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Peripheral Neuropathy: The Role of Probiotics & Other Nutrients in Neurodegenerative Diseases
by Mark A. Brudnak, PhD, ND
The use of high dose probiotics in the prevention of neuropathy is one alternative among many that slow the process of neurodegeneration, including CoQ1O, phosphatidyl serine, green tea, and other antioxidants.

Peripheral Vascular Disease & Stasis Ulcers: Treatment from a Naturopathic Perspective
by Jason Barker, ND and Chris D. Meletis, ND
Peripheral vascular disease is poorly treated by allopathic methods yet there are a number of herbs proven to be effective for healing damaged blood vessels and decreasing capillary fragility.

The Role of Dietary Polyunsaturated Fats in Heart Disease and Atherosclerosis
by Wayne Martin
The incidence of cardiovascular disease increased as the oil seed industry grew, and the trials on The Prudent Diet and aspirin did not show any effectiveness in preventing heart disease. So why are doctors still telling their patients to use polyunsaturated vegetable oils and take an aspirin a day?

Sugar, Sweet Suicide – Part II
by Gary Null, PhD
In the second of this 2-part article, 88 studies on sugar's detrimental effects are cited, from anxiety and depression, Candidiasis and ADHD, to obesity and diabetes.

Living Longer, Yes! But Living Well?
by Dr. Anthony G. Payne
Old age often means disability and ill health, but it doesn't have to, as this research scientist points out. Simple dietary and lifestyle changes can make the difference.

Chewing the Fat: The Low-Carb Diet Phenomenon
by Stephen Byrnes, PhD, RNCP
What next? First, HRT drugs are proven to be far more harmful than beneficial, and now, the research shows that it's not the fat in diet – it's the carbs that cause obesity.

SARS: Breathe Easy with Herbal Solutions
by Kerry Bone
Although conventional medicine has had no effective treatment for SARS, herbs such as Echinacea and St John's wort have proven efficacy against many enveloped viruses.

The Restoration of L-Tryptophan with Its Numerous Physiological Benefits
by Morton Walker, DPM
The natural amino acid L-Tryptophan is very effective for treating illnesses related to serotonin deficiency such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia, without the serious side effects of drugs such as benzodiazepine.

Nutritional Immune Modulation Therapies for CFIDS
Lecture by Michael Rosenbaum, MD (presented at The Physician Conference on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia)
An early researcher on CFS brings us up to date on what we’ve learned about this frustrating syndrome, and creates a schematic "road map" for the immune response to viral infection.

Plans to Minimize the Risk of Viral Infections – It's All a Matter of Susceptibility: SARS, West Nile, and Monkeypox
by Jason Barker, ND and Chris D. Meletis, ND
Don't let the news media spook you into thinking these new viruses are untreatable. Botanical medicines such as licorice root, elderberry, olive leaf extract, zinc, and the amino acid lysine are all effective against viruses.

A Missing Link to Chronic Illness, Allergies and Longevity? Vagus Nerve Imbalance/Hiatal Hernia Syndrome
by Steve Rochlitz
This little-recognized syndrome may be the cause of many maladies and symptoms, especially respiratory diseases, and may be corrected by special bodywork.

The Role of Padma Basic®, a Tibetan-Based Herbal Formula, in Circulatory and Cardiovascular Disease
by Isaac Eliaz, MD, LAc and Michael Eli Rosenbaum, MSc, MD
This unique herbal preparation of 20 botanical ingredients has 30 years of research behind its prevention and treatment of inflammatory-related diseases, such as arteriosclerosis.

A Critical Review of IgG Immunoglobulins and Food Allergy – Implications in Systemic Health
by Raymond M. Suen, MT (ASCP) and Shalima Gordon, ND
Delayed-onset (IgG) food allergies may be much more common than the more widely accepted IgE-mediated immediate hypersensitivity reactions, and may contribute to a variety of chronic health conditions.

From Tragedy to Triumph: One Man's Journey Back to Health
by Paul Goldberg, PhD, DC, DACBN
The inspiring story of Jordan Rubin's search for health and his subsequent development of Homeostatic Soil Organisms (HSOs), and Primal Defense, his formulated product. A clinical study by the author showed significant improvements in patients' symptoms.

Kirkpatrick W. Dilling

Shorts. . . briefed by Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Chinese Medicine Updates
Chinese Medicine & Diabetic Acromelic Gangrene
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
by Bob Flaws, Dipl. Ac & CH, FNAAOM, FRCHM

Medical Anthropology
Peripheral Circulation and Cold Adaptation in Raynaud's Phenomenon
by Tim Batchelder, BA

Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology Review & Commentary
by Robert A. Anderson, MD

Quantum Medicine Update
The Role of Insulin Resistance in Peripheral Vascular Disease
by Paul Yanick, Jr. PhD

The War on Cancer
by Ralph W. Moss, PhD

Phytotherapy Review & Commentary
Butcher's Broom: Evidence-Based Phytotherapy for Venous Conditions
by Kerry Bone, FNIMH, FNHAA

Health Risks & Environmental Issues
Hazards of Pressure Treated Wood
by Rose Marie Williams, MA

Healing with Homeopathy
A Perfectionist Child with ADD
by Judyth Reichenberg and Robert Ullman, NDs

Medicinal Properties in Whole Foods
Supporting our Children's Physical and Mental Health with Whole Foods
by Gina L. Nick, PhD, ND

Marketing Tips: What is Positioning for Success?
Increase Word-of-Mouth Advertising with Décor and Communications
by Terra Wellington

Web Page Potpourri
by Marjorie Roswell

New Column!
Probiotics, Enzymes and the Food Supply
Acrylamide in the Food Supply: Danger or Just Dander?
by Mark A. Brudnak, PhD, ND

Highly Effective Treatments for Pain and Fatigue
Protocols for Treating an Underactive Thyroid – Despite Normal Blood Tests
by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Women's Health Update
Restless Legs Syndrome
by Tori Hudson, ND, Professor

Nutritional Influences on Illness
Vitamins & Minerals to Combat Peripheral Vascular Disease
by Melvyn R. Werbach, MD


Hyperbaric Oxygen
by Jonathan Collin, MD

The New England Journal of Drugs
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Letters to the Editor

Nickel and Bromide for Psoriasis

Medical Intuitive Rhonda Lenair

Effectiveness of Dicalcium EDTA Questioned

Correction Notice

Senate Bill S-7122 Will Give Greater Authority by the FDA Over Supplements

Health Canada Harassment of Vitamin Supplements that Work

Cure for SARS Found in Red Onions?

A Quick and Easy Way to Discover a Person's Metabolic Type

Patient Report: Hypertension and Osteoarthritis

Aspartame Unrelated to Pulmonary Hypertension

In the News Finds Improvement in Quality of Vitamin C Products

Warren M. Levin, MD Speaks Out on Daily Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

New FDA-Cleared, Non-Pharmacological Adjunctive Treatment for Hypertension

Medical Students' Reflections on Patient Relationships Focus of New Book

Eye Health: The $40 Billion Baby Boom Problem

Studies Show Ingested Fluoride Needless; Children Dangerously Overdosed

Study Shows Atherosclerosis in Seniors Reversed by Multimodality Natural Medicine Approach

Ginseng Berry Helps Fight Obesity, Diabetes

Medical University Stops Killing Dogs for Medical Training

Nutritional Supplementation Can Protect Against Many Bioterrorism Agents

The Indispensable Independence Tool

Nutraceutical Consulting Firm, Longevity Through Prevention, Inc., Launches New Website


The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil
by Bruce Fife, ND, foreword by Jon J. Kabara, PhD
review by Beatrice Trum Hunter

Sitting on the Job by Scott W. Donkin, DC
review by Katherine Duff

The Healing Secrets of Food by Deborah Kesten
review by Jule Klotter

Modern Foods: The Sabotage of Earth's Food Supply
by David Casper, MA, and Thomas Stone, ND, CN
review by Irene Alleger

The Inflammatory Syndrome by Jack Challem
review by Beatrice Trum Hunter

Patient Heal Thyself by Jordan Rubin, NMD, CNC
review by Paul Goldberg, MPH, DC

Close to the Bone by Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD
review by Pat Johnson

Staying Well in a Toxic World: A New Millennium Update
by Lynn Lawson
review by William G. Crook, MD


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

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