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Townsend Letter
February / March 2017
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

We MUST Remain 'Radical'!
by Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh
Although naturopathic medicine and integrative medicine use many of the same therapies, naturopathy has a distinct philosophy and belief system that needs to be maintained.

News from Naturopathic Colleges
 News from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine
 NUNM Moves into Decade Seven
 Update from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
 Massachusetts Governor Signs Naturopathic Medicine Bill into Law


Peloids: A New Old Medical Marvel
by Sussanna Czeranko, ND
Largely unknown in North America, peat, clay, and mud (peloids) are an old-time naturopathic treatment that has many therapeutic effects, particularly for women's health.

A Case of Autonomic Dysregulation Syndrome
by Richard Kitaeff, MA, NMD, DipAc, LAc
Evidence-backed natural therapies restore healthy autonomic regulation in a man with heart arrhythmia, anxiety, and digestive problems.

Impact of Childhood Trauma and Stressors in Pain Disorders and Adult Health
by David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN
Traumatic events during childhood can prime the emotional pain circuits for hyper-activation later in life, contributing to chronic pain. Stress-reducing activities, botanicals, and nutrients can help where painkillers cannot.

Childhood Absence Epilepsy: Putative Complementary Diet and Orthomolecular Treatment Options; with an Addendum to an Earlier Report
by Jonathan E. Prousky, ND, MSc, MA
Integrative orthomolecular treatment for childhood absence epilepsy, a condition that increases cognitive deficits, psychosocial difficulties, and epilepsy-related death in adults, may be superior to drug treatment alone.

The Healing Power of the Electronic Health Record
by J.H. Furlong, ND
The author urges naturopathic physicians to take the lead in person-centered care as healthcare becomes increasingly corporatized.

Why Naturopaths Particularly Need to be Evidence-Based Medicine Rockstars
by Joshua Z. Goldenberg, ND
Learning how to assess the quality of research studies is particularly important for practitioners who lack expert-derived practice guidelines. The author gives tips for separating good research from bad.

Mold Illness Explored
by Jill Crista Evenson, ND
Mold illness is more common than most people realize. Over one-fourth of all buildings have water damage, a perfect habitat for mold spores and mycotoxins that affect many body systems.

Current Trends in Naturopathic Prescribing for Digestive Disorders
by Jillian Stansbury, ND
Naturopathic treatment for digestive disorders includes diet strategies and diverse herbal teas and tinctures, prescribed according to individual symptoms.

Townsend Calendar


Pathways to Healing
108 Pearls for Healing Ourselves
Elaine Zablocki

Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Curmudgeon's Corner
Mistaken Associations
Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Healing with Homeopathy
A Defense of Homeopathy
by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, MSW; Robert Ullman, ND; Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH; and Richard Moskowitz, MD

Optimizing Metabolism
Carnitine Supplementation in Clinical Practice
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

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

Women's Health Update
Sample Treatment Plans for HPV and Abnormal Pap Smears
Tori Hudson, ND


Copper, Arthritis, and the FDA
Alan Gaby, MD

Guest Editorial
Sustainable Future for Naturopathic Medicine
Carrie Louise Daenell, ND

Letters to the Editor

Juicing and the Law of Parsimony

In the News

none this month


Book Review
Practical Wisdom in Natural Healing
by Deborah Frances, RN, ND
review by Chris Chlebowski, ND, DC


Book Review
Health and Disease Begin in the Colon

by Prof. Serge Jurasunas
review by Martin Dayton, DO, MD



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