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|Vegetarian | Pescatarian Diet and Vitamin B12 Sources
I have been a Vegetarian / Pescatarian for over a year, and I keep reading that B-12 is one of the major vitamins that we lack on this diet. What foods can I consume that will help me sustain B-12 vitamins with a Vegetarian/Pescatarian diet?
|Can Vitamin D Help Reduce Back Pain?
I have been dealing with chronic pain from a back injury for a number of years. I read recently that Vitamin D can help reduce pain. Is this true, and if so should I start taking a supplement?
|Acupunture as a Migraine Treatment?
I am a frequent migraine sufferer and I was told that acupuncture can actually help more than drugs to prevent attacks. Is this true?
|Vitamin C and the Efficacy of Birth Control Pills
I've been on birth control for 5 years. I did not skip a dose, but I’m having mid-cycle bleeding after having unprotected sex. I took vitamin C for a cold and read that excessive amounts can cause birth control to stop working. Is this true?
|Medication Interaction with Joint Supplement?
Is it okay to take a joint pain supplement that contains glucosamine and scutellaria if I’m also taking prednisone?
|Dietary Supplements: Are dietary supplements safe?
I’ve been running for a number of years. I feel like I’ve sort of hit a plateau in my race times and performances. I’m considering taking dietary supplements, but I’m concerned about possible side effects. Should I be?
|Iron Supplements for Athletic Teens
Is it safe to take a low dose iron supplement if you're not anemic? My teenage daughter is a distance runner, and her coach recommends them for girls on the cross country team.
|Reducing Internal Stress for Insomnia
I’m waking at night and running obsessive thoughts through my mind even if I realize it’s not helpful! It takes effort to switch my mind to something else, like counting sheep. Do you have advice for reducing this internal stress I seem to cause myself?
|Vitamin D and Heart Health
I read recently that low vitamin D levels can have a negative impact on heart health. Should I be tested for this type of deficiency and is the solution as easy as taking supplements?
|Acupuncture and Physical Therapy for Back Pain
As a result of coughing from pneumonia, I injured my lower back. I was prescribed Vicodin and have taken it for two weeks. Ice packs make it worse, heat helps. My back has improved but it’s still painful. Would physical therapy or acupuncture help?
|Best Way to Take Calcium Supplements
Checking calcium supplements in the Complete Guide to Rx and Non-Rx Drugs, it says "don't take within 1 or 2 hours of eating" because of decreased absorption. On the bottle it says to take one with a meal, which is what I do. Which is correct?
|Insomnia and Vitamin B
Can Vitamin B supplements be too stimulating for some people? I feel like my insomnia is worse when I take them.
|Health Risks from Excessive Vitamin B12?
During my last physical exam, my blood work showed a value of 926 for Vitamin B12 out of a range of 211-911 pg/ML. I traced it to a supplement that I’ve been taking. Should I discontinue or reduce the dosage? What is the risk of high B12?
|Antioxidants and Heart Health
Can antioxidants help prevent a heart attack?
|Natural Ways to Lower Cholesterol
I'm looking for a natural way to lower my cholesterol. Besides watching what I eat and exercising, is there anything else, like dietary supplements, that would work?
|Brain Hemorage Caused by Supplement?
For 3 weeks I took a supplement to revitalize hair growth and slow down graying. The active ingredient - Catalase. I then had a subarachnoid brain hemorrhage. It was not an aneurysm, but a pool of blood in the brain. Could the Catalase be connected?
|Thinning Hair: Causes and treatment of hair loss
Are there any safe oral supplements you would recommend for thinning hair? I believe this is happening because of hypothyroid medication.
|Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate Supplements and Joint Pain
My husband (61) has bilateral hip and shoulder replacements all do to having to take Prednisone after his kidney transplant 30 yrs ago. Needless to say he has had every problem that Prednisone can cause. Could he benefit by taking glucosamine/chondroitin?
|Weight Loss and HCG Supplements
There are several web sites that sell HCG supplements for weight loss. It’s to be taken for a month, along with a 550 calorie diet, and when you reach your goal you return to a normal diet. Does HCG work and are there any reliable sources for it?
|High Blood Pressure: Natural ways to lower blood pressure?
I’m a woman (41) who exercises regularly and eats healthy food. High cholesterol and blood pressure run in my family. My cholesterol is good, but blood pressure is borderline high. Are there natural ways to get my blood pressure down without medication?
|Glucosamine: Does glucosamine work?
I take glucosamine and now I read it doesn't do my joints any good. Is this true, and if so should I discontinue taking it?
|Chia Seeds Health Benefits
I've been hearing more and more about the nutritional benefits of chia seeds -- that they can help regulate blood sugar and promote weight loss. Any truth to this?
|Garlic and High Blood Pressure
Does garlic help prevent high blood pressure?
|Allergies: Does bee pollen help?
Does bee pollen help reduce allergies?
|Loss of Energy: Causes and treatment
I am 49 and wondering what I could take to help me have more energy naturally. I take vitamins for women, as well as vitamin D and C and fish oil. What am I missing? I am so very tired, I can hardly move or stay awake.
|Vitamin D Definiency
What causes a vitamin D deficiency?
|Sam-E Supplement: Does it work and is it safe?
I have heard good things about a supplement called Sam-E, used for mood and joint health. How does it compare to St. John's Wort? Is it safe?
|Acai Berry: Acai berry drug interactions
I want to start using acai power blast and I am on several medications. Is there a possibility of any drug interactions?
|Insomnia: Natural sleep remedies
What are some natural remedies you can take to improve sleep and to reduce frequent waking up at night?
|Diabetes and Acupuncture: Is it safe?
Is it safe to have acupuncture if I have Type II Diabetes?
|Neti Pot for Allergies: Does it help?
A friend uses a neti pot and swears that it has reduced her allergies (sinus congestion and headaches) by 75% or more. How does the neti pot work and is it safe?