Vitamin + Supplement Tips: Absorption for Maximum Levels

For best absorption, is it better to take vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acids alone or in combination with other vitamins or supplements? (For example, vitamin D3 is often combined with calcium and/or magnesium. Is this the best way to take this supplement?) Clearly, the best way to “absorb” vitamin D3 is to step into the sunlight, which stimulates the

Vitamin + Supplement Tips

When buying vitamins and supplements that help autoimmune disorders (e.g., Vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, etc.), what factors are most important in choosing supplements that will absorb the best? Unlike prescription drugs, the potency, purity, and content of dietary supplements cannot be guaranteed.  Therefore, when purchasing supplements, you should first choose a manufacturer that adheres to the FDA’s Good Laboratory

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Pregnancy/Breastfeeding

If I plan to become pregnant any time in the future, is the treatment safe to take while pregnant, and are there other risks in pregnancy?  What about for breastfeeding? Since the treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome varies from patient to patient, each case must be considered individually.  For example, if you’re taking an amphetamine to improve your energy levels,

Chronic Fatigue & Autoimmune

Is chronic fatigue syndrome an autoimmune condition?  What type of doctor would diagnose this disorder? No one knows what causes chronic fatigue syndrome.  Indeed, this disorder may have more than one cause.  Various infectious agents—Epstein-Barr virus, for example—have been implicated at one time or another, but the link between these entities and chronic fatigue syndrome has never been confirmed.  Immunity

Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis & Pregnancy

How are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis similar? What sets them apart? Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (colitis) are inflammatory bowel diseases characterized by an autoimmune response that damages the mucosa, or inner lining, of your intestine.  In ulcerative colitis, inflammation is limited to the colon and rectum, while Crohn’s disease can involve any portion of the gastrointestinal tract, from