Steven asks…

I have two diet questions does kimkins diet work and what would happen if you only ate 500 calories?

SO I will start with my first question has anyone tried kimkins diet and does it work .How much weight did it take and how long .

Second question I dont want to do this i am just wondering what would happen if for a week a preson worked out 1-2 hours a day for 5 days and only ate 500 calories and how much weight would you lose

Helen answers:

This is simply a starvation diet and we all know what happens on a starvation diet. The weight loss would be water and muscle tissue. The boomerang effect of very rapid uncontrolled weight gain from binging. The damage to the heart and major organs. The hair loss, the brittle nails, the mood swings, feeling cold all the time, vomiting and headaches, just to mention a few of the charming side effects. There’s no possible way a person could do any meaningful exercise with so few calories let alone 2 hours a day, and the risk of a stroke and/or heart failure, diabetes. A person would be lucky to be able to get out of bed by the 3rd day. (Heidi “Kimmer” Diaz) has been sued by 11 former members.
Btw..recent photos of Diaz prove that her claims of losing 198 pounds in 11 months are nonsense as she is still morbidly obese and the website was a scam for money nothing more. So no the diet doesn’t work. Good luck

John asks…

Can going on the pill make you gain weight?

im worried that if i go on the pill im going to gain weight? im currently a 10-12 and i dont want to gain weight. true or false?

Helen answers:

Hello Jellybea,

Birth Control Side Effects

Hormonal birth control pills will never be prescribed to females suffering from underlying medical conditions like liver cirrhosis, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and tumors, cancers in general and more specific of cervix or breast tissues, to those having clotting defects of any kind or those having genetic predisposition for rheumatoid arthritis etc.

Side effects are common after starting the pill as the body tries to initially adjust to increased estrogen and progesterone levels, most of these side effects transient and go away after the body recalibrates itself to the change in hormonal levels commonly observed side effects are:

•Having a constant feeling of nausea
•Morning sickness
•Irregular menstrual cycles
•Loose bowel and bloating
•Mood swings
•Depression (in rare cases)
•Irregular vaginal discharges and increased susceptibility to infections as the changes in hormonal levels affect the endometrial tissue in a deleterious manner.
•Tenderness of breasts
•Loss of libido
•Hypertension and changes in the lipid profiles
•Increased fluid retention attributing on some level towards weight gain
•Decreased calcium retention in kidneys leading to bone loss and osteoporosis
•Hair and follicular changes are also seen.

Long Term Birth Control Side Effects And Risks

No clinical correlation as of yet has been observed between breast cancer and oral methods of contraception. But there are certain birth control side effects with prolonged and indiscriminate usage these include:

•Optical problems like increased susceptibility for cataract
•Increased number of gallstones
•Cardiac failure and transient ischemic attacks in very rare cases.
•Decreased resistance towards seasonal infections.
•In females the risk of ectopic pregnancies is exponentially related to the period of usage of hormonal contraceptives.
•Increased susceptibility towards endometrial and cervical cancers because of poor nutrition and lack of hormonal balance in endometrial tissues.
•Jaundice, clotting and thrombosis on rare circumstances.

As a note of caution always start any Hormonal Birth Control method only after due consultation with your GP or Gynecologist after carefully weighing in pro’s and con’s associated with it.


Paul asks…

What is/will/outcome of ALL with monosomy 7 in a 16 yr old w/type is 1 diabetic?

Need help in laymens terms Thank you so much for your help. No stupid answers please i surfed the web and asked the doctors… but don’t really understand. Its for my cousin, and i feel helpless because i don’t understand it?

Helen answers:

The outcome is uncertain.
To try to explain a little bit of what is going on- I know the first time I read about chromosome abnormalities in people with cancer, I didn’t understand that they only mean that the chromosome abnormalities are in the cancer cells. Your cousin doesn’t have monosomy 7; his cancer cells do, and that’s probably part of why they’re cancer cells (it’s thought that there’s some gene on chromosome 7 that stops cells from turning into cancers).
ALL is a cancer in which certain white blood cells become cancerous and so instead of doing their job (fighting infections and cancers) they just make more and more of themselves, which is a problem both because they can overwhelm the system and because that means that there are no or not enough healthy lymphocytes doing their job.

The acute part means that this is a cancer that makes people very sick pretty suddenly.

The most likely thing is that your cousin will go into remission (which means that the levels of cancer cells are low or undetectable)… Unfortunately that doesn’t mean much, because almost everybody with ALL goes into remission, and a lot of people then have a cancer reoccurrence.

The most common treatment is chemo; the most interesting possible, given that he has type 1 diabetes, is that bone marrow transplant is often used as treatment for leukemias and bone marrow transplant sometimes cures type 1 diabetes (especially if the person is fairly newly diagnosed with diabetes).

The odds that he will survive the cancer are hard to guess at; there’re a lot of variables. Overall, ALL has a 5 year survival rate of about 80%. Monosomy 7 by itself reduces survival, but not dramatically; monosomy 7 with any other chromosomal abnormality reduces five year survival to less than half.
He is in for a rough few years with treatment, even if everything turns out to be okay in the end. And even if the cancer is all gone in five years, sometimes the chemotherapy or other treatment has nasty side effects, like hearing loss.

Anyways, what you really need to know right now is: he’s not likely to die in the next year, if he’s newly diagnosed. He is almost certainly going to be and feel isolated because he’s gonna miss a lot of school and he’s going to have to stay away from sick people (or possibly people altogether) while he’s on chemotherapy. Depending on what drugs he’s on, he may or may not lose his hair, throw up, gain a lot of weight, lose a lot of weight, and/or feel like crap.
You shouldn’t tell him you know for sure he’s gonna live, but you definitely shouldn’t act like you expect him to die- and you shouldn’t expect him to die, either.

To read the studies, here are some terms you should know:
monosomy- means having one copy of a chromosome (normal is two copies, except for X and Y).
Hypodiploid – means having less than the normal number of chromosomes- your cousin’s cancer is hypodiploid
aneuploidy- means any chromosome abnormality, including have too few chromosomes, too many, chromosomes stuck together in weird ways, ring chromosomes, and more
lymphoblast- means abnormal lymphocyte, in this context it means cancer
AML is not ALL – if you look at what happens to people with monosomy 7 AML cancers, you’ll find that they almost all die. ALL has much better chances for survival.

Mark asks…

Can drinking to much sugar-free drinks make you sick? And is it bad for you?

My husband has high sugar so for the last month we have been dirnking sugar free drinks. Here in the last week we have been going through almost 1.5 gallons a day of sugar free hawaiian punch.

Today we have felt bad sick, with constant trips to the bathroom if you knwo what I mean.

Is sugar-free stuff bad for you? How much is to much? And has anyone else had this problem?


Helen answers:

There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption. It seems surreal, but true. How can one chemical create such chaos?

Aspartame dissolves into solution and can therefore travel throughout the body and deposit within any tissue. The body digests aspartame unlike saccharin, which does not break down within humans.

The multitude of aspartame side effects are indicative to your genetic individuality and physical weaknesses. It is important to put two and two together, nonetheless, and identify which side effects aspartame is creating within you.

Aspartame Side Effects

The components of aspartame can lead to a number of health problems, as you have read. Side effects can occur gradually, can be immediate, or can be acute reactions. According to Lendon Smith, M.D. There is an enormous population suffering from side effects associated with aspartame, yet have no idea why drugs, supplements and herbs don’t relieve their symptoms. Then, there are users who don’t ‘appear’ to suffer immediate reactions at all. Even these individuals are susceptible to the long-term damage caused by excitatory amino acids, phenylalanine, methanol, and DKP.

Adverse reactions and side effects of aspartame include:

blindness in one or both eyes
decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
pain in one or both eyes
decreased tears
trouble with contact lenses
bulging eyes

tinnitus – ringing or buzzing sound
severe intolerance of noise
marked hearing impairment

epileptic seizures
headaches, migraines and (some severe)
dizziness, unsteadiness, both
confusion, memory loss, both
severe drowsiness and sleepiness
paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
severe slurring of speech
severe hyperactivity and restless legs
atypical facial pain
severe tremors

severe depression
personality changes

palpitations, tachycardia
shortness of breath
recent high blood pressure

diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
abdominal pain
pain when swallowing

Skin and Allergies
itching without a rash
lip and mouth reactions
aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma

Endocrine and Metabolic
loss of control of diabetes
menstrual changes
marked thinning or loss of hair
marked weight loss
gradual weight gain
aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
severe PMS

frequency of voiding and burning during urination
excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
increased susceptibility to infection

Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
irreversible brain damage
birth defects, including mental retardation
peptic ulcers
aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
hyperactivity in children
severe depression
aggressive behavior
suicidal tendencies

Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Post-Polio Syndrome
Lyme Disease
Grave’s Disease
Meniere’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

These are not allergies or sensitivities, but diseases and disease syndromes. Aspartame poisoning is commonly misdiagnosed because aspartame symptoms mock textbook ‘disease’ symptoms, such as Grave’s Disease.

Aspartame changes the ratio of amino acids in the blood, blocking or lowering the levels of serotonin, tyrosine, dopamine, norepinephrine, and adrenaline. Therefore, it is typical that aspartame symptoms cannot be detected in lab tests and on x-rays. Textbook disorders and diseases may actually be a toxic load as a result of aspartame poisoning.

Ever gone to the doctor with real, physical symptoms, but he/she can’t find the cause? Well, it’s probably your diet, your environment, or both.

Aspartame is the common denominator for over 92 different health symptoms at the root of modern disease. The Aspartame Detoxification Program demonstrates the most effective way to reverse disease symptoms is removing the underlying cause – aspartame.

I counsel aspartame victims worldwide and have witnessed nine out of 10 clients restore their health by following the Aspartame Detoxification Program. Begin with detoxifying your body of all residual chemical toxins from aspartame’s chemical make up of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol and their toxic by-products, and see if any adverse health symptoms remain. Try the Aspartame Detoxification Program, and within 30 days your symptoms should disappear.


1. Remove all sugar-free products with aspartame from your diet.
2. Learn to ‘read’ your body. Begin recording any health changes.
3. Get a hair analysis.
4. Be happy with yourself.
5. Detoxify.
6. Restore depleted nutrients.
7. Exercise and get plenty of rest.
8. Eat 75% raw foods at every meal.
9. Drink water, water, water.
10. Get control of your life.

Donna asks…

Vitamin E or Biotin, witch is better for hair growth?

I’ve been taking vitamin e pill for about 1 month and I bought biotin today and I want to try it as well. But i want to know which one is better for my hair growth.

Helen answers:

Biotin is supposed to be brilliant for hair growth.
People who have suffered with alopicia have claimed this supplement has actually helped their hair growth.
After researching a lot about biotin myself i found you need to take it in quite large doses for it to be affective in helping with hair loss..but the good thing about biotin is that …even if taken in large amount their is NO apparent side affects whatsoever!
I take biotin, on the bottle it says 300micro gram, 1-a-day.
I actually take 2000micrograms everyday to help hair growth (not that i suffer with alopicia!!)
Some people even take 5000micrograms.
Its been tested in japan with levels up to 9000micrograms a day and was said to reduce blood sugar levels in people with a certain type of diabetes with no other side effects.
Research Biotin on the net, you will be impressed.
I would recommend you Consult your doctor before taking any supplement first though.

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