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Jan Answers Your Questions

September 25, 2008

By JAN DE VRIES

I have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Symptoms include extreme tiredness, heavy aching muscles, flu-like symptoms with swollen glands, migraines, burning swollen joints and numbness in legs and arms.

It is essential to build up a healthy immune system with rest, sleep and appropriate dietary management. In addition, herbal and vitamin supplements can help to support the body’s nervous and digestive system, as well as boost the immune system. It is difficult to advise on general diet as allergic reactions arising from a depressed immune system vary greatly from sufferer to sufferer.

However, certain foods should certainly be avoided and this would include fermented products, cheese, wine, mushrooms and chocolate. The diet should be as natural as possible and avoid foods containing artificial preservatives, colourings and flavourings.

Also exclude refined white flour and sugar. The remedies Daily Choice Antioxidant, Eleutherococcus, and Energy Factors, would be beneficial.

My daughter was recently involved in a car accident. Although she was not physically hurt, since the accident she is crying all the time and doesn’t want to leave the house. Can you advise me how best I can help her?

I am very sorry to hear of your daughter’s recent accident, and the effect it has had on her. I would recommend that she use a remedy called Zincum Valerianicum at a dose of 15 drops, twice a day in a little water. This remedy is a combination of Zinc and Valeriana. The maintenance of health of several body systems, such as nervous, immune and reproductive systems, are influenced by zinc, and Valeriana is as effective as many conventional tranquillisers, beneficial in alleviating symptoms associated with anxiety and nervous tension.

I am a female in my late 50s and I am having trouble with my legs and ankles, which are always swollen. I have to wear trousers all the time, and would love to be able to wear skirts again. Can you help me?

I feel that you would benefit from taking some Vitamin E at a dose of one 400iu capsule twice a day, which will help with the circulation, together with Time Release Calcium Pantothenate at a dose of one tablet twice daily.

As a result of pregnancy I have had high blood pressure and currently take 25mg atenolol. I am presently breastfeeding my 12- week-old baby but feel very panicky and scared. I don’t want to take anything that will affect my wellbeing or breastfeeding. Can you suggest a quick and safe remedy to take?

I am sorry that you are feeling a bit panicky and scared. However these emotions are perfectly natural and I am sure that now you have had your baby, your blood pressure will begin to return to normal. As you are breastfeeding, I would not like to recommend any treatment for you.

Originally published by JAN DE VRIES HEALTH MATTERS featureseditor@belfasttelegraph.co.uk.

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