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Dr. Passero completed four years of post-graduate medical education in Portland, Oregon at one of only four accredited Naturopathic Medical Schools in the country. His Naturopathic training consisted of classroom study equivalent to conventional medical school and included extensive exposure to patients under the guidance of MD’s, Chiropractors, Naturopaths and Acupuncturists. While there, Dr. Passero trained and preceptored with some of the nations leading doctors in the field of natural medicine. (To learn more about an accredited Naturopathic Education, you may visit http://www.naturopathic.org/viewbulletin.php?id=19)

Dr. Passero continues his post-graduate training through ongoing participation in continuing education and preceptor-ship with other experts in the field of natural medicine. In addition to private practice, Dr. Passero works with leading manufacturers of natural health products and as a Naturopathic Consultant for businesses interested in bringing natural health to the public in a responsible manner. This work keeps him abreast of the latest medical research regarding natural medicine.

In his practice, Dr. Passero focuses on restoring harmony to both the body and mind with a specific emphasis on hormonal regulation and endocrinology. Through education and guidance patients are able to unlock the natural healing power contained within each one of us.

He is currently the Vice President of the Maryland Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is an active member of the National Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 5/9/2009 2

My mom suffers from what the doctors believe is restless leg syndrome. She was prescribed a prescription which costs $130.00 for 30 days. She does not have RX coverage so my question is: Are there OTC medicines, herbals of any kind or other remedies to help her with RLS other than a pharmaceutical?
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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 12/11/2008

Dr. Passero, I was told that I have borderline Type 2 Diabetes because my fasting blood sugar levels were between 130 and 150 and Blood Pressure in the 130-140s/80-90s and a rise in my cholesterol level. I have changed my diet and increased my activity level by using the treadmill. I do not want to be placed on any medications for these problems. I would like to try the natural way first. I was recommended by a friend to your site and saw many alternative agents that I could use to help me. I am taking advantage of your Ask The Doctor Section for your help. What products would you think I should use to decrease Blood Sugar, Cholesterol and Pressure levels? I look forward to hearing from you. I thank you for your time and your reply will be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Marie G.
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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 8/19/2008

I have ostioporosses and arthritis in the hip I have alot of pain now that extends to the lower back also with a burning sensation cant walk stand or sit 6 tylonols so far not working. Help

My advice would be to get started on an aggressive dietary and supplemental approach to reducing inflammation and supporting joint structure.

From a dietary perspective you should focus on eliminating foods... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 8/19/2008

ConsumerLab.com is reporting recalls due to Selenium Toxicity issues. Should we become more vigilant with all supplementary Selenium intakes?

I am unaware of this exact report and what aspect of supplementation was leading to the toxicity.  What I do know is that it is possible to have toxicity with certain nutrients and selenium is one of them.  The... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 8/11/2008

I am 35 years old and I used to be very energetic and full of life. Lately I have noticed significantly decreased energy, I rely more and more on caffeine, and also joints that ache constantly. I started taking glucosamine in addition to my daily multi vitamin for women, but found out that one of the side effects might be drowsiness. Is there a balance of supplements that I can take for overall general improvement? Am I just getting old or is there something wrong with me? PLEASE help me, I am way to young to slow down! Christine

Dear Christine, 

This is not an uncommon complaint.  Many people start to feel at a young at that their energy, stamina and zest start to... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 7/25/2008

Hello, I was having a discussion with my family members and they said all cayenne is the same as far as quality of the product. I told them that I disagreed and that you can get good quality cayenne and not so good quality cayenne. Could you please go into a little detail explaining any differences and benefits of obtaining a good quality cayenne vs a less quality product. Thank you

Anytime you are discussing the quality of a botanical or vitamin product there will be variation in regards to the quality.  Many different factors can affect this. ... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 7/14/2008

I have been diagnosed with clinical depression. After trying numerous anti depressants since my teens on and off I decided to come off them while trying to conceive baby no 2. I am currently taking 1200mg of Omega 3 and am wondering how much I can take whilst in my situation. I will also want to take Omegas throughout the pregnancy and after...as I am prone to anxiety and depression. I had post postpartum depression with my first child and really would like to avoid it next time around : I also take 1500mg EPO for the first part of my cycle.This is obviously stopped after ovulation and if I were to conceive. I strongly believe in using natural methods to help with my situation as I believe the body can heal itself better using foods/herbs. I also suffer from very low self esteem and am practicing yoga once weekly. I just wish that the insurance companies could see the validity in natural health. Any advice on the amount of Omegas I can take would be greatly appreciated, Many Thanks.

Thank you for that great question.  Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation is a critical part of pre-natal care that is often overlooked.  A child's developing nervous system needs access to abundant Omega 3 fatty... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 7/14/2008

I just purchase the herbal happy capper for my husband and I. He is on blood pressure medcine and I am on anti depresents is there any side effects mixing them?

Although some herbal supplements can be potentially harmful when combined with medications like high blood pressure and depression medication the Happy Camper product does not contain any herbal ingredients that would be... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 7/3/2008 9

Dear Dr. Passero: Since some months ago I have been haveing problems with my period. I started bleeding heavely and my period lasts for 13 days. I went to the doctor and he gave me 10 days treatment of progesterone and he said that I will be ok. My periods are still lasting 6-8 days and I am wondering if I can take Wild Yam pills to help regulate my hormones? Thanks in advance for your attention and help. I will be looking forward for your response.

Often times in cases where women have prolonged bleeding it is an issue with low progesterone, that is why your doctor prescribed the 10 day course of it..  Progesterone helps to maintain the... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 6/13/2008

Are there any side effects in taking the following antioxidents all together: Quercetin 500mg BID, Soy Isoflavones 100mg BID and Reservatrol 100mg BID. I am getting older and trying to get healthy and have recently stopped taking meds for migraines. They did not work. Someone told me that one of these could help my migraines and that the other two combined with this one could quite possibly help me to also lose some weight naturally. Is there any truth to these statements? Please advise thank you.

Antioxidants can have many benefits for you body.  Free radical damage is associated with many different types of chronic diseases including chronic pain, chronic infections and even cancer.  By taking... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 6/2/2008 6

I have been on prescription meds for years for the treatment of acid reflux. My understanding is that these meds are for shortterm use only. Im trying to resolve this problem with natural remedies. Can you recommend anything that would assist with diminishing acid reflux symptoms?

Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice, also known as DGL is one of the best natural remedies for acid reflux symptoms.  This is a form of licorice that has had one of its components removed which enhances its effect on the GI... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 6/2/2008 5

What is vitamin B12 good for. If you take to much will it hurt you
B12 is one of my most recommend supplements.  One of its greatest values is to help the body recover from stress or fatigue and to support energy levels in general.  Doctors have been using vitamin B12 injections for decades to help... Read More    Ask Your Question


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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 5/21/2008

Hi, I have a problem which probably doesn’t sound big but is seriously getting me down and damaging my social life. Ever since I was about 16/17 whenever I seem to step onto grass flies follow me or hover over my head. It is particularly worse in the summer. I cannot seem to be able to go to the park without flies swarming all above my head and it is clearly recognizable to see. It has meant me making several excuses not to go to the park and sometimes it is impossible to get out of but its an embarrassing situation and one I’m desperately trying to solve. I use hair products which my friends use and ones that have been voted the best etc. I don’t smell any differently to anyone else and I just don’t know what to do to solve the problem. There is obviously some kind of smell I’m giving off but I don’t know how to fix this.

This sounds like a very pesky problem and the fact that it is inhibiting your ability to enjoy the outdoors is of particular concern.  It is possible that you are releasing some type of odor that is particularly attractive to insects, but... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 5/21/2008

Can you combine Beta Glucan with red yeast to lower cholestrol?

Yes,

Both Beta Glucan and Red Yeast Rice are generally very safe supplements and would not pose a problem if combined together.  Beta glucan is thought to lower cholesterol levels by binding it in the gut and helping with excretion... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 5/16/2008

I am on a thyroid medication a T3 T4 compound can I take holy basil with it? I heard it is wonderful for stress, but was concerned because I have read that it does affect the endocrine system. Yes, I am under stress.
Holy basil is an herb that falls under the category of an "adaptogen". This family of herbs gets it name from it ability to help the body "adapt" to changes and stress. Other members of this family include ginseng, licorice, ashwaganda, rhodiola,... Read More    Ask Your Question


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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 5/15/2008

I have Osteoarthritis and would like a natural way to deal with the pain and inflammation. What can you recommend?

What you need to focus on is natural products that help to reduce inflammation in the body.  Some of the best things to do this are Omega 3 fatty acids.  The compounds found in omega 3 products like fish oil... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 5/15/2008

I am obese and need some assistance losing weight. What do you recommend taking to assist in a healthy overall weight loss?

Weight loss can be a very daunting task especially when you have a lot to lose.  You must remember that no supplement will take the place of the appropriate dietary changes and exercise program.  There are no easy... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 5/8/2008 1

I recently bought Happy Camper from NutraSanus, I need to make sure that the ingredients will not cancel out my birth control pills. Im taking Microgestin FE/120. Please help!
Currently there is not a lot of data regarding how certain herbs interact with oral birth control pills.  The only documented herbs that are known to potentially decrease the effectivness of oral contraceptives  are... Read More    Ask Your Question


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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 5/8/2008 1

I want to take the R.Y.R.E. but want to know if it will bother me like when I eat wheat products. Dont want to start the extract if I can expect to get Candidia. Thank you for your time in answering.

Although the name implies that it is yeast, the extracts used in Red Yeast Rice products do not affect Candida... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 5/8/2008 9

Hi, I was taking daily 2000mg of flaxseed oil , one cod liver oil capsule 525mg with added A,D, & E in the cod liver oil and magnesium 300mg.  The flax seed oil just in the last 3 weeks .. but recently became very nauseas and sick with diarrhea and almost anxiety attacks . I feel I may have over done the omega 3s and have since realized all of these things thin the blood.  During this period I have also taken ibuprophen .. another blood thinner.  My question is this, could the sickness and diarrhea been brought on by this concoction of supplements and have I done myself long term harm / And could I take valerian for the anxiety?  I cannot sleep because of the anxiety.  I have given up all the supplements in the mean time .

Although it is never possible to predict how a person will react to any medication or supplement, there is enough known about different supplements to predict what one might expect.  In most... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 5/2/2008 1

My child has a mild case of ADHD.  I want to treat her with all naturl meds.what can I give her.

One of the most well researched natural products for ADHD is fish oil.  DHA is one of the active components of fish oil and comprises 40% of the fat contained in the brain.  It is extremely supportive to the... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 5/2/2008 1

Hi Dr. I suffer from bulimia. I purge at least once a day. It use to be more. I have A Typical Depression. This is a specific type of depression that I research and is 100% me. I use to take prozac until I disocovered about my type of depression and now I take Effexor and it has helped with my bulimia a lot and depression but I still need help with both issues. I really want to be cured from the bulimia. I take my fish oil pills, gaba, mulity vitamin, apple cider vinager, brewers yeast. epa, ala, ginko, and escepically my free form amino acids because bulimics loose many enzymes used to break down the foods. I am 19 years old. I know a lot about my disorder and have read a lot about it but I need more help so I can be cured 100%.  Oh and last thing. I have no energy all day long. I want some energy back so I can exercise and stay focused in school. thank you. please get back to me. I am desperetly needing and seeking guidience to recovery.

Bulimia and all eating disorders are a very serious situation.  They inflict a large amount of stress on the body and can cause long term damage if severe enough.  It sounds like your supplementation protocol is... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 5/2/2008 1

I wanted to know can a person with no known health problems take red yeast rice capsules safely. I want to kind of prevent my chances of having a heart attack when I get older. Thanks

Red yeast rice is a specific intervention for the lowering of cholesterol.  The compounds that naturally occur in this product are similar to those found in the prescription medications known as the statins which... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 4/11/2008

I am 46 years old with no history of prostate enlargement at all. My doctor, who is member of A4A, prescribed me DHEA as I was running out of energy during the day. This occurred after the proper blood lab tests. Ive been taking this hormone DHEA for about three years 50 mg/day. Lately, I noticed a tiny dropping after urinating. Is it possible to occur due to DHEA supplementation for that long period of time?

DHEA is a hormone that the body uses to make other hormones, particularly testosterone and estrogen.  When DHEA is given there is no way to anticipate exactly what hormone the body will convert it to.  Sometimes in men given DHEA... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 4/9/2008 3

Hi Dr., I have diabetes type 2, also hi BP & cholesterol, 1 kidney with stage 3 kidney disease, overweight 323 lbs, my question is: am I able to use arginine along with my meds, I feel in pretty good shape and would like to start working out again and walking to loose weight. What do you think as I am ready to order and start working on my goals........thanks.....John

As an amino acid, Arginine does not have many known interactions with other medications.  It can increase nitric oxide production which stimulates the relaxation of blood vessels.  This is often a desired effect of Arginine and is used... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 4/4/2008 3

Hi Dr. Passero, I have one question for you that I really want to know about it. When someone has a  dental implant and is concerned about aging/oxidative damage because of that metal in her mouth, do you think that ginger can be used as antioxidant in dental implant patient? tq Dr.Passero for your concern.

Ginger is a great antioxidant however most of the metals used for dental implants are not highly reactive and are not likely to cause any significant oxidative damage.  The same is true for the metals used in other prosthetic applications... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 3/17/2008

My daughter just had a seizure a couple of weeks ago,she is 37 years old and has never had these before ,it left her very weak. we would like to know what vitamins she can take for brain health,please get back to me as soon as you can. Thank you for your time in helping us, Carolyn

First, it is very important that your daughter get an appropriate work to find out why she had a seizure in the first place.  Brain imaging and blood tests are an absolute must and should be... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 3/17/2008

I just started taking curamin to replace Celebrex and Tylenol #3. It seems to be working fine but my blood pressure is very low. I take medication for high blood pressure. Does curamin interfere with blood pressure or b.p. medication?

Curcumin, also known as Turmeric, has been widely studied for its anti-inflammatory actions.  Compounds in this herb called curcuminoids work in the body to block inflammation by inhibiting the... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 3/17/2008

My husband has been diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer. He will finish taking his last radiation and chemo Temodor on March 17th, 2008. He will have four weeks of no radiation and Temodor, then start a full dose of Temodor. He is fatigued. Is it because of his low white and red blood counts? If so, can he take all natural iron supplements? I am having a very hard time accepting all this medication is good for him. His Dr.s tell him to eat whatever he wants I disagree. I feel he should still eat a wellbalanced diet. They are preparing us for a very short term life expectancy of 12 months. There are cures out there. Can you recommend a naturopathic doctor in the St. Louis, MO area. Running out of time, please help.

I am terribly sorry to hear about you and your husband’s unfortunate health situation.  Hopefully some of the following suggestions will be helpful.

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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 3/17/2008

Hi, I am 23 years old and 5 foot 6 inches.  I would like to increase my height and have heard that Arginine can work to boost HGH levels.  Will taking it as a supplement increase my height?

 I am afraid not.  At age 23, whether you are male or female, most of the growth in your long bones is complete.  Growth plates in your... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 3/17/2008

Will taking dandelion root pill or tea make my birth control pills less effective?

Although dandelion root is thought to support liver detoxification processes there is no current research indicating that it can change the way your body metabolizes the birth control pill. ... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 2/28/2008

I am a relatively healthy eater. I exercise quiet frequently 4+x a week and Im at an OK weight. Ive always had trouble losing that last 510 pounds and keeping it off. I tend to get really motivated and then loose it around the time of my period. Is there an allnatural weight loss supplement that you can recommend for me? Is HamchoSlim or Hoodia something that I should try?

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 2/28/2008

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 she is 52 years old and I am 28.

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 2/28/2008

I’ve been taking Silver Biotics for almost a week and just received my order from vitabase of Acidophilus,& Suprema Doplilus. I would like to know if they will have any bad reactions taken together?? Please Help...

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

The Acidophilus and Suprema... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 2/28/2008

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, would using the Focus Formula Liquid and the Brain Pep be too much or should I stick with having him taking just one type and which would be better?

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 2/16/2008

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 2/16/2008

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 metformin? Thanks

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 2/16/2008

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 2/16/2008

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 which she had made recently or years back. What can be the reason ? Does it mean that she cannot control her thoughts ?? Please help at your earliest. Thanks

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 2/16/2008

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 up. I don’t if it is related. Also should I be taking certain amounts of Vitamin B and Folic acid with SAMe?

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 2/6/2008 8

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 phsically. I know with a 2year old I should be tired but I had my tubes tied when I had him and then a year or so later I had an ablasion to help with painful periods. I am snappy and very short with my fuse I think I have more trouble staying focused and remembering things. The dr. says I am depressed I dont want to take anti depressants I want a more natural approach but drs now days dont think along those lines. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Tina

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 2/5/2008 8

Hi, Im in the twenty second week of pregnancy, and suffer from terrible tension headaches. I have been prescribed by my docter paracodal tablets which dont seem to be having any effect. Could you advise me of any herbal supplements that could help? Thanks, Jodi.
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... Read More    Ask Your Question


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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 1/28/2008

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 1/28/2008

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 circulation. Would you recommend taking Butchers Broom even after having a blood clot?

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 1/28/2008

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 no success. the magnesium,all kinds makes my mouth burn and irritates my stomach. I drink gallons of water and eat a lot of vegetables and little fruit as I am hypoglycemic and am on a hypo diet and I react to many foods. Is there anything I could try for constipation to help me? I am desperate.

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 1/28/2008

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 think of is over the past 10 years Ive been on a lot of antidepressants and antianxiety medications. Over the past year the amounts of meds and dosages have been substantially reduced. Could all those years of medication cause the lack of libido?

One of the most common side effects of antidepressant and antianxiety medications is loss of libido.  Although it sounds like you have decreased the amount of mediation you are taking, even... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 1/14/2008

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 palpations and Lexapro. Would you please let me know if all of these products are compatible? Thank You!
  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... Read More    Ask Your Question


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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 1/6/2008 7

Hello Dr.Passero, about 15-30 minutes after eating I have gas, cramps, and diarreha. Mainly when I eat chicken, cheese, milk, tea, cokes. I thought I may have IBS or Lactose Intolerance but I am confused because it does not happen all the time but more often than I like for I have found myself hanging around the restroom more often after eating. What can I do to stop this?

 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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 1/6/2008 6

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 dementia/alhemizers or an issue with her thyroid removal? She has a terrible reaction to Iodine and almost died. She will not eat any type of fish anymore. She takes a multivitamin, vitamin E and calcium. She seems to be a little depressed and aggressive. I know we all get depressed and aggressive at times. She likes to be around people and wants to be by her self at times also. She likes to shop, go places. Since her last surgery she has been hoarse with her voice and does not talk much around other people but talks to me all the time. What is going on and what do I do?

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 1/6/2008 5

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 1/6/2008 5

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 vitamins and minerals I can take. For example primrose oil, more B vitamins. Thanks

            

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 1/5/2008 1

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 1/5/2008 1

Dr.Passero. In February I was diagnosed with nonsmall cell lung cancer, stage lllA or B, depending on which day the oncologist fills out papers. In March and April, I underwent radiation and Chemo, not knowing any better. I had a complete response. My oncologists now speculate that my cancer is returning, though I feel well except for 2 blood clots I developed behind the clavicle and one almost dissolved in the neck area. The reason one of my oncologists thinks cancer is presntI had Trussauds syndrome clotting due to cancer. I have come to the conclusion that I am going to help myself and change DRs when possible. I have seen a CAM practioner, but even he cannot treat cancer or he would be run out of the area. He does have me on a variety of vitamin supplements , having found a number of deficiencies through lab testing. One of these is a megavitamin/mineral supplement which contains some CoQ10. I also take Vitae Elixxir, which is various cancerfighting Chinese herbs, and eat organic. I do the Flax oil/cottage cheese per Johanna Budwig. I know this seems a complicated question, but if you were me, would you consider taking Paw Paw?

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 1/5/2008 1

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.  Would this be a good idea or will I be wasting my time?   I now have to rely on sleeping tablets to get some sleep and I don't wish to keep taking them if there are other options.

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 12/17/2007

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 Im nursing? Thank you in advance for answering!

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. ... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 12/17/2007

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 worried that prolonged use of this irritant may be causing unseen or upcoming problems. Should I stop its use, and if so, what can I do for the constipation instead? Many thanks!

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 12/17/2007

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 the (evening primrose oil) EPO supplement without consulting a pharmacist or doctor.  As far as I am concerned the EPO can benefit women in balancing their hormone levels.  So I was wondering whether this can affect my husband’s sex health because I still haven’t conceived even after a year of trial.  For your information, my menstrual cycle is normal i.e more or less 30 to 33 days. Hope you can offer us some advice. Thanks

Conception has so many complex factors involved.  Many men take Evening Primrose Oil for its wonderful health benefits, particularly for the skin.  Its hormonal... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 12/13/2007

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 try SAMe. Could you tell me if it would be OK for him to take it along with all the medication he takes or would SAMe interfere with these drugs? Also I have started taking SAMe for osteoarthritis. Is there a lenght of time you should take it for and then stop or is it OK to keep taking it? How much of it and how long should someone take it for and which is the best make Thank you

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 12/13/2007

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 general overall health is okay but could be better and I definitely have a problem balancing my blood sugars and hormones. Your advice would be most appreciated.

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.

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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 12/13/2007

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 12/13/2007

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 stuff, my MD is aware of my plan...I am going to try Celery Seed...In your opinion, when is the best time to take it, between meals or with meals, how much, 75 or 150 mg, best brand in your opinion,?......thanks so much...

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 12/13/2007

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. ... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 12/13/2007

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 for sleep, St.Johns wort for anxiety, Fenugreek & Thyme for energy. I was also given Holy Basil, Liquid green tea complex and liquid Ginkgo Biloba. I don’t feel that I was given adequate instructions. Could you Help Me?

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.Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 12/7/2007

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 that works, treatment not chemotherapythat would boost her immune system function and destroy the tumors in her body. The oncologist says that it is unnecessary for her to go for chemo since its spread all over and has become malignant. Please, help! I would really appreciate you reply. Thanks, Ciara
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... Read More    Ask Your Question


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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 12/7/2007

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.

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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 11/28/2007

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 11/28/2007

Im a fairly healthy person in my midthirties. 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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 11/28/2007

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... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 11/28/2007

I have heard that evening primrose oil can really help with menopausal symptoms. How much would you recommend on a daily basis?

What you have heard is true.  Evening Primrose Oil can be very helpful at alleviating many female hormonal complaints including PMS symptoms and some menopausal symptoms.  It is thought to work by... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 11/26/2007

I need to know if combining valerian tincture with albuterol sulfateinhalation aerosol would have negative side effects on a child 4 years old. Also, what is the recommended safe dose of valerian in tincture nonalcohol form for him? Thanks!

There are no known interactions between Valerian and albuterol inhalers.  Most of Valerian's potential interactions occur with other prescription sedatives.  However, if you want to be safe, start the... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 11/26/2007

Are there any vitamin supplements that should not be taken together.

This is a very broad question and I would much prefer to look at specific examples.  However, generally speaking, most supplements are safe to be taken together.  There are some theoretical interactions that... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 11/14/2007

I am taking Plavix after triple bypass surgery, I notice that turmeric porportedly does the same thing Plavix does. Is it safe to take both?

Many herbs are thought to affect blood clotting.  Most are suspected to decrease the effectiveness of the clotting process through many different mechanisms.  This is an important issue to consider when combining... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 11/14/2007

Hello Dr. I am on Metformin for  a type two diabetic diagnoses. If I want to take milk thistle to promote healthy liver, how and when should I take it? Will there be any interference with the effect of the drug? Thank You

Milk Thistle is not one of the herbs known to readily interact with other medications.  Some herbs have a specific ability to alter the way the liver processes medications which can either raise or lower blood levels... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 11/10/2007

I am taking a multivitiman with Iron. Can I take the bee pollen with this?

First, I would need to know a little more about you before I decided that an iron containing multi-vitamin was right for you.  I usually do not recommend taking iron containing supplements unless you have been... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 11/9/2007

Would taking turmeric help to clear up psoraisis? If so how much and can I make it into a paste to put on my skin as well as taking it orally?

Turmeric is a great herb for healing the digestive tract and aiding the liver in detoxification.  Many herbalists postulate that improved liver detoxification helps to purge the body of toxins.  These same... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 11/6/2007

I am on thyroid medication and last week I took 1 folic acid and 1 vitamin B 50. It made me have a headache and feel sick, could this be becauce of my nonworking thyroid or is it the folic acid and vit. B 50???

B vitamins and folic acid are generally very well tolerated.  However, due to the ability of a B-complex to stimulate detoxification in the body it is possible that it caused your headache.  In addition, some... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 11/6/2007

Hello,Im 52 and in menopause.Ive been taking Relora and Green Tea capsules for about 10 days,for weight loss,and am beginning to see some results.My question is,I drink wine almost every day,2 glasses,is this safe ?

There is no data suggesting that Relora or Green Tea would amplify the negative effects of alcohol.  Due to the carbohydrate content in wine, although low, you may be inhibiting your weight loss... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 11/6/2007

Do you have a product or any advise for quitting smoking. Im taking chantix and it works pretty well but Im still smoking a little. About 2 or 3 cigs a week. Ive been on it for 2 months and still have strong cravings.

The best things to utilize from the natural pharmacy would be compounds that help to relax and calm you in an effort to reduce the severity of the cravings.  In addition, if you are in a more relaxed state of mind,... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 11/6/2007

My question is : I am going thourgh counseling for depression and I was wondering if there is a natural vitamin or herb that can help with my depression with my prescription cymbalta? what can I take for my mind also. I dont think as fast as I use to or remember things as well. I am only 45 and I want to grow to a good old age with a clear mind and healthy body. Thank You Tammy

One of the best places to start when considering supplements for depression is with essential fatty acids.  These important fats must be obtained from our diet and play a crucial role in the functioning of the brain... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 11/1/2007

Hello, I am lactose intolerant.  Every time I am going to consume dairy products, I have to take 3 to 4 extra strength lactose caplets.  Is there anything I can take, so I would not be lactose intolerant? Thank you

Unfortunately, once your body has stopped producing the lactase enzyme that breaks down lactose it is not likely you will make it again.  You may find that consuming small amounts of easily digested dairy products like... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 10/30/2007

For the past 5 months, my husband has numbness of the pads of his sole and along the outer side of his feet.  He has had an EMG and a MRIslight herniation of s45. Three orthos have no answers. he has had ankle ligament surgery 30 yrs ago and episodes of plantar fascitis and nowm is being referred to a neurologiat. Could this be a b12 def??

I would continue the follow up with the neurologist to rule out any serious neurological issues.  B12 deficiency may be an issue but there are probably other factors involved to create such... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 10/30/2007

Do all men have some kind of cancer when they die?

I think what you’re referring to is the notion that many men after they die are discovered to have prostate cancer on autopsy.  In a normal setting, prostate cancer is very slow growing and never leaves... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 10/11/2007

Is it safe to take EDTA with other prescrition heart pills?

EDTA and chelation therapy should only be administered under the care of a supervising physician.  Drug interactions with EDTA are not well documented, however it is used in some cases related to toxicity of certain... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 10/11/2007

Every morning when I wake up my feet hurt to stand and walk on them, as well as my hands hurting. Now, for about a month I have had chest pains, where my chest tightens up. When I do cardio, and I do this 56 days a week, it takes about 20 minutes to get past this tight feeling in my chest. I can feel this main more often than not. My diet is pretty good. I dont drink, smoke, no drugs, and I have a good diet. I do drink an energy drink called Red Bull at least 2 cans per day.

Any chest pain or tightness needs to be evaluated by your doctor to rule out any heart problems.  The other thing you need to consider is that you might be consuming too much caffeine from your energy drinks which... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 10/11/2007

Hi, My daughter has had pcos for a few years, she has tried bc pills, but still was lossing hair, is there a complelete multi vitimin to help with pcos symptoms.

PCOS or Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome is characterized by several symptoms including insulin resistance, elevated testosterone levels and poly cystic ovaries.  The symptoms your daughter is experiencing are mostly... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 10/9/2007

Is there a yogurt pill?

Not exactly, but there is something close.  One of the main reasons why yogurt is healthy for you is due to the live cultures of beneficial bacteria.  These bacteria, mainly acidophilus, are used to ferment... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 10/9/2007

  I am having pain from my toe to my knee daily, could this possibly by P.A.D.?
Many things can cause leg pain ranging from injury, cramps and nerve irritation to impaired circulation and infection.  Peripheral artery disease can be a very dangerous condition as it reflects a significant amount plaque buildup in your... Read More    Ask Your Question


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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 10/9/2007

Dear Sirs, I am a female 20 years old and sufferred from mild depression for 6 months? May I know what are the natural herbs that I can take for my mild depression ? I have been taking B complex and roseflower and chammomile. Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.
Depression is a major concern for many people today. There are some very important supplements to consider when addressing this condition naturally. Below is a list of natural supplements that can be helpful for depression symptoms. However,... Read More    Ask Your Question


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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 10/8/2007

I have been diagnosed with lyme disease since 2000 and taken lots of antibodics. I went to a health store and had a foot bath that was totally dark water. They put me on Cats Claw, colostrom, slippery elm and magnesium. What do you think? Are these good supplements to be taking? I am so tired of dealing with medications that havent worked. I go to a specialist in Springfield, MO and he thinks I may have the babesosis strain. Hope to hear from you soon. Margaret Castellaw

Lyme disease can be a very difficult condition to improve.  The spirochete organism is an expert at evading the immune system and reeking havoc on the body.  Anti-biotic therapy is often necessary to clear up... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 9/21/2007

Hi, I would like to know which herbal product will aid in increasing the testosterone levels and increasing dopamine and neropinephrine levels?

There are several important issues to address when dealing with migraine headaches. One of the first things I recommend is to do an elimination diet that removes the most common food offenders (soy, wheat, dairy, eggs and nuts are a good start)... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 9/20/2007

Dr.Passero, I have, which I believe to be IBS. I want to get rid of this. Ive been saving money up to get a supplemental colon cleanse as well as a hydrocolontherapy. Would you say this is the best way to do this? What would you suggest. Also Im prediabeticI feel like its affecting my libdo, alot.

Most multivitamins are safe. The real question to ask is which multivitamins are potent enough and pure enough to actually be effective?

One of the most important things you can do to assess the purity of your multivitamin is to check the... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 9/20/2007

This is very uncomfortable for me to discuss however, I really need some advice so here it is.... I am 49 yrs old I haven’t had a period in 5 years, I am now in a relationship and here lies the problem, the vaginal dryness, and more importantly the lack of muscle expansion, I don’t know how else to describe it, all I know is I feel like a virgin again. It hurts like the dickens and its not just the dryness its more that I won’t expand. Please tell me there is something I can do other than going on hormones from a physician.

I am assuming you are taking the Ursodiol tablets due to a diagnosis of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis.

Unfortunately, there is not a lot know about why people get this condition. Some think it is related to an auto-immune processes or... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 9/20/2007

Hello, I am currently taking urso tabs for my liver. I am also taking a multi vitamin, milk thistle, vitamin e, and acidophilus. I am curious to know if maca is alright to add to what I am already taking?

The best way for people to gain weight in a healthy way is through muscle building. You may have a limit as to how much muscle mass you will be able to put on, but any muscle you do gain will be very helpful in supporting your smaller structure.... Read More    Ask Your Question



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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 9/4/2007

I went through a stomach stapling procedure 11 yrs. ago. I have put on 100 of the 270lbs. I lost by eating the wrong things. Besides weight loss my hair is getting thinner and thinner every day. I have no energy, my eyesight is fading, and I feel just awful all the time. I feel like health wise except the fact I was very obese I was healthier and felt better then than I do now. I do not want to get on perscription drugs and would like a more natural solution.Could you please advise.
Gastric bypass surgery can be a lifesaving procedure for many people. Although lifestyle adjustments are the best way to loose weight, for some people they are just not enough to produce the weight loss necessary to achieve better health. The down... Read More    Ask Your Question


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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 9/4/2007

Dr Passero, I have a quick question. Im a healthy individual with no known health problems. If I had to choose to take just 1015 pills vitamins, multivitamins or any kind of supplements on a daily basis, which ones do you think I should take. Thank you in advance.
I am a huge advocate of individualizing each persons supplement regime based on their particular needs and family history. Even a seemingly healthy person can have risk factors such as heart disease or breast cancer in their family history that... Read More    Ask Your Question


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Answer By Dr. Kevin Passero on 9/4/2007

I am having menopausal problems and started on the hormone patch, Climara prosp?. But I still get moderate to severe anxity attacks. I have no other personal issue that would cause these. What could I be taking that would help me relax and give me energy.
Hormone replacement can be very helpful at relieving symptoms of anxiety. Progesterone in particular is one of the most important female hormones for relaxation and supporting a calm state of mind. Unfortunately, the form of progesterone in your... Read More    Ask Your Question