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Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients'
January 2006
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Letter from Publisher

Tomatoes and Tomato Products as Medicine
by Jade Teta, ND, CSCS; Keoni Teta ND, LAc CSCS; and Julie Sutton ND, LAc, CSCS
Online publication only. . .

Laboratory Testing for the Alternative Medical Clinic
by Raymond J. Shamberger, PhD
Laboratory Director, King James Medical Laboratory
Alternative laboratory testing has gone far beyond hair analysis now. Some of the newer analytical methods include lipoprotein (a), ß-natriuretic peptide, ion chromatography, mercury by flameless atomic absorption, memory lymphocyte immunostimulation (MELISA), and inductively coiled emission plasma spectroscopy.

Spectracell FIA Testing: A Functional Test for Nutritional Status
by Jonathan Stein, PhD
Functional Intracellular Analysis is a new, very precise way to assess the individual's nutritional status.

Nutrigenomic Testing and the Methylation Pathway
by Dr. Amy Yasko and Dr. Garry Gordon
They say that "Nature loads the gun and the environment pulls the trigger." This new diagnostic technology focuses on weaknesses in known nutritional pathways, especially the methylation cycle.

Noninvasive Assessment of Intestinal Inflammation: Inflammatory Bowel Disease vs. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
by David W. Quig, PhD and Meghan Higley, ND
Differential diagnosis between IBD and IBS is very important as they require different treatment, and now a specific highly sensitive immunoassay has been developed.

Assessment of Biochemical and Nutritional Individuality through Organic Acid Testing
by Cheryl K. Burdette, ND, Richard S. Lord, PhD and J. Alexander Bralley, PhD
Organic acid testing provides a broad view of many important bodily functions amenable to nutritional interventions. One urine sample can be used to evaluate dysbiosis, detoxification, and nervous system transmitter balance as well as multiple nutrient deficiencies.

Functional Lab Tests to Evaluate Immune Competencies in Chronic Illness and Chronic Infection: Part 1
by Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD
Functional testing looks at the very important immune defense and repair system — the first line of comprehensive care. "Protective immune responses are beneficial and reactive immune responses can be harmful."

Recent Peer-Reviewed Research on Serum IgG-Based Food Allergy Tests
by Patrick Friel, BS
Meridian Valley Laboratory

This delayed-onset food allergy is showing up more and more as a hidden initiator implicated in chronic illness. Until recently it was difficult to detect these antibodies.

The Validity of Urinary Neurotransmitter Measurements
by Gottfried Kellermann, PhD
Urinary neurotransmitter testing is a new marker for assessing psychological disorders, as well as monitoring treatment regimens.

Interview with Dr. Bernie Siegel
Known for his groundbreaking work with terminal cancer patients, this truly holistic physician sets out his guidelines for the care of the Soul and its relation to health.

A Naturopathic Self-Study in Diet & Nutrition
by David Zeoli, ND, LAc
When a Naturopathic doctor speaks of personal experience, we listen! This comparison of diets will surprise a lot of people who think they know what the best diet is for health.


briefed by Jule Klotter

Health Risks & Environmental Issues
Organic Food versus Conventional
by Rose Marie Williams, MA

Pathways to Healing
Holistic Nurses Are Part of the CAM Healthcare Team
by Elaine Zablocki

Web Page Potpourri
Healthy Skin
by Marjorie Roswell

Literature Review & Commentary
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

The War on Cancer
Should Patients Undergoing Radiation and Chemotherapy Take Antioxidants?
by Ralph W. Moss, PhD

Therapeutic Nutrition
Testing for Iodine Deficiency and Treatment with Orthoiodosupplementation
by Gina Nick, PhD

Phytotherapy Review & Commentary
Herbs and Heavy Metal Detoxification
by Kerry Bone, FNIMH, FNHAA and Michelle Morgan

Chinese Medicine Update
Subclinical Hypothyroidism
by Bob Flaws, Lic. Ac., Dipl. Ac. & CH, FNAAOM

Highly Effective Treatments for Pain & Fatigue
Treat the Patient — Not the Blood Tests!
by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Healing with Homeopathy
Keys to Homeopathic Treatment Success
by Judyth Reichenberg and Robert Ullman, NDs

Women's Health Update
Premenstrual Syndrome — Herbal and Nutritional Interventions
by Tori Hudson, ND

Nutritional Influences on Illness
Nutritional Influences on Constipation
by Melvyn R. Werbach, MD

Townsend's New York Observer
AIDS in Africa: Medical Neocolonialism?

by Marcus A. Cohen
Online publication only. . .

Oxygen Homeostasis
Hypersensitivity: Looking Through the Oxygen Prism

by Majid Ali, M.D.
Online publication only. . .


Read Those Studies Carefully
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Letters to the Editor

Undeclared War and Celiac Disease

Importance of Magnesium in Cardiac Health

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

In the News

4th German Workshop on Clinical Metal Toxicology

Intravenous Vitamin C is Selectively Toxic to Cancer Cells


The Whole Soy Story
by Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN
review by Beatrice Trum Hunter

Tuning the Brain
by Jay A. Goldstein, MD
review by Katherine Duff

Coconut Cures
by Bruce Fife, ND
review by Irene Alleger

Salt For Your Health
by David Brownstein, MD
review by David Goldstein, MD

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




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