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Is Kombucha Useful
Kombucha: Kombucha is an effervescent fermented beverage made of cultures of bacteria and yeast. It may help to bring about healthy GI tract microorganisms. I don't believe that there are many rigorous scientific studies on Kombucha. Keep serving size small if you have blood sugar problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fruit juice: There are no direct data to say yes or no. Cranberry extract does help recurrent UTI by reducing bacterial adhesion to ureter and bladder. Ponegranate can reduce renin angiotensin presence, and this can reduce BP a bit but can elevate potassium in blood. Both juices contain anti-oxidants, and anti-oxidants are beneficial for kidney disease. However, potassium retention is the larger concern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Happy Skin: Skin is the major protection of our delicate internal tissues from a harsh environment, it is susceptible to injury itself. Sun, shaving and many chemicals are very irritating as well as constant exposure to moisture reduces protective skin oils and sets the skin up for injury. The trick is to apply good protective skin cream frequently and minimize ongoing damage. Clean it using gentle means. ...Read more
Hi Doc, Is chamomile tea is good for CKD patients? Read somewhere stinging nettle tea is also good in reducing creatinine levels. How much is enough?
Unlikely to help: Chronic kidney disease is very serious and you're doing yourself a disservice by reading trash websites. You owe it to yourself to find out exactly what's going on with your kidneys, whether there's even anything really the matter (well-muscled men are all diagnosed as "CKD" cases by today's labs), and become an expert on the science affecting your health. ...Read more
Is there a safe, natural substitute for granular white sugar that more healthy and not carcinogenic? Excluding honey.
Sugar: In moderation, sugar in not unhealthy and not carcinogenic. It is not clear if the sugar substitutes are any healthier. Moderation is the key. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Maybe: Some of the effects of caffeine are to help you concentrate, breathe better and speed up your heart rate these may help you with sports and activities but it can also be a diuretic - you may have to urinate shortly after drinking it so keep that in mind if you go for any hour run. ...Read more
Is cilantro effective in detoxification or is it a myth? Is there any evidence of cilantro's detox?
No: this is a mythGet a more detailed answer ›
Yes: It is good but the problem with a lot of indian cooking (including dals) is that a lot of oil is used and one of the worst things possible - ghee. Don't ever use ghee - it is nothing but purified fat. And cut down on the oil or use low-fat oils. Using ghee and high-fat oils will raise your triglycerides no matter how much mung beans or other dals you eat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sweet!: Yes it's true: honey has antimicrobial activity & can help in wound healing because it has hydrogen peroxide, a low ph & a high concentration (osmolarity) as well as bee derived antibacterial proteins. Unfortunately the activity is variable. Manuka honey derived from manuka bush of new zeland is one having activity. Care w/honey use is important because botulism spores can be transmitted too! ...Read more
You decide: This stuff has been offered to the public for pretty much everything involving the skin. Physiologically, applying a waxy oil for acne makes no sense. Don't spend too much money, and something that actually works pretty well most of the time, such as topical Clindamycin rx, may even be cheaper. ...Read more
No proven benefit: Pomegranate has been studied for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effect in animal studies but there is no convincing evidence that it slows the progression of CKD. It is rather high in potassium and can lead to high serum potassium in patients with advanced CKD. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very: Resveratrol is derived from the skin of grapes. It is a powerful antioxidant that detoxifies free radicals in the blood, which have an adverse effect on our arteries. It is highly concentrated in liquid or pill or capsule form as opposed to eating lots of grapes or drinking lots of wine. You can by it in any pharmacy it is supposed to make you feel younger & to live longer. ...Read more
No: Beware various claims without scientific basis.Discuss with your doctor such claims. ...Read more
Hoe safe and effective is chiropractics? Is there sufficient evidence that shows it is truly effective?
Safe for Spinal: Chiro base their treatments on theory that if the bones in your spine are out of alignment, that can cause many medical problems, especially of the nervous system most of them believe medicines and surgery should be the treatment of last resort some also use herbal therapy, nutritional therapy, physical rehabilitation and physical therapy. Effective for back neck pain, no evidence for other conditio. ...Read more