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Townsend Letter
June 2016
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Letter from the Publisher
Jonathan Collin, MD

Barcelona to Host Naturopathic Medicine World Congress

The Institute for Functional Medicine Unveils Results of Landmark Survey at Corporate Roundtable Meeting

The 5th Annual Low-Dose Naltrexone Conference: A Review

by Emily Kane, ND

A Glimmer of Hope About ALS Causation: An Interview with David Steenblock, DO
by Bob Frost
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, has been considered a medical mystery that at best can be managed for symptoms. Now physician and researcher David Steenblock says that he knows one of the major causes – which begins with trauma to the neck.

Alcoholic Liver Disease: a Worldwide Health Threat and Its Unani Treatment
by Shabnam Ansari, BUMS, MD, Scholar Moalejat (Medicine), Faculty of Medicine (Unani)
Alcoholic liver disease may be the oldest liver injury known to humankind, and is the third leading preventable cause of death in the world. Unani medicine, an ancient alternative system, has been shown to be effective in treating all kinds of liver disease, including this condition.

Lectins = Toxins
by Betty Wedman-St Louis, PhD
Although lectins have long been known to promote inflammatory responses and damage the gut, nutrition science has overlooked this. But since lectins are widely distributed in plant-based foods consumed daily, they may finally become recognized as contributing to the pathogenesis of diseases such as cancer

Healing by Design
by Rajgopal Nidamboor, PhD
While the treatment of osteoarthritis has included the use of OTC drugs, two nutritional supplements have also become very popular. Recent studies have investigated the role of chondroprotective agents and reported excellent symptomatic relief, comparable to any NSAID drug, but without the latter's harmful side effects.

The Bureaucratic Mind and Your Health
by Kenneth Smith
From childhood, we are socialized to think in terms of orderly categorization. While this mindset has many benefits, it also has important limits, especially when we forget that this is just one way to view the world.

Can Dowsers Detect Maximum Zones of Severe Chronic Diseases?
by Dr. Reimar Banis
It seems plausible that georadiation is a causal factor in numerous severe chronic diseases. Dr. Banis reports on a pilot study involving 13 test subjects who had been examined by two dowsers, looking into whether georadiation maximum zones could be related to these conditions.

Where Do You Find A Doctor Like Hippocrates When You Need Him?
by Laurie Dennison Busby, BEd
Part of the Hippocratic Oath is "Cure sometimes ... comfort always." As one patient seeks treatment from a variety of practitioners who could not seem to help her, she wishes that more of them would take these words to heart.

A New Method For Lowering Blood Glucose Levels While Satisfying Cravings for Sweets
by Brian Scott Peskin, BSc
The worst time for a diabetic patient is the evening, when willpower disappears and snacking occurs. This leads to highly elevated blood sugars throughout the evening and into the morning, a self-imposed disaster. Here the author shares a surprisingly simple solution.

Field Control Therapy and Documented Reversals of Type 2 and Even Type 1 Diabetes
by Savely Yurkovsky, MD
While billions of dollars have been spent on diabetes research over decades, there could be one simple solution for solving it. Here case studies are presented of patients who were able to discontinue diabetes medication and otherwise demonstrated improvement in their condition upon receiving FCT.

Dried Urine Analysis: Improved Collection, Shipment, Processing, Testing, and Storage of Samples
by Theodore Zava
Easier to collect than blood, urine has its appeal as a source of information about heavy metal and other toxin content in our bodies. However, the cost of transporting bulky samples has been prohibitive. Improvements in laboratory technology, however, have opened new doors for microsampling and analysis of dried samples

Townsend Calendar


Pathways to Healing
Reimagining Our Lives with Resilience and Verve
by Elaine Zablocki

by Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Optimizing Metabolism
Integrating Nutrition into Regenerative Orthopedics: An Interview with Kenneth Cintron, MD, MBA
by Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Anti-Aging Medicine
An Anti-Aging Approach to Oral Health
by Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Monthly Miracles

Arterial Calcification in Diabetes
by Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Environmental Medicine Update

Lead in the Drinking Water: An American Crisis – Again!
by Marianne Marchese, ND

Curmudgeon's Corner

Lucky Me!
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Women's Health Update
Fatty Acid Supplementation: Liver Fat and Cardiovascular Disease
by Tori Hudson, ND


The Drugging of Our Population
by Alan Gaby, MD

Guest Editorial
Twenty-Five Years in Dietetics: A Critical Reflection
by Yael Joffe, RD, PhD

Guest Editorial
A New Day Dawns for Vitamin C?
by Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD

In Memoriam

Michael E. Rosenbaum, MD, MS

Iichiroh Ohhira, PhD

Letters to the Editor

Re: The Death of Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez

In the News

No Deaths from Supplements. No Deaths from Minerals.
No Deaths from Amino Acids. No Deaths from Herbs.

Problems Found with 32% of Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplements

Vaccinations, Vitamin C, and 'Choice'


Book Review
Living Well with Chronic Illness
by Richard Cheu
review by Katherine Duff

  Book Review
Beat the Heart Attack Gene by Bradley Bale, MD, and Amy Doneen, ARNP
review by Ira L. Goodman, MD, FACS, FAARM, ABIHM


Book Review
The Power of Habit
by Charles Duhigg
review by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO


Book Review
BreakFree Medicine
by Sarah LoBisco, ND
review by Jenna Henderson, ND


Film Review
Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe

written by Andrew Wakefield and Del Bigtree
review by Jim West

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