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Disorders

POOR APPETITE
Loss of Appetite, Lack of Eating Desire


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  • Poor Appetite Description
  • Poor Appetite Causes
  • Poor Appetite Frequent Signs & Symptoms
  • Conventional Medical Diagnosis
  • Conventional Medical Treatment
  • Holistic & Nutritional Recommendations
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Notify Your Health Care Provider
  • Poor Appetite Products




  • POOR APPETITE DESCRIPTION

    USUALLY A SYMPTOM IN ITSELF

    A decreased appetite is when your desire to eat is reduced. The medical term for a loss of appetite or a decreased appetite is anorexia. Any illness can reduce appetite. If the illness is treatable, the appetite should return when the condition is cured. Loss of appetite can cause weight loss.

  • A poor appetite is not a disorder in itself, but usually a symptom of some other problem.
  • Emotional factors such as depression, illness, stress, and trauma may cause a person's appetite to diminish noticeably.
  • Certain controllable factors, such as the use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, can also result in poor appetite.
  • An undetected underlying illness, heavy metal poisoning, and/or nutritional deficiencies may also be involved.





  • POOR APPETITE CAUSES

    A VARIETY OF POSSIBLE CAUSES

    A decreased appetite is almost always seen among elderly adults, and no physical cause may be found. But emotions such as sadness, depression, or grief can lead to a loss of appetite.

    A poor appetite symptom can have a variety of physical, emotional, mental disorders as a cause. Other causes of a diminished appetite can include side effects of certain medications and physical eating difficulties such as pain when eating or swallowing. The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of poor appetite as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your health care provider about your symptoms.

    PHYSICAL DISORDERS AFFECTING APPETITE

  • Acute appendicitis.
  • Addison's disease.
  • Aging. Normal aging may cause a decrease or a loss of appetite.
  • Alcoholism.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis.
  • Anthrax.
  • Beriberi.
  • Cancer can cause decreased appetite. You may lose weight without trying. Cancers that may cause you to lose your appetite include colon cancer, ovarian cancer, stomach cancer and pancreatic cancer.
  • Chronic liver disease.
  • Chronic kidney disease.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Constipation.
  • Cryptosporiosis.
  • Cyclic vomiting syndrome.
  • Cyclosporiasis.
  • Dementia.
  • Dientameoba fragilis.
  • Dysthymia.
  • Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli.
  • Fascioliasis.
  • Fever - any fever, prolonged or short-term, may cause temporary loss of appetite. (see Fever).
  • Flu.
  • Duodenal ulcer.
  • Gastritis.
  • Gastroenteritis.
  • Gastrointestinal Anthrax.
  • Gastroparesis.
  • Glomerulonephritis.
  • Hand, Foot, & Mouth disease.
  • Heart conditions.
  • Heart disease.
  • Heart failure. Congestive heart failure.
  • Hepatitis. Viral hepatitis. Chronic hepatitis C, hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, & X.
  • Hepatoma.
  • Herpes stomatitis.
  • Hiatus hernia.
  • HIV/AIDS.
  • Hypercalcemia.
  • Hyperparathyroidism.
  • Hypothyroidism.
  • Infections.
  • Intercostal neuralgia.
  • Jaundice.
  • Kidney Cancer.
  • Lassa fever.
  • Lead poisoning.
  • Legionnaires' disease.
  • Leukemia.
  • Liver abscess.
  • Liver cancer.
  • Liver conditions.
  • Lung cancer.
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis.
  • Lymphoma.
  • Malabsorption.
  • Mesenteric Adenitis.
  • Mononucleosis.
  • Ménétrier's disease.
  • Nephrotic syndrome.
  • Ovarian cancer.
  • Pancreatic cancer.
  • Peptic ulcer.
  • Pernicious anemia.
  • Pinworm.
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica.
  • Post streptococcal glomerulonephritis.
  • Postpartum depression.
  • Pregnancy during first trimester, morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum.
  • Psittacosis.
  • Rabies.
  • Radiation sickness.
  • Renal tuberculosis.
  • Restrictive cardiomyopathy.
  • Rheumatic fever, acute.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
  • Salmonella food poisoning.
  • Silicosis.
  • Sprue.
  • Stomach cancer.
  • Sudden digestive conditions.
  • Syphilis.
  • Temporal arteritis.
  • Tick paralysis.
  • Tonsilitis.
  • Tooth abscess.
  • Transverse myelitis.
  • Trichinosis.
  • Trigeminal neuralgia.
  • Tuberculosis.
  • Typhoid fever.
  • Ulcerative colitis.
  • Upper respiratory infection.
  • Vitamin A overdose.
  • Whipple's disease.
  • Whooping cough.
  • Wilms' tumor.
  • Zinc deficiency.


  • ANOREXIA (LOSS OF APPETITE) & ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

    As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, a loss of appetite often becomes apparent. The primary caregiver may notice that the patient does not eat as much or refuses to eat at all. Possible causes of a poor appetite include:
    • Inability to recognize food.
    • Poorly fitting dentures.
    • Certain medications and related side effects.
    • Lack of physical activity.
    • Diminished sense of smell and taste.



    ANOREXIA (LOSS OF APPETITE) & CANCER

    Anorexia affects 15 to 25 percent of cancer patients, according to the National Cancer Institute (2011). Anorexia is especially prevalent in the advanced stages of metastatic cancer. Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and other medications often worsen anorexia. These therapies can cause nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, and mouth sores, which may decrease a patient’s desire to eat.

    Cancer surgeries can also lead to anorexia. In cases where the cancer is affecting internal organs, surgeons may have to operate on areas of the digestive system. Patients may develop anorexia if there is significant damage to digestive organs during surgery. Cancer patients commonly suffer from pain and depression. These are also causes of anorexia.

    CACHEXIA (AN EMERGENCY CONDITION)

    Anorexia is linked to the development a progressive wasting syndrome called cachexia. Cachexia causes weakness and a drastic loss of body mass, fat, and muscle tissue. Twenty to 40 percent of cancer patients die from cachexia. Cancer patients suffering from anorexia, weakness, and a significant decrease in body weight should consult a physician immediately.



    ANOREXIA (LOSS OF APPETITE) & PARKINSON'S DISEASE

    Patients suffering from Parkinson's disease may develop anorexia. Some patients experience severe depression, which often interferes with the maintenance of a healthy appetite.

    Anorexia is also a side effect of some conventional medications used to treat Parkinson's. Levodopa, dopamine, and other medications may also cause nausea, which can further limit the desire to eat.


    COMMON EMOTIONAL & MENTAL SYMPTOMS AFFECTING APPETITE
    (Causing people to lose interest in eating.)

  • Anorexia nervosa and related eating disorders.
  • Anxiety.
  • Anxiety disorders.
  • Bipolar disorder - a less common cause of poor appetite.
  • Depression.
  • Depressive disorders.
  • Emotional stress (type of Stress) - may lead to either under-eating or over-eating.
  • Emotional upset.
  • Grief or loss. Significan emotional pain caused by an event.
  • Relationship problems.

  • PHYSICAL EATING DIFFICULTIES

    During the post-operative recovery period for a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy, it is common for adult patients to experience a lack of appetitie until their throat significantly heals. Such pain when eating or swallowing can lead people and especially children to try not to eat. Post surgical loss of appetite usually lasts between 10 to 14 days.

  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Painful swallowing.
  • Esophagitis.
  • Gallbladder disease.

  • DRUGS & MEDICATIONS

    Medications or other substances can cause poor appetite or result in a lack of an eating desire. The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Poor Appetite as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause a change in your appetite. Always advise your health care provider of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

  • Amphetamine intoxication.
  • Antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, can have anorexia as a side effect.
  • Appetite suppressant medications.
  • Amphetamines will suppress appetite.
  • Methamphetamine (Desoxyn), a treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy.
  • Methylphenidate (Ritalin & Concerta)
  • Antibiotics.
  • Byetta, a Type II Diabetes drug, will cause moderate nausea and loss of appetite.
  • Chemotherapy drugs.
  • Dextromethylphenidate (Focalin), a drug used for treating ADHD can cause loss of appetite.
  • Ecstasy, Heroin, & Other Street Drug Usage.
  • Some antibiotics.
  • Erythromycin.
  • Digitalis.
  • Certain cold medications.
  • Certain nasal decongestants.
  • Phenylpropanolamine (PPA).
  • Phenethylamine group of chemicals used to suppress appetite.
  • Certain pain relief medications, such as Codeine, Morphine, Demerol or Aspirin.
  • Certain anti-arthritis medications.
  • Stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine and cocaine.
  • Abrupt cessation of appetite-stimulating drugs, such as cannabis and corticosteroids.

  • Other drugs may be used to intentionally cause anorexia in order to help a patient preoperative fasting prior to general anesthesia. It is important to avoid food before surgery to mitigate the risk of pulmonary aspiration, which can be fatal.

    Opiates act upon the digestive system and can reduce the physical sensation of hunger in the same way that they reduce physical sensations of pain. They also frequently cause delayed gastric emptying (gastroparesis) and can sometimes lead to changes in metabolism with long-term use.

    OTHER CAUSES

  • Altitude sickness.
  • Physical exercise.





  • POOR APPETITE FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

    The symptom of poor appetite includes a loss of appetite or a decreased appetite despite basic caloric needs.




    CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS

    PHYSICAL EXAM, MEDICAL & DIETARY HISTORY

    The health care provider will perform a physical examination and will check your height and weight. You will be asked about your diet and your medical history. Medical history questions documenting loss of appetite in detail may include:

  • Quality: Is the decreased appetite severe, or mild?
  • Have you lost weight? How much weight has been lost?
  • Time pattern. How long has it been diminished?
  • Is loss of appetite a new symptom? If so, Did it start after an upsetting event, such as the death of a family member or friend?
  • What other symptoms are also present?

  • DIAGNOSTIC TESTS

    Diagnostic tests that may be performed to determine the cause of decreased appetite. These may include imaging tests, such as x-ray or ultrasound. Blood and urine tests may also be ordered. Diagnostic tests may include:

  • Barium enema, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy (if colon cancer is suspected).
  • Liver function tests.
  • Kidney function tests.
  • Thyroid function tests.
  • Abdominal ultrasound (if a specific abdominal cause is suspected).
  • Upper GI series.
  • Pregnancy test.
  • Urine drug screening.
  • HIV test.





  • CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT

    TREATMENT OPTIONS

    OUTPATIENT CARE

    A health care provider will often attempt to treat the condition that is causing the loss of appetite. Primary focus will be on healing mouth sores or relieving pain, for example. Alleviating depression can also help improve appetite. Medication dosages may need to be adjusted or reduced if they might interfere with a patient's appetite. Medications that either stimulate appetite or help food move through the intestines may be prescribed.

    A health care practitioner may refer a patient to a registered dietician, who will provide advice on meal planning and scheduling. A dietician can make sure the patient is receiving the necessary nutrients in their diet.

    HOSPITALIZATION

    Some patients must be hospitalized for nutritional support. In severe malnutrition, supplemental intravenous nutritional support may be ordered. A naso gastric tube may be required. This tube passes through the nose and into the stomach. The tube allows medical staff to deliver food directly to the patient's digestive tract.

    Complications associated with severe anorexia resulting in severe malnutrition include sudden cardiac death. Anorexia is a relatively common condition that can lead patients to have dangerous electrolyte imbalances, leading to acquired long QT syndrome which can result in sudden cardiac death. This can develop over a prolonged period of time, and the risk is further heightened when feeding resumes after a period of abstaining from consumption. Care must be taken under such circumstances to avoid potentially fatal complications of refeeding syndrome.

    Refeeding syndrome is a syndrome consisting of metabolic disturbances that occur as a result of reinstitution of nutrition to patients who are starved or severely malnourished. Any individual who has had negligible nutrient intake for more than 5 consecutive days is at risk of refeeding syndrome. Refeeding sydrome usually occurs within four days of starting to feed. Patients can develop fluid and electrolyte disorders, especially hypophosphatemia (abnormally low levels of phosphates in the blood), along with neurologic, pulmonary, cardiac, neuromuscular, and hematologic complications. Refeeding syndrome can be fatal if not recognized and treated properly. For more information see Wikipedia: Refeeding Syndrome.

    HOME CARE

    Most home care options for the treatment of appetite loss revolve around setting a strict eating schedule. Recommended tactics include:
    • Eat more frequently. Schedule five or six small meals a day.
    • Set times of day when you are normally hungary. Eat at those times even if you do not feel particularly hungry.
    • Eat healthy high-calorie foods.
    • Eat protein-rich foods.
    • Drink nutritious fluids (such as milk or juice) between meals instead of during meals. Drinking too much during a meal can make your feel full too quickly.
    • Ask a family member or caregiver to cook for you and help you with grocery shopping.
    • Take a 15 or 20 minute walk about an hour before eating. Light exercise helps stimulate appetite. Always consult your health care provider before starting any exercise regimen.
    People with cancer or chronic illness need to increase their protein and calorie intake by eating high-calorie, nutritious snacks or several small meals during the day. Liquid protein drinks may be helpful.

    Family members should try to supply favorite foods to help stimulate the person's appetite.

    Keep a record of what you eat and drink for 24 hours. This is called a diet history.

    For caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, recommended tactics include:
    • Avoid distractions, such as the television, while serving meals.
    • Keep the table simple. Place only the food and utensils on the table.
    • Make sure the food is at the right temperature.
    • Serve only one or two dishes at a time.
    • Allow the patient ample time to eat.
    • Family members or caregivers should eat at the same time as the patient.
    OTHER TREATMENT OPTIONS

    Treatment methods that help improve responses to stressful situations can be helpful. However, no one treatment works best for everyone. Other treatment choices may include:

  • Psychological Treatment: The following psychological treatment options may help relieve symptoms of poor appetite in some people. Psychological treatment methods are usually more effective if they are used along with other treatment methods, such as diet changes, stress reduction and sometimes medication, depending upon the underlying cause of poor appetite.
    • Stress Reduction. Research and testing have found not only that breathing exercises can control stress or anxiety symptoms. People who practice stress management have fewer and less severe health issues. Stress management also relieves symptoms or pain or other physical discomforts of an underlying disorder. See Stress Disorder & Management for more information.

    • Therapy. Psychotherapy and behavioral therapy may be effective if you have symptoms of emotional issues, pain caused by certain gastrointestinal problems, or suffer from eating disorders. Some people who use these treatment methods may have long-term relief.

    • Hypnosis. Hypnosis may be an effective way to treat poor appetite caused by emotional issues that does not respond to other treatment methods. Hypnosis can help some people relax, which may relieve pain. Hypnosis has been especially successful in people younger than age 50.

    • Relaxation & Meditation. Relaxation training and meditation involves concentrating on a word, image, or phrase for a given length of time to reach a state of deep relaxation. It may be helpful in reducing generalized muscle tension and abdominal pain. Used regularly, these techniques can be helpful in dealing with stressful situations. With practice, you can learn to relax easily in almost any setting.

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    HOLISTIC & NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

    EATING HABITS & DIETARY CHANGES

    Changes in your eating habits and a loss of appetite may occur as a result of cancer or cancer treatment and/or other health disorders. If this happens to you, try eating small, frequent meals and snacks every one to two hours. Keep high-protein, high-calorie snacks and foods handy to eat when you are hungry. Avoid food smells caused by food preparation.

  • Eat small meals or snacks every one to two hours at frequent intervals throughout the day rather than two or three large meals. The sight of large amounts of food can cause a person to lose his or her appetite. Frequent small meals may be better tolerated, with a gradual increase in the volume of food.

  • Avoid drinking liquids before or with meals (unless needed to help swallow or for dry mouth) to keep from feeling full early.

  • Make eating more enjoyable by setting the table with pretty dishes and flowers and playing your favorite music or watching television, and visiting with friends.

  • Keep high-calorie, high-protein snacks on hand. Try hard-cooked eggs, luncheon meats, peanut butter, cheese, ice cream, granola bars, nutritional supplements, and puddings, chips, crackers, and pretzels. Between meals, snack on foods such as avocados, banana soy pudding, buttermilk, chicken or tuna, custard, fruit shakes, nuts and nut butters, whole-grain breads and cereals, turkey, and yogurt. In addition to promoting weight gain, these snacks are easy to digest, are high in protein and essential fatty acids, and contain "friendly" bacteria.

  • To obtain needed protein and calories, drink 3 or more cups a day of skim milk, soy milk, Rice Dream, or almond milk. Use a soy carob drink and yogurt fruit shakes. Eat only whole-grain bread, rolls, macaroni, crackers, and hot and cold cereals. Use cream soups (made with skim or soy milk) as desired. These are usually higher in protein than broth soups.

  • Alive Multinutrient, Whole Food Energizer A multivitamin and mineral with more life-giving nutrients than other available products. All natural, from whole foods is better absorbed into your blood stream because its tablets disintegrate up to 5 times faster than other leading brands.

  • Take supplemental B-Vitamins as outlined under Nutrients. Vitamin B-Complex nutrients help to increase appetite.

  • Ask your health care provider about medications to help relieve constipation, nausea, pain, or other side effects you have. For loss of appetite caused by taking medications, talk to your health care provider about adjusting the dosage or changing drugs. Never change medications without first consulting with your health care provider.

  • POOR APPETITE & PROTEIN

    PROTEIN CALORIE MALNUTRITION (PCM)

    Protein supplies the building blocks for muscle and many other tissues, while calories provide energy. Patients who suffer from anorexia are unable to consume enough protein and calories to meet their bodies' requirements. These patients will develop a specific form of malnutrition called protein-calorie malnutrition, or PCM. Untreated PCM can be fatal. Notify a medical professional if you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing PCM.

    HIGH PROTEIN FOODS FOR POOR APPETITE

  • Milk Products: Eat cheese on toast or with crackers. Add grated cheddar cheese to baked potatoes, vegetables, soups, noodles, meat, and fruit. Use milk for cooking in place of water for cereal and cream soups. Include cream sauces on vegetables and pasta. Add powdered milk to cream soups and mashed potatoes.

  • Eggs: Keep hard-cooked eggs in the refrigerator. Chop and add to salads, casseroles, soups, and vegetables. Make a quick egg salad. All eggs should be well cooked to avoid the risk of harmful bacteria.

  • Meats, Poultry, & Fish: Add leftover cooked meats to soups, casseroles, salads, and omelets. Mix diced and flaked meat with sour cream and spices to make dip.

  • Beans, Legumes, Nuts, & Seeds: Sprinkle seeds on desserts such as fruit, ice cream, pudding, and custard. Also serve on vegetables, salads, and pasta. Spread peanut butter on toast and fruit or blend in a milkshake.

  • Protein Supplements: There are many products on the market that can be helpful for people with appetite and weight problems. They are often found in the "sports" sections of health food stores, but they are not only for those who are into sports or body building activities.

  • SUGGESTIONS TO STIMULATE A POOR APPETITE

  • To stimulate a poor appetite, the diet must be individualized according to the person's tolerances and tastes.

  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco; these irritate the linings of the stomach and colon and are a main contributor to the decrease or loss of appetite. If you smoke, quit. Smoking decreases the appetite. It is one of the main causes of loss of appetite.

  • When trying to stimulate a poor appetite, consider whether the appearance and aroma of the foods are appealing, and whether the environment is conducive to eating. It should be as calm and stress free as possible.

  • Exercise if possible, but avoid strenuous exercise. Walking and/or moderate exercise can increase the appetite. Exercise also helps the body to assimilate nutrients better.

  • If you experience a significant loss of appetite, see your health care provider to rule out an underlying physical problem.

  • HERBAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR POOR APPETITE STIMULATION

  • To stimulate a poor appetite, try using Catnip, Fennel Seed, Ginger Root, Ginseng, Gotu Kola, Papaya Leaves, Peppermint Leaves, and/or Saw Palmetto Berries. Caution: Do not use ginseng if you have high blood pressure.

  • Ginger helps to stimulate the heart and circulatory system and promotes appetite and digestion. Its spicy components activate the flow of saliva and the production of digestive juices. It is said that the Chinese scholar Confucius had every dish he ate spiced with ginger. Ginger root is especially useful for bowel disorders including indigestion, morning sickness, motion sickness and nausea. The main active ingredients of ginger root are oils containing zingiberene and bisabolene, as well as camphene, linalol, citral, and cineol. It also contains vitamins A and B, minerals, fats, protein, and roughage. Ginger can be grated and sprinkled over selected portions of a meal to enhance appetite. Ginger tea is made by pouring boiling water over 1 to 2 tablespoons of freshly grated or chopped ginger. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes, then strain. Mix with honey and a splash of lemon juice to relieve gas, bloating, and cramping. It has been suggested that this tea be taken after meals. Ginger is also a well-known remedy for nausea and motion sickness.

  • Avipattikar Churna, an Ayurvedic herbal preparation is useful in treating acidity, heartburn loss of appetite, constipation, and hyperactivity.

  • Catnip herb has also been used to treat anxiety, colds, flu, fever, inflammation, and general aches and pains.

  • Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) is used as a brain and nerve strengthening tonic, to increase circulation to the legs, improve memory, mental and physical stamina, balance energy levels, alleviate anxiety and depression, and enhance memory retention which may benefit memory, varicosities, spider veins, and A.D.D. (attention deficit disorder).

  • Peppermint leaves calm the stomach, intestinal tract, and the nervous system. It comforts the stomach and nourishes the salivary glands to help with digestion. It has astringent properties and soothes the nervous system.

  • Sutherlandia (Sutherlandia frutescens) powerfully assists the body to mobilize its own immunological physiological resources to cope with diverse physical, mental and chemical stressors.


  • NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS

    Unless otherwise specified, the dosages recommended in this section are for adults. For a child between the ages of 12 and 17 years, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For a child between 6 and 12 years, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under the age of 6 years, use 1/4 the recommended amount.

    NUTRIENTS
    Supplement
    Suggested Dosage
    Comments
    Very Important
    BioStrath
    As directed on label. A multinutrient yeast and herb formula that aids in gaining back strength and energy.

  • Biostrath Supplement Products
  • Coenzyme A
    As directed on label. Supports the immune system's detoxification of many dangerous substances.

  • Coenzyme A Supplement Products
  • Floradix Iron Plus Herbs
    As directed on label. Helps digestion and stimulates appetite.

  • Floradix Supplement Products
  • MultiVitamin & Multimineral Complex
    As directed on label. All nutrients are needed in large amounts for absorption. Use a high potency formula.

  • Multivitamin Supplement Products
  • Alive Multinutrient Supplement Products
  • Prenatal Supplement Products
  • Multimineral Supplement Products
  • Vitamin A
    25,000 IU daily. All nutrients are needed in large amounts. Use a high potency formula. If you are pregnant do not exceed 10,000 IU daily.

  • Vitamin A Supplement Products
  • Beta Carotene & Carotene Complex
    25,000 IU daily. Antioxidant benefits. All nutrients are needed.

  • Beta Carotene & Carotene Complex Supplement Products
  • Calcium
    1,500 mg daily. Has a calming effect and works with Magnesium. All nutrients are needed.

  • Calcium Supplement Products
  • Magnesium Supplement Products
  • Magnesium
    750 mg daily. Works with Calcium. All nutrients are needed.

  • Magnesium Supplement Products
  • Calcium Supplement Products
  • SAM-e (S-Adenosylmethionine)
    As directed on label. Helps reduce stress and depression. Gives a sense of well-being. Caution: Do not use if you have manic-depressive disorder or take prescription antidepressants.

  • SAM-e Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B Complex
    100 mg or more daily, before meals. Increases the appetite. Use a high-stress formula. A sublingual form is recommended. Injections (under a health care provider's supervision) may be necessary.

  • Vitamin B-Complex Supplement Products
  • Vitamin E
    200 IU daily. To correct deficiencies. All nutrients are needed and important foir improving appetite. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form, if available. Caution: If you are taking blood-thinning medication, consult with your health care provider before taking Vitamin E.

  • Vitamin E Supplement Products
  • Zinc
    80 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Enhances the sense of taste.

  • Zinc Supplement Products
  • Copper
    3 mg daily. Needed to balance with Zinc.

  • Copper Supplement Products
  • Helpful
    Brewers Yeast
    Start with 1/2 teaspoon daily and work up to 1 tablespoon daily. Rich in nutrients, especially the B-Vitamins. Improves the appetite.

  • Brewers Yeast Supplement Products
  • Protein
    As directed on label. Take between meals. To supply protein, needed to build and repair tissue. Also acts as an appetite stimulant.

  • Protein Supplement Products
  • Spirulina Herbal Products
  • Spirutein Supplement Products





  • NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

    EXTREME WEIGHT LOSSES

  • Call your midwife or health care practitioner if you are pregnant and are having difficulties with morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum and you are not gaining sufficient weight during your pregnancy.

  • For other disorders, call your health care provider if involuntary weight loss exceeds 7% of total body weight within a month.


  • Note: To calculate percent weight lost, divide pounds lost by the previous weight and multiply times 100. For example, a person weighing 125 pounds loses 10 pounds:
      10 divided by 125 = 0.08
      0.08 times 100 = 8%





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    Allspice Leaf Oil
    Angelica Oil
    Anise Oil
    Baobab Oil
    Basil Oil
    Bay Laurel Oil
    Bay Oil
    Benzoin Oil
    Bergamot Oil
    Black Pepper Oil
    Chamomile (German) Oil
    Cajuput Oil
    Calamus Oil
    Camphor (White) Oil
    Caraway Oil
    Cardamom Oil
    Carrot Seed Oil
    Catnip Oil
    Cedarwood Oil
    Chamomile Oil
    Cinnamon Oil
    Citronella Oil
    Clary-Sage Oil
    Clove Oil
    Coriander Oil
    Cypress Oil
    Dill Oil
    Eucalyptus Oil
    Fennel Oil
    Fir Needle Oil
    Frankincense Oil
    Geranium Oil
    German Chamomile Oil
    Ginger Oil
    Grapefruit Oil
    Helichrysum Oil
    Hyssop Oil
    Iris-Root Oil
    Jasmine Oil
    Juniper Oil
    Labdanum Oil
    Lavender Oil
    Lemon-Balm Oil
    Lemongrass Oil
    Lemon Oil
    Lime Oil
    Longleaf-Pine Oil
    Mandarin Oil
    Marjoram Oil
    Mimosa Oil
    Myrrh Oil
    Myrtle Oil
    Neroli Oil
    Niaouli Oil
    Nutmeg Oil
    Orange Oil
    Oregano Oil
    Palmarosa Oil
    Patchouli Oil
    Peppermint Oil
    Peru-Balsam Oil
    Petitgrain Oil
    Pine-Long Leaf Oil
    Pine-Needle Oil
    Pine-Swiss Oil
    Rosemary Oil
    Rose Oil
    Rosewood Oil
    Sage Oil
    Sandalwood Oil
    Savory Oil
    Spearmint Oil
    Spikenard Oil
    Swiss-Pine Oil
    Tangerine Oil
    Tea-Tree Oil
    Thyme Oil
    Vanilla Oil
    Verbena Oil
    Vetiver Oil
    Violet Oil
    White-Camphor Oil
    Yarrow Oil
    Ylang-Ylang Oil
    Aromatherapy
    Healing Baths For Colds
    Aromatherapy
    Herbal Cleansers
    Using Essential Oils


    AROMATHERAPY: HERBAL & CARRIER OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES


    Almond, Sweet Oil
    Apricot Kernel Oil
    Argan Oil
    Arnica Oil
    Avocado Oil
    Baobab Oil
    Black Cumin Oil
    Black Currant Oil
    Black Seed Oil
    Borage Seed Oil
    Calendula Oil
    Camelina Oil
    Castor Oil
    Coconut Oil
    Comfrey Oil
    Evening Primrose Oil
    Flaxseed Oil
    Grapeseed Oil
    Hazelnut Oil
    Hemp Seed Oil
    Jojoba Oil
    Kukui Nut Oil
    Macadamia Nut Oil
    Meadowfoam Seed Oil
    Mullein Oil
    Neem Oil
    Olive Oil
    Palm Oil
    Plantain Oil
    Plum Kernel Oil
    Poke Root Oil
    Pomegranate Seed Oil
    Pumpkin Seed Oil
    Rosehip Seed Oil
    Safflower Oil
    Sea Buckthorn Oil
    Sesame Seed Oil
    Shea Nut Oil
    Soybean Oil
    St. Johns Wort Oil
    Sunflower Oil
    Tamanu Oil
    Vitamin E Oil
    Wheat Germ Oil





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