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Townsend Letter
July 2013
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Homeopathy: The Effective Alternative to Antibiotics
by Dr. Mukesh Batra
Today, many bacteria have become resistant to antibiotic treatment. By contrast, homeopathy has proved to be clinically effective and free of side effects, with no danger of microbial resistance. Clinical studies point to a new, exciting area for further research.

Lyme Disease: A Fresh Perspective
by Dalal Akoury, MD
Why is this illness becoming more prevalent? In our age of technology and industrialization, ecological changes have disrupted the natural history of vector-transmissible diseases. The good news is that we can change our internal microenvironment; for example, by using biological treatments such as those given here.

Rethink Health: Inflammation Is Actually Repair Deficit:
Using Physiology First to Achieve Better Outcomes. Part 2:
Evidence for the Alkaline Way to Lifelong Sustainable Living

by Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, CCN, and Jayashree Mani, MS, CCN
The authors present a treatment approach to inflammation that extends beyond the drug therapy model, and discuss functional testing offering insight into chronic inflammation. In part 2 of this article, they advise dietary and supplement strategies together with exercise and relaxation approaches to manage inflammation, an approach that they call the "Alkaline Way."

A Review of Probiotics in Gastrointestinal Health
by Leonard Smith, MD
This evidence-based review of research in probiotics gives a comprehensive look at peer-reviewed, published research in humans that focuses primarily on supplemental probiotics for health promotion and disease prevention.

Gentle Medicine: Two Doctors Discuss How Less Can Be More in the Treatment of Lyme Disease and Chronic Illness
by Cynthia Quattro, PA, DAOM, LAc, and Bob Quinn, DAOM, LAc
Dr. Quattro has developed an approach that combines the best of German biological medicine, acupuncture, prescription medications, and nutritional supplements. She is interviewed by Bob Quinn, who also offers his perspectives that include Oriental medicine and bodywork interventions.

Lyme Complex: Taxonomy and Treatment
a dialogue between Eric Gordon, MD, and Wayne Anderson, ND
Two experienced practitioners discuss the the challenges of testing, the development of alternative treatment interventions, and how to integrate these with use of antibiotics in cases of chronic Lyme.

Interview with Dr. Pamela Costello: Chronic Neuroimmune Illness, Byron White Formulas, and Holistic Healing
by Candice Mitchell
A neurosurgeon and neuroscientist, Dr. Costello combines her extensive experience and research with the use of allopathic and holistic modalities to heal patients struggling with chronic neuroimmune and infectious illness. Here she discusses how she accomplishes this, including the vital role of herbal formulas in her practice.

The 2013 Lyme Disease Checklist
by James Schaller, MD, MAR
This Lyme-literate MD offers an updated list of symptoms that may point to the need for a diagnostic test.

A Novel Laboratory Assessment for the Detection of Borrelia Burgdorferi
by Chenggang Jin, MD, PhD, and Deanna J. Fall, BA
ELISA and western blot analyses are limited in the detection of early Lyme infection and have significant potential for false-negative results. A new diagnostic tool, iSpot Lyme, complements traditional serologic tests and shows increased sensitivity and specificity compared with previous methodologies.

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Pathways to Healing
Coverage Expands for Acupuncture, Chiropractic
Elaine Zablocki

Optimizing Metabolism
On Treating What's Treatable
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Anti-Aging Medicine
Immune Health Is An Anti-Aging Key to Longevity
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

War on Cancer
FBI and FDA Raid a Laetrile-Using Clinic
Ralph Moss, PhD

Quantum Medicine Update
The Forgotten Role of Water in Achieving a Superorganism Potential
Paul Yanick Jr., PhD

Aesthetic, Anti-Aging, and Regenerative Medicine
Liquid Gold: Using the Power of Your Own Body in the Fight Against Facial Aging
Sharon McQuillan, MD

Healing with Homeopathy
Homeopathy for Children with Asperger Syndrome
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, LCSW, and Robert Ullman, ND

Dr. Julie
All Good Things Come To An End
Julie T. Chen, MD

Orthopedic/Sports Medicine
Knee Pain and Dysfunction
Peter A. Fields, MD, DC

Women's Health Update
Research News For Clinical Practice
Tori Hudson, ND


Does Carnitine Really Cause Heart Disease?
Alan Gaby, MD

In the News

Metagenics Announces Lifestyle Medicine Summit on Woman's Health

7th Annual Probiotic Symposium to Focus on Probiotics

Pure Encapsulations Announces Publication of Study on
Proprietary Polyphenol Blends

Standard Process Awards Scholarships for the Fifth Straight Year

Pure Encapsulations Shows 'PureLove' for Boston

Letters to the Editor

Dig Deeper to Find Cause of Malaise

Diets May Matter, but Let's Not Jump to Conclusions


Book Review
Herbal Antibiotics
by Stephen Harrod Buhner
review by Katherine Duff


Book Review
Seeking Sickness
by Alan Cassels
review by Verna Hunt, BSc, DC, ND





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