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Townsend Letter
January 2015
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

Mobilization Tests and Urine Reference Ranges: An Overview
by E. Blaurock-Busch, PhD
This introduction to testing urine for heavy metal content before and after chelation gives standard reference ranges and "orientation ranges" that help you assess patients' body burden and create valuable records for insurance purposes.

Steroid Hormone Testing in Different Body Fluids
by David T. Zava
In this mini-review, Dr. Zava discusses why some body fluids are not appropriate for testing exogenously delivered hormones, with a focus on the types of tests used and the potential problems following oral steroid administration.

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Correlation of Manual Muscle Tests and Salivary Hormone Tests in Adrenal Stress Disorder: A Retrospective Case Series Report

by Scott Cuthbert, DC; Anthony Rosner, PhD, LLD[Hon], LLC; Trevor Chetcuti, DC, DIBAK; and Steve Gangemi, DC, DIBAK
Adrenal stress causes are typically examined using saliva or blood serum tests, which become expensive over the course of treatment. This study explored whether the less invasive and less costly muscle testing method of diagnosis was as effective as lab tests.

The Green Smoothie Fad: This Road to Health Hell is Paved with Toxic Oxalate Crystals
by William Shaw, PhD
Are greens smoothies as wonderful as they are purported to be? The answer may surprise you. Learn what components of common leafy greens you may be overdosing on, and why this is problematic.

An Innovative Option for Diagnosing Lyme: Pharmasan Labs' iSpot Lyme
by Bradley Bush, ND
A new test helps detect Lyme disease earlier, making treatment and even reversal of the condition easier.

Bleach and Biome: Mice Studies Prove Interesting
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
If the results of the studies presented here apply to humans as well as mice, medicine is in for a paradigm shift in regard to to treating skin conditions such as eczema, as well as how chemotherapy is approached.

Early Detection of Insulin Resistance for Improved Patient Outcomes
by Pushpa Larsen, ND
Common tests to identify diabetes do not indicate if a patient is prediabetic. New methods of insulin-resistance testing help patients gain the information to motivate themselves to make lifestyle changes necessary to prevent the onset of the disease.

Bovine Colostrum and Immune Modulation: Managing Viral Threats with PRPs
by Douglas A. Wyatt
Our bodies can download information directly from cows' immune-system intelligence when we use bovine colostrum to fight off even serious viruses – thereby avoiding side effects of more invasive treatments such as vaccines.

The Antimicrobial Activity of Selected Silver Products
by Robert Rowen, MD; Dennis Harper, DC; and Richard Robison, PhD
Not all silver products are created equal. This article reports on the efficacy of five different solutions against staph infection.
The paper is hereby retracted; all references to this article must show that it is officially retracted with the publication of the May 2015 issue of the Townsend Letter.

Food Fascists: GMO and Pesticide Manufacturers Down and Dirty
by Richard Gale and Gary Null, PhD
When you see a report stating that GMO food is safe, should you trust it? Here the authors myth-bust such reports, exposing faulty research methods used to skew results, while reporting on more reputable GMO research and predictions for how agribusiness will move forward in the face of regulations made by countries trying to protect themselves.

Townsend Calendar


Pathways to Healing
Finding Health Insurance Information When You Need It
Elaine Zablocki

Jule Klotter

Anti-Aging Medicine
Advancements in Diagnostics to Assess Alzheimer's Disease
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Environmental Medicine Update
Updates to the Fourth Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals
Marianne Marchese, ND

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

F.A.C.T. – Just the Facts
Cancer Screening Tests: More Harm Than Good?
Garry F. Gordon, MD, DO, MD(H)

Optimizing Metabolism
Bee Informed of the Health Benefits of Bee Gardens and Propolis
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Healing with Homeopathy
The Long-Term Benefits of Homeopathic Care
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, and Robert Ullman, ND

Monthly Miracles
EAV: The Physician's Guide
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Women's Health Update
Important Evaluations in Women's Health
Tori Hudson, ND


Alan Gaby, MD

In Memoriam

Dr. Morton Walker

In the News

Special Coverage of the Natural Products Expo East

Law Firm Wins Major Victory for Citrulline Case

NCNM Introduces The Hevert Collection

Transmission of Infectious Disease During Air Travel

Letters to the Editor

Is There a Native Botanical Treatment for Ebola?

Kudos to Authors of Ebola Article

Potassium to Cure RA


Book Review
Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness
by Michael Finkelstein, MD
review by Jule Klotter

  Book Review
The Coconut Ketogenic Diet and Stop Autism Now!
by Dr. Bruce Fife
review by Jule Klotter




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