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The Gray Hair Formula works. Why? Am I correct to assume the melanin production of the hair has returned due to Catalase in your supplement. ? This is a minor miracle supplement. My hair...

Catalase is an enzyme that helps to counteract the production of hydrogen peroxide in the body. It is the hydrogen peroxide that bleaches our hair and makes it lose color. As we age, we make less catalase so taking it as a supplement helps to prevent the production of H202 at the site of the follice and therefore reduce the greying effect. This research was initially published in a 2009 study...

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Category: Men's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
my husband goes to the bathroom several times a nite what can he do?

The most likely cause of this issue for men is an enlarged prostate. If he has not had a checkup from his primary doctor, I would suggest that he have an evaluation which includes blood tests for prostate health and a physical exam. If there is any prostate enlargement he can explore traditional or alternative therapies. Saw palmetto and stinging nettle leaf are the two best natural remedies for...

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Category: Men's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Are there any herbs are other natural means for helping with parkinson tremors?

Parkinson's disease is a serious neurological disease that can be difficult to manage. With new advances in both the alternative and conventional world treatment in improving. While there is no one herb that I know of that will eliminate Parkinson tremors there are some important nutrients to consider for anyone with this condition. CoQ10 is a potent anti-oxidant for the brain. It also...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Hi. I had shingles earlier this year and am on a regime of vitamins. I am taking 6000 mcgs of vitamin a as I had shingles in my eye. Some cornea damage left but not where the light passes thru. I...

Shingles can be a very tough condition and very serious when it involves the eye. I am glad you are recovered and that your vision was not permanently damaged. Vitamin A is an excellent natural anti-viral but due to its fat soluble nature it can also be toxic. It also has a drying effect on certain secretions in the body which may be why you are having some eye irritation when you take it. I...

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Category: General Health
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Hi Dr. Kevin, l am starting a weight loss program. In the program Buffered crystal vitamin c was recommended. Do you think it will help to tighten my skin ? If not is there any kind of supplements...

Hi Karren, Thank you for your question and I am thrilled to learn that you are starting a weight loss program. Vitamin C offers wonderful support to all connective tissue in the body with the skin included. Believe it or not, your skin has amazing elasticity properties and unless you have more than 100 pounds to lose it should return to its normal place after the weight loss. Vitamin C is a...

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Category: Weight Loss
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I am a 61 year old male in good shape. My question is; why do I feel tired. I work out with weights 4 days a week and do the elliptical machine 5 days week. I had a physical and everything was fine....

Thank you for submitting your question. Fatigue is a common concern and can be the result of many different things. First and foremost, you need to evaluate your sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep or find that you have significant trouble falling asleep or staying asleep it is very likely you are going to be fatigued. Sleep apnea is another common condition that can cause fatigue in males. ...

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Category: Men's Health
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I understand that vitamin B12 generally is safe even in large doses, however with more and more supplements coming to the market with extremely high doses, does one need to worry? I’ve read that it...

Thank you for your great question about B12. It is true that many supplements contain B12 because of its impressive benefits for the brain, nerves and energy/metabolism. However, as you point out it is important to consider possible downsides of taking too much of any nutrient. You are correct in stating that B12 is water soluble. This reduces it’s potential for toxicity because it can be...

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Category: General Health
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Hi, I have been dealing with the after affects of Lyme disease for several years. After stopping the antiboditics I have lingering side affects including nerve tingling in my legs in the morning....

Thank you for your great question. I work with many patients that suffer from lyme disease and many patients that suffer from hypothyroidism. There are many things to consider when it comes to your case and much of it should really be flushed out with a health care provider who is well versed in both of these areas but I will review some key concepts to review and think about. It sounds like...

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Category: General Health
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Hello Dr. Pessaro I recently had a posterior vitreous detachment followed by a large retinal tear and small detachment. Had laser and am being watched for retinal detachment.I am 61 yrs old. My...

Dear Michelle, Thank you for your question. It is true that in some instances taking too much of a singular nutrient can create deficiencies in other areas. For example, taking too much zinc over extended periods of time can deplete copper stores. In the case of lutein and specifically in relation to the 20mg daily dose in your question, I do not believe this is the case. The...

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Category: Eye Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Dr. Passaro, I took the 7 Day Colon cleanse 3 weeks ago now. It is the first product I have found that made me go to the bathroom everyday. I am 37 and all my adult life I have typically had a...

Hi Melanie, Thank you for your inquiry and feed back on the 7 day colon cleanse. I am so happy you had such a good response and felt better while taking it. Unfortunately, it is not a product suitable for long term use even at low doses. The herbs used in that formula are in a category called stimulant laxatives. Although they are useful for short term colon cleanses and intermittent...

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Category: Digestion
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero

I’m diagnosed having Congestive Heart Failure. I’m taking 40mg lasix. I’m told to take potassium once a day. How much potassium should I take and are there any other natural...

The minimum dose of potassium is usually 99mg but I would check with your prescribing doctor for specific recommendations about potassium supplementation.  Most people taking a loop diuretic like Lasix should take some type of potassium supplement or increase potassium rich foods in their diet.  Tomato and vegetable...

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Category: Heart/Cardio
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I’ve purchased your Focus Formula for my daughter 6 and believe it really helps her. During my neuro studies I learned more about the critical learning period and how the body...

Lisa,

I am not sure the information you have is entirety correct.  Let's review some information about acetylcoholine and its role in memory and learning from a Neuro textbook.

"Acetylcholine enhances the activity of various cortical neurons, causing suppression of membrane potassium currents and thereby causing depolarization and suppression of...

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Category: Children
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I'm 215 pounds as of today feb 21 2009. i exercise 4 to 5 times a week. I weighed between 185 and 190 in 2006 before i suddenly began gaining weight unexpectedly. i never before watched what i ate...

You may want to try consulting with an endocrinologist.  This is the type of doctor that would diagnose a problem with your hormonal system.  I think it would be worth while to rule out any type of thyroid problem because these are the most reasons why people will experience changes in their metabolism. 

At such a young age I would not anticipate you having such difficulty...

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Category: Weight Loss
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I feel I am dealing with depression, but would FIRST like to see if I can alleviate it with natural OTC supplements. I just don’t like to be on prescription medication. Ever since I had kids 3 yrs...

Thank you so much for this question.  It is a situation I see over and over again.  So many people, particularly women are feeling like something is wrong with their health but they don’t know what it is.  They feel tired, run down, irritable, angry, depressed and anxious in addition to unwanted changes in their body like weight...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Hello there Doctor, After I run out of my current supplements I am going to be interested in ordering certain items from your site however I first have a question about Vitamin Poisoning. I...

It is true that certain vitamins can be harmful for you if taken in excessive amounts.  This is particularly true for the fat soluable vitamins (A, D, E and K).  This is due the fact that they will build up in the fat tissue and potentially to toxic amounts if consumed in too great of quantities.  One must be careful with dosing particularly with vitamin A and vitamin D as these...

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Category: Men's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Dr. I have read on another herbal website that you should not take una de gato if you have an autoimmune disorder. But I have also read that it is good for inflammation and intestinal problems so...

Una de Gato, also commonly known as Cat's Claw, is a plant that grows predominantly in the rain forests of South and Central America.  In the past 10 years it has become very popular as an herbal therapy for many different health conditions.  Some of its most notable properties are related to its potent anti-inflammatory...

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Category: Allergy/Immune
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I am considering purchasing the liquid focus formula for my daughter age 10, but I dont know if I need to quit giving her other supplements. Right now, she takes a multivite, Omega3 caps, and a...

Thank you for your question.   Although some of the ingredients in the focus formula may be redundant to other supplements you are giving her, particularly the multivitamin, there is no nutrient that poses any significant danger of overdose.  The group of vitamins most likely to overlap is the B-vitamins.  All B-vitamin are water soluble and...

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Category: Children
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I read in a book that Llysine 500mg is needed to make ferritin, an ironstoring protein that maximizes hair growth. I bought Llysine at a GNC store but it does not say anything about hair growth. Is...

If L-lysine has a role in the production of ferritin I am unaware of it, however a limited amount of clinical data does suggest that L-lysine does enhance the absorption of both iron and zinc.  One European company is citing a study that showed L-lysine was able to reduce several types of hair loss in both men and women and even applied for a patent on a...

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Category: Women's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I read that a supplement called Invisible Veins will get rid of varicose veins. It has a natural ingredient call DiosVein. Is this true? Is there something to take that will get rid of varicose...

Be careful about products that claim they can do things it seem they couldn’t.  My experience is that most cases of moderate to severe varicose veins are not easily reversed with natural or herbal therapy.  There are some herbs and nutrients which can be supportive to the venous tissue but they would most likely...

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Category: Women's Health
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Hi, I have what I have been told is NASH, non alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver. Do you think that Acai Berry will benefit or help? Thanks, Kari

The correct term for NASH is Non Alcoholic Steato Hepatitis.  This can lead to cirrhosis which is a serious condition involving damage and scarring of the liver that can eventually impair liver function significantly. 

Most cases of NASH are related to a process that involves fat tissue invading the liver.  The same damage to...

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Category: Women's Health
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My hair and nails have never grown fast...will Biotin help?

Most important is to try to understand why your nails and hair have never grown well in the first place.  Making sure you are getting proper nutrition and that you are digesting your food properly is very important.  Without these components in place your body will not have the building blocks necessary to make strong collagen. 

It is also...

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Category: Women's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I am currently taking the liquid Fish Oil. However, I'm having trouble digesting it. I've tried taking it with food and without food. Any suggestions. I usually take it in the morning with...

This can be a common problem with fish oil.  I usually suggest that people take it after their largest meal which is usually dinner. Personally, I have found this to make a huge difference.  Also, make sure you keep it refrigerated.

If this still does not work for you I would suggest switching to the capsule form.  You can either look for an enteric coated softgel...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I have sciatic nerve problems and have tried everything from shots, physical therapy and have been to many doctors and still have had no relief. I now take only Advil and try to get on with my day. ...

Have you tried acupuncture or chiropractic?  Both can be very helpful and both have been scientifically validated to help with certain cases of back pain.  Most insurance plans will now cover part or all of treatments as well.  Contact several local practitioners and see if you can find someone who seems right for you. 
...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
What, if any, are the adverse effects of taking cod liver oil gels for a senior patient with diabetes? Thank you.

Cod Liver Oil ranks among some of the safest nutritional supplements primarily because it is essentially a food.  In a normal diet of moderate seafood intake people are exposed to doses of omega 3 fatty acids like those found in cod liver oil supplements. 

These essential fatty...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Whats is a good herbal product for joint stiffness and pain?


There are many great natural and herbal products that can help to reduce joint stiffness and pain.  Many of them work in the exact same way as prescription medications but without the unwanted side effects. 

There are certain enzymes in your body that convert substances into very powerful chemical called cytokines and ...

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Category: General Health
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I noticed that the last possible side effect of Milk Thistle is anaphylactic. I am an RN who has had anaphylactic reactions to the tetanus toxoid, and to iodine based dyes. I truly want to...

I would not consider you to be high risk for an anaphylactic reaction to milk thistle based on your previous anaphylactic tendencies.  First off, the tetanus toxid is designed to stimulate an immune reaction which makes it more likely to have caused an over stimulation of the immune system.  The Iodine based dyes contain many other chemicals that are...

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Category: General Health
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MY BODY SEEMS TO BE VERY ACID WHAT CAN I TAKE TO BECOME MORE ALKILINE?

Generally it is understood that an alkaline environment in the body is more conducive to overall health.  An acid environment is more closely correlated to chronic conditions such as inflammation and cancer. 

 

First you must evaluate your acid/alkaline balance by measuring the pH of...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I have read that one should be certain of the quality of lecithin granules before purchasing. How can that be done?

You want to make sure the lecithin granules are produced from pure, whole, non-GMO soybeans. Some companies use soy flour, which is not a good source of lecithin. Make sure it does not contain any additives or fillers...no sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, milk, egg, colorings, flavorings or preservatives. Enjoy!

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Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kristin Cox
Im taking blood sugar formula. Is it safe to take a day before undergoing colonoscopy? Thank you

The biggest concern with taking supplements prior to any invasive procedure is the risk of inhibiting the clotting potential of the blood therefore increasing the risk of severe bleeding.  Certain supplements and herbs are much more likely to cause this (Fish oil, vitamin E, Ginkgo, CoQ10) but because so little is known about how natural medicines affect the...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I hear Glucosamine is great for joints. How much do you take and are there any side effects?

Glucosamine can be a wonderful joint support supplement.  There is some research claiming that it does not work but try telling that to the millions of people who swear by it.  My opinion is that each person has the potential to respond differently to it, just like all people have the potential to respond differently to medications.  You will never...

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Category: General Health
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My son is 9 yrs old and has allergies pollen/molds/cats/dogs and has been on singular on and off for about 2 years. I periodically take him off and within a couple of days he becomes uncomfortable. I...

Hi, as a parent myself, I know how hard it is to see our children so miserable during allergy season! Over-the-counter drugs are great for immediate relief, but unfortunately the body tends to develop resistance to them, and they only serve to cover up the real issue. I don't have much experience with Aller 7, but I do have recommendations for relieving allergy symptoms with natural supplements....

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Category: Allergy/Immune
Answered by: Dr. Jeannette Toghyani
I have Crohns disease but I am actually overweight and want to lose about 30 pounds. Are there any dietary supplements that I can take and are there any restrictions on an exercise program? I also...

Hi Brian,

My first thought for you would be to do a food allergy test. It will help you eliminate the foods that irritate you and cause inflammation, and will help you with weight issues as well.



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Category: Weight Loss
Answered by: Dr. Jeannette Toghyani
I just discovered that my daughters boyfriend is injecting testosterone. He is a body builder and obviously does this so he will get bigger. He is. He is huge and looks great, however, I am very...

This is a very serious situation as hormones can be very dangerous when used inappropriately like in the case of your daughter's boyfriend.

Testosterone therapy to aid in muscle building is known to cause a variety of dangerous health issues.  In addition, they are associated with an unstable...

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Category: Men's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Does the natural supplement of Curcumin react with prescription meds like Coumadin, Prednisone, or Plaquenil?

Curcumin, also known as Turmeric, does have some potential interactions with the above listed medications. Of particular concern is the Coumadin which is a potent blood thinner. This medication has a very narrow therapeutic window which means that it can be very difficult to get the dose just right (too much can cause significant bleeding issues and too little might not be protective). No...

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Category: General Health
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I started using 5HTP for my 12 year old son who has trouble sleeping. He has never been a good sleeper even as a baby. He also likes carbs a lot. Is this safe for him? If not, why not and do you have...

Hi!

As a parent of 4, I totally understand your concerns!

Have you tried to check him for food sensitivities? Most of the time, checking for and changing their diet will have a great impact on their health! Food allergy testing comes in different forms, and please don't have the scratching test done... it only tests for IMMEDIATE food reactions, and puts the child under so...

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Category: Children
Answered by: Dr. Jeannette Toghyani
Why are Omega 3 fatty acids so important for pregnant women and babies?

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are so important in maintaining optimal and physical health! They protect the heart and circulatory system, support immune function, contribute to healthy brain development, support a healthy pregnancy, promotes good cholesterol levels, good mood and joint flexibility; and the list goes on and on!

Pregnant moms should consider Omega 3s as necessary...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Jeannette Toghyani
How many cla tablets do I take every day? With food or without?

Most of the studies have utilized 3-4 grams per day of CLA for weight loss. It may take about 3 months to notice a difference. This is true for all essential fatty acids, it takes about 3 months for them to get incorporated into the cell membrane. Stick with it, and remember, you will get the best results by combining a healthy diet, exercise, and supplements. Take with food....

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Category: Weight Loss
Answered by: Dr. Sherri Jacobs
Can I take your product with bitter mellon when I am taking a prescription medicine Amaryl 1mg per day or do I need to just take your product and get off the script? I know my Dr. will tell me to...

Bitter melon extracts are thought to work in a very similar way as Amaryl (glimepiride).  Both are thought to have mechanisms of action that stimulate the beta-cells of the pancreas as well as increase cellular sensitivity to insulin.

When introducing a natural product to address a health condition you are already taking a prescription medication for...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Does biotin interact with birth control pills?

Currently there is no data to suggest that biotin supplementation negatively interacts with Oral Birth Control Pills.  Most of the research actually suggests the opposite.  Certain B-vitamins are known to be depleted by long term use of birth control pills and it is often suggested that women supplement with these nutrients to avoid potentially...

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Category: Women's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Will your diabetic pill product work for an insulin dependent type 1 diabetic?

A person with type I diabetes will always need to be on insulin therapy.  No natural supplement or medication will change that.  However, it is possible, with the proper use of natural supplements, diet and exercise to modify how a type 1 diabetic uses insulin. 

Some of the ingredients found in the Blood Sugar Support product are thought to...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
As a result of an angiogram, I was told that I have 60% blockage but no medication is suggested. Diet and Exercise. Are there any herbs I can take and what kind of a diet?

This is the perfect time to start focusing on diet and lifestyle changes as well as starting a few key supplements. Inflammation is the main cause of plaque formation. You need to focus on lowering overall inflammation. You can do this by eating a whole foods, plant based diet, and supplementing with antioxidants. Essential fatty acids, like cod liver oil and fish oil, decrease...

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Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Sherri Jacobs
are chondroitin / glucosamine blood thinners i take plavix

There is concern about taking chondroitin with blood thinners. Chondroitin potentially acts as a blood thinner, therefore people on blood thinners that choose to take chondroitin need to be closely monitored by their prescribing Doctor. You should consider taking glucosamine by itself to avoid any unnecessary risk.

In Health,

Dr. J



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Category: Men's Health
Answered by: Dr. Sherri Jacobs
Is it safe to take a daily dose of 5000 mcg of Biotin for the sole purpose of improving the quality of hair and nails?

Although this dose is way above the RDA for biotin it is a common and often effective recommendation for the support of hair and nail growth.  No significant toxicity has been documented in the oral use of biotin even in doses much higher than 5mg.  It is rapidly metabolized and excreted in the urine.



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Category: Women's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I have been on a weight loss and exercise program for approximately 6 weeks. I have followed the program, and have not cheated. I walk every day. Yet, I have not lost any weight. Could there be a...

First of all, I understand your frustration.  I have had many frustrated people come to office after being disappointed about the results of weight loss program, even when the followed it to the "T".  The reason is that for most people weight loss is not always as simple as eating and exercising.  There are many different issues to consider.  The...

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Category: Weight Loss
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Dear Doctor,

In a few weeks,I am going to start treatment for Hepatitis C. Here in the UK they are about to begin trials using Antioxidants in a 3 month...


The idea of using antioxidants prior to the administration of potentially toxic medications to reduce potentially damaging side effects represents a very nice example of synergy between conventional and natural medicine.  The additionally possibility of antioxidant's ability to reduce viral load is also an exciting possibility.  A significant amount...

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Category: Allergy/Immune
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Do you need to refrigerate Vitacomplete liquid multi vitamin supplement after opening the bottle? Thanks Brian

Hi Brian, yes you should definitely refrigerate the product after opening it.

Thanks for being a Vitabase customer.

Regards,
Greg (for Dr. Passero)



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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Hello. About a month and half ago i started taking daily Energy multi vitamin with loads of extra vitamin Bs. I have stopped taking them and now having multiple symptoms that resemble a panic attack....

First I would want you to make sure that there was nothing else in that supplement that could have contributed to anxiety-like symptoms such as caffeine.  Guanara is an herb that has a high caffeine content and is often included in energy supplements.  Caffeine in high enough doses can cause the symptoms you are experiencing as can caffeine withdrawal. 

I have never had...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
My blood pressure seems to be getting worse today: 180/110

Your elevated blood pressure readings are of great concern.  Having a diastolic reading above 100 is very dangerous and puts you at risk for a variety of serious health problems some of which can come on very suddenly.

At this point, I highly recommend you see a health care provider immediately to have your situation assessed due to the uncontrolled nature of the your...

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Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
How long can you take bromelain for arthritis?

Currently, there is no information regarding any negative long term effects of taking bromelain.  As you may know, bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme naturally derived from the pineapple plant.  Due it is natural origin and gentle mechanism of action there are no foreseeable problems regarding long term use particularly if you are finding it helpful in managing your...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I would like to stop taking High Blood Pressure drugs and Allegra for allergies. Could you suggest something that is more of a natural product for these two things? I don't like the side effects of...

There are several different natural strategies for lowering blood pressure.  One strategy is to use herbs and nutrients that promote vasodilation (the process by which the artery relaxes and widens).  A relaxed arterial wall has more give and is wider, therefore decreasing overall pressure throughout the system.

Coleus Forskohlii is an herb that has been shown to promote...

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Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I either have an missing gene or the gene that carries cholesterol problems and was wondering what natural way I could reduce it because my medication give me horrible side effects. Thank you!

Some people do have genetic variations that lead to very elevated levels of cholesterol.  Unfortunately this can create some problems when trying to ensure that a persons most valuable asset, their heart, is well protected. 

First, it is very important to look at your family history and find any other relatives that have the same genetic predisposition and assess their...

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Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
DOES CARDIO SUPPORT HELP WITH PATIENTS THAT HAVE A CHOLESTEROL READING OF 360?

The short answer is yes.  Many of the ingredients in the Cardio Support formula would be helpful for someone with elevated cholesterol.  Coenzyme Q10, Hawthorne extract, Green Tea extract, Grape seed extract and Citrus bioflavonoids all have potent antioxidant properties that can potentially reduce the chances of the cholesterol oxidizing in your blood vessels.  Oxidation of...

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Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
IF YOUR TAKING 40 MEQ PER DAY WHAT IS THE DOSAGE IF OVER THE COUNTER IS 99 MG?

MEQ's or milliequivalents are a measure of a substance that incorporates the valance charge of that substance (Ca++, K+,Cl-) in addition to the molecular weight of the substance.  There are equations that you can use to make this conversion if you know the valance charge of the substance and its atomic weight in moles.  The proper conversion equation...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Help, I have H Pylori. What is it? What are the symptoms? I have a lot of bloating. Is this normal? Also, I feel terrible every time I eat. Not stomach pains, but my stomach is like distended, and my...

H pylori is a bacterial infection of the stomach that was discovered to be the major cause of ulcers and gastritis.  Symptoms of H pylori infection fall under the category of Dyspepsia.  These symptoms can be characterized/described as indigestion, gaseousness, fullness, or gnawing or burning pain localized to the upper abdomen or chest.  Early satiety, abdominal...

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Category: Digestion
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
ARE THERE ANY HERBAL REMEDIES AVAILABLE IN LIQUID OR OTHERWISE FOR FEVER AND EAR INFECTION IN CHILDREN?   

Natural remedies work wonderfully in children.  They are invaluable for parents who want to manage common childhood illness from a more natural point of view. 

Selecting an herb for a childhood illness is much the same as for an adult illness of the same kind.  For example, colds and flu's are treated similarly in child and adults in regards to the types of herbs used....

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Category: Children
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I am a relatively healthy eater. I exercise quiet frequently 4+x a week and I'm at an OK weight. I've always had trouble losing that last 510 pounds and keeping it off. I tend to get really...

Many people tend to have this problem.  The important thing is to keep up the healthy eating and exercise and not to get discouraged.  Once you find the right equation for your body those last pounds should come off and stay off.

For starters, make sure you are doing a healthy mix of both cardio training and strength training.  Building...

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Category: Weight Loss
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I started taking Wild Yam pills for various reasons. I have heard this can make your breast size increase is this true? My mother uses wild yam cream and she says her breast size never changed but...

Wild Yam can be helpful for balancing certain issues related to female hormones.  It is thought to do this by gently stimulating certain receptors on cells that are related to hormones like estrogen and progesterone.  Although this herb can have gentle hormonal like action on the cells it is not likely strong enough to influence cellular activity enough to...

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Category: Women's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero

I’ve been taking Silver Biotics for almost a week and just received my order from vitabase of Acidophilus,& Suprema dophilus. I would like to know if they will have any...

First understand that the Silver Biotics formula is a colloidal silver supplement that acts as an antimicrobial agent.  

The Acidophilus and Suprema dopilius are probiotics that aid in establishing a healthy microflora in the gut.  Probiotics are very safe and rarely...

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Category: Digestion
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I have a 15 yr old son who has been diagnosed with ADD. His doctor prescribed meds for him 4 yrs ago and within that same year I stopped him from taking them. I would like to go with natural herbs,...

The Focus Formula is a great place to start to provide key nutrients to support improved focus and concentration.  The B vitamin family is very important as are the blend of phospholipids such as Phosphatidyl choline and Phosphatidyl serine.  These are vital to lipid membranes of the brain and neurological...

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Category: Children
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I have heard that fenugreek can increase your production of breast milk is this true? If not is there anything I could take to increase my supply?

It is true that many women report that fenugreek can help improve breast milk production.  Fennel is another herb widely thought to increase breast milk production.  The reality of the situation is that other very important hormonal process in your body need to take place to ensure adequate milk supply.  In addition the feeding behaviors of your baby are also a...

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Category: Women's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Hi there. Ive recently started taking some evening primrose oil pills to help with a skin condition. I was just wondering, is there any chance these could be reacting with my PCOS pill...

I do not foresee any potential interactions between the Evening Primrose Oil and your Metformin.  There is nothing in the literature to suggest that this is a possibility.  In fact, Evening Primrose Oil is something I commonly prescribe for women with PCOS.  It is known to naturally help improve the balance between progesterone and estrogen.  An...

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Category: Women's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Is fish oil bad for the liver?

The only instance in which fish oil would be harmful to the liver is if the fish oil is of very poor quality.  In this case it is possible that it has not been processed properly to remove heavy metals and other toxic chemical accumulated in the fish from the pollution in our ocean's and water ways.  These chemicals can place excess strain on...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
My mum has a problem of talking to herself. Whenever she is resting, or sitting idle she starts to talk to herself...The things which she talks alone are events and past talks and conversations...

This is probably an issue that you should bring up with a mental health professional or with your mom's primary care doctor.  Depending on her age she may be experiencing some early signs of dementia or senility.  A proper evaluation from a qualified health provider is the first step in figuring out what might be contributing this behavior. 



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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero

I am having problems with enlarged prostate. Will SAME have any side effects that would affect my prostate? I am presently taking SAME and my prostate is starting to act...

There are no known side effects of SAMe that would be related to worsening of prostate symptoms that I have heard of.  However, each person’s body is unique and has the potential to generate different presentations of symptoms based on its individual chemistry.  For example, SAMe can support certain detoxification...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I am a female who is almost 38 years old with 3 children ranging from 2 to 17. I am mentally exhausted all the time which also drains me physically. I know with a 2year old I should be tired but I...

Dear Tina, 

The situation you are describing is something that I hear numerous times in my practice everyday.  Many women are in a situation where they are put under very high demands with the responsibilities of raising the family.  Overtime, between the stress and...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Hi, I'm in the twenty second week of pregnancy, and suffer from terrible tension headaches. I have been prescribed by my doctor paracodal tablets which don't seem to be having any effect. Could you...

Dear Jodi,

Due to the fact that you are pregnant, the list of herbal supplements that are safe for you to use is very limited.  However, there are some items that may be able to help.   In addition, even though the following list of supplements is thought to be safe during pregnancy I highly recommend you discuss them with your OBGYN before you start taking them to make...

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Category: Women's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
In the hope of having a baby I take prenatal vitamins daily. Could this cause excessive urination?

Most prenatal vitamins contain ingredients similar to a regular multivitamin with the addition of some extra folic acid, iron and possibly DHA.  There are no ingredients in a standard prenatal that I would expect to cause excessive urination. 

However, urinary frequency can be increased even in early pregnancy so make sure you are not pregnant...

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Category: Women's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I was reading about using Butchers Broom for circulation and its prevention of blood clots. I recently had a blood clot and am no longer on medication, but looking for something to help my...

Blood clots are a very serious condition and can happen for a variety of different reasons.  If your doctor has put you on medication for blood clots it is absolutely imperative that you remain on that medication unless otherwise directed by that physician. 

Butcher's broom is a valuable herb for the circulatory system but is not the first thing...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero

Dr. Passero, I have chronic constipation and have tried prescription meds and some supplements from the health food stores like,senna, aloe vera, magnesium, triphala with...

One of the most important issues related to constipation that frequently gets missed is thyroid function.  Low thyroid function will cause constipation in certain individuals and to varying degrees.  Make sure you get a detailed thyroid panel that includes the TSH, Free T3 and Free T4 levels. ...

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Category: Digestion
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Dear Doctor I am a 48 year old female with normal thyroid levels and no indication of menopause yet. I have absolutely no sex drive. Ive been like this for about 5 years. The only factor I can...

One of the most common side effects of antidepressant and anti anxiety medications is loss of libido.  Although it sounds like you have decreased the amount of mediation you are taking, even small doses can affect sexual desire. 

It is also important to consider other factors...

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Category: Women's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I am interested in taking the Liquid VitaComplete, but am concerned about unfavorable interaction with the prescription drugs that I take daily: Tenormin for heart palpitations and Lexapro. Would...

  Currently, there are no known interactions between either of those medications and the ingredients in the VitaComplete Liquid.  Most doctors do suggest that people take a daily multi-vitamin to make up for nutrients we do not get in our diet due to poor food choices and modern farming methods that deplete the soil our food is grown in.  ...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Hello Dr.Passero, about 15-30 minutes after eating I have gas, cramps, and diarrhea. Mainly when I eat chicken, cheese, milk, tea, cokes. I thought I may have IBS or Lactose Intolerance but I am...

 It is very possible that your digestive discomfort could be related to IBS.  This is just the name for any scenario in which the bowel becomes irritated.  It can be related to stress or offending foods.  You may want to try using a digestive enzyme.  This will help your body to break down food better.  Sometimes...

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Category: Digestion
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero

Hello Dr. Passero, My mother had two surgeries and had her thyroid taken out. She takes thyroid medication, she is 71 and seems to have some short term memory issues. Is this...

When someone first has their removed it may take a while to accurately adjust the dose of thyroid medication.  Part of the reason she may not be feeling well could be due to the possibility that her dose of thyroid medication is not yet dialed in.  The best way to monitor this is to run three very specific thyroid tests. ...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
A girlfriend recommended clove oil for my teething three month old. She said to apply it directly to her gums. It this safe? Should I dilute the oil? How much and how often?

Clove oil does contain natural compounds that can reduce pain when applied topically.  It has a long history of use in dental care primarily for relieving the pain associated with toothaches.  However, it is very important that the clove essential oil be prepared properly or else it can create many more problems than it will help. 

Straight...

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Category: Children
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero

I have an underactive thyroid and have been taking pills for 9 years. I take a multi women’s multiple vitamin and Omega 3 1000mg once a day. I was wondering what other...

A multiple vitamin and a good quality omega 3 should be part of everybody’s supplement routine.  If you are looking for things specifically for your thyroid I would suggest looking to kelp capsules/tablets.  Kelp naturally contains iodine, which is very supportive to thyroid function. ...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
My wife has a concern she may be duplicating too much b complex in her supplements is there any danger?

Taking anything is too high of a dose can be dangerous.  B6 can have potential nerve toxicity when taken in high enough doses (500mg/day and over although some recommendations suggest toxicity levels are as high as 2000mg/day and over).  Generally speaking, it is common to see a B-complex supplement that can contain up to 100mg of B6 per dose.  One...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Dr.Passero. In February I was diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer, stage lllA or B, depending on which day the oncologist fills out papers. In March and April, I underwent radiation and...

I think you have made a good decision to incorporate CAM therapies into your treatment program.  It sounds as if the practitioner you selected is helping you make wise decisions about your health.  If you are looking for other treatment models I suggest you investigate the Cancer Treatment Centers of...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero

I have primary biliary cirrhosis of the liver and most of the time the itching at night disrupts my sleep.  I was told that maybe a Naturopathic Doctor can help. ...

Primary biliary cirrhosis (or PBC) is a condition that is thought to be associated with autoimmune disease but little is currently known.  I hope that you have seen a liver specialist because there are medications that can be helpful in reducing some of the side effects.  The itching you are experiencing is most likely due to the build up of...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Dr. Passero, I am nursing a 9 month old baby boy and was told by a friend that B100 is an excellent vitamin to be on to regulate low levels of anxiety. Should I take it while I'm nursing? Thank...

High potency B complex vitamins are generally recognized as safe in breastfeeding.  However, there is no telling how your baby will react to its presence in your body.  You should look out for any differences in your baby’s response to your breast milk.  In addition, you might want to...

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Category: Women's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero

Hi I take an herbal compound that contains Senna leaf and pod. Its been a great relief in my chronic constipation. I’ve been taking it daily for a few years. But I’m...

Long term use of any type of laxative is not recommended.  Natural or synthetic, the strong laxatives like senna that work by causing irritation in the bowels to induce a bowel movement, will cause dependence if used over extended periods of time. 

I know it sounds basic, but...

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Category: Digestion
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero

Hello Doctor, My husband and I are trying to conceive but still no luck for us.  I am not sure whether this is relevant......my husband once took...

Conception has so many complex factors involved.  Many men take Evening Primrose Oil for its wonderful health benefits, particularly for the skin.  Its hormonal balancing effects are thought to be related to helping the brain communicate with the other parts of the endocrine system that regulate sex hormones...

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Category: Women's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
My husband is currently on medication for diabetes blood pressure and cholesterol, he has had a bypass last year.  Currently, he is experiencing stiffness and pain in the knees and would like to...

Without a detailed list of the medications your husband is taking there is no way to know for sure if SAMe would be detrimental for him.  What I can tell you is that SAMe does have an excellent safety record and is not likely to interact with prescription medication in a negative way....

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Dear Dr Passero I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and am 35 years old. I wish to know which of the Vitabase products are best for my condition? Should I take the Blood Sugar and PMS products? My...

Most women with PCOS have difficulty with blood sugar issues.  High blood sugar is one of the main characteristics of PCOS and it is very important to get this under control.

Modifying your diet to reduce the intake of sugars and refined carbohydrates is an important first step. ...

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Category: Women's Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Dr. Passero, I have a question for you. Can I take calendula Tea for Diverticulitis problems? or give me your best advice. Thanks!

Calendula is a wonderful herb and can be used topically or internally to promote the healing and soothing of tissues.  It is thought to have mild anti-inflammatory properties and has been known to be helpful for gastrointestinal complaints.  For these reasons I think it would be a great idea for...

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Category: Digestion
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero

Good day doc, Thank you for all you do to help the public.... Q: 51 year old healthy male,  on Benicar for blood pressure...I feel yuck on this...

Celery seed has long history of medicinal use for a variety of health complaints including gout, arthritis and high blood pressure.  It contains a multitude of compounds that affect inflammatory processes in the body as well as other regulatory functions.

 

Apigenin...

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Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Do give me your uses and benefits of aloe vera

 

In my opinion, the most beneficial properties of aloe vera are related to its soothing and healing effects on the gastrointestinal tract and the skin.  The juice from the aloe leaf has many properties that have been used for hundreds of years to aid in the healing of skin and the soothing of the...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero

I have recently had to make a decision about meds for anxiety and insomnia. I would prefer to take herbs and my question is will their be any interaction if I take Valerian...

There are no known negative interactions with the above listed herbs you mentioned.  Valerian can be very helpful for sleep but it largely depends on the severity of the insomnia.  I find it most helpful for mild to moderate cases.  Adding melatonin or magnesium may improve your results...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Hi Dr. Passero, I was researching on the web for herbal treatments for pancreatic cancer. A close friend of mine was recently diagnosed of this deadly disease. I really need help in finding something...

Ciara,

I am sorry for the delayed response to this very urgent situation.  In order for her to utilize natural supplements she will need to do it under the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner. 

Some of the more promising results with natural supplements and pancreatic cancer has been with the use of high dose pancreatic enzymes.  I encourage you to seek...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
my wife suffers pain from neuropathy is there benefits for her in taking the supplement curamin?

Curcumin can help reduce inflammation which in turn can help with pain reduction.  Combining it with other natural anti-inflammatories like boswellia or fish oil can create added benefit.

Neuropathy pain also can respond well to other natural supplements, particularly Vitamin B12, B6 and alpha lipoic acid.  Alpha lipoic acid has shown very...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Why would you recommend supplementing with beta carotene?

Beta carotene is well known as a precursor to vitamin A. Beta carotene has been used as an antioxidant, to treat conditions of the eyes, and to support immune function. It comes from a large class of compounds called carotenoids, which include beta carotene, alpha carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin, and lycopene. Carotenoids are plant pigments of the yellow, orange and red fruits...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. L. Sorensen
Do you have any recommendations for supplementing with antioxidants?

Antioxidants are advertised  in products every day, from age-defying cosmetics and breakfast cereals, to nutritional supplements. They are chemical compounds that bind with, and destroy, free radicals, reducing damage to cells. The two most well known antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin E, are found in a wide variety of foods, stabilize cells from free radical damage. But there are many...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. L. Sorensen
Im very concerned about developing prostate problems. Do you have any advice?

Problems with the prostate are very common in men, especially as they age. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that is part of the male reproductive system. It is located below the bladder. The prostate gland makes and stores fluid for semen, which transports sperm during ejaculation.

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy is an abnormal growth of the gland typically seen in aging men and often...

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Category: Men's Health
Answered by: Dr. L. Sorensen
Can you explain what polycystic ovarian syndrome is?

Women who have irregular menstrual cycles or have trouble conceiving may have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), one of the leading causes of infertility in women. PCOS is a multifactorial condition where the female reproductive hormones between the brain and the ovary are imbalanced, and do not communicate as effectively as they should. There is usually an increase in the predominately male...

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Category: Women's Health
Answered by: Dr. L. Sorensen
What is the best way to keep my mental edge as I grow older?

Our thoughts are very important to us. Our brain controls these thoughts and so much more - thinking, feeling, remembering, working, and playing – even sleeping. When we experience changes to our thoughts, whether it is memory problems, issues in judgment, poor concentration and awareness, or impaired abstract thinking, we should take notice. Most people have attributed this to ‘growing old’ but...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. L. Sorensen
Can you explain why it is so difficult for some people to lose weight?

Weight loss is a multi-billion dollar a year industry.  Despite this huge market, many people struggle with programs and products that over promise and under deliver.  People are left feeling frustrated and discouraged because their weight loss goals have not been met.  The problem is that most of the information available today does not address the three major road blocks to...

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Category: Weight Loss
Answered by: Dr. Robert Maki
Im trying to lose weight. Do you have any advice?

Another summer has past, so we can put away our bating suits for a while, but for some of us there is a special event that has been on the calendar for months and we have not lost the weight we intended to lose.  It might be a wedding, a class reunion, or a vacation, it does not really matter, we just want to look our best.  The truth is, when we look our best, we also feel our best,...

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Category: Weight Loss
Answered by: Dr. Robert Maki
Could you explain why I would want to supplement with L-Tyrosine?

In today’s fast paced society people suffer from a wide variety of health concerns.  The conventional approach to most of these issues is to over-medicate.  As a result, many people are looking for natural remedies to deal with their health problems.  A perfect example is the amino acid L-tyrosine, which is a safe and effective alternative treatment for depression, weight loss and...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Robert Maki
How much flax oil should I take on a daily basis? Is there any difference between the liquid and the capsules?

Doses of flax seed oil vary greatly.  Taking capsules offers a very convenient method of administration but you become limited in the dose due to the hassle of taking too many capsules.  The average dose of flax oil would be somewhere around 4g-10g (4000mg-10,000mg) per day.  Most capsules come in 1000mg doses which would require about 4 capsules daily...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Im a fairly healthy person in my mid-thirties. I was considering taking flax oil for some joint pain? Do you think this would help?

 

Flax oil is a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids.  These important compounds can help to reduce inflammation in the body which often results in a decrease of joint pain.  Flax oil has additional benefits related to the hormonal systems of both men and women. 

When flax oil is taken, your body has...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Ive noticed that just about every vitamin company has evening primrose supplements in several brands. What exactly should I look for when choosing an evening primrose product?

There are several things to look for when selecting an oil based product and specifically Evening Primrose Oil.  First, you want to make sure that the label clearly states details about how the oil was extracted.  Many companies will use harsh chemicals to extract the oil because it can greatly speed up the process.  Choosing a hexane free product...

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Category: General Health
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero