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Understanding the Serum Vitamin B12 Level and Its Implications for Treating Neuropsychiatric Conditions: An Orthomolecular Perspective

by Jonathan E. Prousky, ND, MSc
Mainstream clinicians tend not to consider vitamin B12 important unless the serum level is deficient when indicated by laboratory reference ranges. Prof. Prousky, who has observed improvements among patients prescribed vitamin B12 for a variety of neuropsychiatric symptoms, shows here the rationality of using vitamin B12 therapeutically, even in the absence of "classical" deficiency.

The Merck Manual Welcomes Alternative Medicine
by Stephanie Pina, ND, LAc, MSOM
The oldest medical textbook written in English works to keep up with the times in its latest edition, the first to contain information about CAM. Dr. Pina offers a brief history of the Merck, then summarizes the new pages, particularly focusing on dietary supplements.

A Case of Incipient Autism
by Artemis Celt, ND
Although lab test results were negative, this 1-year-old girl's parents knew that something was terribly wrong with her. They followed their instincts and quickly sought alternative medical treatment. Showing the importance of early diagnosis, Artemis Celt reveals the process that unraveled the problem and allowed the child to make a quick and complete recovery.

Proton Pump Inhibitors – A Risky Experiment?
by Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND
While PPIs are widely prescribed for digestive problems, they come with a host of side effects and other complications. This article discusses the issues, including effects on gastric secretion, gastric/duodenal mucosa, and duodenogastric reflux, as well as drug interactions and nutritional effects, and concludes with a naturopathic approach to GERD treatment.

Using the Feminine to Heal the Aggressive Masculine: Designing Acupuncture Protocols through Naturopathic Philosophy for the Treatment of Excess Yang Conditions
by Jennifer Coomes, BA, LMT, RYT
This article provides a research foundation in Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts to describe the nature of excessive yang imbalances that specifically manifest through cardiovascular disease. It also discusses how to use acupuncture protocols to bring in feminine energy, balance, and life to shen (consciousness) to recreate homeostasis, an essential component of living whole and vital as a human being.

Caring for Chronic Hurt: Childhood Abuse and Holistic
Treatment Perspectives

by Laura DeVincentis, ND, LAc, and E. Feigenbaum, PhD
Better treatments for chronic conditions are critically needed, as is further research in the overlapping areas of chronic pain and childhood abuse as they relate to CAM therapies. This overview offers CAM researchers and practitioners a working knowledge of current trends and considerations in the field, and encourages an integration of CAM perspectives into future studies and work with patients.

A Marriage Made on Earth:
How Vitamin D and Vitamin A Balance Each Other

by Stephen Levine, PhD
Vitamin D may be one of the most important nutrients in our nutritional armamentarium, but  scientists still don't know what optimal levels may be. High doses are still often recommended and regarded as safe when they are not necessarily so. If not given with the correct ratios of other fat-soluble nutrients, vitamin D can be harmful. Dr. Levine summarizes the peer-reviewed literature, emphasizing the profound health impact of cross talk between A and D.

Townsend Calendar


Healing with Homeopathy
Treating Psychic and Spiritual Children with Homeopathic Medicine
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, and Robert Ullman, ND

Optimizing Metabolism
My Vote for the Best of Natural Medicine: Vitamin D
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Exercise is Medicine
Vascular Occlusion Training for Muscle Growth
Jade Teta, ND, CSCS, and Keoni Teta, ND, LAc, CSCS

Townsend's New York Observer
Berries, Beetroot, and Curcumin to Prevent and Treat Esophageal Cancer
Marcus A. Cohen

Women's Health Update
Tori Hudson, ND

Pathways to Healing
Complementary Practitioners Speak Out on Public Health
Elaine Zablocki

Jule Klotter

War on Cancer
'No Turning Back': The 20th Anniversary of Alternative Medicine
at the NIH
Ralph Moss, PhD

Anti-Aging Medicine
Breakthrough Natural Approaches to Longevity
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD


Big Brother Usurps Grandfather
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Guest Editorial
The FNB Has Failed Millions
John Cannell, MD

Letters to the Editor

Complementary Physicians: Do Not Trust State Medical Boards

Learning Reasons Behind Light Sensitivity is a Relief

Article Helps Readers Make Informed Choices

Sun Avoidance Is Not the Answer to Photoaging

Response to 'A Puzzling Case'

Iodine Debate Continues

Rebuttal to Dr. Gaby's Iodine Editorial

Iodine Is Safe and Effective

Dr. Gaby Replies

Another Positive Report on Iodine

In the News

First Standard Process Veterinary Seminar Attracts Nearly 100 Participants

World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine & Regenerative Biomedical Technologies

Is 'Integated Oncology' Effective?

Standard Process Evaluates the Complexity of Buckwheat

Super Chaga and Super Meshima Introduced at Expo East!



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