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Please help! does arm&hammer sensitive orajel toothpaste really work?

Please help! does arm&hammer sensitive orajel toothpaste really work?

Yes! But...: Yes, but make sure you are using small/ gentle massaging motions when brushing and always using a soft tooth brush.. If nothing improves, see you dentist! ...Read more

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Is it s myth that Aloe Vera Gel helps with glycemic care?

Is it s myth that Aloe Vera Gel helps with glycemic care?

I wouldn't: The idea doesn't make sense, and since this interesting plant is promoted as being of enormous benefit for almost everything, this invites an obvious conclusion. Don't ignore exercise or medication, or spend much money on a perennial "pop" remedy. ...Read more

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I am drinking Berkley & Jensen sparkling water cranberry raspberry flavor. I read in the ingredient that it has Sucralose. Is this good for you?

I am drinking Berkley & Jensen sparkling water cranberry raspberry flavor. I read in the ingredient that it has Sucralose. Is this good for you?

Artificial Sweetner: Look up Sucralose, eg. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sucralose. Since sugars (carbohydrates) are the primary driver of obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, atherosclerosis & cancer, this is likely a better alternative to real sugars. However, it tastes sweet, stimulates insulin, fat storage & reduces ketosis (burning fat), so not perfect. Suggest study: dietdoctor.com, FatChance.html, etc. ...Read more

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Is dr bronners tingly castille soap too much for my undercarriage?

Is dr bronners tingly castille soap too much for my undercarriage?

Go easy: If by "undercarriage" you're referring to your delicate parts, the answer is no, especially for the vagina and anal areas. Harsh soaps can cause drying, cracking and itching, and should be avoided. In fact, it's best to minimize the use of soap at all: just a little water is enough. If you do use dr. Bronners, make sure and follow his instructions: "dilute! dilute! dilute!". ...Read more

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My grandma bought IBS medicine 4 me from her acupuncturist who said it's safe.It's called Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan.Try it or stick to gas-x,tums, etc?

My grandma bought IBS medicine 4 me from her acupuncturist who said it's safe.It's called Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan.Try it or stick to gas-x,tums, etc?

Worth trying: Chinese formulas like this have been used by millions of people for thousands of years and are often safer and more effective than western meds. It is worth a try. Also try a low FODMAPs diet- see http://tinyurl.com/oxjvpnc ...Read more

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Someone recomended betnovate c cream for my pimples, is this good?

Someone recomended betnovate c cream for my pimples, is this good?

Horrible choice: This is the powerful glucocorticoid betamethasone. It will suppress the inflammation for a moment, while allowing the bacteria to overgrow, inviting a serious infection, causing hyperplasia of the acne-producing glands, and risking atrophy of the area. Plus, you are using a prescription med inappropriately. Get some topical benzoyl peroxide & phone your physician. ...Read more

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Any at home tx for molluscom? 3yr & 5mo sons have it. :( tee tree oil? Epsom salt? Acne tx? I know it's viral, but 5mo has on face;no beetle juice

Any at home tx for molluscom? 3yr & 5mo sons have it. :( tee tree oil? Epsom salt? Acne tx? I know it's viral, but 5mo has on face;no beetle juice

Patience: Most of these will fall off or be scratched off within 4-6 months if you do nothing at all. When they do they may leave a small scar in the skin or nothing at all.All the more aggressive reatments will leave scars. ...Read more

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Hi Doc! My has hypertension & diabetes, she's taking her meds for hypertension&diabetes. Can she take a slimming tea that contains Senna Leaves &pods?

Hi Doc! My has hypertension & diabetes, she's taking her meds for hypertension&diabetes. Can she take a slimming tea that contains Senna Leaves &pods?

Senna: Senna sometimes used as a laxative, but when it is used on a chronic basis can cause a condition called melanosis coli. If constipation is an issue, it is better to increase the amount of fiber in the diet and even consider a fiber supplement. You should increase fluid intake if you increase fiber intake. This would be better than chronic senna usage. Good luck. ...Read more

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My hair dresser suggested me loreal renaxil homme care.Should i go for this expensive treatment?Would this give me results as promised?Please help!

My hair dresser suggested me loreal renaxil homme care.Should i go for this expensive treatment?Would this give me results as promised?Please help!

Although Healthtap: Does tip taps on hair health & answers questions about hair health, I am not sure if any of us has a lot of specific knowledge about this type of product. You may be better consulting with a beautician on this issue. Good luck. ...Read more

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Help please! is antioxidant strawberry&berries juice bad for someone with a uti?

Help please! is antioxidant strawberry&berries juice bad for someone with a uti?

Antioxidants: Cranberry juice and tablets have been used to prevent recurrent uti's but some studies show no benefit. Creating an acidic urine can help reduce bacteria in the urine. ...Read more

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Hi, my father is a diabatic patient. Can he drink coke zero as the advertisemt says it contains zero sugar? Thanks dharma.

Hi, 
my father is a diabatic patient. Can he drink coke zero as the advertisemt says it contains zero sugar?

Thanks
dharma.

Better choices: Coke zero has artificial sweeteners, about which there is much controversy. Sweetness without the nutrition to satisfy leads the body to want more; so people tend to eat or drink more calories than they might had they had a small can of soda. Better choices: water, unsweetened ice tea, lemonade sweetened with stevia. Caffeine in coke acts like water pill so person wants to drink more. ...Read more

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My daughter has scalp ringworm and i've heard to wash hair with apple cider vinegar.Is that ok?

My daughter has scalp ringworm and i've heard to wash hair with apple cider vinegar.Is that ok?

Oral meds: Once established in the roots of the hair, washes and topical lotions or creams are unlikely to cure this infection. Oral medication will get the anti-fungal treatment to the blood supply of the hair root and skin, and do the job.You need to see the doc to have this confirmed and learn about the meds that will be used. ...Read more

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Help please! is drinking dr pepper healthier than diet mountain dew?

Help please! is drinking dr pepper healthier than diet mountain dew?

Neither are healthy.: A Tufts University study showed that women who drank cola-based sodas regularly (3 or >/day) had lower hip bone mineral densities while this was not found in Sprite or Mountain Dew. See: http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/features/soda-osteoporosis#1 ...Read more

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Recently been breaking out of acne. I''ve used products from Elizabeth Arden, St. Ivy, Johnson &Johnson, Clean & Clear.None work. what can i do?

Recently been breaking out of acne. I''ve used products from Elizabeth Arden, St. Ivy, Johnson &Johnson, Clean & Clear.None work. what can i do?

See a dermatologist: Non of these is a serious acne therapy. A skin specialist will evaluate you and direct you towards real acne therapy that will work. For adult females this often involves retinoid cream.........adapalene is now OTC. You may be put in touch with spironolactone and certain birth control pills. ...Read more

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