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12:01 pm
June 14, 2013


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Claire said:

Just wanted to add this last update from the hhs.gov on soy supplements.

What help from soy supplements?

A study indicates soy supplements don’t make life feel appreciably better for postmenopausal women. At Oregon Health andScienceUniversity, researcher Paula Amato was checking indications in some smaller studies that soy supplements improve quality of life – notably, things such as reducing hot flashes.

Amato looked at two years of data on 403 women who were started on supplements or an inactive, fake substitute. She found no difference between the two groups. So, for relatively healthy postmenopausal women, she says:

“It would appear that soy supplementation is not necessary and offers no benefit. I would advocate instead for a healthy diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep.”

The study in the journal Menopause was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Last revised: May 16, 2013

 

Thank you for that…great imput…You know how much Vicki hates soy!!!  Dr Helen

11:58 am
June 14, 2013


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ShamuBarb said:

I just wanted to report back to you guys after 4 months of changing my diet as you suggested, taking the nxc extra strength, enzymes and ultimate flora, and drinking the parsley tea and the baking soda in water that you suggested, Dr. Helen, which was amazing. I was on 4 blood pressure drugs, which made my bp too low, ruined my kidneys (they were going to put me on dialysis) and my liver enzymes were way to high. Thanks to trying some of your ideas, I didn't have to have dialysis and my liver and kidney numbers are all in normal range now, so I just wanted to thank you guys so much. Oh and I don't take any drugs at all because I am eating right. That's the biggest change. I've even lost 30 lbs and haven't felt this good in a long while. Thanks to all of you.

 

Wonderful news…Wonderful!!!!  Dr Helen

9:31 pm
June 12, 2013


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I just wanted to report back to you guys after 4 months of changing my diet as you suggested, taking the nxc extra strength, enzymes and ultimate flora, and drinking the parsley tea and the baking soda in water that you suggested, Dr. Helen, which was amazing. I was on 4 blood pressure drugs, which made my bp too low, ruined my kidneys (they were going to put me on dialysis) and my liver enzymes were way to high. Thanks to trying some of your ideas, I didn't have to have dialysis and my liver and kidney numbers are all in normal range now, so I just wanted to thank you guys so much. Oh and I don't take any drugs at all because I am eating right. That's the biggest change. I've even lost 30 lbs and haven't felt this good in a long while. Thanks to all of you.

9:44 pm
May 29, 2013


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Thank you Dr. Helen, I agree with you and it is good that my girls can email you whenever they need advice from a caring, professional lady like you. I have asked God to bless you and your family richly, as you have done for mine. My 16 year old (in two weeks) is having a real hard time with her mother's death so the school nurse had her talk to the school district's psychiatrist who thinks she should be on an antidepressant and antianxiety drug. My daughter is smart though. First, she told the psychiatrist she would need to discuss it with me which, my daughter said, seemed to put fear in her eyes and then she said we don't believe in drugs. She asked her if it isn't at least a little normal for a girl to miss her mom after she dies and the woman spit all over herself. At least it cheered my daughter up for a few minutes. I on the otherhand am pretty pissed off and going to speak the nurse and psychiatrist tomorrow afternoon, so I'll miss the show. Anyway, I thank all of you for your help and don't know what we all would do without your common sense.

9:46 am
May 24, 2013


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Just wanted to add this last update from the hhs.gov on soy supplements.

What help from soy supplements?

A study indicates soy supplements don’t make life feel appreciably better for postmenopausal women. At Oregon Health andScienceUniversity, researcher Paula Amato was checking indications in some smaller studies that soy supplements improve quality of life – notably, things such as reducing hot flashes.

Amato looked at two years of data on 403 women who were started on supplements or an inactive, fake substitute. She found no difference between the two groups. So, for relatively healthy postmenopausal women, she says:

“It would appear that soy supplementation is not necessary and offers no benefit. I would advocate instead for a healthy diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep.”

The study in the journal Menopause was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Last revised: May 16, 2013

12:47 pm
May 17, 2013


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NotDefinedByMyDisease said:

Dr. Helen, I listen to you every Friday and respect you a lot. I am the divorced father of 3 teen girls (one just turned 18, one about to be 16 in June and the last is about to be 13 in November). While I have always had an amicable relationship with their mother and she has been the one to handle all the female things, she passed on reacently, so a lot of changes have occured in the last few months. On top of everything else, my 12 year old just started her period, a topic I have up until now been able to avoid. She is suffering a lot from cramps and moodiness and I need to know how to get a handle on this thing now before it gets worse. It was already bad when the 2 older girls hit their cycle at the same time but this could put me over the edge. HELPYell And while you're at it, please tell me how to speak to my daughters about these things. I'm lost and can't hide from it much longer since they're already rolling their eyes at me. My oldest is helpful but I sense there are things I need to know to help too so you might's well just baptize me in knowlege now. Besides, she leaves for college in the fall, so I can't use her as a crutch much longer. Thank you.

Matt

 

Oh Dear me, Matt this is a tough one.  I think it would be better if you have your girls email me at hp@askdrhelen.com and talk to me personally.  I will be able to guide them online with a "female" approach to these things.  I think it is better for you to stay out of that end of their lives and concentrate on being the " Great Provider" and the "Great Protector" "Wise but not imposing"  " There, but not in the way"  and leave the cramps and menses to me.  Dr Helen

12:35 pm
May 2, 2013


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Dr. Helen, I listen to you every Friday and respect you a lot. I am the divorced father of 3 teen girls (one just turned 18, one about to be 16 in June and the last is about to be 13 in November). While I have always had an amicable relationship with their mother and she has been the one to handle all the female things, she passed on reacently, so a lot of changes have occured in the last few months. On top of everything else, my 12 year old just started her period, a topic I have up until now been able to avoid. She is suffering a lot from cramps and moodiness and I need to know how to get a handle on this thing now before it gets worse. It was already bad when the 2 older girls hit their cycle at the same time but this could put me over the edge. HELPYell And while you're at it, please tell me how to speak to my daughters about these things. I'm lost and can't hide from it much longer since they're already rolling their eyes at me. My oldest is helpful but I sense there are things I need to know to help too so you might's well just baptize me in knowlege now. Besides, she leaves for college in the fall, so I can't use her as a crutch much longer. Thank you.

Matt

8:30 am
March 19, 2013


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Hi Dr. Helen
I would like to try your testosterone cream and noticed that you wrote that men should also use the Natural Progesterone. Which of your progesterone creams would I use? How and when would I use them?
 1. BIO-IDENTICAL PHYTO-PROGESTERONE FOR MEN

or
 
2. PROGONOL FOR MEN

 

BTW, I am 56, overweight, very low libido.  

 

Go with the Progonol for Men it is strongest one I have.  Dr Helen

8:29 am
March 19, 2013


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GretelJ said:

G'day DrHelen,

I listen to the show live here inBrisbaneBayand hear you talking about kidney health and some study where people with serious kidney problems were improved. I forget what you said to do but its really simple and I do not need an act of Parliament to do it. 

Today I see a post in the Reference center about keeping Kidneys healthy and it reminded me to ask you what you said.

Thank you all for the post on kidney health, very informative. 

GretelJ

It was 1/2 tsp of Baking Soda in 8 oz of water and drink it upon waking before breakfast.  Clears out the ammonium stuck in the kidneys that causes damage.  Dr Helen

 

ADMIN NOTE: Link to the Kidney Health Article in the Reference Center CLICK HERE

9:32 pm
March 14, 2013


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G'day DrHelen,

I listen to the show live here inBrisbaneBayand hear you talking about kidney health and some study where people with serious kidney problems were improved. I forget what you said to do but its really simple and I do not need an act of Parliament to do it. 

Today I see a post in the Reference center about keeping Kidneys healthy and it reminded me to ask you what you said.

Thank you all for the post on kidney health, very informative. 

GretelJ

 

ADMIN NOTE: Link to the Kidney Health Article in the Reference Center CLICK HERE

8:08 pm
March 9, 2013


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Post edited 9:19 pm – March 9, 2013 by VickiY.


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Hi Dr. Helen
I would like to try your testosterone cream and noticed that you wrote that men should also use the Natural Progesterone. Which of your progesterone creams would I use? How and when would I use them?
 1. BIO-IDENTICAL PHYTO-PROGESTERONE FOR MEN

or
 
2. PROGONOL FOR MEN

 

BTW, I am 56, overweight, very low libido.  

7:34 pm
February 25, 2013


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3:50 pm
February 24, 2013


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I am not sure why Dr. Mercola would, after advocating Lugol's Solution previously, decide one should not take this product across the board, when it is so widely recommended by Naturopaths; although, most of us are the greatest advocates of obtaining iodine naturally from our diets, such as kelp and seaweed, shelfish and seafoods. It appears that Dr. Mercola made his statement not to use Lugol's based upon a finding by autism expert, Catherine Tamara, that children with autism do not respond well to iodine, but rather perform better with iodide, which the thyroid converts to iodine.

He also includes an interesting article from a portion of a book entitled, "Evidence of Thyroxine Formation Following Iodine Administration in Sprague-Dawley Rats" (which can be read on his site) about giving iodine to lab rats that are also fed Purina food. Having become a hug advocate of feeding various species their feral diets, this bothered me.

It appears that no one is taking into consideration the diet formulations that are fed to laboratory animals (Purina Rodent Chow, for instance), which are laced, not only with neurologically and glandularly toxic chemicals, but also not indicated in Purina's letter (below) is that the grains in Purina's grain-based diets are obtained from grain mills that sell to pet food manufacturers grains that are classified as "NON-human-grade grains." Non-human-grade grains are grains that are rotting (perhaps in silos, growing mold, mildew and are exposed to flies and other vermin), are classified by the USDA as "not fit for human consumption" and have been sprayed with neurotoxic chemicals and preservatives (including Ethoxyquin and BHT) at the grain mill prior to sale to Purina (and other pet food manufacturers) for sale to pets, farm livestock, laboratory animals, etc. Such chemical additives will effect the outcome of laboratory experiments, which makes one wonder how accurate any laboratory findings are that use animals in testing.

Pet food manufacturers, including Purina, are not required to disclose any ingredient that they did not add to their foods themselves. All of this can (and apparentily will, according to their letter) skew test results:

Mercury levels and Fish Meal ingredient

Recent publications focusing on the effects of methylmercury in rodents have indicated some grain-based control diets may contain concentrations of methylmercury that are sufficient to directly affect the outcome of an experiment. The use of Purina Laboratory Rodent Diet 5001 as a control diet was mentioned to be a potential problem when used in such experiments.

There were several inaccurate statements made in one particular article that we would like to clarify.

1. LabDiet® 5001 is not an “open” formula diet in which “the ingredients within the diet change depending on the source of raw ingredients”. LabDiet® 5001 is a closed and Constant Nutrition® diet with extremely tight controls in the ingredient selection and testing, and in the end-production results. Purina offers over one-hundred different grainbased diets some of which contain fish meal.

2. The fish meal used in LabDiet® products is only produced from a single species, the Menhaden, which are routinely tested for mercury or other environmental toxins with non-detectable levels reported continuously. The
fish meal in our diets is derived from short-lived, surface-feeding Menhaden with little to no bioaccumulation of
methylmercury. An alternative fish meal, which may contain other aquatic species like tuna or swordfish has never been used in any LabDiet® product.

3. Recently published data by an independent research group discussed the varying total mercury concentrations
in LabDiet® 5001 and indicated concentrations may be too high despite our minimum and maximum levels of detection of 25 to 200 ng/g. However, it was reported that another diet contained non-detectable (ND) levels
of mercury. Differences in mercury concentrations between the two diets could be a result of completely different ingredient profiles which is vital when choosing a control diet. Importantly, authors mentioned mercury was not detected in LabDiet® 5001 when used in an experiment prior to the most currently published.

4. Mercury profiles have also been conducted by an independent laboratory on a number of LabDiet grain-based diets that are similar in composition to 5001, such as Certified LabDiet® 5002. Within the past 4 years, not a single sample of Certified LabDiet® 5002 has had a mercury level greater than the level of detection of 25 ng/g, which is not in agreement with that published recently. Again, this may be a result of the different sampling and analytical techniques used by our contract laboratory and that used by the authors.

5. Purina LabDiet® offers a large number of grain-based, purified and modified diets that are designed for very specific research interests like methylmercury’s effect on neurodevelopment or phytoestrogens’ effect on reproduction. Choosing a diet that will adequately serve as a control for experiments of all types is extremely important and should always be taken into consideration prior to the onset of a study. Without the proper control, confounding outcomes and altered data can result.

When considering both control and experimental diets for experiments, it is imperative to evaluate both the ingredients within the diet as well as the nutrient profiles of these diets. Purina has a number of nutritionists and scientists on board that are trained to assist you with finding a diet that will adequately meet your objectives so
that data are precise and free of confounds. Please do not hesitate to contact us at Labdiet@purinamills.com for questions about all of our many grain-based rodent products.

We appreciate your business,

Thank you
Purina LabDiet®

5:31 am
February 24, 2013


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Debbie1980:

I would like to comment here. There are other sources of iodine you can use if you prefer not to use Lugol’s Iodine.  If you are taking a multivitamin check to see how much iodine is in it.  Most contain between 75-150 mcg of iodine, 150 mcg being the RDA.  Remember the RDA is the minimum one should be consuming daily.  Many persons need more than that amount to combat the many iodine inhibitors found in our water and food supply, such as fluoride and bromide.  You can then supplement your multiple with Kelp or Bladderwrack, both of which are great sources of iodine.  Limit the total supplemental iodine to 300-400 mcg of iodine daily and start out slowly.  A thyroid gland that is being "reactivated" with iodine can make some people a bit jittery at first.  Keep in mind that seafood is a great dietary source of iodine and most Americans do not consume enough.  Just try to stick with wild-caught fish that is low in mercury.  After your thyroid normalizes, you may be able to reduce your supplemental iodine to the RDA.

I hope you have completed your health questionnaire and sent it in to Vicki for a personalized list of recommendations.  Most health problems to do not occur in a vacuum and a complete program is likely to prove more beneficial than one dietary supplement.  Dr. Lorna

9:04 pm
February 23, 2013


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Dr. Helen

 

  I googled Lugol's Solution and one search that came up was Dr. Mercola's concern for the use of Lugol's Solution. Could do more harm than good for the thyroid was his concern.  Would you be able to research his concern and explain to me?  Or if you already know, expalin.  I purchased liquid iodineplus a while back and never used it.  Would this be something I could use?

 

Thank You

Debra

1:47 pm
February 22, 2013


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Debbie1980 said:

Dr. Helen,

  I am always tired. Have cut my sugar and snacking out almost completely.  Relying on the Lord.  And frustated that I am having a hard time losing weight.  I am 50 yrs young and walk on my treadmill 30 mins almost every day along with using my total gym.  My bed time is 10-10:30pm, however, I have a hard time falling asleep unless I am really tired.  At my annual visit last year my doctor said my thyroid was ok.    Any suggestions?   The outter right brow is also gone and has been for about two yrs. My underarm hair does not grow anymore, however, the hair on my legs do grow.

Thank you

Debra

 

Sounds like hypothyroid…have you tried Lugol's Solution?  A good Iodine to stimulate the thyroid gland?  Dr Helen

8:22 pm
February 13, 2013


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Dr. Helen,

  I am always tired. Have cut my sugar and snacking out almost completely.  Relying on the Lord.  And frustated that I am having a hard time losing weight.  I am 50 yrs young and walk on my treadmill 30 mins almost every day along with using my total gym.  My bed time is 10-10:30pm, however, I have a hard time falling asleep unless I am really tired.  At my annual visit last year my doctor said my thyroid was ok.    Any suggestions?   The outter right brow is also gone and has been for about two yrs. My underarm hair does not grow anymore, however, the hair on my legs do grow.

Thank you

Debra

6:58 pm
February 13, 2013


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VickiY. said:

Just to weigh-in, coconut sap sugar is harvested in much the same way as maple syrup from maple trees; a hollowed-out bamboo shoot is inserted in the flesh of the flower bud-bearing thick stems of coconut palms and the “sap” is drained into a bucket. Depending upon the product considered for purchase, the syrup is either heated and crystallized into a consistency and appearance not unlike brown sugar or turbinado sugar, OR it is left raw and allowed to naturally dry through evaporation for up to one year. Coconut sap sugar is among the least processed “sugars” available and is usually organic, from 100% pure sap with no additives or preservatives. Coconut sap sugar has some health benefits; it carries a lower glycemic index value (about 1/3 to 1/2) than sugar, naturally contains 17 amino acids, B-vitamins and minerals, and is has a nearly neutral pH value. PLEASE NOTE: Anyone following an anti-fungal regimen should not use coconut sap sugar during the 3-6 month Anti-fungal Food Choices and Anti-fungal Rotation Regimen process. For all others, and my opinion at this time, Coconut sap sugar appears to be a healthier option than sugar and chemical sugar sweeteners for sweetening foods and beverages.

ThaNK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION.

5:24 pm
February 13, 2013


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Just to weigh-in, coconut sap sugar is harvested in much the same way as maple syrup from maple trees; a hollowed-out bamboo shoot is inserted in the flesh of the flower bud-bearing thick stems of coconut palms and the “sap” is drained into a bucket. Depending upon the product considered for purchase, the syrup is either heated and crystallized into a consistency and appearance not unlike brown sugar or turbinado sugar, OR it is left raw and allowed to naturally dry through evaporation for up to one year. Coconut sap sugar is among the least processed “sugars” available and is usually organic, from 100% pure sap with no additives or preservatives. Coconut sap sugar has some health benefits; it carries a lower glycemic index value (about 1/3 to 1/2) than sugar, naturally contains 17 amino acids, B-vitamins and minerals, and is has a nearly neutral pH value. PLEASE NOTE: Anyone following an anti-fungal regimen should not use coconut sap sugar during the 3-6 month Anti-fungal Food Choices and Anti-fungal Rotation Regimen process. For all others, and my opinion at this time, Coconut sap sugar appears to be a healthier option than sugar and chemical sugar sweeteners for sweetening foods and beverages.

9:46 am
February 13, 2013


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I was wondering what you think about using coconut sap sugar as a sweetner. Snowflake

1:49 pm
February 8, 2013


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FogHorn said:

Hi Dr. Helen,

My wife is doing the weaning instructions as detailed in the hormone replacement therapy, and I am doing the cream for men (both the testosterone and progesterone). We are both doing exceptionally well; can I use the men's cream forever?  Thank you.

 

Yes, it is all natural …so nothing to worry about.  Dr Helen

9:59 pm
February 7, 2013


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Hi Dr. Helen,

My wife is doing the weaning instructions as detailed in the hormone replacement therapy, and I am doing the cream for men (both the testosterone and progesterone). We are both doing exceptionally well; can I use the men's cream forever?  Thank you.

2:00 pm
February 1, 2013


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Claire said:

Hi Dr Helen,

In your last tweet you said thyroid cancer is the fastest growing cancer in women. What can I do to help prevent it?

 

I think we all need to start taking Iodine….Lugol's Iodine is good.  I have used it.  A little bitter but it works.  Dr Helen

12:59 pm
January 28, 2013


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Hi Dr Helen,

In your last tweet you said thyroid cancer is the fastest growing cancer in women. What can I do to help prevent it?

9:32 am
January 26, 2013


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Approximately 25% of patients with sarcoidosis have been found to be infected with mycoplasma organisms. (This is the same species of organism that causes TB.)  I suspect this disease is probably a combination of autoimmune complicated with some kind of infectious agent.  I know herbalists who have successfully treated sarcoidosis with a strict anti-fungal protocol and broad spectrum anti-microbial herbs along with nutritonal supplementation for immune support.  I cannot say if this will work for you.  Strict adherance to the program was essential for those that were successful.  Specific recommendations may be obtained by becoming a platinum member and completing the health questionnaire.  Dr. Lorna 

2:02 pm
January 25, 2013


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suze said:

Dear Helen, I am a 62 year old woman that the Dr. said is plumanory hypertension, as a result of sarcoidosis.  What do you suggest, the Dr. wants me to have a lung transplant. Having problems breathing and tryed to get on the list.Frown

 

I amnot an expert in that, but of course if i were you I would pray and ask The Lord for HIS PERFECT WILL….then I would wait for a peace before making any decision.  Dr Helen

6:29 pm
January 24, 2013


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Dear Helen, I am a 62 year old woman that the Dr. said is plumanory hypertension, as a result of sarcoidosis.  What do you suggest, the Dr. wants me to have a lung transplant. Having problems breathing and tryed to get on the list.Frown

5:34 pm
January 19, 2013


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Borage oil is an excellent source of Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which helps balance prostaglandins at the cellular level, which is why Dr. Helen is recommending it.  Other great sources of GLA are evening primrose oil and black current seed oil.  Dr. Lorna

1:57 pm
January 18, 2013


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CaraMia said:

Hi Dr Helen,

What oil(s) do you like the best for menopausal symptoms? Cannot find any on your site.

Thank you.

 

I do recommend Borage Oil 2400 mgs a day.  Dr Helen

12:05 pm
January 18, 2013


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Hi Dr Helen,

What oil(s) do you like the best for menopausal symptoms? Cannot find any on your site.

Thank you.

2:03 pm
January 4, 2013


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VickiY. said:

Dr Helen, Snowflake posted her question under another topic but she is addressing her question specifically to you, so I copied/pasted her question to you here ~ Vicki

 

Hi Dr. Helen, i am actually writing to you concerning my daughter in law Rose. She has had a sore neck and shoulders for the past two years. An MRI has showed no problems. Two weeks ago both arms started going to sleep when she lays down to go to bed. It starts almost immeadialty.  The tingly sensation is in her hands and goes past her elbow. She changes sleep postion and makes sure her wrists are laying straight and not bent, but it does not help.

Every evening it seems to getting worse. When she finally gets  up, her arms feel heavy, and tingly for about an hour after.

She is currently working with a NUCCA chiro.

Thank you – Snowflake

 

I am sure the Chiropractor will get to the bottom of it!  Dr Helen

2:02 pm
January 4, 2013


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admin2 said:

DR. HELEN ~ WEBADMIN POSTED THIS EMAIL TO YOU IN THE FORUM:

Hi Dr. Helen,

I have been on Proganol cream for 2 months now and I wanted to know what I can do for my super dry skin. I am 56 years old. Since I have fibrous breast cysts, you suggested I stop taking Ostaderm cream. Any suggestions?

Thank you,

Dena

 

I carry lots of skincare products on my website.  I carry the LeAine Dehmer Clinical Skincare line that was put in the bags of the "Oscar Presenters" in Hollywood. Go to my website http://www.askdrhelen.com and look over the list then email me at info@askdrhelen.com and we will get to the bottom of your dry skin!  Dr Helen

3:18 am
January 3, 2013


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DR. HELEN ~ WEBADMIN POSTED THIS EMAIL TO YOU IN THE FORUM:

Hi Dr. Helen,

I have been on Proganol cream for 2 months now and I wanted to know what I can do for my super dry skin. I am 56 years old. Since I have fibrous breast cysts, you suggested I stop taking Ostaderm cream. Any suggestions?

Thank you,

Dena

10:20 pm
December 26, 2012


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Dr Helen, Snowflake posted her question under another topic but she is addressing her question specifically to you, so I copied/pasted her question to you here ~ Vicki

 

Hi Dr. Helen, i am actually writing to you concerning my daughter in law Rose. She has had a sore neck and shoulders for the past two years. An MRI has showed no problems. Two weeks ago both arms started going to sleep when she lays down to go to bed. It starts almost immeadialty.  The tingly sensation is in her hands and goes past her elbow. She changes sleep postion and makes sure her wrists are laying straight and not bent, but it does not help.

Every evening it seems to getting worse. When she finally gets  up, her arms feel heavy, and tingly for about an hour after.

She is currently working with a NUCCA chiro.

Thank you – Snowflake

2:01 pm
December 21, 2012


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VickiY. said:

Dr. Helen…..Debral posted this question for you in another part of the Live Chat Forum, so I moved it here for your response…Thank you…Vicki

 

DEBRAL ASKS,

"Dr. Helen,  I have been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis.  Can you give me any suggestions on what to take."

 

NSC Immzymes should help… go to http://www.nsc24.com also depending on age you can use some hormones.

Go to http://www.askdrhelen.com and on the home page go to the left side scroll down to "How to choose a Hormone" click and go to a series of questions to reach the correct hormone cream for you.  Dr Helen

5:04 pm
December 19, 2012


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Dr. Helen…..Debral posted this question for you in another part of the Live Chat Forum, so I moved it here for your response…Thank you…Vicki

 

DEBRAL ASKS,

"Dr. Helen,  I have been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis.  Can you give me any suggestions on what to take."

1:52 pm
December 14, 2012


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VickiY. said:

DR. HELEN…1KYGAL POSTED THIS QUESTION TO YOU IN A DIFFERENT SECTION OF THE FORUM (so I moved it here).

1kygal says:

Hi, Dr. Helen.  I am 52 yrs old, female.  I had a hysterectomy due to endometriosis and chronic anemea in 1995 with one ovary remaining.  In the past year I have been experiencing hot flashes, brain fog, weight gain (especially around waist), trouble sleeping, etc.  My doctor put me on Vivelle dot which I weaned off (thanks to your and Vicki's suggestions) of in October to your Red Label Progesterone Crème with Red Clover.  I am still having quite a bit of hot flashes.  I am currently on a 3 month (just began month 3) antifungal diet and cleanse suggested by Vicki with Healthtalk. I am eating very well and taking many supplements suggested by Vicki including fish oils, borage oil (yours), and flax oil.  I'm taking probiotics, NXC Immzymes along with the cleansing products (Candigone, Immucleanse, etc.)  To date, I have lost 19 lbs., and 4 inches around my waist which is wonderful.  The only major complaint I have right now is that I cannot seem to get rid of my hot flashes. They seem to be worse when I'm really busy and stressed.  Do you have any suggestions for me? Thanks so much for any advice you can give me!

 

I need to bump you up to something stronger…go to my website http://www.askdrhelen.com

  and order Ostaderm and use 1/4 tsp every 12 hours rubbed on inner thighs daily…if you want to stick with my Bio-Identical red label that is fine..just double up the dosage from 1/4 tsp every 12 hours daily to 1/2 tsp every 12 hours daily..Also for the fuzzy thinking Vinpocetine is my favorite for that…you will be focused within 2 hours of taking it…extract is from the periwinkle flower.  I also have vitamins for the Mind called Vitamind is that stronger if you need to go to something stronger.  Dr Helen

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December 4, 2012


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Post edited 3:47 pm – December 4, 2012 by VickiY.


DR. HELEN…1KYGAL POSTED THIS QUESTION TO YOU IN A DIFFERENT SECTION OF THE FORUM (so I moved it here).

1kygal says:

Hi, Dr. Helen.  I am 52 yrs old, female.  I had a hysterectomy due to endometriosis and chronic anemea in 1995 with one ovary remaining.  In the past year I have been experiencing hot flashes, brain fog, weight gain (especially around waist), trouble sleeping, etc.  My doctor put me on Vivelle dot which I weaned off (thanks to your and Vicki's suggestions) of in October to your Red Label Progesterone Crème with Red Clover.  I am still having quite a bit of hot flashes.  I am currently on a 3 month (just began month 3) antifungal diet and cleanse suggested by Vicki with Healthtalk. I am eating very well and taking many supplements suggested by Vicki including fish oils, borage oil (yours), and flax oil.  I'm taking probiotics, NXC Immzymes along with the cleansing products (Candigone, Immucleanse, etc.)  To date, I have lost 19 lbs., and 4 inches around my waist which is wonderful.  The only major complaint I have right now is that I cannot seem to get rid of my hot flashes. They seem to be worse when I'm really busy and stressed.  Do you have any suggestions for me? Thanks so much for any advice you can give me!

1:56 pm
November 30, 2012


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coyote said:

Hi Dr Helen and Dr Vicki!!

I listened to the show on Friday and just wanted you ladies to know that in the event of a bar fight I want you on my side!!

Since I have been using Dr Helen’s products for over a year with great results, I was concerned when that Walt guy came on the air screaming at you. He said you were lying so you could make millions and millions of dollars.

So I searched for Dr Lee and benefits of Progesterone for men (like you said on the show) and the web is FULL of hits. Then I searched for studies for key words “progesterone-men-clinical trial” and the web is full of them too.

From all appearances, Walt got his knickers in a knot and had no way out. Walt, you are wrong, must be IMS from the post below.

Thanks again,

 

I feel badly that I didn't take the "slap in the face" like The Lord has asked us to do.. (" Turn the other cheek".) 

Dr Helen

1:46 pm
November 30, 2012


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VickiY. said:

ATTENTION DR. HELEN…I moved this member's question (which she posted under "bioidentical hormones") to your forum because it is within your expertise; her name is wbteacherlady:

I am 62 years old and I have been taking progesterone about 17 years now, a half a ml twice a day for 25 days. I recently cut back to half a ml once a day.   My doctor says it is time to get me off of it because an aging body does not normally have hormones any more and it would not be natural for me to continue into old age.  My question is, how long can a person stay on bioidentical hormones and is it safe and effective into old age?

 

You can try going off now and see how you feel.  By now your body should be way past needing hormones…The only reason I keep women on hormones after 60 is if they have Osteoporosis in their family gene pool…Dr Helen

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November 27, 2012


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Coyote, I wish I had handled myself differently. I believe what I said is correct; however, Walt may have been grieving after losing someone to cancer or other illness and I think we might have served him better exploring why he was so angry. For instance, there are huge numbers of people we hear from who complain that modern-day medical doctors (especially oncologists) tell their patients they may eat and drink as normal – whatever makes them feel good. However, we know that eliminating sugars (which feed cancer) is essential, so for a doctor to tell their patient they can eat and drink all the goodies they like (that probably brought them to the point of ill health in the first place) is, in my opinion, irresponsible and a dereliction of duty. There are so many callers who need help that we sometimes fail to think about what an angry caller really needs and for that I am truly sorry…it may have been a missed opportunity.Embarassed

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November 27, 2012


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ATTENTION DR. HELEN…I moved this member's question (which she posted under "bioidentical hormones") to your forum because it is within your expertise; her name is wbteacherlady:

I am 62 years old and I have been taking progesterone about 17 years now, a half a ml twice a day for 25 days. I recently cut back to half a ml once a day.   My doctor says it is time to get me off of it because an aging body does not normally have hormones any more and it would not be natural for me to continue into old age.  My question is, how long can a person stay on bioidentical hormones and is it safe and effective into old age?

4:15 pm
November 18, 2012


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Hi Dr Helen and Dr Vicki!!

I listened to the show on Friday and just wanted you ladies to know that in the event of a bar fight I want you on my side!!

Since I have been using Dr Helen’s products for over a year with great results, I was concerned when that Walt guy came on the air screaming at you. He said you were lying so you could make millions and millions of dollars.

So I searched for Dr Lee and benefits of Progesterone for men (like you said on the show) and the web is FULL of hits. Then I searched for studies for key words “progesterone-men-clinical trial” and the web is full of them too.

From all appearances, Walt got his knickers in a knot and had no way out. Walt, you are wrong, must be IMS from the post below.

Thanks again,

3:20 pm
November 18, 2012


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Thank you for your prompt reply. I had the show on Friday with my wife listening, and asked her to email you, so we will see.

By the way, great show on Friday that guy was wrong and owes all of you an apology. Too much soy, he was IMS'ing (Irritable Male Syndrome), the stuff I learn when you guys are on the air is great.

Sean

2:01 pm
November 16, 2012


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Sean said:

Hey Dr Helen,

I listen to you all when you are on the air and try to never miss a Friday. My wife is 50 and started having problems about 6 months ago, what can you recommend for her? She has not been to the doctor and takes no drugs. Since you always ask what the symptoms are:

  • Mood swings.
  • Hot Flashes.
  • Mood swings.
  • Periods between 60-90 days.
  • Plus she hates me, and told me to go find a mistress. 

Oh Dear…not that bad…let's get her fixed now!  email me at info@askdrhelen.com and I will put her on a natural progesterone and a natural testosterone for increase sex drive.  Dr Helen

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November 16, 2012


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coyote said:

Hello Dr Helen, 
Just wanted you to know I've been using the Testosterone and the Progonol for men, going on a year now. My results are very good and I thank you for the advice. Your old link does not work but the products are still easy to find.

Question, may I use this long term as long as I skip the last week of the month?

Thanks again.

 

What old link????  I would like to fix it.   Yes these are natural and you can use them for awhile.  How old are you?  Dr Helen

9:48 pm
November 15, 2012


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Hello Dr Helen, 
Just wanted you to know I've been using the Testosterone and the Progonol for men, going on a year now. My results are very good and I thank you for the advice. Your old link does not work but the products are still easy to find.

Question, may I use this long term as long as I skip the last week of the month?

Thanks again.

1:07 pm
November 9, 2012


Sean

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Hey Dr Helen,

I listen to you all when you are on the air and try to never miss a Friday. My wife is 50 and started having problems about 6 months ago, what can you recommend for her? She has not been to the doctor and takes no drugs. Since you always ask what the symptoms are:

  • Mood swings.
  • Hot Flashes.
  • Mood swings.
  • Periods between 60-90 days.
  • Plus she hates me, and told me to go find a mistress. 

8:12 am
October 19, 2012


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Castowell:

Vicki, Dr’s John & Helen:

With the limited information that we have available via this forum, a complete nutritional assessment is not possible. However what keeps coming to my mind when I see relatively low cholesterol levels, BP on the low side, and low DHEA levels, with these symptoms is: DEBILITATED/RUN-DOWN/BURNED-OUT. The remaining labs do not detract from my suspicion. I would continue with the Candida protocol as I believe it is likely, but I would refrain from any cleansing programs (which would be too draining) for now and focus on rebuilding. Adrenal support would be particularly helpful. Dr. Lorna

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October 19, 2012


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VickiY. said:

ATTENTION: Drs. Helen, Lorna and John… "Castowell" is an OP surgical RN who asks all of you for input on her lab results, which she will be listing separately.

Except for doses of supplements, I am sharing our communications with you so that you may make additional suggestions. Dr. Helen, you already responded to her on September 21 but she is also interested in your impressions of her lab results (again, which she will post separately).

She takes no prescription drugs and eats organic foods whenever possible, does not consume soy, gluten, sugar, chemical sugar sweeteners, alcohol or processed foods/beverages.

Incorporating Dr. Helen's suggestions from September 21, I suggested NSC-100, therapeutic amounts of NSC-Immzymes, RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care, Dr. Helen's Blue label progesterone creme (the without red clover), Dr. Helen's Vitamin B-6 and Dr. Helen's Borage Oil AND that she begin the Anti-fungal Rotation Regimen with therapeutic amounts of NSC Caprylic Acid for one month (then rotate to Immucleanse, etc.) and follow the Raw Cleanse for 2-4 weeks, and then the Anti-fungal Food Choices ~ I know each of you have suggestions as well and look forward to your input. For right now, I think the important thing for Castowell to do is to systemically cleanse and rebuild her body, as well as balance hormone levels. I believe that will resolve many of her issues.

Hugs to All,

Vicki

Age: 31

Height: 5'0"

Weight: 106 lbs

Health Issues During Lifetime:

Transverse Myelitis – 2008
(I don’t take any medication for this and only symptom to-date is slight numbness of right leg and cold feet).  I’ve had routine yearly MRI’s to follow-up on lesion (size of Good n Plenty candy) that is on T3 and the last MRI I had was in 2011 (they said it was shrinking in size).  I have stopped doing routine MRI’s, per my choice.  When first seen by primary doctor – he put me on a weeklong regimen of corticosteroids via IV at local hospital.  Then I was referred to neurologist who eventually put me on Neurontin/Gabapentin.  I was on that only a short time because it wasn’t
doing anything for me.  The last time I have seen my neurologist was May 2011, per my choice.  No family history of M.S. in the family and thank the Lord I haven’t been diagnosed with M.S.

Estrogen Dominance – Laproscopy in 2009 – gyno stated that the lining in my uterus was becoming thick through menses, which caused the intense pain from time to time that took me to E.R. twice in a year time span. Irregular periods.  He recommended I go on birth control pills, gain weight so I am over 100 lbs.  I did not begin birth control pills. Instead, I saw naturopath doctor in my hometown who prescribed Female Balance and Evening Primerose – which seemed to stop the painful first day of my periods.

I took Desogen birth control pills and/or Depo shot from 1998 – 2007.  Stopped taking June 2007

Current UTI symptoms started 9/22 and still have.  Using 100% cranberry juice (4g sugar), lots of water, and glass of water with tsp baking soda.

Symptoms during menstrual cycle (irregular cycles anywhere from 30-63 day cycle; usually lasts 4-5 days):

Sometimes cramping

Bloating

Mood swings

Fatigue

Irritable

Depression

Lack of energy

Foggy thinking

1 BM per day

*No remedies taken

Supplements currently taken daily: 1200mg Thompson Omega 3-6-9, 1 – 800mcg Bronson Folic Acid, 3 Trace Minerals Electro Vita-Min, 2 – 400mg Kroeger Herb EPO capsules, 2 – 850mg Kroeger Herb Female Balance, 1 – Trace Minerals Stress X as needed, 1 – DaVinci Labs of Vermont Valer Amino at bedtime as needed, 1 – 500mg Now C-500 w/Bioflavonoids.

Biometric screening done – 9/21/12 at hospital after 12 hr fast

Total cholesterol – 168

HDL – 73

LDL – 79

Total cholesterol ratio to HDL – 2.3

Trig – 78

Fasting BS – 85

BP – 98/70 (my normal is around 90/60)

Recent blood work for 4 hormones – ordered by gynecologist because I suggested it during recent Yearly Female Exam.  Taken on day 7 of menstrual cycle

Prolactin Value 8.2       (range 3.0-27)

FSH Value 10.2            (range 1.0-108)

TSH Value 1.81            (range 0.30-5.00)

LH Value 4.5                (range 0.0 – 85)

 

Good morning Health Talk Live staff.  I want to share with you my recent ZRT lab results (saliva/blood spot combo kit testing Cortisol 4x in one day) which was done on day 20 of my irregular cycle – hoping for additional insight as to what is going on with my health status because I don't have anyone to discuss these results with. Why are certain values LOW and the Cortisol HIGH at night?  Hoping some light can be shed to why I'm experiencing symptoms and irregularity of cycle.  (Note: I have ordered the suggested supplements for the first month that I received from Vicki and will begin that regimen along with Raw Cleanse starting tomorrow 10/20.) – Thank you all for your continued support and direction.

Estradiol (saliva) = 2.4   (range is 1.3-3.3)

Progesterone (saliva) = 48  LOW   (range 75-270)

Ratio: Pg/E2 (saliva) = 20  LOW    (range optimal 100-500 when E2 is 1.3-3.3 pg/ml)

Testosterone (saliva) = 25  (range 16-55)

DHEAS (saliva) = 2.9  (range 2-23)

Cortisol Morning (saliva) = 8.1  (range 3.7-9.5)

Cortisol Noon (saliva) = 1.5 (range 1.2-3.0)

Cortisol Evening (saliva) = 1.5 (range 0.6 – 1.9)

Cortisol Night (saliva) = 1.2 HIGH  (range 0.4 – 1.0)

Free T4 (blood spot) = 1.3 (range 0.7-2.5)

Free T3 (blood spot) = 3.5 (range 2.5-6.5)

TSH (blood spot) = 1 (range 0.5-3.0)

TPO (blood spot) = 23 (range 0-150)

Lab Comments from person who read my results are as follows:

Estradiol is within the expected range for luteal phase. Progesterone is lower than observed range for luteal phase

suggesting that ovulation occurred without adequate production of progesterone (luteal insufficiency). Although the ratio of

progesterone/estradiol is low, symptoms of estrogen imbalance are minimal. This would suggest that estrogen and

progesterone production in other menstrual cycles is normal, or that target tissues are not overly sensitive to the

estrogens. If symptoms of estrogen imbalance become more problematic as menopause approaches, it would be

worthwhile to consider supplementing with bioidentical progesterone in combination with bioidentical estrogen(s) if

progesterone does not help with estrogen deficiency symptoms (e.g., hot flashes, night sweats, and sleep disturbances).

Testosterone is within range and symptoms of androgen imbalance are minimal.

DHEAS is within low-normal expected age range. Chronic low DHEAS may suggest adrenal fatigue, particularly if cortisol is also low and symptoms are indicative of low adrenal function. DHEAS is highest during the late teens to early twenties (10-20 ng/ml) and drops steadily with age to the lower end of range by age 70-80. Consider adrenal adaptogens or DHEA supplements if symptoms of androgen deficiency are problematic.

 

Cortisol is within expected range throughout most of the day but rises to a slightly elevated level at night. A higher night

cortisol suggests some form of adrenal stressor (emotional/physical-surgery, injury or disease causing inflammation/dietary-starvation/low blood glucose from dysglycemia/microbial-bacterial, fungal, or viral infections). Acute effects of a high cortisol are usually associated with agitation-irritability, anxiety, and sleep disturbances. However, when the stressor has been chronic over a prolonged period of time (months/years) this leads to conditions such as weight gain in the waist, muscle and bone loss, depression, and immune suppression. A chronically high night cortisol will lower melatonin production, which is important for maintaining normal biorhythms and immune function. If the high night cortisol is associated with symptoms characteristic of chronic high cortisol consider means to identify and eliminate the stressor.

Because chronic stressors and associated high night cortisol can have serious long term adverse effects on health and well being, it is important to develop strategies to identify and eliminate or reduce the stressors. For additional information about adrenal dysfunction and strategies for adrenal support and lowering stress/cortisol levels the following books and journal articles are worth reading: "Adrenal Fatigue; The 21st Century Stress Syndrome", by James L. Wilson, N.D., D.C., Ph.D.; "The Cortisol Connection", by Shawn Talbott, Ph.D.; "The End of Stress As We Know It" by Bruce McEwen "Phosphatidylserine", by Paris Kidd, Ph.D.; "The influence of Phosphatidylserine supplementation on mood and heart rate when faced with an acute stressor", Benton et al., Nutritional Neuroscience 4; 169-178, 2001.

 

Thyroid hormones (TSH, free T4, and free T3) and thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO) are within normal ranges and symptoms of thyroid imbalance are minimal.


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