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What about alternative and natural products?

Dr. Ray Holt Dr. Holt
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What about alternative and natural products?

Be careful: These terms refer to non-mainstream medicine. Personally i would prefer to take a pill or undergoe a prescribed treatment that has been well studied, with known side effects and proven to work, rather that one that has not been well studied, side effects aren't fully known and not proven to work in any large scale study. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the best natural skincare line or products for rosacea?

Help please? What is the best natural skincare line or products for rosacea?

Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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What are the best natural supplements for my anxiety?

What are the best natural supplements for my anxiety?

Several: Passion flower (passiflora incarnata) is one -- some studies indicate it can be as effective as Oxazepam for generalized anxiety disorder: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/11679026?Dopt=abstract for this you want standardized whole plant extracts or capsules containing no less than 0.8% flavonoids or isovitexin. Also kava (piper methysticum) -- but it has been linked to liver problems in some. ...Read more

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What are natural alternatives for simvastatin?

What are natural alternatives for simvastatin?

Diet?: I'm serious because people forget about diet when they are taking cholesterol meds. Healthy diet + exercise are a good start but some people still overproduce cholesterol.. Red yeast rice contains a natural statin but in a tiny dose. Garlic lowers cholesterol a little but there's the odor. For higher risk people like after a heart attack, there is no proven alternative to a statin. Ask your doc. ...Read more

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What are the best organic natural babycare products?

What are the best organic natural babycare products?

Positively...: ...The best products for newborns are breast milk from a healthy mom (internal) and pure water (for taking care of the external). Beyond that, it's a matter of what you like and what works for you. ...Read more

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What are some natural alternatives for nerve health?

What are some natural alternatives for nerve health?

Think differently: 1) There are no "natural alternatives" for anything. "Ancient wisdom" is a myth. It's an illusion clung to by the ignorant. You can almost bank on it: Anything touted as a "natural alternative" by health hucksters is almost certainly worthless. 2) "Nerve health" is meaningless. Anything good for general health is good for "nerve health." Arm yourself with modern knowledge, not old wives' tales. ...Read more

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What is better for you, natural ingredients or store products for skin?

What is better for you, natural ingredients or store products for skin?

Ingredients: All natural ingredients are typically better for the skin, however if the store products also contain natural ingredients then those will be just as good. ...Read more

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How can I gain a healthy looking skin without using cosmetic products? What are the natural alternatives? :)

How can I gain a healthy looking skin without using cosmetic products? What are the natural alternatives? :)

Healthy diet ;...: You are what you eat, so eating healthy (eat lots of fruits ; veggies ; healthy oils like flax or hemp and avoid fried foods, sugar, non-organic meats ; gmo's) is the first step. Some find avoiding dairy helps. A good multivitamin may help, perhaps extra zinc, and 5000 iu of vit d in fall ; winter. For natural alternatives to acne creams see http://earthclinic.Com/cures/acne.Html. ...Read more

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How effective are holistic drs? What are the pros and cons of holistic medicine?

How effective are holistic drs? What are the pros and cons of holistic medicine?

Treats the whole pt : Holistic implies that the complete individual is treated, not just the disease. That is, the stress, living situation, nutrition etc are taken into consideration when treating , say, the flu. This can be a good thing. Problem is it opens the door to many intuitively hoped-for but scientifically unproven theories such as ' energy imbalances or imaginary toxins., etc. Check http://NCCIH.nih.org ...Read more

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What are good natural or herbal pills for anxiety relief?

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What are good natural or herbal pills for anxiety relief?

Anxiety: Not sure about how good, mixed results are reported. You can try vallerian or kava kava. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of any dangers with natural treatments for allergy?

Can you tell me of any dangers with natural treatments for allergy?

Depends: If you could give more information about what type of allergy you have, how severe it is and what is that natural treatments are, we could give you a better advise. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the best natural skincare line or products for rosacea?

Can any doc tell me what's the best natural skincare line or products for rosacea?

This is serious: Please don't neglect evidence-based medicine in the treatment of rosacea. If you can find an evidence-based "holistic" practitioner in your community, he/she may be able to offer advice. But if "natural medicine" actually worked, rosacea patients in the old days wouldn't have ended up with their faces mutilated. This doesn't have to be you with today's 21st century treatments. ...Read more

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What natural options help with insomnia--warm milk and honey?

What natural options help with insomnia--warm milk and honey?

Insomnia: If chronic - may need med eval to determine reason. Yes, warm milk = tryptophan which can help w insomnia. Use good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, . ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of Ayurvedic / herbal medicine?

What are the pros and cons of Ayurvedic / herbal medicine?

Ayurvedic: like any and all "Complementary or Holistic" methods of treatment probably has no absolute "cons"...the question is does this rather complex Indian Treatment System have any PROS?????? I usually conclude "It can't hurt"!! So good luck...and BE WELL by ANY METHOD that WORKS FOR YOU! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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What natural remedies are the best for depression?

What natural remedies are the best for depression?

Increase activity: Good physical health (exercise, diet, sleep), increased social interaction, gratitude, striving to achieve large or small goals, accomplishment, generosity toward others, and non-negative thinking help significantly. People who are depressed have problems w/ behavior, thoughts, and emotions. Try eliminating unnecessary negativity from your thoughts, and behave more actively. ...Read more

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What herbal or natural remedies are best for keeping the vagina clean?

What herbal or natural remedies are best for keeping the vagina clean?

Don't douch: Normally, there isn't anything you need to do to keep the vagina clean besides the simple feminine hygiene. Excessive cleansing actually will cause more trouble. Don't douch. The vagina has the ability to maintain its own health quite well. If u r ill and treated with antibiotics etc..Probiotics/yogurt may help maintain its health. Otherwise, do nothing beside hygiene. Good luck. ...Read more

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What natural herbal remedies are the best for a uti?

What natural herbal remedies are the best for a uti?

Antibiotics : No scientific evidence that any herbal remedies can kill &/or eliminate bacteria causing utis. ...Read more

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What are some natural treatments for asthma to supplement my conventional treatment?

What are some natural treatments for asthma to supplement my conventional treatment?

Asthma: I think the best advice i can give you is avoidance of all possible triggers . Among these are : dust, cold, anger, pollen. ...Read more

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What about alternative and natural products?

Dr. Ray Holt Dr. Holt
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Be careful: These terms refer to non-mainstream medicine. Personally i would prefer to take a pill or undergoe a prescribed treatment that has been well studied, with known side effects and proven to work, rather that one that has not been well studied, side effects aren't fully known and not proven to work in any large scale study. ...Read more

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Which natural alternatives, are there for pain?

Which natural alternatives, are there for pain?

Many!: It depends specifically on what type of pain as to what natural alternatives are that are out there. However, physical therapy has always been a mainstay for treating axial and joint pain. Skin pain can be treated with natural things like arnica montana, medications like sarapin and goona are injectable pain meds that are natural. Limbrel (not imbrel) is an excellent pain medicine for oa pain. ...Read more

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What is a good natural sugar alternative?

Stevia: Stevia seems to be a safe natural alternative to sugar. ...Read more

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Natural, cheaper alternatives to a mastopexy?

Natural, cheaper alternatives to a mastopexy?

A bra vs zero gavity: Garments are the only natural cheaper alternative. Either that or living in a zero gravity environment. ...Read more

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Is there a natural alternative I can take instead of cholystramine powder?

No: If there were a viable alternative in nature you would be taking it instead of Cholystramine which is very difficult to take ( side effects) ...Read more

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Please explain what are some natural alternatives to drug anesthetics for pain?

Please explain what are some natural alternatives to drug anesthetics for pain?

Mind Over Matter: There is good evidence that if you can train your mind to deal with pain or alter its perception of pain that you may be able to tolerate pain better. Look into visual imagery, hypnosis and biofeedback techniques. ...Read more

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What foods are natural GABA alternatives?

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What foods are natural GABA alternatives?

Food with GABA: Some are almonds, bananas, beef liver, broccoli, brown rice, halibut, lentils, whole grain oats, citrus fruits, rice bran, spinach, walnuts, whole wheat, whole grain. ...Read more

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What are natural alternatives for simvastatin?

Diet?: I'm serious because people forget about diet when they are taking cholesterol meds. Healthy diet + exercise are a good start but some people still overproduce cholesterol.. Red yeast rice contains a natural statin but in a tiny dose. Garlic lowers cholesterol a little but there's the odor. For higher risk people like after a heart attack, there is no proven alternative to a statin. Ask your doc. ...Read more

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Are there natural alternatives to treating asthma?

Are there natural alternatives to treating asthma?

Sure.: There are natural alternatives to everything. For asthma they are (1) avoid smoking & second-hand smoke (2) avoid obesity (3) omega-3 and vitamin d (4) reduce stress (5) live in a rural area (6) use ma huang aka mormon tea & cromolyn - natural medications no longer available in this country. These measures may help mild asthma. For more severe asthma you will likely need prescription medications. ...Read more

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What is the best natural alternitive to using simvastatin ?

What is the best natural alternitive to using simvastatin ?

Vegan: If this is a secondary hyperlipidemia -- then diet rich in vegetables and fruits and regular aerobic exercise and weight control will greatly help. ...Read more

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Is there a natural alternative to having a child vaccinated?

Is there a natural alternative to having a child vaccinated?

Yes.: There is nothing more natural than infant mortality, and nothing more unnatural than trying to prevent it. The natural alternative to vaccination is playing craps with nature and hoping you don't roll snake eyes. ...Read more

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Is there any natural alternative to vaseline for moisturization?

Is there any natural alternative to vaseline for moisturization?

Yes: The cells at the surface of the skin contain 3 essential lipids - cholesterol, ceramides and free fatty acids. These lipids form a barrier and help to protect us from dehydration and external dangers. A natural moisturizer, that is similar to cholesterol is squalene. Squalane is a saturated form of squalene that is used as a natural moisturizer and carries little risk of sensitivity or irritation, . ...Read more

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Docs, what's a natural alternative for controlling my diabetes?

Docs, what's a natural alternative for controlling my diabetes?

Stay physically fit: Forgive my frankness. If you have type i diabetes, and you choose not to take your insulin, you will die in short order. If you have type ii diabetes, the mainstay of its management are diet and especially exercise. If after that you choose to ignore all the benefits of 21st century pharmacology and go for herbs, don't blame your physician if you end up a legless stroke victim. ...Read more

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What is a natural alternative for add?

What is a natural alternative for add?

Fish Oil, Inositol: A diet free of processed sugar and starch, artificial dyes and food coloring and processed meat, high in plant based fat and fish oil is very effective. Natural supplements which are helpful include omega-3 fatty acids as well as inositol, taken on a daily basis. ...Read more

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Which natural product treats hot flashes?

Which natural product treats hot flashes?

Hot flashes: Before you start on natural product treats please see your doctor about the hot flashes. This should not stop you taking natural products but I am not certain they are causing the flushes. One other idea. Stop drinking the natural products for at least a week if you have already started. ...Read more

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What is a natural alternative to lorazepam?

Let go the thoughts: Careful with lorazepam. It can cause ups and downs of anxiety and physical dependence. Antidepressants are the best choice for anxiety. Cognitive therapy (buy a self-help book at amazon for an introduction) and meditation practice are crucial. In cognitive therapy, you address distortions of thinking. In meditation, you practice let go the hand of thought (buy zen mind, beginner mind at amazon). ...Read more

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