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Townsend Letter
October 2016
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

Interview: Stephen A. Levine
by Bob Frost
The founder of Allergy Research Group shares his personal favorites for daily wellness, based on his decades of experience as well as the latest research, while giving a firsthand look at the history of the supplement industry.

An Interview with Prof. Marco Ruggiero: Understanding the GI and Brain Microbiome and the Role of GcMAF in Harmonizing the Immune System with the Microbiome Populations
by Jacques Fernandez de Santos
In recent years, the idea of a second brain in the gut has become well known. However, in his recent book, famed researcher Dr. Ruggiero expounds on the "third brain" – and is this the complete picture, or is there still more to add? And what does DNA have to do with free will? This in-depth interview brings answers to these questions, along with some of their startling applications.

Integrative Medicine for Suicide Prevention:
Effective Models to Prevent a Global Public Health Epidemic – Part 1
by James M. Greenblatt, MD, and Virginia Ross Taylor, PhD
No single method has been shown to best prevent suicide, but with skyrocketing rates, it is critical to apply a biological framework to understanding the issue. In part 1 of this series, the authors concentrate on the role of genetics, antidepressant use, inflammation, and eating disorders as psychobiological risk factors.

Psychoemotional Trauma: The Elephant in the Waiting Room
by Sandro D'Amico, ND
A dichotomy between mind and body has long permeated Western medicine, resulting in individuals' seeing one doctor for "physical" issues and another for "psychological" ones. However, PTSD is a clear example of where this dichotomy breaks down. What can practitioners do to recognize and support healing of trauma in their patients?

Holistic Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
by Michael I. Gurevich, MD, CAc
​The diagnosis of bipolar disorder (BD) has grown due to an expansion of its criteria, along with increased overuse of antidepressants to treat it, leading to secondary complications. Here conventional management of BD is compared with holistic options.

Addiction Therapy for Drugs, Alcohol, Caffeine, and Sugar
by Reagan Houston
As far back as 1977, researchers realized that addiction is both a disease and poor nutrition. They created a simple but effective protocol, using high doses of a common nutrient, for a temporary but effective cure for 100% of addicts tested – offering great hope for future treatment programs.

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Supplements Accelerate Benzodiazepine Withdrawal:

A Case Report and Biochemical Rationale
by W. Todd Penberthy, PhD, and Anthony W. Saul

Field Control Therapy, Brain Health, and Its Formidable Challenges
by Savely Yurkovsky, MD
While seemingly endless monetary resources are directed into the bottomless pit of medical research into brain pathologies, some scientists question whether the whole model is fundamentally flawed. Here, the author shares a case study presenting a successful alternative approach.

GABA in the Treatment of Anxiety
by Douglas Lobay, BSc, ND
Despite the fact that gamma-aminobutyric acid is not thought to cross the blood–brain barrier, it can have significant benefits for many anxiety patients. Dr. Lobay explains how it works and what the current research is telling us, as well as other potential clinical uses.

Hypothesis: Osseous Spinal Injury and Reinjury as a Risk Factor, Biomarker, and Etiological Factor in Sporadic ALS
by David A. Steenblock, MS, DO
So far, no studies have revealed a specific risk factor that can both trigger disease onset and be treatable to remediate progression. Specialist Dr. Steenblock shares his research hypothesizing that traumatic spinal injury can be linked to the development of sALS, and invites professionals to join him in further inquiry.

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Healing with Homeopathy
The Camino: A 500-Mile Pilgrimage of Endurance and Transformation
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, LCSW, and Robert Ullman, ND

Optimizing Metabolism
Review of Integrative Therapies for Depression
edited by James M. Greenblatt, MD, and Kelly Brogan, MD
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Current Controversies
Innumeracy in Medicine
Ira L. Goodman, MD, FACS, ABIHM, FAARM

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

Curmudgeon's Corner
Can Pharmacy Continuing Education Actually Be Useful for Naturopathic Physicians?
Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Monthly Miracles
Mental Illness as Infectious Disease
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Women's Health Update
Tori Hudson, ND


FDA Prices an Effective Treatment Out of the Market
Alan Gaby, MD

Guest Editorial
S. 2689 and Stem Cells: Congress to the Rescue? (Not)
Richard Jaffe, Esq.

Letters to the Editor

None this month

In the News

Emerson Ecologics Announces Three Award Recipients of the
2016 Emerson Grant Program

Cofounder William Schoor Appointed President of Essential Formulas Inc.

MediHerb Research Shows Limitations of DNA Barcoding in
Authenticating Botanical Extracts

CDC Whistleblower to Extend MMR Vaccine Fraud

Threat to Compounded Medicine, and What You Can Do


Book Notice
Eat to Beat Disease
by Catherine J. Frompovich


Book Review
Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health
by Leslie Korn, PhD, MPH
review by Denis Marier, ND, MA


Book Review
Herbs and Nutrients for Neurological Disorders
by Sidney J. Kurn, MD, and Sheryl Shook, PhD
review by Katherine Duff



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