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Townsend Letter
January 2016
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

The Current State of Mental Health Care in the US:
Conventional vs. Holistic

Ira L. Goodman, MD, ABIHM, FAARM

Innovative Approaches to Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome
by Stephen F. Olmstead, MD
"Eat less, exercise more" – this has been the conventional wisdom on how to lose weight for decades now. Unfortunately, this approach hasn't led to many successful weight loss efforts. As it turns out, weight issues are not a simple matter of a positive energy balance. There are specific dietary and digestion factors that affect management of body weight and metabolism.

Three New Biomarkers of Interest for Breast Cancer
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Three lab tests, thought not yet available, may prove useful for menopausal breast cancer patients in prognosis and guidance on which treatment to pursue. This article is written in hopes that laboratories will start offering them soon. ​

Toxic Nonmetal Chemicals: New Comprehensive Testing Available
by William Shaw, PhD
Screening for a wide variety of toxic metals has been available for many decades. However, the availability of an economical, accurate, and fast screening tool for a wide range of nonmetal toxic chemicals has lagged considerably behind. New testing from the Great Plains Laboratory changes that.

Diagnosing and Addressing Causes of Chronic Diseases through Bioresonance Testing and Field Control Therapy
by Savely Yurkovsky, MD
Bioresonance testing aims to diagnose the cause of disease at a fundamental level. Here case studies are presented, from a baby with a rash to a patients with residual mercury in their teeth, detected despite its being completely hidden within the mouth.

The Reemergence of Thallium as a Heavy Metal Contaminant of Human Populations: Michael Rosenbaum, MD, and Ernest Hubbard
based on an interview with Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH
Thallium appears on the atomic table right between mercury and lead, and like those elements is incredibly toxic. Even worse, it is readily absorbed through all pathways: respiration, skin contact, ingested liquids and food. How do you tell if your patient is experiencing heavy metal toxicity from thallium, and what popular health food may be doing more harm than good in this case?

Next-Generation Sequencing and Infectious Diseases
by Stephen E. Fry, MS, MD
Next-generation DNA sequencing is the newest laboratory technology available to identify living organisms. Rapid identification of viruses, bacteria, protozoa and fungi through direct DNA sequencing will provide an alternative to indirect testing methodologies such as serology and ELISA. Dr. Fry's testing has identified unique water-borne parasites in the blood associated with CFS.

Bovine Colostrum: The Anti-Aging Revolution
What Athletes Can Teach Us About Staying Young: Part 2

by Douglas A. Wyatt
In this continuation from a previous article, the benefits of bovine colostrum are further elaborated and dosage guidelines provided.

Applied Kinesiology Essentials
by Scott C. Cuthbert, BA, DC
Posted online July 2017
Manual muscle testing has inspired and influenced a wide variety of alternative health modalities over the past 50 years, including the now popular EFT system. A basic understanding of the principles and theories of this foundational work can enhance any practitioner's work, and show the underlying coherence of many other seemingly divergent health systems.

Phytotherapeutic Alternatives or Adjuvants to Testosterone Replacement Therapies in Men
by Joseph J. Collins, RN, ND
While the consensus is that testosterone replacement therapy in men needs more research, there are natural alternatives, including herbs that increase testosterone production and thereby improve sexual function, increase anabolic activity, and even have anticancer properties.​

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Pathways to Healing
Understand How Digital Medicine Is Changing Health Care
Elaine Zablocki

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

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

Optimizing Metabolism
Engrained: A Novel Look at Gluten Digestion During Premodern Times
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

War on Cancer
Ralph Moss, PhD

Healing with Homeopathy
Homeopathy for Children in Sweden
by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, and Robert Ullman, ND

Monthly Miracles
Anxiety, Depression, and Psychosis
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Environmental Medicine Update
Heavy Metal Testing Controversies
Marianne Marchese, ND

Women's Health Update
Screening Mammogram Turmoil Continues
Tori Hudson, ND


Testing 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Levels: It's Not What It Seems
Alan Gaby, MD

In Memoriam

Nicholas J. Gonzalez, MD
by Linda L. Isaacs, MD

In the News

National Institutes of Health Awards Funds for Planning a Second Chelation Study

Letters to the Editor

None this month


Book Review
The Probiotic Promise

by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM
review by Katherine Duff




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