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Richard asks…

Can anyone give me a review on nitrocut. ?

I can’t find a review anywhere but on the direct site. Id like some kind of feedback please.

vti answers:

Did you know that most of the supplement reviews are produced by the manufacture of the supplement to help steer you toward their products. They also create phony articles or white papers and phony “scam” stories which will steer your towad them. They are very savvy when it comes to manipulating the internet in their favor. They make tons of money selling crap to credulous and ignorant consumers so they know how to make the search engines guide you toward their products and there are few truthful websites to counter the phony propaganda because there’s no money, no gain in doing so. That puts you at the mercy of the marketeers when Googling your way around the internet in search of the truth.

The best place to try to find the truth are the dot gov websites and a good place to start is usa.gov. They website will connect you with the FDA, USDA, CDC, NIH, and more. However, you’ll have to dig for the truth and it may not be there to be found because of the huge number of bogus products on the market.

If you’re interested in Nox, here’s one blurb I scrounged up.

“Two concerns arise when considering the above claims: 1) Aside from GlycoCarn® when used at a daily dosage of 4.5 grams, there are no peer reviewed and published data in scientific manuscript format pertaining to a dietary supplement, consumed in oral form by healthy subjects, to support an increase in nitric oxide; 2) Even if data were available demonstrating an increase in blood nitric oxide following dietary supplement intake, no evidence exists to support the claim that increased circulating nitric oxide leads to better muscle pumps or improved exercise performance. Such a claim is premature and requires laboratory testing in order to be substantiated.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2876074/

Note, that was from a white paper on the US National Institute of Health website. There are probably more.

Dietary supplements are poorly regulated in the US. They do not have to conform to the stringent standards applied to pharmaceuticals or food products by the FDA. The result of this absence of oversight has been a scammer’s dream and the scammers have made the most of it. A huge and powerful supplement industry has grown up around this lack of government oversight which was designed to give people the freedom to explore homeopathic, naturopathic, and alternative remedies.
Here’s what the US National Institute of Health has to say about supplements.

“Always check with your health care provider before taking a supplement, especially when combining or substituting them with other foods or medicine.” Ref: http://ods.od.nih.gov/Health_Information/ODS_Frequently_Asked_Questions.aspx#Need

Here is some general info about supplements.

• General info you can count on about dietary supplements. Use the links.
Http://www.fda.gov/food/dietarysupplements/default.htm

• An FDA white paper with links to supplement info. Use the links
http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/ConsumerInformation/ucm110567.htm

• An A through Z listing of supplements and what you should know about them.
Http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/dietarysupplements.html

Check out all these supplements from GNC which have warnings from the FDA —> http://search.usa.gov/search?query=gnc+warning&USA.gov+Search.x=0&USA.gov+Search.y=0 and ask yourself, why would any company make so many concoctions when the giant pharmaceutical companies don’t want to touch that market? Think about it. They’re driven by one thing…profit. And a credulous, ill-informed, and ignorant public makes that money available. Don’t be one of them.

Good luck and good health!!

Carol asks…

Muscle gain supplement?

I have gotten on a serious health kick recently. I do brazilian jiu jitsu 3-5 times a week and pushups/cruches every day. I have started eating a healthy diet. I am a little bit overweight (5’10 185lbs). I am trying to lose 10-15 lbs and put on some lean muscle.

I have almost no experience with supplements and am really clueless as to what I should take to help me put on lean muscle. I am a vegetarian but do eat fish. I wonder if that might not provide me with adequate amounts of protein for muscle gains.

I have seen a lot of people in my gym taking protein shakes after they train. Are there any kinds of protein shakes you would recommend? Is whey protein a good option?

Do any of you have experience with creatine? Is it something I should consider taking?

Edit: I take a multi-vitamin every day but thats about it.

Thanks in advance for the help!

vti answers:

What you need to know about supplements is they are scams if they claim to help build muscle or burn fat.

Dietary supplements are poorly regulated in the US. They do not have to conform to the stringent standards applied to pharmaceuticals or food products by the FDA. The result of this absence of oversight has been a scammer’s dream and the scammers have made the most of it. A huge and powerful supplement industry has grown up around this lack of government oversight which was designed to give people the freedom to explore homeopathic, naturopathic, and alternative remedies.
The diet and fitness supplement markets are fraught with countless scammers who know very well how much people want to believe there is some easy way to lose fat or add muscle. These “sharks” know how to use the internet to their advantage.

The scammers advertise their products in the usual way with commercial dot com websites. However, they also will publish blogs, reviews, scientific mock articles and white papers, and even scam stories so no matter where you look in the dot com part of the web you’ll find only good things about their products. The are very good at “gaming” the search engines so all you will find is what they want you to find. And, of course, they make sure these phony websites are not traceable to them. You can learn more by watching this CBS new video –> http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5196740n&tag=related;photovideo (you’ll have to sit through a quick commercial message first).

Anyone who believes there is an easy way to lose fat or add muscle should ask themself the following questions.

1. If there was an easy way to do hard things like burn fat or build muscle, why doesn’t the whole world know about it? How could that be kept secret when that’s what so many people desire?

2. If there were supplements that could help burn fat or build muscle, why haven’t the huge and powerful pharmaceutical companies taken it over? Why let the scammers like GNC and Weider continue to make $millions off the public when they have a much greater capacity for providing such products?

3. If there was a supplement that helped people shed pounds, why doesn’t your doctor know about it? If you’re overweight, why doesn’t your physician just give you the pill or recommend the acai or HCG diet or whatever? Why are physicians always telling the same story about obesity and how to cope with it?

4. Why do people pay big bucks to have liposuction or stomach stapling if supplements could really help them to lose fat?

5. If protein supplements, creatine, nitrous oxide, etc. Really helped build lean muscle mass, why don’t Olympic athletes use them? Why don’t they feed them to our military personnel in boot camp or billets around the world? Why are they not used in every police department or correctional institution around the US? Why don’t the scammers tell you their success stories?

There is only one good answer to all of these questions. Most of the supplements which are supposed to make you lose fat or add muscle just don’t work. It’s really that simple.

Remember, you will find little information from your government telling you how fake, phony, and fraudulent most supplements are because you have been given the freedom to be stupid, to pollute your body with worthless concoctions, and to spend your hard-earned money in pursuit of impossible dreams if you want to. That was the purpose of the 1994 DSHEA. Details are here –> http://www.fda.gov/food/dietarysupplements/consumerinformation/ucm110417.htm

You’re going to hear a lot about protein and most of it will be myths and bad information. Here’s what the US experts have to say –> http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/protein.html#How%20much%20protein

Here’s a white paper which debunks the myth of the protein supplement. Note the following excerpt…“At present there is no evidence to suggest that supplements are required for optimal muscle growth or strength gain.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15212752

Here’s one more study to read. Note the excerpt…”Consumption of a recovery drink (whey protein, amino acids, creatine, and carbohydrate) after strength training workouts did not promote greater gains in FFM (Fat free muscle) compared with consumption of a carbohydrate-only drink.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15105028

Here’s another from Live Science. Note the excerpt…“Medical researchers have advised against protein supplements for years for the average person. But many sports trainers continue to push them on amateur athletes simply because they don’t know any better.”
Ref: http://www.livescience.com/health/protein-supplements-100202.html#

Check out this video –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4_UY_kIPFU

Good luck and good health.

Maria asks…

Which supplement?

I just bought a 2 pound bottle of nitro-tech. is there anything i should take with it to build muscle or do you recommend a different supplement to use. i am 5’11”, 160 lbs and looking to bulk up.

vti answers:

I have personal supplement reviews on my website, it may help you to pick something that will help you reach your goals. I take each supplement until the bottle runs out and offer weekly reviews on how well the supplement worked. I also help to give supplementation, diet, and work out plans if you care to check out the site go to bestsupplementreview.com and ask alll the questions you have.

Paul asks…

vitamin/ nutrition supplement reviews and regulations?

I am thinking of starting taking some nutritional supplements but I cannot find any reliable-looking website that provides reviews about the various brands and information. Is there a controlling body in the UK for nutrition supplements/multiviamines?
P.S. A friend recommended me solgar products but I would like to double-check the product’s reputation and history before I start using them preferably from an orthodox-medicine website. Any relevant information or personal experience will be greatly appreciated.

vti answers:

Some of the websites you can find are either run by the companies that make the supplements, or they sponsor them, so you do get a biased view.
Try here…

Http://www.nutrition.org.uk

You get unbiased advice and facts.
If you can, try and find a nutritional therapist that sells Lamberts supplements. They are one of the best I’ve come across.
Hope this helps.

Mark asks…

Where can I get good supplement reviews?

supplements for heart support and arteries

vti answers:

You can generally find reviews on supplements and supplement companies at http://www.ConsumerReports.org
You can find research information on herbs at http://www.herbmed.org/
You can find medical documentation on studies of herbs at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed
If you are just wondering what each herb does, you can go to any of the sales company’s websites like Swanson Health Products, Life Extension, Puritan’s Pride, etc.

If you are wondering what would be beneficial for you, feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to help. Good luck!

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Helen asks…

What are the best multi-vitamins for weight loss?

I’m really trying to loose weight in a healthy way! I don’t really know about vitamins and their benefits, so please give suggestions! Also, what foods are great for weight loss?

vti answers:

Try eating lots of vegetables, fruits, little or no carbohydrates and small quantity of proteins and no fats. Keep up with physical exercise, it’s gonna be hard but u shall see the result.

Mandy asks…

What vitamins help promote weight loss?

I want to lose a lot of weight fast. What are some vitamins that will help me do that? I don’t mean weight loss supplements. I mean vitamins.

vti answers:

Chromium picolinate. B-12. B-6. Folic acid. Amen.

Linda asks…

What vitamins help with weight loss?

I am currently trying to lose weight and have been watching what I am eating and working out 5 times a week… I was wondering if anyone knew what seeds, oils, or vitamins help digestion or weight loss.

I do not want any diet pills or appetite suppressants, only all natural please.

vti answers:

The most important vitamins and minerals for weight loss are: Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Choline (part of B-complex), Inositol (part of B-complex), and Vitamin C.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin B2 is needed for normal thyroid function and metabolism. Good food sources of vitamin B2 include: Milk, liver and kidney, almonds, hard cheese, eggs, wheatgerm, leafy green vegetables, Marmite.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Like B2, vitamin B3 is essential for normal thyroid hormone production. Vitamin B3 is also part of the glucose tolerance factor (GTF) which is released every time blood sugar rises. Good food sources of Vitamin B3 include: Wheat bran, liver, tuna, turkey, chicken, meat, eggs, mackerel, salmon, oats, barley, wheatflakes, cheese, dried fruit, brown rice.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
Any deficiency of Vitamin B5 interferes with our capacity to utilise fat. Vitamin B5 also plays an important role in energy production and assists adrenal function. Good food sources of Vitamin B5 include: liver and kidney, meat, poultry, nuts, wheatflakes, wheat bran, wheatgerm, eggs, molasses, oats, barley, beans, wholegrain bread, green vegetables.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Vitamin B6 regulates the production of thyroid hormone and metabolism. Good food sources of Vitamin B6, brewer’s yeast, wheat bran, wheatgerm, oats, sardines, mackerel, poultry, beef, avocado, bananas, brown rice, cabbage, dried fruit, molasses, eggs.
Choline

Donna asks…

What is the best weight loss supplement?

I am aware that the best one would be exercise. I want to supplement my diet which is controlled. I want to take whatever vitamins and herbs will help me achieve the last weight loss of 10 lbs. I gained it after a hysterectomy a year ago- and it’s hanging on.

vti answers:

In my opinion, it is Resveratrol Select.

*Stuffed with tons of resveratrol (one capsule = 200 glasses of red wine)
*Also contains green tea extract, which has two more weight loss compounds in it
*Also contains chromium, which enhances metabolism

Best part is, they’ll give you a free trial offer.

Maria asks…

What vitamins or minerals can i find at the drug store to help with weight loss?

im looking to buy something that’ll help with weight loss that is healthy to take. Im looking to find it in the aisle where they have all the vitamins and minerals. Any help will be appreciated. Also are green tea pills good to take to? Idrrink alot of green tea but not the recommended level, its too much drinking.

vti answers:

Stick to a healthy diet and exercise.If your diet is good,you dont need any supplements,unless you suffer from a health problem (eg osteoporosis,where u need calcium supplements).
A 40 minute jog a day and a 1200 calorie diet will do wonders.

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Daniel asks…

Types of beer to age?

Can you age Inversion IPA, Dead Guy, and Arrogant Bastard? Also, what are some other good beers that aren’t terribly hard to find (I live in Alaska) that are good to age?

vti answers:

Any beer where the flavor is largely hop driven should not be aged because hop compounds degrade over time. This is most important for styles such as IPAs and DIPAs, but also other hoppy ales such as Arrogant Bastard. Beers you can consider for aging typically should be over 8% alcohol, but certain other styles are eligible as well, such as beers that are sour, smoked, or spiced. The most common beers you may want to age are imperial stouts and barleywines. Since you live in Alaska some great options come from Midnight Sun (Arctic Devil Barleywine) or Alaskan Brewing has many great options (Baltic Porter, Barleywine, Smoked Porter).

James asks…

Legal age to drink beers on college campus?

What is the actual legal age to drink beers (Bud Lights and such) on a college campus, or anywhere really?

I have friends who goes to Arizona State and the University of Texas that drink. But none of them are over 20, and my oldest friend that I know of just turned 20 last month. However, I’ve seen pictures of them drinking at pool parties and at people’s homes. Also, I have seen dozens of Facebook pictures of many of my friends drinking either beers or margaritas while on college campus.

I’ve even seen photos of them drinking at school-sponsored parties, that are pretty much on campus. I’ve noticed some “party security” people at those parties who are supposed to oversee the parties held on campus. But none of them seem to car about the huge groups of under-21s that are seen drinking and partying in many of my friends’ photos. Is that legal?
I’m not just wondering about those two schools…just the general colleges in the nation. Are students able to drinks at college if they are under the legal age? And why does many security people at on-campus parties do nothing? Most “security” at school parties are college students doing part-time employments, or some temp-hires from the outside.

vti answers:

The legal drinking age is the same on a college campus as anywhere else. A lot of underage drinking often happens at colleges, it’s just too easy with so many underage AND legal age but young students around. It would be a LOT of work for campus security to control it, but even if they did, a lot of people just get fake id’s. I think because usually these parties are on campus and most of the students live on campus, and thus there is no drunk driving happening, it is much less of a concern.

Mandy asks…

age range drinks most beer?

vti answers:

The range is from 0-25 across the world. The most common age to drink beer is 18.

Charles asks…

Does beer get better with age?

Im 14 and have drunk the odd beer. But it always taste like soap and ear wax. But does it get better with age or just is it just a manly thing no man would admit it taste like p*ss.

vti answers:

If you live in the US and drink the most popular beers like Bud, Coors, Corona etc. I agree that they taste like p*ss. I live in Canada, and our beer is generally better. I drank Blue and Export when I was a teen and in early twenties, but now I drink beers like Rickard’s Red, Keith’s Red and Guinness . There are many kinds of beer. Often the good ones are made by smaller breweries that might only service part of the country. There are some bars/pubs in Canada that have a beer list with about 35 to 100+ kinds. There are probably similar places in the States. As you get older, your taste in beer will improve (and the taste of the beer will improve). It is a question of experimenting and getting advice from people who know beer.

Jenny asks…

What beer is the best beer to age?

vti answers:

Like Alesmith said, usually beers with higher alcohol content will have a better chance of aging well. Also, beers that are bottle conditioned still contain live yeast and will continue to change (whether for better or for worse!) Many Strong Belgian Ales, tripels, quadrupels will age well, too. Some bottles will say they age well right on the label (Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA or North Coast Old Stock, for example). With everything else, it’s fun to put some bottles away and forget about them. Then, try them in a year or so and hope they’ve matured and they don’t taste like wet cardboard.

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Laura asks…

basic information of an herbalist?

if want to be just a simple herbalist do i need to know alot of science things about the plant, like: “Other sesquiterpene lactones include 3-b-hydroxyparthenolide, seco-tanaparthenolide A, canin, artecanin, and balchanin” and know what they mean? or can one know just basic things like Feverfew leaf extracts contain parthenolide which inhibit the release of serotonin from blood platelets.?

vti answers:

Good question, depends what branch of herbal medicine you want to do. To do research or run a company that supplies herbalists i would suggest the former but to practice as a herbalist there are more important things to learn so the later would be fine. I studied a degree to become a herbalist and a good course will include the chemistry that you require to become a safe, competent herbalist. Good luck on your quest my friend.

Donald asks…

Do osteopaths and herbalists work together?

if you went to a osteopath would they use herbal medicines as part of their treatment?

vti answers:

What an amazing co-incidence! This account gets created 2 days ago just after i had a spat with a multiple account user and a question is raised about the osteopathy with implications about credibility!
Incredible isn’t it….
Not credible actually.

In answer to your question it would depend on the osteopath. It is not part of our core training but Osteopaths have been known to do other courses in health related modalities post graduation so it is entirely possible that they may use herbalism as part of their treatments.
It isn’t standard and its not common.

Some Osteopaths work with all kinds of other practitioners others only work with Osteopaths.
What you are asking is the same as “Do MD’s and herbalists work together”
By default no. But it does happen.

Now to critique the other answer which is most probably from the same user…
####well, they are not allowed to prescribe real medicine.####
What is real medicine? Toxic chemicals perhaps?
There is nothing “unreal about what Osteopaths prescribe. Its usually exercise and healthy eating advice. No we do not prescribe drugs. We leave that to the legalised drug dealers.

####And as someone smarter than me pointed out######
Ha ha! Well at least he admits it.
####we tested all the herbs and the stuff we found that worked became ‘medicine’ the stuff that didn’t is a nice bowl of soup or a potpourri.####
So that means there is nothing left to discover in medicine does it? Its all been done and dusted?
How ignorant is that!

###If you need treatment go and see someone who is a real doctor####
If you need manual therapy don’t waste your time seeing a doctor. All they will do is prescribe drugs. Someone trained like me will be able to give you safe, effective treatment without poisoning your body.
If you need medical intervention we will MEDICALLY assess and refer accordingly.
We are primary care practitioners. That doesn’t mean we treat all pathology, it means we are qualified to assess if a patient is suitable for our treatment and to identify when they are not and refer on.

Donna asks…

does anyone know an herbalist?

if anyone knows of an herbalist that makes tinctures that i can contact via internet/phone, please tell me how to contact

vti answers:

I’m a herbalist and I make tinctures. You can email me through my yahoo profile.

Sharon asks…

what are some good herbalist colleges?

i’m looking to become a professional herbalist but the problem is i don’t know where to start. i looked up online institutes and colleges that offer classes on herbalism but some seemed fishy and i don’t know how to find the good ones.

how do i become an herbalist?

vti answers:

American College of Healthcare Services is a very good choice for you if you won’t to study for being a herbalist. Its an accredited online college so you have no problem for being afraid that you will not get job or something like that. Find their programs i am sure you will get admission here.

American College of Healthcare Services (ACHS) was founded in 1978. ACHS is recognized as an industry leader in holistic health education all across the world. They offer online programs that are flexible and are taught by highly qualified faculty. ACHS is commitment to exceptional online education by providing an education that is accredited and recognized throughout the holistic medicine community

Sandra asks…

What do you think of Korean Herbalist?

I was taken to one and he told me a few things about my body and a few health issues. He sent pulses through my central nervous system and got a few readings that he then recorded on a chart. He was going to boil some herbs and get me to drink them for 2 weeks. Not sure what to do.

Has anyone been to a herbalist and what do you think of their methods?

vti answers:

I’ve never seen a Korean herbalist specifically, but as long as the herbalist is legit, they can give you a lot of help. I know we have hundreds of customers that see their herbalist as often as they need to and they have reported significant increases in their overall health from it.

However, if he was boiling the herbs, I would question him on that. Most herbs lose much of their nutritional integrity when they are exposed to high head (like heat drying or boiling)… It’s the same reason that boiled vegetables aren’t as healthy as fresh vegetables. That fact alone makes me wonder how legit he may be, but there are a lot of good herbalists out there as well. Good luck!

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George asks…

Where can I buy Goat’s Milk Cottage Cheese or does it exist?

We are trying my 1.5 yo son on a dairy free diet to see if he has a milk allergy. The doc said Goat’s Milk is okay. My son LOVES cottage cheese but it leaves him with a terrible rash. I have found recipes for Goat’s Milk Cottage Cheese online, but I was wondering if anyone knows of a health food store that actually sells Goat’s Milk Cottage Cheese as I don’t want to make it myself. Please let me know.

vti answers:

You can buy Goat’s Milk Cheese and you can buy Cottage Cheese, but they are not the same thing. Goat’s Milk Cheese is a dull brown in color and VERY tart… I doubt a 1 1/2 year old child would eat it because it’s a bit much even for an adult taste.

David asks…

Where online can i find the type of organic, all natural supplements they sell at health food stores?

im mainly looking for energy and weight loss supplements but the website of my fav health food store doesnt even have a list of there products.

vti answers:

Here is a website with good and natural products. I love their essential oils 🙂

http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/index.html

I hope this helps!

Maria asks…

Does anybody have a proper vegan marshmallow recipe?

Does anybody have a recipe for fluffy vegan marshmallows that melt? I’ve tried quite a few of the ones online and they were all failures. The ones at health food stores are also ridiculously priced, have strange aftertastes, and come in the tiniest packages so I want to make my own. Thanks!

vti answers:

Can’t say that I’ve ever wanted to make vegan marshmallows. I would just keep trying the recipes online until you find one you like.
Have you tried this one?
Http://veganmarshmallows.blogspot.com/2009/04/vegan-marshmallow-recipe.html

Or THIS one,from vegweb:
http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=6335.0

Chris asks…

What’s the best coconut oil to moisturize my skin?

I’ve tried to do some research online and it just seems like all these companies know that coconut oil is in high demand and it just seems that they are upping the price and I don’t see why? I’ve tried to go to my local health food store and my goodness, they really did jack up the prices. For those of you who DO use coconut oil often, whether if it’s for your skin, hair, etc. can you please recommend a brand that is actually good and not just about the hype. Thank you.

vti answers:

Parachute oil (it is pure )

Michael asks…

can anybody tell me the name of 5 shops in the uk that DO sell Wheat Germ flakes or flour?

I have checked my local asda and they do not sell it. I know health food stores sell this item, but holland and barret do not list it online. Can somebody tell me where to buy this from? I need it to make a protein loaf.

vti answers:

Waitrose and tescos

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Daniel asks…

To all Holistic Heath Practitioner?

I am thinking of a career in Holistic Heath Practitioner.
Can anyone share with me the high lights of this career. Also I would like to know this outlook for this career for years to come in grown. I have a lot of questions just feel free to tell me what ever you can.
You may also email me at lawsonrandall@ymail.com

Thanks

vti answers:

I’m not a Holistic Practitioner but I am studying Holistic Nutrition and so far with the area that I am in, there has been a need of it. I believe that the outlook for this type of career is very good, anything in the health care field is great right now with this recession. I see it as a recession proof career.
I hope this puts a positive note towards ya!

Richard asks…

Bachelors in nutrition?

Ok, what can you do with a Bachelors in nutrition besides being a registered dietitian? I want to go to grad school, but I don’t want to become a dietitian with a Masters, I think I want to do something else. What else can I get a graduate degree in with a bachelors degree in nutrition?

vti answers:

Health care management. You will need certain business courses to get into the Business school though.

The other option is a Masters in Public Administration. There may be some bachelors level pre-reqs though.

Your other options are to go on to a masters in Holistic Nutrition.

You can open up a business as a nutrition consultant also

Chris asks…

What are the best School for Holistic Nutrition?

vti answers:

Information is below./

George asks…

What is holistic dentistry?

vti answers:

Stay Away from “Holistic Dentistry”
Stephen Barrett, M.D.
William T. Jarvis, Ph.D.
A significant number of dentists have gone overboard in espousing pseudoscientific theories, particularly in the area of nutrition. “Holistic dentists” typically claim that disease can be prevented by maintaining “optimum” overall health or “wellness.” In the dental office, this typically involves recommendations for expensive dietary supplements, a plastic bite appliance, unnecessary replacement of amalgam fillings, and removal of root-canal-treated teeth. John E. Dodes, D.D.S., an expert on dental quackery, has remarked that “wellness” is “something for which quacks can get paid when there is nothing wrong with the patient.

Historical Perspective
Much of “holistic dentistry” is rooted in the activities of Weston A. Price, D.D.S. (1870-1948), a dentist who maintained that sugar causes not only tooth decay but physical, mental, moral, and social decay as well. Price made a whirlwind tour of primitive areas, examined the natives superficially, and jumped to simplistic conclusions. While extolling their health, he ignored their short life expectancy and high rates of infant mortality, endemic diseases, and malnutrition. While praising their diets for not producing cavities, he ignored the fact that malnourished people don’t usually get many cavities.

Price knew that when primitive people were exposed to “modern” civilization they developed dental trouble and higher rates of various diseases, but he failed to realize why. Most were used to “feast or famine” eating. When large amounts of sweets were suddenly made available, they overindulged. Ignorant of the value of balancing their diets, they also ingested too much fatty and salty food. Their problems were not caused by eating “civilized” food but by abusing it. In addition to dietary excesses, the increased disease rates were due to: (a) exposure to unfamiliar germs, to which they were not resistant; (b) the drastic change in their way of life as they gave up strenuous physical activities such as hunting; and (c) alcohol abuse.

Price also performed poorly designed studies that led him to conclude that teeth treated with root canal therapy leaked bacteria or bacterial toxins into the body, causing arthritis and many other diseases. This “focal infection” theory led to needless extraction of millions of endodontically treated teeth until well-designed studies, conducted during the 1930s, demonstrated that the theory was not valid.

Melvin Page, D.D.S., one of Price’s disciples, coined the phrase “balancing body chemistry” and considered tooth decay an “outstanding example of systemic chemical imbalances.” Page ran afoul of the Federal Trade Commission by marketing a mineral supplement with false claims that widespread mineral deficiencies were an underlying cause of goiter, heart trouble, tuberculosis, diabetes, anemia, high and low blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, rheumatism, neuritis, arthritis, kidney and bladder trouble, frequent colds, nervousness, constipation, acidosis, pyorrhea, overweight, underweight, cataracts, and cancer. Page also claimed that milk was “unnatural” and was the underlying cause of colds, sinus infections, colitis, and cancer.

The human body contains many chemicals, ranging from water and simple charged particles (ions) to complex organic molecules. The amounts vary within limits. Some are in solution and others are not. Legitimate medical practitioners may refer to a specific chemical or a balance between a few chemicals that can be measured.
But the idea that “body chemistry” goes in and out of balance is a quack concept.

The Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation of La Mesa, California, is the repository for many of Price’s manuscripts and photographs. It was founded in 1965 as the Weston Price Memorial Foundation and adopted its current name in 1972. Its newsletter, book catalog, and information service promote food faddism, megavitamin therapy, homeopathy, chelation therapy, and many other dubious practices.

Dubious Practices
Some practitioners use hair analysis, computerized dietary analysis, a blood chemistry screening test, or muscle-testing, as a basis for recommending supplements to “balance the body chemistry” of their patients. Hair analysis is not a reliable tool for measuring the body’s nutritional state. Computer analysis can be useful for determining the composition of a person’s diet and can be a legitimate tool for dietary counseling. Dentists receive training in the nutritional aspects of dental health. However, few are qualified to perform general dietary counseling, and computerized “nutrient deficiency tests” are not legitimate. The blood chemistry tests, usually obtained from a reputable laboratory, are legitimate but misinterpreted. Instead of accepting the laboratory’s range of “normal” values, “holistic dentists” use a much narrower range and tell patients that anything outside that range means they are out of balance and need treatment. Muscle-testing is a feature of behavioral kinesiology, a variant of applied kinesiology, a pseudoscientific system of diagnosis and treatment based on the notion every health problem can be related to a weak muscle and nutritional imbalances. In March 2006, the Holistic Dental Association’s online directory included 99 U.S. Dentists.

Disorders of the TMJ (jaw joint) and facial muscles can cause facial pain and restrict opening of the mouth. Clicking alone is not considered a problem. Allegations that TMJ problems can affect scoliosis, premenstrual syndrome, or sexual problems are not supported by scientific evidence. Scientific studies show that 80% to 90% of patients with TMJ pain will get better within three months if treated with nonprescription analgesics, moist heat, and exercises.

Correction of a “bad bite” can involve irreversible treatments such as grinding down the teeth or building them up with dental restorations. The most widespread unscientific treatment involves placing a plastic appliance between the teeth. These devices, called mandibular orthopedic repositioning appliances (MORAs), typically cover only some of the teeth and are worn continuously for many months or even years. When worn too much, MORAs can cause the patient’s teeth to move so far out of proper position that orthodontics or facial reconstructive surgery is needed to correct the deformity.

Proponents of “cranial osteopathy,” “craniosacral therapy,” “cranial therapy,” and similar methods claim that the skull bones can be manipulated to relieve pain (especially TMJ pain) and remedy many other ailments. They also claim that a rhythm exists in the flow of the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord and that diseases can be diagnosed by detecting aberrations in this rhythm and corrected by manipulating the skull. Proponents include dentists, physical therapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors. The theory underlying craniosacral therapy is erroneous because the bones of the skull are fused to each other, and cerebrospinal fluid does not have a palpable rhythm. In a recent test, three physical therapists who examined the same 12 patients diagnosed significantly different “craniosacral rates.”

Auriculotherapy is a variation of acupuncture based on the notion that the body and organs are represented on the surface of the ear. Proponents claim it is effective against facial pain and ailments throughout the body. Its practitioners twirl needles or administer small electrical currents at points on the ear that supposedly represent diseased organs. Courses on auriculotherapy are popular among “holistic” dentists. Complications from unsterile and broken needles have been reported.

A few dentists use a quack “electrodiagnostic device” that supposedly detects imbalances in the flow of vital energy through imaginary channels called “meridians.” These devices actually measures skin resistance to a low-voltage electric current, which the practitioners claim is related to “electromagnetic energy imbalance.” This procedure typically leads to multiple false diagnoses, unnecessary tooth removal, and/or the sale of useless and expensive products. The procedure is commonly referred to as electrodermal testing, galvanic testing, or electroacupuncture according to Voll (EAV). Some dentists who utilize such a device claim that each tooth is related to one or more of the body’s internal organs.

Some dentists claim to specialize in the treatment of bad breath. Such dentists have no special expertise and are primarily interested in increasing their income by selling unproven products. One such product, OXYFRESH, has been sold through multilevel marketing with unsubstantiated claims that it eliminates mouth odors, cleans teeth, and “conditions” gums. The active ingredient is chlorine dioxide, which is also used as an algaecide in swimming pools.

A few hundred dentists claim that the mercury in silver-amalgam fillings is toxic and causes a wide range of health problems, including multiple sclerosis, arthritis, headaches, Parkinson’s disease, and emotional stress. They recommend that mercury fillings be replaced with either gold or plastic ones and that vitamin supplements be taken to prevent trouble during the process. However, scientific testing has shown that the amount of mercury absorbed from fillings is only a small fraction of the average daily intake from food and is insignificant. In 1992 an extensive review by the U.S. Public Health Service concluded that it was inappropriate to recommend restricting the use of dental amalgam. The American Dental Association Council on Ethics, Bylaws, and Judicial Affairs considers the unnecessary removal of silver-amalgam fillings “improper and unethical.”

The most outspoken advocate of mercury-amalgam toxicity has been Hal A. Huggins, D.D.S., of Colorado Springs, Colorado, who describes himself as one of Page’s students. Huggins promoted “balancing body chemistry” so vigorously that in 1975 the American Dental Association Council on Dental Research denounced the diet that he recommended. Another Price follower is George A. Meinig, D.D.S., whose book Root Canal Cover-up Exposed was published in 1994.

In the mid-1980s the U.S. Food and Drug Administration forced Huggins to stop marketing mineral products with false claims that they would help the body rid itself of mercury. Huggins has also claimed that root canal therapy can make people susceptible to arthritis, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and other autoimmune diseases. As with mercury-amalgam fillings, there is no objective evidence that teeth treated with root canal therapy have any adverse effect on the immune system or any other system or part of the body. Huggins’s dental license was revoked in 1996. During the revocation proceedings the administrative law judge concluded: (a) Huggins had diagnosed “mercury toxicity” in all patients who consulted him in his office, even some without mercury fillings; (b) he had also recommended extraction of all teeth that had had root canal therapy; and (c) Huggins’s treatments were “a sham, illusory and without scientific basis.”

Huggins is among a small number of dentists who maintain that facial pain, heart disease, arthritis, and various other health problems are caused by “cavitations,” within the jaw bones, that are not detectable on x-ray examination or treatable with antibiotics. Advocates now call this condition “neuragia-inducing cavitational osteonecrosis (NICO” and claim they can cure the patient by locating and scraping out the affected tissues. They may also remove all root-canal-treated teeth and most of the vital teeth close to the area where they say a problem exists. There is no scientific evidence to support this assertion or the diagnostic and treatment methods based on it. Proponents of this dubious theory have formed the American Academy of Biological Dentistry.

Huggins’s Web site states that, “Cavitations are hard to find. They require lots of skill, years of experience, and most of all, a vivid imagination to spot them on an X-ray film.” Vivid imagination may well be the basic requirement of “holistic dentistry.”

Our advice is simple. Steer clear of dentists who practice “holistic dentistry” or “biological dentistry” or who use any of the dubious methods described in this article.

For Additional Information
More about Mercury Amalgam Scam
Quackery in Dentistry: Past and Present
American Cancer Society Position Statement
This article was revised on March 20, 2006.

Betty asks…

Do Holistic Nutrition practitioners always put everyone on an individual diet based on your OWN needs?

Or do they exercise the same type of diet to everyone – all unrefined, unprocessed, whole food sources of food like meat, chicken, oranges, carrots, squash, peanuts, etc…

I have hypothyroidism, will they put me on a specific diet for that?

vti answers:

A reputable nutrition adviser would tailor a diet to suit an individual person’s needs and requirements.

Someone who is just out to make money out of other peoples insecurities, and inability to cary out the research themselves, would probably set one diet, and give it out to every customer, maybe with a slight change here and there.

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Linda asks…

Can somene please suggest some home remedies for bruises?

My complexion is wheatish and I have got many bruises of the fights that I had with my sister ever since I was three on my face. I have got a really big function coming up and don’t want them to be seen. Please suggest some home remedies. The function is just around the corner. P.S I live in India.

vti answers:

Home Remedies for Bruises #1: Take Vitamin K or alfalfa in tablets helps blood clotting.

Home Remedies for Bruises #2: Take Vitamin C to prevent bruising by thickening the walls of blood vessels.

Home Remedies for Bruises #3: Chinese people use a mixture of 1 part cayenne pepper and 5 parts melted Vaseline, mix and cool, apply once a day.

Home Remedies for Bruises #4: Make a tea with confrey root or buchu soak a rag in the tea and apply to bruised area, this has been shown to reduce pain and discoloration of the skin.

Home Remedies for Bruises #5: Experts say the popular muscle soreness remedy Arnica is also your best bet for minimizing bruises and healing them fast. As soon as you bump your knee or other body part or notice a swelling or discoloration, gently rub a dollop of this homeopathic cream on it. Arnica shrinks inflammation and increases circulation to flush away the stagnant blood that turns your skin black and blue.
Http://www.homemademedicine.com/home-remedies-bruises.html
Good luck and God bless you

Joseph asks…

Acid relux home remedy?

Does anyone know of any home remedies for helping with acid reflux?

vti answers:

Acid Reflux Home Remedy Using Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is an amazing remedy for Acid Reflux. It may sound bizarre to drink an acid as a cure for an acid problem, but there are good acids and bad acids and Apple Cider Vinegar is among the good ones.
Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to 1/2 glass of water.
Sip this glass of water while eating your dinner.

Herbal Remedy for Acid Reflux Using Ginger Root
Ginger Root is an amazing natural herb that is known to absorb stomach acid and have the secondary effect of calming the nerves. For an effective natural remedy from the symptoms of acid reflux, try the following:
Purchase ginger root capsules from a natural health food or nutritional store.
Regularly take one capsule immediately after dinner.

David asks…

Senior Citizens…Did You Ever Use Home Remedies?

My grandma, when she was alive, use to give us kids her home remedies for our colds, aches and pains, earaches and so on AND they always seem to work.

My grandma and my mother are not around any more and I never bothered to get their “recipes” for their home remedies….which I regret to this day.

I’m in my 30’s and just found out I have high blood pressure. The after effects of the medications my doctor gave me to use are making me uncomfortable, not feeling bad, just uncomfortable. I am currently taking 0.1 mg of Clonidine every 12 hours as needed.

My question: I know my mother used Apple Cider Vinegar for arthritis and I have read a lot on the Internet about using ACV as an excellent way of lowering blood pressure.

I am thinking about doing it and will discuss it with my doctor next week. I know she is not going take me off the meds but I am going to ask her if I can use ACV ALONG with the meds. I want to get off the meds but I want to do it in a safe way.

Has anyone who had high blood pressure used ACV along with their meds or used it alone and it actually lowered their blood pressure?

vti answers:

Home remedies often work, even if only by the power of suggestion. ALL medicine is poison. If there is any way you can adjust your diet or use a home remedy, you will be better off. Monitor your blood pressure several times a day, keep notes, and then give your home remedy a try. I’ll bet if you just relax and get more exercise, you won’t need the medicine or the ACV. Cycling worked for me. Two or more hours a day. Heart rate at 75% to 90%.

Maria asks…

Eczema home remedies?

My nephew has eczema. We took him to the Dr who gave him a prescription. However it doesn’t seem to be doing anything. He’s only 1. Does anyone have a good home remedy?

vti answers:

Home remedies might work but what worked for us was Salcura Dermaspray Gentle
Worked miracles on our son’s eczema. Expresschemist_co_uk is where you might look for more info and pricing

As for home remedies here you go:

Calendula ointment. Grow your own calendula flower. It’s an edible variety. Calendula ointment is pricey in the stores

Dead sea mineral soaps, make your own soap.. Kind of dangerous but it’s possible. Or buy from a local soap maker

control the eczema triggers. If baby is nursing the molecules come down from the mommy, what she ate. For some children, eggs, cow’s milk and store bought bread trigger their eczema.
So don’t eat eggs, drink goat’s milk and bake your own bread. The Arnold brand in the stores may be a substitute however, as it doesn’t contain some ingredients that other bread brands contain.

Good luck.

Mary asks…

which home remedy do u****?

use to clear your face from pimples n pimple marks n ur face gets clear.Only home remedies.
Plz dont waste ur time by typing TOOTHPASTE ok…ANY good home remedy u have then answer otherwise no need to do so.

vti answers:

Hi,
home remedies? Well, drink lots of water, eat lots of fruits and vegs, reduce oil intake, avoid touching your face – have clean hands when you do touch your face, don’t over-cleanse as that will cause dryness and irritation – possibly leading to breakouts.
Witch hazel isn’t a home remedy unless your home has it, but it is an inexpensive mild astringent cleanser you can find easily at the drug store or supermarket in a bottle that looks like rubbing alcohol. Take cotton ball/tissue rub gently over face, it smells less bad than peroxide, but it’s no perfume.
Sorry, no tuna fish face mask remedies,
Best Wishes

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Daniel asks…

Do you know a natural remedy for severe depression?

I have tried many pharmaceutical drugs, but they have intolerable side effects for me (either severe headache, nausea lasting 24+ hours, swollen stomach and hands, or skin itching). How long should I try a natural remedy before deciding if it is actually working for me?
I’m just explaining the facts here, (not indulging in a pity-party). I am depressed because I have had Fibromyalgia for 18 years and am in pain every day, and can’t get the pain under control. I am no longer able to do all the things I used to enjoy…even typing, writing or driving causes additional pain. I can no longer walk, but I’ve got a neat red, electric scooter. I was diagnozed with moderate to severe depression, but the psychiatrist didn’t want to see me anymore, after I was unable to take the Rx he prescribed. I go weekly to a Mental Health group where I can share with others. I enjoy that. The depression is bad, though, because I’ve become very withdrawn and “paralized” mentally. I don’t even e-mail my old friends anymore. I feel like I need something to help me “snap out of it” , so that I can become interested in life once again.

vti answers:

I experienced chronic, low-grade depression for many years. I also experienced chronic fatigue (which is similar and possibly even related to fibromyalgia). Since I did not want to take medicines for it, and I strongly believe in holistic treatment, I tried many more natural ways of helping it. This is what I found to be very helpful:

1. Cut back or eliminate refined sugar. Something about eating too many sweets has always caused me to feel depressed and anxious. I’ve heard this from other people too.

2. Cut back or eliminate white flour products. These turn to sugar.

3. Make sure to get enough protein – I try to get 1/2 my weight in grams of protein per meal and this really helps – try it for 2 weeks and see if you notice a difference. If you are a vegetarian (which I used to be) it can be very difficult to get your protein unless you eat a lot of the packaged fake meats out there. I found out about the protein connection through a book called Sugar Addicts Total Recovery Program

4. 5HTP – I found this to be very helpful for times I would cry for no apparent reason – back when I tried to be a vegan, I wasn’t getting enough protein and I had to take 3 tabs of 100 mg of 5HTP to function emotionally. I was on 5HTP for over a year – once I started getting enough protein, I was able to stop. I noticed that 5HTP works in about 20-30 minutes to help lift the mood. I now take it on those rare occasions where I don’t get enough protein and my mood drops.

5. I believe I have blood sugar imbalances and have started making sure that I eat at regular times – I try to not let more than 5 hours go between meals – this seems to help with depression. It also helped greatly with insomnia.

6. Flax Oil – I started taking 2 TBSP of Flax Oil per day about a year ago and although the things I mentioned above helped my depression a lot, I still had ocassional bouts of it, it seemed to virtually disappear after adding the Flax Oil. The flax oil also helped with insomnia. The flax oil probably works similar to fish oil – I’d do a lot of research before taking fish oil though, due to the toxicity of fish. There is some controversy regarding flax oil and it’s stability, so you might want to research that too – but it helped me immensely.

7. The book Feeling Good by David Burns – I noticed that others have mentioned this book. It is an excellent book that I tried and it works really well. I highly recommend it.

8. Avoid alcohol – alcohol turns to sugar. I’ve noticed on those infrequent occasions when I have a few drinks I have a little more depression.

9. 12-step groups – if you have any kind of addiction, try joining a 12-step group for it (alcohol = AA, food = OA, etc, if you know an alcoholic = Al-Anon, anyone = CODA ). There is a 12-step group out there for everyone and they do a lot to help build friendships, self-esteem and give more meaning to life.

10. Make sure you don’t have a thyroid problem. I do and I think that at least part of my depression had been caused by that. I found no alternative treatment for thyroid that worked and did start taking Synthroid for that. I noticed when my levels were off, the depression would increase.

11. Evening Primrose Oil- I think this has been the thing that helped me the most with my chronic fatigue. After starting to take this and flax oil, my chronic fatigue is not almost gone. I’ve never read anything about evening primrose oil helping with fatigue, but it did. I started taking this and the flax oil based on recommendations in the book – The Fat Flush Plan – she recommends taking about 400 mg of GLA daily from either Evening Primrose, Borage Oil or Black Currant Oil. I take mine from the Evening Primrose. I switched to Borage once my fatigue came back.

I hope that helps and good luck to you. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message. If you try any or all of the above recommendations, you should know within about 2 weeks of taking them if they help.

Sandra asks…

What are some natural remedies for mental illnesses?

I need some “mind soothing” natural remedies. I just ordered some stuff actually called “mind soothe” but I was wondering if there is anyone who uses aroma therapy or anything else that is unusual and if it actually helps. In addition to medication. I am trying to take a little control myself in getting myself to feel better.

vti answers:

For anxiety:

Bach’s Rescue Remedy is always good to have on hand for attacks.

Also the following nutrients are usually helpful:
Multivitamin & mineral complex
B-Complex
Vitamin C
(For nutritional balance and adrenal support)
Calcium 2000 mg daily – a natural tranquilizer
Magnesium 600 mg daily – relieves tension, spasms, tics
B-1 50mg 3 times daily – has a calming effect on the nerves.
B-6 50mg 3 times daily – important in the production of certain brain chemicals.
Zinc- 50 mg daily – can have a calming effect
Chromium Picolinate – 200 mcg. Daily – Chromium deficiency can produce symptoms of anxiety.
Aromatherapy – Lavender

Depression:
St. John’s Wort, B-12, Choline & inositol
Exercise
Aromatherapy – Lemon, orange, ylang-ylang

Michael asks…

Is it ok to take st. Johns wort if I have the mirena iud?

I don’t want to have any prescription medication if I can avoid it, but I have been in a serious depression state that I can’t seem to get out of. If you have tried st. Johns wort or know any other natural remedies for anxiety/depression, please feel free to share! I have the mirena iud, which is hormonal and I don’t want any medication that will make it less effective.

vti answers:

St Johns wort is good, but make sure you buy products that have the St. John’s Wort active chemical hypericin standardized to at least 0.3%.

Valerian has been shown to be very effective in depression and anxiety, it has been known to positively influence the body’s production of GABA – a neurotransmitter that affects the pharmacology of anxiety.

Lemon Balm is calming if you find yourself in anxious conditions.

Ken asks…

Is there anybody that knows any natural remedies for people that r psychotic?Or have a mental illness?

Any natural remedies to calm someone down?

vti answers:

There are herbal alternatives to depression which is St. Johns Wort. And herbal alternatives to mood disorders in Sam-e. Some people swear by these alternatives and others do not. My theory is Everyone is different and its more or less a trial and error attempt to get what works best for U. Good luck to U.

Susan asks…

What are all natural remedies to deal with anxiety? I’m aware of Valerian Root and Kava.?

I’m aware of Kava and Valerian root but I don’t want to be too sleepy, I get major anxiety and sometimes full blown panic attacks in class and those two are more for going to sleep. Any other natural remedies or ways to cope with anxiety, especially in the moment would be very helpful.

vti answers:

Anxiety, depression, nervousness, worry or stress can cause over 100 symptoms or health problems as as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0oGkmYCx0ZQ5CUA.T4L5gt.?p=%22over+100+anxiety+symptoms%22&fr2=sb-top&fr=ush-ans&type_param=&rd=r1

Prescription medication for anxiety, stress, nervousness, depression and worry can give you bad side effects so natural remedies are often much better.

Natural remedies for anxiety, stress, nervousness, worry and depression include exercise, Yoga, Melatonin, 5-HTP, Valerian Root, other herbs, vitamin B complex and other remedies as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22natural+anxiety+remedies%22&fr=ush-ans

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Paul asks…

Home remedies?!?! :'[ For My Acne!?

Okay so I get random breakouts..& I have Backne 🙁 I’m also very very
insecure about myself because of it.. I havn’t done much this summer because I’m always stressing about it, Well, I’ve been having it for like
2 years now but it seems it started getting worse within the last two 2
months. The ugliest part of it is my self-esteem that’s been badly hurt .
I have 1 month before I go to grade 10 I just dont wanna feel the same
way I felt in jr.high..Any tips? or some Home remedies?? Help Meee!!!
clensers never worked for me and I’m tired of wasting money on them.

vti answers:

Home remedies are the best for your acne.

People dont know that the foods you consume can also be very good externally.all of these fight acne naturally.

Egg White Mask: great for tightening up your pores, unclogs pores, seperate the egg white from the yolk and apply to face. 15-20 min. Wash off , warm water then cold.

Egg Yolk Mask: great for moisturizing the face. Apply to face. 15-20 min. Wash off

Oatmeal Mask: cook some oatmeal and then let it cool. Apply to face. Gets rid of all the dirt and oils. Very effective. 15 min. Wash.

Yogurt Mask: evens out skin tone, moisturizes , leaves your skin feeling soft and new. Use plain yogurt. 15 min. Wash off.

Lemon/Lime: Evens out skin tone, If it burns your skin, add water. Cut open a lemon or lime. Pour the juice on your face. 15 min. Rinse.

Milk mask: anything with milk will help lighten the skin. You could jsut use it for a face mask or a milk bath. Cleopatra took milk baths everyday. Take a milk bath for your bacne. First warm water, add about 5 cups of milk. Soak in it for 20 minute TOPS. Your skin may feel a bit oily after but thats the natural oils from the milk, its good for you.

PAtatoe Mask: Grate the patatoe until its all mushy. Apply to face. 15-20 min. Rinse.

Orange Peel mask: Rub the orange peel on your face in circular motions gently. Eat the orange! Rinse off.

These are just some remedies I use.
The most effective were: Yogurt, milk baths(definately soo relaxing and my acne goes away).

I also have lots of face ance, chest acne, and bacne.
But its way better than it use to be. Dont touch your face. Dont pop your pimples. Only wash your face twice because if you overdo it that causes the oil glands to produce more oils causing more acne!
After you workout take a shower immediately. Wash your pillow cases everyweek.

Just some tips. Hope that helped! 😀

Ruth asks…

Home remedies for men’s acne?

my boyfriend is 17 and has a problem w/ acne. it bothers him(not me.) what is a cheap yet effective way to clear up his face. such as home remedies or something like it. thank you.

vti answers:

Home remedies for the treatment of acne
Two very good acne treatments you can do at home: Take the pulp from ripe tomatoes and apply it your skin. Let it sit there for an hour and a half and then wash off.

Mix lemon juice and tomatoe pulp and apply to clean skin till dry then rinse with cool water.

Boiled milk and fresh lime juice can be used to wash your face. Lime is a natural cleanser used in many soaps and milk will help to add many nutrients to your skin and help to prevent the skin from drying out excessively. Take a whole food supplement like a green drink. Green drinks can be found at most health food stores and even at supermarkets. They have an alkalizing effect on your body which help to reduce internal toxicity which in turn can help to reduce your acne.

Take fenugreek leaves and make a fine paste out of it and then apply it to your entire face. This will help with healing some of your existing acne eruptions and will also help with stopping new acne and blackheads. Take some fresh garlic and rub it around the affected areas. This helps to get rid or your current acne but you need to be consistent and do it regularly for at least a few weeks.

Http://www.getridofmyacne.org/

Maria asks…

Any home remedies for my acne?

Hello,
I have slight acne on my fore head, on the sides of my face near my scalp both sides but you cant see it cause my hair covers it, and thats pretty much where it all is. I use Clean&Clear foaming face wash and clean and clear advantage acne spot treatment. ANYWAY I tried using a honey face mask yesturday, I tried a steam facial, and I tried tooth paste before I went to bed yesturday I alot of my acne got pretty good. But too make the process faster, got any more home remedies?

vti answers:

As a sufferer of acne, I was finally glad to get my life back after using a simple home remedy for acne that worked and got rid of my acne.

I always hated life, I would awake in the morning and just couldn’t face the mirror in my room, the sight of my own face would turn me off even more, I would just sit there feeling depressed.

No one can imagine the many different acne treatment solutions I tried, one after the other, it seemed as if nothing worked. But, I just never gave up hope that one day I would finally be able to rid myself of acne.

I would face the day asking myself one question:

Is there a acne cure that works for me?

I began to get depressed and tried to avoid my friends and family, my bedroom became my world, just living compound to those four walls. I used to spend hours and come up with very lame excuses, just to not face anyone.

The one day it happened, I saw an online ad, that stated that an overlooked yet simple home remedy for acne can rid you of acne.

I read that page at least one hundred times, and decided to take a chance and see if this would work, and I am glad I did. Yes, it really worked, that simple home remedy for acne cured my acne. I was finally free.

That is where I also learned that many people believe they have acne, but they are actually only suffering from skin conditions that are related to acne, by simply balancing the skin PH value you can heal that condition.

It is very important to understand what causes your acne, because only then can you discover a cure to rid yourself of that skin disease.

Nothing can change the way I feel now, because I have had many years of hiding and not being able to look anyone in the face, but there is hope for all, take a chance, and see if this simple home remedy for acne can be the answer to your problems.

Another problem I hear people talking about is that adult acne isn’t as serious as teenage acne, well that is a whole load of hog wash. Acne is horrible no matter at what age, I guess those touting that rumor has never suffered with acne, and they have no clue what they are talking about.

I can only offer you hope and insist you never give up trying to find your acne cure, as each one of us is different, but we seek the same gold and that is to find a simple home remedy for acne that will not cost too much.

My best friend face was constantly red, he thought he had acne, well he didn’t and that is where the problem starts, not because you think it’s acne, that means it is.

Get the facts, and learn the exact steps I took to cure my acne by following this simple home remedy for acne. I know my English isn’t the best and I am no doctor, but I do know what worked for me.

Chris asks…

Some good at home acne remedies?

What are some at home acne remedies that work?

vti answers:

1.Try using witch hazel and lemon juice as an astringent. If you have oily skin and believe this exacerbates your acne or pimples, as the bacteria underneath, which has already clogged your pores, has trouble being released due to excess oil on the skin’s surface level, witch hazel and lemon juice are an all-natural remedy to remove excess oil from your skin. You can find organic witch-hazel at Vitamin Shoppe (www.vitaminshoppe.com). Lemon juice can be found at your local grocer.
2.Drink more tea. Tea has extremely effective skin-healing, purifying, and antioxidant properties that have been proven to aid in acne and acne scar reduction. Red tea and chamomile tea have particularly been found to be therapeutic in reducing acne, acne scars, whiteheads, and blackheads. Additionally, chamomile has been found to stop acne, especially in the essential oil form because of its powerful effects. Celestial Seasonings (www.celestialseasonings.com) makes both chamomile and red teas and they cost relatively little. Drink about 2-3 cups a day. Your acne-prone skin will thank you. You can also add honey and lemon, which both are great for skin health and acne.
3.Remove excess oils, dirt, toxins, and free radicals from Your Skin. Exfoliating is a must for anyone who has acne, pimples, or acne scars. The key, however, is not too overscrub your acne and to find a gentle acne cleanser. Look for a scrub that is all natural and contains scar and acne healing ingredients, such as lemon, baking soda, orange, chamomile, aloe vera, and salicylic acid.
4.Make an all natural acne-eliminating potion. Wash your face 2 times a day with the following: 1 tablespoon of witch hazel, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of brewed green Tea, and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Your skin should show a difference.
5.Steam your face. Hold your face over a basin of warm, not scalding hot water for 1-2 minutes. Then place cold ice cubes on your pores. This will tighten your pores and help your acne

Laura asks…

Any home remedies that gets rid of acne?

I am just getting so sick of all the zits and pimples on my face, and I was wondering if there was any home remedies that might work to get rid of them. Btw, I can’t afford a dermatologist, so you don’t have to recommend one.
Thanks guys 🙂

vti answers:

Michelle !
Home remedy for acne serves as the best and natural way of heading your way towards achieving flawless skin.

Below are presented a couple of things you need to do as a part of acne pimples home remedy treatment:

*
Gently apply fresh limejuice on pimples and blackheads.
*
Dab the mixture made by combining 1 tsp fresh coriander powder and a pinch of turmeric powder on the pimples, while going to bed in the night and wash it off when you wake up the next morning.
*
Take a few fresh curry leaves and make a paste. Apply the paste on the acne-affected area and keep it overnight and wash it off with warm water the next morning.
*
Apply the paste made of nutmeg (Jaiphal) and raw milk on acne and wash it off after 20 minutes. Do it for about 10-12 days and see the magical effects.
*
Take some fresh fenugreek leaves and make a paste to apply on the acne pimples overnight.
*
For people with oily skin, the perfect home remedy is to apply a paste made by mixing sandalwood and few drops of rosewater on the acne affected area for about an hour and then wash off gently.
*
For dry skin, the best remedy is to take a piece of sandalwood and rub it on a smooth stone and make a paste using a few drops of raw milk. Apply the mixture on the acne and keep it for an hour and thereafter gently wash with water.

Http://www.acnenaturalremedies.com/Acne-Natural-Treatment.html

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Ruth asks…

Home remedies?!?! :'[ For My Acne!?

Okay so I get random breakouts..& I have Backne 🙁 I’m also very very
insecure about myself because of it.. I havn’t done much this summer because I’m always stressing about it, Well, I’ve been having it for like
2 years now but it seems it started getting worse within the last two 2
months. The ugliest part of it is my self-esteem that’s been badly hurt .
I have 1 month before I go to grade 10 I just dont wanna feel the same
way I felt in jr.high..Any tips? or some Home remedies?? Help Meee!!!
clensers never worked for me and I’m tired of wasting money on them.

vti answers:

Home remedies are the best for your acne.

People dont know that the foods you consume can also be very good externally.all of these fight acne naturally.

Egg White Mask: great for tightening up your pores, unclogs pores, seperate the egg white from the yolk and apply to face. 15-20 min. Wash off , warm water then cold.

Egg Yolk Mask: great for moisturizing the face. Apply to face. 15-20 min. Wash off

Oatmeal Mask: cook some oatmeal and then let it cool. Apply to face. Gets rid of all the dirt and oils. Very effective. 15 min. Wash.

Yogurt Mask: evens out skin tone, moisturizes , leaves your skin feeling soft and new. Use plain yogurt. 15 min. Wash off.

Lemon/Lime: Evens out skin tone, If it burns your skin, add water. Cut open a lemon or lime. Pour the juice on your face. 15 min. Rinse.

Milk mask: anything with milk will help lighten the skin. You could jsut use it for a face mask or a milk bath. Cleopatra took milk baths everyday. Take a milk bath for your bacne. First warm water, add about 5 cups of milk. Soak in it for 20 minute TOPS. Your skin may feel a bit oily after but thats the natural oils from the milk, its good for you.

PAtatoe Mask: Grate the patatoe until its all mushy. Apply to face. 15-20 min. Rinse.

Orange Peel mask: Rub the orange peel on your face in circular motions gently. Eat the orange! Rinse off.

These are just some remedies I use.
The most effective were: Yogurt, milk baths(definately soo relaxing and my acne goes away).

I also have lots of face ance, chest acne, and bacne.
But its way better than it use to be. Dont touch your face. Dont pop your pimples. Only wash your face twice because if you overdo it that causes the oil glands to produce more oils causing more acne!
After you workout take a shower immediately. Wash your pillow cases everyweek.

Just some tips. Hope that helped! 😀

Jenny asks…

Home remedies for men’s acne?

my boyfriend is 17 and has a problem w/ acne. it bothers him(not me.) what is a cheap yet effective way to clear up his face. such as home remedies or something like it. thank you.

vti answers:

Home remedies for the treatment of acne
Two very good acne treatments you can do at home: Take the pulp from ripe tomatoes and apply it your skin. Let it sit there for an hour and a half and then wash off.

Mix lemon juice and tomatoe pulp and apply to clean skin till dry then rinse with cool water.

Boiled milk and fresh lime juice can be used to wash your face. Lime is a natural cleanser used in many soaps and milk will help to add many nutrients to your skin and help to prevent the skin from drying out excessively. Take a whole food supplement like a green drink. Green drinks can be found at most health food stores and even at supermarkets. They have an alkalizing effect on your body which help to reduce internal toxicity which in turn can help to reduce your acne.

Take fenugreek leaves and make a fine paste out of it and then apply it to your entire face. This will help with healing some of your existing acne eruptions and will also help with stopping new acne and blackheads. Take some fresh garlic and rub it around the affected areas. This helps to get rid or your current acne but you need to be consistent and do it regularly for at least a few weeks.

Http://www.getridofmyacne.org/

Betty asks…

Any home remedies for my acne?

Hello,
I have slight acne on my fore head, on the sides of my face near my scalp both sides but you cant see it cause my hair covers it, and thats pretty much where it all is. I use Clean&Clear foaming face wash and clean and clear advantage acne spot treatment. ANYWAY I tried using a honey face mask yesturday, I tried a steam facial, and I tried tooth paste before I went to bed yesturday I alot of my acne got pretty good. But too make the process faster, got any more home remedies?

vti answers:

As a sufferer of acne, I was finally glad to get my life back after using a simple home remedy for acne that worked and got rid of my acne.

I always hated life, I would awake in the morning and just couldn’t face the mirror in my room, the sight of my own face would turn me off even more, I would just sit there feeling depressed.

No one can imagine the many different acne treatment solutions I tried, one after the other, it seemed as if nothing worked. But, I just never gave up hope that one day I would finally be able to rid myself of acne.

I would face the day asking myself one question:

Is there a acne cure that works for me?

I began to get depressed and tried to avoid my friends and family, my bedroom became my world, just living compound to those four walls. I used to spend hours and come up with very lame excuses, just to not face anyone.

The one day it happened, I saw an online ad, that stated that an overlooked yet simple home remedy for acne can rid you of acne.

I read that page at least one hundred times, and decided to take a chance and see if this would work, and I am glad I did. Yes, it really worked, that simple home remedy for acne cured my acne. I was finally free.

That is where I also learned that many people believe they have acne, but they are actually only suffering from skin conditions that are related to acne, by simply balancing the skin PH value you can heal that condition.

It is very important to understand what causes your acne, because only then can you discover a cure to rid yourself of that skin disease.

Nothing can change the way I feel now, because I have had many years of hiding and not being able to look anyone in the face, but there is hope for all, take a chance, and see if this simple home remedy for acne can be the answer to your problems.

Another problem I hear people talking about is that adult acne isn’t as serious as teenage acne, well that is a whole load of hog wash. Acne is horrible no matter at what age, I guess those touting that rumor has never suffered with acne, and they have no clue what they are talking about.

I can only offer you hope and insist you never give up trying to find your acne cure, as each one of us is different, but we seek the same gold and that is to find a simple home remedy for acne that will not cost too much.

My best friend face was constantly red, he thought he had acne, well he didn’t and that is where the problem starts, not because you think it’s acne, that means it is.

Get the facts, and learn the exact steps I took to cure my acne by following this simple home remedy for acne. I know my English isn’t the best and I am no doctor, but I do know what worked for me.

Laura asks…

Some good at home acne remedies?

What are some at home acne remedies that work?

vti answers:

1.Try using witch hazel and lemon juice as an astringent. If you have oily skin and believe this exacerbates your acne or pimples, as the bacteria underneath, which has already clogged your pores, has trouble being released due to excess oil on the skin’s surface level, witch hazel and lemon juice are an all-natural remedy to remove excess oil from your skin. You can find organic witch-hazel at Vitamin Shoppe (www.vitaminshoppe.com). Lemon juice can be found at your local grocer.
2.Drink more tea. Tea has extremely effective skin-healing, purifying, and antioxidant properties that have been proven to aid in acne and acne scar reduction. Red tea and chamomile tea have particularly been found to be therapeutic in reducing acne, acne scars, whiteheads, and blackheads. Additionally, chamomile has been found to stop acne, especially in the essential oil form because of its powerful effects. Celestial Seasonings (www.celestialseasonings.com) makes both chamomile and red teas and they cost relatively little. Drink about 2-3 cups a day. Your acne-prone skin will thank you. You can also add honey and lemon, which both are great for skin health and acne.
3.Remove excess oils, dirt, toxins, and free radicals from Your Skin. Exfoliating is a must for anyone who has acne, pimples, or acne scars. The key, however, is not too overscrub your acne and to find a gentle acne cleanser. Look for a scrub that is all natural and contains scar and acne healing ingredients, such as lemon, baking soda, orange, chamomile, aloe vera, and salicylic acid.
4.Make an all natural acne-eliminating potion. Wash your face 2 times a day with the following: 1 tablespoon of witch hazel, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of brewed green Tea, and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Your skin should show a difference.
5.Steam your face. Hold your face over a basin of warm, not scalding hot water for 1-2 minutes. Then place cold ice cubes on your pores. This will tighten your pores and help your acne

Steven asks…

Any home remedies that gets rid of acne?

I am just getting so sick of all the zits and pimples on my face, and I was wondering if there was any home remedies that might work to get rid of them. Btw, I can’t afford a dermatologist, so you don’t have to recommend one.
Thanks guys 🙂

vti answers:

Michelle !
Home remedy for acne serves as the best and natural way of heading your way towards achieving flawless skin.

Below are presented a couple of things you need to do as a part of acne pimples home remedy treatment:

*
Gently apply fresh limejuice on pimples and blackheads.
*
Dab the mixture made by combining 1 tsp fresh coriander powder and a pinch of turmeric powder on the pimples, while going to bed in the night and wash it off when you wake up the next morning.
*
Take a few fresh curry leaves and make a paste. Apply the paste on the acne-affected area and keep it overnight and wash it off with warm water the next morning.
*
Apply the paste made of nutmeg (Jaiphal) and raw milk on acne and wash it off after 20 minutes. Do it for about 10-12 days and see the magical effects.
*
Take some fresh fenugreek leaves and make a paste to apply on the acne pimples overnight.
*
For people with oily skin, the perfect home remedy is to apply a paste made by mixing sandalwood and few drops of rosewater on the acne affected area for about an hour and then wash off gently.
*
For dry skin, the best remedy is to take a piece of sandalwood and rub it on a smooth stone and make a paste using a few drops of raw milk. Apply the mixture on the acne and keep it for an hour and thereafter gently wash with water.

Http://www.acnenaturalremedies.com/Acne-Natural-Treatment.html

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