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Q. When did Dr. Linda Page start Crystal Star® Herbal Nutrition?

Q. I have been viewing your products online, and would like to inquire about your Hot Seaweed Bath™.

Q. Is there a real difference between Men's Healthy Libido™ and Male Performance™?

Q. I'm concerned about the vitamin C content in AR-eze™ for Pets.

Q. I used tea tree oil to remove tics on my Shitzu (dog), but I didn't dilute it. Could that cause an adverse reaction? Is it toxic?

Q. I have pea-sized white spots on my arms, scaly in appearance with no pigment. Is there anything you could recommend?

Q. One of my dogs had Lupus and I gave him Crystal Star Liver Renew™ caps.

Q. I'm considering using St. John's wort for depression. Should I be concerned about drug-herb interactions?

Q. I have some questions about Beautiful Skin™ Tea.

Q. How long is a product potent after expiration?

Q. Is Pro-Est Balance™ Gel Roll-on more appropriate for menopausal, peri-menopausal or post-menopausal women?

Q. Can I continue taking Female Harmony™ during pregnancy?

Q. I want to know if there is a general rule to follow when going from one detox program to another.

Q. Why are there so many ingredients in your products?

Q. I practice Bikram Yoga. Are toxins released during the sweating?

Q. I'm a naturopath considering going into Wellness Consulting. Do insurance companies reimburse for naturopathic consulting?

Q. Are there any contraindications for Iron Source™ Extract?

Q. In the book "Detoxification" in the section on sea vegetables, kombu is recommended. Is kombu is really safe or not and, if so, why?

Q. I have a uterine fibroid cyst and it can be quite painful.

Q. Does Cellulite Release™ work on its own or should I take something else with it?

Q: Can I use Crystal Star Formulas together?

Q: What is the different between Women’s Best Friend and Nature’s Fibroid Control

Q: What schools of natural healing do you recommend for aspiring naturopaths and herbalists?

Q: What is the difference between Tinkle-eze and Bladder Comfort?

Q: What schools of natural healing do you recommend for aspiring naturopaths and herbalists?


Q. When did Dr. Linda Page start Crystal Star® Herbal Nutrition?

A. Dr. Linda Page founded Crystal Star® Herbal Nutrition products in 1978, and has since herself developed 300 herbal healing formulas. To her credit, Linda Page received six of the first United States Patents ever given for herbal formulations for her female hormone balancing formulas: Est-Aid™Easy Change™Women's Best Friend™Female Harmony™; and Pro Est™ Balance™.
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Q. I have been viewing your products online, and would like to inquire about your Hot Seaweed Bath™. Directions say to use once a week. If a person were trying to get rid of cellulite, would you recommend using the bath more often, and if so, how often? How long at that rate do you think it would take to notice a significant difference? Assuming, of course, lots of water, fiber, skin brushing, regular exercise, low fat, etc.

A. I recommend using the bath twice a week for the best results. You can enhance your results by dry brushing your body all over for 5 minutes before your bath with a natural bristle, dry skin brush. This helps remove toxins from the skin and open pores for nutrient uptake. On this program, you should see some improvement, i.e. less cellulite ripples, better body tone, within 1-2 months. In addition, you may want to try Cellulite Tone caps. They are also very popular.
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Q. Is there a real difference between Men's Healthy Libido™ and Male Performance™? I have both and noticed there are many/most of the same ingredients in both, differing mainly by amount. Is it worthwhile taking both?

A. Men's Healthy Libido™ was formulated to support immediate sexual energy. Most men use it for a few days to a week before a "date night" to support libido and the sexual experience. Male Performance™ was formulated to support long range sexual endurance and to help men who have libido/performance concerns. It is usually taken for at least 1 month. You can use both products together if you like.
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Q. I'm concerned about the vitamin C content in AR-eze™for Pets . My dog is 18 years old and 80 lbs. Could the vitamin C be harmful?

A. Vitamin C is used as a natural preservative in dog food and can be helpful in supplements to improve hip/joint problems. There is no known problem with using conservative amounts of vitamin C in dog supplements. In fact, a number of reputable manufacturers make vitamin C supplements formulated especially for dogs.
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Q. I used tea tree oil to remove tics on my Shitzu (dog), but I didn't dilute it. Could that cause an adverse reaction? Is it toxic?

A. Tea tree oil should be diluted before applying it topically. Just a few drops of tea tree oil added to jojoba oil or another carrier oil can be a sufficient insect repellant. Tea tree oil is very strong. However, it is not toxic to dogs when used properly. It is, however, toxic to cats, even diluted.
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Q. I have pea-sized white spots on my arms, scaly in appearance with no pigment. My dermatologist said they could be a result of aging. Is there anything you could recommend that might bring the color back to my skin?

A. I recommend supplementing with vitamin C, around 5000mg daily to encourage collagen production. Low collagen can be a factor in premature aging of the skin, wrinkling, and skin sags and bags. Compassionet's Toki product may also be helpful because it also increases collagen production. You can call 1-800-ageless for more information on Toki. Long standing skin problems are difficult to completely eliminate naturally, but you should begin to see improvement in 6 weeks.
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Q. I'm considering using St. John's wort for depression. Should I be concerned about drug-herb interactions?

A. You should be concerned. Standardized St. John's wort can interfere with many prescription medications. New research reveals standardized St. John's wort can decrease effectiveness of HIV drugs, drugs for organ transplants and cancer, digoxin, statin drugs, warfarin, chemotherapy drugs, tricyclic antidepressants, asthma medicines, and oral contraceptives. Some doctors advise against using the herb before surgery because it reduces effectiveness of anesthetics.

You should not use St. John's wort if you're already taking antidepressant drugs. The combination of St. John's wort and antidepressant drugs may lead to "serotonin syndrome," a condition characterized by confusion, incoordination, and cardiovascular irregularities.

It is not known whether whole St. John's wort used in herbal combinations would have the same effects, but we suggest any customer taking multiple prescriptions consult with their physician before using a St. John's wort combination. For further information on drug-herb interactions, please see my report here.
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Q. I am drinking my first cup of Beautiful Skin™ Tea today. I have some questions. What exactly is White Tea? Does it contain caffeine? Also, how effective is the tea used topically?

A. White tea is the least processed of all teas, and has the greatest concentration of polyphenols. It is from the same plant species as green tea, but white tea is rare, picked only for a few days every spring from the closed buds of camellia sinensis. We are including white tea in our newest skin products because it is a wonderful skin smoother that also protects against sun damage.

Both white tea and green tea contain some caffeine naturally. 1 cup of Beautiful Skin™ Tea contains around 10mg of caffeine, much less than a cup of coffee that typically contains around 60-120 mg.

Beautiful Skin™ Tea is also very helpful when used topically. Just apply lukewarm with a cotton ball morning and evening after regular cleansing.
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Q. How long is a product potent after expiration?

A. We cannot guarantee product potency after expiration. There are too many variables involved that we do not have control over. However, here are a few guidelines to help you determine whether your product is still potent:

For our Whole Herb formulas (caps, tea, extracts):
If the product is kept securely closed and in a cool, dry environment, it may be potent for 1-2 years after the expiration date.

For our Dr. Enzyme™ product:
If the product is kept securely closed and in a cool, dry environment, it may be potent up to 1 year after its expiration date.
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Q. Is Pro-Est Balance™ Gel Roll-on more appropriate for menopausal, peri-menopausal or post-menopausal women?

A. Pro-Est Balance™ Gel Roll on is appropriate for hormone balance needs for pre, peri, menopausal and post-menopausal women. I have gotten great feedback from women who use the product to combat menopausal symptoms.
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Q. Can I continue taking Female Harmony™ during pregnancy?

A. It's okay to take Female Harmony™ caps for pre-conception needs, but our Conceptions™ Tea is even better. Please note that when you conceive, you should discontinue the Female Harmony™, and begin to receive pre-natal care. I also highly recommend the Pregnancy healing program in Linda Page's Healthy Healing 12th Edition: A Guide to Self-Healing For Everyone, as well as the book on this subject that Dr. Page and I wrote together, Do You Want to Have a Baby?
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Q. I want to know if there is a general rule to follow when going from one detox program to another (i.e., liver detox to colon detox). Should I take a break in between kits, and how often can I repeat the programs?

A. I would suggest waiting a month before moving on to a new cleanse. I only recommend cleansing about 2-4 times a year. Long, unsupervised cleanses can deplete the body of critical nutrients. The targeted juice fasts in Linda Page's book, Detoxification, offer gentle cleansing benefits and have been used safely for many years.
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Q. Why are there so many ingredients in your products? It seems the products only offer trace amounts of key ingredients.

A. Crystal Star products are developed according to the principles of traditional herbalism, using specific percentages of primary herbs, secondary herbs, complementary herbs, and catalysts and transporters.

Here's a very short synopsis: We use herbal combinations in order to affect multiple body systems. We include herbs to address symptoms; herbs to strengthen, tone or nourish imbalanced organs, systems, etc.; herbs to address secondary problems; and catalytic herbs to help deliver these nutrients to the body.

The trace amounts you're referring to, in our belief, are often exactly what the body needs to come back into balance. The body doesn't always need to be dealt a "hammer blow" for healing to take place. Often, the gentle activity of whole herbs used in expert combinations can do the healing trick, which is simply encouraging the body to do its own work, better.

Further, experience has shown us that high doses of single herbs or standardized herbs tend to have more of a drug-like activity and a higher likelihood of side effects and interactions.

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Q. I practice Bikram Yoga. It is yoga practiced in 1 1/2 hour sessions, in a room heated to approximately 106-110 degrees. As you might guess, profuse sweating takes place. Are toxins released during the sweating? If so, would it be better to wipe off the sweat to keep the toxins from being reabsorbed, or just leave it to perform it's cooling task? 

A. The question of wiping during Bikram yoga is largely a matter of preference. My main recommendation is to encourage a cool shower afterwards to stimulate immune response, improve cardiovascular activity, and to cleanse toxins from the skin. It has been documented in clinical studies that saunas, exercise and other high heat activities do release toxins such as PCBs and heavy metals in the body.
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Q. I'm a naturopath considering going into Wellness Consulting. Do insurance companies reimburse for naturopathic consulting? 

A. In most states, insurance does not cover naturopathic consultations. Naturopaths who partner up with chiropractors or medical doctors may be able to receive some compensation, depending on the situation. Still, it is important to note that many people are willing to pay for naturopathic consultation, even without insurance benefits.

I suggest you review the Coalition for Natural Health's website for updates on legislative issues that might affect you as well as info on the practice of traditional naturopathy.

http://www.naturalhealth.org/statebystate/minnesota.html
http://www.naturalhealth.org/tradnaturo/history.html

Good luck with your important work.
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Q. Are there any contraindications for Iron Source™ Extract? 

A. This is a very safe formula for men, women and children. However, it may not be the best choice for someone on dialysis because of the potassium content of the herbs. We suggest consulting with a medical professional if you have extenuating circumstances.
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Q. In the Dr. Linda Page's book "Detoxification" in the section on sea vegetables, kombu is recommended. However, in "Excitotoxins" by Blaylock, kombu is identified as the origin of Monosodium Glutamate. Is kombu is really safe or not and, if so, why? 

A. Eating MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) and eating kombu are two very different things. MSG is a heavily concentrated substance made from combining glutamate, an amino acid, and sodium. It takes 100 grams of kombu to produce just 1 gram of free glutamate. Further, free glutamates are plentiful in other healthy foods like tomatoes, chicken, fish and mushrooms.

MSG is not a natural substance. Comparing large amounts of MSG to a food like kombu is like comparing aspirin to whole white willow herb. MSG has more of a drug-like effect, with a higher potential for side effects and problems. Kombu, as a whole food, offers a better safety profile.

Kombu, especially organic kombu, is a wonderful, healthy food when consumed as part of a balanced diet. As a source of algin, Kombu is also rich in carotenes, B-complex, calcium, potassium and iodine; and contains a substance named fucoidan found to affect tumors.
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Q. I have a uterine fibroid cyst and it can be quite painful. I have taken Women's Best Friend™ and I love it. I know there is a particular regimen that I need to follow. Please help! 

A. In the case of fibroids, I suggest you first consult with a health professional to determine the treatment that's right for you. Whole herb combinations can be helpful for some women because they can support ovarian and uterine health. Here's the suggested program: Women's Best Friend™ 6 caps daily for 2 months, then switch to Fibro Defense™ as directed for 3 months.

Protease Enzyme therapy also shows good results for enhancing immune response. Consider Dr. Enzyme™ as directed between meals. Note: Protease may thin the blood. Do not use if you plan on having surgery, if you have a blood clotting disorder or if you are taking blood thinning medication.
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Q. Does Cellulite Tone work on its own or should I take something else with it? 

A.  Cellulite Tone does work well on its own. However, for the best results, I recommend following the diet suggestions for cellulite in Healthy Healing 12th Edition: A Guide to Self-Healing For Everyone by Linda Page Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath.
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Q: Can I use Crystal Star formulas together? 

A: We receive this question all the time and I have great news: Our formulas can be used together! Many herbs work synergistically together. We recommend using 3 or 4 Crystal Star formulas at a time for the best results.

Q: What is the different between Women’s Best Friend and Fibro Defense

A: Women’s Best Friend and Fibro Defense are used for similar reasons: symptoms of hormone imbalance, or problems with the menstrual cycle. The main difference between these formulas is Women’s Best Friend is stronger. We do have women who use these formulas together, at half dosage. Other women start with Women’s Best Friend and use it for 2-4 months, then switch to Nature’s Fibroid Control and use it for another 2-4 months. How long women stay on the program depends on how long they have had the issue.  The average program is 2-4 months. 

Q: What is the different between Bladder Comfort and Bladder Control? 

A: Bladder Comfort is used for people who are prone to urinary issues. It contains herbs, which cleanse and , support kidney health. Bladder Control is designed to support urinary control for people who have bladder spasms or leakage issues.