Dear Donndez – My husband always gets eggs for breakfast when we eat out. At home I don’t use eggs because I heard they are bad for our heart. Should I encourage my husband to quit ordering them altogether? – Joann K, Las Vegas, NM
Dear Joann – This was such a hot subject several years ago, so I understand your concern. The answer is a conditional no. Egg yolks contain most of the cholesterol, but it’s the “good” cholesterol as long as the yolk is not broken. The initial “studies” involved feeding rabbits cholesterol (which is something they would never touch normally) – specifically, oxidized cholesterol. No wonder all the bunnies got atherosclerosis! When the yolk is broken and exposed to air and heat, the cholesterol oxidizes, which is what causes all the problems. An occasional scrambled egg will not hurt anything, especially if the rest of your diet is healthy, but the best bet would be poached or sunny side-up. Bon apetit!
Dear Donndez – At my pueblo, almost everyone has diabetes or in the first stages. Have any advice that is natural for us? – Oscar B, Bisiti, NM
Dear Oscar – There are so many things that could be suggested that this one topic could be featured for weeks. One thing to consider is that extensive studies worldwide have proven that Berberine (a component in goldenseal and Oregon grape) is as effective as most drugs usually prescribed for type 2 diabetes! Obviously, the test results were matched with a monitored diet. I would, however, strongly recommend that you consult a trained ND (naturopathic doctor) before beginning this regimen, especially if already taking a pharmaceutical drug. Meanwhile, contact me directly for more details and information that might be helpful.
Dear Donndez – My daughter recently started having severe menstrual cramps and I’m not sure about the drug (Sarafem) that the doctor gave her. What would you suggest? – Diedre P, Santa Fe, NM
Dear Diedre – Pat yourself on the back, Diedre! Sarafem is actually Prozac. Due to patent expirations, pharmaceutical companies have renamed Prozac and given it a new use so that a new patent could be registered. A natural alternative would be a magnesium and vitamin B6 supplement. It doesn’t work immediately, but after several months, the cramps lessen and disappear. Supervision by an ND is suggested since magnesium overdose can get serious, but in the correct proportions, the results are wonderful. Meanwhile, keep a heating pad and Midol handy!
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