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Doctor insights on: Pokeberry Poisoning

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...Read more


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What's the symptoms of tea tree poisoning and/or overdose?

What's the symptoms of tea tree poisoning and/or overdose?

Estrogen: This stuff is promoted as treatment for lots of things, though it's no cure-all, and as an estrogen it may be slightly effective for acne, though many things are better. Guys who overdo it get breast development and get un-masculinized. The stuff's not particularly poisonous otherwise. If you feel unwell, look for another explanation. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does pasteurization prevent food poisoning?

Does pasteurization prevent food poisoning?

Yes and no. : Pasteurization will kill off many pathogens but they will come back if the food is not stored properly after pasteurization. ...Read more

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Can tea tree oil cause poisoning?

Tea tree oil: tea tree oil is toxic if ingested orally. If it has been swallowed, you should contact your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately. It can also cause irritation with topical exposure also. ...Read more

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I take warfarin how do tumeric, chilli, chia seeds, garlic, onions, ginger stinging nettle tea interact with warfarin?

I take warfarin how do tumeric, chilli, chia seeds, garlic, onions, ginger stinging nettle tea interact with warfarin?

It's complicated but: I dislike warfarin because virtually every medicine and herb interacts with it. Turmeuric, chia seeds, garlic and ginger also thin blood and thus you might need to lower the dose. Rather than avoiding these one can consume consistent amounts & adjust coumadin accordingly or one can consider alternative meds or even supplements (under doc's guidance) to thin blood. Also see http://bit.ly/1hHlMAv ...Read more

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Could microwaving cooked food cause food poisoning?

Could microwaving cooked food cause food poisoning?

Not likely: It's more likely to prevent it, as microwaves can heat up food to a point such that harmful bacteria or their toxins are inactivated/killed. There is a rare chance if you are using non-microwave safe dishes, that microwaving could lead to toxic substances leaching into your food which could cause gastrointestinal upset/food poisoning. ...Read more

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Black feces sign of food poisoning?

Black feces sign of food poisoning?

If black, tarry ;: Foul smelling it could be related to GI bleeding. Please get prompt medical evaluation if this fits the description. ...Read more

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Can supplements like tumeric, black raspberry, mangosteen, pomegranate & noni aggravate existing acid reflux?

Can supplements like tumeric, black raspberry, mangosteen, pomegranate & noni aggravate existing acid reflux?

Yes : Turmeric is often touted as one of the best natural remedies for reflux but can aggravate reflux for some. While not common, it is likely some of the others you mention might cause reflux in some as well. The best way to find out is to stop all of them and restart one at a time to see how you react. This is an interesting site: http://earthclinic.Com/cures/acid_reflux.Html. ...Read more

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Ate marshmallows roasted w/ fake fire log. Company says 'non toxic waxes' "california proposition 65... By-products known to cause cancer." concern?

Ate marshmallows roasted  w/ fake fire log. Company says 'non toxic waxes' "california proposition 65... By-products known to cause cancer." concern?

Once?: If you did this once, it is probably not a problem. But burning those fake fire logs in the house often may increase your risk. There are a lot of other ways to decrease your cancer risk, so this is probably not a big deal. Eat healthy, avoid stress, get plenty of rest. These are your best bets for decreasing your risk of cancer. ...Read more

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What is use of tablets containing bee pollen, granular, honey, stearic acid, silica and royal jelly?

What is use of tablets containing bee pollen, granular, honey, stearic acid, silica and royal jelly?

Unknown Supplement: This is definitely not a prescribed medication. It has nothing in the ingredients list that would have any medical or health benefit. It is probably one of the thousands of fraudulent products designed by herbal or 'supplement' factories to sell to gullible humans. ...Read more

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Do herbal parasite cleanses work to get rid of intestinal worms? Herbs include Black Walnut Hull, Wormwood, Cloves, etc

Do herbal parasite cleanses work to get rid of intestinal worms?  Herbs include Black Walnut Hull, Wormwood, Cloves, etc

Herbal treatments: The only treatments I know of for intestinal worms are medicines as they have to selectively kill the worms and not hurt you. How do you know you have intestinal worms? ...Read more

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Vomiting= snow peas allergy or japanese food?

Vomiting= snow peas allergy or japanese food?

Possibly: There are several possibilities to consider such as is this a one time deal, how were things prepared i.e. Seasonings etc as well as a history of food allergy problems. Otherwise it may simply be a one time thing. ...Read more

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Asian skin lighteners, could I get mercury poisoning?

Asian skin lighteners, could I get mercury poisoning?

Yes: Lighteners containing mercury are banned in the US, but some lighteners manufactured in Asia and other foreign countries do contain mercury. If the concentration is high enough and it is applied often, mercury poisoning is a real possibility. Avoid any topical product that contains mercury. ...Read more

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Is it true that boiling fruit like amla (indian gooseberry) destroys most of its vit c content?

Is it true that boiling fruit like amla (indian gooseberry) destroys most of its vit c content?

Vit c and boiling: It is better to eat any of the fruits raw to get maximal amount of vitamin c so boiling is not recommended. ...Read more

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Can charco caps(carbo vegerabills, lycipodium clavatum, cinchona officinalis, sulphur) turn stool a charcoal color? Nearly black?

Can charco caps(carbo vegerabills, lycipodium clavatum, cinchona officinalis, sulphur) turn stool a charcoal color? Nearly black?

? content: The problem is that these supplements are unregulated and untested for safety, purity and safety. If this contains charcoal it could turn stools black. You in fact do not know what you are taking. ...Read more

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Do any of these natural remedies improve poor blood circulation? L-Arginine, Vitamin K2, Gotu Kola, butchers broom, parsley, cayenne pepper, ginger root, etc. I have Raynaud's Syndrome.

Do any of these natural remedies improve poor blood circulation? 
L-Arginine, Vitamin K2, Gotu Kola, butchers broom, parsley, cayenne pepper, ginger root, etc. I have Raynaud's Syndrome.

Raynaud's Syndrome: Please do what your doc says but consider a natural approach. Neo 40 is a beet root product to help circulation and has some research suggesting usefulness in Raynaud's. The pain may also be from neuropathy and sublingual vitamin B12 can be used to help w/that. See your doc or a nutritionist. Peace and good health. Beet root better than l-arginine. ...Read more

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Scientists say that piperine in black pepper helps the body absorb curcumin from Turmeric. I can't eat pepper..any other spices help absorb curcumin?

Scientists say that piperine in black pepper helps the body absorb curcumin from Turmeric. I can't eat pepper..any other spices help absorb curcumin?

Try Meriva form: Turmeric & Curcumin are poorly absorbed but mixing them with fat enhances abosrption- for example, mixing with milk or coconut oil. Meriva is a patented extract of curcumin complexed with soy lecithin that has been shown to be about 30 times better absorbed than plain curcumin! See http://www.phytosomes.info/public/meriva.asp Meriva is sold by many companies such as Thorne, Now & Source Naturals. ...Read more

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What kinds of alcoholic drinks are safe for people with celiac disease? Potato vodka? Gin? Tequila? Wine? Rum? Rice wine?

Many options...: All the things you listed are viable options. Regular wines produced from grapes are allowed. I have seen gluten free beer, but i don't know how palatable it is. See this website for an extensive list.http://www.celiac.com/articles/222/1/gluten-free-alcoholic-beverages/page1.html. ...Read more

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