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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

Emerging Clinical Science of Bifunctional Support for Detoxification by DeAnn J. Liska, PhD and Jeffrey S. Bland,PhD
Detoxification continues to become more and more important as we come to understand the causes of disease more clearly. The techniques have concomitantly become more effective as this protocol illustrates.

Highly Effective Treatment of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Results of a Placebo Controlled Study and How to Apply the Protocol by Jacob E. Teitelbaum, MD
This protocol treats each of the primary dysfunctions such as disordered sleep, thyroid and/or adrenal insufficiency, and suspected nutritional deficiencies. Patients improve with simultaneous treatment of each part of the disorder.

Vision Disorders (excerpted from Alternative Medicine, The Definitive Guide) by Burton Goldberg
A broad overview of the different vision disorders, factors which contribute to visual problems, and effective alternatives to drugs and surgery.

Initial Results of Microcurrent Stimulation in the Treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration by Edward C. Kondrot, MD(H), CCH
New studies using electrical stimulation (TENS) show effectiveness in reversing retinal damage and stabilizing ARMD without the side effects of drugs.

Pleo Muc Eye Drops: A Product Worthy of a Second Look!
by Dr. Kirk R. Slagel, NMD, MEd
This Enderlein-based remedy can be used as a first line defense and preventive as well as supportive adjunct therapy in treating eye disorders.

Gulf War, Chronic Fatigue, and the Miotic Syndromes
by Herbert A. Solomon, OD
There have been many connections made between symptoms of CFS and those of the Gulf War vets. Now an optometrist reports that military personnel were given (among many other drugs), a form of prostigmine, an antiglaucoma drug which can result in myosis (an excessive contraction of the pupil), and produces symptoms similar to CFS.

Standardized Butterbur Extract Petadolex® - Herbal Approach To Migraine Prophylaxis by Donald J. Brown, ND
A new standardized extract has shown excellent results in trials, safely and effectively reducing the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches.

Beyond Insulin Resistance and Syndrome X: The Oxidative Dysoxygenative Insulin Dysfunction (ODID) Model Part II
by Majid Ali, MD
The second in this series on insulin dysfunction examines nitric oxide dynamics, tumor necrosis factor, thyroid and adrenals, among many other factors, as well as drugs used for diabetes.

NY State Office of Professional Medical Conduct: Are Its Policies and Performance Becoming a Political Liability? Part 4 by Marcus A. Cohen
This ongoing series on NY State's OPMC reveals the inside tactics of the Board and what happened to the Reform bill.

Sound Health: Music as Medicine for the New Millennium
by Lily G. Casura
Music has a long history of providing relaxation, and of evincing emotion so it's not surprising that music holds promise of being a healing modality.


Shorts briefed by Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology Review & Commentary
by Robert A. Anderson, MD

The War on Cancer by Ralph W. Moss, PhD

Medical Anthropology: Television Watching and Health in Brazil
by Tim Batchelder, BA

Phytotherapy Review & Commentary: Ginkgo and Ear Disorders
by Kerry Bone, FNIMH, FNHAA

Chinese Medicine Update: Diabetic Retinopathy
by Bob Flaws, Dipl. Ac & CH, FNAAOM

Medicinal Properties in Whole Foods: The Effects of Living, Whole Foods on Women with Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis
by Gina L. Nick, PhD, ND

Healing with Homeopathy: The Value of Families in Homeopathy
by Judyth Reichenberg and Robert Ullman, NDs

Health Risks & Environmental Issues: What's Milk Got?
by Rose Marie Williams, MA

Medical Journalist Report of Innovative Biologics: The American Biologics' 14th International Symposium on "Integrative Medicine” 2002 Takes Place in Rhodes, Greece
by Morton Walker, DPM

Women's Health Update: Use of Hormone Replacement Therapy
by Tori Hudson, ND, Professor

Nutritional Influences on Illness: Treating Glaucoma with Nutrition
by Melvyn R. Werbach, MD

Guest Editorial: Grand Mal(practice)
by Al Czap


Today's Unconventional Conflicts Call For Unconventional Solutions by Martin Zucker

Virtual Reality and the Supreme Court: Real Children at Risk by Irene Alleger

Conventional Medicine's Failed Point of View
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Letters to the Editor

August/September Corrections

A British Columbia Physician's Right to Prescribe Natural Thyroid Hormone

Other Kinesiology Techniques Effective

‘Staking a Claim to Good Health': An Update on FDA's Agenda to Control Dietary Supplements

Natural Products Reduce Plasma VEGF in Cancer Patients

Breast Cancer

Macular Degeneration and Glutathione Revisited

Chocolate: Food for the Gods

Jerusalem versus Globe Artichoke

HRT and Alternatives

Correcting Inner Ear Dysfunction with a New Applied Kinesiological Method

In the News

Fish and Fish Oil Supplements Help You See Better

Survey of Doctors' Experience of Patients Using the Internet

George Mateljan, Founder of Health Valley Foods, Launches Unique Web site

Son Honors Lessons Learned from Mentally Ill Father

Eye MDs Discuss New Possibilities for the Prevention and Treatment of Blindness

Study Focuses on Vitamin E's Role in Reducing Effects of Neuro-Degenerative Diseases


The Estrogen Alternative by Raquel Martin with Judi Gerstung, DC review by Irene Alleger

The Eye Care Revolution by Robert Abel, Jr., MD
review by Jule Klotter

Headache Survival by Robert S. Ivker, DO with Todd Nelson, ND
review by Jule Klotter

Iscador by Robert W. Gorter, MD
Iscador by Christine Murphy, editor

reviews by Beatrice Trum Hunter

Natural Highs by Hyla Cass, MD and Patrick Holford
review by Melvyn Werbach, MD

Shape Up! by Jonny Bowden, MA, CNS
review by Julie Kreloff, MS, RD

Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings
by J. Routt Reigart, MD and James R. Roberts, MD, MPH, eds.
review by Beatrice Trum Hunter


. . . the regular features, commentary and opinions we can count on each month from our distinguished columnists.

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