Vitamin/Herb Q&A: August 2009

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Q. I have been having constipation problems for over a year. I tried everything, from increasing my activity level to adding more fiber to my diet. I took soluble fiber supplements and Chinese herbal medicine. Nothing really worked. Then... (Read More)
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Q. When my internist noted a low-normal thyroid value, he suggested a thyroid supplement. I suspected I had an iodine deficiency from years on a low-salt diet. I proposed a trial of sea kelp and he agreed. Two 100 mg... (Read More)
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Q. I have had severe constipation for years, just like my mother before me. I've been using cascara sagrada for a daily bowel movement. If I don't take it, I get bloated and very uncomfortable.I read that this herb was... (Read More)
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Q. I have type 2 diabetes and I have recently started taking cinnamon capsules to help control my blood sugar. I have been extremely pleased with the results so far.The metformin I was taking was never as consistent at controlling... (Read More)
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Q. I have read that Lipitor may cause memory impairment. I am taking Lipitor and am having trouble with speaking and memory along with intense muscle soreness. My lab tests are within the normal range so my doctor says Lipitor... (Read More)
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Q. A while ago I read about persimmon tea for acid reflux. I suffer from time to time, but my husband suffers constantly. It is so bad that he wakes up almost every night and throws up! Prilosec, Nexium and... (Read More)