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Townsend Letter
January 2017
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

The Importance of Testing for Glyphosate:
The World's Most Widely Used Herbicide

by William Shaw, PhD, and Matthew Pratt-Hyatt, PhD
Great Plains Labs has developed tests that help determine a patient's exposure to glyphosate. This overused herbicide decreases good gut bacteria, disrupts endocrine function, and creates oxidative stress.

A Panel Approach for Diagnosing Borreliosis?
by Jyotsna S. Shah, Iris Du Cruz, and Steven Harris
Patients can test negative for Lyme disease, using immunoblotting and PCR, yet be positive for relapsing fever Borrelia. The authors suggest using serological and molecular tests that look for both types of the bacteria.

FCT®–Many Lab Tests for Many Diseases and
One Test That Can Do It All

by Savely Yurkovsky
Bioresonance testing used in Field Control Therapy ® can pinpoint underlying contributors to illness and guide treatment in a way that dozens of laboratory tests cannot.

Expanding Curriculum to Meet the Challenges of
Integrative and Anti-Aging Medicine

by Andrew Heyman, MD, and James B. LaValle, RPh, CCN, MT
George Washington University and the Metabolic Medical Institute have teamed up to create a fellowship program, leading to a master's degree and board certification in integrative medicine. The program includes innovative tools like the Metabolic Code.

Health and Disease by Iridology Examination
by Professor Serge Jurasunas
Using the eye's iris to identify physical and mental dysfunction has a long history and is based on embryonic development. Iridology can indicate disease development long before overt manifestation, permitting prevention with naturopathic medicine.

Mercury: The Quintessential Anti-Nutrient
by Sara Russell, PhD, NTP, and Kristin G. Homme, PE(ret.), MPP, MPH
Cumulative, low-dose mercury produces largely-unrecognized, chronic, toxic effects. The authors discuss mercury's wide-ranging metabolic and biochemical effects, how to test for toxicity, and nutrition's role in treatment.

Hair Testing for Mercury and Other Toxic Metals
by Andrew Hall Cutler, PhD, PE
Mercury causes derangement of mineral transport that affects interpretation of elemental hair tests. Cutler explains a "counting rules" system that identifies mercury toxicity.

Galectin-3: An Emerging Biomarker for Evaluation and Treatment of Cardiovascular and Kidney Disorders and Cancer
by Jerry Stine, CNC, and Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH
Serum level of the lectin protein galectin-3 serves as an important biomarker for inflammation and as a useful prognostic and monitoring tool for many conditions. Galectin-3 is inhibited by modified citrus pectin.

Molecular Diagnostics for Infectious Diseases
by Stephen Fry, MD
Molecular diagnostics use DNA or RNA analysis to identify organisms that cause infectious disease.

Thirty-Seven Years of Practice in Electrodermal Screening (EAV)
by Professor [Dr. of Medicine] Charles McWilliams
A long-time practitioner of electrodermal screening explains the benefits of using EAV to assess health status and how he has determined key assessment points.

Do Total Estrogen Blood Test Results Include Xenoestrogens?
by Dr. Al Plechner, DVM
Elevated estrogen levels have been implicated in many diseases, but blood tests do not measure exposure to damaging xenoestrogens, environmental chemicals that mimic estrogen's effects.

Shifting Focus from Glycemic Status to Insulin Homeostasis for Stemming Global Tides of Hyperinsulinism and Type 2 Diabetes
by Majid Ali, MD, FRCS (Eng), facP; Alfred O. Fayemi, MD, MSc (Path), FCAP; Omar Ali, MD, FACC; Sabitha Dasoju, MB, BS; Daawar Chaudhary; Sophia Hameedi; Jai Amin; Kadin Ali; Benjamin Svoboda
Focusing on insulin levels and insulin homeostasis, instead of blood glucose levels, is a better way to identify and prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.

Townsend Calendar


Pathways to Healing
Healing the US Healthcare System
Elaine Zablocki

Curmudgeon's Corner
Emerson Ignite Conference: My Experience
Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Current Controversies
Exponential Medicine 2016 Meeting Review and Commentary
Ira L. Goodman, MD

Jule Klotter

Optimizing Metabolism
Neurotransmitter Testing
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Monthly Miracles
NHIMA Lecture and Book Review
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Women's Health Update
Tori Hudson, ND


Probiotic May Prevent Group B Streptococcus Colonization in Pregnant Women
Alan Gaby, MD

Guest Editorial
To My California Anti-Vaxer Friends
Richard Jaffe, Esq.

Letters to the Editor

none this month

In the News

none this month


Book Review
Conquer Your Stress with Mind/BodyTechniques
by Kathy Gruver, PhD, LMT, RM
review by Katherine Duff


Book Review
Conquering Cancer

by Nicholas J. Gonzalez, MD
review by Peter Barry Chowka


Book Review
Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness
by Scott Hunt
review by Craig Soderberg


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