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January - June 2004
am wondering what is causing the ridges on my nails and what my
body needs to make them go away. I was anemic in the past. Could
it be that I am in need of a iron supplement?
iron deficiency is usually indicated by tearing of the nails.
Vertical ridges tend to be a sign of calcium deficiency.
was wondering if there is an herb or combination of herbs that will
stem hair loss and/or actually promote hair growth? Thank you in
advance for your consideration.
receive a testimonial from a gentleman that was using Phyto-Soy
successfully to prevent his hair from falling out. Chances are,
the soy estrogen is balancing out the testosterone which can often
be a cause of baldness.
am using your Pro G Yam 500 cream…I am having problems regulating
my menstrual cycle…I finished a period 10 days ago, started
the cream on Day 8 of my last period, which was extremely heavy,
not having had one for several months (but last one lasted for a
full month), and have started to bleed again on Day 10 of using
cream. Do I start the process all over again…wait another
7 days then try again. I’m using a pea size bit of cream morning
and night. Is this enough? What is the normal amount of time (months)
it takes to regulate a perimenipausal woman? Is there anything I
should watch for that I should consult a doctor for?
will want to use the Pro-G-Yam cream from ovulation to the onset
of your period, though it is generally considered safe to use
it all month long. Typically, ovulation occurs on day 14 of a
28 day cycle. If your cycle is not regular, you will need to determine,
as closely as possible, when ovulation occurs. To determine when
ovulation occurs, measure your body temperature (a sudden fall
and subsequent rise can indicate ovulation). You may also determine
ovulation by a change in vaginal secretion. From day 14 (ovulation)
to day 18, you should use 1/8 tsp twice a day. From day 19 to
day 23, ¼ tsp twice per day; and from day 24 to onset of
period, you should use ½ tsp per day.
there have been no reports of significant side effects or health
concerns from using natural progesterone, it often causes break
through bleeding. This should clear up in a few months of regular
use. If it does not, consult a physician as break through bleeding
can also indicate other conditions. You will also want to consult
a physician if you experience persistent headaches or other progressive
progesterone can also cause increased thyroid activity. If you
are taking thyroid supplements, be sure you work closely with
your prescribing doctor.
may want to consider supplementing with Menstrual Reg. This product
is a combination of herbs designed to regulate the cycle and flow
of menstruation. Once you have begun having regular cycles, you
can decrease and eventually cease the use of the Menstrual Reg
while continuing to use the Pro-G-Yam 500.
already tried the normal answer to sugar cravings like licorice
root and magnesium. I have also tried chromium. No matter how hard
I try to stay away from sweets I can't seem to. I am also over 100
lbs. overweight and cannot seem to loose. What should I do?
knowing very much about your particular situation and only knowing
that you have tried the supplements (excluding Gymnema) that I
would recommend for sugar cravings, I would suggest that your
particular situation may be a result of an overgrowth of Candida.
Albicans is yeast that is normal to our intestinal tracts. However,
when we use antibiotics the good bacteria that we have in our
bodies are also killed. This good bacteria (sometimes called flora
or probiotics) is what keeps the yeast at a manageable level.
If it is killed of by antibiotics, the yeast has a chance to grow
out of control.
may also get an overgrowth of candida from eating too much sugar
or having an imbalance of intestinal flora.
yeast feeds on sugar. When we get an overgrowth of yeast, it can
often cause severe and intense sugar cravings among many other
problems including inability to lose weight.
you feel that an overgrowth of Candida is a concern to you, consider
following the Candida Control
Program and the Candida Diet.
|Hi, I recently
bought some Bifidophilus from a herbal store out of town. I was
in a hurry and so I didn't notice that the lady's directions for
taking the capsules were different from the directions on the bottle.
She wrote on the top of the bottle to take 4 caps in the morning
with a glass of water, on an empty stomach. The directions printed
on the bottle tell me to take 1-2 capsules before each meal.
I was wondering if you could tell me what possible side effects
could be caused by taking the capsules in the morning, as she directed,
versus taking a couple with the meal. Also, would there be any benefits
to taking the capsules one way instead the other?
I appreciate any suggestions you could offer!
reason for taking probiotic capsules (Bifidophilus) on an empty
stomach is because this is the best way for probiotics to repopulate
the bowel. If you take them with food (or eat food shortly after
taking them) the probiotics will work more on aiding in the digestion
of the food. Because you won’t be taking 1-2 before each
meal (for a total of 3 to 6) the dosage of 4 once per day makes
up for the multiple doses.
some expired weight loss supplement that I would like to use, and
I was just curious of worst case scenario. Will it not just work
or will I get sick? The exp. date is 02/02. They are sealed and
unopened and have been stored in my basement in a cool dry dark
place. I have been taking herbal weight loss supplements for years
with no problems, but was just curious if the exp. date just means
it will not work, or does it mean it is now poisonous? Thanks for
products rarely become “dangerous” with age. I have
never personally experienced or heard of a case where they have
become dangerous. Usually it is just a matter of them becoming inactive.
Even with that, an expiration of 02/02 will likely still provide
at least some potency.
Chinese Lung Support
[Respiratory] is a Chinese combination of 16 herbs specially formulated
to supplement the needs of a weakened metal constitution. The
Chinese call this formula fu lei, which means to strengthen the
weak and thin. Chinese Lung Support is considered a lung tonic
What does this mean
a weakened metal constitution. My husband is an electrician and
he works with a lot of metal piping, besides the wires themselves.
An ocassionaly electrical jolt is part of the hazzards of this
line of work. I have often wondered if he needs an herbal formula
for metal detox in his system. He had pneumonia this December
and recently picked up a virus from one of our children. It seems
to be hanging on in his Bronchical area. This viral occurance
is 3 months after his bout with pneumonia, which he did recover
What advice can you
Chinese Medicine, there are 5 different constitutions; Wood, Fire,
Earth, Water and Metal. These constitutions relate to the “nature”
of a person, not how much metal they may have in their systems
(for example). The Chinese believe that an individual’s
constitution, along with their lifestyle and environment, determines
one’s factors of health.
Metal Constitution is important for our defense. Metal invokes
images of substance, structure, and strength. The Metal constitution
provides us with strength to protect ourselves. This constitution
represents the lungs, skin, and mucous membranes (which line the
respiratory system and digestive tract) which act as a shield
to protect our body from harmful invaders.
breakdown in the Metal constitution would be associated with weakened
immune response, an inability to stand up and defend oneself,
or an inability to express sorrow and grief. Excessive Metal may
lead to defensiveness, rebelliousness, and an excessive need to
assert one's own opinions. The emotions related to the Metal constitution
are sorrow and grief.
traditionally known to arise from Metal imbalances include chronic
infections of mucous membrane (sinus, lungs, colon, vaginal),
chronic cough or sinus congestion, nausea, and skin cysts.
on this, the Chinese Lung Support may be very beneficial to your
If you have not already, you may want to read the article Understanding
Acute Bronchitis to better understand what products may
advice of my doctor, I am starting to take prenatal vitamins for
a couple months before actually trying to get pregnant (I also just
went off the pill 3 weeks ago). I've had stomach problems in the
past, so I haven't been retaining nearly the amount of nutrition
I should get. I haven't been taking any other multi-vitamins until
just a couple of days ago and I know something is definitely needed.
After researching, I started taking the Rite-Aid brand of prenatal
vitamins, but then I read your article on the preservatives, etc
that they contain. A friend of mine mentioned that I also need to
be looking at the absorption of vitamins, as some do not efficiently
go through your system. How do I know if they do, and do the vitamins
you supply do the job they are supposed to?
Thanks for your help!
Sarah from CA
questions you pose are very good ones. Unfortunately, there is
no easy answer. Your friend is also correct in the fact that many
vitamins do not absorb well. Primarily, these vitamins would be
synthetic (man made) vitamins and not natural forms of the vitamins.
NSP does not use synthetic vitamins in any of their products.
unlike many other manufacturers, also extensively test their vitamins
to determine how readily absorbable they are. It is a company
that is committed to quality and is willing to pull products from
production if they do not meet their quality standards.
far as knowing if a product is working for you, it is not easy
to tell barring scientific lab tests. There are some individuals
that will do a form of muscle testing called Kinesiology that
can compare one type of vitamin to another for your specific body
and needs. This technique (while seeming a bit “out there”)
can be pretty convincing in which products your body likes and
doesn’t. Outside of this, your best bet is to research different
manufacturers and go with a company that performs a high number
of quality checks and tests.
recently been diagnosed with slightly elevated BP which the doctor
feels will be lowered through a few changes in lifestyle - this
I am happy to do...
I did read however
that CO Q10 and Hawthorn can be effective in assisting with lowering
blood pressure. I also occasionally have Premature Ventricular
Contractions... This in mind I also hear that Hawthorn can be
good for heart beat regulation.
While these things
may sound serious, I did see a cardiologist earlier this week
and he has given me a clean bill of health, other than making
a few lifestyle adjustments such as losing a bit of weight and
quitting smoking, which I really want to do.
The main question I
have is how long is it safe to take CO Q10 and Hawthorn for or
could I take them from now on with no adverse effects? Are they
ok to take at the same time?
are smart to begin your health program while you still have your
health. To use an old billards phrase, if you don't take care of
your health now, you will constantly be behind the eight ball.
Co-Q10 and Hawthorn
are safe products to take indefinitely and will cause no problems
interacting with each other. There are no known side effects with
taking either product and are generally considered safe. As always,
consult with your physician while on this type of a program.
am experiencing menopausal symptoms. It was recommended to me that
I take the following herbs: Flash Ease, Dong Quai, X-Action, Natural
Changes, Gotu Kola and Vitamin E. Is it necessary that I take all
of these vitamins? Will it harm my body in any way if they are all
taken at the same time?
of all, it will not harm your body to take all of the recommended
herbs at one time.
necessity to take all of the products is determined by your own
situation. If you have not yet tried natural remedies and would
like to start out slower, you may consider taking just a couple
of the products and adding more if results are not achieved. Herbalists
often recommend a "shotgun" approach in an effort to
be sure that what is given is effective because most clients are
still raised on the western ideals of medicine, "Take a pill
and everything will be ok". Herbal medicine, as well as other
forms of alternative medicine, usually works from the perspective
that a body needs to be supported so that it can heal itself.
When this happens, all the symptoms will naturally go away. This
method, however, usually takes a longer period of time and results
are not as immediate or noticeable. It may also take some time
to find the right product (or type of therapy) for your situation.
This is why many herbalists will attempt to recommend more products
in an effort to be sure one of them will be the right one.
working with herbal products, it is important to have patience.
Your efforts will pay off in the end.
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