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Townsend Letter
July 2015
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

Blood Goes Mainstream
by Karina Gordin
A state-of-the-art therapy for sports and work injuries is now available that helps patients avoid surgery and heal much more quickly. If it sounds too good to be true, read more to understand why this treatment is becoming the first choice for star athletes.

Protein Intake and Mortality: New Research Says to Eat a Low-Protein Diet Until Age 65 Then Switch to High-Protein Diet
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
After decades of heated debate of what kind of diet is best, new research reveals that age has a critical influence on health outcomes from protein consumption.

Insulin Resistance as a Symptom
by William Ferril, MD
What problems may underlie increased insulin need? Does common medical terminology obscure a path forward to insulin-related health? Learn about the insulinlike activity​ of the bloodstream that is usually neglected in this field of care.

Parasites: An Ancient Diagnosis for Modern Times
by Allison A. Hofmann, ND, and Dietrich K. Klinghardt, MD
Parasites aren't much of a concern in the developed world, right? Isn't that something you only have to worry about on vacation? This modern assumption could be causing major factors in patient health problems to be overlooked.

Lyme Disease: A Microscopist's Search for an Antibiotic-Free Solution
by Bjørn Johan Øverbye, MD
One of the primary challenges in diagnosing Lyme and similar infections is the difficulty of identifying these pathogens via lab tests. Improved microscopy can help visualize these infections accurately.

Unraveling the Mystery of Bartonellosis
by Scott Forsgren
Bartonella is a tick-borne bacterium that may be all around us and almost impossible to avoid, especially if you have pets. Learn about prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the infection that this pathogen causes.

Advanced 2015 Babesia Care: Profound Testing Defects and Preventing Disability and Death
by James Schaller, MD, MAR, and Kimberly Mountjoy, MS
Routinely missed in standard laboratory tests, Babesia might be more complicated and more dangerous than its previous status as a simple Lyme coinfection.

Multifactorial Approaches to Lyme Infection
by Dan Kenner, PhD, LAc
While many doctors still treat Lyme as an acute infection with a short course of antibiotics, other practitioners help chronic Lyme patients with the broader frameworks of biological medicine and the "terrain" model of health.

Lyme Disease and Detection in 2015
by Stephen E. Fry, MS, MD
Current lab tests for Lyme may catch only a small percentage of cases. Here are guidelines for diagnosing this disease through clinical symptoms, even if it doesn't show up through available testing methods.

Dialogue: An Overview of Lyme Testing and Treatment:
Steven Harris, MD, and Mischa Grieder, ND

interview with Nancy Faass
A recent study by Johns Hopkins showed that 65% of patients still have Lyme symptoms after treatment with standard therapies. With so many factors to consider, what is the best way to care for chronic patients?

Ozone Therapy Used Instead of Antibiotics for Microbiome Restorative Therapy Yields Successful Outcomes for Dogs and Cats with Fecal Transplants
by Margo Roman, DVM, CVA, COT, CPT
Microbiome restorative therapy, commonly known as fecal matter transplants, is often pursued after the patient receives a round of antibiotics, to clear the way for new, healthy intestinal flora. But antibiotics have their drawbacks. Ozone is one possible alternative.

Field Control Therapy: Successful Approach to Lyme Disease and Coinfections: Part 1
by Savely Yurkovsky, MD
With Lyme and all medical conditions, we are overwhelmed with an abundance of data, often contradictory​​ or inconclusive. How can we sift through the research results and find what is most important to help patients?

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Optimizing Metabolism
Shifting Plates: Personalized Health Amidst Global Climate Change
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Literature Review & Commentary
How Your Food Is Cooked May Affect Your Health
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Anti-Aging Medicine
Anti-Aging Skin-Saving Secrets
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Women's Health Update
Omega-3 Fish Oils for Dry Eye and Comparing Inositols for PCOS
Tori Hudson, ND


How Your Food Is Cooked May Affect Your Health
Alan Gaby, MD

In the News

Laropiprant Is the Bad One; Niacin Is/Was/Will Always Be the Good One

Letters to the Editor

Mannitol as Effective as D-Mannose in Treating Urinary Tract Infections

Reader Seeks Help with Neurofibromatosis-1


Book Review
Cure Your Child with Food
by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND
review by Katherine Duff

  Book Review
The Power of Habit
by Charles Duhigg
review by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO


Movie Review
Still Alice
written by Lisa Genova and Richard Glatzer
review by Robin Sharan



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