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Nutrition Talk / Re: Ox bile supplement recommendation
« Last post by Nori on January 29, 2017, 08:32:18 AM »
Allergy Research's Ox Bile has the highest concentration I have found on the market.

But please note that ox bile can, even absent a gall bladder, make IBS like symptoms worse. Read more here:

In case this may be a problem,  have the person go slowly and try a lower dose first, perhaps with a digestive enzyme supplement that includes ox bile, such as Designs for Health Digestzymes.   

Addressing the underlying issues of why the gall bladder malfunctioned and had it removed could give a more durable solution. and Cabot's book on  the gall bladder may be very helpful. 

Housing Hookup / Sublet available Feb 23-June 20 in Berkeley, 1/2 mile to campus
« Last post by NaomiS on January 27, 2017, 05:13:47 PM »

I am subletting my fully furnished 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment.  It is located in west/central Berkeley, 1 mile to Bauman college, very walk and bike friendly and a 5 minute drive. The apartment is spacious enough to comfortably share with another person, preferably a partner. There is a pull-out couch in the living room if the two people are not a couple.  There is an onsite laundry facility, plentiful street parking and one private parking space. The kitchen is spacious, as far as Berkeley apartments go and complete with a gas range.

Also available for shorter time periods, if required. Please describe your needs in your email. Photos available upon request. For more information about the apartment, please email me at

Thank you,
Nutrition Talk / Ox bile supplement recommendation
« Last post by tanyanuter on January 27, 2017, 04:17:30 PM »

Can some please recommend a high quality ox bile supplement?  This is for someone that has had their gall bladder removed many years ago, but never received proper after care from her doctor.

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Learning a set of simple, specific guidelines can bring you relief from pain anytime, anywhere. The same guidelines that take away your pain also straighten your spine.
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Nutrition Talk / Re: Nutritional Support While On Steroids
« Last post by Nori on January 15, 2017, 02:22:34 PM »
Steroids are also known as corticosteroids. This class of meds stand in for the body's own anti-inflammatory cortisol/cortisone, which are well known to raise blood glucose.  Cortisol is a stress hormone mean to mobilize blood glucose so one can fight or flee.   

The best nutritional plan, I think, is to have an insulin-sparing building diet direction with plenty of anti-inflammatory foods/herbs/spices.  That would mean more fat, less protein, and 60-80 grams of carbohydrates per day.  Garlic, onions, mushrooms, seaweed, cold water fish, low glycemic dark leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables, and low/no allergens come to mind here.   Avoid refined foods, alcohol, and caffeine if possible.

Anti-inflammatory and blood sugar regulating supplements would definitely help too.  Omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium, chromium, turmeric, ginger, boswellia, green tea, and resveratrol are some choices. 

When appropriate, tapering off steroids is usually overseen by a medical professional. 
Nutrition Talk / Re: Adaptogenic herbs and mid-cycle bleeding
« Last post by Nori on January 15, 2017, 02:11:10 PM »
That's good you have no spotting this last cycle. Here is a(nother) good site to research those herbs:
Nutrition Talk / Nutritional Support While On Steroids
« Last post by ethelg022 on January 15, 2017, 05:54:49 AM »
Is there something a person can do nutritionally/supplementally to counteract the negative effects while needing to take steroids?
Nutrition Talk / Re: Food & Flower of the Day
« Last post by Marlina E on January 13, 2017, 04:14:39 PM »
Wow! That looks so cool.
Nutrition Talk / Food & Flower of the Day
« Last post by celesteburrows on January 12, 2017, 10:22:42 AM »
Kale is this week's Food of the Day. Right after class I found these lovely flowers at Berkeley Bowl, labeled with a sign "Kale."
Sure enough, the "petals" are actually leaves of a cabbage like cruciferous that  Sunset magazine calls "Ornamental Kale"   
The long stems look quite like the cuttings of Tree Collards that Nori brought in this week and I'm hoping that I can take cuttings of these "flowers" and start new plants from them.
Nutrition Talk / Re: Adaptogenic herbs and mid-cycle bleeding
« Last post by Dana Ced on January 10, 2017, 05:19:43 PM »
I saw my GYN last month and he said I'm fine and that about 30% of his patients present this kind of mid-cycle spotting. But he rolled his eyes when I told him about the adaptogenic herbs I'm taking to help manage stress response :) so I will need to do more research on my own and look for a more naturopathic doctor.

I experienced no spotting last month, even though I continued taking the Urban Moonshine tonic. I actually think it's helping me with HPA-axys dysregulation, which is great.

Nori, the articles you mentioned are spot-on about my condition. Thank you for sharing. 

Danielle, I would love to try Sun Potion products, especially because they have single herb powders and I could skip the tulsi because one of the articles mentions tulsi as a contributor to endometrial build-up and potential sloughing off mid-cycle. Tulsi has wonderful health benefits, but my individual response to it might be different.
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