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Letter from the Publisher
FDA Guidance Threatens Supplement Industry
by Jonathan Collin, MD

The New Front Line in Our Fight to Protect Supplements
by Alliance for Natural Health USA
This July, 17 years after the passage of DSHEA, the FDA has finally come out with draft guidance on NDIs – new supplements. Unfortunately, the guidelines counter Congressional intent. By turning what was meant to be a premarket notification system into a preapproval system, the FDA becomes the ultimate arbiter of which dietary supplements will and will not be available. Read more on the fight to preserve our access to natural supplements.

Vegetarianism – Part 3: The Economic and Taste Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet
by Gary Null, PhD, and Martin Feldman, MD
The final piece in this series discusses the monetary advantages of choosing a plant-based diet, including the option to grow one's own produce (full instructions are given for growing a variety of sprouts). Also addressed are issues of taste and its role as a healing mechanism.

Malorexia: Anorexia Nervosa Redefined
by James Greenblatt, MD
Integrative psychiatrist Dr. Greenblatt believes that a malnourished brain is a critical, even primary, cause of this condition, suggesting instead the term malorexia. In this article he shares his five-step intervention program for professionals to help optimize physical and psychological health for these patients.

Eliminating the Top Causes of Insomnia: Neurotransmitter Deficiency and Cortisol Excess
by Julia Ross
The director of a holistic clinic gives clinical recommendations for the three types of insomnia, focusing on the less well understood, but often critical, dynamics of type 3 – high cortisol. Two case examples conclude the article.

The US Cancer Program and Specific Types of Cancer, 1975–2007: A Failure – Part 2
by Anthony D. Apostolides, PhD, and Ipatia K. Apostolides, BA
In a follow-up to their analysis of the NCI's approach to cancer, the authors apply the same framework to 24 specific types. This installment covers 7 cancers: leukemia, liver, lung, melanoma, mesothelioma, myeloma, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The analysis continues to show a failing NCI program in the prevention and treatment of the majority of these diseases.

Integrative Oncology for Clinicians and Cancer Patients: Part 2
by Michael B. Schachter, MD, CNS
This article focuses on dietary changes and nutritional supplements to help clinicians educate cancer patients so that they may better deal with their illness. This installment reviews studies that suggest efficacy of nutritional cancer supplementation. Next there is an extensive discussion of the history and use of amygdalin, followed by a look at the issues surrounding the use of supplemental iodine in treatment.

Townsend Calendar


Pathways to Healing
IOM Calls for Transformation in Prevention and Treatment of Pain
Elaine Zablocki

Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

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

War on Cancer
Two New Drugs Emerge for Melanoma
Ralph Moss, PhD

Integrative Medicine Perspective by Dr. Julie
'Do I Have to Live with This Pain Forever?'
Julie Chen, MD

Monthly Miracles
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Townsend's New York Observer
Spotlight on Maryann Napoli, Medical Reporter
Marcus A. Cohen

Optimizing Metabolism
News to Snooze
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Healing with Homeopathy
Now that Arnica Worked, There's a Wide World of Homeopathic Healing for You
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, and Robert Ullman, ND

Exercise is Medicine
Exercise and Branched Chain Amino Acids
Jade Teta, ND, CSCS, and Keoni Teta, ND, LAc, CSCS

Women's Health Update
Chronic Insomnia and Adrenal Dysregulation
Tori Hudson, ND


Selenium for Thyroid Diseases
Alan R. Gaby, MD

In Memoriam

James Carlson, DO

Letters to the Editor

Natural Medicine for Children Needed More than Ever

Antiviral Activity of Dehydroascorbic Acid

Chelation Article Misleading

How We Can Change the Standard of Care

In the News

New Research Confirms that Maitake D-Fraction Induces Apoptosis in Breast Cancer Cells by BAK-1 Gene Activation

No Deaths from Vitamins – None at All in 27 Years

Consumer Group Says FDA Should Not Harass Small Farms and Producers

Controlled Vitamin D Trial Released



Book Review
Buddha's Brain
by Rick Hanson, PhD, with Richard Mendius, MD
review by Irene Alleger


Book Review
You Gotta Have GUTS!
by Victoria Bowmann
review by Jule Klotter




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