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Just starting to feel a cold coming on. What kind of smoothie should I take to nip it in the bud?

Just starting to feel a cold coming on. What kind of smoothie should I take to nip it in the bud?

None, really.: A smoothie won't prevent you from getting sick, and has no real preventive benefit against infectious illnesses. Antioxidants in fruits in a smoothie are beneficial for health in general, but if you're on your way to getting sick right now, I'm afraid a smoothie will not help. ...Read more

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I've developed a nervous habit of scratching my face. My face is very cut up and bleeds quite a bit, what can I do to nip this in the bud?

I've developed a nervous habit of scratching my face. My face is very cut up and bleeds quite a bit, what can I do to nip this in the bud?

Anxiety?: It sounds like you might be suffering significant anxiety symptoms. My advice is to see a psychiatrist for evaluation and treatment. If you don't feel comfortable doing that as an initial evaluation then talk to your primary care physician in order to be appropriately managed. ...Read more

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I'm afraid I am getting claudication like my ancestors. How can I nip it in the bud?

I'm afraid I am getting claudication like my ancestors. How can I nip it in the bud?

DONT SMOKE!!!!!!!!!!: The most important risk factor for claudication is smoking. Control you cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes (if you have diabetes). Exercise by walking at least 20-30 minutes at least four times weekly. If you can take one Aspirin daily. But most importantly....Stop smoking now! ...Read more

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My grandmother said it's okay to give my five week old cat nip tea. Is it okay? What are the effects of catnip tea in a baby?

My grandmother said it's okay to give my five week old cat nip tea. Is it okay? What are the effects of catnip tea in a baby?

Do not give: A five week old baby should be fed only breast milk or infant formula. There is no reason to provide any other sort of liquids to the child. Catnip tea has certainly not been rigorously tested in this age population - avoid it. ...Read more

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