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Is trumeel another snake oil product?

Is trumeel another snake oil product?

No, it isn't.: Traumeel is a german product made with a number of herbs. It is used for sprains, strains, joint & muscle pain. I personally use it when performing scraping (gua sha). It reduces/ relieves pain by decreasing inflammation. ...Read more

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Is china lily soya sauce good for you?

Is china lily soya sauce good for you?

Not especially: Soy sauced tend to be loaded with salt which contributes to hypertension in some (not all) people. There's little magic in food choices. Health is more likely to come from a sensible, balanced diet, staying physically fit, and avoiding tobacco, illegal drugs, and excesses in alcohol use. ...Read more

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I heard phytolacca americana (pokeweed) is smokable; true or false? What is pokeweed anyway?

I heard phytolacca americana (pokeweed) is smokable; true or false?  What is pokeweed anyway?

I would not smoke it: Lobelia, which is sometimes called pokeweed, is smokable but i can't find reliable info on safety of smoking phytolacca & advise caution. Pokeweed is an interesting plant that can be toxic but also has potential medicinal uses. Phytolacca is used in folk medicine for cancer, rheumatism, dysentery, asthma & dermatitis. See http://varenya.Hubpages.Com/hub/the-pokeweed-beautiful-poisonous-and-useful. ...Read more

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Anyone used sida cordifolia and liked it?

Anyone used sida cordifolia and liked it?

Difficult: Many otc supplements react differently in different people. Because otc supplements are not monitored by the fda, it is impossible to determine an appropriate dose for clinically proven efficacy. Always do lots and lots of research before starting a new otc supplement. ...Read more

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Where can I buy ephedra pills (ma huang) online?

Where can I buy ephedra pills (ma huang) online?

Don't do it!: You're probably trying to lose weight. Ma huang will give you racing heart (possibly arrhythmia), sweats, and other symptoms like you drank 10 cups of coffee. There is no easy way to lose weight. You have to do it the long, slow way with diet and exercise. Decrease your calorie intake and increase your calorie output. The weight will come off slower, but you won't have heart trouble to deal with. ...Read more

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What is healthier, basil from my garden, organic basil from farmers market or basil in jars of tomato sauce?

Fresher the better: The basil from you own garden and from the fartmers' market is apt to be the freshest and thus the best. ...Read more

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Is rapeseed oil dangerous for seed allergy sufferers?

Is rapeseed oil dangerous for seed allergy sufferers?

No: It doesn't taste very good. Canola oil is a variety of the same plant. Only the "cold pressed" oils have enough protein to have reactions. ...Read more

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What are uses for salvia divinorum or datura stramonium?

What are uses for salvia divinorum or datura stramonium?

Salvia & Datura: These come from 2 different families, but both are commonly used as hallucinogens. Salvia divinorum is a mint, and contains the non-alkaloid hallucinogen salvinorin a. Along with hallucinations it can cause slurred speech, confusion, paranoia, depersonalization, blunted affect, & slow speech. Datura stramonium contains belladonna alkaloids, which can induce anticholinergic poisoning & death. ...Read more

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Where can I buy pure vit b3?

Where can I buy pure vit b3?

Nutrition stores: Most nutrition stores carry b3 in its purest form. You can also go online for reputable websites. ...Read more

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Is freshly fertilized grass poisonous?

Is freshly fertilized grass poisonous?

No: Fertilization is done with nitrogen rich chemicals not strictly poisonous but obnoxious and potentially allergenic. Best not to play around until the fertilizer is absorbed by watering the lawn or until the next rainfall. ...Read more

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Pesto and basil allergy? Has anyone heard of it?

Pesto and basil allergy?  Has anyone heard of it?

More likely pine nut: I have seen a fair amount of pesto allergy. Yes, life is sometimes unfair. Usually the problem is the nut. Traditionally pesto is made with pine nut. Commercially walnuts, a more common nut allergen, is used. I have also seen garlic and olive oil allergies. If the problem is truly the basil try substituting cilantro or spinach. Both are good. Bueno appetito. ...Read more

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I started using Josie Marans organic pure 100% Argan oil as a night and day moisturizer. (That's what it's for) medically, is Argan oil beneficial?

I started using Josie Marans organic pure 100% Argan oil as a night and day moisturizer. (That's what it's for) medically, is Argan oil beneficial?

Do you believe in ma: If you believe in magic you will be sucked free of your money by con schemes. This is no better than numerous other oils you might use. I find that the best products for dry skin are creams containing ceramides. CeraVE,Eucerin, Aveeno (oatmeal) are a few. ...Read more

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Where can I read about ancient chinese medicine phytotherapy?

Where can I read about ancient chinese medicine phytotherapy?

Chinese Medicine: Chinese herbs are given in the context of traditional chinese medicine. It's important to consider them a part of a whole system of care. A couple of resources to get you started include an article: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc1071750/ and a web site: http://nccam.Nih.Gov/health/whatiscam/chinesemed.Htm. ...Read more

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can aloe vera cause cancer? I have bought body butter from the brand dr. organic which is 100% organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice?

can aloe vera cause cancer? I have bought body butter from the brand dr. organic which is 100% organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice?

Aloe Precaution: Like many plant preparations, aloe may have different uses from different parts of the plant. Aloe vera gel on skin irritations has been reported as soothing and cooling. Other Aloe plant parts taken by mouth has been report as having a major laxative effect. This is erroneously assumed to be a cause of "weight loss". In reality it is a loss of solid waste from the bowels. Better laxatives exist. ...Read more

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