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Donna asks…

Can you suggest natural remedies fo PMDD?

I am certain I have PMDD. I get VERY depressed about a week before my period, and it lasts entirely through and a couple of days afterword. So this leaves me with less than 2 weeks of feeling normal, and then it starts again. I really don’t want to take prescription drugs, but it’s been very bad lately. I have recently stopped taking antidepressants ( a few months ago) and I know I don’t need them to help me function every day.

Does anyone know of natural remedies for PMDD, or even any resources where I could look for remedies? I think also, the lack of much sunlight (the sun sets here at about 4:30) is adding to my off and on depression.

Thanks in advance.

vti answers:

I do know that there are natural remedies for severe PMS, but keep in mind, that with many cases of PMDD, natural will not cut it.

I have severe PMDD, am suicidal every month. The only thing that alleviate my symptoms is Yaz birth control. You should talk to your gyn about it, Yaz has been more beneficial than not for many women with PMDD.

I wish you all the best.

Steven asks…

hi friends i am 19,how to regrow lost hair using natural remedy which is effective and quick to grow ?

vti answers:

These are some natural remedies that help regrow your hair;

-add vitamin e oil to your conditioner bottle, squeeze the oil out of some vitamin e gel capsules (10) and mix it into your conditioner bottle. Use this normally to condition your hair.

-You can also add Natural Aloe vera to your shampoo bottle or buy the one from Whole Foods brand name J.A.S.O.N “Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera” pure natural shampoo, it also has vitamin e.
If you want to do it the natural way, than you just have to get a natural aloe vera leaf and take the pulp out, only use about 4 inches and put it into your conditioner bottle. You may have to cut it into pieces for it to fit into. After that just let it concentrate for 5-7 days and than use it normally to shampoo your hair. The aloe vera pieces can stay inside your bottle.

-another great remedy is Lavender oil or grape seed oil, you have to warm the oil before and than massage your scalp for a few minutes before showering. The lavender oil only comes in a small bottle so use only 5 drops to massage your scalp, you can put the drops in a spoon and than warm it up over the stove. As for the grape seed oil you can use the one for cooking and use 3 spoons of this, heat up the same way. * Do this at least 3x’s a week

Be consistent and you will see amazing results in a short time.

George asks…

Natural remedies for?

An infection in the ear? causing vertigo and weak legs.

vti answers:

Echinacea is a very well known immune booster, and although it is not a specific cure for ear infections it can greatly reduce the life span of the infection, effectively speeding recovery.
Garlic has been known for his antibiotic properties and is an excellent ear infection remedy. A few drops of garlic oil placed onto cotton wool and inserted into ears can help clear up an ear infection. Also, adding garlic to food on a regular basis can also help to prevent reoccurrence of ear problems by boosting the immune system.

Maria asks…

is there a natural remedy for fleas?

vti answers:

Hi Steve –

Sure there is! Within the past few years the popularity of using safer more natural (non chemical) alternative preventatives on pets is soaring. A very popular and effective flea preventative for dogs is the use of garlic in their diet. Another choice would be adding sulfur to their diets once a week. Another suggestion is giving your dog the powdered variety of Black Walnut Hulls in capsule form. All of these can be purchased from your local Health Food Stores. One or more of these methods repels ticks, and mosquitoes as well. Please read the directions carefully as the dose for dogs will be different than for humans. You should research these alternatives before trying them.

Another helpful preventative is regular bathing during those pesky months which fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are at their worst. Try an herbal shampoo with one or any variety of: Rosemary, Pine Cedar, Lavender, Juniper, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Citronella, and Bergamot.

After a nice bath and warm rinse you have the option of using White Distilled Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar as a final rinse on your dog. Some people use this full strength however I suggest you dilute it. For example you can fill a small bucket with 3/4 white distilled vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) and add 1/4 water to it. Or you can choose to go half and half. It’s up to you. Fleas don’t like vinegar at all.


There seems to be minimal information and suggestions on natural flea preventatives and remedies for cats. I have added a few links below that should help you.

Natural Flea Remedies that Don’t Work

There are a few remedies that are often suggested to remove fleas from the cat including garlic, brewer’s yeast or the B vitamins. These have not been proven to be effective in removing fleas.

It is important to note that garlic is toxic for cats and applying this on the pet’s coat may cause poisoning, as the cat can lick and chew the coat and ingest garlic.

Be aware that dogs and cats have different requirements when it comes to flea control. Flea control can also vary between dog breeds. Check with your veterinarian before administering any flea control product directly to your pet or adding anything to your pet’s diet.

Sandra asks…

Home remedies for increasing complexion?

hi i am basically a fair complexioned girl but my face color has decreased compared to my body color due to to get my complexion back?please suggest me some home remedies to match my face color with body color.

vti answers:

Natural Remedies to Improve Complexion

Home remedies to remove Tan:

1.To remove tan, mix rice flour with curd and apply it on the face. Massage gently using circular movements and wash it off after 5 minutes.
2.Mix a tsp of curd, fresh lemon juice and honey and apply it on the face. It lightens skin color.

3.Lettuce juice can be used in packs to remove tan.

4.Apply raw potato juice to remove tan. It can also be mixed with a little lemon juice as lemon has natural bleaching properties.

5.Mix cucumber paste with lemon juice and fuller’s earth and apply it for 15 minutes and then wash it off. It is an excellent anti-tan pack.

6.Mix chick pea powder in a little water and apply to the face. Remain for 15 minutes and wash it off with cold water. This improves complexion or lightens your skin tone.

7.Mix sesame seed oil, olive oil and almond oil in the ratio 4:1:1 and apply it on your skin. Leave it for 20 minutes and wash it off with warm water using gram flour/besan or a mild soap. This is an effective natural remedy to get rid of suntan. It also improves complexion.

8.Mix tomato juice with a little curd and apply. Wash it off after 20 minutes.

9. Use of natural scrub like oatmeal ( add warm water to oatmeal, mix it well to form a paste) helps to remove dead skin cells and stimulate blood circulation.

10.Mix a little fresh lemon juice, gram flour ( besan) and curd and apply it on the skin for 15 minutes regularly to get rid of sun tan.

11. Mix 3 drops of fresh lemon juice to a little milk, apply it on the skin, leave it for 10-15 minutes and wash it with warm water. Do it regularly.

Home remedy for Dark underarms:

Exfoliate your underarms with a mixture of gram flour (besan), wheat bran, raw milk and a few drops of lemon juice.

Natural bleach:
Honey mixed with a little lemon juice is an excellent natural bleach.

Dry lemon peels and powder it. It can be used in face mask to get rid of tan. It is a natural bleach.

Natural remedy for Dark neck:

Grind raw potato, mix pure sandalwood powder, gram flour and a little lemon juice to the pulp. Apply it to the neck and wash it off after 5-10 minutes. Do this regularly to remove darkness of the skin.

Natural scrub to have a bright face:

Mix tomato juice with a little semolina and use it as a scrub. Do this regularly for a bright face.
Do not use scrub on pimples.

Green gram flour mixed with milk makes a good natural scrub.

Natural cleanser:

Milk is a natural cleanser. Cleanse your face with cotton soaked in raw milk. Use cold skimmed milk to remove your make-up.

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Donna asks…

does high quality dog food cause soft stools?

I wanted to do what was best for my dobie pup. So I gradually switched him from canadie because he had loose poop when I got him to Innova large breed puppy food.He still has loose poop. at 4 and a half months. Believe me I have tried everything. Probiotics, pumpkin.worming, tested for giardia. No change.Now a dobie breeder I have bought from in the past has told me to use Purina One. A supermarket food. Says her vets think high quality foods are too hard to digest and will cause loose stools. I can’t help but hesitate to do this as it goes against everything I ave been told .But she swears purina one will work. The breeder says to get him off puppy food . But he had him on canadie and he had loose stool when I got him. The vet couldn’t find anything wrong so she wormed him …..again. He tested negative for giardia. She wants to do trial and error but I don’t kow what she will try next.
Has anyone ever heard about good food being hard to digest /and causing an ongoing problem?

vti answers:

My dog always had loose poop with Innova. His poop is fine with Holistic Select.

Edit: Canidae was another poop-pudding producing food.

I would check out any of the four star foods on Such foods produced firm and formed stools for us.

Mandy asks…

my dog gets eye boogers constantly?

she gets them after short naps,after a walk i’ll notice them
pretty much every time i look at her,but her eyes are clean and look normal and she doesn’t seem bothered by them so i was just wondering if thats normal or if i should be worried

also,sorry for saying “eye boogers” i don’t know what else to call them lol

vti answers:

Yes, could be related to food (allergies) What are you feeding? Get something with no corn, wheat, or soy, OR by-products. Check out: Taste of the Wild, Wellness, Innova, Blue Buffalo, Holistic Select, Timberwolf Organics or Solid Gold.

Lizzie asks…

MY MIN PIN scratches a lot and have white stuff like dandruff all over his body?

vti answers:

Feed your dog a high quality food like…
Eagle pack holistic select

And add fish oil pills to your dogs food. The omega 3 and 6 will add oils back to the skin.

Thomas asks…

how can you faten up your dog?

vti answers:

If you want your dog to gain weight then feed your dog a high quality PUPPY food. Puppy food is higher in calories and has more nutrients in it.

The foods i like are…
Eagle Pack Holistic Select

Nancy asks…

What is the best High Quality Dog Foods?

I am trying to find the best dog food for my new puppy, I know Solid gold, Blue buffalo and Taste of the wild, are good ones, but what would you recommend?
I want it to be higher quality and price really doesn’t matter..well, unless it’s 100$ a bag! 🙂
(I’m not showing or breeding, I just want my dog to be healthy.)

Are there any that have puppy, adult and senior with multiple flavors?

Thanks, I will give best answer!
Taste of wild has tomato pomace in it, and that’s a controversial ingredient by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

And Blue Buffalo has been recalled, that scares me.

vti answers:

California Naturals
Canidae All Life Stages
Taste of the Wild
Wellness and Wellness CORE
Eagle Pack Holistic Selects

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Lisa asks…

How to help a sore throat?

I have a really big singing audition in a week for my high school’s show choir. It’s really competitive and my choir director said I have a great shot at getting in, but I caught a cold. I can barely sing. This can potentially ruin my chances of getting into show choir. Any good, at home remedies for a sore throat and cold, or any good throat coats for singers? I’m desperate and willing to try anything (within SOME reason).
btw – no honey. I’m allergic.

vti answers:

Have you tried a sore throat shake at caribou coffee? That really helped me.

Try cold things such as popsicles and juice, but NO ice cream.
Gargle some warm water and salt maybe?
Sore throat spray should numb the pain. Mints, hard candy, sucrets and other cough drops will help as well.
Is your sore throat associated with a fever or a cold?

I had a fever and sore throat recently and nothing really made the pain go away, it was mostly time and my fever going away.
I’m a singer and the best thing to is to let your voice rest. Your sore throat will most likely fade within a week so you shouldn’t be too worried.

Good luck at the audition 🙂

Charles asks…

Sore throat remedy or helpful tips and tricks to get rid of it?

Just soneothig I could do because it sucks… I have had school this whole week and it’s really annoying to go through school with a sore throat. Just a home remedy or tips or tricks thanks to all!

vti answers:

The best thing that we have found that works is to gargle some salt water or listerine for the salt water you just put one or two tablespoons in a glass of water and mix it until it dissolves and gargle for about thirty seconds and gargle the same amount of time with the listerine

Chris asks…

Need to get of this sore throat by tonight, any home remedies?

Im off to see Foo Fighters tonight (standing!!), but have a sore throat and I really want to sing along!!

Any home remedies? Im not fond of lemsip, sore throat sweets and stuff like that. ^^;

vti answers:

Gargal warm salt water. Has to be warm and hot plain tea helps too

Donna asks…

home remedies to cure sore throat?

I’ve got a really sore throat, and it hurts when I swallow. I don’t have a fever or a cough, and I feel perfectly normal other than the very sore throat. I’ve taken cough medicine and throat sweets but they’re making no difference – does anyone have any home remedies to ease the throat pain?

Please don’t just advise me to go to the doctor because I don’t feel sick. I’m sure the throat pain will go away by itself in a few days but I’d like to relieve the pain if I can!

vti answers:

Gargle with hot salt water. Tea with honey and lemon is good too. I’s not going to cure the root cause, but it will relieve it until it goes away on it’s own. Only go to a doctor if you have a high fever.

Joseph asks…

What are some good home remedies to get over a sinus infection?

To be more specific, I have an earache in each ear, head ache, runny stuffed up nose, fever, sore throat, and sneezing.
I don’t have a chance to go to the doctors and get medication yet, so are there any home remedies that can maybe speed up the process of getting better?

vti answers:

Well, when we were children and had those problems, mom would boil water, put some Vick’s vapor rub in the water and had us put out face over the steam with a towel on our head to help relieve the stuffiness. It really does work and boy, is this old. Earache,, what she did is not good for anyone’s ear so I won’t even bother, but because with an earache, the inside may be swollen, take some Motrin to relieve the swelling and fever. The remedy will also be good for the sneezing. She would also rub out chests with the Vick’s. Try them, you can’t go wrong, Oh, for the sore throat, she made a mixture of lemon juice and honey, That too really works. I have been a nurse for 30 yrs and I still like using these. Good luck, hope you feel better soon.

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Chris asks…

Constipation? This is a lil embarassing?

This is embarassing, but here it goes.

It started last week, and it was painful more so than it has ever been before. I took something for it, it worked a lil bit, but today was just not a good day for it. It was just really really painful. Even after i took something for it, it was struggle, but I’ve been constipated before so i thought it would be back to normal maybe the next day.

Today was tough cuz i notice bleeding, and i know that can’t be good. However, I don’t know what kind of doc to go to. I still see my pediatrician, (i’m 21) when i need medical forms, and thats really the only time i go for a check up (i know), and i feel so embarassed walkin it, and telling them I have to see the doc cuz i can’t use the bathroom, and i don’t wanna make an appointment for a place i’m not familiar with, and have to wait two weeks. So i don’t know what to do. But i know i need to do something. I don’t know what my question is, i’m just curious to hear what every one or anyone has to say.

vti answers:

Well I don’t envy your situation, here are some natural remedies, but honestly if there is blood you should see your Doctor immediately!! According to my Harvard Medical Guide.

Natural Remedies for Constipation
1) Fiber
A diet low in fiber may play a role in constipation. Insoluble fiber, which passes through the body almost unchanged, gives stools bulk and a soft texture, making them easier to pass.

Foods that are high in insoluble fiber include whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Try wheat bran, brown rice, or whole grain bread.

Soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel-like substance in the intestines. Prunes and figs can be added to breakfast or eaten as a snack.

Another option is to sprinkle one teaspoon of ground flaxseeds over any meal. They can be found in packages at the health food store or some grocery stores. They have a mild, nutty taste.

Fiber supplements are also available, the most popular being psyllium husk supplements such as Metamucil.

Add fiber to your diet gradually to avoid bloating and gas. Also, be sure to drink enough water otherwise fiber can have the opposite effect and be constipating.
2) Fluids

Making sure you drink enough fluids such as water may help some people with constipation. Fluids make bowel movements softer and easier to pass.

Watch your consumption of alcoholic beverages and caffeinated beverages such as coffee and cola drinks, which can be dehydrating.
3) Stimulant Laxatives

Many herbal laxatives and “dieter’s teas” are called stimulant laxatives, or anthranoid laxatives. They include herbs such as:

* Cascara sagrada
* Rhubarb
* Aloe
* Senna
* Buckthorn

Some of these herbs, such as senna, are approved as over-the-counter treatments for constipation. Although they are meant to be short-term treatments, in reality, people can become dependent on them and use them for weeks, months, or even years at a time in order to have a daily bowel movement.

They should not be used for longer than a week unless under medical supervision. Prolonged use may cause the bowels to lose the ability to move on their own, and has been linked to chronic diarrhea, potassium depletion leading to muscle weakness and potentially dangerous irregular heart rhythms, and kidney or liver impairment.
4) Biofeedback

Biofeedback therapy may help people with constipation resulting from pelvic floor dysfunction, a condition in which the pelvic floor muscles do not function properly. It occur as a result of conditions such as obesity, an enlarged prostate, or after childbirth.

Biofeedback therapists teach how to better coordinate muscles used to defecate. Approximately 70% of people have improved symptoms after biofeedback training.

Although biofeedback has only been explored as a treatment for this type of constipation relatively recently, results are promising.

For example, one study compared biofeedback (one session a week for five weeks) to laxatives (polyethylene glycol 14.6 to 29.2 grams per day) plus education in people with chronic, severe pelvic floor dysfunction. All participants had previously tried fiber supplements plus enemas.or suppositories but hadn’t responded.

After six months, biofeedback sessions were more effective than tha laxative, with 43 of 54 (80%) of the biofeedback patients versus 12 of 55 (22%) laxative-treated patients reporting major improvements. Benefits appeared to last at least two years.
5) Probiotics

Probiotics, such as lactobacillus acidophilus, are live microbial organisms that are naturally present in the digestive tract. Some of the ways they are thought to promote health include suppressing the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, improving immune function, enhancing the protective barrier of the digestive tract, and helping to produce vitamin K.

There is some preliminary evidence that probiotic supplements may improve constipation. For example, one study looked at the effect of a probiotic beverage containing a strain of beneficial bacteria called Lactobacillus casei Shirota (65 milliliters a day) or a placebo in people with chronic constipation. The probiotic drink resulted in significant improvement in severity of constipation and stool consistency.

Another study examined the effectiveness of another strain of probiotics on constipation in children and found no effect. Eighty four children between two and 16 years of age with constipation took lactulose (a laxative) plus a probiotic supplement containing lactobacillus GG or lactulose alone. After 12 and 24 weeks, lactobacillus was not more effective than lactulose alone at treating constipation.
6) Acupressure
Acupressure is a traditional healing practice that involves the application of finger pressure to specific acupuncture points on the body.

A point that is often recommended by acupuncturists for constipation is Large Intestine 4. Although it hasn’t been studied for constipation, it is a simple home r

Maria asks…

Heath Question. Any good natural remedies for constipation?

vti answers:

Excellent question! Rice pudding,pudding,yogurt,applesauce,blueberries, watermelon are all very effective

James asks…

Looking for a natural home remedy for constipation?

vti answers:

Eat prunes or oranges and drink lots of liquid preferrably water.

Paul asks…

Healthy constipation remedy?

I take a lot of supplements (Vitamin A, D, C, Iron etc. ) and I am very constipated. Is there something I can take everyday to help me go? Id rather is not be a stimulant. Ive tried to incorporate more fiber in my diet but it doesn’t seem to work. How about Senna?

vti answers:

You need to make sure you are getting adequate water in your body each day before adding a bunch of fiber to your diet, or you will not get good results. Taking typical supplements you buy in stores will most likely damage your body more than they help because they are synthetic activators or if labeled “natural,” will contain low grade herbs and bad combinations and have to be fortified with the synthetics to maintain potency. Additionally, these pills contain lots of excipients and things that damage the body, like Magnesium Stearate, MSG in the form of many things labeled to disguise this garbage, talc that may or may not be on the label that is the release agent for the manufacturing of the pills that is carcinogenic, and many other items put in there to help the high speed equipment to make them more profit. These pills actually damage the DNA in most cases.

Here is the amount of water you need and it is important to include salt in the hydration process, especially when you have constipation problems:

The average person needs water at the following rate:

Take your total body weight and divide by 2. That number is the amount of water in ounces that you need to drink each and everyday. Along with that, you should consume 1/4 teaspoon of “air dried sea salt” in conjunction with each quart of water you drink. This puts the electrolytes in your body that will give you proper hydration. The typical white table salt you buy in stores like the Morton Salt, for instance, is terrible for you and has loads of chemicals added. Avoid that junk. If you drink ANY diuretic drinks like, sodas, coffee, tea, alcohol, commercially prepared fruit drinks, energy drinks, etc., these all dehydrate you and you will need to add more water to the total to compensate for the water loss due to these diuretic drinks. Take the total ounces of the diuretic drinks and multiply by 1.5 and add that total to the original total to come up with the proper amount of water you need to drink each day.

If you are not getting at least 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night and not getting adequate “good salt” in your diet, eat lots of sugar and lots of carbs and LOW FAT, your adrenal glands will be exhausted and not provide the energy to your colon to hold water in and you will get constipated.

To directly help the constipation, go to the health food store and purchase some psylum husks and put a tablespoon or two on some food or in a smoothie and eat that everyday, but make sure you are getting the water amount as listed above.

To cause an immediate flush of the intestines, don’t run to the drug store and buy a laxative, that is the last thing you want to do. Simply make a mixture of distilled water (about 1 pint) and add 2 tablespoons of air dried sea salt to that, stir it until the salt is dissolved, and drink it. You need to be ready to head for the great white telephone (toilet) within less than 20 minutes. If you are severely deficient in salt, you may have to do this a second time, but it will work.

The next thing is to fix your digestive system so you won’t be having these problems. If you are over 20 years old, you are producing less and less stomach acid each year. This is preventing food from being digested properly and the older you get, the worse it gets. If you are eating lots of processed foods (any food with a commercial label), you are not only contributing to the problem, but heading for heart disease.

Good luck to you

Mary asks…

Chronic constipation. NO fun. Please help!?

I suffer from chronic constipation. I have tried phillip’s colon health, and fiber one but they didn’t really help… I drink plenty of water so I know that’s not the problem… Can anybody recommend a medicinal remedy, or natural (would be preferred). Thanks in advance!

vti answers:

I was suffering from chronic constipation as well but all I did was change my diet around a bit and now I go everyday 🙂 What I did was drink luke warm honey water in the morning with breakfast everyday. Just pour some warm water and mix a teaspoon of honey into it, it tastes pretty good and it really starts speeding up your metabolism.

Also, eat up to 4 different vegetables everyday. You can eat carrots, cucumbers, etc. And eat at least 2 different fruits, try pears and oranges…they tend to help with constipation issues.

And that’s basically it! Try exercising for at least 45 minutes a day, an hour would be the best time though. Keep this up and you’ll see the results with in a week! It really works because it did for me and the best part is you don’t need any medication or any such thing.

And one more thing, don’t get stressed about your constipation issues as anxiety can cause constipation as well! Best of luck, hope I helped 🙂

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Lizzie asks…

So what do you know about Holistic dog Food?

Hi another question about my dog, – what are the benefits of this food

vti answers:

The very best food to treat the ‘whole’ dog is one as close to their natural diet as possible.

This diet will prevent periodontal disease by cleaning the teeth and gums with every meal;
it will provide both entertainment and satisfaction by making the pup work for its meal;
it will be both species appropriate and easily digestible which will reduce the risk of obesity, skin problems and auto-immune disorders;
it will aid in the prevention of anal gland issues by producing small, firm stools that enable the glands to drain naturally; and
you will get the satisfaction of seeing your dog blossom into optimum health.

What is this miracle food? A raw diet of meat, meaty bones and organs – some people call it raw meaty bones while others use the term whole prey model – together with love, training and regular exercise will provide your dog with everything it needs.

Michael asks…

has anyone ever had their dog on holistic vet food?

if so how much better was it and did it help at all compared to the food you buy at a regular veterinarian
is this food any good for kidney disease

vti answers:

I work at a kennel and we feed some dogs Exclusive dog food (by PMI Nutrition, I believe), and some dogs receive Infinia Holistic Zensitive blend food, by the same company. The Zen is holistic and while both are nutritionally friendly to the dogs, the Zen helps the dogs with skin problems and also ones with sensitive stomachs. I do not know about kidney diseases, but I do know that the holistic food does work wonders for skin conditions as well as allergies (grain free). And this food doesn’t have to be purchased through a vet either!

Here’s a link to the Zen blend site:
(the kind we feed at work, but there are more types)

Good luck!

Mary asks…

What is the best dry dog food?

My dog has been eating Purina One for the past 2 years but lately she has decided that she doesn’t like it. I have changed from chicken to beef to lamb to see what she likes best but like I said lately she doesn’t like any of it. I don’t want to pay a ton for dog food but I also don’t want to give her something cheap that isn’t really nutritious. My friend is soon going to be moving in with me and we are hoping to feed our dogs the same thing because it will be cheaper. She feeds her dog Beneful. My dog didn’t really like the adult version but liked the puppy food of it. Anyone have any suggestions?

vti answers:

There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods.
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 Fresh Mix
* Blue Buffalo
* California Natural
* Canidae
* Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
* Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
* Fromm Four Star
* Innova
* Merrick
* Nature’s Variety
* Orijen
* Solid Gold
* Taste of the Wild
* Wellness
* ZiwiPeak

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

Read the ingredients before you buy.

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:

And an article on what ingredients to avoid:

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 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:!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

“Big box” petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (There are some higher quality foods at those locations, but most of the foods aren’t.)
* Blue Buffalo
* Castor & Pollux
* Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
* Natural Balance
* Solid Gold
* Wellness

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
– holistic pet food stores
– dog boutiques
– farm supply stores

When switching foods, remember to do it gradually by mixing the two foods together for a week or two.
1/4 food A, 3/4 food B
1/2 food A, 1/2 food B
3/4 food A, 1/4 food B
all food A

Ruth asks…

Best dog food for Senior dogs?

My Golden Retriever is 7 years old, does anybody know a good dog food I can feed him to meet all is senior needs

vti answers:

More natural holistic dog foods are better and not so high in fat content.. Go to and sundays theres this woman called katie k-9 and you can listen to people call in with dog issues and she answers them. If you don’t to listen to her go to a pet store not a big box brand store and tell the sales asscociate whats up with your pooch and they will help you. Also get fish oil in the gel caps made for people and pop it with a oin and squirt it over the pups food and it helps with joints and helps the dogs coat become healthier. When switching dog foods you wan to gradually add more of the new food into the dogs old food and slowly add less of the old food and more of the new food.

Richard asks…

What is the best organic/holistic dog food for a Miniature Schnauzer?

Either its environmental allergies or its food allergies that are causing our Miniature Schnazuer issues, whatever is the case, we want to find the best brand of dog food for our picky miniature schnauzer. She eats Blue buffalo dry grain free food right now with a couple table spoons of Nature Recipe Farm Stand Selects canned dog food. But the canned food seems to be making her have too soft of poop causing her to have issues as well.


She is 7 in may.

vti answers:

Try Taste of the Wild.
It is antibiotic & chemical free, grain free, with filtered water and is safe for all dog types/sizes.
They have puppy version and adult version (only the adult version isnt labled “Adult” but the puppy version will say “puppy” in the name.)

I wanted to feed my dog raw food diet, but after researching the risks of e-coli and salmonella bacteria that can be left/tracked all over the place as a result, I would rather not take the risk of such serious bacteria in my home.

Then, theres always cooked meat option (which people say is bad because dogs shouldnt eat “cooked meat”) but in reality, if your two options are cooked meat, or dog kibble (which is also cooked) then of course cooked meat is way healthier.
The problem with that though, is you would have to buy organic, antibiotic/chemical free meat in order to avoid all those nasty chemicals in the meat going into your dog.
Which would be EXPENSIVE.
UNLESS you happen to know or get in touch with a hunter, that is.

Just some food for thought. Hope you find the best solution for you and your dog. <3

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John asks…

Home remedies for a sore throat?

I have a horrible sore throat, anybody know some home remedies to cure it?

vti answers:

My mom always tells me to add 1 spoonful of salt into a glass and add warm water. (remember that you can resist the warmness of the water)*NOT HOT, JUST WARM. Don’t drink it. All you have to do is a deep gargle until reaching the throat. Do this 3 times a day. And eat lots of vitamin C fruits. A warm lemonade. Oranges. Etc. You should not drink anything cold, or anything sweet. And you should take anti biotic cuz sore throats are infections.

Susan asks…

Fastest way to cure a sore throat?

I just recently got a sore throat well at least thats what i think it is. It kinda hurts when i swallow and my voice has very noticeably changed. My birthday is tomorrow so this sore throat couldn’t have come at a worser time. Please what are some home remedies that cure sore throats really fast? that isn’t traditional medicine. I’m not asking for a miracle i know it takes time to cure but i at least wanna get my normal voice back already.

vti answers:

You answered you own question. “It takes time to cure.” Time is the only thing that will cure a sore throat, assuming it’s just a cold.

Drink as much milk as you want. It doesn’t increase mucous production(myth).

To alleviate symptoms, warm liquids and hard candies/lozenges can help. Take some acetaminophen, if you’re not opposed to it and get some rest.

Gargling with salt water may help, but not for the reasons he suggests.

David asks…

Any good remedies for a sore throat and a high temperature?

I’m off to uni in a couple of days but I’m not looking forward to it as much as I was because I’m worried I’m going to be too ill to enjoy freshers week. I don’t feel too bad but I have a sore throat, a slightly high temperature and my ears are feeling a little blocked. Do u recommend any home remedies or medicines that I can take so I don’t feel too grotty next week?

vti answers:

I recommend taking some meds for the pain and getting a ton of rest while you still can, drink a lot of fluids.
Good luck!

Ken asks…

What’s the best medicine or remedy for severe sore throat?

I don’t have health insurance and my sore throat is killing me! It hurts to swallow. My ears hurt a little too. What is the best over the counter medicine for this, or home remedy?

vti answers:

My doctor recommended that I use two teaspoons of salt (sea) in a cup of water and if I don’t have a Netti Pot , inhale that to have an antibiotic reaction while cleansing nose and throat.
Gargle with the same kind of solution.
Put a piece of garlic in each cheek and as you keep your mouth moist the garlic will soothe your throat.
Make some “magic tea”. Prepare tea, steep for six minutes then add two teaspoons of honey and two teaspoons of APPLE cider vinegar.
What works is to slice an onion, stack slices in a jar, one Slice of onion then sprinkle sugar, do that with each layer until the onion is used up. Leave it on the counter and a syrup will form, take two teaspoons at a time.
I fixed it after breakfast, had two teas after dinner and two before bed and woke up feeling so much better.
Surely you have something on hand from the above list that will help.
Keep gargling with the warm salt water in any case.
Take care of this , strep can have consequences.
If you haven’t gotten this under control by tomorrow see a doctor please?

Betty asks…

What gets rid if a sore throat and mild nasal congestion?

I’m looking for the best over the counter stuff to help me or any proven home remedies you know of. I have a sore throat and slight nasal congestion and drip. I already tried tea… Help!

vti answers:

Gargle with warm salt water and get some kind of decongestant medicine with a pain reliever in it (Tylenol Cold multi-symptom comes to mind), some throat lozenges or hard candy will help keep your throat moist and help with the pain a little.

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Susan asks…

High Blood pressure?

Does anyone know if you have high blood pressure if you should go on the pills or just better ones life style and what else will lower it.

vti answers:

High blood pressure runs in my family, and mine has been considered borderline high all of my life and can spike with stress. I did not want to use “traditional” prescription medicine as I watched my parents and other relatives battle it out with too much medication, too many diuretics and on and on. I have done a lot of research into natural health remedies, and have found that adding fresh ginger into my diet, has really helped lower my blood pressure and has also actually improved my cholesterol; by lowering the overall level and has actually raised my “good” cholesterol. As I am getting older, I have vowed to take better care of myself; for myself and everything else will fall into place. The big health changes I have made over the past year have been, more consistent exercise(I know everyone hates to hear that, but it does work…walking everyday for one half hour), cutting down on processed foods, eating fresh ginger, (I even put slices into herbal tea), grate onto vegetables or salad, and put fried slices into rice dishes (Fried in a small amount of Smart Balance or Olive Oil). I have also eliminated heartburn by taking apple cider vinegar tablets. If I am going to be eating spicy foods, I will also take a tablespoonful of Organic, unpasteurized, unfiltered Apple Cider vinegar. I buy Spectrum Naturals in my local supermarket, and it can also be purchased in health food stores. All of these factors have improved my overall health, my blood pressure is only slightly elevated, but consistantly improving, I sleep better through the night (no heartburn or acid reflux) and I was diagnosed with stress related heartburn when I was a teenager. Unless your blood pressure is severely high (check with your doctor before making any of these changes…) these suggestions are all worth a try. I know some other people who have had to be on medication initially, and have then researched more alternative help, once their pressure lowers. Best of luck to you.

Charles asks…

high blood pressure remedies?

my mother has high blood pressure and it got real high last night at 170/105. my question is are there any natural remedies that may help lower her blood pressure so she can wing off medication besides exercising and healthy eating? i know that’s the reason why it’s high in the first place, but is there anything specific that may help?

vti answers:

Nutmeg: Lowers Blood Pressure
HOW IT WORKS: “Warming spices” like nutmeg can bring blood from the center of the body to the skin. This helps disperse the blood more evenly throughout the body, reducing overall pressure.
TRY TO GET: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon a day.
USE IT: Steam 1 head of broccoli and one potato until soft, and then puree with 1/4 cup butter and 4 to 5 gratings of fresh nutmeg or 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.

Ken asks…

is there a herbal remedy for high blood pressure?

I don’t like taking the stuff i take it makes me sick anybody have any recomdations!!!!

vti answers:

Deep breathing exercise is the best form of natural therapy. The purpose of deep abdominal breathing is to increase a healthy flow of oxygen to all parts of the body. As the blood becomes more oxygenated, the heart has to do less high pressure pumping, thereby reducing high blood pressure.

Too much blood? Th body contains between eight and nine litres of blood. If you are overweight, there is more blood. More blood means the heart has to work harder, increasing the blood pressure.

Make sure your body has enough iron. The haemoglobin molecule that transports oxygen in the blood contains an iron molecule. A lack of iron will reduce the ability of the blood to transport oxygen. Less oxygen, means the heart has to work harder, increasing the blood pressure.

Exercise increases the heart’s pumping capacity. It also increases the ability of the circulatory system to carry blood effectively. A healthy pump, healthy arteries and healthy veins means that the blood is transported efficiently. The heart has to do less pumping and the blood pressure reduces.

Ruth asks…

My wife has high blood pressure, what are some good natural (herbal) remedies that she could take?

vti answers:

Funny. O was just reading about this and posted my own question about chest pains.

This is what I read:
hawthorn (slow acting but reliable. Dont expect results for like a month)

ginkgo biloba

Garlic (cheapest way is to eat one raw clove a day, but it burns the mouth a bit [also it is natures antibiotic!!!!])

Rauwolfia (SMALL dose! Very good! Nasal congestion is the most liekyl side effect. [I havent taken Rauwolfia, but I do take natures way “fenu-thyme” for sinus congestion. It may counter act the symptom from rauwolfia])


Goji juice

herbal diuretics (reduce salt and fluids in the body, so the heart has less moisture to move around=lowers blood pressure. These include: dandelion, willow, red clover, alfalfa)

Vitamin E (but not over 100 IU for women with high blood pressure, and other such probs)

Siberian ginseng can help to lower high bp, but chinese ginseng raises it
Reduce salt
get to a healthy weight
excercise (under doctors plan. Nothing too big too fast!)
biofeedback (using the mind to help control the body)
blood thinners, like aspirin
Potassium is good for this! It is found in the following (I only wrote down in my notebook the things I was willing to eat, so this list is not exhaustive):
apricots (dried)
banana (raw)
honey dew
lima beans
orange juice
peanuts (dry roasted and unsalted)
baked potatoe ( with the skin)
Unrefined and unprocessed foods. Like wheat bread over white bread (the chemical process to make bred whit is terrible!)
garlic, onion, whole grains, FLAX SEED (preferably in grain form, but the liquid can be used as well)
Avoid dairy as much as possible
Coenzyme Q-10
Lastly I do have to say that with any advice you get, research those herbs several times to make sure they will be safe.

Hope all goes well,

Linda asks…

Home (Natural) Remedy for lower blood pressure…?

Hello All!

I am 32 years and I have hypertension. last year I weaned myself off of the prescription Lisonopril. I was recommended to take 20 mg of this medication however I had a severe chronic cough allergic reaction. I have been taking the following remedies to help:

1. 1000 mg of Garlic Pills;
2. Coenzyme Q 10 50 mg X 3 times per day;
3. Low Dosage Aspirin 81 mg X 3 times per day;
4. Udo’s Choice (Oil) blend 2 pills X 3 times per day:

Still my pressure is high as of now 138 over 83. I would like to get it a lot lower. Anyone have a recommendation as I am trying to do htis naturally?

vti answers:

I’ll be honest with you. I’m not a big fan of homeopathic BS. I am 27 and had high blood pressure when I was 24. After I found that out, I took to running and watching what I ate. I think particularly it was the running for me. It brought my BP down from 140/93 to 118/81. If you are overweight or out of shape, exercise can make all the difference. If you have hypertension for another medical condition though, you need to get appropriately medicated with prescription drugs. The longer you wait, the more disservice you are doing to your body.

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Susan asks…

what is the difference between holistic and homeopathic?

Does holistic medicine incorporate traditional drugs?

vti answers:

Holistic medicine refers to the system as a whole ex. The biological, psychological and social factors are interlinked and this interlinking is crucial to the patients health. It doesn’t have to incorporate traditional drugs.

Homeopathy (totally fake by the way), deals in the notion that an ill person can be treated by the substance that would cause the symtoms of an illness. The substance is diluted in water a LOT of times to a point where no molecules of the substance are even present in the water. It is believed that this water (and it’s only water) will heal the person.

Maria asks…

Easiest way to become a doctor?

I want to go into alternative medicine, but the FDA and other government agencies are cracking down on holistic medicine and natural health practitioners. Now days, if you want the government off your back, you need to become a doctor of some sort. Should I go chiropractic? Are there any other doctor programs that are quicker?

vti answers:

The government is NOT cracking down on the use of alternative meds – they spend billions of dollars every year researching them – – I used to do just that – – what they are cracking down on is unsafe/lack of/bad science. Be glad for that – – it prevents people from getting hurt, and I’ve seen plenty of that.

Just for the sake of posterity – here is the national institutes of healths complimentary and alternative health website. Just so you know they aren’t the enemy.

Become a doctor – – then you’ll know WHY these things work and have a much better chance of making a real difference – – publish articles, speak at your capitol, AND see patients.

Chiropractors provide valuable services to some, but they are not doctors.

Sorry, there are no shortcuts to becoming a doctor…it takes that long to learn how this body works from a molecular to a systematic to an organism level.

In theory, I guess you could become a registered dietician, since most herbs are considered supplements, and not drugs. Just an idea, but maybe one worth looking into…

Jenny asks…

What are the most effective holistic medicine?

I am looking into going into a career into complementary and alternative medicine. I was looking into homeopathy, naturopathy and osteopathy. I am just what a great field to go into that is becoming popular. I am not saying that they don’t work but I want to get into a field that I can rely on and works effectively. What are some studies and research done that supports it?

vti answers:

As a Naturopath, I thought I would comment on your question. I can’t comment on research and studies, but can give you personal experience.

I’ve been in this field for over 10 years and work with a variety of types of people. I would say that the answer to your question depends greatly upon which state you live in. Some states license Naturopaths and require significant schooling (check out and testing to become licensed. But those states also accept Naturopaths fees for insurance purposes as well. Other states, like the one in which I reside (Texas), do not license Naturopaths and in fact are aggressively trying to keep us from practicing. Insurance does not cover any of my fees and it’s been my experience that people will want to rely on the cheapest thing possible; $5.00 meds with insurance will ultimately win out with most patients before the are willing to spend $50.00 on a bottle of herbs that will be healthier for them. It comes down to money for most people, so I would definitely consider that when making your decision. Health coaching seems to be the most popular avenue right now and some insurance companies in some states will actually pay for that service, so I would encourage you to look into that as well. Osteopathy is a medical degree in all states and that’s not considered holistic medicine (in my opinion), although most osteopaths are more open-minded than most MD’s, they still regularly write prescriptions and not all of them will address the root cause of an illness like a Naturopath does.

Hope that helps!
Melissa Wood, ND

George asks…

I want a profession that involves,outreach work in community,and/or to worldwide. I want to be a network speci?

I want to be a network specilaist and I also want to utilize holistic medicine in a clinical setting and go in to the field of mind/body work. Things like strees reduction and addiction.I am having a hard time trying to figure what the profession is I am looking for..Please help me focus, because I am all over the place. Thankyou

vti answers:

Think you should volunteer at a local clinic, rehab, health centre, etc., and find out if it is what you really want to do before you commit yourself to years of study for a speciality you aren’t too fond of. Network specialist requires some training, you could start that at the same time and your heart will tell you which is best for you.

Mandy asks…

Does anyone know of any good resources for services or information regarding adults with autism?

It seems like the only info or help available is for children. My autistic brother is 26 and fairly high functioning, but had a regression two years ago and has not yet returned to his old self. My parents and I are frustrated and don’t know what to do to help him. He has seen every sort of specialist from mental health to holistic medicine we can think of and we have tried things like chelation, diets, speech therapy, vitamins, psych meds and counseling. Nothing made a difference. It is beginning to feel like there must be some secret island that autistic people are sent to at age 18, because no one seems to have any knowledge about working with autistic people when they become adults.

vti answers:

I do not know where you live but here the Scottish Rite group of the Masonic lodge has an absolutely wonderful school that specializes in Autism. You might check your local Masonic Lodge for advice. Good luck

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Sandra asks…

what are some home remedies for pink eye?

vti answers:

Here is a link to some remedies you can do at home and are natural!

Good luck!


Richard asks…

I think I have pink eye, are there any home remedies?

I wear contacts and I think I have developed pink eye. I was wondering if there were any home remedies you can recommend before I get to go by the doctor (my family doctor and eye doctor is away because of the upcoming holiday)…

vti answers:

No home remedy as “Pink eye” is an infection. See another Ophthalmologist and get meds to resolve it.

Mandy asks…

pink- eye?

my eye is killing me and this morning it was glued shut and now i can hardly keep it open on top of the fact that is bloodshot! I already have gone to the doctor and i keep pick up the eye drops when i the pharmacy opens, but are there any at home remedies for pinkeye?

vti answers:

Here’s a home remedy: Make a cup of black tea, using a teabag, not loose stuff.

Remove the teabag from the cup (before you add milk&sugar!). Squeeze it out as much as you can. When the bag is cooled a little, but still warm, put the warm, wet teabag on your eye. You can keep it in place with a peice of gause, or lie down to keep it on the eye. Wash those hands to prevent contamination! Keep the bag on the eye untill it gets cold, or at least 15 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day.

You can drink the tea, or toss it, what ever. I don’t know why this works, but it helped me several times when I was without health insureance!

Laura asks…

pink eye home remedies?

does anyone have a pink eye home remedy?

vti answers:

Pink eye is conjuctivities, you can try Chamomile tea from the health food store, make it as if you were making tea, if you are using tea bags remove tea bag after 5minutes , if you are Lucky to find the dried chamomile flowers broo it for 15 minutes and strain it,cover it up with cling film and let it cool down, when cold wash your hands and dunk a cotton ball in the chamomile tea and wash your eyes with it 3 times a day would be Ideal but if you cannot apply it in the morning and before going to bed.
Good luck

Mary asks…

Your Open Question: Home remedies to treat pink eye? ?

List alot please!

vti answers:

Only thing that will cure it is antibiotic eye drops prescribed by your doctor. Don’t be messing with your eyes, if an eye infection is not cured it will cause irreversible damage to your eye…

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Charles asks…

natural remedy for rage

I can get angry pretty quickly; usually at my family’s expense. Are there any natural ways to calm me down.

I have started exercising, but for the time being I am just exhausted from it- which makes me more irritable. I also tried Kava and it didn’t help at all.

vti answers:

Food intolerances or allergies or sensitivies to chemicals, perfumes, air sprays, cleaning products etc. Can create havoc with your neural system and will definitely send you into a crazy spin at the drop of a pin……. It possible that you are intolerant to wheat, lactose or soy products …… I’m intolerant to all of them and within minutes of consuming anything containing those three seemingly “harmless” ingredients my brain totally frizzles and some of the most ghastly mood swings and stomach aches and headaches always ensue.

Also, the amount of additives and chemicals and other nasties in packaged foods these days is positively scary …… I have found in particular that additives like MSG (620 – 635) make me extremely agitated and agressive.

As consumers are becoming more wary of MSG, manufacturers are using other non-regulated ingredients that contain MSG, but aren’t pure MSG, to avoid having to list MSG on their labels!!

Additives that Always contain MSG are ~

Monosodium glutamate
Hydrolysed vegetable Protein
Hydrolysed plant protein
plant protein extract
calcium caseinate
hydrolysed oat flour
hydrolysed anything else!!
Potassium glutamate
Hydrolysed protein
autolysed yeast
sodium caseinate
yeast extract
textured protein

Additives that frequently contain MSG are~

Malt extract
natural vlavouring
natural beef or chicken flavor
malt flavor
seasoning….. Hydrolysed vegeetable protein is one of the more common substitutes for pure MSG found in a huge range of common foods………….. Hydrolysed vegetable protein is a concentrated form of natural MSG that is now often used by manufacturers instead of MSG as a way around consumer concern……. Often, products with high amounts of HVP boldly market themselves as “MSG free” to attract consumers who are unaware that HVP contains high concentrations of glutamates and has the same adverse health effects as MSG.

HVP is made from junk vegies selected for their high quantitity of excitotoxins, e.g. Glutamate… The vegies are boiled in a vat of sulphuric acid for several hours then the acid is neutralised with caustic soda… The brown sludge is scraped off the top and dried into a powder….. The powder contains known carcinogens and dicarboxylic acid, the safety of which is unknown…. MSG is often added to this powder… Finally, the powder is put in our food….. Including baby food and we eat it…….. Scary stuff.

Avoid anything with flavor enhancers or hydrolysed vegetable protein if you’re wanting to avoid MSG because of its adverse health impacts….. There’s a book by Julie Eady called “Additive Alert” that you should buy from your local bookstore …… Pretty rivetting & eye opening stuff mate.

Actually, not eating out of a packet and eating loads of fresh & healthy foods will go a long way to help bolster your neural system.

Take fish oils on a daily basis too….. The omega 3 fatty acids in fish oils will bolster neural functioning for you and do a lot of other things also.

Fish oils are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and will also help to possibly prevent depression;
~ alleviate rheumatoid arthritis;
~ offer protection against migraines and kidney disease;
~ enhance the immune system;
~ lower blood pressure;
~ keep skin, hair and nails healthy;
~ lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides;
~ reduce blood viscosity;
~ help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Wonderfull for calming a frizzled mind.

To increase your Omega 3 intake ~

~ grind whole organic flaxseeds in a coffee grinder and sprinkle over fresh fruit;
~ throw a handful of organic walnuts into a green leafy salad;
~ add a tablespoon of flaxseed oil to your morning smoothie;
~ eat oily, cold water fresh fish like salmon, mackerel or tuna at least three times a week.

Organic with the nuts and seeds to avoid the nasty sulfites and other chemicals they use to “preserve” them that may upset sensitive bodies.

Try to go as natural with your daily food as you can…… Ditch all pre packaged and junky type foods……. Eliminate highly refined sugar and instead focus on fresh fruits in season….. Drink freshly squeezed juices and loads of fresh filtered water….. Ditch all the sodas and pop and soft drinks and any drinks with caffeine too if you drink any as they are only full of sugar which is nutritionally void anyways and will also rob you of your precious B complex of vitamins and dehydrate you terribly….. Prepare lean meats and fresh fishes and fresh vegies for meals and ditch the pastries, cookies, cakes and chips if you eat any as your best chance for a healthy vital body will always be eating from natures bounty of fresh wholesome foods……. Read the labels too when you buy bread as many of them have an awful lot of highly refined sugar in them.

Take a daily dose of a multi B complex supplement too on a daily basis to support a healthy neural, immune and digestive system……… This will help enormously in reducing your stress and anxiety levels.

Eat loads of leafy and green vegies as they are rich in magnesium… Magnesium is needed in our bodies for healthy nerves and muscle functioning and of course for heart health and is known as the antistress mineral….. Foods rich in magnesium will help eliminate any issues you have with constipation or muscle twitching too.

Hope this helps u


Chris asks…

Help with fruit flies! Natural remedy?

I started a worm bin not long ago and my mistake in collecting scraps (only fruits and veggies, no meats or cheeses) I did not cover it and so came these itty bitty f***ers. Well, I got rid of all that, kept my kitchen clean after that, but these buggers are still here! They are living in my window plants. I have basil, chives, and mint growing as well as some cactus that I must keep inside, but I need to get rid of the flies. Can someone help me? I need a NATURAL remedy.

vti answers:

I have used this type of trap for years, with success.

Place a pie pan near the infestation. Add a drop or two of dish soap, and fill halfway with water.

Use a lamp with a flexible head, or a clamp reflector lamp, with a regular light bulb. Put the light directly over, and about 6 inches above the half filled pie pan. At night, turn off all other room lights.

The little flying pests will fly to the light. When they touch the hot bulb, they will fall into the soapy water, and drown. In the morning, just flush the trap water and bugs down the drain.

Reset the trap every night, until no more are caught.

This trap, when set up on the floor, will also trap fleas from your pets, carpets, and upholstery.

Nancy asks…

What are some Herbal/Natural remedies for a horse?

Which ever one is cheaper 🙂
I would like to know what are Herbal remedies, and Natural remedies to take care of a horse? How would you feed it to it?

Also, what does garlic do for a horse(the fresh kind or dehydrated one?


vti answers:

Bach Flower Remedies!!!!!!!!
they are oils that can be/are added to water, feed or they can be licked off of your hand if the horse is willing.
There are 38 Bach Flower Remedies that are used

Carol asks…

Pimples and scars on my chin! Any natural remedies?

The rest of my face is fine, it`s just that area! I used to pop some of the pimples, and that`s why there`s scars….. `ve tried cleansing the area a lot, but now it`s just made the area real dry and a bit sore. Hellllp 🙁

vti answers:

Pimples Home Remedies

Mix 1 tablespoon groundnut oil with 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice to prevent formation of blackheads and pimples.

Another overnight home remedy for zapping a zit is to put a dab of toothpaste on it to help dry it out. You may need to test this on a short-term basis to make sure it doesn’t irritate your pimple. Calamine lotion will have the same drying effect.

Honey is a great remedy for pimples and acne. It kills bacteria and leaves the skin pimple free.

A common home remedy for pimples is toothpaste. Use the paste variety, not gel and gently apply a small drop directly on top of the blemish and let it dry. This will draw the pimple out and leave you blemish free. If left on too long, the skin may become irritated.

Juice of raw papaya is the best treatment for pimples. Apply fresh juice of raw papaya on pimples and get a good result.

Take a raw potato, peel and grate it. Put the grated into a muslin piece and tie it tightly to form a pad. Rub this pad all over the face in the firm, circular motions for about 5 minutes and then wash your face. Alternatively you could directly rub potato slices all over the face, Helps to get rid of blemishes and pimple scar.

Take a few pods of cloves and roast them dry in a pan. Powder them and add a little curd to make be a paste. Dab the paste on the pimples and let it dry. Wash off. Use this treatment regularly if you are prone to pimples. It is especially good for people who have an oily skin. The roasted cloves help to dry up the pimples faster.

A few handy tips for those who suffer from pimple ‘attacks’. Drink plenty of water and vegetable or fruit juices. Use cucumber or other fruit and vegetable packs to cure pimple scars. Maintain a diet that is rich in cottage cheese, fish and yoghurt. These help to cleanse your system and ward off pimples.

Pimples treatment using Zinc

Another useful remedy for acne and pimples is zinc. It should be taken in a dose of 50 mg daily for a month to reduce pimples. Then you can reduce the dose if noticable improvements are seen on your skin.

Home remedy for Pimple using Orange peel

Homemade Pimple Treatment using Orange peel has been found very effective. Pound the orange peel with water on a piece stone and apply to acne affected areas.

Mix equal amount of lemon juice and groundnut oil to form a paste. Apply on face and leave for 15 minutes and then wash off with water. Another good remedy to prevent pimples.

Mariglod petals crushed with a little castor oil can bring the zit to its head quickly. To suppress it, sandalwood paste with holy basil leaf helps.

To avoid transferring bacteria and germs, clean your pillowcase, washcloths, towels, make-up brushes and applicators frequently.

Apply fresh lime juice mixed to a glass of boiled milk as a face wash for acne, pimples, blackheads, and cracked skin.

Apply ripe tomatoes pulp on pimples and keet upto 1 hour, then wash.

Make a paste by mixing 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. Repeat for two weeks, pimples will disappear forever.

Use of sulphur soap is effective in keeping the oil glands clean and thus reducing pimples and acne. Grease can be removed by the use of lemon juice or camphor spirit.

Blend cucumber and make a paste. Apply this as a mask on your face and leave it for 1/2 hour and then rinse. This refreshes your skin and prevents acne.

A mask of grated apple mixed with a little honey is an excellent remedy for pimples. Most facial masks can be applied to the skin for 15-20 minutes then washed off with warm water, followed by a cold rinse.

Avoid consuming ghee, butter oils and sweets.

The Pimple affected parts must be thoroughly cleaned and wiped with a soft towel.

Cleanse the face free of make-up at night and before going to bed.

Fuller’s earth (multani mitti) pack is an effective means to control pimples.

Daily intake of a spoonful of honey mixed with rose water clears the skin.

Too much fingering and bursting of pimples causes septic and may leave behind permanent marks and damages to your looks.

Grind Neem leaves and turmeric. Mix with water to make a paste. It should be rubbed on the
pimple or scars, this helps clear away the spots.

How to reduce pimples:

Regularly shampoo your hair.
Avoid unnecessarily touching your affected areas.
Change your dirty cloths , always wear clean and fresh cloth.
Wash your face twice a day with mild soap.
Avoid over make-up, only wear on special occasions.
Try to minimize your stress levels.
Keep a food diary to work out.
Crush some asprin and add a little water. This will create a paste. Put on face for 10-15 min.
To avoid pimples,wash your face with cold and hot water alternatively and note that you must end with cold water.

Linda asks…

Natural heartburn remedy?

I have heard about using baking soda, or vinegar..what are the dosages for those…and are they safe??

I have already tried…prescriptions, Tums, Rolaids, Milk, elevating the head of the bed, diet and exercise

vti answers:

Hi Mrs F, no need to use antacids and baking soda, which have unwanted side effects and contain aluminum.

Anise, peppermint, and lavender

Here’s a tea that you can make to help you with acid reflux or heartburn. It will help you reduce the amount of acid you have in your stomach. Mix together equal amounts of aniseed, peppermint and lavender. Make an infusion of this tea:
* boiling 2 1/2 cup distilled water
* pour this water over a teaspoon of the herbal mixture
* let this tea sit for 3- 5 minutes
* strain the tea and add a little bit of honey if you like.
* place this tea in a thermos

Drink up to 8 oz in the morning and 8 oz in the evening to get relief of acid reflux.

Betain, Pepsin, and Papaya digestive enzymes also is very good. Please look article:
Jason Homan

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