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Townsend Letter
October 2018
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

Coffee and Brain Health
Steven Helschien, DC
In addition to antioxidants and polyphenols, coffee contains caffeine. This article gives an overview of the research linking caffeine to improved mood and cognitive function and to reduced risk of neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

FCT®, Brain, Patients, Researchers and Doctors

Savely Yurkovsky, MD
Using Field Control Therapy (FCT), the author has identified and successfully treated underlying causes of diverse brain disorders in young and old, including dementia, brain fog, anxiety, OCD, and PANDAS.

Pathogens in the Brain – The Oral Connection

Blanche D. Grube, DDS, PhD
The connection between dental infections and illness is a concept that first arose over 100 years ago. The observations of those early researchers are being supported with modern research.

Better Detection and Treatment for Mold Exposure: Improving Outcomes for Patients

Matt Pratt-Hyatt, PhD
A pair of urine tests from The Great Plains Laboratory helps practitioners detect a patient's exposure to mold mycotoxins and the body's metabolic response, aiding treatment decisions.

A Mystery Answer to Restoring Brain Health

David I. Minkoff, MD, Julie Mayer Hunt, DC, DICCP, FCCJP, and Ron Tindell
This detailed article explains the importance of investigating for structural problems at the craniocervical junction in patients with a history of head or neck trauma (including during birth), autism, migraines, tinnitus, vertigo, brain fog, memory loss, neurodegenerative conditions, and more.

Lipoic Acid Mineral Complex Modulates Free Radicals in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Frank Antonawich, PhD, and Merrill Garnett, DDS
Mitochondrial dysfunction, resulting in low energy production and oxidative stress, is a key factor in many neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. A lipoic acid mineral complex, formulated to combat mitochondrial dysfunction, offers more protection that regular alpha-lipoic acid.

The Biology of Hope
Leigh Erin Connealy, MD
Leigh Erin Connealy, MD, medical director of the largest integrative clinic in North America and author of two books, explains the biological consequences of emotions and their role in healing. She urges practitioners to address the mind and spirit as well as the body as they guide patients toward healing.

MSG Excites Us, But How About Glutamine and Glutamate?

Sue Visser
Supplemental L-glutamine is an amino acid that promotes muscle growth and improves gastrointestinal health. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is considered an excito-toxin. Yet, both convert to glutamate in the body. Are they really that different?

A Case of Essential Tremor Resolved by Chelation of Toxic Metals

Davis W. Lamson, MS, ND
A case report about a 77-year-old woman diagnosed with benign essential tremor with pronounced shaking of the head and impaired handwriting responds to chelation therapy.

Bastyr University San Diego Clinic: Student Case Reports

Late Post-Traumatic Epilepsy in an Elderly Male
by Fernanda Gallo Moreno | edited by Baljit Khamba, ND, MPH

New Hope for Alzheimer's Disease: Nutritional Lithium as the Foundation for Prevention, Part 1

James Greenblatt, MD
Low-dose lithium protects and repairs brain cells, offering a new treatment and prevention option for early Alzheimer's disease.

The Endocannabinoid System's Intriguing Role in Gut Health

Chris D. Meletis, ND, and Kimberly Wilkes
Interactions between gut bacteria and the endocannabinoid system, nervous system, and immune system in the gastrointestinal tract offer new ways to treat bowel inflammation using phytocannabinoids.


Methylation 2018 Summit

International College of Integrative Medicine 2018 Conference

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Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Curmudgeon's Corner
Ketogenic Diet Shifts Gut Microbiome to Improve Seizures
Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Functional Gastroenterology Bolus
Collagen, Joint Hypermobility, Digestion, and Psychology
Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP

Women's Health Update
Breast Related Issues
Tori Hudson, ND


Laryngopharyngeal Reflux: A Common Condition Treatable by Diet
Alan R. Gaby, MD

In Memorium

Dr. Edward Wolff McDonagh

Letters to the Editor

Homeopathy as Psychotherapy and Props

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