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My wife take a lot of supplements (thanks to dr oz) to many to list can these things hurt her? Or are they generally safe?
Yes they can harm: Please see my blog at mdprevent. Blogspot. Com for numerous examples of supplement recommendations made by dr. Oz that are not supported by credible science. The disclaimer at the end of his show explicitly states that no one should take medical advice from him. Your wife would be wise to consult a physician before self-medicating with supplements that may interfere with common medications. ...Read more
A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more
Possible.: I do not know which of the supplements that you are taking (since force factor supplements has a number of products). It is certainly a possibility. Please stop the supplement and consult w your physician if you note increased agitation/ irritability/ anger associated with starting a new product. ...Read more
What is a recommended diet including supplements for managing scoliosis, and the pain? Would love a list of foods to eat to help in grocery shopping
Multivitamins: While there is no specific diet for scoliosis, a multivitamin would provide the appropriate supplement to a diet rich in fruits, vegetables & calcium sources. Your doctor should check that calcium, manganese, vitamin D and vitamin C and E levels are normal. Hence a multivitamin recommendation. Next weight bearing exercise such as walking up to 10000 steps, light jogging, aerobic ex or a class are wise ...Read more
After completing six months of chemo for nonhodgkins lymphoma should I avoid breathing cold air and should I be taking special supplements?
I wouldn't: No supplement will help as much as eating sensibly and getting into great aerobic shape. ...Read more
Having some ED problems. There is no logical reason why; however, I take a large number of OTC supplements everyday (including some brain hacking stuff). Who has a list of supplements known to effect ED?
ED: If you are really a 15 yo male w/ED you need to see your doctor. There MAY be hormonal or vascular issues here and you need to find that out. I'm sure you are an intelligent person but multiple supplements can interact together and cause issues. Try to find a naturally oriented physician to guide you so you will be as safe and healthy as possible. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Can you please list the most common benefits of various vitamin supplements other than you consume in your diet?
Usually zero: There is very little need for the routine use of supplemental vitamins. ...Read more
I recently bought the pre=workout supplement by Force Factor called VolcaNo. Is there any side effects or health risks I should be aware of?
Avoid use: Supplements are not regulated by the FDA, allowing unsafe products, contaminated, and ineffective products to flood our markets and harm otherwise healthy patients. AVOID, AVOID, AVOID http://www. Accessdata. Fda. Gov/scripts/sda/sdNavigation. Cfm? Filter=Volcano&sortColumn=&sd=tainted_supplements_cder&page=1&displayAll=false ...Read more
Is there somewhere I can get a list if medications and supplements that interfere with effectiveness of birth control pills?
Talk to pharmacist: Where you get your prescriptions.Get a more detailed answer ›
Are there a list of vitamins or supplements that may possibly assist someone with illegal stimulant drug cravings and other drug ailments that someone may endure during their "crash period" and after?
See addiction Doc: There are no supplements vitamins or food that help with the symptoms of withdrawal, except that some one may have a placebo effect believing something will work. The best safest treatment is suboxone type medication which replaces your missing endorphins and enkephalins, making you look and feel normal so you can function and work on complete proper recovery toward a cure, please see a physician! ...Read more
My long list of symptoms indicates malnourishment, despite protein/complex carbohydrate-rich diet and supplements. Specialists are stumped. Help!
Keep a journal: I would like to see a food journal of what you are eating, portion, and amounts of food eaten. I would have a dietician do an analysisof the amounts eaten first, if it seems that your intake is adequate, the next step is to look for evidence of malabsorption or processing problems. ...Read more
Are there any vitamins or supplements/herbs that can cause dry eye syndrome? Please list them if there are.
Perhaps some help: The National Eye Institute, in "Facts About Dry Eye" identifies prescription medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, anti-depressants as frequent causes of dry eye, but makes only the broad statement "both excessive and insufficient dosages of vitamins can contribute to dry eye." Anti-oxidant/fish oil sources are promoted as helpful, as is vitamin E, evening primrose oil, flax seed ...Read more
How often should a breastfed + formula supplemented baby have a bowel movement? Bowel movement forced by rectal exam after 36 hours of last stool.
BM and baby: Babies poop at very different intervals. GENERALLY breast fed babies poop more frequently than formula fed/supplemented babies. If you child is not in any distress I would NOT be doing rectal probing to force a BM. Only a trained physician should perform this as serious injury can occur to your child. Expect breast fed baby to poop 3-6 times a day and formula fed baby maybe 2-3 a day on ave. ...Read more
Not certain what: You are referring to but I have noted that some Western medical providers are leery about Traditional Chinese Medicine. ...Read more
See below: If you want to gain weight start by changing your diet and exercise plan. You'll gain weight if you're consuming more calories than you're burning. Do not choose junk food. Make sure you're getting all your necessary nutrients in calorie rich food. Also, by weight lifting you can increase your muscle mass. If these changes aren't working after several weeks, see your doctor for a specialized plan. ...Read more
Which ones?: There are multiple p90x supplements -- from multivitamin to other products. From a scan of the multivitamin label, it looks like a decent product but does not provide enough vit d, and does not specify on the vit a how much is pre-formed and how much is in the form of beta-carotene. Whether the rest of their offerings are "effective" depends on what you're seeking & which products you mean. ...Read more
Neem supplements: Neem is a tree, and the bark, leaves, and seeds are used to make medicines. Some research indicates it can help with gingivitis (gum inflammation), and stomach & intestinal ulcers. There are other uses that need more research -- such as for malaria, worms, head lice, birth control, etc. ...Read more
For what use?: One needs to know what the need and intended use is, before thinking about a "good supplement." then you also need to think about safety, along with other medications you might be on or conditions you may have. That said, the most widely used type of supplement is usually a good multivitamin. Even this needs individualization, though, as not everyone can -- or should -- take the same one. ...Read more
MANY proven to help!: Research shows that vitamins a, b complex (esp. B6, B12 & folic acid) c, d, e & k all enhance immune function. Bioflavonoids & minerals like zinc are also important for immune function. Many herbs like astragalus, ashwagandha, andrographis & medicinal mushrooms like coriolus help. Proboost thymus hormone works well. I recommend the book the road to immunity by kenneth bock md for detailed info. ...Read more
Probiotics: Probiotic supplements are great for healthy digestion and to maintain a healthy immune system. They help with diarrhea, constipation, gassiness, belly aches, eczema, and possibly allergies, asthma, and other conditions. If your kids has any of the conditions listed above, or just to help maintain optimal health, than a probiotic supplement is a good idea. ...Read more
It taste good:
Mangosteen is a fruit grown in thailand.
At this point almost all studies have been done in a laboratory and there is little human research to indicate how mangosteen supplements or juice, by itself, would influence the prevention or how it would be useful in the treatment of various cancers, including breast, lung, and liver. ...Read more
Exercise: The single most powerful, clinically proven means to improve memory is to be physically fit, reduce stress, eat healthy, and be intellectually stimulated. The pills do almost nothing. Stay natural and help your entire health, not just your memory. A study done at cooper health institute showed the physically fit had the lowest rates of alzheimer's. Get and stay fit at any age. ...Read more
Wounds, sedative: Traditionally, used for wounds and bleeding; to reduce digestive inflammation; and as a sedative to relive anxiety and insomnia. Not for pregnant women, might cause miscarriage. May have negative effect on sperm. May interact with blood thinners, blood pressure meds, and sedatives. ...Read more