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Townsend Letter
April 2014
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Letter from the Publisher
Jonathan Collin, MD

The Role of Nutritional and Botanical Agents in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
by Mona Morstein, ND
Dietary and botanical supplements have been shown to be very effective in helping the body lower glucose levels, lipid levels, and blood pressure, and prevent and reverse diabetic complications. Dr. Morstein discusses 14 of the most studied and efficacious supplements.

Gluco-Beta Stimulator
by Gail C. Eiceman, RN, BS, CCN, and Elizabeth Hassel, BS
While many dietary supplements can help control diabetes and related conditions, a synergistic combination of four was found to be most effective. The authors describe their research in utilizing this specific formulation of products – with promising results.

Earthing: Is Hope for Diabetes Right Under Our Feet?
by Stephen T. Sinatra, MD, FACC, with Martin Zucker
While excess weight, poor diet, and physical inactivity are acknowledged as causes of diabetes type 2, what's missing from the list is our increasing disconnection from the Earth's natural negative electric surface charge. But Earthing can reverse this process. By walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems, individuals with diabetes have found that their symptoms have improved.

Importance of Subtyping Diabetes Type 2
by Majid Ali, MD
Different insulin profiles call for identifying two subtypes of diabetes 2: type 2A, a state of insulin toxicity created by insulin resistance and hyperinsulinism, and type 2B, an insulin-depletion state. Dr. Ali details the seven reasons for making this distinction, underscoring the clinical significance of the differences between the two subtypes.

The Continuum of Insulin Resistance
by Filomena Trindade, MD, MPH
Insulin resistance is on a continuum, from early stages to glucose intolerance, prediabetes, and diabetes. Early detection is key, to avoid the consequences as well as the progression to diabetes. This article offers tools to help clinicians become better detectives, including the application of functional medicine principles, in finding signs of insulin resistance in patients.

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Chronic Hepatitis C
by Lyn Patrick, ND
Insulin resistance is the main mechanism in the genesis of NAFLD in HCV, and the virus itself increases risk for insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Should all patients with diagnosed NAFLD be screened for HCV? What about NASH? Dr. Patrick addresses these questions and reviews treatment options for this "epidemic within an epidemic."

The Importance of Your Intestinal Tract for Health and Longevity
by Dr. Leonard Smith
Systemic inflammation, which must be addressed in order to achieve health into old age, usually starts with the gut – especially the aging gut. At least five areas of health can be associated with gut bacterial imbalances: poor diet, inadequate sleep, irregular elimination, inactivity, and stress. But with lifestyle adjustments, people can add life and quality to their years.

Introducing Baby to Solid Foods
by Kimberly M. Sanders, ND, and Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
It has been common practice in pediatrics to recommend that babies not be introduced to solid foods until at least 6 months of age, especially potentially allergenic foods such as peanuts, eggs, and dairy. However, recent studies suggest that such delays may actually increase risk of allergies.

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Pathways to Healing
Holistic MD Says, 'Change Starts at the Grassroots'
Elaine Zablocki

New Column
F.A.C.T. – Just the Facts
Metabolic Dysfunction and Diversity within the Human Microbiome
Garry F. Gordon, MD, DO, MD(H)

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

Optimizing Metabolism
Change for Diabetes
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Monthly Miracles
Nevada Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association 2013 Annual Fall Seminar: Part 2
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Women's Health Update
Cardiovascular Tidbits
Tori Hudson, ND


Reader Beware
by Alan Gaby, MD

In the News

Sierra Integrative Medical Center Offers Advanced Training Program

Letters to the Editor

None this month


Book Review
Reversing Dyslexia
by Phyllis Books, DC, CNN
review by Hyla Cass, MD

  Book Review
No More Diabetes

by Gary Null, PhD
review by Jonathan Collin, MD




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