Posted by Larry Hoover on March 4, 2005, at 10:50:20
In reply to To Expert Larry Hoover, posted by Phillipa on March 2, 2005, at 19:56:51
> I know you are considered the expert on Alternative. You have answered some of my Posts in the past, and been quite helpful.
I appreciate the respect, but I am not infallible. My advice may be worth what you pay for it.
> Two questions. Have YOU ever heard of Melaleuca supplements, and if so do you believe they are a good company? Their supplements seem to contain multiple natural complexes and it takes less to meet your needs. They also claim to have a better absorption rate.
Only from your posts. If the price is not an inhibitor for selecting them, I don't see a problem. It's hard to tell if they live up to their own hype, though. Is it a multi-level marketing company? What's with the point system?
> I used to use Shaklee, and my husband looked them up and found Shaklee had a much lower absorption than the above.
Where would you find data like that? I had trouble finding anything I wanted on the Melaleuca site.
> My other question is I still have no taste sensation and find it hard to believe the MD's that a virus destroyed the neurons in my nose and it will not return. Further they wanted me to take theophylline for 3-4months to try and restore it. I refused. What do you think? Ever heard of anything like this before. Thanks, I hope you or others will respond. Fondly, Phillipa
If it is true that a virus destroyed the neurons in your nose, it may well be permanent. That is not to say that no intervention is worthwhile, however.
Why did you refuse theophylline? It's in every cup of tea you drink, and every piece of chocolate. It's very similar to caffeine in structure, and it may be stimulating, but it also has proven useful in disturbances of smell and taste. The other options are: zinc, magnesium, and fluoride.
Zinc is an essential component of the protein structure of the sensory system itself. Sometimes, increasing oral zinc intake to the 30-40 mg/day range promotes recover of those sensory cells. Age is a factor here. Younger organisms have greater recovery capacity than do older ones; new neurons can form from basal cells.
Paradoxically, nasal zinc sprays, once promoted for treatment of head colds, can permanently destroy those same sensory cells.
I don't really have any idea how fluoride fits into the picture, but it's in the treatment literature. Magnesium deficiency is commonplace, and it likely wouldn't hurt you to take some magnesium, anyway.