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

Closing in on 40 Years: Stephen Levine and Allergy Research Group®
Inspired by his own struggle with environmental sensitivity, Stephen Levine, PhD, founded Allergy Research Group nearly 40 years ago. The company has become a leader in antioxidant and therapeutic supplements.

2nd Annual International Conference on Chronic Pathologies
Learning how to treat patients based on the cause of their chronic disease, instead of treating according to diagnosis, is the focus of this international conference that will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, this coming September.

Coffee and Your Heart
by Steven Helschien, DC
High-quality coffee contains a diverse range of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that are believed to account for the decreased risk of cardiovascular disease among coffee drinkers.

Why This Finnish Doctor Believes in Herbs
by Marjo Valonen, MD
Rebuilding the immune system with an herbal program, rather than long-term use of antibiotics, restored health to this doctor who suffered with a long-standing, chronic infection. She now uses the same program with her patients.

Poria, the Most Famous Mushroom You've Never Heard Of
by Mark J. Kaylor
Widely used in Asia, poria mushroom supports the kidneys and has multiple immune system effects.

Remembering Ed Alstat

Favorably Altering the GI Microbiome with Exercise
by David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN, IFMCP
Diet is not the only way to increase beneficial GI microbes that produce the short-chain fatty acids vital for intestinal health. Exercise also promotes a health-enhancing microbiome.

Casting a Broad Net to Maximize Lyme Disease
by Scott Forsgren, FDN-P
Eliminating the micro-organisms that cause Lyme and other tick-borne diseases is just one aspect that must be explored to regain health, as the author learned during his own recovery from Lyme disease. Addressing other factors, like mold exposure and emotional trauma, can make the difference.

How FCT Has Cured Me from Devastating Lyme Disease Without a Single Antibiotic: A Patient Report
by Helen Baldwin
A patient reports how Dr. Yurkovsky and Field Control Therapy strengthened her immune system and cured her of severe Lyme-related illness.

Insights from the International Center for Cannabis Therapy, Part 3: Reviewing the Many Applications of Cannabinoid-Rich Hemp Oil and the Role of the Gut-Brain Axis
by Chris D. Meletis, ND, and Kimberly Wilkes
The body's endocannabinoid system touches every organ and system, including the central nervous system and the immune system. Part 3 looks at research that supports the clinical use of cannabinoids to treat neurological diseases, depression and anxiety, epilepsy, and autoimmune conditions.

Lyme Climb: Shrinking the Mountain of Testing and Treatment
by Dr. Aparna Taylor, MSc, ND
When treating patients with controversial diseases like Lyme, the author urges doctors to forego the impulse to recommend a multitude of therapies. Instead, she keeps treatment as simple as possible, with an eye on risk versus benefit and individualized values and needs.

Clinical Update from Sophia Health Institute
by Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, and Christine Schaffner, ND
An update on diagnosis strategies and botanical treatments from the internationally known clinic that helps people with chronic infections, including Borrelia and retroviruses.

Who Else Committed the Crime of Post-Lyme? Can Forensics Help Diagnostics?
by Simon Yu, MD
In a case study, acupuncture meridian assessment identified dental infections, mercury and heavy metal toxicity, and parasite/fungal infections as factors that were preventing a woman from responding to antibiotic therapy for Lyme disease.

The Unique Challenges of Lyme Disease and a Multi-Pronged Strategy to Address Them
by Carrie Decker, ND
Botanicals with anti-microbial action, along with nutritional compounds, can help the body kill pathogens while supporting cellular function and reducing the negative effects of bacterial die-off.

Mold-Related Illness and Mycotoxins – A Unique Opportunity for Functional Medicine Practitioners
by Jill Carnahan, MD
Molds and the mycotoxins they produce can cause psychological and multi-system physical symptoms. Practitioners need to be aware of how to diagnose and treat mold-related illness because of the high prevalence of mold in buildings and food sources.

Forest Bathing: Immersion in the Healing Power of Nature
by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
Multiple studies show that the Japanese practice of forest bathing heals mind, body, and spirit. This mindful immersion in the natural world returns us to our evolutionary roots and is an antidote to the stresses of modern living.

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Pathways to Healing
Dental Herbalism – Reliable Resource to Maintain Teeth
Elaine Zablocki

Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Ask Dr. J
What's Really Behind Door Number 3?
Jim Cross, ND, LAc

Monthly Miracles
What A Trip!
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Women's Health Update
More Good News on Ginger and Bad News on Vaginal Douching
Tori Hudson, ND


Vitamin C for Tuberculosis
Alan Gaby, MD

In Memoriam

Steve Austin, ND
Jacob Schor

Letters to the Editor

None this month...

In the News

Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Risk of Chronic Headache


Book Review
Master Your Diabetes
Dr. Mona Morstein, ND, DHANP
review by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO




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