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Any recommended vitamins / herbs / holistic approach that can help with nerve degeneration / numbness ?

Any recommended vitamins / herbs / holistic approach that can help with nerve degeneration / numbness ?

Vitamins : Vitamin b 6 i believe is the most well- known holistic remedy out there in the "vitamin" group. Supplements like acetyl-l-carnithine have been shown to reduce peripheral neuropathy pain and speed up healing of peripheral nerves. Other chinese herbs have also been implicated as beneficial. ...Read more

Dr. Lisa Rankin
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Sensory Integration Therapy (Definition)

Sensory integration therapy is based on the idea that senses such as sight, sound, touch, spatial awareness, and gravity help to guide development. When there is a disorder of sensory integration, someone trained in sensory integration therapy, such as an occupational therapist, will provide intense sensory inputs to the various systems using various tools and techniques. This treatment is commonly used in autism spectrum disorders, and has strong supporters and detractors. The core of proven autism treatment includes behavioral and educational interventions, but sensory integration therapy may be a ...Read more


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Do vitamins or antioxidants interfere with radiation therapy?

Do vitamins or antioxidants interfere with radiation therapy?

Yes/No: Not when used in moderation. But avoid mega doses of antioxidanta. Also stop using vitamin E supplement. One multivitamin is ok to use. ...Read more

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Can you control your agner through therapy, herbs, food therapy, supplements, etc?

Can you control your agner through therapy, herbs, food therapy, supplements, etc?

Idea: The main idea is that anger management therapy will be your best tool out of those mentioned. Even though all the others things are ok, they will not have much influence in your anger problem. Psychotherapy and anger management therapies/courses will be your best bet. Check with a psychiatrist for further diagnosis of the causes, a general checkup, evaluation and recommendation of local resources. ...Read more

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Are there any natural treatments (diatary supplements) that help with brain fog?

Are there any natural treatments (diatary supplements) that help with brain fog?

Yes: Maintaining good overall health helps. Drink 8 glasses of water a day, sleep 7-8 hours a night, take a multivitamin in the am, reduce alcohol intake. Maintain a well balanced diet, regular exercise, and treat any underlying cause such as depression, anxiety, allergies, or even purging whatever medications you may be on. ...Read more

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What are new therapies emerging to promote holistic health?

What are new therapies emerging to promote holistic health?

Holistic health: New therapies in this area are really progress in therapies that have been used for decades. Clinical nutrition, biofeedback, clinical hypnosis (see.www.asch.net), dietary supplements, and exercise. For safety and effectiveness, work under the guidance of a licensed professional. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are the best anti aging medicines besides good balanced diet lifestyle yoga meditation exercise. Any specific supplements or medicines?

What are the best anti aging medicines besides good balanced diet lifestyle yoga meditation exercise. Any specific supplements or medicines?

Anti-aging: and overall wellness can be encouraged by having a micronutrient lab test done. Then you will know your nutritional status and what to take in as food/supplements. See www.spectracell.com for one example of a good micronutrient test. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Social anxiety, are there any proven herbal or vitamin remedies ?

Social anxiety, are there any proven herbal or vitamin remedies ?

Although: Passion flower, valerian ; chamomile may help anxiety in general - they are not specific for social anxiety. Although kava kava may help anxiety it has potential to cause liver damage. ...Read more

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Which daily natural vitamin supplements help strengthen the immune system?

Which daily natural vitamin supplements help strengthen the immune system?

Don't waste money: None! it's not possible! eat a balanced diet, get adequate rest and exercise. Your immune system will take care of itself. Don't waste your money. ...Read more

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Can dietary change (overjuicing veggies + supplements) - affect body regulation and cause erectile dysfunction?

Can dietary change (overjuicing veggies + supplements) - affect body regulation and cause erectile dysfunction?

No: I'm not sure what "overjuicing veggies" would mean;i'm not sure one can "overjuice" veggies though i guess too much of anything might be harmful. I know of no vitamins or minerals known to cause erectile dysfunction in excess (vitamin toxicity is rare- you have to take huge amounts of a, d, e or b6 for a long time).I imagine some herbs could cause erectile dysfunction, as many meds can.See comment:. ...Read more

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Are there any good natural or alternative therapies that help supplement medications given for ADHD inattentive type?

Are there any good natural or alternative therapies that help supplement medications given for ADHD inattentive type?

Yes: There are several promising studies using zinc, magnesium, vit b6 amino acids, phosphatidylserine and neurofeedback.There are also numerous studies proving the efficacy and safety of medications (if used properly by a knowledgeable physician) behavioral intervention and parent skill training, although time consuming is efficacious and for the most part free of side effects.Discuss with your md. ...Read more

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Which natural(herbal, greens) products avaiable to help improve brain power and memories?

Which natural(herbal, greens) products avaiable to help improve brain power and memories?

B vitamins & more: Many of the b vitamins are helpful to the nervous system overall. Some foods are great sources, research them. Rosemary oil has just been related to memory improvement. Be careful, but search the web and ask a nutritionist or other professional who takes an interest in such techniques. ...Read more

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Are there any medications, vitamins, foods, or practices (e.g., exercise, meditation) shown to decrease SHBG levels?

Are there any medications, vitamins, foods, or practices (e.g., exercise, meditation) shown to decrease SHBG levels?

Some say.....: This is an area w/ adherents and skeptics. The positive things I've heard are related to fish oil - but even they warn about too much. Goldilocks lives! Too much is bad - too little is bad - you need to finf "Just right"! I've always liked moderation, so not a problem. Read about it online. http://www.livestrong.com/article/476813-how-to-lower-shbg-levels-in-men-with-fish-oils/ ...Read more

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Which natural(herbal, greens) products available that help improve brain power and memories?

Which natural(herbal, greens) products available that help improve brain power and memories?

Sleep: Brain function can be related to sleep. If you are not getting 7-9 hours of good sleep or if you have excessive daytime sleepiness than you may have a sleep related breathing disorder that is affecting you brain function. Herbs and natural products can be helpful but nothing can replace a good nights sleep. If you have poor sleep see you md for a sleep evaluation. ...Read more

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Which is better: comprehensive nutritional supplements pills or liquids?

Which is better: comprehensive nutritional supplements pills or liquids?

Better than what?: Whole food trumps supplements virtually every time. Don't buy into the hoax that vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, seeds, whole grains, and wild fish like salmon isn't superior in almost every situation to taking a supplement. Food is the best. ...Read more

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Are herbal supplements for anxiety and depression - such as kava kava, valerian root, and yerba mate - safe to use with the Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD?

Are herbal supplements for anxiety and depression - such as kava kava, valerian root, and yerba mate - safe to use with the Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD?

Yes: The herbal supplements for anxiety are no more or less safe with a Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD than without and do not effect the effectiveness of the IUD. Just as with all medicines, herbs do have risks and side-effects. ...Read more

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Are there any herbs, vitamins or supplements that help with erectile dysfunction?

Are there any herbs, vitamins or supplements that help with erectile dysfunction?

I am not: aware of any herbs or supplements or vitamins that can help in ED. Most important thing is that you get tested to exclude any treatable medical condition, such as diabetes, that might be the underlying cause. ...Read more

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What foods or vitamins can substantially improve cognitive health?

What foods or vitamins can substantially improve cognitive health?

Cognitive health: As long as you are not on blood thinning medication, consider taking high quality Marine Fish Oil. Nordic Naturals is a good brand. Ginkgo biloba can also be useful. See a book called "The Neurogenesis Diet & Lifesyle" by Cortwright for more information. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Which vitamin supplement would be best for improving memory and other cognitive functions ??

Which vitamin supplement would be best for improving  memory and other cognitive functions ??

ALZHEIMER MODEL: Not fully clear if vitamins do improve memory in anyone, but there is evidence to suggest that Vitamin D-3 supplementation can help many neurological issues, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Some prior studies on mild cognitive impairment suggested potential value for biologically active B-6, B-12, but this might best apply to those who have elevations of homocysteine. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatments for OCd, apart from exposure and delay therapy? also are there any herbal supplement for this problem

Are there any new treatments for OCd, apart from exposure and delay therapy? also are there any herbal supplement for this problem

NO herbals: OCD is defined as a obsessive condition with compulsive tendencies. There are some meds specifically therapy that are in the SSRI family. I would not take any herbals as these are not studied and ST Johns wort is not appropriate for this. See your doctor and get the best advice. Most appropriate would be to see a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What herbal supplements must one avoid taking after a liver transplant?

What herbal supplements must one avoid taking after a liver transplant?

Why take a chance?: You are one of a privileged few --don't blow it! for whatever reason you required a transplant, the new liver you received is fragile. Any new drug or medical problem, no matter how seeming minor, can lead to its rejection. Talk to your liver transplant coordinator, your surgeon, your medical team, your primary care physician with any questions about your health care, symptoms, medications. ...Read more

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Are there any natural treatments for hot flashes? Are there any herbal supplements or dietary changes i cam make to help with hot flashes? .

Are there any natural treatments for hot flashes? Are there any herbal supplements or dietary changes i cam make to help with hot flashes?

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Nope: Hot flashes, if due to menopause, are due to estrogen deficiency and are natural. Some people report help with soy and phytoestrogens, but there is really no supplement proven to help. Only time and rx's such as estrogen that will relieve the symptoms. ...Read more

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Taking topiramate and vimpat (lacosamide) for seizures. Someone suggested taking herbal supplements too--any i should avoid for risk of messing with med levels?

Taking topiramate and vimpat (lacosamide) for seizures. Someone suggested taking herbal supplements too--any i should avoid for risk of messing with med levels?

Avoid ALL herbs, : vitamins, OTC medications, supplements, homeopathic & naturopathic medications that have not been approved by your neurologist. Medications were originally derived from plants. Ask your other doctors to check for drug interactions when prescribing medications for other illnesses you may have. Take a list of your AED's & doses to all appointments. Wear a medical alert bracelet for safety. ...Read more

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What herbal supplements or treatments for irritability, anger and anxiety actually work?

What herbal supplements or treatments for irritability, anger and anxiety actually work?

Address it directly: These need to be worked through rather than trying to quiet the symptoms with a supplement. If these are problematic for you, seeking professional help is more likely to make a real change for the better (rather than the bandaid'ing approach). Take care. ...Read more

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Need docs answers! what food or drinks to avoid when taking herbal supplements?

Need docs answers! what food or drinks to avoid when taking herbal supplements?

No good answer: Herbal supplements have not been subjected to clinical testing for effectiveness, toxicity or interaction with foods and medicines. There is also no guarantee that the alleged product is actually in the bottle or in the quantity stated. Almost all are benign, however, or there would be reports of interactions by now. So continue your usual diet without fear. ...Read more

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What foods should I avoid when taking herbal supplements?

Herbal supplements: I would need to know what herbal supplements you are taking. I would suggest that you only take herbal supplements that are pharmaceutical grade! Otherwise you have know idea what per cent of the label is in the supplement you are taking. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are herbal supplements safe and do they work?

Can you tell me, are herbal supplements safe and do they work?

Varies: If depends on the supplement, the amount used, the person's health and what it is used for. Too general a question to provide a yes or no definitive response. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use out of date herbal supplements?

Is it safe to use out of date herbal supplements?

Probably, but: The fda does not require an expiration date on supplements. It probably isn't dangerous to take a supplement past its expiration date, but it may have lost its potency. Whether it's less potent depends on the herb and how you stored the container. Keeping the supplement in a sealed container and putting it in a dark place may help extend its shelf life. ...Read more

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Can I use herbal supplements to self-treat diphtheria?

Can I use herbal supplements to self-treat diphtheria?

NO: If you already know the cause of your infection is diphtheria. You are already seeing a doctor. This can be a serious infection. You may need very strong antibiotics to treat this. Continue the treatments prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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Are herbal supplements safe to take along with prozac (fluoxetine)?

Yes: You may find that increasing your intake of vitamin d 2000-5000 units daily and omega 3 fish oils 1200-2400 mg daily you may not even need prozac. Proper sleep, nutrition, and exercise are also known mood enhancers. ...Read more

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Which herbal supplements cause false positive on a urine drug test?

I think NONE: I am not aware of any herbal supplement that consistently causes a positive urine drug tests. Even poppy seeds which used to have false positives for morphine, do not typically find this now, because of the cut off levels. ...Read more

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Can you take wellbutrin (bupropion) and herbal supplements at the same time?

Can you take wellbutrin (bupropion) and herbal supplements at the same time?

Check it out!: Glad you're thinking and asking about what you take - including supplements. It all goes down the hatch! you can look up more interactions here: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/drug-information/drugherbindex. ...Read more

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Do any herbal supplements have dangerous side effects if taken with glipizide and metphormin?

Do any herbal supplements have dangerous side effects if taken with glipizide and metphormin?

It depends: Please see the label. All the mechanism of herbal medications are not known but some of them are notorious to cause side effects due to interaction. ...Read more

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Can herbal supplements reduce/kill sex drive amongst men?

Can herbal supplements reduce/kill sex drive amongst men?

There are: Literally hundreds of herbal supplements. Please specify which herbal supplement you are asking about and then we will attempt to answer the question for you. Thank you. ...Read more

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Can herbal supplements be used to self-treat vascular conditions?

Can herbal supplements be used to self-treat vascular conditions?

No, not really: There are thousands of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical remedies. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... But not on real research). Herbal supplements have not been shown to be successful in preventing or self-treating vascular conditions. ...Read more

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What are the best vitamins or herbal supplements for weight lifting?

What are the best vitamins or herbal supplements for weight lifting?

All of them: Your daily diet requires well over 40 non caloric nutrients that you normally get from "god made"food. Weight lifting comes from training, accompnied by a high calorie diet well supplied with all the vitamins. You might try a well rounded mutivitamin. ...Read more

Probiotic (Definition)

Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more


Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

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