Miscellaneous Ask Me Archives


Question:
Is there anything natural that truly helps children with ADHD?

Answer:
Our knowledge from a scientific angle on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is still in the infancy stage. We do know that it is a disorder involving certain mechanisms in the central nervous system. The root cause of this remains elusive. Causative factors include heredity, smoking during pregnancy, and oxygen deprivation at birth, lead toxicity, allergies and prenatal trauma. There is again, no clear cut causative factor yet established. Natural medicine’s role is not so much to eliminate or reverse but reduce the symptoms and slow its progression. Dietary factors that must be considered include low sugar diet, increase in raw food, and elimination of process food. Specifically, do not take apple cider vinegar, bacon, candy, catsup, chocolate, colored cheese, corn, ham, hot dogs, luncheon meat, soft drinks, salami, tea , and wheat. Avoid carbonated beverages that contain a high amount of phosphates which can chase hyperkinesis (increase in muscle activity).
Nutrients such as quercetin, vitamin B complex, and oral EDTA (to chelate toxic metal) have been reported to have benefit. The dosage must be adjusted for age. Herbs such as valerian root, chamomile, and other “calming” herbs are also important.


Question:
I am a clergyman, fully active at 65. I have a long-standing problem with halitosis. This seriously interferes with my counseling ministry. I am fairly well convinced by now that that principal source is gastrointestinal rather than oral. If I should (constantly) take a breath freshener, what kind is best? If there is some other “doable” solution, what is it?

Answer:
Halitosis can be the end result of poor dental hygiene and gum disease as well as from a variety of sources including throat infection, improper diet, indigestion, inadequate protein digestion, liver malfunction, postnasal drip, stress, or imbalance of normal flora in the colon.
Toxins produced by unwanted bacteria and yeast in the gut can be absorbed, which can cause a significant disruption of bodily functions. Examples of such toxins include endotoxins and exotoxins from bacteria, toxic amines, toxic derivatives from bile and many carcinogens. These toxins have been implicated in many diseases including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, liver disease, psoriasis, lupus, pancreatitis, allergies, asthma and immune disorders.
In addition, antibodies formed against microbial molecules (antigens) can “cross-react” with the body’s own cellular structure. This in turn causes autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, myasthenia gravis, diabetes and autoimmune thyroiditis.
The solution is to follow a diet rich in fiber, particularly water-soluble fibers such as those found in vegetables, guar gum, pectin and oat bran. Fiber has the ability to eliminate toxins from the gut and promote their excretion. The replacement of healthy bacteria such as acidophilus is also helpful. Large doses of Vitamin C also have anti-bacterial and phagocytic effects, in addition to being a laxative.
From a nutritional perspective, important nutrients that can help with this condition include oat bran, psyillium husks, chorophyll (such as wheatgrass, alfafa, barley juice) and vitamin C. Replenishing the body with proper amount of probiotics and digestive enzymes are also very important. Coenzyme Q10 is an excellent nutrient for gum diseases.
From a diet perspective, try to go on a five-day raw food diet, with 50% of your food raw every day. Avoid spicy food like anchovies, blue cheese, garlic, onion, pastrami, pepperoni, salami and tuna. Beer, coffee, whisky, and wine leave residue that stick to the soft, sticky plaque on teeth and get into the digestive system. Avoid foods that can get stuck between the teeth easily such as meat, stringy vegetables and sweets.
Go on a juice fast regularly with lemon juice and water to detoxify your internal system. Here is a sample program:
Juice Fasting
An excellent way to develop good health and toxin cleansing is by juice fasting. This is because juices, without their pulp (fiber), contain excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Vegetable juices are preferred over fruit as one is able to drink more vegetable juice than they are able to eat. For example, one can readily drink the juice of several heads of lettuce at one go but may not be able to consume the same amount of lettuce as a whole. Juices also contain good sources of antioxidants and enzymes needed for toxin cleansing and excretion. At the same time, they are easy to digest and thus can help to eradicate digestive problems. As a result, drinking juices allows the body to receive plenty of nutrients which minimal digestive action needed. Moreover, fasting on mono-juices allows the body to have sufficient time to process these juices and valuable digestive enzymes can be preserved. During fasting, a sense of well being, renewed energy, clearer thoughts and a cleaner body system can be resulted.
Vegetable Juicing Program
Fruit juices are very different from vegetable juices. Fruit juices should be avoided as the high sugar content of fruit juices raises the blood sugar and insulin levels. This can lead to insulin resistance and ultimately diabetes in the long run.
Although carrot and beet are vegetables, they are high in sugar content and can raise the blood sugar level much like fruits.
Vegetable juicing is not easy. Start slowly by drinking only one or two ounces and finally up to 12 ounces each time. There should be no waves of nausea or belching.
Vegetable juices are not as pleasant-tasting as fruit juices. The beginner should begin by gulping the juice as this is probably the best way to get started. This process will ensure that the juice is in minimal contact with the taste buds.
Take some vegetables before, during or after the juicing. The chewing motion will stimulate gastric juice secretion and aid digestion. It is also important to do some chewing during juicing.
As vegetable juicing is not a natural phenomenon in modern day society, the body will need some time to adapt. It is important to pay heed to your body?s signals on which are the vegetable juices to consume and which types to continue in small amounts.
The pulp is one of the best parts of the juice although its palatability leaves much to be desired. It adds bulk and fiber to your diet and helps bowel movements. Try mixing 10 percent of the pulp back into the juice and slowly increase the amount in accordance with your tolerance level. Very few people can consume all the pulp juice as it is quite thick and would look like a bowl of porridge instead of a glass of juice.
All vegetable juices should be consumed immediately. Vegetable juice is one of the most perishable foods. Do not keep for more than 24 hours. Storage is tricky. Oxidation should be prevented. If you have to keep the juice, put it in a glass jar with an airtight lid and fill it to the brim to minimize air space. The oxygen in the air (remember air contains 20 per cent oxygen) will “oxidize” and damage the juice. Wrap the jar with aluminum foil to block out all light, which will also damage the juice and then store it in the refrigerator. The juice should be taken out of the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to consumption, as it should ideally be consumed at room temperature.
The beginner should start with celery, fennel (anise) and cucumbers. These vegetables may not be the most nutritious but at least they are more tolerable and palatable than others.
Once the beginner is used to the taste of vegetable juices, other recommended vegetables include spinach, cabbage, bok choy, endive and lettuce.
Herbs can also be added to juices such as parsley and cilantro.
The advanced juicer should try Collard Greens, Dandelion Greens and Mustard Greens as these vegetables are very beneficial. These greens are quite bitter tasting, although they are good for you.
To make your juice more palatable, you can also add small quantities of carrots and beets. These vegetables are relatively high in sugar content as compared to their green leafy counterparts. Coconut is another option to improve the taste of vegetable juices. They are also a good source of fat to balance the meal.
Beginner Juice Recipe
CARROT JUICE. High in antioxidant: beta-carotene and full of wonder enzymes. CELERY JUICE. High in sodium– not the artificial version but the natural kind that promotes tissue flexibility. BEET JUICE. Beets nourish the liver which one of the most important organs in the body as it is responsible for hundreds of different functions. If your liver is functioning well, your body is likely to be in optimal health. CABBAGE JUICE. Cabbage juice is high in vitamin C. Blend the above vegetables in a juicer and consume it immediately. Beet and carrot are higher in calorie content as compared to cabbage and celery. Do not consume carrot and beet juices if you have a history of sugar imbalance.
Simple 24 Hour Juice Fasting Detoxification Program
Juice fasting enables the digestive system to rest and also speeds up the growth of new cells, which in turn promotes healing. A person on a juice fast should abstain from solid foods and drink fruit and vegetable juices, water and herbal teas throughout the day. While vegetable juices are superior to fruit juices on a day-to-day basis, fruit juices are often recommended in part during a fasting program. Calorie from the sugar in the fruit juice is needed to avoid hypoglycemia. The fasting period depends from person to person although every half-hour to an hour is the norm. Frequent juicing will supply the body with adequate amounts of energy throughout the day. Drink at least four 8 to 12 glasses of water everyday during the fast. Avoid coffee, bottled, canned or frozen juice (primarily sugar) and soft drinks. Unsweetened herbal teas are acceptable.
The night before: consume a simple dinner with a green leafy salad. Dry brush your skin before you go to bed to open your pores for the night’s cleansing eliminations. On rising: one glass of two freshly squeezed lemon juice. One tablespoon of maple syrup and 8-oz of pure water at room temperature (filtered but not distilled). Midmorning: one glass of cranberry juice from concentrate to promote bowel movement. Lunch: one glass of fresh apple juice. Mid-afternoon: one cup of herbal tea. Dinner: One glass of papaya /pineapple juice to enhance enzyme production or another glass of apple juice. Before bed: one cup of mint tea, miso soup or hot water for relaxation. Next morning: break your fast with fresh fruits and yogurt. Consume light, raw foods during the day and a simple, low fat dinner. The same plan can be extended over the weekend for a three-day detoxification program.
Unfortunately, most commercial mouthwashes are nothing more than flavoring dye, and alcohol. While they may kill bacteria that cause bad breath, the bacteria often return in greater force and are seldom a long term solution.
Bad breath normally signifies underlying health problem, so a check-up with your physician is also recommended if the above does not improve the condition.


Question:
I have been diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease. What can I do? My ears are ringing, and I am having difficulty gaining my balance.

Answer:
The exact cause of Meniere’s Disease is not known, but many in the field of natural medicine feel that it is a result of metabolic imbalance caused by a disturbed carbohydrate metabolism like that associated with hypoglycemia. Another possible cause is impaired blood flow to the brain from clogged arteries and poor circulation. This is less likely as often times Meniere’s Disease occur in young people with no significant cardiovascular disease symptoms. Allergies, stress, spasm of blood vessel and excessive salt intake leading to fluid retention may contribute to this condition, especially during premenstrual period. Trauma, infection and temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) may also be involved. Obesity, alcohol use, smoking, and high blood cholesterol may contribute to this disease.
A nutrient essential for this condition is Manganese (5 mg a day to be taken separately from calcium).? Also important are chromium (200 mcg a day), CoQ10 (100 mg a day), and small amounts of niacin (not exceeding
100 mg a day) to improve circulation. Herbs such as butcher?s broom combat fluid retention and improve circulation. Gingko biloba improves circulation as well. From a diet perspective, try a hypoglycemic diet for 2 weeks, and refrain from any fried food, excessive salt, and sugar. Caffeine (as in coffee) should be restricted. Some people with this condition also have a high blood insulin level. Some doctors therefore recommend a high-protein, low-refined carbohydrate diet.


Question:
I’ve been searching online and through all of the medical texts I have access to and can’t seem to find the info I’m searching for. I was wondering how much additional iron is recommended for an anemic female? Is there a guideline that is followed? An average range? I know the RDA varies from 15-18 mg daily. What beyond that would be recommended in the form of a supplement? (I realize all patients are different but I’m just looking for some general guidelines as to how much additional iron would be recommended).

Answer:
Iron is not recommended for adult females as a supplement unless anemic. We specifically make sure that it is not in any supplement because iron is a pro-oxidant. Food contains a fair bit already, especially spinach. The amount needed for each anemic person is monitored by blood test called hemoglobin. The average starting dose is Ferrous sulfate 325 mg which your medical doctor may prescribe. Iron intake will cause constipation in many cases, so some prune juice is often good to have on board at the same time.


Question:
I have read your article on dehydration and I am hoping you can help me with my tragic case. I am 24, I have been on a series of anti-depressents and sleeping pills which have caused hair loss, loss of my skin elasticity, and my eyes are big, not the same shape as they were before I took the medications. I was in the hospital twice for dehydration, currently I don’t sweat much anymore because my body is trying to hold on to the fluids. Do you know of any way to reverse this condition? Also will my body hydrate to its normal level again and if it does, will my face go back to the way it looked–I know this is alot of questions, but my body has been so ruined from these medications that I’m unable to live my life, I haven’t been on any pills for a month and I’m not witnessing any changes. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:
For a young person your age, you have sure gone through a lot. Hydration status is a summation of input minus output. Unless you are on diuretics (drugs that causes you to urinate), the more your drink, the more water you have. You can measure the amount of water you have by a body fat analyser, or a blood test call hemotcrit will give you an indication. Some people tend to loose water quickly, and others may sweat more. Generally speaking, taking 12-15 glasses will not hurt. Carry a water bottle around if you need to.
Interestingly, you said you have been hospitalized twice for dehydration. Do have your endocrine system checked out to find out why you are not able to hold onto water. It takes sometimes a few weeks for drugs to wash out of your system, so monitor yourself carefully now that you are off drugs.


Question:
What is the effective life of standard radiated Iodine based seeds? I received 120 in August 1998 for my PC. At the time my PSA was 4.2. No drop in PSA was noted for three years. Then quite suddenly my PSA went to 1.3 and recently settled in at 0.2. My urologist and I are confused.

Answer:
Your question is excellent but should be referred to a radiation oncologist. It is an exciting technology, and this website will answer some of your question: Prostate


Question:
What are symptoms of a high acidic condition in the body?

Answer:
Symptoms of a high acidic condition range from nothing to fatigue to digestive issues. Most of the time, you will not feel much because it is a chronic condition that comes on slowly over the years. Because the body’s pH is maintained within a small band of normal values, any symptoms that arise already mean significant damage internally. Read my articles here for more in depth understanding on this very important topic.
PH Index. The key is to be proactive and to avoid acid condition, knowing that our environment is acidic in nature if nothing is done. The simplest way is to carry a water bottle with slices of lemon. As you drink water (not tea or coffee), you are alkalizing your body at the same time. That is what I do.


Question:
You probaly have been asked this question many times. I?m 83 years old and in good health, still play golf, however only nine holes at a time. My question to you is: I bruise very easily on my arms etc. The least little touch or bump results in a bruise. Is there any thing I can do or take that will improve this condition?

Answer:
There are many reasons why you may get bruises. First thing to do at your age is to see your doctor and get a throrough checkup. If you have been given a clean bill of health, then we can start looking at how to repair lost vascular integrety and strengthen the collagen matrix that builts and support the vascular wall. Nutrients that do that are. For my patients, I use a special combination “cocktail”, vitamin C, lysine, proline, and carnitine. You cannot miss any of it one as they work together, and you need to take up to 5 grams a day for 3-6 months to see effect, starting at a low dose and slowly working up if your body can tolerate it. This may sound like a lot to you but rebuilding collagen is a slow process.


Question:
I had a violent gum infection last December, center of which was treated by my dentist with a root canal; the infection persisted for 6 more weeks with the dentist just giving me more antibiotics. It finally seemed to clear up but I did not feel better, very weak, very exhausted, then my legs started swelling. I went to a naturopath beginning of March who put me in the hospital when EKG was abnormal. Hospital diagnosed me with CHF and AF; however, all tests made including right heart cath showed no abnormalities in the heart or valves. The heart is not enlarged; there are no blockages or deposits. The cardiologist finally said that my heart must have been weakened by the infection (EF is between 25-30%) and this is causing the atrial fib. They put me on Lanoxin, Toprol and now Avapro. I was very weak in March but improved consistenly, The infection in the gums cam back and I had to go to an oral surgeon to have the tooth with the root canal taken out as infection was spreading underneath it as shown by x-ray; felt very good for 2 weeks after the tooth was removed. I had to go back to c#C4E1FFardiologist 3 weeks ago because of increased fib and edema. This cardiologist does not believe in taking any supplements in addition to meds, he sticks to the diagnosis even though I am very active and generally feeling good and have no chest pain (never did in all these months) and shortage of breath only sometimes after digging in yard, etc. I have been taking supplements of CoQ10, LCarnitine, Taurine, fish oils and magnesium in addition to the meds. Since adding taurine, I have not had any more fluid retention. I still feel that this is related to infection, that I may have some infection left even so echocardiogram found no growth. Do you know a physician in the metro Atlanta area who is experienced with alternative as well as conventional treatment? I cannot find one here and really want to see someone like that. Any suggestions at all you may have, please let me know.

Answer:
Infections can easily set up an inflammatory response which can in turn trigger a host of cardiac problem, including AF. Yes you do need someone good in your area, but unfortunately, I don?t know anyone there to help you. Perhaps you can check the medical school around that area. Some progressive schools now have a strong nutritional medicine department. Your supplements are good, and you need to pay attention to your body to make sure it is responding. You may also wish to consider some plant sterol that reduces the inflammatory response after your infection is totally resolved.


Question:
Lately, my uric acid in my blood has gone up. What are the dos and don?ts and the treatments to reduce the level??

Answer:
Uric acid is the end product of purine metabolism. Purines are obtained from both dietary sources and from the breakdown of body proteins. Foods that are rich in purines are organ meats such as liver, kidneys, and sweetbreads, sardines, anchovies, lentils, mushrooms, spinach, and asparagus. You should try to stay away from these foods for a period of time and see if your uric acid decreases. The kidneys excrete uric acid as a waste product. The kidneys excrete two-thirds of the uric acid produced daily; the remaining one-third is excreted in the stool. The exact level of uric acid that is considered pathological is controversial.


Question:
Do you have a protocol for depression? I have looked and couldn’t fine one. I would be so interested in your holistic approach.

Answer:
I have not gotten around to working on depression. Some of the key nutrients are: tyrosine, zinc, vitamin B, lecithin, kava kava. etc.


Question:
Do you have information on the experiments involving CaMK & are there any evaluation programs I might participate in?

Answer:
Calmodulin-dependent protein kinases (CaMK) is being actively investigated for at Duke University Medical Center as a mechanism to increase exercise induced health effects. Most of the study was conducted under a Dr. R. Sanders Williams. I am personally not involved in any evaluation program.


Question: Please help me! I broke a thermometer in my mouth as a 4-year-old.
Even now at 47 years of age I remember the bitter taste. My life is plagued with skin problems and mood swings.
This is a short letter for the biggest subject of my life.

Answer:
Whatever happened while you are 4 years old is history. If you are concerned that that is the cause of your problems, you can always get your doctor to do an intracellular test for mercury (Hair analysis is less accurate). And if your mercury is high, you can get it chelated out of your body.


Question: Thanks for the wonderful informative website which I happened to drop by. Would you be kind enough to provide some clinical research information on colostrum which has been making claims on the effectiveness in increasing the immune systems and rejuvenation?
I have been searching for reliable research papers on colostrum and did not actually find much of concrete and supportive documents over its claims.
Please enlighten me on the authencity of the the publications on various webpages on colostrum.
Thank you for your assistance.
Note:
I am from Malaysia and we receive very little or unsubstantiated information on colostrum.

Answer:
Your question is very interesting. Unfortunately, most colostrum articles are sponsored by those who try to sell them, so objective data is not so readily available. Here is a link to an article that may be helpful to you: Colostrum
Due to mad cow disease, the attraction of colostrum has waned lately. I suggest that you exercise caution to ensure the cows are fed organic feed and grass-fed as well (which all suppliers will claim they are). You should note that cow’s milk is not something we would recommend for anti-aging, but colostrum may be different. There are so many other things that can boosts immunity with proven studies that we as a physician have choices


Question:
Why will micro-organisms always have advantages and disadvantages towards humans?

Answer:
Your question, though appear simple, is very significant. Micro organisms are part of us. There are trillions of such microbes and pre-microbe forms (called protitss or prions according to the polymorphic theory of endobiosis) in our body. They are inside us, in our blood, stomach, and each organ. They perform valuable function to protect us in many ways. Without micro orgnisms, we would be dead. The key is to keep them in a balanced symbiotic relationship inside our body and apathogenic state. Dysbiosis (unbalanced state where micro-organisms overgrows) is usually caused by chemical, environmental, radiation, and lifestyle insults (such as poor dietary habits). This promotes the microbes to go into an advance from an apathogenic to a pathogenic state, and ultimately lead to a variety of diseases. The good news is that such dysbiosis can be reversed.
To find out more about such microbes or pre-microbe forms, see your health care professional speciailizing in live-blood analysis.