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Why Not To Use Coconut Oil With Statins
Can I use coconut oil for ear wax softener and blockage? I don't have olive oil so it ok to use coconut oil?
Should be fine: Coconut oil is safe to use and should help soften the wax. However, for loosening the wax and removing blockage, using hydrogen peroxide followed by flushing with water is recommended. See http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/ear-wax-removal-home-remedy.html#h2o2 for a discussion of using hydrogen peroxide to remove ear wax. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several drugs exist which lower cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in liver cells (hmg-coa reductase) that is involved in cholesterol synthesis. These all have generic names that end in -statin, e.g. Atorvastatin (lipitor) and Simvastatin (zocor). Since nearly all of the meds in this class have been shown to have similar cardiovascular benefits, we often discuss them ...Read more
Safe?: As long as you do not swallow it you should be safe however your teeth are another issue. The oil may leave a film on the tooth that will make it easier for the bacterial colonies to form and harder for you to brush them off so if it were my mouth i would not use it. ...Read more
Can I use olive oil the same as normal "cooking oil" when frying foods? I usually use vegetable or canola oil but want to lower cholesterol.
Varies: I would use olive oil in cold dishes as there are some concerns that many of the benificial properties are not heat stable. ...Read more
Can I use minoxidil to grow my eyebrows while pregnant? If not is coconut & sweet almond oil with vitamin E safe?
Is it safe to cook with olive oil or put it on food that is going to oven? Do we have specific olive oil for cooking?
Generally safe, yes: Olive oil may become hazardous if heated beyond the "smoke point" which is about 375 degrees, but seems a relatively good choice to cook with until that degree of heating. The best form to cook with is extra virgin olive oil. See http://authoritynutrition.com/is-olive-oil-good-for-cooking/ for a detailed explanation of the safety of cooking with olive oil. ...Read more
Will giving coconut oil to a child with asthma have any affect on him? Is it healthy to replace cooking oils with coconut oils?
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is one if the few oils that doesn't degrade to less healthy by-products under high temperatures. It also is felt to have some anti fungal and antibacterial properties. As long as a person is not allergic to coconut, it would be unlikely to trigger asthma symptoms. ...Read more
Is there any benefits if you drink or consume some drops from pomegrenate seed oil? I know that we can massage our skin with pomegrenate seed oil only
Very little: There are little additional health benefits to be derived from consuming this oil. ...Read more
(how) can coconut oil replace butter and cooking oil for a better health if you also use olive oil, meat and fish? What are proper amounts?
Mediterranean diet: There are a lot of claims with regard to coconut oil, most of the unsubstantiated. The healthiest diet so far, proven to reduce heart disease in many patients, is the mediterranean diet. It relies on liberal use of extra virgin olive oil, vinegar ( low glycemic index, promotes full stomach sensation), fruits, grains, and moderate wine consumption. Canola oil can also be used, in small amounts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe during pregnancy to use castor oil topically on your face to help with acne? More specifically, i'd like to use cold pressed castor oil.
Poor choice: Why use an ancient, not-very-effective folk medicine promoted by charlatans? The best over-the-counter acne remedy is benzoyl peroxide, but if it's bugging you enough to consider "cold-pressed" castor oil, see if your physician would add topical Clindamycin to peroxide. The birth control pill stops acne in many women who can use it, and there are other stronger rx's after baby comes. ...Read more
Yes: Dilute tea tree oil m only a few drops - strong odor. It has antiinfectives properties. ...Read more
Can you please clarify why Extra Virgin olive oil which has Saturated fat lowers LDL (bad cholesterol.) Is it advised to eat lot it olive oil daily?
False statement: Olive oil does not lower LDL. Olive oil raises ldl less so compared to other fats. Although there is some saturated fat in olive oil the major component is monounsaturated fat. This topic is too complex for me to answer fully here. But suffice it to say... Small amounts of olive oil daily 1 tablespoon or less combined with a healthy diet is healthier than many other fats ( trans-fats&sat. fats) ...Read more
I am from India and here we mostly use mustard oil for cooking. which is the healthiest cooking oil or i should continue with the same oil.
Do what: You like other oils like corn olive and safflower are fine too ...Read more
Ok: Vegetable oil in general is better.saffola sunflower or vegetable oil are better. Animal fat is not recommended ...Read more
Why would you ?: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or oil that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. Many alternative practices, oils etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work.nor safe. Some could do serious harm. Check https://nccih.nih.gov/ for research ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Coconut Oil: Is good for skin as well as taken internally. Peace and good health. ...Read more
There is a trend to use coconut oil for cooking and coconut milk for drinks. Could these cause cloresterol problems?
Many possibilities: There are many lubricant products available. And people do use olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, etc. As long as it is not irritating and you are not allergic, I think this would be okay. I hope our experts will chime in here! One caution: do NOT use petroleum jelly (Vaseline) with condoms. The petroleum jelly weakens condoms, and they can break. ...Read more
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