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Where are chlorella supplements found?

Where are chlorella supplements found?

Supplement store: These are dried algae promoted as "detoxifying agents." for example, supposedly they remove heavy metals from the body and even destroy polychlorinated biphenyls, as reported in one journal of which i'd never heard. Claims that sound much too good to be true almost always turn out not to be true, but of course the decision is yours. ...Read more

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Are herbal product companies ripping us off?

Are herbal product companies ripping us off?

No: Consumers have a choice whether or not to purchase a particular herbal product. We should educate ourselves on the evidence of their benefits prior to purchasing them for a particular purpose. The product companies will be biased in the reporting benefits for a host of conditions but we have to use our own knowledge to determine the validity of their claims. The fda also plays a role. ...Read more

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Are supplements from direct sales companies safe?

Are supplements from direct sales companies safe?

Usually: You might ask for 3rd party assays of purity and strength. Some ethical companies provide them. I would not buy from a company that does not. The gmp seal from the natural foods association is a purchased approval and does not reflect any quality testing. ...Read more

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Who are yersinia pestis most common victims; farmers, campers?

Who are yersinia pestis most common victims; farmers, campers?

Yersinia Pestis: Yersinia pestis is an organism responsible for plague. It is transmitted to humans through a bite of infected rat flea. It is common is campers, hikers, veterinarians. ...Read more

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Is pentaxim vaccine (sanofi made in france) really banned?

Is pentaxim vaccine (sanofi made in france) really banned?

Below: Yes: There have been numerous studies over the years, that the dosage of vaccine in Pentaxim against Pertussis is low, that it is not able to protect humans from infection in the long run. A recent study by WHO also states that pertussis (respiratory disease, which spreads through contact) is on the rise again & is prevalent among 5+ years old children in the United States & Europe, where this vaccine has been adopted as part of the national immunization schedule. This vaccine has already been banned in developed countries, on WHO’s recommendation. ...Read more

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Are alternative dietary anti-parasitic cleanses safe?

Are alternative dietary anti-parasitic cleanses safe?

Altmedicine.about: Garlic is a well known natural anti parasitic, golden seal, black walnut, wormwood, or seed, pumpkin seeds, grapefruit seeds, anise, cloves, gentian, neem, olive leaf, oregano, propolis, thyme, barberry, oregon grape... http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/conditionsitoq/a/parasites.htm. ...Read more

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Biohair capsules by vindeca life sciences, can this product work?

Biohair capsules by vindeca life sciences, can this product work?

Who knows?: There is no research supporting or refuting this product's effectiveness. There are testimonials on the web site, but but it's hard to know about their credibility. It is an expensive product. I suggest asking your own dermatologist about this, and seeing what s/he would recommend. ...Read more

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Are raw plants derived vitamin supplements as effective as synthetic vitamin ones?

Chemistry: Any thing, vitamin, drug, rock, is a chemical substance with a distinct structure That structure can occur naturally or be made in a lab or factory. Vitamin C is still Vitamin C. However, taking vitamins does not seem to make up for a bad diet lacking in fruits and veggies. It is better to get vitamins in the proper foods because more than the just adequate vitamin intake is involved in fitness. ...Read more

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What are wild indigo supplements for?

What are wild indigo supplements for?

Many Suggested Uses: Wild indigo is an herb advocated by some for various infections (diphtheria, influenza, upper respiratory tract infections, scarlet fever, malaria, typhoid) and crohn's disease. Some people apply wild indigo directly to the skin for ulcers, sore and painful nipples and for cleaning wounds. However, data is insufficient at present to support these uses. ...Read more

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Are pacemakers effective in saving lives?

Are pacemakers effective in saving lives?

Pacemaker: Pacemakers are well established as reliable and effective. They can be life saving when the heart would not otherwise contract as often as it needs. ...Read more

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Are natural remedies usually safer than pharmaceutical drugs?

Are natural remedies usually safer than pharmaceutical drugs?

In the right hands: Natural doesn't necessarily mean safe. Nature has danger built in. Plants and supplements can be toxic to specific organs, and in the hands of an unskilled person might be dangerous. Many natural remedies can interact with pharmaceuticals, too. There may also be contaminants depending on source. But in the hands of a natural medicine expert, yes, generally, i believe they are. ...Read more

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Is 'oriental medicine' popular in american cities?

Is 'oriental medicine' popular in american cities?

Oriental medicine/US: Except for accupuncure which is very popular rest is not well known and not so popular in us cities. ...Read more

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Are there warnings for thunder god vine supplements?

Are there warnings for thunder god vine supplements?

Thunder god vine: Thunder god vine (tripterigium wilfordii) has a 2000 year history of use in chinese medicine, for anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties. Some evidence points to benefit in rheumatoid arthritis http://tinyurl.Com/lkd52gl and sle, nephritis, and even organ transplant. Some problems can be decreased bone mineral density http://tinyurl.Com/klct3b2 and others: http://tinyurl.Com/lmhpmh6. ...Read more

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What’s biotech compared with biopharmaceutical companies?

What’s biotech compared with biopharmaceutical companies?

Some crossover: Biotech companies mostly concentrate on biological molecules like antibodies as products for disease modification. Pharmaceutical companies mostly concentrate on chemicals that can be made in a laboratory. But pharm companies are constantly on the look for promising biotech companies to work with or buy to increase their product line. ...Read more

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Are fad diets actually effective?

Are fad diets actually effective?

Diets: Fad diets are marketing ploys to promote a concept that has more to do with making money than with a well-balanced diet that promotes long-term compliance conducive with a healthy lifestyle. Many of these diets are also low calorie diets. A low calorie diet is a diet that provides extremely low calories in order to produce significant weight loss. They can be unbalanced and cause problems. ...Read more

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Apart from adolf hitler and radovan karadzic what other genocidal war criminals are into quackery?

Apart from adolf hitler and radovan karadzic what other genocidal war criminals are into quackery?

Most: Most war ciminals have alternative medical beliefs due to their lack of scientific knowledge and wanting magic. This includes fortune tellers. ...Read more

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Are slimquick gummies effective?

Slimquick: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Met some people who used RSO (RickSimpson Oil) cannabis oil to cure their cancer, left out (cancer) last question. Thoughts on validity of claim?

Met some people who used RSO (RickSimpson Oil) cannabis oil to cure their cancer, left out (cancer) last question. Thoughts on validity of claim?

Cannabis oil: This oil has not been evaluated to FDA standards in order to determine its efficacy or safety. This does not mean it is not safe or effective, but up until now most research has been done by advocates. Do you think it plausible that a single oil could cure all cancer types as claimed? ...Read more

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Do pharma companies make more money selling generic or trade name cancer drug?

Do pharma companies make more money selling generic or trade name cancer drug?

Trade name: Trade name drugs are sold under a monopoly so the drug companies can recoup their investment in researching and developing a drug. Generic drugs are sold by competing companies once the original patent expires. The competition drives down prices and limits profits. ...Read more

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Medical efficacy of moringa oleifera?

Moringa oleifera: Got to PUBMED and search for this. You will get the worlds literature on it and can decide if you want to waste you money on it or not. ...Read more

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Am I dying?

Am I dying?

We all are: A 3-word question with no details... well, life is short on Earth, regardless of whether a person lives 3 days, 3000 days, or 30,000 days. It is not length of one's life that matters, but the quality of the life lived. The goal is not to live a long life, but to live a good life. Even if a person makes it all the way to age 82, that's only 30,000 days. ...Read more

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I have cold?

I have cold?

Symptoms?: The most common symptoms of a cold are sneezing, running nose, congestion and scratchy throat. Additional symptoms can be coughing, headaches, mucus dripping down the back of the throat, loss of appetite and fever (in children). ...Read more

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I have cold?

I have cold?

Cold: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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What is asp?

What is asp?

In acupuncture an: Asp is an acupuncture semi-permanent needle. They are made in germany & come in stainless steel, gold, silver & titanium. They are used for auricular (ear) acupuncture. They are usually referred to as "asp's". ...Read more

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Pls help me?

Help: In order to assist you - you need to provide us with more information. Please re-ask and clarify the question that you need help with. Take care. ...Read more

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Am i dying ?

I don't know: I don't know, john. Technically, every person who is alive will die someday, yes. But unless you have been diagnosed with some untreatable illness, then no, you are not actively dying. If this is something you worry about a lot, mention it to one of your parents, a close adult friend, or a school counselor. A lot of people have these kinds of worries and you can get help to not worry so much. ...Read more

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Is it free ?

Is it free ?

Yes, this is free if: If you did not ask for premium, paid services, then this HealthTap BASIC is free. Post your question in English, with good grammar and spelling, and one or more of the thousands of volunteer doctors will answer it. They might skip repetitive questions, or ones that have too many abbreviations, or are otherwise hard to understand. (HealthTap's premium services include virtual medicine appointments) ...Read more

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What is art?

What is art?

Yes: Ivf is art(assisted reproductive technology) that allows egg and sperm to be placed together in a petri dish either conventionally or with icsi where the sperm is placed directly into the egg. ...Read more

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Why am I fat?

Why am I fat?

110?: The general answer is eat too much and exercise too little, BUT at your age it makes little difference. Eat what you want and be happy! ...Read more

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What is love?

What is love?

A small word: with a universe of meanings. "In love" is an obsessive infatuation. It feels great but it's overrated as being 'true love.' Mature love is different. The object of love is priceless, greater than your most valuable possession. But you don't cling or control- you want the beloved to have the best, even if it costs you. The great teachers agree: Love yourself and love the other just as much. ...Read more

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Is this free?

Is this free?

Yes, this is free if: If you did not ask for premium, paid services, then this HealthTap BASIC is free. Post your question in English, with good grammar and spelling, and one or more of the thousands of volunteer doctors will answer it. They might skip repetitive questions, or ones that have too many abbreviations, or are otherwise hard to understand. (HealthTap's premium services include virtual medicine appointments) ...Read more

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What is etoh?

What is etoh?

ETOH is ethanol: Etoh is ethanol, which is the type of alcohol in our alcoholic beverages. ...Read more

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My body 55 g?

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55g of what?: Sorry, you will need to provide far more information or an actual question to get help. ...Read more

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What is love?

Good luck!: Philosophers and theologans, and lovers have debated that for centuries. When you get a good answer, let me know. ...Read more

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Is this free?

Is this free?

Yes, this is free if: If you did not ask for premium, paid services, then this HealthTap BASIC is free. Post your question in English, with good grammar and spelling, and one or more of the thousands of volunteer doctors will answer it. They might skip repetitive questions, or ones that have too many abbreviations, or are otherwise hard to understand. (HealthTap's premium services include virtual medicine appointments) ...Read more