Jonathan Collin is an MD specializing in adult medical care with
emphasis on nutritional
and alternative medicine. He has two offices
in Western Washington. One is in Port Townsend, on the Olympic
Peninsula. The other is in Kirkland, on the Seattle side of the Puget
Patients with circulation disorders or toxic metal poisoning are
for a special treatment known as EDTA Chelation Therapy.
Impact of TACT on Conventional Cardiovascular Therapy by L. Terry Chappell, MD
After decades of conflict between conventional physicians and alternative doctors who recognized EDTA chelation therapy as an effective treatment for coronary artery disease, the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) was completed in 2012.TACT was published in 2013.The results were statistically significant in a large randomized, double-blind clinical trial. All participants were at least 50 years of age with adequate kidney function and had evidence of a previous myocardial infarction. TACT recommended that all patients receive standard-of-care conventional treatment. Read more...
National University of Natural Medicine Commencement 2017 to Honor Editor, Herbal Pioneer, Top Students June 2017
This year's National University of Natural Medicine commencement ceremony featured honorary degrees for two natural medicine warriors, Townsend Letter editor and noted physician Jonathan Collin, and pioneering herbalist Rosemary Gladstar.
Jonathan Collin, MD
Dr. Collin received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in recognition of his work as founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Townsend Letter, one of the leading magazines covering complementary and alternative medicine. He is also widely known for his expertise in chelation therapy, used to treat toxic metals poisoning. Read more...
Kirkland physician Dr. Jonathan Collin and his wife, Deborah Nissen-Collin.
Local physician receives two awards from Emord and Associates September 15, 2014
Kirkland physician and editor and publisher of the Townsend Letter was presented with two awards from Emord and Associates. Dr. Jonathan Collin received the Excellence in Integrative Medicine award and the Excellence in Medical Journalism award during the Sacred Fire of Liberty Gala Sept. 5-6 in Cambridge, Maryland. Read story here...
Clinical Benefit of EDTA-based Chelation Therapy and High-dose Oral Multivitamins and Multiminerals in TACT- An Expanded Comparison of 2 Factorial Groups (Lamas, et al.) Background: Chelation therapy, in combination with high dose oral multivitamins and multiminerals (MV), has been used to treat atherosclerotic disease. This analysis of the NIH-funded Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) focuses on the comparison of 2 treatment groups chelation + MV versus placebo infusions + placebo MV, evaluating a treatment strategy reflecting clinical practice, and not previously presented in detail.Read more...
NIH Trial Gives Surprising Boost To Chelation Therapy(Offsite link) With a result that is likely to surprise and baffle much of the mainstream medical community, a large NIH-sponsored trial has turned up the first substantial evidence in support of chelation therapy for patients with coronary disease.
Can Vitamin C be vital in recovering from infection? A New Zealand dairy farmer dying from pneumonia did not make any recovery until his doctors began injecting him with Vitamin C. Read more...
The Need for Vitamin B12: There are few treatments in my medical practice that I appreciate more than Vitamin B12. Read more...
Dr. Collin's Offices and Medical Practices
Port Townsend Office Located in the uptown part of Port Townsend, Dr. Collin's practice is in an old Victorian-style cottage. With easy parking on the side street surrounding the house patients enjoy pleasant grounds entering the office. Dr. Collin's practice shares office space with the magazine Dr. Collin publishes—the Townsend Letter. Patients are welcomed by Jill, our receptionist and medical secretary, who schedules and assists patients during the visit. The small office space provides a comfortable atmosphere to have the patient visit. Patients generally find the slow-paced office affords time to talk with other patients sharing stories and experiences. Patients needing special treatment, such as intravenous injections of vitamins and minerals, enjoy a comfortable space suitable for conversation, reading and relaxation.
Kirkland Medical Office Situated across the street from the Evergreen Medical Center Hospital and nearby the Evergreen Pharmacy, Dr. Collin's practice is located in a suite in a complex of medical and dental offices. The office is at ground level and is approached through a pleasant courtyard from an ample street-level parking lot. Patients are welcomed by Carroll, our receptionist and medical secretary, who schedules and assists patients during the visit. The small office space provides a comfortable atmosphere to have the patient visit. Patients generally find the slow-paced office affords times to talk with other patients sharing stories and experiences. Patients needing a special treatment, such as intravenous injections of vitamins and minerals, enjoy a comfortable space suitable for conversation, reading and relaxation.
Dr. Collin's Medical Approach Dr. Collin's appointments offer a lengthy office visit permitting ample time to review the medical history, conduct examination, do laboratory testing and recommend treatment protocol. Patients provide information about their medical conditions, treatments, and prescriptions but also about their nutrition, use of supplements, as well as "alternative" therapies. Dr. Collin's consultation seeks to "integrate" conventional medical treatment with "alternative" therapies optimizing the health outcome using both approaches and minimizing adverse effects of drugs. The consultation is like a second opinion to see if treatment recommendations advised previously are optimal or need a change in direction. Time spent with the patient concerns, even the less important problems, often provides clues to devising a better treatment approach using both medicine and alternative therapies. Patients are encouraged to share their opinions—too often medicine ignores simple solutions which are often simpler and less toxic. It has been quipped that if the diagnosis is right, and the treatment protocol is correct, the patient outcome is not important. Dr. Collin believes that nothing is more important than the patient outcome—the diagnosis and treatment protocol are secondary.
Vitamin Supplementation Program Vitamin supplements are generally self-prescribed meaning the patient or patient's family designs a program of using supplements through reading and commercial advice. Although vitamins, minerals, protein powders, herbals and other supplements generally pose few side effects, supplement programs may not be optimal for the patient's health condition. Generally medical professionals do not recommend supplement usage and may advise discontinuation of vitamin supplements. Dr. Collin encourages the use of vitamin and mineral supplements for support in treating medical conditions. The challenge is determining appropriate dosing of herbals and nutrients for the patient. An important part of Dr. Collin's consultation is to determine not only the best supplement use, but the best dosing for an optimal program. A good supplement protocol does not interfere with the patient's drug regimen. Patients are encouraged to provide Dr. Collin with a listing of all supplements in use including amount of tablets and frequency of use as well as manufacturer name. Dr. Collin often recommends patients take a vitamin supplement "vacation" of using no supplements one or two days per week.
Intravenous Vitamins and Minerals Vitamins and minerals are routinely supplemented and taken as oral capsules, tablets or powders. The use of oral vitamins and minerals is not the same as the administration of vitamins and minerals by intramuscular (IM) injection or intravenous (IV) injection. Perhaps the most dramatic difference is noted with Vitamin B12. Oral and sublingual forms of Vitamin B12 do not absorb well—Vitamin B12 injected by IM injection achieves much higher levels as noted on lab measurement as well as noted by patient response. From a treatment perspective the use of IV Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is completely different from its use orally. First, the use of Vitamin C is limited when taken orally—it is rare that an individual can tolerate more than 3,000 mg without experiencing digestive tract discomfort. The use of IV Vitamin C permits the use of a much higher dose than would be tolerated by mouth. The higher dose of Vitamin C intravenously is an important support in treating acute and chronic medical conditions such as infection. Another nutrient posing therapeutic difficulties is magnesium. Magnesium is considered a very important supportive agent in many medical conditions. Nevertheless, it cannot be tolerated in high doses orally because it will easily lead to digestive discomfort and loosening of stools. When magnesium is administered IV there is no digestive tract discomfort. Like Vitamin C, IV magnesium can be administered in much higher doses than if it were given by mouth, achieving more effective therapeutic results.
Treatment protocols using IM and IV vitamins and minerals are considered very important in Dr. Collin's treatment protocols.
Intravenous Chelation Chelation, pronounced "key-lay-shun", is an important treatment protocol for the treatment of toxic elements such as lead, mercury and arsenic. The growing concern with toxic element, chemical and biologic pollution has led to an increasing interest in removing or detoxifying these elements or chemicals from the body. Measuring toxic element levels poses difficulties. Serum (blood) measurements are calibrated to determine highly elevated levels of lead, mercury and arsenic circulating in the blood. Lower levels of these elements, "generally recognized as safe," would be assessed as normal on routine blood studies. Furthermore, toxic elements are incorporated into the adipose (fatty) tissue, bones, vital organs and brain. Those elements would generally not be measurable in ordinary blood testing. Certain laboratories offer measurement of toxic elements by measuring the level of lead, mercury and arsenic found in the urine after the individual has undergone chelation. Compared to a random urine specimen after an individual undergoes chelation treatment the urine concentration of toxic elements is generally higher. If the increase in toxic elements measured in the urine after chelation is significant the individual may have an increased body burden of lead, mercury or arsenic.
Chelation is the binding of a metal, such as lead, mercury, and arsenic or a mineral such as calcium, to a protein "chelator". The binding of the toxic element or mineral occurs through a well-recognized chemical reaction known as covalent bonding. Industrial applications of chelation are under wide use in the textile, printing, detergent, food and pharmaceutical industries. Laboratory diagnostics use chelation in the tube needed for measurement of the CBC (complete blood cell count and differential). Chelation can also be directly used to remove toxic elements from the body. Natural oral chelation is seen nutritionally when eating foods such as onions and garlic. Such chelation activity is weak. Certain amino acid proteins when supplemented orally will provide a stronger chelation effect. The strongest chelation effect is achieved with intravenous chelation. Dr. Collin considers chelation an important part of a treatment protocol if toxic element burden is indicated.
Medical controversy exists for the use of intravenous chelation as a treatment for cardiovascular disease, particularly blockage of arteries by plaque. Although a number of medical studies did not show significant benefit using chelation for treatment of circulation disorders, a much larger number of smaller studies have shown positive benefit using chelation in the treatment of circulatory disorders. Intravenous chelation treatment can be employed in conjunction with other cardiovascular treatment including prescribed drug programs and cardiology intervention including stent and bypass surgery (after the patient's cardiac condition is stable). Dr. Collin evaluates cardiac patients to determine if chelation treatment may be used as a support for circulation disorders.
Bio-Identical Hormone Treatment Hormone status is identified in conventional medicine based on absolute criteria determining low states ("hypo-function") and elevated states ("hyper-function"). Unfortunately, many individuals are deemed normal because their serum (blood) hormone level lies in the normal range. Over the past decade laboratory diagnostics employing both urine and saliva specimens have demonstrated that what may be considered normal on blood test, may actually be somewhat low (or high) on urine or saliva testing. The different measurements seen in hormone levels have posed diagnostic difficulties for the medical practitioner and the patient. Nevertheless, it remains important to consider different lab testing especially in patients who have symptomatic problems in menopause, for thyroid disorder, and in the aging process for men and women. Urine and saliva hormone testing provide important additional information for monitoring hormone status especially in patients receiving hormone treatments.
In the early 2000s studies were critical of women using pharmaceutical estrogen hormone replacement because of concerns that the estrogen increased breast cancer risk. Many women abandoned estrogen prescriptions and there was an increasing incidence of menopausal symptoms. Some physicians and pharmacists noted the difference between "natural" hormone and "pharmaceutical" derived hormone. While such differences may be considered subtle, practitioners who use "bio-identical" hormones (hormones identical to what's in the body) noted a lessened risk for patients. "Bio-identical" hormones are not available from the pharmaceutical manufacturer. Instead these hormones are prepared by special pharmacies that directly compound prescriptions. The prescriptions are tailored directly for the patient based on the practitioner's prescription. When hormones are prescribed in combination varying levels of one or more hormone can be prescribed for the patient based on hormone testing. Monitoring of hormone status can be easily accomplished enabling safe and adequate hormone functioning. Dr. Collin evaluates patients to determine if hormone level measurements are necessary and provides bio-identical hormone prescriptions if necessary.
For more information
on Chelation Therapy, please visit Dr. Collin's EDTA
Chelation Therapy page. There, he's
posted links to a number of useful chelation articles.
As an MD trained in preventive medicine,
Dr. Collin is interested in natural treatment support for chronic
adult conditions. Although vitamin and mineral supplementation,
as well as diet and exercise, are very important in the care of
conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, it is necessary to
continue medical treatment concurrently. Dr. Collin prefers to evaluate
each medical patient carefully, understanding their diagnosis and
medical prescriptions, prior to consideration of a nutritional and
preventive recommendation. It is very important that, if the patient
has not had an internist diagnosis of current symptoms, an appointment
should be set up for internal medicine exam prior to consultation
with Dr. Collin.
Dr. Jonathan Collin
is a 1975 graduate of the Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. He
completed his internal medicine work with the USPHS Hospital in Staten
Island, New York and the national leprosy hospital in Carville, Louisiana.
Dr. Collin did postgraduate studies in nutrition and preventive medicine,
eventually completing a diplomate examination in chelation therapy
the American Board of Chelation Therapy.
Dr. Jonathan Collin
served as the editor of the newsletter of the Northwest Academy of Preventive
Medicine, as well as a practicing physician for the Well Mind Association
in Seattle, Washington. In 1983, he founded the Townsend Letter for
Physicians & Patients, which eventually became the primary voice
for physicians of chelation and alternative medicine.
1986, Dr. Collin was appointed to the U.S. Congress Office of
Technology Assessment Advisory
Panel for the study of unconventional cancer treatments. This panel's
report to Congress, in 1989, led to Congressional authorization
funding of the N.I.H. Office of Alternative Medicine. Dr. Collin was
an Alternative Medicine Advisory Panel member in 1991-1992.
1996, the American College for the Advancement in Medicine named
Dr. Collin a Fellow for
his outstanding contributions to the academy.
Collin is in private practice in Port Townsend and Kirkland,
Washington and serves as editor-in-chief
of the Townsend
Letter. Since 1983, the Townsend Letter, a print alternative medicine magazine, has been a forum for the entire alternative medicine community, presenting scientific information on a wide variety of alternative medicine topics —including EDTA Chelation Therapy.
is married to Deborah Nissen-Collin and has two children, Affinity