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

Coffee: An Emerging Superfood
by Steven M. Helschien, DC
Coffee is a source of several powerful antioxidants. This article presents an overview of the many possible benefits of drinking coffee regularly.

FCT® and Dermatology: Are Skin Disorders Just the Tip of the Iceberg for Underlying Chronic Diseases?
by Savely Yurkovsky, MD
Skin disorders often signal underlying dysfunction in internal organs. Field Control Therapy identifies and addresses these dysfunctions with bio-resonance and individualized homeopathic preparations.

Oxygen and Pressure Epigenetics: Understanding Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy After 355 Years as the Oldest Gene Therapy Known to Man
by Paul G. Harch, MD
Hyperbaric therapy alters gene expression, resulting in neurological recovery and re-growth of brain tissue. Dr. Harch discusses its effects on people with Alzheimer's, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, and stroke.

Bastyr University San Diego Clinic Student Case Reports
Iodine Administration Leading to Shortness of Breath
by Gregory Nacarelli
edited by Baljit Khamba, ND, MPH

Globulin Component Macrophage Activating Factor (GcMAF) Immunotherapy
by James Odell, ND, OMD, LAc
GcMAF, a protein produced by the body, is a controversial immunotherapy. Bioidentical GcMAF activates tumoricidal macrophages, leading to tumor regression.

Enhancing the Skin Microbiome to Address Inflammatory Dermatologic Conditions
by Trevor Cates, ND
The GI tract is not the only harbor for commensal microbiota. Researchers are looking at ways to support the beneficial skin microbiota that protect against dermatitis and other inflammatory skin disorders.

Management of the Allergic Patient:
The Role of Different Diagnostic Tests

by Diego Saporta, MD, and David Hurst, MD, PhD
Determining safe, effective allergy treatment requires accurate identification of the allergens. The intradermal dilution test, unlike the skin prick test, lets the practitioner more safely diagnose patients who are very sensitive as well as those with low reactivity. The test results allow practitioners to individualize immunotherapy treatment.

Vaccination's Dilemma: Unsafe at Any Dose
by Richard Gale and Gary Null
Toxic ingredients in vaccines, such as aluminum compounds and formaldehyde, are not the only concerns. The foreign biological material in vaccines can combine with our DNA and produce epigenetic changes that lead to disease.

L-Methionine to Cure Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?
by Alfred V. Zamm, MD
Faced with a diagnosis of macular degeneration, this medical doctor decided to search for a solution and happened to find beneficial results with L-methionine supplementation.

Common Ocular Conditions in Clinical Practice:
Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Cataracts and Beyond

by Chris D. Meletis, ND, and Kimberly Wilkes
Eyes, the windows to the soul, are also a window to neurological and metabolic health. Supplements that benefit eye health improve overall health as well.

Hope, Gratitude, and Love
by Dr. Douglas Lobay, BSc, ND
A naturopathic physician reflects on the emotions that underlie and contribute to well-being and health.

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Optimizing Metabolism
"Ahh-portunity" in Crossing the Dental-Medical Divide
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Jule Klotter

Current Controversies
Exponential Medicine 2017 Meeting Review and Commentary
Ira L. Goodman, MD, FACS, ABIHM, FAARM

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Healing with Homeopathy
Lingering, Invisible Symptoms Post-Injury
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, MSW, and Robert Ullman, ND

Functional Gastroenterology Bolus
The Grey Areas in GI Health and Disease
Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP

Monthly Miracles
Boron – An Important Trace Mineral
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Cool Beans
Getting to Know the Uremics:
Attending to Early and Moderate CKD Detoxicology
Robin Rose, MD, RN, FNP

Ask Dr. J
The Fix Is In
Jim Cross, ND, LAc

Curmudgeon's Corner
The Dark Days of the Year – The Winter Solstice 2017
Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Women's Health Update
2017 Guidelines and Clinical Practice Support
Tori Hudson, ND


Glutamine and Sickle Cell Disease:
Another Example of Why Healthcare Is So Expensive

Alan Gaby, MD

The Year in Review and Some Predictions About Next Year
Part One: Stem Cells

Richard Jaffe, Esq.

Letters to the Editor

None this month

In the News

Klaire Labs (SFI USA) Announces Availability of Target gb-X™
The first commercially available gut-brain focused probiotic blend for clinically-demonstrated mood support

Liposomal Glutathione Elevates Glutathione and Immune Function Markers


Book Review
Four-Season Harvest
by Eliot Coleman
review by Craig Soderberg


Book Review
Holistic Health for Adolescents
by Nada Milosavljevic, MD, JD
review by Katherine Duff



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