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Is non nicotine e liquid bad?

Is non nicotine e liquid bad?

Nobody knows: There are zero studies of e-cigs, and nobody knows what they will do, even with no nicotine. Nicotine is not the cause of cancer anyway - it is the complex hydrocarbons (tars) in the smoke. It is likely that e-cigs will prove safer than smoked cigarettes, but again, nobody really knows. The propellant in these gadgets is propylene glycol, and nobody knows what inhaling them, or the oils, will do. ...Read more

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Is smoking additive free cigarettes like american spirit less harmful then cigarettes that contain ammonia, glycerol, sugar, flavors and other stuff?

Is smoking additive free cigarettes like american spirit less harmful then cigarettes that contain ammonia, glycerol, sugar, flavors and other stuff?

No difference: It is a proven fact that effects of smoking are serious. It can harm nearly every organ of the body. It causes nearly one of every five deaths in the United States each year. Regardless of the brand, flavor or additives tobacco smoke contains more than 7, 000 chemicals. Approximately 70 of them are known to cause cancer. Rec.: ask your pcp for smoking cessation program. ...Read more

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What are some good non sugary foods to satisfy my sweet tooth.?

What are some good non sugary foods to satisfy my sweet tooth.?

Replace the habit: Drink water a lots of water, get more restful sleep, exercise routinely, brush and floss your teeth, reduce caffeine to one cap/day, eliminate artificial sweeteners. The best way is to slow down and to find “sweetness” in non-food ways. ...Read more

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There is a non tobacco non nicotine herbal snuff called Smokey Mountain snuff can this product still cause cancer?

There is a non tobacco non nicotine herbal snuff called Smokey Mountain snuff can this product still cause cancer?

Not sure: Looking at the ingredients (http://www.smokeysnuff.com/faq.html), should be much safer than tobacco products. No research that I know of has been done. ...Read more

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Adult thumb sucking and pacifier use associated with anxiety?

Adult thumb sucking and pacifier use associated with anxiety?

Thumb Sucking: Adult thumb-sucking can definitely be tied to an anxiety disorder. In fact, the thumb sucking ; pacifier use could cause you to swallow significant air, making reflux symptoms worse. I would consider cognitive behavioral therapy to find out the cause of the behavior--it can lead to chronic fungal and bacterial infections of the thumb that could be "digit losing". The cbt will give tools to help. ...Read more

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Is sugar and milk are cancer feeders?

Is sugar and milk are cancer feeders?

Wrong ?: As an oncologist, i get asked this question all the time. In my opinion, it's the wrong question to be asking. Even cancer cells, while abnormal, still retain most features of normal cells, so trying to deprive your body of sugar or milk isn't an effective strategy to fight the cancer. A certified cancer program will have a nutritionist on staff to help determine what diet is best for you. ...Read more

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Is drinking fizzy water healthy compared to non fizzy water?

Is drinking fizzy water healthy compared to non fizzy water?

NO: I see no advantage or disadvantage of the carbonation, so drink whichever you enjoy. Just keep drinking water. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are fake sugar products bad in diet soft drinks?

Are fake sugar products bad in diet soft drinks?

Good question: The research (vs. The hype and the internet rumors) are a muddled mess right now. So far as i can tell: there is no current good evidence sweeteners cause cancer, but there are a handful of people who do not tolerate these fake sugars. There is some concern the 'sweet' taste nevertheless triggers things to make them no less bad for health in general. ...Read more

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Does gentle pasteurized juices remove allergenic properties of fruits?

Does gentle pasteurized juices remove allergenic properties of fruits?

No: Processed juices will still contain allergens. If you are allergic to a fruit then you should also avoid the juice. ...Read more

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I'm addicted to potato chips are there any healthy alternatives?

I'm addicted to potato chips are there any healthy alternatives?

Be a Pirate: Try pirate's booty. Low cal, no trans fats, and it tastes good. There are better alternatives than these but this may not be a bad place to start:). ...Read more

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Is carbonated sugar-free soda bad for a children's teeth?

Is carbonated sugar-free soda bad for a children's teeth?

Yes: Remember acid is what ultimately causes the cavities. Some articles infer the diet sodas may be worse since they are more acidic. Acid is also the byproduct of sugar breakdown by the bacteria. That is also why you need to be careful not to switch to juices that are also acidic and rich in sugar. ...Read more

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Is mannitol in any foods or sugarless candies?

Is mannitol in any foods or sugarless candies?

Yes: Mannitol is used as a reduced-calorie sweetener and as a dusting powder (it doesn't pick up moisture from the air) in food, particularly sugarless food, candy, gum, & chewable tablets. ...Read more

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Can you suggest foods labeled "usda organic" is non gmo?

Can you suggest foods labeled "usda organic" is non gmo?

Yes: By definition a GMO food can not be certified "organic" and foods certified as organic can not be GMO. See http://drrandybaker.com/2013/04/22/organic-food-diet/ for details. ...Read more

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Is eating chips ( fried potatoes in bags from market ) harmful while pregnant?

Is eating chips ( fried potatoes in bags  from market ) harmful while pregnant?

NO: Not harmful but watch out for SALT intake!!! If you have a Blood Pressure problem or swollen legs this dietary habit may be harmful! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Is there some addictive hidden ingredient in coca cola besides the caffiene and sugar?

Is there some addictive hidden ingredient in coca cola besides the caffiene and sugar?

Sugar & Caffeine: Sugar & caffeine are addictive enough. There is no reason for anything else to be added to make it very addictive. Watch "sugar: the bitter truth" by robert lustig md on youtube for more information. He specifically talks about coke. ...Read more