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with pleasure to friends. I believe my health is good but now I am noticing a problem which brings me to ask your help. My short-term memory is declining noticeably. I think this just may be a normal aging process. I would very much appreciate your giving me a recommendation either of particular supplements to take to reverse this and/or a publication which may cover current thoughts on the subject. David Dear David, This topic is covered extensively in several issues of our Abby's Magazine (Volume 2 Issue 3, which covers Brain Health, as well as Volume 3 Issue 6, which covers Alzheimer's, etc.). I think one of the most effective, fastest-acting substances for improving short term memory is Vinpocetine, which improves neuronal metabolism, blood flow, and utilization of glucose. It also often provides almost immediately noticeable effects. Both Ginkgo Biloba and Huperzine A also improve blood flow. I recommend a synergistic blend of these cognitive enhancing nutritional elements. "Higher Mind" and "Neuro Optimizer" are great examples. For long term use, also consider acetyl L-carnitine or phosphatidylserine. Nothing works equally well for everyone, so trial and error is sometimes required to find what works best for you. Sincerely, Abby Dear Abby, I am 70 years old and have many dental cavities along my gum line. My dentist explained that since my gums have receded, the exposed softer tooth enamel is subject to decay and he ASK Abby ASK Abby Abby offers Free Consultations - Please call (813) 996-6999 Monday - Friday from 10 am - Noon to make your appointment Do you have a question for Abby? Send your inquires to: Dear Abby, I have a couple of questions about 5HTP, which arise from my contact with people who are well-informed on the effects of SSRIs. First, 5HTP is listed as a "serotonin precursor." Does this necessarily indicate that it has the same potential side effects of SSRIs? Second, if someone were taking the anti-depressant Wellbutrin, which is an NRI (as opposed to SSRI), does the same caution on interaction apply as with SSRIs? Earlene Dear Earlene, Although 5HTP potentially could cause the same side effects as SSRIs, I've never known it to cause any side effects in my clients. In the weight loss studies with 5HTP, with doses as high as 900 mg daily, the most common side effect reported was gastrointestinal intolerance and diarrhea. In normal use, doses are rarely taken that high. If your SSRIs cause side effects, I doubt that 5HTP would have the same effect, because 5HTP does not raise peripheral levels of serotonin – it is converted to serotonin in the brain. The cautions of combining 5HTP with SSRIs do not apply when combining 5HTP and Wellbutrin, since Wellbutrin is not an SSRI, but, as you mentioned, a NRI. Sincerely, Abby Dear Abby, I am a 75 year-old male, whose been taking supplements for 30 years. I have been a customer at Abby's for over 15 years. I have recommended your store believes that sodium fluoride will harden the enamel. I use baking soda and salt when brushing my teeth. I am now using a xylitol toothpaste and I dissolve some xylitol crystals in water for a mouthwash. Do you approve of this mouthwash? Also, what is your opinion on fluoride and what can be taken to improve the re-mineralization of your teeth? I don't wish to become toothless. Robert Dear Robert, I am totally opposed to fluoride. The research demonstrates its dangers. I would not suggest you brush your teeth with salt as this may harm your gums and contribute even more to your receding gums. Instead, I recommend "The Secret". Mix 1 part fine Himalayan pink salt with 3 parts baking soda and keep dry in a container on your sink. Place some of this mixture in the palm of your hand and add a few drops of colloidal silver to make a "mush". Using an extremely soft toothbrush, push this "mush" gently into your gum line. Do not brush! You are trying to gently push this mixture into the sulcus of each tooth where there are pockets of bacteria. Your pocket depth should not be greater than 2. In addition, start "oil pulling," a technique that attracts the bacteria from your teeth and gums. Take 1 or more tablespoons of organic cold-pressed sesame oil or virgin coconut oil and vigorously squeeze the oil between your teeth for 10-15 minutes or more. Repeat oil pulling morning and night and follow with "The Secret." Your dentist will be amazed! Xylitol is a smart choice as it encourages the growth of good bacteria in your mouth and discourages the bad bacteria. Sincerely, Abby Page 6 | Abby's Magazine -

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