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Townsend Letter
February March 2013
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Letter from the Publisher : Why I Started the Townsend Letter, plus Meet the Townsend Letter Staff

In Celebration: Townsend Letter's 30-Year Journey
Jule Klotter

How I Practice Now
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
A longtime naturopath describes how, despite decades of experience, he still finds each patient's story unique. Over time he has found a routine for navigating the unknown, as exemplified in a story of a youth with high blood pressure.
Fatigue and Primary Hyperparathyroidism: A Case Report
by Karima Bassalé, ND, and Dohn Kruschwitz, MD, ND
Fatigue has multiple causes; one of these can be primary hyperparathyroidism, which presents with hypercalcemia. The condition may be asymptomatic, or exhibit nontraditional symptoms, as in the case described here.

What to Do When Patients Wish to Discontinue Their Psychotropic Medications? Effective Tapering Strategies to Limit Drug Withdrawal and Destabilization: a Clinician's Perspective
by Jonathan E. Prousky, ND, MSc
Helping patients reduce or discontinue their psychotropic medications is complicated by many factors, and there are no clearly defined standards to inform clinicians about the most appropriate method. The author recommends an integrative approach, described here in detail, including several examples of tapering schedules.

Vitamin and Mineral Treatment in Asthma
by Aminder Singh, BSc, ND (cand. 2015), and Lindsay Feuerstein, BSc, MSc. (cand. 2013)
While asthma is one of the world's most common chronic diseases, there is still no cure. Meanwhile, there is a need to identify interventions that can be used to complement conventional therapy and relieve and prevent the recurrence of symptoms. Current research has shown promise for the use of vitamin C, magnesium, and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

The Milner Acetylcholine Protocol (MAP) for Management of Cardiac Dysrhythmias
by Jeremy Mikolai, ND, and Martin Milner, ND
In 2008, Dr. Milner began developing an approach for using oral supplements to augment ACh production and release, which evolved into MAP therapy. The protocol has been successful in many patients with varying types of tachycardia and dysrhythmias over its years of use, including in combination with other natural, medical, and surgical interventions.

A Holistic Approach to Modern-Day Chronic Disease Management: Pharmacological Therapies, Lifestyle Choices, and Nitric Oxide Deficiency
by Nathan S. Bryan, PhD
A more holistic approach to modern-day care, with an emphasis on maintaining NO levels, has future implications in reversing the current trends seen in chronic disease management.

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth: Often-Ignored Cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
by Allison Siebecker, ND, MSOM, LAc, and Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP
Common naturopathic approaches to IBS tend to be successful: removing hidden food intolerances, bringing mindfulness to meals, or restoring production of digestive acid or enzymes are key. But what about those cases in which symptoms remain unchanged? Read more about a condition that is involved in over half the cases of IBS. These experienced practitioners discuss indicators that a patient's IBS is caused by SIBO, prevention, mechanism of action, and treatment.

What is Feminine Medicine? Applying Yin/Feminine Approaches and Therapies within Naturopathic Medicine
by Jennifer Coomes, BA, RYT
This article introduces the "yin," or "feminine," therapies of naturopathic medicine and what Feminine Medicine really is, as well as show how each individual therapy in naturopathic medicine can be used in a yin/feminine approach, whether it is more yang (strong, aggressive) or yin (deep, gentle) in its essential nature. In the future, these feminine medicine skills may become equally as or even more highly regarded than the quantitative use of labs, established and proven scientific knowledge, and standard of care.

Detoxification Diets: Three Pilot Studies
by Sarah Axtell, ND; Alicia Birr, ND; Chip Halvorson, ND;
Cheri King, ND; Cara Orscheln, ND; Morgan Schafer, MS;
Robin Sielaff, MS, ND; and Heather Zwickey, PhD

Detoxes are commonly recommended by alternative health practitioners; however, there are no reported data on their effects or efficacy. This article reports on a multitier study that collected preliminary data on a variety of common detoxes, which found tremendous variability in the motivation and experiences of participants, including protocols followed, length implemented, as well as symptoms, side effects, and perceived results.

Advanced Metabolic Detoxification Strategies
Kristi Hughes, ND | Based on an interview with Nancy Faass
Detox not only helps those with weight-loss goals, but also serves a therapeutic purpose for those at risk of metabolic syndrome, blood sugar and insulin dysregulation, and cardiovascular disease. Clinical management of fatigue and generalized pain using therapeutic detoxification strategies often results in improved energy and tissue repair. A personalized care approach, guided by a comprehensive biotransformation and elimination assessment, can support tissue regeneration and enhanced cellular function.

A Medicopolitical Plot in Austria Against the Natural Anticancer Agent Ukrain
by Professor Serge Jurasunas
Ukrain has been widely used in Europe for 34 years as an alternative treatment for cancer. But in September 2012, developer Dr. Wassil Nowicky was arrested and all stock seized. Prof. Jurasunas calls on the international community to speak out against this threat to medical freedom.

A Critical Evaluation of Dietary Recommendations in the
Edgar Cayce Readings: Part 1

by Barry S. Kendler, PhD, FACN, CNS, and Michael J. Glade, PhD, FACN, CNS
In the early part of the 20th century, psychic Edgar Cayce was known for answering questions about healing while in a hypnotic trance. This article looks at his nutritional advice in the light of modern dietary guidelines, finding striking similarities as well as serious errors.

Townsend Calendar

Best of Naturopathic Medicine 2013

Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Karima Bassalé, ND, and Dohn Kruschwitz, MD, ND

Jonathan E. Prousky, ND, MSc

Aminder Singh, BSc, ND (cand. 2015), and Lindsay Feuerstein, BSc, MSc. (cand. 2013)

Jeremy Mikolai, ND, and Martin Milner, ND

Nathan S. Bryan, PhD

Allison Siebecker, ND, M SOM, LAc, and Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP

Jennifer Coomes, BA, RYT

Sarah Axtell, ND; Alicia Birr, ND; Chip Halvorson, ND; Cheri King, ND; Cara Orscheln, ND; Morgan Schafer, MS; Robin Sielaff, MS, ND; and Heather Zwickey, PhD


Pathways to Healing
Pharmacist Looks at Herbal Remedies
Elaine Zablocki

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

War on Cancer
Ralph Moss, PhD

Anti-Aging Medicine
More than the Multivitamin
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Dr. Julie
'Why Do I Feel So Tired and Achy?'
Julie Chen, MD

Healing with Homeopathy
The Homeopathic Treatment of Malaria
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, LCSW, and Robert Ullman, ND

Optimizing Metabolism
Accelerating Progress in Chronic Disease Prevention with 'Medical Bipartisanship
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Monthly Miracles
NHIMA Conference 2012 Speaker Review
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Environmental Medicine Update
Detoxification as a Treatment for Endometriosis: Clinical Cases Report
Marianne Marchese, ND

Women's Health Update
Some of My Favorite Natural Medicine Research of Late
Tori Hudson, ND


Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GR-1 and L. Reuteri RC-14 for Genitourinary Infections in Women
Alan Gaby, MD

In the News

Standard Process Inc. Sponsors Plenary Session at National Foundation for Women Legislators Annual Conference on Women Veterans' Health

Tests Show Many Milk Thistle Supplements Low in Key Component

NIH Supports WSU Scientist's Study of Hyperbaric Oxygen in Relieving Chronic Pain

Letters to the Editor


How Does Eucalyptus Oil Vapor Perform against TB?

Much Dietary Advice Is Outdated


Book Review
Alzheimer's Disease
by Mary N. Newport, MD
review by Katherine Duff






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