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Townsend Letter
December 2015
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

Male Muscle Building
by Jade Teta, ND, and Keoni Teta, ND
Losing muscle with age has come to be seen as inevitable in the medical field. But bodybuilders and senior weight trainers challenge this assumption. What is a safe and effective workout routine for older patients?

Green Smoothie Bliss: Was Popeye Secretly on Dialysis?
by Thomas Lodi, MD, MD(H)
Recently there has been a swirl of controversy regarding possible kidney stones and other harm resulting from excess oxalate accumulation from green smoothies. When we look more deeply at how kidney stones and oxalates work, we can take a more informed approach to this dietary dilemma.

Nutritional Antioxidants and Testosterone Secretion:
Natural Methods to Increase Testosterone in Men

by Michael J. Glade, PhD; Kyl Smith, DC; and Michael M. Meguid, MD, PhD
It is becoming increasingly evident that chronically elevated stress is a root cause of low normal testosterone. Here are a few supplements and foods that can help with this imbalance.

Traumatic Brain Injury: Recognition and Treatment Options for Mild Injury and What Can We Learn from Failed Clinical Trials
by Sara Wood, ND
Traumatic brain injuries, even when too mild to cause a concussion, can stimulate a number of generalized symptoms long after the event. They are quite common, and practitioners should consider using these supplements to treat the lasting effects of a TBI.

Applying Nutrigenomics to Cardiovascular Medicine:
Prevention and Treatment

With all the genetic testing available today, you may sometimes get more information that necessary. One way to home in on what is useful is to look at harmful genes than can be turned off (or prevented from turning on) with healthful diets and attention to key aspects of nutrition.

Bovine Colostrum: The Anti-Aging Revolution
What Athletes Can Teach Us About Staying Young: Part 1

by Douglas A. Wyatt
The same strategies that help athletes perform at their best also tend to help aging people enjoy continued health and youthfulness. Colostrum is one powerful way to achieve this by providing all the growth hormones required by the human body without anything synthetic.

The Neuroendocrine Theory of Aging: Minimizing Chronic Stress to Prevent the Degenerative Diseases of Age
by Chris D. Meletis, ND, and Kimberly Wilkes
Just as some people lose sensitivity in their ears or eyes as they age, receptors in the body can lose sensitivity too. This induces increasingly higher production of signaling substances, including stress-inducing hormones such as cortisol. Adaptogenic herbs can bring back sensitivity and thus reduce stress.

Red Yeast Rice in the Treatment of Hyperlipidemia
by Douglas Lobay, BSc, ND
Used in China for over 1200 years, red yeast rice works on hyperlipidemia through a compound called monacolin K. This doctor shares dosage recommendations acquired through clinical experience.​

The Shifting Paradigms of Diet and Cancer
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Over the years, there have been a number of theories about what causes cancer. First it was food additives, then it was high temperatures at which food was cooked, or pesticides. Later it was excess fat or lack of phytonutrients. All of these theories have been challenged in various ways. Can we accept that cancer has neither one cause nor cure, and learn to navigate its complexity?

A Case of Essential Tremor Resolving with Reduction of Toxic Metals
by Davis W. Lamson, MS, ND
Though benign essential tremor is generally considered common and of unknown origin, this case study gives credence to the previously recognized link between high lead levels and tremor. It is the first case of resolution with this approach to treatment.

A Possible Treatment for Ebola
by Walton Ferris
Vitamin C has been recognized for many decades by multiple practitioners as an effective treatment for seemingly all viruses. It can be given orally for prevention and IV for severe cases, and also used for a preliminary diagnosis through monitoring absorption and elimination rates.

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Optimizing Metabolism
Spirituality as an Age-Well Strategy
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Anti-Aging Medicine
An Anti-Aging Approach for Men's Health
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Women's Health Update
Green Tea: Three More Uses
Tori Hudson, ND


The 'Structure-Function' Dysfunction
Alan Gaby, MD

In the News

None this month

Letters to the Editor

None this month


Book Review
The Complete Guide to Beating Sugar Addiction

by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, and Chrystle Fiedler
review by Katherine Duff

  Book Review
The Chronic Cough Enigma by Jamie Koufman
review by Jule Klotter


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