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Townsend Letter
January 2018
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

Experience a World of Healing at the International Integrative Medical Centre in Sri Lanka
Vingyana Integrative Medical Clinic in Sri Lanka offers evidence-based care for cancer and diabetes in a tranquil, comfortable setting

The Trials and Tribulations of Assuring Ascorbic Acid Injection Availability – The Struggle Is Over!
by Ronald M. McGuff
McGuff Pharmaceuticals has completed an 11-year process to gain FDA approval of its injectable ascorbic acid Ascor®. Access to injectable vitamin C is now assured, regardless of changes in regulations for compounding pharmacies.

Predictive Biomarkers: Clinical Opportunity to Save Lives and Prosper
by Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, CCN, and Jayashree Mani, MS, CCN
Eight functional tests, when referenced to best outcome goal values, can predict ten-year survival and be the basis for an individualized lifestyle action plan that reduces mortality risk.

Lyme Disease: Differentiating Between Detection and Diagnosis
by Blanche Grube, DMD, and Leslie Douglas, PhD
Researchers at DNA Connexions discuss their on-going efforts toward establishing a much-needed gold standard for detecting B. burgdorferi.

Iatrogenic Metal Burdens
by David Quig, PhD
Exposure to metal alloys from dental and orthopedic implants can produce inflammation and other adverse effects. While replacing the offending implants is ideal, chelation and aminothiols can also help.

An Assessment of Testosterone and its Essential Metabolites for Prostate Cancer Risk
by Shalima Gordon, ND
3β-Adiol, a testosterone metabolite that has no androgenic activity, can act as a biomarker for prostate cancer risk and, possibly, as a treatment.

Cortisol Deficiency: Frequent, Life-Impairing, and How to Give Patients Their Lives Back by Correcting It – Part 1
by Thierry Hertoghe, MD
Dr. Hertoghe explains how to diagnose cortisol deficiency, a condition that he says is widespread, yet, often overlooked as a cause for fatigue, sugar cravings, inability to handle stress, and numerous psychological conditions.

Naturopathic Interpretation of Common Blood Tests
by Dr. Douglas Lobay, BSc, ND
Dr. Lobay invites readers to take a closer look at common blood tests and gain insight into a patient's nutritional and biochemical health.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: The Paradigm Breaker for Doctors
by Don Want
Central sensitization and multiple chemical sensitivity do not fit into the disease paradigm recognized by mainstream medicine, but research is beginning to explain how environmental triggers can produce such diverse symptoms.

My Experience with Organic Germanium and Cancer
by Professor Serge Jurasunas
Professor Serge Jurasunas, an expert in naturopathic oncology, shares some of his clinical experiences using Geoxy 132 to treat patients with cancer and other serious conditions.

Vitamin D for Dogs
by CJ Puotinen
Enough, but not too much, vitamin D is vital for canine and human health alike. This award-winning article looks at the controversies and offers information on food sources and supplementation.

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Pathways to Healing
Checkered Progress in Integrative Medicine
Elaine Zablocki

Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Functional Gastroenterology Bolus
Does It Start in the Gut?
Relationships Between the GI Tract and Chronic Kidney Disease
Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP

Healing with Homeopathy
Homeopathic Chelation of Methotrexate
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, MSW; and Robert Ullman, ND

Curmudgeon's Corner
Nightly Fasting Improves Cancer Prognosis
Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Ask Dr. J
Eeny, Meeny, Miny, or Moe: The Pitfalls of Thyroid Lab Testing
Jim Cross, ND, LAc

Monthly Miracles
Just a Fluke – Parasites Are Always with Us
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Women's Health Update
Botanicals for Women with Infertility and PCOS – Current Evidence
Corina Dunlap, ND, MS, Guest Author


Concerns About High-Dose Vitamin D
Alan Gaby, MD

Letters to the Editor

none this month

In the News

Vitamin C Prevents Side Effects from the MMR Vaccine
by Helen Saul Case

Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Risk of Chronic Headache


Book Review
Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook
by Peggy Layton
review by Craig Soderberg




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