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Townsend Letter
November 2017
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

FCT®, Fibromyalgia, and the Unsuspected Suspect – Drinking Water
by Savely Yurkovsky, MD
Bio-resonance testing, used in Field Control Therapy, indicates that contaminated water, including popular bottled waters, can underlie musculoskeletal pains and other chronic problems.

No One Has Adrenal Fatigue.
But They Might Have Something Else.

by Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Stress during childhood can contribute to hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysregulation later in life that manifests as fatigue and depression. Botanicals and nutrients can give the HPA axis needed support.

Fibromyalgia – Orthostatic Intolerance (NMH & POTS) Made Easy
by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
Orthostatic intolerance, a sign of autonomic dysfunction, is often found in people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. This article outlines how to identify orthostatic intolerance and how to treat it.

Sleep Quality as a Major Factor in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain and Fatigue Disorders
by Dr. David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN
The author explains why good sleep quality is so important for people with chronic pain and fatigue disorders and suggests botanicals and nutraceuticals that promote sleep.

Potential Tests for an Autoimmune Subgroup of Patients with CFS and MCS Could Help Bring Illness Recognition: Helping to Identify Which Patients May Test Positive
by Laurie Dennison Busby, B.Ed.
Autoimmune mechanisms, identifiable with current testing, may contribute to hypersensitivity conditions and chronic fatigue syndrome in a subset of patients.

Update of "Neural Therapy: An Overlooked Game Changer for Patients Suffering Chronic Pain?"
by Tracy L. Brobyn, MD, FAAFP; Myung Kyu Chung, MD; and Patrick J. LaRiccia, MD, MSCE
The authors present the history and use of neural therapy, a treatment little-known in the US. Neural therapy can resolve a variety of chronic pain conditions.

Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia: One Size Does Not Fit All
by Robert Thiel, PhD
Nutritional supplements, herbals, and glandulars, tailored for individual patients, can bring improvement to those with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Natural Approaches to Chronic Pain
by Kathy Birkner, CRNA
Muscle pain and trigger points frequently underlie chronic pain issues that can be alleviated with natural treatments instead of opioids.

Cannabinoid Deficiency and Its Impact on Human Health and Disease, Part 3
by Jonn Desnoes, OMD, MD, PhD, and Sandra Kischuk, MSMIS, MCPM
Part 3 explains the role of endocannabinoid deficiency in inflammatory and pain conditions and describes cannabinoid sources and clinical uses.

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Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Healing with Homeopathy
Why Homeopathic Medicine Makes Perfect Sense!
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, and Robert Ullman, ND

Monthly Miracles
The Sleep Issue
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Curmudgeon's Corner
Light at Night and Breast Cancer Risk
Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO, and Heather Wright, ND, FABNO

Women's Health Update
Treatments for Osteoarthritis
Tori Hudson, ND


Nutritional Treatments for Opioid Addiction
Alan Gaby, MD

Letters to the Editor

none this month

In the News

Radical Avoidance of Plastics in the Home:
General Environmental Exposure Limits Beneficial Effects

The International Association of Compounding Pharmacists Needs Your Help!

by Carol Petersen

Research Supporting Minerals for Cognitive Health
by Stephen Ashmead


Book Review
When Disaster Strikes
by Matthew Stein
review by Craig Soderberg




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