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ICIM Report on 55th Congress
John Parks Trowbridge, MD, FACAM

Andrew Heyman, MD, MHSA: Testosterone, Cortisol, and Insulin
interview by Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH
There have been enormous advances in the understanding of how important healthy levels of testosterone are in the aging male, but there is also a tendency to ignore other important hormones, particularly insulin and cortisol. Clinically, we are coming to realize that we cannot understand the state of a man's health by looking at a single hormone. Dr. Heyman looks beyond isolated factors and shares his views on an integrated approach to men's health, addressing metabolic syndrome and offering a case study.

The Anticancer Testosterone Metabolite 3β-Adiol
by Jonathan V. Wright, MD
Until the recent research about 3β-Adiol became available, when physicians saw an elevated DHT test, they frequently recommended reducing the man's testosterone dose – even if he didn't feel as well with that lower dose – because of concern about higher cancer risk. There has been no test for 3β-Adiol, no way for men using testosterone replacement or the physicians prescribing it to assess the pro- and anticarcinogenic balance of major testosterone metabolites – until now. Dr. Wright shares this update in his article.

Redefining Metabolic Syndrome in Men: The Important Role of Testosterone
by Sara G. Wood, ND
Dr. Wood examines low testosterone as a primary factor for men developing metabolic syndrome in middle age. She argues that testosterone deficiency by itself plays a pivotal role in insulin dysfunctioning, disrupting lipid control, and initiating the conditions associated with metabolic syndrome. This article reviews the importance of examining testosterone hormone levels in men and recommends hormone replacement, as well as advising herbal support therapies for low testosterone.

Modern Comprehensive Assessment for Prostate Cancer Risk: With Focus Upon Color Doppler Transrectal Ultrasound of the Prostate
by Phranq D. Tamburri, NMD
Male patients are confronted with a medical quandary; should they be screened for prostate cancer with the available PSA/DRE tests? These often result in overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Now there is an intent to reform the present screening assessments with a comprehensive approach, incorporating them into a much larger constellation of tests to better identify the problem. Dr. Tamburri reviews these options, with particular attention to color Doppler TRUSP, in hopes of supporting patients' empowerment in the direction of their own health-care options.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and the Conventional and Alternative and Complementary Management of Associated Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
by John Hahn, DPM, ND
BPH is the most common benign tumor in men, and important for all naturopathic physicians to consider in patients in their mid-40s and older when performing physical examinations. Along with conventional therapies, this article presents a new well-parametered study on the use of a specific alternative and complementary treatment for symptomatic relief of this condition.

The Benefits of Natural Ingredients in Anti-Aging Cosmeceuticals
by Sharon McQuillan, MD
Cosmeceuticals are skin-care products with biologically active ingredients that offer medicinal benefits. Dr. McQuillan reviews some effective natural ingredients that are currently available and their action on the skin. These include not only well-known agents such as vitamin C, but the surprisingly beneficial soy, as well as some more exotic botanicals.

Ubiquinone Increases Performance of an Elderly Runner: A Case Report
by Bill Misner, PhD
Manufacturers of coenzyme Q10 present different reports in marketing ubiquinol or ubiquinone, each suggesting that their product is more favorable for resolving compromised health issues or poor energy metabolism associated with aging. This article discussed the differences in the products and reports the running performance of a 71-year-old male runner while taking each one.

Interview of Professor Marco Ruggiero on the Controversy of HIV Causation of AIDS
by Jacques Fernández de Santos
This interview shares firsthand Professor's Ruggiero views on the HIV-AIDS issue as a "dissident" scientist who is nonetheless funded by the Ministry of Research of Italy. Professor Ruggiero believes that an immune-supporting agent would make better sense for the treatment of AIDS. He is working in the field of immune therapy developments, particularly with GcMAF, and a specially prepared probiotic yogurt to serve as primary immune support agent.

Extracts of Pao Pereira and Rauwolfia Vomitoria Show Promise to Enhance Prostate Health
by Morton Walker, DPM
Readers will likely be familiar with the these powerful botanical extracts, discovered by microbiologist Mirko Beljanski, which have shown great promise in suppressing tumors, including prostate tumors, without damaging healthy cells. This article, is not about prostate cancer per se; rather, it explores using Pao pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria to enhance as well as restore prostate health.

False Promises of Sunscreens: The Real Consequences of Their Use
by Elizabeth Plourde, CLS, NCMP, PhD
Sunscreen use has been promoted as protecting us from both skin cancers and photoaging of the skin. However, evidence reveals that they in fact not only increase the risk of skin cancers, including melanomas, but also leave the skin exposed to a higher percentage of the solar rays that actually break down collagen and elastin, resulting in greater photoaging of the skin than without sunscreen use. This article reviews evidence and look at alternatives.

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Pathways to Healing
Coping with Clunky Care Transitions
Elaine Zablocki

War on Cancer
Ralph Moss, PhD

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Environmental Medicine Update
Prostate Cancer and Bisphenol A
Marianne Marchese, ND

Townsend's New York Observer
Dietitians' Campaign to Limit Nutrition Counseling
Marcus A. Cohen

Monthly Miracles
More is Better: A New Player in Erectile Function
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Anti-Aging Medicine
An Anti-Aging Medical Approach to Men's Health
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Healing with Homeopathy
Are You an Animal, a Plant, or a Mineral? Which Homeopathic Medicine Do You Need, According to the Sensation Method?
Judyth Reichenberg-Ulman, ND, DHANP, LCSW, and Robert Ullman, ND

Integrative Medicine Perspective by Dr. Julie
Tools for Fighting Prostate Cancer
Julie Chen, MD

Optimizing Metabolism
New Tools for Detoxification
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Women's Health Update
EFAs in Pregnancy and Infant Development
Tori Hudson, ND


1-800 BAD DRUG
Alan Gaby, MD

In the News

Probiotics Grow in Popularity but Don't Always Deliver on Promises Puts Multivitamins to the Test

6th Annual Probiotic Symposium to Focus on Optimizing GI Health with Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Nutritive Factors


Book Review
Our Toxic Legacy
by Beatrice Trum Hunter
reviewed by Marjorie Tietjen






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