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Townsend Letter
June 2013
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Letter from the Publisher
Jonathan Collin

Helicobacter Pylori: Foe; Sometimes Friend
by Stephen Olmstead, MD; Kathleen Burns, MSN, RN, NP; Dennis Meiss, PhD; and Janet Ralston, BS
While H. pylori is clearly associated with significant disease, only a minority of colonized people ever develop it. In fact, this bacterium also appears to confer health benefit. The traditional "test and treat" strategy may be excessive, and more focused treatment indications are being preferred. Meanwhile, adjunctive, complementary interventions may improve treatment success rates and reduce side effects.

Using Probiotics for Prevention and Treatment of Eczema:
Research Review
by Debbie Whittington, ND
Atopic dermatitis is the most common inflammatory skin condition in childhood. Fortunately, more and more studies suggest a potential role for selective probiotics in its prevention and treatment. Dr. Whittington summarizes the research in this forward-looking article.

Effects and Use of Sulfur in Dermatology: Bad Wiessee, Germany's Strongest Iodine-Sulfur Springs and their Application for Balneo-Phototherapy with Dermatological Indications
by Dr. Ulrike Winter, and Prof. Dr. med. H.W. Kaiser
Working with patients at this famed spa location, Winter and Kaiser have observed that sulfur compounds play a key role in moderating dermatologic conditions, especially chronic inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis and chronic eczema.

L-Methionine, Clostridium Difficile, Hepatitis C, Chronic Superficial Thrombophlebitis: What's the Connection?
by A. V. Zamm, MD, and S. Bhitiyakul, MD
In a patient with diverse, recalcitrant maladies, administration of this amino acid as the only addition to previously unsuccessful treatment regimens had a salubrious effect.

Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis: A Naturopathic Perspective
by Dr. Jenna C. Henderson
FSGS, seen frequently in children and young adults, is a condition that alternative practitioners should become familiar with, especially as the process of sclerosis of the kidneys is often extremely resistant to conventional therapies. Dr. Henderson discusses these approaches in detail, then reviews natural therapies that can offer hope.

Rethink Health: Inflammation Is Actually Repair Deficit:
Using Physiology First to Achieve Better Outcomes: Part 1

by Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, CCN, and Jayashree Mani, MS, CCN
Inflammation may be seen not as a symptom to be suppressed, but as a repair deficit and thus an opportunity to rebuild, renew, and rehabilitate. The authors discuss the immune defense and repair system's critical roles in inflammation, and a brief review of system functions is followed by a proven comprehensive integrative approach known as the Alkaline Way which engages people's lifestyle choices.

Neuroimmunology: A Comprehensive Strategy for Assessment of Patients with Sickness Behaviors
by Chenggang Jin, MD, PhD, and Deanna J. Fall, BA
Today's complex and recurring conditions require an approach that takes into account the interconnectedness of the nervous and immune systems. Neurotransmitter testing helps clinicians uncover adrenal and immune issues that affect proper neural balance and overall health.

Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiovascular Disease: A Look at the Mechanism that Drives This Inflammatory Process:
Part 2: Quantifying Risk and Review of Treatment Options

by Gary Huber, DO, AOBEM
Part 1 of this article discussed metabolic syndrome as a problem of lifestyle habits that generate inflammation, leading to endothelial dysfunction and thus vascular plaque formation. Part 2 focuses on the integrative solutions that directly target endothelial health and repair.

EDTA and Aortic Stiffness
by Peter J. VanDerSchaar, MD, PhD, FCMT (IBCMT), and Raymond Pahlplatz, MD, FCMT (IBCMT)
One lesson from the TACT study is that hard numbers and double-blind crossover studies are needed to bring attention to the fact that MgEDTA might be effective in treating atherosclerosis. Measuring arterial stiffness is a simple, cost-effective method that meets these requirements.

Two Simple Ways to Ease the Burden on Your Immune System
by Kelly Martin, CNC, CFT
The books of Bruce Fife offer foundational information for addressing many unwanted health conditions. Summarizing key points, this article describes the benefits of oil pulling and incorporating coconut oil into a healthful diet.

Immunology: The Bridge Between Two Worlds
by Jesse A Stoff, MD, MDH, FAAFP, & Colleen A. Murtha, RN, ANP-C
Health is not a matter of happenstance but of movement and balance; and there are several key relationships of balance within the configuration of the immune system. One of these is the interplay between the Th1 and Th2 cells, as well as agents that affect it.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Past-Present-Future Treatment
by Edith S. Marks
AMD is one of the most devastating retinal diseases for among those over age 65, and the leading cause of blindness in the US. This article looks at prevention, drug and nutritional approaches, and low-vision assistance.

Celiac Disease and Its Association with Other Autoimmune Disorders
Beyond the Gut

by Aristo Vojdani, PhD
Over the past four decades, many autoimmune disorders have increased three- and four-fold. These changes are not due to improved diagnostic criteria or increased recognition of autoimmunity. Rather, this crisis is due to factors in our environment, particularly toxic chemicals. There is a significant need for biomarkers for the early detection of autoimmune disorders, so clinicians will be forewarned and guide their patients in preventive measures.

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Pathways to Healing
Three Books Offer Food as Medicine
Elaine Zablocki

Environmental Medicine Update
What's Causing Those Skin Lesions? The Arsenic Connection
Marianne Marchese, ND

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Anti-Aging Medicine
Anti-Aging Approaches to Address Chronic Inflammation
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Optimizing Metabolism
Maps, Not Menus: Navigating Dietary Supplements
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

War on Cancer
3BP and the Metabolic Approach to Cancer
Ralph Moss, PhD

Monthly Miracles
Pleo Sanum Conference: Part 1
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Orthopedic/Sports Medicine
How to Avoid Joint & Spine Surgery and Live Pain Free
Peter A. Fields, MD, DC

Healing with Homeopathy
Ulcerative Colitis, Pemphigus, Obesity, and Hip Pain
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, LCSW, and Robert Ullman, ND

Dry Eyes
Pamela W. Smith, MD, MPH, MS

Dr. Julie
The 411 on Garcinia Cambogia Extract for Weight Loss
Julie T. Chen, MD

Women's Health Update
Research Update in Cardiovascular Disease
Tori Hudson, ND


Drug Development: the Lottery That You Pay for
Alan Gaby, MD

In the News

Update IHPC Section 2706

Niacin is the Safest and Most Effective Way to Control Cholesterol

Letters to the Editor

A Test Is Only a Test

A Different View on Standard of Care Guidelines

Phosphates in Processed Foods = Chronic Disease Concerns


Book Review
Your Natural Medicine Cabinet
by Burke Lennihan
review by Katherine Duff


Book Review
Health at Gunpoint
by James J. Gormley


Book Review
The Pill Problem
by Ross Pelton, PPh, CCN
review by Murdoc Khaleghi, MD, FACEP, FAAEM




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