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Your Questions About An Impaired Immune System

August 5, 2012

Susan asks…

In Arizona, is a landlord required to give 30 days notice to list the home you rent for sale before showing?

Yesterday we were notified that the home we rent (our lease is now month to month) is for sale and in two days we need to allow access to the listing agent to show the home to prospective buyers. This concerns us greatly due to our guard dog and a member of our house has an impaired immune system. We feel that allowing people that could have potential illness (it is flu season) in the house puts this family member at risk. We are willing to move within 30 days, especially to avoid the potential risks to health and the safety of our pets. We live in an area where predation is a huge risk. You don’t let your cats or dogs out because they may not come back. Do we have the option to allow access without proper notice if proper notice is even required?

admin answers:

It is the owners house, so unfortunately they are not required to notify you that the house is going to be for sale. Also, they are only legally required to give 24 hour notice to show it in most states, so it sounds like your landlord is following the rules.

If you have a problem with people being in the house, you will need to discuss your concerns with the landlord, and try and make a deal with him. Maybe he will only show it when you guys are out, so you wont have to worry about becoming sick.

Donna asks…

Alcohol impairs the immune system by?

a) destroying the T-cell receptors that are responsible for antibacterial flogiston
b) changing the DNA of cells that are responsible for fighting infection
c) causing T-cells to hyper-react, resulting in internal combustion
d) affecting the body’s ability to recall pathogens to which it was previously exposed

admin answers:

Probably somewhat all of the above, but after serum alcohol levels drop it recovers, but B is highly suspect because there’s no way that alcohol consumption changes DNA itself. I don’t think you’re reporting that one accurately.

Generally, it’s well known that alcohol consumption impairs the immune system.

Daniel asks…

What exactly does Meth do to you?

What does it do to your brain, and your body exactly? What does it do that makes you dizzy, twitch, numb, hyper, and gives you insomnia? Why does it give you anxiety, alertness, obsessive behaviors, and paranoia? Why does the withdrawl make you sleepy, and increase appetite? WHY do you get panic attacks, liver damage, kidney damge, rapid heart rate, and an impaired immune system?


Answer any of these if you know :)

admin answers:

It makes the synapses in the brain misfire, sometimes short circuit causing twitching,repetitive movements, muddled thoughts. It makes your body release endorphins into the bloodstream which gives you that high, puts you in that fight or flight mode, on edge, similar to a shot of adrenalin. Meth makes you dehydrate also which makes the skin less elastic and grey & wrinkly in long term use. Other long term problems(because it causes dehydration) are losing the lubrication in the joints, thinning of the bones, black rotting teeth, kidney and liver damage, muscle waste. The withdrawal makes you sleepy because your brain and body run at a million miles an hour while on it, and as soon as the endorphins stop flowing you’ve depleted your body’s ability to recover(immune system) and it starts to shut down. You feel like superman while on it and it feels like you’ve been exposed to cryptonite after it.

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Your Questions About Carnitine Benefits

July 7, 2012

Paul asks…

Supplement question???

Anybody seen the Nivea lotion that comes with the supplements of L-Carnitine and conjugated linoleic acid. I have been reading the benefits of these two. I already take apple cider tablets and B-12 in an effort to speed up my metabolism. If I add L-Carnitine and conjugated linoleic acid to my supplement list is it overkill? Am I doing more harm than good?

admin answers:

Eat real foods, not supplements. Meanwhile, take a walk outside to get Vit D. One of the most overlooked and very important vitamin. 10K steps a day should be the goal.

Maria asks…

How much have I damaged my body? Help me feel better but please let me know the truth?

I’m 20 years old and unfortunately I’m a self-destructive and stupid person. I was struggling with school and I didn’t get any counseling. I tried solving my school issue by myself and began taking brain supplements because I heard all over the internet that they are extremely safe and effective.

I initially gave up on buying any supplements because I had to order them online. But when I was shopping by in the supermarket I found alcar and L-tyrosine in a popular brand called “Musashi” so bought them.

I took 500mg of L-tyrosine then lowered to 300mg the next day
I took 500mg of Alcar for 2 days – had weird sensation on my neck from it

They talk about so many benefits of Alcar all over the internet but the bad effects are hidden or not talked about. It took me a while to find that it can cause pro-oxidation in young people.

I know I need to learn from my mistake but what I want to know is the truth. If I only have slightly harmed myself then I can get over it quickly.

I’m mostly worried about my brain than any other of my organs. If Alcar is a powerful anti-oxidant and crosses the blood-brain barrier easily, could I have got a powerful pro-oxidant to my brain/body and aged my brain/body and increased the risk of disease/cancer? How about L-tyrosine? They sell 300mg L-tyrosine tablets in pharmacy, I only took 200mg more of it in powder form.

If I have really harmed my brain and shortened my lifespan and increased my risk of disease/cancer, it’s going to take a while for me to get over but it’s better than not knowing and I’ll learn from my mistake.

I’ve already talked to the doctor. He scared me a lot, because he agreed that alcar causes pro-oxidation. He actually didn’t stop me from taking it at first and said “keep taking it if you’re feeling fine.”

When I told him that I stopped taking all brain supplements and that I’m worried about alcar he looked concerned and asked me “How long did you take it for?” When I told him 2 days he said because it’s still a researched substance he doesn’t know how much the supplement has harmed my body in 2 days but I’m still young.

I told him that I have checked everywhere online from medical websites , Youtube, Wikipedia, Q&A site and livestrong but couldn’t find anything about pro-oxidantion. I asked him why bacopa and alcar is both “GRAS” but alcar is more dangerous yet recommended everywhere online and in TV commercials but the information about the pro-oxidation left out, he said “It’s because they want you to buy it”

So for questions for people in the medical field. Is it likely that I harmed my body from taking these supplements and how much did I harm my cells/brain/organ? Is it more damage than 1 cigarrete smoke/alcohol?

Thank you for reading everything and I really appreciate your help.


The sites above has MD recommending alcar to adults. And just one of many websites not talking about the pro-oxidation from alcar and just talks about the benefits.

admin answers:

I believe I answered this question before, though I do appreciate a more detailed question this time.

Generally, unless a specific deficiency disorder is diagnosed or a disorder in which scientific data exists in which it is valuable to be providing precursors to vitamins or hormones, most physicians do not recommend supplements which have not had the benefit of long term study, especially for young people whose brains are growing. (Brain growth continues until about 25)
This said, it is unlikely that you did any damage in the short time in which you ingested these supplements.
I think if you made a commitment to eating a healthy diet, getting adequate sleep, and simply taking a multivitamin, you would enjoy good health.
Best wishes.

Ken asks…

Trying to find a vitamin/supplement?

I recently found out that L-carnitine is illegal in Canada. Which is fucking ridiculous. I was reading up on it, sounds like a perfect supplement.


Healthy for : Brain, Heart, and Liver

Reduces fatique

Speeds up weight loss

and improves muscle mass for bodybuilders.

Anyone know of a perfectly healthy supplement in Canada similar to L-carnitine?

Or any supplement/vitamin that will help me not feel tired throughout the day, and even better if it would help with weight loss and working out

About myself:

I’m 20 yrs old, 5’5, 135 pounds. I would say I’m built for my size, but I got a little belly from bad habits like eating and partying. Currently changed my diet and workout plan. Goal to get stronger with a six pack =D

I’m currently taking fish oil and ginko biloba to help my mentality.

admin answers:

I have been taking alpha lapoic acid with acetyl l carnatine for years and got nothing bad to say about it (its fantastic) and I order mine right on the internet and you can too.

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Your Questions About Carnitine

July 4, 2012

Ken asks…

Why and How does green tea and L-Carnitine help on weight management?

There is a food supplement in our local drugstore containing 250mg of green tea extract (EGCG) and L-Carnitine 250 mg. There are people I know who actually lost weight gradually from 5 to 10 lbs in 2 weeks. With Diet and Exercise. How does it work? And how many milligrams are really needed per EGCG and L-Carnitine?

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Linda asks…

Are there long term effects of supplementing glutamine or BCAA or Carnitine?

I’ve recently started taking L-Glutamine and Branched Chain Amino Acids for weight lifting and working out. I’ll also be getting into carnitine when I start cutting down.

My question is, are there any long term side effects for these three supplements? And will there be defficiencies when I decide to stop supplementing (as the body will no longer produce, because it’s been supplemented for so long)? And this brings me to another question (I’ve asked in diet/fitness category also), do you need to cycle any of these supplements?

And please, I would like to know facts and not just opinions. Thanks in advance!

admin answers:

I’ve had good effects from glutamine on liver–it’s supposed to be good, but I don’t know about the rest. Carnitine is found in meat, so it shouldn’t be bad for you. Here is what I looked up online and found:

Blood concentrations of branched chain amino acids (BCAA; leucine, isoleucine, and valine) and glutamine (Gln) decrease markedly in sepsis. We investigated the effect of carnitine on serum concentrations of BCAA and Gln in fasted septic rats. Rats were made septic by cecal ligation and puncture. They developed extremely high blood concentrations of endotoxin, and serum concentrations of BCAA and Gln were markedly decreased 2 d after the operation. When L-carnitine was administered subcutaneously to the rats at 500 mg/kg body weight every 12 h for 2 d starting at the operation, no decrease in the serum concentrations of BCAA and Gln was observed. This indicates that the administration of carnitine can prevent the decrease of serum concentrations of BCAA and Gln in septic animals.

John asks…

What can you do to detect Carnitine Deficiency? Prenatal or later in a persons life.?

So, what kind of tests can you have done to tell if your baby has Carnitine deficiency? Would you have to wait until after they are born or can you tell by prenatal tests?

admin answers:

I think the tests are done only after birth. Check here.


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Your Questions About Carnitine Benefits

June 29, 2012

Charles asks…

Which L-carnitine is best for relieving hyperthyroid symptoms?

L-carnitine fumarate is supposed to benefit the body most & L-carnitine acetyl benefits the mind. Because of that I would think that the L-carnitine fumarate would work best but maybe not. Nothing I’ve read has been specific about which L-carnitine to use for hyperthyroid only that it may prevent it or relieve symptoms.

admin answers:

If you’re looking for a good brand, Montiff is an excellent choice- it’s almost pharmaceutical grade. Stay away from the generic brand name stuff you see at health food stores.

Michael asks…

Should I supplement with the following amino acids: methionine, carnitine, CLA?

I read that CLA, Methionine, and Carnitine are beneficial amino acids for weight managment, muscle retnetion, etc.

I excercise daily, strength train a few times per week, and a fairly healthy diet. I don’t eat red meat or dairy.

Is it safe to use these supplements and is there benefit?

admin answers:

I use carnitine. It seems to help. I also do not eat red meat or dairy.

Donald asks…

Acetyl-l-carnitine and choline supplements?

I am taking 1000mg acetyl-l-carnitine and 500mg choline. They both help with the synthesis of acetylcholine. What are the differences between the two and what is the benefits of taking both of them?

I am mainly using them to improve mental alertness/focus and energy and they are working tremendously.

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Your Questions About Eye Exercises For Better Vision

June 17, 2012

Sandra asks…

What do you think of my short story / essay / writing?

Note: In the future, we will pretend my boyfriend never happened.

I am a hermit. No, not those hermit frogs that you find in the ocean.
A hermit is when your boyfriend named Matthew dumps you at the school playground during recess time. And so that’s how come I am sad and lonely today.

I am like Jaseline, who wears makeup and sings with the radio about having a broken heart, and is older than me in many other ways, too. Only I don’t like those songs on the radio. And I don’t wear makeup. But I am sad, like her.

Also, I am very sorry to report that Mathew has a severe vision problem. That’s because he did not see me when I told him “Hi Matthew, how are you today? I am good. The weather is lovely today. Don’t you think so?” I said that to impress him with my level of adultness ‘cause I always hear mommy talking about weather with our neighbors for centuries.

Only he didn’t answer. So I went to him again, “HOW ARE YOU, SIR?”
And he just walked right past me to Elizabeth. Elizabeth is the rich girl who wears cream-white ruffly-layered skirts with laces. Also, she wears pink bows on her French braids.
Elizabeth is so pretty and shiny that her sparkleness probably flashed in and hurt Matthew’s eyes. And so that’s how come he didn’t see me, I think.

I think that the president should make it illegal to be that pretty. Cause then boys will become blind, which is not always such a good thing. And girls will be helplessly broken- hearted, like me. That is no good, either.
To show Matthew how angry I was at him, I stood real tall on the top of the slides and yelled on the top of my lungs:”MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE. OH…HI THERE, SIR. THERE IS ONLY ONE ME IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD! I AM AN ENDAGERED SPECIES. AND SO PLEASE BECOME MY BOYFRIEND AGAIN!”

100 kids froze and stopped playing to stare at me. And laugh a whole lot. When Matthew he didn’t answer, I got worried- maybe he’s deaf, too…

Since I exceed in asking questions, he exceeds in answering them.
“Well maybe you should exercise your fatty tongue — it talks too much,” that boy said.
And the kids laughed and laughed. But that’s not even funny.

And so I went to my bestest friend. Her name is Mommy. AND GUESS WHAT SHE SAID WHEN I TOLD HER HOW I BECAME INTO A HERMIT TODAY? “You’re too young for a boyfriend, honey. You’re only 8,” that’s what she said.
“No I’m not. I even told Matthew “the weather is lovely today, isn’t it” just like you do. She started laughing and laughing. She even called Grandma to tell her.

I don’t know what’s wrong with that woman.

admin answers:

A few minor however, forgivable errors. I found myself smiling all the way through, and loving the simple dialog and the child logic used to explain the situation and her feelings, it’s quite funny.
Excellent work.

Keep writing!

Jenny asks…

What illness do I have?

I’ve had most of these symptoms for 6 years. Doctors haven’t been very helpful. I’m 22 right now. I eat well, exercise/run daily, sleep 8-12 hours, don’t drink alcohol.

- dry hair, falling out a little bit daily with dandruff that doesn’t go away despite special shampoos
- dry skin, especially on the face
- dark circles under eyes and tired lines
- post-nasal drip in the morning
- nasal congestion
- fatigue
- low energy
- sleep for 8-12 hours, still tired
- bad memory, hard to concentrate
- constipation or diarrhea
- abdominal pain, usually in the morning
- gas
- heartburn (new symptom)
- cold hands and feet frequently, regardless of weather
- feeling really cold sometimes
- can’t eat in the morning
-constantly sore/tired eyes
-nose running a lot when outside or eating
-yellow/brown/clear phlegm every morning
-sore throat in the morning
-sensitive to light
-constant dead skin on lips
-trembling legs when standing (hard to describe)
-acne (I know this is normal at my age, but I also know that this kind of acne is more indicative of how badly my body is functioning rather than normal acne)
-bad breath
-pale complexion
- second-long tremors across all body daily
-a lot of floaters in vision
-constant abdominal noises
- symptoms get better in evening

So far my ideas are hypothyroidism (not likely cause im male and young) or lyme disease.

admin answers:

I dont know but i will try to give you advice- dry hair, falling out a little bit daily with dandruff that doesn’t go away despite special shampoos
dry skin= baby lotion
- dark circles under eyes and tired lines= me too try to sleep more
- low energy=try energy drinks
- sleep for 8-12 hours, still tired =9-13 hours
- bad memory, hard to concentrate = me too i tried getting a tutor i have too now nothing helped haha but study after school for 30 mins or get a tutor mabey both
- constipation or diarrhea= eat fiber or diahrea medicen
- abdominal pain, usually in the morning =try putting heat on it also write down what is hurting and try to sleep on it a different way it may be just cause ur sleeping on it wrong
- gas = dont eat mexican food
- heartburn (new symptom) =me too i dont know
- cold hands and feet frequently, regardless of weather = thats normal
- feeling really cold sometimes= we all have those times
- can’t eat in the morning =ur too tired sleep more
-constantly sore/tired eyes= tip dont rub them it only makes it worse
-sore throat in the morning = drink a lot of water
-constant dead skin on lips= try chapstick and u will get dry lips in the winter
-trembling legs when standing (hard to describe)= me too just lay in bed i have not figured that one out yet
-acne (I know this is normal at my age, but I also know that this kind of acne is more indicative of how badly my body is functioning rather than normal acne)= try to get acne creame i dont no how bad yours is but it will make them go away or get less visable
-bad breath= mouthwash and keep a small bottle with you and use it every 2-4 hours(not needed in night)
-a lot of floaters in vision=check with eye docter

Robert asks…

I fainted I need help..scared..?

fainted for a short time like barely a minute in class today. The room was steaming hot and wasn’t feeling good all day. I suppositly didn’t bang my head the teacher caught me while I was up to tell her I need to go to the nurse and I opened my eyes and I was on the floor. Before I fainted i felt like I was going to throw up in like the pit of my stomach and my vision got all blurryish and then like i felt warm, but the room was unbearablely hot! I woke up and like I snapped back to normal i was completely fine and vision perfect. My head hurts a tiny bit i don’t know if it’s stress from embarrassment I mean I was rolled out in a wheel chair for gods sake and I felt fine, I’m a little tired I wake up early for school which is normal. This happened to me last year a couple times(I was just a little shakey then like I cooled my face down and I was perfectly fine no fainting but blurrish vision again), i don’t eat that much in school on the count of i’m not hungry. I’ve been exercising and cutting down my food lately, possible not taking the approaite calories in a day. My mom talked to a doctor and said to take me to the ER I flipped and I don’t know if my head hurts from whatever I just have a little head ache nothing serious, but I’m really scared to get blood work done if I go like what should I do?!?!

I need help!

wasn’t feeling to great all day and then my friend had a bad headache the night we had a sleepover before we went to bed..i don’t know I just need advice!

I’ve been cutting down on what i’m eating and exercisng a lot more like I don’t if the change is just like a shock, but I lost like 7ish pounds in a short amount of time and all…

do you think i will be fine if I wait until tomorrow to see how I feel and then do something about it tomorrow

I need opinion’s!

admin answers:

Its so important to keep a good amount of sugar in your blood or all sorts of things can go wrong.
Even if your not really hungry you need to snack on something, your brain might not fancy it but your body needs it. The heat in the room would not have helped as you’d lose nutrients and salts in your sweat. Get a good healthy eating plan from a nutritionist and up the calories gal!!

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