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A 39-year-old member asked:

how can i speed up my metabolism other than with small meals and exercise? are there vitamins or drugs i can take?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Exercise Increses: Vitamins and drugs do not speed up your metabolism. If one does then you have a serious problem and need to get to your doctor asap to get on target.
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Green tea improves fat burning w/exercise, so does carnitine. But exercise a must
May 12, 2013

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Do baby exercise classes help with physical development?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
No: They're fun, and they'll give you and your baby a nice opportunity to meet people and get out a bit. But no, i don't think there's any evidence that these kinds of classes actually help with development.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to exercise 3-4 times a week 3 months after having a whipple procedure?

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Dr. Geoffrey Tyson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Probably: Probably but i would double check with the surgeon who did the whipple. It is great that you feel like exercising 3-4 times a week after your whipple!
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can a specific type vitamin help with depression?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Certain vitamins: Depression first of all needs a good evaluation by an experienced psychiatrist or psychologist. Sometimes psychotherapy alone can help; sometimes antidepressants are needed also. Low vitamin d levels have some correlation with depression. Some data shows that low B12 and folate can accompany depression too. While replenishing these nutrients may not cure depression by themselves, they may help.
A 24-year-old female asked:

Is the brand name water, vitamin water really a healthy choice? One of the ingredients is reverse osmosis water, what s that? Do doctors advice against it?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
It's all relative: Most of the vitamin waters contain 32 grams (6+ tsp) of sugar; any drink with that much sugar is not particularly healthy. But it does have small amounts of vitamins (mostly vit c & some b's). Reverse osmosis is a good form of water purification. Compared to a soda, that has over twice as much sugar & no vitamins, it is a healthy choice, but compared to pure water & a vitamin pill not so good!
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Provided original answer
The vitamin water I like most is XXX because of the healthy antioxidants from fruits that are added. Overall though, the healthiest drink is water, but I advise avoiding fluoridated water, which is tricky because over 70% of our country's water supply is fluoridated! Reverse osmosis does remove fluoride from water so at least Vitamin Water is free of fluoride. Spring water is another source of fluoride-free water. See http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/05/21/fluoride-health-hazards.aspx and http://www.naturalchoice.net/articles/flouride.htm
Dec 29, 2012
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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Instead of "Vitamin Water" you can try adding a packet of EmergenC (or similar products like OxyLent) to spring water. This will give a much higher levels of vitamins and much less sugar (6 grams), has a variety of nice fruit flavors and costs much less.
Dec 30, 2012
A 46-year-old member asked:

How to get out of this exercise/starvation mode without gaining much weight?

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Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 27 years experience
Lower intensity: To maintain weight, get your resting metabolism rate tested. It tells you how many calories you need to maintain your weight. Exercise is good but for many, intense exercise causes hunger followed by too much food. Do more fat burning lower intensity exercise and weight training with lower weights but more repetitions to help maintain weight and muscle mass. Dont forget to drink water.

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