Articles and Q&A's



August 2011

Bioavailability of Nutraceuticals

Polyphenols from plants like flavonolignans from Milk Thistle, curcumin from Turmeric, catechins/eipicatechins from green tea and grape seed had been found to be poorly absorbed in their natural forms. Fortunately in 1989 a group of Italian researchers developed a technology to chemically bind these water soluble molecules to a fat soluble phospholipid called phosphatidylcholine (PC).
July 2011

Q : I heard that Echinacea Angustifolia can be used as a sedative. Is that really true?

A: Echinacea is a household name and is best known to be an "immune booster". This is the case only when it is used in mega doses.
June 2011

Q: When should I take Co-Q-10 and what form of Co-Q-10 works best?

A: It is known that cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) depletes our bodies of CoQ10 which is essential for muscle function. People taking statin drugs may develop muscle soreness and weakness.
June 2011

Echinacea For Anxiety, Really?

When Dr. Gaetano Morello came to Cloverdale to talk about recent advances in natural medicine, he introduced to us a new calming agent called Anz-Ease® with him. He said that this was a new break through in natural sedatives and that this new medicine worked really well. As I always want to know how a medicine works I asked him what the ingredients were, and he said, "Echinacea".
May 2011

Ginseng In TCM Practice vs. Western Myths

I was born and raised in China where Ginseng was a household name. In our culture, one would be very cautious as not to take ginseng when one has a cold or flu. Interestingly, here in Canada remedies containing nothing but Ginseng are being labelled and marketed for treating flu.
May 2011

Q: Can you recommend an all round probiotic?

A: I like Acidophilus Ultra Plus made by New Roots Herbal. The capsule is protected from the harsh acid in the stomach by a special "PH5D" enteric coating so the live organisms may survive the stomach acid and reach the intestine.
May 2011

Bach Flower Remedies To The Rescue Part 2

The Bach Flower Remedies invented by Dr. Edward Bach in England are special homeopathic remedies that work on the mental state. While Rescue Remedy and Rescue Sleep are well known natural sedative and sleep aids, a mixture called “Obsessiveness” containing Cherry Plum, Impatiens, Pine, Scleranthus, and Willow is known to help uncontrollable habitual movements as in tics, pacing, Parkinsonism, senile tremors, etc.
April 2011

Q: Can you recommend a complete detoxification program for my "Spring Cleaning"?

A: Homeopathic programs like the Heel Detox Kit® will activate elimination of toxins from inside the cells of the body. This is a 2 to 4 week program.
April 2011

Q: I have frequent leg cramps after which my legs hurts for a long time. What should I do?

A: If you are already taking a good calcium supplement, add a magnesium preparation like magnesium glycinate or "Magnesium Plus" for prevention.
March 2011

Q: What are the benefits of a magnesium supplement?

A: Magnesium is essential for all cellular functions. It ensures proper heart, skeletal and vascular muscular contraction and relaxation. Hence magnesium may help lower blood pressure, treat muscular cramps, restless leg syndrome, and involuntary movements.
March 2011

Q: I heard on television shows that Passion Flower extract works for my nervousness.

A: Passion Flower had become popular again because talk shows had been popularizing it. In fact it is a long time herbal remedy for sleep and nervousness.
March 2011

Gluten Sensitivity And Coeliac Disease

If you read supplement labels, often times you see "No wheat, no gluten" mentioned in the fine print. This is for the benefit of people with Coeliac Disease. Even a little bit of gluten in the fillers may trigger an attack of abdominal pain and diarrhoea in these individuals.