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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD
Salad May Cause Autism?
commentary by Andrew W. Saul
400 and Counting
by Jule Klotter
With our 400th issue, Townsend Letter celebrates more than 30 years of examining – and supporting the growth of – alternative and integrative medicine. We thank and acknowledge our dedicated writers, columnists, and advertisers.
Sniffing Out Pain | Part 1
Olfaction's Complex Connections of Emotions, Memory, and Pain Perception
by Sarah A. LoBisco, ND
Pain management in US health care is not only inadequate, it is also creating an epidemic of prescription drug overuse. Nor do alternative therapies offer sufficient support. Yet not all avenues are exhausted. In this first article in a two-part series, Dr. LoBisco explores the power of smell to modulate the perception, pathways, and healing of chronic pain.
Vitamin C for Pain Control
by Reagan Houston, MS, PE
While it may not be well known as a painkiller, vitamin C can control pain from both acute and chronic conditions, including fall, burns, childbirth, and even drug addiction. Specific protocols are given, along with sources for further research.
Fibromyalgia: Proper Diagnosis is Half the Cure
by David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN
Only a small number of patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia actually suffer from the "classic" variety of the syndrome. In fact, most people who are told they have FM are really suffering from another problem. Here Dr. Brady explains classic FM and goes over other medical conditions, musculoskeletal problems, and functional metabolic issues that might be confused with it.
Using HLA Typing To Subgroup Patients Could Be an Important Tool in CFS and MCS Research
by Laurie Dennison Busby, BEd
One way to overcome the difficulty in comparing heterogeneous patients who are thought to share the same illness is by subgrouping them. Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing is at least partly a uniform way to do this. HLAs are immune system genes that confer response to environmental exposures and risk of disease development, making them well suited for researching cohorts with CFS and MCS.
Integrative Medicine for Suicide Prevention: Effective Models to Prevent a Global Public Health Epidemic | Part 2
by James M. Greenblatt, MD, and Virginia Ross Taylor, PhD
With skyrocketing suicide rates, it is crucial that health-care providers and families understand the factors that increase risk. In this article, second in a 2-part series, the authors address nutritional deficiencies – low cholesterol, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and lithium – and uses of social media that contribute to risk of suicide.
The Vagus Nerve's Role in Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Obesity, and Other Common Diseases
by Chris D. Meletis, ND, and Kimberly Wilkes
These conditions and many others are related to reduced function of the vagus nerve. This article discusses these mechanisms in detail, including the role of heart rate variability, as well as natural ways to support optimal vagus nerve function.
Ten Tips to Simplify and Optimize CFS and Fibromyalgia Treatment
by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
While Dr. Teitelbaum has written about effective treatment for these conditions in previous articles, here he shares more tools to simplify patient care and add new powerful treatments for those who do not improve or recover with his SHINE Protocol.
A Paradigm Shift in the Treatment of Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: Hypoxia May Trigger Lesions; Oxygen and High-Dose Biotin Offer Promising Interventions
by Todd A. Born, ND, and Stephen A. Levine, PhD
This disease, with all its debilitating symptoms, is still a mystery when it comes to etiology and effective treatment. Now, new research supports the possibility that biotin ("vitamin B7") can stabilize and even reverse its symptoms, possibly by restoring energy metabolism and myelin in atrophied neurons.
TOX-SICK: A Crusade for Health and Wellbeing
by Karina Gordin, MSc
In this candid interview, health advocate Suzanne Somers discusses her latest book and shares her personal strategies for coping with common environmental and dietary toxins.
Potential Proof of Chemical Sensitivities
by Laurie Dennison Busby, BEd
After a series of insults to her health, the author developed CFS-MCS. Some doctors and researchers continue to debate the validity of this illness, but in her search for answers, Busby has found potential proof of the existence of and possible mechanisms behind chemical sensitivities, here reviewed in this article.
Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH
Anti-Aging Approaches to Pain Management
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO
Environmental Medicine Update
Are You Putting Teflon on Your Face?
Marianne Marchese, ND
A New Approach to Parkinson's Disease
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD
Women's Health Update
Tori Hudson, ND
Thoughts on Interpreting Research Papers: Part 1
Alan Gaby, MD
The Connection of Mind, Body, and Psychospiritual Medicine
Jim Massey, ND
Letters to the Editor
Think Twice About Prescribing PPIS | Author's Response
Surviving Auto Crashes with Vitamin C
(Toxic) Impurities in Talcum Powder
Renaissance for Digitalis?
In the News
FDA Issues Revised Draft New Dietary Ingredient Guidance for Supplements
Pain's Secret Message: Why Prince Didn't Need to Die
Natural Immunogenics Corporation Names Dr. Robert MacCuspie Director of Laboratories and Senior Scientist
Emerson Ecologics Brings Together Leaders of Natural Health Industry With Senator Shaheen
How to Overcome Pain
by Leon Chaitow
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