, LAc

Monthly Miracles
The Many Faces of Helicobacter Pylori
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Healing with Homeopathy
Asperger Syndrome and ADHD
by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, and Robert Ullman, ND

Women's Health Update
Skin Solutions in Women
Tori Hudson, ND


Eyes So Dry, Makes Me Want to Cry
Alan Gaby, MD

Guest Editorial
The Current State of Dementia Prevention and Treatment
by Ira L. Goodman, MD, FACS, ABIHM, FAARM

Guest Editorial
Tragedy of the Flint, Michigan, Contamination:
Lead in the Water – Is It Time to Freak Out?

by John Parks Trowbridge, MD, FACM

In Memoriam

Anne Beattie Moss

Letters to the Editor

Follow-up: Potential Mechanisms of Autonomic Involvement in Subgroups of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients


Book Review
Stop Vision Loss Now!

by Bruce Fife, ND
review by Katherine Duff




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