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February/March 2014
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

The Importance and Relevance of IBS in the Female Patient
by Melanie Keller, ND; Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP;
and Allison Siebecker, ND, MSOM, LAc

The authors, physicians at the SIBO Center for Digestive Health at the National College of Natural Medicine, review the Rome criteria for diagnosis and share their perspective on treatment of small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in relation to irritable bowel syndrome.

The Integrated Treatment of Postmenopausal Osteoarthritis
by Alena Guggenheim, ND, and Carla Guggenheim, DO, FACP,
with thanks to Nicholas Morgan, ND

Osteoarthritis can be devastating and life changing. This article reviews conventional treatment for OA in its various sites, then looks into various mind-body, phytochemical/herbal, and nutritional treatments.

Overcoming Gender Disparity in Adolescent Mental Health: Utilizing Safe and Natural Therapies to Treat Teenage Girls
by Kellie Raydon, ND, MSOM
Adolescent girls experience mental health issues with far greater frequency than boys their age, and most of them aren't getting the treatment that they need. Fortunately, many nonpharmaceutical interventions are effective, including acupuncture, Chinese medicine, nutritional support, and other modalities in supporting girls needing treatment for mood disorders.

Metformin and L-Carnitine in Thyroid Hormone Suppression Therapy
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Citing recent literature, Dr. Schor talks about how these two relatively safe tools can help make treatment of thyroid cancer more tolerable and possibly more effective.

Basic Lifestyle Interventions for High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
by Jeremy Mikolai, ND
The importance of the lifestyle and dietary foundation for the redress of hypertension, dyslipidemia, and the metabolic syndrome cannot be overstated. Dr. Mikolai goes over five basic therapeutic lifestyle changes that apply to the vast majority of cases of primary hypertension, as well as interventions for addressing dyslipidemia.

Managing Menopause with and without Bioidentical Hormones:
Addressing Underlying Causes

by Amy Elizabeth Terlisner, NMD
Menopausal symptoms are largely a Western phenomenon, the result of an underlying imbalance in at least one of three glandular systems. From this perspective, one can choose how to help hormones balance and thus correct symptoms.

MSA/Shy-Drager Syndrome Responds To Alternative Medicine
Part 3: Long-Term Exposure to Fumes, Pesticides, and Mold May Be
Linked to MSA

by S. Colet Lahoz, RN, MS, LAc
The author describes favorable outcomes in using her clinic's unique approach to treating this rare neurological disorder, considered irreversible by medical doctors, and presents three case studies and a protocol.

Gardasil: Child Abuse by Big Pharma
by Gary Null, PhD, and Nancy Ashley
The CDC and the FDA maintain that Gardasil is an important cervical cancer prevention tool that could protect the health of millions of women, but the facts show the opposite: Gardasil isn't just unnecessary; it is possibly the most dangerous vaccine on the market.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid
by Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD
This unique and potent compound can be considered a master antioxidant orchestrator, facilitating the optimal interactions among the other antioxidants. A review of the medical literature shows its positive effects on a wide variety of clinical conditions, including any associated with increased oxidative stress.

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Healing with Homeopathy
Homeopathy for the Backcountry: Hypothermia and Altitude Sickness
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, LCSW, and Robert Ullman, ND

Optimizing Metabolism
Change for Women's Health
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Pathways to Healing
Spectrum Clinic Communicates with 'Superutilizers'
Elaine Zablocki

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Anti-Aging Medicine
Exercise Your Right to Achieve the Healthy and Fit You
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Monthly Miracles
Nevada Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association 2013 Annual Fall Seminar: Part 1
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Quantum Medicine Update
Dysbiosis, Hepatobiliary and Barrier Function, and Gut Inflammation
Paul Yanick Jr., PhD

War on Cancer
Nuts Against Cancer
Ralph Moss, PhD

Environmental Medicine Update
Breast Lumps: Clinical Pearls and Perils
Marianne Marchese, ND

Orthopedic/Sports Medicine
Elbow Injuries: What To Do About Them
Peter A. Fields, MD, DC

Women's Health Update
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Tori Hudson, ND


Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Are Not a Waste of Money: Comments on a Widely Publicized Editorial
Alan Gaby, MD

In the News

National College of Natural Medicine Launches New SIBO Center

7th Annual Probiotic Symposium Highlights Probiotics

Many Probiotic Supplements Fall Short on Listed Amounts of Helpful Organisms

Scientific Research on Safety of Dr. Ohhira's Om-X Capsules Published in Integrative Medicine Journal

Antivitamin Publications: Misinformation Presented As Truth
Rolf Hefti

Ancient Tooth Decay DNA Reveals Effects of Changing Diets

Letters to the Editor

Potassium to Cure Rheumatoid Arthritis


Book Review
Moods, Emotions, and Agingby Phyllis Bronson, PhD
review by Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP

  Book Review
Encyclopedia of Clinical Anti-Aging Medicine & Regenerative Biomedical Technologies
edited by Ronald Klatz, MD; Robert Goldman, MD; and Catherine Cebula
review by Jonathan Collin, MD


Book Review
Magnificent Magnesium
by Dennis Goodman, MD
review by Richard W. Walker Jr., MD




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