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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Are there any weight loss supplements that are effective and safe?

Are there any weight loss supplements that are effective and safe?

I can't answer with: an enthusiastic "yes!" All of the evidence is anecdotal: there are individual reports that something might have helped one person, or a few people, but not so reliably that it would be worth spending your money on. Safety is also an issue: the manufacture of supplements is not subject to safety and reliability standards. I would focus on healthy/reduced calorie eating and more exercise:) ...Read more

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Are HCG drops effective for helping with weight loss? Are there any natural foods that help curb cravings and control appetite?

Are HCG drops effective for helping with weight loss? Are there any natural foods that help curb cravings and control appetite?

Weight loss: Weight loss is the result of diet and exercise. See a dietitian and an athletic trainer. Natural foods cover too many items. Take a look on the web at "NuVal". You are likely to learn a lot. ...Read more

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Are there any weight loss pills that are okay to take with a heart problem?

Are there any weight loss pills that are okay to take with a heart problem?

Orlistat: Weight loss drugs tend to be only modestly effective, and most carry risks. Several have been taken off the market because of heart problems. Amphetamine-like drugs should not be used in people with heart problems. Orlistat, which works on food absorption in the intestine, has no heart risk, though it has annoying side effects on the bowels. ...Read more

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Are there any at-home body alignment exercises that are good for me?

Are there any at-home body alignment exercises that are good for me?

Many: Look towards yoga or forms of exercise like pilates, that focus on "core" work. Much of our body alignment stems from our core or imbalances of such. ...Read more

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Is getting Birth Control actually a great way to manage/regulate my period? Other than good diet and exercise, are there any other alternatives to BC?

Is getting Birth Control actually a great way to manage/regulate my period? Other than good diet and exercise, are there any other alternatives to BC?

Mind: Mind over matters. Meditation.....particularly Yoga. Body is a complex entity of hormones, glands, tissues...but it is also affected by our mind, thought, certain physical activity. ...Read more

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Are there any diet pills or appetite suppressants that work and don't have side effects?

Are there any diet pills or appetite suppressants that work and don't have side effects?

Side effects: There are very few, if any, medications that have no side effects. Our bodies are wondrously complex and delicately balanced machines. To tinker with one part using a medication almost always causes additional effects in another part. The goal is to minimize these side effects but they are almost always there to some extent. ...Read more

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Are there any medicines that can increase metabolic rates in obese? Some doctors claim there are! What are they? Can they help with diet & exercise?

Are there any medicines that can increase metabolic rates in obese? Some doctors claim there are! What are they? Can they help with diet & exercise?

Below: Yes there are medications that can be used to supplement diet and exercise for Wt loss. Suggest you discuss this with your health care provider for full information, side effects, and then decide on the most appropriate course of action for youj. ...Read more

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Are there any all natural pills i can take with my metformin for my diabetes that will promote and help with weight loss?

Are there any all natural pills i can take with my metformin for my diabetes that will promote and help with weight loss?

Yes with care: Some natural supplements may be helpful by stimulating your metabolism and reducing your appetite such as green tea and green coffee extracts. Others can help support Insulin (chromium, cinnamon) but since you are on metformin you will want to make sure this is monitored. Magnesium is also important and is often low in diabetics. Avoid sugar spikes from fruits, starchy carbs, sweet drinks. ...Read more

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Are there any good treatments for bipolar disorder that involve herbs and supplements?

Are there any good treatments for bipolar disorder that involve herbs and supplements?

No: Herbs and supplements have not been shown in evidence based research to be effective in bipolar disorder. Some of them may actually worsen bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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Are there any natural remedies that work great for asthmatic symptoms?

Are there any natural remedies that work great for asthmatic symptoms?

No: There were weak evidence that certain food or fruit products might reduce inflammation, but none worked that well. Avoidance of the allergens and breathing clean air is the only effective remedy. ...Read more

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I have PCOS and hirutism - are there any other ways to manage the hormonal craziness than taking birth control? Would OTC supplements help at all?

I have PCOS and hirutism - are there any other ways to manage the hormonal craziness than taking birth control? Would OTC supplements help at all?

OTC supplements: are a waste of money and potentially dangerous. Diet, exercise and weight loss will help. Talk w/your doctor about metformin, which can reduce the basic metabolic problem of insulin resistance and often restore normal menses and even fertility. BC only makes your periods regular, it doesn't treat any of the basic defects and, of course, keeps you infertile. ...Read more

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Are there any natural, healthy ways to boost testosterone? Many supplements seems sketchy, at best, and am I skeptical of the effect of diet.

Are there any natural, healthy ways to boost testosterone? Many supplements seems sketchy, at best, and am I skeptical of the effect of diet.

No need for supp.: Dear Joseph: There is no need to boost testosterone if you are an otherwise healthy man. Your body will produce the right amount. Actually, even in older people that have been found to have a deficiency, the latest clinical trials have shown minimal benefits (www.nejm.org). So I would recommend not to seek ways to boost your testosterone if you are otherwise healthy. All the best, Ariel ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to lithium that are just as good of a mood stabilizer but don't require the blood monioring?

Are there any alternatives to lithium that are just as good of a mood stabilizer but don't require the blood monioring?

Provider check: there are different alternatives like depakote, lactimal, etc but each one has own set of side effects and specific instances for which one works for which person Talk to you mental health provider and determine which one would help you They need to know your symptoms and your other medications in order to provide the best care ...Read more

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Bye. I wonde are there are some safer steroids for weight lifting, no negative effect in particular that causes acne?

Bye. I wonde are there are some safer steroids for weight lifting, no negative effect in particular that causes acne?

No: All Anabolic steroids have dangerous side effects. Acne and testicular shrinkage are unpleasant, but liver damage and heart damage can be fatal. Eat right, lift properly and avoid using steroids and other illegal enhancement drugs. ...Read more

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Are there any natural remedies for pms? Are there any over-the-counter or natural remedies that are known to be effective in the treatment of pms? .

Are there any natural remedies for pms? Are there any over-the-counter or natural remedies that are known to be effective in the treatment of pms?

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Try Vitamin B6: Pyridoxine hcl is vitamin b6. It's available over the counter. Some get relief using it just the week before menses; others use it every day. Experiment with more than one pill a day but don't overdo it. If that doesn't help, steer clear of caffeine and chocolate. Next step - talk to your dr. About antidepressants or progesterone. ...Read more

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Are there any medicine that help fix acne scars? Or are there certain vitamins that help with acne and if there are how often should I take it for ?

Scientific Rx: Nothing you can do or take will repair acne scars. I'm sorry you weren't treated as you should have been. A dermatologist can make the scars less visible by dermabrasion or other methods. Vitamins won't touch acne, but if your benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you, your physician can write for prescription-strength rx -- an antibiotic, retinoic-acid derivative, "the pill", others. ...Read more

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Are there natural treatment/treatments for arthritis that also reduce cholesterol?

Are there natural treatment/treatments for arthritis that also reduce  cholesterol?

Maybe: These natural treatments include weight loss, exercise. We can not discount these as physical therapy is the cornerstone of arthritis therapy. Most of the medications used for arthritis do not effect the cholesterol, although sometimes Folic Acid is added to help protect the side effects of Methotrexate and this can lower hyperhomocysteinemia which can be related to low folic acid. ...Read more

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How can some "natural" weight management pills control the reviews they get?

Ringers: I would be very skeptical of reviews you might see on line, those can come from anywhere, including the brother in law of the producer. Look for scientific reviews or double blinded randomized trails, if they don't exist these reviews are called testimonials with all the validity on an infomercial. ...Read more

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Which natural product is good for rheumatoid arthritis?

Which natural product is good for rheumatoid arthritis?

None: No natural product has any data that it prevent joint damage, deformity and eventual disability. ...Read more

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I'm 27 and diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Is there a natural cure like if I lost weight, if not what's the best medication you suggest?

I'm 27 and diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Is there a natural cure like if I lost weight, if not what's the best medication you suggest?

R.A. can be serious: There is no natural remedy or cure. Spontaneous remission is very unusual and can't be brought about or depended on. You need to see a rheumatologist for management as R.A. can lead to disability and deformity if untreated. You need to be on disease modifying drugs particularly at your young age and being a woman. ...Read more

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Is there natural/ over counter pill tht works like Prednizone. im on it 4 eye infection & it is taking all pain 4 arthritis away. its miracle pill.

Is there natural/ over counter pill tht works like Prednizone. im on it 4 eye infection & it is taking all pain 4 arthritis away. its miracle pill.

Can't hurt to ask.: You should bring it up with your family doctor. Depending on your general health status, possibilities of using it or other options can be considered. Isn't it wonderful to feel great. ...Read more

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What to eat for dinner for weight control if I only eat one meal?

Not a good idea: Not many can lose weight eating just dinner - however good your selection. As your glycogen store gets depleted during the day, your body shifts to burn alternate fuel and process your intake differently. It is best to have the more substantial meal during the day, > 9 hours before your bedtime. Have a light meal at night to avoid going to bed with a full stomach and have snacks during the day. ...Read more

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Is green tea good helpful for weight control?

Possibly: Some studies have shown patients decrease weight with certain amount of green tea ingestion. This has not been approved by the fda for weight loss. If nothing else, it may be a good substitute drink for many people in place of soda. That alone will help someone lose weight. See my website for more info: www.Jhsurgery.Com. ...Read more

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Does fiber choice work to help with weight management?

Does fiber choice work to help with weight management?

Fiber: Fiber is best thought of as a bulking agent for bowel regularity. Natural foods that have fiber could add many calories to your diet. ...Read more

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What's 5-htp, and is it an implication for weight control, social anxiety, and depression?

What's 5-htp, and is it an implication for weight control, social anxiety, and depression?

No go.: 5-htp is a precursor to tryptophan the Amino Acid used to create serotonin. The national institute of health recommends not to use 5-htp until more is known. 5-htp might be unsafe. Some people who have taken it have come down with eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (ems), a serious condition involving extreme muscle tenderness (myalgia) and blood abnormalities (eosinophilia). ...Read more

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What are the components to a sound weight control program?

Diet/exercise/group: Eating right with daily exercise and consistent group support are important for long term success. Given 2/3 of us adults are overwt, find a partner to ensure accountability and have fun while getting healthy. ...Read more

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Consistent BP of 170/80 and fastng sugar of 7.2 even after excercising weight control and eating healthy? Age 56.what not to eat?

Consistent BP of 170/80 and fastng sugar of 7.2 even after excercising weight control and eating healthy? Age 56.what not to eat?

Avoid Carbs/Sugars: Carbohydrate means all sugars, both simple & complex. Diabetes Mellitus is defined as elevated sugar, thus avoid all sugars, this includes most fruit. Instead go HFLC & study DietDoctor.com, Gary Taubes, Peter Attia, Robert Lustig. The LowFat diet (promoted by Ancel Keys & George McGovern) is Not healthy. It drives Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, elevated blood pressure, etc. ...Read more

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Are high-carbohydrate diets good or bad for losing weight and weight control?

Are high-carbohydrate diets good or bad for losing weight and weight control?

Low Carb: The typical overweight person will lose weight faster on a low or no carb diet. Carbohydrates are typically broken down into sugars very fast, so they are not very good at keepin us feel full. These wide swings in blood sugar contribute to over eating and Insulin resistance. High protein diets tend to keep us feeling fuller and blood sugars more stable. ...Read more

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Are eating complex carbohydrates better for weight control than simple carbohydrates like rice?

Are eating complex carbohydrates better for weight control than simple carbohydrates like rice?

Carb Quandry : Some "complex" carbs(brown rice, whole wheat) are metabolized slowly and are better for weight management but ultimately if you consume more calories than you need you will gain weight. Reduce all carbs, especially simple carbs(white bread, rice or pasta). Eat frequent(6) small meals a day. Exercise vigorously for about 150 min a week, drink plenty (60 oz) of water and get 8 hours of good sleep. ...Read more

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What should we do control our weight management?

Low glycemic diet : The healthiest diet is a low glycemic diet. There is also evidence that adequate sleep, vitamin d and the proper probiotics contribute to maintaining normal weight. Exercise is important, and you can start slow; just take a walk every day. Keep stress low as stress hormones can contribute to being overweight. Drink enough water; sometimes the body confuses hunger with thirst. ...Read more

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Is it better to have dessert in the morning than in the evening with regard to weight control?

Weight Control: Think of food as fuel. If you pair your food with your activity then rather than store calories in fat you will tend to burn calories for work. Simple sugars are quickly available to the body so if you eat them and relax or go to sleep your body will tend to store the extra calories until you have work without food. Eating most of your calories earlier in the day to use while active is best. ...Read more

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Why do people say get a psychiatrist for weight control? Arent psychologists trained to help change behavior?

Why do people say get a psychiatrist for weight control? Arent psychologists trained to help change behavior?

Change behavior: Only you can change your behavior. Psychologists help you to understand issues that may govern your behavior and may provide clues as to how to deal with issues. If you are smart enough to go, not resist personal insights, and continue until you have been benefited you may then respond by changing your behaviors. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


Dr. David Wyatt
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Weight Management (Definition)

Weight management is a treatment for a person with abnormal weight (usually somebody who is too obese, but sometimes a person who is too thin). Weight management includes behavioral changes, exercise plans, changes ...Read more