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healthEvery time I visit the doctor I have one more "chronic condition" added to my chart. I walk out with a prescription and a follow up appointment.

For the last three years I haven't filled most of the prescriptions nor have I come back for a follow up appointment.  

Why?

I now seek the advice of doctors that practice Alternative Medicine.

I'll be interviewing Dr. Michael Madden one of our site's Health Experts.  His passion is helping people address the causes of their chronic conditions and achieve maximum health without prescription drugs. The approach is to go after the causes of the conditions, not just the symptoms.

Here is your chance to ask him any questions that he will try to address during our podcast next week.  (You can post your questions below, or if you are shy, send them to me via private message.)

Live your best life.

Yana

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      Denise Richardson wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • Hi Yana and thanks for this post. My question to the doctor is: What can I do to combat skin dryness I am in my early stages of Menopause and I’m finding that my skin remains dry no matter how much lotion or oil I apply I tend to be a little more ashy looking before the day is over especially my hands and feet.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • Wow, this is great, Yana! I can’t think of any right now but I’ll be back!



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      Suebliese wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • I was just on Zithromax antibiotic for Strep throat.   I ended up with break through bleeding two weeks before my period is due.  Is this a common side effect from antibiotics?



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • Love the idea of a podcast with Dr. Madden! I’ve got some questions about bioidentical hormones if he’s up on that kind of thing.



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      Yana Berlin wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • @Chocolatier,

      Please post your question and will try to address it in our podcast.

      Thanks.



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      Mary Clark wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • Do you believe in detoxing through your feet?  Example:  Aqua-chi...

      I know of a wellness center locally that does this and the people who go regularly swear by it.  I have found conflicting reports stating it’s a scam.  What do you say about it?

      I also had one man who works for the government who has investigated it and he says it’s a hoax.  But..if people say it helps...I don’t know what to believe.



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      Strappygal wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • When going in for a physical and blood work, pap, mammogram, what are the essential tests that every woman should be sure to get.  My chiropractor said to have homosysteine levels checked.  What does this tell you.
      Also vitamin D is getting a lot of press lately.  What is the recommended daily dose when taking a supplement.  Is it true that if you live north of Texas that you are not able to get enough vitamin D naturally except perhaps the summer months?

      Thank you Yana.  There’s a few for you.



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      Lmederos wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • My question is this..
      I’ve been diagnosed with osteopenia based off of my 50 year checkup bone scan to use as a base line.
      I am definately in the menopause stage as I have 2 perhaps 3 cylces per year.
      My Dr. is recommending add‘l calcium, and weight bearing excercise, but also a Prescription drug called Evista.
      Thoughts on this subject?

      Much Thanks Yana!
      Can’t wait for the podcast!

      LL



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      Joyousone wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • Great idea Yana and thank you.  My question for Dr. Madden:  I think I sprained my foot while doing some heavy yardwork with my husband.  It swelled up around both sides of my ankle and on the top of the foot just below the toes.  It also turned a little black and blue but that’s gone now. Normally if I sit too long at the computer, my ankle on the left side will swell up, but if I put them up for a while, it goes away.  This is a little different in that I haven’t been on the computer that much.  I’ve iced it and most of the swelling has come down and doesn’t hurt so much...it was very tender to the touch.  If I keep icing it and try not to sprain it again, do you think this will all go away eventually?



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      Tara R. wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and am currently taking hormone replacement (Armour Thyroid). I have been able to get my TSH levels to excellent levels, but still can’t seem to lose weight no matter what I do, in fact I’m gaining weight at an alarming rate. Am I destined to have lousy metabolism for the rest of my life, or is there something I can do to shed the weight? Or is there some other reason I should be looking for to explain the weight gain?



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      Kelly Robertson wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • Here’s my most important question of the century:  

      How can I prevent from peeing my panties when I sneeze?  

      Aside from Keagels (s/p) and surgery, is there a medication that doesn’t have a ton of side effects such as death, suicidal ideation and anal leakage?  (tee hee hee)

      Much thanks, kelly



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      Johomom wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • Hi and thankyou for this opportunity.  I will be 45 in July and have not had a period since September.  For the year and a half prior to my last menstruation I was skipped periods all over the place.  I have no insurance and cannot even get a pap smear for the last 4yrs.
      My question is, is it too early for me to go through menopause and if so, what could the cessation of menstruation at such an early age be?
      My background: 7 children. First one at 17. Last three in my later 30’s with my last child being born just before my 40th birthday.
      Oh and one more question. Does early menopause mean early death????
      Thanks for this opportunity,
      Pamela Basye



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      Susan Haley wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • I have to laugh at Kelly’s clever way of mentioning side affects. I always sit in amazement at the side affects of some of these wonder drugs! It’s all about money, the pharmaceuticals. I think they come up with a new malady every week because it’s so profitable and the people are so gullible. We are a drug oriented society yet wonder why kids experiment with drugs!
      I do have a question for the Doctor, however. I recently suffered a mild stroke. My dad had five, the last one killed him, so it’s in my genes. I’m already on BP meds and thinners and platelet inhibitors. Along with a mild tranquilizor just to assist maintaining an even stress level. Okay. I live in Florida and these bp meds and such warn about sunlight and dizziness. Have you ever tried to avoid sunshine and low altitude dizziness when you live in south florida at 11 feet below sea level?! Why do bp meds react negatively to sunshine? Thinners negatively to low altitude? Yet, Vitamin D is necessary and clotting necessary to keep from bleeding to death from a scratch? Obviously, too much or too little of anything is not good but What IS a person to do?? Living is dangerous in itself! :) Oh and I’m five feet even and weigh 97 pounds so I’m not the usual ‘stroke or heart’ patient model. Plus, I’m a vegetarian so eat little fat.
      Susan



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      Marya1961 wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • Thanks so much Yana for asking this question...I suffer from Fibromyalgia/Arthritic Neuropathy which affects the muscles in the body thus creating pain and discomfort..there are certain trigger points in the body that help a rheumatologist determine this..my question to Dr. Madden:  How exactly does this originate?  Besides anti-depressants and drugs like Lyrica, what are alternative methods...say in the form of creams or foods?  I have read that Mangosteen is very helpful and I do drink the juice.  I eat organic and have researched a lot, but would still love lots of feedback relating to this condition..looking forward to the podcast!estatic



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      Leslienyc wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • For the last few months I’ve suffered from numbness in my arms and sometimes legs when sleeping every night.  It happens mostly on my right arm, especially from the forearm to the tips of my fingers and is extremely painful at times.  

      I don’t have swelling and am usually fine during the day while doing daily activities.  Except for my right middle finger which has become very stiff (especially at night, can’t straighten it out).  Also on the left middle finger but not as bad. (I guess since I’m right handed).  

      I’d appreciate any insight you’d have on this.

      Thank you,
      Leslie



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      Marie66 wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • This is such a great idea..

      Here’s my question: I have been getting headaches that come on for no apparent reason, and they last all day.. I would hardly ever get any at all! Now they come alot more. I had one today (6/2/09) and about 2 weeks ago I had another one..

      Thank you..  

      Marie



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      Jewelrybyirina wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • Yana,
      It’s a great idea!
      Would you please, ask doctor about Soy product consumption
      for people with abnormal thyroid function?

      Thank you!



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      Linda Allen wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • estatichi dr i have chest  paIN  just like a heart attck when i get to hospital  theygave me drug it calm  down i am look to do a stress  test laying down  when i pick up some really heavey it hurt  cant breath,, if i work  100 yd cant breath,,yes i know i am over weight but this all hit me in a 9 month time frame i went way down high i have high blod presser now



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      Lorilyn wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • I have varicose veins in my right leg from the ankle to the groin, and take verapamil for high blood pressure. does the relaxing effect of the med cause my veins to loosen and swell more? My doctor retired last year and the replacements have a know it all attitude and don’t really seem to know much at all.



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      Debra Young wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • Hi Yana, I have had a harsh, dry cough for the past 17 months. All heart tests have been run (negative), have tried allergy meds (none helped), one doctor says its cough due to acid reflux even though I never have heartburn,and now Nexium for past 4 months. Cough is no better. Some days I think, “I don’t want to live the rest of my life like this.” It annoys people around me, it annoys ME, and I’m just unpleasant to be around like this.  I feel perfectly normal in between coughing jags, which can be hours apart, or only 5 minutes apart. I’ve raised my bed, cut out foods that are supposed to be bad for acid reflux, and nothing works. And I have gained about 35 pounds this year for no reason, huge girth in the middle now. Get very painful muscle pains just under my breastbone when I bend over. Any suggestions? Thanks so much, Debbie



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      Mictinkc wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • Yay!! I really like the idea of natural or holistic medicine as western medicine hasn’t done much for me, but (in my opinion) make me worse and more symptomatic.
      My questions is this: I have been having sever muscle cramps/spasms for over a year and a half now. They are literally from head to toe and come on out of no where.
      I have had all the blood tests and all levels (potassium, niacin, etc.) are normal and my thyroid is managed and level on Synthroid.
      I have been taking OTC quinine supplements, but they aren’t very effective. I have tried bananas, OJ & all kinds of stuff to no avail.
      Any suggestions? I am really getting frustrated. My husband has to help me dress sometimes due to the severity of the spasms. It’s strange how they are brought on by the simplest movement or even while I am sitting still, sometimes my toes or fingers will draw up and contort. It is so painful that it has brought me to tears more than a few times a week. And I consider myself to have a very high pain threshold.
      My basic health is good other than Asthma, COPD, hypo-thyroidism & tremors (?due to asthma meds?).
      Any suggestions?



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • I repeatedly get sinus infections. What can I do to lessen the severity or reduce how often I get them.

      It usually results in me going to drs and getting 2 scripts.. one antibiotic and the other an allergy type med like allegra



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      Oxsanawellness wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • Yana! thank you! what a great idea! I was looking for answers lately and ... here you are - our fabulouse angel estatic. here’s my Q for the Doc.: I have high cholesterol, though my HDL is high and the ratio is good, I still need to lower my total cholesterol. don’t want to go on meds, prefer some alternative ways, so my Doctor told me about Red Yeast Rice, bought it, havn’t opened it yet and thinking to return  it, because (God, thank you for the Internet) did my research and ... completely preplexed ohhhh. recentely FDA banned the product (though every store sells it), though it’s widely used in China and Japan and there are studies showing that it actually lowers total and LDL cholesterol. so, I would use it (honestely, don’t care much about FDA, they did some stupid things before happy, but then I read a report from Consumerreports and they don’t recommend using red yeast rice made in US, since the FDA doesn’t regulate the ingredients in those supplements and there’s no way you’ll know that you took too little or too much, and if too much then you might have kidney and liver problem. so, what’s your take on this, Doctor? really appreciate your time and effort. thanks a lot. oh, one more: what do you think about chyro’s adjustments? it scares hell out of me ohhhh and I read that it’s dangerouse (something concerning aorta, I think). Yana, when is the podcast? is it going to be interactive? is it going to be in mp3 to download for those who won’t be on the call? thanks again!

      Oxsana Berlin
      www.wellnesspro.com/lucky



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      Songbird wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • Great to hear that you are into alternative medicine. Yes!  

      Well I have not had any kind of medication at all for years now. But I am very interested in healing and also recently I experience some knee pain. I love dancing and danced ALOT when I was younger. Still dancing and jumping to disco music now but perhaps my knee is giving me a message.

      I also have is headache and eyes ache, it usually happen before my monthly cycle and last for a day or two.

      I wonder what is his opinion on Tibetan sound healing or crystal bowl healing.  

      Thanks a million! :)



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      L J wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • i’ve gotta good one for him...
      i have spondylethesis and 2 bulging discs(L4,L5)
      and T2 starting to bulge also, but i have had one doctor said that they wanted a discogram done to see where the bone needed to be shaved to get it off the sciatica nerve going down my left leg, and the other doctor said they wanted to straighten the bone and do a fusion with metal rods to keep in place.. which one should i do???
      please help me!!!!



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      L J wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • or is there an alternative treatment for me do you think???



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      Paula Bertucci wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Any thoughts on xanthro granuloma? I have the bumps on my hands , back of my legs and upper arms..this came about...approximately 6 months ago and the first doctor said she could do nothing for it really as it would go away on it’s own..but could take a long time...my other doctor shot the hands with a solution...2 weeks ago...there still there and gave me a creme for the others to stop the itching, and I am to see him again June 18th. Also in the six moths time they continue to grow.Could this be an in balance in my body..would acupuncture help? Also can stress be a culprit....and I was in Hawaii prior to the first outburst.



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      Trudy S wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • I am so glad to hear others say this.  I thought it was just me!  I have very little confidence in traditional Drs anymore.  We are just a number to most of them.  Get us in...get us out....get paid by the HMO/PPO etc.



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      Wilona Betzen wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • I have had a chronic cough for 9 years. It started when I moved from Chicago to Denver. I have seen 13 medical doctors over the course of 9 years. I have been given asthma tests, given steroids, inhalers ect and nothing helped. I had a MRI 2 years ago and they discovered 3 spots on my left lung, there was an attempt to do a biopsy but the tech could not get it. My pulmonologist set me up with a thorasic surgeon they wanted to open me up and take a 1/3 of my left lung. I had a pet scan to rule out cancer and I have decided just to get MRI’s every year to keep an eye on the spots... no change so far. My pulmonologist is hypothesising the spots were caused by a fungus that lives in the dirt in the midwest. I have recently been diagnosed with severe acid reflux. I do not want to be on any long term med like Prilisec, Nexium ect, my decision is based on why do I want to suppress what my body naturally does. I don’t get heartburn or belch any acid. My cough is so bad I have passed out and I have to wear pads for incontinence. I am 48 years old, could loose 50 pounds. I have come across a website www.greattastenopain.com and the author Sherry Brescia believes in proper food combination. My question is this, my internist was dissappointed in my decision to not get my PX filled and she rolled her eyes when I told her about what I found on internet. What do you think?



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      Anne Lyken-Garner wrote Jun 4, 2009
    • What a fab idea.
      My question is: Does one make a complete recovery after surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome?



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      Yana Berlin wrote Jun 18, 2009
    • Did you have a question for Dr. Michael Madden?Click the ipod and listen to my interview with the doctor where he addressed our members questions and explained all about Functional Medicine.



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      Loislanersvl wrote Jun 18, 2009
    • Is there anything natural that can help Barrettes Esophagus, other than just taking Nexium to prevent the acid reflux?



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