Does Fish Oil raise your Cholesterol Levels?

October 16th, 2007

Question: from Jenny

Is it true that Fish Oil raises your LDL? Does your product do that?

Comment: from Warren Matthews of Xtend-Life

No, not in the sense that it is of a concern! LDL measurements can be quite misleading as they are generally calculated as oppose to being directly measured. Also the tests do not take into account if the LDL is oxidised or not. It is the oxidised LDL that is the worry. Not all LDL is bad.

We sometimes have customers who Contact Us in a panic because their LDL has gone up…usually accompanied by a substantial reduction in triglycerides (which the Omega 3 helps) plus an increase in HDL. Any increase in LDL levels under these circumstances is nothing to be concerned about because of the way they are calculated.

Joanna gives a more detailed explanation below. And…Jenny the difference in the impact on LDL between different brands of oil would be negligible.

Answer: from Joanna (Medical Nutritionist for Xtend-Life)

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How Do I Deal With Too Much Iodine?

October 16th, 2007


I read about iodine so I started supplementing myself with it (iodoral) and before I know it,.. my throat is always swollen, like I created a goiter from too much iodine.. now I can’t eat fish or anything with iodine.. also appear to be celiac.. my throat swells up with cheese, dairy, wheat…I seen to have become iodine sensitive. I had an iodine test taken and I have enough iodine.. do you have any suggestions?.. I’ve been to a naturopath and she perscribed bioidentical hormones, but she put iodine in them and my throat is constantly swollen, so I got off of those and don’t know what to do now…

Thanks, Peggy


Hi Peggy,

We strongly recommend you consult with a physician to reach a diagnosis and have Allergies, thyroid problems etc., ruled out.

Once you have been given a diagnosis, we will be happy to help determine, if need be, what remedy would best suit you.

Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.


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Are benefits of acupuncture for sciatica real?

October 16th, 2007

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on positive and negative energies generated by food intake, environment and lifestyles. Acupuncture is one of its mainstays for Sciatica nerve treatment. Despite its popularity and effectiveness in many cases, acupuncture has not undergone much scrutiny from the researchers. There are many stories that tell us about the immediate relief and permanent cure that acupuncture is capable of. The fact is that success stories get advertised while incidents where acupuncture failed to treat do not get published unless there is an unfortunate happening. Like all alternative treatments, acupuncture too does not have the backing of drug companies as there is nothing in it for them.

Conventional medicine believes that Sciatica can be caused by one or more of the following reasons:

  • A compression of the Sciatic Nerve that exits from the base of the spine.
  • Compression of the Sciatic Nerve due to a slipped disc due to trauma or a natural process.
  • Degenerative disc disease.
  • The narrowing of the spinal cord due to the natural ageing process.

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