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Gerry Bush
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2001 - 9:19 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Help.
1.Does anyone out there have any experience with Prilosec? I have been diagnosed with acid reflux induced bronchial asthma and prescribed the purple capsule! It is in a gelatin capsule and you are cautioned not to open it.
2. I also have high blood pressure and was prescribed Plendil, a calcium channel blocker.

I will look forward to any input please.
Thank you.
MEMorrisNJ
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2001 - 4:56 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Gerry: Re Prilosec (AstraZeneca), you are bound to find someone with experience with it. Per the New York Times magazine section this past Sunday, "The purple capsule was backed by a strong advertising push making it the best-selling drug in the world last year when U.S. sales totaled $4.2 billion." The FDA had some concerns about it as noted at this site:
http://www.findarticles.com/m0815/2000_August/64161074/p1/article.jhtml
Also, you may want to read this:
http://www.druginfonet.com/faq/faqprilo.htm
Hope this helps in some way.
Anonymous
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2001 - 5:43 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Where can I get charcoal tablets? Deb mentions them in her book. I am going on vacation in Las Vegas in April and am desperate to avoid food reactions. Any suggestions on where to find tablets and/or where to eat in Vegas?
Gerry Bush
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2001 - 6:38 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks MEMorris, the Prilosec links were interesting. So far I have no reactions other than that I am more tired.
Roy Piwovar
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2001 - 8:47 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I used to use Charcoal capsules and found them to be helpful. I bought mine in a vitamin store. Here's a supplier on the web:
http://www.myvitanet.com/vitanet/acchar100cap.html
Roy Piwovar
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2001 - 8:58 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Here's a supplier of charcoal in tablet and other forms, so you don't have to empty capsules. They don't sell retail, but maybe they could give you the name of a supplier in your area:

http://www.charcoal.uk.com/tablets.htm
Jen
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2001 - 9:48 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was diagnosed with being allergic to MSG when I was about 5 and am now 20. At first my reaction to MSG was a bad case of hives. They told me as I got older I would "grow out of it" and not be allergic to it. yet, here I am at 20 becoming more and more reactant to it. I am constantly suffering from every symptom MSG causes. Curse the person who invented the stuff. Are there any medications out there to help me out? Is there any hope for us whom are highly allergic to it?
Tom Fernstrom
Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2001 - 11:45 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jen,

First and most important is abstinence from those foods that contain MSG. Regretfully, you don't "grow out of it" but instead because its use in food products is so expansive you "grow into it" (as far as MSG reactions go).

Only after months of sustained abstinence and use of supplements that have been found to be helpful can you finally unchain yourself from the MSG torture chamber. Of all the supplements I take, I would have to say the 300mg of CoQ10 daily has consistently helped the most -- but you must keep up the abstinence vigil.

Good Luck & better health.
Deb A.
Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2001 - 3:43 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

We don't believe that what we have is a true allergy. It's more of a sensitivity, that no one grows out of once they're sensitized. MSG is a toxin, an excitatory neurotransmitter that interferes with normal body functions and kills brain cells. Your body is saying it cannot handle the excess build-up and you need to avoid it as much as you possibly can. Some people here swear by CoQ10, and others seem to have little improvement with it. Some use taurine powder and some just avoid all supplements including vitamins. We are all different chemically, and so we can't promise any real remedy. When I get a terrible headache, which may now happen every 8 months, as opposed to every day, I take 1/2 a Benedryl copycat drug, called Benehist, and 2 to 3 Ibuprofen, and it helps immensely. But then, I have been avoiding MSG religiously, and putting more and more distance between accidental "poisonings". I believe that has diminished the intensity of my reactions, too. It's also good to work up a sweat, even thought hat may be the last thing you feel like doing. I pamper my self the first day of my reaction, and then get out and walk fast and hard for 40 minutes the next day. It helps me. Or do aerobics. But the best medicine is avoidance. Our book and this posting board will help you learn how to avoid hidden MSG, which is in everything!
shirley
Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2001 - 9:39 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I can understand cause I had msg problems as a child and thought I was ok. I had a few incident with ricotta cheese, antchovies and pork. The other msg products that is glutamate and are in different words are slowly poisoning me. Once you clean your food, you'll be more instinctive. I use journal writing. I made homemade boiled down sugar water and had a reaction. I love the energy to some combinations of it but I get insomnia with all combinations which is a reaction.
amh
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 2:46 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dear Tom Fernstrom,

On your recommendation I have increased my COQ10 from 60milligrams to about 180. Today I read you are taking up to 300milligrams. How do you break this up? Also how to you know that the benefits are from the COQ10 since I know you take other supplements.

I do feel that I can breathe better with the increased COQ10, I live on the fifth floor of a walk up apartment building. So I have you to thank for that. After Labor Day I am to go to a pulmonary specialist for a breathing test.

Thanks!
Tom Fernstrom
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 6:41 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dear ahm,

When I first heard of CoQ10 on the A-Fib sites I would visit, I contacted one of the Doctors who was a major proponent of the heart health benefits of CoQ10. His name was Dr. Peter Langsjoen. I never really corresponded with him, but his wife wrote to me a few times and was interested in my theories about MSG ingestion and heart disease. She offhandedly stated that her husband reacted to MSG but had not experienced his normal symptoms since he was taking 300mg of CoQ10 per day as part of his heart therapy regimen. Well, that convinced me to up my dosage from the 30mg I started taking and suddenly I started feeling a lot better and was able to handle the occasional "mistakes" in abstinence from MSG.

I now take 150mg each morning when I wake and another 150mg about 4:00PM with my other supplements and heart medications. I also think you have to keep this dosage up for about 2 or 3 months before realizing the full benefits of the extra energy being delivered to your cells.

Works for me!!
Roy Piwovar
Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 1:46 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

More on Coenzyme Q10:

http://archive.abcnews.go.com/sections/living/wnt1124_coq10/

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