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Unknown: The internet is a fabulous source of misinformation and shoddy products. Supplements are unregulated to begin with and on line it is truly 'let the buyer beware" . If HGH supplies the outcome you desire, you need a reliable source and there is no way to prove that with internet products. So be cautious since you cannot personally analyze the supplements you are purchasing. ...Read more
No better or worse: When it comes to multivitamins & mineral supplements, you don't need fancy labels & brands. Yes, there are claims re solubility etc but bottom line, there aren't even any studies showing clinical benefit from multivtamins. With that said, rather than worry about brand names & labels (aside from USP DSVP), ask your family doc to measure 25OH vitamin D. Keep it over 30ng/mL to protect your bones. ...Read more
Multiple benefits: While ongoing trials are needed to define the scope of possible benefit, omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to significantly reduce sudden cardiac death. This benefit occurs due to decreased arrhythmias in the setting of increased omega-3 intake. Other benefits seen in various studies include decreased dementia, improved blood pressure, decreased inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies with age: The most important vitamins for your bones are vitamin d and calcium. It is important to get enough but too much can increase the risk of heart disease and other health problems. The correct amount depends on age, sex, and pre or post menopause. Your doctor can help advise you on the proper amount for you. ...Read more
I've read interesting info abt benefits of broccoli extract, tart cherry extract, turmeric. Any side effects/harm in taking these as supplements?
Safe sites: An online site isn't dangerous or safe. An online site simply is a forum to meet others. There will be people online just like people you meet at any social gathering place that are nice and others that are mean. It is your responsibility to be careful and "fully vet" someone new you meet. You can take precautions like only meeting in places that are open, crowded public spaces during the day. ...Read more
No reliable info: There are hundreds of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical stuff. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... But not on real research because real research is hard to do and is expensive to do). So, with supplements, nobody really knows the full effects. ...Read more
Ltyrosine, biotin, prozac, (fluoxetine) iron, turmeric, omega3 f/o, coffee, calcium, ginkgo, & g kula good or bad mix?
Several levels: The fda regulates drugs for purity and efficacy. The fda regulates food for purity but not quality. The fda is forbidden by law to inspect in any way food supplements like vitamins and nutritional products unless there are serious complaints after they hit the market. Consumer reports will sometimes look at content. You cannot trust agencies paid for by the food industry. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any dr read this destroying the myth about testosterone replacement and prostate cancer
by abraham morgentaler, md, facs introduction by william fa?
Many good ones: Hard to say which are "best" but some great ones include The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine and The Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements, both by Michael Murray, Staying Health with Nutrition by Elson Haas, Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch, Total Wellness by Joseph Pizzorno, The Four Pillars of Healing by Leo Galland and Optimal Wellness by Ralph Golan. Enjoy! ...Read more
Have read articles online claiming too frequent masturbation can negatively effect brain chemistry. Any truth? Reputable Research? How often healthy?
Rational brain: No. There is no negative health consequences to the normal human sexual activity called masturbation. At 35 I hope you would realize that some things put on the web are there for hateful, hurtful, and dangerous propaganda. This disinformation about masturbation is completely false. ...Read more
Sweden has reviewed 16000 peer reviewed articles and concluded a low carb diet is safe and good for health. Do american doctors agree?
Very few if you take: Them as recommended. Report any concerns/side effects to your pcp. Good luck. ...Read more
Dr. Mercola says that skipping breakfast can actually help you lose weight as you then burn off your fat cells. Is this true?
Not necessarily: Everyone is different. Eating 6 equal healthy meals with lots of plant food not typical american processed breakfast food with dairy, wheat and sugar is an excellent way to lose weight, keep blood sugar stable and avoid inflammatory bacteria in the GI tract which can contribute to weight gain. Add a good night sleep, movement through the day and stress management and you have a recipe for health. ...Read more
MRSA: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium that causes infections in different parts of the body. It's tougher to treat than most strains of staphylococcus aureus -- or staph -- because it's resistant to some commonly used antibiotics. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/understanding-mrsa#1 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
MRSA?: After a literature search, i assume you mean mrsa, which stands for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus. The term mercia or "mersa" may be used. If this is not what you mean, then disregard. Otherwise, normal hygiene with soap and water, and avoiding vigorous cleansers or drying agents (like bleach or alcohol) will keep the skin clean. Mrsa lives in the nose and is hard to get rid of. ...Read more
MRSA: This is a bacterial strain of staphylococcus aureus which has developed resistance to antistaphylococcal penicillins and cephalosporins. Its appearance clinically will depend greatly on the area of the body infected, but not much different from strains sensitive to oxacillin/methicillin. ...Read more
My friend has an infected pimple they said it was merca I took a sip of her coffee do I have it now?
I wouldn't worry: MRSA is everywhere in our environment. About 70% of the staph pustules tested show community acquired MRSA, so assume it is on the doorknobs you open or other surfaces you touch.If you then touch your face, it can move into your nasal passages and make you a carrier.Since this can come from almost anywhere, good hand washing is your best protection.Try not to make your friend feel like an outcast ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
MRSA: Staph is a common germ, lives on skin, in nose, elsewhere-ubiquitous. When get where they don't belong, cause infection including pus pockets (abscesses). Some strains are resistant to multiple antibiotics. One such strain is MRSA (methicillin resistant staph. Aureus); can be a big deal id there's infection with limited antibiotc available to rx. Don't want it to spread in hospitals, a big deal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
MRSA: M-R-S-A: It means methycillin-resistant staph aureus, and the best med will be known for sure after the wound culture, grown from the q-tip they swabbed thru the open wound before they bandaged the foot ulcer; till then, they will treat you with the antibiotics that typically are the best choice for your part of the world, and then add them or change them if needed. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I've got all these bumps on my hands mostly some on my arms, stomach, etc. Painful only when they first appear. Is it that staff infection mercia? .
Possible, but...: Staph infection of the skin usually presents either as impetigo (bumps or patches with honey-colored crusting- typically on the face), folliculitis (pustules around hair follicles), or as painful abcesses. Methicillin-resistant staph aureus (aka mrsa) is a resistant form of staph that is unfortunately becoming more prevalent. You could have folliculitis or something else. See a dermatologist. ...Read more