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Townsend Letter
December 2014
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

Not Skin Deep: Psoriatic Arthritis and the Complications of Systemic Inflammation Seen with Psoriasis
by Sara Wood, ND
Patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) may received a delayed diagnosis due to lack of understanding about psoriasis, which is a frequent predecessor and not merely a cosmetic issue. How can we prevent PsA from occurring, speed up diagnosis when it does happen, distinguish it from other forms of arthritis, and treat it effectively?

Osteoarthritis and Ozone Therapy
by Robert Jay Rowen
Osteoarthritis treatments can be extremely expensive, as well as impermanent (prosthetic joints don't last forever). Ozone therapy is a more cost-effective treatment that can postpone or prevent the necessity of more invasive procedures.

Dialogue: Inflammation and the Triple Burner
by Efrem Korngold, OMD, and Stephen Cowan, MD
Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches us about three important energy centers in our bodies, which regulate our vitality, digestion, and consciousness. With this framework in mind, two holistic practitioners use herbs, acupuncture, and other traditional remedies to treat cases ranging from ADHD to eczema.

Lucid Dream Healing: A Primer
by Laurance Johnston, PhD
Becoming aware that you are dreaming while doing so isn't just a pleasurable opportunity for mental play; it can be a powerful route to healing. Here are some techniques to get you started.

Support Diversity
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Many studies, articles, and fad diets try to sell us on finding one or two "super foods" that will cure all of our problems. It turns out that diet is more than the sum of its parts; the more variety of fruits and vegetables we eat, the more they synergize to support health and healing.

The Aging Brain Part 3: Treatment, Therapy, Preventative?
by Dan Moran, PhD
What most age-related diseases and symptoms have in common is an increase of calcium in the brain. Taking steps now to mitigate calcium build-up with pay off in old age.

The Case Against Chronic High-Dose Probiotic Supplementation
by Mark A. Brudnak and Eric J. Baer
Although probiotics are a valuable tool for digestive health, there can be too much of a good thing. Sometimes it's better to give your digestive ecosystem time to adapt and take care of itself.

It 'CAM' and Should Be a Part
by Rajgopal Nidamboor
Here's the why and how on integrating complementary, evidence-based medicine into the allopathic medical curriculum through research, nutrition, and a humanistic approach to health care.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Responds Well to Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
by Colet Lahoz RN, MS, LAc
This case study documents the story of a young veteran whose life was severely altered by traumatic experiences in Afghanistan. Through acupuncture points specifically aimed at helping soldiers (as well as other treatments), he is slowly healing and getting his life back.

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Pathways to Healing
Chronic Illness: Training in Mindfulness
Elaine Zablocki

Anti-Aging Medicine
An Anti-Aging Approach to Alleviating Arthritis
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Monthly Miracles
Reversing Ischemic Heart Damage with Multiple Chelations and EECP
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Health Risks & Environmental Issues
The Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute
Rose Marie Williams, MA

Optimizing Metabolism
New Prescription for Preventing Diet-Induced Inflammation Among Youth
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Women's Health Update
Fish Oils and Hot Flashes; IBS and Probiotics; Cohosh and Fibroids
Tori Hudson, ND


Scooter Store Redux
Alan Gaby, MD

In the News

Emord & Associates Honors Leaders in Nutrition, Integrative Medicine, Medical Science, and Journalism

Ebola, Enterovirus, Dirty Dishes, and Plague

Letters to the Editor

Oxidation Therapy Experts Offer Humanitarian Aid


Book Review
10 Essentials to Save Your Sight
by Edward C. Kondrot, MD
review by Jule Klotter

  Book Review
The Art of Healing
by Bernie S. Siegel, MD
review by Katherine Duff




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