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Posted by Suna (London, England) on 08/04/2012

I have had chronic herpes for over 12 years and have tried so many treatments. Today I take 2 x 200mg Acyclovil everyday. I am now going to try Red Algae. My question is "should I continue with Acyclovil as well?" peace

Medication and Supplements
Posted by Susan (New York) on 12/04/2011

Bill from San Fernando,

I have learned great deal from all your posts. Can you take Zinc Gluconate powder at the same time with lysine and vitamin c? I read somewhere that zinc interfere with regular antibiotic pills.

Medication and Supplements
Posted by Aki (Singapore) on 09/06/2011

Need your advise if I can take fenugreek if I'm taking medicine such as Vit C and stress tab. Also, if you undergo operation, should you stop taking or have a rest? If so, how long?

Your replies are much appreciated.

Thank you.

Replied by Lily
(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Hi Aki, Vit C and stress tabs are not meds. Fenugreek is a herb, you can take them all together, or separate them throughout the day, whichever you like. Cheers Lily.

Replied by Aki

Thanks Lily. Just curious, maybe you know, I've been taking Fenugreek since 8th Sept but still no result of estrogen in my bustline.

Really appreciate your response. Cheers!

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)

Hi Aki, If you are going to hospital for an operation they usually like you to stop taking supplements about 2 weeks beforehand. Some Drs now understand the importance of vit c and how any operation depletes the patient of vit c and so recommend it before and after the op (although I don't think many do). Here is a brief article:

Medication and Supplements
Posted by Sophia (Newport Beach, Ca Us) on 08/30/2011

Is taking grapefruit seed extract for diverticulitis dangerous when taking Cipro? Thks

Replied by Anna
(Daytona, Florida)

Please be very careful using grapefruit seed extract. I used it an acutually deveoped diverticuli from it. Ialso got candida after using it for 3 days. I am still battling the candida today. What cured me of my diverticulus was taking probiotics daily and changing my diet. More fat , less carbs more nuts and meat fish and vegetables. Fat helps this move in the colon. It's like oiling up a car.. Thing move more freely. And No I didn't increase my fiber for diverticulus. I read that fiber from grains actually make it worse.

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn Usa)

I question every conclusion you say in this thread. You may be right, but years on this site say otherwise. How do you know what causes what? Give us more facts. GSE is a fungiside, how can it cause candidia?

Replied by Frankie
(Madison, Al)

Annie from Daytona-

I just want to give a big amen to your gut-healing protocol. I have been following a similar program [no nuts] with excellent results. I started with an elemental liquid diet [very expensive though], switched to raw milk, then started myself on bone stock, meat, raw cage-free egg yolks and I stayed very low fiber for weeks. I still eat a lot of the less fibrous veggies [no cabbage or celery except juiced] which I cook to death in stock and then puree it all together in the blender. I do not use any grain products or legumes and only minimal sugars [I juice veggies every day, including carrots, my main source of sugars]. My other source of sugars is homeade probiotic drinks [beet kvass and kefir]. Six months ago, I felt like I wasn't gonna make it through another day. Now my symptoms are gone, and my general health and energy are much improved. I am able to work again.

I am slowly starting to add more fibrous foods back - but I do not intend to add back gluten grains. When I feel like it's ok to introduce non-gluten grains, like oatmeal, I will alone try them after they have been fermented for easier digestion. Grains are not nearly as healthy for many of us as we have been led to believe.

If a person tries to follow mainstream 'health' guidelines, such as the gov recommended DASH diet, and your guts are not optimal, you risk wrecking your health - I know, I did that. If you have lesions or inflammation in your guts, you CANNOT tolerate a high fiber diet and you've got no business eating grains - not even whole, organic, sprouted or fermented. So, trust your body [not your tastebuds] to let you know what it needs for its healing at any particular time. Not what media 'wisdom' will tell you to do.

PS - I also had a bad reaction to GSE, although some people I know swear by it. Healing is not a one size fits all deal. Like you, I would advise anyone who wants to use it to be very, very careful.

Medication and Supplements
Posted by Mary (Sydney, Australia) on 07/27/2011

I take 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of tumeric with oil and warm water after lunch every day (when I can) for sinus and congestion issues. I would like to take it in the morning after breakfast as I am not home at lunch time and it is very inconvenient. I also take some vitamins and other medications after breakfast. My question is: can I take my tablets at the same time as taking the cayenne pepper mixture in the morning or should I keep them separate. Thanks for your help.

Replied by Lily
(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Hi Mary, Yes, you can take the cayenne pepper with the vitamins in the morning. Cheers Lily.

Medications and Remedies

Posted by Tupac (Durban, Natal,south Africa) on 11/28/2012

I am on arv's, 3 in one, once per day at night. Can I also take virgin coconut oil say after 12 hours. Will there be any adverse reactions or will the performance of arv's be affected by th coconut oil. Prior to taking arv's, I took about 3 tablespoons of cocnut oils faithfully every day for about a mnth and half. Unfortunately viral load increased dramatically and cd-4 counts dropped to very dangerous levels to 47. Now on arv's. Please advise. Thank you. Tupac

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Posted by Mmddmike4 (Evansville, In) on 11/24/2012

I take lithium c and serpquel for mania and am having great luck with it.... I am drinking 2 or three cups of chamomile tea for migraines, is it ok to mix this? I am having no ill effect but just want to be sure before I do something to mess up my blood chemistry...thanks

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Posted by Kathy (the USA) on 11/16/2012

If you take an antibiotic for a tooth abscess is it harmful to take dry mustard for constipation? Can they be spaced about 1/2 hr. apart? Could there be some kind of conflict because someone posted they took the mustard as an alternative to antibiotics.

Medications and Remedies
Posted by Jammy (USA) on 09/14/2012

What a wonderful site!!! Just starting having pain in knee (symptoms indicate athiritis) so have started taking ACV (Today). I also take hypertension tablets (enalapril and bendrofluthiazide) and take bisoprolol as apparently I have a diastolic dysfunction. Does anyone know if there are any contraindications of taking ACV with the tablets I am on? Rather not see Dr about knee pain as suspect will then be on jabs of some sort or other and tired of Hospitals!!

Medications and Remedies
Posted by Audreyfromjamaica (Kingston, Jamaica) on 11/26/2011

Help! I need to know if I can take Apple Cider Vinegar with panadol. I have been taking Apple Cider Vinegar for about 3 months now, but today I experienced the worst cramps along with vomiting so therefore I had to take couple panadol, will it affect me if I take both Apple Cider Vinegar and panadol menstrual before retiring to bed?

Replied by Lily
(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Hi Audrey, Yes you can take apple cider vinegar with panadol. Lily.

Medications and Remedies
Posted by Laura (Orlando, Fl) on 10/21/2011

Thank you guys for your response to my question. Here's the thing though - I was told that grapefruit enhances the potency of the meds. In my case thyroid meds, not the opposite. So now I am more confused. Anyone else with a suggestion???

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)

Hi Laura, The info you require should be on the leaflet inside the medication box. If there is any known interreaction between a medication and something it will be there. As Gail said her box has a warning sticker on it. My friend is on a few meds and now with her new one she was told not to have grapefruit with it, also Carly said she was told not to take something that would interact with her perscription so you should have been either told verbally or via a sticker or in the leaflet. If you are still unsure avoid the juice until you get your next script filled out and when you do ask the pharmacist if there is.

Medications and Remedies
Posted by Laura (Orlando, Fl) on 10/20/2011

Hey EC:

Can anyone tell me if its unsafe to drink grapefruit juice with medication? Someone mentioned this to me the other day and I was stunned. Then I figure why not ask EC, the best people in the world in my opinion. Awaiting an early response. Thanks everyone.

Replied by Gail
(Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

you don't mention what meds you're on, but there should be a warning on the box, I have one on one of my blood pressure meds but not on the others, check with your pharma just to be sure, cheers

Replied by Carly
(Seattle, Wa - Usa)

Hi Laura,

I was told not to take amoxicillin with citrus juices years back as it would make the amoxicillin weaker. I think there are quite a few things that don't go with O. J. and Grapefruit Juice.

If you do a web search putting in the name of your drug along with the words "interacts with" or "foods that react with" you should be able to see a list of them.

It seems like the doctors or pharmacists would tell us these things, but their time is so limited by the powers that they work for that they don't always have time for us patients. :-(

I had a doctor not tell me (also years ago) that while on the pill if you develop diarrhea it could possibly make the pill not work. I have a daughter today due to this. Blessings in disguise. lol.

Anyway, good on you for looking out for yourself, as in these times, your doctor most likely won't have the time. Sad, but managed health care is what it is.... and what it is is pretty crappy.



Medications and Remedies
Posted by Wendy (Bklyn, Ny) on 10/19/2011

Hi Ted, I will be on the pill (birth control) really soon and I am concerned how this will affect my health in terms of the blood, heart. I am in the process of taking SLO, FGHP, lecithin, cell food, zinc pill, magnesium pill, multivitamin and Vitamin c 1000mil. Mind you, I do not take all at once, I do alternate with FGHP. I also taking Baking soda for ph. I do take SLO daily. All of the above for herpes. Is it safe to mix with pill?

Replied by Hopeful
(Titusville, Fl/usa)

I would like to know the answer to this question, too. As I am considering doing the following for herpes: Magnesium Chloride (topically applied to the area----ouch!!! ), colloidal silver (orally), olive leaf (orally), SLO (orally). In addition, I started taking Red Marine Algae (orally). Something has gotta work!! :(

I was wondering how much of this could be mixed and taken together, or what needs to be separated? I also do the ACV and Baking Soda remedy each morning and evening.


Replied by Gavin
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)

You only need to keep taking coconut oil regularly to get rid of herpes.. Its a virus with a fat sheath around it. When the coconut oil strips the sheath the immune system kills them off. The ACV will colapse them when they start to show but will only stop the outbreak and won't rid the the body of the virus.

Medications and Remedies
Posted by Zilchsky (Phoenix, Az ) on 10/12/2011

I am taking LIPITOR, and was wondering, can I use apple cider vinegar with the lipitor? I know I am not supposed to use grapefruit with a cholesterol medication.

Milk Thistle, Chanca Piedra

Posted by Angelina (Chicago, Il) on 12/02/2012

Does anybody know if it is OK to take BOTH milk thistle and Chanca Piedra at the same time? Will one negate he other? I have hep-c. First time on this site... Great info..

Thank you

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
2083 posts

Angelina: I saw an herbal liver product some time ago with Chanca Pedra along w/ several other herbs. Generally speaking and almost without exception, all herbs w/ an affinity to a single organ also all work together or synergistically. I posted (here on E.C.) an herbalist who cured himself of Hep C using primarily Burdock & Yellowdock Root Tea. Many beneficial herbs for Liver. NAC helps detox and boost immunity. BHT is excellent antiviral. Oscar recommends not combining BHT with other treatment formulas. I find the best chances of overcoming serious and complex illnesses is Combination Therapy. The fine line of what can be used together is an art of healing that is not easily defined in many cases. To simplify this problem rotation is recommended. Do the Liver Complex Herbs, or Single if you prefer, for one week, drop them and use BHT for one week etc.

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