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Please be careful: Nature is full of her own volatile organic compounds, some of which are actually produced by plants -- even to communicate, or so we think. Some synthetic small molecules with low vaporizing temperatures are classed as pollutants in the VOC category. If you are persuaded that these are causing your ill-health, as some cultists say, you'll probably never feel well again. Plants won't clear them. ...Read more
Can I use TheraTears (sodium carboxymethylcellulose) and Systane eye ointment (mineral oil & white petrolatum) together?
Deodorant containing sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), corn starch, sustainable palm oil from non-peatlands, tea tree oil be safe for pregnancy?
Products: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more
No: Processed juices will still contain allergens. If you are allergic to a fruit then you should also avoid the juice. ...Read more
Safe to take lorazepam w/ nature made magnesium supplement(mag ox, cellulose gel, croscarmellose sodium, mag stearate, silicon dioxide, stearic acid)?
Safe but not best Mg: It is totally safe but magnesium oxide is a very poorly-absorbed form of magnesium- it may work as a laxative but won't raise your magnesium levels! you would be far better off taking magnesium glycinate, taurate or citrate! see http://drcarolyndean.Com/magnesium_miracle/. ...Read more
Are the hydrogenated oils in lotions, deodorant, and cosmetics similar to the trans fat oil in food?
Oils: Oils do not penetrate well. They are protectors not hydrater's. ...Read more
Not sure of question: Emulsions are vehicles for delivering medication to the skin, just like creams, ointments, lotions, etc. Emulsions allow manufacturers to mix liquids that ordinarily do not mix well, such as oil and water. If you are asking which medications are available in emulsions, there are many, for a wide variety of skin conditions. ...Read more
What is better, amo signature phacoemulsification system or bausch and lomb zyoptix 217z100 laser treatment ?
Different treatments: Unrelated question, phacoemulsification is done for cataract surgery and the b&l laser is for refractive laser surgery. One removes your crystalline lens that has a cataract and the other reshapes the cornea. So there is no comparison here. Both machines have had good results if done correctly as with other similar but different brands but for very different problems. ...Read more
Ciclopirox BP(1%w/v), Zinc Pyrithione (ZPTO) (1%w/v) , aloe vera vs Cetrimide IP(5%w/v),Isopropyl alcohol IP(10%w/v). which shampoo is better 'n' why?
Synthetic: "polyamino acids" are synthetic, and i don't know of any natural foods that contain them. Drug companies use them in research and drug delivery, etc. Of course proteins (that you can eat) are made up of Amino Acids (many of them!) -- so in a sense that would be like a polyamino acid. But it isn't the type the term usually means. ...Read more
Is topically using coconut oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil & aloe vera gel (as homemade lash/brow serum) safe to use during pregnancy?
Pregnancy-safe oils: Castor oil and sweet almond oil may bring on early labor, if used earlier than term. Coconut oil and olive oil are safe in pregnancy. Topical vitamin E oil is felt to be safe, but may cause contact dermatitis in some people, as can topical aloe vera. "When in doubt, leave it out" applies in pregnancy. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20306538 ...Read more
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