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Is organic yogurt free from the hormones that regular yogurt would have due to being made from cows milk?
Free from some but..: Most non-organic yogurt has rBGH, a synthetic hormone that appears to be hazardous despite the FDA requiring a ridiculous disclaimer that rBGH-free products have not been shown to be safer- see http://tinyurl.com/hvgcj57 All yogurt has estrogen, but non-organic has more estrogen and more IGF-1, which may cause cancer. Non-organic yogurt has higher levels of Round-Up and pesticides too. ...Read more
Discuss with MD: Yes but Flush free has less side effects. Niacin is no good for lowering bad cholesterol. It may improve (a little) the good cholesterol and the best effect is on triglycerides. BUT, newer studies show NO benefits in mortality rates or frequency of heart attacks or strokes. Indication of Niacin has become more questionable since you may improve "numbers" but you do NOT improve outcomes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The gluten free and corn pizza crusts just arent the same. Can I have regular pizza once a week if celiac?
Avoid ALL gluten: With celiac disease, exposure of the intestine to any gluten causes inflammation of affected gut lining, with a decrease in absorptive surface of that gut, & resulting malabsorption of food. The best & most enduring fix is to avoid eating any gluten. Serum tissue transglutaminase antibody can help determine how successfully gluten is avoided. Don't compromise your health for taste preference. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have gluten free celiacs disease. Is it safe to replace regular flour with gluten free flour (i.E. Ben's mill)?
Yes: You're safe as long as you, as a celiac disease patient, avoid eating wheat, barley, rye products or any commercially-prepared food or drink that the label indicates contains gluten. Look toward to future and see my earlier answer about exciting prospects for celiac patients who may one day soon be able to enjoy gluten. ...Read more
What's the difference between anti-bacterial soap, regular soap, and soap-free body wash? Do they all clean the same?
Soap: The anti-bacterial soap will contain triclosan. This is the anti-bacterial part, both contain soap to solubilize the oils and wash away dirt. The soap free probably does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate the main ingredient of soap, but you can look at the ingredients to see the difference. Triclosan is a redundant ingredient and a contributor to bacterial resistance. ...Read more
I'm married, 18, healthy, regular periods and have no children. I'm interested in iud's since they seem worry-free. Which is recommended for me?
Either one: Iuds are a great option for long acting reversible contraception. There are two major options for iuds: Mirena (levonorgestrel) and paragard. The Mirena (levonorgestrel) lasts 5 years, releases a small amount of hormone in the uterus, and causes lighter periods (some women stop menstruating altogether). Paragard lasts 10 years, contains copper, and can cause heavier periods. Discuss with your dr. Which is the best option for you. ...Read more
I have friends who swear by cashew milk. It is higher in calcium than regular milk and GMO free. I tasted it and it is good. Are there any downsides?
Potentially: It is gluten free, but not higher in calcium. If you make it yourself, you just blend water and cashews. So it is has the same nutrients as the whole nut: vitamin K, iron, magnesium. Commercial brands may add other nutrients, possibly calcium. Read the label carefully: cashew milk could be high in fat and commercial brands lower in protein than soy or other milks. ...Read more
I always get diarrhea at least 6 times per month. It has become a regular part of my life. I think it may be because im always chewing sugar free gum?
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I have celiac disease. Apart from following a strict gluten free diet, what other precautions and regular tests should I be taking?
Stop gluten; then...: Celiac patients have a higher chance of getting type 1 diabetes, thyroid diseases, and other autoimmune disorders. People with celiac disease have a higher chance of gastrointestinal conditions such as colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, functional bowel disorders, reduced gut motility, or delayed stomach emptying. A nutritionist / dietician can review one's diet to make sure it's well-balanced. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Polyglycitol in the sugar free candies. If it has calories then why use it as a substitute? What's the dietary diff btwn that & regular sugar?
Polyglycitol: Polyglycitol is listed as having 3 calories per gram versus sugar(sucrose) which has 4 calories per gram. It is half as sweet as sugar. Brown sugar is less refined than white sugar and thus has a small amount of some minerals. However the quantity is so small that there is no health benefit. ...Read more
Had allergic childhood asthma but now symptom free for over 10 yrs. Afraid to mention on pre employment medical declaration for regular finance job?
Read ??? carefully: It makes a difference if they ask "have you ever...?" vs "have you had in the last 5 or 10 years?" answer truthfully. And if I am not mistaken they can only do a physical post job offer, and not discriminate based on physical exam findings. Anyway asthma, should not have much bearing on an office job. ...Read more
Trying to quit smoking by using a smoke-free vaporizer tho it has nicotine.Its helping but how safe is it? Is it the same as regular smoking tobacco?
All i drink is diet soda. I drink both caffeine free and regular but most recently had regular diet. Was wondering if the soda itself or the aspartame is a diuretic?
Soda: Read the labels on the cans, soda is decidedly not healthy food, . ...Read more
Will niacin flush free do the same effects as regular nician to detox from thc? Please help me docs!
No: Niacin doesn't flush anything out, it just makes you turn red and warm, but is not proven to eliminate any other drug. You should be more concerned about 1) having a drug problem 2) being subjected to drug testing when you have a drug problem and 3) being more concerned about getting caught than the harm your drug problem is causing. Modern drug testing includes means to identify efforts to mask. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 8 days in a backslab due to sprained ankle. I'm having regular pain-free spasms slightly above and back from the ankle bone - is this normal?
Yes: However, by definition spasms are always painful so I doubt true spasms. ...Read more
Free Health clinics: Hi the simple answer is yes, absolutely. These clinics should specialize in the primary care for the community in which you live. Seeing that you are a young female you may also be well served at a planned parenthood clinic whee they can provide you age appropriate care. ...Read more
Is there anyone offering to give free breast cancer exams as a regular program, anywhere in the u.S.?
My wife's STD free..She gets regular tests..However since around puberty my pubic area has itched severely..I scratch til I bleed.What is plaguing me?
Both ovaries show multiple tiny subcentimerer sized follicles with central echogenic stroma.no free fluid. regular period. should i be scared?
Ovarian cysts: Ovarian cysts, especially those of under 1 cm. are usually just follicles which have failed to rupture on ovulation over time. When "central echogenic stroma" are noted, they usually have Doppler flow data stated with the ultrasound report. If the Doppler flow is reported as normal, there is minimal reason statistically for concern. ...Read more
My free T4 levels were at 9.6 and they said they cany do much more but im always tired,cant shift weight and having regular headaches and muscle aches?
Need TSH level: The TSH level will be the best indicator of your thyroid level. However, if this is normal, it means that your symptoms are not related to your thyroid level. Your symptoms are extremely common ones, and can be due to thousands of reasons. Following a low carbohydrate/starch diet and doing regular aerobic exercise is the best way to improve how you feel. ...Read more
Is diet soda still bad for tooth loss? I've switched from drinking regular soda to drinking sugar-free diet soda, and i hope that it will be better for my teeth. Will i still have to worry about tooth from diet soda?
Hello. : Hello. Carbonic acid creates the carbonation in soft drinks. Because it is an acid, it can damage the enamel of your teeth. Darker colored sodas tend to do more damage than lighter sodas. If you are a soda swisher (swish it through your teeth and around your mouth) that is really damaging to your teeth. Sipping soda through a straw or swishing water in your mouth after drinking soda can help to minimize problems. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
How good are the preservative free flu vaccine?And what's the difference from the regular flu shot?
Any flu shot better : Than none. Thimerosal is preservative used in multi-dose vials of flu vaccines while single-dose vials are preservative free. Other than that, there is no difference between the actual active flu shot. The preservative is used to prevent contamination when a multi-dose vial is punctured several times. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/complex-regional-pain-syndrome/ds00265 for more info. ...Read more
What would cause free kappa &free lamba to be high but ratio normal also Immunoglobulin M, Qn, Serum high. platelets steady rising & WBC high for 1yr?
Polyclonal gammopath: Something is stimulating all the B cell lines to produce a lot of antibodies. That general condition is called polyclonal gammopathy. It can be caused by a chronic infection (virus) or 9 other broad categories of causes (liver problems, connective tissue diseases, bone marrow disorder like Waldenstrom's, drugs/meds, autoimmune probs, misc). It's too much to go into here. Use Healthtap Prime to tal ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Toss-up: Greek yogurt has more protein and both have some amount of probiotics, which are healthy bacteria to maintain a healthy gut. They probably make no difference for someone your age. Beware of any additives to either yogurt such as fruits and sugar as they make the product less healthy. Limit your dairy in general, but if you pressed for an answer, i would say greek is slightly better. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lifestyle refocus: Find a fitness activity that you enjoy and a group of people that you like and who'll do it with you. Push yourself and you'll win their respect and friendship. They'll guide you and you'll enjoy this more than greasy / sugary / salty food. Your brain will reset from hard exercise and guide you reliably about eating right for your body. This is a great gift to give yourself and those who love you. ...Read more
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