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Doctor insights on: Benefits Of Bitter Apricot Kernels

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Doctors, what are the benefits of taking apricots prunes and walnuts in daily diet?

Doctors, what are the benefits of taking apricots prunes and walnuts in daily diet?

Vary diet: A varied diet keys for a healthier life. Walnuts are high in omegas 3s and essencial fatty acids ...Read more

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I use an apricot scrub but I have some acne on my face. I use it to benefit my skin once or twice a week. Is it okay to use the scrub?

I use an apricot scrub but I have some acne on my face. I use it to benefit my skin once or twice a week. Is it okay to use the scrub?

Which one?: Facial scrub products range widely in quality and end result. Avoid scrubs with large abrasive particles, as these can be damaging to the skin. Also, avoid those with perfumes and artificial dyes, which can cause irritation and hypersensitivity. ...Read more

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Where do I find apricot seeds?

Where do I find apricot seeds?

Apricot pits: If your goal is to grow apricot trees from seeds, look for the seeds by splitting open the pits. If you want to ingest them, not a good idea as they do have some toxicity, and no known therapeutic value. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use apricot scrub?

Is it safe to use apricot scrub?

Yes, if: It is safe to use it as a skin scrub, as long as you are not allergic to apricots, and you are not using it on inflamed, irritated, or infected skin. ...Read more

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Are there many people who are allergic to apricots?

Are there many people who are allergic to apricots?

Unusual: The major food allergens are egg, milk, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shelfish. Some patients with pollen allergy can have reaction to some fresh fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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I read that st Ives fresh skin apricot scrub is way too harsh and cause microscopic cuts on skin. I have normal skin. 1x a week is fine? Or biweekly

I read that st Ives fresh skin apricot scrub is way too harsh and cause microscopic cuts on skin. I have normal skin. 1x a week is fine? Or biweekly

MicroBeads and Skin: Thank you for your question. Products such as St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub that contain micro-beads or other items are used to assist in sloughing off dead skin. Any product, even a gentle skin cleanser, can be aggressively used and cause irritation and potential micro-scarring to the epidermis of the skin. Certain medical conditions of the skin are also more prone to such damage as well. ...Read more

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I swallowed a apricot seed while eating a apricot should I be worried?

I swallowed a apricot seed while eating a apricot should I be worried?

No: You will likely be fine. Since you are typing at the computer i'll assume you didn't get it stuck in your lungs. It should pass through your GI system normally. Interestingly; apricot seeds have trace organic cyanide. But you would have to swallow an inordinate amount of them to have poisoning. ...Read more

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I consumed apricot kernel mistakenly instead of almond and just found out they are poisonous! Is it true? What should I do? Should I throw them out?

I consumed apricot kernel mistakenly instead of almond and just found out they are poisonous! Is it true? What should I do? Should I throw them out?

Poison control: Your best bet is to call the poison control center in your area as soon as possible. Personnel there will be more able to access pertinent information and advice for you. ...Read more

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Is it bad to use St. Ives Apricot scrub blemish control twice a day? It says on the bottle you can but is it bad for you?

Is it bad to use St. Ives Apricot scrub blemish control twice a day? It says on the bottle you can but is it bad for you?

Not bad: Also of little benefit for acne. Apricots are good to eat. Wash with it if you happen to like it for any reason. But if you are looking for control of acne you will need to look elsewhere. No one can prescribe for you without further information. Best results from consultation with a skin specialist. "Natural" is misleading and dishonest on any label. "Exfoliant" is not usually a useful product on ...Read more

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Do apricot seeds really help in cancer?

Do apricot seeds really help in cancer?

No: This was an active topic of investigation and no beneficial effects were noted. It may cause mild cyanide poisoning. ...Read more

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Do apricot seeds have any cancer fighting properties?

Do apricot seeds have any cancer fighting properties?

Not so much: If they did, oncologists would use them. We doctors are open to any treatment that demonstrates efficacy through research. Despite what the snake oil salesmen would have you believe! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Apricot allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Apricot allergy?

Fruit allergy: Allergy to any food, in this case apricot will cause symptoms of oral itching, lip or tongue swelling, hives, breathing difficulty and/or throat closure etc. It is caused by IgE antibody against a specific protein in the food. Food allergy is diagnosed with clinical history followed by skin or blood test and that information helps establish the diagnosis and severity of the allergy ...Read more

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St. Ives apricot scrub vs. Neutrogenas for eliminating blackhead cleanser?

St. Ives apricot scrub vs. Neutrogenas for eliminating blackhead cleanser?

We try to avoid: Marketing otc products on healthap. Try asking an esthetician. ...Read more

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I have been traveling for a day or so and haven't eaten well (except dried apricots, applesauce, and banana). Am I at risk for refeeding syndrome?

I have been traveling for a day or so and haven't eaten well (except dried apricots, applesauce, and banana). Am I at risk for refeeding syndrome?

No: You can fast on water for 4 days and be ok. Starvation starts 7 days off being food. You are fine. No need to worry. Just enjoy your next meals ...Read more

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Can you tell me how many apricot kennels can I eat per day to stop the prevention of cancer?

Can you tell me how many apricot kennels can I eat per day to stop the prevention of cancer?

This is fake: Anybody who tells you that apricot pits or the imaginary "vitamin b17" will have any effect in preventing or treating cancer is either massively ignorant or is playing you for an easy mark. The "laetrile" scam of the 1970's was one of the cruelest, most cynical health frauds of history, and its presistence discredits people within natural / herbal healing who are trying to give this some legitimac. ...Read more

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I read the other day that eating peaches, apricots, plums or nectarines could reduce insulin resistance. Any advice about how many per day?  

I read the other day that eating peaches, apricots, plums or nectarines could reduce insulin resistance. Any advice about how many per day?  

Variety, not number: The fruits you mentioned have a relatively low glycemic index, i.e. They won't cause the high sugar spikes you can see with other fruits. Common questions people have: will eating those fruits prevent diabetes? Will eating lots of them treat diabetes? No and no. Rather, they are good alternatives to more sugary fruits. You still need a good variety of beans/legumes, healthy meats and veggies. ...Read more

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Peroxide (doctors order), using hibiclens, st. Ives apricot scrub, but nothing helped acne, what to do?

Peroxide (doctors order), using hibiclens, st. Ives apricot scrub, but nothing helped acne, what to do?

Real Rx: What you are describing are basically worthless for acne. You will probably need a combination of topical benzoyl peroxide or retinoids and plus a systemic Rx such as an antibiotic for a short time. Try just the Topicals first. ...Read more

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During periods when I experience loose BM's, is it still ok to eat (sugar free) oatmeal or will that make it worse? What about dried apricots?

During periods when I experience loose BM's, is it still ok to eat (sugar free) oatmeal or will that make it worse? What about dried apricots?

Oatmeal OK. Apricot: Not so much. Dried fruits contain concentrated sugars which can aggravate diarrhea, and also frequently sulfur which could also contribute to gas. Bananas might be a good substitute at these times. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I take a multi-vitamin and minerals supplement daily, is there any point in my eating a peach and apricot?

Can you tell me if I take a multi-vitamin and minerals supplement daily, is there any point in my eating a peach and apricot?

Food is better: There is overall agreement that it's much better to eat real food than to try getting the same nutrients in supplements. People have been eating fruit for thousands of years and benefitting from their nutrients, some of which aren't included in supplements. Besides, food tastes better. ...Read more

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Does apricot seeds help in controlling cancer? If yes, what kind of apricot seeds should be taken? Asking this to help my mom in stage 4 cancer.

Does apricot seeds help in controlling cancer? If yes, what kind of apricot seeds should be taken? Asking this to help my mom in stage 4 cancer.

No. I don't think so: I am sorry for your mom's condition. Unfortunately based on 200 references with 63 original articles and updates- the claims that laetrile or amygdalin have beneficial effects for cancer patients are not currently supported by sound clinical data. There is a considerable risk of serious adverse effects from cyanide poisoning after laetrile or amygdalin, especially after oral ingestion. ...Read more

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6 1/2 month be allergic to apricots and/or strawberries (given separately, days apart). Her face gota "rosey" look on her nose, one cheek and forehead?

6 1/2 month be allergic to apricots and/or strawberries (given separately, days apart). Her face gota "rosey" look on her nose, one cheek and forehead?

Can be: There good reason to delay such foods until after a year of age when an infants intestine has finished developing. Early foods need to be low in their allergic potential, like rice cereal &bland vegetables. Do not assume the baby looks at these as a treat. You might try these again after a year but you may have uncovered or triggered a long term allergy. ...Read more