April 2010

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Nutritional Deficit Dangers

I found your article “Overcoming Nutritional Deficiencies” (January) extremely informative. In 2007, I suffered my fourth miscarriage and nearly died from the effects. I was ultimately diagnosed with a blood disorder that had contributed to my miscarriages. I also developed nutritional polyneuropathy, apparently due to a vitamin B12 deficiency.

In the beginning, I struggled with the challenges of chronic, severe joint pain and inflammation from the polyneuropathy. I did not have the full use of my hands, so seemingly easy tasks such as brushing my teeth and hair or even getting dressed were unbelievably and painfully difficult.

While it has been a very emotional and challenging road, by taking a proactive approach I am getting better every day. I’m incorporating not only vitamin B12 into my daily routine but also meditation, prayer and visualization as well. This has had a huge impact on the progress I have made.

Thank you for a well-written article and for educating people on the dangers of being deficient in important nutrients. It may encourage others to pay more attention to their bodies and may even save a life.

Tracy Ramos
Menifee, California

 

Quitting Tobacco

I've tried everything—Chantix, Zyban, patches—to stop smoking. Is there a natural aid that will assist with this?

Karen
Via Email

Acupuncture, especially when combined with smoking-cessation education, has worked for some people, as has hypnotherapy. Aromatherapy has shown an ability to help quell cravings; so has chewing on a flavored toothpick or even just taking some deep breaths when the urge hits. Lobelia, an herb long used by would-be quitters, should be taken under a practitioner’s supervision.

Tobacco depletes your body of nutrients, especially vitamins B and C. Supple­menting with these nutrients, along with a quality multivitamin, is a good idea.

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