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Townsend Letter
May 2013
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HeartMath and Hypertension: A Dialogue with Rollin McCraty, MD,
and Bruce Cryer, PhD

interview by Nancy Faass
The Institute of HeartMath offers tools for people to self-regulate their emotions. Here, two leaders of the organization share insights on these techniques' relevance to cardiovascular health issues.

Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiovascular Disease: A Look at the Mechanism that Drives This Inflammatory Process: Part 1
Understanding the Metabolic Problem

by Gary Huber, DO, AOBEM
Metabolic syndrome represents runaway inflammation. And inflammation from any source causes cytokine elevation, leading to a chain reaction that results in eventual vascular plaque formation. Identifying these inflammatory signals and taking action will slow or reverse progression and avert an imminent ischemic event.

Integrative Management of Atrial Fibrillation and Natural Blood Thinning
by Jeremy Mikolai, ND
Atrial fibrillation, the most common sustained arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice, is a complex management scenario. Integrating CAM therapies with conventional management provides many opportunities for improving patient health. Dr. Mikolai discusses protocols, noting that certain CAM therapies can be effective in converting arrhythmias back to normal rhythm, when appropriate.

Endothelial Dysfunction: The Origin of Atherosclerosis
by Steve Parcell, ND
Endothelial dysfunction is thought to be the underlying problem that leads to various cardiovascular diseases. This article describes causes and effects, and looks at options for diagnosis and improvement.

Neurocardiology: An Integrative Approach to the Prevention of CAD and AMI
by Decker Weiss, NMD, FASA
Since cardiology emerged as a specialty, heart attack survival has improved dramatically. Nonetheless, attacks are still prevalent, and even cardiologists agree that the allopathic model of disease suppression doesn't work as well as it should. Naturopathy can contribute its strengths by shifting focus from the heart as a stand-alone organ to one that honors its interconnection with all the other major systems of the body.

The Successful Treatment of Circulatory Disorders Energetically: On the Psychoenergetics of Purely Somatic Ailments
by Dr. Reimar Banis
Circulatory disorders are usually viewed as a purely mechanical problem, yet the usual procedures are ineffective in many cases – which is why the search is on for effective alternatives. To this end Dr. Banis offers Psychosomatic Energetics (PSE), whose positive results point to a close relationship between blood circulation and the subtle-energy system.

Chelation Therapy: Stepping Into the Next 60 Years
by John Parks Trowbridge, MD
With the future of US medical care hard to predict, the reasonable cost and minimal resources required to offer chelation therapy suggest that this largely ignored treatment might soon evolve to play central roles in both preventive and therapeutic spheres.

Natural Therapies for Hypertension: A Research-Based Look into Efficacy
by Chris D. Meletis, ND, and Rebecca Berzow, ND
Hypertension, one of the greatest health concerns of our time, calls for many treatment options due to patients' varied biochemical makeup. Diet and lifestyle can be extremely effective; and several herbal medicines and nutraceuticals show a range of efficacy.

How Does the Informed Consent Change Now that We Have TACT?
by Al Augustine, Esq., and Terry Chappell, MD
The TACT study showed positive results for treating CAD with intravenous EDTA chelation therapy, adding to its credibility. Nevertheless, informed consent is still crucial, for reasons discussed in this article.

The Toxin Problem: Metals, Pesticides, Chemicals
by David I. Minkoff, MD
So many people aren't really sick but have issues with energy, sleep, mood, digestion, or hormone levels: in today's world, even the careful are exposed to high levels of toxins. Given these conditions, Dr. Minkoff offers lifestyle tips and a protocol to support optimum health.

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Pathways to Healing
ObamaCare Expands Access to Natural Health Providers
Elaine Zablocki

Anti-Aging Medicine
An Anti-Aging Approach to Heart Disease: 2013 Update
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Optimizing Metabolism
Rocking the Boat and Making a Splash About Hydration
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Dr. Julie
It Seems that Diets Do Matter in Preventing Heart Disease
Julie T. Chen, MD

Monthly Miracles
NHIMA 2012 Fall Conference: Part 3
Michael Gerber, MD

Healing with Homeopathy
A Flare-Up of Chronic Vaginitis During Pregnancy
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, LCSW, and Robert Ullman, ND

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


Calcium Supplements and Heart Attacks: a Follow-Up
Alan Gaby, MD

In Memoriam

In Memoriam | H.J. Roberts

In the News

Obesity Becoming Epidemic in Asia Pacific Region

So Where Are the Bodies?

Letters to the Editor

More on Legal Tips for CAM Providers

30 Years of Informative Reading

Response to Wright and Klug


Book Review
Doctor Yourself: Natural Healing That Works
by Andrew W. Saul, PhD
review by Robert G. Smith






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