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Are negative calories real?

Are negative calories real?

No, Neg Energy?: A calorie is a unit of energy, measured by using it to warm water within a calorimeter. Since calories refer to a unit of energy, a tiny unit of energy from a human perspective, existing vs. No longer existing relates to Einstein's theory of relativity: E=Mc2, meaning energy is uncongealed matter & matter is congealed energy, interchangeable with a gigantic equation constant. No negative energy. ...Read more

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Ana choice test positive, very concerned/confused. Advice?

Ana choice test positive, very concerned/confused. Advice?

Need more testing: ANA is a screening test. A positive result only indicates more testing might be needed. About 5% of humans (1 in 20) have a positive ANA for no reason. ...Read more

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Is vegan healthier than vegetarian diet?

Is vegan healthier than vegetarian diet?

Yes: Vegan is always healthier than vegetarian which is healthier than omnivore (the most common) diets. You don't need any animal or dairy products in your diet after childhood. Just be sure to take B12 supplements because B12 is the only vitamin found only in animal products. As for calcium, eat plenty of leafy greens. Vitamin d - unless you live in the tundra, the sun is best. Protein --> beans. ...Read more

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Blood tests negative, but gut acts positive for gluten intolerance?

Blood tests negative, but gut acts positive for gluten intolerance?

Gut acts positive ??: There are a many conditions with overlapping symptoms effecting the gut. You don't list why the gut acts positive, which limits my answer.You can have intolerances to a variety of foods, artificial food dyes (red #40), and others, that will give symptoms but not trigger the immune tests for celiac disease. Keeping a food diary & eliminating/re-adding potential agents is one way track them down. ...Read more

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Positive HIV screener test at blood donation... Negative IFA and Negative NAT... False positive?

Positive HIV screener test at blood donation... Negative IFA and Negative NAT... False positive?

Yes: The initial screening test for HIV is very sensitive, but not very specific. The back up screening tests are much more specific for HIV. ...Read more

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Healthy breakfast options for vegetarians?

Healthy breakfast options for vegetarians?

Many options: There are a lot of options for healthy breakfasts that don't involve meat or eggs: -Oatmeal topped with fruit and/or nuts -Smoothies made with non-dairy milk, protein powder or peanut butter, and fruit. -Meatless breakfast burrito (can make yourself or buy frozen option--sometimes they use tofu as replacement for eggs) -Tofu scramble with vegetables (treat tofu as though it's eggs) ...Read more

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Erosive gastritis. h.pylori blood test positive, breath test positive, stool antigen test negative, biopsy negative. what to do ?

Erosive gastritis. h.pylori blood test positive, breath test positive, stool antigen test negative, biopsy negative.  what to do ?

Treat it: The positive H. pylori antibody test is not a reliable indicator of current infection. The gold standard for H. pylori treatment is the gastric biopsy, and this is negative in this patient. However, I am impressed by the positive breath test and erosive gastritis. I would have expected stool antigen to be positive, as it mirrors the breath test. Given the discrepant results, treat the patient. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are vegetarians healthier than meat eaters?

Can you tell me, are vegetarians healthier than meat eaters?

Yes, in general: Meat is not intrinsically bad as it contains protein, b vitamins, some minerals, and some fats. There is a debate on whether non-grass fed beef full of hormones and possible antibiotics is healthy, whether the saturated fat in meat causes heart disease, etc. But eaten in a grass-fed, lean, uncured form, no more than once a week in a small portion is okay. Vegetarians needs to get B12 from non-food. ...Read more

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What are good vegetarian soy meats for vegetarians that want to bulk? Thanks

What are good vegetarian soy meats for vegetarians that want to bulk? Thanks

You need more!: Soy or any plant based protein, is much less as a protein source than animal based protein, because the amino-acid composition does not miiror the Amino Acids that your muscle protein is comprised off. You need approximately 40% more of soy protein nutrtional supplements than whey protein. ...Read more

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What are reliable, doctor-recommended healthy ways of gaining protein on a vegetarian diet?

What are reliable, doctor-recommended healthy ways of gaining protein on a vegetarian diet?

Many: Whole grains are a great source of protein, but the one with the highest protein content is quinoa. All beans, lentils, & peas, tofu & soy products, edamame, tvp and tempeh. Nuts, including peanuts, cashews, almonds and walnuts all contain protein, as do seeds like sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Store-bought meat substitute products & seitan are rich in protein, as are protein shakes. ...Read more

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What do you think? Ana-positive, titer >1:640, speckled/ana titer 2-1:32, ANA pattern 2-homogeneous c3 180.8, rnpab, IgG 1.5, CRP 1.9.

What do you think?
Ana-positive, titer >1:640, speckled/ana titer 2-1:32, ANA pattern 2-homogeneous
c3 180.8, rnpab, IgG 1.5, CRP 1.9.

Possible MCTD: The highly positive ANA in a speckled pattern suggests mixed connective tissue disease. Mctd is a close cousin of lupus but usually has a better prognosis. The anti-rnp is usually be elevated in mctd. Interpreting the results of autoantibody studies can confusing. You should discuss these findings with a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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H. Pylori IgG testing - if once positive, are you always positive?

H. Pylori IgG testing - if once positive, are you always positive?

No: Majority of people will lose their igg positivity after infection has been eradicated. This may take up to a year or more. However, some people will not and maybe never lose their igg and may need a different test to determine their h. Pylori status. ...Read more

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Missed period 3 months negative pregnancy test , lose weight , not eating regular?

Missed period 3 months negative pregnancy test , lose weight , not eating regular?

Late periods: It's hard to say why it happens, but sometimes we are just late for our period. Even if it's never happened to you before, it could be happening now. Things like medications, stress, travel, changes in your weight, can all cause a late period. If your pregnancy test is negative, i would see your gyn doc for a check up. S/he might order some hormone blood tests and maybe an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Are hCG diet safe?

Are hCG diet safe?

No: And has not been proven to do any good either .Please stay away. ...Read more

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Could anybody suggest iron rich vegetarian food?

Could anybody suggest iron rich vegetarian food?

Iron-enriched: Vegetarianism is not without serious misinformation, just as there is from the folks who bring us mainstream processed food. You can avoid multiple deficiencies if and only if you know exactly what you're doing. Iron in spinach is mostly unavailable being bound to phytates. Beans are pretty good, but many products for vegans are enriched with iron and this is your best bet. ...Read more

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Is 3 negative oraquick results considered conclusive if taken 10years after risk event. Im worried about getting false negatives ?

Is 3 negative oraquick results considered conclusive if taken 10years after risk event. Im worried about getting false negatives ?

Most likely, yes: If performed properly, oraquick has shown consistently verifiable results. You can always check with your doctor for additional testing (such as antigen or PCR) if you're really concerned. But, all things being equal, the oraquick tests are as reliable as the antibody tests we use in the office. ...Read more

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What are potassium rich vegetarian food?

What are potassium rich vegetarian food?

High Potassium: Tomato, avocado, beets, potato, spinach, winter squash, pumpkin, okra, brussel sprouts. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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