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Townsend Letter
August / September 2016
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

Report on Memorial Service for Nicholas Gonzalez, MD
by Peter Barry Chowka

Cancer as Adaptation: Rethinking the Cause and Treatment of Malignancy
by Greg Nigh, ND
The conventional model for cancer is that of good cells gone bad, with the goal being to kill as many as possible – but results of this approach have been underwhelming. Looking back to Warburg's theories, the author approaches cancer as metabolic adaptation, and explores a promising new therapy.

Salicinium: An Excellent Addition to My Armamentarium for Cancer Patients
by Carol M. Brown, DO, PhD, FAARFM
The author and her staff used to find treating cancer patients emotionally draining, but when she integrated Salicinium into her practice with impressive results, feelings of helplessness were transformed into hope.

Field Control Therapy, 'Placebo-Water,' and an Against-All-Odds Medical Ordeal
by Savely Yurkovsky, MD
Homeopathy may still be dismissed by conventional medicine, but this testimony by parents of a brain-injured patient, who recovered with complementary care while in neurosurgical intensive care, shows that this modality is to be taken very seriously.

Big Changes in the Pipeline for Cancer Treatment
by Mary Budinger, NTC
After decades of fairly stagnant results in to treating cancer, immunotherapy has emerged as a paradigm-shifting approach. Health journalist Mary Budinger reviews this and other cutting-edge developments presented at this year's Best Answer for Cancer Conference.

Six Pillars of Integrative Oncology
by Dr. Sean Devlin
Western medicine's primary approach to cancer treatment, based on the best clincal evidence, is still is still seen as harsh and impersonal. However, integrative practitioners have a suite of therapies available to help fit patients' individual needs, including modalities from naturopathy, homeopathy, Chinese/Eastern medicine, and Ayurvedic medicine, as well as allopathic medicine.

Using Homeopathy During Conventional Cancer Care:
How to Do It and Why it Matters
by Amy Rothenberg, ND
Unlike other elements of an integrative toolkit, homeopathy can be used safely with any other medical treatment. Dr. Rothenberg offers her expertise, giving context to using this modality for cancer patients, addressing where it falls short (and what to do about it), and offers remedies for specific situations that arise during the course of cancer care.

The Natural Approach to Cancer
by Sylvie Beljanski
French biochemist Mirko Beljanski developed a truly fundamental theory of carcinogenesis, uncovering the link between environmental toxins and carcinogenesis, and discovering of the anticancer activity of several plant extracts. This article gives an overview of his research begun at the Pasteur Institute, and continues with descriptions of the current Beljanski Foundation's ongoing research.

Linitis Plastica Gastric Cancer: A Case Report
by Linda L. Isaacs, MD
Dr. Isaacs and her colleague, the late Nicholas J. Gonzalez, MD, were compiling a book of case reports on the Gonzalez therapy for cancer patients. Here is a case that Dr. Gonzalez rejected – a patient who met their criteria but whose story was complicated by compliance issues.
Circulating Tumor Cells: The Root Cause of Cancer Spreading
by Leigh Erin Connealy, MD
The discovery of CTCs has revolutionized cancer medicine, making it possible to diagnose the presence of cancer before evidence of a tumor, prevent metastasis, and confirm cure and remission. Dr. Connealy discusses detection and treatment of CTCs in the approach used at her integrative medical center.

Proton Pump Inhibitors in Cancer Care
by Jacob Schor, ND
In naturopathic circles, PPIs are known for their adverse side effects. Nonetheless, Dr. Schor has found that recent studies show these drugs' anticancer properties, and he recommends them to cancer patients for whom he believes their use will increase chances of survival.
Boswellia Species Essential Oils and Extracts as Primary, Synergistic, and Preventative Therapies for Cancer Patients
by Judith Boice, ND, LAc, FABNO
Some essential oils, such as Boswellia species (frankincense), have great potential to support oncology patients. This article reviews the literature on the use of this botanical for cancer treatment, comparing preparation methods, study designs, and efficacy.

Adjunctive Botanical Therapy for Glioblastoma
by Nooshin K. Darvish, ND, FICT
Glioblastoma is difficult to treat; conventional therapies have devastating side effects yet bring minimal change in survival rates. Fortunately, alternative therapeutics, such as the use of herbal extracts and diet therapy, can help reduce adverse effects while optimizing the benefits of conventional treatment.

What Is the Best Cure for Cancer?
by Mary W. Maxwell, PhD (Politics), LLB
When her father was diagnosed with cancers, the author researched all available treatments, ultimately compiling the results into a book reviewing the 18 cures that she found most promising. In this article, she summarizes her review, categorizing the cures into five types: "central control of cell division," metabolism, bacteria, electric energy, and light.

Townsend Calendar


Pathways to Healing
Herbs Offer Home-Based Natural Healing
by Elaine Zablocki

by Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

War on Cancer
Prostate Cancer Update
by Ralph Moss, PhD

Optimizing Metabolism
Improving the Impact of Your Cancer Prevention Message
by Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Anti-Aging Medicine
Anti-Aging Exercise Strategies: The Less-is-More Approach
by Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Ask Dr. J
The Six E's of Cancer Treatment and Prevention
by Jim Cross, ND, LAc

Environmental Medicine Update
E-Cigarettes and Lung Cancer
by Marianne Marchese, ND

Current Controversies
Early Cancer Detection: Good, Bad, or Irrelevant?
by Ira L. Goodman, MD, FACS, ABIHM, FAARM

Monthly Miracles
Cancer Revelations
by Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Curmudgeon's Corner
Does Fish Oil Prevent Chemotherapy from Working?
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Women's Health Update
by Tori Hudson, ND


Do Folic Acid and Vitamin B12 Cause Autism?
by Alan Gaby, MD

Letters to the Editor

None this month

In the News

None this month


Book Review
The Fibro Fix
by David M. Brady, ND
review by Todd LePine, MD





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