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Doctor insights on: Spirulina Benefits After A Stroke

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Has anyone had any significant health benefits after taking wheatgrass regularly?

Has anyone had any significant health benefits after taking wheatgrass regularly?

Just anecdotes: Anecdotes aren't science that you should bet your life on. I found two studies, both small ones in obscure journals. Since there's no placebo controls (you know whether you're drinking wheatgrass), it's no wonder that there were "positive results". Everything from nature nas nutrients. But do you really think the juice from grass clippings is going to cure disease? ...Read more

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New Warfarin patient. Cook with lots of cayenne spices, jalapenos ,fresh garlic. Wouldn't it be good thing if less mg of Warfarin needed for INR 2-3?

New Warfarin patient. Cook with lots of cayenne spices, jalapenos ,fresh garlic. Wouldn't it be good thing if less mg of Warfarin needed for INR 2-3?

Dosing is individual: The dosing of warfarin is highly individualized and can vary by things like your diet, activity level, genetics, lifestyle and other medications you may be taking. The actual dose you are on should not be considered good nor bad, it's just the dose that your body needs to achieve the target INR. For food we look at vitamin k, items high in K should remain stable in your diet. ...Read more

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Is chia seed okay as a supplement before triple bypass surgery ?

Is chia seed okay as a supplement before  triple bypass surgery ?

Yes: Chia seeds are excellent for health and safe to take prior to bypass surgery. Make sure your vitamin d level is good. Vit. C ; zinc are esp. Helpful for healing. I advise everyone take homeopathic arnica before and after surgery- see http://www.Alpinepharm.Com/ good luck! ...Read more

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Is there a health risk for a long term vegetarian who start eating meat?

Is there a health risk for a long term vegetarian who start eating meat?

No: There is always a risk in following extreme diets of any kind but not in getting back to a normal dietary regimen. ...Read more

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How will cannabis alone effect my heart following a double coronary bypass 8 weeks ago?

How will cannabis alone effect my heart following a double coronary bypass 8 weeks ago?

Answer: You just underwent a significant cardiac surgery, and now at almost 2 months, you wish to use marijuana? Have you discussed this with your cardiologist or even personal doctor? My advice is to avoid any extraneous substances until your doctor gives blessing and provides a "green light". You absolutely should avoid until permission given. ...Read more

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How should a concussion affect a stroke patient?

How should a concussion affect a stroke patient?

It may worsen the sy: Any injury to the head, if severe enough, can worsen the deficits cased by the stroke. ...Read more

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Does cayanne pepper assist in weight loss? It is relatively inexpensive and has other supposed benefits. Any dangers if taken w/food+ no health issues

Does cayanne pepper assist in weight loss? It is relatively inexpensive and has other supposed benefits. Any dangers if taken w/food+ no health issues

Flavor: You may take cayenne pepper for taste and flavor, but do not expect it to help in weight loss, nor can you count on any health benefits from peppers. Weight loss is not easy, but requires restricting your caloric intake and increasing exercise. ...Read more

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While on pradaxa and after a hip replacement, i deveoped a massive pulmonary embolism. I haven't read anywhere that coagulation has ocurred while on pradaxa. Are there any such cases known?

While on pradaxa and after a hip replacement, i deveoped a massive pulmonary embolism. I haven't read anywhere that coagulation has ocurred while on pradaxa. Are there any such cases known?

Possible: Although uncommon, I have heard of cases of Pradaxa (dabigatran) failure ( developing a blood clot while on treatment ). This is a relatively new drug and we are still learning potential down sides. The university of utah suggests some work up when this happens. See web page: http://healthcare.Utah.Edu/thrombosis/newagents/ts.Dabi_lab.Monitor.Pdf. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of drinking a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily? Old timers swear by it for good health.

What are the benefits of drinking a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily? Old timers swear by it for good health.

Usually it's diluted: in a glass of water and not taken straight if a person has stomach issues, as it is acidic in nature. You may want to discuss this with your doctor to see if you can benefit from this or not. It's not for everyone, and if you are taking medications, you definitely should run it past your doctor first to make sure it's for you. ...Read more

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Does old cinnamon powder still have the health benefits of cinnamon?

Cinnamon: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=68 . "Old" may not have full benefits. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take hormones after having a stroke and taking plavix (clopidogrel)?

Is it safe to take hormones after having a stroke and taking plavix (clopidogrel)?

Hormones & stroke: Which hormones are you talking about? Do you mean female hormones like estradiol? You should discuss the risks with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is Advocare 24 day challenge ok for a person with a defibrillator. Niacin content in particular??

Is Advocare 24 day challenge ok for a person with a defibrillator.  Niacin content in particular??

Well...: You should not have any problems with this medication as it concerns your pacemaker.... I personally do not endorse the product, but it should not interfere with your pacemaker ...Read more

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Is there a problem or any risks or concerns in taking culturelle for digestive health once a day on a long-term and/or permanent bases?

Is there a problem or any risks or concerns in taking culturelle for digestive health once a day on a long-term and/or permanent bases?

No: It is just wise to re-evaluate why you are taking it. Pro-biotics are especially helpful after taking antibtiotics to restore friendly bacteria but the composition of one's diet has a much greater effect on the micro-flora of the intestinal tract. Eating 6 equal meals has a beneficial effect. Eating 7 servings of vegetables and and colorful fruits grow the right bacteria. ...Read more

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Has anyone experienced harmful side effects after taking tamsulosin for a long time?

Has anyone experienced harmful side effects after taking tamsulosin for a long time?

Seldom: Most commonly men get light-headed after getting up from bed.This usually stops after a week or so of treatment.And they get up less often. ...Read more

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How good is flax seed oil for a diabetic patient ?

How good is flax seed oil for a diabetic patient ?

For what purpose?: The body has to convert the omega 3 fatty acids in flax seed oil into epa and dha which are 2 kinds of omega 3 fatty acids which the body can utilize. Only 10% of the ala in flax seed oil is converted into epa and dha which are present in fish oil. Fish oil is better than flax seed oil for this reason. ...Read more

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I was wondering is flax seed a good recovery food for after a workout?

I was wondering is flax seed a good recovery food for after a workout?

No magic: Have yourself around 20 grams of lean protein instead. Ignore all you hear about 'superfoods'. Very glad you're working out. It's a wonderful gift to yourself that gives benefits that can't be bought for any amount of money. ...Read more

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I've read that 1tbsp of honey and 1 tblsp of cinnamon w/cup of hot war has many health benefits. Is this true or just a hype.

I've read that 1tbsp of honey and 1 tblsp of cinnamon w/cup of hot war has many health benefits. Is this true or just a hype.

Innocent dosages: These along with a huge list of products have a history of being touted as having health benefits. There is ;probably no harm in what you describe but no evidence to support health benefits from these. ...Read more