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

How Much Salt?
by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
For a long time, the medical nutrition standard has been to lower salt intake for health. As the amount of limited research backing this up is called into question, people's very human tendencies to defend a position emerge, despite the evidence – even in the scientific community.

Sepsis in the Hospital and High-Dose Intravenous Ascorbic Acid:
Interview with Alpha A. Fowler III, MD

by Kirk Hamilton
A new trial with hospital patients demonstrates the effectiveness of intravenous ascorbic acid for sepsis patients. Find out ideal dosage ranges and the methodology of this trial here.

Nrf2 Is a Master Regulator of Cytoprotective Responses
Including Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, Detoxification, Improved Mitochondrial Function, and Autophagy

by Martin L. Pall, PhD, and Stephen Levine, PhD
This protein seems to be involved in a wide array of diseases and health processes. It is even raised by some of the most highly valued diets. What can you eat to raise the level of this protein in your diet?

'Lyme Brain': Causes and Solutions
by Nicola McFadzean Ducharme, ND
Some of the more ignored symptoms of Lyme disease are mental in nature, including cognitive deficits, anxiety, and depression. This author discusses supplements, herbs, and even essential oils that help relieve these aspects of the chronic Lyme condition.

Lithium: The Untold Story of the Magic Mineral That Charges Cell Phones and Preserves Memory
by James Greenblatt, MD, and Kayla Grossmann, RN
Lithium has a reputation as a problematic psychotropic medication that interferes with other bodily processes. However, when it is taken in small, supplemental doses, these problems may be possible to avoid while gaining great benefit. And it doesn't stop there – learn about research on lithium at the public health level, and its association with crime rates.

Identifying Early Signs of Neurodegeneration:
Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS, MNeuroSci, FACN, CNS

based on an interview with Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH
The clinical assessment of early neurodegeneration is neglected unless the patient presents with obvious memory defects or gait disturbances. Dr. Kharrazian outlines a comprehensive brain function assessment including screening tools and appropriate lab testing.

The Gut Microbiome: Your Mood's Micromanager?
by Dr. Filomena Trindade, MD, MPH, and Megan Murphy, CAP
There is a strong link between the brain and the gut, and it goes both ways. What we eat may not only change routine emotional moods, it may be able to help with serious psychological challenges.

Defining the Cannabis Revolution
by Stephen Holt, MD, DSc
As marijuana becomes legalized and decriminalized in more states, people are turning to this plant as alternative medicine. But due to federal regulations, medical research has been limited. How can health practitioners prepare for and adapt to this dilemma?

Field Control Therapy and Successful Treatment of a Variety of Brain Disorders
by Savely Yurkovsky, MD
In this series of case studies, the use of certain homeopathic remedies for toxin buildup that affected brain chemistry are detailed, with patient outcomes.

Epigenetics: Nature Meets Nurture in Psychiatry
by Jay Lombard, DO
For the longest time, it was thought that genes were destiny. Now, this misconception is still being challenged as we learn that experiences turn genes on and off, and this may even be heritable.

Townsend Calendar


Jule Klotter

Pathways to Healing
Functional Medicine Poised for Growth
Elaine Zablocki

Health Risks & Environmental Issues
Lice and Fukushima Updates
Rose Marie Williams, MA

Literature Review & Commentary

Alan R. Gaby, MD

War on Cancer
Ralph Moss, PhD

Optimizing Metabolism
Applying Nanotechnology to Nutrition
Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH

Anti-Aging Medicine
An Anti-Aging Approach to Alzheimer's Disease
Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO

Monthly Miracles
Anxiety, Depression, and Psychosis
Michael Gerber, MD, HMD

Healing with Homeopathy
Homeopathy: Affordable Medicine
by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, and Robert Ullman, ND

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


The $50,000 Physical
Alan Gaby, MD

In the News

ILADS Foundation Names MacDonald as Award Recipient

Cleveland Clinic Receives $1 Million Gift to Support Center for Functional Medicine

NCNM Introduces New Doctoral Program in Chinese Medicine

Efrain Olszewer, MD, and Orthomolecular Medicine in South America

Letters to the Editor

Marijuana and Apathy

Not All Homeopaths Object to Coffee


Book Review
Grain Brain

by David Perlmutter, MD, with Kristen Loberg
review by Katherine Duff

  Book Review
Holistic Solutions for Anxiety & Depression in Therapy
by Peter Bongiorno
review by Katherine Duff


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