Vitamin B12 for Shingles??

Learned this when one when a school elder treated my colleague for her early outbreak of shingles. Vitamin B12 injections around the rash site (“Surround the Dragon” in Chinese Medicine terms) had the rash gone within the next couple days. If you think you have shingles – go see your Naturopathic Doctor!

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Vitamin C for High Cholesterol?

Indeed, vitamin C is a cofactor for 7-alpha-hydroxylase – the enzyme required for the first committing step in bile formation. Cholesterol has to bind to bile in order for it to be excreted in the feces. No vitamin C means no bile, which means no cholesterol excreted. Talk to your ND for more information on vitamin C and your own health.

Cranberry Juice Can Be Harmful?

Cranberry juice is a common treatment option for urinary tract infections (UTIs). However, in the case of a UTI due to E. coli, cranberry juice might not be the best form of treatment. E. coli bacteria prefer an acidic environment to thrive on, and cranberry juice is acidic.  What you can do is pee on some pH paper to determine the acidity of your urine in the case of having a UTI. If your pH is neutral (7) or basic (>7), you can rest assure you will not add fuel to the fire by drinking cranberry juice (in this case it would be helpful).

Contraceptive Pills Can Lead Women To Choose Wrong Partners???

If health issues won’t sway you away from the use of chemical contraceptives, perhaps the following link will (it’s a pretty good summary):

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2008/aug/13/medicalresearch.medicaladvicefortravellers

Smell ya later.

Olive Oil for Ear Wax???

One simple ingredient can often prevent an invasive ear lavage to purge your  impacted ear wax – olive oil. Put 2-3 drops in each ear daily and cover gently with a cotton ball for 15 minutes. After one or two weeks, this daily routine should leave your ears squeaky clean! Consult your ND first if you are prone to ear infections, and avoid this procedure if you are feeling ill at the time.

Emergency Homeopathics (Bee Stings, Peanuts, etc)???

Got a bee sting? Try Apis (30C or 200C (200C is a little bit stronger than 30C)). AND GO TO THE HOSPITAL if you are worried!

Got a peanut reaction (synthetic/chemical)? Try Carbolic Acid (30C or 200C). AND GO TO THE HOSPITAL if you are worried!

If anaphylaxis is the issue, try either Poumon-Histamine or Gentiana lutea (200C) AND GO TO THE HOSPITAL!!! You may find that you do not need treatment once you get there, but don’t take the risk – homeopathy may not be for everyone.

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CoQ10 With My Statin Drug?

Any cell that uses a lot of energy (has a lot of mitochondria) requires Co-Enzyme Q10 (AKA: ubiquinone). What cells use a lot of energy? Heart cells! (because they beat). Therefore, proper functioning of the heart requires a lot of CoQ10. Statin drugs block the production of C0Q10. Why? Because CoQ10 comes from a cholesterol pathway that statin drugs target. Not enough CoQ10 = bad news for the heart. So if you are taking a statin, you may want to consider also taking CoQ10… talk to your ND about CoQ10, CoQ10, CoQ10.