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January 2004
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2003 American Holistic Veterinary Conference — Healing Animals and Ourselves
by Jule Klotter
Veterinary medicine today is just as badly in need of CAM treatment as humans — and for the same kind of new chronic illnesses. The Holistic Veterinary Conference was a cornucopia of innovative treatments and approaches.

Laboratory Food Allergy Testing: Evaluating the Necessity for this Diagnostic Approach
by Daniel Ko
How good is the science behind food allergy testing? A review of current tests available shows less reliability than the elimination diet and physician-supervised oral food challenge.

The Clinical Relevance of IgG Food Allergy Testing Through ELISA (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay)
by Raymond M. Suen, MT (ASCP) and Shalima Gordon, BSc, ND
A test for oral tolerance through IgG food allergy testing via the ELISA method is simple, but effective tool for the practitioner to assess the patient's immunological response.

Clinical importance of delayed immune reactions to antigens & haptens detected by functional Lymphocyte Response Assays (LRA by ELISA/ACT tests) in primary management of chronic disease ( Part II)
by Russell Jaffe, MD,PhD, CCN, NACB
The second part of this review of a new test for delayed immune reactions discusses the procedure, method, and clinical results, including illustrative cases.

A Natural Liquid Cartilage Extract Brings New Hope for Patients with Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma
by Dominique Garrel, MD, CSPQ, Professor of Medicine; Director, Department of Nutrition, University of Montreal
For the first time ever, a group of patients with metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma, refractory to standard treatment, showed statistically significant clinical benefits with a natural product.

Definitions of Clinical Laboratory Reference Limits
by Richard S. Lord, PhD
What clinical reference limits do best is to define risk factors for disease, and therefore allow for intervention before the onset of illness. Lab evaluations to show nutrient insufficiencies as underlying causes of disease is emphasized.

Food Allergies: Establishment of Diagnosis
by Jason Barker, ND & Chris D. Meletis, ND
Food allergies remain a challenge, both to diagnose, and to treat. A review of current tests shows the ELISA assay is most sensitive, and can now be ordered as a kit for home use.

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Avoiding the Winter Blues
by Jason Barker, ND and Chris D. Meletis, ND
SAD affects most people in the Northern Hemisphere each winter but there are many interventions to prevent the winter 'blues', such as light therapy, botanical medicines, and, you guessed it, good old exercise.

The Healing Power of Full-Spectrum Light
by Joseph G.Hattersley
reprinted from Nexus Magazine, vol. 8, no. 4

The recent 'scientific' advice to avoid ultraviolet (UV) light is thoroughly demolished in this important review of the many, many health benefits from full-spectrum light. It's vital to get 20-30 minutes outside in natural light every day — without the sunglasses and sun block!

Naturopathic Urinalysis
by Prof. Charles McWilliams, ND, DAc, MB
Urinalysis remains one of the most useful indicators of health or disease. Naturopaths also note odor, color, and 'naked eye' deposits of specimen.

Microscopy and the Search for the Soul
by Gitte S. Jensen, PhD, Immunologist, cancer researcher
The new research in microbiology has led to an unexpected complexity of the simplest life forms, and involvement of microbes in the development of many chronic illnesses.

Clinical Value of 24-hour Urine Hormone Evaluations
by Alan Broughton, MD
A hormone evaluation using 24-hour urine provides a stable indicator of production and utilization. Additionally, these tests can be valuable for a broad range of endocrine disorders.

Saliva Hormone Testing
by David Zava, PhD
Saliva testing is more convenient, less stressful, more cost- effective and reports the bioavailable fraction of hormones in blood better than serum hormone testing. Studies show that topical progesterone supplementation significantly increases tissue levels of progesterone without a parallel increase in serum levels.


briefed by Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

The War on Cancer
Femara Takes the Cancer World by Storm ( Part 1)
by Ralph W. Moss, PhD

Chinese Medicine Update
Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine
by Bob Flaws, Dipl. Ac & CH, FNAAOM, FRCHM

Healing with Homeopathy
The Use of Laboratory Tests in a Classical Homeopathic Practice
by Judyth Reichenberg and Robert Ullman, NDs

Phytotherapy Review & Commentary
Measuring Herbal Quality — The Role of Laboratory Analysis
by Kerry Bone, FNIMH, FNHAA

Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology Review & Commentary
by Robert A. Anderson, MD

Highly Effective Treatments for Pain and Fatigue
Eliminating Food Allergies
by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Medical Journalist Report of Innovative Biologics
Friends in the US Senate Need Our Support to Strengthen the Influence of DSHEA Within the FDA
by Morton Walker, DPM, with Randall Walker

Medical Anthropology
by Tim Batchelder, BA

Acupuncture and Moxibustion
Akabane Testing
by Honora Lee Wolfe, Dipl. Ac., Lic. Ac., FNAAOM

Medicinal Properties in Whole Foods
Assessing Individual Susceptibility to Increased Herbicide Exposure Caused by the Production of Genetically Engineered Crops
by Gina L. Nick, PhD, ND

Women's Health Update
Rhodiola rosea
by Tori Hudson, ND, Professor

Nutritional Influences on Illness
Laboratory Testing in Nutritional Medicine (Part 2)
by Melvyn R. Werbach, MD

Web Page Potpourri
by Marjorie Roswell

In the News

Metagenics Helps Lead the Charge Towards Naturopathic Doctor Licensing

Some Problems Persist with Ginseng Supplements but Overall Quality Improves According to


Before you order that lab test (Part 2)
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

In Memoriam

John Lee, MD
Donald Carrow, MD

Letters to the Editor

MS Is Not 'Hopeless'

My Experience with Mercury Toxicity

Hiatal Hernia/Vagus Nerve Disorder: A Leading Cause of Allergies & Chronic Illness

Foot in Mouth?


Clinical Validity of Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

Hair Mercury Testing: an Accepted and Viable Test

Blood vs. Saliva


Healing Without Medication
by Robert S. Rister
review by Beatrice Trum Hunter

Blood Chemistry and CBC Analysis, Clinical Laboratory Testing from a Functional Perspective
by Dicken Weatherby, ND and Scott Ferguson, ND
review by John (Keoni) Teta, MS, ND and Jade Teta

The Rise and Fall of a Scientific Genius (video)
written & directed by Shawn Montgomery
review by Jule Klotter

Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause
by Suza Francina
review by Irene Alleger

. . . the regular features, commentary and opinions we can count on each month from our distinguished columnists.

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