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December 2007
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Letter from the Publisher

It's The Bite That Counts
by J.S. Mittelman, DDS
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Chlorella May Help Reduce Harmful Toxins in Breast Milk
Online publication only

Tests of "Muscle" Supplements Finds Some "Weak" Products But Most Contain Expected Creatine, HMB, or Amino Acids
Review of Muscular Enhancement Supplements Published by
Online publication only

Dreaming and Anesthesia
Online publication only

Web Page Potpourri
by Marjorie Roswell
Online publication only

The Vitamin D Quiz
by John Cannell, MD
This informative and entertaining quiz, which first appeared in The Vitamin D Newsletter, clarifies truths and debunks myths about Vitamin D. Take the quiz and see how your knowledge of vitamin D measures up.

Alpha Lipoic Acid and Liver Disease
by Burton M. Berkson, MD, MS, PhD
Dr. Berkson's pioneering use of alpha lipoic acid in liver disease treatment resulted in remarkable success. Since then, he has continued to use alpha lipoic acid in a triple antioxidant approach that also includes silymarin and selenium with continued documented results. In this article, he reviews his exciting history with alpha lipoic acid and also presents three case histories.

Natural Interventions for Treating Hepatitis C
by Shari Lieberman, PhD, CNS, FACN
The limited treatment response and debilitating side effects of interferon, a conventional therapy for Hepatitis C, often results in discontinued treatment. Author Lieberman considers other therapeutic options that are both efficacious and non-toxic, including the use of intravenous glycyrrhizin (as Stronger Neo-Minophagen C, a Japanese drug), antioxidants, silymarin, sho-saiko-to, and phyllanthus.

The Nature of Vitamin C: The Position of the Vitamin C Foundation on Natural Vitamin C and So-Called Vitamin C-Complex
by Owen Fonorow
The co-founder of The Vitamin C Foundation weighs in on a brewing controversy surrounding the true nature of vitamin C. In no uncertain terms, the author refutes claims that ascorbic acid is not the "real" vitamin C and calls into question the contentions put forward by proponents of the "natural" vitamin C-complex.

Natural Approaches to Clinical Trauma and Medical Procedure Recovery
by Stephen Holt, MD, PhD, ND, Lisa Gengo, ND, PA, and Cecily MacConchie, BA
Lingering wound- and soft-tissue healing can be an unforeseen complication following surgery. With more patients opting for elective procedures, the need for natural approaches is clear. Nutritional support via diet, and homeopathic solutions, such as Arnica montana, can provide a strong foundation for healing.

A Classic Herbal Formulation's Clinical Research for Modern-Day Liver Disease
by Jipu (Dan) Wen, MS, MD and Stephanie Pina, ND
The Chinese herbal formula sho-saiko-to has had a long, successful history of treating chronic liver disease. Now, current scientific research reaffirms the formulation's benefits – its anti-inflammatory, antifibrotic, and chemopreventative effects. The authors detail these therapeutic actions and consider, too, sho-saiko-to's potential side effects.

Liver Chi: A Chinese Herbal Supplement for Hepatitis and Liver Repair
by Tsu-Tsair Chi, NMD, PhD
Author Tsu-Tsair Chi introduces Liver Chi, a promising herbal supplement that has been shown to have protective and regenerative effects for the liver. In recent studies, the use of Liver Chi resulted in significant improvements in fatty liver disease; Hepatitis A, B, C; and liver cirrhosis.

An Updated Analysis of the Health Risks Part 3
by Gary Null, PhD and Martin Feldman, MD
In the final installment of this remarkable three-part series, authors Null and Feldman turn their attention to rotavirus, meningococcal, and smallpox vaccines. They also address "provocation diseases associated with vaccines; economic and legal issues of vaccination; the right to refuse vaccination; and the need to achieve freedom of choice." Parts 1 and 2 are also available online. This series should be required reading for all of us concerned about the social and health impacts of questionably safe, but government-mandated, vaccines.


Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology Review and Commentary:
Liver Disease and Cirrhosis
by Robert A. Anderson, MD, FAAFP, FACPM, ABHM
Online publication only

Oxygen Homeostasis:
Oxygen, Inflammation, and Castor-Cise Liver Detox
by Majid Ali, MD
Online publication only

Jule Klotter

Townsend's New York Observer
Marcus A. Cohen

War on Cancer
Ralph Moss, PhD

Nutrition and Exercise for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment?
Marjorie Roswell

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Health Risks & Environmental Issues
Rose Marie Williams, MA

Pathways to Healing
Elaine Zablocki

Optimizing Metabolism
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH, FACN

Phytotherapy Review & Commentary
Kerry Bone, FNIMH, FNHAA

Healing with Homeopathy
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND and Robert Ullman, ND

Quantum Medicine Update
Paul Yanick, Jr., PhD

Chinese Medicine

Naturopathic Perspectives
The Liver Cleanse and Gallbladder Flush: Separating Fact from Fiction
Jason Barker, ND

Women's Health Update
Tori Hudson, ND

Nutritional Influences on Illness
Melvyn Werbach, MD


Does Dietary Fructose Cause Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Natural Laws Put Homeopaths and Medical Scientists in Harm's Way in the Political Arena
by Barbara Brewitt, PhD, MDiv

Letters to the Editor

Misleading Copy

Reversal of Burn Scars

Cancer Is a Fungus

Multivitamins and Prostate Cancer

Unexplained Illnesses

Buprenorphine: Perils and Promises

In the News

Susan Samueli Center Adds Naturopathic
Treatments to Integrative Medical Services

Emord Named Humanitarian of the Year

Dr. Mark Pimentel Answers Questions About IBS

Pain Expert Offers Free Website to Help Heal
Chronic Pain Sufferers

Special Report Aims to Inform Consumers About Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery Alternative Produces Series of Free Online Seminars About Dietary Supplements Finds Some Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements Come Up Short

SinuCleanse® Squeeze Hits Shelves in Time for
Cold and Flu Season

In Memoriam

Roy Kupsinel, MD


The Power of Probiotics
by Gary W. Elmer, PhD, Lynne V. McFarland, PhD, and Marc McFarland
review by Irene Alleger

Rooted (DVD)
produced and directed by Robert Gammal
review by Jule Klotter

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