Frequently Asked Med Questions – Dr. Taz MD

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Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Dear Dr. Taz,
With the increase in calories and decreased time for exercise during the holiday season, what strategies will help me avoid holiday weight gain?

Answer:
It’s tough to not gain weight during the holidays. I follow a couple of simple rules, which seem to help. No eating after 8 pm prevents excessive calorie intake. Staying active, even if there is limited time for organized exercise will also help. Walking, taking stairs and getting 10 minute bursts of activity throughout day can help. Finally, if you are eating extra calories, avoid drinking them as well. Limit sweetened drinks and alcohol to manage calories better this holiday season.



*This response is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for your physician’s medical advice, diagnosis or treatment*


Support for Night Shift/Swing Shift Employees

Dear Dr. Taz,
What sort of ongoing support would you suggest for nurses (and others) who work night shift and are awake several nights each week?

Answer:
Unfortunately, this is really tough on a female body. I feel for you. Try to batch your shifts or spread out to 1 per week if you can. Also, you can take melatonin to help with shifts in sleep cycle, and high dose b vitamins and many need hormonal support like bioidentical progesterone. We have a great b vitamin blend called Natural Boost that you may want to try. Please make sure your hormones are monitored and checked every 6 mos. 

Dr. Taz MD





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Quitting Smoking

Dear Dr. Taz,
What are your best tips for quitting smoking?

Answer:
It is tough to quit a lifelong addiction like smoking but learning your triggers for this behavior are key. Are you stressed? anxious? depressed? Or do you only smoke with certain friends or when you drink alcohol. Finding your triggers can help then determine the best modality for smoking cessation. In our practice, we recommend acupuncture, hypnosis, certain supplements, and sometimes, medications. Finding a replacement habit is also helpful, like chewing gum, praying, meditation or exercise.



*This response is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for your physician’s medical advice, diagnosis or treatment*


Bottled Water & Safety

Dear Dr. Taz,
I like your approach to health and nutrition! I drink a lot of bottled water and I am wondering how safe it is to drink out of plastic bottles? You recently mentioned on Live with Kelly and Michael to drink filtered tap water as an option. I have tried this as well, but with the softened water in the house, I am concerned with extra salt intake and it does not taste as good and the bottled water.

Answer:
Bottled water often does taste better than tap water due to the differences in sterilization or cleaning of the water. Tap water is from a public works facility and is often cleaned using chlorine, while bottled water is cleaned using ozone, which is tasteless and colorless.

Typically, drinking from plastic water bottles is not advised, unless those bottles are made of a particular plastic that is BPA free and free of additional phthalates and parabens. If you are going to drink from a plastic bottle, then check the type of plastic you are using, make sure you clean the cap frequently, and do not allow water to sit in a plastic bottle for more than 3-5 days after opening. If your physician has recommended you watch your sodium intake, then you might consider utilizing a steam water distiller system. In short, water is heated to the boiling point, which kills viruses and bacteria. As the water boils, the steam rises and the impurities evaporate, leaving the pure water behind in a clean container for drinking. This process of purification leaves can drastically reduce the sodium level in the water. There are many different companies who make these types of purification systems, but with a little research, you can find one that works for your needs.



*This response is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for your physician’s medical advice, diagnosis or treatment*


Grains & Digestion

Dear Dr. Taz,
Lately, I have doing better with my digestion, gaining a little weight, and feeling better in general. I am concerned about things I have heard about the consumption of grains contributing to problems with the brain, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Dr. Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain, in particular talks about these effects on the brain.

Grains are one of the foods that I can have. I eat gluten-free most of the time. If I eliminate grains, I lose one of my main sources for putting weight back on. However, I have been having increased problems with short-term memory, so I am concerned. What is your view about the connection between grains and problems with the brain. What would be your advice in my situation?

Answer:
While we are all questioning the overabundance of grain in the “Standard American Diet,” it’s helpful to keep in mind that each person is unique and individual in their circumstances. If you are losing weight and grain is a source of keeping your caloric intake high, then you should not completely eliminate grain from your diet. You can vary the types of grain and make sure you are not getting too much of one particular type of grain and try to buy organic, no GMO grain, whenever it is possible. There are many reasons for cognitive decline, so it might be helpful to revisit those issues specifically.



*This response is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for your physician’s medical advice, diagnosis or treatment*


Preventing the Flu

Dear Dr. Taz,
Now that flu season is approaching, what can I do to boost my immune system?

Answer:
The flu is fast approaching, but luckily there are tons of immune boosting herbs and supplements that can help you stay well this winter. Astragalus, an immune boosting herb, is known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is often taken in dropper form or pills. Mushrooms, including maitake and shiitake, also protect the immune system. Mushrooms can be taken as teas or tinctures. Oscillinium is a homeopathic remedy that helps treat flu symptoms, often found in pellet form. Getting plenty of good consistent sleep, supplementing with Vitamin D and juicing can all help build and strengthen the immune system.

While supplements and herbs help, the old fashioned rules of hand washing and maintaining a low sugar diet still apply. For more information, check out my Preventing the Flu blog post.



*This response is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for your physician’s medical advice, diagnosis or treatment*


Food Allergies & Inflammation

Dear Dr. Taz,
I have been sick quite a bit and doctors keep saying that I don’t have any illness other than gastritis, osteoarthritis and I am pre-diabetic. I was by mistake taken off gluten, dairy, corn, seafood, nuts, eggs. Then they diagnosed me with some disease only to come back and say “oh, you don’t have that.” Thank God I did not take the medication they prescribed. While I got off all the above items, I felt great, no aches and pains, no stomach problems and even less allergies. But I am starving!! I do not have the knowledge of what to eat and how to put food together to get all the nutrients I need on a daily basis. Can you help me? I have asked my doctors, but i guess they don’t know either. Thank you so much for any help.

Answer:
Many foods can trigger inflammation by altering gut function. This is why coming off gluten, dairy, corn, etc often help patients feel better. Often, when too many foods are problematic, the problem is more digestive, rather than food based. Make sure you are also working on good gut function, including probiotics, fermented foods, and amino acids to build gut lining, like glutamine. If you have too many food intolerances, it may also be a good idea to meet with a nutritionist to help plan meals with sufficient calories.



*This response is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for your physician’s medical advice, diagnosis or treatment*


Baby with Reflux, Frequent Ear Infections

Dear Dr. Taz,
My baby girl is 9 months and is overall healthy, except she was diagnosed with reflux and has been taking Prevacid since 2 months, and she keeps getting ear infections. She has just recovered from her 5th ear infection with help from antibiotics. She has taken antibiotics all 5 times, and of course she has had side effects, such as vomiting, diarrhea, fungus, etc. Our pediatrician sent us to see an ENT specialist but I am afraid that the only option for treatment will be going under general anesthesia to get tubes installed inside her ears. I would like to know if there is anything else we could do to treat and minimize this ear problem.

Answer:
In Chinese medicine, frequent ear infections are the result of weak spleen qi or digestive energy. Although it sounds crazy, looking carefully at your child’s diet and gut function may be the keys to preventing future ear infections and the link to reflux. I would recommend a detailed food intolerance evaluation and assessment of gut function as a beginning step. Children, however, that have had more than 4-6 ear infections in a given year often need ear tubes due to the risks of delayed speech and language development.



*This response is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for your physician’s medical advice, diagnosis or treatment*


Custody Battle & Stress

Dear Dr. Taz,
I am 36-years-old and have been going through a custody battle for 6 years. Over the years, I have noticed my health has taken a toll (i.e., body pain, chest pain, stomach pain, lethargic feeling). I am also moody, short of patience and irritable. I don’t know what to do since my tests are negative. Do you have any advice on how I can overcome this with my health? I want to be healthy physically, mentally and emotionally.

Answer:
I have seen so many friends go through this personally and I know well the toll it takes. A custody battle is one of the most heart wrenching things for any family to go through. I usually advise my friends and patients to create a plan of action to take care of themselves physically, mentally and emotionally. I would budget 2-3 hours on personal care per week- include exercise, massage, and acupuncture as a part of this plan. Create time boundaries during which you are willing to deal with the custody battle; maybe you tackle the lawyers and your ex every am from 8am-10am and then head straight to the gym. This may not be the perfect timetable for you, but create your own. Finally, build a support system that includes as many people that love you to help buffer you and your children through this time. All your symptoms are the result of excessive stress- and grief-so they will not show up on regular conventional tests but will show up as shifts in your Chinese orAyurvedic medical diagnoses, which are based on energy and constitution. Chronic stress does lead to disease, so keep up your doctor’s appointments even if lab tests are “fine”.



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Shingles

Dear Dr. Taz,
I have just survived a case of the shingles. Yikes. From what I have heard my case was fairly light. Nevertheless, very uncomfortable. What supplements or steps should I take to insure a stronger immune system. Or is there anything I can do to achieve better balance in my body?

Answer:
Shingles outbreaks are signs of a weakened immune system. It is very uncomfortable. I usually recommend boosting the immune system by taking the amino acid lysine, 1-gram 3x’s per day. Using astragalus, a well-known Chinese herb, acts as anti-viral, anti-bacterial and an immune booster. High dose vitamin C is also helpful (3-5 grams per day). For severe cases, I also recommend IV vitamin C infusions.



*This response is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for your physician’s medical advice, diagnosis or treatment*


Energy Drinks

Dear Dr. Taz,
I often need a pick-me-up. Do energy drinks really work?

Answer:
Will a dose of caffeine and sugar—the getup-and-go ingredients in most energy drinks—give you a jolt? Yes, temporarily, and having one occasionally is fine. But you shouldn’t be relying on chemical stimulants to keep you up every day (especially when there are better, caffeine-free energy boosters out there).

For one, they can cause a steep rise and fall in insulin levels, triggering inflammation, potential hormone imbalances, and moodiness. That boost you get from a caffeine-sugar fix is usually followed by plummeting blood sugar—which will have you reaching for another lift.

Even if you’re not caffeine-sensitive, you can easily overdo it. Most of these drinks contain anywhere from 70 to 200 mg of caffeine per serving (equivalent to one to two 1-ounce espressos), which can trigger heart palpitations, the jitters, and insomnia. That sets you up for needing a fix the next day, too. One popular brand has 62 g of sugar—the same as nearly two candy bars!

If you reach for an energy drink daily, talk with your doctor about finding the cause of your fatigue. For an occasional lift, take a brisk walk or eat a piece of fruit. In Ayurveda, dates are a natural energy booster. Add some to your favorite vanilla smoothie recipe or try my Berry Blast Protein Shake for your own healthier energy drink.



*This response is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for your physician’s medical advice, diagnosis or treatment*


Osteoarthritis

Dear Dr. Taz,
You spoke of treatment for Osteoarthritis, is there a cure or way to reverse it?

Answer:
Osteoarthritis, an inflammatory joint disease, is a common condition often affecting adults over the age of 50. I see many patients with osteoarthritis that have exhausted the typical medication options and are looking for other alternatives to manage joint pain and improve mobility.

While there is not a cure for osteoarthritis, I have seen many of my patients reverse progression of this disease. Managing osteoarthritis is a delicate game of reversing inflammation and weight gain. As these issues are resolved, the pain of osteoarthritis often dissipates.

Try beating your osteoarthritis by beginning a movement regimen that you can do. Walking and running may be difficult for patients with osteoarthritis due to the impact on weight bearing joints, while swimming or yoga may be better fits. Stretching and gentle exercises like tai chi or qi gong are also helpful.

There are supplements that target osteoporosis by reversing inflammation. Turmeric, derived from curcumin, is a potent anti-inflammatory. I typically recommend 2-3 grams per day for patients with osteoarthritis. Boswellia is another anti-inflammatory frequently used. Try taking 500 mg 1-2x per day for maximum benefit. Finally, omega 3 fats decrease inflammation. Including 2-3 grams of fish oil daily can help. Some studies show that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate aid osteoarthritis treatment by providing joint lubrication.

Progressive weight gain only worsens the symptoms of osteoarthritis. An anti-inflammatory diet combined with calorie control is key in preventing progressive weight gain and minimizing the pain of osteoarthritis.

Finally, acupuncture can be helpful for managing the pain of osteoarthritis and decreasing joint inflammation. Reversing osteoarthritis is possible but targeting inflammation and weight gain, rather than just pain are the keys to long-term prevention of this disease.



*This response is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for your physician’s medical advice, diagnosis or treatment*


Olive Oil & When to Use it

Dear Dr. Taz,
It seems like everyone has a different take on the benefit of olive oil and whether or not to cook with it. I tend to use olive oil all the time when cooking, but recently a friend told me I should be using coconut oil. I want to do what is healthy for my family. Can you tell me which one I should be using and why?

Answer:
Olive and coconut oil are healthy oils as long as they are each used appropriately. Olive oil has a low smoke point so it should not be used for grilling, frying or broiling, since it oxidizes as higher temperatures and may be unhealthy. Coconut oil is a saturated fat and has a higher smoke point. It has been found to be beneficial in hormone balance and gut health. You can use coconut oil for higher temperature cooking, but consider using it in moderation since it is a saturated fat.



*This response is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for your physician’s medical advice, diagnosis or treatment*


Multiple Sclerosis – MS

Dear Dr. Taz,
I was recently medically retired from the United States Navy after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I have been on several prescription medications including Tysabri, ReBif and now Tecfidera. Unfortunately, I am still dealing with fatigue, double vision, unsteady gate and heat sensitivity. I have heard from others suffering with MS that they maintain a strict diet. Is there a diet you would recommend?

Answer:
I do recommend an anti-inflammatory diet as a start, but many patients need a diet more specific than this. Anti-inflammatory diets focus on keeping gluten, dairy, and sugar very low in the daily diet—maybe down to 1 serving per day. Many patients with MS also report improvement once they do completely gluten or dairy free diet, but again, this has to be individually determined. Also, juicing to increase antioxidants can also aid in another common MS pattern, mitochondrial dysfunction.



*This response is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for your physician’s medical advice, diagnosis or treatment*


Stress Incontinence

Dear Dr. Taz,
I have exercise induced – stress incontinence. At the age of 56 and 4 natural childbirths I find it is progressing. My GYN doctor does not think that I am a candidate for surgery. I am not on hormone replacement therapy. I am a vegetarian and exercise almost daily. Are there any holistic things that I could try? The doctor suggested trying In Tone although she doesn’t have any specific experience with it.

Answer:
Stress incontinence can be the result of your childbirths or an overactive bladder. Often, the drop in hormones, specifically progesterone, causes decreased bladder tone, resulting in incontinence. Physical therapy targeting the pelvic floor muscles may help improve stress incontinence. The In Tone system may help. There are some promising results with acupuncture as well.



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Neuropathy & Atrophy

Dear Dr. Taz,
I have a diminished body condition due to advanced neuropathy and atrophy. Now my body is not producing enough acetylcholine to provide a normal sleep cycle. Even with taking melatonin, I get less than four hours of sleep. Is there any available replacement therapies or meds to recover acetylcholine levels?

Answer:
Altered sleep cycles are often difficult to recover. I would suggest getting sleep neurotransmitter testing and determining specifically what the defect is. You can try supplements like GABA or the amino acid tryptophan, but the most effective strategy is to identify the missing neurotransmitters.



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Lung Disease-Pulmonary Fibrosis

Dear Dr. Taz,
Three years ago I was a very healthy, active 58 yr. old when I noticed I was out of breath climbing one flight of stairs. I have since been diagnosed with interstitial lung disease-pulmonary fibrosis. One doctor I saw said parasites can cause fibrosis and/or inflammation in the lungs. The stool test she ran showed moderate crypto sporidia. Have any of your parasite patients presented with lung disease? If yes, was damage to lung tissue reduced with parasite treatments? I have lived in the Philippines, Mexico, Africa, and Europe and traveled for eight years in Latin America, so have had plenty of exposure. Thank you for raising public awareness about parasites on Dr. Oz!

Answer:
Parasites affect digestion triggering inflammation. We have had lung patients with parasite infection, but once the lungs are damaged, reversal of this is variable and not consistent. It does not mean you cannot heal. Treat parasites, maximize your nutrition and work as hard as you can on increasing your oxygenation through juicing, exercise and lung friendly supplements like N-acetyl cysteine.



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Lowering Diabetes Risk

Dear Dr. Taz,
I am in my twenties and do not have diabetes, but my sweet tooth and family history of diabetes makes me nervous about developing it in the future. What steps can I take to lower my risk?

Answer:
Diabetes is a modern day disease of inflammation, so anything you can do to lower inflammation is critical. Diet is probably the most important factor, with insulin regulation the key to diabetes prevention. Limit sweets and carbohydrates, trading them for high fiber fruits and vegetables or protein. Eat consistently through the day and at regular intervals. Finally, exercise helps to manage insulin, so creating a consistent exercise regimen is important. Getting on the right track in your 20’s, guarantees healthy decades to come.



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Afternoon Fatigue – Adrenal Health

Dear Dr. Taz,
I am having trouble staying awake and alert throughout my workday. I get a full 8 hours of rest a night, yet I find myself yawning and becoming groggy early in the afternoon. What can I do to combat this?

Answer:
Your symptoms sound like classic adrenal fatigue. After long bouts of chronic stress, the body has trouble healing itself even after proper rest. Try boosting your daytime energy with morning and early afternoon protein. Protein shakes or smoothies are great, easy to go options. Adrenal Adaptogens, like ashwaghanda or ginseng may also help beat the afternoon slump. If this still does not help your fatigue, have your doctor check your hormone levels, especially your thyroid.



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Reducing Breast Cancer Risks

Dear Dr. Taz,
I am 36-years-old and never had children, how do I reduce my risk of getting breast cancer?

Answer:
Maintaining hormonal balance and hormone detoxification are important in preventing breast cancer. Pregnancy and breastfeeding are opportunities to keep estrogen levels lower in women. Monitoring your own estrogen levels while also getting preventive studies like thermograms and mammograms can help keep you informed of your active risks. Following an estrogen detoxification diet and supplement like DIM, ensure proper estrogen breakdown.



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Menopause

Dear Dr. Taz,
I am a 51-year-old woman. High energy, creative, and impulsive. Then menopause symptoms hit and they hit me hard. My symptoms include: severe hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, decline of cognitive function and I am struggling to keep on top of things and procrastinating. I am also easily overwhelmed and irritated.

My counselor and another physician experienced with ADHD told me that I have ADHD. Although I have not been formally tested. Both told me that sometimes-wonky hormone levels exasperate any ADHD symptoms.

I am taking bio identical hormones. My hormone levels are good and I am tested often. This has helped tremendously with the hot flashes/sleep issues but not the ADHD issues. I am really curious about this and would like to hear your thoughts and experience with menopause and ADHD.

Answer:
Menopause and ADHD are connected. In menopause, we know that the hormone, pregnenalone, a progesterone derivative, decreases. Pregnenalone deficiency can cause brain fog and memory loss. Supplementing pregnenalone may help improve your symptoms. Nutritional deficiencies also worsen in menopause, so getting plenty of B vitamins and protein may help your focus.



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Vaccines

Dear Dr. Taz,
I have a 3 -month old baby that will need to go to daycare and they require that she be vaccinated against Hepatitis B. I don’t see the need for it (she’s not a risk) and I’m aware of the risks associated with this vaccine. I would like to know what your thoughts are on the Hepatitis vaccine, the need to vaccinate babies against Hepatitis B (and A), and what you recommend to parents who don’t want to take the risk to vaccinate their kids with a vaccine whose long-term effects are not fully understood yet. What are your thoughts?

Answer:
While it is difficult to advise patients on vaccines without seeing them in office, I am generally not anti-vaccine but more focused on assessing children for potential risk factors in metabolizing and detoxifying vaccines. I would recommend a conversation with a like-minded physician to help you make these decisions.



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Scleroderma

Dear Dr. Taz,
What are natural ways to treat Scleroderma?

Answer:
Scleroderma is an inflammatory disorder and signs of the immune system working against itself. I often begin patients with autoimmune conditions on an anti-inflammatory diet, lowering gluten and dairy, while increasing healthy fats found in nuts, seeds, and olive oil. My favorite anti-inflammatory supplements include, turmeric and high dose omega 3 fatty acids. Try starting these at initial doses of 2-3 grams per day after consulting with your doctor. Finally, fixing your digestive system is the key to reducing inflammation. Adding probiotics and digestive enzymes while eliminating food allergies or intolerances are the keys to good gut health.



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Narcolepsy

Dear Dr. Taz,
I have a 12-year-old boy who was diagnosed with narcolepsy last year following his dad’s deployment to Afghanistan. The MD recommended an anti-depressant and Ritalin, but I chose an alternative approach by using supplements: omega 3, chiropractic treatment, exercise and diet changes. I saw minimal changes and now the symptoms are more pronounced with excessive sleeping, weight gain, jaw laxity and weakness with strong emotions. Do you have any suggestions to assist my active yet sleepy son? Thank you in advance.

Answer:
What a tough challenge with your son—I feel for you. There are many causes of narcolepsy, including depression, but I would make sure your son has had an extensive work up—including nutritional deficiencies, thyroid balance and insulin regulation. Some seizures also can present as narcolepsy. I would make sure an appropriate work up has been done and then build a medication and supplement regimen around this.



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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Dear Dr. Taz,
My son is 23 and suffers immensely from Ankylosing Spondylitis, Deg. Disk Disease and Malnutrition. Over 20 doctors have not been able to do anything for him, except wanting to put him on Humira. I am so heartbroken to watch my young, smart,sweet son become disabled and lose all hope. He is 6 feet tall and only weighs 123 lbs. He is literally like a skeleton. He hardly complains. Imyself have Celiac Disease. He tested negative through an Endoscopy, which is a poor test for Celiac. He knows he eats badly (no fruits or veggies) but he seems to stay depressed and in horrible pain every single day. God bless you for any help you can give us.

Answer:
I feel for you and have seen so many patients in your situation. May, ironically, is National Arthritis Awareness month as well. My first steps with the many patients battling an autoimmune disease is to start an anti inflammatory diet which includes lowering, if not eliminating, gluten and dairy. Watching sugar, but increasing calories through amino acid supplementation and foods that are easily digestible help to add calories. Again, I have not seen your son, so all advice is based on experience with past patients. Try to start him on a few protein shakes per day, you can try Metagenics Ultraclear Sustain or UltrainflamX.



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Hot Flashes

Dear Dr. Taz,
I am 52, went through menopause when I was 38-years-old and am still suffering from hot flashes. What can Ido?

Answer:
The symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes are signs of hormone instability. A South American herb, Maca, has been found to be helpful. Try taking 1 dropper or approximately 500 mg per day. Also, evening primrose oil is helpful at 600 mg 2x per day. Finally, remember your liver and colon also have to work efficiently to help hormone balance.



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Environmental Allergies

Dear Dr. Taz,
I have been following your allergy information. My 11-year -old has terrible environmental allergies (no food allergies). He is hard to manage because he has no external symptoms. Just allergy shiners under his eyes and a fluid build-up in his ears with some post nasal drip and a sore throat. He has taken all Rx and OTC allergy medications, but none seem to work over a long period of time. I would like to get him off of the Zyrtec and Flonase and go natural for him, but not sure what to use that will help him since his symptoms are never mentioned in anything I read. He has been taking meds year round since we live in Florida and there is always something blooming. Would love your help! Thanks for your time!

Answer:
Your son may benefit from liver support and regular juicing with dark greens to help his immune system. I would have him checked for candida overgrowth, and lower both sugar and dairy in his diet. Also, I would add 1 tsp -2 tsp of black seed oil daily. I would give this regimen at least 3 weeks before you try taking him off any medications. Good Luck!



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