General Health

Restless Leg Syndrome

Q: 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...
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Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 5/9/2009
Category: General Health

Borderline Type 2 Diabetes, Borderline Rising Cholesterol Levesand Hypertension And

Q: 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...
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Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 12/11/2008
Category: General Health

Arthritis Pain

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

From a dietary... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 8/19/2008
Category: General Health

Selenium Recalls

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

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 8/19/2008
Category: General Health

Low Energy/Fatigue

Q: 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...
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Dear Christine, 

This is not an uncommon complaint.  Many people start to feel at a young at that... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 8/11/2008
Category: General Health

Difference In Good Quality Cayenne Vs Poor Quality

Q: 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...
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Anytime you are discussing the quality of a botanical or vitamin product there will be variation in regards to the quality.  Many different... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 7/25/2008
Category: General Health

Antioxidants

Q: 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...
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Antioxidants can have many benefits for you body.  Free radical damage is associated with many different types of chronic diseases including chronic pain, chronic... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 6/13/2008
Category: General Health

Vitamin B12

Q: What is vitamin B12 good for. If you take to much will it hurt you
A: 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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 6/2/2008
Category: General Health

What Is A Good Natural Insect Repellant

Q:

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...

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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 5/21/2008
Category: General Health

Osteoarthritis

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

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 5/15/2008
Category: General Health

Adverse Reaction To Fish & Flax Oil?

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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. ...

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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 5/8/2008
Category: General Health

Ginger As Antioxidant

Q: 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...
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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 4/4/2008
Category: General Health

Brain Health

Q:

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...

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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 3/17/2008
Category: General Health

Curamin & Blood Pressure

Q: 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...
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Curcumin, also known as Turmeric, has been widely studied for its anti-inflammatory actions.  Compounds in this herb called curcuminoids work in... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 3/17/2008
Category: General Health

Fish Oil & Liver Damge

Q: Is fish oil bad for the liver?
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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 2/16/2008
Category: General Health

Talking Alone

Q: 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...
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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 2/16/2008
Category: General Health

Same Question

Q:

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...

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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 2/16/2008
Category: General Health

Why Am I So Stressed?

Q: 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...
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Dear Tina, 

The situation you are describing is something that I hear numerous times in my practice everyday.... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 2/6/2008
Category: General Health

Blood Clots

Q: 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...
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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 1/28/2008
Category: General Health

Interaction With Other Medications

Q: 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...
A:   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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 1/14/2008
Category: General Health

Dementia Or Thyroid Issue

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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...

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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 1/6/2008
Category: General Health

Thyroid

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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...

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A multiple vitamin and a good quality omega 3 should be part of everybody’s supplement routine.  If you are looking for things specifically... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 1/6/2008
Category: General Health

B-Vitamins

Q: My wife has a concern she may be duplicating too much b complex in her supplements is there any danger?
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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 1/5/2008
Category: General Health

Paw Paw

Q: 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,...
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I think you have made a good decision to incorporate CAM therapies into your treatment program.  It sounds as if the practitioner you selected... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 1/5/2008
Category: General Health

Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

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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. ...

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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 1/5/2008
Category: General Health

Same

Q: 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...
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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. ... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 12/13/2007
Category: General Health

Aloe Vera

Q: Do give me your uses and benefits of aloe vera
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In my opinion, the most beneficial properties of aloe vera are related to its soothing and healing effects on the gastrointestinal... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 12/13/2007
Category: General Health

Anxiety/Insomnia

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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...

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There are no known negative interactions with the above listed herbs you mentioned.  Valerian can be very helpful for sleep but it largely... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 12/13/2007
Category: General Health

Herbal Treatment For Pancreatic Cancer

Q: 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...
A: 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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 12/7/2007
Category: General Health

Curamin

Q: my wife suffers pain from neuropathy is there benefits for her in taking the supplement curamin?
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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 12/7/2007
Category: General Health

Beta Carotene

Q: Why would you recommend supplementing with beta carotene?
A: Beta carotene is well known as a precursor to vitamin A. Beta carotene has been used as an antioxidant, to treat conditions of the eyes, and to support immune function. It comes from a large class of... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. L. Sorensen
Date: 12/6/2007
Category: General Health

Two Antioxidants To Consider

Q: Do you have any recommendations for supplementing with antioxidants?
A: Antioxidants are advertised  in products every day, from age-defying cosmetics and breakfast cereals, to nutritional supplements. They are chemical compounds that bind with, and destroy, free... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. L. Sorensen
Date: 12/6/2007
Category: General Health

What Do You Think?

Q: What is the best way to keep my mental edge as I grow older?
A: Our thoughts are very important to us. Our brain controls these thoughts and so much more - thinking, feeling, remembering, working, and playing – even sleeping. When we experience changes to our... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. L. Sorensen
Date: 12/6/2007
Category: General Health

Ltyrosine Benefits

Q: Could you explain why I would want to supplement with LTyrosine?
A: In today’s fast paced society people suffer from a wide variety of health concerns.  The conventional approach to most of these issues is to over-medicate.  As a result, many people are... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Robert Maki
Date: 12/6/2007
Category: General Health

How Much Flax Oil?

Q: How much flax oil should I take on a daily basis? Is there any difference between the liquid and the capsules?
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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 11/28/2007
Category: General Health

Flax Oil For Joint Pain?

Q: Im a fairly healthy person in my midthirties. I was considering taking flax oil for some joint pain? Do you think this would help?
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Flax oil is a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids.  These important compounds can help to reduce inflammation in the body... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 11/28/2007
Category: General Health

Selecting An Evening Primrose Oil

Q: 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?
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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 11/28/2007
Category: General Health

Vitamin Interactions

Q: Are there any vitamin supplements that should not be taken together.
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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. ... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 11/26/2007
Category: General Health

Milk Thistle For Diabetics

Q: 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...
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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 11/14/2007
Category: General Health

Mixing Vitamins

Q: I am taking a multivitiman with Iron. Can I take the bee pollen with this?
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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 11/10/2007
Category: General Health

Vitamin B 50

Q: 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...
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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 11/6/2007
Category: General Health

Quit Smoking

Q: 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...
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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 11/6/2007
Category: General Health

What Can I Take For Depression And Mind?

Q: 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...
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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 11/6/2007
Category: General Health

Numbness Of Soles Of Feet

Q: 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....
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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 10/30/2007
Category: General Health

Depression

Q: 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...
A: 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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 10/9/2007
Category: General Health

Supplements For Lyme Disease

Q: 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,...
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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. ... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 10/8/2007
Category: General Health

Maca For Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

Q: 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...
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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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 9/20/2007
Category: General Health

I Feel Just Awful

Q: 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...
A: 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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 9/4/2007
Category: General Health

If I Am Healthy, What Should I Take?

Q: 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...
A: 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... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 9/4/2007
Category: General Health

Anxiety Attacks

Q: 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...
A: 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. ... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 9/4/2007
Category: General Health