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I qualified from Cambridge University with degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery. After working in general practice, I gained a Master’s degree in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Surrey. I am a Registered Medical Doctor, a Registered Nutritionist, a Registered Nutritional Therapist and the award winning author of over 60 popular self-help books.
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Hello Dr. Brewer, I’ve been doing some research on the internet recently looking for any information regarding supplements that aid dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. My wife, 68, suffers from short-term memory loss which was brought on by super hypertension incident a couple of years ago. Her doctor has her taking a B complex, sublingual B12 and Donepezil. I have been giving her on my own CoQ10, fish oil, curcumin, and Vitamin D. My question would be whether you have any suggestions as to what other vitamins/supplements she could take, or know of any websites that I might look into.
Your articles are very informative and complete.
And I thank you in advance.
Hi John, i have an article on Nootropics here What Is A Nootropic? but you will need to discuss taking herbal medicines with her doctor before going ahead with any. You can also check for interactions with any medications at Drugs.com. I have a website with natural approaches to hypertension at http://www.MyLowerBloosPressure.com Hope that helps. Best wishes, Sarah B
Dear Dr Brewer
I am on warfarin and wondered if i could take either the red vein tablets or use the cream
Would the warfarin interact? I am 82 and been on warfarin for 6 years due to AF heart trouble
Always follow the advice of your own doctor. If they are unable to help, there is an interaction checker at http://www.drugs.com although unfortunately this does not include red vine leaf extracts. Probably best not to combine the two given the lack of information although your doctor may be happy for you to try the cream. Best wishes, Sarah B
Hi, I have had a constant headache for three months, and the GP looks at me like I am talking nonsense when I say food makes it much worse and that I think it is a vitamin overdose, possibly vitamin d. Can I have too much vitamin d in my body but it not show up in tests? I cannot eat any dairy or beef or turkey, or vitamin fortified foods in particular as this makes the headache much worse. I am now anaemic as I am having to eat such a restricted diet as many foods make it much worse. It is a headache at the back of the head, and the same headache as when I took some women’s prenatal multivitamins (other women got this headache too), but it just is constant and going away, what can I do? Do I need to see a dietician (although the GP won’t authorise that, he would rather I remain in pain daily).
Hi Samantha, Sorry to hear you are having problems. High vitamin D would show up in blood tests if it was specifically tested for, but not otherwise. A constant headache needs assessing to find out the cause. If your doctor is unable to solve the problem he or she should be willing to refer you to a specialist for advice. Ask your doctor for a referral and, if they refuse, ask why. If you have lost confidence in your doctor, it is acceptable to seek a second opinion eg from another doctor in your practice. The NICE guideline advice on assessing headache is here in case that helps you prepare for your consultation: https://cks.nice.org.uk/headache-assessment#!scenario. I do hope you and your doctor find a solution soon. Best wishes, Sarah B
Thanks, I appreciate you taking the time to reply. Yes, I have seen two other gp’s but they just say they don’t know what it is and leave it there they don’t care if you are in pain it seems. They have no knowledge about nutrition and think it is nonesense, is there anything that you can think of that could be causing it eg if I have too high a level of a vitamin or mineral which would cause a constant headache?
Hi Samantha, Please do find a doctor who will take you seriously as a constant headache is not something you should ignore. If they don’t known what it is, ask for a referral to a neurologist. If they won’t refer you, ask for their reasons in writing. Best wishes, Sarah B
Thanks for your time
I am 52 and was diagnosed with high level stenosis descending artery in February. A stent was inserted and the rest of the heart was fine. My super fit brother died 3 years ago very suddenly of undiagnosed IHD so I it is hereditary. I have been put on statins, aspirin and omeprazole. I also have panhypopituitarism. Since these extra drugs I have bee exhausted, constipated, slight chest pain (more of an ache) and muscle aches. My medication for my endocrine disorder are essential to live however, I am against these extra cardiac drugs which are preventative. My blood pressure is normal and my cholesterol has come down from 6.4 before the stent to 4.8 in 4 months. I would like your advice of natural products to replace the statin and the aspirin. Then I can wean myself off these along with the omeprazole. I really hope you can help me.
Hi Fiona, I amm sorry to hear how poorly you feel – it sounds as if you have been through a lot. It is very important that you don’t stop taking any of your medicines without talking to your doctor first. If you are experiencing side effects, your doctor can try other medicines or lower doses but this must be done under medical supervision or your risk of a heart attack may increase. I can only provide general advice. Statins can cause weakness and muscle aches, and there is evidence that taking co-enzyme Q10 (ubiquinol) and vitamin D3 may help to reduce this. My advice for helpling constipation is here. My advice for following a heart-friendly diet is here. If your doctor is willing to support you coming off aspirin, they may be interested to read the evidence relating to a tomato extract called Fruitflow. Another supplement, Pycnogenol, has also been found to reduce unwanted blood clotting. I do hope you see your doctor and they can work something out for you. Best wishes, Sarah B
Hi Sarah: I’ve read with interest the research about drinking coffee and the taking of supplements. From my own experience (and that of a friend that has experimented with the idea), I’ve noticed that if I have more than one cup of coffee a day, I am very much prone to getting a cold that lingers. The coffee seems to lower my resistance significantly. Also, if I do weaken and have more than one coffee and then pay for it by getting a cold within a few days, I find that if continue to drink a daily coffee, it’s very difficult for me to recover.
Of course, I can appreciate that lots of other factors may be contributing. I’m a sample of one! I rarely take supplements, and if I do it will be either Vitamin C, or a children’s Multi-Vit/Min.
I am only sharing this as it might help someone else out there. I would consider myself as being healthy – but what a difference this ‘discovery’ has made to this teacher!
Hi Angie, this is an interesting point; coffee/caffeine can promote the secretion of cortisol hormone which can have an immune suppressant action. Caffeine has also been found to suppress the action of lymphocytes that fight viral infection, and to suppress antibody production. But it has other effects that reduce inflammation and which boost immunity. We are all different in the genes we’ve inherited and how we respond – if you’ve found that having more than one coffee a day is not good for you than stick with your observation. You may find this reference interesting: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16540173 Best wishes, Sarah B
I hope you don’t mind me contacting you, but I am just wondering if you could offer some advice if you have the time.
I am currently a GP registrar based in Plymouth, and I am due to complete my training in September this year. I am fascinated by nutrition & the effect it has on patients & their chronic illnesses. It is an area I would love to specialise in over time, and I feel it has a huge role in future healthcare. I am wondering if you could advise me on how to go about this? I am aware of the Msc from the university of Surrey, but am wondering if there are any other options?
Many thanks for any advice you can offer me,
Hi Ceirian, My old stomping grounds. I was a GP registrar at Saltash, and a GP principal for 6 years in Plymouth near the Royal Naval Hospital in what was classed as a deprived area. Many of my patients existed on a diet of pasties, pizzas, fish and chips, pastries etc with little fruit or veg. I started prescribing multivits (back when you could) to help address otherwise unexplained symptoms such as tiredness all the time, and they perked up and were then prepared to pay more attention to their diet. I became more interested in prevention than treatment, and, like you, decided to take a leap into the unknown. The MSc in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey is by far the best and most respected. It’s rather intensive but definitely worth it. Hope that helps. Email me any time via DrSarahB@live.co.uk
Hi Dr. Brewer, I am the host of Eat, Heal, Travel Tv Show on PBS. Would love to chat with you about health and wellness. Please contact me whenever you have a chance.
Hi Will, Thanks for getting in touch – I’ll send you an email. Best wishes, Sarah B
Dear Dr Brewer – would love to send you a sample of a new wellness product, suitable for diabetics, from a client of ours – may we?Thank you.
I will email you. Thanks.
Would you be interested in finding out more about our food intolerance testing services and the science behind the IgG antibody testing process we use to identify food intolerances?
Hi Lorien, Pretty much up to speed on IgG testing as I was once your medical director! Do send any new trials you may have published since my time and I will write a post on the subject. I remember one happy person who stopped his endless hiccups after discovering he was intolerant to most of the ingredients in his super healthy, home-made muesli! Thanks, Sarah B
Dear Sarah, you tried and liked our products quite some years ago, I’m pleased to report we have solved the reason the ocean has dramatic healing properties and are to publish the theory in a scientific journal, thank you for your help in making it happen, a little bit of something can do a Big thing, Thanks, Dathan x
Look forward to reading the published paper – please send me a link when it’s available. Thanks.
Hi Dr. Brewer – would you be interested in broadcasting your own talk show on a daily or weekly basis if we dedicated a live-streaming channel just for you? You may earn revenue from your audience through recurring subscription fees. Please advise. Thank you.
Hi Michael, happy to find out more if you send me a link via firstname.lastname@example.org 😉