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

NorthWest Naturopathic Physicians Convention 2016 Was a Great Success
by Kate Wiggin, ND

The State of Our Wombs: 'Tox-Sick': From Toxic to Not Sick
by Suzanne Somers
Never before has the mother's internal environment been so crucial in order to give birth to a healthy human. To avoid a lifetime of gut problems, depression, aggression, and other issues, changes must be made. Trusted health advocate Suzanne Somers offers some answers.

Defining the Cannabis Revolution
by Stephen Holt, MD, DSc
Marijuana law is contradictory across states and between different levels of regulation. With medicinal use becoming commonplace and recreational legalization on the rise, natural health practitioners need access to trustworthy data on the best applications of cannabis as medicine.

Darwin and His Stomach
by Andrew Kennedy
In this historical case study, Charles Darwin's health conditions are diagnosed from the perspective of shiatsu and Chinese medicine.

Metabolic Correction: A Functional Biochemical Therapeutic Approach
by Michael J. Gonzalez and Jorge R. Miranda-Massari
Most if not all health conditions have a nutritional component. Our genes predispose us toward certain infirmities, and individual patients may often need more than the "recommended daily dose" of specific nutrients. Metabolic Correction clarifies how outdated paradigms of nutrient intake can be expanded to prevent and treat diseases and achieve optimal health.

Silver Nanoparticles as a Novel Approach to the Treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease and Associated Diseases
by Nooshin K Darvish, ND, FICT
Central to the current treatment approach to chronic Lyme and coinfections is antibiotic therapy, yet this therapy has many complications and may even further the disease process. Silver nanoparticle therapy, on the other hand, provides strong antimicrobial therapy against hundreds of microbes and can play a powerful role in treatment of this complex condition.
Lyme and Lyme-Like Disease: The New Epidemic
by Tracie Leonhardt, DO
Lyme is the most common vector-borne disease and is now an official epidemic in the US. Dr. Leonhardt reviews the challenges of diagnosis and treatment, both conventional and alternative, and shares what she finds to be the most effective therapy.

Lyme Disease: Integrative Approaches to Treating Tick-Borne Disease
by CJ Puotinen
The author, who has studied Lyme disease since 1993, offers a an overview on prevention and treatment, with a carefully selected list of reading material and other resources.

Clinical Insights from the Sophia Health Institute
by Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, and Dr. Christine Schaffner
The authors, both physicians on the front line in treating patients who have failed in both conventional and alternative therapies, share clinical pearls from their practice, including Dr. Klinghardt's four guiding principles in the treatment of any chronic condition.

Field Control Therapy and Lyme: Isn't It About Time to Reconsider Just Killing Lyme?
by Savely Yurkovsky, MD
Dr. Yurkovsky challenges the paradigm of using antibiotics or other agents to fight Lyme and coinfections, finding the cure often worse than the disease. When the true cause of immunosuppression is addressed, no such "killing treatments" are needed.

Voodoo Science: The Myth of Vaccine Efficacy
by Gary Null, PhD
Most Americans simply accept that all vaccines confer immunity against disease, yet the medical industry's claims are not scientifically proven. This report investigates these claims – and the results raise serious questions.

Nutrients for Improving Cognitive Function in Chronic Lyme Disease
by Connie Strasheim
Lyme disease can cause debilitating cognitive dysfunction. While overall treatment may take months or years, in the meantime people with Lyme need to be able to function. Fortunately, the author has found ways to mitigate cognitive symptoms, which she shares in this article.

The Importance of Reverse T3
by Pamela W. Smith, MD, MPH, MS
Functional medicine and anti-aging medicine practitioners have long promoted complete thyroid testing, but rT3 hasn't gotten much attention. However, many disease processes associated with mitochondrial dysfunction may relate to imbalances in this hormone.

Townsend Calendar


Pathways to Healing
Death Is a Process
by Elaine Zablocki

by Jule Klotter

Optimizing Metabolism
Emerging Global Changes in Rotavirus Epidemiology
by Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Literature Review & Commentary
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Ask Dr. J
Wilderness Healing
by Jim Cross, ND, LAc

Healing with Homeopathy
Homeopathy for Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura
by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, and Robert Ullman, ND

Women's Health Update
by Tori Hudson, ND


Does Vitamin C Cause Kidney Stones? Rekindling the Debate
Alan Gaby, MD

Guest Editorial
Are Stem Cells Over?
Rick Jaffe, Esq.

Guest Editorial
Treating Disease: The Exclusive Domain of Pharmaceutical Drugs
Jerry Norton, PhD

Letters to the Editor

Oxalate Article May Be Misleading

Both Spiritual and Psychosocial Issues Can Affect Health

Licort Cream: A Blend of Licorice and Cortisol

In the News

United States and Cuba Begin a New Era Together in Regenerative Medicine

The Institute for Functional Medicine Collaborates with Integrated and Functional Connections to Create Career Opportunities Platform

Institute for Functional Medicine Names Toby Cosgrove, MD, as Linus Pauling Award Recipient

Metabolic Medical Institute's Fellowship in Integrative Medicine in partnership with GWU Receives Approval by the American Board of Physician Specialties

BCA-Clinic Introduces New Traffic Light System for Borrelia Activity


Book Review
A Mind of Your Own

by Kelly Brogan, MD, with Kristin Loberg
review by Ira L. Goodman, MD, FACS, ABIHM, FAARM

  Book Review
Vaccination and Naturopathic Medicine
edited by Sussanna Czeranko, ND, BBE
review by Thomas A. Kruzel, ND




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