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|I have begun taking Flaxseed.
Is it possible to be having stomach upset or other GI Symptoms as
a result of taking Flaxseed?
(especially when taken in seed form) can cause flatulency but
symptoms will pass shortly with continued use.
Nicole Bandes, 12/30/2002
Could you answer a few questions for me about
5W? What if I run out a few days before I am due, is it important
that I buy a new bottle? Could I continue taking them after birth
with any benefits? I started a little earlier than 5 weeks, now
I am concerned that my body is well prepared but baby just doesn't
want to come yet. Should/could I half my dose? I am having real
bad pelvic pain (way before I started taking 5W) but could 5W
be contributing to this pain as it relaxes that area?
Thank you for your time. I am anixous to know.
It would be important to continue
taking 5W through your actual
delivery. If you run out a few days before your date and you end
up delivering late, then you will have been off for too many days
to keep the uterine muscles toned for delivery.
It won’t hurt to continue
taking 5W but there is no real benefit to it. There is benefit,
however, to using the Pro-G-Yam 500
cream to help prevent postpartum depression.
5W does not relax the pelvic
area; it strengthens the uterine muscles for delivery. There would
be no concern that the 5W is causing the pain you are experiencing,
continue with your usual dose.
Best of luck to you and your
Nicole Bandes, 11/30/2002
|My husband was diagnosed with
hepatitis c. He tried to use the pegintron but the side affects
were to bad. He has now decided to fight this disease the natural
way. We have read many things you can take including Milk Thistle,
thymus Protein a, thymus glandular, alpha lipoic acid and schizandra.
I was wondering if you would have any suggestions on the best combination
they he might take. Also if you could tell me the difference between
thymus glandular and echinacea since they are both supposed to be
for immune system. I am having a hard time finding anyone that has
even heard of some of these.
The information you have read
seems to hit the major points. Given that hepatitis is a disease
of the liver, the milk thistle
is used to cleanse and support the liver. This herb is used extensively
in Europe by medical doctors and has even been shown to reverse
cirrhosis of the liver. The thymus products are recommended to
improve the immune system. Alpha Lipoic
Acid is recommended because of the free radical damage being
done by the infection as this is an antioxidant and for it’s
ability to support the liver.
The difference between Thymus
Glandular and Echinacea is that
Thymus Glandular comes from actual Thymus glands and Echinacea
is an herb. They are both considered immune stimulators. Echinacea
stimulates the body to build immunity by mimicking bacteria and
viruses, thereby encouraging the body to fight against the Echinacea
and build it’s resistant to real bacteria and viruses. The
thought on taking glandular substances is that it will contain
the specific nutrients necessary to feed the gland in your body
thereby encouraging it to become stronger and work harder for
The first place you will want
to start is by eliminating (or at least reducing) sugar, refined
carbohydrates, red meat and dairy. The liver needs to do a lot
more processing to remove the chemicals included in these foods,
an extra strain it doesn’t need.
Thymus Glandular is a quarterly
special with NSP and isn’t always available. Therefore,
I would consider using THIM-J instead.
This product is a combination of herbs that are designed to support
the immune system. Consider Green Zone
as a balanced food source (start by taking a very small amount
and work up to the recommended dosage). Milk Thistle T/R to support
the liver. Alpha Lipoic Acid to support the liver and prevent
free radical damage. I would consider this as a minimum place
In addition, Clean
Start may be used as a colon cleanse to lessen the load on
the liver, drinking water with Liquid
Chlorophyll added may cleanse and support the liver, and as
an activating source, Rose and
Lemon essential oils can be mixed
with massage oil and rubbed into the location of the liver twice
Nicole Bandes, 10/21/02
| I have gout more
and more often
I am looking for a natural solution rather than taking colurcine
all the time to be able to function on a daily basis. I would greatly
appreaciate any information you can give me.
on wanting to do things the natural way. There are a few things
to consider with Gout. First of all, there is the need to aid in
the excretion of uric acid. Kidney Activator,
ATC would be an exellent place to start. Cellu-Tone
is an essential oil blend that can be used topically to support
the excretion of uric acid as well.
neutralize the acidity, consider working on pH balancing. Noni
juice or liquid Chlorophyll
can aid in maintaining proper pH in the body.
If your diet is made up primarily
of protein, consider aiding your digestion with PDA
(protein digestive aid). If you have a fairly well balanced diet,
Food Enzymes would be a better
can be taken during an attack.
It is important to consider
avoiding red meat, mushrooms, wine and beans. Also eliminate salt,
alcohol and aspirin as they impede elimination of uric acid. Also
8 to 10 red cherries eaten daily can be very helpful.
Much of our health is dependent
on our diets. If we watch what we eat and provide for ourselves,
that which we cannot get from the foods that we eat, our health
Nicole Bandes, 10/5/2002
When is it appropriate to start
this? I have hormonal imbalance and am currently using vitex but
my cycles overdue. Can I start using maca now or wait until menses
if I ever have one? Thanks! Viviane M.
It is safe
to start maca at any time. Many women take maca
during and after menopause has begun. Again, always make sure
that your doctor is aware of any herbal supplements you wish to
Nicole Bandes, 9/12/2002
|This is a continuation from last
Last week we
discussed the news that HRT is greatly reducing the risks of certain
diseases. I want to make one thing very clear before I continue;
the study that was being done was ONLY on synthetic forms of estrogen
and progesterone. This does not include products that promote
estrogen naturally or soy forms of HRT.
So, you have hot flashes,
vaginal dryness, mood swings and all the other signs that menopause
has blessed your life. Yes, this is a blessing. It means that
you have gone through the fruits of motherhood and have reached
the age of "retirement" so to speak. It means you no
longer have to be concerned about when that period is going to
strike or if it will happen during that big vacation or event.
It truly is a blessing.
So how do you deal with it?
The Healing Power of Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs, Readers
Digest, recommends first trying black
cohosh to "stabilize hormone levels, reduce hot flashes
and lessen depression and vaginal dryness" as used widely
in Europe. This book also recommends using dong
quai along with the black coshosh if relief is not achieved.
Also consider soy isoflavones such as those found in Phyo-Soy
as a natural source of estrogen. It can be used in conjunction
with a natural form of progesterone such as that found in Pro-G-Yam
Cream. You will also want to consider avoiding alcohol, chocolate,
coffee and spicy foods to minimize hot flashes. Regular excercise
will reduce the number of hot flashes, help prevent heart disease
and certain forms will protect bones from osteoporosis.
Although menopause is a normal
stage of life, the "symptoms" of menopause do not need
to be suffered to such and extreme. When we take care of our bodies
and our environments, we can experience menopause for the true
beauty it brings.
|I saw on TV that Prempro is cancer
causing and I should not be taking it for HRT. Is this true and
what alternatives do I have? I've been on HRT for a couple of years
now and really am scared. HS, Palm Springs, CA
The media has
been discussing a long term study on the effects of estrogen-progesterone
combination therapy programs that where canceled because of the
discovery that this form of HRT greatly increases the risk of
certain types of diseases such as stroke, heart attack and breast
cancer. Doctors now believe that the longterm use of this form
of HRT should be stopped.
So what do you do now? Well, that depends on the reason you were
taking HRT. Many women take it for osteoporosis. In this case,
you must look carefully at your diet. Diet plays a larger role
in the loss of bone than most people think. It isn't just making
sure you have enough milk, you must also remove the acid forming
foods such as carbonated soda, large amounts of red meat, refined
sugar and coffee. When these foods are takin in large quantities
they cause the body to be acidic. The body fights this acidity
by leaching calcium from the bones. Calcium supplementation will
only go so far in counteracting what your body is losing. Remember,
there are two important parts to taking calcium supplementation
that are often overlooked. Calcium should be taken with equal
parts magnesium (a 1:1 ratio) such as NSP's Skeletal
Strength and with a digestive aid such as PDA
to increase absorbtion in your system.
|What are the side
effects of taking Yohimbe? EL
to Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Third Ed., by
Phyllis Balch and James Balch, (Yohimbe) may induce anxiety, panic
attacks, and hallucinations in some individuals. May also cause
elevated blood pressure and heart rate, headache, dizziness, and
skin flushing. Should not be used by women or by anyone with high
blood pressure; heart, kidney or liver disease; or a psychological
disorder. Should not be combined with foods rich in tyramine,
such as cheese, red wine, and liver, as this may increase blood
pressure to dangerous levels.
|Is there a vitamin that I could
take to increase my appetite? If so what is it, and how does it
Two good products
to consider are Digestive Bitters Tonic
and Saw Palmetto. Digestive Bitters
Tonic works by stimulating the salivary and gastric juices thereby
increasing appetite and digestion. Due to the presence of steroidal
saponins, Saw Palmetto is considered an anabolic agent, strengthening
and building up body tissues and encouraging weight gain. Thus,
Saw Palmetto has gained popularity with body builders and others
desiring muscle size and strength, as well as those suffering
from general debility, wasting diseases, or failure to thrive.*
I am 81 y/o. female. Lately
my gums have started to bleed. I am currently not taking any medication
but I am taking calcium, magnesium and a progesterone cream. What
can I do? The dentist feels I may need to have surgery. MB, Phoenix,
believe that bleeding gums may be related to Osteoporosis so it
is good that you are taking the calcium. In addition, some individuals
have had success using Tea Tree Oil
applied directly to the gums to kill bacteria. Grapine
and Citrus Bioflavinoids have also
shown to be helpful with bleeding gums.
|I was just wondering how you feel
about the Focus Attention for kids. Does it work, any side effects?
and how does it work exactly? Trying to find something that will
help my 7 year old daughter without dragging her down in the process.
MS, Toledo, OH
Attention is a very good product for children and adults. Is
supports normal brain-stimulation levels, helps maintain brain activity
and energy levels and promotes blood circulation and neurotransmitters
in the brain. It is very important to take Flax
Seed oil with it though. The brain is made up of 60% fat and
without enough essential fatty acids to support the brain, it will
not function properly.