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

Vanilla – The Next Curcumin?
Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Researchers are just beginning to look at vanillin, a compound found in the vanilla bean. To their surprise, it produces many of the same beneficial effects that curcumin does.

Is This Actually Chronic Kidney Disease, and What Can Be Done About it?
Jenna C. Henderson, ND
A naturopathic doctor who specializes in kidney health explains how to evaluate kidney function and how to use natural supplements to slow progression of chronic kidney disease.

New Understanding of Autoimmunity Development Through T Helper Cell Regulation, Part 1
Debby Hamilton, MD, MPH
Elevated T helper 17 cells (Th17), first identified in 2003, are a key signature of many autoimmune diseases. In the first of a two-part article. Dr. Hamilton explains the balance needed between the various types of T helper cells and T regulatory cells to avert autoimmune disease.

The Skin as Exposome:
An Underappreciated Route of Entry for Toxicants

Anne Marie Fine, NMD
In this month's cover story, Anne Marie Fine, NMD, focuses on the skin's ability to absorb compounds, which is a primary means by which endocrine-disrupting and cancer-causing chemicals and metals, present in many personal care products, enter the body. "There is persuasive evidence," she writes, "that even low-level toxic exposures cumulatively contribute to chronic diseases…." Dr. Fine is a practicing naturopathic physician who focuses on environmental medicine.

One Cure for Nasal Polyps: A Case Report
Jonathan Wright, MD
Surgery is the conventional treatment for nasal polyps, but the polyps often return. After learning that Helicobacter pylori can be an underlying cause for nasal polyps and psoriasis, Dr. Wright suggested that a patient use a psoriasis treatment, and it successfully removed the polyps.

Intravenous Vitamin C Sensitizes Pancreatic Cancer to Radiation Therapy
Heather Wright, ND, FABNO
A summary of research at the University of Iowa indicates intravenous vitamin C, given with radiation and chemotherapy treatment for pancreatic cancer, increased treatment effectiveness and decreased adverse effects.

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and Complex Illness: The Extracellular Matrix Connection
Michael McEvoy
This article looks at disruptions in the extracellular matrix and how it contributes to joint hypermobility syndrome and the many conditions and symptoms associated with it.

Postbiotic Metabolites: The New Frontier in Microbiome Science
Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN
Health benefits of probiotic bacteria are the metabolites they produce. These metabolites are responsible for directing and regulating multiple functions in the human body. Simply taking probiotic supplements that contain high amounts of bacteria will not give the benefits we want.

Those Measles Outbreaks: Thoughts Out of Season
Richard Moskowitz, MD
A long-time family doctor looks at the measles outbreaks that are making headlines in the US and the fallacious arguments for mandating vaccines.

Stem Cell Therapy as a New Paradigm in Osteoarthritis Treatment
Peter A. Fields, MD, DC
A combination of regenerative orthopedic therapies provides non-surgical repair of osteoarthritic joints.

Bastyr University San Diego Clinic: Student Case Reports
edited by Baljit Khamba, ND, MPH
Craniosacral Therapy for Stress-Related Dysautonomia
Kim Love

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Peter D'Adamo, ND

Pathways to Healing
Major Delivery Organizations Implement Integrative Health
Elaine Zablocki

Jule Klotter

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Curmudgeon's Corner
Joking About Cancer
Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Healing with Homeopathy
Travel Smart and Stay Healthy…Naturally!
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, MSW


Delaying Umbilical Cord Clamping:
A Traditional Practice Whose Time Has Come

Alan R. Gaby, MD


Ninth Circuit Affirms Jury Verdict in Favor of Homeopathic Remedy for Flu-Like Symptoms

In Memorium

Walter Crinnion, ND

Harvey Bigelsen, MD

Letter to the Editor

Re: Geomagnetisim and Food Allergy
Dr. Brent B. Mathieu


Book Review
The Power of Honest Medicine
by Julia Schopick
with Don Schwartz, PhD
review by Burt Berkson, MD, MS, PhD



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