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November 2008
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Electric Autoimmunity: Etiology and basis for nontoxic intervention in autoimmune diseases
by Mark Squibb
A novel view of cause and cofactors in autoimmune dysregulation in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Lupus and other autoimmune syndromes. This article presents an integrated view of cellular energetic factors participate autoimmune targeting with B-Cell lines through Tumor Necrosis Factor targeting common to autoimmune disease.
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A Treatment for Scleroderma and Lupus Erythematosus
by Anthony di Fabio
From the Archives: December 1989

Exercise Therapeutics Update & Commentary
by Anna MacIntosh, PhD, ND
Dean of Research, National College of Naturopathic Medicine

From the Archives: August/September 1999

Health Risks and Environmental Issues
Lupus and Environmental Risk Factors
by Rose Marie Williams, MA
From the Archives: August/September 1999

Literature Review and Comparison Studies of Sauna/Hyperthermia in Detoxification: Part III
by Zane R. Gard, MD, and Erma J. Brown, BSN, PhN
From the Archives: October 1992

Lupus Erythematosus
by Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD
From the Archives: October 1997

Phytotherapy Review & Commentary:
Autoimmune Disease – A Phytotherapeutic Perspective
by Kerry Bone
From the Archives: Aug/Sept 1999

Sterols/Sterolins, Natural, Nontoxic Immunomodulators, and Their Role in the Control of Rheumatoid Arthritis
by Prof. Patrick JD Bouic, Chief Specialist Scientist, Head: Immunology, Department of Medical Microbiology, Tygerberg Hospital/University of Stellenbosch
From the Archives: Aug/Sept 1999

Journey to the Peruvian Rainforest and Machu Picchu Student Rainforest Fund 2008
by Steve Morris ND, AHG, and Dan Wagner, PharmD
The Student Rainforest Fund’s latest remarkable expedition brought students of varying health specialties to the Peruvian Amazon to experience firsthand an environment that both produces natural medicine and utilizes holistic healing.

Patient Report: Evidence that Intravenous Administration of Glutathione and Vitamin C Relieved Acute Pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare
by Katherine L. Molnar-Kimber, PhD, and Harold E. Buttram, MD
Rheumatoid arthritis flares are extraordinarily painful attacks in a patient’s joints. Although no one cause of this disease activity has been identified, patients with rheumatoid arthritis have been shown to have lower antioxidant levels. And – as evidenced by the patient report accompanying this article – intravenous administration of glutathione and vitamin C has been shown to radically reduce the acute pain of an RA flare.

The Use of Minocycline in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
by Beth A. Malley, RN, CCRC
Although currently not common practice, the use of minocycline for patients with mild rheumatoid arthritis should gain ground. Over the last 40 years, antibiotics from the tetracycline family, specifically minocycline, have been researched for treatment of RA, revealing a significant positive effect. In contrast to other more expensive options, many of which carry notable side effects, minocycline appears as a safe, effective, and low-cost treatment alternative.

Can Bone Marrow Stem Cells Help Patients with Huntington's Disease?
by David A. Steenblock, MS, DO
In this case study of a 39-year-old male with Huntington's Disease, the author reviews a therapeutic approach that culminated in a highly successful autologous whole bone marrow therapy and raises the possibility that such a treatment, given more frequently, might be even more efficacious.

The Answer to Multiple Sclerosis Is Diet
by Ann D. Sawyer
With divergent causes and disease patterns and widely varying symptoms, the defining feature of Multiple Sclerosis is the disease’s inability to fit a simple paradigm. Consequently, an equally straightforward cure has proven elusive. Simple dietary changes, however, alter the fundamental processes underlying this disease state, arresting the disease itself and allowing the body to heal and repair itself. The author, a former MS patient, reviews the fundamentals of MS and presents the healing diet that dramatically altered her life.

A Case Study of Healing Scleroderma After a 20-Year Diagnosis
by Robin Sharan, Director, Annapurna Center for Self Healing, and Carolyn Lowrie, Client
The Annapurna Center for Self Healing facilitates healing by way of the gut, enabling clients to self-educate and self-heal. In a first-person account, one Annapurna Center client relates her experience in recovering from long-term scleroderma.

AIDS: Exploring Alternative and Complementary Therapies
by Stephen Holt, MD, LLD (Hon.), ChB, PhD, ND
In an extensive overview of the etiology and current state of AIDS treatment approaches, Dr. Holt takes a hard look at the successes and failures of conventional medicine and the promise of adjunctive complementary therapies.


Jule Klotter

Townsend's New York Observer
Recently Enacted New York Patient Safety Law Includes New Provisions for Assuring Due Process by the OPMC
Marcus A. Cohen

Pathways to Healing
Osher Center Combines Conventional and Complementary Care
Elaine Zablocki

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

War on Cancer
What's in a Word?
Ralph Moss, PhD

Optimizing Metabolism
Crohn's Disease
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH, FACN

The Lyme-Autism Connection
Pasteur's Legacy Feeds the Epidemics of Lyme and Autism
Mary Budinger, Guest Columnist

Health Risks & Environmental Issues

Interviews with Neal Barnard, MD, and Sherry Rogers, MD
Rose Marie Williams, MA

Chinese Medicine
Recent Chinese Research on the Treatment of MS
Bob Flaws, LAc, FNAAOM (USA), FRCHM (UK)

Healing with Homeopathy
A Family of Animals
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, and Robert Ullman, ND

Women's Health Update
Research Update
Tori Hudson, ND

Nutritional Influences on Illness

Nutritional Influences on Lupus
Melvyn Werbach, MD


AMA: Against Maternal Autonomy
by Alan R. Gaby, MD

Letters to the Editor

Mercury Testing and Treatment

Another Perspective on Estrogen

In the News

From Hopelessness to Wholeness

Doctors Address Vitamin D Deficiencies

Medical Professionals Repudiate Fluoride Use

AMA SOPP Escalates Campaign Against Nurses, Chiropractors, Naturopaths, Midwives, and Others


Digestive Wellness for Children
by Elizabeth Lipski, PhD, CCN
review by Irene Alleger

The Genotype Diet
by Peter J. D'Adamo, ND, with Catherine Whitney
review by Katherine Duff

Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity
edited by Eric Chivian and Aaron Bernstein
review by Marjorie Roswell

The Cholesterol Hoax
by Sherry A. Rogers, MD
review by Rose Marie Williams, MA

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