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Date Posted: 03/31/2009
My health food store sells something called Bilberry extract with anthrocyanins. What are these anthrocyanins, and what foods do they come in? Answer
03/31/2009
Date Posted: 05/16/2007
My nine-year-old came home from school with a bad case of head lice. I'm reluctant to use harsh chemicals. Are there any natural treatments?

 

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05/16/2007
Date Posted: 08/31/2006
I've heard that Arnica is good for bruises. Does it work?

S.S., via www.WholeHealthMD.com

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08/31/2006
Date Posted: 07/09/2006
Are all these "new" heirloom fruits and vegetables any better for you than regular fruits and vegetables? Answer
07/09/2006
Date Posted: 06/07/2006
Do I need more protein if I'm weight training? Answer
06/07/2006
Date Posted: 05/16/2006

It seems like I’ve tried every diet but I always quit or regain more weight than I lost. What am I doing wr Answer

05/16/2006
Date Posted: 01/11/2006
Are magnets effective for relief of back pain? Answer
01/11/2006
Date Posted: 08/31/2004
I love to garden. Can I plant my own herbs for healing purposes? Answer
08/31/2004
Date Posted: 11/29/2002
My husband and I have been using Equal instead of regular sugar on cereals, in drinks, and even in recipes. We're recently hearing comments like "aspartame causes Alzheimer's" and "you're ingesting formaldehyde if you use those sugar substitutes." Is any Answer
11/29/2002
Date Posted: 03/13/2002
I'd like to try the herbal cellulite remedy, Cellasene. What do you think of it?

N.N. Phoenix, AZ

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03/13/2002
Date Posted: 02/11/2002
I've been plagued with ringing in the ears for many months now. Do you have any suggestions?

E.H., Scottsdale, AZ

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02/11/2002
Date Posted: 02/05/2002
How can I get rid of the dust mites that are aggravating my allergies? B.C., Seattle, WA

J.D., Clearwater, FL

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02/05/2002
Date Posted: 01/30/2002
I'm a little nervous about taking Chinese herbs because I've heard that they can damage the liver or kidneys. Is this true?

R.L., via WholeHealthMD.com

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01/30/2002
Date Posted: 07/18/2001
My bottle of St. John's wort warns it may cause bad sunburns, but I've never had a problem with that. I'm planning a Colorado ski vacation this winter. Should I be worried?

A.B., via WholeHealthMD.com

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07/18/2001
Date Posted: 06/27/2001
My calcium supplements list two numbers on the label, one for total weight and the other for elemental calcium. Which number should I use?

R.G., via WholeHealthMD.com

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06/27/2001
Date Posted: 06/24/2001
Is yoga effective against migraines?

S.G., Boston

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06/24/2001
Date Posted: 06/21/2001
Is acupuncture effective for treating PMS?

R.D., Simi Valley, CA

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06/21/2001
Date Posted: 06/19/2001
I've recently heard that salivary hormone tests may be useful for determining whether I need to take supplemental hormones. What do you think about these tests?

R.L., Seattle

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06/19/2001
Date Posted: 05/24/2001
I suffer from the cramps, bloating, and digestive upset of irritable bowel syndrome. The thing that seems to help most is sucking on Altoids. Am I on to a new alternative therapy?

T.B., Toledo

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05/24/2001
Date Posted: 05/16/2001
I have been suffering from irritable bowel syndrome for three years, and nothing seems to relieve it. A friend mentioned a product called Calm Colon. Does it work?

Anonymous, via WholeHealthMD.com

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05/16/2001
Date Posted: 05/08/2001
Healing foods play an important role in traditional Chinese medicine. Do they help fibromyalgia?

A.G., via WholeHealthMD.com

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05/08/2001
Date Posted: 04/30/2001
Does worrying make my gum disease worse?

C.P., West Sand Lake, NY

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04/30/2001
Date Posted: 04/20/2001
Do I need to supplement my newborn's diet with vitamin D?

J.D., Philadelphia

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04/20/2001
Date Posted: 04/19/2001
Are there any new therapies for postherpetic neuralgia? I had shingles 1-1/2 years ago and still have constant significant pain. Answer
04/19/2001
Date Posted: 04/17/2001
Do emotions play a key role in hypertension?

K.F., Davenport, IA

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04/17/2001
Date Posted: 04/10/2001
Are decaf coffees and teas safe?

L.M., Bronxville, NY

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04/10/2001
Date Posted: 04/03/2001
Are Chinese herbs effective against heartburn? I'm interested in this ancient tradition.

W.E., Alberta, Canada

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04/03/2001
Date Posted: 03/13/2001
Can eating locally produced honey relieve hay fever symptoms? My friend from Germany swears by this method.

J.B., Tacoma

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03/13/2001
Date Posted: 03/04/2001

I take calcium for bone strength but am confused about which type to buy. Is there a difference between calcium citrate and carbonate?

S.E., Irvine, CA

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03/04/2001
Date Posted: 02/25/2001
I once had bladder infections three or four times a year. For the last eighteen months, however, I've been using grapefruit seed extract every day. I haven't had an infection since. Is this just good luck?

AB via WholeHealthMD.com

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02/25/2001
Date Posted: 01/16/2001
I'm a serious athlete and have always downed carbs after an intense workout. Now I'm hearing I should load up on protein, too. What gives? Answer
01/16/2001
Date Posted: 01/09/2001
I've been unable to find a product called Vertigoheel, which I've heard stops dizziness and other symptoms of vertigo. Can you help? Answer
01/09/2001
Date Posted: 01/02/2001
Is <<>> effective against headaches? Answer
01/02/2001
Date Posted: 12/27/2000
A number of medical "experts" have told me there's nothing they can do for my ex-wife's progressive <<>>. I read recently of a treatment involving an I.V. drip of hydrogen peroxide over three or four doctor visits. Will this help? Answer
12/27/2000
Date Posted: 12/17/2000
Is timed-release vitamin C worth the extra cost? Answer
12/17/2000
Date Posted: 12/10/2000
I was recently in Italy performing with my music group and came down with a bad case of stage fright. My hosts suggested some kava from the local farmacia, but I was reluctant. Should I have given it a try?

T.C., Norwalk, CT

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12/10/2000
Date Posted: 12/03/2000
My doctor recommended an oral chelation formula containing L-glutathione, carnitine, methionine, EDTA, garlic, and hawthorn to reverse heart disease, improve circulation, and boost sexual potency. Is this the breakthrough my spouse and I have been looking Answer
12/03/2000
Date Posted: 11/30/2000
What do you think about Cycladol? I've heard that it can dramatically lower cholesterol. Answer
11/30/2000
Date Posted: 11/19/2000
I had always heard that vitamin E is good for the heart. However, I recently read that a major study showed that vitamin E does not help prevent heart attacks. What do you make of this? Answer
11/19/2000
Date Posted: 11/12/2000
I'm 50 years old and want a pick-me-up for extra energy. An herbalist recommended Panax ginseng, but the herb shop is full of different kinds of ginseng. Which is best?

Anonymous, via WholeHealthMD.com

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11/12/2000
Date Posted: 11/06/2000
I heard that sinus problems are due to a fungus. Is this true? Should I be trying a different therapy? Answer
11/06/2000
Date Posted: 10/29/2000
My doctor recommended I take Vitamin E in the softgel form. I can't handle oils because they nauseate me, so I take "dry E," natural d-alpha tocopheryl succinate, in a hard capsule. He says the dry form is not effective. Is he right Answer
10/29/2000
Date Posted: 10/22/2000
Like many people who take Prozac, I find that it interferes with my sex drive. Are there any natural supplements that might help my problem? Answer
10/22/2000
Date Posted: 10/16/2000
Is melatonin a good choice for insomnia? Answer
10/16/2000
Date Posted: 09/14/2000
I suffer from monthly bloating and mood swings. Is the herb Vitex a good choice for PMS?

J.D., Brooklyn, N.Y.

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09/14/2000
Date Posted: 08/31/2000
My friend told me that certain herbs can make me infertile. Is there anything to this? Answer
08/31/2000
Date Posted: 06/05/2000
POP QUIZ: What does the word sudare mean? a) Italian method of slow-cooking vegetables, b) bamboo mat for rolling sushi, c) West African word for goat's milk, d) deep cast-iron cooking pot from Spain? Answer
06/05/2000
Date Posted: 04/16/2000
POP QUIZ: What is huitlacoche? a) a Mexican bean stew, b) a tea-like beverage, c) a delectable corn fungus, d) an 8-leaved French flower, used in dessert making Answer
04/16/2000
Date Posted: 04/13/2000
What is the recommended daily intake of sugar for a basically healthy person? This is the one thing that does not have a USRDA on food labels. Answer
04/13/2000
Date Posted: 04/10/2000
My recent physical exam revealed that I have a "high" LDL cholesterol level of 160. What foods might I be eating that cause a higher LDL? Any foods that I should be eating more of to help lower it? Answer
04/10/2000
Date Posted: 04/06/2000
POP QUIZ: What is lefse? a) Norwegian flat bread, b) Israeli cultured milk drink, c) seaweed, d) Austrian honey cookie? Answer
04/06/2000
Date Posted: 04/04/2000
I have read about the "life-enhancing" benefits of soy protein, but I have also read that isoflavones may increase cancer risk. My children and I consume a breakfast drink that contains isolated soy protein. Is this the same ingredient as isoflavones? Answer
04/04/2000
Date Posted: 03/27/2000
I have a wonderful chocolate mousse recipe that I haven't made for several years because the egg whites are uncooked and I'm worried about salmonella. Is there some way around this problem? Answer
03/27/2000
Date Posted: 03/17/2000
My husband is mildly allergic to wheat/gluten products, which means pasta is no longer on the dinner menu. Are there any gluten-free pastas that are worth knowing about? Answer
03/17/2000
Date Posted: 03/17/2000
Can you destroy the beta-carotene in carrots by cooking? It doesn't seem logical to me that a carotenoid could be destroyed by heat. After all, the carrots stay orange when cooked! Answer
03/17/2000
Date Posted: 03/16/2000
POP QUIZ: What is a mezzaluna? a) an Italian layer cake, b) a chopping tool, c) a salad green, d) a Sicilian after dinner drink. Answer
03/16/2000
Date Posted: 03/13/2000
I am a 25-year-old athletic female and I am currently being treated for chronic bursitis and tendonitis in both knees. What foods can help decrease inflammation in my knees? Answer
03/13/2000
Date Posted: 03/12/2000
Are some soy sauces healthier than others? Answer
03/12/2000
Date Posted: 03/10/2000
What is hydrolyzed vegetable protein? Answer
03/10/2000
Date Posted: 02/17/2000
What is surimi? Answer
02/17/2000
Date Posted: 02/16/2000
For your recipe makeover of Lemon Curd, could I substitute agar flakes for the gelatin? I am a vegetarian and do not wish to use gelatin. Answer
02/16/2000
Date Posted: 02/15/2000
Are convenience-bottled tea drinks as healthy as fresh brewed green tea? Answer
02/15/2000
Date Posted: 02/14/2000
TRUE OR FALSE? Chocolate will make you break out. Answer
02/14/2000
Date Posted: 01/14/2000
POP QUIZ: What is a bombilla? a) Mexican molded ice cream dessert, b) tropical fruit, c) straw for drinking tea, d) Cuban rotisserie? Answer
01/14/2000
Date Posted: 01/14/2000
If I put milk in my tea, does that affect tea's health benefits? Answer
01/14/2000
Date Posted: 01/14/2000
A recipe in one of my mother's cookbooks called for Chinese gooseberry. I can't find it anywhere, although there is no Chinatown anywhere near where I live. Answer
01/14/2000
Date Posted: 01/14/2000
I know that eggshells are porous and that eventually air gets inside the shell, but is that necessarily a bad thing? Answer
01/14/2000