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Susan asks…

Green tea supplements?

So I’ve been trying to lose a few pounds lately by working out and eating better. I lost a good 30 pounds and I would like to drop a few more. My metabolism is very slow and it’s been harder now to lose weight and is taking forever. I bought green tea supplements that supposedly burn fat and speed up your metabolism. Has anyone used these? Do they work? Help! How do I get best results?

vti answers:

No, supplements are always a bad idea unless recommended by a health care professional according to the best experts in health and nutrition in the world…the US National Institute of Health. The reason is you don’t know what you’re getting in the product. The FDA does not require testing, advertising is often fraudulent, what’s on the label is often not in the package/product, and many supplements are contaminated with various toxins. For more information about supplements, go here –> http://www.cspinet.org/nah/09_07/mfj_supplement.pdf

Will green tea help you lose fat? Probably not. The truth about green tea is there are many varieties of the herb and no good scientific evidence any of them support fat loss to any significant degree. However, if you randomly surf the web you’re likely to become the victim of scammers.

Here’s an example of a very nice looking website about green tea. Note the excerpt:”If you are in search of natural means that will help you lose weight and improve your health, then green tea dietary supplements may be the perfect answer for you. Each time you take the pill, there’s a gleaming joy in your heart that you are doing something good for your body’s overall wellness.”
Ref: http://www.greenteadietsthatwork.com/green-tea-dietary-supplement/

But, is that truth or just scammers who want to sell you supplements feeding you propaganda for to get your money? If you read what the experts have to say, your conclusion will have to be that classy website article is bogus and fraudulent scammers propaganda. And, in fact, that’s an example of how scammers manipulate the buying public by saturating the web with false articles, phony blogs, bogus scientific white papers, and fake reviews.

Here’s what the US National Institute of Health, the people your doctor listens to, has to say about green tea diets. Note the excerpt: “Insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness for weight loss.”.
Ref: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/960.html

Here’s a fact sheet about green tea. Note the excerpt: “There are not enough reliable data to determine whether green tea can aid in weight loss”
Ref: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/greentea/D273_Herbs.pdf

Here’s another report. Note the excerpt: “Taking a specific green tea extract (EGCG) seems to help moderately overweight people lose weight. But green tea doesn’t help people keep the weight off.”
Note the phrase “seems to”.
Ref: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/960.html

So, why doesn’t the NIH just come right out and say green tea doesn’t work for diets? Because they only say what has been demonstrated by good scientific research. Unlike the supplement sellers who will make outlandish and ridiculous claims to get your money and the credulous and naive people who believe them, the government tells the truth as science is given to know it.

It pays to be skeptical about all supplements and especially those sold for the purposes of fat loss and muscle gain. The internet search engines only know what is popular, not what is true and correct. So, if you see it at the top of the Google or Bing search results, it means nothing. On the web, you have to dig for the truth. Be skeptical, use critical thinking, and if it sounds too good to be true…well, you know the rest.

For more information go here –> http://search.usa.gov/search?query=%22green+tea%22&USA.gov+Search.x=0&USA.gov+Search.y=0

In summation, it would seem green tea is a poor choice for dieters simply because it has no appreciable effect of fat loss. High quantities of a concentrated extract may have some slight fat loss benefit but that can only be purchased as a supplement and there is still no good science to suggest efficacy in fat loss. So, if you like green tea, drink it. If you need caffeine, however, you can get that dirt cheap by buying NoDoz pills. Of course too much caffeine is not good for your body and can increase blood pressure, cause anxiety and panic attacks, and much more.

Good luck and good health!!

Lizzie asks…

Does the FDA review and approve vitamins and dietary supplements?

I was recently told that the FDA does not review and give their approval on vitamins and dietary supplements (like stuff you’d buy at GNC)… Is this true?

vti answers:

“Manufacturers and distributors do not need FDA approval to sell their dietary supplements. This means that FDA does not keep a list of manufacturers, distributors or the dietary supplement products they sell. If you want more detailed information than the label tells you about a specific product, you may contact the manufacturer of that brand directly. The name and address of the manufacturer or distributor can be found on the label of the dietary supplement.

Vitamin products are regulated by FDA as “Dietary Supplements.” The law defines dietary supplements, in part, as products taken by mouth that contain a “dietary ingredient” intended to supplement the diet.”

Sandy asks…

How is Jack3d supplement?

I am looking for a pre-workout supplement. I read on internet that Jack3d from USPlabs is pretty good and a good source of Nitric Oxide. Any one tried it? How is it?
Thanks

vti answers:

You’ve been infected by a hypermyth because no only do preworkout supplements not work, they’re a scam invented by supplement makers to sell you more junk you don’t need. Like you can get more vascular…lol. Where all that extra blood going to be going with all those big veins? This only thing in Jack3d that will do anything is caffeine and you can get that dirt cheap. Learn the facts about supplements and if you don’t believe me, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or someone with an education in physiology.

Read my answer about supplements here –> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AmA35VDViBrL0y9rSkKcLknty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20111001134224AANB0OV

Quacks, charlatans, and people selling worthless medications to a hapless public have been around for thousands of years. Go here for more about chicanery in selling health products –> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quackery . Today, in the 21st century, the old “snake oil” salesman has been replaced by supplement sellers. They prey on the young, the naive, the credulous, and the ignorant by offering males the promise of big muscles and ripped bodies and females the hope of fast and easy fat loss, sexy abs, and bikini bodies. The fact that none of these products do what they are advertised to do does not stop the public from spending $billions on them annually in the US alone. The products are everywhere from drug store shelves to super markets to nutrition centers and health food stores. And, in the past 15 years, the internet has become the new way to peddle this junk to young minds full of impossible dreams and all sold under the banner of SUPPLEMENTS.

In 1994 the US Congress, under pressure from supplement maker lobbying, passed the DSHEA which allowed questionable supplements to be sold with NO TESTING. The “no testing” proviso allows any supplement maker to sell anything because without testing there is no way to determine what is actually being sold much less if it is safe or even if it works. The result has been the internet has become dominated by thousands of web sites selling worthless products under generic names such as “fat burners”. “bulking formulas”. “cutting formulas”, “pre-workout drinks”, “post-workout mass gainers”, “intra-workout formulas”, “weight gainers”, “N.O. Rippers”, and on and on. It’s the 21st century “snake oil” and the suckers are spending over $20 billion on them annually in the US.

For more about the DSHEA go here –> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietary_supplement#Examples_of_Dietary_Supplements
Here’s an excerpt:”The law has left consumers without the protections surrounding the manufacture and marketing of over-the-counter or prescription medications and it became the FDA’s responsibility to prove that a supplement wasn’t safe. While pharmaceutical manufacturers must demonstrate their products are effective as well as being safe, supplement manufacturers are not required to demonstrate efficacy.”

Supplement scammers build web sites for everything so they will always be at the top of your search results and super easy to find. The use fake reviews, testimonials, news reports, technical articles, YouTube videos, science papers, and more all full of lies just to get your money. For them the internet is dirt cheap advertising that can reach the whole world and they can and do lie, lie, and lie because there is no incentive to tell the truth on the internet. They can falsify their claims and tell you anything without fear of repercussions. So, unless you want to fall victim to scammers, the burden is on you to separate the truth from fiction.

The scammers are experts at seducing the young and the clueless with cool sounding product names like “QuickFast EZ Loss Formula” or “Massabolic Supergainer Extreme XXX”. They intrigue you will great graphics of hot babes and big ripped dudes. They are so predictable that you can just look at a supplement website and know it’s a scam. Check out http://www.bodybuilding.com/ and you’ll see a good example of a scam site that pretends to be experts on bodybuilding but in reality is just a front for supplement sales. They can’t make any money telling you about how to build your body the right way because you don’t need anything but food and determination to do that. So, they use the pretense of being the “go to” website for bodybuilding to make a fortune from supplements sales. Here’s proof of their scamming –> http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm188957.htm

Here’s another scam site –> http://www.wemarket4u.net/fatfoe/index.html but it’s a good one. Click the “Submit Answers” button and you’ll see what I mean.

So, now that you know how scammers work, it’s your choice. You can be smart or you can be just another sucker pouring money into the pockets of quacks.

Good luck and good health!!

Sandra asks…

Reviews on Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Fat Burner supplement?

Does it really work?
Do you need to be overweight for it to actually work?
I don’t want to buy it and find out it doesn’t do a thing.
Personal reviews would be great,
Thanks!

vti answers:

If you wanna lose weight

buy her vidoes

not her supplements

Betty asks…

How do I know if a dietary supplement has been reviewed by the FDA ?

And by dietary supplement I mean like Vitamins or minerals or herbs.

For example.. Sytronil has been reviewed by the FDA and approved, and the same goes for Choleslo.. But there’s not a section or a list on the FDA that enlists the supplements they’ve reviewed.

Is there a place where I can find such a document or report enlisting the approved or reviewed supplements ?

Thanks in advance 🙂

vti answers:

Aside from positive’s spam, there isn’t one just like there isn’t a list on their site that shows every drug that’s ever been FDA approved (and if they did, they would be rather embarrassed to point out how many have been banned for how many deaths they’ve caused). 😉 However, the laws around the FDA and supplements are such that the FDA doesn’t test any of them directly, they are more of an enforcement organization and they keep track of any problems that are reported both with drugs and supplements.

Technically, the FDA doesn’t approve or deny any supplements aside from general vitamins and minerals (those that have an RDA), so they aren’t “approved”. But if it was “FDA denied” (eg. Contaminated product, bottles not containing the right product, etc), it’s removed from the market and/or the company making it gets shuts down.
It’s already happened a number of times… One of the biggest cases I can think of is when they banned Tryptophan for around a decade because of a contaminated batch that some people died from. It was banned that long because of misinformation that came up about it and partially from media coverage that spread that got some people thinking that it was the supplement, not the company.

With all that being said, there actually are watchgroups and organizations that do regulate supplements and regularly report to the FDA for any major adverse reactions (and the supplement companies that sell them are supposed to report these as well). The GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) and USP (U.S. Pharmacopoeia) are the main quality assurance organizations (USP is for the U.S., GMP is for the U.S. And worldwide).

The best thing you can do when buying a supplement from a company is to call the company and ask them to prove their quality. No, not just ask if they have good quality, but ask them to prove it. Their products should be tested/reviewed by independent 3nd party companies to verify their quality and they should be able to prove it rather easily. If they can’t prove it, I wouldn’t use their products… It’s your responsibility to know what you’re buying and to make sure the company you’re getting it from is good.
Good luck and I hope I helped!

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Robert asks…

Is it safe to take Weight loss pills with Isoniazid?

Hi so a few months ago I took a skin test and it was positive for having the Tuberculosis germ. I do not actually have tuberculosis itself, just the germ. I am not contagious and my chest x ray shows that the germs have not spread or anything so i am save. I have to take nine months of Isoniazid pills and the B-12 vitamin pills. I am considering taking weight loss/diet pills to help with my weight loss. I am not obese or extremely over weight but I would like to lose 20 pounds. I am a healthy, 16 years old female. Is it safe for me to take weight loss pills like Zendaslim or Slimquick along with my current medication? thanks!

vti answers:

Avoid that.

Thіs sіtе wіll hеlp.

Sharon asks…

what is a good vitman to help weight loss?

i just had my gallbladder removed. i need to be healthier, ive already lost about 10lbs but i need to lose about 40 more to be healthy. i don’t want to take diet pills, i want to know what natural vitamin or pill helps weight loss, ex.acai berry..things along those lines.

vti answers:

Its called DIET and EXERCISE. Quit trying to find an easy way out. Without a gallbladder you should be on a low fat diet. Start exercising and you will lose weight.

Ken asks…

What is the best way to speed up weight loss during fasting?

I am aware that weight may be gained back after fasting ceases and that it may be very unhealthy for such quick weight loss, but I really need to know this information. Please, no criticism or instructions towards a “healthy diet”.
Thanks.

vti answers:

You may want to take mineral supplementation. Fasting is actually healthy and a lot of people do it regularly as a great way to detox, so the implication it wouldn’t be shows you have been misinformed and given a bunch of fluff. Assuming you have enough fat stored to burn up as energy, you should know that the only thing stopping your body from using it is the fact it lacks the right nutrients or catalysts to get that process going. Minerals have no calories so you can actually fast while supplementing yourself and you would still be technically fasting.

High water consumption during fasting is essential. It takes 20 molecules of water to burn down 1 molecule of fat, that having been said, high water consumption may deplete you of minerals since you will be peeing a lot and again this is where minerals become important again.

Taking some vitamins such as vitamin C which is a known diuretic wouldn’t be such a bad idea either. If you supplement yourself well enough chances are you will feel more energized and you will have plenty of energy to exercise and get your metabolism going so you’ll burn all the fat, assuming the purpose of the fasting is weight loss.

Hope this helped

Chris asks…

How much protein should a female consume for weight loss?

I’ve been working out consistently for about a year, but my weight loss has been really slow. I’ve only lost about 15-18lbs. I’ve also changed my diet and started eating a lot healthier. I haven’t been intaking much protein and I believe that is a reason why my weight loss has been slow. How much protein should I take to speed up my weight loss? Are there any recipes, shakes or vitamins I should be taking?
I workout at least 3-4x a week. On average I’m at the gym for 1hr. – 1.5hrs. I’ve been attending the RPM & Body Pump classes at least 2x a week. On the other days I’m doing cardio and weightlifting. I also do resistence training.

vti answers:

Protein: Beans, lean meats such as boneless skinless chicken and fish, peanut butter (about 1 tablespoon for a serving), etc…

Lean Protein should make up about 40% of your daily nutritional intake per day. 30% is for whole grains. 20% is for fruits & vegetables. 10% is for fat.

Mandy asks…

What weight loss pill would you recommend?

I am a fairly active mother of two, and I am having issues losing weight. I work out every day for about an hour, and I work as a waitress, so I’m on my feet for 6-8 hours a day. I have really hit a wall on weight loss and I would like to try something to get the weight off fast. I eat healthy and in small portions, and I drink lots of water. I am healthy, except for the weight. What weight loss pill would you recommend?

vti answers:

None. Weight Loss pills are not FDA approved, and in many cases found to be ineffective.

Eat Healthy, Eat right (missing meals starts fat build up), and drink a lot of water – like you are doing.

Working out wise. Do more. If you do the same routine everyday your body will get used to it and you will not lose weight. Try doing cardio one day, aerobics another. Don’t slow down, do meaningful physical training.

@Emily. That’s a daily muti-vitamin, not a weight loss pill. I take a multi-vitamin everyday, there’s no harm to it.

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Nancy asks…

age of the father and son?

the sum of the present ages of a father and his son is 80years.When the father’s age was equal to the present age of the son,the sum of their ages was 40 years.Find the present ages.

Appreciated for the solutions

vti answers:

Let the age of the son now be S
Let the difference in ages (constant) be D
Thus always,
(age of father) = (age of son) + D
(age of son) = (age of father) – D

At present
(age of father) + (age of son) = 80
(S + D) + (S) = 80
2S + D = 80 ………………(i)

When the father’s age was equal to the present age of the son
(age of father) + (age of son) = 40
(S) + (S – D) = 40 <———————————– key line
2S – D = 40 …………. (ii)

adding (i) and (ii)
4S = 120
S = 30

From sum of ages = 80, father's age is 50
[ie D = 20]

Son 30, father 50.

Note: Other answers haven't accounted that when the father was the current age of the son (30), the son was a different age too (10).

David asks…

The sum of Noras age and her grandmas age is 71. 4 times Noras age is 6 less than her grandmothers age. Find?

find their ages

vti answers:

Let’s say Nora’s age is “n” and her grandma’s age is “g”.
Just translate the problem:
the sum of nora’s age and her grandma’s age is 71 translates to n + g = 71.
4 times Nora’s age is 6 less than her grandma’s age translates to 4n = g – 6.
Remember, “is” means =.

So now, you solve the simulaneous equations.
N + g = 71
4n = g – 6

from the first equation, we can say that n = 71 – g
now, we substitute that into the 2nd.
4(71-g) = g – 6
284 – 4g = g – 6
290 = 5g
g = 58
so her grandma’s age is 58. To find nora’s age, you can substitute g = 58 into one of the 2 equations.
Let’s do it in the first.
N + 58 = 71
n = 13
so, Nora is 13.
To check, you can add nora’s age and her grandma’s age 13 + 58 equals 71, so the first criteria fits.
4 times nora’s age is 6 less than her grandma’s age is 4*13= 52; 6 less than her grandma’s age [58] is 58 – 6 = 52, so it’s right.

Good luck! =]

Sharon asks…

How did the ice age occur?

What created the ice age.
Don’t use wikipedia.

vti answers:

An ice age is a period of long-term reduction in the temperature of Earth’s climate, resulting in an expansion of the continental ice sheets, polar ice sheets and mountain glaciers. Glaciologically, ice age is often used to mean a period of ice sheets in the northern and southern hemispheres; by this definition we are still in an ice age (because the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets still exist). More colloquially, when speaking of the last few million years, ice age is used to refer to colder periods with extensive ice sheets over the North American and Eurasian continents: in this sense, the most recent ice age ended about 10,000 years ago. This article will use the term ice age in the former, glaciological, sense; glacials for colder periods during ice ages; and interglacials for the warmer periods.

William asks…

what are these ages mean? and examples?

– Golden Age
– Age of Faith
– Age of Feudalism
– Dark Ages

For example, Catholic Church with Gothic Style belongs to which ages? Magna Carta? Exsistence of God vs human?

vti answers:

First of all, there is no such thing as the Age of Feudalism. In fact, there is no such thing as feudalism period. It is a historical construct that has been ill defined and does not represent the realities of the Middle Ages. The term is no longer used by Medieval historians and it has been that way for 30 years.

This brings us to my next criticism. The Dark Ages. Medieval Europe was not “dark” in any ways. It only got that name because some Renaissance scholars had a crush on Antiquity and viewed the Europe of their parents and Grandparents as backward. The term has also been banished by historians, therefore it should not be used.

Age of Faith could be applicable to many eras: Medieval, Renaissance, Antiquity. It is too broad.

The only real age mentioned above that can be explained is the Golden Age. That too is a very broad term because there has been a Golden Age for almost anything. However, the one that I think you might be referring to is Plato’s and Socrates’ Golden Age. It would be referring to the Bronze Age where there were heroes and stuff (like those who fought at Troy). The Bronze Age society collapsed and there was a historical void where little writing was produced (compared to prior to the collapse). When the Iron Age came about, the societies were looking at gigantic structures that what been abandoned. The ancient concluded that someone greater than them had built them and they called it a Golden Age.

George asks…

Gestational Age is…..?

If gestational age of a fetus is 5 weeks… then what is the actual fetal age??? I am just wondering.

vti answers:

Alright gestational age counts from the first day of the last period. Conception occurs (usually) roughly during ovulation; two weeks or 14 days after the first day of the last period.

So if you are 5 weeks pregnant the fetal age is 3 weeks. All you do is subtract 2 weeks from the gestational age. Ex. Gestational age=15 weeks, fetal age= 13 weeks.

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Robert asks…

Is this AVON or a scam?

http://www.joinavon.com/index.php

Is this the real avon website for recruting or not?

Also does anyone work for avon? Can you give me any advice?

Thanks
x

vti answers:

I think it is simply an avon independent distributor trying to recruit distributors – so legit i think.

Avon has had its time now though – so think twice if your thinking about taking it up. My mum got made redundant and then wanted to do something else which was more flexible and home based – so she became a Herbalife independent distributor (a bit like being an ‘Avon Rep’).

If you’re interested, she works with a worldwide company called ‘HERBALIFE’ if you havent heard of them before, they sponsor LA Galaxy Football team – David Beckhams team in the US (so an absolutely massive and trusted company)

They do ‘nutritional’ products which are all scientifically made and are great for weight loss/ gain, nutritional maximisation and basically put all the nutrition which your body really needs and dramatically improves your health. The way they work is through independent distributors – which you could become.

The job is 100% flexible, really quite easy as they will offer you all the training you need in addition to the massive support network – they say ‘what you put into it, you get out’, a few people around my area are on as much as £1000/week!

– to know more about this check out herbalife.com and if you’re interested in chatting to someone about becoming to distributor and how to make the most out of the business, email a herbalife distributor which i know could help you – maureenbunt@hotmail.co.uk (say James forwarded you to her).

GOOD LUCK!

Mandy asks…

Is Crazy Fox Really Herbalife?

This website says the crazy fox home business is really Herbalife. Does anyone know if that is true? I want to be crazy like a fox but I don’t want to sell Herbalife to do it.

http://www.infomercialscams.com/scams/crazy_fox_complaints
http://www.infomercialscams.com/scams/herbalife_complaints

vti answers:

I think that Momof4 missed your point by a mile. She says your links don’t say one way or another. The blog specifically states that it is related to herbalife. The blog is correct as well. Crazy Fox is an affiliate program to get people into the business opportunity.
You do not necessarily have to sell Herbalife products if you choose to push the Crazy Fox opportunity.
There are many claims about what happens after joining Crazy Fox. I would not look at these claims as people with a motive to discredit the company. I look at them as personal experiences that can be followed up by due diligence and research.

Here are facts that can be backed up.

Crazyfox website and TV ads do not give any information on what the whole program is about.

Crazy Fox is associated with Herbalife.

Once you pay the $9.99 fee to Crazyfox – they send you the starter package, which isn’t actually a package of any kind. It’s a booklet telling you how great it would be to become financially free, to never have a boss again and so on…

Then the real fun begins. You start getting calls from Herbalife representatives who are trying to sell all these amazing deals at $200, $500, $1000 and more. They tell you that you have made an amazing choice and you are on your way to wealth…

Since crazyfox sells your personal information to third parties, you will also start getting calls from insurance brokers, credit card companies, telephone companies and many others. They will all tell you: “We have been notified that you are starting a home business, you might be interested in our new Business Telephone Line, Business Credit Card… Etc – and it never ends, needless to say that you will not make single dime with these guys.

The only one who can decide if this is for you, is you. Just ask yourself if this is the way you want to build business. Statistically, this type of marketing leaves people “holding the bag” and I do not mean “the money bag.”

To back up the facts you have to commit to research.
If you co to the Crazy Fox site www.crazyfox.com and read into the privacy policy at the bottom http://thefoxisright.com/Special/privacy.php
You will find that e-team marketing and BMI are the promoters. To find the connection between the e-team and herbalife you have to get into the join process then click on the user agreement link to find https://www.eteam-ioffice.com/eTeam/action.cfm?module=anonymous&action=goUserAgreement&from=login

James asks…

Herbalife cons?

ok so I have this family relative who swears by this product and claims that she is making a lot of money in a week she says that she now has enough clients to continue her business at home..every time i see her she tries to convince me to get into the business and does it by saying that at meetings she sees young girls like myself who make thousands and so on..the thing that stops me from actually getting into this business is for one I’m not into selling stuff two. This product sounds a lil too good to be true three. If this product is so good for you and you can lose weight then why is she still fat? Also i have heard many stories from different people that have taken this product and most complain about gaining all the weight back and extra …but then again it must be a good product since david beckam is promoting it..haha I’m a sucker for handsome men can u tell?? j/k

vti answers:

OK first off: NEVER trust the integrity of the product based on who’s promoting it. David Beckham probably has NO idea whether or not the product is safe or effective. He’s just paid money to say what they want him to say. Athletes, artists, celebrities, NONE of these people care about the product, they just want the money. I wouldnt trust “doctors” in paid advertisements on TV, either…even real doctors can be taken in by money, and its not hard to pin a nametag on a white jacket and just call yourself a doc, and be paid to read stuff off a cue card.

I’ve heard that Herbalife in general is a scam and not very effective, both as a product, and as a small business venture.

If you’re not a good salesperson, or don’t like doing it, then don’t. I tried sales, and I hated it so much because I hated laying pressure on people and trying to expose their weaknesses to make a sale. I wasnt ruthless enough, and I didnt want to be.

Your question about “why is she still fat” is a very valid one. Never stop asking questions. Obviously, if Herbalife even does work, it only works if you’re motivated enough to do the “rest” of the stuff, ie diet and exercise!!

PS you’re not the only one who’s a sucker for handsome men…when Beckham modeled those Emporio Armani underwear, where he has that bulge in his pants, their sales shot up by several thousand per cent.

Sharon asks…

Can anyone give me info on Herbalife?

I recently had a baby and the weight seems to be in no hurry to go anywhere. I would like to try their products, but theier website is not very helpful for Canadians. I am hoping someone can tell me what I should buy because I would like to order the products off of Ebay as they seem to be at quite a lower cost according to what the sellers say the regular retail is. I would also like to hear about any peronel experience anyone has with these products. I understand that diet and fitness play an important role in any weight loss program, but I want a little help, thank you.

vti answers:

Herbalife is a multi-level pyramid scam. Save your money for something that works or else you’ll just be making someone “up the line” richer.

Mark asks…

Partner with paul a scam ?

So i saw this email and am very aprehensive about giving any of my information, after doing some reaseach i seee that this is about herbalife?! Has anyone here tried this program? I dont think it works but i would like to hear other wise

vti answers:

It is just a front for a Herbalife Distributorship.

While Herbalife is technically legit, most people (99+%) end up losing money.

Someone I know, lost about $20,000 with Herbalife a few years ago.

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Sharon asks…

Healthy Dog Foods?

What kinds of dog food that are nice and healthy?

vti answers:

What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.

Here are some examples of GOOD dog foods:
* Artemis
* Blue Buffalo
* California Natural
* Canidae
* Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
* Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
* EVO
* Fromm
* Innova
* Merrick
* Nature’s Variety
* Orijen
* Solid Gold
* Taste of the Wild
* Timberwolf Organics
* Wellness
* ZiwiPeak

Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods. Http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn’t mean it will jive the best for your dog.

Here is my “short list” of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
3) I don’t want to see any byproducts.
4) I don’t want to see a lot of fillers.
5) I don’t want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
6) I don’t want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
7) I don’t want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
8) I don’t want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as “meat” or “poultry”.)

Here is an article about byproducts:
http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

What *NOT* to buy:

Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

Beware “premium” foods. “Premium” does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)

Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that’s why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don’t focus a lot on nutrition. It’s not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told “this is good food”, so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it’s good as well.

Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. “Hill’s scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine” (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

“Big box” petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (I do believe that PetCo sells “Solid Gold” and “Natural Balance” brands and Petsmart sells “Blue Buffallo”, which are all higher quality foods, but most of the foods aren’t.)

Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren’t good places to buy food either.

Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
– small, locally owned petstores
– dog boutiques
– farm supply stores

When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
25% food A, 75% food B
50% food A, 50% food B
75% food A, 25% food B
100% food A
.

Linda asks…

Do dogs live longer if they eat a holistic food vs store brand food?

anyone know the health benefits of feeding a food like wellness, blue, merrick?

vti answers:

Most of the “holistic” foods don’t contain grain which is going to have a big positive impact on your pet. But ALL dog foods are cooked at high temps, which burns off any enzymes (bad). I feed a raw prey modeled diet, dogs are designed to eat raw meat, only humans have adapted to eating cooked food. Obviously a dog can sort of maintain on cooked food, but all dog food companies dump vitamins and minerals in their food to cover up the natural deficiency of a cooked diet. Feed your dog raw whole chickens, turkey, large beef stew cuts, venison, rabbit, and lamb. Feed him hearts and livers for organ meats. He’ll be a much healthier happier dog. Also I use a fish oil supplement for Omega 3 (cod liver or salmon oil) in case you actually decide to switch (which you should). No it’s not as easy as pouring kibble, but if you’re not willing to take the time to help your pet be the healthiest he can be you shouldn’t have him.

Carol asks…

Earthborn Holistic dog food?

My family is getting a 9 week old Giant German Shepherd this weekend. We have everything but the food. I’ve done alot of research on the food and we went to buy Solid Gold Wolf Cub (for large breeds) this afternoon. When we checked the expiration date they were all expired and we notified an employee who checked the food way up as well and sure enough that was also expired. They’re going to donate it and order in new stuff to have on Friday. While we were waiting a lady there for Earthborn Holistic dog food started talking to my dad. I had never heard of this before and came home to research it. It gets good ratings but I’m just curious if anyone on here has tried it before? It’s made in IL where I live and all the ingredients are from the US except flax-seed which comes from Canada.
Has anyone tried this food? They’re comparable in price and I’m wondering which one you guys would buy if you had a choice.

Thanks! :]

vti answers:

Yep, the Earthborn food is excellent. I have tried all 3 varieties that are on sale where I am and all our dogs love it. We tried them out initially with the trial packs that were available and very cheap.

My dogs are doing well on this kibble. I also buy the holistic can food which one of my dogs gets with her dinner. Can highly recommend that as well.

Helen asks…

Switching Dog Foods?

I was thinking of changing my dog‘s food, she is currently eating Nutro Natural Choice Chicken, Rice and Oatmeal, but she keeps getting really bad dandruff right above her tail on her back ( I have been bathing her once a week w/ special shampoo, the rest of her looks great except this one spot) I was thinking of going to Nutro Natural Choice Venacene(sp) Brown Rice…Any suggestions? I would like to stick to the Nutro Natural choice but am willing to try others!
I am using the Tea tree shampoo, the rest of her coat is amazing!! It is literally one spot the size of coffee can lid!!
She was at the vet 3 weeks ago and she suggested the bathing and tea tree shampoo…Sorry should have mentioned that earlier!!

vti answers:

Definitely change his dog food. Purina, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Iams, are all cheap foods w/ lots of fillers, by-products, corn, and other nasty stuff.

Depending on your budget… Here are some PREMIUM foods and prices that I’ve seen while shopping for my English Bulldog.

1. Canidae – All Life Stages – (most reasonably priced food and 5 star quality.) About $1.15 per pound… 20 pound bag cost me around $22.50 www.canidae.com

2. Merrick – Puppy Plate – Also pretty reasonable, this is what my Bulldog eats and he loves it… Especially when I put warm water in with the food, stir, and then it creates a nice gravy that seems irresistible to my pup. His energy level, coat, and muscle tone are also nice. Tends to be a rich food, therfore you’ll notice loose stools until the pup is fully adjusted to this new food. Www.merrickpetcare.com

3. Innova Evo – Entirely grainless dog food with high protein. I’ve seen alot of mixed reviews about a growing puppy with high protein. I’ve read Veterinary studies on a high protein diet and they’ve found no problems at all. I have not tried this food with my pup, but wouldn’t mind considering it once he’s a little over a year old. Price is around $60 for a 30 pound bag. Http://www.naturapet.com/brands/evo.asp

4. Orijien – About the same as above #3. Www.orijien.com A very good food comparable to Innova Evo, but only found in certain states. Otherwise must order online.

See www.dogfoodanalysis.com for advice and complete reviews on dog food products. You’ll find that Purina is a 1 or 2 star quality food.

What you want to look for is a food with good quality meat products in it. No by-products or fillers such as corn. The first 4-5 ingredients is what primarily makes up the food. Therfore you want meat protein (chicken, beef, turkey, herring, salmon) or meat meal.

The above foods that i’ve listed are 5 & 6 star quailty foods that offer a holistic approach.

It may take a while for your dog to see what he likes. Buy small quantities before you buy a big bag. Also, when you get your new pup, you need to mix 25% new food to 75% old food for the first 3 days, then 50% to 50% ratio for 3-4 more days, then 25% old food to 75% new food for 3-4 days, then finally 100% new food. This will help the pup adjust to the new food, which sometimes doesn’t make them feel so good and can give loose stools.

My best advice to you is to read up on products at the website that i’ve provided, and then make your choice based on your findings.

Robert asks…

in simple terms, what is the difference between natural, organic and holistic dog food?

I’m about to start a new job (obviously in the animal care industry) and I think i’m pretty sure what the difference is (kind of) I googled it and one website says one thing, another website says another..but put simply, what is the difference between the 3? For my own dogs health I’d like to know and advice to my customers..Thanks! 🙂
Love the maturity of the ignorant youth…everyone understands that, and since your talking to a girl..it’s spelled with an A. I can only hope people like you don’t own animals

vti answers:

I can only assume that your new job will require you to be able to explain this to customers, so you should be getting your information from the manufacturers of the various products you will be selling.

From a commercial, advertising viewpoint, natural is food that uses natural ingredients, for instance, meat source proteins instead of synthetic proteins, like corn gluten. The preservatives will be natural ingredients instead of chemical preservatives, which means the food will not stay fresh as long.

Organic can be certified by the federal government, not just a few states, but usually means that all the ingredients were not genetically altered, the meats were fed organic grains, and the vegetables and fruits were organically grown, hence very little use of chemicals in the ingredients.

Holistic is the confusing one. Many “gourmet” stores sell “holistic” foods. In general, holistic is a food that helps dogs stay healthy without chemical supplements, for instance the inclusion of fruits and vegetables as antioxidants, instead of chemical additives that do the same thing.

You are essentially talking the difference between scientifically formulated products vs. Naturally formulated products. Read the ingredients on the back of the Science Diet bag, then go read the ingredients on the back of the Wellness bag.

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Donald asks…

Damaged hair home remedy?

Okay. I used to have very healthy hair…until bleach happened. Now it is so damaged and extremely dry that it breaks off like crazy when it’s wet, and when it dries, it doesn’t really break off as bad but it is SO dry. I take vitamins and all that. What I want to know is how I can restore it’s moisture and health. Olive oil, eggs, I know all that. But there are some people who say to use just the yolks…then some people say the whites. So I am so confused about all this home remedy stuff. I would prefer hot oil treatment recipe because I have done it before and it works pretty good. But I want something that can help realllllly reconstruct my hair and replenish it. Thanks!

vti answers:

Here are some easy home remedies for damaged hair that will keep your hair looking great while at the same time protecting your pocketbook. Avocado and bananas are natural home remedies for damaged hair. Just take both fruits, mash them up in a bowl then slather on your hair. Leave on for an hour then wash off. If you do not have either of those items in your kitchen, beer is another great product that will restore shine into your hair. After shampooing, rinse your hair with beer, then run cold water over your hair in order to get rid of the scent.

Egg mixed with water is another one of the most popular home remedies for damaged hair. Just whisk the ingredients up in a bowl, apply to hair and then rinse off. You can also mix vinegar with olive oil, slather on hair, then put on a shower cap and let the mixture soak into your hair for thirty minutes before rinsing. Coconut oil is another great ingredient used for healing hair that is dry and damaged. Massage the oil into your hair, leave on overnight and rinse off the next morning.

Helen asks…

Home remedies for hair loss?

Home remedies for hair loss? Do you know any? Thanks.

vti answers:

Home remedies for hair loss #1: You could stop and prevent male and female hair loss without involving cost, treatment, products or pills? Leading International hair loss analyst Jonathon E.Phillips shows how.
Click here for more details.

Home remedies for hair loss #2: Take Vitamins A, B6, B12, Folic acid, biotin, and Vitamin C.
Caution: Too much Vitamin A can cause hair loss keep your intake less than 100,000 IU daily.

Home remedies for hair loss #3: Take Silica in capsules one a day, makes hair stronger and thicker.

Home remedies for hair loss #4: Rinse your hair with a mix of apple cider vinegar and sage tea this helps hair grow.

Home remedies for hair loss #5: To improve blood circulation to the scalp take Ginkgo Biloba.

Home remedies for hair loss #6: Take Saw Palmetto, this herb unblocks hair follicles and heals the prostate (like the drug found in Rogaine) decreasing residues of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalp. It is 3 times more effective then Proscar in healing the prostate. It may be 3 times better then Rogaine

Home remedies for hair loss #7: Nettles can be used locally or internally to prevent baldness and stimulate hair growth, it contains high amounts of silica.

Home remedies for hair loss #8: Use locally Rosemary oil to stimulate hair growth. Improves oxygen delivery to the follicles.

Home remedies for hair loss #9: Neem has been used in ayurveda for hundreds of years to help hair growth. Thickens hair, heals follicles and it cleans the scalp.

Home remedies for hair loss #10: Horsetail contains silica therefore promoting hair growth.

Home remedies for hair loss #11: A Chinese herb called Fo-Ti , restores hair color and hinders production of DHT, stops hair loss and thinning hair and encourages hair growth.

Home remedies for hair loss #12: Tea tree oil kills bacteria and mites that attack the follicles and causes hair loss.

Home remedies for hair loss #13:
Mix 1 tsp. Of cayenne.
1 tsp. Of yucca root.
2 cups of boiling water.
Let it sit for 30 minutes apply this topical solution on the scalp to promote blood circulation to the area and help with hair loss.

Home remedies for hair loss #14: Pygeum works in the same way Saw palmetto does, reducing DHT in the scalp and thus promoting hair growth.

Home remedies for hair loss #15: Avoid drugs such as Rogaine and Propecia, they have side effects, and although they are allowed to advertise that they re grow hair, only a small percentage of people see acceptable results, besides, they must be use for the rest of your life, as soon as you stop, the hair loss resumes, and some people have reported loss of hair at a higher pace then before the treatment started.

Home remedies for hair loss #16: Use shampoos and conditioners containing silica and biotin extracts.

Home remedies for hair loss #17: Avoid hair sprays and gels.

Home remedies for hair loss #18: Do not brush your hair too much.

Home remedies for hair loss #19: When towel drying your hair, don’t rub instead pat your hair dry gently.

Home remedies for hair loss #20: Rosemary Hair Oil.

1/2 tsp. Rosemary essential oil.
1/2 tsp. Jojoba oil.
Mix ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Apply on the scalp a leave it for a few hours before washing it off.

Home remedies for hair loss #21: Hair Formula.

1 cup aloe vera gel.
4 tbs. Apple cider vinegar.
1 tbs. Nettle tincture.
1/2 tsp. Vitamin E oil.
1/2 tsp. Rosemary essential oil.
Mix ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Apply a small amount on the scalp once a day.

Charles asks…

Home remedies for vaginal soreness?

You know when you have too much sex and you get that random sore, itchy, swelling? Are there any home remedies that can cause this to go away faster or help it in any way?

vti answers:

Home remedies to stop vaginal itching —–through eliminating candida infection can be done through dabbing apple cider vinegar mixed with garlic and water. In this concoction, the vinegar part will try to control the growth of the infection while the garlic temporarily stops the vaginal itching. It would also be better to use organic apple cider vinegar. With this home remedy, both infection and itching are given focus. This method is one of the best home remedies to stop vaginal itching as well as its infectious source.

James asks…

Home remedies for flu relief?

I’ve been dealing with a case of the flu for a week. I was sick about three weeks ago with the same thing so i prob never got rid of it. I’ve got a stuffy nose, chills, cold hands and feet, cough, fatigue, and pain in the base of my lungs front and back. I’ve tried over-the-counter meds already and no relief. Does anyone have any home remedies that can help with the symptoms? Also, i’m wondering if I should go to the ER and get some meds…i’m not sure bc i know theres a horrible flu virus out there so the doc would just tell me theres nothing he can do to get rid of it and to wait it out. But now i’m worried bc of my cough and pain in my lungs…Its a very tight cough and i’m not coughing anything up. how much longer should i wait until i see a doctor?

vti answers:

Home Remedies for Common Cold with Lemon:
Lemon is an example of a fruit that is rich in Vitamin C.
It increases body resistance and reduces the duration of almost all illnesses.

* To use lemon in treating common cold, dilute one lemon in a warm glass of water and add one teaspoon of honey. Drink the mixture once or twice daily.

Treat Common Cold with Garlic:
Garlic contains antiseptic and antispasmodic properties that help reduce the severity of cold.

* Boil three to four cloves of chopped garlic in a cup of water. Garlic in soup form can help flush out toxins and could also keep fever down. The oil in garlic can also aid in opening up blocked respiratory passages.
* Dilute five drops of garlic oil and one teaspoon of onion juice in a cup of water. Drink it two to three times a day for best results.

Natural Treatments for Common Cold with Ginger:
Ginger is one of the best remedies for colds and coughs because of its active health ingredients.

* Cut 10 grams of ginger into small pieces and then boil in a cup of water. Strain it and add half a teaspoon of sugar. Drink it hot twice a day to treat common cold.

George asks…

What are some home remedies…….?

What are some home remedies for a head cold?

vti answers:

During the long winter months it is not unusual to catch the common cold. This can be cause by exposing yourself to the cold weather or someone sick; it is usually a person with the flu themselves. Although, most of us are familiar with the flu and expect it to wear out within a couple of days, it can still cause a great amount of distress. But, you do not have to worry since there are many home remedies that can help you get rid and relieve the symptoms of the common cold.

Take vitamin C tablets. They are good to help boost your immune system.

Pour lemon juice and honey in to a small cup. Mix it up together. Take various tablespoons of the remedy through out your day. Repeat this process on a daily basis until you feel better.

Prepare your favorite tea but replace the sugar with honey.

Prepare a lemon tea by boiling half of the lemon in to two cups of water. Once the tea is prepared, sweetened with either sugar or honey.

Cook your favorite soup but make sure you add garlic to help fight the microbes.

Chicken soup will help ease the symptoms and relieve stuffiness.

Drink lots of fluids. This helps loosen the phlegm.

The Zinc vitamin can help boost your immune system.

Take hot showers to alleviate stuffiness.

Take over the counter drugs such as Tylenol and aspirin to relieve any body aches associated with the cold.

Important: This is not a medical advice, the person taking any of this home remedies should ensure that he/she is not allergic to any of the products.

Hope it will help!

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John asks…

What is the best natural remedy to have hair growth & prevent hair loss?

vti answers:

This NATURAL, safe remedy is the ONLY ONE I’ve found that truly stops loss almost straight away and also forces new growth. Massage thoroughly with olive or any natural oil – then brush vigorously using a palm held brush with short natural boar bristles – soft bristled for fine straight hair and stiff bristled for thicker non straight hair- so you really feel it stimulating scalp – 90 /100 strokes at beginning bulding up to more – each day, focusing on where loss is. Will heal scalp and unplug blocked hair ducts that sometimes cause loss – they are the painful small itching spots. A little shedding and breakage may occur at first but quickly stops as brushing makes hair stronger and better anchored. It will grow fast, thicker and It will force the new growth. Initially new hairs will be weak looking and sparse. Don’t be concerned if brushing uproots them as they will re-appear even stronger. My hair has completely regrown on crown. Where receded at front regrowth was slower and sparse at first then each month it became denser. It demands perseverance week in, week out to get the same results.
Thinning and loss can be caused by many shampoos – particularly anti dandruff ones – and hair products that contain countless hair, scalp and even health harming harsh and toxic ingredients Washing hair too frequently is another cause – removes beneficial natural oils and contributes to loss. Find “Non harmful shampoos, etc” with Google searches. Some will come up and be expensive or only available on-line so refine search by adding “low cost” and “available in stores” Find in GNC ,Trader Joes, Some Walmart Stores, Cost Plus, Wegmans, Earth Fare, natural & health foods stores. I have had feed back from someone who has had even more success using treatment. His has substantially regrown in just 6 months.
Wish you the best.

SOURCE(S): 20+ years research, self experimentation using natural treatments for hair loss, regrowth and cures of skin, scalp and hair disorders

Betty asks…

I have small and many pimples on my both cheeks and they look very red suggest me some home remedies.?

the pimples are only on the cheeks and on my fore head pls hlp me.it looks like red patches on my cheeks pls hlp

vti answers:

Natural Home Remedies for Pimples
• Add lemon juice and rose water in equal quantities and apply this mixture on the affected area for about half an hour. Regularly following this remdial procedure for about three to four weeks is one of the most popular natural home remedies for Pimples.
• Lemon juice can also be applied in combination with an equal amount of groundnut oil to prevent as well as cure this embarrassing problem. Similarly, lemon juice can also be added to sandalwood powder and the application of the resultant paste can help reduce Pimples to a great extent. A combination of lemon juice and cinnamon power is also beneficial in Pimple treatment.
• Honey is also considered good for skin. Applying a mixture prepared from three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder over night is another popular natural cure for this irritating problem. This natural remedy is sure to give encouraging results if religiously followed for at least two weeks.
• A facial mask consisting of grated apple and honey serves as an effective home treatment for Pimples and Acne.
• Rubbing garlic on the affected area several times in a day is one of the most effective though smelly natural home remedies for Pimples. For quicker results, garlic should also be taken internally.
• Regularly applying the pulp of ripe tomatoes on the face for about an hour or so helps in the effective treatment of Pimples. Cucumber pulp can also be used in the same way with the same results.
• Raw papaya juice can be applied on the Pimples to cure Pimples naturally.
• Simply applying freshly extracted mint juice serves as one of the easiest possible natural home remedies for Pimples.
• Applying a mixture of coriander juice and some turmeric is an effective home remedy for Pimple treatment. Alternatively, if coriander juice is not available then mint juice can be used in its place.
• Add two to three teaspoons of dried basil leaves to one cup water and boil the mixture for about 15-20 minutes. Cool the mixture and then apply it on the affected area. This therapeutic home remedy should be followed on a regular basis to get rid of Pimples naturally.
• Mix some water in a mixture of crushed margosa (neem) leaves and turmeric to make a fine paste. Finally, rub the resultant mixture on the Pimples and leave it on the skin for about half an hour to heal Pimples successfully and remove the left over scars too.
• Take some roasted and powdered peels of pomegranate fruit. Next, add some lime juice to this powder to make a paste like mixture. Applying this mixture is one of the most valuable natural home remedies for Pimples.
• Take some fenugreek leaves, crush them and add sufficient water, just enough to make a paste. Apply this paste on the face over night and wash it off with warm water in the morning as an effective natural remedy for natural Pimple removal. This remedy is particularly useful for individuals with dry skin.
• Take some grinded nutmeg and add a little raw milk to it. Apply the mixture and leave it for about one or two hours. This natural home remedy is not only beneficial in curing Pimples but is useful in getting rid of their scars as well.
• Tea tree oil and aloe vera gel have anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties that help in dealing with Pimples. Marigold and wheat germ oil are also effective against Pimples.
• Applying a mixture prepared from fuller’s earth and some water or rose water is a tried and tested Pimple cure. Fuller’s earth helps absorb excess oil from the skin.
Diet for Pimples

Judicious mix of a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds etc constitutes a healthy and balanced diet. A diet rich in vitamin A and zinc is highly recommended to deal with this problem. Moreover, consumption of wheatgrass juice helps in controlling Pimples effectively.
Oils extracted from corns, sunflowers, and safflowers have been associated with therapeutic properties for curing as well as preventing Pimples. Plus, regular and adequate consumption of fruit juices and water is considered favorable for the skin.
Though, fried and fatty foods do not cause Pimples by themselves, still they do not even help in the process of healing. Self control is the essence of any favorable treatment. Caffeinated and sugary products tend to produce toxins which are harmful for the overall health. Moreover, over consumption of junk food may prove to be unfavorable for the healing process.
God bless you and Good luck

Maria asks…

can you suggest some natural remedies for dry cough?

vti answers:

Here are some natural remedies for curing a dry cough:

Mix 3 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 cup honey, and 1/4 cup warm water and take two teaspoons daily.

Peel a small piece of fresh ginger. Sprinkle some salt on it and chew.

Add a gram of turmeric powder to a teaspoon of honey

This is very useful for a dry cough if you are not allergic to nuts, soak almonds overnight. Remove their skin. Make a paste of these almonds with little butter and sugar.

Helen asks…

ADD/ADHD natural remedies… what to buy?

I posted yesterday about my bf having ADHD but with a bit more research I found that he has both innatentive and hyperactive symptoms.

It took a lot of convincing but he’s willing to try. I don’t believe in drugs that give you double the side-effects you’re already dealing with so I’ve been researching natural remedies.

what products have worked for you?

here are some ingredients that I found… and I think should be looking for

Ginko Biloba, German Chamommile, Gotu Kola, Rooibos, Brahmi, Siberian & Panax Ginseng, Skullcap, Green Oats, Hawthorne, Lobelia, Lemon Balm, Velarian, EPA, DHA, Omega 3, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Iron, Glycine, GABA Powder, Huperzine A Extract

pls share any success stories/ what I should be buying vs not buying.

vti answers:

For attention deficiency + hyperactive syndrome, here are the time-tested remedies with ‘no side effects.’
We come across such symptoms associated with other symptoms— with victims of autism and had very good response.
1. OIL PULLING*:
Utility— removes toxins from the body, more so from the mouth, gums, teeth, stomach, cervix, uterus, lungs, heart, liver, intestines, ears, brain, etc., etc.
. However, U may use sun flower oil, ground nut oil or til oil, rice bran oil, mustard oil, etc.,
Procedure: Every morning, in an empty stomach, take 2 tsp of cooking oil. [saturated fatty acids and oils should not be used, like, Dalda/Vanaspati, coconut oil or ghee] and put it in Ur mouth and rinse it for 10 minutes; until it becomes white liquid. Spit it out and then rinse with luke warm water and then brush Ur teeth.

2. ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:
Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomitting and all the organs shall function upto optimal levels. Enables to increase Ur height.

NO SIDE EFFECTS, NO HOSPITALIZATIONS AND THE LEAST COSTS.
With ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune sytem gets invigorated to produce antibodies.
3. Consumption of Charged water—2 glasses reduced from 8 glasses. It ensures excellent metablolism in the body.
How to prepare High-powered concentrated gold/silver/copper charged water:Take 15 gms. Of pure gold (biscuit gold) 30 gms. Of pure silver and 60 gms of pure copper clean and put them in a stainless steel vessel with 8 glasses of water and heat it until it is reduced to ½ glass (on evaporation). The derived high-powered, concentrated charged water has to be filtered through a thin cotton cloth and should be consumed hot or Luke warm; depending upon patient’s choice all along the day. This charged water should not be heated again but to be stored in a thermos flask.
Due to money/time constraints, if it is not feasible to prepare charged water @ home, you have a substitute. Take 10 ml., each of Aurum Met-30, Argentim Met-30, Cuprum Met-30 and Ferrum Met-30 and put the liquids/dilutions in a glass bottle and cork it well. Dosage—5 drops [adults] and 3 drops for children below 14 years + 1 cup of ot water—b.d.s. Or so to say twie a day in the morning and in the night.
4. Calc. Phos-6 x —4 t.d.s., + Kali Phos-30 4 globules in the night.

PS.If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

Donna asks…

Yeast infection…(Natural Remedies)!?

My 2 year old German Shepherd has a yeast infection in his ears, skin, and anus.
I have done a lot of research online and many web sites suggest using vinegar, yogurt etc.

My question is;
Do you know of any ALL NATURAL remedies known to treat and cure yeast infections in dogs?

Please respond only if you have treated this condition your animal all naturally and gotten good results.

Please tell me what you used, how much, and how often.

-Thank you!!
To: ♥PomMom♥®™ ≫Spay & Neuter≪
You are so horribly mistaken, it pains me to even read your uneducated response.
There are tons of all natural remedies to treat this condition. Not to mention thousands of success stories on the internet.
I am asking for other peoples PERSONAL experience and knowledge about this condition. I do not believe in pumping my animal full of harmful and toxic medications. You are exactly the type of closed minded person who I did not want replying to my question.

vti answers:

Lack of answers must tell you there are no natural home remedies and your dog needs to be treated by a vet.

ADD:
That’s exactly what they are…STORIES – NOT fact. I can Google Big Foot on the internet – doesn’t make it true! If it were that simple, you would have gotten a lot more responses! Call your vet and ask – the phone call is FREE. And how do you even know it’s a yeast infection? Are you a vet? Looks like it’s YOU that needs the education!

Yeast infection is a FUNGUS and is killed with FUNGICIDE – NOT yogurt! ROLFLMAO

The internet is NOT a suppose to be a substitute for proper vet care

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Thomas asks…

anyone know of home remedy for a UTI?

besides the water and cranberry flush? i don’t think will cure it will it?

vti answers:

UTI’s are generally bacterial infection – eating raw, fresh garlic is a natural antibacterial.

Other than that, you really do need to increase your water intake, and 100% cranberry juice is good for it (avoid juice cocktails or anything with added sugar). Avoid caffeine, high sugar juices (orange juice/apple juice), and make sure you are going to the bathroom regularly to keep your system moving.

Water and cranberry juice just flush your system so the bacteria is pushed out quicker. If it is a really bad UTI, then you need to go to the doctor and get antibiotics to help your system clear it or you could end up with some serious issues including kidney and/or bladder infections.

William asks…

Home remedies for a uti?

vti answers:

If its definitely a uti, your best bet (without going to a doctor) would be to drink a lot of water and – as uncomfortable as it is- just try to pee it out.

If its re-occurring, it may be an irritation, rather than an infection/bug. Irritation can be caused by sex, hygiene issues, or (in my case) a hormone imbalance.

Regardless, if you can’t get your hands on a medicine like Alprim (good for utis), try cranberry. You can get cranberry juice from the supermarket, but it’s usually very sugary or low in legit cranberry nutrients (aka useless). I’d recommend cranberry supplements(tablets) which can be bought at the supermarket too, they’re way better. Altnatively, try ural, it’s a powder that absorbs in liquid. Tastes like absolute shit and is hard to drink with water so try looking for the one that is cranberry flavoured and mix it with a good cranberry juice, it’s much nicer to drink.

Don’t wait for it to go away and treat it as fast as you can because it will only get worse and trust me I know how uncomfortable it can get.

Enjoy your time on the toilet trying to pee without luck, only to conjure the tiniest drip every five minutes which hurts like hell. It’s a vicious cycle, good luck 🙂

I really do recommend you get to a doctor if you can, you don’t want this kind of thing coming back.

Avoid anything acidic; orange juice, broccoli, onion etc.

Nancy asks…

Home remedies for a UTI?

It started about 6 days ago and it wasn’t horrible but it was annoying, then about 4 days ago it got pretty bad I drank 1.5 gallons of cranberry juice in 2 days and it helped a little but early this morning it started bothering me again. I can’t really afford to go to the doctor right now =/ Is there anything I can do to help keep it from coming back?

vti answers:

No, not much you can do at home. The problem is if you let it go it can migrate up to your kidneys and cause a kidney infection which is very serious and will make your very sick (I know, I let a UTI go and that is what happened). You should be able to find a doctor who will see you and let you pay in increments to pay your bill off.

Chris asks…

Uti remedies at home?

I think I have a UTI but can’t afford to go to the dr really. Does azo cure the UTI? Or do you know anything else that will?

vti answers:

AZO WILL NOT cure the infection, it only takes the pain away! Also, 100% UNsweetened, UNdiluted cranberry juice works, but ONLY for VERY MILD infections. If there is ANY blood in your urine, ANY fever, ANY nausea or ANY back/side pain, you MUST be seen by doctor and get a course of antibiotics. An untreated UTI will spread to your kidneys IN NO TIME.

Charles asks…

UTI home remedies????????????????

does anyone know some home remedies on how to cure a urinary tract infection (UTI). iv already taken 2 diffrent anti-biotics but its not helping anymore and i hear home remedies work best. if u know any can u tell me

vti answers:

You can do all of these things
Mix 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tarter (spice) with a cup of water and drink it. Drink lots of water. Drink cranberry juice. Take garlic. Take D-Mannose (a powder stuff that you get from the health food store. This is my favorite)
Take something for your constipation. (My mother said nearly every patient she has treated for UTI is contipated!)
Drink LOTS of water and juice. (no juice with sugar or carbination.)
Another thing. If your antibiotic is Septra, cranberry juice will counteract it. Don’t do them at the same time.

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David asks…

Supplements for gaining muscle?

I work out with an iron gym and run. What are some good supplements to get bigger faster?

vti answers:

Supplements don’t decide your gains. It’s your diet, workout, and rest. Supplements are used to supplement your diet, not to rely on supplements itself.

For example, many people into weight training may be consuming protein shakes, but you can easily have enough protein just from natural foods with the right choice of foods.

Michael asks…

taking workout supplements before a tournament?

have any of you taken workout supplements before a tournament to increase your energy? is it a good idea? preferably im talking about fighting (wrestling)

vti answers:

Some supplements are very good. But, remember that supplements were designed for people who could not obtain the proper nutrients by eating whole foods. The most common reason is food allergies.

The downside can be that you really do not know what is in some of these supplements. A few years back I was taking Metabolol, which supposed to be a protein powder heavy in branch chain amino acids. The results were excellent, more power, more energy, etc. The downside was testing positive for steroids which could have cost my job, sponsors, everything. Thankfully, my employer had the powder tested which was the cause of it being pulled from the market.

Lesson- Be very careful about which supplements you take. If you are able to eat whole foods then you do not need extra vitamins or supplements.

Lisa asks…

Should i use Bodybuilding Supplement ?

I just watched a video on Bodybuilding Supplement (link below). Does anyone use the supplements from this video?Should i use it to gain muscle?

http://geocities.yahoo.com.br/theguider/muscle2.htm

vti answers:

You can supplement your diet with bodybuilding supplements, as it can help you gain more muscle over the long run. I have never heard of that company, so I don’t think I would order from them, but there are a lot of great supplements out there.

I would do more research before you get into supplements and try checking out the forum at forum.bodybuilding.com. You can learn a lot.

I have been taking supplements for about 5 years now, but my main focus in on protein from food. But if you do decide to buy some supplements, I have been buying from http://www.bestpricenutrition.com…I get my supplements next day and they usually give me a boat load of free samples.

Hope this helps!

Carol asks…

Difference between steroids and supplements?

Why do so many people seem to have a hard time distinguishing between the 2? I am willing to bet that 80+ percent of NFL players take some type of supplement. Is it not possible for the supplement companies, since they are not regulated, to put a type of steroid into the supplement? It drives me nuts that people now label Merriman as a steroid user. When people like Urlacher and Lewis are probably doing the exact same thing…..Speak out.

vti answers:

Well since the supplement is not regulated from the FDA, the list of ingredients can change at any given time. So, the player may buy a big jug of powder that is legal the first time the supplement is bought, but the next time the ingredients may have changed. However, it is still the players responsibility to understand this and either themselves or someone else keep track of what is in the supplement.

Secondly, when taking multiple supplements, many can lead to a steroid. Meaning when combining, different supplements, which in an of themselves are not steroids, change the chemical make up and the body makes them steroids.

You are right, I am sure Urlacher and Lewis are taking supplements. However, they have not been tested positive for steroids. Now, could the companies put steroids into the supplements these other players are taking, yes. But the other players were smart enough to not continue to take the supplements. Now Merriman may not have knowingly took the steroid. He still took it, and it was his fault. All supplements are still required to have an ingredient list. He should look at that before buying the products, or rather his trainer and the Chargers trainer. So the blame should fall mostly on him.

Nancy asks…

women muscle building supplements, scams?

There are numerous women muscle building supplements over the counter and sold online .How can we identify the scams?

vti answers:

Women’s Muscle Building Supplements? If you are training hard to gain muscle, you should be supplementing with top-of-the-line muscle gaining supplements to excel your strength and muscle gains. The bodybuilding supplements utilized by the male species are different from those supplements for women. Bodybuilding protein supplements are commonly in power form. Read the nutrition labels of these supplements carefully, because they can be loaded with sugar and fat.

If they are FDA approved,then you it is safe to drink.Better consult your doctor before buying anything.

Supplement

Women’s Muscle Building Supplements If you are training hard to gain muscle, you should be supplementing with top-of-the-line muscle gaining supplements to excel your strength and muscle gains.

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Sharon asks…

What is Vitamin D?

Usually Vitamin D is added to the milk. What is the origin of this Vitamin D?

vti answers:

Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol): Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps maintain blood levels of calcium, by increasing absorption from food and reducing urinary calcium loss. Both functions help keep calcium in the body and therefore spare the calcium that is stored in bones. Vitamin D may also transfer calcium from the bone to the blood, which may actually weaken bones. Though the overall effect of vitamin D on the bones is complicated, some vitamin D is certainly necessary for healthy bones and teeth.

Vitamin D is also produced by the human body during exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the Sun. However, seasonal changes, latitude, time of day, cloud cover, smog and sunscreen can all affect UV exposure. Vitamin D deficiency is more common in northern latitudes, making Vitamin D supplementation more important for residents of those areas.

Vitamin D plays a role in immunity and blood cell formation and also helps cells differentiate—a process that may reduce the risk of cancer. From various other studies, researchers have hypothesized that vitamin D may protect people from multiple sclerosis, autoimmune arthritis, and juvenile diabetes. Vitamin D is also necessary to maintain adequate blood levels of insulin. Vitamin D receptors have been found in the pancreas, and some evidence suggests that supplements may increase insulin secretion for some people with adult-onset diabetes.

Carol asks…

vitamins for arthritis pain?

What arthritis vitamins are not good for the liver?

vti answers:

Vitamins for arthitis

Vitamin B5 – B5 specifically, are best for reducing swelling on parts.

Vitamin B3 this reduces tissue swelling and dilates small arteries, increasing blood flow

Vitamin B6 – reduces tissue swelling.

Vitamin B12 – helps with cell formation, digestion, myelin production, nerve protection.

Vitamin C – This vitamin acts as an anti-inflammatory, relieving pain, and rids the body of free radicals.

Vitamin E – This is a strong antioxidant that protects joints from free radicals while increases joint flexibility.

Vitamin K – This vitamin assists with mineral deposit into the bone matrix.

Laura asks…

Vitamin E or vitamin A?

Okay so I was wondering what vitamin e and vitamin a do to you. Does vitamin e make your hair and skin more healthy? I want to buy Vitamin E gummies but I need to know which one I should get to make the dark circles under my eyes go away. Or less noticeable. And to make my hair and skin more healthy. Please help?

vti answers:

Vitamin e makes the skin more radiant and hydrated. Vitamin a helps with anti-aging and more internal skin problems. I would take vitamin a for the dark circles. But for hair, take the vitamin e. Fish oil also helps the appearance of skin and hair.

Susan asks…

help with vitamins..?

Would it be bad to take a One a Day Teen Vitamin along with a fish oil vitamin??

vti answers:

Vitamins are usually for elderly who cannot take in their vitamins in any other ways. As a youth, use your healthy body as an advantage and eat right. Half the vitamins you’ll find just by eating normally.

Paul asks…

what is each function of vitamins?

vitamin A
vitamin B
Vitamin C
vitamin B2
vitamin B3

vti answers:

Vitamin A

* Function: vision, cell maintenance, immune system, antioxidant (helps prevent cancer?)
* Source:
o beta carotene (Vitamin A precursor) in green leafy vegetables and fruits
o liver
* Heat and light sensitive
* If absent, results in Blindness, night blindness, stunted growth, dry skin, dry hair, susceptability to infection
o Diets in developing countries often lack fresh vegetables (mostly rice)
o 250 million children have Vitamin A deficiency
o 500,000 children become blind each year from Vitamin A deficiency
+ Half of these children die within a year of becoming blind
o Biotechnology: used to genetically engineer “Golden Rice”
+ Contains beta carotene (a yellow pigment)
* If in excess, causes headache, arthritic pain, vomiting, diarrhea, yellowing skin

Vitamin C

* Function: immune system, iron absorption, collagen formation
* Source: citrus fruits and other fresh fruits and vegetables
* Heat sensitive
* Used as an antioxidant in foods
* If absent, results in Scurvy — low immune response, bleeding gums
o Historically a problem onboard ships with no fresh fruits, vegetables
o British took limes onboard ship to combat scurvy: called “limeys”

Riboflavin: Vitamin B2

* Function: energy production in cells
* Source: meat, liver, milk, green vegetables, enriched grains
* Sensitive to light and heat
* If absent, results in skin disorders and anemia

Thiamin: Vitamin B1

* Function: energy production in cells
* Source: meat (pork, liver) whole and enriched grains
* Sensitive to heat: Can lose 10-20% during “normal” processing
* If absent, results in Beriberi — muscle weakness and paralysis
o Beriberi was a problem in the past for people eating unenriched polished rice

Niacin: Vitamin B3

* Function: energy metabolism in cells
* Source: milk, meat, enriched grains
* If absent, results in Pellagra — skin disorders, mental illness, and diarrhea
o Maize has no niacin

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