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Here is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ). Scroll down below for the answers.  

Contact Lenses             

bulletAdvantages and Disadvantages
of Various Types of Contact Lenses, click here.
bulletContacts for bifocal wearers, how good are they?
bulletContact lenses and cosmetics, click here.
bulletContact lenses and discoloration from medications?
bulletContact lenses and swimming?
bulletContact lenses solutions, can I switch?
bulletContact lenses, when not to wear them?
bulletCold or flu and taking decongestants, antihistamines, & antibiotics, can I still wear my contacts?
bulletPregnancy, how might my eyes be affected?
bulletSigns of potential problems, click here.
bulletTips for successful wear, Do's and Don'ts, click here.
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For more information about contact lenses, click here.

Eye Health, Diseases & Injury

bulletAnalgesics, anti-inflammatory and antirheumatics and your eyes?
bulletAnti-allergy medications and your eyes?
bulletAnticoagulants and your vision?
bulletAsthma medication and your eyes?
bulletAuto injury & your vision?
bulletCardiovascular medications and your eyes?
bulletCataracts what should I do?
bulletCholesterol & your eyes?
bulletComputer users and dry eyes?
bulletConjunctivitis, click here.
bulletDermatology medications and your eyes?
bulletDiabetes & your eyes?
bulletDry, itchy eyes?
bulletEyelid Twitch?
bulletFor more eyecare tips, click here.
bulletGlaucoma & Visual Field Analysis?
bulletHeart disease & your eyes?
bulletHormone medications and your vision?
bulletMacular Degeneration, what can be done?
bulletMental disease medications and your eyes?
bulletProtective Eyewear and First Aid for Eye
Injuries, click here.
bulletStrokes, what are warning signs?
bulletFor more information about eyecare (from AOA), click here., about eyecare (from Healthtouch), click here.

Eye Examinations & Children's & Adults Vision

bulletCommon visual problems, click here.
bulletEye Care Advice for Parents, click here.
bulletNeed for comprehensive vision examination of Preschool and School-age children, click here.
bulletFundus photography & why should I have it?
bulletThe use of Tinted lenses for the treatment of Dyslexia and other related Reading and Learning Disorders,  click here.
bulletVirtual reality games and children's vision, click here.
bulletVision, Learning and Dyslexia, click here
bulletWatching too close to the TV?
bulletWhat is the Visual Field Analyzer for?
bulletWhy should I have my eyes dilated?

For those Visually Impaired or Disable

bulletFree audio cassette bibles are available for those who qualify.

Lasik & Prk Laser Surgery

bulletLasik & Prk, how safe are they?
bulletWhat are the limits for Myopia & Astigmatism?
bulletFor more information, click here for the laser center.

Lenses & Eyeglasses & Sportsvision

bulletAnti-Reflective lenses & Anti-scratch coatings?
bulletCaring for your eyeglasses?
bulletWhat are computer lenses?
bulletHi Index lenses, are they thinner & lighter?
bulletLenses that darken in the sun?
bulletLens Suggestions based on Lifestyle Needs?
bulletUV Coating  & protection from the sun?
bulletFor more information on sports vision, click here.

Nutrition & General Health

bulletAnti-aging nutrition and recommendations.
bulletAntioxidants, bioflavonoids, & phytochemicals, what are they?
bulletBillberry, should I be taking them?
bulletCalcium & adolescents?
bulletCalcium & osteoporosis?
bulletDiabetes?
bulletDhea & Melatonin?
bulletDong Quai: what is this?
bulletFatigue and water?
bulletGingko Biloba, should I be taking them?
bulletGotu Kula
bulletGrapefruit and grapefruit juice?
bulletGrape seed & Pine bark extract?
bulletHormonal Replacement Therapy?
bulletLipoic Acid
bulletPotassium intake reduces Stroke
bulletThyroid disorders & depression?
bulletVitamin C
bulletVitamin E
bulletWalking and longevity?
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For more information about general medical care, click here,  about medications & drugs, click here.
 

Here are the answers.

Contact Lenses

bulletContacts for bifocal wearers, how good are they? Much more improved and higher success rates achieved with newer designs and better support from the manufacturers. Available in soft, gas permeable and in the near future.....disposable.
bulletContact lenses and discoloration from medications? Topical drugs are absorbed dirrectly into the soft lens. Systemic drugs discolor lenses by excreting into the tear film. Epinephrine, phenyleprhin, dopamine can cause lenses to turn grayish brown or black (adreno-chrome staining) within two to six weeks. In addition, these deposits can also form in the palbebral conjunctiva, on the lid margin, and rarely in the cornea. Patients treated with urinary track infections may develop orange-colored lenses as a result of excretion of phenazopyridine or nitrofurantoin in the tears. Laxatives may stain pink or yellow. Tetracylcline may cause some grayish-brown lens discoloration along with granules in the palbebral conjunctiva. Rifampin can cause the excretion of orange or pink-colored tears or contacts.
bulletContact lenses and swimming? Whether swimming pool or ocean, we recommend immediate removal and disinfecting after any water sport activity to avoid chemical and bacterial conjunctivitis.
bulletContact lenses solutions, can I switch? It is best not to switch different brands because of the risk of allergic or chemical irritations. It is safer to stay with one brand that has proven to be effective and problem free.
bulletContact lenses, when not to wear them? Do not wear your contact lenses if your eyes are experiencing redness, irritation, blurred vision, mucous discharge, exposed to smoke or contaminants in the environment or if you are taking antibiotics. Taking antibiotics not only can cause eye dryness but also increase the chance of having fungal growth on your soft contact lenses.
bulletCold or flu and taking decongestants, antihistamines, & antibiotics, can I still wear my contacts? It is best not to. Usually, when you are not feeling well, your eyes are more sensitive and dry and become more prone to an eye infection. Further,  decongestants and antihistamines results in increased dryness of your eyes and can result in severe corneal inflammation.
bulletPregnancy, how might my eyes be affected? More commonly eyes may be more dry and experience more discomfort than normal especially if you are carrying a female baby (due to increased levels of estrogen). On a less frequent occurrence, you vision may also change.

Eye Health, Diseases & Injury

bulletAnalgesics, anti-inflammatory and antirheumatics and your eyes? Chronic use of Aspirin may cause a yellowing of vision. Corticosteroids may lead to the development of cataracts (PSC), elevated eye pressure, iris microcysts, papilledema and exacerbation of corneal herpes simplex. NSAIDs like Ibuprofen may cause blurred vision, pseudotumour cerebri (PTC), refractive changes, double vision, color vision changes, and dry eyes. Use of Gold (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus) can cause the formation of various colored deposits in the eyelids, conjunctiva, and cornea.
bulletAnti-allergy medications and your eyes? May cause dry eyes, difficulty in focusing, and pupillary changes.
bulletAnticoagulants and your vision? Coumadin may cause retinal or anterior chamber hemorrhaging (diabetics) particularly in patients with diabetic retinopathy or age-related macular degeneration.
bulletAsthma medication and your eyes?  If you take high-dose inhaled steroids for asthma, ask your doctor about reducing your dosage and adding a bronchodilator, such as salmeterol (Serevent). Asthmatics who used both drugs had fewer symptoms than those taking high-dose steroids alone. These individuals were also less likely to suffer long-term side effects like cataracts, glaucoma  or osteoporosis. Fifteen million Americans have asthma.
bulletAuto injury & your vision? Traumatic brain injury including whiplash syndrome associated with acceleration/deceleration in motor car accidents & various head injury can lead to  the following symptoms:.Headache, neck pain, vertigo, dysphagia (impairment of ability to understand and use the symbols of language), dysacusis , fullness of the ear & visual impairments. These visual impairments include blurred vision, asthenopia , diplopia or double vision, strabismus, oculomotor dysfunction including accommodative instability and visual perceptual abnormalities. If you are involved in any accident or injury to your head, neck or spine, and should you have any visual symptoms, we recommend a thorough eye examination and visual field evaluation to help determine the extent of your injury.
bulletCardiovascular medications and your eyes? Beta-blockers most commonly produce vivid hallucinations. Hypertensive drugs commonly present with ocular irritation and reduced tear secretion. Amiodarone causes corneal microdeposits and may produce cataracts and retinal side effects. Nitroglycerin may cause patients to see yellow or blue haloes around lights. Norpace can cause reduced visual acuity, dilated pupils, and narrow-angle glaucoma. Digitalis glycosides most commonly cause problems with color vision and visual sensations including flickering vision.
bulletCataracts what should I do? Wear 100 % UV protection eyewear, stop smoking/alcohol, reduce caffeine, control blood sugar, increase dietary intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.  To reverse or prevent cataracts mega-dose antioxidant therapy may be necessary. We offer excellent nutritional supplements including Occuguard, OculaRx, and others. For more information, click here.
bulletCholesterol & your eyes? Cholesterol is not only a factor in contributing to heart disease but affect many areas of your health including the eyes such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other blood circulation dependent diseases.
bulletComputer users and dry eyes? Prolonged exposure to a computer screen can worsen the symptoms of dry eyes. Using Celluvisc and Refresh-Plus (artificial tear lubricants) can offer several hours of relief up to most of a working day.
bulletDermatology medications and your eyes? Accutane most commonly cause blepharoconjunctivitis, dry eyes, and may cause contact lens intolerance, corneal deposits, night blindness, and PTC.
bulletDiabetes & your eyes? People with diabetes should have their eyes checked more frequently than others, especially those taking insulin. Diabetes can affect the inside, posterior portion of your eye causing microaneurysms, hemorrhages, edema, & other fluid leakage's, and is one of the leading causes of blindness.  Some eye symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes are fluctuating vision, pain in the eye, diplopia, headaches, &  trouble focusing. For more information, click here. Anyone with risk factors of diabetes should have the FPG test (checks for elevated glucose levels) more often, starting during adolescence.
bulletDry, itchy eye? Use preservative-free artificial tears. Apply warm, wet washcloth over your closed eyes for several minutes, wear wraparound sunglasses when outdoors, orient air conditioning or heating vents away from your eyes, blink every few seconds while watching TV or working at a computer (computer or reading glasses may help, raising your seat so that you are looking down at the computer screen to decrease the exposure of your cornea), use a room humidifier, avoid smoke, smog & fumes, avoid ceiling fans and avoid hair dryers, if you have allergies or arthritis proper nutrition and diet may be helpful (reduce red meat, pork, sausages, salts, white flour, dairy products, alcohol, etc). The following conditions can cause dry eyes: pregnancy, menstruation, aging (nine times more common in women than men), lactation & menopause. Illnesses that can contribute to dry eyes are Sjogren's Syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid abnormality, vitamin A deficiency, diabetes, lupus, asthma. Medications that can cause dry eyes are antianxiety medications (Diazepam, Chlordiazepoxide), decongestants, antihistamines, beta-blockers, oral contraceptives, diuretics, ulcer medication, tricyclic antidepressants, anticholinergics, methotrexate and other cancer drugs, niacin and vitamin A analogs (isotretinoin), codeine and morphine, marijuana/hashish, & phenothiazine. Environmental factors that contribute to dry eyes are computer use, air pollution, heating/air-conditioning, dry climates, fluorescent lights, tobacco smoke, wind and NutraSweet. For more information, click here.
bulletEyelid Twitch? If all other conventional remedies fail, then try Oregon grape root. Its berberine content helps in treating inflammation, especially of the eyelid, an has the ability to calm muscle spasms.
bulletGlaucoma & Visual Field Analysis? Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in people over age 60, a condition in which the optic nerve slowly atrophies. The Humphrey visual field analyzer 750 is the best instrument in the detection and monitoring of glaucoma. Drugs and laser surgery are the method of choice for treatment, but glaucoma patients must also work on dietary needs and exercise to improve the blood circulation to the eyes. For more information about glaucoma, click here.
bulletHeart disease & your eyes? Often in people with heart disease  the following can be found in the eyes: lipid deposits in the cornea, arteriolar narrowing & occlusions and irregularity, hemorrhages, blurred vision, plaques in the blood vessels, and others.
bulletHormone medications and your vision? Synthroid may cause visual hallucintions (patients with psychiatric disorders) shortly after taking this drug, eyelid redness, and pseudotumor cerebri (PTC). Oral contraceptives have been linked to the development of migraines, and PTC, reduce tear secretion, & macular edema.
bulletMacular Degeneration, what can be done? Preventive measures include wearing  100 % UV protection eyewear, stop smoking/alcohol/caffeine, control blood sugar, increase dietary intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, blood thinners, antivasospasm agents, very low fat and cholesterol diet, antioxidant nutritional supplements, daily exercise.  We offer excellent nutritional supplements including Occuguard, MaculaRx, billberry, gingko biloba, and etc. For more information, click here. and here.
bulletMental disease medications and your eyes? Antipsychotic medications may cause blurred vision, altered color vision, corneal deposits, cataracts, and difficulty in focusing. Anti-anxiety medications may cause and double vision, and allergic conjunctivitis. Tricyclic antidepressants may blurred vision and difficulty in  focusing. or sedatives may produce a number of adverse ocular reactions most often with eye muscles, nystagmus, lid dropping, and glare sensitivity.
bulletStrokes, what are warning signs? A stroke is a brain attack caused by a blood clot or rupture of  blood vessel. Warning signs are: sudden weakness, numbness or paralysis of your face or arm or leg, usually on just one side of your body, sudden vision problems, such ad dimness, double vision, blurring or loss of vision, particularly in one eye, sudden, severe headache that occurs for no apparent reason, difficulty talking or understanding speech, unexplained sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or a sudden, unexplainable fall, & difficulty swallowing. These may last for a few minutes or for several hours.

Eye Examinations & Children's & Adults Vision

bulletFundus photography & why should I have it? Fundus (Video) photography is the best way to document the current health of the inside (posterior portion) of your eye, it provides better analysis of your retinal vessels, optic nerve head, macula, and provides for better analysis/comparison in the future eye examinations.
bulletWatching too close to the TV? This may be a signal that they may have difficulty seeing at a distance & may be nearsighted. Other symptoms include squinting when viewing something in the distance, difficulty seeing the chalkboard, preferring reading and other close work to outdoor play and poor sports performance.
bulletWhat is the Visual Field Analyzer for? This is a very important and highly sophisticated machine which maps out the eyes ability to see things centrally and peripherally. Its kind of like a cat scan of the visual system evaluating the eyes to the visual cortex and checks for early signs of glaucoma, optic nerve atrophy, aneurysm, tumors, circulation deficiency, etc along the visual pathway.
bulletWhy should I have my eyes dilated? These special drops that dilate the iris are very safe diagnostic drugs that allow the eyedoctor to have a better view of inside your eye. Often with age, our pupils decrease in diameter and makes viewing of inside your eye more difficult, and thus the need for a routine dilation. Dilation is often necessary to evaluate cataracts, vitreal floaters, macular degeneration's, glaucoma, diabetic & hypertensive retinopathy and etc.

For those Visually Impaired or Disable

bulletFree audio cassette Bibles are available for those who qualify. Audio cassette bibles in 52 languages are now available for bible studies and bible messages. To qualify you must meet one of the following criteria: 1. vision in the better eye is 20/200 or less with correcting glasses, or widest diameter of visual field is no greater than 20 degrees, 2. cannot see well enough or focus long enough to read standard print, although glasses are used to correct vision, 3. those individuals with a documented print disability-blindness, low vision, or other physical impairment that affects reading. Aurora Ministries Bible Alliance, P.O. Box 621, Bradenton, FL 34206, (941)748-3031, Fax 941-748-2625.

Lasik & Prk Laser Surgery

bulletLasik & Prk, how safe are they? The newest laser surgery are generally very safe, but only your doctor can determine if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. There are some medical diseases or other factors that may be a contraindication for this procedure including pregnant & nursing women, degenerative or auto-immune diseases, abnormal or scarred cornea, vision requirements of some occupations including military pilots, etc.
bulletWhat are the limits for Myopia and Astigmatism? VISX has just received FDA approval for the treatment of myopia up to –12 diopters and astigmatism correction to –4 diopters. Our recently upgraded laser is ready to treat these parameters.

Lenses & Eyeglasses

bulletAnti-Reflective lenses & Anti-scratch coatings? Anti-Reflective Lenses  are lenses with special coatings that allows   everyone to see your eyes without annoying glare or reflections...and you see better! Reflection free lenses eliminate the unpleasant reflection of surrounding lights (neon lights, headlights...) They improve your vision and reduce eyestrain. Anti-scratch coatings make your lenses (4-5X) more resistant to surface scratching. These are a must for plastic or polycarbonate lenses.
bulletCaring for your eyeglasses? Use running water to rinse debris off eyeglass lenses before cleaning. Then use moisturizer-free soap. Dry with a soft cotton cloth. Some lenses, coatings or frames can be damaged by alcohol, ammonia, acetone, oven cleaners, etc. Don't store eyeglasses on dashboards, or in other places that get            extremely hot. Use two hands to slide glasses on and off. Never place glasses down on their front lens surface. Always, store your glasses in a protective hard case if possible.
bulletWhat are computer lenses? Computer lenses are special lenses used while doing computer screen viewing that provide more comfort and less near point stress. They come in several types, but the most popular ones are the progressive addition lenses with the top of the lenses designed for distance or intermediate and the middle to lower portion designed for intermediate to near viewing.
bulletHi Index lenses, are they thinner & lighter? These are very  lightweight lenses that are approximately 1/3 to 1/2 as thick or lighter than glass lenses depending on the eyewear. Newer technology of these lenses are much improved from previous designs with better manufacturing process and aspheric designs that eliminate or reduce distortions.
bulletLenses that darken in the sun? These lenses come in glass or plastic and darken in response to the absorption of ultraviolet radiation from the sun. While not as strong (or dark) as regular sunglasses, these lenses are very popular and offer  comfortable viewing outdoors.
bulletLens Suggestions based on Lifestyle Needs? For runners and joggers we recommend wrapped zylonite frames with polycarbonate lenses. For fishing enthusiast: Polarized sun lenses. Children: Polycarbonate (CT 2.0) lenses with zylonite frames. Computer uses: Computer friendly progressive lenses with anti-reflective coating and light tints. Football players: Soft contact lenses or protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses. Golfers: UV and sun-tinted or photochromatic lenses. For Avid cross-stitchers: High-index aspheric half eye readers or progressive lenses. For TV celebrity/public relations: Contact lenses and an eye wear wardrobe of AR-coated, fashion tinted, high-index progressive lenses.      
bulletUV Coating  & protection from the sun? The UV radiation from the sun has been proven to cause cataracts and macular degeneration. Protection, prevention or avoidance is recommended thru the use of quality 100% UV coated  protected eyewear,   sunglasses, hats, limiting exposure during peak times (noon), and taking antioxidants. Look for the American Optometric Association seal of acceptance or label specifying 100% UV protection.

Nutrition & Health        

bulletAnti-aging nutrition and recommendations. You start to age the moment you’re born, and you never stop.   What’s happening? Gradually, your system becomes more and more damaged by free radicals—and, as time passes, you become less efficient at fighting them. The body does wear out, but mostly because of what is done to it. Recommendations: Multi-vitamins including:Vitamin A, C, & E, aspirin (60 mg), Blue-green algae + chorella, Chromium picolinate, Coenzyme Q10 , Acetyl L-Carnitine (stimulates the brain to make its own growth factors and to respond to them), Deprenyl (Eldepryl) at bedtime, DHEA, digestive enzymes with lunch and dinner, garlic (aged), Gingko Biloba: slows progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Improves mental function. Off limits to pregnant women and children under age 14. Bleeding in the brain has been reported in patients taking gingko along with aspirin, warfarin (coumadin) or other blood thinning medications. Lysine, You start to age the moment you’re born, and you never stop.   What’s happening? Gradually, your system becomes more and more damaged by free radicals—and, as time passes, you become less efficient at fighting them. The body does wear out, but mostly because of what is done to it. Recommendations: Multi-vitamins including:Vitamin A, C, & E, aspirin (60 mg), Blue-green algae + chorella, Chromium picolinate, Coenzyme Q10 , Acetyl L-Carnitine (stimulates the brain to make its own growth factors and to respond to them), Deprenyl (Eldepryl) at bedtime, DHEA, digestive enzymes with lunch and dinner, garlic (aged), Gingko Biloba: slows progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Improves mental function. Off limits to pregnant women and children under age 14. Bleeding in the brain has been reported in patients taking gingko along with aspirin, warfarin (coumadin) or other blood thinning medications. Lysine, You start to age the moment you’re born, and you never stop.   What’s happening? Gradually, your system becomes more and more damaged by free radicals—and, as time passes, you become less efficient at fighting them. The body does wear out, but mostly because of what is done to it. Recommendations: Multi-vitamins including:Vitamin A, C, & E, aspirin (60 mg), Blue-green algae + chorella, Chromium picolinate, Coenzyme Q10 , Acetyl L-Carnitine (stimulates the brain to make its own growth factors and to respond to them), Deprenyl (Eldepryl) at bedtime, DHEA, digestive enzymes with lunch and dinner, garlic (aged), Gingko Biloba: slows progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Improves mental function. Off limits to pregnant women and children under age 14. Bleeding in the brain has been reported in patients taking gingko along with aspirin, warfarin (coumadin) or other blood thinning medications. Lysine, Melatonin, niacin, Phosphatidylcholine (PC), Phosphatidylserine (PS) (stimulates the brain to make its own growth factors and to respond to them & improve memory, improves mental age by 13 yrs,  concentration and mood),  selenium, thyroid hormone, try to have a balanced breakfast every day, purified water with lemon  (for detoxification), limit red meat and fried food, fresh fruit twice a day, soybean, juice fast 1 day each month, fiber daily.  Melatonin should be avoided by people suffering from lymph type of cancers or autoimmune diseases, pregnant or nursing women, and young children. If you are over 40, and certainly if you are over 60, you may want to use melatonin to boost your immune function and slow the aging process. Another treatment for aging is DHEA . DHEA is produced by your adrenal glands, and is the most dominant hormone in the body. But our blood level of DHEA peaks around age 20, and it declines steadily in the years following. By age 80, we have only 5% of the DHEA we once had. Research indicates that increasing the level of DHEA decreases most of the known markers of aging.   However, men with prostate cancer or prostatic hypertrophy should not take DHEA. Women with estrogen-dependent cancer may want to avoid taking Dhea. Women should take melatonin and soy products if they consume Dhea. With existing liver disease, take Dhea sublingually. Recent evidence on DHEA and pregnenolone may cause irritability, headaches, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure and maybe even cancer. Best habit to cultivate: Positive mental expectation of health and longevity. Do what you love and it transforms from work to joy. Resting: 30 minute nap at midday about 2 p.m. and 6-8 hours sleep each night.  Stress Reliever: Aerobic exercise program. Exercise: walking, 45 minute aerobic workout, stair climbing (take stairs instead of elevator when possible), weight lifting, helps to stimulate the production of growth hormone. Glutamine also stimulates the production of growth hormone.
bulletAntioxidants, bioflavonoids, & phytochemicals, what are they? Antioxidants protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals (which damages healthy cell  molecules and increasing the aging process) including pollution, radiation from TV and computer screens, stress, poor nutrition, UV light, and even strenuous exercise. Bioflavonoids prevent arteries from hardening, lower cholesterol, and enhance blood vessel capillary and vein strength, anti-microbial, stimulate bile production,  retard cataract formation and guard against diabetic retinopathy. Strongest form is quercetin. Phytochemicals are nutrients from various fruits and vegetables (tomatoes, soybeans,  grape seeds, green tea, broccoli, and spinach) that enhance the health of the cardiovascular and immune systems, promotes the production of detoxifying enzymes, support blood circulation to the tiny capillaries supporting long-term healthy vision, support male prostate, & free radical scavenging effect.
bulletBillberry, should I be taking them? Bioflavonoid & antioxidant.  Helps to strengthen the blood vessels that feed the eye, reduce visual fatigue, and support capillaries and arteries in the eyes, aid night vision and help eyes adapt to darkness. Reduce intake if you are on blood thinners, aspirin & vit E.
bulletCalcium & adolescents? Adolescents need more calcium than previously thought. Between the ages of 12-15 years of age, 1300mg a day is recommended (4.5 cups of milk or yogurt.)
bulletCalcium & osteoporosis?  Calcium citrate is best. Less likely to cause stomach upset, well absorbed by the body. Calcium fortified orange juice is a good source. Taking calcium depletes the body of zinc so take additional zinc supplements (10mg). More women die each year from hip fractures related to osteoporosis than from breast cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer combined. Food sources of calcium is better including low-fat milk, yogurt and green, leafy vegetables. Calcium may inactivate some oral antibiotics.
bulletDiabetes? If you have diabetes, no matter what form, you'll greatly benefit from doing the following. For type 11, avoid carbohydrates and you avoid the high sugar and the high insulin. For type 1, aim for the least amount of carbohydrate without losing weight. For optimum results administer insulin about a half hour before you eat so that little is circulating in your system when carbohydrates aren’t in your system…how much you put in the syringe will depend on trial and error. In summary, curtail carbohydrates, low fats and high fiber, take vita-nutrients including antioxidants (helps to reduce retinopathy), Vitamin B complex, lipoic acid (reduced neuropathy),  minerals, and keep injections in synch with your meals.
bulletDhea & Melatonin: Another treatment for aging is DHEA (de-hydro-epi-androsterone). DHEA is produced by your adrenal glands, and is the most dominant hormone in the body. But our blood level of DHEA peaks around age 20, and it declines steadily in the years following. By age 80, we have only 5% of the DHEA we once had. Research indicates that increasing the level of DHEA decreases most of the known markers of aging. DHEA is virtually nontoxic, as the body seems to use only what it needs. You can also get it by eating yams (not sweet potatoes—they’re not the same.) However, men with prostate cancer or prostatic hypertrophy should not take DHEA. Women with estrogen-dependent cancer may want to avoid taking Dhea. Women should take melatonin and soy products if they consume Dhea. With existing liver disease, take Dhea sublingually.Numerous researchers have demonstrated that melatonin enhances Another treatment for aging is DHEA (de-hydro-epi-androsterone). DHEA is produced by your adrenal glands, and is the most dominant hormone in the body. But our blood level of DHEA peaks around age 20, and it declines steadily in the years following. By age 80, we have only 5% of the DHEA we once had. Research indicates that increasing the level of DHEA decreases most of the known markers of aging. DHEA is virtually nontoxic, as the body seems to use only what it needs. You can also get it by eating yams (not sweet potatoes—they’re not the same.) However, men with prostate cancer or prostatic hypertrophy should not take DHEA. Women with estrogen-dependent cancer may want to avoid taking Dhea. Women should take melatonin and soy products if they consume Dhea. With existing liver disease, take Dhea sublingually.Numerous researchers have demonstrated that melatonin enhances longevity, and
bulletDong Quai: what is this? Helps maintain healthy, balanced hormones for women and support healthy uterine activity. Less discomfort associated with monthly Hormonal change and fewer problems with the transition to menopause.
bulletFatigue and water? Did you know that slight dehydration (even when you don't feel thirsty) can cause Did you know that slight dehydration (even when you don't feel thirsty) can cause fatigue
bulletGingko Biloba should I be taking them? A  bioflavonoid, & excellent antioxidant. Improves circulation to the eyes. In the process, it slows down—if not prevents age-related diseases to the eyes, including macular degeneration. Increases circulation in the smallest of your blood vessels and is very effective in such diverse conditions as intermittent claudication, cerebral insufficiency (which includes memory loss, dizziness, tinnitus, depression, and confusion), and erectile dysfunction. Reduce intake if you are on blood thinners (anticoagulants), Pau d'Arco (blood purifier herb), aspirin & vit E, can cause excessive bleeding in the brain and eyes.
bulletGotu Kula: Effective in fighting stress and anxiety, which are known memory killers. Helps with concentration in kids.
bulletGrapefruit and grapefruit juice: Should be avoided when taking blood pressure medications, such as Procardia and Adalat (nifedipine) and Plendil (felodipine) & other calcium channel blockers or allergy medication such as Seldane or Seldane-D & the aids drug saquinavir.
bulletGrape seed & Pine bark extract: A bioflavonoid,  50 times better than Vit E and 20 times better than Vitamin C against free radicals. It greatly enhances the absorption of Vitamin C, stabilize collagen (skin protein), strengthen blood vessels, prevent all the diseases of aging, prevention of disease and stroke, good for varicose veins, edema and swelling of the legs, inflammation associated with arthritis and sport injuries, diabetic retinopathy, visual disturbance, brain dysfunction's, and premature aging skin.
bulletHormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT)? In standard dosages, HRT (usually with progestin-to prevent uterine bleeding and decrease the risk of uterine cancer) can reduce menopausal symptoms, prevent and treat osteoporosis and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, it can cause breast tenderness and uterine bleeding and may increase risk of breast and uterine cancer. A new study suggests that a lower dosage may be sufficient. Other options include healthier lifestyle and more phytoestrogens (plant souce estrogens), such as soy foods.
bulletLipoic Acid: Helps the body convert food into energy with more efficiency, weight loss, clean up toxins and other byproducts of fat metabolism (antioxidant), anti-aging, protects the pancreatic cells, enhance memory and cognitive function, helpful to prevent cell damage in Alzheimer’s disease.  May cause rare skin reactions. Good for people under treatment for diabetes, heart disease, aids and any form of serious liver disorder. Helpful for diabetic neuropathy, as its antioxidant properties and metabolic enhancements tend to facilitate regeneration of the damaged nerves. Reduce the degree of reaction (glycation) of proteins caused by excess blood sugar, increases insulin sensitivity, and may lower blood sugar levels. Helpful for protecting your eyes by increasing the levels of vitamin C and E in eye tissues.
bulletPotassium intake reduces Stroke: Foods rich in potassium (bananas, tomatoes, spinach & oranges) and related nutrients (such as magnesium, and cereal fiber) may help reduce the risk of stroke up to 38% lower risk. It helps to be more active, eat more fruits and vegetables, smoke less and consume less Foods rich in potassium (bananas, tomatoes, spinach & oranges) and related nutrients (such as magnesium, and cereal fiber) may help reduce the risk of stroke up to 38% lower risk. It helps to be more active, eat more fruits and vegetables, smoke less and consume less alcohol.
bulletThyroid disorders & depression: About 13 million Americans have thyroid disease and only half of them are aware of it. One in eight women will develop thyroid disease during her lifetime, especially after age 60. Symptoms include About 13 million Americans have thyroid disease and only half of them are aware of it. One in eight women will develop thyroid disease during her lifetime, especially after age 60. Symptoms include sadness, fatigue, forgetfulness, weight change, mood swings, and irritability.
bulletVitamin C: A strong antioxidant. Do not take mega-dosages if you have a kidney inflammation or infection. One of every 6 Caucasians are unable to break down vitamin C normally and is excreted into the urine in the form of oxalic acid (found in kidney stones), so to avoid trouble drink enough fluids to keep pace with fluid loses and to avoid dehydration. Vit C regenerates Vit E., needed for collagen synthesis, skin repair & speeds healing, antioxidant., effective in vaso-dilation. Best to take ester-C. Vit. C also prevents cholesterol from binding to the inside blood vessel wall.
bulletVitamin E: New study shows that low doses of Vitamin E reduces the risk of prostate cancer by 32%. However, Vitamin E (like aspirin) may increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke. Currently, Vitamin E is widely recommended for protecting against heart disease and cataracts.
bulletWalking and longevity: Did you know that even mild exercise like walking can add years to your life. In a 12-year study of 700 retired men over 60, those who walked two miles a day reduced their risk of dying almost in half, compared with those who walked less than one mile. The more the men walked, the greater the benefit.