Townsend Letter The Examiner of Alternative Medicine
Alternative Medicine Conference Calendar
Check recent tables of contents
Townsend Letter
January 2009
Search our site               Table of Contents


Lauren Brown Appointed Editor
Townsend Letter

Low Back Pain:
Biological Immunity Analysis®
by Gary Martin, DSc, PhD
Online publication only

Reversing Bacteria-Induced Vitamin D Receptor Dysfunction to Treat Chronic Disease: Why Vitamin D Supplementation Can Be Immunosuppressive, Potentially Leading to Pathogen Increase
by J.C. Waterhouse, PhD
Online publication only

Letter from the Publisher

Townsend Letter Honored with ACAM Legacy Award

Growth Hormone Secretagogues in Perspective
by Stephen Holt, MD
The debates continue on whether HGH therapy should be used as a routine anti-aging strategy. Here, Dr. Holt goes into a deeper discussion of the latest alternatives to injection, including GHRP-2 and amino acid formulas, and calls for a reappraisal of current federal regulations.

IgG Allergy Testing
by Lauren Russel, ND, and Leah Alvarado-Paz, ND
Food allergies, unlike other common allergies, do not seem to be directly mediated by Immunoglobulin G (IgG). However, despite the absence of a link, testing serum IgG when food allergies are suspected results in clear assessments and a highly useful path to determining effective treatments.

Micronutrients, Immune Function, and Women's Health
by Jonathan Stein, PhD
Many chronic diseases are associated with nutritional deficiencies. The author advocates diagnostic testing to ensure that one's individual nutritional needs are being met. In a sample case using micronutrient analysis, he examines test results for 995 women. They indicated that nutritional deficiencies, more than age, seem to determine how well a woman's lymphocytes grow and function, and thus help her meet health challenges.

Urinary Neurotransmitter Analysis as a Biomarker for Psychiatric Disorders
by Amnon Kahane, MD
Psychiatric disorders are often diagnosed and treated based solely on clinical symptoms, a sometimes hit-or-miss method of assessing treatment efficacy. Because urinary neurotransmitters can act as effective biomarkers, analysis of neurotransmitters such as glutamate, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), histamine, glycine, and taurine can offer a non-invasive, inexpensive, and timely gauge for objectively monitoring therapeutic options.

Blood Metal Analysis to Biomonitor and Diagnose Acute Vs. Chronic Metal Intoxication
by E. Blaurock-Busch, PhD
New technology can detect minute amounts of toxic metals, which can help physicians intervene early to treat or even prevent disease. First the degree of toxicity must be defined to help choose the best method; acute exposure levels are treated differently than chronic levels. And chronic exposure is more prevalent than we might want to admit. The author suggests that we might all do well to have blood metals checked.

Functional Lab Tests to Evaluate Immune Competencies in Chronic Illness and Chronic Infection: Part 3
by Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD
In this "update of functional, predictive, sensitive, and specific lab tests," noted innovator Dr. Russell Jaffe describes integrative ways to assess, defend, repair, and treat the immune system.

Urinary Neurotransmitters: Testing to Optimize Treatment Based Upon a Clinical Diagnosis
by Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH, FACN
Urine neurotransmitter testing can be a constructive tool to obtain the best possible outcome, guiding choices for both first-line and adjunct treatment approaches for various neurotransmitter imbalances, including depression, Parkinson, obesity, ADHD, and sleep disorders.

The Role of the Clinical Laboratory in Integrative and Functional Medicine
by J. Alexander Bralley, PhD
It can be hard to tell what a patient's nutritional deficiencies are by studying symptoms alone. Laboratory tests can help clinicians target therapy based on individual biochemistry. Giving a case history, Dr. Bralley discusses which test he thinks the most useful.

The Best Heavy Metal Chelator: Rise ... for Sentencing
by Savely Yurkovsky, MD
In a heavy-hitting indictment of a wide variety of chelators, the author offers a clear-eyed look at the benefits and dangers of commonly used approaches as well as the necessity for an effective diagnostic tool for heavy metal toxicity. To fill the need for safe, effective chelation, he proposes a therapy combining bioresonance testing (BRT) and a well-honed homeopathic remedy system.

Inhalation Insulin and Oral and Nasal Insulin Sprays for Diabetics: Panacea or Evolving Future Health Disaster: Part II
by T.R. Shantha, MD, PhD, FACA, and Jessica G. Shantha
Given the dangers of inhalation insulin, companies are looking for other alternatives to injections. Here the authors discuss in detail the effects of oral and nasal spray insulin, concluding that they are also of questionable safety and should be used with great caution.
Part I is also online.)


Jule Klotter

Pathways to Healing
Kaiser Permanente Offers Herbs, Supplements, and Guided Imagery
Elaine Zablocki

War on Cancer
A Productive Visit to China
Ralph Moss, PhD

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Townsend's New York Observer
Update on Lyme Disease
Marcus A. Cohen

Optimizing Metabolism
More Than Willpower
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH, FACN

Pain Free 1-2-3!
Treat the Patient – Not the Blood Tests!
Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Healing with Homeopathy
An Excellent Response by a Woman with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibrocystic Breast Disease, Anxiety, and Grief
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, and Robert Ullman, ND

Chinese Medicine
Tamoxifen-Induced Pseudo-Menopausal Syndrome Symptoms
Bob Flaws, LAc, FNAAOM (USA), FRCHM (UK)

Women's Health Update
Tori Hudson, ND

Nutritional Influences on Illness
Cataracts: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and the Carotenoids
Melvyn Werbach, MD


The Collapsing Health Care System
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Letters to the Editor

Removing Mercury Amalgam Fillings Before Chelation

Lyme Disease: Simple Bacteria or Complicated Parasite?

Vitamin D Supplementation May Cause Immunosuppression, Promoting Chronic Bacterial Infection Underlying Diverse Chronic Diseases

The Way We Address Cancer is Cause for Concern

In the News

National College of Natural Medicine to Expand Portland Campus

State-of-the-Art Mushroom-Growing Facility Nears Completion in San Diego County Finds Melatonin Supplements Range in Strength But Ingredient Quality is High

Your Dentist Can Save Your Life

News from the Annie Appleseed Project's First National Conference


The Super Antioxidant Diet and Nutrition Guide
by Robin Jeep and Richard Couey, PhD
review by Irene Alleger

How to Talk with Your Doctor
by Ronald L. Hoffman, MD
review by Jule Klotter

Stop Aging – Start Training
by Salvatore Fichera, MS
review by Irene Alleger

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



Consult your doctor before using any of the treatments found within this site.


Subscriptions are available for Townsend Letter, the Examiner of Alternative Medicine magazine, which is published 10 times each year.

Search our pre-2001 archives for further information. Older issues of the printed magazine are also indexed for your convenience.
1983-2001 indices ; recent indices

Once you find the magazines you'd like to order, please use our convenient form, e-mail, or call 360.385.6021 (PST).


Order back issues
Advertise with TLDP!
Visit our pre-2001 archives
© 1983-2008 Townsend Letter
All rights reserved.
Website by Sandy Hershelman Designs
March 15, 2009