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Townsend Letter
April 2019
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

Concerning Dr. Whitaker, Functional Medicine, and Related Issues
Savely Yurkovsky, MD©
The founder of Field Control Therapy® (FCT®) comments on the shortcomings of functional medicine.

Probiotics for the Prevention and Treatment of Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis
Donald Brown, ND
Donald Brown, ND, a leading authority in the US on safety and efficacy of dietary supplements, looks at probiotic supplementation in breastfeeding mothers and their babies as a way to prevent atopic dermatitis and reduce symptoms in at-risk children.

The Whole-Body Approach to Treating Allergies
Clement Lee, NMD
Improving the body's detoxification and elimination pathways and alleviating stress can reduce allergy symptoms and improve overall health.

Pulmonary Conditions – Breathing, the Highest Consideration in the Hierarchy of Health
Chris D. Meletis, ND, and Kimberly Wilkes
This overview of several common lung disorders considers the interplay of environmental factors, the gut microbiota, and gastroesophageal reflux; and it provides suggestions for supportive supplementation.

Why Food Allergy Occurs – An Electronic Mystery Story
Alfred V. Zamm, MD
When patients reported that their food-related allergic symptoms mysteriously appeared and disappeared, this dermatologist tracked down an unexpected explanation.

Cataracts – An Integrative Medical Approach
Marc Grossman, OD, LAc
Diet, lifestyle, and supplementation support eye health and can prevent, slow, and even reverse the growth of cataracts.

Bastyr University San Diego Clinic: Student Case Reports
A Case of Depression and Anxiety

Katharine Chang
edited by Baljit Khamba, ND, MPH

Addressing nutrient deficiencies and situational stress relieved a patient's depression and anxiety.

Adrenal Fatigue: Myth or Metaphor?
Dr. Douglas Lobay, BSc, ND
"Adrenal fatigue" may simply be another name for clinical burnout and may respond to naturopathic treatments that help the body deal with stress.

Chinese Botanical Medicine: Wikipedia Claims It Is Fake, We Are Certain It Is Real.
Richard Gale and Gary Null
Despite Chinese botanical medicine's long history of use and volumes of recent scientific study, Wikipedia and "Skeptic" sites continue to disparage its effectiveness and safety, showing their pro-pharmaceutical bias.

Surviving and Preventing Medical Errors!
Erik Peper, PhD
Many factors contributed to avoidable complications that prolonged the author's recovery from outpatient laparoscopic double-hernia repair surgery. He offers patients strategies for reducing unnecessary risks and improving outcomes.

Monsanto Wants to Disguise Its Genetically Engineered Foods as "Biofortified" But NHF Is Standing in Its Way …
Scott C. Tips
A delegate from National Health Federation (NHF) describes Monsanto's attempt to define its GMO crops as ‘biofortified.'

Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, "Effortless" Fat Loss, and Pantothenic Acid
Owen Fonorow
With today's sedentary lifestyle, non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) levels have greatly decreased. High doses of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) appear to increase the body's ability to burn fat.

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Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Functional Gastroenterology Bolus
The Sterolbiome – The Essential, But Overlooked Enterohepatic Endocrine System
Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP

Healing with Homeopathy
Eczema from Birth: Why Homeopathy Is the Best Solution
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, MSW, and Robert Ullman, ND

Curmudgeon's Corner
Probiotics: Why Do They Work So Well?
Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO


The New Migraine Drugs: Expensive and Less Effective Than Nutritional Therapy
Alan Gaby, MD


Lynne Shinto, ND, Becomes Full Professor at OHS

Letters to the Editor

None this month


Book Review
Bioregulatory Medicine
by Dickson Thom, James Paul Maffitt Odell, Jeoffrey Drobot, Frank Pleus, and Jess Higgins Kelley
review by Heather Tallman Ruhm, MD


Book Review
What's Making Our Children Sick?
by Michelle Perro, MD, and Vincanne Adams, PhD
review by Katherine Duff



Book Notice
Metabolic Therapies in Orthopedics (2nd edition)
edited by Ingrid Kohlstadt and Kenneth Cintron

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