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Townsend Letter
June 2017
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

The Next Big CAM Battle Is Here and It's Ugly
by Richard Jaffe, Esq.
CAM groups that offer conferences are being deprived of CME accreditation because they do not adhere to mainstream medicine standards. What can the CAM community do?

Can Field Control Therapy (FCT®) Save Homeopathy? Part I
by Savely Yurkovsky, MD
Homeopathy, an important part of Field Control Therapy, has great potential for addressing illness, but it continues to be defined as pseudoscience.

Low-Dose Immunotherapy (LDI)
by Ty Vincent, MD
Based on an interview with NJ Faass, MSW, MPH

Low-dose immunotherapy provides individualized effective treatment for ulcerative colitis and other GI disorders as well as autoimmune diseases, Lyme, and autism.

Best Practices vs. Band-Aids for Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome
by Douglas A. Wyatt
Food allergies are a sign of intestinal permeability, also known as leaky gut syndrome. While nutritional supplements help, colostrum supplementation offers healing factors that they cannot.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Transforming Primary Care for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
by Christine Bowen, ND
A naturopathic doctor describes her personal and professional experience with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to resolve inflammatory bowel disease.

Gut-Brain Communication: Major Mechanisms in Mental-Emotional Health and Disease
by Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP
Gastrointestinal bacteria produce all kinds of metabolic products, such as short-chain fatty acids and neuropeptides, that have regulatory effects on nearly every organ, including the brain and central nervous system.

Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3: A New Era in Glutathione Therapy
by Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN
ME-3, a strain of Lactobacillus fermentum with antioxidant properties, offers a new way to increase glutathione, an amino acid that's essential for detoxification.

Can Emotional Conflicts Irritate the Skin?
Psychosomatic Energetics and Urticaria

by Dr. Birgitt Holschuh-Lorang
Psychosomatic Energetics, developed by Reimar Banis, offers a novel method for resolving puzzling cases of urticaria.

The Clinical Importance of 5-Alpha-Reductase in Human Health and Pathology Part 2: Women, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and Beyond
by Alan B. McDaniel, MD
Overproduction of the enzyme 5-α -reductase in women causes polycystic ovarian syndrome, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, progesterone resistance, and migraine headaches. This article explains how to identify overproduction and how to treat it.

The Cannabis Revolution: Medical Benefits
by Stephen Holt, MD, DSc
As US state legislators wrestle with demands for legalized medical cannabis to treat numerous conditions, the science backing its use is limited because of government restrictions – a situation that needs to change.

Hiking, Mindfulness, and the Healing Power of Nature
by Douglas Lobay, BSc, ND
The healing power of nature is being substantiated by numerous studies that measure the physiological and emotional effects of exposure to natural environments.

Fish Oil Capsules Get Blamed for Unreported Drug Interactions
by Bill Sardi

Townsend Calendar


Ask Dr. J
Environmental Health Symposium: The Elephant in The Waiting Room – Neuroinflammation
Jim Cross, ND, LAc

Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Optimizing Metabolism
Fascia: Clearing the Metabolic Traffic Jam
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Anti-Aging Medicine
Anti-Aging Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Gut Microbiome
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO, FAASP

Pathways to Healing
Integrative Health and Medicine: Still Rising
Elaine Zablocki

Curmudgeon's Corner
Magnesium and Hot Flashes: The Ethics of Placebos
Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Environmental Medicine Update
Regulating Toxic Substances – Who's Keeping Us Safe?
Marianne Marchese, ND

Women's Health Update
Tori Hudson, ND


Vitamin E: The Importance of Gamma-Tocopherol
Alan Gaby, MD

Letters to the Editor

none this month

In the News

The 5th International Workshop on Biobran

The 8th Annual Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference


Book Review
Breakthrough Depression Solution
by James M. Greenblatt, MD, with Winnie To, BS
review by Katherine Duff




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