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Doctor insights on: The Worlds Greatest Vitamin

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Will the radiation from the fukushima disaster affect people on the west coast of the U.S.?

Will the radiation from the fukushima disaster affect people on the west coast of the U.S.?

No: The amount of radiation is negligible compared with the background that Mother Nature provides from outer space, natural radioactivity in rocks, and even the isotopes in your own body. There is nothing "enlightened" about being frightened by disinformation, even from "friends of the environment" / conspiracy talkers. I know no physician or scientist who's at all concerned. ...Read more

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What's the latest research on the interaction/detrimental effects of vitamin a (eg from raw carrots) on vitamin D3 (from sunlight) effectiveness?

What's the latest research on the interaction/detrimental effects of vitamin a (eg from raw carrots) on vitamin D3 (from sunlight) effectiveness?

Militant fringe: This is at present a fringe idea, primarily the work of a handful of pro-vitamin-d, anti-vitamin-a militants on anti-doctor websites; the centerpiece is a 2009 number-crunch journal article on vitamin d levels and colon cancer with a tiny sidebar on vitamin a. I hesitate to draw cause-and-effect conclusions from studies based only on statistics without an obvious mechanism. ...Read more

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What is the prevalence rate of vitamin d deficiency globally and in asia in particular?

What is the prevalence rate of vitamin d deficiency globally and in asia in particular?

High: There isn't widespread screening but where it is screened for in many cases it is low especially in the context of any kind of ill health. Surprisingly this is true even in tropical countries where one would think sun exposure would prevent deficiency. One explanation is that it is being broken down by free cadmium, an air pollutant that has been increasing. Poor nutrition increases risk. ...Read more

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Which of the hepatitis viruses is of greatest concern to people working in the dental field?

Which of the hepatitis viruses is of greatest concern to people working in the dental field?

Hepatitis B: I would say hepatitis b as it is the most highly contagous by a needle stick. Hepatitis c would be next. Hepatitis a is spread by the fecal oral route and would not be a concern in dental practice. ...Read more

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The advantage of ezetrol overr zimmex?

The advantage of ezetrol overr zimmex?

No advantage: Simvastatin has a host of benefits aside from the pure lowering LDL aspect; ezetrol, while it reduces ldl, does not seem to have the same level of effect on actual coronary artery disease as the statins do. It may be reasonable to use one over the other due to allergy or drug reactions, but most doctors will go with the statin drug. ...Read more

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What is the most popular type of plastic surgery procedure that gives women the greatest self esteem boost?

What is the most popular type of plastic surgery procedure that gives women the greatest self esteem boost?

Breast augmentation.: This has been the top cosmetic operation for all but one of the past several years (liposuction beat it out by a slim margin the year before last, but this past year breast implants again regained "first place.") but what really does the best is dealing with the area that concerns each individual the most, regardless of "popularity.". ...Read more

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What is the best time for sun-exposure in patient with vitamin D deficiency? In iraq and Eastern populations ?

What is the best time for sun-exposure in patient with vitamin D deficiency? In iraq and Eastern populations ?

Mid-day: The sun has to be fairly high in the sky, at least 50 degrees above the horizon, for UVB rays that are needed to produce Vit D to reach the ground, so mid-day is the best time. For a detailed discussion see http://tinyurl.com/7kv5pgm From about 10/10 to early March the sun is never that high so the only way to get adequate D is to supplement- I advise 5000 iu/day. See http://tinyurl.com/2chkcer ...Read more

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Is the absorption of vitamin D3 guaranteed when taken as a supplement? What brand of vitamin D3 is best in the market?

Is the absorption of vitamin D3 guaranteed when taken as a supplement? What brand of vitamin D3 is best in the market?

Vit D3 Well-Absorbed: Nothing is guaranteed. But I think you can feel comfortable that you are absorbing your Vitamin D3. I believe most brands are acceptable, but the best-tested brand is Bio-Tech. Bio-Tech D3 is the form that has been used in most of the major clinical studies. I recommend that D3 levels be maintained in the 60-70 ng/dl range. Usual dose to be in that range is 5-7,000 IU per day. ...Read more

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Because of health risks for humans bovine growth hormone is banned in canada, japan, australia, and all 25 countries of the european union?

Because of health risks for humans bovine growth hormone is banned in canada, japan, australia, and all 25 countries of the european union?

No health risk: Bovine GH is given to cows to increase their milk production. It has no activity in humans and would be destroyed in our digestive tract. Opposition to its use is more political than scientific ...Read more

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What is the benefit of vitamin E in skin care?

What is the benefit of vitamin E in skin care?

Antioxidant: Vitamin e has strong antioxidant properties and is most effective when applied topically. I suggest combining vitamin e with a good quality vitamin c product to help repair damage caused by free radicals. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of seaweed in japan?

What are the health benefits of seaweed in japan?

Seaweed: Seaweed is wonderful for health ! Seaweed is high in calcium. It contains lignans which are antioxidants. A great source of chlorophyll, it can help our bodies to detoxify. It has a chemical composition close to plasma. Their Sulfated Polysaccharides have anti-inflammatory effects. It provided bio-available Iron & soluble fiber. See the many tips taps on seaweed superfoods. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of vitamin d for middle age?

What are the benefits of vitamin d for middle age?

Bone health: Vitamin d helps the body absorb calcium to keep the bones strong. Also, people who have low levels of vitamin d, may have symptoms such as fatigue. ...Read more

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What is the role of fitness and exercise in the corporate world?

What is the role of fitness and exercise in the corporate world?

Fitness is important: Even if you exercise regularly, sitting all day can increase your risk of chronic disease. So it's important to get up and move throughout the day every 30-60 minutes. If you're interested in making fitness part of your corporate culture, talk to the hr manager or wellness director. You'll need to get buy-in from the execs and support from coworkers. But it'll benefit everyone. ...Read more

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Are osteopaths the same as chiropractors in most countries outside of the u.S.?

Are osteopaths the same as chiropractors in most countries outside of the u.S.?

No: The approach is different, the techniques are often different, the training is different; although there is some overlap in course work, and in the focus on treating the patient through the musculoskeletal system. ...Read more

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Are multivitamins worth taking? My doctor called them one of the biggest jokes of the health industry.

Are multivitamins worth taking? My doctor called them one of the biggest jokes of the health industry.

Yes, but depends: Vitamins, minerals, protein, fatty acids and water are essential nutrients and are needed for normal function of our bodies. However, we should can get these from what we eat if you know what you are eating. If you are uncertain, you should take vitamins. One example is vit d. It is added to milk and orange juice. But if you don't drink one with the added vit d you may not be getting enough. ...Read more

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What is the absorption time of vitamin D3 supplements?

What is the absorption time of vitamin D3 supplements?

Very slow: Vitamin d is really a hormone because it is made in skin from the action of sunlight, the main source of our vifamin d. It is absorbed poorly when taken in the form of d3 but is essential for most people in the northern or southern hemisphere because of our limited sun edposure and the use of sun screens when we are exposed to the sun. ...Read more