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90. Lice

Mindell R.P.H. Ph.D., Earl Basic Health Publications ePub

Head lice are tiny parasitic insects that favor hairy parts of the human body, usually the head. Lice infestation causes intense itchiness and may lead to secondary infections, such as dermatitis. The condition is easily transmitted by personal contact and through the use of personal items such as brushes, combs, hats, and the like. Although it is thought of as a difficult-to-treat condition, lice and their eggs (known as nits) can be exterminated with the proper steps and diligent care.

SUPPLEMENTS

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

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

HERBS

•  Garlic extract: 500 mg, twice daily.

CONSIDER / TRY TO

•  Apply aloe vera gel to irritated skin, including the scalp.

•  Boil brushes, combs, curlers, and other hair products.

•  Keep the scalp clean and dry.

•  Wash clothes and linens frequently with hot water and dry them on the hottest setting.

AVOID / WATCH OUT FOR

•  Contact with infected people.

•  Sharing hats, hairbrushes, combs, clothing, bed linens, or pillows with others.

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46. Constipation

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Constipationuncomfortable, infrequent bowel movementscan be either an acute or a chronic condition. The causes of acute constipation can include taking prescription drugs, recent inactivity, or a change in dietary habits. Chronic constipation can be caused by any number of conditions, but is most often due to a lack of dietary fiber. Constipation responds well to nutritional supplements and moderate lifestyle changes. See also DIGESTIVE DISORDERS.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Magnesium: 250500 mg daily.

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

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg daily.

HERBS

•  Aloe vera juice: one tablespoon twice daily.

•  Cascara sagrada: as directed on label.

•  Flaxseed oil (refrigerated): one teaspoon of the oil; or 500 mg, one to three times daily (as capsules).

•  Psyllium: as directed on label.

•  Senna: as directed on label.

CONSIDER / TRY TO

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45. Colon Cancer

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101. Muscle Pull

Mindell R.P.H. Ph.D., Earl Basic Health Publications ePub

A pulled muscle can be very painful, but the pain is usually not long-lasting. It can occur from overextension or overuse during exercise or even during regular daily activities, such as lifting a child or a heavy household item. To prevent muscle pulls, it is very important to stretch often to maintain muscle flexibility and to warm up properly before workouts. Pushing yourself past your limits should be avoided. Certain steps can help prevent muscle pulls, while others relieve the pain once the pull has occurred. See also SPRAINS AND STRAINS.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine): 2550 mg daily.

•  Vitamin B12: 1001,000 mcg daily.

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

HERBS

•  Arnica ointment: apply topically as directed on label.

•  Eucalyptus ointment: apply topically as directed on label.

•  Grape seed extract (PCOs): 100 mg, one to three times daily.

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

CONSIDER / TRY TO

•  Drink six ounces of water every fifteen to twenty minutes while exercising.

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7. Anemia

Mindell R.P.H. Ph.D., Earl Basic Health Publications ePub

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).

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