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Advice From Michele—Recent “Ask Us” Questions and Answers

1. Triglycerides

Question: I have a high level of triglycerides (544). Does this mean that something isn’t working correctly in my body? Is there an herbal remedy that will help? Currently my doctor has me on lopid.

Michele’s Answer: Triglycerides are a type of cholesterol. Thus, this means that you have an elevated cholesterol level.

For this, we recommend our Cholesto-Rite remedy, which is a 100% herbal remedy containing well researched ingredients and manufactured in therapeutic dosage according to the highest pharmaceutical standards.

Cholesto-Rite not only lowers LDL cholesterol, but also increases levels of HDL, the ‘good’ form of cholesterol that helps to remove excessive LDL from the bloodstream and prevent the buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Regular use of Cholesto-Rite can help to balance the system and prevent heart disease and stroke, as well as ensure healthy arteries.

Because Cholesto-Rite also contains herbs that have anti-oxidant properties, Cholesto-Rite can prevent the damage caused by free radicals in the system. Research has shown that free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules) are implicated in the build up of coronary plaque, leading to atherosclerosis, heart attack and even stroke.

For more information, please go to: Cholesto-Rite

2. Fluid Retention

Question: I suffer from atrial fibulation and am prescribed warfarin for thinning the blood and also have to take a beta blocker to stop the fibulation and so since taking all this medicine my blood pressure has gone up. I now seem to have water retention in the ankles, something that I did not have before. I wanted to know if I can use this product for the water retention, is it safe to use. I really want to stop taking warfarin and the beta blockers, so I would also appreciate any help and information you can give me on products that I can use instead, as I hate taking these medicines, as they cause all sorts of side affects.

Michele’s Answer: You will be pleased to know that it is fine for you to take Aqua-Rite and High-Rite in the presence of atrial fibrillation. However, you may not use Aqua-Rite along with other diuretics. It is also important to remember that you should continue taking Warfarin, as this prevents clots from forming in your heart, which can lead to a stroke if the clot breaks off and reaches your head.

These remedies should be used only under medical supervision if you are also using prescription medication for hypertension. Because these herbs are very effective in controlling blood pressure levels, the dosage of your prescription drugs may need to be reduced or even stopped altogether.

3. Menopause/Water Retention/High Blood Pressure

Question: I am going through the last stage of menopause and I have a lot of water retention. As a result of this, my blood pressure is creeping up. Why do women retain fluid during menopause and how does effect blood pressure? I have no health problems.

Michele’s Answer: During menopause, progesterone levels will also decrease. Like estrogen, lower levels of this hormone can be responsible for many of the symptoms of menopause and that includes weight gain, or at least the appearance of it. Water retention and menopause often go hand in hand since water weight and bloating are caused by decreased progesterone levels.

With regards to the query about the link between menopause and high blood pressure, we found an extremely helpful website which answers your question about menopause quite nicely:

Blood pressure increases after menopause and so does the risk of high blood pressure.

There has been some debate about whether these changes in blood pressure are truly due to menopause or are a consequence of age and weight gain. But after taking these factors into account, researchers have found that postmenopausal women are at higher risk of high blood pressure than are premenopausal women. This suggests that estrogen may play a protective role in blood pressure.

Before menopause, women have slightly lower diastolic pressure and systolic pressure than men do. After menopause, systolic pressure in women increases by about 5 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).

Menopause-related increases in blood pressure can be attributed in part to increased salt sensitivity and weight gain that are in turn associated with hormone changes during menopause. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause also may contribute to increases in blood pressure. Women older than age 50 who take HRT may have a small increase — usually 1 to 2 mm Hg — in systolic blood pressure. These women are also 25 percent more likely to have high blood pressure than are women who don't take HRT.

You can take steps to control high blood pressure after menopause. Lifestyle changes can help avoid, delay or reduce the need for medications. These include:

  • Reducing sodium in your diet
  • Increasing physical activity
  • Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight on the DASH eating plan
  • Limiting or avoiding alcohol
  • Avoiding tobacco use

However, sometimes lifestyle changes aren't enough. In such cases, medications such as diuretics are very effective in reducing blood pressure. In addition, a European study published in June 2006 in the journal Hypertension suggests that a new hormone therapy — which combines drospirenone (DRSP) and 17-beta-estradiol—may reduce blood pressure in postmenopausal women who have high blood pressure. However, the dosages used in the study are not yet available in the United States.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/menopause-and-high-blood-pressure/AN01463

Should you be experiencing menopause, we have the perfect remedy for you, our MellowPause is a highly effective product which is manufactured according to the highest pharmaceutical standards.

For severe menopausal symptoms, we recommend MellowPause together with Dong Quai and Femalite.

Dong Quai, one of the most important of the Chinese tonic herbs, is used as a nourishing blood tonic and to regulate the menstrual cycle. Dong Quai has been used for centuries by Asian healers to balance female hormones and to prevent the troublesome symptoms of menopause and PMS. Clinical research has indicated that Dong Quai also contains antispasmodic compounds that aid in relaxing muscle tissue, explaining its effectiveness in treating menstrual cramps.

The risks and long term effects of HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) are well known, while studies on soy-based products show conflicting and unsubstantiated results. Research has show that Dong Quai is extremely effective in providing long term relief from symptoms of Menopause when taken regularly for between 8 and 12 weeks, and its effects are most noticeable at the end of the treatment period.

Femalite is formulated especially for women and the effective treatment of the symptoms of Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS). It contains three powerful ingredients—Fennel, Pulsatilla and Melissa—to treat the most troublesome symptoms of PMS.

Use Femalite for a few days before your period and say goodbye to bloating, sore breasts and mean mood swings!

For your high blood pressure we have two great products especially developed for controlling hypertension: High-Rite balances and regulates blood pressure while addressing some of the factors which may be causing it.

The second product is Aqua-Rite which is formulated as a companion remedy for High-Rite, especially in cases where water retention is associated with high blood pressure. Using High-Rite and Aqua-Rite, while following a healthy diet and lifestyle may completely normalize your blood pressure and remove any need for prescription drugs.

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