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Flax seed oil and cottage cheese- study say's that flax seed oil mixed with cottage cheese can cure a lot. To read about it go to Excite.com and search flax seed oil. I used it, it got me through a tuff period

acidophlus works pretty good to help keep you regular

herbs to stay away from Red Clover, Black Cohosh,Dong Quai,Wild Yam

Drugs to stay away from aldactone

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Guest Janet W

Some of the herbs you said to stay away from have been helpful to me in the area of female problems - some of those worked when nothing else would.

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I believe black cohosh only has a negative effect if your on chemotherapy and then should be avoided due to toxicity issues.


Black Cohosh May Make Breast Cancer Drug More Toxic

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with breast cancer (news - web

sites) who are undergoing chemotherapy may want to avoid black cohosh,

the herbal remedy often used to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot

flashes, according to Connecticut researchers.

In a new study of laboratory-grown breast cancer cells, the herb

seemed to increase the toxicity of the commonly used chemotherapy

drugs doxorubicin (Adriamycin) and docetaxel (Taxotere), but not a

third, cisplatin.

"We saw this with three different commercial black cohosh extracts,"

said Dr. Sara Rockwell of Yale University School of Medicine in New

Haven, Connecticut.

The suggestion that black cohosh may make these anticancer drugs more

potent than they already are could be "a good thing or a bad thing,"

Rockwell said.

"If this were an effect just on the tumor cells, that would be a good

thing because it would mean you get more antitumor effect for a person

on black cohosh," she said.

"On the other hand, Adriamycin is used in doses that are nearly toxic

-- it wipes out the bone marrow and is very close to the limit of

heart toxicity. A substantial number of patients treated with

Adriamycin show serious heart injury after treatment and if black

cohosh increased that it could make this drug lethal."

More research is needed to determine if this is true for patients --

results in laboratory cells may not mimic what happens in the body, a

much more complex situation compared with a carefully controlled


Rockwell's team focused their studies on black cohosh because they

noticed that many women who went off hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

when they were diagnosed with breast cancer began taking this

particular herb during chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

"Many women assume that black cohosh is a safe and effective natural

remedy for menopausal symptoms," she told Reuters Health. But how it

interacts with other drugs is unclear.

Rockwell's team grew breast cancer cells in culture and then exposed

them to black cohosh at concentrations found in products on the drug

store shelf. Then, in separate experiments, they exposed the cells to

radiation or to three drugs commonly used to treat breast cancer --

Adriamycin, Taxotere, and cisplatin.

In the radiation experiment, they saw no changes in the breast cancer

cells. "Black cohosh did not change the response of the breast cancer

cells to the radiation," Rockwell said.

And the remedy did not influence laboratory-grown breast cancer cells

in the absence of chemotherapy drugs, or affect the growth of breast

cancer tumors in mice fed the herbal remedy.

"Up to 80% of cancer patients may be taking one or more vitamins,

minerals, or herbs," Rockwell said. "Many of these agents are not well

standardized and they are not regulated by FDA (news - web sites)."

The findings were scheduled to be presented this week at the American

Association for Cancer Research's 94th Annual Meeting in Toronto, but

meeting planners canceled the event citing growing concern about cases

of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in the city.

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