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Letter from the Publisher:
The History of the Townsend Letter

Fall-Preventinq Effects of the Korean Martial Art, TaeKwon-Do, in Senior Citizens
by Mark A. Brudnak, Drew Dundero and Fred M. Van Hecke
The traditional forms of "exercise", such as Yoga and the Martial Arts have many health benefits. One of those benefits from TaeKwon-Do is better balance — important for older individuals.

Chaos in the Cortex: An Unrecognized Adrenal-Immune Disturbance in Pets Offers Therapeutic Insights for Multiple Human Disorders
by Alfred J. Plechner, DVM
A clinician does some research on antibody levels in his animal patients and consistently finds low cortisol, high estrogen, and low antibodies which he has successfully treated with physiologic doses of cortisone.

Breathing Therapies for Asthma: Buteyko and Eucapnic Breathing Training
by Rosalba Courtney, ND, DO, Lic. Ac.
Springtime often brings an exacerbation for asthma sufferers. Now, more attention is being paid to the need to teach asthmatics how to breathe properly and lessen the need for drugs.

by Mark Stengler, ND
In Japan maitake has long been recognized as the "King of Mushrooms." Recent studies on the new MD fraction show it to be very effective against various cancers.

Complementary Treatment of Chronic Digestive Disorders with Malabsorption Syndrome Using HSOs
by Peter R. Rothschild, MD, PhD
We may have been too hygienic in the past — getting rid of organisms in the environment that have benefits for humans. A new supplement on the market now supplies those natural microorganisms to treat digestive disorders.

Cell Extracts: A Natural Approach to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
by Ramon Scruggs, MD
The high incidence of abnormalities in the HPA axis (hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands) in people suffering from CFS suggests that glandular extracts would be beneficial. A new supplement provides a blend of adrenal and mesenchymal cell extracts which show efficacy in alleviating CFS symptoms.

Petadolex for the Treatment of Headache
by Ulrich Danesch, PhD
A new proprietary supplement on the market uses a butterbur root extract with analgesic, anti-inflammatory and spasmolytic actions to reduce the frequency of migraines, with none of the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

You Can Reduce Stress-Lose Weight-Detoxify-Stop Smoking-Increase Energy with Living Foods
by Ronald Bradley
The Hippocrates Health Centre of Australia uses the protocol of Dr. Ann Wigmore to completely overhaul the human body — by detoxifying and using a high-enzyme raw diet.

Immune Modulation: Maintain or Regain Good Health Through Our Own Immune Function
by Jesse A. Stoff, MD
Recent scientific developments in immunology have led to the use of modulators such as Bovine Colostrum/Whey Extract to significantly improve and maintain health.


Shorts briefed by Jule Klotter

Chinese Medicine Update
Gao Lian's Springtime Prevention of Liver Disease
by Bob Flaws, Dipl. Ac & CH, FNAAOM, FRCHM

Medicinal Properties in Whole Foods
Addressing Human Exposure to Environmental Toxins with Chlorella pyrenoidosa
by Gina L. Nick, PhD, ND

Highly Effective Treatments for Pain and Fatigue
Simplifying Nutritional Support in CFS/Fibromyalgia
by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Health Risks & Environmental Issues
Safe Flea Control & Organic Labeling
by Rose Marie Williams, MA

Literature Review & Commentary by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Phytotherapy Review & Commentary
Spring Cleaning? What About Intestinal Parasites?
by Kerry Bone, FNIMH, FNHAA

Healing with Homeopathy
Dispelling Myths About Homeopathic Treatment
by Judyth Reichenberg and Robert Ullman, NDs

Medical Anthropology
Metaphysical Fitness and Ayurvedic Medicine
by Tim Batchelder, BA

Ask the Herbalist
What are Herbal Approaches to Treating Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease?
by Andrew Gaeddert

Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology Review & Commentary
by Robert A. Anderson, MD

Acupuncture and Moxibustion
Hysterical Aphonia & Electroacupuncture
by Honora Lee Wolfe, Dipl, Ac., Lic. Ac., FNAAOM

News and Views Hot off the Wire
by Arline Brecher

Build Yourself As An Expert and Gain Media Exposure
by Terra Wellington

Women's Health Update
Clinical Practice Support
by Tori Hudson, ND, Professor

Nutritional Influences on Illness
by Melvyn R. Werbach, MD

Editorial: Intravenous Magnesium for Acute Myocardial Infarction: The Controversy Continues
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Guest Editorial: Metagenics Position on Medical Foods Labeling
by Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, FACN, CNS

Guest Editorial: An Open Letter from the CAM Doctors in Wisconsin

Letters to the Editor

Mechanism of Action of Chelation

Healing is Real in the Middle of the Israeli Desert

Angry with Sorting Through the Junk Published in TLfDP

Fasting As a Cure for PMS and Menopause Symptoms

Artemisinin and Oxidative Therapies

Francis M. Pottenger, MD and "The Hazards of a Health Fetish"

The Institute of Medicine Review of SV40 Contamination of Polio Vaccine and Cancer

Sokoloff's Approach to High Triglycerides

Ginkgo for Prevention of High Altitude Illness

In the News

CHI Institute Presents Conclusive Studies Proving Healing Effect of Sound

Fast-Melting CoQ10 Tablet Technology is Subject of Clinical Trial

FDA Implements Pearson Decision; Expands to Foods


Fast Food Nation, the Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser
review by Beatrice Trum Hunter

Hay Fever
by Dr. Jonathan Brostoff and Linda Gamlin
review by Irene Alleger

Eating Well for Optimal Health
by Andrew Weil, MD
review by Stephen Byrnes, PhD, RNCP

Shaman, M.D.
by Eve Bruce, MD
review by Jule Klotter

September 11, 2005
by Majid Ali, MD
review by Katherine Duff

Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs
by Don Hamilton, DVM
review by Jule Klotter

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


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