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

Coffee and Liver Disease
by Steven Helschien, DC
Drinking high-quality coffee can be a boost to liver health, reducing damaging inflammation and lessening the risks of cirrhosis and liver cancer.

The Oxidative Dried Blood Test in the Assessment of Metabolic Dysfunction and Inflammatory Conditions
by Professor Serge Jurasunas
A simple test using one drop of blood and a microscope can help practitioners track patient response to treatment for inflammatory conditions and metabolic dysfunctions, including cancer.

Local and Systemic Consequences of Gut Inflammation
by Keegan Sheridan, ND
Systemic inflammation begins in the digestive track with a decrease in microbial diversity and a shift to pro-inflammatory bacteria that disrupts the mucosal barrier. People with multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's, and obesity-related conditions may benefit from select strains of probiotics.

Bastyr University San Diego Clinic: Student Case Reports:
A Case of Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD) and Hiatal Hernia

by Anna Feagan | edited by Baljit Khamba, ND, MPH

Myth Busting Common Misconceptions of Kidney Disease
by Dr. Jenna C. Henderson
While natural medicine can support kidney function and improve overall health, practitioners and patients must have a clear understanding of the kidneys and their response to natural therapies to prevent further damage.

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease – A Metabolic and Inflammatory Chronic Illness
by Dr. Bonnie Nedrow, ND
In this article, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is viewed as a manifestation of metabolic syndrome that responds to lifestyle interventions, including a Mediterranean-ketogenic diet and select nutrients.

Insulin – The Life-Span Hormone for Healthful Aging
by Majid Ali, MD
Insulin levels, not just glucose measures, need to be monitored since hyperinsulinism leads to metabolic overdrive. Insulin's growth factor roles perpetuate inflammatory and neoplastic processes.

"Liquid Biopsy" – What Is It and How Can It Be Applied?
by Stephen E. Fry, MD
This new technology, using DNA sequencing, offers early cancer detection and non-invasive assessment of treatment effectiveness.

Sodium Selenite and Zinc Gluconate – A Cure for Basal Cell Carcinoma?
by Alfred Zamm, MD
An anecdotal report from this board-certified dermatologist suggests that supplementation with selenium and zinc can defend against basal cell carcinoma.

Manual Muscle Testing for Tension-Type and Cervicogenic Headaches
by Scott Cuthbert, DC
Changes in muscle strength are characteristics of tension-type headaches. The article describes how manual muscle testing and applied kinesiology can identify and correct muscle dysfunctions that contribute to headache pain.

Insights from the International Center for Cannabis Therapy, Part 2:
Evidence for the Clinical Use of Cannabinoid-Rich Hemp Oil in the Management of Pain, Inflammation, and Stress

by Chris D. Meletis, ND, and Kimberly Wilkes
Part 2 of this three-part article examines the endocannabinoid system's role in stress, pain regulation, and inflammation, providing evidence-based rationale for the therapeutic use of cannabinoid-rich hemp oil.

A Naturopath's View of Homeopathy or Psychotherapy with Props
by Dr. Douglas Lobay, BSc, ND
A naturopathic doctor explains why he views highly diluted homeopathic medicines as placebos.

Clues for Clinical Treatment Plans Through Understanding Methylation
by Debby Hamilton, MD, MPH

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by Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Functional Gastroenterology Bolus
Understanding Chronic Nausea and Gastroparesis
by Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP

Curmudgeon's Corner
Our Debt to Richard Nixon: Low Birth Weight and Air Pollution
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Healing with Homeopathy
Surviving Travel Stress with Homeopathy and Good Humor
by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, MSW, and Robert Ullman, ND

Women's Health Update
by Tori Hudson, ND


Academia Still Has Eyes Wide Shut
by Alan Gaby, MD


Ather Ali...Our Friend
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Letters to the Editor

None this month...

In the News

Legislation Put Forth in Maryland: Senate Bill 950 and House Bill 1266


Book Review
None this month




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