A: It depends on your case. If you have chronic heartburn or an ulcer, then
it's a good idea to avoid vitamin formulas with large doses of vitamin C since vitamin C
is acidic and can worsen those medical problems. Plus, pay attention to vitamin formulas
with herbs added to them. In some cases the added herbs can be aggravating your problem or
contributing to it, such as cayenne pepper feeding an inflammatory arthritic problem. On
the other hand, if you have acidic tendencies and
a disorder like osteoporosis, supplementing with a good amount of calcium, magnesium and
vitamin D daily is a good idea.
Q: IS IT SAFE TO TAKE HERBS ON TOP OF MY PRESCRIPTION DRUGS?
A: It depends on what specifically you are taking. For example, blood thinning
drugs such as celebrex, vioxx, and aspirin should not be taken with blood thinning herbs
such as dandelion, echinacea, or goldenseal. Vitamin E and fish oils are blood thinning
Q: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT GARLIC? I READ SOMEWHERE THAT
IT IS GOOD FOR YOU. SHOULD I TAKE IT DAILY?
A: Again. It depends. If you have high blood pressure you should avoid it, as
worsens hypertension due to its chemically heating properties. However, it is
great for breaking up and dissolving clots.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I EAT? WHAT KIND OF DIET DO YOU RECOMMEND?
A: It depends on many variables: your genetics, your medical history, your
current medical problems and their specific symptoms, etc. It is just as complicated
to give specific dietary recommendations for someone, as it is to give them suggestions on
which natural supplements and herbs to try. This is reality! For example, dairy products
and fruit juices are great for someone with dryness issues, but horrible for someone
fighting a serious fluid retention problem (edema). Spices help dispel nausea, but will
aggravate and worsen inflammatory pain.
Q: IS SUGAR BAD FOR ME? SHOULD I CUT SUGAR OUT OF MY DIET?
A: Not necessarily. Despite white sugar being processed, it is still a natural
substance. Furthermore, in Ayurvedic medicine it buffers acidity in other foods and
beverages with a ph of 7. This is actually a good thing if your body tends to be
genetically more acidic. "Sweetened" fruit juices and fruits are a lot less
sour/acidic which is beneficial to some people who cannot tolerate acids. Let's not forget
that many medical disorders are actually caused from too much acidity and/or the
consumption of sour foods and sour drinks- such as osteoporosis, excessive tooth cavities,
acid reflex, ulcers, many GI disorders, migraines, and even genetic FH cholesterol issues
(as sour/acid substances negatively impact the liver's function and LDL receptor ability
in these people by increasing the main enzyme involved in faulty lipid metabolism). The
new sour taste on the market is not so sweet in many negative ways.
Last, in Ayurveda, sugar is anti-inflammatory (the opposite of what you've been
told). It actually "cools" the body internally and therefore helps treat and
lower inflammation and its related medical disorders. Sugar actually helps to lower blood
Q: I HAVE IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME. AM I'M LACTOSE
A: No, not necessarily. Many other foods and seasonings, natural supplements,
western medications, and herbs can disrupt digestion causing GI distress and mimic the
same symptoms of lactose intolerance. Usually several dietary factors play a role in
causing distress, not just one food group. Secondly, genetically and biologically some
people are born with lactose intolerance, they don't just develop it as they age. Very few
caucasians are actually truly lactose intolerant. Don't buy into marketing hype without
checking out the facts.
Q: WHY CAN'T I GET MY CHOLESTEROL DOWN ON A FAT FREE DIET?
A: 70-80% of the cholesterol drawn from a needle in your blood comes from the
function of your liver and not dietary fat. Hence, this explains why your friend can eat a
high fat diet and have low cholesterol and you may eat a low fat or even vegetarian diet
and still have high lipid levels. Liver function is greatly influenced by genetics and
acidic foods. Hence grape juice and orange juice, despite being cholesterol free, can
significantly raise cholesterol levels if the juice is too sour/tart and the ph is too
low, in people with this inherited sensitive liver. Sugar free fruit products are even
more acidic as sugar buffers acidity. Its removal substantially drops ph in fruit juices
and canned fruits, etc. Any fruit that is underipe or sour also effects this issue. Yogurt
is horrible for the liver- as fermented substances are also considered "sour" in
Q: ONCE MY PROBLEM IS GONE, SHOULD I KEEP TAKING HERBS?
A: Never! Herbs are not like vitamins and supplements. They behave in the
body completely differently. Their effects tend to accumulate in the system-making someone
internally cold, hot, too dry, too damp, acidic, etc. Herbs are best used only until
the problem is gone and the body has been restored to balance. Once that balance has been
achieved, you risk throwing your body off balance in the opposite direction if you
continue taking and using the same products.
Q: CAN JUST HERBS REVERSE A MEDICAL PROBLEM BY THEMSELVES?
A: Not really. It's like paddling up a river. In Eastern medicine there are 2
main causes for most chronic diseases: one's genetics and his/her diet. If he/she does not
make changes to his/her diet, then the problem is most likely to come back- as the root
cause was not addressed. Plus, it is almost impossible to get great results if the body is
still receiving substances that aggravate it, despite the herbs it's also being given.
Herbs and diet changes together create a very powerful source for healing.