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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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This chronic condition, which actually encompasses several related disorders, is marked by an often painful inflammation of the intestines. Symptoms may be eased with dietary changes, vitamin supplements, and soothing herbs….CLICK & SEE

Symptoms

Early symptoms may include constipation and the frequent urge to defecate, with passage of only small amounts of blood or mucus.
Later symptoms include chronic diarrhea with rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, low-grade fever, general malaise, arthritis, mouth sores, blurred vision, painful joints, poor appetite, low energy, and weight loss. After a decade, there’s increased risk for colorectal cancer.
Symptoms may come and go. A severe attack can cause nausea, vomiting, dehydration, heavy sweating, loss of appetite, high fever, and heart palpitations.

When to Call Your Doctor
If you have black or bloody stools, or painful, mucus-filled diarrhea.
If symptoms suddenly worsen.
If you have a swollen abdomen or severe pain (especially on the lower-right side) — it may be a sign of appendicitis.
If severe abdominal pain accompanies fever over 101 F.
Reminder: If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor before taking supplements.

What It Is
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a general term for several related disorders (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) that often first strike people in their 20s or 30s. Typically, all or part of the digestive tract becomes chronically inflamed and develops small erosions, or ulcers. Bouts of inflammation are followed by periods of remission lasting weeks or years.

What Causes It
Experts are not entirely sure why people develop IBD, although heredity plays a part. More than a third of IBD sufferers know of a family member afflicted with the disease, and it’s four times more common in Caucasian and Jewish families. The disease may be triggered by a bacterium or a virus, or by a malfunctioning immune system. Factors such as stress and anxiety, or sensitivity to certain foods, can all contribute to flare-ups.

How Supplements Can Help
IBD usually causes a decreased ability to absorb nutrients from food, so a daily high-potency multivitamin is essential. Additional supplements, taken together, may also be beneficial, especially during flare-ups.

What Else You Can Do
Determine if certain foods trigger flare-ups and then eliminate them.
Apply a hot pack or hot water bottle to the abdomen to prevent cramps.
Minimize stress with yoga, meditation, and regular exercise.
In addition to chamomile, herbal teas made from flaxseed, slippery elm, or marshmallow aid digestion and soothe the intestines. To make the tea, use 1 or 2 teaspoons of herb per cup of hot water; steep for 10 to 15 minutes, then strain.
Ask your doctor about nicotine patches, which may help put active cases of ulcerative colitis into remission, according to a small Mayo Clinic study. Of 31 patients who used high-dose nicotine skin patches for four weeks, 12 were significantly better; only 3 of 33 who wore placebo patches showed some improvement. But side effects were common, including dizziness, nausea, and skin rashes. Additional research is needed.

Supplement Recommendations

Vitamin B Complex
PABA
Licorice (DGL)
Vitamin E
Vitamin A
Essential Fatty Acids
Acidophilus
Zinc/Copper
Chamomile

Vitamin B Complex
Dosage: 1 pill twice a day for flare-ups; then reduce to 1 pill each morning for maintenance; take with food.
Comments: Look for a B-100 complex with 100 mcg vitamin B12 and biotin; 400 mcg folic acid; and 100 mg all other B vitamins.

PABA
Dosage: 1,000 mg 3 times a day for flare-ups.
Comments: Take 1,000 mg twice a day for maintenance.

Licorice (DGL)
Dosage: Chew 2 wafers (380 mg) 3 times a day, between meals.
Comments: For flare-ups; use deglycyrrhizinated (DGL) form only.

Vitamin E
Dosage: 400 IU twice a day for flare-ups or maintenance.
Comments: Check with your doctor if taking anticoagulant drugs.

Vitamin A
Dosage: 50,000 IU a day for flare-ups; reduce to 10,000 IU a day for maintenance.
Comments: Take only 5,000 IU a day if you may become pregnant.

Essential Fatty Acids
Dosage: 1 tbsp. (14 grams) flaxseed oil or 5,000 mg fish oils a day.
Comments: Use enteric-coated form of fish oils as maintenance.

Acidophilus
Dosage: Take 1 pill twice a day between meals.
Comments: Get 1-2 billion live (viable) organisms per pill.

Zinc/Copper
Dosage: 30 mg zinc and 2 mg copper a day.
Comments: Add copper only when using zinc longer than 1 month.

Chamomile
Dosage: 1 cup of tea up to 3 times a day.
Comments: Use 2 tsp. dried herb per cup of hot water.

Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advise or help. It is always best to consult with a Physician about serious health concerns. This information is in no way intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies.This is purely for educational purpose.

Source:Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs(Reader’s Digest)

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Congestive Heart Failure

It’s the most frequent cause of hospitalization in people over age 65 — and a serious condition that usually requires rigorous, lifelong treatment. Along with lifestyle changes and drugs, supplements can help ease symptoms of this ailment……...CLICK & SEE

Symptoms
Extreme fatigue and weakness.
Shortness of breath after very little exertion or while reclining.
Severe cough that produces reddish brown sputum.
Unexplained extremely rapid or irregular heartbeat.
Swelling (edema) of the extremities, especially ankles and feet.

When to Call Your Doctor
If you regularly feel extremely fatigued and short of breath after limited exertion.
If you experience severe breathlessness or chest pain, which may indicate a heart attack — call an ambulance at once.
If you have congestive heart failure and you develop fever or rapid or irregular heartbeat or symptoms worsen.

What It Is
In congestive heart failure (CHF), a weakened, or failing, heart doesn’t pump as efficiently as it should. As a result, not enough oxygen-rich blood gets delivered to all parts of the body. Often simply called heart failure, CHF typically lingers and worsens over time. As blood flow from the heart slows, the blood returning to the heart backs up, leading to “congestion” in the tissues. Fluid can accumulate in the lungs, causing shortness of breath; can pool in the ankles, making them swell up; or can produce myriad other symptoms.


What Causes It

A heart attack, which scars the heart and interferes with its pumping ability, frequently results in CHF. Other causes include persistent high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, long-term drug or alcohol abuse, and infections of the heart muscle or valves.

How Supplements Can Help
Various medications can strengthen the heart’s pumping action, expand blood vessels, increase blood flow, and eliminate excess fluid from the body. In consultation with your doctor, all these supplements can be taken long term along with conventional drugs to help slow the progression of CHF. Benefits may appear within three to four weeks.

What Else You Can Do
Get plenty of rest and don’t undertake strenuous activity.
Eat smaller, more frequent meals, which require less energy to digest.
Reduce your salt intake and avoid caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco.
Regular walking and other types of mild aerobic exercise help many patients with CHF. However, always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

Supplement Recommendations
Vitamin C/Vitamin E
Coenzyme Q10
Hawthorn
Carnitine
Taurine
Magnesium
Ginkgo Biloba
Thiamin

Vitamin C/Vitamin E
Dosage: 1,000 mg vitamin C 3 times a day; 400 IU vitamin E daily.
Comments: Check with your doctor if taking anticoagulant drugs.

Coenzyme Q10
Dosage: 100 mg twice a day.
Comments: For best absorption, take with food.

Hawthorn
Dosage: 100-150 mg 3 times a day.
Comments: Standardized to contain at least 1.8% vitexin.

Carnitine
Dosage: 1,000 mg L-carnitine twice a day on an empty stomach.
Comments: When using for longer than 1 month, add a mixed amino acid complex (follow package directions).

Taurine

Dosage: 500 mg L-taurine twice a day on an empty stomach.
Comments: When using for longer than 1 month, add a mixed amino acid complex (follow package directions).

Magnesium

Dosage: 400 mg twice a day with food.
Comments: Do not take if you have kidney disease.

Ginkgo Biloba
Dosage: 40 mg 3 times a day.
Comments: Standardized to have at least 24% flavone glycosides.

Thiamin

Dosage: 200 mg a day.
Comments: Also called vitamin B1.
Source:Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs