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Questions & Answers (An excerpt from Aging, Long Life & Better Health by Dr. W. LaMar Rosquist)

Q. Can pregnant women take Pycnogenol safely?

A. I have numerous pregnant patients who are taking Pycnogenol and have not had one complaint of any abnormal reaction. The study covers 22 months at this writing.

Q. Can nursing mothers take Pycnogenol, and is it harmful to the nursing child?

A. Many children I am acquainted with have been breast fed by mothers taking Pycnogenol with no adverse side effects. One interesting case was a child that had contracted dermatitis all over her body. The mother started taking Pycnogenol, and through her breast milk the child received enough Pycnogenol that within two months the condition totally cleared up.

Q. Does Pycnogenol have an effect on aging spots--located on the hands, arms face and foreheads--of the elderly as well as middle-aged adults?

A. On many patients, the darkness and size of the aging spots (some call them liver spots) have diminished. In many cases these aging spots disappeared totally with continued use of the Pycnogenol skin cream externally, and taking Pycnogenol internally as well.

Q. Does Pycnogenol help any other visual problems besides Diabetic Retinopathy?

A. We have received reports of various eye conditions being improved, such as floaters, macular degeneration shrinking of cataracts, and reduction of poor vision as found when performing an eye chart examination.

Q. Has Pycnogenol helped inflammatory degenerative problems in areas such as the shoulders, elbows, knees, hips, and back?

A. We have received numerous reports from our patients indicating that taking Pycnogenol has decreased pain and inflammation in all the above-mentioned areas, and ranges of motions without pain have dramatically increased.

Q. Will use of Pycnogenol help to eliminate the need of insulin in diabetics?

A. Having worked and talked with many diabetics, I have not found one patient that was able to eliminate insulin totally, although the number of units of insulin in many cases have been dramatically reduced. Dr. Passwater and others have indicated in their research that 95 percent of diabetic cases could be improved by taking Chromium Picolinate which I as well would heartily recommend for diabetics. In many cases, Type 2 diabetics have responded to Pycnogenol and have had normal blood-sugar readings after taking Pycnogenol for a substantial period of time.

Q. Can I take Pycnogenol if I am using blood thinners?

A. Pycnogenol has not been shown to work as a blood thinning agent. Many individuals have experienced reduction of high cholesterol levels using Pycnogenol. This has not been accomplished by thinning of the blood. Pycnogenol has been demonstrated to build and increase the strength of individual cells, cell walls, and to strengthen the vascular cell walls. Vascular system strength has increased significantly in such conditions as varicose veins, phlebitis, and hemorrhoids. Pycnogenol also strengthens the entire cardiovascular system and arteries in the brain, and strengthens the gums. Pycnogenol will increase vascular circulation but has not been shown to thin the blood or cause bleeding.

Q. Why do some people taking Pycnogenol experience digestive complaints?

A. Pycnogenol is an acid ash outside the body but becomes alkaline as it is digested in the stomach. For this reason, if a person is already too alkaline, taking Pycnogenol could increase the stomach's alkalinity and cause discomfort. When confronted with this type of condition, I recommend a tablespoon of brown vinegar (apple cider) in one-half cup of water when taking Pycnogenol; then the acetic acid in the vinegar counters the increased alkalinity of the stomach when taking your Pycnogenol.

Q. Can Pycnogenol be used in treating muscle and joint inflammatory conditions?

A. One of Pycnogenol's outstanding features is that it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent without the side effects demonstrated by many of the over-the-counter anti-inflammatory formulas.

Q. Is taking Pycnogenol while continuing to smoke or use other drug prescriptions contra-indicated?

A. Since most drugs are not antioxidants and do not fight free radical damage to the body, Pycnogenol is definitely indicated with other prescription drugs, as drugs increase free radicals in the body. Pycnogenol is considered a powerful antioxidant and will help fight these free radicals. It is perfectly safe, as Pycnogenol is classified as a food supplement. Let me ask you this question: "Is a smoker better off taking a powerful antioxidant, such as Pycnogenol, that will help fight free-radical damage that smoking may have contributed to one's body or should he not take Pycnogenol at all while continuing to smoke? Should he start taking Pycnogenol only after he has been diagnosed with a serious problem?" The answer is obvious.

Q. Can taking Pycnogenol with a suggested 20 milligram per 20 pounds of body weight be too strong for a person to take?

A. Dr. Masquelier, in his abstract to receive his United States patent, recommended between 1 1/2 to 3 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. This is where the 2 milligrams for every kilogram of body weight came from. It represents 2.2 milligrams per kilogram, and a Pycnogenol tablet is 20 milligrams. So for every 10 kilograms of body weight (being 22 pounds) one 20 milligram Pycnogenol tablet was used. This is how I came up with the 20/20 rule from Dr. Masquelier's patent application. I have increased Pycnogenol up to 30 milligrams per 20 pounds of body weight on many of my patients who have acute conditions, and they have an increased response. I would further state that nowhere in Dr. Masquelier's work and findings does he recommend building to a saturation dose for five or six days and then backing off to a maintenance dose. I would conclude from reading his research papers that people should stay on a saturation dose of Pycnogenol as long as they take it.

Q. Can people be allergic to Pycnogenol?

A. There are some people who have been tested by allergy specialists who have been shown to be allergic to anything related to pine. I personally have found that many of these types of patients can take a lesser dose without allergic reactions. Try starting by taking one tablet per day for four days and then increasing your dosage by another tablet for another four days. Continue this process until you find the threshold of allergic reaction, and then back off one tablet.

Source: Dr. W. LaMar Rosquist

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