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February / March 2016
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

E = (MD)2 or … E = (DO)2 or … The Fall 2015 Meeting of the
International College of Integrative Medicine

by John Parks Trowbridge, MD, FACAM

Review of Exponential Medicine Annual Meeting 2015
November, Del Coronado Hotel San Diego

by Ira L. Goodman, MD, FACS, ABIHM, FAARM

Genetic Testing: The Key to Truly Personalized Medicine
by Matthew Pratt-Hyatt, PhD
Personalized medicine has been called the future of medicine since the inception of the Human Genome Project. Learn about a cutting-edge diagnostic tool being developed at the Great Plains Laboratory to provide a complete picture of a patient's overall health.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and the Menopausal Transition:
Clinical Efficacy in Depression and Beyond

by Leah Gillingham, PhD
Symptoms of menopause can include depression, hot flashes, even dry eyes. What does the available science say about use of the omega-3s EPA and DHA for these and other menopausal discomforts?

Study of Insulin Responses to Carbohydrate and Noncarbohydrate Challenges In Insulin-Based Care of Metabolic Disorders
by Majid Ali, MD; Sabitha Dasoju, MB, BS; Naila Karim, MD; J. Amin; and Daawar Chaudhry
Unfortunately, the focus on sugar over insulin in treating metabolic disorders may have led to decades of bad diet advice. With a new way of looking at it, can type 2 diabetes be reversed?

Updates on the Treatment of Drug Addiction
by Carolyn Ross, MD, MPH
Substance addiction is a widespread phenomenon that integrative practitioners can address through better screening and an 8-point approach, detailed in this article, that enhances other addiction treatment programs.

Beyond Sex, Birth, and Breastfeeding: Promising Clinical Uses for Oxytocin
by Pushpa Larsen, ND
Oxytocin, the "love hormone," has a much broader effect than previously thought, including relief of pain, help with obesity, cardiovascular benefit, and more. Read an overview of the groundbreaking research into these findings here.

Oxytocin: The New Hormonal Kid on the Clinical Block
by Dr. Devaki Lindsey Berkson
Dr. Berkson continues this month's exploration of oxytocin with a deeper look into how this love chemical functions in the body, including an exploration of human bonding and social attachment.

Clinically Effective, Evidence-Based, Non-HRT/BHRT Treatment Options for Perimenopause
by Todd A. Born, ND
Even bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has side-effect risks, so what are alternatives for effective and safer perimenopause treatment?

Thallium Exposure: Environmental Issues
by Michael Rosenbaum, MD, and Ernest Hubbard
Based on an interview with Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH
Despite the many health benefits from consuming cruciferous vegetables such as kale, there is a major risk in these plants as well: they uptake and store thallium at high levels when it is present in soil or added fertilizer. What are the effects of exposure to thallium, and why is it present in organic food?​

Lyme Disease: Prevalence, Diagnosis, and Comprehensive Treatment
by David I. Minkoff, MD
​The bacterium that causes Lyme disease was recently found in a 5300-year-old mummy. Though humans have long dealt with this condition, we have a lot more to learn – including how to discern when Lyme is masquerading as another condition, what coinfections may be present, and what course of treatment to pursue.

Field Control Therapy (FCT) and its Successful Approach to Causes of Diseases in Women
by Savely Yurkovsky, MD
Case studies discussed here include a cancelled surgery for an ovarian cyst, hypothyroidism, and uterine fibroids – all relieved with Field Control Therapy.

Fat and Breast Cancer Risk
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
High intakes of fat were one thought to cause breast cancer. This is no longer believed to be true. Read Dr. Schor's exploration of the data on what types of fat are actually protective when it comes to cancer incidence.

These are a Few of My Favorite Things: Research Highlights from 2015
by Tori Hudson, ND

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Pathways to Healing
CAM Professions Engaging with Quality Measures
Elaine Zablocki

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Optimizing Metabolism
Top Ten Technologies for Improving Metabolism
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

New Column: Ask Dr. J
Jim Cross, ND, LAc

Exercise is Medicine
Weight Management in Menopause
Jade Teta, ND, CSCS and Keoni Teta, ND, LAc, CSCS

Environmental Medicine Update
Genetic Polymorphisms and Women's Health
Marianne Marchese, ND

Monthly Miracles
Nevada Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association Fall 2015 Conference
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Women's Health Update
Women's Health Treatment Protocols That I Count On
Tori Hudson, ND


Another Drug that We Don't Need and Can't Afford
Alan Gaby, MD

Guest Editorial
Response to Lodi's Article on the Lack of Oxalate Dangers in the Green Smoothie Diet

Letters to the Editor

The Death of Dr. Nicholas Gonzales


Book Review
Doctoring Data

by Malcolm Kendrick, MD
review by Ira L. Goodman, MD, FACS, ABIHM, FAARM

  Book Review
Stories of Healing
by Robert A. Anderson, MD
review by Jule Klotter



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