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Healing with Homeopathy
A Woman with Seasonal Allergies, Depression, Anxiety, and Menstrual Problems
by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHNAP, LCSW, and Robert Ullman, ND, DHANP

Online publication only

History of The Roger Wyburn-Mason and Jack M. Blount Foundation for Eradication of Rheumatoid Disease (a.k.a., The Arthritis Trust of America or The Rheumatoid Disease Foundation) 1994, reprinted with permission
by Perry A. Chapdelaine, Sr
Online publication only

History of Mesotherapy
by Harry Adelson
Although the use of intracutaneous injections for the treatment of chronic pain and acute injury is well regarded in Europe, the technique is not used much in the US. Safe, cost-effective, and successful, mesotherapy provides longer-lasting therapeutic effects and deserves serious consideration.

by Laurance Johnston, PhD
Healing occurs on many levels and, while conventional medicine concentrates on the body, the state of a patient's mind and spirit plays an integral part in overall health. Curanderismo, a supplemental treatment approach used by Mexican-Americans, recognizes the interdependence of body, mind, and spirit. Author Laurance Johnston introduces curandersimo and makes a strong argument for integrating "culturally attuned methods…into our healing spectrum."

Industrialized History of Asbestos
by Justin Taylor
Almost since the remarkable benefits of asbestos were first discovered, its use has been controversial. Both miracle and curse, asbestos has proven a difficult material to abandon. Nonetheless, the mineral's deadly effects are undeniable, and asbestos production and application must be more stringently limited.

A Novel Antimicrobial Towelette
by Bill Misner, PhD
Peppermint oil, basil oil, bay oil, tea tree oil, and clove oil – the natural antimicrobial substances found in these oils, when applied via a moist towelette, have been shown to prevent the growth of aerobic bacteria, yeasts, molds, and fungi on human skin.

A Blend of Unique Herbs May Have Wide Clinical Application
by Stephen Levine, PhD
A formula composed of herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine has been found to be extraordinarily effective in treating asthma – improving lung function while also increasing cortisol production. The success and superior safety and efficacy of anti-asthma herbal medicine intervention (ASHMI) in recent studies has also sparked more interest in the use of herbal formulas in other conditions associated with low cortisol, chronic inflammation, and adrenal fatigue.

Even Most Doctors Have Chronic Pain – Who Knew?
by Stephen Kaufman, DC
Facing a tough audience of skeptical doctors, chiropractor Stephen Kaufman once again demonstrates the remarkable efficacy of his Pain Neutralization Technique, which addresses extremely tender trigger points in muscles and promotes relief, often instantly.

Refusal to Vaccinate Forms Raise Ethical Questions
by Alan Phillips, JD
Parents who elect to forego vaccinations for their children face several conundrums, among them one that appears to be a solution: the Refusal to Vaccinate Form. Attorney Alan Phillips takes a hard look at the ramifications of signing such a form and raises questions about the form's legality and ethicality.


Jule Klotter

Health Risks & Environmental Issues
Where Have All the Honeybees Gone?
Rose Marie Williams, MA

Healing with Homeopathy
Homeopathy: Highly Effective for Hay Fever
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, and Robert Ullman, ND
Originally printed in May 2001

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

War on Cancer
Study Clarifies Role of Antioxidants During Radiation
Ralph Moss, PhD

Phytotherapy Review & Commentary
New Herbal Leads for Asthma Management
Kerry Bone, FNIMH, FNHAA

Optimizing Metabolism
Why Food and Nutrients Should Be the Front Seat Treatment for Riding Out Allergic Rhinitis
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH, FACN

Townsend's New York Observer
Compounds in Fruits and Vegetables that Protect Against Cancer and Heart Disease: Recent Research
Marcus A. Cohen

Chelation Corner
Hair Mineral Analysis: A Review and Update
E. Blaurock-Busch, PhD

Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology Review and Commentary
Seasonal Allergies and Bronchial Asthma
Robert A. Anderson, MD, FAAFP, FACPM, ABHM

Chinese Medicine
Cough-Variant Asthma (CVA) and Chinese Medicine
Bob Flaws, LAc, FNAAOM (USA), FRCHM (UK)

Pathways to Healing
New Report Proposes Health Care Savings Plus Increased Value
Elaine Zablocki

Women's Health Update
Research Update
Tori Hudson, ND

Nutritional Influences on Illness
The Influence of Minerals: Magnesium Supplementation in Bronchial Asthma
Melvyn Werbach, MD


Sins of Omission: Drug Companies Twist the Evidence About Antidepressants
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Guest Editorial
Compounding Fractures: The Battle Between Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and the Compounding Industry Over Bioidentical Hormones
by William Benda, MD

Letters to the Editor

Disputing Food Allergy Types

On Richard Leviton's Physician

Vitamin C Argument: A Rebuttal

An Alternative to Allergy Therapy

In the News

Dr. Abram Hoffer Wins the Inaugural Dr. Rogers Prize

Recognition of Differences Between Pharmaceutical and Natural Compounds is Critical to Study Design, Metagenics Says

Emord Introduces cGMP Compliance Program

A Case Study in the Medical Journal Explore Reveals a Drug-Free Therapy for Correcting Asthma in Children

Metaphysical "Cures" for What Ails Us

Radiation Hormesis: Excited About Healing

Environmental Pollution and Diabetes May Be Linked

Urgent Call to Action: Against Irradiation of Dietary Supplements


A Whole Foods Primer
by Beatrice Trum Hunter
review by Jule Klotter

Spores, Plagues, and History: The Story of Anthrax
by Chris Holmes, MD
review by Katherine Duff

Freedom from Addiction
by David Simon, MD, and Deepak Chopra, MD
review by Irene Alleger

. . . the regular features, commentary and opinions we can count on each month from our distinguished columnists.



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