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January 2008
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Fifty Nutrient Associations That Influence Health State
by Bill Misner, PhD
Online publication only

Urinary Hormones
by Christa Hinchcliffe, ND and Wendy Ellis, ND
The safety of Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is under constant consideration. Comprehensive and effective testing can provide a clearer picture of the effects of steroid hormones and alleviate worries. The authors look at the predominant types of testing, particularly the value of 24-hour urinalysis.

The Case for Clinical Neuroimmunology
by Aristo Vojdani, PhD, Gottfried H. Kellermann, PhD, Bradley J. Bush, ND
The neuroendocrine and the neuroimmune systems are inextricably linked. The authors make a strong case that considering the interactions of these two systems leads to a better and earlier understanding of a patient's disease state and, consequently, more efficacious treatments.

Types of Food Allergy Testing
by Raymond Shamberger, PhD
The four major types of food allergy are reviewed here, along with the best respective testing methods for each.

Isometric Hand Grip Training: A Natural Hypertensive Therapy
by Philip J. Millar, MSc
Chronic high blood pressure, or hypertension, is a life-threatening condition often treated with diet, exercise, and medication. Isometric hand grip exercise training (IHG), introduced in this article, is another promising treatment – one that has garnered significant results and might preclude medication for some patients.

Another Look at The China Study
by Linda Showler, ND
The connection between the foods we eat and our health is undeniable, yet many foods that have been health-giving in past times are now proving deleterious to modern consumers. In this thoughtful article, the author explores the neglected correspondence between consumers, foodstuffs, and the natural world and presents an impassioned plea for a return to conscious consumption.

DNA Detection of Gut Microbiota
Advancing Routine Characterization of Microbial Populations

by J. Alexander Bralley, PhD, Robert M. David, PhD, and
Richard S. Lord, PhD

Identifying gut microbes is both a vital and sometimes difficult process. Powerful new testing procedures, such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), move past simple stool analysis via microscopy, culture, and identification to offer higher accuracy and greater sensitivity.

First-Line Comprehensive Care III
by Russell Jaffe, MD
Dr. Jaffe updates his successful testing and treatment plan, which concentrates on the integrated, comprehensive management of the causes of autoimmune and immune dysfunction syndromes.

Ecklonia Cava Extract: Superior Polyphenol and Super-Antioxidant for Our Time
by Richard Bierman LAc, REA
In wide-ranging research trials, the compound Ecklonia Cava Extract, derived from brown algae, has shown great promise in promoting an extensive array of physiological activities, including "superior antioxidant activity, vasodilatation, regeneration of vascular endothelial cells, fibrolysis promotion, anti-inflammation, prevention of LDL oxidation, mild acetylcholine (ACh) inhibitory activity, neuroprotective effects, erectile function enhancement, and DGAT inhibition."


Jule Klotter

Web Page Potpourri
Marjorie Roswell

Pathways to Healing
Elaine Zablocki

Health Risks & Environmental Issues
Rose Marie Williams, MA

Townsend's New York Observer
Interview with Stephen L. DeFelice, MD on Consumerists, the Media, and His Theory of Nutraceutical Rejection-Need in the Reversal of Aging
Marcus A. Cohen

War on Cancer
Ralph Moss, PhD

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Chinese Medicine


Phytotherapy Review & Commentary
Kerry Bone, FNIMH, FNHAA

Healing with Homeopathy
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND and Robert Ullman, ND

Optimizing Metabolism
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH, FACN

Women's Health Update
Tori Hudson, ND

Nutritional Influences on Illness
Melvyn Werbach, MD


Urinary Neurotransmitter Testing: Is It Worthwhile?
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Letters to the Editor

Championing the Role of Estrogen in Brain Biochemistry

Multivitamins and Prostate Cancer

Steroids and Autoimmune Disease

Heidelberg pH Diagnostic System and Digestion

In the News

Family-Centered Surgical Preparation Improves Children's Recovery After Surgery

Introducing Naturally Iowa

Dietary Vitamins B6 and B12 and Folate May Decrease Pancreatic Cancer Risk Among Lean People

Probiotic Symposium Honors Dr. Eli Metchnikoff


Protecting Mankind: One Physician's Quest
by H.J. Roberts, MD
review by Beatrice Trum Hunter

The Healing Enigma
by Vinton McCabe
review by Irene Alleger

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



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