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Townsend Letter
December 2016
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

Chicken Little and the End of 'Conventional' Medicine
John Parks Trowbridge, MD, FACAM

Probiotics: Using The Right One Is Critical for Health
by Andrew W. Campbell, MD
Modern lifestyle features such as antibiotic use and Western diet can disrupt microbiome homeostasis,  leading to many physical and mental disorders. However,  there are ways to correct these imbalances and reduce inflammation – including the addition of probiotics. But how do we know which ones are efficacious? 

Field Control Therapy and Premature Aging: The Simple Approach
by Savely Yurkovsky, MD
For the first time in centuries, our children are expected to live shorter lives than their parents. While conventional medicine points to drugs and alternative medicine pulls out "natural" options, the outcomes are unpromising. But instead of guessing which pill may prolong life, we can reduce the noxious forces that drain our batteries, starting with skillful bioresonance testing – and it's never too early.

Testosterone Deficiency in Men over Ages 25 to 30: Its High Frequency, Adverse Effects, Diagnosis, and Treatment
by Thierry Hertoghe, MD
Sooner or later, all men get testosterone deficient. But what is the optimal testosterone level? How is deficiency diagnosed, and what are the best treatment modalities? In this article, renowned hormone specialist Dr. Thierry Hertoghe provides detailed answers to these and other questions.

The Clinical Importance of 5alpha-Reductase in Human Health and Pathology – Part 1: Men, Testosterone Replacement, and Stress
by Alan B. McDaniel, MD
When the effects of the enzyme 5α-R go awry, the consequences for male HRT can be dramatic. In this article, Dr. McDaniel examines cases of men whose testosterone replacement is inappropriately 5α-reduced – which can occur with the use of gels and creams – along with treatment options and outcomes, the causes of the problems, and their solutions.

Dysfunction at Wikipedia on Homeopathic Medicine
by Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH
Well-known homeopathy advocate Dana Ullman shares his concerns about the "unencyclopedic" tone and information in Wikipedia's article on homeopathy in a letter to founder Jimmy Wales.

Sniffing Out Pain – Part 2: The Multimodal Actions of Essential Oils on Pain Perception and Pain Relief
by Sarah A. LoBisco, ND
Essential oils may appear to be a simple tool, but their secondary metabolites can affect pain more profoundly than odor alone. In fact, pyschoaromatherapy might be a more precise term to portray their full range of biochemical, physiological, and psychological effects, as explained in this article.

Healing with Stem Cells: My Journey
by David A. Steenblock, MS, DO
Adult stem cells are a powerful therapeutic modality. Dr. Steenblock shares his path into the world of stem cell medicine, along with findings from the literature, to show how they can turn the tables on various chronic diseases and medical conditions.

Townsend Calendar


Pathways to Healing
Clinical Aromatherapy Fills Gaps in Health Care
Elaine Zablocki

Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Curmudgeon's Corner
Opaletka Pharmacy
Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Anti-Aging Medicine
The Anti-Aging Revolution
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Ask Dr. J
The Magic of Anti-Aging Information
Jim Cross, ND, LAc

Healing with Homeopathy
Ulcerative Colitis: A Quick Cure in a High-Pressure Millennial
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, LCSW, and Robert Ullman, ND

Optimizing Metabolism
Food Safety vs. Nutrition
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Women's Health Update
Tori Hudson, ND


Thoughts on Interpreting Research Papers: Part 2
Alan Gaby, MD

Letters to the Editor

Ruggiero Article Offers Groundbreaking Information

In the News

none this month


Book Excerpt
The Sting of Absence
by Heather Herington


Book Review
Human Heart, Cosmic Heart
by Thomas Cowan, MD
review by Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH


Book Review
Conquering Cancer: Volume One - 50 Pancreatic and Breast Cancer Patients on the Gonzalez Nutritional Protocol
by Nicholas J. Gonzalez, MD
review by Peter Barry Chowka

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