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Townsend Letter
November 2013
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

Fibromyalgia: All Stressed Out
by Sara G. Wood, ND
Dr. Wood reviews the basic physiology of a stress response, including an overview of the various hormones and neurotransmitters involved, and discusses ways to measure and compare it. Making the strong connection between an abnormal stress response and a fibromyalgia diagnosis could lead this population to benefit from lifestyle modifications and nutritional and supplemental support for stress.

Fatigue as a Symptom: A Systemic Approach to Diagnosing Adrenal Fatigue
by Amy Terlisner, NMD
While conventional medicine may diagnose fatigue as a disease in itself, Dr. Terlisner makes the case for its being a symptom of any of a number of possible underlying causes. She offers a general checklist to be completed during a workup of fatigue, and outlines treatment protocols at three levels: diet/hydration, supplementation, and glandulars/pharmaceuticals.

Fibromyalgia and CFS: A Clinical Update
by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
While new drugs have been approved for FMS/CFS, natural remedies offer far more help, making these illnesses very treatable. This article goes over the basics, and covers new advances in diagnosis, pain management, and resources for practitioners.

Fibromyalgia Pain, Neurotransmitters, and Toxic Metals:
Connecting the Dots: An Interview with Joseph Hickey, MD

by Nancy Faass
Dr. Hickey describes his journey in discovering the connections between heavy metal poisoning, compromised neurotransmitter function, and the physiology behind fibromyalgia symptoms.

A Study of Sauna Therapy in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients Shows Sauna Action via Raised Tetrahydrobiopterin and Confirms Three Predictions of the NO/ONOO− Cycle
by Tapan Audhya, PhD; Martin L. Pall, PhD; and John A. Green, MD
The authors present intriguing data demonstrating the effect of sauna on raising BH4 and improving the NO/ONOO− cycle dysfunctioning, providing an important scientific rationale for sauna therapy in the treatment of chronic disease.

Pain Management as a Side Effect: The 'Magic Missing Bullet' and Case Studies of 'Accidental' Relief
by Sarah A. LoBisco, ND
The therapeutic use of essential oils for pain management is often overlooked. Yet these oils can modulate physical healing, while simultaneously alleviating the emotional response to its symptoms. The mechanisms are discussed here, along with the body-mind aspect of pain processing.

Flavocoxid: A Medicinal Extract of Scutellaria Bicalensis and Acacia Catechu Acts As a Dual Inhibitor of Cyclooxegenase and 5-Lipoxegenase to Reduce Inflammation
by David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN
Anti-inflammatory drugs continue to be widely used, but with potentially serious side effects. But effective natural agents are emerging, with much lower side-effect profiles. This article discusses one such compound, flavocoxid, with emphasis on its safety profile and balanced action across a multitude of inflammatory pathways.

Fluoride and Preterm Birth
by John D. MacArthur
A review of recent laboratory, clinical, and ecological evidence shows that fluoride is a significant risk factor for preterm birth and subsequent neurological disabilities.

Fasting Cancer Patients Works: The Research of Valter Longo, PhD
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Dr. Schor reviews Longo's work which claims that fasting increases the effectiveness of many chemotherapy drugs at slowing cancer growth, and describes the surprising benefits that he has seen in putting this approach to use.

Sex, Scents, and Seduction: Questions to Be Answered
by Audrey Jones
Fragranced personal products are not required to be labeled by US regulatory agencies. The scents, while they may be pleasant, confuse humans' natural response to pheromones, while bringing unknown chemicals into our air, water, and bodies.

From an Ancient Peat, Nature's Powerful Cure
by Sylvie Beljanski
After a diagnosis of arsenic toxicity, the author underwent chelation treatment, but it did not work well for her and she disliked fighting chemical poisoning by ingesting even more chemicals. She sought a gentler, more natural approach – but could not find it on the market. So she created her own product to encompass each necessary step of the elimination process.

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Pathways to Healing
Doing Health Care with the Patient
Elaine Zablocki

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Optimizing Metabolism
Sea 4 Yourself: A Simple Prevention and Treatment
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Healing with Homeopathy
The Homeopathic Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Other Behavioral and Learning Problems
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, LCSW, and Robert Ullman, ND

Environmental Medicine Update
Chemicals and Cognition: Memory, Concentration, Behavior, and Learning
Marianne Marchese, ND

Anti-Aging Medicine
Beware the Air: An Anti-Aging Advisory on Air Quality Health Hazards
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Women's Health Update
Tori Hudson, ND


Pushing Doctors to Practice Better Medicine
by Alan Gaby, MD

Guest Editorials
Women's Work
by Katherine Duff

In the News

Clamping Down on Nutritional Information: In Europe, You'd Better Watch What You Say about Supplements

National Farmers Union Endorses Raw Milk

Déja Vu: Senator Dick Durbin Once Again Attacks Supplements

Alternative Health-Care Search Site Opens Online

Choose CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Carefully

Diet and Children's Behavior: Are Food Dyes the Missing Link?

Letters to the Editor

Flowers' Natural Perfume Enhances Well-Being

The Most Accurate Measurement of Whole-Body Iodine Status

Theodore Zava Responds


Book Review
Beyond the Yeast Connection
by Warren M. Levin, MD, and Fran Gare
Interview by Sue Vogan

  Book Review
Reboot Your Brain
by Gary Null, PhD
review by Katherine Duff





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