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August / September 2015
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

The Institute for Functional Medicine Names Robert Rountree, MD, as the 2015 Linus Pauling Award Recipient

Probiotics vs. Heavy Metals: A Win for the Good Guys
by Bob Frost
Probiotics have become increasingly popular for a number of health benefits. One Canadian doctor who is passionate about social justice led a study that has promising implications for those living in areas contaminated with heavy metals.

Restoring Immune Function: Nontoxic Cancer Therapy Utilizing Dendritic Cells
by Robert Gorter, MD, PhD, and Erik Peper, PhD
"Cancer vaccines" may sound like a strange concept given the current oncological approaches. This method of combating cancer starts with the observation that sometimes after cancer patients come down with a virus, they then go into remission. Why is this and how can it be applied clinically?

The Integrative Cancer Toolbox
by Mary Budinger
Members of the International Organization of Integrative Cancer Physicians use a variety of alternative treatments to help their patients seek wellness. Here is an overview of some of their favorite tools.

Cancer and Lyme Disease: Is There a Connection?
by Nooshin K. Darvish, ND, FICT
Many of the symptoms of late-stage cancer are similar to the symptoms of multiple systemic chronic infection syndrome, also known as chronic Lyme. Practitioners could be missing the diagnosis and therefore an opportunity to restore health through an infectious treatment approach.

Targeting the IGF-1 Pathways
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Insulin-like growth factors, especially IGF-1, are of interest because they may explain why many of the therapies that naturopathic doctors have traditionally relied upon with cancer patients may actually work. Understanding IGF function may let us optimize current dietary and lifestyle strategies in treating cancer as well as inform dietary recommendations for treating other conditions.

The Almost Perfect Chemotherapy
by Reagan Houston, MS, PE
Vitamin C is celebrated as an effective antiviral agent, along with many other therapeutic effects. The almost perfect chemotherapy combines vitamin C with other vitamins and supplements to strengthen our bodies' natural vitality and resistance to disease.

The P53 Tumor Suppressor Gene:
Understanding P53-Based Anticancer Therapies Utilizing Dietary Agents

by Serge Jurasunas, ND, MD (Hom)
The P53 tumor suppressor gene is involved in the initiation of apoptosis and programmed cell death, to prevent an accumulation of abnormal cells. However, apoptosis evasion is a characteristic feature of human cancers, and P53 mutation is highly associated with cancer worldwide.

Acidity Kills the Pancreas
by Peter Melamed, PhD, and Felix Melamed, MS
Gastrointestinal disorders are rampant these days: dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal dysbiosis. What these conditions could all have in common is acidification of the pancreas, an organ that the authors say is overlooked, to the detriment of understanding GI illness.

Field Control Therapy: Successful Approach to Lyme Disease and Coinfections Part 2
by Savely Yurkovsky, MD
Pathogens are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics through mutation, and there is a documented relationship between antibiotic use and cancer. With a quality theory supporting each patient's multifactorial diagnosis, chronic cases may find relief with homeopathy.

Salicinium: A Powerful Biological Response Modifier in Cancer
by Carol M. Brown, DO, PhD, FAARFM
The human immune system is one of the greatest "killers" available, so instead of adding foreign material to fight disease, newer studies are focusing on programming an individual's immune globulins to recognize their own particular cancer.

Angiogenesis: Cause or Effect? Companion Diagnostics and Surrogate Markers for a Novel Antiangiogenic Therapy: Multitargeted Epigenetic therapies (MTET)
by M. A. Nezami, MD; Daniel E. Stobbe, MD; and Aron Gould-Simon, MD
Oncology patients who are not responding to conventional modalities of treatment may find improvement with off-label drugs that inhibit hypoxia-induced pathways, which translates to improved progression-free or overall survival.

Let's Talk About Sex: The Effects of Prostate Cancer on Sex, Men, and Their Relationships
by Daniel Lander, ND FABNO
Unfortunately, the effects of cancer on a patient's sex life are often ignored by narrowly focused doctors. Prostate cancer in particular has significant impact, with patients often predicting better improvement in sexual function than they actually experience. Doctors can help patients with this troubling and personal aspect of disease by supporting couples in bettering communication and maintaining emotional intimacy even when physical intimacy is challenging.

The Concern about B Vitamins Affecting the Oxidant Effect of Intravenous Ascorbate for Malignancy
by Maiko Ochi, ND; James Hetherington, ND; and Davis W. Lamson, MS, ND
While vitamin C and B vitamin supplementation both have marked benefits separately, there is concern that mixing the two, especially with intravenous therapy, may have unwanted side effects.

Inositol Modulation of Essential Metabolic Pathways of Insulin Resistance in Metabolic Syndrome, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes
by Cristiana Paul, MS, and David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN
There are two main types of inositol supplements available to improve dysglycemia. While all inositols have some characteristics in common, these two forms can have different effects that raise questions about which to use when.

Breast Cancer: These Natural Solutions Could Save Your Life
by Gary Null, PhD
Research into breast cancer cures has failed to translate into meaningful reductions in frequency or mortality. Therefore, prevention is the best medicine. Foods, herbs, and lifestyle choices that protect against cancer are available now and can save your money – and your life.

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Environmental Medicine Update
Can the Environment Cause Cancer? Myth vs. Fact
Marianne Marchese, ND

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

War on Cancer
Exciting New Tests for Cancer
Ralph Moss, PhD

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

Optimizing Metabolism
High Impact from Fresh Fruits
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Women's Health Update
Cervical Dysplasia, Breast Density, Screening Mammography Controversy Continues
Tori Hudson, ND

In Memoriam

Paul Parente, DO


Are Some Researchers Fabricating Data?
Alan Gaby, MD

Guest Editorial
Dietary Supplements: Concern and Opportunity
Jaclyn Chasse, ND

In the News

National College of Natural Medicine Receives $3,092,898 for NIH Research Grants

Metagenics' 4th Annual Lifestyle Medicine Summit Prepares Health-Care Professionals to Preserve Patient Vitality through First 100 Years

Letters to the Editor

None this month


Book Notice
Changing the Way the World Detects Cancer

by Jenny Hrbacek, RN

  Book Review
Less Medicine, More Health
by H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH
review by Ira L. Goodman, MD, FACS, ABIHM, FAARM


Book Review
The Good Fight
by Greg Holmes, PhD, and Katherine Roth, MD
review by Flora Biancalana, MD


Book Excerpt
Cannabis for Lyme Disease and Related Conditions
by Shelley M. White

  Book Excerpt
The Whole Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors
by Helayne Waldman, EdD, MS

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