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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


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Could sport supplements affect your period?

Could sport supplements affect your period?

What's in them?: Short answer is Maybe. It all depends on what's in the supplement. Supplements run a wide range and certain substances can definitely mess with your cycle. We would need to know what the ingredients are in your supplement to tell you more. ...Read more

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Can using herbal supplements to shorten your period actually prolong it?

Can using herbal supplements to shorten your period actually prolong it?

Clarify further: Please let us know the specific herbal supplements/ medicines that you have in mind. Thanks. ...Read more

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Foundout my iron is 31, ferritin is 5.Really worried. I bleed heavily 2 of 5 period days. Is that enough to cause this? I feel fine+started supplements.

Foundout my iron is 31, ferritin is 5.Really worried. I bleed heavily 2 of 5 period days. Is that enough to cause this? I feel fine+started supplements.

Yes: You are iron-deficient. You are wise to be on supplements. Iron deficiency is common in mentruating women due the monthly blood loss. Continue the iron for a couple of months at least and, if your periods are abnormal, consult with your ob-gyn. O/w just take iron. This is common. Don't be worried. ...Read more

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Is it possible to miss a period when starting to take a new diet supplements?

Is it possible to miss a period when starting to take a new diet supplements?

Late period: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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I started taking iron supplements and I have gotten my period a week early. Is this normal?

I started taking iron supplements and I have gotten my period a week early. Is this normal?

See below: You had an unusual menstrual cycle. However, unusual menstrual cycles don't necessarily mean that there's anything wrong physically. The menstrual cycle is under very delicate hormonal control, which can be influenced by things such as exercise, rapid weight change, emotional stress etc.. SEE: http://bit. Ly/19cKee5 To be safe see your physician if you continue to have abnormal periods. ...Read more

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Can zinc supplements delay your period if you just started taking them three days before your period was suppose to start?

Can zinc supplements delay your period if you just started taking them three days before your period was suppose to start?

No: Studies have shown (although weakly) that taking zinc in certain doses can help to lessen menstrual cramps. That being said, a zinc deficiency may cause a delay in menses. Taking regular doses of zinc should not prevent your period. ...Read more

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And can u have a skipped period if u stop taking the chaste tree berry supplement after taking taking it for a while. Then start taking it again?

And can u have a skipped period if u stop taking the chaste tree berry supplement after taking taking it for a while. Then start taking it again?

Unpredictable: There are so many reasons for skipping a period (pregnancy is the most common), maybe your chasteberry sup could be involved. But chasteberry has no proven or predictable effect on menstrual periods, so I'd consider 10 other reasons first. If you are sexually active, a pregnancy test is step 1, and good wishes. ...Read more

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I have pernicious anaemia.... what vitamin supplement is best for the period between injections?

I have pernicious anaemia.... what vitamin supplement is best for the period between injections?

None needed: Many older guys are a little low on vitamin D and folic acid. Your physician is your best guide, given that he/she knows your eating habits. ...Read more

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Can weight loss supplements cause a period to skip?? I also lost a little weight recently. Does that have any thing to do with it??

Can weight loss supplements cause a period to skip?? I also lost a little weight recently. Does that have any thing to do with it??

Weight loss: The only way you might find out is to stop taking weight loss supplements for a month or two.
With your bipolar disorder are you seeing a Psychiatrist and/or a Psychologist? If not please arrange that. ...Read more

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Hi, I often feel lethargic during my period. My flow is medium, and lasts up to four days. How can beat the lethargy. Is there a supplement perhaps?

Doctor visit: The tired feeling could be due to many different causes.
Anemia, depression, subclinical hypothryoidism, drug reaction come to mind.
See a doctor for labs, exam and then consider medication (antidepressant, BCP, ibuprofen) during this particular time of month.
No supplement that I know of. If all OK try increasing exercise it helps to stimulate endorphins. The body natural pain response mechanism. ...Read more

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Started a fiber supplement. Noticed past few days when I have a bm its usually a lot of blood with it. Not period or hemmrhoid. I take lax 3x a week?

Started a fiber supplement. Noticed past few days when I have a bm its usually a lot of blood with it. Not period or hemmrhoid. I take lax 3x a week?

Rectal blood: You may have internal hemorrhoids. Blood in a bm is not normal. Have your physician examine you for diagnosis and treatment. Associated diarrhea may be due to ulcerative colitis. Polyps or other growths have to be ruled out. ...Read more

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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

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Weird period after weaning, is it normal? I had my 1st baby on 3 jan 2011, I combined breastfeeding with supplement formula and got my 1st period after 9 months on 3 oct 2011 which lasted for a month, then it started improving every month and on 23rd jan

Weird period after weaning, is it normal? I had my 1st baby on 3 jan 2011, I combined breastfeeding with supplement formula and got my 1st period after 9 months on 3 oct 2011 which lasted for a month, then it started improving every month and on 23rd jan

Spotting: Spotting can occur when the hormones are in fluctuation, which yours most likely are. I am glad that you took a pregnancy test. If you still have concerns about pregnancy, please see our gynecologist and they could also perform a blood pregnancy test which is more accurate than a urine test.

If you develop pain, bleeding, vomiting, or feel light-headed/faint then you would have to go to the emergency department. ...Read more

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Should I take iron supplement or multivitamin to replace the iron I've just lost during period?

Should I take iron supplement or multivitamin to replace the iron I've just lost during period?

See below: Some ladies loose a lot of blood during their periods for multiple reasons. They are therefore prone to develop iron deficiency anemia. Before taking iron, have your doctor run a complete blood count; and if necessary do other iron studies (serum iron, ferritin, TIBC etc.). ...Read more

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Can I take an iron supplement during my period? Had it on/off for two and a half weeks, pretty sure I'm getting anemic.

Can I take an iron supplement during my period? Had it on/off for two and a half weeks, pretty sure I'm getting anemic.

Anemia: I understand your concern.
Thank you for information of using Omeprazole.
Omeprazole may reduce the absorption of iron and make iron supplement less effective in treating your Anemia. It can also reduce
B12 absorption.
See your Physician for diagnosis of Anemia, have necessary tests, consultation and treatment.
See a Psychiatrist for Therapy to decrease hyperacidity and decrease/stop Omeprazole. ...Read more

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Perfect blood tests except high iron 1st time ever. 28 yrs old, iron supplements only during period. 2 boxes of spinach per week. Any other causes?

Perfect blood tests except high iron 1st time ever. 28 yrs old, iron supplements only during period. 2 boxes of spinach per week. Any other causes?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it would have been helpful to have the actual lab value. In any case, if you are not iron deficient you can stop taking supplements but do not need to make any other change to your diet. ...Read more

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I have been taking nature measure relax & sleep dietary supplement every other day before my period came now my period want stop is it side effect.

I have been taking nature measure relax & sleep dietary supplement every other day before my period came now my period want stop is it side effect.

Period: If it never happened before you took the supplement, then it may very well be the side effect of the supplement. Stop them and see what the next period will be like. ...Read more

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Are eyevital/riconia caps (multivitamin antixoidants) safe to take along with lutein+zeaxanthine supplements for an extended period? Contraindication?

Safe: These products have been recommend to slow the progression of macular degeneration in those who already have this condition. There is no data or proof that they are preventative and no evidence that they are helpful in any way. So they might help/or might not but the only harm is the cost of the product. ...Read more

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I was just wondering if taking iron supplements cause missed or late periods its been a week since I was due for my period and still have not got it y?

I was just wondering if taking iron supplements cause missed or late periods its been a week since I was due for my period and still have not got it y?

No: No, iron supplement will not affect your period. There must be something else as the explanation. Take pregnancy test to see whether you are pregnant. If not, and you still don't have your period- go to see your gynecologist and have some blood work- to check your hormone, your thyroid function etc. ...Read more

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Irregular periods. Low in b12, starting to take supplement. Will this make me start my period? Does it have any effect on periods?

Irregular periods. Low in b12, starting to take supplement. Will this make me start my period? Does it have any effect on periods?

Need more info: How old are you? How much do you weigh? How much do you exercise? Have you always had irregular periods or is it recent? You may have deficiency of other nutrients as well if you are deficient in B12. Taking B 12 is okay but that is not likely to address other issues that may be present. You should consult your doctor. Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time. You may consider implanted contraceptive or an IUD.
Consult this site for more information on this topic.
http://www. Nichd. Nih. Gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes. Aspx
Practice safe sex. ...Read more