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June 2011
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The International Salt Secret That Could Save Your Heart – and Your Life
by Jonathan V. Wright, MD
Online publication only

Natural Approaches to Modulation of Inflammatory Pathways
by David Wolfson, ND; Stephen Olmstead, MD; Dennis Meiss, PhD; and Janet Ralston, BSs
While inflammation is a natural defense and repair mechanism, left unchecked, it can damage tissues and impede the body's repair processes, leading to chronic, debilitating diseases. Inflammation is primarily managed pharmacologically, but concerns over the safety and expense of drugs have led to increased interest in natural products as adjuncts or alternatives.

Making Clinical Sense of the Inflammation/Chronic Disease Story
by Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB
Inflammation may be the "root of all chronic illness"; however, the solution to the epidemic of chronic diseases may not be as simple as finding a universal anti-inflammatory. There are a number of confounding issues, as Dr. Bland discusses here.

Can Oral Glutathione Beat IV Therapy?
by Michael Ash, BSc, DO, ND, F.DipION, and Marty Jones, PharmD
While strategies to boost cell glutathione levels are of marked therapeutic significance, there are questions about the bioavailability of glutathione consumed orally. As such, patients often use IV therapy. This is costly, inconvenient, and short-lived; thus the development of new forms, as explored in this article.

The FDA Is Targeting Vitamin C: An Opinion – Part 1
by Owen R Fonorow
The agency has banned commercial vitamin C products for injection, despite no reports of adverse effects. Yet all may not be lost: the unintended consequence of this action may be vastly improved efficacy of intravenous vitamin C in alternative practice.

Osteoarthritis of the Knee with a Polyherbal Supplement And MSM with Vitamin C: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study
by Jack Haddad, DPM; Charlie Khano, MD; Carol Poppay, RN; and Phillip Shinnick, PhD, LAc
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the US, and interest in nonpharmaceutical treatments is growing. However, there are few definitive studies as to their effectiveness. The results from the trial reported here are promising, showing that a supplement elicited significant reductions in pain, joint stiffness, and physical functional indices of osteoarthritis activity.

The Ultimate Food Fight: Food vs. Supplements
by Pamela A. Shuler, DNSc, FNP-BC
Can diet alone can provide all the nutrients needed for optimal health, or are nutritional supplements required? Dr. Shuler examines both sides of the argument and offers practical considerations for managing this balancing act in today's environment.

Prolozone Arrives in India
by Robert Rowen, MD
In his volunteer work at a charitable Indian hospital, Dr. Rowen always seeks to bring inexpensive and effective healing modalities. This time he brought an ozone generator and introduced Prolozone, traditional prolotherapy enhanced by ozone. News of his results spread like wildfire.

Aspartame Myth?
by Jule Klotter
How safe is this widely used sweetener? When it was approved in the 1980s, cancer was the primary concern. Since then, we have learned more about the systemic effects that a chemical can have on hormones and neurotransmitters, but much is still unknown.

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Pathways to Healing
Make a Plan to Boost Healthy Behaviors
Elaine Zablocki

War on Cancer
How Goes the War?
Ralph Moss, PhD

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Anti-Aging Medicine
Anti-Aging Approaches to Curb the Chronic Inflammatory Response
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Integrative Medicine Perspective by Dr. Julie
Calming an Inflamed Body
Julie Chen, MD


Monthly Miracles
Occult Dental Pathology
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Environmental Medicine Update
Autoimmune Disease and the Environment
Marianne Marchese, ND

Townsend's New York Observer
Reservations About Offering Recommendations on Treatment
Marcus A. Cohen

Optimizing Metabolism
RetrieveSM: Extend the Life of Your Memory – Part 2|
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Exercise is Medicine
Functional Movement Systems
Jade Teta, ND, CSCS, and Keoni Teta, ND, LAc, CSCS

Healing with Homeopathy
Homeopathy for Mitral Valve Prolapse Resulting From Rheumatic Heart Disease
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, and Robert Ullman, ND

Women's Health Update
Tori Hudson, ND


Taxing the Sick: the Colchicine Story
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Letters to the Editor

Iodine Toxicity Is Clear

Omega-3s Are Key to Skin Protection

No Link Established Between GMOs and Celiac Disease

Pain Doctors and Opiates

Sweden Disregards Precautionary Principle in Wireless Technology Department

LRA by ELISA/ACT Tests and Plans

In the News Faults Trade Group for Quality of Valerian Supplements

Some Powders Found Contaminated with Heavy Metals

Zero Deaths from Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids, or Herbs



Book Review
Living Well with Pain & Illness
by Vidyamala Burch
review by Jule Klotter



DVD Review
Anatomy Trains Revealed: Early Dissective Evidence
by Tom Myers
review by Donald Scott, ND, DO








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