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January 2013
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Estrogen Metabolite Ratios: Time for Us to Let Go
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
For the past 30 years, we have relied on the theory that particular estrogen metabolites stimulate hyperproliferation in the hormone-sensitive tissues of the breast and uterus and so increase risk of cancer development. Recent studies call this theory into question; it is time to assess whether we should still rely on these ideas for judging patient risk and, more importantly, guiding patient treatment.

Enhanced Testing for Gluten and Food Sensitivity: Aristo Vojdani, PhD
An interview with Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH
There are challenges involved in managing gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, and the percentage of individuals with celiac disease who develop autoimmune conditions is estimated at 1 in 3. Given the virtual epidemic of autoimmune disorders, Dr. Vojdani is committed to developing highly reliable evaluations for gluten and food sensitivities and celiac disease. He discusses the protocols in this article.

Urinary Neurotransmitter Testing: A Powerful Tool for Assessing Nervous System Function
by Bradley Bush, ND
Assessing neurotransmitter levels has significant potential as a clinical tool to assess nervous system function and allow health-care providers to monitor and treat many widespread clinical conditions. There are several ways to measure neurotransmitters; for many clinicians, the preferred method is urinary, due to its stability, sensitivity, and noninvasiveness. Also, current literature provides evidence that neurotransmitters excreted in the urine may effectively serve as biomarkers of nervous system function.

Evaluation of the Iodine Loading Test: Urine Iodine Excretion Kinetics after Consumption of 50 mg Iodine/Iodide
by Theodore Zava
This test is based on the theory that, following oral consumption of 50 mg iodine/iodide, all iodine not excreted within a 24-hour period is retained and utilized by the body, with an arbitrary cutoff of 90% excretion used to determine whether a patient has reached whole body iodine sufficiency. This goal of this study was to investigate whether the test provides a realistic assessment, as well as whether it was reasonable to expect 90% of the dose to be excreted within 24 hours after ingestion.

Water Metal Analysis: An Environmental Test Useful to Locate the Source of Metal Exposure
by E. Blaurock-Busch, PhD
The water that people drink influences their metal status. This is especially true during chelation and it is thus important to know about the metal content of water. Drinking-water quality varies based on environment, geographical location, water treatment, and pipes. Dr. Blaurock-Busch advises on what to look for in checking your water.

Measuring Blood Viscosity for Earlier Detection of Cognitive Decline
by Pushpa Larsen, ND
Understanding blood viscosity, its effect on cognitive function, how to test for it, and how to alter it are essential to the practice of anti-aging medicine. It is easily modifiable with existing functional medicine therapeutics and improving blood viscosity can preserve health and save lives. Patients with signs of cognitive decline should be high on the list of those appropriate to test, as early detection and treatment are most effective at preventing the descent into dementia.

Enhanced Gastrointestinal Laboratory Testing Through Combined Stool and Salivary Analysis
by Dr. John Reinhard, Dr.Raymond Dent, Dr. Kamal Henein, and Dr. Brandy Webb
Maintenance of intestinal health is greatly aided by the early, rapid, and accurate diagnosis of disorders. Toward that end, a variety of noninvasive tests have been developed that allow for testing on stool samples, allowing for diagnosis of bacterial and parasitic infections as well as autoimmune disorders. In some cases, serologic or salivary antibody testing can confirm diagnosis.

'Why Don't They Just Get a Job?' Potential Solutions for the Chronically Homeless
by Ann S. Petersen
The author discusses how underlying medical conditions and malnutrition can play a large contributing part to a homeless person's emotional, cognitive, and behavioral issues. Speaking from personal experience, she addresses the dire need for improved nutrition, dietary choices, and natural health care for this population.

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Pathways to Healing
Clinical Pharmacist Looks at Natural Treatments for Insomnia
Elaine Zablocki

War on Cancer
Hyperthermia's Success in Treating Rectal Cancer
Ralph Moss, PhD

Optimizing Metabolism
Screening for Chemosensory Disorders
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Anti-Aging Medicine

Latest Anti-Aging Diagnostic Breakthroughs Help to Extend the Healthy Lifespan
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Dr. Julie
Probiotics May Well Be One of the Body's Best Friends
Julie Chen, MD

Aesthetic, Anti-Aging, and Regenerative Medicine
Hair Today Gone Tomorrow: Demystifying Hair Loss Treatment
Sharon McQuillan, MD

Healing with Homeopathy
Return to the Shaman: A Spiritual Journey in Ecuador
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, LCSW, and Robert Ullman, ND

Monthly Miracles
Exceptional Pulmonary Therapies Part 2: IV Vitamin C
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Women's Health Update
Screening Guidelines/Evaluations in Women
Tori Hudson, ND


Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Alan Gaby, MD

Guest Editorial
Why Lyme Treatments Fail
by James Schaller, MD, MAR

In the News

NIH Trial Gives Surprising Boost To Chelation Therapy

The Forces Against Health in Australia

Government Gets it Wrong Again

Letters to the Editor

None this month...


Book Review
Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD
by Richard P. Brown, MD, and Patricia L. Gerbarg
review by Irene Alleger






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