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If you’re interested in the current status of alternative medicine in the US, consider a sample issue of Townsend Letter.

Now in its 25th year of continuous publication under the direction of pioneer integrative physician Jonathan Collin, MD, the publication is subtitled “The Examiner of Alternative Medicine.” I learned early on that a subscription to Townsend Letter was virtually a requirement if I wanted to keep abreast of the many fields of complementary and alternative therapies.

Townsend Letter is really directed to the practitioner–whether MD, chiropractor, herbalist, acupuncturist, homeopath, or energy healer–but it’s very accessible to anyone interested in alternative medicine. I occasionally see copies in the magazine section at Barnes & Noble or Borders, so you might try there first.

The regular columnists of Townsend Letter read like a who’s who of clinicians and teachers most highly regarded by their fellow professionals. If it’s ever crossed your mind to leap out of your cubicle and into a new career in alternative medicine, thumbing through a few back issues will head you in a positive direction. In addition, each issue includes a calendar of events. The professional meetings and conferences, unlike medical meetings for physicians, are almost always open to the public.

If you have a chronic condition, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, candida, or migraines, the website’s search engine will pull up articles with the latest alternative treatments. Generally, each of Townsend Letter issue is devoted to a single condition, with suggested treatment plans from each of the various fields of alternative medicine.

The Feb/Mar 2008 issue, for example, is devoted to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. You can learn the latest treatments using nutritional supplements (especially acetyl-L-carnitine and ribose), cranial electrostimulation, cognitive behavioral therapy, the intravenous vitamin treatment called Meyer’s Cocktail, nutritional protocols, and exercise protocols, as well as reviews of new books on the featured condition.

Click over to their website and bookmark it for future reading. Who knows? In a few years you just might be opening a healing center yourself. http://www.townsendletter.com/

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