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Townsend Letter
November 2015
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Letter from the Publisher
by Jonathan Collin, MD

Junk Food May Reduce Heart Attack Deaths
by Kimberly M. Sanders, ND, and Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Why are Israeli children much less likely to display allergic reactions to peanuts than children of similar Jewish descent living in the UK? The answer includes surprising information about why the conventional approach to allergy avoidance may not be optimal for health.

Pinky and the Brain
by Jim Cross
​Finding the cause and effective treatment of mental health disorders can be like a game show in which the practitioner and patient are trying to guess which door a prize hides the prize. Here are three clues to get started in the areas of food, the blood–brain barrier, and stress.

Navigating the Convoluted Road to and from Depression
by Nora T. Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT, BCHN
The most common form of mental illness, depression is greatly affected by biochemical processes, which depend on the nutrients in our diets. This article looks to our ancestral lifestyle for ways to optimally feed and stabilize the human brain and nervous system – which involves the gut as well.

by Leslie Axelrod, ND, LAc
With more patients being diagnosed with fibromyalgia given the 2010 diagnostic criteria, it is important for health-care providers to know the basic lifestyle habits and natural and alternative treatments that help with this condition.

Effective Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia:
An Overview and 35 Treatments for Tough Cases

by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
​After an overview of treatments for chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, this articles provides a step-by-step flow chart for ruling out other conditions and tending to all the symptoms that can show up in various body systems.​

Nutrient Supplement Enhances Natural Killer Cell Function in Women with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia: Preliminary Report
by Rita R. Ellithorpe, MD; Robert Settineri, MS; Talon Ellithorpe, BS; and Garth L. Nicolson, PhD
The NK cell may play a significant role in the symptoms of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. Taking supplements that support NK cell function can improve resistance to viral and bacterial infections that contribute to symptoms in these conditions.​

Pain as a Contextual Experience
by Erik Peper, PhD
The experience of pain has no meaning without a context. Factors such as a diagnosis or lack thereof, availability of comfort and support, and exposure to how others in a group are managing pain all influence​ one's experience of pain. How can this knowledge be used to help those patients in holistic practice?

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The Growing Role of Neurofeedback in Integrative Medicine

by Siegfried Othmer, PhD, and Susan F. Othmer, BA
​Neurofeedback tools such as the electroencephalogram (EEG) give us insight into the brain's regulatory activities, and as this technology improves, it can provide us with important pieces of information for patient care. ​

A Breakthrough in Using Light Therapy to Treat Neuropathies
by Len Saputo, MD
Light therapy seems to be an underutilized treatment despite successful use on a variety of conditions going back to 1899. Here three case studies are presented with results from light therapy provided with the BioPhoton emitter.​

Tummo Meditation Versus Autogenic Training: Visceral Nervous System Self-Regulation, East and West, and Implications for Integrative Psychotherapy
by Gérard V. Sunnen, MD
​In this article, two mind/body techniques from different paradigms are explored for their ability to activate multilevel personal transformation. Each can be practiced alone or within the context of psychotherapy, and both have multiple benefits. ​

Succinate Retention: The Core Krebs Dysfunction in Immune-Inflammatory Disorders
by Majid Ali, MD
The author, who has written on the molecular basis of chronic fatigue, here discusses data on the dysfunction of the highest clinical interest.

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Optimizing Metabolism
2015 Healthy Aging Summit: What's Coming and What's Not
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Environmental Medicine Update
Can the Environment Cause Cancer? Myth versus Fact
Marianne Marchese, ND

Literature Review & Commentary
Alan R. Gaby, MD

Anti-Aging Medicine
An Anti-Aging Perspective for Stroke Prevention
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Monthly Miracles
HCG and Pain Management
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

War on Cancer
ECTO-NOX Proteins: Growth, Cancer and Aging
Ralph Moss, PhD

Women's Health Update
Omega-3s and Mental Health
Tori Hudson, ND


Told You So
Alan Gaby, MD

In the News

National College of Natural Medicine Nabs Presitigious Awards at
AANP Conference

Hot Times in Geneva

Letters to the Editor

Thank You for Mitochondria Article


Book Review
Watch Your Back!

by Richard A. Deyo, MD
review by Jule Klotter

  Book Review
Tripping over the Truth
by Travis Christofferson
review by Ira L. Goodman, MD, FACS, ABIHM, FAARM


Book Notice
Mental Health Care Is Evolving
by James Lake, MD

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