Ask A Question. Suggest A Topic.

Do you have a question, or topic that you would like me to comment on? If so, please leave it here. It should be specific, and, preferably, of interest to others as well.

109 Responses to Ask A Question. Suggest A Topic.

  1. Karen says:

    Hello, I’ve listened to your radio podcast on dementia, with recommendations for use of Neuro max and Powerthought. Could you kindly advise on whether these supplements would be helpful for my parents who are in their late 70s and experiencing signs of dementia/Alzheimer’s? Are there other supplements /research you could point me in the direction of? Thank you!

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  4. William Benton says:

    Hello, It has been my recent misfortune to need to take a powerful antibiotic called Levofloxacin, which has a history of causing the breakage of tendons throughout the body even several months after finishing the medicine, most often the Achilles tendon. So far I have been unable to find out the exact mechanism by which the drug causes this effect however. I would like to have your suggestions regarding supplements that might help me to prevent this from occurring in my case. I am 58 and in good health other than my current severe skin infection, and already take many supplements daily.

    • Don Goldberg says:

      This antibiotic does seem to have an unusually high level of potential side effects. I (we) have to assume your physician has taken this into account when evaluating benefit to risk. I am unaware of the mechanism behind the tendon problem. I can only offer the general advice of taking a “high potency” probiotic blend, a broad spectrum multivitamin/multimineral, a phyto antioxidant blend (such as PhytoTech Antiox Phyto Complex, and, in this case I would add alpha-lipoic acid, 500 mg twice a day. I also see a recommendation to take supplemental vitamin K, as Levofloxacin may cause a depletion of this vitamin (many antibiotics interfere with the normal production of vitamin K by the microbial population in our gut). I also see caution statements advising against taking extra iron, magnesium and caffeine while on this drug. Continue taking the probiotics, vitamins, antioxidants and alpha-lipoic acid well after you stop the antibiotic.
      As an afterthought, I might suggest you add coQ10 as well–ubiquinol, 100 mg twice a day.
      Don Goldberg

  5. Jeff Menegus says:

    I have a question regarding constipation or difficulty with hard stools.

    In my senior year of high school I was diagnosed with IBS and had a difficult time with milk products. I would get severe stomach cramps and diarrhea. Over the years the cramps would ease up but the diarrhea remained. It was the typical IBS story controlling my every move.

    About 3 years ago ( I am presently 49 years old) I joined Weightwatchers to lose weight for the normal health related reasons and went from 220 pounds down to 168 pounds. For the first year my diarrhea greatly improved. I mean a lot! About 2 years ago I decided to stop drinking soda and went from 3 cans per day to 3 cans per year. From that time on I went from diarrhea to constipation (coincidental?). I would try going back to soda but I can’t stand the effects of it now. Even makes my teeth hurt. I’m not sure the poop volume is bad since I only consume around 1300-1700 calories per day but the stools are definitely harder making the process labored. Using the Bristol Stool Chart I would say that I am in the 1 to 2 range most of the time. I have been recording my food intake for the last year and my typical day consists of the following:

    Protein = 75g
    Carbs = 225g
    Fat = 50g
    Fiber = 35g
    Sodium = 2g
    Water = 64oz
    Magnesium = 400mg/day
    Vitamin C = 2g/day
    Multi-Vitamin and CoQ10
    Oil = 1 tsp per day fish oil and 1 Tbsp per day of Udo

    A while back I had a stomach bug and actually started going “normal” (BS Chart = 4 to 5) but with the stomach ache symptoms. It lasted about a week then everything went back to abnormal. This led me to think I needed some kind of probiotic. I’ve tried the following course of action in various combinations:

    Increased fiber from 35 to 55g/day
    Tried psyilium powder
    Increased water from 64oz to 90oz
    3 brands of stool softeners
    4 different brands of probiotics
    Different sitting positions when having a BM
    Abominable message
    Prune juice plus apple sauce concoction

    None of these things seemed to really help. I am going to try Aloe Vera Juice next but not sure what the long term solution will be even if that works. Why the rabbit poop? This is getting really frustrating. I eat pretty healthy avoiding as much processed food as is possible, eating my fruits and veggies, eating chicken, fish, and pork. When I go to my doctor he just says use a laxative. I must assume that since I am not in any discomfort (except when trying to have a BM) and that I went quite well when I had the bug that I’m not blocked or anything like that. I am afraid of what I am doing to my colon with all the laboring for each BM. Am I just not finding the right strain of probiotic? Please help me…


    • Don Goldberg says:

      I can only offer some general comments. For one thing, it seems you have already tried all of the things I would have recommended. I assume you did these things in combination, i.e. combined fiber supplements with large quantities of water? Whether the fiber, or stool softeners, you need to ingest a lot of liquid. Another thought is that it does not sound as if your problem is as much with frequency of bowel movement as much as the discomfort of trying to pass small, hard stools. Maybe you are trying too hard (no pun intended). With your reduced calorie intake, you may only need a bowel movement every 2-3 days. If the combination of a high quality probiotic, a fiber supplement, a stool softener and plenty of water does not do it, I’m afraid it is more of a medical problem than I am capable of handling. Sorry. Don Goldberg

  6. My ct scan of abdomen shows calcification of abdominal aorta.Can calcium intake lead to this condition?

    • Don Goldberg says:

      Does water lead to drowning? Calcium is essential for life. It is essential for proper bone growth and maintenance, as well as numerous other critical body function (see below). Normal calcium intake, in moderate quantity accompanied by the appropriate co-factor nutrients (magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin K, etc) should not in itself lead to soft tissue calcification. This assumes, of course, that you are not suffering from some other health (medical) problem that would affect your body’s ability to properly metabolize and control calcium.

      For reference, here is some additional information on calcium from the Natural Standards database:

      Calcium is an essential nutrient required in substantial amounts, but many diets may be deficient in calcium (1), including vegan diets (2). The body gets the calcium it needs in several ways. One source is dietary intake of calcium-rich foods, including dairy products, which have the highest concentration per serving of highly absorbable calcium; and dark, leafy greens or dried beans, which have varying amounts of absorbable calcium. Other calcium sources include amaranth, beans, blackstrap molasses, broccoli, collard greens, dandelion leaves, figs, high-calcium mineral water (3), kale, nuts and seeds (like almonds and sesame), okra, rutabaga, quinoa, seaweeds (kelp, wakame, hijiki), and fortified products (orange juice, soy milk, almond milk) (4;​5). The other way the body obtains calcium is by extracting it from bone. This happens when blood levels of calcium drop too low and dietary calcium is not sufficient. Ideally, the calcium that is taken from the bone will be replaced when calcium levels are replenished. However, simply eating more calcium-rich foods does not necessarily replace lost bone calcium, which leads to weakened bone structure.
      Hypocalcemia is defined as a low level of calcium in the blood. Symptoms of this condition include sensations of tingling, numbness, and muscle twitches. In severe cases, tetany may occur. Hypocalcemia is more likely to be due to a hormonal imbalance, which regulates calcium levels, rather than a dietary deficiency. Excess calcium in the blood may cause nausea, vomiting, and calcium deposition in the heart and kidneys. Conflicting evidence exists, however, regarding risk for kidney stones and increased calcium intake (6;​7;​8).
      The Surgeon General’s 2004 report “Bone Health and Osteoporosis” stated that calcium has been singled out as a major public health concern today, because it is critically important to bone health and the average American consumes levels of calcium that are far below the amount recommended. Vitamin D is important for good bone health, because it aids in the absorption and utilization of calcium. There is a high prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency in nursing home residents, hospitalized patients, and adults with hip fractures.

  7. Ray Curiale says:

    My wife spoke to you today (March 25, 2012) on today’s program. She discussed my problems ,
    cataracts, low-tension glaucoma, dry macular degeneration. You stated to her that you have the same problems. I’d like to know what vitamins are you taking for these problems.
    thank you.

    • Don Goldberg says:

      Ray, I provide that information in the blog post on the main page, under “” Age Related Macular Degeneration: Nutritional Therapies.
      You can also listen to an mp3 recording of the radio show where this was discussed. Go to and click on the “Radio Show” tab. Then, click on the 3-11-2012 first hour show under “listen to past Willner Window radio programs.”
      Don G.

  8. julieann says:

    I was diagnosed with the beginnings of dry macular im 63, female , could u recomend a supplement for me? im taking for 6 months now a formula that is Ronald Hoffman’s Ocular support. 60veggie caps 2 a day $30.00, i have been using that. What do u recommend?
    thx julieann

  9. julieann says:

    Good for you Don for telling that jerk Isaac off he has some nerve. btw How r u feeling? I hope better so u can down to this business 🙂

  10. Issac Herskowitz says:

    Your getting to be a real deadbeat. After a month you should erase this site.

    • Don Goldberg says:

      Thank you for your compliments on our radio show. And I guess I should be flattered by your distress at the delay in my answering your question. If I am misinterpreting the tone of your last (third) post, I apologize. As it is, I find it offensive. The fact is, Issac, there are many things in my life, and many obligations, that are more important than this blog. No one is twisting your arm. The fact is, I was away for a three-week vacation in south east asia, returned with a bad cold and jet lag, and am busy preparing the next Willner Chemists product reference catalog. As far as your question about your folic acid levels, I suggest you ask your doctor.
      Don Goldberg

  11. Jeff Menegus says:

    I recently switched from a “standard” mutli-vitamin to a plant based multi. I have noticed a 3 pound weight gain since switching (1-2 weeks). I have ruled out everything except the multi. Does this make sense? Why would the plant based multi cause weight gain? I would assume something to do with motabolism…Help! I am discontinuing the plant based product for now to see but would need to find a good multi-vitamin replacement. Can you suggest a good alternative?

    • Don Goldberg says:

      There are two characteristics of “plant based multivitamins” that might explain what is happening. In general, the actual potency of the various vitamins in the plant based multi is substantially lower than what you get in a regular multi. This is because in the plant based multi, much of the space in the tablet is taken up by the various plant concentrates. (To compensate for this, plant-based literature tries to claim that even though the amount is lower, it is somehow equally potent due to the magical transmongrification of a vitamin into something else, lead into gold, etc. Not true) So you might have substantially reduced your level of B vitamins, minerals, etc when you made the change. The second thing is also related to the various “plant concentrates,” “whole food concentrates,” etc. Perhaps there is some food material in the new product that is causing an allergic or food sensitivity reaction? If you indeed eliminated all other variables, one of these answers is all I can think of. It’s not a problem, however. I prefer to take a well-balanced, broad spectrum multivitamin multimineral anyway, and if I want to add additional “plant concentrates,” I can do so with a separate product or products (green food powders, etc.). What do I take. I use Willvite as my basic multi, which includes calcium and magnesium, at a dose of two tablets twice a day. To get the food related nutrients, I take products like the Phyto-Tech Antiox Phyto Complex (Willner), and Jarrow’s Billberry with Lutein, etc.
      Don Goldberg

  12. ROGER BOWERS says:


    • Don Goldberg says:

      Roger, let me know what browser you use, and I will try to show you how to make the type larger. I believe all browser have a “zoom” feature of some type that allow you to magnify the page. Very useful. Check the “help” file. It should not be a problem. Don Goldberg

  13. Mary Ann Corsa says:

    Recently I broke my clavicle and had to have it surgically repaired with a plate and screws. I am 61 and have osteopenia. I am currently taking my Willvite multivitamins, calcium, and have increased my vitamin C intake. What other supplements can I add to insure good healing of the bone? Also I am experiencing some electrical shock sensations in my arm. What supplements can I take to help traumatized nerve and soft tissue? I just got my fall catalog today and will be placing a mail order as soon as I hear from you. Thanks.

    • Don Goldberg says:

      Mary Ann,
      You are doing good by taking Willvite. It provides not only calcium, but magnesium and the trace minerals in the recommended ratios. All of these minerals are important for bone health, not just calcium. Make sure you are taking the recommended dose of Willvite, two tablets twice a day. This will also give you 400 IU of vitamin D, but current thought is that more is better. People are now taking 1,000 to 2,000 IU per day, and I suggest you consider this as well. A vitamin D3 supplement at 1000 IU per tablet or softgel is easy to find–call Willner for guidance. You also say you take “calcium” in addition to the Willvite. That is ok, but I hope you are taking a calcium, magnesium blend–or a “bone formula”–rather than just calcium. A supplement that you might want to add to your regimen would be one of the glucosamine-chondroitin products we feature, perhaps with some MSM as well. This should help in the healing process. If you are not getting adequate protein in your diet, you could also consider a protein supplement. I suggest a whey protein supplement. Given the type of surgery, I don’t know that we can expect to do much about the nerve sensation at this point. The B-vitamins are important in this regard, but four Willvite tablets provides a good basic dose of B-vitamins. If you wanted to take an additional B-vitamin supplement for a month or two, that is an option. Good luck, Don Goldberg

  14. Gary says:

    I am 61 years old and have Isolated Systolic Hypertension. My typical blood pressure is 130-139 over 65-75. I take a variety of supplements including arginine, hawthorn berries, kyolic garlic 100, and taurine. I recently started taking 5mg per day of Amlodipine Besylate (generic for Norvasc). It is a calcium channel blocker and has helped reduce my blood pressure to these levels. Do you have any suggestions for reducing my systolic blood pressure?

  15. peter says:

    Hello Mr. Goldberg: I want to thank you for your suggestion on my dilema on using protein powders as they caused me constipation, you said to spread out the dose rather than one scoop with 30 grams of protein divide up which I did, 15 grams in the moring and 15 grams later in the day and it worked! so I have been blending egg white protein powder with 8 oz of orange juice 4 oz of spring water and 1 table spoon of fish oil also into the blender, then I repeat this in the afternoon and no stomach upset and no constipation, I guess my system felt 30 grams of protein was too much to digest all at once I hope this can help someone else because it is a common dilema for many folks…thanks again Mr. Goldberg.

  16. Emma says:

    Last week I dropped a mercury thermometer on a ceramic floor. I opened the window and put on gloves and used index cards to pick up the mercury so as not to touch any of it. I went out and bought a thermometer thst is digital.

    Is there anything else that I should do……I do not believe that I came in direct contact with the mercury. Does it burn your skin on contact? Should I now eat any certain foods or take any supplements to make sure that my body is ok?

  17. julieann says:

    Mr. Goldberg Im 63, female, weigh 129 lbs 5″8 and i want to GAIN WEIGHT healthfully, most people want to loose i want to gain. Im to skinny ive been this weight for 3 years and tonight i weighed myself and i lost another 2 lbs.. There is nothing physically wrong with me, that was the first concern , i am high strung but if that is the reason i cant gain weight i have been this way all my life now all of a sudden i cant gain; that strange…. I eat heathy mostly all organic for the last 3 years, and i eat alot but lowfat i dont want to eat unhealthy fats….
    When u get older its not attractive or healthy looking.
    How can i gain 10 lbs the healthy way?
    Their r so many talk shows and tv shows advising u on loosing weight none for gaining weght.
    Can u help me? Thx so much….Julieann

    • Don Goldberg says:

      I have two suggestions. For one thing, I suspect you are making the same mistake many people make about fats. You say that you follow a “low fat” diet, thinking this is the healthy thing to do. That is not necessarily true. This is especially significant as you are concerned about the need to gain weight. It is fine to limit your intake of unhealthy fats, but that does not translate to a “low fat” diet. Fats are essential to your good health. There are plenty of healthy fats available, and as fats contribute more than twice the calories per gram of either protein or carbohydrate, you are certainly contributing to your low weight problem by avoiding them. You should be doing just the opposite, i.e. adding as much healthy fat to your diet as possible. Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Fish Oil and foods rich in these oils (sardines, salmon, etc.). Many fat-rich foods that we used to think were bad are not so bad after all. Butter, for example, which is low in trans fatty acids, is much healthier than margarine, and other hydrogenated oils, that are high in trans fatty acids. So I think one of most important things you can do is forget the “low fat” concern and focus, instead, on greatly increasing your intake of healthy fats, oils, and food rich in those oils. And this brings me to the second point. Sometimes we have to pay attention to the basics. Weight gain and weight loss is fundamentally a question of mathematics. If calorie intake is lower than calories burned, you should lose weight. If calorie intake is greater than calories burned, you should gain weight. If you want to gain weight, you need to eat more, or increase the caloric density of what you do eat. The easiest way to increase caloric density is to add fat and oil!
      Don Goldberg
      P.S. Remember, however, that based upon current knowledge, it is healthier to be underweight than to be overweight. You may not be happy with your appearance, and I may not be happy with the possibility that you suffer from an essential fatty acid deficiency, but being underweight is actually considered a desirable goal by many who are striving to optimize longevity.

  18. Martin Levine says:

    In the last few years, suggested requirements for vitamins D and K have changed drastically.
    In particular, I notice that new supplements with 1500-2000 IU of D3 also have 45 mcg of
    K2 in them to (hopefully) assure that calcium will be deposited in the bones and not in
    the arteries (assuming that magnesium intake is correct, of course). However, some people
    use separate supplements of D3 (often 1000 or 2000IU’s) and a separate K2 supplement.
    But the separate K2 supplements are usually 90 mcg. So my question is this. Is the
    optimal amount of K2 to ensure that calcium goes to the bones and not into the arteries
    45 mcg or 90 mcg? Thank you very much.

    • Don Goldberg says:

      Martin, I think you are looking for greater detail than the current science can provide. The recommended level of vitamin K seems to run between 60 mcg to 120 mcg for adults. Therapeutic levels can be much higher. One study, I believe utilized as much as 1 mg daily. The optimal dosage for support of bone health is not really known, nor is the long term toxicity data available. If osteoporosis is a concern, one should, at least, ensure that you are not deficient, and that would lead to the typical 60-120 mcg supplement range. If you eat a lot of dark green leafy vegetables, you might need less. If your health professional feels you would benefit from higher, therapeutic doses, follow his advice. “45 mcg or 90 mcg?” Sorry, but there is no answer to that question. The difference between 90 mcg and 135 mcg is not worth worrying about.

      • Martin Levine says:


        Thank you very much for answering my question. On re-reading my question,
        I see that it had become rather convoluted. I was wondering if 45mcg of K2 was
        enough to keep calcium from depositing in the arteries instead of the skeletal
        system, and also if 90mcg was too much-and therefore causing too much blood
        clotting. Once again, thank you very much for your response.
        (Also, one totally unrelated thing. I hope that the authors of “The Best
        Supplements for Your Health” will update this outstanding book since there
        has been so much new information in the nutritional field since the book was
        written. It is a truly excellent book.) Once again, thank you.

  19. luis r richards says:

    I’m concern about vitamins packed in plastic bottles

    • Don Goldberg says:

      Can you tell me why you are concerned?
      Is it because you know that nothing will ensure the integrity of vitamins supplements as thoroughly as glass? Glass is the most inert and the best oxygen barrier. Of course, glass is heavy, and breaks easily, and this is why most companies have switched to high density, relatively inert plastic bottles. I am not aware of any evidence that this causes any problems, and I must admit that I do not worry about it. But there are companies that continue to use glass–I believe Solgar is one, for example–and you certainly can choose to buy products in glass if you prefer.
      Don Goldberg

  20. Michael Hoang says:

    Can the sublingual intake of Vitamin B12 distort the diagnosis of its deficiency?

    Hi Don,
    Because I suspected that I suffered from a Vitamin B12 deficiency, I started taking large dose thereof in the forms of 5 or 6 (1000 pg) nuggets a day. Following the advice of a friend, I had my blood tested after 1 week. It turned out that my Vitamin B12 value was above 1100. My internist said that it is all right, since it is roughly three times as high as it should be (but he indicated that I do suffer from a serious Vitamin D deficiency).

    My question: Is it possible that the result of the blood test was distorted by the sublingual intake of this substance during the week before the test?

    Many thanks in advance for your answer!

    • Don Goldberg says:

      You are asking if the B12 supplementation “distorted” the blood test results? I don’t understand what you mean. You say that you had been taking 5,000 to 6,000 mcg of vitamin B12 daily, and then had your blood tested. The results came out high. I would have thought you would be pleased, concluding that either (1) the supplements had done exactly what they were supposed to do, i.e. raise your B12 levels, or (2) that your “suspected” vitamin B12 deficiency was unfounded.

      Where does “distortion” come into the picture? Previously, there was concern about the efficacy of oral vitamin B12 supplementation. There is a substance in the lining of the stomach, intrinsic factor, that is necessary for the absorption of B12. In certain types of anemia, this substance is lacking, and it was thought, therefore, that oral administration of vitamin B12 would be of limited value. The marketing folks saw this as an opportunity, and thus was born “sublingual” forms of vitamin B12. I am aware of no evidence that vitamin B12 is absorbed sublingually, however. New research has shown that oral vitamin B12, in high doses, does actually result in absorption and increased blood levels. So the good news is that, regardless of whether the product is labeled as “sublingual” or not, you eventually swallow it, and it does get absorbed.

      So, in your case Michael, I think the logical conclusion is that you are just one more satisfied oral vitamin B12 supplemkent customer.

      You also mention that the blood test reveal a “serious vitamin D” deficiency. This is an important concern, and I hope you have as much success with your vitamin D supplementation as you did with the vitamin B12. In most cases, I have found that relatively high levels of vitamin D, preferably as vitamin D3, are needed–with a total of at least 1,000 IU per day being required. You should look at the total vitamin D in all of your supplements. Your multivitamin, for example, probably provides 400 IU. Vitamin D3 is now commonly available in a wide range of dosages, and many health professionals are recommending levels significantly higher than 1,000 IU daily.

      Don Goldberg

    • Michael Hoang says:

      Hi Don,

      Thank you very much for you quick reply!

      Blind panic was what had led me to take large dose of sublingual B12.
      Since then I have been informed that intramuscular injection of B12 is
      the only reliable and effective way to deal with a B12 deficiency caused by a medical condition and that the sublingual thing is indeed what you have called a marketing ploy.

      Through the increased level in the blood, it may give you a false sense of safety…Hence my concern…

      Once again thank you very much for your rapid and informative reply!

      • Don Goldberg says:

        Just want to give a quick reply, as I think there is still some confusion here. If the B12 shows up in the blood, you have achieved your goal. That’s it. Bingo. It worked. Intramuscular will do no better. The blood is what you want, whether via direct injection (IM), bypassing the gut, sublingual, if it really worked, again by-passing the gut, or oral, going through the gut. Once into the blood, it can do what it needs to do. Is that clear? Don

  21. Lydia Garcia says:


    I have osteoporosis. I have been taking Boniva once a month and 1500 Mil. of Calcium per day for a few years; my test scores have improved slightly. I have been reading about the side effects of the Boniva drug and I am not very happy.

    I have heard that Strontium and Calcium bone up are good. What do you suggest?

    Thank you.


    • Don Goldberg says:

      Here is what concerns me the most about your question. I hope you are not one of those women who were told to take Boniva without also being told to take the proper bone supporting nutrients. Too many doctors make this mistake. They write the prescription for the drug, and leave it at that. Maybe they say “. . . and take a calcium supplement.” What they should be doing is advising you to take a comprehensive, bone-building supplement along with recommendations about exercise, diet, etc.
      Boniva, alone, will not do it. If you are not providing your body with optimal levels of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, the various trace minerals, etc, all the Boniva in the world is not going to improve your osteoporosis.
      It always starts with a good, broad-spectrum, balanced multivitamin–preferably one with plenty of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. Then, you will need to add additional calcium, magnesium and vitamin D–either as such or as part of a “bone” formula designed for this purpose. Such formulas also contain other bone-specific nutrients such as silicon, boron, zinc, copper, isoflavones, etc. The Jarrow Formulas “Bone Up” product is an excellent example. Many nutritionists believe that adding a strontium supplement is appropriate as well.
      The point is that without these nutrients–the building blocks necessary for proper bone formation and maintenance–drugs like Boniva will be limited in their usefullness.
      Don Goldberg

  22. Dormine Aronson says:

    Hello Don — Love your radio program, but I have an issue with Dr. Podell’s quirky way of referring to CoQ10 as “CoEnzyme Q.” It may seem like a minor quibble, but it makes for confusion and misunderstandings. Case in point: Last Sunday he told a caller to give her elderly mother some “CoEnzyme Q,” and the poor lady got all flustered and confused. Apparently, she had heard of CoQ10, but seemed to think she had heard him wrong, or that perhaps “CoEnzyme Q” was a different supplement. She asked, “Do you mean CoQ10?” And he sort of talked over her question. Thank goodness someone — I think it was you, Don — stepped in and clarified things. Well, all that could have been avoided if Dr. Podell would just “get with the program.” I have worked for a supplement manufacturer for the past 12 years, so I’m quite familiar with the names of all the popular supplements. I can tell you that NOBODY I know ever calls it “CoEnzyme Q.” That seems to be a quirk unique to Dr. Podell. But if he’s going to be dispensing advice that could affect people’s health, don’t you think it would behoove him to communicate more clearly? Please ask him to use the correct terminology, the one that everyone is familar with. “CoQ10” or “CoEnzyme Q10” are the generally accepted terms. Thanks for listening, and I sincerely hope you will pass this comment along.

  23. sandy abbott says:

    Hi Don,
    I have been taking Drs Best Strotium for awhile now and I am begining to worry about side effects and outcome. I have been suffering with migraines often. My bone density has improved but I recently read that strotium builds bone on the outer part of the bone and fractures are common as you cannot get a true reading on a bone density test. Please advise —not sure what to do
    Thanks, Sandy

    • Don Goldberg says:

      Your concerns about strontium have some merit. In “pharmacological” dosages, strontium “stimulates bone formation, inhibits bone resorption, and increased bone mineral density.” At these levels, the strontium is incorporated in the bone crystal surface, however, rather than the hydroxyapatite crystal lattice. Doses of 170 to 680 mg per day for 2-5 years have resulted in significantly increased bone mineral density and reduced fractures. This is good. However, as you point out, this improvement may come at a price, causing mineralization abnormalities. Evidence for this seems to be based primarily on animal studies. This has led some experts to recommend that high dosage of strontium be limited to one or two years, and that the dose be reduced after that time. If possible, a “nutritional” dosage of strontium (2 to 6 mg per day) in conjunction with broad spectrum nutritional approach, i.e. calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, silicon, boron, zinc, copper, vitamin C, isoflavones, etc would be the preferred treatment–if sufficient. There is always the risk to benefit ratio that has to be considered, and if high dose strontium is what it takes to prevent continued worsening of your osteoporosis, the remote concern about toxicity may be acceptable.
      Because strontium accumulates in bone, and is more dense on x-ray than is calcium, the radiologist should be informed that you are taking high dose strontium.
      An excellent examination of this issue can be found in the book, Nutritional Medicine, by Alan Gaby, M.D.
      Don Goldberg

  24. DAVID says:


    • Don Goldberg says:

      Niacin has been shown to be an effective treatment for elevated cholesterol and triglycerides. While lowering total and LDL cholesterol, it actually increases HDL cholesterol, the “good cholesterol.”
      The effectiveness of niacin for this purposes is directly related to dose. Relatively high dosages are needed to achieve substantial results. What do I mean by substantial? One study, on 960 patients, using an average dose of over 1.5 grams a day, over a 10 month period, resulted in a reduction of total cholesterol by 19.1%, LDL cholesterol by 24%, and triglycerides by 32.5%. HDL was increased by 5.7%.
      That’s pretty impressive. And, as you might suspect, there is a price to pay. Niacin, at that dose, causes side effects–most commonly, skin flush, itching and urticaria. In some studies, up to one-half of the participants dropped out of the study because of the discomfort associated with these side effects.
      Is there a way to overcome this? Yes. One solution is to use a form of niacin referred to as “no-flush niacin.” It is actually inositol hexanicinate or inositol hexanicotinate. Structurally, it is a compound that contains 6 molecules of niacin and one molecule of inositol.
      Initial research indicated that this compound exhibited the beneficial effects of niacin on cholesterol and triglycerides, without the side effects.
      Does it work as well as niacin? I don’t know for sure. In spite of the promising early research, the no-flush form does not seem to be prominantly mentioned in the various medical monographs. Niacin is enthusiastly recommended. Sustained release niacin, even though it seems to have a greater chance of causing liver damage, is often recommended (perhaps because a lower dose can be used and the skin flush problem is thus reduced). But inositol hesanicotinate seems to get little attention. I’m not sure why.
      So one answer to your question might be “try it.” Try it, and see what happens to your cholesterol readings. If it works, fine. If not, switch to niacin. Easy enough.
      Or, just go with niacin. The problem with skin flushing is not something that should prevent you from utilizing such an effective remedy. In most cases, the flush problem goes away after a week or two. Some claim it can be minimized by starting with a low dose and gradually increasing the dose over a week’s time. You can also block the flush by first taking an aspirin or NSAIDS.
      Here are some references to the work on “no-flush niacin:”
      Head KA. Inositol hexaniacinate: a safer alternative to niacin. Alt Med Rev 1996;1(3):176-184.
      Welsh AL and Ede M. Inositol hexanicotinate for improved nicotinic acid therapy. Int Record Med 1961;174:9-15.

  25. john says:

    Hi…love the Willner Window as a long time customer. I am tall and thin, and as a result of recent orthopedic surgeries am really thin…I should add i have been tested for malabsorption, but i am 100% normal. I notice powder mixes called “Weight Gain” and “Muscle Builder”. I would like to add calories, but not sugars and empty calories. Are any of these products nutritious? If so, can you name a few?? Thanks!!!

    • Don Goldberg says:

      These types of products can be very nutritious. The names of the products can be a bit misleading, however. For your purposes, you need to understand that there are two general types of products–protein supplements and meal replacement supplements.
      What is the difference? A “protein supplement” is primarily as source of protein only, with little fat, carbohydrate or vitamins. The protein content is often in the 70% to 85% range. The type of protein can range from soy and rice to milk (casein and/or whey) and egg. While these are excellent sources of protein, protein alone does not constitute a meal. If such a product is used by itself, the body will end up just using part of that protein for energy. On the other hand, If you add a scoop or two of this type of product to a “shake,” it can turn an otherwise tasty beverage into a more nutritious, calorie-dense supplement that will be an excellent way to add weight.
      The other type of “protein supplement” is the one that contains not only protein, but also carbohydrates, fat, vitamin and minerals. It is usually marketed as a “weight loss” supplement. But here is the important thing for you to understand. That same “weight loss” product works fine as a “weight gain” product as well. It just depends on how you use it. If you use it as meal REPLACEMENT, it can help you lose weight. If you use it IN ADDITION to your means–as a between-meal snack, as a beverage during the meal, or as dessert–it serves as an excellent, nutritious way to GAIN weight.
      Remember, weight loss and weight gain is basically a mathematical problem. To lose weight, you need to burn off more calories per day than you take in. To gain weight, you need to take in more calories than you burn off.
      So, the choice of a straight protein powder or a meal replacement (weight loss/weight gain) formula is up to you. But either one can work fine. The type of protein is also a matter of personal choice–in general, the whey protein based supplements provide an excellent combination of high protein quality and pleasant taste. (I believe Willner Chemists is currently featuring the Solgar “Whey-To-Go” line at an attractive discount.)
      If you want more information on this topic (protein supplements), search the Reference Library of We did a radio show on this not to long ago, with Dr. Richard Passwater as my guest. I am sure I also have some articles in the library section.
      Don Goldberg

  26. deirdre says:

    the man on the radio says he reads here 🙂 he asked about constipation…go for prunes, lots of magnesium, aloe vera, greens, probiotic – these things ”fix” constipation!

  27. deirdre says:

    please please talk about bio-identical progesterone for women! you’ve had that one woman on (???? can’t remember name, canadian….) and louse gittleman…

    you have a woman on now who has a daughter (age 50) who gets migraines

    i used to get them every month, along with PMDD, HORRIFIC!

    i have used progesterone for more than 8 years now…it has helped me with terrible cramps (from endometriosis) AND i have NEVER EVER had one single migraine since i began using it

    i ”should” have had more than 100 since i began – if ”norma” – but amazingly, NONE!!!!!!

    i do make sure i don’t skip meals, and avoid smoke around me – but please, ladies, get your hormones tested, at the right time
    before my period, i had very low progesterone levels, VERY
    this stuff has changed everything for me

  28. T. Dimauro says:

    My husband takes Carvedilol and Valturna for his high blood pressure, can he drink Hibiscus Tea. I heard it lowers the pressure a few points.

  29. s.t. says:

    Dear Don: I have anemia and I want to take iron for it. Do you think this is a good idea ? The doctor suggested that I do this as well. I am worry about it destroying other nutrients that I take and causing bad things down the road like cardiovascular issues. How long should I take it for? When should I take it? What kinds should Iuse?
    Should I take it with other supplements or not? Thanks alot st PS OTHER NUTRIENTS I CAN TAKE AS WELL FOR IT?

  30. julie says:

    Thx so much for answering my question on Astaxanthin i am now going to take it
    i was concerned about taking it because i have osteoporosis but now i see that its really nothing to be really concerned about..
    You did say to ask my Dr. but in my opinion You know alot more about alternative
    then most Dr. do so im going with your advice..My Dr. as im sure other Drs. wouldnt even have heard of this vitiam……
    thx again

  31. dt says:

    Whats the difference from organic spices that come in a bottle that you see in your store and ones found in capules like doctor’s best curcumin, oregano etc
    Thanks alot dt

  32. simon says:

    Dear Don: Whats the difference between the spices like curcumin, oregano, cinnamon etc that you find in powder form in bottles at the grocery store or even at your store and ones that come in capsule form? The ones in capsule form are much stronger and thats the answer or if not what is the answer? ps how much stronger are they? Please help
    Thanks alot

  33. julieann says:

    If I didnt tell you this before i amtelling u now thx so much for answering these questions for free thats very niceof u….
    I want to take Astaxanthin i hear its good and i have researched it and 1 website says Caution you should not take it if u have osteoporsis and i do but i take no medication for it or for anything, im not sure i understood it should i take it does it draw calcium from bone?? Why cant i take it or can I???
    Please help me!!!

    Thx Julieann

    • Don Goldberg says:

      Astaxanthin is one of the carotenoids. Other carotenoids include beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Carotenoids are highly colored compounds with strong antioxidant properties. Some, like beta-carotene, are considered “pro-vitamins” because they can be converted into vitamin A.

      Astaxanthin is found in microalgae, krill, salmon, shrimp and in the feathers of some birds. It is approved by the FDA as a feed color additive for salmon.

      Based on the research studies published so far, it is considered safe when used as an antioxidant and as adjunctive support for cancer treatments, cardiovascular disease, and ocular heath. It has also been studied as possible adjunctive support for carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle strength and endurance, male infertility, hyperlipidemia, and immune system problems (rheumatoid arthritis).

      Dosages for these studies usually fall in the 2 to 4 mg daily range, although higher dosages have been used as well. Bear in mind that a 4 oz serving of salmon can provide between 1 mg to 4.5 mg of astaxanthin.

      Concern about using astaxanthin when osteoporosis (or parathyroid disorders) is present seems to be related to one study by Spiller and Dewell, Safety of an astaxanthin-rich Haematococcus pluvialis algal extract: a randomized clinical trial. Published in J Med Food. 2003 Spring;6(1):51-6. In the study, they noticed an effect on serum calcium, totalprotein, and eosinophils. According to the abstract, “Although the differences in these three parameters were statistically significant, they were very small and are of no clinical importance. These results reveal that 6 mg of astaxanthin per day from a H. pluvialis algal extract can be safely consumed by healthy adults.”

      Therefore, it seems to me that a caution against using axtaxanthin when you have osteoporosis is one heck of a stretch. But, if you remain concerned, discuss it with your physician. You can show him the abstract of the article.

      Safety of an astaxanthin-rich Haematococcus pluvialis algal extract: a randomized clinical trial.
      Spiller GA, Dewell A.

      Health Research and Studies Center, Los Altos, CA 94023, USA.
      A growing body of scientific literature indicates that astaxanthin is a more powerful antioxidant than other carotenoids and vitamin E and may confer numerous health benefits. The purpose of this investigation was to conduct a human safety study with a Haematococcus pluvialis algal extract with high levels of astaxanthin. Thirty-five healthy adults age 35-69 years were enrolled in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 8 weeks’ duration. All participants took three gelcaps per day, one at each meal. Nineteen participants received gelcaps with an algal extract in safflower oil, containing 2 mg of astaxanthin each (treatment); 16 participants received gelcaps containing safflower oil only (placebo). Blood pressure and blood chemistry tests, including a comprehensive metabolic panel and cell blood count, were conducted at the beginning of the trial and after 4 and 8 weeks of supplementation. No significant differences were detected between the treatment and the placebo groups after 8 weeks of supplementation with the algal extract in the parameters analyzed, except for serum calcium, total protein, and eosinophils (P <.01). Although the differences in these three parameters were statistically significant, they were very small and are of no clinical importance. These results reveal that 6 mg of astaxanthin per day from a H. pluvialis algal extract can be safely consumed by healthy adults.

      PMID: 12804020 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  34. Carrie says:

    I think a through review of using Thyroid supplements versus Synthetics would be of interest to about 70% of people worldwide. Re: Armour Dessicated Thyroid- I am currently on this and not happy that it is from porcine origin, but I guess with whatever organization (FDA?) is watching out for the purity hopefully it won’t kill me…The FDA is about as reputable as a hungry cockroach…so what am I saying?? Anyway…most Drs. will automatically put a person who is hypothyroid on synthetic medicine; however, those have no T3 from my research and Armour Thyroid contains both and T3 is more biologically active. Do you think it is better to use a glandular or synthetic in treating hypothyroidism? If I was to switch to synthetic this would mean me having to add Cytomel (T3) to get the same results. Wouldn’t this be harder to do? Do you know of ANY side effects from using a porcine (supposedly purified)derivative? By the way the Armour Thyroid is working great for me…I just don’t like the idea it’s from a pig…. also why have they seemingly stopped making generic Thyroid? Company politics? What’s the real scoop? Thanks in advance.

    • Don Goldberg says:

      To answer everything that you ask in this question would require my writing a book . . . or, at least, a chapter in a book. And that is exactly what Alan R. Gaby, M.D. did in his new book “Nutritional Medicine.” The book is published by Fritz Perlber Publishing, Concord N.H.
      He discusses the pros and cons of conventional vs “alternative” approaches toward diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism, and the pros and cons of using desiccated thyroid vs levothyroxine, pointing out that there are indeed times when desiccated thyroid yields better clinical results. “While thyroid hormone is generally well tolerated, it has the potential to cause significant side effects, and should therefore be used with caution and respect.”

      Now, this is a book worth having if you are looking for scientific information on nutritional medicine, but here is the problem. First, the book is written for health professionals, not the lay public. Second, it is a large book (around 1350 pages). And last, it is expensive, with a retail price of $295.95. So you may want to see if you can read this chapter in the library.
      We do have a limited number of copies for sale at Willner Chemists, and we offer it at a 10% discount, $266.50. It is not returnable, and heavy to ship, but the choice is up to you folks.
      (for more information on the book,
      As for the question of its porcine source, the fact is that the pig is closest to the human when it comes to many glandular/enzyme products, including digestive enzymes and thyroid hormone. So if religious considerations are involved, the best you can do is invoke the “it’s medicine” excuse.

  35. Kathryn Twaddell says:

    Thank you for providing this service to us and for also providing a very informative show — I listen as my schedule allows. I resolved that 2011 was going to be a year of changes and one of those was to be more diligent about my vitamin regimen. In doing research the last couple of weeks I have learned alot but all of the information has raised some concerns and questions … How do you know if the manufacturer of the vitamins and supplements one is purchasing is actually providing what they are saying is in the bottle? Also how do we judge the standardization — what is the best or right levels for a given supplement.

  36. Daniel says:

    Hello Don,

    I am a chilean customer of Willner ,
    and congratulations for all your work , it´s great.

    Recently I have being reading about the enzymes, seems that they are a complete new world of health approach with an enormous potential healing on them. I would love to read posts from you about them…

    As for a particular question. As they are so specific on their action, want yould be a skin acne helping enzymes supplement that you may suggest ? I am looking for something soft, not strong, I am not looking for a digestive aid, just enzymes that may help on skin acne.

    Kindest Regards,

  37. Craig Pettaway says:

    How you doing Mr. Goldberg; I have Multiple Sclerosis and I am new to the whole natural lifestyle and am wondering is there anything I can take to help my body repair the myelin sheaths that are compromised by my body as well as something that will prevent or slow down the disease and or my flare-ups. Thanx in advance for any advice you can give on this topic.

    • Don Goldberg says:

      I can offer some general comments on nutritional supplements and nutritional measures that, according to some studies, seem to be beneficial. First, supplementation with essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 and omega-6 (GLA) rich oils would be desirable. In additional to a broad spectrum multivitamin-multimineral, I suggest a high potency B-complex vitamin twice a day. L-carnitine or acetyl-L-carnitine is another supplement I would suggest you consider, along with vitamin D.
      Here are a couple of suggestions for the essential fatty acid supplements:
      Nordic Naturals, Complete Omega 369
      Solgar EPA/GLA Softgels
      Solgar EFA 1300 Omega 369

      • Craig Pettaway says:

        Thank you so much. I will pick up one of these. I am using a multivitamin from GNC. I hope that is ok. Again thank you.

  38. rachael says:

    My concern has to do with Alpha Lipoic Acid. While googling this topic I came across web site articles indicating that this supplement may metabolize mercury to other parts of the body. Is this true? Everything else I’ve read about ALA’s antioxidant capabilities is extremely positive but what is your thoughts about this?

    • Don Goldberg says:

      My first thought? Nonsense. But to be certain, I checked a few references. My second thoughts? Nonsense.
      I’m not even sure, by the way, I understand the point of the question. “Metabolize mercury to other parts of the body?” Does that mean you are suffering from mercury toxicity, and you are afraid it will be relocated from a safe area to a less safe area? Does it mean you will suddenly experience mercury toxicity if you do not suffer from mercury toxicty, but start taking alpha-lipoic acid?
      Sorry, I just don’t get it.
      Alpha-lipoic acid seems to be an extremely beneficial vitamin-like substance, and is relatively free of side effects.
      Don Goldberg

  39. julieann calandrino says:

    What is gmoi no what it stands for but explain the process and how can we tell as consumers what foods r gmo ? because ill avoid them.

    Thx julie

    • Don Goldberg says:

      Here is one definition of “GMO:”
      “A GMO plant has been genetically altered using genetic engineering techniques, and is commonly found in crops such as corn, soybeans, cotton and canola. In general, these plants are modified to express a resistance to herbicide, which can be beneficial to farmers, allowing for less work so more crops can be harvested.”
      Is this something to be concerned about? “While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and biotech giants claim there’s no evidence that GMOs are anything but safe, food safety advocates want to know: how would we know, if the food is not labeled?. Many people are concerned that the lack of long-term testing on GMOs will be detrimental to the population—and the environment—in the years to come.”
      To be honest with you, this is not something I worry about.
      Don Goldberg

  40. Phillip Coor says:

    Hello Mr. Goldberg
    I am writing in behalf of my wife, who is a diabetic; she recently had an accident in which she wounded the back of her leg. The wound is not deep and about the size of two fifty cent pieces. She is currently seeing her doctor, but the wound doesn’t seem to be healing. I would very much appreciate any suggestion you may have

    • Don Goldberg says:

      Impaired wound healing is one of the common long-term complications of diabetes. The most effective treatment for this complication, as well as most of the other complications, is effective blood sugar management. The current problem is something you have to work on closely with your doctor. If you need additional guidance on how to maintain blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible, let me know and I will provide some references. In general, of course, you want to lose weight, if necessary, exercise, eat small, frequent meals, increase fiber content, and become familiar with the concept of “glycemic index.” Some of the nutritional supplements considered helpful, in general, for diabetics are the following: chromium, biotin and other B-vitamins, magnesium, alpha-lipoic acid, L-Carnitine, copper, zinc, vitamin C and flavonoids, vitamin D, omega-3 fish oil, and cinnamon.
      Don Goldberg

  41. DAVID says:


  42. margaret says:

    Question for Don: I know realistically I cannot eat 5 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables a day so what do you say about the green powders and red powders as helping to get phtonutrients and enzymes, are these favorable and what should we look for and avoid as far as these powders go.

  43. peter says:

    Hello Don: I take a tablespoon of fish oil each day, I want to add 1 tablespoon of flax oil but I am concerned about the studies that suggest flax oil is not good for the male prostrate, the reason I want to use flax oil is its supposed to help with the bad acrylamides that come from eating meat, would you feel safe with a tablespoon of flax oil a day.
    Thank you,

  44. Julieann says:

    M r. Goldberg
    I cant sleep as usual so im on the computer googling all kinds of supplements to help u sleep.. I have insomina and i was just reading about 5htp, what r your thoughts on this supplement? i so desperate for good help and u r the one to give the good help to me..
    I read that it has a few side effects but they dont seem so bad ill try anything at this point….as long as its not life threating….. HELP!! Thank You

    • Don Goldberg says:

      I have responsed on the main page of the blog. Thanks for your question and topic suggestion. Don Goldberg

    • Daniel says:

      Hello Julieann

      I am not a specialits but I would like to comment that you shuld try Magnesium supplementation.

      As I have purchased SOLGAR Chelated Magnesium from Willner , and it´s being incredible effective on various conditions on various people that I have give bottle of this magnesium supplementation as a present.

      By the way , I have purchased a book that the title sais all ” The Magnesium Miracle” .

      Also I would love to read Don comment on this element supplementation, as seems that most of us have some level of deficiency.

      Best Regards,

  45. Aliza says:

    Could you please dedicate part of your program to Omega-3 from Sage; the differences between Omega-3 from fish oil and from Sage?
    I’ll appreciate if you can send me an email to inform me when you’re planning to talk about it to make sure I either listen or record it. Thanks

    • Don Goldberg says:

      Sage? I’m not aware of an omega-3 supplement derived from sage. Can you provide me with a little more information, so that I can look into it for you?
      Don Goldberg

      • Aliza says:

        Google it. It seems to be benefitial for many conditions; lower blood pressure, IBS, ADHD, etc. and it seems to have an effect much faster than Omega-3 from fish oil.

      • Don Goldberg says:

        From what I see, it is mostly meaningless marketing hype. It is not an omega-3 oil containing active oils like EPA and DHA. Instead, it is a source of ALA, like Flaxseed Oil, that becomes therapeutic only after the body converts the ALA to EPA and DHA, a process that we now know occurs very inefficiently. From the information on the internet, I see very little reason for anyone to pay attention to this product unless you cannot tolerate fish oil, black currant oil, or other more readily available sources of ALA, and no reason to believe any of the claims of superiority over other omega-3 oils. If I seem rather negative, it is due to the extensive misleading marketing hype posted on the product.
        Don Goldberg

      • Don Goldberg says:

        Ah, and now I understand. I see that it is being marketed through multilevel-marketing, i.e. modified pyramid scheme. I should have known. Folks, it is a scam. Save your money.
        Don Goldberg

  46. Julieann Calandrino says:

    I am new to your website i have been reading your blog and i like your answers i like the fact that you are very upfront with people on what they r doing and what they shouldnt be doing.
    i will be a listener of your radio show or come to your website and ask questions i like Dr. Hoffman to..

  47. Julieann Calandrino says:

    I have3 part question before i buy policosanol is it good for lowering cholorestol
    my total is 255 and my hdl is low and my ldl is very high, can i safely take 10 mg
    2 a day.
    Where can i buy it made with sugar cane not bees wax ? and will my sugar increase alot??
    Does Wilner make it with sugarcane?
    I live in nj but ill come or order it if you have it with sugarcane….
    Please ill be waiting for your reply in my email..
    I called you radio show but I could just hear the radio show i didnt get to ask my question

    • Don Goldberg says:

      I have responded to this question on the main blog page. You will see a listing of products that do indeed claim to provide policosanol from sugar cane. The usual dose is 10-20 mg twice a day. It has no connection to your blood sugar levels. I may also talk about this on next Sunday’s Willner Window Radio Program (November 7, 2011).

      WOR (710 AM), in New York, Sunday, from 2 to 4 pm or WGKA (920 AM) in Atlanta. Or, over the internet (

  48. PhD Phit says:


    I’m a student studying physical medicine, or rather, physical therapy. This health care practice has yet to see the importance of nutrition, and I hope to drastically affect that change. I’m a living miracle child, and I truly believe I’m here because of my attention to proper nutrition, health & most importantly fitness.

    More and more I’m really learning the importance of essentially ‘mega-dosing’ vitamins & minerals because of their truly healthy benefits. Moreover, Doctors and drug companies (FDA, etc.) are lying their asses off with studies trying to tout how bad overdosing on vitamins & minerals can be, however, within the past few decades, there have been less than ten deaths ALLEGED to be caused by vitamins & minerals. ALLEGED. Yet, in the same time frame over 100,000+ deaths have been caused by using drugs correctly as prescribed, and that doesn’t even count the pathetically high number of deaths associated with these drugs considering overdosing due to the side effects of that drug, like addiction etc. which is technically DIRECTLY that drugs fault.

    So my main question is actually this. I was trying to consider some type of detox to help with my congenital liver cirrhosis. I also don’t have a gallbladder. Can you suggest any type of really healthy detoxes, or supplements to support liver health?
    I believe we can all benefit from liver (& GI) health, and also from detoxing. I just don’t know how true & proper detoxing is done, as I know lots of companies say to take these “detox” but they’re just another company trying to make money.

    • Don Goldberg says:

      Actually, I am not a strong proponent of “detox” regimens. I know that many nutritionists–including many of my colleagues–do recommend it, but I remain unconvinced. At the very least, it is just not at the top of my priority list for treatments of most health problems. Done occasionaly, and carefully, it will probably not hurt, but I don’t know how much benefit wll result. In my experience, “detox” usually covers two areas–bowel and systemic. Bowel detox, and associated enemas, etc, are basically stimulant laxative induced “cleansing.” Dependence on stimulant laxatives is a major problem, especially among the elderly, and I am therefore reluctant to recommend such products. I often hear proponents say something like “. . .yes, you ought to see the junk that comes out. etc. . .” Well, anyone who has gone through the prep for a colonoscopy knows full well what comes out. As uncomfortable as it may be, it certainly is not all that alarming. Is anything left behind (no pun intended)? If there is, you will hear about it from the doctor, as you will be scolded for not doing a thorough prep, impeding his ability to get a nice, clean view of the inside of your intestines. So so much for the “necessity to get all that toxic crud out of there” story. It just ain’t so!
      “Systemic Detox” is a little different. It sounds good, but still remains a bit vague as to what you are really accomplishing, if anything. Some use the term, for example, to cover an attempt to rid the body of evidence of drug use, so that they can avoid detection during testing.
      You are also asking, specifically, about liver detox or support. This is a little different, especially if we are talking about support and protection. Certain nutrients, Milk Thistle, Artichoke Leaf, Turmeric, etc have been shown to exert a protective and healing action on the liver. There are many formulas on the market that address this issue. If you go to the Willner Chemists web site ( and search for “detox,” you will see many products, several of which as specifically indicated for “liver.” One example is Nature’s Way Super Thisilyn. It contains Milk Thistle, Artichoke, Turmeric, Methionine, Dandelion, Broccoli, Spinach and Cabbage extracts, N-Acetyl Cysteine and Alpha Lipoic Acid. You cannot go wrong with these nutrients to support and protect the liver. I also suggest you read the information by Dr. Michael Murray on the Willner Website as well ( ).
      Don Goldberg

  49. kevin o'donnell says:


    I was just looking at your fall catalog. I was amazed at the the number of different Phyto Tech hers you have formulated. Did you guys buy a company that had been doing this kind of thing?

    • Don Goldberg says:

      Willner Chemists has collaborated with Mitchel Coven, a well-known and highly respected herbalist, to develop and produce the Phyto-Tech product line. Mitch was one of the featured speakers at the recent Willner Chemists lunch-lecture event in New York, and he has been our guest on several Willner Window radio shows. We hope to have him on our radio program again on November 28th. You can hear his lecture and interviews on the Willner Chemists web site, We have decided to add several dried herbal capsules to the line as well, and they should be available early 2011. We had been evaluating a project like this for many years, but did not feel comfortable doing so until we found Mitch. His manufacturing facility is fully GMP compliant, FDA registered, and NSF Certified; and, no less important, I personally inspected it. He is located in New Mexico.
      Don Goldberg

  50. arthur adams says:

    i’m new to this so forgive me if you’ve already covered this topic. what nutritional and/or supplemental support would be appropriate for someoe lookink to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of asthma?

    • Don Goldberg says:

      Here is a quick list of nutrients and herbs that have been shown to be potentially helpful to those with asthma: Magnesium (keep increasing dose until you get loose stools–as high as 2:1 Magnesium to Calcium if you can do it); Omega-3 rich fish oil supplements (for their anti-inflammatory action), Antioxidants (Vitamin C, Selenium, Lycopene and other carotenoids); B-vitamins (Vitamin B6), Phyto-Antioxidants and Flavonoids (Phyto-Tech Antiox Phyto Complex, a blend of Acai Berry, Mangostein, Goji, Pomegranate, Green Tea, Grape Skin and Grape Seed); Boswellin, Turmeric, Butterbur and other anti-inflammatory herbs.
      Don Goldberg

  51. DAVID says:





    • Don Goldberg says:

      I have replied to your first question on the “Nutrition & Health” page.
      As to whether or not the 14 capsule daily dose is overkill, since I know nothing about your personal health situation, all I can say is “I doubt it.” I am not familiar with that formulation, but assuming it is a broad spectrum, comprehensive formula, perhaps with accessory food factors, etc, why would it present a problem?
      When you add extra vitamin D, extra omega-3 oils, plenty of calcium and magnesium, extra B-vitamins and extra antioxidants (both vitamin and phyto), extra CoQ10, etc, it is easy to find yourself taking 15 to 20 tablets and capsules a day.
      My take on adrenal glandulars? I used to be a big fan of glandular supplements. I must admit that I do not recommend them as often now as I did many years ago. I had not really thought about it, but I guess there are several reasons. One would be the concerns about purity and the other might be that there just seem to be other, less problematic options available for many of the conditions that glandulars were recommed for in the past.
      Don Goldberg

      • DAVID says:


      • Don Goldberg says:

        200 to 300 mcg per day seems to be quite safe. Higher levels are commonly used, especially by people with diabetes, but you should be under the supervision or guidance of a health professional if you want to go higher. You can find more information at, under the “HealthNotes” link, or, I believe, on the NIH website.
        Don Goldberg

  52. Gary says:

    Grape Seed Extract –
    I took Grape Seed for two weeks to lower my blood pressure, but my blood pressure rose. I then read on more than one website that this can happen if Grape Seed is taken with Vitamin C and I was taking 1000 mg of C daily. I stopped taking the Grape Seed and the C.

    Do you know how long it will take for the Grape Seed to be gone from my system?

    Is it OK to resume taking Vitamin C ?

    • Don Goldberg says:

      Grape Seed is a source of flavonoids, specificically “proanthocyanidins” or OPCs (oligomeric procyanidins.) One of the therapeutic benefits of this powerful phytoantioxidants is, as is the case for all flavonoids, to strengthen the capillaries, blood vessels, etc. Thus, flavonoid-rich supplements and foods of this type are often recommended to people suffering from chronic venus insufficiency, capillary fragility, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, etc.
      Grape Seed is not usually recommended as a direct treatment for hypertension. I can see how it might indirectly affect hypertension, favourably, but it is hard to imagine it would have the type of direct, immediate action you are describing.
      Vitamin C is often given in association with flavonoids, for the same conditions I mentioned above.
      It is hard for me to imagine that grape seed, vitamim C, or the combination of the two, could have such a dramatic effect on your blood pressure. I very much doubt it. Could something else be responsible?

      The grape seed flavonoids are water soluble, so most of what you take is gone by the end of the day. It is excreted in the urine.

      Is it ok to resume taking vitamin C? I see no reason to not take either one. Of course, you have not told us how much of either of these two nutrients you take, nor have you told us how significant the increase in BP was. But, as I said, I see no reason to assume either one would have the effect you fear.

      Don Goldberg

  53. Don Goldberg says:

    Question: (reveived via email)
    “Hello, What companies make the best pharmaceutical grade vitamins and supplements or are they only available with a prescription?
    Are prescription vitamins/supplements better?

  54. c a fonte says:

    How do I purchase the meriva @ the price discussed on your show today?
    c a fonte

    • Don Goldberg says:

      Easy. Go to, and type “meriva” in the keyword search box. If the price shown is different from what might have been mentioned on the radio show, it will be adjusted when your order is processed (if you order online). Of course, you can also call the toll free Willner telephone number, 1 800 633 1106, and place your order that way.
      Don Goldberg

  55. Martin Levine says:

    Lately, it is being claimed that for older men (45 and over?), that increasing testosterone
    levels to levels of a younger age is helpful for general health, losing weight, especially
    “middle age spread,” energy. There are many suggestions about how to do this.
    For example, DHEA, chrysin, DIM. Since, chrysin and DIM appear to be more
    natural since they supposedly increase ones own levels of testosterone instead of
    putting some artificial substance into the body, I was wondering if they actually
    work to a large enough extent to make a difference (especially DIM since it is apparently
    found in broccoli), and if they do indeed work, then are they safe over both short-term
    and long-term use. Thank you very much. Also, I enjoy the Willner Window show
    on Sundays.

    • Don Goldberg says:

      If you really feel you can benefit from increasing your testosterone levels, I have to suggest you go to a physician so that your levels can be measured, and you can obtain a medical evaluation of the benefits and risks of testosterone “supplementation.” This is also the best route because nothing that is non-prescription will be as effective as the real thing, which is available on prescription.
      The more powerful and potent substances derived, or isolated from natural materials become, the more drug-like they are. And the greater the potential for side effects and toxicity.
      I am very cautious about such items. Brocolli contains sulphorophanes. Further isolation leads to indole-3-carbinol, and to DIM. Just how much “broccoli” is in DIM? Just because it may have been initially related to broccoli in some way does not mean it is innocuous. And, as I understand it, these substances are of interest more for their action on estrogen metabolism than testosterone.
      There are supplements available in the stores that claim to enhance the body’s own production of testosterone. Some are homeopathic. As I said initially, none are as effective as the real thing. Work with a doctor on this.
      Don Goldberg

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