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December 2003
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Amino Acid Profiling
by Bradley Bongiovanni, ND and Judy Feinerman, MS, RD

Metametrix Clinical Laboratory
The pros and cons of whether plasma or urine may be the preferred specimen choice for amino acid testing is discussed. Measurement of amino acids provides much useful information in clinical situations.

New Diagnostic Tools for Evaluating Digestive Function
by R.W. Watkins, MD, MPH, FAAFP
There are many new sophisticated tools for assessing digestive function, including markers of absorption, gut immunology, and colonic flora. The many different pathogens that can affect digestion are also discussed.

The Desensitization of the Allergic Patient Using A New Technique of Bioresonance
by Thomas E. Croley, PhD and Deborah N. Baird, MD, FAAP
A new procedure using "reversed resonance" is described, based on the fact that each allergen or incitant has its own unique and specific resonant energy signal.

Chromium Status and Health:
Accurate and Precise Analysis Using High Resolution ICP-MS

by David W. Quig, PhD and Dean Bass, PhD
The primary physiological role of Chromium is in its regulation of glucose homeostasis and insulin responsiveness, making accurate measurement of Cr status important in diseases such as diabetes and hyperinsulinemia.

Laboratory Evaluation of Estrogen Metabolism
by Patrick Friel, BS, Meridian Valley Laboratory
Since the recent debacle in HRT, women are in even greater need of guidance. Evaluating the individual woman's estrogen metabolism can be useful in reflecting risk factors for cancer.

Trace Elements and Glucose Disorders
by Dr. David L. Watts, Director of Research
Serum micronutrient studies and mineral hair analysis show the relationship between nutrition and diabetes, especially in the micronutrients such as zinc, chromium, copper, manganese, and others.

Clinical importance of delayed immune reactions to antigens & haptens detected by functional Lymphocyte Response Assays (LRA by ELISA/ACT tests) in primary management of chronic disease - Part 1
by Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, CCN, NACB
The importance of delayed allergy reactions on our immune system's role in defense and repair is just beginning to be understood. This advanced laboratory tool provides patient-specific information for the clinician.

Vaccination: An Analysis of the Health Risks - Part III
by Gary Null, PhD and Martin Feldman, MD
In this third and final look at childhood vaccination, the smallpox and rotavirus vaccines are reported on, as well as the emerging phenomenon called "provocation" disease, linking vaccination to allergies, SIDS, and autoimmune disease.


CHRF News File
reprinted from File #53

Literature Review & Commentary
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

briefed by Jule Klotter

The War on Cancer
by Ralph W. Moss, PhD

Chinese Medicine Update
Pulse Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine
by Bob Flaws, Dipl. Ac & CH, FNAAOM, FRCHM

Medical Anthropology
Testing, Quality Control and Scientific Marketing for
Non-Synthetic Pharmaceuticals

by Tim Batchelder, BA

Medical Journalist Report of Innovative Biologics
AMA & Consumers Union Join in Attacks on DSHEA
Using Senate Bill S.722 as their Weapon

by Morton Walker, DPM with Randall Walker

Phytotherapy Review & Commentary
Schisandra - the Complete Liver Herb
by Kerry Bone, FNIMH, FNHAA

Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology Review & Commentary
by Robert A. Anderson, MD

Medicinal Properties in Whole Foods
Assessing Individual Susceptibility to Endocrine Disruption Caused by the Ingestion of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs): Part 1
by Gina L. Nick, PhD, ND

Highly Effective Treatments for Pain and Fatigue
How to Safely & Effectively Use Adrenal Hormones and Glandulars
by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Healing with Homeopathy
Treating Psychiatric Patients in Your Homeopathic Practice
by Judyth Reichenberg and Robert Ullman, NDs

Acupuncture and Moxibustion
The Effect of Puncturing the Network Vessels and Cupping on the Partial Pressure of Oxygen & Partial Pressure of Carbon Dioxide in Persistent Asthma
by Honora Lee Wolfe, Dipl. Ac., Lic. Ac., FNAAOM

Nutritional Influences on Illness
Laboratory Testing in Nutritional Medicine - Part 1
by Melvyn R. Werbach, MD

Women's Health Update
Research and Medical Update
by Tori Hudson, ND, Professor

Web Page Potpourri
by Marjorie Roswell

In Memorium

Jack M. Blount, MD


Before you order that lab test
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Letters to the Editor

Preventing Amputations for Peripheral Vascular Disease

Urinary Markers of Intestinal Yeast

Environmental Toxicity: An Alternative Way of Assessing Heavy Metals

The Wolff-Chaikoff Effect of Increasing Iodide Intake
on the Thyroid


The Myth of Osteoporosis: What Every Woman Should Know About Creating Bone Health
by Gillian Sanson
review by Irene Alleger

The Clinical Neurobiology of Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain: Therapeutic Implications
Robert M. Bennett, MD, editor
review by Katherine Duff

Own Your Health: Choosing the Best from Alternative & Conventional Medicine
by Roanne Weisman with Brian Berman, MD
review by Irene Alleger

User's Guide to Nutritional Supplements
edited by Jack Challem
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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