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July 2008
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Equilibrium Theory: New understanding of human physiology and homeostasis, new answers in functional medicine
by JG Goetz
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The Dangers of Blood Transfusion: Reconsidering Needless Surgeries
by Jim Howenstine, MD
Online publication only

Aiming for Natural Childbirth
by Vivienne Bradshaw-Black
Online publication only

Medical Anthropology
Heart Disease, Obesity, and Modernization
by Tim Batchelder
From the Archives: August/September 2002

Excerpt from The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy
by Dana Ullman, MPH
In a revealing excerpt from his latest book, author Dana Ullman profiles historical figures who were also early champions or proponents of homeopathic medicine.

Wilderness Survival
by Norene Wedam
What would you do if your plane went down in an uninhabited area? How would you survive as you found your way back to civilization? Read this fictional scenario and be prepared.

Is Salt Good for Your Health?
by Vivienne Bradshaw-Black
Dietary salt's reputation has been going downhill for years – and for good reason. The table salt in general use today is a nasty industrial byproduct far different from the health-promoting element whose scarcity led to riots during medieval salt famines. Author Bradshaw-Black rejects calls for "no-salt" and "low-salt" diets and instead reclaims salt's status, detailing the necessity for a "right-salt diet," one that utilizes the natural, vital properties of unrefined salt.

Alternative Therapies for Soft Tissue Inflammation and Joint Disease Utilizing Homeopathic Injectables
by John Hahn, DPM, ND
Homeopathic injections, oral medications, and topical creams are beneficial stand-alone or adjunct treatments for tissue and joint inflammation. Used in conjunction with standard therapies and in coordination with acupuncture points, homeopathic medicines prove both successful and safe – a viable alternative to opioids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Questions and Answers on Vitamin D
with John Cannell, MD
Daily, it seems, more health news features vitamin D and its impressive therapeutic effects on a panoply of disease states. In this Q and A session from April 2008's Vitamin D Newsletter, John Cannell, MD, Executive Director of the Vitamin D Council, addresses questions about dosage, usage, and essential testing.

Case Studies with ONDAMED®, a Pulsing Electromagnetic Field Biofeedback Device
by Shari Lieberman, PhD
In Part 2 of this article, discussion of ONDAMED moves from the theoretical to the practical with case studies that illustrate this biofeedback device's proven efficacy with a wide range of conditions from Lyme disease to post-traumatic stress disorder to plantar fasciitis.

Specific Anti-Aging Factors for Natural Clinicians
by Stephen Holt, MD
There's no cure for getting old, but a close look at the process of aging, this author argues, reveals that "a synergistic approach to the formulation of anti-aging substances, specifically, the use of dietary supplements" can mitigate tissue aging and foster good health well into old age.

Lost Knowledge: Ethnobotanical Explorations into Tropical Rainforests—The Student Rainforest Fund
by Steve Morris, ND, AHG, and Dan Wagner
The unique goal of The Student Rainforest Fund is to bring students of pharmacy, medicine, botany, and naturopathy to the source of many traditional and modern plant-based medicines: the rainforest. By experiencing the rainforest firsthand and working alongside traditional healers, these future health providers gain invaluable knowledge and perspective.


Jule Klotter

War on Cancer
My Visit to Germany
Ralph Moss, PhD

Healing with Homeopathy
Travel Well Naturally with Homeopathy
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, and Robert Ullman, ND

Health Risks & Environmental Issues

We Can All Help the Honey Bees
Rose Marie Williams, MA

Pathways to Healing
Massage Therapy Aids People with Cancer
Elaine Zablocki

Townsend's New York Observer
Presidential Campaign Plans for Universal Health Insurance
Marcus A. Cohen

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Phytotherapy Review & Commentary
Kerry Bone, FNIMH, FNHAA

Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology Review & Commentary
Travel Health and Treating Emergencies in the Woods
Robert A. Anderson, MD, FAAFP, FACPM, ABHM

Oxygen Homeostasis
Dysox and Climatic Chaos
Majid Ali, MD

Longevity News and Review
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Chinese Medicine
Chinese Medical Pattern Discrimination and Genomics
Bob Flaws, LAc, FNAAOM (USA), FRCHM (UK)

Optimizing Metabolism
Eat, Drink, and Be Traveling
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH, FACN

Women's Health Update
Fatigue in Women
Tori Hudson, ND

Nutritional Influences on Illness
Accelerating the Healing of Injuries with Nutrients
Melvyn Werbach, MD


What Is the Safe Upper Limit for Vitamin D Supplementation?
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Guest Editorial
Good Manufacturing Practices Should Not Be "Skin Deep"

by Al Czap

Letters to the Editor

Urine Therapy for Seasonal Allergies

Treatment Needed for Hidradenitis Suppurative

More Success with the Peskin Protocol

Arizona Medical Board and Court Defying US Supreme Court and Constitutional Law

In the News

Work Out a Way to Avoid Gym Germs

Tooth Decay Eating Away at Our Kids, According to Recent Analysis by HBA, the Australia Health Fund

Got Carrots? Standard Process Scientists Present Carrot Research

Contaminants in Drinking Water Are a National Problem Worthy of a National Solution

FDA Harasses Dairy Company Employees

Survival After Cardiac Arrest Increases Threefold with New Resuscitation Protocol

Tickout™ Tackles Lyme Disease – Attacks Ticks Under Your Skin!

ConsumerLab Points Out Irony of Heparin Contamination with Chondroitin; Calls for Better Testing


Solar Power
by Marc Sorenson, EdD
review by Katherine Duff

Natural Supplements for Diabetes
by Frank Murray
review by Irene Alleger

produced and directed by Gary Null
review by Jule Klotter

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