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Natural Standard was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Using a comprehensive methodology and reproducible grading scales, Natural Standard generates unbiased consensus-based systematic reviews that are peer-reviewed by a multidisciplinary Editorial Board. Our mission is to provide objective, reliable information that helps clinicians, patients, and healthcare institutions make more informed and safer therapeutic decisions.

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    What is factor X deficiency?

    Factor X deficiency is a coagulation (clotting) disorder that occurs when an individual has too little factor X, a clotting protein that plays a key role in the coagulation cascade, which is triggered when a blood vessel is damaged. Factor X is also sometimes referred to as the Stuart-Prower factor...Read More
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    Does homeopathy help treat depression?

    Evidence supporting the use of homeopathy to treat depression is lacking. More studies are needed. You should read product labels, and discuss all therapies with a qualified healthcare provider. Homeopathic remedies must meet labeling requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However,...Read More
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    How can Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) be prevented?

    There is currently no known method of preventing Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). If a person has a family history of the disorder he or she may undergo genetic testing to determine if he or she carries a mutated gene associated with the disorder. However, genetic testing is available only for...Read More
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    What increases my risk for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT)?

    Having a family history of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) increases the risk of inheriting the disorder.
    You should read product labels, and discuss all therapies with a qualified healthcare provider. Natural Standard information does not constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Read More
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    What are complications of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT)?

    Difficulty walking or performing everyday tasks: Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) causes muscle weakness and decreases sensation in the muscles and feet. As a result, patients often have trouble controlling foot movements, and the most common complication of CMT is difficulty walking. Some people...Read More
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    What is pain?

    Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with damage to body tissues, including organs, bones, and muscles.
    Pain is the most common reason individuals seek medical care. Pain is often classified as acute (immediate, short-term) or chronic (long-term).
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    What are the treatment options for arthritis?

    General: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and periarthritis are managed with medications that reduce pain and inflammation. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis may also require treatment with medications that weaken the immune system, such as corticosteroids or immunosuppressants. In severe cases,...Read More
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    Does light therapy help treat psoriasis?

    Light therapy using UVB or PUVA is considered one of the main treatment options for psoriasis. Lasers and a combination of salt bath and phototherapy may also benefit people with this condition. Light therapy has been combined with retinoids (compounds related to vitamin A) for the treatment of

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    What is Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT)?

    Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), also called hereditary motor sensory neuropathy and peroneal muscular atrophy, is an inherited disorder that causes nerve damage, or neuropathy. This nerve damage worsens over time.
    The disease affects the myelin sheath, which is the fatty substance that insulates...Read More
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    How much should I weigh?

    Ideal body weight (IBW) is the weight that people are expected to weigh based on age, sex, and height. The ideal body weight today is used as a tool to calculate the dosage of most medications. There are two different formulas to determine ideal body weight; one formula for men and another for women....Read More
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    Does Atkins Diet treat epilepsy?

    One study reviewed the effectiveness of the Atkins Diet® in treating epilepsy. Preliminary evidence suggests that seizure frequency may be reduced in some people. More studies are required before conclusions can be made.

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    What is broccoli sprout?

    • Broccoli sprouts are broccoli plants that are 3-4 days old. They look like alfalfa sprouts but taste like radish.
    • Sulforaphane is a chemical that is found in high amounts in broccoli and broccoli sprouts. Some brands, such as Brassica's BroccoSprouts®, may contain more than 20 times more sulfo
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    Are caffeine supplements safe for pregnant or nursing women?

    Although it has not been well studied in humans, the consumption of one cup of coffee daily may be associated with a lowered chance of getting pregnant.

    Possible side effects of caffeine use during pregnancy include increased risk of early delivery, miscarriage, neural tube defects (especially spinal...Read More
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    Do blueberry supplements cause allergic reactions?

    Avoid in people with a known allergy or sensitivity to blueberry, its parts, or members of the Ericaceae family, which includes cranberries, bilberries, and Labrador tea. There is rare allergy or sensitivity to certain proteins found in blueberries that may cause immediate and long-term problems....Read More
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    Does eating blueberry increase my antioxidants?

    Results from preliminary studies suggest that consuming blueberries, including freeze-dried blueberries, increases antioxidants in the blood. However, the processing of blueberries into juices may degrade some of those properties, as similar results were not found in all studies. Further research...Read More