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Laura asks…

Who are some modern day herbalists?

I would like to find out who are some modern herbalist or naturopthic doctors. Thanks in advance!

vti answers:

Here is a link to the American Herbalist Guild: http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/fundamentals
Here is a link to American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: http://www.naturopathic.org/

Modern Influential Herbalists and their books:
1) Rosemary Gladstar: http://www.sagemountain.com/rosemary-gladstar.html

2) David Hoffmann: ( books ) http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+Hoffmann+and+herbalism&ih=21_7_0_2_0_0_0_0_0_1.31_214&fsc=-1&x=16&y=18

3) Kathi Keville: http://www.healthy.net/scr/Newsletter.aspx
Books: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=kathy+keville&ih=10_2_0_0_1_0_0_0_0_1.94_174&fsc=-1&x=17&y=12

4) Susan Weed: http://www.amazon.com/Susun-S.-Weed/e/B000APVVDU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

5) Matthew Wood: http://www.amazon.com/Matthew-Wood/e/B001JS4XDC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1281579007&sr=8-3

Look at this page on Amazon.com on the right for more names and books: http://www.amazon.com/Anna-Vojtech/e/B000APPDV6/ref=ntt_aut_sim_6_1

Warm Regards,
Kimberly Rex, MS
http://www.windowstotheheart.net

Susan asks…

Herbalist: Yearly Pay / Other?

Hello. 🙂

I am considering a couple of career choices, and what I would like to know is if any body has an idea of roughly how much a herbalist (doctor specializing in herbs as an alternative treatment) would make a year? As well, how widely accepted is herbalism in different countries? (Ireland, Canada, England)

vti answers:

The first response, as noted is incorrect and has no real knowledge about being an herbalist or the medicinal herb field.

I think the ‘doctor’ title you are thinking of is Naturopath, and yes they are ‘real doctors’ who prescribe botanical herbals before going to more deadly therapies, such as prescription drugs which they can also prescribe.

Herbalists are trained all over the world, and have a very long history including respect from the medical profession in Europe & Canada & Asia.

As for how much you would make being a naturopath? Depends where you set up practice or which clinic you chose. There is no definitive answer because doctors have a tendency not to tell how much money they really earn – expect to begin in the low 100’s and ramp up from there.

There are herbalists making up to the mid-100’s, but it does vary.

Linda asks…

Licensed or certified herbalists??

Is the a way to become licensed or certified as an herbalist in California?? If so , how??

vti answers:

There isn’t really a licensing process because only Medical Doctors are “licensed.” However places like GCNM.com provide an excellent Master Herbalist program that should give you the skills and educational backing you’re looking for.

Paul asks…

Master herbalist jobs?

I am currently working on my Master Herbalist from School of Natural Healing.

My question- besides going into business selling herbs myself, does anyone have any ideas as to other job opportunities, especially in Northeast Ohio?

vti answers:

Yes, I do! Please listen to a Master Herbalist that is a guest on our Saturday morning radio shows to understand how he is able to make a living in his niche.

Http://www.glycoradio.com/mannalive and then click on Ken Anderson’s Doctors call on Saturday mornings starting at 12 Noon your time in Ohio.

I just got done listening to my friend, a Master Herbalist on the call today and the interactive chat room allowed me to share information which benefitted quite a few people.

I’ve known this guy for many years and you would benefit from his information and glean ideas on how you could financially benefit doing what he does through supplementation and specializing in sharing knowledge with health seekers.

I am well connected with people who could be of benefit for your career as well. You know what they say, “Birds of a Feather…”

Wellness attracts wellness.

William asks…

How can I become an herbalist?

Basically I have no formal education.My mother was a reflexologist and I spent my whole life learning about herbs and using herbs to heal myself,family and freinds.Now I mix up my own concoctions.Im also bilingual.I would really love to become an herbalist but would like to know how to find a school that would except someone like me with basically no diploma just homeschooled.I would love to help alot more people than I can now and to learn alot more.I am also dyslexic.
I have taken my Ged test 4 times and cannot pass it because of my dyslexia problem .Strangely they call it dyscalcula and it mainly effects me on the english and math section.Im weird.I know.
I love to read.

vti answers:

There really is not a license for herbalism in the U.S. Certain professional practice acts, like acupuncture, allow for the practice of herbalism if you have formal training in herbs. While practicing herbalism without a medical license was getting people put in jail back in the ’80’s, there hasn’t been much harassment lately.

Look for an herb school that is respected by other herbalists. Something like the mail order degree from Clayton School will only get laughs from health professionals. Google the ‘herbalist guild’, and see what they are recommending. There is herbal training and certificate course work you can do without your GED.

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George asks…

Thoughts on Wellness dry and wet cat food?

(Thanks to everyone who answered my last question)

Now I am thinking of definately adding wet food to my cats diet. And I really like the Wellness food. My local pet store recently started selling it and the ingredients really impressed me.

I am being told that wet food is the best thing to feed my 11 year old cat. However, I can’t seem to believe that completely (feel free to tell me more about why I should, I love to do research about all this just hate having to filter through all the bad sites to find the good ones).

So I was thinking maybe I can mix the dry and wet Wellness food and feed him that.

My cat is my family and I want him to have the best. Money definately matters… but I am willing to spend. Hopefully I can still afford to feed myself in the end though!!

(and my cat drinks alot of water on his own. and i brush his teeth frequently)

any helpful thoughts and information on all this and just cat nutrition in general is welcome.

Thank You!

vti answers:

Once upon a time, dry food really was thought to have a benefit for pets’ dental health. Recently the overall health benefits of wet food has been discovered, and is being taught in veterinary schools. So if your vet has been in practice for more than a few years, s/he may simply be relying on old information. I had thought about adding a bit on the myth of dry food being good for teeth in my answer to your previous question, but my answer was pretty long already. So I’m glad to have the chance to address this issue now.

It is a myth that dry food helps clean teeth. This article http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=doesdryfoodcleantheteeth explains it. Dry food generally has more refined carbohydrate, which causes tooth decay. And it is not like cats really chew their food so thoroughly that there would be much scrubbing action going on. Cats who eat only dry food still need regular dental care – both at home (you are a hero, brushing your cat’s teeth – I can’t manage that), and professionally at the veterinarian’s. Feeding a cat dry food in order to keep teeth clean is really a bit like having a dentist advise us to eat pretzels to clean our teeth – it’s just not beneficial.

As for wet food, if carefully chosen to have a high amount of protein and a greatly limited amount of refined carbs, the cat’s teeth should be healthier due to not having the carbs causing tooth decay. Plus, the increased amount of water in the food will be healthier for the rest of the cat’s body in the long run. As a species that developed originally for desert survival, cats are meant to derive most of their water requirement from the bodies of prey animals. So their thirst instinct is not as well-developed as it could be. A cat fed on dry food will be chronically dehydrated because it simply will not ingest enough water to make up for the lack of liquid in the food – no matter how fresh and appealing their water dish or fountain or leaky faucet or toilet may be.

Since your budget is not unlimited, here is something to think about that I hope will ease your mind. The cheaper brands are cheaper because they have so much in the way of cheap filler – i.e. Grain. Because cats are obligate carnivores, they are not designed to digest grains very well, and do not derive much nutrition from them. In order to get the nutrients that they need from the cheaper foods, cats will eat more. Because the better foods are more nutritionally dense, cats are more satisfied eating less. I know that I can feed my cats portions of foods such as Natural Balance, Eagle Pack, Merrick, Nature’s Variety, Wellness, Blue Buffalo, and several others, that are half the size of the portions I fed them of Iams or Hill’s products. This offsets the difference in price. Also, I have learned by hard experience that the less I spend on cat food, the more I spend at the veterinarian’s office. Of all the times that I have taken my cats to the veterinarian for over the last eleven years that had nothing to do with the quality of the food they eat – there was one birth defect (umbilical hernia), the usual maintenance (shots, spay, neuter, annual exams, dental cleanings), and one infection that were unrelated to what the cats were eating. Every other health issue my cats had, including several episodes of bloody stool, scratching ears bloody from reactions to food allergies, struvite crystals – hundreds of dollars in veterinary costs, were all from diet. So don’t forget to factor those costs into your pet food budget, eh? Oh, and one incalculable benefit of feeding the higher quality foods – because they eat less and digest more of it, their poo tends to be smaller and less… Um… Fragrant.

Ruth asks…

Virtual villagers 3 food problem?

i have like 463 food which is enough but what happens if i run out. theirs no more honey or fruit. whats the next way to get food besides kids getting mushrooms please help

vti answers:

The only other way to get food is to get rid of the sharks and then you could fish and have unlimited amount of food. The way to do that is you have to have at least level 2 of whatever faction you have either magic or nature and then you make a potion to get rid of the sharks. You could find the potion here:
http://www.virtualvillagers3.net/tips/virtual-villagers-3-potions-list

If you are out of food you can also give potions to restore health. That potion is 2 cactuses and a lotus

Lizzie asks…

Banning organic and homegrown foods!?

Maybe you haven’t heard, but the buzz going around is that the United States is trying to ban the growing of home gardens and organic foods. Why would they do that? Some people say that it’s to prevent food poisonings and other incidents; however others say it is just another way to control us. The bill trying to be passed is called the MONSANTO Bill S510. For those of you that don’t know who Monsanto is, they are a corporation that produces genetically modified seeds that harm people, the environment, and the economy. Monsanto has been blamed for countless sicknesses and incidents and have never been shut down. It is clear that this bill is trying to be passed by the company so that they can control the food supply and make sure that they can never be shut down and if organic foods and those home grown are banned, they never will be. I’d like to know what you think about this…. Leave a comment below.

vti answers:

“Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Monsanto and other big corporations use the power of big government to put smaller competitors out of business. The result is less, and often less safe, choices. Less safe and much more expensive.

H.R. 2751, the bill actually passed and signed into law, is only slightly less harmful than the senate S510 bill.

Monsanto understands that it cannot get away with putting small food growers out of business overnight. But that is their long term goal, and with the help of the American sheeple, they may very well succeed.


“Will Food Bill S510 stop you from growing your own garden?

“Food Bill S510 certainly has made a lot of people very nervous. Blogs and websites abound with a kind of hysteria unprecedented by a food bill. This one comes with good reason, folks: S510 gives a future government agency (not yet created, but to be overseen by former attorney for Monsanto, Michael Taylor, who implemented rBGH and unregulated genetically modified organisms) unlimited control and power over all US seed, food supplements, food and farming.

“This new agency, under the rule of the Homeland Security Agency, will impose strict mandates for all farms to be industrialized, implementing GMO’s, antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and the like to become the standard of operation. This goes against the safe and healthful practices of small, organic farmers, who do not use any of those substances.

“NAIS, an animal traceability program, threatens small farmers and ranchers raising heritage breeds of animals and plants. The government would now have the power to simply wipe out entire fields or herds due to “rumors” of disease, with no need for proof. The elimination of biodiversity, for both plant and animal, benefits companies like Monsanto, that hold patents for genetically engineered substitutes. This practice has devastating potential for our food supply, but the monetary interests seem to overrule commonsense on this issue.

“The Tester-Hagan Amendment gives hope to some that it will protect the small farmer from this bill; however, loopholes, rules and massive paperwork threaten to overwhelm small farmers. Without adequate funds to support a workforce, designated for the sole purpose of dealing with these new details, small farmers simply will not be able to compete.

“So does S510 affect your right to farm at home; sell or trade to your neighbor; or buy at the farmer’s market? The bill, as written, gives the power to do just that. Time will tell how this issue will evolve. Perhaps a better question may be: has this kind of intervention ever proven positive before?

“Co ops that bring raw milk, pastured meats and eggs to consumers would be shut down. Healthy foods would become illegal contraband and citizens would be robbed of their right to health.”


“H.R. 2751 Passed by the House on a Motion to Concur 215-144 (74 not voting). The Senate already approved the bill by unanimous consent on December 19 by amending what was originally a “Cash for Clunker” bill and replacing the language with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (formerly S.510).

“More than ever, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (the “Act”) represents a major threat to the local food movement, states’ autonomy to regulate food, and the country’s ability to become self-sufficient in food production.

“The Act will greatly expand the power of FDA, an agency that does not respect your freedom of food choice. The FDA has stated as a matter of public record that people have ‘no fundamental right to their own physical and bodily health’ and ‘no fundamental right to obtain any food they wish.’

“Passage of the Act into law will enable FDA potentially to regulate all farms marketing food products direct to consumers even if the farms engage only in intrastate commerce. [NOTE: The Amendment offered by Jon Tester was adopted 11/18/2010 to mitigate the most immediate impact on small farms.]”

Steven asks…

Where can I buy “Organic Food Dye”?

A website or a store in Dayton, Ohio with phone # would be good.

vti answers:

Have you tried Health Food Unlimited? They might have and likely get it from this place
http://www.naturesflavors.com/default.php?cPath=72

William asks…

does yellow 5 food coloring make a mans penis stop growing or even shrink?

im j.w…. besides i have a lot of room to work with if you know what i mean 😉

vti answers:

Artificial Food Coloring
Submitted by Buzz Team on Monday, 13 October 20082 CommentsUp until the 1950’s, natural plant and vegetable based compounds were used to add color in foods. For example, pale red colors could be achieved from beets, green could be achieved from chlorophyll, yellows and orange could be achieved from extracts from a number of other plants and spices like saffron. After WWII, the chemical industry grew rapidly. They saw the potential to make money by creating man-made chemicals to add to food to enhance its coloring. They convinced the food industry to use chemical based colors because they were more convenient, cheaper to use, and had an unlimited shelf life.

As a result, more and more foods are filled with artificial food coloring ingredients that contain chemicals from highly toxic sources. These chemicals can cause serious diseases and mental disorders in humans. The majority of artificial food coloring ingredients are made with petroleum and are a derivative of petrochemicals and coal tar. These chemicals should under no circumstances be ingested by humans or animals. Yet, several artificial food coloring products are added to many different foods and sold on the marketplace.

The FDA and EPA do not require detailed testing of chemicals to test the effects they might have on human beings. It is being recognized more widely that artificial colors and dyes that are used to enhance the appearance of foods, drugs, and cosmetics, may, in fact, produce dangerous consequences after prolonged use.

As recently as June 2008, the Center for Science in the Public Health, a consumer advocacy group, tried to get the FDA to ban eight artificial food colors: Red 3 and Red 40, Blue 1 and Blue 2, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6, Green 3, and Orange B.

FIVE of these are still in foods today and are linked with cancer in animal testing; the other three are linked to behavior problems in children and health problems including hives and migraines.
Red 3: This artificial coloring is sprayed on cherries (not just canned cherries, but FRESH, conventional cherries, to enhance the color), fruit cocktail, baked goods, and candy. They have demonstrated thyroid tumors in rats.

Red 40: This dye is in common snack foods such as Goldfish, and has been linked to hyperactivity disorders and migraines. Chemically, its molecular structure is very similar to dyes that have been banned for being proven carcinogens.

Blue 1 and 2: These artificial colorings lurk in candy, baked goods, pet foods, and beverages. They have both been linked to cancer in mice. In 2003 the FDA issued an advisory on Blue 1 because it had leaked into a septic hospital patient’s bloodstream and caused death.

Yellow 5: There is strong evidence to suggest that Yellow 5, also known as tartrazine, causes tantrums and hyperactivity in children. Dr. David Schab of Columbia University suggests that taking artificial food coloring out of children’s diet might have similar effects as putting them on a drug like Ritalin!

Yellow 6: This artificial coloring which is one of the most widely used, can be found in sausage, gelatin, baked goods, candy, and beverages. Studies show that Yellow 6 can be linked to tumors of the kidney and adrenal glands.

Green 3: This artificial coloring, though rarely used, has been linked to bladder cancer. It is often found in candy and beverages.

Orange B: Approved for use only in hot dog and sausage casings, Orange B given to lab rats was shown to cause urinary obstructions. This type of urinary obstruction, known as hydroureters, can damage the kidneys. It also happens to have a similar substance to the food dye Amaranth, which was banned in 1976 because it proved to be carcinogenic.

How can we avoid consuming foods with artificial colorings that are harmful to our health?

By educating ourselves and reading food labels, we can avoid buying products that contain these harmful chemicals. Make a rule that you won’t eat anything that contains dyes or coloring. If a product contains these destructive properties, put it back on the shelf! Instead, buy organic, natural foods that do not contain man-made chemicals that cause illness and disease. And most importantly, don’t feed your children anything that contains artificial coloring.

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Robert asks…

What is holistic medicine?

vti answers:

Holistic medicine is just that, holistic medicine. Western medicine’s general philosophy is “if it hurts just cut it out or medicate it, and just treat the affected area” where as holistic medicine looks at the body as a whole and asks “what could be causing this problem? And what can we do to address it and fix it naturally” for example: in acupuncture, meridians are the main concern, and if you have a headache there may be a blockage in the lung meridian. You then work points along this lung meridian in an effort to let the chi flow freely. These points can range all around the head clear to the hand that you would work for this.

In a nutshell: holistic medicine works on the body as a whole. (and usually fixes problems better 😉 ) these are primarily preventative medicines, and your doctor should be consulted as well.

James asks…

what is involved in holistic care?

vti answers:

Holistic care can cover a multitude of therapies and approaches.

A general holistic approach is looking at the body as a whole, realising that the separate parts of our bodies are all interlinked and influence each other.
For example, there are around 70 causes of headaches, instead of giving painkillers, a holistic therapist/approach will look for the cause of the headache and treat this rather than just the symptom.
It usually looks at lifestyle such as diet, exercises, stress levels etc and aims to restore you to being healthy, rather than not ill. (That is a whole topic in itself but there is a big difference!)

Most ‘complementary/alternative’ therapies take a holistic approach: Herbal medicine, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Aromatherapy etc etc.

Steven asks…

what is holistic medicine?

http://www.holisticpages.co.uk has the answer…

vti answers:

Holistic therapy is therapy that treats a person as a complete system….. Ie. Mind body and emotionally. But also considers how they live and how that life impacts upon them…. Environment etc.. Holistic therapy can and does regularly use mainstream medical treatments as well as various complementary therapies as support to them. For stress it may be ok to use a simle herbal cure or some massage etc, but for things such as cancer or hepc it may be more beneficial to use everything and everything including the kitchen sink. Beware the cranks that say you should never have western medicine as well as the cranks that say you should never have complementary therapy. I do acupuncture and qigong as well as massage etc….. I know that the world is about balance and believe that balance can be found in using both western and complementary medicines as and when necessary. Working on the strengths of both in order to allow people the best of both worlds.

Betty asks…

What is a “holistic clinic”?

what does it do, etc?

how long has this been popular in the west?

why and how so for this?

Thanks for your answers!

vti answers:

Unfortunately a “Holistic Clinic” doesn’t always have any real consistent meaning. Generally, it will suggest that one treats the whole person, taking everything into consideration. Some would consider massage to be inherently holistic, so my massage office could be a Holistic Clinic, as could a Chiropractor, Naturopath, Homeopath, Acupuncture, and many other medical treatment centers.

I’ve also seen a few Holistic Dental Clinics. Presumably, they focus more on overall well-being and less on drugs and medication. Unfortunately, it isn’t always the case.

They have been popular for 15-20 years, but getting more popular each year. Presumably, people are interested in living healthier and more in tune with nature than they were in the 1980’s.

I think the other factor is advertising. The more people hear about it, the more they want it. The more their stars and idols say they use it, the more people seek it out.

Mary asks…

How is child development holistic?

Im doing an essay for child development course i know that holistic is interlinked but not sure of examples please help PLEASE ANSWER ASAP AS ESSAY HAS TO BE IN FRIDAY THANK YOU

vti answers:

Holistic development sees the child in the round, as a whole person – physically, emotionally, intellectually,socially, morally, culturally and spiritually.
Learning about child development involves studying patterns of growth and development, from which guidelines for ‘normal’ development are drawn up.
The purpose of holistic education is to prepare children to meet the challenges of living as well as learning. Holistic education believes it is important for young people to learn:
About themselves.
About healthy relationships and pro-social behavior.
Social development.
Emotional development. Its all about the children learning to be humans and growing up
An example is by teaching children to do things- all children learn at diffrent paces. When something is to slow the child gets bored, when something is to fast the children cant take all the information in and holistically the child has got to get used to a certain pace in order to learn. Hope this helps if u get stuck any more just google holistic approaches to childcare. There will also be theorists to back you up

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Donna asks…

What are some home remedies for indigestion?

This is part of the Chemistry question I have to do for my Junior Certificate Science
I need to know of any home remedies that you might have for indigestion (heartburn)
If you get the information off someone that ok but if you find the answer in a book/website please state the book/URL

Thank you!

vti answers:

“there are two major form of indigestion,” says Michael A. Klaper, M.D., a nutritional medicine specialist in Pompano Beach, Florida, and director of the Institute of Nutritional Education and Research, an organization based in Manhattan Beach, California, that teaches doctors about nutrition and its relationship to disease. “One is in the upper tract: a stomach filled with acid, which is usually the result of plopping a lot of protein into stomach and the stomach responding with a big gush of acid to digest it. For that kind of indigestion. It’s a matter of not eating protein-rich foods too late in the day. So if you must have meat, have it for lunch, and stick with pasta for dinner.

“The other form of indigestion is due to swallowed air in the lower gastrointestinal tract, and that’s often a matter of how fast you’re eating. For that, the best thing is to slow down, chew each mouthful at least 10 to 15 times, avoid drinking with meals and minimize talking while eating,” Dr. Klaper.
Ayurveda:
According to Ayurveda practitioner, bay leaf helps kindle agni, or gastric fire, one of the most vital elements of good digestion. To relieve indigestion, try steeping 1/2 teaspoon of crushed or ground bay leaf (available in most health food stores) in a cup of hot water for ten minutes, suggests Vasant Lad, B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc., director of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Strain the tea so that there’s no bay leaf in it, add a pinch of cardamom and drink the tea after eating.

Herbal Therapy:
Traditional herbal remedies for indigestion include peppermint, ginger and chamomile teas, all of which you can find in a tea bag form in most health food stores, says Varro E.Tyler, Ph.D professor of pharmacognosy at Purdue University in West Lafaette, Indiana. He suggests drinking a cup of one of these teas after every meal.

Robert asks…

What if any Home Remedies for Acid Reflux work?

My acid reflux has been kicking my butt lately and I am getting tired of taking the “purple crack”.
I have heard that their are home remedies that work and are very inexpensive compared to the over the counter and perscription drugs.
If you have had any success with anything please respond.

vti answers:

I am not a doctor, so either way you will want to talk to them, but this is what I have to say as a long time sufferer of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.)!

Three part answer: information, what not to do, and what to do!

INFORMATION!!!!!!
I have a very severe case of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.). I have had to go to the hospital for some of the heartburn that I have had because the pain can become overwhelming or your breathing can be effected. It can be caused by Smoking, Drinking Beverages with caffeine (My case with hereditary), Drinking Beverages with Alcohol, Stress, Anxiety or can be Hereditary

The good thing about G.E.R.D. Is that it can be a temporary thing and can be cured. It is never a permit thing even if you end up with it for the rest of your life it has the ability to be cured.

G.E.R.D. Is caused by too much acid being created in your stomach. This can lead to or cause ulcers, esophagus damage, heartburn and/or damage in the mouth. . Other symptoms that can be found in a few cases are dizziness, tingling in limbs, numbness of Limbs, Chest/Back pain focused on the left side (in most cases), and shortness/difficulty breathing.

WHAT NOT TO DO!!!!!!!!
In most cases, stress is a factor to the reflux if you watch what you eat and reduce some of the stress it will help. If you watch what you eat for about a week you should find relief, if you do not then that is when you definitely what to listen to the doctor. Things to watch for are as follows:

Fatty Foods
Citrus Foods
Foods That Contain Grease
Fried Foods
Chocolate (including any Coco)
Caffeine
Smoking
Alcohol
Tomato Based Products
Lactose
Roughage (Berries and Nuts)
Onions

WHAT TO DO!!!!
The two foods that I recommend is Black strap Molasses and Raw honey. The apple is better for night time reflux while these will work for just about all of it. What you will do is take about a tsp. Of whatever one you chose. Molasses being the better because of strength and nutrition, but must be use to the taste. What the substance will do is stick to the sides of the esophagus and do two things, one is heal and the other is protect.
On the healing end, both substances have a healing property in them, and as they sit on the walls of the esophagus they will heal it. This is also helpful if you have a sore throat in the morning from refluxing.
On the protection end, both substances are high in sugar and when acid that is refluxed comes up to that the sugar will neutralize it and it will not longer be a problem at that point.

I would also look to putting Cinnamon and Ginger in you diet, they have been know to help with digestion and will help you reduce the amount of acid needed to brake down food, therefore causing you to reflux less.

Ken asks…

What’s a good home remedy for fibromylagia pain ?

I experience pain early in the morning, im tiired of pills, any home remedy suggestions.

vti answers:

Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) is compound that occurs naturally in the body. It is needed for proper immune function, it helps maintain cell membranes, it assists in the production and breakdown of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, and it also plays a role in the formation of cartilage and our genetic material (DNA).

A couple of preliminary studies suggest that SAMe may help with fibromyalgia. A small double-blind study evaluated the effect of S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) or placebo in 17 people with fibromyalgia, 11 of whom had depression. The number of tender points decreased after SAMe but not placebo. Depression, as assessed by two rating scales, improved after SAMe but not placebo.

In another double-blind study, 44 people with fibromyalgia took 800 mg of S-adenosylmethionine a day or placebo. After 6 weeks, there were statistically significant improvements in pain, fatigue, morning stiffness, mood, and clinical disease activity. Tender point score, muscle strength, and mood (evaluated by the Beck Depression Inventory) was not significantly better with SAMe than placebo.

However, another double-blind study compared SAMe (600 mg a day) administered intravenously or placebo in 34 people with fibromyalgia. After 10 days, there was no significant difference in tender points.

SAMe may cause indigestion, dry mouth, and insomnia. Rarely, people experience severe diarrhea, heartburn, headache, and dizziness.

People with bipolar disorder should not take SAMe, as it may worsen manic episodes. People who are taking the drug levidopa (commonly prescribed for Parkinson’s disease) should avoid SAMe. People taking antidepressants should not use SAMe without first consulting their doctor. The safety of SAMe in pregnant or nursing women or children has not been established.

2) Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral found naturally in foods such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains and in nutritional supplements.

Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions. Magnesium, along with malic acid (a fruit acid found naturally in apples) are often suggested for people with fibromyalgia because they are both needed for the generation of energy in cells in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). However, one study of 97 people found no association between magnesium levels and fibromyalgia.

A double-blind study examined the effectiveness and safety of magnesium (50 mg three times a day) and malic acid (200 mg three times a day) in 24 people with fibromyalgia. After 4 weeks, the magnesium/malic acid combination was not more effective than placebo.

The participants later received 6 months of the combination in larger doses (up to 300 mg magnesium and 1200 mg malic acid per day) for 6 months. This time, the combination resulted in a significant improvement in pain and tenderness, however, this portion of the study was open label (both the researchers and participants know which treatment is being administered) and not blinded, so the results, while promising, cannot be used as evidence that the combination was effective. Further studies are needed.

High doses of magnesium may cause diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite, muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, irregular heart rate, and confusion. It can interact with certain medications, such as those for osteoporosis, high blood pressure (calcium channel blockers), as well as some antibiotics, muscle relaxants, and diuretics.

3) Vitamin D

Fibromyalgia and generalized aches and pains not meeting the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia have been attributed by some researchers to vitamin D deficiency. For example, a large German study examined 994 people and found a strong correlation between low vitamin D levels and higher rates and longer duration of generalized bone and/or muscle aches and pains.

A study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings examined 150 people with persistent, non-specific musculoskeletal pain in Minnesota. The researchers found that 93% of them had deficient levels of vitamin D.

In another study, vitamin D levels were assessed in 75 people who fulfilled the American College of Rheumatology criteria for fibromyalgia. Although there was no relationship between vitamin D levels and musculoskeletal symptoms, vitamin D deficiency was linked to anxiety and depression in people with fibromyalgia.

4) 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)

The supplement 5-HTP is thought to work by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. There is preliminary evidence that it may reduce the number of tender points in people with fibromyalgia, possibly by effecting pain-modulating systems in the brainstem.

A double-blind, placebo controlled study looked at 5-HTP or placebo in 50 people with fibromyalgia. After four weeks, people taking 5-HTP had a significant improvement in pain, the number of tender points, stiffness, anxiety, fa

Donald asks…

how do i get rid of heartburn fast? home remedies please i cant go to the shop!?

i have already used a rennie but the pain is awful and i dont want to make a trek to the shop and back! home remedies please!

vti answers:

A tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water will stop it if it is just heartburn

Here is a link to an alternative medicine site that you might like
http://health.discovery.com/centers/althealth/cabinet/cabinet.html

Ruth asks…

What is a good remedy for stomach cramps?

Last night, I woke up with stomach cramps. They subsided on their own after a while, and I eventually went back to sleep. I didn’t have any other symptoms (heartburn, nausea, etc.) besides the cramps, and so far I feel okay today.

What is a good remedy – either medicine or simple home remedy – to take for stomach cramps? I have two stomach medicines in my house – liquid Pepto and Maalox tablets – but I’m not sure either of them would help at all.

vti answers:

Go to your Doctor, I had stomach cramp’s they would come and go. Then one night they didn’t go away and it turned out to be a bleeding ulcer.

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Ruth asks…

Have natural pms remedies worked for you?

I have been noticing my pms symptoms getting more severe over the last year or so. I actually think it could be pmdd, but that’s only matching up symptoms that I see on the internet. I’m really wanting to try a natural remedy at this point. Using anti-depressents doesn’t sound like something I want to jump into. I am seeing that folic acid and calcium are supposed to be good. Any experiences?

vti answers:

Natural Remedies for PMS
These are some of the natural remedies that are used for PMS:

Calcium

Studies suggest that calcium levels are lower in women with PMS and that calcium supplementation may reduce the severity of symptoms.

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A large study looked at 1057 women with PMS and 1968 women without PMS. Women with the greatest intake of calcium from food sources had the least PMS symptoms.

Another study found that 300 mg of calcium carbonate four times a day significantly reduced bloating, depression, pain, mood swings, and food cravings.

Chaste Tree Berry

Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) berry is one of the most popular herbs for premenstrual syndrome in Europe.

A study published in the British Medical Journal involving 178 women with PMS found that chaste tree berry significantly reduced PMS symptoms over three menstrual cycles. Women taking chaste tree had significant improvements in irritability, depression, headaches, and breast tenderness.

The most common side effects of chaste tree berry are nausea, headache, digestive disturbances, menstrual disorders, acne, itching, and skin rashes. Chaste tree berry should not be taken by pregnant or nursing women. The safety of chaste tree berry in children or people with kidney or liver disease has not been established.

Theoretically, chaste tree berry may interact with hormones or drugs that affect the pituitary gland. For more information on chaste tree berry, read the Chaste Tree Berry / Vitex Fact Sheet

Magnesium

The mineral magnesium, found naturally in food and available in supplements, has showing good preliminary results for PMS. One study examined the use of magnesium supplements or placebo in 32 women with PMS. The amount of magnesium used was 360 mg three times a day, starting from day 15 to the start of the menstrual period. Magnesium supplements were found to significantly improve PMS mood changes.

Another study used 200 mg of magnesium or placebo for two menstrual cycles. By the end of the second month, magnesium was found to significantly reduce weight gain, swelling of the hands and legs, breast tenderness, and abdominal bloating.

People with heart or kidney disease should not take magnesium supplements without consulting their doctor. Side effects of excess magnesium can include upset stomach and diarrhea. It can also cause nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, slowed heart rate, deficiencies of other minerals, confusion, coma, and even death.

Magnesium may interact with antibiotics, blood pressure medications, diabetic medications, digoxin, levothyroxine, and tiludronate (an osteoporosis medication) and should only be taken together under medical supervision.

Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose oil is a plant oil that contains gamma-linolenic acid, an omega-6 essential fatty acid. Gamma-linolenic acid is involved in the metabolism of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins that regulate pain and inflammation in the body.

A review of seven studies on evening primrose for PMS found that the two most well-designed studies failed to show any beneficial effects for evening primrose.

Acupuncture

In traditional Chinese medicine, the liver is the organ most affected by stress, anger, and frustration. Stagnation of liver energy, or “qi”, by emotions, alcohol, and spicy and fatty foods can lead to PMS symptoms such as breast tenderness and abdominal bloating and cramping.

Although there is no scientific evidence behind this assessment, acupuncture, exercise, expressing emotions, and breathing exercises are recommended by practitioners to relieve liver stagnation.

Emotions in Traditional Chinese Medicine

What is Acupuncture?

Dietary Suggestions

Reduce sugar and salt intake. This is especially useful for bloating and swelling of the hands and feet, breast tenderness, and dizziness. Increase foods rich in potassium, such as fish, beans, and broccoli.

Eat small, frequent meals to help stabilize blood sugar.

Eliminate caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety, depression, and breast tenderness.

Increase intake of fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and fish.

Avoid alcohol.

Decrease intake of fatty foods and red meat.

Exercise

Regular aerobic exercise such as brisk walking, jogging, swimming, or cycling may help relieve PMS symptoms. In one study, the frequency but not the intensity of exercise was associated with a decreased PMS symptoms.

Relaxation

Breathing exercises, meditation, aromatherapy, and yoga are some natural ways to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Many women feel more assertive and attuned to their needs in the weeks before menses. This can be used constructively by allowing for personal time to relax, expressing emotions, and giving priority to your needs and what nourishes you.

Hope this helps?

David asks…

What are some natural headache remedies??

I’ve been getting some wicked headaches and the doctors can’t seem to figure out why I get them and why I can’t get rid of them. Does anyone have some/or know of some natural remedies or what not that might work?

vti answers:

Here are some head remedies of Homeopathic Medicine for different types of Headaches with different symptoms select the one which matches your symptoms and take it as prescribed and in the potency it is prescribed if your symptoms are different then the ones given below please drop me an email with your details and symptoms and I can help you out with Homeopathic remedies and cure you without any side effects or complications of any kind :-

With constant nausea;clean tongue Ipecac 30 3 hourly

With severe throbbing and rush of blood towards head Belladonna 30 3 hourly

Due to over eating;stomach disorders;tongue thickly whitish coated;worse bathing specially after river bathing Antim-crud.30 or 200 4 hourly(3)

Due to exposure to dry,cold wind;sudden with anxiety Aconite nap.30 or 200 1/2 hourly(3)

With watering of eyes and sensitiveness to bright light Euphrasia 30 3 hourly

Headache;better by bending backwards;due to nerve injury Hypericum 30 3 hourly

Headache with humming in ears;due to nervous weakness Kali phos.6X or 30 3 hourly

Hammering headache;worse during menstrual cycle going in sun;school girls Natrum mur.30 or 200 4 hourly

Headache starts from nape of neck and shift over to the head;patient desires to lie down quietly;better passing urine Gelsemium 30 or 200 3 hourly

Violent headache due to working under gas light;sun-stroke Glonoine 6 or 30 2 hourly

Bursting headache;worse by stooping and movements;excessive thirst and constipation Bryonia 30 or 200 3 hourly(6)

Nervous headache;after grief,disappointment;worse inhaling smoke Ignatia 200 or 1M 3 hourly(3)

Headache;due to sinusitis,pressure and pain at the root of nose Kali bich.30 4 hourly

Due to eating rich fatty food,loss of thirst,better in open cold air Pulsatilla 30 4 hourly

Due to eye strain;disturbances of accomodation of eye sight Ruta g.30 4 hourly

After taking alcoholic drinks;sedentary habits;chilly patient Nux vomica 30 4 hourly

Sun haedcahe;aggravation from sun rise to sunset;from cardiac origin Kalmia lat.30 or 200 6 hourly

Of school children;crushing headache,pressure on top of head Acid-phos.30 4 hourly

Headache localised;at the nape of neck;worse by walking and noise Pneumococcin.200 10 min(3)

Frontal headache;neuralgic pain above and behind the right eye;heaviness of head.Better by rest,lying down and eating Penicillinum 30 or 200 10 min(3)

Headache worse early morning;empty gone sensation at 10 -11 A.M. Sulphur 200 or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

Please feel free to email me if you need any help with Homeopathic Remedies.
Take Care and God Bless you !

Chris asks…

what is natural remedy for diabetes?

What is fast result giving natural remedy or household (Kitchen) herb for diabetes?

vti answers:

Natural remedy – Eat a healthy, balanced diet. And exercise 5 days a week.

Household remedy – nothing. Anyone pushing herbs to cure diabetes is on the level of the folks selling gas saving gizmos to improve the fuel efficiency in your car.

Plain and simple if diabetes could be control by simply eating one thing, I would have a big bowl of whatever it is next to me now taking a spoonful every 15 minutes. Diabetes is a genetic, lifestyle (Type 2) disease. If you eat properly, control your weight and exercise, you may never, ever be diagnosed diabetic even though you have the gene for it. If you get lazy, don’t watch what you eat and gain a few pounds, it can rear it’s ugly head (speaking about myself). Once diagnosed, you are forever diabetic. Yes you can control it, as I am now, but you have to keep doing the right things.

Steven asks…

Are there any natural remedies…

for acne, zits or scaring? I’ve have zits/acne for a while now and just when it seems like everything is going alright a ginormous pipple pops out! Just to control the amount of zits growing on my face i stopped eating candy, chocolate, fast food, pop, etc. and its almost been a year since but there hasn’t been a big improvement! i was wondering if anyone has any natural remedies that could help!!

vti answers:

Many natural ways to get rid of acne and natural cures for acne have been documented. These natural acne cures generally involve applying some form of fruit, vegetable, or herb to the affected areas. Included among these natural ways to get rid of acne are:

Garlic applied to the affected area.
A paste made of cucumbers.
Mint oil or mint juice.
Honey has a natural antimicrobial action and has been used among the natural cures for acne for a long time.
Some of the more modern of the natural ways to get rid of acne are toothpaste or oatmeal bath treatment, mixed into a paste and applied to the affected areas.

My personal favorite is honey..i apply it 3 to 5 times a week

John asks…

What are some natural remedies for allergies?

My girlfriend has really bad allergies that keep her up all night. Instead of buying over-the-counter drugs like Claritin, are there other natural remedies I can use that really help? Thanks.

vti answers:

Homeopathic Remedies for Common Allergies :-

Allergic to dust, smoke,strong perfumes Histamine 1M weekly (3 Doses)

Allergic to bread, acidic food Nat Mur 30 or 200, 4 hourly

Allergic to beer, malt liquor Kali Bich 30, 4 hourly

Allergic to dust(asthma), Pothos Foe 6X or 30, 4 hourly

Allergic to warm boiled milk, fatty pork (diarrhoea), Sepia 30 or 200, 4 hourly

Allergic to milk Magnesia Carb 30 or 200, 6 hourly

Allergic to cod liver oil Hepar Sulph 30, 6 hourly

Allergic to aspirin, bad liquor, salt butter, bad eggs, poultry items Carvo Veg 30, 4 hourly

Allergic to antibiotics Sulphur 30 or 200, 6 hourly(3 Doses)

Allergic to castor oil Bryonia Album 30, 6 hourly

Allergic to coffee Nux Vomica 30, 4 hourly

Allergic to heat Apis Mel 30, 4 hourly

Allergic to cold drinks, fruits, rotten food, iodine Arsenic Album 30, 4 hourly

Allergic to dampness Dulcamara 30 or 200, 4 hourly

Allergic to smell of flowers(asthma) Ailanthus G, 6X or 30, 4 hourly

Allergic to sweats, fatty meat, onion Thuja Occ 30 or 200, 6 hourly (3 Doses)

Allergic to sugar Argentum Nit 30 or 200, 6 hourly(3 Doses)

Allergic to rice Tellurium 30 or 200, 6 hourly

Allergic to cabbage Petroleum 30 or 200, 6 hourly

Allergic to cheese Nitri spiritus dulcis Q or 30, 6 hourly

Allergic to cold milk Kali Iod 200, 6 hourly

Allergic to decayed vegetables, Carbo Animalis 30 or 200, 6 hourly

Allergic to unripe fruits, prunes, Rheum 200, 6 hourly

Allergic to veal Kali Nit 200, 6 hourly

Allergic to pastry; rich icecream, mixed food Pulsatilla 30, 4 hourly

Allergic to lemonade Selenium 30 or 200, 6 hourly

Allergic to indigestible food, tonque clean, constant nausea Ipecac 30 or 200, 6 hourly

Allergic to melons Zingiber 30, 4 hourly

Allergic to iodide of potassium, Aurum Met 30 or 200, 6 hourly

Allergic to sugar; bitter food Natrum Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

Incurrent remedy Psorinum 200 or 1M, fortnightly(3 Doses)

Allergic to vinegar; pickles, sour foods, acids Lachesis 200, weekly (3 Doses)

Allergic to strawberries Oxalic Acid 30 or 200, weekly (3 Doses)

Allergic to oysters Lycopodium 200, 6 hourly.

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Allergic Bronchitis – Inflammation of mucuos membranesof the bronchial tubes due to altered reaction incited by an antigen or allegen is called Allergic Bronchitis :-

After preventive vaccines (Triple antigen, polio oral vaccine or B.C.G) Drosera 1M (never give in acute stage) fortnightly (3 Doses)

After vaccination against small pox Thuja Occ 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

After vaccination against Diphtheria Diphtherinum 1M, 10 min( 3 Doses)

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Allergic Rhinitis :-

Allergic to dust, smoke, perfumes and sprays etc,usually of the naso pharynx which leads to sneezing and blockage of nose and then cough Histamine 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

Allergic to dust, coryza with profuse nasal discharge and sneezing in the evening, dull frontal headache; lachrynation with itching in eyes Justicia Adhatoda 30, 4 hourly

Profuse, watery coryza; itching to posterior chamber of nose Solanum Lycopersicum 30, 4 hourly.

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If your symptoms are not given here consult a Homeopathic Practitioner for constitutional treatment or post the patients symptoms on detail exactly the way the patient feels them.

Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

For Seasonal Allergies please read this answer :- http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AupGPJzttYi6.S3cL0dG1wvty6IX?qid=20070901185613AAUG0a5&show=7#profile-info-rCUWKPt2aa

Take Care and God Bless You !

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Thomas asks…

What are some natural remedies for reflux and heartburn?

vti answers:

Home remedies for acidity:
* Drinking milk or eating milk products are helpful in relieving symptoms of acidity.
* Foods such as pickles, vinegar, fried foods, hot spicy foods, chocolate, pastries, and raw salad vegetables like onion, radish, cabbage, and peppers should be avoided.
* Clove also helps to relieve the symptoms of acidity. Suck one piece of clove slowly to relieve the symptoms. It also helps to reduce the onset of disease that arises due to acidity.
* A cup of vanilla ice cream or a glass of cold milk also helps to get relieve heartburn and acidity within minutes.
* Almonds are also a good source for relieving the heartburn and acidity. Eat several almonds when heartburn symptoms persist.
* Lemons also help to prevent heartburn. Cut a lemon into thin strips and dip in salt. Eat before meals to prevent heartburn.
* Take some mint leaves and chop these and then boil in a cup of water and sip slowly after meals. If a person drinks Fresh mint juice every day he will never experience acidity.
* Jaggery or gur taken after every meal also helps to reduce the acidity. Keep a piece of gur in the mouth and slowly suck it till acidity decreases.
* Eating bananas is also helpful in preventing the symptoms of acidity and heartburn. To prevent acidity it is advised to eat a banana daily.
* A mixture of 2 tsp of natural apple cider vinegar and 2 tsp raw honey in a glass of water before meals fights with acidity.
* Basil (tulsi) leaves helps to get relief from burning, nausea and gas. Chew some leaves of tulsi to decrease the acidity.
* Coconut water 4-5 times a day decreases the symptoms of the acidity and the heartburn.
* Harad (Terminalia chebula) if taken after every meal prevents the symptoms of the acidity.
* 1 tsp juice of chebulic myroblan mixed with 1 tsp of amla (Indian gooseberry) juice helps to prevent acidity and heartburn.
* Boil one cup of water. To this add 1 tsp of Aniseed (Saunf). Cover and leave overnight. Strain the water in the morning, add 1 tsp of honey. When this is taken 3 times a day it prevents acidity.
* To 1 ½ liters of water add 1 tsp Caraway seeds (shah jeera). Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Sip while warm. Take this liquid 2-3 times a day for 5-6 days. It will decrease the acidity.
* Take a glass of water, add a pinch of baking soda and drink it. It gives immediate relief from acidity.
* Take a glass of warm water, add a pinch of hing (asafoetida) and have it every morning to prevent acidity.
* Eat a serving of cucumber or watermelon 4-5 times in a day to fight against acidity.
* Fennel helps to relieve abdominal pain, colon disorders, gas, and gastrointestinal tract spasms. It is an effective remedy for acidic stomach conditions (heartburn).
* Ginger is very useful for digestive disorders. It help to relieve indigestion from rich foods.
* Make a fine powder by adding equal amounts of ginger powder, black pepper, dried mint leaves, asafetida (hing), anise seeds, coriander seeds, cumin, fennel and common salt. Dosage: Take about 1 teaspoon of this powder with water, twice a day after meals.
* It is advised to eat 8-10 glass to water daily. Drinking water gives immediate relief to symptoms like wind, distended stomach and acidity.
* Chewing bubble-gum also disappears the acidity. This is an easy and best way to get rid of Acidity.
* For heartburn drink a teaspoon of vinegar. It is because there is not sufficient acid in our stomach to digest food properly, thus gasses come back up and burn our stomach.
* Calcium also helps to fight with the heartburn and acidity. Yoghurt or ice-cream gives immediate relief from acidity and heartburn.
* 1 tsp juice of chebulic myroblan mixed with 1 tsp of amla (Indian gooseberry) juice daily relieves acidity.
* Powder one clove and one cardamom; use the powder as a mouth freshener after every meal. No more acidity and no more bad breathe.
* After food maintain an upright posture to prevent the reflex and to prevent the symptoms of acidity.
* Sleep with your head and shoulder on a high pillow for elevation.
* Do not skip meals. Do not keep large gap between meals. This produces gas / wind.
* Eat dinner 2-3 hours before going to bed.
* Last but not the least stop smoking and cut down on alcohol.

Maria asks…

Any home remedys for heartburn? ?

I no this is the wrong section but i posted it in the health section and didn’t no answers. I am 28 weeks pregnant and really bad heartburn. The shops are closed so i cant go get anything. I don’t like milk or yoghurt. Please help lol
I’m sorry guy’s but i tried the vinegar and it made it worse. Thanks for the suggestion though. xxx

vti answers:

Home Remedies For Heartburn

Related Resources

* Heartburn Cause

* Antacids

* Heartburn Symptom

* Acid Heartburn Reflux

* Acid Indigestion

More Info:
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Home Remedies For Heartburn

Heartburn Definition
Heartburn is an uncomfortable but common feeling of burning or warmth in the chest. Heartburn or pyrosis is a painful or burning sensation in the esophagus,caused by regurgitation of gastric acid. Heartburn is a digestive problem and has nothing to do with the heart. Heartburn is generally related to meals and posture.

Home Remedies for Heartburn
How to Cure Heartburn with Natural Treatments

* Drink cold milk.
* Eat yogurt.
* Eat bananas.
* Eat cooked rice.
* Eat uncooked almonds.
* Don’t lay down after you eat, stay vertical.
* Herbal remedy for heartburn: Drink basil/ peppermint/ salvia/ chamomile tea.
* Dont eat spicy/ oily food.
* To relief the heartburn Eat bread.
* Eat sour cabbage to relief the heartburn
* Eat an apple with every meal.
* Drink carbonated water.
* Eat or drink cucumbers.
* Home remedy for heartburn: eat honey mixed with lemon juice to help with the heartburn.
* Don’t eat spicy or over spiced food, also avoid greasy food.
* Eat small frequent meals.

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James asks…

heartburn home remedy ?

what are some home remedies to cure heartburn?
thankss 🙂

vti answers:

The ultimate home remedy for heartburn is Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. You say WHAT???? VINEGAR IS AN ACID!! Yeah true, but heartburn is caused by an inbalance of acid in your stomach. Apple Cider Vinegar will help to restore your PH and bring you acid levels back to normal. DO NOT USE MILK!!! Milk works much the same way antacids work. It neutralizes stomach acid which makes digestion more difficult. In short terms, milk makes it worse.

Susan asks…

home remedys for sour stomach,heartburn?

vti answers:

The best home remedy is prevention through proper diet. Start by changing your diet to preservative free/organic foods only. Drink Water and Milk only (no soda and no juices).

I’ve dealt with this issue for many years and tried numerous drugs and remedies. They help, but when I changed my diet preserative free, 90% of the issue is gone. If I eat a pizza from Pizza Hut, I will be sick (sore stomach) for 2 days. However if I eat a preservative free pizza, I have no symptoms. Make you think about the junk we eat…

Chris asks…

Remedy for heartburn from antibiotics?

My dad recently had prostate surgery and has been taken antibiotics for about a week now. Unfortunately they are giving him a lot of heartburn. The over the counter stuff isn’t working ( zantac, maalox, tums). We called the doctor and they say he needs to take for 2 more days and weren’t really helpful in any suggestions to help other than chase it with food.

Any suggestions on what else he can try for the heartburn?

vti answers:

HOME REMEDIES FOR HEARTBURN

* Almonds are also a good source for relieving the heartburn and acidity. Eat several almonds when heartburn symptoms persist.

Lemons also help to prevent heartburn. Cut a lemon into thin strips and dip in salt. Eat before meals to prevent heartburn.
* Take some mint leaves and chop these and then boil in a cup of water and sip slowly after meals. If a person drinks Fresh mint juice every day he will never experience acidity.
* Jaggery or gur taken after every meal also helps to reduce the acidity. Keep a piece of gur in the mouth and slowly suck it till acidity decreases.
* Eating bananas is also helpful in preventing the symptoms of acidity and heartburn. To prevent acidity it is advised to eat a banana daily.
* A mixture of 2 tsp of natural apple cider vinegar and 2 tsp raw honey in a glass of water before meals fights with acidity.
* Basil (tulsi) leaves helps to get relief from burning, nausea and gas. Chew some leaves of tulsi to decrease the acidity.
* Coconut water 4-5 times a day decreases the symptoms of the acidity and the heartburn.
* Harad (Terminalia chebula) if taken after every meal prevents the symptoms of the acidity.
* 1 tsp juice of chebulic myroblan mixed with 1 tsp of amla (Indian gooseberry) juice helps to prevent acidity and heartburn.
* Boil one cup of water. To this add 1 tsp of Aniseed (Saunf). Cover and leave overnight. Strain the water in the morning, add 1 tsp of honey. When this is taken 3 times a day it prevents acidity.
* To 1 ½ liters of water add 1 tsp Caraway seeds (shah jeera). Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Sip while warm. Take this liquid 2-3 times a day for 5-6 days. It will decrease the acidity.
* Take a glass of water, add a pinch of baking soda and drink it. It gives immediate relief from acidity.
* Take a glass of warm water, add a pinch of hing (asafoetida) and have it every morning to prevent acidity.
* Never smoke before or while eating. Smoking often causes one to swallow small amounts of air, which form air pockets in the digestive tract with the added pressure of food.
* Go for a small walk after eating, which will help stimulate the digestive system.
* Refrain from consuming alcohol, caffeine, over-the-counter pain relievers, and other stimulants.
* Increase more fibre in your diet. This will naturally helps to relieve the future suffering. Bulk foods help to absorb excess acid and gas, and allow your body to rid itself of toxins more quickly.
* Drink 8-10 glasses of water.
* Put a tablespoon of baking soda into a cup of water and mix it good then drink it.
* Keep 10-15 raisins in your mouth. Do not chew. Let them be there. Swallow the saliva secreted. Burning sensation will stop in about 5 minutes.
* Eat lots of raw broccoli to kill heartburn.
* Mix a little bit of salt and sugar on your hand and eat it.
* Take one teaspoon of mustard if you have heartburn or indigestion.
* Chewing bubble-gum also disappears the acidity. This is an easy and best way to get rid of Acidity.
* For heartburn drink a teaspoon of vinegar. It is because there is not sufficient acid in our stomach to digest food properly, thus gasses come back up and burn our stomach.
* Calcium also helps to fight with the heartburn and acidity. Yoghurt or ice-cream gives immediate relief from acidity and heartburn.
* After food maintain an upright posture to prevent the reflex and to prevent the symptoms of acidity.
* Sleep with your head and shoulder on a high pillow for elevation.
* Do not skip meals. Do not keep large gap between meals. This produces gas / wind.
* Eat dinner 2-3 hours before going to bed.

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Mandy asks…

supplement for acne?

ok guys i really need your help on thi..i’m taking zinc supplement for my acne and i’ve heard that some form of zinc is better than others..which kind is it?i’m currently taking(well the bottle says)ELEMENTAL ZINC [zinc amino acid chelate]is it any good?…thanks and no stupid answer please..

vti answers:

This is a really hard question to answer,
Someone had send me this website and you’ll come to a site that has all the info you need .

Hope this helps out some way 🙂

sources :

http://www.syubrawi.com/skin-care-supplies
http://the-hair-care.blogspot.com
http://www.syubrawi.com/acne-skin-care

Susan asks…

Taking zinc supplements for acne?

I was browsing acne treatments on Amazon when one of the recommended products that popped up was a zinc supplement. The reviews for it seemed promising, but before I spend my money on anything I thought I’d get some opinions from other people.

-I have some guy friends who take l-lysine supplements that clear up their acne, but my female friends who have tried it didn’t see any results. I’m a girl. Is zinc effective for both genders?
-I already take a daily multivitamin, and it includes zinc (15 mg). Would taking another zinc supplement be potentially dangerous? I know that anything over 150mg a day can be dangerous, but if zinc supplements are effective, I can change my vitamin regimen.

vti answers:

You can buy Zinc and l-lysine tablets at any chemist, they are very cheap about $6 for 50 pills. They are safe to take at recommended dose so you might as well try them. Don’t buy “acne” treatments at an inflated price if it’s only Zinc and l-lysine.

James asks…

acne…………………..?

whats the fastest way to get rid of body/face acne

vti answers:

Hi Daniella,

The fastest way to get rid of any ailment is to use a two pronged attack. Most people only use a dermatological cream, without bothering to do the research into supplements they can take to fight acne from the inside.

1. Re-evaluate your diet. Many studies have shown a direct link between acne and diets. The worst possible diet you can have, in regards to acne, would be a diet high in processed white sugars, flours (soft drinks, white bread, chocolate, candy etc) or other quickly digestible carbohydrates.

When you eat or drink white sugar in high quantities, it causes your body to release large amounts of insulin, which in turn relases IGF-1. IGF-1 has been directly to acne formation.

Focus on eating more whole, raw foods, such as fruit and vegetables, and eat a lot more seafood. Especially oily fish such as salmon, because they have high amounts of Omega-3 & 6, both great for your skin.

2. Supplement. Take a multi-vitamin high in both Vitamin A and E. Both have been shown to be deficient in people with acne. The best supplement on the market at the moment is Acnezine. You can check out my link for a place you can buy it online.

3. Topical Creams. This is the part which most people get partially right. Once you have taken care of the problem internally, you need to get a good topical cream that will not only rid you of your existing acne, but prevent them from re-occuring.

The cream must be high in the following:

Benzoyl Peroxide
Organic Aloe Vera
Tea Tree Oil

The best place offering this online, is again Acnezine. I have their link in my source page. They currently have a 2 month free trial, so you can make sure its for you.

Good luck!

Chris asks…

what is a muscle supplement that won’t cause acne?

i know creatine does, so what are some other ones that work well and arent TOO expensive and don’t cause acne def dont want that shit

vti answers:

Actually the supplement you are taken does not cause acne. The most likely cause of acne are as follows.

1. Age. Acne is more prevalent at youth. So if you are under 20, this is the most likely cause.

2. Working out. This can cause acne because when you work out, you increase levels of testosterone and therefore have more acne.

Unfortunately, anything that will boost your testosterone levels, will cause acne. This is just an unfortunate side effect of pretty much anything that will help. Including excessive protein and working out (both of which you need to gain muscle).

You are better off trying to manage your acne or speaking to a physician for treatment.

Nancy asks…

ACNE………………….?

i have had serious acne for 2 years now…im on a prescribtion drug from the doctor, steivamicien for a year now..any other tips on how to prevent teen acne?

vti answers:

MEDICATION OR DIET? Over the counter acne medicine contains one of these active ingredients: Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Sulfur, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid). If acne still not improving after trying these, then see a doctor to get a stronger medicine or try changing diet & lifestyle. Research has shown that there is a connection between certain kinds of food & acne. Read book The Clear Skin Diet by Alan C. Logan & Valori Treloar!

WASH, TONE, MOISTURIZE FACE: Try natural gentle (not acne)products: Wash face with warm water & Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar by Johnson&Johnson, twice day, morning & night (possibly third time, midday). Apply toner Witch Hazel which is non drying, reduces bacteria/swelling, minimizes size of skin pores, helps acne inflammation. Or make toner by mixing 1 part organic apple cider vinegar with the mother (Bragg Organic Apple Cider) with 5 parts pure water. (Caution! Test small area! If burns/to drying, use more water! Use at least 1 part water! Less Water = Stronger /More Drying Formula.) This vinegar kills bacteria, absorbs excess oil, helps dry out pimples, lightens scars, leaves skin tone more refined. Moisturize face with Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera Gelly. This aloe vera is 99% organic plus it contains vitamin A, C, E! Aloe vera helps stimulate cell renewal, heals skin blemishes/scars.

MAKEUP: Using a makeup finish will give you oil-free matte skin all day! Use Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish or Model In A Bottle Makeup Setting Spray. Apply makeup with clean hands! Only use oil free makeup that won’t clog pores! Old makeup & makeup tools harbor bacteria so use fresh makeup & wash/replace tools often! Wash makeup off face before going to bed!

FACE MASSAGE (done often)will help remove toxins, regenerate skin cells, tone/firm skin, improve skin texture, encourage good blood supply, delivers nutrients, nourishes skin. Wash hands & face! Apply toner. Use aloe vera as massage gel. Do 10 min massage before going to bed. Don’t wash face again, let aloe vera dry on face. Buy book on face massage techniques like the, Ten Minute Facelift by Jennie Harding.

FACE MASK: Do face mask once a week. Wash face with warm water, apply mask. Leave on for 20 min or until it dries. Buy face mask for oily acne skin or make mask by mixing plain oatmeal with water. Oatmeal is soothing, absorbs excess oil, exfoliates skin for a smoother complexion.

EAT HEALTHY FOOD: Eat variety & alot of fruits vegetables! OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS (sardines, salmon, fish oil supplement), LYCOPENE (tomato, tomato products), GREEN TEA (freshly brewed), ZINC (oyster, crab, beans, wholegrain cereal) all has the ability to reduce chemicals/hormones involved in acne & help acne inflammation. VITAMIN A (carrot, winter squash, spinach), VITAMIN C (orange, lemon, lime, kiwi), ANTHOCYANINS (purple grapes, blueberry, acai, dark cherries, pomegranate) provides antioxidant protection, improves skin quality, helps acne. Milk has strongly been linked to acne! Drink Rice Dream Rice Drink instead of milk! Read book The Clear Skin Diet for more information!!

WATER: Drinking pure water (approx. 64oz a day)gives you a radiant complexion, carries nutrients to every cell in your body, flushes out toxins, improves circulation & blood flow, helps constipation. You can also include 100% fruit juice as part of your daily total.

VITAMIN MINERAL SUPPLEMENT: It is hard to get all vitamins minerals skin needs on a daily basis, so take supplement each day. Overdosing on vitamins minerals (whether from food or supplements) is toxic & dangerous!

AEROBIC EXERCISE (done often)reduces acne breakouts, helps clear the skin by increasing circulation & delivery of nutrients to skin cells, flushes out toxins, reduces the production of hormones related to acne, helps constipation. Drink water! Immediately take a shower to remove sweat & dirt!

DRY SKIN BRUSHING (done often)removes dead skin cells, stimulates blood circulation, maintains glowing supple skin, cleanses lymphatic system, helps carry away toxins, removes cellulite. Caution! Brushing must be done correctly & carefully, so read book, Dr. Berkowsky’s Vital Chi Skin Brushing System by Bruce Berkowsky! Take shower after brushing to wash off dead skin & impurities! Don’t brush face,Do face massage!

HANDS, HAIR, STUFF: Keep dirt & bacteria at bay to prevent more breakouts! Don’t touch face with hands, keep hair clean, don’t let dirty oily hair touch face, clean phone often or don’t let phone touch face, don’t lean face on objects, clean glasses often, wash pillowcase/sheets/ blanket/washcloth/towel often.

BOW MOVEMENT: Skin eruptions can be caused or aggravated by constipation-excess waste in colon! Make sure bow movements are regular by eating enough fiber, fruits, vegetables, drink water, exercise.

SLEEPING: Getting enough sleep helps repair body at cellular level, helps skin repair itself. Adults need between 7 to 9 hrs of sleep.

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George asks…

vitamins??

does anyone have a list of what each vitamin does???? like vitamin A, C, etc.

vti answers:

Vitamin A

* Affects: skin, tissue growth and regeneration, eyes, white blood cells, bone and teeth growth and mucus membranes in mouth, nose, throat, lungs.

* Daily Recommended Dosage: 5,000 IU for men and 4,000 IU for women

* Whole Foods: whole milk, fat-free milk fortified with vitamin A, whole eggs, liver, beef, chicken, dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, cantaloupe, mango’s, apricots, tomato juice.

* Deficiency Symptoms: teeth and gum problems, fatigue, loss of appetite, dry, scaly skin, increase susceptibility to infection, night blindness. (Vitamin A deficiency would be rare in the United States, it occurs mainly in developing countries where people are malnourished.)

* Warnings: High doses of Vitamin A from supplements can cause birth defects, liver problems and reduction in bone density.

* Research: A recent study found that beta carotene along with other antioxidants and zinc may slow down macular degeneration. Your doctor will prescribe the proper vitamins if you have macular degeneration.

Vitamin B6

* Affects: brain and metabolism

* Daily Recommended Dosage: 1.3 to 1.7 milligrams

* Whole Foods: Poultry, fish, pork, eggs, soybeans, oats, whole-grain foods, nuts, seeds and bananas.

* Deficiency Symptoms: skin problems, anemia in adults, convulsions in infants

* Warnings: High doses of B6 may cause nerve damage.

Vitamin B9: Folic Acid

* Affects: developing fetus, red blood cell formation, protein metabolism, growth and cell division

* Daily Recommended Dosage: 400 micro grams

* Whole Foods: Citrus juices and fruits, beans, nuts, seeds, liver, dark green leafy vegetables (spinach, beet greens) and fortified grain products (rice, bread, cereal, pasta).

* Warnings: High doses over 1500 mcg/day should be avoided as it can cause a variety of symptoms like nausea and loss of appetite.

* Research: A Folic acid supplement can reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the developing fetus when taken by the mother before and during pregnancy.

Vitamin B12

* Affects: red blood cells, metabolism and nerves

* Daily Recommended Dosage: 6 micro grams

* Whole Foods: Meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs and dairy products.

* Deficiency Symptoms: memory loss, disorientation, hallucinations, and tingling in the arms and legs

Vitamin C

* Affects: skin, immunity to illness, healing of wounds

* Daily Recommended Dosage: 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women (and an extra 35 mg for smokers)

* Whole Foods: Citrus juice and fruit, berries, tomatoes, potatoes, green and red peppers, broccoli and spinach.

* Deficiency Symptoms: weakness, irritability, weight loss, bleeding gums, infection, gangrene, hemorrhaging, wounds that won?t heal.

* Warnings: Excess vitamin C may cause mild diarrhea

* Research: A recent study found that vitamin C along with other antioxidants and zinc may slow down macular degeneration. Your doctor will prescribe the proper vitamins if you have macular degeneration.

Vitamin D

* Affects: bone, teeth and absorption of calcium

* Daily Recommended Dosage:

up to age 50: 5 micro grams

51 ? 70: 10 micro grams

after 70: 15 micro grams

* Whole Foods: Vitamin D-fortified milk, vitamin D-fortified cereal, liver, egg yolks, fish and fish liver oils. And Sunlight!

* Deficiency Symptoms: bone softening

* Warnings: Prolonged use of excess Vitamin D is not recommended. Can cause kidney damage, high blood pressure, headaches, and other problems.

* Research: Vitamin D combined with calcium may slow bone loss and reduce fractures.

Vitamin E

* Affects: red blood cells, reproduction, aging

* Daily Recommended Dosage: 15 milligrams from food OR 22 IU from natural-source vitamin E OR 33 IU from the synthetic form

* Whole Foods: Vegetable oils, wheat germ, whole-grain products, avocados, nuts and peanut butter.

* Warnings: In rare cases when Vitamin E is taken in high doses it can cause many types of symptoms including bleeding and gastrointestinal problems.

* Research: A recent study found that vitamin E along with other antioxidants and zinc may slow down macular degeneration. Your doctor will prescribe the proper vitamins if you have macular degeneration. Studies have indicated that Vitamin E may slow Parkinson?s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Ken asks…

vitamins??

wats do vitamins
a- -b- c- d- e
do??

vti answers:

Vitamin A
This vitamin plays a really big part in eyesight. It’s great for night vision, like when you’re trick-or-treating on Halloween. Vitamin A helps you see in color, too, from the brightest yellow to the darkest purple. In addition, it helps you grow properly and aids in healthy skin.

The B vitamins are important in metabolic activity — this means that they help make energy and set it free when your body needs it. So the next time you’re running to third base, thank those B vitamins. This group of vitamins is also involved in making red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout your body. Every part of your body needs oxygen to work properly, so these B vitamins have a really important job.

This vitaminC
is important for keeping body tissues, such as gums and muscles in good shape. C is also key if you get a cut or wound because it helps you heal. This vitamin also helps your body resist infection. This means that even though you can’t always avoid getting sick, vitamin C makes it a little harder for your body to become infected with an illness.

No bones about it . . . Vitamin D is the vitamin you need for strong bones! It’s also great for forming strong teeth. Vitamin D even lends a hand to an important mineral — it helps your body absorb the amount of calcium it needs.

Vitamin E
Everybody needs E. This hard-working vitamin maintains a lot of your body’s tissues, like the ones in your eyes, skin, and liver. It protects your lungs from becoming damaged by polluted air. And it is important for the formation of red blood cells

Carol asks…

Vitamin K? Honest answers only please?

What different foods contain vitamin K? Honest answers only please.

vti answers:

Vitamin K can be produced in the intestines and this function is improved with the presence of cultured milk, like yogurt, in the diet, Vitamin K is classified as a fat-soluble vitamin.

Vitamin K is found in nature in two forms – K1, also called phylloquinone, is found in plants and vitamin K2, also called menaquinone, which can be synthesized by many bacteria. Vitamin K3, menadione, is a synthetic form of this vitamin which is manmade.

Vitamin K is required for
Vitamin K is used in the body to control blood clotting and is essential for synthesizing the liver protein that controls the clotting. It is involved in creating the important prothrombin, which is the precursor to thrombin – a very important factor in blood clotting. It is also involved in bone formation and repair. In the intestines it also assists in converting glucose to glycogen, this can then be stored in the liver. There are some indications that Vitamin K may decrease the incidence or severity of osteoporosis and slow bone loss.

Deficiency of vitamin K
A deficiency of this vitamin in newborn babies results in hemorrhagic disease, as well as postoperative bleeding and hematuria while muscle hematomas and inter-cranial hemorrhages have been reported.

A shortage of this vitamin may manifest itself in nosebleeds, internal hemorrhaging.

Dosage
The dosage underneath is the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), but be aware that this dosage is the minimum that you require per day, to ward off serious deficiency of this particular nutrient. In the therapeutic use of this nutrient, the dosage is usually increased considerably, but the toxicity level must be kept in mind.

Males 80 micrograms per day and females 70 micrograms per day.

Toxicity and symptoms of high intake
Toxicity does not easily occur with normal dietary intake of this vitamin, but can happen if synthetic compound vitamin K 3 is taken. High to toxic uptake in the synthetic form can cause flushing and sweating. Jaundice and anemia may also develop.

If you are taking anti-coagulant (to prevent blood clotting) medication, consult your medical practitioner before taking a Vitamin K supplement.

Best used with
Dietary fat is necessary for the absorption of this vitamin.

When more may be required
This nutrient can be destroyed by freezing and radiation as well as air pollution. Absorption may be decreased when rancid fats are present, as well as excessive refined sugar, antibiotics, high dosages of vitamin E, or calcium and mineral oils.

Enemy of vitamin K
When you are prone to bruising easily, or when pregnant you might be in need of more Vitamin K. But be careful not to take too much Vitamin K in the last stages of pregnancy, since it could be toxic for the baby.

Other interesting points
Some people are of the opinion that it also promotes longevity.

Food sources of vitamin K
Vitamin K is found in leafy vegetables, cheese and liver. It is also found in asparagus, coffee, bacon and green tea.

Paul asks…

Please help with Vitamins?

So I’ve never really taken vitamins before. I did a search on what vitamins a male in their 20’s should take and this is what I got.

Vitamin – B – C – D – & Omega 3

So I’m lookin at vitamin B online and there’s a B-6, B-12, and so on. I have no idea about vitamins. Can you friendly people please tell me what I should buy for all of the above?

Thank You..

vti answers:

Vitamins in simple means VITAL-AMINES , There are predominantly 2 groups of vitamins…
Water soluble vitamins – Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C
Fat soluble vitamins – Vitamin A, D, E, K
Any multi vitamin tablet which has vitamin B complex (B complex means it contains all the B vitamins like B1 B2 B6 B12 So on) and Vitamin C…
Fat soluble vitamins, if taken Excessively can cause Hypervitaminosis and can cause adverse reactions.. So not advisable…
If u really want to take take any brand which contains B complex And Vitamin C….

But strictly speaking as a Doctor i don’t think its required for u… U are just around 20 yr old and What u require is good nutritious diet… Have a mixture of 2 or three fruits everyday, which is all that sufficient all ur vitamin and even mineral needs…

John asks…

What vitamins for?

Type of vitamins, vitamins for our body and the benefits of taking vitamins.

vti answers:

Vitamins are a group of organic compounds which are necessary for the normal development and functioning of the body.

They are only produced in small amounts by the body, and are mainly obtained through food.

They are only present in tiny amounts in food. The average adult eats about 600 grams of food per day, of which less than 1 gram is vitamins.

Eating a wide variety of foods is necessary for an adequate vitamin intake because no single food contains all the necessary vitamins.

Some foods, rich in vitamins, were used to cure diseases in ancient times such as the use of liver to treat night blindness (vitamin A deficiency) by the Egyptians, Chinese, Romans, Arabs and Greeks more than two thousand years ago.

Vitamin deficiencies were identified in the early 1900s, and now there is increasing scientific evidence that an inadequate vitamin profile is related to an increased risk of major chronic diseases.

Diet-related diseases continue to be a health problem in many African, Asian and Latin American countries. Marginal vitamin deficiencies are also common in many developed countries, but many people may not be aware they have a vitamin deficiency.

There are 13 known vitamins and each have different roles within the body.

However, excess consuption can be toxic to your body (see articles below).

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Lizzie asks…

What did people in the Medieval Ages do to prevent disease?

vti answers:

As Louise said Middle Age was not the barbarian stinking period described by the others. Washing was something done regularly, as a minimum one washed hands, feet, face and if one had enough money one changed clothes regularly. Bathing was rarer for those who did not have the servants to carry the water and the wood to heat the water but there were public bathes in every city, cheap and quite popular. Those were closed at the Renaissance because ladies of small virtue worked there too and that was only then that poor people stopped washing.
To prevent disease one ate the right food (right colour, right ‘mood’ hot or cold, with the right ‘spirit’), put on the right colour and clothes (wool or linen, cotton or even silk depending on the disease) and followed any of a thousand old woman remedies. Some worked, having been discovered through empirical testing, some did not, having come from deep thoughtful studies of spirits and essences and the position of the moon and not much else. For exemple fever was ‘hot’, so you ate leeks because they were white so their essence was ‘cold’. There were of course plenty of herbs, stones and animal parts that were considered sovereign against such and such diseases, some even worked.
If that disease was a pestilence fire was the preferred solution. You burned the house, clothes and things of the dead. You used scarves dipped in vinegar to protect yourself from the evil miasma, and you asked for the protection of the saints.
For flees and such one used paste of flour and other ingredients to try to kill them and every morning combed carefully their hair to make them fall off. A mother would check regularly the hair of her children, that was part of the general hygiene.
People at that time had no idea where disease came from so the way to protect themselves were not very scientific.

Donna asks…

Is aging a “disease that cannot be cured”?

Or a different state of mind and being?

This is an intellectual question so don’t diss.

vti answers:

Ageing isn’t a disease – it is the natural order of things, a part of the circle of life & as such have no control over. We will all age, if we are lucky we will reach old age.
We do, however, have some control over HOW we age & we can help ourselves to age healthily or unhealthily depending on our lifestyle.
Some of us have illness and/or disability to contend with as we age but we do have more control than sometimes we think we do.
Our state of mind can play a big part in how we age too. There are some days I feel older than I am and other days when I feel younger but nothing can change the fact that as each year passes I am getting older!

Paul asks…

what age group of people usually have heart disease ?

vti answers:

Heart disease isn’t limited to any single age group.

At one time not long ago, it was thought that heart disease was confined to the elderly. But recently, it’s seen in younger people as well.

The reason the elderly seem to develop health problems such as heart disease so often is because they have almost no perception of thirst – they develop chronic dehydration.

Dehydration is a serious condition that causes toxic and acidic blood. It develops slowly, and by the time it makes its symptoms known, it’s usually in the form of a disease.

Heart disease results when the acidic blood enters the arteries under a shearing pressure that causes damage in the form of cuts and abrasions. To prevent this damage from peeling away and causing an embolism in the brain or other organ, the body produces the so-called “bad” cholesterol to cover and protect the damaged area until repairs can be made.

Thus, the role of arterial cholesterol is to protect you, not threaten your life. The reason it becomes a threat is because doctors refuse to recognize dehydration at the stage where health problems develop, and so as the dehydration is allowed to continue, so is the damage it causes, triggering the body to produce more and more cholesterol.

Because of the easy availability of soft drinks in schools, younger people are becoming dehydrated and, as a result, are developing diseases that were once limited to the elderly.

Ken asks…

why does ages affect coronary heart disease?

school project

vti answers:

As age increases, chances of Coronary heart disease increases, as there is more deposition of Atheromatous plaques in the coronary arteries due to increased cholesterol levels, with old age…

William asks…

How is memory affected by aging and disease?

vti answers:

As we grow older our memory changes. All our lives we remember. We never stop remembering. When we get to that certain age it’s like our brain is like a computer, it can’t handle all that memory anymore. It needs a new hard drive except we can’t do that so therefore our brain is working in overdrive so whatever memories we have is getting replaced by the memories we’ve been trying to put it but instead they are going out with our older memories. Disease only makes it worse. It affects it making it even worse.

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Steven asks…

The truth about herbalife?

Recently I started drinking Herbalife products and I have told a number of people. I had some comments about it some people said it works and they love it and other said that it is dangerous and bad for you. What is your opinion on it? Well im taking it because I’m trying to loose about 20 pounds.

vti answers:

Herbalife products are safe. The products are soy-based. I have seen ppl that have been taking herbalife for years and no side effects or what so ever except they got rid of extra weight. I have been taking Herbalife for the past 5 months myself. After 3 months, I loss 12kg (approx. 26 lbs).

I am aware of claims that Herbalife products are dangerous. But there are no concrete evidence I could find on this claims so far. If it’s true then I would like to see Herbalife products banned by the FDA or other countries that approved the product for sale in their country. Otherwise, I will stand on my point that the products are safe.

The fact that the founder of the company died in 2000 has nothing to do with the products. He died from a drug overdose.

Herbalife also sponsored several athletes for the 2008 Beijing olympic. I don’t see how they could sponsor these athletes if it is really that harmful.

Michael asks…

Has anyone ever taken herbalife?

Im interested in learning more about it. I need to lose about 60-70 lbs but have tried everything, even just regular exercise & eating healthy. Does it work? Im also wondering about ingredients in the allergen free shake, i think fructose & oat bran are listed are those bad? Also any future side effects?

vti answers:

I had herbalife one time and went through the list of ingredients (with a food chemist) If you want to lose weight with something healthy it is not the best choice as it has additives and ingredients most people don’t even know what they are. I have been to a herbalife meeting after struggling with an eating disorder but suddenly gaining water weight. A woman there suggested I take it to lose weight though 3 month before the meeting I was less than 80lbs. Herbalife is about money and the people selling it have no clue about nutrition. I have later studied nutrition and everything they talk about is to get their business growing. I mean who would tell someone who recently was underweight a few weeks later to take this new product to lose weight again. Plus someone else told me they are part of scientology. A friend who knew someone taking it told me that those people have really bad breath!! A sign of bacteria and inflammation. I hope you find the right way for you to lose weight.

Sharon asks…

Herbalife?

Okay so i was thinknig about using Herbalife.
but I can only afford 1 month of it.
does anyone know what happens if i stop using it?
because its suppose to be something you use your whole life.

vti answers:

Yes herbalife works for some – me – i only use the meal replacement (shake) – i’ve lost 8 lbs in eight weeks and don’t always replace 2 meals, sometimes 1 meal sometimes 2 meals and if it doesn’t fit into my day i don’t have a shake/use the herbalife product. I’ve not gained any weight back during this experience. And I eat what i want to eat – I make sure to choose healthy alternatives most of the time.

It will help you lose the weight, and it they recommend using to maintain weight loss. But if you also change your life style so you are eating healthy foods, smaller portions, drinking lots of water and get plenty of excerise – you don’t need to be a herbalife customer all your life.

Yes i lost weight before with herbalife – but then i had 2 kids and an unhealthy diet after they were born that caused me to gain weight. I did’nt gain weight because i quit herbalife.

David asks…

Is Herbalife safe? Is it healthy?

A friend of mine is doing Herbalife and has lost a great amount of weight.
I tried one shake and felt so healthy and good.
I wanted to start it but a friend e-mailed me a website about the side effects.
Apparently it can cause problems. Are these rumors? Isn’t it supposed to be really healthy?
I really want to try it butI don’t want to do it if it isn’t safe,
Thanks guys 🙂

vti answers:

Herbalife has been involved in many health problems. Here are some examples.

Example 1: “Severe hepatotoxicity following ingestion of Herbalife nutritional supplements contaminated with Bacillus subtilis.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19010564

Example 2: “An association between intake of Herbalife products and acute hepatitis was identified in Israel. We call for prospective evaluation of Herbalife products for possible hepatotoxicity.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17692424

Example 3: “Hepatotoxicity is probably associated with the use of Herbalife products. Hepatotoxicity due to herbal remedies is an important differential diagnosis in the diagnostic work-up of liver injury.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20197595

Herbalife is sold as a supplement and supplements are not approved by the FDA, are virtually unregulated, do not have the protections afforded foods and drugs, are not recommended by the US National Institute of Health, do not require any testing, are often contaminated, may not even be what the label says, usually contain cheap ingredients, are often over priced scams, have been known to be dangerous, and can have numerous adverse or unwanted side effects.

And, because Herbalife is only a crutch for healthy options, it should be avoided.

You would be wise to avoid junk supplements and learn how to eat properly.

Read my answer about how to lose fat —> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=As615QJM4X_3ID9_05qmmlXty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20111028185603AAVcP4D

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Sandy asks…

Is Herbalife healthy? Is it safe?

A friend of mine is doing Herbalife and has lost a great amount of weight.
I tried one shake and felt so healthy and good.
I wanted to start it but a friend e-mailed me a website about the side effects.
Apparently it can cause problems. Are these rumors? Isn’t it supposed to be really healthy?
I really want to try it butI don’t want to do it if it isn’t safe,
Thanks guys 🙂

vti answers:

Herbalife has been involved in many health problems. Here are some examples.

Example 1: “Severe hepatotoxicity following ingestion of Herbalife nutritional supplements contaminated with Bacillus subtilis.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19010564

Example 2: “An association between intake of Herbalife products and acute hepatitis was identified in Israel. We call for prospective evaluation of Herbalife products for possible hepatotoxicity.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17692424

Example 3: “Hepatotoxicity is probably associated with the use of Herbalife products. Hepatotoxicity due to herbal remedies is an important differential diagnosis in the diagnostic work-up of liver injury.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20197595

Herbalife is sold as a supplement and supplements are not approved by the FDA, are virtually unregulated, do not have the protections afforded foods and drugs, are not recommended by the US National Institute of Health, do not require any testing, are often contaminated, may not even be what the label says, usually contain cheap ingredients, are often over priced scams, have been known to be dangerous, and can have numerous adverse or unwanted side effects.

And, because Herbalife is only a crutch for healthy options, it should be avoided.

Good luck and good health!!

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