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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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What is a good diet for someone with hepatitis C ?

What is a good diet for someone with hepatitis C ?

Healthy diet: HCV is a chronic viral disease that can lead to liver damage and failure. Additional insults, such as high fat diets, alcohol and excessive medications like tylenol, (acetaminophen) can add to the severity of injury. Interestingly, there is some data to suggest that drinking more than 4 cups of caffeinated coffee a day can protect the liver. The real goal should be to treat your HCV, which is almost 100% curable ...Read more

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Is turmeric good for person with hepatitis c?

Is turmeric good for person with hepatitis c?

Turmeric: Turmeric known to have some bacteriostatic properties, not sure whether it has any effect on the hepatitis virus. ...Read more

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Is there a way to screen people with hepatitis C for liver cancer?

Is there a way to screen people with hepatitis C for liver cancer?

MD, SONO, AFP lab: Liver cancer (ca) in hep c generally occurs if there is cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver. Hep b can get ca without cirrhosis. Check with md for viral load, genotype, other possible hep viruses, other causes chronic liver disease (autoimmune, iron, copper disease). May need liver biopsy to decide on need for rx (and type). Sonogram (no xrays), Alpha feto protein (afp, tumor marker). ...Read more

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Is vitamin C good for a person with gerd?

Is vitamin C good for a person with gerd?

Can trigger reflux: Vitamin c is acidic and is in acidic foods as well hence it can aggravate gerd. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone with a Hep C/multi sub-strain HIV co infection who uses recreational drugs to transition to AIDS in under a year?

Is it possible for someone with a Hep C/multi sub-strain HIV co infection who uses recreational drugs to transition to AIDS in under a year?

Full Blown AIDS: Unfortunately yes, with both infections and if not properly treated or if your strain of HIV is resistant, you can progress to bull blown AIDS in a short period of time. Do you have a specialist? Here is a link to the mobile clinic in Houston Schedule http://www.houstontx.gov/health/hiv-mobile-clinic And another link for HIV Advocacy http://www.centerforaids.org/ ...Read more

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Is there a reasonable benefit for taking HGH for a person with heptites c?

Is there a reasonable benefit for taking HGH for a person with heptites c?

NO benefit: Hgh (human growth hormone) is generally used for growth hormone deficiencies mainly in children or adults with pituitary dysfunction. Since hepatitis c is a viral infection the primary aim is keep the 'virus in check' with medications e.G . Interferon. ...Read more

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For 43 yr old male with high cholesterol, is taking co q 10 plus omega3 good and can it be taken for lifetime or for a specific time?

For 43 yr old male with high cholesterol, is taking co q 10 plus omega3 good and can it be taken for lifetime or for a specific time?

Probably worthless: Your best defense against cholesterol problems is diet and exercise. The last 3 out of 3 studies on omega-3's, including a deeply troubling on on the inuit / eskimo peoples themselves, showed no benefit. Coenzyme q is tooted for all heart disease because there is one rare genetic defect for which it's effective. Man up, and comply with instructions from an informed physician. ...Read more

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What is the best hypertension drug for a person with hepatitis c?

What is the best hypertension drug for a person with hepatitis c?

Many: The regular hypertensive drugs are safe in patients with hepatitis c when taken at their usual doses. Monitoring of liver function is needed frequently, though. ...Read more

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How common is it for people with chronic hepatitis C to need a liver transplant?

How common is it for people with chronic hepatitis C to need a liver transplant?

Liver failure due to hepatitis C is the most common reason for liver transplantation in the United States: But because most infected people don't know about their condition until it's advanced, researchers can provide only rough estimates of the risk and rate of progression to liver failure in chronic hepatitis C. Without treatment, most people who get hepatitis C remain infected for life. Infections that persist in this way are called chronic. Chronic hepatitis C infection causes ongoing liver inflammation that leads to scarring (fibrosis). As fibrosis progresses, scars gradually replace healthy liver tissue. In response to tissue loss, the liver goes into growth mode, increasing cell production and forming new blood vessels. Instead of repairing the damage, though, these changes cause new problems that are more likely to lead to liver failure than is fibrosis alone. This stage of liver damage is known as cirrhosis. Hepatitis C-related liver failure is usually a result of cirrhosis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that out of 100 people infected with hepatitis C, approximately 60 to 70 will develop chronic liver disease — specifically, hepatitis and fibrosis — and 5 to 20 will develop cirrhosis. An estimated 1 to 5 out of 100 people with chronic hepatitis C will die of liver failure or liver cancer resulting from the infection. ...Read more

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Is proactol a safe weight loss drug for someone with highblood pressure and thyroid probs?

Is proactol a safe weight loss drug for someone with highblood pressure and thyroid probs?

Depends: There are certain plant extracts that can interact with medications for high blood pressure or thyroid replacement hormone. It's best to be careful when taking any herbal or over the counter supplements and to make sure you let your doctor know you've started them. That being said, one of the main effects of the prickly pear fruit is as a laxative, so be careful! ...Read more

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Would doing the gersin diet be safe for someone with ms?

Would doing the gersin diet be safe for someone with ms?

Avoid fad diets: Ms is an immune-mediated disease. Protein is a key to proper immune function and the gerson diet is protein deficient. I would advise against it. ...Read more

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If vitamin c is diuretic, how come it is a good diet for BPH patients?

If vitamin c is diuretic, how come it is a good diet for BPH patients?

Talk to your Dr: This is a fine thing to discuss w/ the Dr who is treating you.r BPH. They should know about all things you take and can explain reasons to or not to use supplements. Best! ...Read more

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Is it ok to take jetepar detoxicating agent for liver as a cleansing agent for someone who has no obvious liver problems.

Is it ok to take jetepar detoxicating agent for liver as a cleansing agent for someone who has no obvious liver problems.

Not safe to take.: It's probably not okay because over the past few years we have seen patients who have developed liver failure to the point of needing liver transplants from using liver cleansing products. Though, this may seem counterintuitive, it's the problem with taking something that your body doesn't need, there is always a risk. ...Read more

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Is it healthy and/or acceptable for children 10-13 to do a 10 day juicing fast, or "reboot"? My family is interested in the micronutrient benefits.

Is it healthy and/or acceptable for children 10-13 to do a 10 day juicing fast, or "reboot"?   My family is interested in the micronutrient benefits.

Tween cleanse : I would be very concerned about this age group doing a 10 day cleanse. This is a time it significant growth and for tat lengthy of time i would be worried they would not get nough calories to sustain their growth at that time. I would discuss it with your pediatrician in detail before embarking in this direction. ...Read more

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Is it recommended for a patient w/ ascite to take protien suppliment such as whey protien mix and pure protien shake? Ascite is a condition where by a person starts collecting fluid in his/her abdominal cavity due to liver failure. My friend is currently

Is it recommended for a patient w/ ascite to take protien suppliment such as whey protien mix and pure protien shake? Ascite is a condition where by a person starts collecting fluid in his/her abdominal cavity due to liver failure.  My friend is currently

Ascites : Ascites is a fluid build up within the abdominal cavity that can be caused from a variety of reasons, but most commonly from liver disease. In this case, scarring within the liver, called cirrhosis caused elevated blood pressures within the intestine and other abdominal organs, also known as portal hypertension. This causes fluid to leak into the peritoneum and when the amount of fluid formation exceeds the capacity of the abdominal lining to absorb the fluid, then accumulation of fluid occurs. In some liver conditions, such as portal vein thrombosis (sometimes related to liver cancer), ascites accumulation may be severe. The fluid consists of protein, including albumin. Patients that have the fluid removed, called paracentesis, to relieve the pressure from the ascites, also lose the protein and exacerbate protein loss. Together with the liver disease (liver makes essentially all of the proteins that circulate in the blood), patients will lose a large amount of muscle mass, called muscle wasting. Patients with liver disease may also experience mental confusion, called hepatic encephalopathy, which calls for dietary protein restriction, which also exacerbates muscle wasting. The recommendations for protein intake in liver failure patients has changed. The american association for the study of liver diseases currently recommends that protein intake should be at least 1 g/kg/day and increased to 1.75 - 2 g/kg/day as tolerated. A late night meal with the highest amount of protein will minimize the risk of encephalopathy interfering with daily routine. At this point, your friend should be under the careful management of a liver specialist, called a hepatologist and possibly evaluated for liver transplantation. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more