Dr. Earl Mindell's Natural Remedies for 150 Ailments

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This book teaches readers to stop turning to potentially harmful prescription and over-the-counter medicines to ease whatever ails them, and to turn instead to Mother Nature for safe, natural and effective remedies to relieve troublesome health conditions.

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1. Acne

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Acne is an inflammatory skin disorder of the face, back, and chest. Although it is usually associated with hormone fluctuations during puberty, it can and does affect many adults. Whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples, which are characteristics of acne, result from an overgrowth of bacteria in oil-clogged pores. Although keeping the skin clean is very important in helping to control acne, it is not enough. Vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements, as well as healthy eating and exercise habits, can be very beneficial. SUPPLEMENTS•  Chromium: 200600 mg daily.•  Selenium: 100200 mcg daily.•  Vitamin A: 5,00010,000 IU daily.•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg with 500 mg of bioflavonoids daily.•  Vitamin E: 400500 IU daily.•  Zinc: 15 mg of elemental zinc (read label), once or twice daily. HERBS•  Echinacea: as directed on label.•  Goldenseal: as directed on label. CONSIDER / TRY TO•  Aerobic exercise.•  Detoxification (see TOXICITY on page 280).•  Drink six to eight glasses of pure water daily.•  Eat more raw vegetables.  

2. ADD/ADHD

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Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a condition characterized by a short or poor attention span and inappropriate, impulsive behavior. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is ADD with hyperactivity. These disorders usually affect school-aged children, but may continue into adulthood. Symptoms include fidgeting, excessive talking, disregard of consequences, and an inability to concentrate. Psychostimulant drugs are often prescribed to control ADD/ADHD, but natural remedies, including nutritional supplements and exercise, offer nonprescription alternatives.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Calcium: 5001,000 mg daily (older women: 1,5002,000 mg).

•  Magnesium: 250500 mg daily.

•  MSM: 1,000 mg, one to three times daily.

HERBS

•  Bacopa extract: 100 mg daily.

•  Club moss (Huperzine A): as directed on label.

•  Ginkgo biloba extract: 60 mg, one to three times daily.

•  Grape seed/green tea complex: 100 mg of each, twice daily.

•  Green tea extract: 100 mg, twice daily.

•  Phosphatidylserine (PS): 300600 mg daily.

 

3. Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism

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An occasional alcoholic beverage is enjoyed by many adults. However, when indulging in alcohol becomes a frequent occurrence or when alcohol is consumed to excess even only occasionally, it constitutes alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse can lead to alcoholism in susceptible people. Both alcohol abuse and alcoholism can interfere with work, relationships, and socialization. Willpower, along with natural remedies, can start anyone with this destructive problem on the road to sobriety.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Calcium: 5001,000 mg daily (older women: 1,5002,000 mg).

•  Glutathione: 50 mg, one to three times daily.

•  MSM: 1,000 mg, one to three times daily.

•  Vitamin B complex: 2550 mg daily.

•  Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 50500 mg daily.

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg daily.

HERBS

•  Chamomile: as directed on label.

•  Ginger root extract: as directed on label.

•  Kudzu capsules: 5001,500 mg daily (as capsules).

•  Milk thistle (silymarin): 140 mg, one to three times daily (as capules).

•  Turmeric: as directed on label.

CONSIDER / TRY TO

 

4. Allergies to Dust, Mold, and Dander

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Allergic reactions are the immune systems response to perceived invaders in the body, such as mold or dust. These invaders, which are usually harmless, are known as allergens. An allergic reaction can range anywhere from mild to severe. Mild symptoms include itchy, watery eyes and sneezing. A severe reaction can affect respiratory and circulatory function. For mild cases and to reduce the frequency of attacks, nutritional supplements and other natural remedies can provide relief. See also HAY FEVER.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Digestive enzymes: one to three capsules with each meal.

•  Magnesium: 250500 mg daily.

•  MSM: 1,000 mg, one to three times daily.

•  Omega-3 fatty acids: 50 mg, one to three times daily (as fish oil capsules).

•  Vitamin B complex: 2550 mg daily.

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg daily.

•  Zinc: 15 mg of elemental zinc (read label), once or twice daily.

HERBS

•  Borage oil: 5001,000 mg daily (as capsules) or evening primrose oil: 5001,000 mg daily (as capsules).

•  Echinacea: as directed on label.

 

5. Allergies to Food

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A food allergy is an allergic reaction to a certain food, such as milk, shellfish, nuts, chocolate, or soy, or food additives, such as preservatives and colorings. Symptoms may include mild to severe skin rash, hives, gastrointestinal upset, and/or shortness of breath. Severe reactions can be life threatening. A person with a food allergy must eliminate the offending food from his or her diet, but may find natural remedies helpful in reducing the severity of symptoms in the event the food is accidentally consumed.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Digestive enzymes: one to three capsules with each meal.

•  Glutamine: 50150 mg daily.

•  Magnesium: 250500 mg daily.

•  MSM: 1,000 mg, one to three times daily.

•  Vitamin B complex: 2550 mg daily.

•  Zinc: 15 mg of elemental zinc (read label), once or twice daily.

HERBS

•  Borage oil: 5001,000 mg daily (as capsules) or evening primrose oil: 5001,000 mg daily (as capsules).

•  Goldenseal: as directed on label.

•  Licorice root: 450 mg, one to three times daily (as capsules).

 

6. Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimers disease is the most common cause of dementiaa progressive decline in mental ability. It is often associated with old age, but can occur as early as middle age. The cause of Alzheimers disease is unknown. Symptoms include loss of short-term memory, personality changes, and diminished ability to recognize people, places, and things. Although Alzheimers disease is currently incurable, natural remedies can provide some benefit. See also MEMORY LOSS; SENILE DEMENTIA.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Coenzyme Q10: 60 mg, one to three times daily.

•  L-Carnitine: 50500 mg daily.

•  Magnesium: 250500 mg daily.

•  Melatonin: 13 mg, just before bedtime.

•  Phosphatidylserine (PS): 300600 mg daily.

•  Pregnenolone: 10 mg daily.

•  Vitamin B complex: 2550 mg daily.

•  Zinc: 15 mg of elemental zinc (read label), once or twice daily.

HERBS

•  Bacopa extract: as directed on label.

•  Club moss (Huperzine A): as directed on label.

•  Ginkgo biloba extract: 60 mg, one to three times daily.

•  Grape seed/green tea complex: 100 mg of each twice daily.

 

7. Anemia

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In anemia, either the number of red blood cells or the amount of hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying protein) in the red blood cells is inadequate for an ample supply of oxygen to reach the body systems. Common causes of anemia are excessive bleeding, decreased red blood cell production, and increased red blood cell destruction. Symptoms vary, but may include fatigue, weakness, and lightheadedness. Supplementing with certain vitamins, minerals, and herbs can aid the bodys production of red blood cells.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Folic acid: 400800 mcg daily.

•  Iron (organic): 1015 mg of essential iron daily.

•  Vitamin B12: 1001,000 mcg daily.

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg daily.

HERBS

•  Chive: as directed on label.

•  Dong quai: as directed on label.

•  Quinoa: as directed on label.

•  Rose hip: as directed on label.

•  Watercress: as directed on label.

AVOID / WATCH OUT FOR

•  Burdock root and yellow dock interfere with iron absorption.

•  Excessive consumption of coffee and caffeinated soft drinks.

•  Too much iron (that is, two to five times more than the RDA).

 

8. Angina

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Angina is temporary pain or feeling of pressure in the chest due to a lack of adequate oxygen to the heart muscle. The most common cause of angina is coronary artery diseasea condition in which blood flow in the coronary artery is obstructed by fatty deposits. The pain or discomfort usually lasts for only a few minutes and is often triggered by physical activity. The underlying condition should be treated or, more preferably, prevented. Natural remedies, such as nutritional supplementation and certain lifestyle changes, can be helpful.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Carnitine: 50500 mg daily.

•  Coenzyme Q10: 60 mg, one to three times daily.

•  Magnesium: 250500 mg daily.

•  Soy isoflavonoids: 4060 mg daily.

•  Vitamin E: 400500 IU daily.

HERBS

•  Cayenne: as directed on label.

•  Dandelion: as directed on label.

•  Garlic: 500 mg daily.

•  Ginseng: as directed on label.

•  Hawthorne extract: as directed on label.

CONSIDER / TRY TO

•  Aerobic exercise.

•  Eat fiber-rich foods.

•  Eat foods that contain essential fatty acids.

 

9. Anxiety

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Everyone experiences some level of anxietya sense of apprehension or fearat one time or another during the course of his or her life. It is a normal response to stress. Feelings of anxiety can range in intensity and can last for any length of time. An anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive, extreme, or unrealistic persistent worry about any number of things or activities. Certain herbs can reduce anxious feelings almost immediately. Other supplements and lifestyle changes can help, as well.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Calcium: 5001,000 mg daily (older women: 1,5002,000 mg).

•  Inositol hexanicotinate (no-flush niacin): 250500 mg daily.

•  Magnesium: 250500 mg daily.

•  Multitrace mineral formula: as directed on label.

•  Vitamin B complex: 2550 mg.

•  Zinc: 15 mg of elemental zinc (read label), once or twice daily.

HERBS

•  Chamomile: as directed on label.

•  Hops: as directed on label.

•  Skullcap: as directed on label.

•  St. Johns wort (dual action): 300 mg, once or twice daily.

•  Valerian: as directed on label.

 

10. Appetite Loss

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Any number of conditions can trigger a loss of appetite, including pinworms, gastrointestinal problems, tick bite, strep throat, hepatitis, and depression. Its a good idea to determine and treat the underlying cause whenever possible. Some nutritional supplements can stimulate the appetite, as can eating certain seeds and whole grains. Be aware that some prescription drugs can affect the sense of taste, which may result in a reluctance to eat. If this is the case, look into a natural alternative.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Biotin: 300 mcg daily.

•  Calcium: 5001,000 mg daily (older women: 1,5002,000 mg).

•  Copper: 23 mg daily.

•  Magnesium: 250500 mg daily.

•  Vitamin A: 5,00010,000 IU daily.

•  Vitamin B complex: 2550 mg daily.

•  Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 50500 mg daily.

•  Zinc: 15 mg of elemental zinc (read label), once or twice daily.

HERBS

•  Black currant: drink as tea.

•  Cayenne: as directed on label.

•  Fennel: as directed on label.

CONSIDER / TRY TO

•  Eat more protein and whole grains.

•  Eat pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.

 

11. Arrhythmia (Irregular Heartbeat)

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Any change in the rhythm of the heartbeat is known as an arrhythmia. In general, most arrhythmias pose little or no threat besides heightened anxiety; however, when an arrhythmia is accompanied by dizziness and fainting, an immediate trip to the doctor is warranted. While there are medications one can take to regulate the heartbeat, arrhythmia without a serious underlying cause can be treated quite successfully with natural remedies.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Calcium: 1,000 mg daily (older women: 1,5002,000 mg).

•  Coenzyme Q10: 120 mg daily.

•  Complete all-natural multivitamin/mineral complex rich in antioxidants.

•  Magnesium: 500 mg daily.

•  Vitamin E complex (with tocotrienols): 400800 IU daily.

HERBS

•  Garlic extract: 5001,000 mg daily.

•  Grape seed extract: 200 mg daily.

•  Green tea extract: 200 mg daily.

•  Hawthorne extract: 600 mg daily.

CONSIDER / TRY TO

•  Eat more fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, tuna and cod, twice weekly.

•  Exercise regularly.

•  Lose weight.

 

12. Arthritis

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Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint or joints, usually accompanied by pain, restricted motion, warmth, and swelling. There are more than 200 causes of arthritis; rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the most well known. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can affect anyone at any stage of life, while osteoarthritis is a degenerative disorder that is usually associated with advanced age. Certain nutritional supplements and herbs can help reduce joint inflammation, thereby easing the associated pain.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Bioflavonoids: 500 mg daily.

•  Chondroitin sulfate: 1,0002,000 mg daily.

•  Digestive enzymes: one to three capsules with each meal.

•  Glucosamine sulfate potassium: 7001,050 mg daily.

•  Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil capsules): 50 mg, one to three times daily.

HERBS

•  Cats claw: as directed on label.

•  Feverfew: as directed on label.

•  Ginger extract (EV EXT 77): 170 mg, one to three times daily (as capsules).

•  Ginseng: as directed on label.

•  Licorice root: 450 mg, one to three times daily (as capsules).

 

13. Asthma

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In asthma, there is a widespread narrowing of the bronchial airways, which leads to coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. In susceptible individuals, asthmatic reactions can be triggered by certain stimuli, such as exercise, cold air, and allergens, including pollen, animal dander, and dust mites. Stress and anxiety can also trigger an asthma attack. In some cases, this condition can be life threatening and should be treated accordingly. Natural remedies for asthma can help reduce the severity and frequency of attacks.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Magnesium: 250500 mg daily.

•  Multitrace mineral formula: as directed on label.

•  Vitamin B complex: 2550 mg daily.

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg with 500 mg of bioflavonoids daily.

HERBS

•  Ginger extract (EV EXT 77): 170 mg, one to two times daily (as capsules).

•  Ginseng: as directed on label.

•  Licorice root: 450 mg, one to three times daily (as capsules).

CONSIDER / TRY TO

•  Acupuncture.

•  Detoxification (see TOXICITY on page 280).

•  Immune-system boosters (see IMMUNE SYSTEM, WEAKENED on page 164).

 

14. Atherosclerosis

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Atherosclerosis is a condition in which an artery or arteries become clogged with deposits of fatty material, mainly cholesterol. Depending on which arteries are affected, atherosclerosis can lead to stroke, heart attack, or other complications. Symptoms, such as pain in the legs and chest, usually do not occur until the disease is well advanced. Therefore, if you have known risk factors for atherosclerosis, which include, among others, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, it is especially important to take the natural steps suggested here to avoid or curtail its progression.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Alpha lipoic acid: 50 mg daily.

•  Calcium: 1,000 mg daily (older women: 1,5002,000 mg).

•  Coenzyme Q10: 120 mg daily.

•  Folic acid: 400 mcg daily.

•  L-Arginine: 1,000 mg, two to three times daily.

•  Magnesium: 500 mg daily.

•  Vitamin E complex (with tocotrienols): 400800 IU daily.

HERBS

•  Capsicum extract: 10 mg daily.

•  Garlic extract: 5001,000 mg daily.

•  Grape seed: 200 mg daily.

•  Green tea extract: 200 mg daily.

 

15. Athlete’s Foot

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Athletes foot, also known as foot ringworm, is a common skin infection caused by fungi that thrive in the warm, moist areas between the toes. Symptoms can range from mild scaling to an itchy, painful rash, and in more severe cases, fluid-filled blisters. The infection can spread from the toes to the bottoms and sides of the feet. In addition to natural remedies, keeping the feet clean and dry and wearing shoes that allow the feet to breathe work well to clear up the infection and keep the risk of reinfection minimal. See also FUNGAL SKIN INFECTIONS.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  MSM: 1,000 mg, one to three times daily.

•  Probiotics: one to three capsules or one tablespoon of refrigerated liquid probiotics, one to three times daily before meals; or acidophilus: one to three (multi-billion count) capsules before meals.

•  Vitamin B complex: 2550 mg daily.

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg daily.

•  Zinc: 15 mg of elemental zinc (read label), once or twice daily.

HERBS

•  Garlic: 500 mg daily.

•  Tea tree oil: apply topically twice daily.

 

16. Backaches/Back Pain

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Aches and pains in the back can be symptoms of any number of conditions, including muscle strain, injury, osteoarthritis, and pregnancy. Steps should be taken to determine the cause of the pain. If the cause of the pain is due to strain, injury, or overuse, resting, supplementing with nutrients and herbs, and trying alternative healthcare treatments, such as chiropractic, all can provide relief. Activities, such as lifting heavy boxes, should be avoided whenever possible; if necessary, however, proper lifting techniques can reduce the risk of injury or strain.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Calcium: 5001,000 mg daily (older women: 1,5002,000 mg).

•  DLPA (dl-phenylalanine): 375750 mg, every four hours for discomfort (as capsules).

•  Glucosamine sulfate potassium: 7001,050 mg daily.

•  Magnesium: 250500 mg daily.

•  Multitrace mineral formula: as directed on label.

HERBS

•  Feverfew: as directed on label.

•  St. Johns wort (dual action): 300 mg, once or twice daily.

•  White willow bark: 5001,000 mg, two to three times daily (as capsules).

 

17. Bad Breath (Halitosis)

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Bad breath (halitosis) can be either a temporary or a chronic condition. Temporary bad breath can result from eating certain foods, such as onions or garlic; smoking; or taking certain prescription drugs. Chronic bad breath can have more serious causes, including tooth or gum disease, poor digestion, liver disease, and diabetes. Frequent proper brushing, including a light brushing of the tongue, and flossing are, of course, the first line of treatment. Nutritional supplements and other steps can be taken to reduce or eliminate unpleasant odor.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Acidophilus: one to three (multi-billion count) capsules before each meal.

•  Betaine hydrochloride (HCL): 150 mg with each meal (as capsules).

•  Digestive enzymes: one to three capsules with each meal.

•  Vitamin A: 5,00010,000 IU daily.

•  Vitamin B complex: 2550 mg daily.

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg daily.

•  Zinc: 15 mg of elemental zinc (read label), once or twice daily.

HERBS

•  Chlorophyll: as directed on label.

•  Parsley: as directed on label.

 

18. Bedsores

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Bedsores (or skin ulcers) commonly develop in people with limited movement who are confined to beds or wheelchairs. Ulcers develop when constant pressure prevents or interrupts oxygen-rich blood from getting to all layers of the skin. Without oxygen, the skin dies, layer by layer. Without intervention, deep sores and infection may result. Bedsores can be prevented by changing positions often and heal more quickly with natural remedies.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Complete all-natural multivitamin/mineral complex rich in antioxidants.

•  Glutamine: 50150 mg daily in divided dosage.

•  MSM lotion: apply topically up to three times daily.

•  MSM (with vitamin C complex): 1,000 mg, three times daily.

•  Vitamin C complex: 5001,000 mg daily.

•  Zinc: 15 mg of elemental zinc, once or twice daily.

HERBS

•  Comfrey, calendula, and aloe vera topical ointment: apply topically up to three times daily.

CONSIDER / TRY TO

•  Change sleeping positions frequently.

•  Keep sheets clean, dry, and tight.

•  Keep skin clean and dry.

 

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