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June 2009
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Chinese Medicine
Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs)
abstracted and translated by Bob Flaws, LAc, FNAAOM (USA), FRCHM (UK)
Online publication only

Inflammation and Heart Disease: A Holistic Perspective
by William Ferril, MD
Online publication only

Naturopathic Perspectives
Considerations in the Prevention of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
by Jason Barker, ND, and Chris Meletis, ND
Online publication only

Instantly Reduce High Blood Pressure Using Soft Tissue Reflexes
by Stephen Kaufman, DC
Online publication only

Oxygen Homeostasis
Oxygen Governs the Inflammatory Response and Adjudicates Man-Microbe Conflicts
by Majid Ali, MD

Online publication only

Book Review
The Principles and Practice of Integrative Medicine, Volume 3: Dysoxygenosis and Oxystatic Therapies
by Majid Ali, MD
review by Katherine Duff
Online publication only

Letter from the Publisher

Cardiovascular Disease
by Dr. Chris D. Melitis
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. Now more than ever it is important to understand the various risk factors and treatments. Fortunately, there are many clinical markers that can be used to quantify risk and measure successful therapeutic intervention, and there are many natural therapies that address various aspects of disease risk.

Clearing Up the Cholesterol Confusion
by Steven Sinatra, MD, FACC, FACN
A well-known cardiologist explains why he doesn't think lowering cholesterol is the answer for preventing heart disease, and debunks the routine prescription of statins for all but specific cases.

Lipitor-Associated Memory Loss: Analysis of 662 Cases of Cognitive Damage Reported to MedWatch
by Duane Graveline, MD MPH, and Jay S. Cohen, MD
Statin drugs are known to have side effects, but even most physicians may not know how they can affect cognitive functioning. In this report, the authors present their survey of FDA data, showing a clear link between atorvastatin and amnesia.

Clinical Efficacy of Systemic Enzyme Support
by Joseph J. Collins, RN, ND
Enzymes guide all bodily processes. In diseases that are difficult to manage, enzyme supplementation has been shown to be effective for a variety of conditions. This article discusses the many therapeutic benefits of systemic enzyme support and reviews the research.

The Argument for a Vegetarian Diet – Part 2
by Gary Null, PhD, and Martin Feldman, MD
Eating meat may harm more than just your health. Livestock production poses numerous threats to the environment, depletes resources, and even contributes to world hunger. Adopting a vegetarian diet would be an effective and powerful solution.

Control of Cigarette Cravings with Cranial Electrotherapy

by William S. Eidelman, MD
As yet there are no established methods to relieve cigarette cravings. The author, who uses the CES device for other treatment purposes, did a study to investigate whether it can ease smokers' withdrawal symptoms. The results have important implications for public health.

Vein Lite: A Chinese Herbal Formula for Cardiovascular Problems
by Tsu-Tsair Chi, NMD, PhD
Studies are showing that this unique combination of herbs apparently improves circulation and blood pressure throughout the body, not just the heart. While more research is needed, this product holds much promise for those who suffer from coronary artery disease and other cardiovascular conditions.


Jule Klotter

Pathways to Healing
Samueli Institute Proposes New National Wellness Initiative
Elaine Zablocki

War on Cancer

German Complementary and Alternative Cancer Treatments
Ralph Moss, PhD

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Healing with Homeopathy
Healing the Pain of Financial Loss
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, and Robert Ullman, ND

Environmental Medicine Update
Environmental Links to Heart Disease
Marianne Marchese, ND

Exercise is Medicine
Interval Exercise as Treatment for Cardiovascular Diseases? Jade Teta, ND, and Keoni Teta, ND

Optimizing Metabolism
Managing Hypertension with Food and Nutrients
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

New York Observer
Ordeal of Christine Maggiore Ends with Her Untimely Death, Part Two
Marcus A. Cohen

Pain Free 1-2-3!
Natural Approaches to Heart Health
Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Women's Health Update
New Research in Vitamin D and Cardiovascular Disease
Tori Hudson, ND

Nutritional Influences on Illness
The Influence of Vitamins on Cerebrovascular Disease
Melvyn R. Werbach, MD

New Idea for Getting Together with Holistic Friends


Heart Disease Practice Guidelines
Alan R. Gaby, MD

In Memorium

In Memoriam: Thomas Dorman, MD

Letters to the Editor

A Follow-Up on Chelation and Bioresonance Testing Article

Defending the Sale of Supplements by Holistic Physicians

Estrogen, BH4, the Heart, and the FDA

In the News

'The Doctor Who Lived':
Holistic Psychiatrist Defeats Maryland Board

Can Environmental Factors Trigger Autism? Finds Large Variations in CoQ10 Supplements


Vitamin C: The Real Story
by Steve Hickey, PhD, and Andrew W. Saul, PhD
review by Adrianne Harun

(Also in Large Print)
My Stroke of Insight
by Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD
review by Jule Klotter

(Also in Kindle, Audio CD, Audio Download, Hardcover, Hardcover Large Print, Spanish)
Food and Nutrients in Disease Management
edited by Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH
review by Jonny Bowden, PhD
Sunshine and Vitamin D
by Frank Murray
review by Irene Alleger

(Also in Large Print)

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