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Townsend Letter
July 2019
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

International College of Integrative Medicine (ICIM) Meeting – A Message from Your Heart
John Parks Trowbridge, MD, FACAM
The 66th meeting of the International College of Integrative Medicine (March 2019) focused on cardiovascular disease and inflammation, providing sessions on chelation, nutrition, and integrative testing.

New Understanding of Autoimmunity Development Through T Helper Cell Regulation, Part 2
Debby Hamilton, MD, MPH
Part 2 continues the discussion of T helper cells and immune dysregulation found in autoimmunity with a focus on natural ways to restore balance.

How Lyme and Hidden Infections Sabotage Our Clinical Outcomes
Jason Bachewich, ND
Undetected, but common, infections discussed in this article can cause diverse symptoms that are often attributed to autoimmune disease or Lyme.

Moldy Buildings, CIRS, Sick People and Damaged Brains, Part 1:
Living in a Water-Damaged Building
Ritchie C. Shoemaker, MD, Medical Director, Center for Research on Biotoxin Associated Illnesses; David Lark; Mycologist, MouldLabs, Australia; James C. Ryan, PhD, Chief Science Officer, ProgeneDx
Exposure to mold in water-damaged buildings causes a frustrating number of puzzling symptoms and eventually leads to chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS), as explained in this first article of a series.

FCT: Treating Lyme and All Infections the Simple Way
Savely Yurkovsky, MD©
Long-term antibiotic therapy, used to treat chronic Lyme, can damage organs and lead to aggressive fungal infections. Field Control Therapy® (FCT) offers a safe and effective alternative.

Dance: A Healing Art
Karina Gordin
Dancing with the Stars' Maksim Chmerkovskiy has danced since he was a young child in Ukraine. A traumatic injury at age 12, which shattered his right femur, and subsequent negligent surgery have made him acutely aware of the need to support his body so that he can continue to do what he loves – dance. In this interview, he shares his routine for maintaining fitness and the measures that have helped him heal quickly.

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome: A Key Exploration in Recovering from Chronic Lyme Disease
Raj Patel, MD, Thalia Farshchian, ND, and Scott Forsgren, FDN-P
Mast cell activation syndrome, found in people with tick-borne illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity, and many chronic illnesses, produces multiple symptoms such as rashes, bloating, low blood pressure, heart palpitations, brain fog, and more. This article describes how to identify it and how to treat it.

Quinacrine for Complex Chronic Illnesses
Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, and Christine Schaffner, ND
Physicians at the Sophia Health Institute report that an old malaria drug has helped several of their patients with complex chronic illnesses recover their health.

A Natural Solution to Drug-Resistant Malaria
Sue Visser
Whole leaf preparations of artemisia or olive leaf have been time-honored and effective treatments for malaria.

A Top-Down Approach to Healing Mental-Emotional Disorders in Lyme Disease
Connie Strasheim
The author, a former Lyme disease patient, stresses the importance of addressing the emotional, mental, and spiritual issues experienced by people with chronic illness.

Interview with Andrew Weil, MD, on His Gifting $20 Million to the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
John Weeks
A sizable gift from one of integrative medicine's strongest proponents will support research and expansion of this model of health care.

Connecticut Conference
Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Continuing education credit is not the only reason to attend regional conferences.

Bees: Worth Their Weight in Gold
Rose Marie Williams, MA
The hives of honeybees, used to pollinate almond trees and other crops, are being stolen as thieves try to cash in on the dollars to be made by agricultural beekeepers.

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Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Pediatric Pearls
Michelle Perro, MD

Monthly Miracles
Unsuspected, Uninvited Visitors
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Ask Dr. J
Lyme Disease Tissue Collection Program
Jim Cross, ND, LAc

Curmudgeon's Corner
Eating Crow: That c/16 Estrogen Ratio Surfaces Again
Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Women's Health Update
Tori Hudson, ND


Why I Am Believing More and More Nutrition Research Less and Less
Alan R. Gaby, MD


Dr. Christine Girard Named President of National University of Natural Medicine

Letter to the Editor

Bravo to Erik Peper's Article on Medical Self-Defense

Re: Dyfunctional/Functional Medicine


Book Review
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