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Carolanne

Know, Understand and Live

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Hello everyone! My name is Carolanne and I'm a wife, stay at home mom, musician and college student. I started researching herbal products when I began to realize more and more that in order for pharmaceutical companies to produce synthetic medicine, they had to first study the 'real things' found in nature. Additionally, I found that I had a sensitivity to many synthetic medicines. Many times I would get the rare or little reported side effects of a drug, whether it was over the counter or pharmaceutical grade. It wasn't long before I started cataloging what happens to me when I take certain things in an effort to promote soundness in my body and mind. My one regret is that I am just recently realizing what I have learned about myself could help others. It is for this reason I have made the decision to become a reviewer at iHerb.com in addition to the fact that they have provided me outstanding service and product quality for more than 3 years.

My Reviews

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Life Changing

Posted on Jul 31, 2012

4 people found the following review helpful

This product is really helping me with recovering from a severe systemic yeast infection. After taking 1mg of Estradiol for a nearly 2 years following surgical menopause, some internet research revealed to me that pill causes yeast infection in 100% of women over 40 that use it for estrogen replacement. Candex really has come to my rescue. It has helped me with that all-over, deep itch that makes me want to scream and scratch my skin off and the patches on my legs have faded considerably. It should also be noted that I've eliminated yeast products (and any foods that feed yeast; too many carbs, sugar etc.) from my meals. As the yeast in my system died (I could tell because my legs were getting better as was that internal, unscrtachable itch everywhere at night), I noticed my cravings for carbs and/or simple sugars skyrocketed, I'm sure a ploy to feed the yeast so it can rise up and grow out of control again! That being the case I would advise you to pay attention to what you put back into your body as you kill the yeast. The feeling of wanting carbs can be so strong you may even consider using an appetite suppressant until you are free and clear of systemic yeast. Really, good product and I'm so glad I found it. Other yeast products I used paled by comparison. I will be purchasing again and again until I am fully recovered.

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Great company!

Posted on Jun 17, 2008

6 people found the following review helpful

Bitter orange is great and inexpensive compared to other products I've tried for fat buring. My problem is I don't need an appetite suppressant. I only need a fat burner, but had not been able to find one that didn't contain some kind of appetite suppressant. This product caused me no side affects. I had no jitters or rapid heartbeat and I am very sensative to most medicine and herbal products, usually ending up at the negative end of the 'side effects' spectrum. Anyway, I could hardly believe how fast my product arrived! I also loved that the price was low and the shipping and handling charge wasn't hiked up! THAT I GREATLY appreciated! I will continue to order from this company. They are the most cost effective herbal company I've found in 9 years of internet shopping! Thanks for making your service affordable! I'll let you know how the weight loss goes at a later date.

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Relaxing

Posted on Jul 31, 2012

2 people found the following review helpful

What a nice surprise! I dump two out of their capsules at night and take them right before bed. I notice that I feel relaxed through the night. The next day I am more calm as well. This may have been an off-target hope, but I was hoping it would help with weight loss. Maybe they will over time since better quality sleep is an essential step in the right direction to weight loss and overall health.

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Good and relaxing!

Posted on Sep 02, 2014

1 person found the following review helpful

I saw this product on a medical show's segment and decided to try it for pain during the night. Without even a full dose I felt relaxed and pain free. But I am sure that dosage and results will vary from person to person. This is something I will keep in my medicine cabinet and my first aid kit. Far safer than Aspirin! Update: A few days ago I took the full dose at night and still had no hangover effect, rather awoke feeling fresh and energetic. I'm glad to have found this product and glad my local health food store carries it for emergency purchases.

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Helped with Night Sweats

Posted on Oct 01, 2012

1 person found the following review helpful

I take 2 capsules before bed with a warm cup of water. I figure I can make tea out of them in my stomach and bypass staining my teeth. They ease my night sweats. I went off of them for a very long time and came back to them. Like many herbs, I think they body gets used to them over time, so I stop for a few days ever so often, then begin again.

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Lifted Me Out of A Dark Hole!

Posted on Jul 31, 2012

1 person found the following review helpful

Sam-e has been one of the most amazing additions to my health regimen since having been placed in immediate menopause due to surgery. 400mg turned out to be too high a dose for me. It only took 24 hours to tell that it was too much. I lowered the dose to 100mg by using a pill splitter to get four equal portioned which I then wrapped in plastic wrap (to simulate the bubble packets they should stay in until used) and tucked in my purse. It was necessary to wrap the pieces because they lose effectiveness fairly quickly if they are left out in the air. Even the texture changes from a nice smooth coating to a sticky mess. Anyway, within 24 hours of getting my first 100mg dose my future didn't look so bleak anymore! Within 2 to 3 days, my interest in things I normally love began to return after being absent since my first surgery three years earlier. Happily I am back in the gym and love to go like I used to. My mood evened out as well. 100mg is a potent enough dose for me that if I miss a day I am still fine. Take note that Sam-e is cumulative. It builds up in your system, so if you take 100mg over four days, you will have the full 400mg dose in your body at the end of that 4th day. Everyone is different, but for me it takes about 3 days for me to start noticing that I'm going back into my inexplicable black hole. I would recommend this product to anyone who has had trouble with mood and outlook stabilization, but not without consulting your pharmacist about possible negative interactions with other things you are taking. I gave it 4 stars because it would be nice to have it come in 100mg doses so that I don't have to cut pills and wrap things in plastic wrap for safe storage. Be well!

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Good

Posted on Sep 02, 2014

1 person found the following review helpful

It's not the best estrogen supplement I have ever had, but it is good. There is another I like better, but this one is cheaper. I combine this with progesterone cream. I now get 'warm' rather than 'hot', and not very often. I gave it three stars because it is not as potent as the other brand I like. However, because the brand of progesterone I use also contains phytoestrogens, this one does the job nicely.

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Little Effect

Posted on Oct 01, 2012

1 person found the following review helpful

Taking one, twice per day, I could not really tell if these were giving me a mental lift of any kind. To get Satiereal, I prefer Hunger Chews. See my review. I probably will not purchase this brand again.

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Restored Flexibility in Dry Hair

Posted on Feb 04, 2013

I really liked this conditioner from the first application! I've had a lot of trouble with dry hair due to hormonal changes and medications. (Note: I am now off all pharmaceutical hormone replacements.) This conditioner gave me instant moisture and elasticity, especially when applied to each section just before flat ironing. A little goes a long way. I am so glad I found the Giovanni line and that the products are all natural because I've been slowly moving away from chemicals both internally and externally. This is a good addition to my natural health regime.

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Wonderful!

Posted on Sep 02, 2014

I had never heard of this product until a segment on a well-known television program. I have been taking it since May and I know my heart is stronger because of the difference in my circulation. My hands, calves and feet used to be cold and kind of gaunt looking. Now they look healthy and pink again like when I was younger! My husband was first to notice! I will be buying this product for as long as I need it! Of that I am sure!

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Oh MY!!

Posted on Sep 02, 2014

I originally bought these from GNC (didn't think to look on iherb at the time) to curb my appetite for junk food on some evenings (cravings normally come on days where I haven't had much to eat during the day for various reasons). Man! I got SOOO much more than I bargained for! The first night, after having a chew, I ate more than normal, possibly out of being anxious about whether or not they were going to work. But the next night not only was my appetite sufficiently curbed, but everything and ANYTHING I did seemed a LOT more pleasurable. It's a known fact that pleasure happens first in the mind, then in the body and a well-known cardiologist told us that Satiereal affects the pleasure center of the brain. Long story short and without being vulgar: during intimacy, the marked dryness that can occur after a certain age was VERY VERY NOTICEABLY absent, not to mention my stamina was in high gear! This effect occurred within 3-4 hours after having one chew and persisted for quite a few hours. Let's just say we were 'awake'... far longer than we should have been. I'm not sure if this is what these chews are supposed to do or whether they will do the same thing for someone else, but I also have the Optimized Saffron with Satiereal and, though it contains the same amount of Satiereal as the chews, it does not have the same effect on me. So I will finish the later and stick with the chews! I'd say they nicely aided the balancing of my mood as well. Note I am also taking 100mg/day of Sam-e, but got a huge boost in mood once I added the Satiereal. No task seems too big anymore. :-)

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Great!

Posted on Jul 31, 2012

I really like this product! I use it for hand sanitizer on the go (I read somewhere that waste treatment plants are starting to use it to treat drinking water), I put a few drops in an empty capsule and have it with milk (just to guard my stomach) when I'm not feeling well. I also put two or three drops in my hand with a little cleanser and baking soda to keep away the flaky patches that can build up on my face (no it doesn't burn). My most recent use has been to add a drop or two to the bottom part of my Britta water pitcher filter (I have the two gallon one) just to make sure the water is completely sanitized.

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