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June 2012
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Optimizing Metabolism
'Inconvenient Truths' about Food Safety Reveal 'Convenient Truths' for Integrative Therapies
by Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH
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Autoimmune Disease: A Modern Epidemic?
Molecular Mimicry, the Hygiene Hypothesis, Stealth Infections, and Other Examples of Disconnect Between Medical Research and the Practice of Clinical Medicine

by David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN
The typical allopathic clinical approach to autoimmune disorders focuses on managing symptoms with various medications, some with harmful side effects. While these approaches can provide substantial symptomatic relief, many patients remain ineffectively treated because underlying problems are not addressed. Modern research suggests that radically different approaches may be required, including a strong emphasis on very early detection with predictive autoantibodies, a focus on optimizing gastrointestinal mucosal immune function and the microbiome, eradication of infectious agent triggers with antimicrobial therapy, and even establishing nonpathogenic parasites in the gut to regulate an uncontrolled hyperimmune system.

Candida, Fungal-Type Dysbiosis, and Chronic Disease:
Exploring the Nature of the Yeast Connection

by Stephen Olmstead, MD; Dennis Meiss, PhD; and Janet Ralston, BS
Candida species are highly immunogenic microorganisms and are associated with allergic and autoimmune responses. An emerging body of research involving animal studies and human trials is revealing an association between Candida and gastrointestinal and systemic diseases. Colonization, not overgrowth, is all that is required for a dysfunctional immune response in susceptible individuals; Candida colonization occurs within mucosal and skin biofilms, where it is highly resistant to eradication. Enzymes, chelating agents, and probiotics including S. boulardii represent novel therapeutic modalities that may render dietary and antifungal treatment of people with candidiasis sensitivity more successful.

Lipid Replacement Therapy with a Glycophospholipid Formulation, NADH, and CoQ10 Significantly Reduces Fatigue and Improves Mood and Cognition in Intractable Fatiguing Illnesses and Chronic Lyme Disease
by Garth L. Nicolson, PhD; Robert Settineri, MS; and
Rita Ellithorpe, MD, ND

Chronic fatigue is one of patients' most common complaints. In the last few years, natural supplements have been used to reduce fatigue, but few are considered effective. One approach that has proved effective, however, is lipid replacement therapy (LRT); and in combination with other nutrients, is shown to be even more promising for a safe, effective treatment.

Food Intolerances, Inflammation, and Weight Gain
by Beverly Yates, ND
Patients who find that simply "eating less and exercising more" is not enough for them to lose weight can strongly benefit from assessing their diet. When people eat food that causes inflammation in the body, specifically the gut, they becomes vulnerable to steady weight gain, joint pain, and other disorders. Learning whether diet causes a reaction in the body is invaluable for understanding if adverse food reactions are part of the problem with reaching and maintaining optimal weight and overall health.

Women, Estrogen, Cognition, and Alzheimer's Disease
by Ann Hathaway, MD
Menopausal woman have complex decisions to make regarding hormone replacement. Research strongly suggests significant benefits to cognitive function and decreased risk of dementia for women on estradiol, especially with transdermal delivery. This article discussed the advantages of this form of estrogen, particularly as compared with conjugated equine estrogens (CEE).             

Your Emotional Type: The Advent of Personalized Alternative Medicine B
by Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD, with Michael Jawer
Many medical treatments – conventional or alternative – don't work equally well for everyone. The time has come for society to move beyond "one size fits all" medicine. More people turn to CAM, seeking health-care choices to better align with their individual needs, outlooks – and, yes, personalities. This article outlines the key concept of "boundary type" and how it relates to chronic illness.

Pilot Study of Natural Therapies to Improve Gluten Sensitivities
by Jack Wise, NMD and J. E. Block, MD, FACP
In a preliminary study of over 200 people who were clinically positive for celiac disease, there was marked improvement in almost 90%, and in some cases they were able to resume eating gluten without any adverse symptoms. Subsequently, the investigators performed the double-blinded pilot study discussed in this article, with promising results.

Dental Healings: Two Cases
by Artemis Celt, ND
Most people tend to categorize tooth problems separately from other health-related matters, and it is assumed that dental issues need purely dental solutions. However, each tooth is related to specific organs, acupuncture meridians, and emotions. So when a certain tooth is acting up, it can be well worth the effort to look into the related systems of the body.

A Dietitian's Experience: Pharmaceutical Medications vs.
Proper Nutrition: A Glimpse Inside Nursing Home Nutrition

by Kim Rodriguez, MS, RD, LD
For years, the author defended the practices that she was taught as a clinical dietitian in nursing homes, recommending pharmaceutically based supplements. Since then, she has found overwhelming evidence against the approaches used in standard training, and that many protocols are detrimental not only to the nursing home residents but to our country's health-care system.

Wayne C. Anderson, ND: Neurotoxic Disorders: Reactivity to Lyme, Coinfections, Molds, and Petrochemicals
interview by Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH
The symptoms once described only as "Lyme disease" frequently involve other bacteria. Certain types of toxigenic mold can also be a major factor in neurotoxic conditions. Petrol-based pesticides, insecticides, and solvents are a third major contributor to neurotoxic inflammation – all involving similar symptoms. Dr. Anderson describes the progression of neurotoxic disorders; symptom patterns for Borrelia, Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia, and Mycoplasma;and state of the laboratory testing, as well as offeringcase studies with immune support protocols.

Townsend Calendar


Pathways to Healing
Chi Walking Offers Valuable Exercise Options
Elaine Zablocki

Jule Klotter

Integrative Medicine Perspective by Dr. Julie
'My Medications Put Me at Risk for Infections … What Can I Do?'
Julie Chen, MD

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Anti-Aging Medicine
Literature Review: Inflammation as a Mechanism of Aging
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Klinghardt Academy's Biological Medicine 2012: Conference Highlights
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Healing with Homeopathy
Galápagos: Part 2
Judyth Reichenberg-Ulman, ND, DHANP, LCSW, and Robert Ullman, ND

War on Cancer
Ralph Moss, PhD

Exercise is Medicine
Exercise Soreness: What Causes It and How to Combat It
Jade Teta, ND, CSCS, and Keoni Teta, ND, LAc, CSCS

Monthly Miracles
Nevada Homeopathic Integrative Medical Association Conference: The Brain Trust — Part 3
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Women's Health Update
Cardiovascular Benefits of Hawthorn
Tori Hudson, ND


Who is Destroying Medicare
Jule Klotter

New England Journal Does Another 'Hit Job' on Alternative Medicine
Alan Gaby, MD

In Memoriam


Anne Card

Letters to the Editor

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia: Methylation, Nitric Oxide, or … Both

Response to Comments from Professor Martin Pall on 'Treatment Study of Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, Based on the Glutathione Depletion–Methylation Cycle Block Hypothesis'

In the News

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