Q: My doctor said that is okay to take folates but never folic acid, as they can contribute to the development of cancer. Is this correct?
— Lisa H., Atlanta, Ga.
A: Your doctor is correct. There is some suggestion from population studies that folic acid may increase colon and prostate cancer risk.
This might be the case because folic acid is incompletely converted to the functional vitamin in the blood and this reduces natural killer cell activity (a major cancer fighting cell), and taking either folate or folic acid alone can mask vitamin B12 deficiencies, which are associated with higher cancer rates.
One should always supplement with folate, the natural form of the vitamin found in foods, and take natural methycobalamin as well.
Q: Does tattoo removal stop the toxic ink components from draining into the body, or does removal cause breakdown of toxic chemicals in the body? Is it safer to remove or leave?
— Georgia G., El Cajon, Calif.
A: I favor removal, while using iron-chelating supplements at the same time. Removal only removes the ink from the skin. Within days following getting the tattoo, the ink is deposited within the lymph nodes, tissue, and organs.
The best iron chelators include quercetin, baicalein, epigallocatechin gallate (as a supplement called Teavigo) and hesperidin. In combination they can provide a great deal of protection.
Q: My 10-year-old grandson has been diagnosed with severe ADHD. We do not want to give him medication. Do you have any recommendations?
— Olga E., Pasco, Wash.
A: Food allergy testing is important. Many cases of ADHD are due to food allergies and intolerances, and can be cured when these foods are avoided. It may take two to three months, but most often the benefits are quite dramatic.
One effect of high gluten is exposure to high levels of glutamate. Avoiding excitotoxic additives and foods naturally high in glutamate can help a lot. These include tomato sauces, red meats, nuts, mushrooms, and cheeses.
Magnesium supplementation with a time-release magnesium and avoiding all sugar can also help. Aspartame should be avoided at all costs.
Q: I am a licensed practical nurse and have a patient with Alzheimer’s. I am excited about the new findings using Etanercept. Does the patient have to see a specialist, or is this something her family doctor can do?
— Joan O., Northridge, Calif.
A: Because oral Etanercept is quite toxic and has difficulty entering the central nervous system, it is given by spinal injection. Spinal fluid injections are far safer and act directly on the central nervous system. As far as I know, Dr. Edward Tobinick of UCLA is the only one doing these injections.
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