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Townsend Letter
May 2016
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Letter from the Publisher
Jonathan Collin, MD

National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association Conference Review
by Emily Kane, ND, LAc

Monsanto's Sealed Documents Reveal the Truth behind Roundup's Toxicological Dangers
by Richard Gale and Gary Null
Monsanto insists that its herbicide glyphosate is environmentally friendly, yet there is a growing cache of evidence that the company's own studies have found the product toxic. Is it not time to open this information to the public?

Kidney Skin Detox
by Dr. Jenna C. Henderson
Is there a way to stave off dialysis treatments for patients with kidney disease, or support health between dialysis sessions? One of the best and often overlooked strategies to help the kidneys is pushing detoxification through a variation of old-school hydrotherapy.
Straight Talk about Heart Failure
by Kasra Pournadeali, ND
While conventional medicine maintains that heart failure is a permanent condition, individual experiences with integrative approaches demonstrate otherwise. This Q&A covers what a heart-failure patient needs to know to communicate well with their doctor.​

A Cardiac Patient Is Sliding into Heart Failure As Opportunities to Turn Things Around Are Missed: How She Found Her Eventual Road to Recovery
by Laurie Dennison Busby, BEd
​In this case study written by a daughter about her mother, the right medication is repeatedly missed (and the wrong one prescribed), and a lesson is learned in the importance of tracking one's own medical charts to ensure best quality of care.​

An Integrative Medical Approach to Reversing Cardiovascular Disease: Practicing Beyond the Standard of Care
by Gary Huber, DO, AOBEM, and Brittany Bankemper, PharmD
​An in-depth review of the history and etiology of heart disease is followed by a thorough look at how the various alternative treatment options and approaches can help.​

Sugar Toxicity: A Silent Epidemic
by David A. Edwards, MD, HMD; Jean Malik, MD, APH; Edna Espig, CNA, CHA; Renoir Morillo, BSN, CHA; Erika Bryant, EECP Tech; and Jesusa Ludahl
It's well known that overconsumption of sugar raises concerns about metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. Less obvious is the key role that it may play in progressive cardiovascular disease. This article make the case that excess sugar plays a direct part in glycation of cellular membranes, ultimately leading to plaque formation.

Head-On Collision Kills Millions Yearly
by John Parks Trowbridge, MD
While high numbers of people die in motor vehicle crashes each year, the clash of values in the medical care of heart and circulatory diseases can have consequences every bit as serious and final. Here the author uses his knowledge of the territory to point out alternative routes to successful integrative treatment.

Calcium Fructoborate: a New Mineral Complex with Anti-Inflammatory Action
by Jerry Stine and Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH
​A new supplement complex has multiple studies demonstrating its effectiveness in supporting cardiovascular health, osteoarthritis, and other conditions involving inflammation.

The Neurology of Meditation: Implications for Meditation Therapies
by Gérard V. Sunnen, MD
Knowing about mechanisms of awareness helps satisfy the rational mind's quest to understand all that surrounds it. This article examines awareness from a neurological perspective, then as it applies to the practice of meditation, aiming to enhance the many promises that it embodies.

Review: The Clinical Utility of Urinary Biogenic Amines and Other Neurotransmitters
by Andrea Gruszecki, ND
While urinary neurotransmitters may not be direct assessment of CNS neurotransmitter levels, how might these markers be of clinical value? This review of the current scientific literature evaluates the utility of urinary neurotransmitters as biomarkers for neurologic health.

Food Reactivity Testing: The Leukocyte Activation Test
by Andrew W. Campbell, MD
Foods might be the causal factor in such widely varied patient complaints as fatigue, aches and pains, gastrointestinal issues, migraines, short-term memory loss, malaise, tremors, sleep disturbance, and skin rashes. While the gold standard oral challenge test may be costly and cumbersome, there is another method that correlates very well with it while being convenient and cost effective.

Subclinical Hypothyroidism: A Review, with Treatment Considerations
by Todd A. Born, ND
This increasingly prevalent condition may be an overlooked etiology for a patient's health concerns. After instituting appropriate treatment, which he shares here, the author has seen improvements in not only lab values but also patient health concerns.

Townsend Calendar


Pathways to Healing
AIHM Spearheads Efforts Toward Sustainable Health Care
by Elaine Zablocki

by Jule Klotter

Optimizing Metabolism
New Research Questions Proton Pump Inhibitors' Use
by Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Literature Review & Commentary
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Anti-Aging Medicine
An Anti-Aging Approach to Optimal Sleep
by Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Monthly Miracles
Vascular Modalities
by Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Curmudgeon's Corner
Free Radical Theory of Aging – Fact or Fiction?
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Women's Health Update
New Studies on Blood Pressure, Weight Loss, and Lowering Triglycerides
by Tori Hudson, ND


Another Viral Epidemic?
by Jule Klotter

Iron Deficiency and Congestive Heart Failure
by Alan Gaby, MD

In Memoriam

Merrill E. 'Ed' Torrance

Letters to the Editor

None this month


Book Review
The Exercise Cure
by Jordan D. Metzl, MD
review by Jule Klotter

  Book Review
How to Cure Diabetes!
by Sherry A. Rogers, MD
review by Jule Klotter



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