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Male Infertility: Successful Results Achieved By Antioxidants

According to the World Health Organization (WHO)’s International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technology, infertility is a reproductive system disease characterized by failure to achieve clinical pregnancy after 1 year or more of regular sexual intercourse without using contraception. In 8% of couples who are unable to conceive, male infertility is the primary cause.1 In 35%…

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Antioxidants & Male Infertility: Can Supplements Make a Difference?

Modern couples are attempting to procreate in a world of toxins and dietary and lifestyle habits that produce an overabundance of reactive oxygen species (ROS); antioxidant defenses are burdened as a result. Toxins (eg, bisphenol-A and pesticides in food), aging, psychological stress, obesity, poor nutrition, reduced physical activity, high intake of caffeine, high scrotal temperature,…

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The Endocannabinoid System’s Intriguing Role in Gut Health

by Chris D. Meletis, ND, and Kimberly Wilkes Cannabis has been used medicinally for centuries in people suffering from disorders associated with the gastrointestinal tract (GI), including abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.1,2 An extensive amount of recent research offers justification for the traditional use of not only cannabis but also other phytocannabinoids such…


Reviewing the Many Applications of Cannabinoid-Rich Hemp Oil and the Role of the Gut-Brain Axis

by Chris D. Meletis, ND, and Kimberly Wilkes This is the third and final installment of a series of articles discussing cannabinoid-rich hemp oil and a new certification program for dietary supplement manufacturers and healthcare practitioners offered by the International Center for Cannabis Therapy (ICCT). As Chief Medical Officer–USA of the ICCT, a Czech Republic-based…

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Evidence for the Clinical Use of Cannabinoid-Rich Hemp Oil in the Management of Pain, Inflammation, and Stress

by Chris D. Meletis, ND, and Kimberly Wilkes In last month’s Townsend Letter, Dr. Chris Meletis discussed the International Center for Cannabis Therapy (ICCT) cannabinoid certification programs for dietary supplement manufacturers and healthcare practitioners. As the Chief Medical Officer–USA of the ICCT, a Czech Republic-based partnership of qualified doctors and scientists who specialize in the…

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New Certification Program for Hemp Oil Benefits Manufacturers, Healthcare Practitioners, and Consumers, Part 1

Cannabinoid-rich hemp oil has emerged as a promising botanical therapeutic with both clinical experience and published studies to support its use. The Stanley brothers are largely credited for first awakening the public to its benefits. The six Colorado siblings developed a hemp extract low in Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component in marijuana, and high in…