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Townsend Letter
January 2014
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

Society for Integrative Oncology: 10th Annual Conference
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Dr. Schor describes highlights of this event, a gathering of oncologists that is also open to naturopaths, and shares the unique perspective afforded by this rare confluence of individuals.

Warburg Revisited: Maverick Cancer Researcher Questions the Origin of Cancer: An interview with Thomas Seyfried, PhD
by Michael Uzick, ND
The author of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease explains why cancer is not a genetic disease and says that any substantial progress on a cure will be unlikely until we recognize and direct therapies toward the true cause of the disease.

Hormone Testing: When to Use Serum, Saliva, and Urine
by Pushpa Larsen, ND; Michael Kaplan, ND; Leah Alvarado, ND; and Mi-Jung Lee, ND, LAc
Each of these methodologies has clinical advantages and limitations. This article describes goes over them detail, to support the practitioner in choosing tests so as to prioritize and choose among treatment options.

The Trouble with Topical Progesterone and Testing
by Dr. David Zava
Dr. Zava reviews studies relevant to topical progesterone delivery, including his own recent journal publication reporting on the distribution of progesterone in different body fluids following topical treatment.

The Patented Mediator Release Test (MRT): A Comprehensive Blood Test for Inflammation Caused by Food and Food-Chemical Sensitivities
by Mark J. Pasula, PhD
Fully addressing food sensitivities can have a major impact on clinical outcomes – but there are often challenges in identifying the trigger substances. The MRT is a new test that, using two advanced methods of measurement, gives practitioners and patients a new level of insight into food-induced inflammatory processes.

Case Study: Sensitive Lyme Test Leads to Correct Diagnosis and Treatment for Patients with Intractable Illness
by Todd LePine, MD
While there is no magic bullet when it comes to detecting and treating Lyme disease, a patient's story demonstrates this new test's crucial role in establishing a diagnosis.

Enhancing the Performance of the Athlete | Part 2
by Jade Teta, ND, CSCS, and Keoni Teta, ND, LAc, CSCS
Once basic lifestyle and nutrition are addressed, the next step involves appropriate supplementation. Part 2 of this series looks at some vitamins and minerals that show evidence of being ergogenic and also discusses the known ergogenic supplements.

High-Affinity IgE Receptor Autoantibodies in a Patient with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
by Laurie Busby
A patient reports her experience in being tested for these autoantibodies and her belief that this information could open up treatment options for a subset of CFS patients.

New Hope and Cure for Glaucoma Treatment
by Edith S. Marks and Gustavo De Moraes, MD
Research on glaucoma treatment is gaining momentum. The authors report on results in animal models that hold promise for more effective and less invasive care.

Celiac Disease and Gluten-Associated Conditions: Using Laboratory Measures to Clarify Etiology and Determine Course of Treatment
by Bethany Glynn, ND
With more patients than ever presenting with reactions to gluten, practitioners are challenged to decipher the symptoms. This article attempts to clarify misconceptions in the exploration of terminology, pathophysiology, changing clinical picture, and differential diagnosis using laboratory medicine.

Clinical Usefulness of IgG Food Allergy Testing
by William Shaw, PhD
IgG food allergy testing has made vast advancements since 2003, when it was seen as an unproven tool. Its utility in designing customized elimination diets has now been documented in scientific studies.

Predictive Biomarkers in Personalized Laboratory Diagnosis and Evidence-Based Best Practices Outcome Monitoring
by Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, CCN, and Jayashree Mani, MS, CCN
The authors propose that these eight tests may be used to assess overall health status and predict the relative risk for maintaining health or developing degenerative disease.

Townsend Calendar


Pathways to Healing
Accurate Diagnosis: The Foundation of Quality Care
by Elaine Zablocki

reviewed by Jule Klotter

War on Cancer
by Ralph Moss, PhD

Literature Review & Commentary
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Optimizing Metabolism
Five Ways to Improve Your Microbiome Alongside Drugs and Bugs
by Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Anti-Aging Medicine
An Anti-Aging Primer for GI Health
by Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Orthopedic/Sports Medicine
Low Back: Why Surgery May Not Be the Best Choice
by Peter A. Fields, MD, DC

Healing with Homeopathy
Arthritis, Keratosis, and Morton's Neuroma
by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, LCSW, and Robert Ullman, ND

Environmental Medicine Update
Environmental Global Health: The Impact of Chemicals Abroad
by Marianne Marchese, ND 

Women's Health Update
Cancer-Related Research
by Tori Hudson, ND


Things Go Better with Coke
by Alan Gaby, MD

In Memoriam

Dr. Richard Linchitz

In the News

The Revolution in Modern Women's Health Care Takes a Bold New Turn at Sold-Out Lifestyle Medicine Summit

Vitamin C Prevents Radiation Damage

Green Teas Vary in Strength and Amount of Lead Contamination

Letters to the Editor

None this month


Book Review
The Vitamin Cure for Eye Diseases
by Robert G. Smith, PhD
review by Katherine Duff

  Book Review
Your Blood Never Lies
by James B. LaValle, RPh, CCN
review by Neil Raff, MD





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