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Adrenal Fatigue
I am post-menopausal and dealing with adrenal fatigue. What do you recommend?
Vitamin C and the Efficacy of Birth Control Pills
I've been on birth control for five 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?
Heart Disease and Vitamin D Deficiency
I read recently that a Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to increased heart disease. Should I be tested for this deficiency, and if I'm low, would a supplement take care of this increased risk?
Vegetarian | Pescatarian Diet and Vitamin B12
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?
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?
Are Dietary Supplements Safe for Athletes?
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.
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?
Thinning Hair
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
My husband has bilateral hip and shoulder replacements, a result of 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?
Natural ways to lower blood pressure?
I’m a 41-year-old woman who exercises regularly and eats healthy food. High cholesterol and high blood pressure run in my family. My blood pressure is borderline high. Are there natural ways to lower blood pressure without medications?
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?
Does Bee Pollen Help Allergies?
Does bee pollen help reduce allergies?
Natural Remedies for Insomnia
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
A friend uses a neti pot and swears that it has reduced her allergies (sinus congestion and headaches) by 75 percent or more. How does the neti pot work and is it safe?
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