How to Focus On Fitness During The Holidays

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The final weeks of the year are upon us, people! By this time of the year, a high percentage of Americans have given up on fitness goals and are planning on starting fresh in the New Year. While we encourage healthy New Year’s resolutions, letting yourself go and disregarding health and wellness during the final weeks of the year is not something we advocate. What if we collectively made the commitment to ditch the “New Year, new me” motto and stuck to fitness goals throughout the year?

 

We understand that the holidays are stressful and a lot of people are traveling, but there should still be some focus on the health of your body. You shouldn’t think that the oil light is on in the car and you can drive without oil until the New Year. A plan always needs to be in place when it comes to health and fitness. Fitness isn’t a “wing it” situation; rather, it requires planning, researching, and figuring out habits that help you achieve your goals. Some people prefer boot camp classes, while others enjoy cycling, weight lifting, or swimming. Find your rhythm and don’t stop moving.

 

Schedule Short Workouts:

Most people abandon fitness during the holidays because they feel that going to the gym or exercising interrupts their day. Fitness should never interrupt you schedule; rather, it should be convenient and fun. From a quick 15-minute HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout at home, to a friendly game of basketball at the gym, to a holiday ice skating session in your area, fitness can come in many forms and should not be neglected.

 

Make Fitness Fun:

Exercise should not be a punishment! You have to look forward to your workouts, as opposed to dreading them. Most people are with family during the holidays, so try to schedule group events that involve some sort of exercise. Alternatively, you may find it fun to escape the family and go for a solo mission to the gym. It can also be beneficial to find an accountability partner to keep each other on track during the holidays.

 

Be Consistent:

If you can find time to watch your favorite shows at night, you can find time to fit exercise into your daily schedule. The beauty of it is that you don’t have to carve out a huge time slot to do so. There are many at-home exercise routines that won’t inconvenience you whatsoever. Better yet, kill two birds with one stone by exercising and watching your shows at the same time! Set up and exercise bike in front of the TV and start pedaling!

 

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2018-12-19T11:15:15+00:00

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    Q: As a diet controlled diabetic I question being able to change my diet(to raw/live foods) while I keep up the same rigorous exercise and fitness program without suffering from too many low readings of which I am prone.The program has gotten me off insulin.I also have diverticulitis and seeds and nuts have been a problem for me in the past. Any suggestions?

    A:

    Thanks for the question. I hope this helps. If you are under a doctors supervision I am forbidden to give you any advice that may alter a doctors advice. They have little to no nutritional training but their word trumps everyone. 

    What I can do is point you in the direction of programs getting the results you desire. Those three are Dr. Neil M. Barnards "program for preventing and reversing diabetes" (DVD,book), Dr. Gabriel Cousins "Raw in 30" program (DVD) and "There is a cure for diabetes" (book), and recently The Gerson Therapy has released a program for diabetes (book). 

    The common denominator in all three programs is a low fat vegan diet. The differences are that Barnard's program is a cooked vegan diet while Cousins' and Gerson's program are raw. All get results but the raw programs have a 75 percent success rate in 1 month where as the cooked version of Barnards get results in 6 months. Big difference.

    I have gotten people off of insulin in around 2 months using a high raw and low fat vegan diet. I use no oils and nuts. I do encourage avocados and seeds for fats. However, with diverticulitis you must avoid seeds until your body repairs itself through a high alkaline diet. I suggest getting a bulk of your fats from avocados and coconut. I usually limit myself to a half an avocados worth of fat a day. 

    I would look into those books first and if you are under a doctors supervision bring those materials to him/her and see what they say.

    I hope this helps.

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: I've been eating vegan (mostly raw) for nearly 2 years. In the first year, I lost about 60 pounds. I still have about 50 more to lose and it hasn't budged in almost a year. I hear conflicting info about what sort of exercise would be best - cardio vs. strength. And any time I up my exercise, my hunger gets out of control. Any suggestions?

    A:

    Thanks for the question. The most efficient way to lose weight from working out are high rep/low weight circuit training and through HIIT (high intensity interval training).

    Your goal should be to increase metabolism and fat burning potential throughout the day. Both HIIT and circuit weight training are both effective. To be maximized you should exercise for 1 hour 5-6 times a week. You could alternate between cardio days and circuit training days. Here is an example.

     

    Mon: HIIT

    Tues: Circuit training

    Wed: rest

    Thurs: HIIT

    Fri: Circuit training

    Sat: HIIT

    Sun: Rest

     

    Here is an example of a circuit and  HIIT

     

    Circuit. 15-20 reps 1 minute rest between sets. repeat for 20-30 minutes. (feel free to use the template and build your own)

    Upper: pushups

    Lower: Squats

    Core: Crunches

    Plyo: Burpees

    Upper: Clean and press or curl to press

    Lower: Alternating weighted lunges

    Core: Reverse crunches

    Plyo: Step ups 

     

    HIIT (can be done on almost any cardio machine)

    3 minute warmup

    -30 second sprint 

    -1 minute recovery

    *Repeat for 15 minutes to 30 minutes*

    3 minute cool down

    Top fat loss mistakes for cardio and weight training

    Cardio: Doing 1 speed with no resistance cardio. This kills me. Your fat burning potential begins and ends when you do. If it doesn't challenge you it will not change you. Atleast put the resistance on mountain or random. 

    Weight: Resting too long in between sets. Super sets are key here. Work one set while resting the other. Example of a superset is chest press and seated row together. Quad machine and ham machine. Pullup and shoulder press. 

    When you ramp up your metabolism you are going to have to eat more. Losing weight isn't about calories. Losing weight is about nutrient density. Here is a blog I did on eating for fitness and getting lean. http://the-vegan-effect.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/blog/2012/05/qa-eating-for-fitness-getting-lean

     

    Hope that answers your question,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI

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    Q: I have been using your products since April of this year and I am very pleased. I have referred a few people to the site and some were brave enough to try the FULL BODY DETOX. I have a friend who complains about sinus problems especially at nights and I wanted to find an article on the website that I can refer them to. However, I couldn't find one that is titled sinus problems. Can you suggest one? I've read the asthma article but it may not be appropriate for their problem.

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    A new article on Sinus Problems will be up next month. So please stay tuned to Dherbs.Com. For sinus problems, formula-wise, I recommend SINUS FORMULA, MUCUS BUSTER FORMULA, and RESPIRATORY INSPIRANT. The 3-week RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMENis also ideal for this situation.

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    Q: This will be the first time my family and I have undertaken any form of cleansing. It will be the first of more to come throughout the year; but my question is which one do we start off with? The cleanse or the detox? Also, if you could recommend the specific children's products I would need for a three, five and ten year old I would appreciate it.

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    You would start out with the FULL BODY DETOX. It's the catalyst kit/cleanser! Children would start off performing the CHILDREN DETOX (liquid extracts) . I hope this information suffices your inquiry!

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    Q: I am a 42-year-old female and in the last year I've been diagnosed with many types of environmental and food allergies (corn, soy, peanuts, green peas, and yeast) additionally a HIDA scan showed that my gallbladder is not functioning properly (no gallstones) but only dumping 12%. Could there be a link between gallbladder and food allergies? Could you recommend another option, other than surgery? I exercise 3 - 4 times a week and have a fairly decent diet; but over the past year I've gained aprox 30 pounds. Things are not quite adding up; only the pounds. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    A:

    SURGERY, BECAUSE YOUR GALLBLADDER IS DEFECTIVE? DOCTORS ARE INSANE! YOU SIMPLY REJUVENATE THE ORGAN AND THE ORGAN FUNCTIONS TO PAR AGAIN. AND YOU REJUVENATE THE ORGAN OR THE ENTIRE BODY WITH FOOD THAT NOURISH, PROVIDE ENERGY, AND CAUSE GROWTH, REPAIR, AND MAINTENANCE FOR SUSTAINING LIFE. WE CALL THIS "HERBACEUTICAL" AND THAT'S WHAT WE SELL. BELOVED, SURGERY IS TO GET MONEY FROM INSURANCE AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUR TEMPLE (OF GOD). IT IS UNNECESSARY. BELOVED, I HUMBLY SUGGEST YOU PERFORM OUR FULL BODY DETOX AND FOLLOW THE KIT UP WITH A DAILY MAINTENANCE OF OUR LIVER AND GALLBLADDER FORMULA (3 CAPSULES DAILY) AND LIVER EXTRACT (1-2 DROPPERFULS IN WATER DAILY) AND YOU WILL NOTICE A DIFFERENCE. YOU SHOULD ALSO START DRINKING DANDELION ROOT TEA AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. AFTER YOU GET YOUR RESULTS WE ONLY ASK THAT YOU FILL OUT OUR AFFIDAVIT OF HEALING SO THAT WE MAY PROVE TO GOVERNMENT THAT PEOPLE ARE HEALING THEMSELVES WITH GOD'S PLANTS. THE GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO CRACK DOWN ON NATURAL HEALING BECAUSE TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE WAKING UP AND THE DRUG INDUSTRY IS LOSING A LOT OF MONEY. THE PEOPLE MUST NOW SPEAK AND RECLAIM THEIR SOVEREIGNTY.

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    Q: I recently completed the Full Body Detox, which I loved. Now, 2 months later, I am very interested in the weight release program. Last year, I lost 40 lbs in 8 months, in the most healthy way (good nutrition and exercise). This year, I slowly started gaining weight back, and 1 year later, I continue to gain weight much more quickly. I am still working out regularly, and eating well. Would you recommend the Weight Release Kit? I am looking to take off 20 lbs at the most. Is that realistic for this formula? However, I want to build muscle and strength as well. Can I maintain the results of the program with the directed nutrition plan, and add white meat for protein (chicken, turkey, tuna). I am also wondering if the formulas simply release excess weight, or can I expect to lose inches and lower my body fat percentage? Thanks for your time and dedication to natural health!

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    Glad to hear about your success with the Full Body Detox!

    I would highly recommend the Weight Release Kit and Regimen. NO MEAT though! Try vegan alternatives if you must have something - but no meats!

    You will release weight (waste)! Your weight is nothing but waste!

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    Q: Happy New Year to You and yours!!! My son is three years old; he was born December 12, 2004, this was a Sunday. Ever since he started talking he's had a fascination with the light and light bulbs. He looks up and says "mom look, the light is beautiful" or "mom see the beautiful light bulb". I look at it and I usually say yes it is beautiful Jordan. However, I do not see what he sees nor do I understand the attraction. When he was two weeks old I took him with me to Olive May and the old wise woman there saw him and asked me to bring him to her. When she looked at him she said "he is indigo--he is like sunshine when he enters a room and people will be drawn to him." So far the part about people being drawn to him has manifest true. What do you think of the attraction/fascination to the lights? Also, I read that awesome article on birthmarks!! I don't have one, however, my son has one on his buttock; I don't remember which one at the moment. His primary pediatrician called it a mongolian spot..what do you say?? Does it mean he will fall and hurt himself or has fallen?? Looking forward to seeing you in March. Love, Peace and Blessings.

    A:

    You son is most definitely an INDIGO CHILD (specifically a CRYSTAL or RAINBOW CHILD manifesting all 7 spectrums of color of the Rainbow). His preoccupation with lights could denote many things. For one, he is Light himself (light-worker). It could be that he still remembers the Light before re-incarnating this time around. We all eventually move into the Light in order to move on. Mongolian spot? A very negative term! Buttocks denote an injury that occured on that area in a past life. Birthmarks don't mean something adverse will happen to you in this lifetime where your birthmark is. It doesn't mean this at all. Just be open to experience and learn from and with your child. Live in the moment and just be open!

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    Q: Can you please tell me what about a 9 year old boy that was diagnosed with calcium deficiency? Also please tell me what a 53 year old woman should take who feels like she's pregnant after eating! Thanks very much for your time and any assistance that you can give!

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    Calcium deficiency is corrected with calcium SUFFICIENCY so take plenty of CALCIUM FORMULA. For after eating problems, I recommend SEN FEN FORMULA, DIGEST AID, and AFTER-DINNER TEA!

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    Q: Is there such thing as, cleansing too much? From May - July I did a 40 day cleanse. The cleanse was pretty much ridding my diet of refined sugar, flour, alcohol, and animal product for much of the time. I just recently finished the Total Body Cleanse, and will be finishing my series of cleanses with the Total Woman's Cleanse. I personally feel fine, but people keep warning me about over cleansing. Also, bringing up the issue of your body being stripped of the good bacteria (along with the bad). But, I"ve taken probiotic pills (1-2) virtually everyday througout all of my cleanses. Should I be concerned with overcleansing? After this initial year of hard core cleansing, I plan to cleanse maybe once or twice a year. What are you thoughts on probiotics? Like I mentioned, I am taking pills. But I'd like to find foods that provide all that I need so I don't have to take pills.

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    Many people are concerned about what happens to the beneficial intestinal flora after colonics are performed. Personally, I think many people put too much energy into worrying about something so inconsequential. If you're really worried about the beneficial intestinal flora after your colonic, you could always take a few capsules of acidophilus (acidophilus bifidus) or a liquid form of acidophilus (dairy-free, of course). I have never taken an acidophilus product after a colonic. I know Nature and my body too well. I know that my body naturally produces everything sold by man in a bottle, and that is purchased from a health food store, including beneficial flora or bacteria. I simply drink a minimum of 4 ounces of vegetable juice after my colonic sessions. If you're into carrot juice, carrot juice is just as effective as acidophilus in restoring good bacteria in the intestines. Juiced cantaloupe is even better than carrot juice in restoring the beneficial flora. Other natural substances that will help the body to repopulate beneficial flora or good bacteria in the intestines include: Blue Green algae, Spirulina, Chlorella, Irish Moss, Kelp, Bladderwrack, Dulse, Ginger, Cloves, Cayenne, Black Walnut Hull, and Carrot powder. Stop listening to these naysayers and keep doing YOU! You're on the right path!

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    Q: I'm having a tough time with my 7 year old son and the public education fool system. I don't want to put him on Concerta (one of the new ritalins), so I purchased the Sugar Buster and I'm awaiting delivery. My question is, how long will it take to see positive results in his behavior?

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    Please read our article "WHEN WILL I SEE WILL I SEE RESULTS AFTER TAKING THE HERBS?" Great article that leads to understanding on the question: when will I see results, how long before I see results, or when will the product begin to work?

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    Q: I have a child and she will be nine this year. I have not been able to get pregnant since then, both partners I tried with; have gotten other females pregnant so why is it taking me such a long time to conceive another child. I’ve been on birth controls before and just stop because they where making my body feel weird so what would you suggest that I do about the situation.

    A:

    TIME TO REBOOT YOUR FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM. FIRST, DETOXIFY YOUR BODY (FULL BODY DETOX) NEXT, PERFORM THE TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE. LASTLY, PERFORM THE FERTILITY CLEANSE. YOUR THOUGHTS SHOULD BE DOMINATED BY THOUGHTS OF PREGNANCY. VISUALIZE YOURSELF PREGNANT. AFFIRM YOUR FERTILITY THROUGHOUT THE DAY. USE YOUR MIND TO ACHIEVE YOUR DESIRES!

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    Q: Hello, this is my 2nd time doing the full body cleanse. I did it last year so now I'm doing it again. I started on Monday 3/9 and since have lost 5 lbs. Is that normal? Also why do you recommend Distilled water and not Spring and/or filtered (Brita). I have always drank a lot of water but roughly how many times a day should I urinate and how many times a day should I make a BM? When I did it the first time last year it was late Spring early Summer and incorporated a lot of walking which helped out a lot. This time not so much due to the horrible NY weather. I would appreciate you answering my questions and getting back to me at your earliest convenience. Thanks

    A: Everyone's body is different and responds to the regimen differently. Losing 5 pounds in days is okay. Distilled water is the best type of water that helps to detox the body. You should be drinking half your body weight in water. Anything you put into your body you can expect it to come out. Bowel movements and urination is directly related to the foods and beverages you're consuming. Be sure that you're consuming three regular meals a day; eating fruits and vegetables with fiber.

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    Q: My question however, is about my son. I have an 11 year old who has been diagnosed with high-functioning autism. He has problems staying focused. Health-wise he often suffers from respiratory issues. He breathes heavy, is constantly congested, and snores. My son has been on Risperdal for about 6 months for his autism symptoms. This medication has caused my son to gain over 40 pounds within an 8 month period of time. I really want to wean my child off of this drug, obviously because of the potential harm it will do to his overall health. We have a family history of diabetes and this worries me. My son is also very sluggish and has a problem with constipation. The doctor once did an x-ray and said he was very "backed up". She prescribed a laxative, but this did not work. Can you tell me what you would recommend?

    A:

    At some point you will really have to decide to go drugless in helping your son as drugs don't heal anything that God created. That drug he's taking that made him gain 40 pounds sounds like a steroid (which usually adds weight on to the body). I would recommend that the child performs the CHILDREN DETOX (liquid extracts) to cleanse his body and then begin consuming our teas (i.e. BRAIN TUNER), KHEMETIAN GOLD, and Crystal Elixirs to help with his ADD. Our ADD tonic will be out in late November or early December 2008. Why worry about diabetes when he does not have it at present? You are thinking the worst into existence with your thoughts. What you fear will appear! Think positive and thus attract only positive in your life.

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    Q: After the laser surgery last year, I have been taking the Eye Formula for high pressure 4 months now. I take 8 tablets a day and I use the an MSM Eye Drops and my pressure drops and my eyes feel very healthy. The doctor told me come back in a year, but about a week ago I started to feel pain in my eyes sometimes sharp sometimes less but all the time. Please advise.

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    Double up on your eye regimen! Eat more blueberries. Take extra capsules of Eye Formula, etc. It would be a good idea for you to perform the Eye Kit. The Eye Kit includes six distinct formulas that are created with the intention of helping your body maintain, restore, and fend off any pending eye issues. These formulas not only are meant to help nourish, repair, and strengthen the eyes, but they also are meant to help maintain a healthy circulation throughout the body.

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    Q: I'm a 28 year old male with big dreams and high aspirations. However, I've been dealing with issues of sustained motivation, and fear for the past 10 years. As a result my life has suffered socially, and financially. I see many people around me getting ahead, but I seem to be trailing behind at every step. The hardest task I think I deal with is keeping my life in balance, and staying focused with all I desire to do. I've struggled with changing my beliefs about myself and reprogramming my mind for success for a long time.

    A:

    You have some inner blocks that are holding you back. The problems are recorded in your chakras and thus you should have chakra work performed by a qualified (doesn't mean "certified"), and trusted energy healer. Instead of focusing on keeping your life in balance, focus on what you desire to do only. I really suggest that you read my e-book manuals: "The Money, Wealth, and Prosperity Manual", "The Mental Science Manual", and the new "Discovering Your Life's Higher Purpose" (highly recommended). I can totally relate to what you're saying and experiencing! You're just blocked! You may have some vital information stored in your natal chart as well. You need an inner diagnosis performed. If you order all the tools named above, I will give you the consultation for free so we can nail down the location(s) of the inner blockages. You very well may be blocked at the First, and Third chakras. Fear is stored in the First chakra, just to let you know. You can be helped, Beloved! Stay positive, and focus on your desires. Like I state in the "Mental Science Manual", play in your mind! Live in it and miraculously the things stored in the mind, and constantly played out will manifest.

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    Q: Our 13 year old son forgets everything. He has a difficult time focusing on one task and is distracted easily. He is not a hyper child. He forgets to shut the lights off when he goes to bed, forgets to bring his lunch bag home, etc. It is very trying for us. Is this just teenage boy behavior? Is there anything that will help his brain to work in a more organized manner?

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    Children do forget, but it should not be so often and customary. Try BRAIN TUNER formula and BRAIN TUNER TEA and SIXTH CHAKRA for help with improving his memory. Cut out sugar in the diet!

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    Q: I read your website on the Michael Baisden's forum and I have been looking with much excitement at your products! I know you don't have time to recommend products to everyone, but if you could recommend something for my 3 year old son, it would be greatly appreciated. In the last year he has gotten the ringworm twice since starting daycare. Once in the head and the second time on the forehead. I've used over the counter cream the second time which made it go away for a short time. And now a month later he is developing a rash, it looks like small pimples, not the ringworm, but I'm thinking its ringworm because its in the same spot. If you could recommend some herbs for him to get rid of this ringworm once and for all, I will purchase it immediately. Just for your info, he doesn't eat meat except at school and absolutely no pork. Thanks in advance

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    Please rub Dherbs OZ OIL on his body parts with ringworm.

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    Q: I'm a 31 year old woman dating a 60 year old man. We live together and he helps raise my 2 year old only child. I'm a scorpio and he's a pisces. Can you tell me what you think about this relationship? My dob is 11/08/79, and his is 02/26/51, my life path # is 9.

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    We are not Astrologist. It sounds like you have an arrangement that is working for you. If you have a specific problem, or relationship question we would love to help. I will say you're both water signs, which could create an emotional relationship. Life path number is a teacher and old soul.

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    Q: My 20-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with focal glomerulosclerosis last year. (The same kidney disease Alonso Mourning had). She has protein spilling in her urine. I was thinking about purchasing your FULL BODY DETOX but not sure if she could take this with the medication that she is taking. At one point, she was on 50 mg of prednisone. That amount has been reduced to 5mg daily. She is also taking diovan and another pill (can't think of it at this time). Can you tell me what herb or combination of herbs will be good for her? With my faith and through God's and mercy, I'm praying for a miracle that her kidneys be restored.

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    THE FULL BODY DETOX WOULD BE THE BEST THING FOR HER. NO MEDICATION IN THE WORLD CAN HEAL ANY DISEASE. GOD/NATURE DID NOT MAKE MEDICINE AND SO THEY ARE INORGANIC AND CANNOT BE ASSIMILATED BY THE BODY, WHICH IS ORGANIC. DO NOT TAKE THE HERBS IF SHE WILL STILL BE TAKING MEDICATION BECAUSE IT WOULD DEFEAT THE WHOLE PURPOSE AND I DON'T WANT YOU TO WASTE YOUR MONEY.

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    Q: I am a 22 year old girl, but I am worried about my stature. I am very short that people make jest of me. I will appreciate if you can recommend an herbal remedy that can boost my growth. I will appreciate your reply.

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    There are no herbs to my knowledge that increase stature. We stop growing by age 30. However, you could look into something called mental science. Check out my "Mental Science Manual" e-book and learn how to use your mind to heal or get what you want.

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