Shark Cartilage

Shark cartilage is supplement made from the dried cartilage of a shark. The supplement is marketed to have many health benefits. However, no scientific evidence exists that agrees with this theory.

The shark cartilage craze has led people to overkill the animal for its cartilage, which has led to a rapid decline in the shark population.

DHerbs does not agree with shark cartilage and its uses. Until further scientific studies are done to back up medical claims, we feel it is best to only take supplements that are beneficial to the body.

No supplement cures disease. Natural substances can only help with symptoms or in maintaining overall health.

The Shark Cartilage Claim

Shark cartilage has been touted to have many health benefits, but the most profound is the claim that the supplement aids in the prevention of cancer. There is no evidence supporting this claim. The claim began with the notion that sharks cannot get cancer. Again, this is false.

Dr. William Lane is responsible for the shark cartilage frenzy in the alternative health field. In 1992, Dr. Lane wrote a book titled “Sharks Don’t Get Cancer”. This was the beginning of the shark cartilage craze.

In 2011, Americans spent nearly $3 million on supplements containing shark cartilage. Although many reputable sources have thrown out the benefits of shark cartilage, people are still buying it.

The claim shark cartilage offers of cancer prevention are false. More scientific evidence needs to be published to verify these claims. Little research has been done into any benefits besides cancer prevention.

Shark Cartilage Side Effects

Possible side effects of shark cartilage include:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • High blood sugar
  • Fatigue
  • High Calcium levels

You should avoid taking shark cartilage if you currently experience high Calcium levels. The supplement could increase levels even further causing additional complications.

Whether or not the supplement is safe for pregnant women is a possibility. Some reports claim that shark cartilage can be taken during pregnancy, but it is safest to air on the side of caution. Taking any drugs or supplements that are not 100% beneficial to the body while pregnant is a risk.

DHerbs Solutions

DHerbs.com offers many different natural formulas that can assist in maintaining overall health and wellbeing. Leading a healthy lifestyle and taking care of your body is the first step in wellness.

Thank you for reading!

This article is compliments of Dherbs.com.

2013-06-13T09:25:49+00:00

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    Q: Which type product is best for arthritis, shark cartilege or the Glucosamines (HCL or sulfate)???? Thanks winifred

    A:

    RESPONSE: NEITHER! Please Read the â€ARTHRITIS†article

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    Q: Do you have any herbal recommendations for hearing a grinding noise from your knees while walking or running? I'm thinking that the cartilage must be wearing down. There is no pain associated with it, just concern. Will the Joint Aid help? Thanks

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    Yes, the Joint Aid can be very beneficial in restoring joint flexibility and mobility. Also, MSM Sulfur can help cushion your knee joints to help prevent the grinding.

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    Q: I have to remove my entire thyroid gland in about two weeks I have done all kinds of reading what supplements do you recommend that won't take away the effects of my regular meds now that I will be taking them for life. I will also have to have a calcium supplement, multivitamin, and possibly iodine supplement?

    A:

    YOU ARE GOING TO LET DOCTORS REMOVE AN ORGAN GOD SPECIFICALLY GAVE YOU FOR A PARTICULAR FUNCTION ON YOUR BEHALF????? I HAVE NO PRODUCTS THAT WON'T INTERFERE WITH YOUR MEDICATION BECAUSE HERBS CLEANSE ALL POISONS AND YOUR MEDS ARE 100% MAN-MADE POISONS AND NOT RECOGNIZED BY GOD WHO MADE THE HERBS FOR THE HEALING OF THE NATIONS (REVELATIONS 22:2) AND FOR MEDICINE (EZEKIEL 47:12). YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ OUR ARTICLES â€THYROID GLAND†AND â€SURGERYâ€.

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    Q: The supplement that you have for herpes, it's really not a remedy to heal and kill the virus but control it correct? Please I believe that there is some remedy out there that will cure this disease that doctors claim there will never be a cure for. I have the HSV2 I believe in healing so I am hoping I have come to the right place as to a natural healing to take place. I am 26 and it has put a dent in my life as to being in a relationship, I was open and honest with a young man but he slowly drifted away once I broke the news. Please help me. I was willing to travel to see an herbalist but I heard of your sight on Gospel 95.3 and felt it was not a hoax but something real and works.

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    Herpes can be healed if you understand the truth of healing that healing comes from the mind. Please read the following articles because healing starts with knowledge followed by belief: please read these ARTICLES: â€GENITAL HERPES (HSVII)â€, â€IS GENTIAL HERPES REALLY CURABLE?â€, â€HERPES OUTBREAK ON THE BUTTOCKSâ€, â€WOE IS ME I HAD A HERPES OUTBREAK!â€. We cover the mental aspects of healing in our new e-book MENTAL SCIENCE MANUAL available next week via download.

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    Q: What do you think about the alternative drug protocel for fighting breast cancer, and the book" This breast stays put." Is there any validity to the claim that itcan be used as an alternative cure for breast cancer

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    Alternative drug protocol? Drugs CAN'T heal the body from anything! The best prevention from disease is living in harmony with Divine Law. Please read a few of our free health articles if you get the chance.

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    Q: I found this health article on the risk of getting cancer from working at night. I'm a night worker. have been for 16 yrs, and my sleeping and eating patterns haven?t been the same since. The article mentions taking melatonin...is that safe and effective? Also do you have any herbal cures for us night timers to reverse the effects of working the graveyard shift? I can sure use them?

    A:

    Cancer stems from a host of things, not just one thing like working at night. Disease results from negative thoughts/mindset, negative attitude, poor diet; insalubrious lifestyle, and insalubrious environment. You don't need to take melatonin. Your body (pineal gland) produces it. As a night worker, just make sure when you are sleeping in the day time your room is completely dark, just like how Dracula used to sleep in the darkness of his coffin during the daylight hours. This is why Dracula was a thousand years old but looked young. He slept during the day (which produces melatonin which is an anti-aging hormone) and he operated at night whereby he also produced melatonin. Dude never aged! You do the same, just don't suck on no necks to get blood though -- LOL!!!! And no! There are no herbs to reverse anything that comes from actions or behaviors that are unnatural. You reverse the effects of night-time work by doing the opposite. In your case, it's your job (which you don't want to quit unless you can find another one), so you just get some good sleep during the day in pitch darkness.

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    Q: Thank you for the cancer info...It is welcome and beyond informative, however, I take issue with your remark that "women would be wise to just accept the fact that they are female by nature and God made them to have (deliver) babies and they should stop trying to compete with and be like men." Part of me is not surprised--men make comments like this all the time. I chalk it up to ignorance, as men enjoy living their entire lives not having to endure periods, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and lord knows what else. So because a woman does not want to have children--at all, or at a particular time in her life--she wants to be a man?! That's an illogical conclusion you are making. So why are there pregnant women with cancer, some of which who have never taken BC pills? Are women entitled to making any sort of control over their reproductive health? What about women who are infertile, naturally? If they develop cancer, is it because they never gave birth to a child? Are you willing to support all of the children that will result from women not being on Birth Control, since many people cannot afford several children on their incomes? This line of reasoning makes some women think that men really need to get over themselves. I think you have been reading too much Freud. Some women, present company included, appreciate our femininity and everything that encompasses being a woman. At the same time, this is not the dark ages--and even then, women chose not to have children during different times in their lives. Surely you are aware that in non-Western countries women utilize natural herbs to control their reproduction or as abortifacients? I am not advocating abortion; my point is that if you are going to criticize women taking BC pills, you may as well extend this criticism to women naturally preventing pregnancy via alternative means.

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    Birth control pills play a big role in female reproductive cancers. Women would be wise to just accept the fact that they are female by nature and God made them to have (deliver) babies and they should stop trying to compete with and be like men. In attempting to stop or prevent life (birth control), they are ending up losing their very own lives. And the birth control pills cause cancer in areas of the body that denote femininity (breasts, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, uterus and vagina). This is a form of language here. You have disease and female organ(s) which basically means your disease is specifically related to an issue of femaleness or femininity, that's why the disease manifests in these "female" organs. In attempting to be like and compete with males, females compromise their feminine integrity and goddess nature which "eats them up" (anger, frustration, sadness, etc.) inside. When the cancer appears in any female organ, it serves as a sign or sensor that the problem lies on a deeper metaphysical level pertaining to emotions, thoughts and attitude."

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    Q: I just found out that my fiance and I are expecting. I have been using the Bowel Mover supplement and was wondering if that is safe to continuing taking (possibly 1 capsule per day ) while pregnant. I'm currently dealing with a naturopathic physician to receive other natural supplements. Thanks for your help!

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    It is safe to take 1 capsules of Bowel Mover daily while pregnant.

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    Q: I am looking for a supplement that will help me with my family inherited high blood pressure. Also looking for a formula that helps me with my penis stamina during sex

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    Q: Would it be harmful to my body if I took the supplements that you provide for breast health as well as the birth control supplement at the same time? Or can I take many different herbal supplements at once?

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    Q: Hi Dherbs.com, My question is regarding fibroids. I have been told I have had fibroids about the size of someone 3 months pregnant. I have been told there are two in clusters. They gave me the diameters, but I don't have that information at this time. My OB/GYN has told me he believes it is causing me to be slightly anemic. I have been trying some remedies on my own like more exercise and a change in diet. My primary physician does not recommend surgery she has me taking iron ferrous sulfate supplements twice per day to help with my iron count. It seems to be helping. The only problem I have with taking the iron supplements is that it sometimes causes constipation and I am normally pretty regular. I usually eliminate 2 times per day sometimes 3. My OB/GYN on the other hand keeps pushing for me to having surgery. They had me take BC pills, however I took myself off of them because they made me sick. I took them only for 6 months. I'm 45 and have never taken BC pills ever and I don't want to start now. I've never been pregnant. I flow heavy on my 2nd and 3rd day heavy and after that it is manageable. My cycle has improved however I want to reduce the flow on those days if possible and of course dissolve the fibroid if at all possible. Doctors tell me they won't go away unless removed. I used to be on my cycle for 7 days and 4 of those days were heavy. Now I'm normally on for 4 days and only the 2nd and 3rd day are heavy. I know that as I reach menopause they may shrink in size, however I'm still always off from that. I eat no red meat however I do eat fish and poultry. I eat a pretty good balance of vegetables and fruits, mostly raw and steamed. I drink lactaid milk. I don't eat much dairy except cheese and eggs occasionally. I do have a weakness, I love potato chips. I know this is not good. I can feel the fibroid get bigger when I eat them. When I stop for a period of time it decreases in size. At least I feel like it does. I'm not a sugar craver, however during the week before my cycle I'll crave sweets. I usually resist. I feel it's my diet that has caused the fibroids as well as every female in my family has had a hysterectomy due to fibroids. I think it is also hereditary as well. Whatever the case I'd like to know what regimen can you put me on that will help me? The goal is to reduce or dissolve the size of the fibroid so it is not affecting my iron level. I'm also starting to see my abdomen get bigger when I've always had a flat stomach. Perhaps this is me just getting older, however I think it's the fibroids. Constant low levels over time can't be good. I hope I have provided you enough information to give me your recommendation. If not please feel free to e-mail me for any additional information you need. I'm looking for a natural cure. Outside of this condition I'm in very good health. No problem with weight, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. I'm pretty athletic and active as well. Please advise. I look forward to your recommendation. Also, how much per month will these products cost and how many months do the kits last? How do you recommend I buy them? By kit or individual? Thank you for your time!

    A:

    I recommend you perform the FULL BODY DETOX kit followed by the FIBRIOD BUSTER CLEANSE AND REGIME. Perform them back to back. Take a break for about a month and perform both of them again. Six weeks on and six weeks off. While your off of these 2 kits, take individual formulas of IRON PHOSPHATE FORMULA, FIBRIOD BUSTER, and MOON CYCLE FORMULA. In re iron, you are taking POISON! The kind of iron you are taking is poisonous and mixes with sulfur in your body which creates constipation. I suggest Dherbs IRON PHOSPHATE FORMULA which is 100% all-natural with absolutely no adverse side effects! Also, you have to improve your diet. Nothing greatly causes fibroids than DAIRY PRODUCTS! The meat, potato chips, dairy, etc. is filling up your trashbags (tumors). Go VEGAN and RAW FOODS! Start reading some of our free health articles, i.e. â€FIBROID TUMORSâ€, â€WHAT IS RAW FOODSâ€, etc. Dherbs products can greatly help you and you'll see and/or feel the difference (as long as you don't cheat on your diet). There is much help for you!

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    Q: My question is regarding fibroids. I have been told I have had fibroids about the size of someone 3 months pregnant. I have been told there are two in clusters. They gave me the diameters, but I don't have that information at this time. My OB/GYN has told me he believes it is causing me to be slightly anemic. I have been trying some remedies on my own like more exercise and a change in diet. My primary physician does not recommend surgery she has me taking iron ferrous sulfate supplements twice per day to help with my iron count. It seems to be helping. The only problem I have with taking the iron supplements is that it sometimes causes constipation and I am normally pretty regular. I usually eliminate 2 times per day sometimes 3. My OB/GYN on the other hand keeps pushing for me to having surgery.& amp; nbsp; They had me take BC pills, however I took myself off of them because they made me sick. I took them only for 6 months. I'm 45 and have never taken BC pills ever and I don't want to start now. I've never been pregnant. I flow heavy on my 2nd and 3rd day heavy and after that it is manageable. My cycle has improved however I want to reduce the flow on those days if possible and of course dissolve the fibroid if at all possible. Doctors tell me they won't go away unless removed. I used to be on my cycle for 7 days and 4 of those days were heavy. Now I'm normally on for 4 days and only the 2nd and 3rd day are heavy. I know that as I reach menopause they may shrink in size, however I'm still aways off from that. I eat no red meat however I do eat fish and poultry. I eat a pretty good balance of vegetables and fruits, mostly raw and steamed. I drink lactaid milk. I don't eat much dairy except cheese and eggs occasionally. I do have a weakness, I love potato chips. I know this is not good. I can feel the fibroid get bigger when I eat them. When I stop for a period of time it decreases in size. At least I feel like it does. I'm not a sugar craver, however during the week before my cycle I'll crave sweets. I usually resist. I feel it's my diet that has caused the fibroids as well as every female in my family has had a hysterectomy due to fibroids. I think it is also hereditary as well. Whatever the case I'd like to know what regimen can you put me on that will help me? The goal is to reduce or dissolve the size of the fibroid so it is not affecting my iron level. I'm also starting to see my abdomen get bigger when I've always had a flat stomach. Perhaps this is me just getting older, however I think it's the fibroids. Constant low levels over time can't be good. I hope I have provided you enough information to give me your recommendation. If not please feel free to e-mail me for any additional information you need. I'm looking for a natural cure. Outside of this condition I'm in very good health. No problem with weight, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. I'm pretty athletic and active as well. Please advise. I look forward to your recommendation.

    A:

    I remember just recently e-mailing you on this inquiry. Your diet MUST CHANGE! Consider full fledged RAW FOODS and VEGAN diet during your healing transition. Lactaid milk is HORRIBLE for you. Did you read our â€FIBROID TUMORS†article?????? You need to keep on performing FULL BODY DETOX followed by Fibroid Buster kit and regimen, back to back! Continuously! Detoxing must become a lifestyle for you! For iron, consider Dherbs.Com IRON PHOSPHATE FORMULA and MOON CYCLE FORMULA. Also, consider a telephone consultation because time is greatly limited in writing back in response to inquiries. There is much healing for you, Beloved!

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    Q: I purchase a bottle of your JACKRABBIT FORMULA, and the results were not what you claim. This is after following the instructions, I told an advisor that I had high blood pressure, plus I'm a diabetic, so the medication that I'm taking off set the Jackrabbit, cause there was no results whatsoever.

    A:

    It wasn't the JACKRABBIT FORMULA, Sir! It was your state of health, medication, diet, etc. Herbs are programmed to work so if you get no results, CHECK your health, diet, and lifestyle. You need to detox and find an alternative to that harmful and toxic drugs and medications! You sound like you have a serious circulation problem and diabetes greatly impairs circulation. It's deeper than Jackrabbit formular not working. Something in your body is not working, like your circulation. Time to address the real problem, Beloved!

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    Q: Hi Dherbs, I am a breast cancer survivor for 4 yrs now, my second time around with cancer. I have been taking a low dosage of chemo for the last 4 years, is there something I can use to make sure I am in good health from all the medications taken daily? Thanks for your time in this matter.

    A:

    Simply detox (FULL BODY DETOX) periodically, like every 4 months!

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    Q: Hi Dherbs.com, I pray that this message finds you in good health and spirits. I have been working out my emotions and I still read your reply to the news of my tumor. I really appreciate your realness. I am recommending my son's daycare teacher to you. She is a one-year breast cancer survivor and I printed out your articles on Cancer and Why women are so sick. I warned her that you are very direct so she will not be surprised at what she reads. She is looking to detox and she wants to purchase supplements. Can you email you if she wants? I will not give her your email unless you say it is okay.

    A:

    Greetings Beloved! Good to hear from you! YES! You may give out the e-mail (at asktheherbalist@dherbs.com ) address. No permission needed. We are unofficial public servants, so it's okay. Thank you for the referral. Peace and Love be into you!

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    Q: Thanks for your article about cancer. My relative is now taking wheat grass to assist with restoring her cells from radiation treatment. I decided to take wheat grass along with her, so I can stay healthy as well. Is wheat grass safe? Does it affect the liver and other organs in the body?

    A:

    Wheat grass is safe and it positively affects everything in the body!

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    Q: I have a question about the "Nerves" Supplement. How do I take this 3X per day without getting sleepy? Since the main ingredient is Valerian root. Do I take all 3 capsules before bed time to avoid this, and does it matter whether I take all 3 at the same time? I'm confused since one of the reviews speaks of taking it as a sleep aid.

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    Simply take all 3 capsules before bed time, or one capsules every 3-4 hours. It's only a sleep aid if the capsules are taken before bedtime.

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    Q: I am a 64yr. female, breast cancer survivor of 4 years, and have had bilateral knee replacements. I currently take Arimidex, a hormone blocker-my cancer was hormone fed- and prilosec for acid reflux. I have been diagnosed with an irregular heart beat with the lower left chamber of the heart not relaxing enough to fill with needed blood supply to pump blood to my entire body. I was put on Atenolol to reduce my blood pressure but was allergic to it. A new prescription (Lopressor) has been recommended. I do not want to continue to add medicines with all of the side effects. What regimen would your recommend to address all of my concerns? I am completing your FULL BODY DETOX program.

    A:

    I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT YOU PERFORM THE FULL BODY DETOX FIRST AND FOREMOST.

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    Q: Hi D, I began the FULL BODY DETOX this AM - Sun.13th. In the past I have experienced high blood pressure (BP) in about the 130/88-95 range. I have personally chosen not to take prescription meds for this but instead to lower it naturally. I have been taking Ultimate Omega, CoQ-10 (100mg), Magnesium, Super Calcium (1200mg)and Kyolic (6x day). I thought to monitor my BP while on this cleanse. I took my first reading @ 6:50 (164/95) pulse 66. Took second reading @ 9:45 (175/101) p- 66. By taking the herbs will this cause my BP to rise? what might be the cause of this and what recommondations might you be able to share with me. Also, I have not been taking my above pills while cleansing - not sure if I was to or stick strictly to the cleanse.

    A:

    Your BP is self-regulating itself so numbers will fluctuate. Don't panic or worry! Trust in your body's natural healing process! With healing it's Ordo Ab Chao: order (stability) out of chaos! And by all means strictly stick to the cleanse! You''ll be fine!