1. reidy72@googlemail.com' Cristina
    Jun 17, 2015 @ 04:45:04

    I’ve been taking Amazing Grass supergreen organic capsules for two years. In 15 weeks pregnant now and still take them. ( I’ve been off food for 10 weeks now with nausea). However, even though they’re reported as safe by the makers, I’ve recently become worried about the beta caratene in them ( naturally sourced from vegetables) . It contains 2,225iui beta caratene : 45%RDA. I know that vitamin A in the form of retinoids causes birth defects, but I didn’t think natural occurring beta caratene could…..??? Can it??? I’m feeling really worried now. Any advice much appreciated. Thanks.

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  3. iseenikki@gmail.com' nikki
    Feb 23, 2016 @ 21:04:44

    What brand of CLO do you recommend? Were currently taking Carlsons, but I cannot get a clear description of how it is made, thus wondering if the vitamins are compromised as a result. Any thoughts? Thanks!

  4. andreadannyavery@gmail.com' Andrea
    Apr 01, 2016 @ 16:51:15

    Yes, I think we’re all on the edge of our seats to learn what cod liver oil you would recommend. From what I have researched, the large majority of what is being manufactured has synthetic vitamin A that has been added back in rather than what’s naturally occurring in cod liver oil. I know there is Fermented cod liver oil, but I have heard some bad things about that oil, such as rancidity or that it caused some people heartburn. Being that I already have severe GERD so i’m nervous to go that rout. It’s also disheartening to know there’s pretty much only one choice out there and it’s very expensive. Do you know of any good cod liver oil that is safe? What do you use??

  5. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    Apr 02, 2016 @ 15:37:07

    Hello Andrea, Sadly you are very correct. Many companies do use synthetic vitamin A, or have reduced or even removed vitamin A from their product. For this reason I prefer extra-virgin cod liver oil from corganic, though this can be a bit pricey, I feel it is worth it.

  6. chriswes1@yahoo.co.uk' christine taylor
    Apr 23, 2016 @ 09:59:10

    Hi Michelle,
    about 18 months ago I read something on the computer about vitamin A it said that people with chest complaints ie bronchitis were usually deficient in vitamin A and they recommended unsulphered dried apricots 10 a day for an adult male as my husband suffers from COPD we thought we would give it a try as it was a natural remedy. Well now 18 months later and only eating 4 every other day he has not used an inhaler since he started eating them the difference he was able to walk down the road carrying a bag in each hand without getting out of breath and this happened in a short space of time within a couple of weeks. I am not saying this works for every body but it certainly has worked and is still working for him .

  7. dombang12@gmail.com' Amitava Chatterjee
    May 30, 2016 @ 10:28:11

    can you please site a reference where the conversion factor of Beta Carotene to Retinol is available? (eg. 6:1)

  8. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    May 31, 2016 @ 08:32:10

    Hello Amitava! Here is a reference (of many) that you asked for. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2854912/

  9. backbox2@outlook.com' Henry Smith
    Aug 27, 2016 @ 18:23:53

    I would refer you to the Wikipedia article on Hypervitaminosis A, and the dangers of toxicity from preformed Vitamin A from animal sources. The advice you give, leads the reader to assume that this form of Vitamin A is virtually free of risk, even at high doses, and over extended time periods. This is particularly dangerous for children, and for adults who have a low tolerance for the vitamin. The literature of early polar exploration is rife with stories about illness and death, from eating seal liver, polar bear liver, moose liver, etc., which are rich in preformed Vitamin A. Your point of view rests on the flawed assumption that all physicians and researchers serve the God of profit, the AMA, and the pharmaceutical industry, and are therefore untrustworthy. Conspiracy theories, no matter how colorful, are not a substitute for critical thinking.

  10. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:03:22

    Hi Henry! Perhaps you should find better sources than Wiki! Regarding early polar exploration, I think you may find the following article of interest! http://www.onlineholistichealth.com/warning-polar-bear-livers/
    And sorry to disagree yet again… the AMA and the pharmaceutical industry are indeed untrustworthy! If I had trusted them, I’d be very sick today with their diagnosis of MS and treatment of drugs. Instead, I am healthier than I ever have been and I did this 100% naturally! You say, “Conspiracy theories, no matter how colorful, are not a substitute for critical thinking”…hmmmm..yep I have to disagree again 🙂 Critical thinking is what separates people who fall in line like sheep believing everything they are told, from those who can think for themselves. If that makes me a conspiracy theorist in your opinion, then so be it! Thanks so much for your comments!

  11. jy7055@gmail.com' Jason A.
    Sep 15, 2016 @ 11:25:44

    Respectfully Dr. Kmiec, you are missing Mr. Smith’s point. You yourself are trying to lead “sheep” towards your extreme end of the spectrum. I suffered from SEVER depression and anxiety for years until the Medical Doctors found the right combination of medications to bring me from Acute to Managed. At first, I was lead to believe by people such as yourselves that I could be cured from going to the Health Food Store. I suffered for years to the point of psychosis until I finally went to a psychyitrist. However, I also try to eat healthy and do supplement my diet. I thank God for both the medicines AND the natural remedies. “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water”

  12. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    Sep 17, 2016 @ 15:15:22

    Hi Jason! Thanks for your comment. Actually, you have to be careful about what you purchase in health food stores. So on that I agree with you. However, I cured myself 100% naturally from MS and paralyzing anxiety. That was my path and one I have made my life purpose to share with all who are interested. Side note…I do think drugs are needed in some cases however they are way over prescribed and that is where I have an issue. Furthermore, people as a whole have lost touch on how food should be consumed – minus all the chemicals! I am happy you have found the right treatment that works for you…but please do not criticize me on finding one that works for me. I am only here to share options 🙂

    Wishing you the best of health!

  13. mozein15@gmail.com' Mozein
    Sep 27, 2016 @ 12:56:25

    I am not going to tackle your completely unfounded points of eggs not raising cholesterol and butter fat being good. Instead, I’d like to tell yo that a vitamin A deficiency is extremely rare on vegan diets, and considering all vegans consume is plant-foods, their odds of getting the rda pf vitamin A, even with an extremely poor convertion ratio, are pretty high. I’d also like to ask you for proof of your claim that children an’t convert cartenoids into vitamin A.

  14. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    Sep 28, 2016 @ 10:27:50

    Hi Mozein!

    I invite you to update your research and point-a-view a bit regarding eggs and cholesterol. Current research now shows that blood cholesterol raises minimally at best, unless of course you have the rare condition of hypercholesterolemia. Per new research, a high cholesterol diet does not mean a high risk of cardiovascular disease and has been proven to be a myth. Regarding butter fat… You can find recent research supporting that this saturated fat is very healthy, and you can still find out-dated research finding the opposite to be true. I am assuming that you are a vegan based on your comment, so debated this point would certainly take a bit more than a brief comment here as this would be a debate of not only research, but also of lifestyle and an issue of accepted morality and dogma. I am not here to sway you away from a lifestyle that works for you.

    Being that I was diagnosed with MS some years ago, I have done much research as to how to reclaim my health and life 100% naturally. And for me it was a paleo based diet high in fats. I have never been healthier since on all levels…and this is my lifestyle. 🙂

    As far as the conversion rate of beta-beta-carotene with small children, the reference was linked twice.

    Thanks for your comments and wishing you the best of health!

  15. randiljeffries@gmail.com' Randi Jeffries
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 15:46:52

    I really love this article and all the info included! Very informational! To get to my point I’ve been doing research on ways to cure cervical dysplasia naturally (avoiding the invasive procedures ie: leep) Lots of women have done it naturally because it was a lack of nutrients and terrible immune system along with high levels of estrogen that got us into this mess in the first place. I’ve done some extensive research and put together a long list of vitamins, minerals and fats I need to accomplish this and I’ve also made changes to my diet. One that has me a little confused is the vitamin A situation. I do know the best form and way to receive vitamin A is though cod liver oil. I’ve got that, I’m using the Arctic Cod Liver oil. I got it because it was like the only one that was non-GMO. What I don’t understand is how to get the suggested amount of IU’s! On the Artic one it has a little under 1,000IU’s (1 tsp) and I even looked up the Extra Virgin Cod Liver oil from Corganic and that one contains at little under 3,000 IU’s. According to my research I need to be consuming about 10,000-25,000 IU’s. Can I consume 3 times the amount with out taking to much Omega 3s? Can you even have to many Omega 3s? With the research I’ve done (I could be wrong) your limit of Omega 3s should be no more that 3 grams. So obviously doing the math I could have 3 times the amount of the Corganic and be fine. In your article you had said that Cod Liver oil contains 100,000IU’s, how in the world is that possible? How can I intake my required amount of IU’s!!

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  17. subhash.91286@gmail.com' Subhash Gahlawat
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 02:21:37

    Madam doctor seems to be in a joking mode or need serious information before spiting nonsense to world. When a vegetarian or your so called interest group say that without non-vegetarian food you can have the dietary requirements then why you limit it to fruits and vegetables. Why you are ignoring the divinely milk and numerous milk products from mother cow which will give you enough Retinol. 1 glass of cow milk= 500IU of Retinol with little fat.
    Body needs to do more work in digesting non-vegetarian foods than to convert beta-carotene into Retinol. Also a child get the enzymes of vitamin conversion first, before getting to digest non-vegetarian food.
    You may believe the pathetic western world argument that milk is also non-vegetarian, because of which you limit vegetarian food sources to fruits and vegetables. But do remember that all herbivorous animals drink milk, but still known as vegetarian. Your limited information isn’t the end of world knowledge madam, grow up and don’t spread wasteful knowledge. Their is only one liver in cow which may fulfill your need of a day or two, but if you let her live she will fulfill your Vitamin A requirement for an year.

  18. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 19:06:01

    Hello Subhash, Respectively I am not sure where you are coming from.

    You say “Body needs to do more work in digesting non-vegetarian foods than to convert beta-carotene into Retinol. Also a child get the enzymes of vitamin conversion first, before getting to digest non-vegetarian food.”

    In the article I am talk about the biochemistry and the conversion of vitamin A in the different forms – plant and animal. Your conclusion simply does not match what actually happens. However…

    Thanks for bringing milk into the conversation since milk is from an animal source and thus not vegetarian… you actually you proved my point! Thanks! However…

    You say “you may believe the pathetic western world argument that milk is also non-vegetarian, because of which you limit vegetarian food sources to fruits and vegetables. But do remember that all herbivorous animals drink milk, but still known as vegetarian.”

    Sorry…but just because the animal is a vegetarian does not mean that if you consume it’s milk it is a vegetarian product. In fact you may be surprised to learn that you are also consuming it’s DNA, mucus, small amounts of blood and in some cases pus. All of which is definitely not vegetarian.

    Love your passion and comment!! Thanks!

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