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January 2012
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A Metabolic Approach to Hypothyroidism
by Pamela W. Smith, MD, MPH
Hypothyroidism may have many etiologies, such as toxin exposure, other hormonal dysfunction, and medication usage. This article discusses these, as well as signs, symptoms, and other factors that must be examined before considering thyroid hormone replacement.

Novel Biomarkers, Inflammation, and Progression to Diabetes
by Teresa P. McBride, ND and Patrick Hanaway, MD
Diagnostic tools that move beyond BMI are clinically important to effectively address the epidemic of type 2 diabetes. Integrating traditional markers of blood glucose regulation with inflammatory and metabolic biomarkers allows for stage-specific treatments to effectively prevent the development of this disease.

Interaction Between Electromagnetic Radiation and Toxic Metals
by Charles Masur, MD
Both EMR and metals affect health, and there is evidence that a combination of exposure to both of these toxicants may have adverse health consequences far greater than those associated with exposure to either alone.

Measuring Blood Viscosity to Improve Patient Outcomes
by Pushpa Larsen, ND, and Ralph Holsworth, DO
Cardiovascular disease is associated with hundreds of independent risk factors; the common thread that ties all these factors together is blood viscosity. This article explains how blood viscosity contributes to the development of atherosclerotic plaques and thrombosis, how to test for it, and how to treat it naturally.

Low Level Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphate Pesticides Significantly Lowers IQ in Children
by Elizabeth Redmond, PhD; Christie Egeston, MS; and J. Alexander Bralley, PhD
Even low level exposure to organophosphate pesticides in utero can have significant and lasting effects upon childhood cognitive development. This can be of great concern because of the prevalence of these chemicals in the environment. Fortunately, exposure to these compounds can be easily screened for by using a simple urine test, and methods of avoidance and detoxification can be implemented.

Saliva Laboratory Testing
by John J White, MD, CM
Saliva testing has proved to be a a distinct improvement over serum testing. This article illustrates how comprehensive and applicable saliva assays are in identifying markers of endocrine, immunologic, inflammatory, infectious, and other diagnostic problems, and that they provide a most complete assessment as currently possible.

Medical Imaging Needs a New Image
by Miriam Goodman
Medical imaging is an essential component of health care. But lack of knowledge, as well as unregulated use in medicine, have resulted in the excesses that tarnish its image, and have prevented the issue from entering patient–doctor communication, which otherwise might offer safer alternatives in care. It is time for both professionals and the public to become informed on the risks versus benefits of these technologies.

Pathogenic Bacteria Associated with GI Symptoms in Parasite-Free Patients
by Omar M. Amin
Many patients with symptoms suggestive of parasitic infections turn out to have other infections. Tests for pathogenic bacteria using swab culture tests showed that practically all such patients were infected. This article presents the results of the investigation, discusses epidemiological aspects of these infections, and offers a plausible explanation of the symptomatology.

How to Accurately Identify Georadiation Stress Burdens and Reliably Eliminate Them
by Dr. Reimar Banis
Nocturnal stresses caused by georadiation can interfere with patients' ability to respond to therapy. Dr. Banis, with his decades of experience, has found methods to reliably detect and eliminate georadiation – described specifically in this article.

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Pathways to Healing
Minding the Bedside Offers Tools for Mindfulness in Daily Life
Elaine Zablocki

War on Cancer
Ralph Moss, PhD

Anti-Aging Medicine
Live Longer and Live Better: Advancements in Anti-Aging Diagnostics
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Optimizing Metabolism
Eat Right for Your Type
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Integrative Medicine Perspective by Dr. Julie
Are Salivary Cortisol Testing Kits Worth Doing?
Julie Chen, MD

Exercise is Medicine
Exercise and Appetite
Jade Teta, ND, CSCS, and Keoni Teta, ND, LAc, CSCS

Healing with Homeopathy
Homeopathy for Thyroid Problems
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, and Robert Ullman, ND

Monthly Miracles
Thermography for Breasts and Body
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Townsend's New York Observer
Marcus A. Cohen

Women's Health Update
Screening Mammography: An Update on the Controversy
Tori Hudson, ND


More Bad Press for Vitamins
Alan R. Gaby

Guest Editorial
Scope of Practice for Naturopathic Doctors Eroding in Alaska

Letters to the Editor

Clarification from December Issue

The Smart Life Forum Story

In the News

Free, Peer-Reviewed Nutritional Medicine Information Online

Riordan Clinic Research Institute Publishes Study on Chelation Efficacy

ICIM Report on 54th Congress

Deadly Cantaloupes in Colorado



Book Review
Primal Panaceaby
Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD
review by Owen R. Fonorow





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