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Cold Sores

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How to Stop Herpes simplex? Herpes simplex is a common infection, affecting up to 90% of people. There are three components to herpes outbreak: Viral infection, Inflamed, damaged skin, Secondary bacterial infections. Drugs used to treat herpes infections have only antiviral effects, and resistance to these drugs has been reported.

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What supplements would I use for stiffness in my joints?

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Dear Terry, “What supplements would I use for stiffness in my joints?” — Sylvia P., Scottsdale, AZ

Dear Sylvia, When it comes to joint stiffness, I recommend using highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, vitamin D and fructoborate. This quartet of ingredients helps to reduce joint pain and stiffness, as well as rebuild joint structure.

Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.

It’s also important to find a product that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You also want a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I was diagnosed with pancreatitis two years ago.

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Dear Terry, “I was diagnosed with pancreatitis two years ago.  Since then, my gallbladder has been removed and I had 2 stents placed in my ducts, which were then removed 3 months later.  I have been prescribed every synthetic drug under the moon, but would rather treat the root cause and not just mask the symptoms.  What should I be taking on a daily basis?” — Cheryl M., Reno, NV

Dear Cheryl, I would first take a good hard look at your diet. You would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

In addition to modifying your diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider. I encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician as they may have additional input.

I think taking both boswellia and curcumin daily is the best place to start. Curcumin and boswellia are traditional botanicals that do an excellent job relieving pain and inflammation. The combination also benefits lung, heart and brain health as well, so it is a good product to use on an ongoing basis. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. When it comes to boswellia, I recommend taking 500-1,000 mg daily.

Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.

It’s also important to find a product that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You also want a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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My husband and I both have spinal stenosis.

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Dear Terry, “My husband and I both have spinal stenosis. What would you recommend for relief?” — Sylvia R., Oxnard, CA

Dear Sylvia, When it comes to addressing pain, I would recommend these four ingredients: highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking the four ingredients three times daily.

You may also want to consider adding vitamin B6 to your daily regimen. When looking for a vitamin B6 formula, I strongly recommend choosing one that features vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phospate (P-5-P) in combination with magnesium glycinate. P-5-P is the biologically active form of vitamin B6. Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. In addition to optimizing vitamin B6 metabolism, the magnesium in the glycinate form delivers a good dose of magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. I recommend 30-60 mg of vitamin B6 (as P-5-P) and of 100-200 mg magnesium (as magnesium glycinate) twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Solutions for Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s is a terrifying disease that affects over 5 million Americans – perhaps one of your own family members or friends. Once it is diagnosed, decline feels inevitable. Unfortunately, prescription medications have limited effectiveness and cause many side effects, so finding a way of stopping its progression can seem insurmountable. And as of yet, there is no cure.

However, cutting-edge research is finding that natural ingredients can help slow – and possibly reverse –Alzheimer’s disease. Together, these ingredients can:

  • Help preserve memory and recall
  • Stop damaging inflammation in the brain
  • Destroy amyloid plaques
  • Preserve acetylcholine levels and neural signals

Alzheimer’s. The thought of the disease is chilling. For anyone who has ever had a family member diagnosed with this debilitating condition, there’s a very real sense of desperation in finding some way – any way – of preventing or curing this disease. And it’s not just for the sake of the afflicted person. Many people live with a palpable fear that “they will be next.” Unfortunately, statistics don’t provide much hope.

How Prevalent is Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)?

What Changes in the Brain?

Plaques and tangles are:

They interfere with signals between brain cells. Inflammation makes the problem worse.

No Conventional Cure

Pharmaceutical interventions have had limited success. There are currently two classes of drugs that target the decline in brain function of AD. Some doctors even recommend against their use because they believe the cost and risks outweigh potential benefits. They are not a cure.

Natural Solutions for Alzheimer’s

Curcumin

Curcumin, the compound from turmeric (Curcuma longa) has been the subject of numerous studies exploring how it can slow – and possibly reverse – the progression of AD.

Curcumin protects brain cells from damaging inflammation. It has been shown to reduce the beta amyloid levels and shrink the size of accumulated plaques that interfere with brain cell signals by over 30% in experimental models of Alzheimer’s disease. Other studies have shown that curcumin plays a role in regenerating neurons, creating new brain cells and refreshing cells that may have once been considered irretrievable.

A clinical trial at the McCusker Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (supporting research at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia) is focused on learning more on the benefits of curcumin for treating AD. In this ground- breaking study, a specialized, highly absorbable form of curcumin is being administered to patients with mild to moderate dementia in order to learn more about how curcumin can be used as an effective treatment of AD. The curcumin they are using is the one I recommend. It is blended with turmeric oil to naturally boost absorption. Prepared in this manner, curcumin has been shown to cross the blood/brain barrier, meaning it can reach brain cells, something not every substance can do. Standard curcumin extracts are not well absorbed, so the type you use can make a significant difference.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is synthesized by our bodies when our skin is exposed to and absorbs sunlight.

By age 65, changes to our skin – regardless of color – reduce our ability to produce vitamin D by up to 60%.

Low levels of vitamin D at age 65 mean you are twice as likely to experience mental decline. A clinical study published in the journal Neurology showed frightening numbers:

 

Rosemary and Spanish Sage Concentrated Plant Oils

Concentrated plant oils are powerful medicine. Oils from rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and Spanish sage (Salvia lavandulifolia) plants have a long history of use as aids to enhancing memory and learning.

Both rosemary and Spanish sage are important botanicals that preserve acetylcholine, a messenger in the brain that supports memory and learning. Low levels of acetylcholine are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Glutathione: Strong Protection

Glutathione is the body’s “master antioxidant” synthesized from glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid. But glutathione levels drop off with age – sometimes dramatically – and that’s when we need them the most. By age 40, we are making 30 percent less, and by 65, as much as 50 percent less — and that is in healthy individuals. Glutathione protects brain   cells.   Alzheimer’s disease research and studies of mild cognitive impairment have focused on its potential to inhibit these conditions. In fact, a recent study entitled “Elevation of glutathione as a therapeutic strategy in Alzheimer’s disease” concludes: “Increasing glutathione remains a promising therapeutic strategy to slow or prevent MCI and Alzheimer’s disease.” Supplementation with effective glutathione can play an important role in prevention, or slowing the progression of this disease.

But getting the right form of glutathione is crucial. Intravenous (IV) glutathione, while effective, costs thousands of dollars. Many oral supplemental forms of glutathione become oxidized in the body by the digestive process. And oxidized glutathione not only becomes useless to fighting disease, but can actually create free-radical damage. Rather than oxidized glutathione, what you really want is active glutathione, otherwise known as “reduced” glutathione. A new form that I recommend combines glutathione with protective antioxidants to preserve it from oxidation.

Hope for the Future

The more we learn about this devastating disease, the better we will be able to discover the links between diet, exercise, and natural medicines that can make a tremendous impact. My hope is that in the very near future, we will continue to learn how high-absorption curcumin, vitamin D, rosemary, Spanish sage, and glutathione can help slow – and even reverse – the damage caused by this illness.

To help slow – and even reverse – the damage caused by Alzheimer’s, Terry recommends the following nutrients:

2,000 IU of Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol)

600 mg total of:

  • Curcumin (Curcuma longa) Rhizome Extract
  • Spanish Sage (Salvia lavandulifolia) Flower Oil

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Flower Oil

150 mg of the reduced, active form of L-glutathione twice daily. If additional support is needed, increase to 300 mg twice daily.

 

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Foods that Kick Inflammation

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Hippocrates, the historical father of medicine and the man for whom the Hippocratic Oath is named, has a famous quote: “Let food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” This is especially true when looking at what dietary factors increase or decrease inflammation in the body. Join Terry as he discusses how food can help you kick inflammation!

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Don’t Fall for the Anti-Fat Crusade

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Research on saturated fats is showing the exact OPPOSITE of what the USDA telling us. Two major studies, one published earlier this year concluded that saturated fats do not cause heart disease.

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Etheridge’s Breast Cancer Comments Prompt Backlash

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Melissa Etheridge, singer and celebrity, made comments regarding how diet could have influenced her cancer.  The article recently appeared in USA Today on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.  Doctors, genetic counselors, and women are challenging comments made by the singer implying that genes for breast cancer could be turned on and off by diet calling such assertions inaccurate and hurtful, and worrying they may influence millions of people because of her celebrity status.  I (Terry) would like to make my personal comments. Numerous in vitro and in vivo studies have proven that diet can turn off and on genes that can positively and negatively influence cancer.  Dr. Ajay Goel, Director of Epigenetics and Chairman of the Gastrointestinal Research Center at Baylor University in Dallas Texas was presented with a prestigious award for his discovery that curcumin and boswellia can wake up the so-called sleeping genes that can turn on genes to inhibit cancer growth.  Recent statistics have shown that 40% of our cancers are diet related.  I don’t believe there ever will be a drug developed for the cure of cancer.  Our diet, good or bad, definitely influences the growth or inhibition of cancer.  Our lifestyle choices and lack of physical activity all influence the growth of cancer.  Curcumin in particular and grape seed extract, in vitro and in vivo, have proven to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.  Several hundred years ago, scurvy, due to a lack of vitamin C, was the cancer of the century and we know now that scurvy was cured by including vitamin C in the diet.  It seems doctors cannot see a simple truth as diet being able to make an impact on our health, positively or negatively.  When a celebrity such as Melissa Etheridge speaks out on diet, that becomes hurtful to many millions of people and creates a backlash because of her celebrity status .  But when Angelina Jolie has surgery to remove her breasts, doctors hail that as a positive sign.  It seems the world has been turned upside down and doctors want to believe that some major drug will change the cancer rates in America.  I think most doctors and drug companies are blinded by greed and profit.  Why should a comment on diet influencing cancer create a backlash when there is no backlash for removing one’s breast?  I believe doctors cannot gain by one controlling their diet to influence cancer but they can gain by controlling the surgery.

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Is there any supplement that you could recommend for vertigo/dizziness/balance?

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Dear Terry, “I’ve had intermittent vertigo for some time and the doctors do not really have anything to give for it. Is there any supplement that you could recommend for vertigo/dizziness/balance?” — Colleen F., Tampa, FL

Dear Colleen, I do have some options that I believe can make a difference. However, I would first recommend consulting further with your healthcare practitioner as I have learned that in some cases vertigo was due to a cardiovascular deficiency.  If underlying illness is ruled out, you may want to consider the following recommendations:

You may want to consider adding pomegranate to your daily regimen. Everything about the pomegranate is good for you. While pomegranate juice has shown incredible health benefits, it is very high in calories and sugar. And, if you’re only drinking the juice, you’re missing out on some of the most important compounds in the plant. Instead of juice, look for a formula that features pomegranate seed extract and seed oil. This special combination provides the amazing power of pomegranate, without the sugar, calories, or mess of drinking the juice or eating the fruit. I recommend taking 600 mg twice daily.

Another excellent supplement is mesoglycan, a naturally occurring substance found in the body. Mesoglycan is an excellent source of glycosaminoglycans (also known as GAGs) – vital and necessary components that build the walls of our blood vessels and arteries. Other examples of GAGs include chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. Mesoglycan works on the actual formation of blood vessel walls, helping them to be strong, yet flexible, plus it helps keep blood moving through our arteries and blood vessels. I recommend taking 50 mg of mesoglycan twice daily.

In addition to the pomegranate and mesoglycan, you may also want to consider taking grape seed extract. Grape seed extract is one of the most powerful nutrients I have found for fighting inflammation. I would recommend taking 150-300 mg of grape seed extract three times daily.

When looking for a grape seed extract, it is important to choose one that is standardized to contain only OPCs that are small enough to be absorbed, so you’ll get the maximum benefits. Many extracts contain tannins, which are too large to be effectively absorbed and don’t contribute to your health the same way that OPCs do. However, these tannins are counted as OPCs and enhance the label claim, even though they cannot be absorbed! Tannin-free is best.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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What should be taken when you have mild hypothyroidism?

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Dear Terry, “What should be taken when you have mild hypothyroidism?” — Lilyana V., Boston, MA

Dear Lilyana, I would first take a good hard look at your diet. You would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. Dietary restrictions would also include avoiding all gluten and soy products, which can prevent healthy thyroid function. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

In addition to modifying your diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider. As always, I encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.

When it comes to less than optimal thyroid gland function, iodine and L-tyrosine can be extremely beneficial. I’d recommend taking 15-30 mg of iodine plus 200-400 mg of L-tyrosine at breakfast. This will provide the raw materials necessary for your thyroid glands to make healthy amounts of thyroid hormone.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Adrenal Burnout and Chronic Fatigue

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If you are struggling with adrenal problems, these natural ingredients will help you get back on an even keel and increase your energy without making you feel “revved up” or jittery. They work together to:

  • Increase alertness without making you nervous or jumpy
  • Boost physical energy and stamina
  • Keep you calm and focused
  • Help you manage stress and adapt to changes throughout the day

Imagine if you awakened every morning feeling completely inadequate to meet the demands of the day. How would you feel if even a little physical or mental stress left you feeling drained? Problems such as these have an enormous negative impact on relationships, careers, and personal happiness. And the root cause is very often impaired adrenal and/or thyroid function. In fact, I have probably been asked more questions about the adrenal and thyroid glandular systems, and the symptoms of underactive adrenal and thyroid function, than just about any other health topic. So many people feel helpless in dealing with their exhaustion following any “fight or flight” stress response. We know that adrenal burnout and an underactive thyroid can have long-term, serious consequences. I also know the symptoms can be confusing regarding whether the issue is with thyroid or adrenal. Are you wondering if your adrenal glands are less than optimal? It is more widespread than you may think.

Fortunately, there are amazing natural ingredients that can rejuvenate the adrenal glands and help you live the kind of life you may have only imagined. The adrenal glands – and how to heal them – are the subject of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Adrenal Function
The adrenal glands are two small glands about the size of an acorn, one sitting on top of each kidney. The adrenals produce many hormones that keep us healthy, both physically and mentally. As early as 1898, Emile Sergent, the great French physician, described the two prime functions of the adrenals as antitoxic and angiotonic. His description of the detoxifying functions of the adrenals was brilliant. “Should these glands happen to be damaged, a condition of depression and muscular fatigue is seen to appear which, in man, we shall find in the form of the earlier symptoms of adrenal insufficiency-asthenia” (physical weakness and loss of strength). Functional adrenal insufficiency is due to a number of factors: inadequate development from birth, exhaustion by fatigue, age related degeneration, chronic stress or any factor which, without provoking organic disease of the glands, is capable of reducing their normal activity. Other symptoms which may occur are sensitivity to cold, low blood pressure, weak heart action and pulse, anorexia, slow metabolism, and constipation. People with adrenal insufficiency often have many symptoms associated with upper respiratory problems. They are the ones who always have a cold, allergies, hives and catch any illness that is making the rounds.

There are many other subclinical signs and symptoms of adrenal dysfunction. You’ll find a self-analysis to determine your degree of adrenal insufficiency at the end of this article. With strong adrenal activity, you will be healthy, both mentally and physically. People with strongly functioning adrenals enjoy friendly confrontation, fear nothing, and many of them become business entrepreneurs or enjoy taking risks in other areas of their lives.

An example of a person that I consider having strong adrenal function, based on his muscular build, thick curly hair, and his mental and physical strength, is Pastor Joel Osteen. I believe that Joel’s strength comes from God, but outside of his relationship to God, I believe all of his characteristics are due to his strong glandular function. It is hard to believe, but Joel weighs no more than 160 pounds and has been reported to bench press over 300 pounds. That is double his body weight. Just being able to press body weight is above average. I believe Joel is filled with courage and has a positive attitude. People like Joel, who have strong adrenal function, eventually become successful business and sales people and are not afraid to take risks to get where they want to go. Those with weak adrenals, depending on the degree of insufficiency, have weak muscles, are filled with fear and are afraid to tackle huge projects. They’re afraid to speak up in front of others and would rather die than give a public speech. They are usually content just getting by and would prefer working in an occupation that allows them to be in an office by themselves with the door closed and not have to bother confronting their co-workers. They can be unusually shy. They dislike anyone looking over their shoulder, and when this happens, they become nervous and tense. If they have to confront someone either physically or mentally, they will have to lie down later due to the exhaustion caused by the confrontation.

Low Blood Pressure – Not a Healthy State
I caution you regarding hypotension (low blood pressure), since doctors are so concerned with high blood pressure, low blood pressure may be considered healthy. It is not. Nature always has a balance and high or low is abnormal. It is true that high-performing athletes may have lower blood pressure because they have developed such an enormous cardiac capacity. But if you are not a super-athlete, low blood pressure can signal a problem! I have seen individuals with low blood pressure in the range of 100 to 110 over 60 to 70 and they may wonder why they are always sick.

Adrenal insufficiency is probably the number one factor underlying many health disorders that no one has an answer for. It usually begins after a period of prolonged stress – emotional or metabolic. Severe fatigue in the morning is the main symptom. Usually, people with adrenal insufficiency describe themselves as “slow starters.”

Interestingly, the ability to resist infections is a function of the adrenal’s integrity even more than the immune system. People with exhausted adrenal glands typically have recurrent minor infections. Post-viral fatigue is common in this case as well. In fact, more than half of chronic fatigue syndrome cases begin after significant stress such as surgery, viral infection, trauma or accident. This inability to recover is in large part due to adrenal exhaustion that has developed due to underlying stress such as poor nutrition, mental and physical stress, overwork and lack of sleep.

Allergies are very often a manifestation of adrenal insufficiency, too. Recurrent sneezing can be a subtle clue of adrenal weakness. In nearly every case of multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome, low adrenal function has been the underlying cause. Those who have less severe sensitivities have proportionately less severe adrenal insufficiency. Because their condition began with a viral infection and other stressful challenges to the adrenal glands, people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome generally improve when their adrenal glands are rejuvenated.

Low Thyroid (Hypothyroidism): Similar, but Not the Same
Hypothyroidism can also play a significant part in this complex condition. Stiffness upon rising, especially of the low back, is often a complaint, which usually subsides after a hot shower. Sore throats in the morning are common as well, usually resolving later in the day. Sound like common symptoms? Then you may want to consider supporting both the adrenal glands and the thyroid gland.

You CAN Repair the Adrenal Glands

The Right Diet
The ideal diet for someone experiencing adrenal insufficiency would be similar to the diet for the hypoglycemic person – or almost anyone, really. It should be low in carbohydrates (no refined carbs and no sugar) and emphasize whole, unprocessed proteins and high quality fats, including olive oil and butter. For adrenal repair, sodium is a critical factor and should not be avoided. However, the salt should be of high quality and not refined white salt or white sea salt. I would highly recommend Celtic sea salt, usually ½ teaspoon of salt to a quart of water, three quarts of the salt and water combination per day. For truly excellent diets rich in natural fats and proteins, I strongly recommend you take a look at www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com. For great grain-free and gluten-free meal plans and the science behind them, explore www.drperlmutter.com. Both sites provide a wealth of recipes and solid information that can help you regain energy and peace of mind.

The Right Nutrients
I recommend specific nutrients to help repair adrenal insufficiency. For instance, B vitamins — particularly vitamin B6 (P5P, the biologically active form of B6) and pantothenic acid are a must. L-tyrosine helps produce the adrenal hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine. You need vitamin C because the only place in the body that vitamin C is temporarily stored is in the adrenal glands. DHEA and pregnenolone are two adrenal hormones that are also precursors for all other hormones. I believe it is critical to support the adrenal function with freeze dried adrenal extract. There are also two herbs that I would heavily rely on to support adrenal function; licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and rehmannia (Rehmannia glutinosa). Both support liver function and restore adrenal function. They also facilitate the body’s normal response to stress, and help keep adrenal hormones active longer.

With these nutrients and the right diet, you can bounce back from adrenal exhaustion and begin living a vibrant, full, and fearless life!

 

To prevent adrenal burnout and keep your adrenal glands healthy, I recommend 450-1,350 mg of adrenal gland extract daily combined with vitamin C, vitamin B6 in its active form (P-5-P), pantothenic acid, adrenal extract, l-tyrosine, licorice extract, rehmania extract, pregnenolone, and DHEA.

 

Questionnaire: Adrenal Burnout or Just a Bad Day?
The following questionnaire will help determine whether or not you could possibly be experiencing adrenal insufficiency (underactive function).

Circle the number that is most appropriate for you. If the indication does not apply to you, then just leave it blank. If you experience that indication in a mild way, circle #1. That means you may experience that indication once or twice a month. Circle #2 for moderate symptoms, which means they may occur several times a month. Circle #3 for severe symptoms, which are symptoms that you are aware of almost constantly. Do not ask family members and friends if they think you have these problems. Do not overthink–try to answer these questions instantly. You should know at once if you have one of these indications.

Mild

Moderate

Severe

Chronic fatigue

1

2

3

Low blood pressure

1

2

3

Muscle weakness

1

2

3

Dizziness

1

2

3

Weak, rigid nails

1

2

3

Brown spots or bronzing of the skin, especially on the shins

1

2

3

Frequent hives

1

2

3

Arthritis

1

2

3

Respiratory disorders

1

2

3

Bowel disorders

1

2

3

Muscular and nervous exhaustion

1

2

3

Decreased perspiration

1

2

3

Constipation

1

2

3

Swollen ankles, especially in the P.M.

1

2

3

Crave salt

1

2

3

Allergies

1

2

3

Asthma

1

2

3

Bronchitis

1

2

3

Weakness after colds and flu

1

2

3

 

TOTAL:

 

 

RESULTS

After you’ve circled the correct numbers, add your score. If you have a score of 5-8, you may have a mild case of adrenal insufficiency. A score of 8-12 may indicate a moderate case, and 12 or over is highly indicative of a severe case of adrenal insufficiency.

 

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*Percentage of people with adrenal insufficiency who exhibit this condition

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I have been dealing with a bone spur under my foot near my pinky toe.

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Dear Terry, “I have been dealing with a bone spur under my foot near my pinky toe. I have tried cortisone shots and they only help a couple of weeks and then the pain comes back.” — Kristen B., Milwaukee, WI

Dear Kristen, When it comes to bone spurs, I recommend specific forms of calcium (calcium phosphate and calcium chloride) and magnesium (magnesium glycerophosphate), along with bioavailable B6, betaine HCl, vitamin C, and ammonium chloride.

These ingredients help keep calcium more fluid to make sure it doesn’t form clumps that later become bone spurs. In short, they help ensure that calcium is where it should be, dissolves it where it shouldn’t be, and prevents it from building up there again. I recommend taking approximately 100 mg of calcium (as calcium phosphate and calcium chloride), 25 mg of magnesium (as magnesium glycerophosphate), 100 mg of vitamin C, 20 mg of Vitamin B6, 200 mg of ammonium chloride, and 200 mg of betaine HCl with each meal, followed by the same amounts at bedtime. However, once your immediate health concerns are cleared up, I think taking the amounts above once or twice daily is sufficient.

When choosing a product, you must make sure to look for one that contains calcium in the form of calcium phosphate and calcium chloride, as well as magnesium in the form of magnesium glycerophosphate, as these are the forms that help the body clean away those unwanted calcium deposits on bone (aka bone spurs).

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Sugar

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The average American is consuming 250 lbs of sugar a year. That is a lot of empty calories with absolutely no nutritional value at all. While it isn’t poison, sugar does terrible things to your body. In this episode Terry discusses alternatives to sugar if you really need something sweet in your food.

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While cancer is an emotional and life threatening disease, there will never be enough money poured into research to find a cure.

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Every week there is a new area of solicitation for cancer research.  However, we never hear of what we Americans can do to prevent cancer.  There is enough evidence today to develop effective, preventive strategies through lifestyle modifications.  For most people, it may be just too hard to make changes and they will gamble on whether or not cancer may strike them.  Consumption of large quantities of vegetable oils containing omega-6 fatty acids increase significantly many kinds of cancer.  Tobacco is a known carcinogen and responsible for up to 20% of all cancers.  30% of all cancers are directly or indirectly related to our diet by consuming too much of what we should not eat and too little of what we should eat to prevent cancer.  Most experts in the field of cancer research agree that we do not eat enough plant food, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and berries which contain cancer preventing antioxidants.  Alcohol, by virtue of its oral consumption, not only reaches the gastrointestinal tract but also reaches every cell in the body and is a major risk factor for the development as well as progression of various forms of cancer.  Chronic alcohol consumption results in nutritional deficiencies and specifically decreases absorption of folate, vitamins B1, B2 and B12, allowing the cells to become vulnerable to the increase and free radical damage resulting in oxidative stress.  Excessive calories, high consumption of processed foods, and a high calorie diet are risk factors for many kinds of cancer.  As of May 2013, 66% of adults are overweight and 33% are obese.  In 2008 there were 500 million people that were in the obese category worldwide.   Inactivity and lack of exercise also are a major risk factor for cancer.  With an educational process to discuss methods of prevention, we might reduce the incidence of cancer far better than looking for a cancer cure, but since cancer is big business, too much money is to be had by research.  There is also the lack of desire by individuals to make the necessary changes to lower the risk of cancer.  There will be no cure for cancer through drug therapy but only through prevention.

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What would you suggest for depression and anxiety?

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Dear Terry, “What would you suggest for depression and anxiety?” — Rick D., Green Bay, WI

Dear Rick, While I have some safe and effective nutrients that can help, I do encourage individuals to consult with their healthcare practitioner. I can make some recommendations, but that never replaces a doctor’s care and oversight.

I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. In a recently published clinical study, curcumin was shown to help ease depression symptoms. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.

You may also want to consider adding St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) to address your depression. St. John’s wort has a long history of use. One of the plant’s key compounds is hypericin, and clinical studies have found that St. John’s wort standardized at 0.3% hypericin has shown the most (and most consistent) benefits. Over 26 clinical studies have found that St. John’s wort is effective for people with mild, moderate, and even severe depression. In most cases, St. John’s wort was far superior to the placebo. In others, it was at least equal to (if not slightly better than) the prescription medication. And it was certainly tolerated much better. The most consistent results are seen with 900 mg of St. John’s wort per day.

When it comes to anxiety, I would recommend adding narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) to your daily regimen. Researchers have discovered that compounds in this unique type of coneflower can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. These compounds have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which helps to instill a sense of calm and relaxation. I recommend taking 20-40 mg of coneflower extract twice daily. Make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract that is standardized for echinacosides.

Please be patient, as it may take 30 to 90 days before seeing a difference.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have had a very stuffed up head for about 3 to 4 months and I can’t seem to get my ears to pop.

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Dear Terry, “I have had a very stuffed up head for about 3 to 4 months and I can’t seem to get my ears to pop.” — John G., Lansing, MI

Dear John, In order to eliminate any common allergies that may be responsible for the congestion, I would recommend taking a look at your diet. You would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. Dietary restrictions would also include avoiding all dairy, gluten and soy products. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

In addition to modifying your diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider.

When it comes to congestion, I would first recommend trying eucalyptus and myrtle oils. Eucalyptus oil helps decongest the sinuses, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and has been traditionally used to treat runny nose, cough, and sore throat. Myrtle essential oil has been well-studied and sold in Europe for more than 75 years. I suggest taking 160-320 mg total of these two oils up to three times daily.

Make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Men and Women: Reduce Urinary Frequency

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Urgent urination, overactive bladder, nighttime trips to the bathroom, incontinence, and bed-wetting greatly reduce quality of life, rest, and even the ability to travel.

However, there is a clinically-studied botanical extract that will strengthen bladder muscles and increase bladder capacity. Made from Angelica archangelica, this top product in Iceland has replaced saw palmetto as the number one choice for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and bladder issues. Since it works directly on the bladder, it is the perfect choice for men and women. This herbal supplement will make a big difference for anyone who:

  • Constantly needs to go the bathroom
  • Deals with enlarged prostate or BPH (benign prostate hyperplasia)
  • Suffers from low bladder capacity
  • Fights incontinence
  • Suffers from enuresis (bed-wetting)
  • Is sleep deprived from nighttime bathroom trips

Dealing with an overactive bladder that makes you go the bathroom several times a day or night, or worse yet, dealing with enuresis (bed-wetting) because of a weak and leaking bladder is possibly one of the most frustrating and embarrassing problems anyone can endure.

These are not isolated problems. About 17% of women and 16% of men over the age of 18 have overactive bladder issues. As we age, overactive bladder becomes more common, affecting one in five adults over the age of 40.

For men, the causes of overactive bladder often overlap with symptoms of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). Aside from urinary urgency during the day, many men deal with nocturia – a need to go to the bathroom several times a night, which is extremely disruptive to sleep. Of course, nocturia isn’t just limited to men dealing with BPH. The chances increase with age for women, too.

Others deal with daily incontinence. Those who worry that every sneeze or laugh will make them wet their pants are not alone. Urinary incontinence, whether due to chronic bladder irritation, bladder weakness, bacteria, or BPH, affects at least 25 million Americans. Most of the sufferers are women, but one-third of women and men 30 to 70 years old have experienced some symptoms of urinary incontinence.

And while bed-wetting is often associated with children, there are some adults who, because of their overactive or weak bladders, have never experienced a dry night. The natural herb I recommend can offer a true ray of hope in this case as well.

Conventional prescription approaches bring side effects and risks, and aren’t always effective. Of course, in many cases, even natural approaches to dealing with bladder health and incontinence are divided between men and women. However, there is a clinically-tested extract of angelica (Angelica archangelica) – the angels’ herb – that is the perfect choice for both, and it is the subject of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Amazing Angelica

The angelica I recommend (Angelica archangelica) grows in Iceland. It is not the same as Chinese angelica (Angelica sinensis), also known as dong quai. The fruits, leaves, and roots of the plant have been used in folk medicine for centuries, and it was cultivated in the Nordic countries during the Middle Ages. Vikings even used this herb as a form of currency. In fact, banning the theft of angelica was actually written into some of the earliest law books in Iceland about 1,000 years ago! These days, angelica tea from the leaves and cereal from the seeds are popular foods in Iceland.

More recently, the angelica I recommend has been found to contain a number of important compounds, including isoquercitrin and other flavonoids, polyphenols, and polysaccharides. It is these compounds that are considered to be responsible for the plant’s many beneficial effects. Some scientists believe it is the intense arctic summer with 24 hours of daylight that spur the growth and concentration of nutrients in this herb.

Found throughout Iceland, angelica leaves are gathered by hand, by local people in an eco-friendly manner. Although abundant, wild angelica is still recognized as a valuable resource, so only eco-friendly and sustainable methods (commonly referred to as “wild harvesting” or “wild crafting”) are used to harvest the plant.

Clinical Results – Stronger Bladder, Better Sleep

The angelica extract I recommend is taken from the leaf of the plant, and has clinical research to back it up. In an 8-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, men suffering from nocturia – an overactive bladder at night – received angelica leaf extract or placebo. The men in this study were age 45 and older, which is often when men begin noticing urinary frequency and the first symptoms of BPH.

Many times, any urinary frequency issues for men are immediately considered a prostate problem. But that’s not always the case. In fact, overactive bladder is prevalent too, and requires a very different approach than we’d use for prostate health.

Of course, one of the biggest problems with nocturia isn’t just the fact of having to go to the bathroom; it’s the disruption of sleep, low energy and grogginess the next day. After a while, the lack of sleep wears down immune resistance, reduces your ability to concentrate, leads to weight gain, and truly hurts your quality of life.

There are a few things that are measured when researchers test those dealing with nocturia, including nocturnal urinary output and nocturnal urinary capacity. What often happens as people age (and also in many cases of diabetes, BPH, and cardiovascular issues) is that bladder capacity decreases as well, in part because it never seems to stop contracting, so there is simply less room in the bladder at any given time. Bladder tissue also gets weaker with age, making people more prone to accidental “leaks” before they can find a bathroom or while they sleep.

During this study, three main parameters were measured: increase in bladder volume, reduction in nocturnal voids (bathroom trips), and increase in the duration of the first sleep period. The results were excellent.

In the subgroup with a bladder capacity of less than 260 ml, those taking angelica saw an increase of over 170% in bladder capacity vs. the placebo group.

In the subgroup with more than 3 bathroom trips during the standardized 8.7 hour night, angelica reduced the number of trips by up to 48%.

And, in the subgroup of men age 70 or older, angelica increased the first uninterrupted sleep period by 180% vs. the placebo group. This is impressive, because the prevalence of nocturia for men aged 70 and older can range from 50% to 80% or more. No wonder so many older individuals only get a few hours of sleep each night.

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This is hopeful news for a number of reasons. First, men often don’t seek medical advice for urinary frequency as they may simply figure that it is an unavoidable consequence of getting older.

Additionally, there are the complications of the prescription drugs to consider. Many of them – whether they are hormone medications themselves or receptor agents that try to balance hormone levels – carry risks and side effects with them. There are also surgical interventions that have many risks, and can be unsuccessful.

What is especially interesting about this study is that its direct action was not on the prostate, but rather on the bladder. That means it can be beneficial for both men and women. Plus, the angelica extract was very well tolerated and showed no hormonal effects. It also showed no unwanted side effects like increased blood pressure or heart rate, or reduced libido – a definite difference from many prescription drugs.

So why does it work? The authors of the study note that the isoquercitrin content in the angelica leaf extract may be at least partly responsible. Isoquercitrin influences the activity of leukotrienes (LTD4) that are derived from arachidonic acid in the smooth muscle cells of the bladder. They cause contractions in the bladder and urethra by stimulating receptors. When this happens, the result is an overactive and potentially leaky bladder and a feeling of “needing to go” throughout the day and night.

Isoquercitrin may inhibit the activity of these leukotrienes by either slowing their production or stopping them from binding on the receptor cells that trigger the bladder contractions. The result is less urinary urgency, an ability of the bladder to fill to greater capacity before needing to be emptied, and much more restful, undisturbed sleep.

Another thing to note is that this angelica extract has replaced saw palmetto berry as the number one bladder product in Iceland. That’s quite a feat! If it didn’t work, it wouldn’t sell so amazingly well.

Conclusion:

If you deal with an overactive bladder, BPH, urgency, or frequent trips to the bathroom at night, this angelica extract is the perfect choice. I’d recommend that you start with 200 mg per day – 100 mg in the morning and 100 mg at night – for the first few days, and then drop down to 100 mg per day when you start to notice less urgency and better sleep. You’ll be able to tell that it’s working – just count the trips you make to the bathroom.

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My husband just had eye surgery to repair a macular hole and detached retina.

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Dear Terry, My husband just had eye surgery to repair a macular hole and detached retina.  He also had cataract surgery a year earlier in the same eye.  Do you have any advice on what nutrients would help support his eyes?” —  Karla B., Denver, CO

Dear Karla, When it comes to eye health, black currant, grape seed, lutein and zeaxanthin are the most powerful nutrients I have found. Black currant works by fighting inflammation, strengthening blood vessels, and preventing oxidative damage. The proanthocyanidins in grape seed extract help protect the eye’s lens cells from oxidative damage, which could help prevent the formation of cataracts. Lutein and zeaxanthin are especially important for macular health. I recommend taking a 150 mg total of black currant and grape seed, along with lutein and zeaxanthin.

You may also want to consider taking grape seed extract. Grape seed extract is one of the most powerful nutrients I have found for fighting inflammation. I would recommend that you take 150-300 mg of grape seed extract three times daily. When looking for a grape seed extract, it is important to choose one that is standardized to contain only OPCs that are small enough to be absorbed, so you’ll get the maximum benefits. Many extracts contain tannins, which are too large to be effectively absorbed and don’t contribute to your health the same way that OPCs do. However, these tannins are counted as OPCs and enhance the label claim, even though they cannot be absorbed! Tannin-free is best.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Drugs are not the answer. There is no way that anyone is deficient in medication…

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Medication, drugs, were never meant to keep us healthy.  Drugs were intended to be used in an emergency or crisis, but doctors are prescribing medication for every disease which the drug companies like to label them.  They truly are not diseases.  They are disorders brought on by a deficiency of nutrients, poor diet, and poor lifestyle choices.  So to speak, we burn the candle at both ends, burn ourselves out, and then look for a drug for the answer.  The answer to good health is a proper healthy diet of good animal proteins high in fats, both saturated and monounsaturated, low in unrefined and unprocessed carbohydrates, and no sugar, moderate exercise, and 8-10 hours of sleep a night.  When we digress from nature, we have a disturbance or disorder of our metabolic function.  These disorders are classified by drug companies as diseases which then makes them treatable by drugs.  Don’t just, in blind faith, accept a drug.  With a little homework and questioning, you could find an alternative method without side effects that are often found with drugs.

 

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What Causes Diseases and What Is the Best Way To Treat Them?

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Most of our so called chronic and degenerative diseases are not a deficiency of drugs but are caused by our lifestyle choices.  There will be no cures for cancer, arthritis, or type 2 diabetes until we change our lifestyle choices to prevent the occurrence of these diseases.  Drugs can alleviate the symptoms and reduce some of the damage brought about by the diseases, but drugs do not cure any of the diseases.  90% of all cancer is caused by our lifestyle choices.  Take for example the epidemic of obesity in America, an obese person has accumulated so much body fat that it more than likely will have a negative effect on their health.  Our diet and lifestyle have changed more in the last 100 years than it has in the previous 3 million years.  Just by consuming more calories than what is required can cause a number of diseases.  We are encouraged to donate to fund a cure for cancer.  Cancer research keeps hundreds of thousands of people employed but we are no better off today than we were 40 years ago in finding a cure for cancer.  Our diet and the quantity of calories that we consume today with little or no exercise has led to many degenerate diseases that causes much suffering.  People are eating much more than they used to.   In 1980, 14% of the population of the United States was obese.  By 2014, the figure reached 40% and an additional 35% is overweight.  In the United States, the consumption of calories increased from 1,542 per day for women in 1971 to 2,200 calories in 2014.  The figures for men were 2,450 in 1971 and 3,200 in 2014.  This increase of calories with a decreasing level of activity has led to an epidemic of obesity.  With the arrival of TVs, computers, video games, remote controls, washing machines, dishwashers and other modern convenient devices, the majority of people are leading a much more sedentary lifestyle compared to their parents and grandparents.  Just the increased consumption of calories and the resulting obesity has increased the risk of many forms of cancer by 20 to 30%.  Being overweight is just not being out of shape from too many calories and a lack of exercise, it is one of the major causes of disease.  With the increased risk of cancer from obesity by 20 to 30%, the use of tobacco, which increases the risk of cancer by 30% and environmental pollution, pesticides, chemicals and toxins, which combined equals approximately 55,000 chemicals in our environment, it’s no wonder we have cancer.  I wonder if it would not be better to spend billions of dollars on education as to what causes cancer and the prevention of cancer.  I was recently in India where the diet is high in fruits, vegetables and spices, which all have powerful cancer preventing micronutrients that lowers the incidence of breast and prostate cancer in India.  All the studies that I have reviewed indicates that powerful spices, plants, vegetables and herbs that contain high quantities of anticancer micronutrients have proven to prevent cancer, but are not consumed in America.  A recent study at the University of Colorado indicated that grape seed extract could kill off the most aggressive colon cancer cells when drugs no longer were effective.  The more aggressive the cancer, the grape seed extract proved to be more effective.  It’s more possible to prevent cancer than to cure cancer.  Another interesting fact I learned in India is about the government’s mandate to stamp out smoking.  Smoking is not allowed in any public place, inside or outside.  In doing so, the individual is fined $20,000.00 (U.S. dollars).  This alone lowers the risk of 30% of the cancers that we spend billions of dollars to treat.  The cost of medical care in the United States and the billions we spend to treat cancers and other diseases is bankrupting America.

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When I am really stressed out, I tend to get acid reflux in my stomach.

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Dear Terry, “A couple of times a year, when I am really stressed out, I tend to get acid reflux in my stomach. In the past, I have been to the doctor and they have recommended prescription medications. I’d rather not take prescription medications, if at all possible. Are there any other options that may help alleviate my symptoms?” — Xavier C., Washington, DC

Dear Xavier, I think one of the most important steps to take in stopping digestive problems is to switch to a natural diet high in fat and protein, and low in carbohydrate content. Sometimes called the Paleolithic Diet, I refer to this way of eating as a “traditional diet”. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. To read more about my recommendations for nutrition, click on my healthy diet plan. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com.

In addition to the dietary changes, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider adding to your daily regimen to help reduce the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux.

I especially like d-limonene and sea buckthorn oil – both can help to greatly improve digestive function. Sea buckthorn has been clinically studied for healing ulcers and other gastric lining inflammation that can also cause heartburn, and d-limonene has been studied for GERD. Both are also very soothing to the mucosa of the digestive tract. I recommend taking a total of 600 mg of these two ingredients 2-3 times daily. Be patient, as it may take a month or two to see improvements.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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I was recently diagnosed with endometriosis.

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Dear Terry, “I was recently diagnosed with endometriosis. Do you have suggestions that may help?” — Sherry M., Tulsa, OK

Dear Sherry, Diet is extremely important – you would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. Dietary restrictions would also include avoiding all gluten and soy products. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

In addition to modifying your diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider. I encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.

I think you would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Choose a product that features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.

In addition to the curcumin, you may also want to consider taking grape seed extract. Grape seed extract is one of the most powerful nutrients I have found for fighting inflammation. I would recommend that you take 150-300 mg of grape seed extract three times daily. When looking for a grape seed extract, it is important to choose one that is standardized to contain only OPCs that are small enough to be absorbed, so you’ll get the maximum benefits. Many extracts contain tannins, which are too large to be effectively absorbed and don’t contribute to your health the same way that OPCs do. However, these tannins are counted as OPCs and enhance the label claim, even though they cannot be absorbed! Tannin-free is best.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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My husband has had a cough that produces a lot of loose phlegm for the past 2 months.

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Dear Terry, “My husband has had a cough that produces a lot of loose phlegm for the past 2 months. The doctor has had him on two different antibiotics and nothing seems to help. Do you have any suggestions on what he could try? Much appreciated.” — Mary V., De Pere, WI

Dear Mary, I would encourage your husband to consider adding boswellia extract to his daily regimen. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 500 – 1,000 mg of boswellia extract daily. Be sure to look for a boswellia extract that is standardized for AKBA (short for Acetyl-11-keto-β-Boswellic Acid), one of the most beneficial boswellic acids. It’s also important to find a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract.

In addition to the boswellia, I think he should also consider taking extracts of thyme and climbing ivy. These two botanicals help to clear the sinuses and reduce tissue irritation and inflammation. I suggest taking a total of 250 mg of these two ingredients several times a day. These same ingredients are also available in a liquid form that is a perfect option for children or anyone who prefers it to taking tablets.

Finally, I would also recommend Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove, and Oregano oils – some of nature’s most powerful antimicrobial ingredients – to help further boost the body’s natural defenses. I suggest taking a total of 75 mg of these oils several times daily. Make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

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Attention Deficit Disorder should not be seen as something bad. There are positive traits – expressiveness, creativity, and ability to take risks – associated with this condition. Terry has several suggestions to help your child retain these positive attributes while also being able to focus and concentrate when necessary without the use of prescription medications.

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High-OPC Grape Seed for Diabetes, Heart, Cancer and More

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If you have read my past articles, you know that I believe the most powerful natural medicine available for any and all diseases is curcumin. Not far behind curcumin is grape seed extract. This amazing ingredient prevents heart disease, kills cancer cells, speeds the healing of damaged muscle tissue, reduces inflammation and can even stop diabetes and prevent weight gain.

Of course, there are a lot of grape seed extracts available, so choosing the best one can be tricky.

That’s why I recommend a tannin-free high-OPC grape seed extract that is standardized to contain only OPCs that are small enough to guarantee absorption.

A high-OPC grape seed extract:

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Stops deep vein thrombosis
  • Prevents diabetes and obesity
  • Speeds muscle recovery
  • Inhibits tumor growth
  • Protects the brain
  • Stops inflammation
  • Prevents oxidative damage

The research of grape seed oligomeric proanthocyanins (OPCs) developed in a roundabout way. A French professor, Jacques Masquellier, was fascinated by the story of how explorer Jacques Cartier’s crew made a tea of pine bark that saved them from scurvy. Pine bark, like grape seeds, contains OPCs. Masquellier, working in the wine-rich region of Bordeaux, pioneered extracting OPCs from grape seeds, which fast became a clinically-studied natural medicine.

In the years since, grape seed extract has become a preferred botanical for a variety of health concerns, from lowering blood pressure to preventing tumors. But not all grape seed extracts work! I believe that adding a valid, high-OPC grape seed extract to your regimen is one of the best things you can do for your health, and we’ll take a look at its amazing abilities in this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

 

Protects Your Cardiovascular System

Most people probably know grape seed extract because of its benefits for the heart. There’s good reason for this. Grape seed extract reduces high blood pressure, protects the blood vessel walls from damaging free radical activity, and prevents the dangerous oxidation of LDL cholesterol – one of the first steps on the road to a heart attack or stroke.

 In an Italian clinical study, individuals with pre- or mild hypertension were divided into three groups, two with grape seed extract, at lower and higher dosages, and one with a diet and exercise intervention only, serving as a control group. At the end of the four-month trial, both grape seed extract groups saw an improvement in blood pressure, although those at the higher dosage – 300 mg daily – noticed more dramatic effects. In fact, blood pressure numbers normalized in 93 percent of those in the higher dosage group.

Research published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences examined the vasodilating – blood vessel relaxing – properties of grape seed fractions. By allowing blood vessels to open rather than restrict, blood travels with less force, reducing pressure.

This study showed that grape seed procyanthocyanidins promoted nitric oxide (NO) release and an increase in cyclic GMP levels. Nitric oxide is a molecule that is only active for a few seconds at a time in the bloodstream. Even though it is considered a free-radical, it actually has beneficial effects for blood pressure, helping signal the opening of blood vessels and arteries. Cyclic GMP (cGMP) also relaxes smooth muscles, including blood vessels.

Another clinical study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food compared the results of individuals with mildly high cholesterol taking a grape seed extract versus a placebo for 8 weeks. Lipid profiles and oxidized LDL (bad) cholesterol were improved in those taking grape seed extract. The researchers concluded that grape seed extract decreased the risk of blood clotting (without adverse effects on blood thinning) and other cardiovascular disorders.

Other scientific studies have found similar results: grape seed extract helps prevent blood clots from forming, lowers blood pressure, and shields blood vessels and arteries from free radical damage. There may be no more powerful natural medicine to protect against heart disease than grape seed extract.

 

Stops Diabetes and Obesity

While I believe that the single most important thing you can do to manage your weight and prevent diabetes is to follow a healthy eating plan, there is no denying that grape seed extract can be a key part in getting healthy and recovering from sugar addiction. For example, a clinical study in Thailand found that grape seed extract reduced blood sugar levels after a high-carbohydrate meal. The OPCs in grape seed can help stop the sugar spikes that affect insulin levels and possibly lead to diabetes.

Another study in 2009 found that a high-OPC grape seed extract reduced the buildup of abdominal fat and reduced blood sugar. This was due, in part, to an increase of adiponectin, a protein responsible for regulating blood sugar levels, insulin metabolism, cholesterol levels, and inhibiting NF-kB activation and   other inflammatory markers. Compared to the control group, the adiponectin level of the grape seed group increased 61 percent! Other scientific studies have found similar results – that grape seed   extract activates cyclic AMP, protects against fat accumulation, and improves blood triglyceride and plasma lipid levels.

Speeds Recovery from Exercise and Injury

The anti-inflammatory power of grape seed extract has brought it to the attention of researchers studying its effects on muscle recovery. In these investigations, grape seed OPCs have boosted anti-inflammatory cytokines (IL-10), and helped regenerate damaged muscle fibers. Macrophages, known for their ability to stop bacteria and viruses, also help heal injured tissue. One study found that elevated levels of macrophages and neutrophils (white blood cells found at the scenes of inflammation) were completely resolved in just 5 days when using grape seed extract.

 

Prevents Cancer and Tumor Growth

Grape seed OPCs are on the front line of cancer research. Some of the most exciting studies have been done at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Their research of grape seed extracts has shown that this powerful botanical ingredient has the ability to target specific colon cancer cells. Another study examined the effect of grape seed extract on breast cancer cells when used alone or with a conventional treatment. Their results showed that the two interventions worked well together, but that grape seed extract alone was a strong inhibitor of breast cancer cells. These results have been mirrored in other research showing that grape seed extract polyphenols have a strong ability to stop tumor growth.

One of the reasons for this is that grape seed extract inhibits aromatase, an enzyme that converts androgen into estrogen. Breast and prostate cancer tissues typically have higher levels of aromatase.   A study published in the journal Cancer Research discussed the valuable potential of grape seed extract, when their research showed that it inhibited aromatase activity and reduced growth in MCF-7 breast cancer cells. They concluded, “We believe that these results are exciting in that they show grape seed extract to be potentially useful in the prevention/treatment of hormone-dependent breast cancer through the inhibition of aromatase activity as well as its expression.”

Aside from helping inhibit tumor cells, grape seed has other applications for cancer treatment. An Australian scientific study found that grape seed extract reduced the severity of mucosities, a painful inflammation of the mucous membranes of the digestive tract, including the mouth and small intestines due to chemotherapy. The researchers also found that grape seed extract killed colon cancer cells outright. Other grape seed studies have shown that it stops prostate cancer cells through direct stimulation of tumor suppressing cells, and bladder cancer by increasing oxidative stresses only to the cancer cells, halting their growth, while leaving healthy cells alone.

An additional way grape seed extract stops cancer is by preventing cancer cells from connecting to blood vessels, and depriving them of oxygen and nutrients.

If you spend a lot of time outdoors and skin cancer is a concern, grape seed extract may offer protection: a Romanian study reported that keratinocytes (the major type of cells in the outer layer of the skin) treated with grape seed extract 30 minutes before UVB radiation protected them from damage.

Overall, I believe the antioxidant power of grape seed is excellent for preventing cancer and it is a natural partner for my favorite natural cancer treatment – curcumin.

 

Slows Alzheimer’s Progression and Promotes Cognitive Health and Focus

Because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, Grape seed OPCs are increasingly on the cutting edge of Alzheimer’s research.   Studies have shown that they protect the delicate circuitry of the brain. For example, an Indian study found that grape seed proanthocyanidins reduce the effects of oxidative stress in the aging brain and consider it a neuroprotectant to prevent cognitive loss. The nutrient’s ability was due, in part, to its blood glucose lowering as much as its free-radical fighting power. Considering the growing body of research that points to a connection between blood sugar levels and risk of Alzheimer’s, this is an important discovery. Other work has examined more direct effects of grape seed extract on Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

The cause of AD is not entirely known. However, certain characteristic changes in the brain are associated with this condition – accumulated clusters of a protein called beta-amyloid, (sometimes called “amyloid beta”) and clumps of dead and dying nerve and brain cells. These clusters and clumps, called plaques and tangles, are believed to interfere with the proper transmission of messages between brain cells and the death of the cells themselves. As with most diseases, inflammation is also believed to be involved, causing the accumulation of plaques and tangles to have even more damaging effects.

Studies conducted by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine showed that grape seed extract inhibited the formation of plaques and tangles, and aside from preventing the buildup or clustering of beta-amyloid, grape seed extract supported greater brain plasticity – the ability of the brain to adapt and create new neural pathways.

While further studies are needed, I think it’s very likely that we’ll see more applications of high-OPC grape seed extract to bolster cognition and delay Alzheimer’s symptoms in the future. Other OPC research has investigated the application of this natural ingredient to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. A placebo-controlled, double blind study published in the journal European Child & Adolescent Psychology found that after just one month, OPCs boosted attention span, caused a significant reduction of hyperactivity, and improved motor coordination. The researchers noted that the symptoms returned one month after stopping the treatment, so OPCs would need to be part of an ongoing regimen.

Stops Inflammation and Oxidative Damage

Grape seed extract OPCs fight inflammation and the effects of free-radicals throughout the body. While we often associate antioxidant power with anti-aging, it also balances immune response to reduce everything from damaging chronic joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to allergic responses.

A Saudi Arabian study found that grape seed OPCs were able to regulate the activity of certain immune-regulating T-cells, inducing some and reducing others, in a way that stopped inflammatory markers. The researchers concluded that grape seed extract proanthocyanidins could become an adjunct therapy for RA, or possibly an alternative treatment in its own right.

Because autoimmune inflammation also interferes with the process of bone formation and resorption, individuals with RA often contend with structural joint damage. However, researchers in Korea discovered that the ability of grape seed OPCs to reduce inflammation also stopped the symptoms of collagen-induced arthritis in a laboratory study. It actually helped get the natural process of building bone back on track.

Aside from combating RA symptoms and bone damage, grape seed extract prevents the inflammation that causes allergy-induced asthma symptoms. A Korean study found that grape seed extract reduced the allergic hyper-responsiveness that restricts bronchial airways, and the inflammatory markers in lung tissue. The researchers felt that grape seed extract could be a valuable therapeutic ingredient for acute and chronic asthma. Considering high-OPC grape seed extract is free of side effects and risks, this could be excellent news for those who are looking for alternatives to asthma treatment. I wouldn’t encourage anyone to simply throw away their inhaler, but I certainly would suggest adding a high-OPC grape seed extract to your regimen.

I believe that the best grape seed OPC supplement is one that can show high (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) (ORAC) value. ORAC values are typically presented as a way of determining how much free-radical fighting power a given fruit or vegetable has. While there’s no way of duplicating the complex structure and synergy of a food, there are improved ways of taking some of the best components of fruits and vegetables and concentrating them to the point where you see extremely high ORAC values.

 

Other Powerful Benefits of Grape Seed Extract

Of course, with all of these attributes, I think I’ve just touched the surface of all of the amazing benefits of high-OPC grape seed. For instance, in a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study published in the journal Menopause, grape seed improved a multitude of health factors for women in menopause. The study was divided into a low- and high-dose grape seed group and one placebo group. Both grape seed groups saw a reduction in anxiety, blood pressure levels, and an increase in lean muscle mass. Specific menopause symptoms, including hot flashes and insomnia, improved in the high-dose group.

In other work, researchers in Austria have found that OPCs from grape seed are effective antibacterial agents against ten different pathogens. A study reported in the Journal of Toxicological Sciences measured the abilities of grape seed extract against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus   (MRSA), a staph bacteria that is difficult to treat because it has developed to become resistant to antibiotics. The researchers found that grape seed extract was effective against 43 strains of the bacteria, and could, in the words of those conducting the study, “signify a major advancement in the treatment of MRSA diseases.”

The antioxidant power of grape seed extract may one day help those undergoing radiation treatments. Because the liver reacts so poorly to radiation treatment, (whether or not the liver or another part of the body is a target of the therapy), it suffers damage that becomes a serious secondary concern. Turkish scientific research showed that grape seed extract protected liver cellular membranes from oxidative damage, and from protein and lipid oxidation. Their work showed that grape seed actually restored levels of antioxidant parameters after radiation treatment. While this is cutting-edge work, and more studies need to be done, it’s exciting to think that grape seed extract could have this kind of powerful result.

 

Not All Grape Seed Extracts Work!

While there have been astounding results from grape seed studies, you must be careful in selecting a product.

There are many grape seed extracts available. OPCs must be small enough to be absorbed and effective. Many extracts contain tannins, which are too large to be effectively absorbed and don’t contribute to your health the same way that OPCs do. However, these tannins are counted as OPCs and enhance the label claim, even though they cannot be absorbed! Tannin-free is best.

That’s why I recommend taking 150-900 mg of high-OPC grape seed extract that is standardized to contain only OPCs that are small enough to be absorbed, so you’ll get the maximum benefits. I urge you to add a high-OPC grape seed extract to your regimen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unlocking Glutathione’s Power: Serious Medicine for Serious Illnesses

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Sometimes called the “Master Antioxidant,” glutathione’s scope well exceeds that description. In addition to neutralizing free radical damage, glutathione is required to detoxify pollutants and toxins, protect against cancer, and keep our dietary antioxidants at full effectiveness. Unfortunately, by the age of 65, we are making up to 50% less glutathione than we did in our youth, and certain drugs and diseases diminish this critical compound even more rapidly. However, boosting glutathione levels has been an ongoing challenge. Join us for a discussion with integrative healthcare practitioner Cheryl Myers to look at the options for effective glutathione therapy, and an examination of the research on its use for people with cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, autism and more.

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Are supplements as effective as drugs?

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I believe that many natural substances can be of great benefit in the prevention and treatment of diseases.  First of all, the natural medicines must be of the highest quality material and the recommended potencies must comply with the scientific studies.  Today, many manufacturers use inferior quality to lower the price of the product to be effective as they are not able to make a claim for the product, their selling point to the consumer is a low discounted price.  This is a huge loss for the consumer and the manufacturer.  The consumer loses due to the fact that they may have read an article or a scientific study on a substance but have no idea if the substance they are purchasing meets the requirements of the study.  The manufacturer and the health food industry loses because the cheap product doesn’t produce results or satisfaction so the consumer stops buying the product.  Had the product worked and the consumer was entirely satisfied, the consumer wins due to a better control and treatment of the condition in which the product was purchased for, and the manufacturer and health food industry wins because the consumer tells as many people as possible of the beneficial results.  95% of the world’s population relies on plant medicines for treatment of their illnesses and are not challenged by significant side effects.  The drug companies have a monopoly on the health care and treatment of diseases.  If prune juice improves constipation and provides better elimination, it then becomes a drug if that information is disseminated by a manufacturer of prune juice.  There is no honest and reasonable way to share scientific information in relationship to the product in which the studies were conducted.  If a particular natural substance, let’s say in this case that curcumin cured every form of cancer imaginable, there would be a risk in sharing that information with the public if a specific curcumin that was used in the study was acknowledged in the information.  This is a disservice to all consumers who may benefit from certain scientific studies on natural medicines.  I saw an article in a popular magazine that shared the study results on curcumin in controlling depression more effectively than Prozac with no mention of the exact, specific curcumin.  Many people may run out to their health food store and buy curcumin, which could be a very poor quality and would not provide results.  Therefore, in this case the consumer loses again as well as the manufacturer of this very specific curcumin.  Had the consumer been able to find the exact product that was used in the study and found to be more effective than Prozac, we could help many people control their depression without the serious and significant side effects of Prozac.  It is absolutely impossible to help anyone with a natural substance who may have a disease or health challenge without that natural medicine going through the same rigorous drug studies as a synthetic molecule that has never been on the face of the earth prior to its introduction as a drug.  There is no drug more effective than natural medicines for the treatment of osteoporosis, arthritis; both osteo and rheumatoid, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, GERD, and type 2 diabetes, and may other so called diseases.  The right natural medicine manufactured to the highest quality recommended at the potencies of the scientific studies can and will outperform any medication. Drug companies have a monopoly on treating diseases as well as maintaining our health care system.  It’s impossible to ever refer Americans to natural medicines due to the inability to provide enough scientific documentation to satisfy scientific requirements by the FDA.

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Drugs will Never Cure any Disease including Cancer!

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Our lifestyle choices will prevent and cure disease!!!!! Reduce inflammation!!!!! The cause of all chronic degenerative diseases!
Only our lifestyle choices of exercise (10-30 minutes of walking daily), eating healthy proteins and fats, long glycemic fruits and vegetables, avoid and severely restrict carbs, sugar and unhealthy fats like polyunsaturated fats (corn oil, soybean oil, canola oil, safflower oil, and sunflower seed oil).
For healthy fats, choose olive oil, sesame seed oil, coconut oil, cream, butter, eggs, lard and include daily supplements like curcumin and grapeseed extract to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. Also include the other supplements mentioned in the video as desired.

Epigenetics – The Power Of The Nrf2 Pathway
 

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I am having a problem with my lower legs swelling.

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Dear Terry, “I am having a problem with my lower legs swelling.  They seem to swell more as the day goes on, but after I sleep they are fairly normal the next morning.  Any advice would be appreciated.” — Billie P., Oakland, CA

Dear Billie, I would first recommend that you consult with your healthcare practitioner to rule out the possibility of an underlying condition. If everything checks out, I would then suggest trying the following options.

I believe you would benefit greatly by adding red vine leaf and butcher’s broom to your daily regimen. You may have already heard of these two powerful botanicals. Red vine leaf contains resveratrol, anthocyanins, and a range of other protective polyphenols and has been clinically proven to relieve the pain and swollen legs associated with varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Butcher’s broom is also extremely well known for treating varicose veins, other symptoms of CVI, and circulatory health in general.

Together, these two powerful botanicals have the ability to strengthen the veins of the legs and can help stop the pain you are experiencing. When looking for these two botanical extracts, make sure to choose ones that are standardized for their active compounds. I would recommend taking 1,000 mg total of red vine leaf and butcher’s broom twice daily.

Another excellent supplement is mesoglycan, a naturally occurring substance found in the body. Mesoglycan is an excellent source of glycosaminoglycans (also known as GAGs) – vital and necessary components that build the walls of our blood vessels and arteries. Other examples of GAGs include chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. Mesoglycan works on the actual formation of blood vessel walls, helping them to be strong, yet flexible, plus it helps keep blood moving through our arteries and blood vessels. I recommend taking 100 mg of mesoglycan daily.

Keep in mind that while you may start to see changes within several weeks – you need to be patient – it may take up to 3-6 months to see full benefits. Good luck!

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Alzheimer’s Disease

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By the year 2050, 14 million people will be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Today, Terry discusses natural ingredients that can help keep your mind clear and sharp no matter your age.

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Could you please tell me what supplements a post-menopausal woman should be taking?

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Dear Terry, “Could you please tell me what supplements a post-menopausal woman should be taking?” — Mary C. Fort Wayne, IN

Dear Mary, I strongly recommend three botanicals for post-menopausal women: hop cone, pomegranate, and black cohosh extracts. While each of these botanicals is a strong contender in its own right, I find they are much stronger in combination. This trio can help to support bone health, cardiovascular function and weight loss – additional health concerns faced by many post-menopausal women. When looking for these botanicals, make sure to choose ones that feature standardized extracts. I recommend taking a total of 280 mg of hop cone, pomegranate, and black cohosh extracts twice daily.

I would also recommend choosing a multivitamin that features B6, B12, and folic acid in their active forms – P-5-P, methylcobalamin, and L-methylfolate. Researchers estimate that up to 30% of the population has less than optimal conversion capabilities, related to genetics, aging, certain liver concerns, and other issues. So, getting the active forms of B-vitamins –those which need no conversion by the liver – is vitally important.

You also want to look for a multivitamin that features chelated trace minerals. A “chelate” is a bond between a mineral and a molecule that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. Amino acids are excellent molecules to help shepherd minerals through the intestinal wall. Because they are so small, they can be transported directly into the cells of the body, where they can get to work right away.

Please note that the very best premium daily multivitamin and mineral formulas are taken more than once a day. Keep in mind that one tablet or capsule could not possibly fit the optimal amounts of vitamins, minerals, and herbs needed to provide significant nutritional support. In addition, many nutrients are only active in the body for a short period of time and need to be replenished every 6 to 8 hours. Multiple daily doses ensure that your body is receiving optimal nutrient levels throughout the day. When it comes to multivitamins, I recommend taking a minimum of 2 tablets daily for maintenance, or increasing to 2 tablets twice daily for optimal support.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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My doctor is talking about prolotherapy injections for osteoarthritis.

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Dear Terry, “My doctor tells me I have osteoarthritis and is talking to me about prolotherapy injections to heal and strengthen ligaments and bones. Are there any other more affordable or less invasive options that I could try first?” — Linda F., St. Petersburg, FL

Dear Linda, When it comes to addressing pain, I would recommend these four ingredients: highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking the four ingredients three times daily.

You may also want to consider adding highly absorbable curcumin and boswellia, along with vitamin D and fructoborate. This quartet of ingredients helps to reduce joint pain and stiffness, as well as rebuild joint structure. I recommend taking these four ingredients three times daily.

Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the products you choose feature a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin. It’s also important to find a boswellia extract that is standardized for acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA) content and has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Vibrant Health from the Best Essential Nutrients

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Terry’s Bottom Line

There is a deficit of nutrients in our diets. Unfortunately, you can’t get what you need for an entire day from a once-daily multiple or from over-specialized formulas that don’t provide the vitamins and minerals you need at meaningful levels or in forms that are easily used.

Instead, you need a formula that provides nutrients in their best forms – including active B-vitamins, amino-acid chelated minerals, complete vitamin E, effective vitamin D, and stomach-soothing ginger that helps you stay consistent with your supplementation. The right nutrients make a noticeable difference:

  • Improves focus and concentration
  • Boosts daily energy and vigor
  • Eases digestion
  • Enhances metabolism and nutrient absorption
  • Strengthens the heart and protects arteries
  • Builds stronger bones and muscles
  • Stops destructive free radicals
  • Supports blood sugar levels
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves blood flow
  • Reduces depression

There is no shortage of multivitamins available, but how effective are they? Although many of these multiples may provide at least some of the nutrients you need every day – vitamin A, vitamin C, and so forth — most don’t provide the best forms of critical nutrients you need. Unfortunately, your body can’t effectively absorb these lowest common denominator ingredients and therefore, can’t derive any benefit.

In this Terry Talks Nutrition®, we’ll take a look at the crucial forms of the nutrients you need, and what to look for when selecting a truly effective multivitamin.

 

Active B Vitamins That Work

I’m sure you already know that B-vitamins are essential for good health, but did you know that the very forms of B-vitamins you get in your regimen can determine how healthy you are? In fact, many people are deficient in B vitamins, even if they’re taking a supplement.

First, B-vitamins are absorbed quickly, but need to be converted by the body into a usable form. For example, most multiple formulas feature a form of B12 called “cyanocobalamin”. The liver converts this to methylcobalamin, which in turn, supports your nerves, blood pressure, glucose levels, and energy. So my recommendation is that you simply take methylcobalamin right off the bat. Getting the forms that don’t need conversion by the liver or that are retained in the bloodstream better is crucial.

This is important for everyone, but especially when we get older. As we age, malabsorption of vitamin B12 becomes more prevalent due to changes in protein and enzyme levels and in the digestive tract. For instance, if pancreatic enzymes are in short supply, a specialized protein in the stomach, called intrinsic factor, won’t support vitamin B12 absorption, which affects about 10-15 percent of individuals over 60 years old.

But this same advice applies for other forms of B-vitamin as well. Here are some of the absolute essentials:

B1 (Thiamin) as Benfotiamine: Deficiency of B1, also known as thiamin, greatly affects your nervous system, blood sugar levels, mood and the ability to think clearly. People who have difficulty staying on task or controlling their emotions have found great improvement with supplementation, becoming more composed and energetic. One of the most rarely-used forms of thiamin is benfotiamine, but it is the one I recommend. Because of its structure, it absorbs easily in the intestines, and achieves 5 times the blood concentration of standard water-soluble thiamin.

B6 as P-5-P (Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate): Vitamin B6 is available in multiple forms, but only one is the bioactive form of vitamin B6 used in the human body – pyridoxal-5-phosphate, or “P-5-P”, which doesn’t require conversion by the liver. It is critical for proper muscle response and exercise recovery, blood pressure and blood sugar regulation, nerve health, and metabolism.

Folic acid as Methylfolate: Like methylcobalamin and P-5-P, methylfolate is an active form that goes to work in the body right away, versus the more common form of folic acid. Folate is critical for everybody, but especially for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Aside from its well-known value in supporting the heart and preventing birth defects, research shows that methylfolate may help people with depression. But everyone can use a better form of folate – deficiencies can lead to irritability, general weakness, mental fogginess, and fatigue.

Again, the right forms of B vitamins make all the difference. Until you experience what truly active B vitamins can do, you may have never realized their benefits.

 

Amino-acid Chelated Minerals

As with B-vitamins, many people are commonly deficient in minerals because common forms can be difficult for the body to absorb and use efficiently.

For example, if you’re deficient in magnesium, you are more susceptible to stress. Because stress activates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, your body will release more insulin to break down sugars which are intended to provide more energy for the “crisis.” Your adrenal glands become burned out, too, which creates a spiral of poor response to stress as well. When this happens frequently, you’re on your way to insulin resistance and high blood pressure.

Unfortunately, most supplemental magnesium is poorly bound and difficult for the body to absorb. That leaves people susceptible to metabolic syndrome, muscle weakness, cardiovascular issues, and many other problems. And that’s just one mineral!

Consider zinc. We usually think of this mineral as an immune-booster and healing agent for muscle, skin, and other tissue damage. But did you know that your intake (or lack of) zinc can affect the way your mind works?

Zinc deficiency has been linked to depression and anxiety disorders, so boosting your intake with a truly absorbable form of zinc may be exactly what you need to make your days more even-keeled, productive, and enjoyable.

Imagine how much better you’d feel every day if all of your daily minerals were well absorbed. This is why I recommend chelated minerals that are bound to the amino acid glycine. A chelate is a bond between a mineral and an organic molecule structure, called a ligand that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. The amino acid glycine helps shepherd minerals through the intestinal wall, so they can be readily used by the cells of the body.

Other Essentials

People are more deficient in vitamin D than they may realize. In northern climates, and among those who have limited mobility and don’t spend much time outdoors, vitamin D deficiencies are common. But there’s more than one form of supplemental vitamin D. For instance, you’ll find vitamin D2, also known as “ergocalciferol”, on some labels. But, vitamin D2 needs to be converted by the body into vitamin D3 – the form it naturally synthesizes – in order to be useful.

That can be a real threat to overall health, because vitamin D3 is a daily required nutrient that helps calcium build our bones and teeth, keeps the immune system strong, reduces the effects of inflammation and physical wear and tear in the joints, and protects our brain cells.

Clinical trials show that higher levels of vitamin D3 are associated with improved mental function and ability. Additional research is looking into vitamin D3 levels and its effect on the cognitive skills of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, too. Spare yourself the doubt, and make sure your supplement provides vitamin D3 – the body’s preferred form. Also, make sure it doesn’t skimp on this crucial vitamin. I’d suggest a 1,000 IU level each day.

While vitamin E is a common ingredient in most multivitamin formulations, look for the full family of vitamin E as d-alpha mixed tocopherols – alpha, beta, delta, and gamma. That’s the way they are found in food. This is an essential part of the right multiple.

The full family of vitamin E tocopherols protects us from damaging free radicals, and supports the heart and arteries by preventing the oxidation and build-up of “sticky” cholesterol. Its cellular-protective abilities may extend to keeping nerve cells healthy as well, so vitamin E can be a valuable nutrient for the brain and for anyone concerned with neuropathy. Its immune defending extends well beyond helping ward off a cold or a sniffle: studies in Finland indicate that vitamin E reduced the incidence of prostate cancer and may protect against the cellular “misfires” that lead to lung cancer as well.

Can You Stomach Good Health?

To be sure, many multivitamin and mineral formulas are tough on the stomach. Their forms of B-vitamins can make you feel nauseous, and the very smell of a bottle of vitamins can be enough to turn people off more days than not. Often, this hasn’t been addressed by formulations, but there is a way to naturally avoid the problem. I think that ginger makes one of the most effective botanical ingredients for a number of reasons. It soothes and settles the stomach, and can very effectively reduce the smell and aftertaste common to many multiples.

Twice Daily = Twice as Effective

I understand the desire to take one tablet and be done with it. However, we are designed to acquire nutrients several times a day, which is why our bodies tell us to eat meals more than once per day. Water soluble vitamins are quickly flushed from the body, and you need your vitamin C and the B family as much at 6:00 p.m. as you do at 7:00 a.m. Plus, vitamins are small, but minerals are huge by comparison. You cannot obtain meaningful amounts of minerals in a one-a- day formula. And there are more mineral deficiencies in the U.S. than vitamin deficiencies!

Get the Right Forms of the Right Nutrients

Admittedly, there are a lot of multivitamin and mineral supplements available, but you may not be getting the effective forms of those nutrients or the proper amounts. That’s why I stress how important it is to make sure that your daily formula contains a diverse range of nutrients in the forms that you – and your family – can truly use. If you’ve been used to “window dressing” multiples in the past, getting these ingredients in your regimen will make an amazing difference! I am convinced that anyone consuming the nutrients I suggest for 90 days would experience a new form of energy, vitality, and possibly a reduction of many minor health challenges. Most people look for natural medicinal alternatives but forget that our body only functions on vitamins and minerals, and this should be a way to lay a foundation for good health.

I recommend a formula that provides nutrients in their best forms – including active B-vitamins, amino-acid chelated minerals, complete vitamin E, and vitamin .

 

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Soy and the Risk of Breast Cancer

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Soy intake makes breast cancer worse! There has been some conflicting viewpoints on whether soy is beneficial or harmful for breast cancer patients. When analyzing tissue samples, researchers found changes in the genes that promote cancer progression and proliferation in the women taking the soy supplement. What are other options?

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Broccoli for Autism

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New study looked the effects of supplementing with sulforaphane, a nutrient found in broccoli, in men with moderate to severe autism. 50% of the group taking sulforaphane had significant improvements in their symptoms (awareness, communication, motivation and other behavioral measures) while no one in the placebo group experienced benefits.

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Find out why and when you should say no to your doctor.

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While drugs can save lives in an emergency or medical crisis, in most cases, they are prescribed for conditions that do not warrant medications or medical treatment.  Americans consume 60% of all drugs as well as 80% of all the pain relieving drugs manufactured globally. And yet we rank 37th in terms of world health out of 37 industrialized countries monitored by the World Health Organization.  We are absolutely an overmedicated country primarily for greed and profit.  The following article is a must read.

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I have an enlarged prostate.

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Dear Terry, “I have an enlarged prostate, thankfully with none of the usual problems that go along with it.  I have had 2 negative biopsies in a row and now my physician said that I could retest in 6 months.  Is there anything I can take to keep my PSA number down?” — Paul W., Rockford, IL

Dear Paul, I do have some options that I believe can make a difference. However, I strongly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician, as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.

You may want to consider adding pomegranate to your daily regimen. In a clinical study, men with increased levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) consumed 8 ounces of pomegranate juice daily. By the completion of the main phase of the study (2 years), PSA levels declined in 35% of the patients and 2 percent of the patients showed a 50% decline in PSA levels. The men who continued to drink pomegranate juice daily after the study continued to see lower PSA levels.

While pomegranate juice has shown incredible health benefits, it is very high in calories and sugar. And, if you’re only drinking the juice, you’re missing out on some of the most important compounds in the plant. Instead of juice, look for a formula that features pomegranate seed extract and seed oil. This special combination provides the amazing power of pomegranate, without the sugar, calories, or mess of drinking the juice or eating the fruit. I recommend taking 600 mg twice daily.

I think you would also benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Choose a product that features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Stop Bacteria With Nature’s Antibiotics

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That antibiotics are overprescribed is probably not even news anymore. Because antibiotics have been overused, they have become less effective. In fact, this has led to some of the “super strains” of bacteria you may have heard about.

So, what do we use to stop them? Luckily, nature has the answer. There are powerful, concentrated botanicals that actually destroy bacteria. Together, these ingredients:

  • Prevent colds and sickness from bacteria
  • Protect you while you travel
  • Boost your immune defenses
  • Destroy harmful existing bacteria
  • Stop coli, Candida, Staph and other bacterial and yeast infections

Our lives leave us open to bacterial invasions all the time – travel, strange food and drink (especially on the road), crowded public spaces like shopping malls and airports, closed-in spaces with recirculated air like offices and airplanes, and of course, schools anytime they’re in session.

You come into contact with bacteria every day. In fact, the surface of your desk at work is many times more bacteria laden than most bathrooms. But if you think that antibacterial wipes or soaps are the answer, think again.

Bacteria have gotten pretty tough over the past 50 years. That’s mostly due to the overuse of prescription antibiotics and the current trend for antibacterial lotions and other health and beauty products. Bacteria have become resistant to these interventions.

Because of this, you may think it’s tough to bolster your body’s natural defenses. It isn’t. But you need the right combination of strong, concentrated plant oil ingredients to do the job. In this Terry Talks Nutrition®, we’re going to explore some of nature’s most powerful antibacterial ingredients.

Avoid Antibiotics

Before we take a look at the abundant defenses offered by concentrated plant oils, I’d like to provide words of advice: avoid antibiotics if at all possible. Or, perhaps it’s more accurate to say, “avoid synthetic antibiotics if at all possible.”

Aside from the flu shot, antibiotics are one of the most over-used medicines out there. They are prescribed for 60% of colds despite the fact that only 2% of colds have bacterial involvement. After all, colds and flus are caused by viruses!

The problem with synthetic antibiotics is that they kill off the friendly bacteria in your intestines (where the majority of your immune system truly resides) that keep you safe from viral infections and bad bacteria in the first place. The antibiotics actually make a cold worse!

Plus, the over-prescription of antibiotics has led to bacterial resistance, meaning this potentially valuable medicine won’t work when it’s really needed.

The best plan is to stop the over-prescribing, so that antibiotics will actually work in those rare instances they are needed.

We’ve had the answers to many of these problems all along, in the form of natural herbs that don’t destroy the balance of healthy bacteria in the body. I recommend four concentrated plant oil ingredients for those times when our immune system is most at risk.

How concentrated? Consider this: these ingredients are up to 100 times stronger than ordinary plant extracts, and they’re extremely safe at the same time.

These plant oils are very different from those that massage and aromatherapists use (sometimes called “essential” oils) outside the body, as infusers, or topically, on the skin. And if you’ve ever used them for their aromatherapeutic properties, you know what a difference these essences can make to your sense of well-being.

 

However, you need to be sure that the plant oils you use to stop bacteria have been examined and certified to be the correct plant species, contain beneficial key compounds, and are safe for internal use.

 

Because advanced technology is used to take a “fingerprint” of the oil to confirm its identity, you’ll know that the most important compounds in these concentrated botanicals are present to make the product effective. The best concentrated plant oils are tested for purity as well, so you’ll know what you’re getting.

 

Thyme

 

One of the best concentrated plant oils to fight bacteria is thyme (Thymus satureioides). Thyme has been used traditionally as an aromatic to make people feel more energetic, physically and psychologically. But, in this case it is a different species than the thyme you may use as a seasoning or, for that matter, as a natural medicine for digestion and other ailments.

 

I recommend the concentrated plant oil of Thymus satureioides because it is a strong antibacterial. It fights a variety of strains, including Staphylococcus aureus, the cause of staph infections, and Escherichia coli, the cause of food poisoning and many emergency room visits by the very young and the elderly.

Cinnamon

Like thyme, cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) has strong antibacterial and antifungal capabilities.

Cinnamon is an evergreen tree that originates in Southeast Asia and is cultivated in Vietnam, China, Burma, and Laos. The oil comes from the bark of the tree. At one time, this star of the botanical world was actually worth more than silver in ancient Rome.

Like so many other plants, cinnamon has more than one use, and research has shown that it has strong antibacterial and anti-fungal abilities.

The compound in the plant responsible for this is called “cinnamaldehyde,” and it inhibits Staphylococcus aureus which, beyond staph infections, can also cause a form of gastroenteritis that brings about nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It is also effective against four species of the problematic yeast Candida, including C. albicans. It’s a great botanical to have on your side for many reasons, especially when you are traveling or trying unfamiliar food.

Aside from being a strong antibacterial, cutting edge research shows that cinnamon may stop allergic symptoms, stop ulcers, and inhibit tumor growth.

Clove

Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) is native to Indonesia, but is widely cultivated around the world, including Brazil, Tanzania, Madagascar and Sri Lanka. Much of the current research surrounding clove oil and clove extracts has focused on the strength of one of its phenolic compounds, eugenol, which shows a remarkable range of health benefits.

It is a strong antibacterial agent. It stops yeast overgrowth and inhibits oral pathogens like Porphyromonas gingivalis and Prevotella intermedia as well.

Clove oil is also a strong fighter against the yeast species Candida albicans. When this bacterial overgrowth occurs in the mouth, it causes lesions on the insides of the cheeks, tongue and tonsils, bleeding gums, a dry sensation in the mouth and throat, and even a loss of taste. This form of yeast infection is known as “thrush.”

Plus, eugenol from clove shows anti-inflammatory effects – o f the many phenolic compounds tested, it is the most potent. In fact, clove oil has been traditionally used in India for centuries because of its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic effects.

Oregano

Oregano (Origanum compactum) has been used traditionally in Moroccan medicine for generations. In more recent years, the reason for this has been made known – it is practically a pharmacy unto itself.

Current studies in Europe find that the concentrated plant oil of Moroccan oregano is very effective for treating colds, sore throats, sinusitis, retinitis, and dermatological disorders. That’s because oregano oil is a strong antibacterial and antimicrobial ingredient. The most potent and perfect blend of active compounds in oregano, are carvacrol and thymol, and they have been the focus of most of the research as well.

In fact, in the Moroccan research, the antimicrobial activity of Origanum compactum has been very impressive. Like the other concentrated plant oils I’ve recommended here, it shows strong results against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Considering the damage these bacteria cause each year, from simple skin irritation to serious hospitalization, this is good news.

In addition to this already impressive list of abilities, oregano oil is also a powerful parasitic expellant, is valuable as a food preservative, and has been used to decontaminate foods from potentially harmful pathogens.

Researchers have even investigated more intensive uses for Origanum compactum. In a comparison of traditional botanicals native to Morocco, it appeared to have an inhibitory effect on breast cancer cells. While further study is necessary, this indicates an exciting application of this widely-used medicinal plant.

Boost Your Defenses and Stop Bacterial Invaders!

These natural, concentrated plant oils can protect you against the bacteria you encounter in shopping malls, crowded airplanes, schools, restaurants, or anywhere life takes you. It’s the best way to protect yourself against antibiotic resistant bacteria, prevent colds and other sicknesses, boost your natural defenses, and take charge of your health.

To protect yourself against antibiotic resistant bacteria, prevent colds and other sicknesses, and boost your natural defenses, I recommend the following four ingredients up to 75-150 mgs per day:

  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) Bark Oil
  • Thyme (Thyme satureioides) Flower Oil
  • Clove (Eugenia caryophyllus) Flower Bud Oil
  • Oregano (Oregano compactum) Flower Oil                                                             

 

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My wife has a condition known as giant cell arteritis.

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Dear Terry, “My wife has a condition known as giant cell arteritis. While the steroids she has been taking for the last 2-3 years do seem to manage the condition to a certain extent, they also cause side effects. Any advice on other nutrients she should be taking would be greatly appreciated and considered? Thank you.” — Michael R., Boise, ID

Dear Michael, Giant cell arteritis is a condition in which the lining of the arteries — the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body – are inflamed. Most often, it affects the arteries in the head, especially those in the temples. For this reason, giant cell arteritis is sometimes referred to as temporal arteritis or cranial arteritis.

I do have some options that I believe can make a difference for your wife. However, I strongly encourage her to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with her physician, as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.

I would encourage your wife to consider adding boswellia extract to her daily regimen. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 500 – 1,000 mg of boswellia extract daily. Be sure to look for a boswellia extract that is standardized for AKBA (short for Acetyl-11-keto-β-Boswellic Acid), one of the most beneficial boswellic acids. It’s also important to find a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract.

In addition to the boswellia, she may also want to consider taking grape seed extract. Grape seed extract is one of the most powerful nutrients I have found for fighting inflammation. I would recommend that she take 150 mg of grape seed extract twice daily.

When looking for a grape seed extract, it is important to choose one that is standardized to contain only OPCs that are small enough to be absorbed, so you’ll get the maximum benefits. Many extracts contain tannins, which are too large to be effectively absorbed and don’t contribute to your health the same way that OPCs do. However, these tannins are counted as OPCs and enhance the label claim, even though they cannot be absorbed! Tannin-free is best.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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My 20 year old daughter has recently been on antibiotics twice within 2 months due to throat issues.

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Dear Terry, “My 20 year old daughter has recently been on antibiotics twice within 2 months due to throat issues (last time she had strep).  She works in a dance studio with children all the time.  Is there something you can recommend to help her keep her resistance up?” — Sylvia D., Dallas, TX

Dear Sylvia, If I were to come down with a cold or flu, I would turn to concentrated plant oils to relieve my symptoms and help me recover much faster. They also work to boost the immune system and help assure a healthy upper respiratory tract. These plant oils can be used when you start to become ill, or they can be used long term as a preventative, especially during cold and flu season, to give your body the extra immune strengthening it needs.

I would first recommend Ravintsara, Myrtle, Thyme, and Bay Laurel oils – up to 200 mgs twice daily – to help stop viruses, eliminate bacteria, and shore up the immune system.

In addition, I would also recommend Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove, and Oregano oils – some of nature’s most powerful antimicrobial ingredients – to help further boost the body’s natural defenses. I suggest taking a total of 75 mg of these oils twice daily.

Make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Vitamin D

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Many, many people are deficient in their vitamin D levels. Known as the “sunshine vitamin” this vitamin is actually a “pro-hormone” and is produced in the skin cells after exposure to sunshine. However, because of our changing lifestyles and concerns about skin cancer, we don’t get the sunshine we need to produce enough vitamin D. Terry discusses the importance of this nutrient and how much you really need to take for daily good health.

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If you want to lose more weight…

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Stop eating carbs and sugar and start eating more healthy fats.  If you’re avoiding fats thinking they’re making you fat, this is false.  Fats do not make you fat.  Fats stabilizes your appetite.  Remember, excessive carbohydrates and sugar are stored as fat in the body.

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Where did all the testosterone go?

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Testosterone is produced from the cholesterol in our body.  Through deceit and lies, medical experts, with no justification or proof of value, continue to prescribe statin drugs to lower cholesterol.  As cholesterol is lowered so too is testosterone.  Now we have multiple companies on TV touting in ads the new testosterone prescriptions.  If you want to stay off a half dozen drugs, don’t start the first one.

 

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Prostate Cancer and How Treatable Is It?

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in elderly American men and second only to lung cancer in deaths.  According to the American Cancer Society, there would have been an estimated 234,460 new prostate cancer cases and 27,350 associated deaths in 2006 in the U.S. alone.  How prostate cancer is treated is a decision that is made between the individual and his physician.  However, most prostate cancers are slow growing and will not be the cause of death in 97 men out of 100 if it is untreated.  Lifestyle and dietary habits have been identified as major risk factors in prostate cancer growth and progression.  Scientific research has identified and indicated that fruits and vegetables and their micronutrients having chemo-preventative agents could have a protective effect against cancer.  Over the last few years, several novel cancer chemopreventative agents have been identified and show promising chemopreventative and anticancer effects in various cancer cells and animal tumor models.  Three of these anticancer chemopreventative agents are grape seed extract, curcumin, and pomegranate extract.  They are available as health food supplements sold in health food stores and are an inexpensive way to possibly prevent and treat prostate cancer.  Of course, before making a choice of using a supplement, it would be prudent to discuss this with your physician.  These natural supplements have shown that they are able to kill off cancer cells eight times more effectively than drugs.  Much work must still be done to prove these natural supplements are effective in humans.  The majority of studies have been done in-vitro (cell cultures) and in-vivo (animal studies).  It would be difficult to do studies with grape seed extract, pomegranate and curcumin in humans as it would be necessary to disallow the conventional prostate cancer treatments to a group of men with a possible uncertainty of the outcome of using only supplements in a trial.  Most prostate cancers, in my opinion, are too aggressively treated with little or no outcome.  An acquaintance of mine in his mid-80’s, discovering he was suffering from prostate cancer, was directed by his physician to have surgery to remove the prostate and then follow up with radiation.  Without any treatment at his late age, he possibly would live five years or more.  With the surgery and radiation, the treatment has been more horrible than living with the cancer.  The radiation destroyed his bladder and the complications are more aggressive and severe than living with the prostate cancer.  If you would like to learn more about the disastrous medical care we receive in America, read the Men’s Journal, October 2014, on the news stand now.  The article in entitled, “When to Say No to Your Doctor”.

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I have dry mouth when I sleep at night.

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Dear Terry, “I have dry mouth when I sleep at night. In fact, it causes me to get up at night to drink water. My dentist says that it is a contributing cause of cavities that have developed at and below my gum lines. What would you recommend to eliminate or reduce the dry mouth? Thank you.” — Mark H., Cincinnati, OH

Dear Mark, Dry mouth can be greatly improved with omega-7 fatty acids. I recommend trying Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. The seeds contain exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare Omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). There are excellent studies demonstrating the ability of sea buckthorn oil, when taken internally in softgel capsules, to reduce excessive mucous membrane dryness. I would suggest taking 1,000-2,000 mg daily. When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.

You may also want to consider adding some natural, concentrated plant oils to your daily regimen. I would recommend Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove, and Oregano oils – some of nature’s most powerful antimicrobial ingredients to help boost your natural defenses. I suggest taking a total of 75 mg of these oils. Swish the oil in your mouth for 15-20 seconds. You can either swallow the oil at the end or spit it out. Do this twice daily, particularly after flossing and brushing your teeth.

Make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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The Most Important B vitamin – Vitamin B6

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P5P, the most active form of vitamin B6, is excellent for relieving pain and inflammation associated with neurological conditions such as burning feet, diabetes, and even carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as other problems such as water retention and autism. We can all use extra P5P, and when combined with magnesium it is even more effective.

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Curcumin: The All In One Solution, Part 2

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Terry’s Bottom Line for Curcumin

If I could only take one thing to improve my health it would be curcumin. In 45 years of studying health-related research, I have not seen anything that can match the benefits of this powerful, natural medicine. This amazing botanical can be used to treat almost every disease or illness, including:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Bronchitis and Asthma
  • Depression
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • Cirrhosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Wounds
  • Fatigue

I highly recommend choosing a product that features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.

Last week, we looked at the amazing healing ability of curcumin on cancer, heart disease, and arthritis. In this week’s Terry Talk’s Nutrition®, we’ll explore the ways curcumin is effective for diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, IBS, and more!

 

Diabetes

 

While diabetes is a disorder of blood sugar metabolism, inflammation plays a very strong role in its development and progression. In fact, some researchers now believe that chronic, low-level inflammation, especially when associated with obesity, is actually the cause of insulin resistance leading to Type 2 diabetes. In an experimental model of diabetes, curcumin was compared to the drug rosiglitazone (Avandia®), and found to be equally as effective in reducing insulin resistance, inflammatory markers, and fats in the bloodstream.13 Other studies looking at the effects of curcumin in models of diabetes have found similar results: improved insulin response and reduced blood glucose levels.14,15 Additionally, scientific studies have found that curcumin may protect against other problems associated with diabetes, such as breakdown of eye tissue, potential brain damage, nerve pain (neuropathy), and heart disease.16-19

 

Alzheimer’s Disease

 

The cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is not entirely known. However, certain characteristic changes are found in the brains of people with this condition – accumulated clusters of a protein called beta-amyloid, and clumps of dead and dying nerve and brain cells. These clusters and clumps, called plaques and tangles, are believed to interfere with the proper transmission of messages between brain cells and the death of the cells themselves. Inflammation is also believed to be involved, causing the accumulation of plaques and tangles to have even more damaging effects. Because of the known anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin, researchers are now looking at its effects in treating AD. What they have discovered is astonishing. Not only does curcumin protect brain cells from damaging inflammation, in experimental models of AD, curcumin was able to reduce beta-amyloid levels and shrink the size of accumulated plaques by over 30%!20  In fact, curcumin is more effective in inhibiting formation of beta-amyloid protein fragments than many other drugs being tested as Alzheimer’s treatments. One of the most prestigious Alzheimer’s research institutes in the world, the McCusker Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (supporting research at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia) is focused on learning more about the benefits of curcumin for treating AD. In a ground-breaking new study, BCM-95 curcumin is being administered to patients with mild to moderate dementia in order to learn more about how curcumin can be used as an effective treatment of AD.21

 

Depression

 

Depression is a debilitating and difficult to treat disease. Approximately 30% of patients who take prescription drugs to relieve their depression experience no benefits, and the remaining 70% will have only partial improvement. Additionally, the side effects can be significant, including nausea, weight gain, dizziness, dry mouth, blurred vision, insomnia and more. Because curcumin has been shown to be effective at treating other brain disorders, it has been theorized that it may also be helpful in relieving depression. First, inflammation is known to play a major role in the development of depression. Therefore, it seems logical that the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin may be helpful. Second, curcumin is also able to modulate the levels of brain neurotransmitters (chemical messengers – serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine) which influence mood, behavior, appetite, emotions and even dreaming and memory. In experimental models of depression, curcumin has been shown to increase levels of the “feel good” neurotransmitter, serotonin, as well as relieve other symptoms of depression.22,23

 

In a published study comparing BCM-95 curcumin to two prescription drugs, fluoxetine (Prozac®) and imipramine (Tofranil®), an experimental model found this curcumin to be just as effective as the two drugs – but without the adverse side effects.24 Researchers are now conducting human trials to compare the anti-depressant effects of curcumin with prescription drugs such as fluoxetine (one branded product is known as Prozac®).25

 

Gastrointestinal Inflammation (IBD and IBS)

 

Chronic inflammation of the intestines (the gastrointestinal tract) is associated with several commonly experienced diseases – particularly irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Crohn’s disease. Bloating, frequent diarrhea or constipation, gas, abdominal pain, even heartburn and acid reflux, can all be signs that unchecked inflammation is affecting the proper function of your digestive system. A study including over 200 people with IBS found that use of a standardized extract of curcumin was associated with up to a 25% reduction in abdominal pain, and 2/3 of participants reported an improvement in overall symptoms.26 In a small pilot study of patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative proctitis (a type of IBD) who received curcumin along with the standard anti-inflammatory drugs (including steroids), many of the patients were able to reduce or stop the medications, and inflammation markers decreased to within normal limits.27 One of the interesting benefits of curcumin is that it has not only been shown to reduce inflammatory compounds in the intestines, it can actually strengthen the intestinal wall to prevent harmful bacteria from passing out of the intestines and reaching other organs, such as the liver and kidneys.28

 

Wound Healing and Skin Conditions

 

Curcumin not only protects skin with its ability to quench damaging free radicals and reduce inflammation, but it has also been shown to improve collagen deposition and vascular density in wounds. Collagen is the foundation upon which healthy skin is built; vascular density is what ensures adequate blood flow to carry in the nutrients needed for repair of damaged tissue.29 Many people who experience problems with slow healing of wounds also have diabetes. Diabetes interferes with wound healing because it causes reduced blood flow (nutrients needed for tissue repair are carried in the bloodstream). High blood sugar also interferes with the ability of the body to clear away damaged cells and build new skin cells. In an experimental model of diabetes, both oral and topical curcumin were able to speed wound repair and healing.30 Radiation treatment for cancer can also cause significant damage to skin and delay healing. Pretreatment with curcumin has been shown in multiple studies to speed skin repair and healing.31 And finally, curcumin has shown promise at reducing inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, as well as skin cancer.29

 

Other Chronic Diseases

 

Curcumin has shown promise in treating many other diseases and conditions, including obesity, kidney and liver disease, eye disorders, lung conditions, allergies, pancreatitis, and more.32,33 Curcumin may also be able to protect against weight gain and body fat accumulation. In a study of animals fed a high fat diet, curcumin supplementation prevented the increase of adipose (fat) tissue as well as preventing fat deposits in the liver.34

 

Curcumin Safety

 

No toxicity issues have been reported for curcumin, even when used in dosages as high as 10 grams or more daily.35,36 Because it is so safe and non-toxic, curcumin therapy is something to consider for almost any condition, especially conditions involving inflammation.

 

Powerful Natural Medicine

 

I hope this information has helped show you why I think curcumin is the most powerful natural medicine available. No matter what your health concern might be, curcumin can help. Remember that when you shop for a curcumin product for yourself or your loved ones, choose a product that features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies.

Most studies used a 750 mg dosage twice daily. Most experts recommend taking a minimum of 750 mg of curcumin containing 500 mg of curcuminoids.

 

The information provided here is meant to be used in conjunction with the advice of a healthcare practitioner, who can help develop a treatment plan that is designed to address your unique health concerns for an optimal outcome.

 

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  23. Aggarwal BB, Kumar A, Bharti AC. Anticancer potential of curcumin: preclinical and clinical studies. Anticancer Res. 2003;23(1A):363-98.
  24. Cheng AL, Hsu CH, Lin JK, Hsu MM, et al. Phase I clinical trial of curcumin, a chemopreventive agent, in patients with high-risk or pre-malignant lesions. Anticancer Res. 2001;21:2895–900.
  25. Antony B, Merina B, Iyer VS, et al. A Pilot Cross-Over Study to Evaluate Human Oral Bioavailability of BCM-95CG (Biocurcumax), A Novel Bioenhanced Preparation of Curcumin. Indian J Pharm Sci. 2008; 70(4):445-449.
  26. Benny M, Antony B. Bioavailability of BioCurcumax™ (BCM-95™). Spice India. September, 2006 :11-15.

 

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Can you take boswellia if you have environmental allergies such as tree, grass, weeds?

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Dear Terry, “What if you have a lot of environmental allergies such as tree, grass, weeds, can you take boswellia?” — Bobbi K., Green Bay, WI

Dear Bobbi, Yes, boswellia can be especially helpful when dealing with allergies.

Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 500 – 1,000 mg of boswellia extract daily. Be sure to look for a boswellia extract that is standardized for AKBA (short for Acetyl-11-keto-β-Boswellic Acid), one of the most beneficial boswellic acids. It’s also important to find a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Do you have any suggestions for lichen planus?

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Dear Terry, “Do you have any suggestions for lichen planus?  I have had this condition for many years, and while not severe, the dentist always comments on it. Thanks!” — Shirley C., Detroit, MI

Dear Shirley, You may want to consider adding some natural, concentrated plant oils to your daily regimen. I would recommend Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove, and Oregano oils – some of nature’s most powerful antimicrobial ingredients to help boost your natural defenses. I suggest taking a total of 75 mg of these oils. Swish the oil in your mouth for 20-30 seconds. You can either swallow the oil at the end or spit it out. Do this 2 or 3 times a day.

Make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Keep Your Vision Clear

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68% of people ages 30-40 have technology-related eye or vision problems: dry eyes, eye strain, eye sensitivity, neck/back pain. Find out what ingredients will help you keep your vision clear.

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Skip the Cereal for Breakfast

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In a recent report, cereal marketed to children contained 40% more sugar than “adult” cereal. In a study, replacing a bagel breakfast with an egg breakfast caused significant weight loss over a period of 8 weeks. Eggs for breakfast is the way to go…

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Curcumin: The All In One Solution

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Terry’s Bottom Line for Curcumin

If I could only take one thing to improve my health it would be curcumin. In 45 years of studying health-related research, I have not seen anything that can match the benefits of this powerful, natural medicine. This amazing botanical can be used to treat almost every disease or illness, including:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Bronchitis and Asthma
  • Depression
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • Cirrhosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Wounds
  • Fatigue

I highly recommend choosing a product that features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.

Indian Solid Gold

Dried and powdered turmeric has been used in India as both a spice and a medicine for centuries. In addition to flavoring food, turmeric was used to treat conditions as varied as toothache, gas, chest pain, and menstrual problems. Modern research has found that the effectiveness of turmeric is because of a natural compound it contains: curcumin. By extracting curcumin from turmeric, we have an even more powerful way to treat disease. Enhancing the absorption of curcumin by blending it with turmeric essential oil has resulted in a natural substance that is as potent – or even more potent – at treating disease as prescription drugs, but without the adverse effects.

Why is Curcumin Good for So Many Problems?

One of the reasons that curcumin works so well on such a wide range of diseases is because it is such a powerful anti-inflammatory. We know that almost all chronic diseases – from diabetes to heart disease to arthritis to Alzheimer’s disease – have something in common: unchecked, destructive inflammation. Unlike synthetic drugs, which typically work against only a single inflammation pathway, natural curcumin reduces inflammation through its effects on multiple inflammation targets.1

In technical terms, curcumin has been found to

Because of this anti-inflammatory activity, as well as its ability to kill tumor cells, increase activity of protective antioxidants such as glutathione, and modulate tumor growth cell factors, curcumin is effective against hundreds of diseases.2

Curcumin is also a potent antioxidant, able to neutralize unstable, reactive free radicals. Free radicals are molecules with a missing electron that stabilize themselves by “stealing” electrons from neighboring molecules, creating another free radical in the process. This chain reaction of free radical formation is known as a free radical cascade, and it can result in cellular damage (called oxidative stress) leading to inflammation and chronic disease – including cancer. Free radicals can negatively impact all body systems, including the immune system. Curcumin, like other antioxidants, is able to stop free radical cascades without becoming unstable itself. Its ability to neutralize free radicals is extraordinarily strong. In fact, curcumin has an antioxidant value of over 1,000,000 per 100 g – many times higher than that of blueberries (6,552), strawberries (3,577) or dark chocolate (powder) (40,200) – well known food-based antioxidants. The dual properties of curcumin as both anti-inflammatory and super antioxidant may also explain why it has no side effects.

Although the information on how curcumin works at a cellular level is very technical, what you need to remember is that curcumin is not a synthetic drug that poisons your body’s systems – instead, it works with your body’s own processes to help bring back natural function. If you would like more in-depth information on curcumin’s many mechanisms of action, please see the reference list at the end of this document.

Curcumin for Cancer

Our bodies have a natural ability to fight cancer through the activity of tumor suppressing genes. However, aging and environmental factors can turn off or silence these genes, allowing the cancer to grow and spread unchecked. Researchers have now found that one of the ways curcumin fights cancer is by re-awakening these “sleeping genes,” turning them back on to stop cancer. This branch of science is known as epigenetics, and it may hold the answer to treating many types of cancer.3

Curcumin has been shown to stop cancer initiation, promotion and progression, meaning that it stops the changes that cause normal cells to become cancerous, stops the replication of cancerous cells (tumor formation), and stops cancerous cells from migrating to other parts of the body (known as metastasis). Published studies on curcumin’s anticancer activity (so far) have found that it can suppress breast, prostate, liver, skin, colon and lung cancer.4,5

Curcumin has also been shown to increase the activity of cancer drugs and to decrease drug resistance in cancer cells (meaning it helps cancer drugs kill tumors more efficiently). Additionally, it protects normal cells from the toxic effects of chemotherapy drugs and radiation treatments.6

Taking curcumin in combination with chemotherapy drugs may mean less of the toxic drugs are required, but the results will be better, with significantly reduced side effects. However, this is very early research and more studies need to be done.

Researchers believe that curcumin works similarly against all types of cancer, so no matter what kind of cancer you may have, curcumin can be helpful.

Curcumin, Inflammation, and Chronic Disease

Inflammation is normal. It is a natural physical response that is triggered when the body begins to repair damage or injuries. However, inflammation should be limited, with a definite beginning and end. It should not continue, day after day. On-going, persistent inflammation is destructive, not restorative. One of the keys to improving chronic diseases (heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, etc.) is stopping the cycle of chronic inflammation. As discussed earlier, curcumin, unlike synthetic drugs, works on multiple inflammation pathways to help return the body to a normal inflammation balance. Additionally, curcumin has specific, unique mechanisms of action that make it invaluable in treating chronic diseases.

Heart Disease

In an experimental model of heart disease, curcumin was compared to the cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin. The researchers found that curcumin protected against the effects of a high cholesterol diet just as effectively as lovastatin, preventing the inflammatory changes that lead to plaque buildup (and eventually, a heart attack), reducing triglycerides and increasing protective HDL cholesterol levels.7 In fact, volunteers receiving

500 mg of curcumin daily in a small clinical trial experienced a 29% increase in HDL levels.8 Just a 1% increase in this “good” form of cholesterol can reduce your risk of heart disease by 2-3%, so this finding is very important. Curcumin has also been found to lower serum triglycerides by 27%. Triglycerides are an undesirable form of fat that circulates in the bloodstream. Although much attention has been focused on cholesterol levels in connection with risk of heart disease, new research is finding that reducing triglyceride levels is likely more important than controlling cholesterol levels. In fact, one recent scientific paper noted that high triglyceride levels nearly tripled the risk of a heart attack.9 Therefore, the ability of curcumin to reduce triglyceride levels is crucial in reducing your risk of heart disease.

Arthritis

The hallmarks of osteoarthritis are cartilage destruction and inflammation – two conditions that curcumin is able to prevent. An interesting property of curcumin is that it is able to protect chondrocytes, specialized cells found in joint cartilage, from being broken down by inflammatory compounds (IL-1beta, MMP3) in the body.10 In fact, in a recent clinical study that looked at a combination of highly absorbable curcumin and boswellia (also an excellent natural anti-inflammatory) or the prescription drug celecoxib (Celebrex®) in the treatment of patients with arthritis, the herbal combination worked better than the drug, with no side effects!11 The researchers in this study found that 93% of the participants receiving the herbal combination reported reduced or no pain, compared to only 86% of the prescription drug group. The group receiving the special curcumin and boswellia combination were also able to walk further, and had less pain and better range of movement, all without significant adverse effects. Prescription drugs such as celecoxib are classified as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and are known to cause adverse effects such as stomach and intestinal bleeding ulcers, reduced kidney function, and increased blood pressure and risk of heart attack. Curcumin works just as effectively at reducing inflammation – without these potentially life-threatening adverse effects.

In patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the body’s own immune cells attack and destroy the lining of the joints (synovium). This chronic, painful and debilitating condition is characterized by inflammation throughout the body, warm and swollen joints, and even joint destruction. Recently, researchers looked at the effects of 500 mg of a specialized, highly absorbable curcumin extract taken twice daily compared to 50 mg of the prescription drug diclofenac sodium (one brand name is Voltaren®) twice daily, or a combination of the two in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The group receiving the highly absorbable curcumin had the greatest reduction in joint pain and swelling, with no adverse effects. In contrast, 14% of the participants in the drug group stopped the test because of the adverse effects they experienced.12

Of course, curcumin is effective for even more than the conditions we’ve outlined so far. Next week, we’ll take a look at curcumin for diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), wound healing, and more.

 

References

  1. Goel A, Jhurani S, Aggarwal BB. Multi-targeted therapy by curcumin: how spicy is it? Mol Nutr Food Res. 2008;52(9):1010-30.
  2. Aggarwal BB, Sundaram C, Malani N, Ichikawa H. Curcumin: the Indian solid gold. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2007;595:1-75.
  3. Meeran SM, Ahmed A, Tollefsbol TO. Epigenetic targets of bioactive dietary components for cancer prevention and therapy. Clin Epigenetics. 2010;1(3-4):101-116.
  4. Shehzad A, Wahid F, Lee YS. Curcumin in cancer chemoprevention: molecular targets, pharmacokinetics, bioavailability, and clinical trials. Arch Pharm (Weinheim). 2010;343(9):489-99.
  5. Johnson JJ, Mukhtar H. Curcumin for chemoprevention of colon cancer. Cancer Lett. 2007;255(2):170-81.
  6. Goel A, Aggarwal BB. Curcumin, the golden spice from Indian saffron, is a chemosensitizer and radiosensitizer for tumors and chemoprotector and radioprotector for normal organs. Nutr Cancer. 2010;62(7):919-30.
  7. Shin SK, HA TY, McGregor RA, Choi MS. Long-term curcumin administration protects against atherosclerosis via hepatic regulation of lipoprotein cholesterol metabolism. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2011 Nov 7.
  8. Soni KB, Kuttan R. Effect of oral curcumin administration on serum peroxides and cholesterol levels in human volunteers. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 1992 Oct;36(4):273-5.
  9. Gaziano JM, Hennekens CH, O’Donnell CJ, Breslow JL, Buring JE. Fasting triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein, and risk of myocardial infarction. Circulation. 1997;96(8):2520-5.
  10. Henrotin Y, Clutterbuck AL, Allaway D, et al. Biological actions of curcumin on articular chondrocytes. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2010;18(2):141-9.
  11. Antony B, Kizhakedath R, Benny M, Kuruvilla BT. Clinical Evaluation of a herbal product (Rhulief™) in the management of knee osteoarthritis. Abstract 316. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2011;19(S1):S145-S146.
  12. Chandran B, Goel A. A Randomized, Pilot Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Curcumin in Patients with Active Rheumatoid Arthritis. Phytother Res. March 9, 2012 doi: 10.1002/ptr.4639.

 

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Do you know of anything that is good for anxiety and stress?

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Dear Terry, “Do you know of anything that is good for anxiety and stress? I get really anxious when I am around people I’m not comfortable with or in public. I would really appreciate any advice you could give – this is no fun.” — Angie S., Rochester, NY

Dear Angie, I would recommend adding narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) to your daily regimen. Researchers have discovered that compounds in this unique type of coneflower can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. These compounds have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which helps to instill a sense of calm and relaxation. I recommend taking 20-40 mg of coneflower extract twice daily. Make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract that is standardized for echinacosides.

You may also want to consider adding omega-3s to your regimen as they have been shown to help increase focus and attention. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, as this is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – in the natural sn-2 position, not the sn-1 position into which they are twisted when extracted in fish oil. This means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need a small amount compared to the handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I had 4 large uterine fibroids surgically removed approximately 2 years ago.

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Dear Terry, “I am a 35 year old female. I had 4 large uterine fibroids surgically removed approximately 2 years ago. Following the surgery, I experienced a rapid weight loss of about 20 pounds and the symptoms I experienced prior to the surgery (very heavy menstrual cycles, fatigue, pressure in the abdomen and frequent urge to urinate) disappeared. Now, those same symptoms have returned. I do not wish to undergo another surgery. Do you have any guidance on other alternatives (i.e., changes in diet, supplements, etc.) that may shrink the fibroids and put me back on the road to a normal life?” — Carrie C., Sioux Falls, SD

Dear Carrie, I do have some options that I believe can make a difference. However, I strongly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician, as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.

When it comes to uterine fibroids, you need to choose botanicals and nutrients that will help reduce inflammation and support healthy cellular development.

I think you would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. I recommend taking 750 – 1,500 mg of high absorption curcumin daily. Choose a product that features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.

In addition to the curcumin, I would also recommend adding a boswellia extract. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 500 – 1,000 mg of boswellia extract daily. Be sure to look for a boswellia extract that is standardized for AKBA (short for Acetyl-11-keto-β-Boswellic Acid), one of the most beneficial boswellic acids. It’s also important to find a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract.

Lastly, I believe you should also consider adding iodine to your daily regimen. Iodine helps prevent the hormonal imbalances that can lead to uterine fibroids/cysts. For optimal support, I suggest choosing a formula that contains multiple forms of iodine. I recommend taking 12.5-25 mg of iodine daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I’m having problems with circulation in my legs – it is particularly painful at night.

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Dear Terry, “I’m having problems with circulation in my legs – it is particularly painful at night. Can you please refer something to me for this problem? Thank you in advance.” — Pat L., Clarksville, TN

Dear Pat, I would first recommend that you consult with your healthcare practitioner to rule out the possibility of an underlying condition. If everything checks out, I would then suggest trying the following options.

I believe you would benefit greatly by adding red vine leaf and butcher’s broom to your daily regimen. You may have already heard of these two powerful botanicals. Red vine leaf contains resveratrol, anthocyanins, and a range of other protective polyphenols and has been clinically proven to relieve the pain and swollen legs associated with varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Butcher’s broom is also extremely well known for treating varicose veins, other symptoms of CVI, and circulatory health in general.

Together, these two powerful botanicals have the ability to strengthen the veins of the legs and can help stop the pain you are experiencing. When looking for these two botanical extracts, make sure to choose ones that are standardized for their active compounds.

Another excellent supplement is mesoglycan, a naturally occurring substance found in the body. Mesoglycan is an excellent source of glycosaminoglycans (also known as GAGs) – vital and necessary components that build the walls of our blood vessels and arteries. Other examples of GAGs include chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. Mesoglycan works on the actual formation of blood vessel walls, helping them to be strong, yet flexible, plus it helps keep blood moving through our arteries and blood vessels. I recommend taking 50-100 mg of mesoglycan daily.

Keep in mind that while you may start to see changes within several weeks – you need to be patient – it may take up to 3-6 months to see full benefits. Good luck!

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Eye Strain and Eye Fatigue

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Age related changes to our vision can happen gradually and we may miss the warning signs until the problem is advanced. Terry discusses two natural ingredients – astaxanthin and black currant – which can help prevent tired, strained eyes.

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Preserve Your Knees and Joints

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Do your knees and joints hurt the most when you’re really just trying to do the right thing and exercise to stay in shape? That’s not unusual. Over time, exercise and normal wear and tear break down the cartilage and connective tissues that make up our knees and joints, causing the pain that can keep you from being as active as you’d like.

It’s not unusual for people to respond to knee and joint pain by taking over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen. But those options take a toll on the stomach and liver. They reduce pain, but at a price. Besides, taking care of the pain is only half of the equation.

You really need nutrients that reduce the damaging inflammation, help build up the structure of the knees and other joints, and stop the source of the pain.

Fortunately, there is a combination of clinically-tested botanical ingredients that do just that. Research has found that they are just as effective as OTC (over-the-counter) and prescription drugs – without the harmful side effects.

First, let’s look at two anti-inflammatory herbal extracts: high-absorption curcumin and a specialized boswellia extract.

Curcumin from turmeric is an amazing ingredient. It reduces inflammation, fights oxidative stress, and is the subject of much research and attention in the press. The downside is, most standard curcumin extracts aren’t well absorbed.

However, this specialized, high-absorption curcumin is remarkable. It blends curcumin extract with turmeric essential oils to boost absorption and blood retention time up to 10 times that of standard 95% extracts. It also stays in the bloodstream at meaningful levels for up to 12 hours, so the benefits of curcumin stick with you much longer.1

Boswellia, another time-tested botanical, is an important ingredient here, too. It is especially potent at reducing the joint pain, including arthritis, by inhibiting the inflammatory enzyme, 5-LOX. This clinically-studied boswellia is low in β-boswellic acid (which interferes with beneficial activity) and has higher levels of acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid (AKBA) to really boost the effectiveness of the extract.

Together, curcumin and boswellia reduce the tissue-damaging inflammation that causes pain. When you use them, you’re not just “covering up” the pain signals your body sends out; you’re helping your body to heal. In fact, they were both featured in an osteoarthritis study that compared the two botanicals to a generic celecoxib (known under the brand name Celebrex®) for individuals with osteoarthritis.

 

In this study, one group received celecoxib, 100 mg, twice daily while the second group received a 500 mg blend of the high-absorption curcumin and the high-AKBA, low-beta boswellia extract twice daily.

When it came to relieving pain, 64% of those taking the herbal ingredients versus 29% in the drug group improved to such a high degree that they were able to move from having “moderate to severe arthritis” to “mild to moderate arthritis.”2

Two additional ingredients that will heal and preserve your knees and joints are vitamin D3 and fructoborate. Vitamin D3 keeps knee cartilage stronger, but it’s common for older individuals to have deficiencies. A recent study examined serum vitamin D levels in postmenopausal women. 53% percent of the women were deficient in vitamin D, and only 17% had sufficient blood levels of the nutrient. They reported joint pain and swelling, too. 3,4

 

Fructoborate is a highly-absorbable form of boron that has been clinically shown to reduce joint pain in volunteers with severe osteoarthritis in just 8 weeks.5 It also helps the body absorb and use vitamin D3, and boosts levels of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), a hormone that supports the adrenal glands and keeps your energy levels and endurance in peak form.6

Staying active means more than relieving pain

It’s easy to think that pain relief is the only thing to consider. But these ingredients provide your knees and joints with nutrients that help them heal and thrive. If you suffer from knee and joint pain and want a safe and natural solution, this combination will help you get back to your active life.

 

About Terry Lemerond
Terry Lemerond is a natural health pioneer with over 40 years of experience. He has owned health food stores, founded dietary supplement companies, formulated over 400 products, and was the first to introduce glucosamine sulfate, IP-6, standardized Ginkgo biloba, and other award-winning products to the U.S. natural products market. Terry is a published author and appears on radio, television, and is a frequent guest speaker nationwide. This energy and zeal are simply part of Terry’s mission — as it has been since the beginning of his career—to improve the health of America.

 

References:

  1. Antony B, Merina B, Iyer VS, Judy N, Lennertz K, Joyal S. A pilot cross-over study to evaluate human oral bioavailability of BCM-95 CG (Biocurcumax™) a novel bioenhanced preparation of curcumin. Ind J Pharm Sci. 2008:445-449.
  2. Antony B, Kizhakedath R, Benny M, Kuruvilla BT. Clinical Evaluation of a herbal product (Rhulief™) in the management of knee osteoarthritis. Abstract 316. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2011;19(S1):S145-S146.
  3. Heidari B. Association between serum vitamin D deficiency and knee osteoarthritis. Int Orthop. 2010 Dec 30
  4. Chlebowski RT, Johnson KC, Lane D, Pettinger M, Kooperberg CL, Wactawski-Wende J, Rohan T, O’Sullivan MJ, Yasmeen S, Hiatt RA, Shikany JM, Vitolins M, Khandekar J, Hubbell FA. 25-Hydroxyvitamin D concentration, vitamin D intake and joint symptoms in postmenopausal women. Maturitas. 2011 Jan;68(1):73-8.
  5. Pilot clinical trial of fructoborate in vitamin D deficient human volunteers. Data unpublished.
  6. Department of Orthopedic Medicine. University of Novi Sad. Serbia. Data unpublished.
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Is there a difference in curcumin and turmeric?

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Dear Terry, “Is there a difference in curcumin and turmeric?” — John S., Anchorage, AK

Dear John, Yes, there is a difference.

Turmeric is the plant that provides curcumin. A typical turmeric root contains about 2-5% curcumin, so taking an unstandardized, powdered turmeric root product means that very large amounts would be required to get a beneficial amount of curcumin. So, when it comes to addressing a specific health concern (i.e., Alzheimer’s, pain, Parkinson’s, etc.), leave your turmeric in the spice cupboard – a highly absorbable curcumin extract is the better choice.

I highly recommend choosing a product that features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Do you think taking a multivitamin would help with the symptoms that go along with ADHD?

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Dear Terry, “I was just in our local vitamin store looking for some information on adult ADHD.  The clerk there recommended that I take a multivitamin.  Do you think this would help with the symptoms that go along with ADHD? If not, could you please recommend something else?  Thank you for your time.” — Diane M., Spokane, WA

Dear Diane, I believe strongly that everyone should include a multivitamin and mineral formula in their daily regimens.

However, choosing the right daily multivitamin and mineral formula can be a real challenge. I personally feel that multivitamin and mineral formulas have become too over-specialized. Or at least that is how they are marketed. The reality is that most people, regardless of gender and age, need the same nutrients – including bioavailable B-vitamins, and chelated minerals.

The very best premium daily multivitamin and mineral formulas are taken more than once a day. Keep in mind that one tablet or capsule could not possibly fit the optimal amounts of vitamins, minerals, and herbs needed to provide significant nutritional support. In addition, many nutrients are only active in the body for a short period of time and need to be replenished every 6 to 8 hours. Multiple daily doses ensure that your body is receiving optimal nutrient levels throughout the day. When it comes to multivitamins, I recommend taking a minimum of 2 tablets daily for maintenance, or increasing to 4 tablets daily for optimal support.

I strongly recommend that you also consider adding omega-3s to your regimen as they have been shown to help increase focus and attention. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, as this is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – in the natural sn-2 position, not the sn-1 position into which they are twisted when extracted in fish oil. This means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need a small amount compared to the handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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What can be done about warts on hands?

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Dear Terry, “What can be done about warts on hands?” — Judy D., Green Bay, WI

Dear Judy, Oftentimes, you only need to look as far as your diet when it comes to warts as they may be caused by a diet which includes excessive quantities of carbohydrates and refined sugar. I’d urge individuals with warts to stay away from all soft drinks, highly acidic juices, refined carbohydrates and sugars. For a more detailed look at an effective diet that works, please see my article, Terry’s Traditional Diet.

I would also recommend taking up to 200 mgs several times a day of the following four concentrated plant oils: Ravintsara, Myrtle, Thyme, and Bay. These ingredients are extremely potent in ridding the body of pathogens. You can also dab a few drops on the affected area, and cover with duct tape. If duct tape looks silly, use decorated duct tape or band aids. Change every few days. It usually takes one to two weeks.

When looking for concentrated plant oils, be sure to choose ones which have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Curcumin and Other Natural Treatments for Depression

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Presented by Dr. Adrian Lopresti

Some of the most interesting research in natural medicine is occurring in the area of mental health. Dr. Adrian Lopresti of Murdoch University in Western Australia is the lead author of a recently published study examining the antidepressant effects of a specialized curcumin extract (BCM-95) in the treatment of major depression. Dr. Lopresti will be discussing the results of his new study, as well as sharing information on other effective natural treatments for depression, in this special event.

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Natural Flu Fighters

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

If you’re worried about the cold and flu season, don’t fall for anti-bacterial soaps & lotions and the constant messages to “get your flu shots.” There is a much better way.

Powerful concentrated plant oils – up to 100 times stronger than extracts – are the perfect choice to stop viruses, eliminate bacteria, and shore up your immune system.

This combination:

  • Stops viruses and colds
  • Destroys bacteria and yeast overgrowth
  • Boosts your natural immune defenses
  • Clears sinus infections
  • Provides a safe, natural, effective alternative to flu shots

Natural Flu Fighters

Every year when the official “cold and flu” season rolls around, it can feel like the bell ringing for the start of a wrestling match. Between antibacterial hand gels and soaps, plus the constant nagging to “get your flu shot,” you might feel overwhelmed.

In my opinion, flu shots are notoriously ineffective and can even cause harm in some people, and the flood of antibacterial products everywhere has, more than likely, simply served to create stronger bacteria. In addition, most commercial antibacterial soaps contain cancer-causing chemicals. Hand washing is good prevention, but good old natural soap and warm water are the best way to go.

The reality is, you can catch a flu or cold any time of year. So what can you do to avoid the lost work time, inconvenience, and discomfort?

I have found a natural solution that works, using the concentrated oils of herbs that have long been considered to be some of the best bacteria and virus fighters around. Concentrated plant oils are up to 100 times more potent than botanical extracts, and are some of the most powerful agents known in natural medicine for increasing immunity and killing pathogens. In this Terry Talks Nutrition®, we will look at a formula that succeeds where others fail.

 

 

Plant Oils for Internal Use – Powerful and Concentrated

Concentrated plant oils, also known as essential oils, have long been used topically for a variety of health issues. However, there are some specially prepared concentrated plant oils that are safe for use internally, and have amazingly potent effects in the body. These plant oils are verified for correct plant, species, botanical markers, and human safety. I would not use a plant oil internally unless it has been verified. In this group of potent plant oils, there are very effective flu and bacteria fighters. A great combination to battle viruses uses Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora), Myrtle (Myrtus communis), Thyme (Thymus saturoides), and Bay Leaf (Laurus nobilis) concentrated plant oils.

All of these flu-fighting herbs are exciting and work well together, but one in particular – Ravintsara – has tremendous benefits. Ravintsara is a variety of Cinnamomum camphora, introduced to Madagascar over 150 years ago. This evergreen tree grows up to 90 feet tall, and is typically found in the highlands and southern tip of the island nation. While the Asian varieties of this tree are used to provide camphor oil, the trees in Madagascar have naturalized over time, and the difference in soil, growing conditions and climate have given their oils a different chemical profile. In this case, ravintsara oil contains high levels of 1,8 cineole (giving it a scent much like eucalyptus) and provides powerful immune support.

Unlike herbs that work by stimulating the immune system, ravintsara actually destroys bacteria and viruses, ridding the body of these invaders altogether. Ravintsara is even being considered as a commercial antifungal agent for other natural products and foods, because it is so powerful and much safer than synthetic chemicals.

There is emerging research on the Asian varieties of the plant that show strong anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor potential, so it will be exciting to see if the Madagascar ravintsara shows some of the same effects.

Of course, for the immune system, ravintsara oil is one of my top recommendations for treating all types of bacterial and viral illnesses – from common colds and the flue to yeast overgrowth, pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and more.

I recommend using ravintsara oil that has been proven safe for consumption internally, combined with other strong botanical ingredients that help fight viruses and bacteria. But should you need to use this herbal powerhouse topically, simply open a softgel and apply.

Myrtle (Myrtus communis) is another botanical used in traditional medicine throughout the Mediterranean. The leaves from this evergreen shrub produce a powerful essential oil that is a strong antioxidant, has been used as an antiseptic and antibacterial agent, and is excellent for treating bronchial and lung infections.

Myrtle essential oil has been well-studied and sold in Europe for more than 75 years. In fact, during placebo-controlled trials, people with sinus infections treated with myrtle concentrated oil felt significantly better within an average of six days.

Myrtle provides some of the same key compounds found in ravintsara, including 1,8 cineole. The cineole stimulates tiny, fluttering projections in the sinus cavities called cilia to move mucus along more quickly, helping clear out mucus and drain the sinus passages.

Myrtle essential oil is strong. In a scientific study, it held its own against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the primary cause of tuberculosis, which has made an alarming comeback. Additionally, myrtle oil has been tested as a natural food preservative for lettuce and tomatoes, reducing Salmonella counts and opening up a whole new opportunity for organic growers. So here again, myrtle shares something in common with ravintsara, being a powerful natural preservative. What a great opportunity for our health! After all, who wants to use chlorine on food when you have something this good and natural instead?

The thyme I recommend in this combination, Thymus satureioides, is a different species than the thyme you may use as a seasoning or, for that matter, as a natural medicine for digestion and other ailments. This species is another strong botanical to have on your side during cold and flu season.

As a concentrated essential oil, Thymus satureioides is also a strong antibacterial, fighting a variety of strains, including Staphylococcus aureus (the cause of staph infections) and Escherichia coli (the cause of food poisoning and many emergency room visits by the very young and the elderly).

Bay, also known as Laurel (Laurus nobilis), is an evergreen shrub that, like thyme or myrtle, is native to the Mediterranean region.

Bay has been shown to fight methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). This is important, because MRSA is a huge concern in hospitals. Most people carry some Staphylococcus aureus on the surface of their skin, but it can enter the body from cuts or even breathing tubes. When you hear about people with staph infections who have recently been in the hospital, this is what has usually happened.

Vancomycin-resistant enterococci are another bacteria that results from people being on antibiotic treatment for extended periods. While enterococci are found naturally in the intestines, they can cause infection, too. If someone is treated with vancomycin and develops a resistance, they are even more at risk. The fact that humble bay can have an effect here is just further evidence of how truly valuable our herbal medicines are.

I think it’s fascinating – but not surprising – that the herbs that were held in high esteem by our ancestors as both food and medicine (“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food” as Hippocrates said), are beginning to be appreciated by modern science. In some ways, we are slowly catching up and in others, we’re offering more advancements in natural medicine than our forebears could have dreamt of.

Fighting the flu, stopping colds, and battling bacteria doesn’t mean you have to opt for dangerous over-the-counter drugs, vaccines of limited value, or buckets of sanitizer. These four simple ingredients give you a strong defense for the season. I recommend a 200 mg combination of ravintsara, myrtle, thyme, and bay concentrated plant oils in a softgel that you can take once daily, or up to three times if need be.

Remember, concentrated oils are strong – up to 100 times more powerful than herbal extracts, and they’ve been certified to be safe for internal use and contain the beneficial key compounds you need.

This time of year you can’t be too prepared, so picking up this combination is a must. After all, 1 in 5 people get the seasonal flu, and some estimates say that about 1 billion people suffer from colds each year. You can beat the odds this year with these tremendously powerful essential oils, naturally.

To help stop viruses, eliminate bacteria, and shore up your immune system, I would recommend the following four ingredients up to 200 mgs several times per day:

  • Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora) Leaf Oil
  • Myrtle (Myrtus communis) Leaf Oil
  • Thyme (Thymus satureioides) Flower Oil
  • Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) Leaf Oil

 

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Blood Pressure

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Olive leaf and hibiscus can help take the strain off your heart and your arteries. Learn more about how these natural ingredients can help lower your high blood pressure naturally, with no significant side effects.

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Glutathione: The Master Antioxidant

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Glutathione is critical to life. But glutathione occurs in two forms. A healthy child has about 99% of their glutathione in the active form, and 1% or less in the inactive form. But the older we get, the less active glutathione we have, and the more inactive glutathione is present.

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Complete Sea Buckthorn for Omega-7 and More

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There’s more to omega fatty acids than just omega-3. There’s a whole spectrum of these beneficial nutrients, including omega-7.

I recommend a complete sea buckthorn extract, with oil from the berry and the seed. This amazing extract provides over 200 bioactive compounds – a true “nutrient bomb”.

A complete sea buckthorn extract:

  • Provides omega-3, 6, 9 and omega-7 plus other strong nutrients
  • Protects your heart, arteries, and blood vessels
  • Keeps skin looking young and hydrated
  • Soothes mucosal tissue and stops ulcers
  • Stops the dryness and itching of Sjörgen’s syndrome
  • Relieves dry eyes
  • Reduces inflammation

Omega-7 – the Amazing Essential Fatty Acid

When you hear about omega fatty acids, omega-3 probably comes to mind. But there are a range of other omega fatty acids which are just as necessary. And one especially, omega-7, is the focus of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Omega-7 from Sea Buckthorn Berry

Omega-7 is found in just a few foods, including fish and nuts. However, one of the richest sources of this rare fatty acid is the berry of the sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.) plant.

In fact, the pearl shaped berry is commonly referred to as a “nutrient bomb” and contains more than 200 bioactive compounds including natural vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and plant sterols.

It is important to know that omega-7 is found only in the pulp of the sea buckthorn berry. Oil from the seed alone has no omega-7. And that is why the best sea buckthorn supplement includes both seed oil and pulp extract for the full benefits of the plant. It should also be extracted using environmentally-friendly, solvent free, supercritical CO2 technology. This is the same extraction method used to produce the sea buckthorn oil that is clinically tested and proven.

Now contrast this with the “purified omega-7” fatty acids from extremely processed, refined, and unstable fish oil. Not only are you getting a much more pro-inflammatory, pro-oxidative supplement with these fish oil products, you’re getting less omega-7 per dose than you would in a complete sea buckthorn oil product.

Protects the Heart and Cardiovascular System

The effect of sea buckthorn oil on cardiovascular health has been widely studied. The results demonstrate the ability of sea buckthorn oil to improve blood lipid profiles and reduce risk factors of cardiovascular disease. Sea buckthorn oil from berry and seed increases the level of good cholesterol, reduces the harmful effects of bad cholesterol and acts on platelet aggregation to prevent the formation of harmful blood clots. Sea buckthorn oil also inhibits the inflammation associated with cardiovascular diseases.

Aside from improving cholesterol profiles, sea buckthorn improves microcirculation – the tiny capillaries and blood vessels that especially affect the eyes, brain, and skin.

Microcirculation disorders are a key issue in a wide range of health problems, including inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Reduced microcirculation is also an important factor in the cause of skin problems such as couperose and cellulite. Couperose is brought about by a disorder of facial circulation, or to be precise, the enlargement of small blood vessels. The enlarged blood vessels are visible through skin as a redness and thin reddish or bluish lines. You’ll see couperose in cases of thin, dry and delicate skin with capillaries located close to the skin surface. It is more frequently found in women, and oxidative stress is often the major cause.

Scientific studies using the supercritical CO2-extracted sea buckthorn berry and seed oil I recommend have shown potential to improve microcirculation. That’s not only due to the omega-7 and other omega fatty acids, but also because of the amazing variety of nutrients found in the complete berry and seed extract, including vitamin E, vitamin C, and many others.

Makes Skin Look Younger

The aging process considerably alters both the structure and the mechanical properties of skin. Aged skin is less extendable and less elastic than younger skin. Fine lines and wrinkles are characteristic signs of age, and especially photo-aged skin. Wrinkle formation is due to the decrease of elasticity, photo-aging and free radical attack on the skin. But skin aging doesn’t necessarily have to do with how old you are. It can be accelerated by poor nutrition, lack of sleep, excessive sun exposure, environmental toxins, stress, or a combination of any or all of them.

Sea buckthorn oil protects skin from oxidative damage and restores skin moisture and elasticity. It is also an excellent source of essential nutrients for regulating moisture and sensitivity of skin.

In a clinical study, healthy women with an average age of 61 years took sea buckthorn oil or a placebo for three months. Those using sea buckthorn saw a 49% improvement in skin moisture (33% in just one month!) and a 9.2% improvement in wrinkle depth – that is, skin wrinkles were less severe. So, the extra hydration that sea buckthorn brings actually works to “smooth out” the skin. This same study also showed a 26% improvement in skin elasticity. Essentially, sea buckthorn oil slows down the aging process of the skin. It is also the perfect natural solution for anyone dealing with atopic eczema or dermatitis, and promotes wound healing, too.

Heals and Soothes Stomach and Intestinal Tract

The complete sea buckthorn oil I recommend has healing properties for the mucous membranes throughout the body, including in the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. This makes it extremely valuable for anyone dealing with ulcers or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Ulcers can be caused by H. pylori bacteria or by using prescription and over-the-counter pain medication, including aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or “NSAIDs”.

Sea buckthorn oil helps accelerate the healing of damaged tissue. In experimental tests, sea buckthorn oil provided equal — or better — protection against ulcers than the prescription drug cimetidine (a brand name is Tagamet®), which is used to lower stomach acid production. In further tests, the oil from this berry and seed extract also helped heal existing gastric ulcers faster.

Stops Sjögren’s Syndrome

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and dryness in the mouth, tear glands, lining of the bronchial airways, and vagina. Sjögren’s syndrome can also be associated with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and scleroderma. Not surprisingly, it is more common in families with members experiencing autoimmune illnesses.

About 90% of patients with Sjögren’s syndrome are female. Vaginal dryness associated with the condition causes pain during intercourse, as well as recurrent vaginal infections. In a placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study, patients with Sjögren’s Syndrome used either sea buckthorn oil or a placebo for three months. Those in the sea buckthorn group showed greater improvement in vaginal mucosa and overall symptom relief, including burning, itching, pain, secretion, and dryness – including dry eyes and mouth.

Stops Inflammation

Sea buckthorn oil from the berry and seed have traditionally been used topically on the skin for burns, scalds, wounds, and dermatitis. The berry and seed oil extract I recommend has been shown to improve the symptoms of atopic dermatitis and reduce inflammation when it was applied to the skin. Taken internally, it also showed some analgesic effects.

 

Relieves Dry Eyes

A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical study, included one hundred men and women aged 20 to 75 who were experiencing dry eye symptoms. Not surprisingly, half of them used contact lenses. Contact lens can be a major contributing factor to dry eyes and fatigue.

For three months, half of the participants used the supercritical CO2 sea buckthorn extract, in morning and evening doses. Throughout the study, the participants kept a logbook of symptoms, and clinical tests, including eye exams and fatty acid analysis of the tear film were conducted, too.

The redness and burning sensations in the sea buckthorn group were lower versus the placebo group, and in similar studies, those using sea buckthorn also had a much better fatty acid composition of their tear film than those in the placebo groups.

So why does sea buckthorn work so well for dry eyes? The researchers believe that the reduction of moisture creates inflammation, which tends to dry out the eyes – and keep them dry. Other research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids help reduce the inflammation, and that omega-3 and omega-6 have a combined effect of increasing tear secretion while reducing inflammation. Fatty acids – and a healthy fatty acid balance – also help build the composition of tear film produced by the meibomian glands at the edges of the eyelids. The lipid (or fat) content of that film is what helps prevent water and moisture loss from the eyes, so it’s an important factor in dry eye syndrome and other conditions of eye dryness. In fact, there is a reported difference in the fatty acid composition in the tears of people with healthy eyes versus those suffering from dry eyes.

Finding the Best Sea Buckthorn

When you look for these ingredients, make sure the sea buckthorn extract you find is rich in many nutrients, including omega-7, but also omega 3, 6, and 9. Plus, a complete sea buckthorn oil extract includes phytosterols, tocopherols and carotenoids, just like the material used in the studies. The sea buckthorn I recommend uses an environmentally-friendly, solvent-free supercritical CO2 extraction technology. That way, you know you’re getting the same type of sea buckthorn oil that has been clinically tested.

To get optimal benefits, make sure you are taking a minimum of 500 mg of Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.) Oil that has been extracted using supercritical CO2 extraction technology and contains both berry and seed oils.

 

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I am a 68 year old male who is experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED).

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Q. Dear Terry, “I am a 68 year old male who is experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED). I have already tried prescription medications, but they don’t seem to be helping. Are there any natural products that may help?” — D.B., Chicago, IL

A. Dear D.B., I do have some options that I believe can make a difference. However, I strongly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician, as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.

You may want to consider adding maca, a root plant from the highlands of the Andes Mountains called maca, to your daily regimen. Maca can have an impact on energy, mood and stamina, as well as enhance sexual performance. I suggest taking 1,500-4,500 mg of organic whole maca root extract daily.

When looking for maca, be wary – lots of companies are making claims about “special” forms of maca. However, I think maca is best when in the form used in the ancient Andes cultures–nothing altered or manipulated. I think this form far and away has the most powerful effects. Some other things to consider when purchasing maca: Is it whole root? Organic? Clinically studied? A “yes” answer to all these questions indicates a high quality product.

You may also want to consider a botanical called Long Jack (Eurycoma longifolia). Also known as Tongkat Ali, it’s a tall, slender shrub-like tree native to Southeast Asia. I suggest taking 25-50 mg of Long Jack daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I’ve been suffering from symptoms of hypothyroidism for many years.

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Q. Dear Terry, “While I’ve been suffering from symptoms of hypothyroidism for many years, it wasn’t until 2 years ago that I was finally diagnosed. What natural options, if any, are available?” — Evelyn G., Elizabeth, NJ

A. Dear Evelyn, Diet is extremely important – you would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. Dietary restrictions would also include avoiding all gluten and soy products, which can prevent healthy thyroid function. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

In addition to modifying your diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider. While I do have some recommendations, I encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.

I believe a combination of iodine with the amino acid L-tyrosine could be extremely beneficial. I’d recommend taking 1 capsule of this blend at breakfast. This will provide the raw materials necessary for your thyroid glands to make healthy amounts of thyroid hormone.

I think it is also important to support your adrenal glands. In order to function at their optimal level, the adrenals require an array of necessary nutrients. I would recommend taking an adrenal support formula that contains DHEA, adrenal extract, L-tyrosine, licorice, P-5-P and rehmannia root extract, along with additional ingredients, to support and repair the adrenals. These ingredients work together to help repair the adrenal gland, as well as support the body’s ability to respond to environmental stress in a healthy manner, which helps restore optimal adrenal function. I recommend taking 1-2 capsules of this combination three times daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Pelargonium for Immune Support

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In an earlier episode, Terry discussed natural herbs for cold and flu treatment. Today, he goes into greater detail on the herb pelargonium and its benefits.

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My 51 year old daughter has been diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis.

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Q. Dear Terry, “My 51 year old daughter has been diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis.  She is aware of the foods that can trigger a flare-up (acid, spicy, coffee, alcohol, etc.) and tries to avoid them. The physicians she has seen have not offered any help – only pain meds. Do you have suggestions?” — Darla A, Anchorage, AK

A. Dear Darla, Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a very painful and troubling condition, brought on by chronic inflammation of the bladder wall. While both men and women can experience IC, it is about 10 times more common for women.

Medical professionals are still not certain of its exact cause. While most of the time the inflammation is caused by a bacterial infection called a urinary tract infection (UTI), IC can also occur without an infection being present. UTIs and/or IC can be quite tricky to manage; so first and foremost, I encourage your daughter to continue to work with her health care practitioner to determine the best treatment plan. I can make some recommendations, but that never replaces a doctor’s care and oversight. That said, I do have some safe and effective nutrients I believe can help.

Your daughter may want to consider adding Angelica (Angelica archangelica) to her daily regimen. Angelica archangelica grows in Iceland and has been used in folk medicine for centuries – the Vikings even used this herb as a form of currency. In fact, banning the theft of angelica was actually written into some of the earliest law books in Iceland about 1,000 years ago!

The clinically-studied Angelica archangelica extract that I recommend will help strengthen bladder muscles and increase bladder capacity. When choosing a formula, make sure your daughter looks for one that features an aqueous (water) extract of Angelica archangelica leaves that has been clinically-studied. I’d recommend that she start with two tablets per day – one in the morning and one at night.

Your daughter would also benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to her daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product your daughter chooses features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This unique curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Varicose Veins

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30-60% of people – especially women – experience varicose veins. Pregnancy is one of the most significant accelerators of varicose vein development. A varicose vein develops when weak valves and veins allow blood to pool in the lower legs instead of being pushed back up to the heart.

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Cancer & Depression

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Depression is a real thing, it is not just occasionally “feeling sad”. Depression can be deadly: 20% of people with depression will take their own lives. Here are five proven ways to reduce depression.

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Our son developed a staph infection following knee surgery.

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Dear Terry, “Our son developed a staph infection following knee surgery. After being hospitalized for 4 days he is now on an intravenous antibiotic and will be for 6 weeks. Is there anything else he can take to help get rid of the infection?” — Roger H., Indianapolis, IN

Dear Roger, You may want to consider adding a combination of natural, concentrated plant oils to his daily regimen. A combination of Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove, and Oregano oils – some of nature’s most powerful antimicrobial ingredients – will help to boost your son’s natural defenses. I suggest taking 1 softgel of this blend three times daily.

Make sure to choose a formula that features concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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The Power of the Mind

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Terry believes whole-heartedly in the ability of the mind to bring you what you most desire. A positive attitude and healthy thoughts are more powerful than medicine. What you think can become your reality.

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I can’t get my CRP level down and every time I get my blood work it seems to get higher.

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Dear Terry, “I am a 61 year old man in very good health. However, I can’t get my CRP level down and every time I get my blood work it seems to get higher. At this point, my doctor just doesn’t know what to do and he doesn’t want to put me on a statin. What do you suggest for this to get lower?” — Adolfo G., Phoenix, AZ

Dear Adolfo, I would first recommend a combination of high-absorption curcumin (from turmeric), tannin-free French grape seed, and turmerones from turmeric oil. These are the most powerful nutrients I have found for fighting inflammation. I would recommend that you take 2 softgels of this combination twice daily.

You should also consider adding an omega-3 supplement to your regimen as they are very effective at preventing inflammation. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, in a tablet form. This unique form utilizes a patented, gentle, cold water and enzyme process to extract naturally occurring marine phospholipids with the omega-3 fatty acids, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). This process creates a supplement that is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – in the natural sn-2 position, not the sn-1 position into which they are twisted when extracted in fish oil. This means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need one or two tablets a day instead of handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils. I recommend taking 2 tablets daily.

Please be patient, allow at least three months before you can expect to see the benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Protect Your Vision

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If you have eye fatigue, or strain, or are worried about age-related macular degeneration, or any other vision concerns, you can do something about it.

The right nutrients will preserve your precious gift of sight, and you will notice a difference as they:

  • Keep your focus sharp
  • Stop or slow macular degeneration
  • Relieve pressure in the eye
  • Reduce eye fatigue and irritation
  • Protect the retina from UV damage
  • Strengthen blood vessels in the eye

The gift of sight is precious, and one that we often take for granted until we notice something wrong. Because the eyes are such a delicate structure, damage to the macula and retina happen all too easily due to diabetes, free radical damage, strain, and aging.

For   many, vision problems   may seem insurmountable.   They aren’t. But vision health requires the right nutrients, and that is the topic of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Our eyesight is under assault all the time. Millions of people are experiencing eye strain and fatigue, and the progression of nearsightedness. It is a sign of the times due to the use of computers, smart phones and the recreational use of video games and ever-larger television screens. Our eyes are being asked to focus on a specific area for a long period of time like never before in history. This highly concentrated eye strain takes a toll. Over time, the muscles in the eye can gradually “retrain” into true nearsightedness.

But aside from the simple daily grind of looking at computer monitors or working outdoors in the bright sun, to more “hidden” causes like diabetic neuropathy or glaucoma, there is much we typically take for granted when it comes to vision health. And though we expect some changes in our vision as we get older, serious issues don’t have to be inevitable. Nutrients can make a big difference. One of the strongest protectors of healthy vision is black currant.

 

Black Currant – A Vision Powerhouse Black currant (Ribes nigrum) is rich in anthocyanins, the dark pigment antioxidants also found in elderberries, blueberries, and grapes, but highly concentrated in black currant. These compounds, along with the vitamins, minerals, and other polyphenols in the berry protect your cells from damage, reduce inflammation, and stop oxidative stress. Because of their impressive nutrient profile, black currants are emerging as a vision powerhouse.

In a Japanese study, participants worked at a computer for two hours. The individuals in the black currant group noticed an improvement in visual acuity, including better focus and less time to adapt from dark to light. The participants in the black currant group didn’t experience the back and neck stiffness and eye fatigue so common to working at a computer. Conversely, those taking the placebo experienced false nearsightedness when shifting their focus, and didn’t notice a reduction in fatigue. In another study focused solely on muscle fatigue and stiffness due to typing, those in the black currant group noticed less soreness, which researchers attributed to the effect of anthocyanins on peripheral muscles.

In addition to eye fatigue and strain, black currant helps to stop the increased ocular pressure (IOP) commonly seen as a result of aging. In a clinical study published in the Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, black currant anthocyanins significantly decreased IOP in just two weeks. The researchers concluded that this botanical helps induce a “beneficial decrease in IOP levels in healthy subjects as well as in patients with glaucoma.” In other words, black currant anthocyanins can help preserve your eyesight and prevent eye disease.

When eyes are healthy, an individual is able to see the entire visual field, including anything entering their peripheral vision. You’ve probably taken visual field tests at the eye doctor when you’re asked to look at a fixed point ahead of you and note anytime a flashing light or “object” appears in your view along the edges. When flashing lights or other cues go unnoticed, it could be an indication of glaucoma, which can be caused by a number of factors.

Black currant also strengthens the structure of the tiny blood vessels in the eyes. A Japanese clinical study found that black currant extract slowed the deterioration of the visual field in those already diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma (OAG). According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, OAG is the most common form of the disease and affects four million Americans. It is a condition in which clogged drainage canals cause a buildup of pressure in the eye which damages the optic nerve. The same study showed that black currant anthocyanins also normalized serum levels of endothelium-1, a protein involved in blood vessel constriction.

One of the reasons that black currant is considered such a heavy hitter in preserving healthy vision is that the anthocyanins from the berry pass through blood-retinal and blood-aqueous barriers intact. That gives them a particularly strong ability to fight inflammatory damage, strengthen blood vessels, and prevent oxidative damage.

 

Grape Seed Extract

Like black currant, grapes and grape seed extracts contain powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. Grape seed extracts contain powerful components called oligomeric proanthocyanins (OPCs). OPCs provide amazing benefits, but must be small enough for proper absorption before they have beneficial effects. OPCs also contain tannins that are not absorbed, so tannin-free OPCs are much more therapeutic.

Scientific research published in the journal Molecular Vision found that grape seed proanthocyanidins protected human lens epithelial cells from free radical damage by reducing the inflammatory markers NF-kB and MAPK, which could help prevent the formation of cataracts.

A Korean study found that grape seed extract protects the nerve cells to the retina, and a cell study at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Ohio found that OPCs inhibited stress-induced signals that can damage lens epithelial cells and form cataracts, and reduced oxidative stress. Even two hours after administration to the cells, grape seed extract still had the power to stop free radicals. My advice is to look for a high-OPC French grape seed extract that is standardized for 80% oligomeric proanthocyanins that are up to 99% absorbable and tannin-free.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

These two carotenoids (structurally related to beta-carotene, probably the most well-known carotenoid) are incredibly important to the eyes. That’s because lutein and zeaxanthin are the primary carotenoids present in the eyes, especially protecting the retina and the macula – a yellow spot near the center of the retina that allows us to see fine details. An observational study focused on women (age 50-79) in the U.S. concluded that diets rich in these nutrients may help protect against intermediate age-related   macular degeneration (AMD) in women 75 and younger. In other words, the earlier you get lutein and zeaxanthin, the better.

AMD is the main cause of blindness for people age 60 and older and the leading cause of blindness in developed countries. As the name indicates, it affects the macula – tissue at the center of the eye that lets us see fine detail. Eventually, as the retinal tissue breaks down, vision gets more and more blurred.

Aside from AMD, lutein and zeaxanthin may also protect us from overall vision loss. Other work has shown that increasing lutein and zeaxanthin intake has sharpened focus and visual acuity.

Of course, both of these carotenoids have strong free-radical fighting power as well, so they are able to stop the oxidative stress and inflammation that is one of the leading causes of retinal damage and often begins the process of macular degeneration. A Spanish review in the Journal of Opthamology concluded that these nutrients, among others, may help prevent – or at least slow the progression of – AMD.

The nutrients I’ve outlined here can help you keep the wonder of vision healthy and strong. It is an amazing gift, so if you have any concerns about your eyesight, I urge you to consult a professional. After all, there’s a lot of beauty to see and experience in this world of ours. After discussing the ingredients in this recent newsletter that are most helpful for better vision, I summarized the ingredients below to help you be a better educated shopper.

To support the health of your eyes I would recommend the following ingredients:

A minimum of 150 mg of this herbal combination:

  • Black Currant (Ribes nigrum) Fruit Extract standardized for anthocyanin content
  • French Grape (Vitis vinifera L.) Seed Extract standardized for polyphenol and OPC content

Along with:

  • A minimum of 10 mg of Lutein

A minimum of 500 mcg of Zeaxanthin

 

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I was recently informed by my eye doctor that I have the beginnings of macular degeneration and cataracts.

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Dear Terry, “I was recently informed by my eye doctor that I have the beginnings of macular degeneration and cataracts. I am only 47 years old. Is there any way to slow this process down and if possible to prevent it from worsening?” — Ingrid F., Wichita, KS

Dear Ingrid, I recommend using a multi-ingredient combination of black currant, French grape seed, lutein and zeaxanthin. When it comes to eye health, these are the most powerful nutrients I have found. Black currant works by fighting inflammation, strengthening blood vessels, and preventing oxidative damage. The proanthocyanidins in grape seed extract help protect the eye’s lens cells from oxidative damage, which could help prevent the formation of cataracts. Lutein and zeaxanthin are especially important for macular health. In fact, an observational study done on women (age 50-79) concluded that diets rich in these nutrients may protect against intermediate, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in women 75 years old and younger. I would suggest taking 2 to 4 capsules of this blend daily.

You may also want to consider taking Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. The seeds contain exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare Omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). There are excellent studies demonstrating the ability of sea buckthorn oil, when taken internally in softgel capsules, to reduce dryness of the eyes. I would suggest taking 500-1,000 mg twice daily. When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Why We Must be Wary of Statins

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Statin Drugs and Diabetes:
The Case For Exercising Caution.

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The Best Diet For Weight Loss

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It seems like everybody wants to lose weight. So, what is the best diet for weight loss? It is really a diet that, seemingly a paradox, has the most fat. If you want to lose weight, you eat more fat, and this isn’t that new. This dates back to at least 2007 as published in the Journal of the American Medical Association where they compared the Atkins diet, Traditional American diet, Ornish diet, and the Zone diet.

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Why all the daily and weekly weight loss tips Dr. Oz is giving?

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If any one of them worked, why would you need a new one every week?  Just follow the ketogenic diet.  For more information go to www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com.

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Doctors hardly know the names of their patients and less about their health problems.

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The latest statistics: the doctor sees the patient on an average of five minutes.

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Is There a Natural Cure and Prevention for Cancer?

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I have been contemplating writing this blog for several months. I want to share my feelings regarding the medical treatment of cancer. I know there are many people and families affected by cancer with the suffering, misery and financial burden that affects almost everyone. I am not an expert in the treatment and prevention of cancer. I am not a physician nor do I hold any medical degrees. But, I have found it interesting that many medical experts share the same opinion that I am convinced is true about cancer treatment and cure. This blog is my attempt to share how even many medical experts disagree with the status quo. We are constantly encouraged to give to fundraising events to find a cure for cancer. It could be a marathon, a walk, or a motorcycle event. Millions of dollars annually are raised from well-intended and good hearted people. But I don’t believe we’ll ever find a cure for cancer with money and good intentions. Over 40 years ago, President Nixon said there would be a cure for cancer found in his lifetime. Well, we know that’s not true. Today, we are no closer to finding a cure or prevention for cancer than we were 40 years ago. Why have we not been able to find a preventive measure or cure for cancer?

Today, the methods to treat cancer seem barbaric and from the Dark Ages. Chemotherapy can constitute a single drug or a cocktail of six to eight different drugs. Some doctors refer to this as poisoning the body. Radiation is often used to kill cancer cells along with many healthy cells as well. Some medical experts refer to this as burning the body. When surgery is required, which is the least damaging; it is referred to as mutilation. These methods are used on desperately sick people fighting for their lives. Should anyone in a healthy state be subjected to poisoning, burning and mutilation, they would very quickly become ill and possibly succumb to the challenges of cancer. Some medical doctors and oncologists believe that the only way to treat cancer is to use these methods and they will not listen to the patient who may desire to include an alternative or a much lesser form of treatment than recommended by the physician. In some cases, cancer victims are dismissed by their physicians if they don’t follow the exact protocol of poisoning, burning and mutilation.

Could our lifestyle choices, including diet, be a preventive method and cure for cancer? I often find articles and research by very competent scientific researchers who are quick to point out that cancer is caused by our lifestyle choices. Cancer is not like a boogey man standing off in the shadows striking some unfortunate person.   Most cancers are initiated and metastasize through a process that may take 30 to 40 years. When cancer is diagnosed, in most cases there is so much damage done that it is hard to overcome.

Cancer is big business. The cost of drugs and treatment keep many clinics, hospitals and physicians thriving. But not once will you hear the recommendation to make better lifestyle choices and to improve the diet. I have learned from many cancer patients that their doctors tell them to eat whatever they want, diet makes no difference.

It has been estimated that 30 percent of the cancer today is caused by tobacco products, 30 percent of the cancer today is caused by chemicals in our environment, preservatives, and artificial food coloring, dyes, and artificial flavoring found in our food all increase the risk of cancer. The wax and sprays on fruits and vegetables, the chemicals in plastics, plastic bottles and plastic wraps, the hormones and antibiotics given to animals are often found in our meats and milk. The genetically modified foods, and artificial fertilizers and sprays all increase the risk of cancer. It is estimated that there are 55 thousand chemicals in our food, drinks and the air we breathe. 40 percent of our cancer is estimated to be initiated by the American diet. 70 percent of the American diet is refined carbohydrates lacking the proper natural nutrients that would come from a natural, unprocessed diet. The sugar we consume has increased from approximately 6 to 8 pounds per person annually to 250 pounds per person annually. Since this is on a national average, many people who are avoiding sugar, and babies and children may eat less, therefore, there may be some people eating far upward of 250 pounds. Cancer cells thrive on glucose (sugar). As our cars are fueled by gas, cancer cells are fueled by sugar. The sicker we are and possibly challenged with an incurable disease such as MS, ALS, Parkinson’s or cancer, a number of medical researchers believe we should adopt the ketogenic diet. To learn more about the ketogenic diet go to www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. This is a diet that severely restricts carbohydrates and sugar and reduces calorie consumption. Even a healthy diet, but one that is excessive in calories, causes an increase of glucose in the body. Sugar is poison. Our cancer rates have skyrocketed along with a significant increase of sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption. The increased consumption of carbohydrates has come about by the unfounded fear of fats in our diet. There is a belief by many medical researchers that cancer can be prevented and maybe even cured by lifestyle changes. We have made little progress treating and curing cancer from the current medical procedures. And it is projected that by 2030 the number of new cancer cases will increase by 70 percent worldwide due to demographic changes alone. The significant rise is attributed to adoption of the Western lifestyle habits. These lifestyle factors are the major causes of disease globally and, combined with physicians’ tendencies to prescribe medication rather than prescribing a healthy lifestyle, have resulted in a global health crisis. By eating whole foods and an unprocessed diet low in calories, along with physical activity and the avoidance of tobacco products, you can significantly reduce the incidence of cancer. Fruits, vegetables, coffee, and herbal teas as well as several herbs and plants with diverse pharmacological properties have been shown to be rich sources of plant chemicals with potential for chemoprevention of various cancers. For example, getting 10 to 30 minutes of physical activity like walking reduces the risk of colon cancer by 55 percent. Colon cancer is the number one cancer globally that affects one out of every four people.

These are easy lifestyle changes that we can control and we can make an attempt to control the chemicals in our environment by avoiding foods and water with chemicals (chlorine and sodium fluoride) added. Based on competent scientific research, we know what causes cancer and we can control it.

But Big Pharma likes to sell pharmaceuticals and so-called cancer treating procedures that are tremendously costly in dollars and personal suffering. The national life expectancy average of a cancer victim after diagnosis is nine months. Merck has just been praised for what has been hailed as a major breakthrough for cancer treatment of a new drug that will increase life expectancy to 15 months. Yes, everyone wants to live longer but the drug companies offer us a few months more of life at a cost of personal suffering and a huge cost to Americans. We are being bankrupt by medical care that adds little to the quality and expectancy of life.

With cancer and many other diseases that do not have a cure, diet, physical activity and natural plant medicines may be a huge factor in prevention and, to some degree, treatment. Most cancer drugs are like an atomic bomb and many people die from the treatment than from the cancer. Cancer cells create a resistance to the drugs. There are two natural plant medicines that have over 11,000 studies shown to prevent and treat a variety of diseases. Research indicates that 80 to 90 percent of our diseases are caused by oxidative damage and inflammation. Curcumin and grape seed extract are two of the most powerful antioxidants in the prevention of oxidative damage and inflammation. The compounds found in grape seed extract and curcumin are natural components called polyphenolic antioxidants and are especially important since environmental pollutants, radiation, pesticides, certain drugs, contaminated water, deep fried fatty foods, excessive omega 6 fatty acids, and UV radiation as well as physical stress exhibit the ability to produce enormous amounts of free radicals which cause many diseases including tumor promotion and cancer. Drugs are not the answer. Food is our medicine and the only medicine along with natural plant derived medicines, especially curcumin and grape seed extract, which will have the biggest impact to restore our health.

Below is just a small example of one of the hundreds of studies done on grape seed extract and cancer. The results of the study indicated that grape seed extract caused cancer cell death and inhibited the spread of cancer to the lungs from the original breast cancer. Yes, this is a very small animal study and I can’t suggest that grape seed extract can cure or treat cancer. Some studies have suggested that, in a limited manner, it could have an effect killing cancer cells and reducing the spread of cancer. Studies have also suggested that using curcumin and grape seed extract with toxic cancer drugs could reduce the toxicity of the cancer drugs and make them more effective with a lesser dosage. Most oncologists insist that their patients avoid all natural products including vitamin supplements during treatment. I have talked to many cancer victims across the country who, without acknowledging to their physicians, were taking natural herbal medicines with significant improvement.

One family was told by their oncologist that their son, who was being treated for a brain tumor, was no longer able to be treated medically and had 4-6 weeks to live. The mother proceeded to give her son very large dosages of curcumin, and after 6-8 weeks the son was able to be active on a daily basis after being bedridden. The mother shared the recovery story with her physician who insisted on an MRI which indicated there was no longer a tumor present. Can we prove the curcumin was effective in treating the tumor? No, I don’t think so but I am convinced that curcumin and grape seed extract have as much potential as the toxic drugs that cancer patients are given. With the potential that these herbal medicines have, why are there not more studies conducted to prove their efficacy? Money and greed! The pharmaceutical industry has the millions of dollars that would be required to do studies to prove natural medicines have an effect. However, natural medicines can’t be patented and, therefore, the companies who have the money will not invest in studies for which they can’t recover their investment by charging huge sums of money for the potential natural medicine.

Grape seed proanthocyanidins induce apoptosis and inhibit metastasis of highly metastatic breast carcinoma cells.

Mantena SK1, Baliga MS, Katiyar SK.

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The strategies available for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer are limited. Dietary botanicals may have a better protective effect on this disease. We therefore investigated the effects of grape seed proanthocyanidins (GSPs) on a highly metastatic mouse mammary carcinoma cell line. In vitro treatment of breast cancer cells, 4T1, MCF-7 and MDA-MB-468, with GSPs resulted in significant inhibition of cellular proliferation and viability, and induction of apoptosis(death) in 4T1 cells in a time- and dose-dependent manner. Further analysis indicated an alteration in the ratio of Bax/Bcl-2 proteins in favor of apoptosis, and the knockdown of Bax using Bax siRNA transfection of 4T1 cells resulted in blocking of GSPs-induced apoptosis. Induction of apoptosis was associated with the release of cytochrome c, increased expression of Apaf-1 and activation of caspase 3 and poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase. Treatment with the pan-caspase inhibitor (Z-VAD-FMK) resulted in partial but significant inhibition of apoptosis in 4T1 cells suggesting the involvement of both caspase activation-dependent and activation-independent pathways in the apoptosis of 4T1 cells induced by GSPs. The effects of dietary GSPs were then examined using an in vivo model in which 4T1 cells were implanted subcutaneously in Balb/c mice. Dietary GSPs (0.2 and 0.5%, w/w) significantly inhibited the growth of the implanted 4T1 tumor cells and increased the ratio of Bax:Bcl-2 proteins, cytochrome c release, induction of Apaf-1 and activation of caspase 3 in the tumor microenvironment. Notably, the metastasis(spreading of cancer cells) of tumor cells to the lungs was inhibited significantly and the survival of the mice enhanced. These data suggest that GSPs possess chemotherapeutic efficacy against breast cancer including inhibition of metastasis.

 

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I have had varicose veins that have gotten more visible and are causing discomfort in my leg.

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Dear Terry, “I have had varicose veins for some years now, but since I gave birth to my 3rd child last summer they have gotten more visible and are causing me pressure and discomfort in my leg.  What can I take or apply to help with these unsightly and uncomfortable varicose veins?” — Keisha B., Omaha, NE

Dear Keisha, I do have a few options that you may find helpful. However, I strongly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician, as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.

I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a combination of red vine leaf extract and butcher’s broom to your daily regimen. Red vine leaf extract contains anthocyanins, in addition to a range of other protective polyphenols, and has been clinically proven to relieve the pain and swollen legs associated with varicose veins. Butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus) is also extremely well known for treating varicose veins. Together, these two powerful botanicals have the ability to strengthen the veins of the legs and can help stop the pain and swelling you are experiencing. I recommend taking 2 capsules of this blend twice daily. When looking for a formula, make sure to choose one that contains red vine leaf and butcher’s broom that are standardized for their active compounds.

Another excellent supplement is mesoglycan, a naturally occurring substance found in the body. Mesoglycan is an excellent source of glycosaminoglycans (also known as GAGs) – vital and necessary components that build the walls of our blood vessels and arteries. Other examples of GAGs include chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. Mesoglycan works on the actual formation of blood vessel walls, helping them to be strong, yet flexible, plus it helps keep blood moving through our arteries and blood vessels. I recommend taking 50 mg of mesoglycan twice daily.

Keep in mind that while you may start to see changes within several weeks – you need to be patient – it may take up to 3-6 months to see full benefits. Good luck!

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Do you have any suggestions for preventing or eliminating thick cracked callouses on my heels/feet?

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Dear Terry, “Do you have any suggestions for preventing or eliminating thick cracked callouses on my heels/feet?” — Helen M., Virginia Beach, VA

Dear Helen, From the best of my knowledge, heels that crack are related to thyroid function.

That being said, I believe a combination of iodine with the amino acid L-tyrosine could be extremely beneficial. I’d recommend taking 1-2 capsules of this blend at breakfast. This will provide the raw materials necessary for your thyroid glands to make healthy amounts of thyroid hormone.

Diet is also extremely important – you would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information.

 

 

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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How Glutathione Can Save Your Life

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There is no other compound quite like glutathione. It is so important that your body makes its own supply to protect us from tumors, keep DNA-damaging oxidative stress at bay, help the body rid itself of toxins, and keep every cell rejuvenated and healthy.

Unfortunately, our glutathione levels tend to drop due to aging, genetics, disease, environment, and dozens of other factors out of our control. Trying to boost glutathione levels with standard supplements or N-acetylcysteine just doesn’t work. But a revolutionary, slow-melt form of this crucial compound developed in France is powerful and effective. Taken daily, it will:

  • Prevent brain and nerve damage
  • Stop tumor progression and cancer growth
  • Rid you of health-threatening toxins
  • Protect you from DNA-damaging oxidative stress
  • Reduce the risk and slow the progression of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other conditions
  • Promote longevity by protecting telomeres
  • Boost levels of active, protective glutathione
  • Improve the ratio of active versus oxidized glutathione

The Most Crucial of All Antioxidants, For the First Time in a Form that Your Body Can Actually Use

What if I told you that Ponce de Leon was off base looking for the Fountain of Youth in Florida, because that fountain is in your own healthy liver? That may be a bit of a stretch, but your cells, especially in your liver, make a master antioxidant and detox accelerator that controls critical aspects of aging and preventing disease. That compound is called glutathione. Virtually every person with disease-related frailty is depleted in glutathione. High glutathione levels are associated with longevity – in fact; healthy people over 100 years of age have significantly higher levels of glutathione than the general population. There are over 90,000 studies published on different aspects of glutathione, on everything from Parkinson’s disease, to cardiovascular damage, to cancer treatment and prevention, to autoimmune diseases, to even autism and related disorders. I could write the rest of this page on diseases for which glutathione is crucial.

 

Unfortunately, in the presence of disease, environmental exposures, and genetics, our body’s ability to make this critical compound diminishes greatly. With certain genetic inefficiencies, glutathione production can be reduced 50% or more, and it is estimated that nearly 1 in 3 people has this genetic variant! Age reduces glutathione production, too. By age 40, we are making 30% less, and by 65, as much as 50% less – and that is in healthy individuals. Anyone with liver stress or disease is going to be making significantly less.

Since glutathione is so powerful, and the lack of adequate levels is associated with too many diseases to count, why don’t we all just load up on glutathione every day?

The answer is simple. Glutathione loses its super powers with digestion. It becomes oxidized, and then it adds to your body’s oxidative stress burden. It is not a matter of enteric coating, or stomach acid – it is the digestive process itself that transforms glutathione into its unfavorable form. That’s why elite integrative medical clinics give this life-saving compound intravenously (directly into the bloodstream), sometimes at a cost of thousands of dollars to their patients. You just couldn’t take glutathione orally – until now.

In France, research scientists have developed a way to keep glutathione stable and deliver it   intact. This patented process involves complexing it with protective antioxidants, and creating a tablet that dissolves under the tongue over the course of a few minutes. The tissues beneath your tongue are rich in capillaries that connect with the entire blood circulation system. Small amounts of glutathione are released as the tablet melts, and are absorbed by buccal cells, bypassing the damaging effects of digestion.

Fighting Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress

Glutathione has been described as “the mother of all antioxidants” and this is true, but it does much more. It also boosts and prolongs the protective activity of other antioxidants in the body, like vitamin C and E. This is called antioxidant recycling, and it is crucial as we strive to protect the blueprints inside our cells – DNA – from the damaging effects of oxidative stress. This is important because unchecked oxidative stress is associated with so many diseases – including cancers, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and heart disease – that it can aptly be considered a killer. Oxidative stress is certainly involved in the death of damaged individual cells, and contributes significantly to the progression of life-threatening diseases.

 

 

Removing Dangerous Toxins from the Body

As the liver snags toxins out of circulation, it must prepare them for disposal. This process is called phase l and phase II glucuronidation. This process cannot take place without adequate levels of glutathione. More glutathione = enhanced removal of toxins from your body. This can include drug metabolites, heavy metals, pesticide/herbicides, xenoestrogens like BPA, alcohol, and other toxic chemicals. We are swimming in a sea of tens of thousands of chemicals that never existed before 50 years ago. While we cannot always avoid these toxic exposures, it is important to get them out of our bodies as quickly as possible. This reduces our cumulative exposure to substances linked to cancer and many other potentially devastating diseases.

Immune System Power

The foot soldiers of the immune system are white blood cells. There are a wide variety of soldiers to help protect us from multiple threats, such as disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and fungal infections. Your body cannot make white blood cells without adequate glutathione. It has also been shown to stimulate natural killer cell activity, which is especially useful in destroying cancer cells.

Also, higher levels of glutathione are known to preserve telomeres, which are the tail ends of genes that dictate how many times the cell can regenerate. This process is intimately connected to longevity.

The Importance of Glutathione Ratios

Glutathione is made in the body from three amino acids: glutamic acid, cysteine, and glycine. Glutathione molecules have their own “life cycle.” As glutathione (GSH) is utilized and oxidized, it becomes oxidized glutathione (GSSG). In a healthy, youthful person, 90% of the body’s glutathione should be in the GSH form. This is also called “reduced glutathione.” Only about 10% of the body’s glutathione should be in the GSSG (oxidized) form. The ratio between these forms of glutathione is crucially important and is a strong indication of health.

When glutathione is ingested in an unprotected form, meaning it becomes oxidized before it is even absorbed, it contributes to the wrong side of the equation! This increases the oxidative burden in the body because of the excessive amounts of oxidized glutathione waiting to be recharged by antioxidants. In this manner, oxidized glutathione actually depletes antioxidants.

Some practitioners use a precursor compound called N-acetylcysteine (NAC). By increasing raw materials, they hope to make it easier for the body to make more glutathione. This can be somewhat useful for healthier people, because it is reliant on the strength of that individual’s ability to make glutathione. Older adults and people with more serious chronic challenges are less fortunate, and some people have adverse effects with high levels of NAC use.

The unique, patented glutathione has been shown in human studies to boost the healthy ratio in the body 65% better than NAC. It was also shown to boost the healthy ratio 230% better than unprotected glutathione. That can mean a life changing impact on health.

As for increasing levels of glutathione (GSH), this special patented form was compared to NAC and unprotected glutathione, and in just 11 days, raised levels by 38 points. Unprotected glutathione decreased levels of the active form by 40 points. That’s a 78 point difference between these groups, which indicates this special, protected glutathione is more effective at increasing levels of reduced glutathione.

In studies of other specially formulated glutathione products, 1,000 mg a day for 6 months was needed to boost glutathione in the body. But in the French process, only 450 mg daily boosted levels 38 points after only 11 days of use, making it a powerful form of this nutrient.

Parkinson’s Disease

While glutathione is useful for virtually any disease or health challenge, it is particularly useful for debilitating neurological diseases like Parkinson’s disease (PD). There are studies using intravenous (IV) glutathione that demonstrate its ability to improve Parkinson’s symptom. People with this chronic progressive neurological disorder have high levels of oxidative stress and premature cellular die off in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra. Another hallmark of PD is the loss of the brain’s ability to make dopamine. While more studies are needed to further determine the ways in which glutathione helps PD, we have some solid medical theories, the premise of which continues to be borne out as research progresses.

We know that glutathione reduces specific free radical activity that interferes with the proper levels of both dopamine and acetylcholine, which is believed to be the neurochemical imbalance underlying Parkinson’s disease (PD).

As early as 1996, a study entitled “Reduced intravenous glutathione in the treatment of early Parkinson’s disease” found that the progression of PD was reduced, and symptoms improved by 42% after only 30 days of treatment. However, the practice of using glutathione for PD was not widespread, because it had to be administered directly into the veins (IV), necessitating clinic visits and medical staff inserting needles for proper administration.

In another 2009 study, Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist at The Perlmutter Health Center, oversaw a human pilot study on the use of IV glutathione for PD, the results of which he published in Movement Disorders. The researchers reported significant improvement during one month of glutathione treatment. When the treatments stopped, the symptoms worsened again. Dr. Perlmutter’s group stated that glutathione was safe and well tolerated.

Research on using therapeutic glutathione is incredibly encouraging for this incurable neurological disease. The stumbling block has always been that it has to be given IV, in a clinic licensed for administration of intravenous drugs, in order to be effective. There are not many clinics nationwide offering this service, and it is very expensive. It is truly a medical break-through to be able to provide this glutathione in an oral form that is still absorbed in its most effective form, without the need for needles, clinics, and huge amounts of medical bills.

Cancer

Cancer is a disease of improper cellular replication. Cell DNA is damaged, and the cell’s offspring no longer die on schedule. Oddly, when our body makes immortal cells, our own mortality is in danger. This is the origin of cancer. The immune system destroys cancer cells because it detects this abnormality. However, when too many cancer cells are created, and/or our immune system cannot keep up, we end up with cancer. Not all cancer is the same – there are a myriad of causes and it can affect each person in a highly differentiated manner.

One commonality, however, is that glutathione is useful for the prevention of all cancers via a variety of mechanisms. By protecting the DNA even from the harshest free radicals, our blueprints remain undamaged and less likely to become cancerous cells. And by promoting rapid and effective detoxification, glutathione greatly reduces our overall cellular exposure to toxins, many of which are known carcinogens.

Researchers have explored how glutathione may be useful during cancer treatment as well. In a 2008 study in Japan, doctors found that using IV glutathione dramatically reduced nerve damage in patients being treated with certain kinds of chemotherapy that cause neurotoxicity.

Because glutathione is so crucial to detoxification and immune system vigor, many integrative practitioners use glutathione in a wide variety of cancers as part of their clinical protocol.

Lyme Disease

Many health issues are made even more challenging by the burden of free radicals. Consider the tick-borne Lyme disease, caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, which sometimes manifests itself in “bullseye” pattern skin lesions, but can later progress to muscle dysfunction, arthritis, facial palsy, and more. The body’s glutathione levels are depleted in an effort to reduce the damage and spread of the disease.

However, antibiotic treatment doesn’t address the need for the body to help heal itself. In fact, Polish researchers found that patients using antibiotics to treat the skin lesion phase of the disease still had heavy free-radical activity. Even though antibiotics in this case are standard medical procedure, the resulting oxidative damage weakens the system.

This is why glutathione, because it replenishes the body’s own levels, has become a standard practice in integrative treatment of Lyme disease. I believe it is good practice to bolster your glutathione ratio with an oral form anytime you are going to spend extended time outdoors, or if you live in a particularly tick-heavy environment during the spring, summer, and fall months. If you already have Lyme disease, an oral form should help reduce recurring flare-ups.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Serbian researchers examined the relationship between oxidative stress, free-radical activity, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Even though patients with RA showed higher plasma levels of superoxide dismutase (another of the body’s “super antioxidants”), they also had high levels of pro-oxidants, and increased nitric oxide, an inflammatory marker. Other research with RA patients in Italy showed a strong correlation between inflammation, oxidative stress, and lowered glutathione levels in the bloodstream. In fact, a clinical study in Jordan found that patients with RA showed a 50% depletion of reduced glutathione compared to healthy controls. The researchers concluded that “defense mechanisms against reactive oxygen species are impaired in RA.” To me, this sounds like a strong reason for anyone with RA to add active glutathione to their daily regimen.

Since rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease – meaning the body is working against itself – many of the treatment options can seem limited to pain reduction, rather than helping the body get its immune balance back in shape. However, many current studies examining the relationship between RA, oxidative stress, and inflammation seem to share the conclusion that getting those factors under control is critical to stopping the arterial stiffness and damage of the disease.

Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders

The incidence of autism and related disorders has skyrocketed in our modern, industrialized, toxin-laden world. Doctors have known for quite a while that people with autism are especially challenged when it comes to their ability to handle toxic exposures. Their detoxification systems are rarely robust, and much of this has been traced to an insufficient amount of glutathione activity.

A group of researchers performed a meta-analysis of studies on aspects of autism as it relates to glutathione. They looked at the results of 39 published studies, and determined there is significant evidence that two specific pathways for detoxification are impaired in autism, and that large trials are needed for children with autism to determine if boosting the function of these two pathways will likewise improve autistic behaviors. Both these pathways respond to improved ratios of active glutathione.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Virtually all neurological diseases have some level of oxidative damage as a root cause or major contributor to dysfunction. Therefore, it is not surprising that Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have been the focus of much glutathione research.

A recent study entitled “Elevation of glutathione as a therapeutic strategy in Alzheimer’s disease” concludes: “Increasing glutathione remains a promising therapeutic strategy to slow or prevent MCI and Alzheimer’s disease.” Considering that glutathione levels continue to decline as we age, and that both AD and MCI increase with age, supplementation with effective glutathione can play an important role in prevention, or slowing the progression of this disease.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

One hallmark of HIV is the inability of the immune system to function properly. People with HIV often develop infections that can become life-threatening, and one such infection is tuberculosis. Researchers extracted immune system cells from people with HIV to see how well these cells would control the mycobacterium that causes tuberculosis. They found that the infection itself caused a depletion in glutathione, and that the immune cells, in turn, could not control the mycobacteria. By boosting the body’s levels of active glutathione, once again the cells could control the mycobacteria. The researchers theorized that glutathione depletion may play at least a partial causative role in reduced immune response in people with HIV, and that increasing systemic glutathione could improve immune system function in this group.

Special Glutathione Challenges

There are medications that deplete your body of glutathione. One is acetaminophen (one brand name is Tylenol®). Acetaminophen is the number one cause of acute liver failure in the U.S. and the only treatment for a dangerous acetaminophen overdose is life-saving glutathione injected into the bloodstream. Certain anti-seizure drugs deplete glutathione, and there is evidence that birth control pills and antidepressant medication can also cause depletion. Therefore, it is especially important to supplement with effective glutathione if you must be on one or more of these drugs.

You Can’t Live Without Glutathione

If you go 24 hours without food, your liver will steal amino acids from the protein in your muscles to make this critical compound. It is absolutely necessary for health and vigor. I can’t promise you the fountain of youth, but I can promise that you will live a longer, healthier, more youthful life with optimal levels of glutathione.

Terry recommends a formula with this ingredient. Look for it at your local health food store.

L-Glutathione

(Reduced, Active Form)

300 mg

 

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Cold and Flu

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Effective cold remedies will not only relieve symptoms, they will help you feel better – faster. Terry reviews the research on two natural plant extracts that are well-studied and effective at helping you recover, faster.

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I have cirrhosis of the liver and was wondering if you know anything that would help?

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Dear Terry, “I have cirrhosis of the liver and was wondering if you know anything that would help?” — Ann Marie R., Las Vegas, NV

Dear Ann Marie, The liver is one of the body’s hardest-working organs, and it needs the right nutrients to function properly. I believe I can offer you some options. However, I do encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician, as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.

I would highly recommend that you consider adding sesamin and milk thistle to your daily regimen.

You may not be familiar with sesamin, but it is one of the strongest nutrients available for restoring the liver and stopping liver damage. Sesamin, which comes from sesame seed, helps the liver in many ways, including stopping fibrosis (an accumulation of collagen and other proteins that can ultimately result in liver failure) and preventing fatty liver disease.

Milk Thistle is known as the “go to” botanical for liver health. Two key components in milk thistle – silymarin and silybin – are considered the most effective phytonutrients for restoring the liver. Silymarin is the main complex in milk thistle, and contains silybin, a powerful flavonoid that has very specific detoxifying abilities. Both work to protect liver cells against oxidative damage and enhance the strength and detoxification power of the liver. Unfortunately, silybin can be difficult for the body to absorb and use. When choosing a formula, look for one that features silybin bound to a phytosome. Clinical research shows that it can be present in the body for up to 8 hours when it is bound to a phytosome.

I recommend that you start by taking 2 capsules of the above blend twice daily. You can then reduce as desired.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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My mother-in-law has the start of Alzheimer’s

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Dear Terry, “My mother-in-law has the start of Alzheimer’s – she is really struggling with short term memory. Are there any supplements out there that may help stall the progress of this horrible disease?” — Nancy S., Waukesha, WI

Dear Nancy, When it comes to natural medicines, I would recommend taking a combination of curcumin (an extract that comes from turmeric), vitamin D, and oils of rosemary and Spanish sage. Together, these ingredients have protective antioxidant effects for brain cells, as well as supporting memory and mental function. I recommend taking 2 softgels of this combination two to three times daily.

Because standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.

I would also recommend that you take a good look at your mother-in-law’s diet. It would be in her best interest to avoid all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort on everybody’s part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I can’t seem to get rid of this last “cyst” in my throat from a recent yeast infection.

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Dear Terry, “I can’t seem to get rid of this last “cyst” in my throat from a recent yeast infection. Do you know of something that I can take that would help?” — Bea T., Augusta, GA

Dear Bea, “You may want to consider adding a combination of natural, concentrated plant oils to your daily regimen. A combination of Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove, and Oregano oils – some of nature’s most powerful antimicrobial ingredients – will help to boost your natural defenses. I suggest taking 1 or 2 softgels of this blend one to two times daily. If you are a little bit on the brave side and want to try my personal recommendation, take the softgel and allow it to melt in your mouth. You can also bite the softgel to break it open and then swish the oil in your mouth for 20-30 seconds. You can either swallow the oil at the end or spit it out.

Make sure to choose formulas that feature concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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What is the quickest way to get rid of tennis elbow?

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Dear Terry, “What is the quickest way to get rid of tennis elbow?” — Twila P., Pittsburgh, PA

Dear Twila, The term “tennis elbow” refers to a condition caused by overuse of arm, forearm, and hand muscles that results in elbow pain. It specifically involves the area where the muscles and tendons of the forearm attach to the outside bony area (called the lateral epicondyle) of the elbow.

I would first recommend a combination of highly absorbable curcumin, along with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address any pain you may be experiencing. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking 1-2 capsules of this blend three times daily.

Then you should consider adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. I recommend taking 1 softgel (750 mg) of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways.

Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the products you choose feature a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.

To further assist in the repair process, I prefer a multi-ingredient formula specific to connective tissue. It should include the active forms of vitamins B6 and B12, along with magnesium, manganese, bromelain, zinc, vitamin C, niacinamide, and boswellia. One of the most crucial ingredients is manganese. You need at least 36 mg of manganese to have an impact, so make sure the dosing of this critical mineral is adequate. I recommend taking 1 capsule of this blend three times daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Water and Sodium Fluoride

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Terry continues his discussion on water additives, with a greater focus on the history and use of fluoride in the water supply.

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Acute and Chronic Pain

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If you deal with acute and chronic pain, you don’t need to use potentially harmful over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Powerful natural ingredients are just as effective without the risk.

There is an incredibly strong combination that includes clinically-proven curcumin and boswellia along with d,l-phenylalanine and nattokinase that stops pain, reduces inflammation, and helps you stay active. Together, these nutrients:

  • Stop pain fast!
  • Shorten your recovery time
  • Help you stay active
  • Inhibit COX-2 and 5-LOX
  • Fight inflammation throughout the body
  • Provide safe, proven, effective relief

When you’re in pain, you want something that works fast. You want relief that does more than simply mask pain, but also stops inflammation without the risks to your kidneys, stomach, liver, and heart.

In this Terry Talks Nutrition®, we’ll look at natural ingredients that reduce inflammation and relieve pain by inhibiting the COX-2 (cyclooxygenase 2) and 5-LOX (5-lipoxygenase) enzymes, without the side effects. In fact, these natural ingredients are superior to conventional drugs in both efficacy and safety.

Inflammation and Pain: The Connection

Inflammation is the beginning of all pain. It is triggered by damage to your body. Typically, when we think of inflammation we think of heat, redness, swelling, and pain. Pain is our warning signal that something is in need of repair. Inflammation and pain are normal and necessary when we have an injury, such as a sprained ankle. Chronic inflammation that lasts and lasts, however, is not normal and is, in fact, a disease. This type of inflammation is at the root of almost all serious illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and painful conditions such as arthritis.

Relieve Inflammation and You Relieve Pain

Inflammation is triggered by the release of hormone-like compounds called prostaglandins, especially PGE2, and is sustained by the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme. If it were possible to inhibit the COX-2 enzyme, it would be possible to control inflammation and possibly even cancer. Did you know that cancer cells are surrounded by an abnormally heavy concentration of COX-2 enzymes?

In fact, many years ago, drug companies found that aspirin inhibited COX-2, and that aspirin users have less cancer. But of course, there is a downside to chronic aspirin use. At the same time it inhibits COX-2, it also inhibits COX-1 which is a protective prostaglandin for the lining of the digestive tract and blood vessels. Therefore, without adequate COX-1 protection, you can have ulcers and leaking of the blood vessels. While aspirin is fine for temporary use, extended use may cause serious side effects and even death. One report has estimated that over 40,000 people die annually from the overuse of drugs in the aspirin family.

Also, consider the “advanced” COX-2 inhibitors Vioxx®, Bextra®, Celebrex®, etc. These drugs did not cause ulcers or weak blood vessels so the expectation was extremely high. Scientists later found that the results experienced were offset by the fact that these anti-inflammatories caused heart attacks and strokes because they induced clots in the blood. The risks were so great that the FDA took Vioxx and Bextra off the market, and now requires a “black box” warning on Celebrex, which is the strongest warning class for prescription drugs.

The natural ingredients I recommend have been traditionally used and clinically studied, and provide the relief you need without side effects or worry. Additionally, they work quickly – some report relief in as little as 45 minutes. I consider them to be truly advanced pain relieving ingredients.

Natural Inflammation Fighters – Safe, Effective, Fast-Working

What people truly need is an anti-inflammatory product that inhibits COX-2 and 5-LOX, without side effects. I’m happy to say that it exists. It includes two common herbal ingredients – curcumin and boswellia, and it stops the cause of pain – fast.

Curcumin is a compound from the herb turmeric (Curcuma longa). It is extremely effective in relieving inflammation, which, along with oxidation, is the cause of all chronic disease, including cancer. The curcumin I recommend has also been clinically studied to stop pain, inflammation, and heal joint damage.

One of the studies followed 45 individuals with rheumatoid arthritis, randomized to three groups. Group one received 50 mg of diclofenac sodium twice daily; group two received 500 mg high-absorption curcumin twice daily; and group three received both diclofenac sodium and curcumin. The high-absorption curcumin was more effective that diclofenac sodium at reducing joint pain and swelling. Taking the curcumin with the drug was no more effective than using the botanical alone, and taking the drug alone was less effective. Makes you wonder why effective natural products aren’t the first course of action right away, doesn’t it?

But You Need the RIGHT Natural Ingredients

While curcumin is amazing, the form of curcumin you choose makes all the difference. That’s because not all curcumin extracts are the same, and they don’t all absorb well. In fact, in many of the studies with curcumin, researchers have needed to use very high amounts – up to 12 grams daily – in order to maintain therapeutic blood levels that showed a benefit.

Supplement manufacturers have tried to make it easier for the body to use with varying degrees of success. Many standardize their extracts to 95% curcumin, but unfortunately that method alone isn’t very effective.

There is a better form, and it is the one I recommend the most. It stems from research by scientists in India who’ve isolated a curcuminoid complex (curcumin is one kind of curcuminoid). This form of high-absorption curcumin is micronized and re-blended with the essential oil of turmeric for up to 10 times the absorption and greater blood retention time at meaningful levels compared to standard 95% curcumin extracts.

Because it is absorbed so well, this blend is extremely effective in reducing pain and inflammation. It not only inhibits COX-2, but does it in such a way as not to block it completely since we do need some COX-2 for other body functions. And it does this without any significant side effects! Remember, it isn’t just what you take – it is what you ABSORB that counts.

Curcumin’s Natural Partners – Boswellia and More

Another strong, traditionally used botanical from India that I also recommend in this combination is an extract of boswellia (Boswellia serrata). It works extremely well with curcumin.

It is especially effective and potent at reducing joint pain associated with arthritis by inhibiting the inflammatory enzyme, 5-LOX. This specialized high-AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid) boswellia is low in β-boswellic acid (which interferes with beneficial activity) and has higher naturally occurring levels of AKBA to really boost the effectiveness of boswellia.

This high-AKBA boswellia and the high-absorption curcumin I recommend have been proven to effectively fight osteoarthritis pain. An osteoarthritis study that compared the two botanicals to the generic celecoxib (known under the brand name Celebrex®) for individuals with osteoarthritis showed excellent results.

One group received 100 mg of celecoxib twice daily, while the second group received a 500 mg blend of the high-absorption curcumin and the high-AKBA, low-beta boswellia extract twice daily.

When it came to relieving pain, 64% of those taking the two-herb combination versus 29% in the drug group improved to such a high degree that they were able to move from having “moderate to severe arthritis” to “mild to moderate arthritis.” Like the RA study, this research shows that the power of a natural pain-fighting botanical was extremely impressive.

Fighting Inflammation, Improving Mood

The pain reliever DLPA (dl-phenylalanine) contains two forms of the amino acid phenylalanine. The “l” form improves mood-elevating chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine.   The “d” form of phenylalanine appears to block a nervous system enzyme (enzyme carboxypeptidase A) that intensifies pain signals. DLPA helps prevent the breakdown of enkephalins, one of the brain’s natural pain-killing substances, which are in the same family as endorphins.   DLPA supplements combine the “l” and “d” forms of phenylalanine, which work synergistically to reduce chronic pain and improve mood – two concerns that are interconnected.

Many people confuse DLPA (found abundantly in fish, yogurt and tofu) with aspartame (NutraSweet® or Equal®), which also has the amino acid phenylalanine as an ingredient. These are not the same compounds and do not act in the same way in our body. Aspartame breaks down into an unnatural toxic substance not found in the human diet, which can cause some people to be sick or have migraine headaches. When DLPA breaks down, it converts to tyrosine, which is a precursor to helpful neurotransmitters like dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine; melanin, a healthy pigment in the skin; and thyroid hormone. It does not metabolize into toxic substances. There are no health concerns with DLPA causing migraine headaches or other problems.

Nattokinase – Bringing These Ingredients Together

The third natural partner for curcumin is the enzyme nattokinase. This enzyme extract helps to carry the other ingredients through the blood stream so they can get to where they are needed most – including your sore muscles and joints. Nattokinase also helps reduce circulating fibrinogen – a compound that causes stiff muscles and can, over time, actually damage muscle and joint tissue when present in elevated amounts.

Potent Combination

Curcumin, boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase make one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving combinations you can find. These ingredients have been proven time and again to be highly effective and safe for extended use. These ingredients will benefit anyone who is suffering from pain, whether it is acute, sudden pain such as a strain, over-exercising, sprains, or any exercise-induced injury, or chronic pain from arthritis, migraine headaches, bursitis, back pain, or any recurring pain. Using a blend of these natural ingredients can literally change your life. You can truly be pain-free and live to the fullest, naturally.

 

Terry recommends formulas with these ingredients. Look for them at your local health food store.

Proprietary Complex

DLPA (DL-phenylalanine), Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) Gum Resin Extract standardized to contain >70% Total Organic and Boswellic Acids with AKBA >10%, with less than 5% beta-boswellic acids, Curcumin (Curcuma longa) Rhizome Extract enhanced with turmeric essential oils and standardized for curcuminoid complex (curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin), Nattokinase

2,181 mg

 

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You CAN get your omega-3s every day!

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We all need omega-3s for a healthy heart and sharp mind, but getting them into the diet can be tough. But if you don’t eat a lot of fish or have found it difficult to keep up with your omega-3 supplementation, you’re really missing out on some amazing benefits.

Fortunately, there is another, more convenient way to get your omega-3s – plus other valuable nutrients — from salmon. It uses a revolutionary process called “vectorization” to provide the DHA, EPA, phospholipids, and peptides you’ve been missing in just one tablet per day.

Vectorization uses enzymes and water, rather than solvents or heat, to extract omega-3s from the head of the fish. This is preferable to omega-3s extracted from the fat of the fish, where polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are typically concentrated. This process also retains a natural ratio of DHA and EPA.

Vectorization immediately following the catch allows the omega-3s to remain bound to phospholipids – making them easier for the body to absorb and use. They are also incredibly stable, so with this particular supplemental form you don’t have to worry about rancidity or fish burps – a common occurrence with triglyceride-bound oils. The DHA and EPA structure is exactly the way they exist in nature, because the processing is so minimal. Since these omega-3s remain in their original positions on the carbon chain (sn-2), they are bioidentical – that is, a perfect match – to the positioning of omega-3 fatty acids in the human brain. 1-3

The revolutionary method also leaves valuable phospholipids intact. Phospholipids make the supplement a more stable source of omega-3s, (up to 3 years at room temperature) so you don’t have to worry about rancidity or fish burps. And, because phospholipids are fats that contain phosphorus, they provide a variety of health benefits, including:

Along with omega-3s and phospholipids, vectorization provides another benefit – peptides. Formed from amino acids, peptides are activated during the digestive process, and can boost your mood and protect your heart.

Without a doubt, omega-3 fatty acids have shown remarkable benefits. Essential fatty acids (EFA’s) hold cells together and protect them against invaders. EPA and DHA from fish oil improve heart health and blood profiles, relieve pain through anti-inflammatory action, enhance immunity, elevate mood, alleviate the symptoms of ADHD and menstrual pain, promote brain and vision development in infants and children, and help treat depression.4-7

So getting omega-3s is truly essential. But it’s time to rethink the delivery of these nutrients so that everyone can actually get these nutrients every day easily. If you’ve been inconsistent with your omega-3s, this vectorized, phospholipid-bound form is worth looking into for the sake of your good health.

About Terry Lemerond:

Terry Lemerond has over 40 years of experience in the health food industry, both in retail sales and in dietary supplement formulation and manufacturing. He hosts a radio talk show that is archived at www.TerryTalksNutrition.com. The site also features his weekly educational columns and other valuable health resources. Terry is owner of the Terry Naturally store, located in Green Bay at 2625 Development Drive, just off the south GV exit from highway 172. The store is open from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Call 920.965.1002 or visit www.TerryNaturallystore.com.

 

References:

  1. Parmentier M, Al Sayed Mahmoud C, Linder M, Fanni J, et al. Polar lipids: n-3 PUFA carriers for membranes and brain: nutritional interest and emerging processes. Oleagineux, Corps Gras, Lipides; Volume 14 (Issue 3): 2007; p.224-9.

 

  1. Bourre JM. Roles of unsaturated fatty acids (especially omega-3 fatty acids) in the brain at various ages and during aging. J Nutr Health Aging. 2004; 8(3):163-74.

 

  1. Analysis at the Nancy-Universite, INPL-ENSAIA; Laboratoire de Science et Genie Alimentaires, Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, France.

 

  1. Fish Oils. In: Hendler SS, ed. PDR for Nutritional Supplements. 2nd ed. Montvale, NJ: Physician’s Desk Reference; 2008:208-214.

 

  1. Kendall-Tackett K. Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and women’s mental health in the perinatal period and beyond. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2010;55(6):561-7.

 

  1. Rocha Araujo DM, Vilarim MM, Nardi AE. What is the effectiveness of the use of polyunsaturated fatty acid omega-3 in the treatment of depression? Expert Rev Neurother. 2010 Jul;10(7):1117-29.

 

  1. Chang JP, Chen YT, Su KP. Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (n-3 PUFAs) in Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs) and Depression: The Missing Link? Cardiovasc Psychiatry Neurol. 2009;2009:725310. Epub 2009 Sep 27.

 

 

 

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Amazing New Insight Into Bone/Joint Health

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Prescription arthritis medications are one of the top sellers in this country annually. Dr. Peter Glidden explains how those medications work and why they may be harmful to your health. The last 90 seconds of the interview gives an unbelievably great wrap on the use of these medications and what is wrong with them!!

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Medicating America with sodium fluoride through our drinking water is certainly a scam.

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It’s primarily based on, where can we dump the toxic sodium fluoride and get away with it?  Sodium fluoride is a cancer causing chemical and can only be administered by a prescription, yet it is added to our city tap water and, in some cases, administered by a dentist.  A greater risk of cancer should not be justified by its proposed use to prevent cavities.

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Has your libido and sex drive dwindled to less than you would appreciate?

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If you are eating a no fat diet and your cholesterol is too low, you can’t produce the sex hormones, estrogen or testosterone.  Change your diet to change your sex life.  Eat more healthy fats.  Avoid the bad fats.  Eat more cholesterol which is the precursor for the sex hormone.

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My mother was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

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Q. Dear Terry, “My mother was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Her father (my grandfather) has had Type 2 diabetes for over 20 years. I am only 26 years old, but I don’t want this to happen to me. What can I do? Do you have any suggestions?” — Ashley W., Cedar Rapids, IA

A. Dear Ashley, Diet is the most important factor in preventing diabetes, especially Type 2 diabetes.

Take a good look at your current diet. I would recommend avoiding all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

In addition to modifying your diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may also want to consider adding to your daily regimen.

While many nutrients have been studied for their beneficial effects on blood sugar, some of the best include benfotiamine, biotin, chromium, mulberry leaf extract, and purslane. These five nutrients work by controlling blood sugar levels, curbing cravings for food, and activating insulin receptors. They also help to decrease triglyceride and LDL (aka “bad”) cholesterol levels, while raising HDL (aka “good”) cholesterol levels. This is significant because diabetes and unbalanced cholesterol levels tend to run together, essentially doubling a person’s risk of heart disease. I recommend taking 1 capsule of this combination daily with each meal.

And don’t forget about exercise – it is crucial! For more information on a healthy exercise plan, click on Terry’s Exercise Plan.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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What do you recommend for mouth ulcers?

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Q. Dear Terry, “What do you recommend for mouth ulcers? I have an ulcer on my tongue and was prescribed a medication that actually makes me feel worse. Are there any natural alternatives?” — Julie P., Syracuse, NY

A. Dear Julie, Your mouth most likely has an imbalance in the proper pH levels.  I have found that mouth sores heal extremely well and quickly when you maintain a higher level of tissue calcium. While more well-known for its ability to protect bones, certain forms of calcium more specifically protect soft tissue from conditions such as rashes, sun burn, fever blisters, cold sores, as well as cold and flu.

I recommend that you add calcium lactate to your supplement regimen. When purchasing a formula, look for one that features calcium lactate with magnesium citrate. I recommend taking 4 calcium lactate capsules three times daily for a few days. As the sores start to heal, you can then decrease to 1-2 capsules daily.

You may also want to avoid eating acidic foods such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, strawberries and raw chocolate. If this is a chronic issue, you may also want to consider removing sugar, soft drinks, and all grains from your diet. Instead, your diet should consist of animal proteins from beef, bison, and lamb, poultry, fish, fruits, and non-starchy vegetables. You can also eat nuts, seeds and berries. For more information, review my diet at Terry’s Traditional Diet.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Nature’s Answer for Colds, Bronchitis and Asthma

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With Medicine Hunter, Chris Kilham

Terry’s Bottom Line:

If you deal with bronchitis, colds, or asthma, you know that standard remedies can have side effects you’d rather do without.

Ivy and Thyme extracts can make a huge difference without side effects. They keep your respiratory system running smoothly so you can breathe easily. Together, these ingredients:

  • Soothe cough and lungs
  • Make coughs more productive
  • Won’t cause drowsiness or jitteriness
  • Can be used by children or adults
  • Are available in effective tablet or liquid forms
  • Keep your bronchial tract from feeling “dried out”

Here is the formula I suggest:

Terry recommends a product with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

Proprietary Complex

Containing Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Leaf Extract standardized to contain 2% essential oil, Climbing Ivy (Hedra helix) Leaf Extract standardized to contain 10% hederacoside C

250 mg

For children or individuals that struggle with swallowing tablets/capsules, Terry suggests a liquid formula:

Proprietary Formula

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Aerial Liquid Extract and Ivy (Hedra helix) Leaf Liquid Extract

880 mg

 

From Terry: I am very pleased to have author and herbal expert Chris Kilham report on the amazing properties of ivy and thyme for coughs, colds, asthma, and bronchitis. I have known Chris for many years, and respect him as a leading authority in plant medicines. In his travels Chris develops deep connections to the local communities. He advocates for fair trade and social justice in every region he explores for new natural medicines. CNN called him “The Indiana Jones of Natural Medicine” and I think that is a fair description. Chris has been featured in the New York Times, on MSNBC, and most recently in many segments on the healing powers of herbs with Dr. Manny Alvarez, on FOX News. Thank you, Chris, for your insights!

Natural Relief As A First Option

The natural world is so abundant in effective medicinal plants, that it is almost surprising to an herbalist that we don’t use them more often as a first choice for common conditions. With a cough and cold, for instance, it is imperative that you get relief, but you don’t want to feel drowsy or jittery. Fortunately, nature has given us two of the best ingredients – ivy and thyme – that relieve the irritation of cough, open bronchial pathways, and help you breathe easier. I’m happy to discuss them here as the guest author of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Stop Feeling Short of Breath

When we feel short of breath for any reason, we realize very quickly what a blessing it is to have clear bronchial airways. After all, our respiratory tract is the crucial link that takes it from the air we breathe and shepherds it into the bloodstream. These “bronchi” are a fine system of tubes, where incoming air is passed along to approximately 500 million air cells. Technically known as alveoli, these cells ensure that the blood is able to absorb oxygen and distribute throughout the body.

But this system is very sensitive. Dust, bacteria, and viruses are normally kept at bay by the cilia – very fine, hair-like projections in the mucus membranes that, most of the time, keep the respiratory system moist and running smoothly. But when the bronchial airways feel clogged or closed, they need our help.

For many people, conventional treatments to open and soothe bronchial airways that have been irritated due to a cold, bronchitis or asthma can cause a host of side effects, including jitteriness, fatigue, and a sore, dry throat. For each of these conditions, the reasons differ, but the effects can be the same. Ivy and thyme extracts, with years of traditional use and clinical research in published journals, can go a long way to relieve them.

What’s the difference between colds, bronchitis, and asthma?

Although they have similar effects on our ability to breathe and feel healthy, colds, bronchitis, and asthma are different conditions.

Colds, although associated mostly with fall and winter seasons, can actually occur any time of year. The common cold is caused by a viral infection. Most noticeably, it irritates the bronchial tissue, causing the characteristic runny nose, cough, and sneezing that makes colds so difficult to get through. While there is no one “common cold” – they are caused by over 100 different viruses – they have similarities in respiratory symptoms.

Of course, as common as they may be, you don’t want to let cold symptoms go unattended. Left on their own, they can develop into sinus infections, ear infections (especially in children) or other secondary conditions, like bronchitis. So aside from comfort, there are good reasons to address the symptoms as quickly as possible.

Bronchitis, is the inflammation of the bronchi – whether due to cold symptoms or other germs or allergens, the effect is the same. This inflammation sends triggers the bronchi to increase mucus production as a way of protecting itself. Unfortunately, the excessive mucus makes breathing tough and causes heavy coughing. Plus, the mucus lodged in the bronchi provides an ideal environment for harmful bacteria to multiply.

Chronic bronchitis is a whole different matter. It is a serious condition, and if you suspect that you have it, please seek professional care and advice from a licensed healthcare practitioner. Chronic bronchitis can be a condition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) so it’s important to get it checked out.

Asthma is a chronic condition that can be triggered by a number of things. Pollen and allergies, dust, cold air, nervousness or tension, exercise, or pollution. Some individuals just seem to be more prone to asthma than others, so genetics probably plays a part.

When someone has an asthma attack, their bronchial airways narrow and tighten. The inflammation produces mucous, which adds to the “out of breath” feeling. Severe attacks can be very frightening, and unfortunately, the anxiety over possible attacks can make mild symptoms even worse.

While there are medications that alleviate symptoms, they can also bring about a number of side-effects, including agitation, aggression, or depression. Of course, I’m not going to tell you to simply stop taking your asthma medication and switch to a natural product without talking to your doctor first. But I believe that the powerful natural support I recommend is an excellent supplemental answer.

Natural Remedies are Best

In each of these cases, the causes of colds, bronchitis, and asthma differ, but the goal of an effective remedy should be to treat the common symptoms – without problem ingredients. For these concerns, nature has an answer.

For many people, climbing ivy (Hedra helix) can be a pesky problem. As anyone with a garden knows, it can overtake your yard and home if not cut back frequently. But medicinally, it has remarkable benefits. Ivy leaf extract is a clinically proven cough medicine that is an excellent choice for anyone with bronchitis and/or asthma. Ivy has unique modes of action: as an expectorant, it helps bring up mucus from the lungs; as a mucolytic, it helps dissolve mucus; and as a bronchial dilator, it helps open up passageways so you breathe easier.

And unlike many conventional solutions, it can be used by children. In fact, in a recent study, a survey of 52,470 children confirmed a high level of tolerability of ivy leaves active ingredients.

Ivy leaf extract reduces and calms troublesome and painful coughs but does not completely or artificially block the action, either. It causes thick mucus to become liquefied and the respiratory tract less constricted. This is important because it allows the individual to readily cough up mucus to make breathing and expectoration easier and less painful. As a result, the urge to cough caused by the excessive production of thick mucus is also reduced. Clinical studies have documented that this highly specialized ivy extract is an effective and extremely well tolerated herbal medicine which is recommended for respiratory tract disorders including asthma in all age groups.

Many popular European formulations that relieve bronchitis, asthma, cough and other respiratory disorders combine ivy with other herbal ingredients to be even more effective. And that’s something I recommend in this case, too.

Along with ivy leaf extract, thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is an effective partner. Compounds in thyme – primarily the phenols thymol and carvacol – provide its antitussive (preventing and treating a cough), antispasmodic, and expectorant (thinning the mucus to allow for coughing out) actions.

Thyme and ivy is one of the most popular and commonly recommended herbal blends in Europe for dry spasmodic coughs, and due to its overall safety, it is a favorite for treating coughs in children. People who are required to take several medications at the same time can use ivy leaf extract and thyme without concern due to the fact that the medicines are extremely well tolerated and no interactions are yet known.

Safe, effective, and just right for kids, too

These same ingredients are also available in a liquid form that is a perfect option for children or anyone who prefers it to taking tablets. It provides the same well-studied powerful ivy and thyme extracts to help make short work of cold, bronchitis, and asthma symptoms.

Breathe Deeply with Natural Relief

Breathing is something so basic that we tend to take it for granted – until it becomes difficult. The good news is that you can choose natural and effective ingredients that don’t have the agitating or sedative side effects of conventional, prescription, or over-the-counter approaches. That is why I recommend a formula containing ivy leaf extract and thyme extract whenever you have a cold, sore throat, bronchitis or upper respiratory congestion. You’ll be amazed at the simple joy of being able to take a deep, calming breath again.

Terry recommends a product with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

Proprietary Complex

Containing Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Leaf Extract standardized to contain 2% essential oil, Climbing Ivy (Hedra helix) Leaf Extract standardized to contain 10% hederacoside C

250 mg

For children or individuals that struggle with swallowing tablets/capsules, Terry suggests a liquid formula:

Proprietary Formula

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Aerial Liquid Extract and Ivy (Hedra helix) Leaf Liquid Extract

880 mg

 

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I have had fibromyalgia all my life.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have had fibromyalgia all my life.  I refuse to take prescription pain pills, as they don’t seem to help.   It really seems to bother me the most at night. Is there anything I can take that will help with the pain, so I can get a good night’s rest?” — Nancy H., Little Rock, AR

A. Dear Nancy, I am sorry to hear that you are having difficulties finding effective pain relief. I do have some options that can help you get some healthy sleep and make a significant difference when it comes to pain relief.

Being able to get into a regular sleep routine is crucial to your health because this is when your body goes into repair mode. If you are not getting good, deep sleep your own natural repair and healing activity will not function normally. Lack of sleep can actually slow down the healing process.

I would recommend a combination of absorbable curcumin with boswellia, DLPA, vitamin B6, and melatonin to address your pain. The curcumin, boswellia, vitamin B6 and DLPA each work in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. The melatonin helps to regulate your sleep patterns. I recommend taking 1 to 2 capsules of this combination 30 minutes before bedtime.

When choosing a formula, keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure you choose a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid, to at least 5% or less. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You also want a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia. Lastly, you want to have a formula that features vitamin B6 as pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P5P). P5P is the biologically active form of vitamin B6. Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Water, Water

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Do you really know what is in your water? Chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals. All of these water additives can cause significant problems for your health. Listen as Terry discusses the consequences of chemical in our water supply, and what you can do to find healthy, clean water.

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Exercise with a Kettlebell, Butter & Oregano

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Stop Sitting! One study found that for people over age 25, every hour of TV watched shortened lifespan by 22 minutes. Kettlebell workout shown to burn as much as 20 calories a minute. Learn more.
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Herb of the Day: Oregano

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Restore Your Liver Naturally

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Terry’s Bottom Line

Liver damage can occur for many reasons: infectious diseases such as hepatitis; the use of certain over-the-counter and prescription drugs; accidental poisoning; environmental toxins and stress; alcohol abuse; and even poor diets.

But the right combination of three botanical ingredients, including one you may not have heard of before, can help get your liver working properly again:

  • Repair liver damage
  • Reverse liver poisoning
  • Restore liver health
  • Protect liver cells
  • Stop cholesterol oxidation
  • Reduce tumor risk
  • Prevent oxidative damage to liver cells

Most people probably don’t think about their liver too much unless a medical condition or family history demands it. In a way, that’s too bad. The liver is one of the hardest-working organs of the body, and because of that, it needs crucial nutrients to remain active and effective.

In this Terry Talks Nutrition®, I’d like to review amazing botanical ingredients that make the liver’s job much easier and have been traditionally used and clinically studied for their liver-healing properties.

The Liver – Very Strong, But it Needs Our Support!

The liver is an amazing organ. It stores our reserves of iron and other minerals and vitamins. It produces bile, which is then stored in the gallbladder and released into the intestines to help us digest foods. It processes almost everything we eat and drink, filters toxins and alcohol from our blood, and synthesizes the lipids (fats) that create the hormones our bodies need every day. The liver is unique among the body’s organs – even if 75% of the liver is damaged, it can reproduce new tissue from the remaining healthy cells and regenerate. Unfortunately between our diets, environmental toxins, and all of the other stress we put on the liver, we don’t make it easy for it to do its job.

Natural Ingredients that Restore Liver Health

Sesamin, from sesame (Sesamum indicum) seed, is one of the strongest nutrients available for restoring the liver and stopping liver damage. Unfortunately, it is one that relatively few people know about. Sesamin helps the liver in many ways, including stopping fibrosis (an accumulation of collagen and other proteins that can ultimately result in liver failure) and preventing fatty liver disease.

Sesamin inhibits liver fibrosis by reducing the activity of collagen-producing enzymes that can have dangerous results when they are overexpressed in the liver. Sesamin reduces serum levels of TNF-α and other inflammatory markers and stops oxidative damage to liver cells.

Fatty liver, or hepatic steatosis, is the dangerous accumulation of fats in the liver. Although often associated with alcohol abuse, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is now the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the United States. In fact, NAFLD in teenagers and adolescents has doubled in the past two decades. Sesamin shows great promise in treating fatty liver disease, regardless of the cause.

Sesamin helps the liver process fatty acids efficiently by increasing the enzyme activity needed to properly oxidize fatty acids and reduce serum and liver lipid levels. Although we usually consider oxidation undesirable, in this case, oxidation is a necessary step to prevent fats from being stored in the liver, and it also helps the body build cells and create energy efficiently. It’s important that these fats move out of the liver and are used by the cells for energy.

When fat deposits limit the liver’s ability to detoxify and process nutrients, health begins to decline. If the liver is not able to process and remove toxins, the body is vulnerable to damage from a wide range of dangerous substances.

Other research has shown that a combination including sesamin improved levels of enzymes that appear in the bloodstream when the liver is stressed or diseased. It also reduced inflammation and cholesterol oxidation and bolstered overall liver function in patients with borderline fatty liver disease.

Sesamin Stops Tumor Growth

Even at a cellular level, sesamin preserves the liver. Chinese research showed that it stops the cycle of liver cancer growth by inhibiting the inflammatory signals that lead to out-of-control replication of damaged DNA. Both inflammation and oxidation are directly linked to the development of tumor growth, and sesamin has a powerful ability to combat both. The researchers concluded that sesamin provided a “molecular basis for understanding of the effects of sesamin in hepatocellular carcinoma tumor cell proliferation…” and that “sesamin may thus be a potential chemotherapy drug for liver cancer.”

Silymarin and Silybin from Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) has become known as a “go to” botanical for liver health, and with good reason – it saves lives. Did you know that many commonly used drugs, including acetaminophen (best known by the brand name, Tylenol®) are very tough on the liver? In fact, according to the National Institutes of Medicine, acetaminophen overdose is the most common cause of acute liver failure.

Scientists have identified two key components – silymarin and silybin – as being the most effective phytonutrients from milk thistle for saving and restoring the liver. Silymarin is the main complex in milk thistle, and contains silybin, a powerful flavonoid that has very specific detoxifying abilities.

Silymarin – An Amazing Compound

For treating fatty liver caused by alcohol abuse, silymarin boosts the activity of the body’s own natural antioxidants, glutathione and superoxide dismutase. Milk thistle also directly inhibits damaging oxidative stress, so it has a doubly – strong effect to protect liver cells. In cases of liver fibrosis, a study in Taiwan found that silymarin from milk thistle reduced the activity of the enzymes involved in collagen formation, as well as limiting the damage associated with fibrosis.

For those with NAFLD, milk thistle components offer hope as well. An Italian clinical study involved 72 affected patients who were provided with silymarin twice daily for 3 months. They found that silymarin reduced inflammation, as well as the elevated levels of enzymes associated with this disease.

Milk thistle research has shown that silymarin from milk thistle reduced symptoms and improved overall quality of life for those with chronic hepatitis C, or with hepatitis-like conditions. In cases of hepatitis C, a clinical study found that milk thistle improved a number of parameters in patients infected with the virus. At the end of the 6-month study, the researchers found that silymarin reduced levels of harmful liver enzyme activity, inhibited markers of liver fibrosis, and greatly improved the patients’ quality of life.

Silybin, the “Power Flavonoid” of Silymarin

Silybin is extremely bioavailable when in a phytosome form. Because the phytosome form is fat-soluble, it is better adapted to coping and repairing difficult conditions in the liver. An Italian review found that silybin phytosome protects the liver from oxidative damage, inhibits fibrosis, doesn’t interact with other drugs, and has no significant side effects. The researchers conclude that silybin phytosome is a promising intervention for chronic liver disease.

In fact, silybin in phytosome form has been shown in clinical studies with patients diagnosed with liver disorders to have significant clinical effects on liver enzymes versus non-phytosome extracts and placebo.

Some of the most famous cases of silybin’s effectiveness have been its lifesaving effects in detoxifying the poison of the Death Cap mushroom (Amanita phalloides). When these mushrooms are accidentally consumed, the mortality rate is about 30%. However, silybin saves lives even three days after initial poisoning. In one instance, an Italian family was admitted three days following the accidental ingestion of Amanita mushrooms. Initial conventional therapy didn’t improve the extensive liver damage, and only after intravenous administration of silybin did they recover.

 

Silybin is also a strong antiviral for patients with hepatitis C, inhibiting the ability of viruses to replicate. Oral treatments of silybin have also been effective for those with NAFLD and alcohol-related fatty liver disease. Overall, it is a potent detoxifier and strong anti-inflammatory, helping the liver recover from chronic damage.

This is why I believe that the best liver-restoring milk thistle formulas should include silymarin because it includes a full spectrum of compounds, including silybin. However, it should also include silybin bound to phytosome because it is one of the most stable and powerful components.

Milk Thistle Inhibits Tumors and Cancer

Research at the University of Colorado has explored milk thistle’s ability to protect against tumor formation. In the case of skin cancer, it helps signal cellular repair proteins to stop and reverse UV-induced damage quickly. In lung cancer, milk thistle blocks the activation of inflammatory enzymes (including COX-2) that would otherwise lead to tumor growth. Other cellular work shows that it may prevent prostate cancer tumor growth.

Additionally, a double-blind, controlled pilot study at the Columbia University Medical Center showed that milk thistle protects the liver against the toxicity of chemotherapy for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia – but does not interfere with the effectiveness of the cancer treatment.

Help Your Liver Heal Naturally

Your liver is one of your body’s hardest-working organs, and it needs the right nutrients to function properly. When you help your liver, you help yourself live better and longer. Without a doubt, restoring liver health can be a challenge, but with the right lifestyle, diet, and powerful detoxifying and liver-restoring power of sesamin, silymarin, and silybin, you can stop – and reverse – liver damage, naturally.

 

Terry recommends a formula with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

Proprietary Complex

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) Seed Extract standardized to contain 80% silymarin, Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum L.) Fruit Phytosome complex standardized to contain 29.7%-36.3% silybin, Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) Seed Extract standardized to contain 60% sesamin and 70% total lignan)

390 mg

 

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I have 2 bone spurs – one on the back of each heel.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have 2 bone spurs – one on the back of each heel.  I had one previously on the back of my right heel that was surgically removed, only to be replaced by the two I have now. There are times when I literally cannot walk and have been looking for other alternatives to surgery. Do you have any recommendations?” — Susan F., Augusta, GA

A. Dear Susan, When it comes to bone spurs, I recommend a combination that includes specific forms of calcium (calcium phosphate and calcium chloride) and magnesium (magnesium glycerophosphate), along with bioavailable B6, betaine HCl, vitamin C, and ammonium chloride. These ingredients help keep calcium more fluid to make sure it doesn’t form clumps that later become bone spurs. In short, they help ensure that calcium is where it should be, dissolves it where it shouldn’t be, and prevents it from building up there again. I recommend taking 2 capsules of this blend with each meal, followed by 2 capsules at bedtime. However, once your immediate health concerns are cleared up, I think going to a maintenance dosage of 1 or 2 per day is sufficient.

When choosing a product, you must make sure to look for one that contains calcium in the form of calcium phosphate and calcium chloride, as well as magnesium in the form of magnesium glycerophosphate, as these are the forms that help the body clean away those unwanted calcium deposits on bone (aka bone spurs).

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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What do you recommend for high blood pressure?

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Q. Dear Terry, “What do you recommend for high blood pressure?” — Pat R., Houston, TX

A. Dear Pat, High blood pressure is a very serious medical condition. While I have some safe and effective nutrients that can help, I do encourage individuals to consult with their healthcare practitioner. I can make some recommendations, but that never replaces a doctor’s care and oversight.

A combination of olive leaf and hibiscus extracts can be a wonderful alternative for safely lowering blood pressure. Both have been shown in clinical trials to lower blood pressure levels. In fact, in a study comparing hibiscus to the prescription blood pressure drug lisinopril, those using hibiscus had better blood pressure reduction than those taking the synthetic drug, and with absolutely no side effects at all. When choosing a product, look for one that contains olive leaf and hibiscus extracts standardized to their key compounds. In the case of olive leaf, it should be standardized to a minimum of 16% oleuropein, while hibiscus should be standardized to a minimum of 45% polyphenols. I recommend taking 2 capsules of this blend daily. But, be patient – you need to follow this regimen for a minimum of three months before evaluating the benefits.

Other things you can do to naturally lower your blood pressure include weight loss via exercise and healthy diet, relaxation, and getting a good night’s sleep.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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I tend to have gas and bloating after eating.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I tend to have gas and bloating after eating. It is quite embarrassing. Is there anything I can take to help with this?” — Marilyn T., Yonkers, NY

A. Dear Marilyn, While I do have some suggestions, I would first recommend consulting with your healthcare practitioner, if you have not already done so to rule out any underlying conditions that may be causing the symptoms you are experiencing.

I think one of the most important steps to take in stopping digestive problems is to switch to a natural diet high in fat and protein, and low in carbohydrate content. Sometimes called the Paleolithic Diet, I refer to this way of eating as a “traditional diet”. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. To read more about my recommendations for nutrition, click on my healthy diet plan. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com.

I also recommend adding a digestive enzyme formula to your daily supplement regimen. Supplementing with pancreatin, a natural digestive enzyme complex that provides the enzymes protease, lipase, and amylase, can make all the difference. Pancreatic enzymes simply help your body do what it already does naturally. I recommend taking 1 or 2 tablets of pancreatin with each meal. Make sure that when choosing a formula, you get an undiluted pancreatin supplement. The United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) has set strict definitions for the level of activity – measured by how effectively the enzyme breaks down its targeted nutrient type – for pancreatin. I believe the best results for improving digestion come from full strength, undiluted pancreatin. Less potent pancreatin has often been diluted with salt, lactose or galactose.

You might also want to consider adding a concentrated essential oil blend to your daily regimen. Look for a formula that contains Basil, Peppermint, Coriander, Cumin, Bay, Caraway and Lemon oils. This blend of oils provides excellent support for gas relief, indigestion, bloating, nausea, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and vomiting. I recommend taking 1 softgel of this essential oil blend after each meal. When choosing a formula, make sure it features concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Blood Sugar Control

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Consumption of sugar in the United States is approaching 200 lbs per person, per year. We put it in everything we eat – it tastes good and aids in food processing. But sugar is a precursor to many of the chronic diseases many of us experience, including heart disease and diabetes. But everyone can benefit from keeping their blood sugar levels low. Terry suggests some proven nutrients that can help you get your blood sugar levels down and prevent obesity and other chronic health problems.

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I have 2 bone spurs – one on the back of each heel.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have 2 bone spurs – one on the back of each heel.  I had one previously on the back of my right heel that was surgically removed, only to be replaced by the two I have now. There are times when I literally cannot walk and have been looking for other alternatives to surgery. Do you have any recommendations?” — Susan F., Augusta, GA

A. Dear Susan, When it comes to bone spurs, I recommend a combination that includes specific forms of calcium (calcium phosphate and calcium chloride) and magnesium (magnesium glycerophosphate), along with bioavailable B6, betaine HCl, vitamin C, and ammonium chloride. These ingredients help keep calcium more fluid to make sure it doesn’t form clumps that later become bone spurs. In short, they help ensure that calcium is where it should be, dissolves it where it shouldn’t be, and prevents it from building up there again. I recommend taking 2 capsules of this blend with each meal, followed by 2 capsules at bedtime. However, once your immediate health concerns are cleared up, I think going to a maintenance dosage of 1 or 2 per day is sufficient.

When choosing a product, you must make sure to look for one that contains calcium in the form of calcium phosphate and calcium chloride, as well as magnesium in the form of magnesium glycerophosphate, as these are the forms that help the body clean away those unwanted calcium deposits on bone (aka bone spurs).

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Pain and Sleep: An Intimate Connection

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Terry’s Bottom Line

When you’re in pain, you lose sleep – and with it, the chance to heal naturally. Common, over-the-counter painkillers don’t fix the problem. In fact, they cause a lot of dangerous side-effects and can cause serious damage.

Fortunately, there is a natural, safe way to stop pain, and provide a good night’s sleep that helps you heal. Together, these ingredients will:

  • Stop pain in its tracks
  • Reduce joint-damaging inflammation
  • Help you fall asleep – and stay asleep
  • Boost tissue repair
  • Relax muscles throughout your body
  • Improve your mood & boost serotonin levels

Over 90 percent of people with chronic pain also have disordered sleep. This causes an ever-worsening downward spiral – pain begets poor sleep, and poor sleep begets more pain and lack of healing.

Poor quality sleep not only causes physical damage and escalates pain, it prevents your body from making key hormones that give you vitality and protect you from illnesses like cancer and heart disease. Health conscious consumers select nutritious food, incorporate an exercise program, and include dietary supplements in their daily regimen, but may devote little thought to the loss of sleep and how it prevents healing and even acceleratesthe aging process.

In this issue of Terry Talks Nutrition®, I’m going to share with you information on dietary supplement ingredients that can powerfully address BOTH pain and disordered sleep!

Our Sleep-Deprived World

Lack of quality sleep is associated with a whole host of physical problems, because many physiological functions that impact our health significantly occur only in certain stages of sleep.

Sleep – specifically stage four, or deep sleep – is when our body kicks into repair mode.  In one scientific study, it was found that lack of sleep actually slowed the healing of burns. Additionally, two hormones, melatonin and human growth hormone (HGH), are made almost exclusively during the sleep cycle. Melatonin protects against cancer, and human growth hormone is nature’s anti-aging hormone. Impairment of HGH production by reduced sleep cycles speeds up the aging process. It also decreases daytime vitality and physical healing. Even one night of short sleep increases inflammatory chemicals in the blood. It also increases hunger-promoting hormones, which may be why lack of healthy sleep promotes obesity.  Chronic sleep loss (insomnia) increases the risk of several diseases, such as heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Pain Makes a Bad Situation Worse

I think that now you are seeing how pain and interrupted sleep are a deadly duo. Pain keeps you tossing and turning all night, and prevents full relaxation into deep sleep. Lack of deep sleep keeps you from producing the messengers that direct tissue repair and healing. Lack of healing results in more pain…and on it goes.

In order for you to feel your best, you need to eliminate pain and improve sleep quality. Let’s start with my recommendations for the most effective, natural pain and sleep formulaI have ever encountered: curcumin, boswellia and D,L-phenylalanine (DLPA), combined with melatonin and pyridoxal-5-phosphate, or P-5-P.

Curcumin

Curcumin has been touted as the “most anti-inflammatory herb on the planet” for a good reason. This multifaceted compound has proven activity against multiple inflammatory pathways, including COX-2, LOX, TNF-alpha, IFN-gamma, and NF-kappaB.  In America, it is estimated that more than 56 million adults experience chronic pain, with the top five conditions cited being: low back, arthritis, migraine, jaw/lower facial, and neuropathies.

Reducing inflammation is the key. That’s why curcumin is an ideal ingredient. It addresses multiple inflammatory pathways with virtually no side effects.

However, standard curcumin doesn’t absorb well. That’s why you need a specialized curcumin that uses a micronized extract with a very small particle size mixed with turmeric oils. This natural process means that this curcumin has up to 10 times the absorption and longer blood retention time at meaningful levels as compared to standard curcumin extracts.

Boswellia and DLPA

Boswellia’s anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing activity is linked to the array of boswellic acids in the extract. Scientists found that every single boswellic acid has anti-inflammatory properties – except one.  One boswellic acid (beta) was actually pro-inflammatory.  They found that boswellia’s activity greatly increased when beta-boswellic acid was reduced to less than 5%.

Research studies have found that boswellia is especially potent at reducing joint pain associated with arthritis. It does this by inhibiting the inflammatory enzyme, 5-LOX. Together, curcumin and boswellia reduce the activity of the two most significant pain pathways in the body – COX-2 and 5-LOX.

The pain reliever DLPA is an amino acid that improves mood-elevating chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine, while also blocking a nervous system enzyme (enzyme carboxypeptidase A) that intensifies pain signals. DLPA prevents the breakdown of one of the brain’s natural pain-killing substances, enkephalins, which are in the same family as endorphins. Since DLPA combines the “l” and “d” forms of phenylalanine, they work synergistically to reduce chronic pain and improve mood – two concerns that are interconnected. And a healthy balance of neurotransmitters is much more conducive to deep, satisfying sleep.

Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate, or P-5-P

There is a special, active form of vitamin B6 that your body can easily utilize called pyridoxal-5-phosphate, or P-5-P for short. This form has amazing healing properties. I frequently recommend it to people suffering from nerve pain, burning feet (diabetic neuropathy), carpal tunnel syndrome, PMS, and edema (tissue swelling and water retention), among other conditions. The results for these people have been outstanding.

Standard vitamin B6 has to be converted by the liver to the active form the body needs, which is P-5-P. But the low rates of conversion from the inactive to the active form of vitamin B6 can have serious health consequences. By consuming vitamin B6 in the activeP-5-P form, conversion is no longer necessary, and the full benefits are available immediately after absorption.  P-5-P is effective for pain, but it is also very useful for quality sleep. P-5-P is required as a co-enzyme in the creation of the feel good hormone, serotonin. Inadequate serotonin is associated with depression and poor quality sleep, so this is an important nutrient to add to your regimen.

Melatonin: The Hormone of Darkness

Melatonin is called the “hormone of darkness” because natural melatonin production is reduced when light strikes the retina of the eye. So it’s important to keep your bedroom as dark as possible and avoid lights in the middle of the night.

Melatonin helps regulate your circadian rhythms, which are deeply integrated with your sleep/ wake schedule. It is a potent antioxidant, and may have cancer prevention properties. But it is probably best known for the impact it can have on increasing REM and stage 4 sleep (the stage of repair and rejuvenation). You may notice that you have very vivid and lively dreams when you first use melatonin. That is because of its expansion of the time you spend in REM (or dreaming sleep). This often tapers off with continued use.

Why Drugs Are Not the Answer!

I believe it is almost criminal that these over-the-counter drugs are being marketed for nightly use. Let’s take a look at the down side of some of these drugs marketed for pain and sleep.

Diphenhydramine (i.e., Benadryl®). This allergy medicine is actually sold for its adverse effect – sleepiness.  Other side effects include motor impairment (ataxia), dry mouth and throat, flushed skin, increased  heart rate (tachycardia), blurred vision, lack of pupil accommodation which can lead to dangerous falls in older adults, abnormal sensitivity to bright light (photophobia), pupil dilation (mydriasis),urinary retention, constipation, difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss, visual disturbances, hallucinations, irregular breathing, dizziness, irritability, itchy skin, confusion, decreased  body temperature, erectile dysfunction and delirium.

Ibuprofen (i.e., Motrin®, Advil®). It is astounding to think that this non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) is responsible for over 16,000deaths per year, and is still considered “beneficial”. Aside from that terrible statistic, other adverse effects include:gastric bleeding, ulcers, confusion, hypertension,  increased risk of heart attack and stroke, coughing up blood or vomit; swelling or rapid weight gain; urinating less than usual or not at all; kidney failure; nausea, stomach pain, low fever, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness; or fever, headache, neck stiffness, chills, increased sensitivity to light, purple spots on the skin, and/or seizure (convulsions).

Acetaminophen (i.e., Tylenol®).  It is shocking that a drug Americans think of as “harmless” is actually the number one cause of liver failure, as well as the most common cause of serious overdose in North America!  Acetaminophen is especiallydangerous with alcohol consumption, and it depletes glutathione, a vital endogenous antioxidant and detoxifying compound. Other adverse effects are associated with liver toxicity, and include jaundice, nausea, vomiting, abdominal tenderness, interference with normal blood clotting, weakness, kidney failure, cardiomyopathy, and death.

Potent Combination, Astounding results!

The best answer to the deadly duo of pain and disturbed sleep is a natural solution. Curcumin, boswellia, DLPA, P-5-P, and melatonin combine to make the most powerful anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and sleep combination you can find. These ingredients have been proven time and again to be highly effective and safe for extended use.

These ingredients will benefit anyone who is suffering from sleep problems worsened by pain, whether it is acute, sudden pain such as a strain, over exercising, sprains, or any exercise-induced injury, or chronic pain from arthritis, migraine headaches, bursitis, back pain, or any recurring pain. Research shows that these ingredients are as effective (or more so) as synthetic drugs, but without the side effects. You’ll notice an amazing change for the better, getting the rest you need and once again, enjoying your life the fullest!

Terry recommends a product with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxal-5-phosphate)

60 mg

Melatonin

5 mg

Proprietary Complex

DLPA (DL-Phenylalanine), Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) Gum Resin Extract standardized to contain >70% Total Organic and Boswellic acids with AKBA >10%,  with less than 5% beta-boswellic  acids, Curcumin (Curcuma longa) Rhizome Extract standardized for curcuminoid complex (curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin)

1,400 mg

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What do you recommend for high blood pressure?

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Q. Dear Terry, “What do you recommend for high blood pressure?” — Pat R., Houston, TX

A. Dear Pat, High blood pressure is a very serious medical condition. While I have some safe and effective nutrients that can help, I do encourage individuals to consult with their healthcare practitioner. I can make some recommendations, but that never replaces a doctor’s care and oversight.

A combination of olive leaf and hibiscus extracts can be a wonderful alternative for safely lowering blood pressure. Both have been shown in clinical trials to lower blood pressure levels. In fact, in a study comparing hibiscus to the prescription blood pressure drug lisinopril, those using hibiscus had better blood pressure reduction than those taking the synthetic drug, and with absolutely no side effects at all. When choosing a product, look for one that contains olive leaf and hibiscus extracts standardized to their key compounds. In the case of olive leaf, it should be standardized to a minimum of 16% oleuropein, while hibiscus should be standardized to a minimum of 45% polyphenols. I recommend taking 2 capsules of this blend daily. But, be patient – you need to follow this regimen for a minimum of three months before evaluating the benefits.

Other things you can do to naturally lower your blood pressure include weight loss via exercise and healthy diet, relaxation, and getting a good night’s sleep.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Echinacea for Anxiety. Really?

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Echinacea for anxiety. Really? You probably think of the immune system when you think about anxiety. But a new, specialized extract of Echinacea, when grown and extracted in the right conditions, and used at the proper dosage, effectively relieves anxiety and stress. Terry discusses an amazing ingredient, which he discovered on a trip to Hungary.

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I tend to have gas and bloating after eating.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I tend to have gas and bloating after eating. It is quite embarrassing. Is there anything I can take to help with this?” — Marilyn T., Yonkers, NY

A. Dear Marilyn, While I do have some suggestions, I would first recommend consulting with your healthcare practitioner, if you have not already done so to rule out any underlying conditions that may be causing the symptoms you are experiencing.

I think one of the most important steps to take in stopping digestive problems is to switch to a natural diet high in fat and protein, and low in carbohydrate content. Sometimes called the Paleolithic Diet, I refer to this way of eating as a “traditional diet”. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. To read more about my recommendations for nutrition, click on my healthy diet plan. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com.

I also recommend adding a digestive enzyme formula to your daily supplement regimen. Supplementing with pancreatin, a natural digestive enzyme complex that provides the enzymes protease, lipase, and amylase, can make all the difference. Pancreatic enzymes simply help your body do what it already does naturally. I recommend taking 1 or 2 tablets of pancreatin with each meal. Make sure that when choosing a formula, you get an undiluted pancreatin supplement. The United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) has set strict definitions for the level of activity – measured by how effectively the enzyme breaks down its targeted nutrient type – for pancreatin. I believe the best results for improving digestion come from full strength, undiluted pancreatin. Less potent pancreatin has often been diluted with salt, lactose or galactose.

You might also want to consider adding a concentrated essential oil blend to your daily regimen. Look for a formula that contains Basil, Peppermint, Coriander, Cumin, Bay, Caraway and Lemon oils. This blend of oils provides excellent support for gas relief, indigestion, bloating, nausea, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and vomiting. I recommend taking 1 softgel of this essential oil blend after each meal. When choosing a formula, make sure it features concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Jumpstart Your Thyroid: Increase Energy and Metabolism with Natural Thyroid Treatment

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Are you run down, gaining weight, and losing your hair? Fatigue, weight gain, and hair loss, along with a wide variety of symptoms including cold hands and feet, digestive issues, dry skin, and even depression and muscle pain, are all indicators of low thyroid function. If you have been struggling with thyroid issues, join natural health expert Cheryl Myers to learn more about how thyroid function is measured and how you can restore thyroid hormone levels – naturally.

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IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, and Other Digestive Disorders

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, and other digestive disorders can be very difficult to treat conventionally. Prescription medicines can cause side effects that make the “cure” almost as bad as the disease.

I recommend a specialized boswellia extract that inhibits 5-LOX and helps stop the inflammation-caused symptoms of IBS, Crohn’s, and other concerns. This amazing botanical:

  • Stops bloating and pain
  • Relieves diarrhea and urgency
  • Provides soothing relief and regularity
  • Stops bloody diarrhea and intestinal damage
  • Equals effectiveness of drugs without side effects

Digestive diseases are common, disruptive, and frustratingly difficult for conventional medicine to treat effectively. In addition to common digestive ailments brought on by viruses, stress, or diet, each day millions of Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis. These are serious concerns that need to be addressed, but conventional medications often bring a world of unwanted side effects, too.

Fortunately, there is a botanical ingredient that stops the painful inflammation that marks these conditions, and it does so without side effects. This herbal wonder is the focus of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Boswellia – Nature’s Gift to Us

One of the gifts given to Jesus by the Three Kings was frankincense, and it remains a gift to all humanity. Frankincense is the aromatic gum resin that comes from African and Asian trees from the species boswellia. True frankincense comes from Boswellia carteri, which is found in Somalia and parts of Saudi Arabia, but the term is also used for the gum resins of other boswellia species, including Boswellia serrata.

Boswellia serrata is naturally found in the dry hilly areas of India, and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. In fact, much of our current knowledge of the healing properties of boswellia originates in India. Research and further clinical studies have substantiated the traditional use of this botanical to treat various conditions, including asthma, arthritis, intestinal/bowel disease, ulcers, bronchitis and many skin disorders.

The strong interest in boswellic acids from the plant comes from clinical research into their anti-inflammatory actions. One of the reasons boswellia is so valuable is the way it fights inflammation. Prescription and over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) fight inflammation by seriously impeding the COX-1 and COX-2 inflammatory cascades, which can cause a whole host of dangerous side effects. These side effects include erosion of the stomach lining, gastrointestinal bleeding and ulcers, and a reduction in kidney function which doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke!

Boswellia works on the 5-LOX cascade, which creates an increase in leukotrienes and results in specific types of inflammation. 5-LOX is the culprit behind chronic gut inflammation, not the COX-1 and 2 cascades. That is why boswellia is extremely effective for irritable/inflammatory bowel, Crohn’s and other intestinal issues, where inflammation drugs fail. Other botanicals may reduce oxidative stress and damage, and in turn, reduce inflammation. They work well, but aren’t as direct as boswellia, or another of my top botanical recommendations, curcumin (which operates in all kinds of inflammation).

Most specifically, boswellic acids are the compounds responsible for the botanical’s effects. The most active of the boswellic acids is known as AKBA (Acetyl-11-keto-B-boswellic acids).

AKBA

AKBA-2AKBA, a very important boswellic acid that is strongly anti-inflammatory, can have levels as low as 1% in unstandardized boswellia products. To make sure you get the best, look for boswellia standardized to at least naturally occurring 10% AKBA. Also, researchers found that one of the boswellic acids, called “beta boswellic acid,” is actually PRO-inflammatory – clearly the last thing you want when dealing with inflammatory bowel disease.

AKBA Content

The best products are purified and this beta boswellic acid is filtered out to less than 5% of the extract. Unstandardized products can have as much as 25%, so it’s important to know what to look for.

So what does this have to do with digestion? Quite a bit. Virtually every chronic disease has two things in common: inflammation and oxidation. In the case of most digestive disorders, inflammation is the main problem, and causes the symptoms so familiar to those who deal with them.

For example, microscopic inflammation through the small bowel and colon may be another physical cause – and certainly an effect – of IBS. The already inflamed tissue causes the body to release inflammatory mediators that affect the enteric nerves, and change the way the digestive system reacts to what would otherwise be normal operating procedure. In other words, the inflammation of the gut sends a signal to the brain telling it that something is wrong. The digestive system reacts (or overreacts) by shifting into high gear, in the case of diarrhea, or slowing peristalsis dramatically, in the case of constipation.

As digestive disorders go, IBS is one of the most frustrating. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most commonly diagnosed. It’s estimated that 1 in 5 Americans have IBS. Of those individuals, at least 50% are referred to a gastroenterologist after reporting symptoms to their primary care doctor. These symptoms range from cramping, bloating and general digestive discomfort to diarrhea and alternating constipation. Many people who suffer from IBS can’t predict when it will occur, so travel plans – and sometimes daily life – can be difficult at best. In the worst cases, individuals need to know at all times where the nearest restroom is located.

Aside from IBS, there are other digestive conditions that cause a great amount of distress for millions of people. One of them is Crohn’s Disease. Found in over 2 million Americans between the ages of 15 and 40, it can recur after the age of 50. Crohn’s Disease can permeate the intestinal tract and cause fever, pain, bloody diarrhea, and loss of appetite.

Another digestive concern, ulcerative colitis, is an inflammation of the colon that can destroy patches of the mucosal lining of the colon or rectum. Aside from pain, symptoms also include bloody diarrhea and stools that contain mucus or pus.

A major issue with these conditions is an impairment of the ability to absorb nutrients and deliver them to the bloodstream, possibly causing malnutrition. This can result in a deficiency of several major nutrients and cause anemia and weight loss. Drugs and surgery have been the standard treatment, particularly for colitis. Unfortunately, these drugs have major side effects, while boswellia has virtually none.

In fact, in a recent study conducted in Germany and Austria, participants with Crohn’s disease were treated with either boswellia or the drug mesalazine (a drug commonly used to treat Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, and IBS). The results of the study definitely favored boswellia. The authors concluded that boswellia performed as well as the drug, but without the dangerous side effects. In fact, considering safety and efficacy, boswellia showed a much better benefit-to-risk ratio than the drug.

In a clinical study of individuals with colitis, (another condition requiring inhibition of 5-LOX), patients were given boswellia extract or the prescription drug sulfasalazine. The results for boswellia were very positive. Of the 20 patients treated with boswellia, 18 showed an improvement in one or more of the diagnostic parameters, including stool properties and mineral excretion. A follow-up study showed similar results, again positive for boswellia. The authors concluded that boswellia could be an effective treatment because of this – and the lack of side effects.

Scientific research has also shown boswellia can help with IBS.

To stop the inflammation and other symptoms of IBS and other digestive problems, I have often recommended boswellia with a high-absorption curcumin extract. Curcumin also supports the intestines and digestive tract. It’s an excellent herbal pain reliever and anti-inflammatory to have on board when you experience IBS or other digestive flare-ups. In recent studies, the inflammation inhibitory abilities of curcumin suggest that it may help stop micro inflammation in the colon. This makes it an excellent partnering botanical to boswellia.

If you do use a combination, make sure you get the right curcumin extract. Look for one that is and blended with turmeric essential oils for up to 10 times the absorption and blood retention at meaningful levels of standard curcumin extracts.

You Can Have a Regular Life!

If you have IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, or other digestive disorders, there are also lifestyle tips that can help. First, consider keeping a food journal to note each instance of symptoms. You’re likely to see some patterns in food or behavior that add up to digestive discomfort and stress.

Consider the amazing power of the specialized boswellia extract I’ve discussed here – whether alone or in combination with high-absorption curcumin — plus these lifestyle changes. I am certain that you will have a better, more balanced, and vibrant healthy life.

Terry recommends a formula with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

Proprietary Complex

Containing Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) Gum Resin Extract standardized to contain >70% Total Organic and Boswellic Acids with AKBA >10%, with less than 5% beta-boswellic acids, Curcumin (Curcuma longa) Rhizome Extract, turmeric essential oils, in a medium chain triglyceride (cold pressed organic virgin coconut oil) complex

650 mg

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I am a 52 year old woman suffering from constant lower back pain.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I am a 52 year old woman suffering from constant lower back pain. While my doctor has prescribed pain medication, I find that I still have difficulty getting out of bed and moving most mornings.  I have even had to miss work because of the back pain. Do you have any options that might help?” — Patti P., Lincoln, NE

A. Dear Patti, Back pain can be extremely difficult to live with. The good news is I do have some natural options that can help. Best of all, these powerful botanicals are an effective option without the risks of over-the-counter and prescription medications.

I would first recommend a combination of highly absorbable curcumin, along with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address any pain you may be experiencing. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking 1-2 capsules of this blend three times daily.

You should also consider taking a combination of Devil’s Claw, boswellia, and white willow bark extracts. These three extracts work together synergistically to relieve inflammation and lower back pain. They also help to build the strength of your back to prevent future injuries. I advise taking 1 capsule of this blend twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Peak Physical Performance

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Terry asks Chris Kilham, the Medicine Hunter, for his suggestions on getting to peak levels of physical energy using the herb Rhodiola and grape extract.

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Is boswellia effective for diverticulitis?

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Q. Dear Terry, “Is boswellia effective for diverticulitis?” — Vicki L., Waterbury, CT

A. Dear Vicki, When it comes to diverticulitis, I believe that taking a blend of boswellia and curcumin daily is the best place to start. Curcumin and boswellia are traditional botanicals that do an excellent job relieving pain and inflammation, as well as healing the mucous membrane. The combination also benefits lung, heart and brain health as well, so it is a good product to use on an ongoing basis. I would suggest taking one softgel of this curcumin-boswellia combination twice daily.

Make sure the product you choose features curcumin that has excellent absorption and has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than plain curcumin. Also make sure that the boswellia is screened to less than 5% beta boswellic acid and standardized to 10% acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.

As always, I strongly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician, as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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My daughter is suffering from “chemo mouth” and is unable to eat regular food.

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Q. Dear Terry, “My daughter is suffering from “chemo mouth” and is unable to eat regular food. Is there a natural product or rinse she can use to alleviate the sores and ulcers in her mouth?” — Peggy O., Colorado Springs, CO

A. Dear Peggy, I am sorry to hear about your daughter’s health struggles. While I do have some suggestions, I strongly recommend that your daughter consult with her healthcare practitioner, who can help her determine which supplements are best for her specific situation.

I believe your daughter would benefit greatly by adding Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil to her daily regimen. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. The seeds contain exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare Omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). There are excellent studies demonstrating the ability of sea buckthorn oil, when taken internally in softgel capsules, to help soothe mucous membranes. I recommend that she takes 2 softgels twice daily until the problem is resolved, then reducing the dosage to 1 twice daily.  In addition, she can also let 1 softgel dissolve in the mouth and allow the oil to bathe the oral cavity.

When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.

She may also want to consider adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to her daily regimen. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product she chooses features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Curcumin

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High-Absorption Curcumin and its Role in Cancer Prevention, Depression, Pain and More

Learn about the science behind curcumin: the subject of 16 studies,(10 human clinical trials), and how it has shown astounding results in pain reduction, cognitive function and depression, as well as integration with radiation therapy and tumor cell reduction. This highly bioavailable form of curcumin has up to 10 times the absorption, and up to 12 hours the blood retention time of standard curcumin.

Join the experts: Dr. Ajay Goel as he reviews epigenetic research, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum as he discusses patient experiences, and Cheryl Myers, integrative health practitioner, as she further explains the latest research in this presentation.

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9 Conditions Linked to Low Vitamin D Levels

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Should vitamin D levels be a routine test? Deficiency is wide-spread – some estimate up to 77% of the population has low vitamin D levels. Vitamin D expert Dr Michael Holick recommends everyone take supplemental vitamin D whether they have been tested or not, as he believes at least 2/3 of Americans are deficient.

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I was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 3 weeks ago.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 3 weeks ago. I am totally overwhelmed when it comes to changing my diet. Hoping you can provide some guidance.” — Joe C., San Antonio, TX

A. Dear Joe, When it comes to dietary restrictions, I would recommend avoiding all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

In addition to modifying your diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider adding to your daily regimen.

While many nutrients have been studied for their beneficial effects on blood sugar, some of the best include benfotiamine, biotin, chromium, mulberry leaf extract, and purslane. These five nutrients work by controlling blood sugar levels, curbing cravings for food, and activating insulin receptors. They also help to decrease triglyceride and LDL (aka “bad”) cholesterol levels, while raising HDL (aka “good”) cholesterol levels. This is significant because diabetes and unbalanced cholesterol levels tend to run together, essentially doubling a person’s risk of heart disease. I recommend taking 1 capsule of this combination daily with each meal.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I’m 72 and have been experiencing general fatigue for a few months.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I’m 72 and have been experiencing general fatigue for a few months. I have seen my doctor, who says that I am in good health. I walk 2-3 miles every morning. My blood work is good, but I’m just tired a lot, and even feel the need to sleep early in the afternoon. What would you recommend for increasing energy levels?” — Bob L., Anchorage, AK

A. Dear Bob, I believe I can offer you some options. However, I do encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician, as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.

If you have not yet, I highly recommend taking a good look at your diet. A healthy diet is essential – you would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com.

My first recommendation is to add a mineral complex (iron, along with magnesium, copper, and zinc) to your daily regimen. This complex of minerals would help to increase your overall energy and endurance. Iron, an essential trace mineral, helps transport oxygen in the blood, create cellular energy, and support proper neurotransmitter synthesis. Magnesium, copper, and zinc are all vital to providing our cells with energy, building healthy blood cells, and helping to recover from exercise. When looking for a supplement, I strongly recommend choosing a mineral complex that features amino-acid chelated forms of iron, magnesium, copper and zinc. A “chelate” is a bond between a mineral (often called “inorganic”) and a molecule structure, called a “ligand” that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. The amino acid glycine, in particular, makes an excellent molecule to help shepherd minerals through the intestinal wall because it is so small that it can be transported directly into the cells of the body, so it can get to work right away. I recommend taking 1 tablet of this blend daily.

Because chronic fatigue can be a sign of adrenal fatigue, I would also recommend considering an adrenal support formula that contains DHEA, adrenal extract, L-tyrosine, licorice, P-5-P and rehmannia root extract, along with additional ingredients. These ingredients work together to help repair the adrenal glands, as well as support the body’s ability to respond to environmental stress in a healthy manner, which helps restore optimal adrenal function. I recommend taking 1-2 capsules of this combination three times daily.

Lastly, you may also want to consider trying a blend of two adaptogenic herbs: ashwagandha and rhodiola. Adaptogens work by increasing strength, stamina, and energy without being stimulants. I suggest taking 1 capsule three times daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Myth Busting

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The world of natural medicine is full of “myths” and misunderstandings. Today, Terry and Chris bust some of the most common myths surrounding herbs, health, and the science of medicinal plants.

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My daughter takes her vitamin and mineral supplement in the morning on an empty stomach.

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Q. Dear Terry, “My daughter takes her vitamin and mineral supplement in the morning on an empty stomach.  Is this the best way to get the most out of them?” — Lisa C., Lexington, KY

A. Dear Lisa, Unless otherwise specified on the label, it’s always better to take your supplements with meals.

Although it is not completely clear from your question, it appears as if your daughter is taking a once daily vitamin and mineral supplement. While I understand the desire to take one tablet and be done, it really doesn’t mirror the way the body uses these ingredients. If you want truly vibrant health, you need a premium daily multivitamin and mineral formula that is taken more than once a day.

Choosing the right daily multivitamin and mineral formula can be a real challenge. I personally feel that multivitamin and mineral formulas have become too over-specialized. Or at least that is how they are marketed. The reality is that most people, regardless of gender and age, need the same nutrients – including bioavailable B-vitamins, and chelated minerals.

I recommend choosing a multivitamin that features B6, B12, and folic acid in their active forms – P-5-P, methylcobalamin, and L-methylfolate. These forms don’t require conversion by the liver, so they can go to work immediately to increase energy levels, support heart health and optimize metabolism.

You also want to look for a multivitamin that features chelated trace minerals. A “chelate” is a bond between a mineral and a molecule that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. Amino acids are excellent molecules to help shepherd minerals through the intestinal wall. Because they are so small, they can be transported directly into the cells of the body, where they can get to work right away.

The very best premium daily multivitamin and mineral formulas are taken more than once a day. Keep in mind that one tablet or capsule could not possibly fit the optimal amounts of vitamins, minerals, and herbs needed to provide significant nutritional support. In addition, many nutrients are only active in the body for a short period of time and need to be replenished every 6 to 8 hours. Multiple daily doses ensure that your body is receiving optimal nutrient levels throughout the day.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Strong Bones Need Silica

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Terry’s Bottom Line

Strong bones need a lot more than calcium. And they certainly need better than synthetic prescription drugs that claim to build bones but actually just make them more prone to fractures.

The best choice is a clinically-studied natural herbal silica complex blended with marine oils.

This specialized, dynamic silica from a living, botanical source:

  • Prevents or improves osteoporosis or osteopenia
  • Builds strong bones
  • Helps prevent/repair bone fractures
  • Boosts calcium absorption into bones by 50%
  • Strengthens connection between jaws and teeth
  • Improves success of dental implants
  • Builds cartilage for stronger joints
  • Keeps skin and hair looking young and lustrous
  • Builds strong, healthy nails


The Secret for Strong Bones

Most people are familiar with the “French Paradox.” Despite the rich foods and wine enjoyed by the people of France, they have excellent cardiovascular health and slim waistlines. The French have another secret – a way to prevent osteoporosis and weak bones. It’s not calcium or prescription drugs – it’s silica.

Silica is an amazing, unsung hero. It helps provide the structure of our bodies and helps other minerals absorb properly, keeping the bone-building process running smoothly – bringing more calcium into the bones, and allowing less calcium to leach away from the bones.

French research is far ahead of us on this. Silica is one of the most popular bone-building supplements in Europe. In fact, the silica I recommend is THE bone-building supplement in France. It actually improves calcium absorption into the bones by 50%!

This critical trace mineral, and choosing the right supplemental form, is the subject of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Weak Bones – Drugs Don’t Help

Anyone dealing with osteoporosis, or just trying to get ahead of it, needs to be very cautious about the approach they take to building strong bones. Those highly-advertised prescription drugs don’t work. In fact, they’ve been shown to make the problem much worse, especially the “one pill per month” bisphosphonate drugs. That’s because they work on a flawed idea of bone building.

Normally, specialized cells called “osteoblasts” add fresh minerals (primarily calcium, but others, too) to bone and “osteoclasts” remove older bone tissue by breaking down the minerals and reabsorbing them into the bloodstream. The two processes are crucial for health and intricately interlinked.

Bisphosphonates stop the process of osteoclasts from breaking down minerals. That, in turn, stops the signal for new minerals to come into the bone. So you could say that initially they stop calcium and other minerals from leaving the bones. The problem is, they also completely stop the signal that alerts the body to rebuild bone.

The result? Brittle bones that aren’t being refreshed with the fresh minerals they need. That’s why people taking these drugs may wind up with fractures in the femur – normally one of the strongest bones in the body.

Our bodies need to have the full, natural process – bones being built with new minerals while old minerals are reabsorbed into the blood stream. We need to build more and lose less.

What About Dietary Sources of Silica?

There are dietary sources of silica, but they don’t yield much, and I wouldn’t rely on them for building strong bones. You need at least 10 to 25 mg of silica daily just to prevent a deficiency. You need about 30 to 40 mg to actually build healthy bones.

But most food sources aren’t going to get you close to that. That’s because the absorption from those sources is very limited, due to silica’s insoluble form and the way it is bound to fiber.

For example, bananas contain a significant amount of silica, but less than 2% of it is actually absorbed. In fact, eating even 50 bananas provides only about 8 mg of absorbed silica.

Plus, many of the best food sources of silica come from unrefined food, which is in short supply in the typical diet. After all, silica is mostly found in the fiber portions of grains, and the skins of fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, most of that gets milled or peeled away before the food is consumed.

The truth is, researchers have known about the importance of silica for some time now. Scientific tests have shown that when chickens were given silica-deficient diets, their bone structure becomes weak and deformed. On the other hand, when they are provided with silica-rich diets, their bones mineralize at a much faster rate.

The Silica I Recommend

So it’s obvious from the lack of good food sources that you’re going to need a supplemental source of silica. But not every source is the same.

The silica I recommend is an organic ingredient obtained from the above-ground parts of the spring horsetail (Equisetum arvense) plant. In a special process, the silica in the plant is extracted still attached to the plant bioflavonoids that support its activity in the body. At the same time, this gentle process screens out all the harsh, abrasive, insoluble and unnecessary substances also found in horsetail.

This unique botanical silica is then blended with a specific marine oil to enhance absorption, beneficial effects, and cell membrane penetration of the active compounds. This form of silica is extremely soluble. Organic silica also has positive effects on the formation of collagen, which is a major component of living bone tissue. That’s why silica – provided in the right form – is so valuable for stabilizing osteoporosis and osteopenia, and helping with other bone health issues as well.

Case Studies – This Silica Shows Real World Results!

There have been some amazing case studies with this silica.

In one, a 72-year-old woman was suffering from knee pain for over a year. A blood test showed that her calcium levels were below normal, and that she had elevated phosphate levels, which indicate bone-resorbing osteoclast activity. In other words, her bones were breaking down faster than they could be built up.

Although she had been taking calcium and pain-relievers, her symptoms didn’t improve. Her doctor recommended this specialized silica. After one month, she could walk for 1 kilometer. After two months, she could walk without stopping for a break and her pain was gone!

Her doctor attributed this to the way that this specialized silica, along with the natural trace minerals the formula provides, absorbs into the cartilage and bone tissue, making them stronger.

Other case studies of women with decreasing bone density showed great results, too. In one, a 56-year-old woman used this specialized silica for 6 months. By the end of the treatment, the measurements of her lumbar spine and neck of the femur showed an increase of 12.3%. In another, a 64-year-old woman also used this silica for 6 months and showed an increase of lumbar spine and femur density of 6.3%.

And, in yet another case study, a man with shoulder pain so severe he had difficulty dressing himself, had been taking pain relievers, but had to stop – they caused terrible stomach upset. His practitioner recommended this specialized silica, and just 3 months later, his range of motion returned and he enjoys daily walks again.

Strong Scientific and Clinical Results!

Aside from those great case studies, the best thing about the silica I recommend is that it has excellent scientific and clinical studies to back it up as well. Research has found that this silica increased the growth of collagen by over 50%, helping create a better structure for calcium in the bones.

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 65 postmenopausal women were provided this specialized silica for 12 months to test its effects on bone mineralization. The study measured the biomarker CTX, which is associated with the process of bone resorption. The study showed lower CTX activity – a very positive thing. The silica allowed less bone breakdown, slowing the process, but not artificially stopping it, either.

Another study involved 150 individuals who were suffering from an array of bone pathologies, including fractures, osteoporosis, and other traumatic stresses to their bones. Others had trouble with what is known as “articular pathologies” – problems with mobility and joint articulation due to arthritis or other issues.

The results were astounding. For those with bone pathologies, there was a much faster bone building activity, but it was balanced, too, with no build-up of minerals. Additionally, in just 15 days, 80% of the participants noticed decreased pain. Those with articular pathologies noticed a significant difference after 6 weeks.

A study of patients receiving dental implants showed that the specialized silica helped heal the tissue of the jaw and gums and helped keep the jawbone matrix stable during the surgeries. There was also no reported pain, inflammation, or implant loss. The integration of the dental implants was considered “excellent”.

Beyond Bones – Silica for Collagen, Hair, and Skin

You also need silica for collagen – the material that literally holds us together. How does that work? Well, imagine building a brick wall. The calcium is the brick, but the collagen is the mortar that holds it together, and without silica, no collagen would be made.

Collagen – the main protein in the body – is clearly important for bones, but it also helps connect the body. And because this specialized silica helps build collagen, it does a lot more than strengthen bones and joints. It also reinforces the structure of hair and skin. In fact, some of the highest concentrations of silica are in the nails, hair, and skin.

That’s because silica ensures the connection between collagen and proteoglycans. Proteoglycans make links with collagen and are major components of the space between cells. They make collagen-rich structures more resilient and bind water for better hydration. You notice the results as firmer, less wrinkled skin, healthier nails, and stronger, lustrous hair.

Start Taking Silica Today!

When it comes to building healthy bones, you can’t start too early. Whether you’re 23 or 83, you should begin your silica regimen today. This amazing mineral – a specialized form of silica from an easily absorbed plant source – will help you build bone density and build collagen to keep your hair, skin, nails, and joints healthy, too.

Terry recommends a product with this ingredient. Look for it at your local health food store.

 Horsetail

(Equisetum arvense) Aerial Extract standardized to 20 mg of Silica, with naturally occurring flavonoids

800 mg

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Kitchen Medicine: Easy and Effective Home Remedies

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Presented by Lynn Green APNP-BC, A/GNP, MSN, MHC, CNHP

Whether your growing space is a large, sunny field or a few pots on a deck or window sill, you can still grow your many of own medicines. Medicinal plants and herbs that you harvest yourself can be used effectively for everything from soothing a sunburn to easing a cough. There are almost no limits to how you can incorporate the benefits of healing plants – infusions, sleeping pillows, teas, syrups, and candles are just a few ideas. It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or accomplished herbalist, you will still come away with new ideas and a fresh appreciation for the amazing medicinal properties of plants that may otherwise seem ordinary. Join us for a discussion with Master Herbalist Lynn Green, and learn more about how to turn the plants in your garden into the medicine on your shelf.

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I am a healthy 60 year old woman. What would be a good regimen to maintain my health?

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Q. Dear Terry, “I am a healthy 60 year old woman.  What would be a good regimen to maintain my health?” — Rosemary B., Rio Rancho, NM

A. Dear Rosemary, While there are so many beneficial nutrients out there, these are my top three:

Comprehensive multivitamin and mineral formula: Steer clear of the “one-a-day” varieties – the very best premium daily multivitamin and mineral formulas are taken more than once a day. Look for a multivitamin and mineral formula that features active forms of the B vitamins, along with chelated minerals. Both of these features ensure that nutrients are readily available and more easily absorbed. I suggest taking 2 tablets twice daily.

Omega-3 fatty acids containing DHA and EPA: There are a multitude of studies showing the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids for heart, brain, skin, immune, and nervous system health. To get the most of omega-3 fatty acids, find a product that utilizes cold water fish as its main source of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, in a tablet form. This unique form utilizes a patented, gentle, cold water and enzyme process to extract naturally occurring marine phospholipids with the omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA. This process creates a supplement that is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – in the natural sn-2 position, not the sn-1 position into which they are twisted when extracted in fish oil. This means a big difference in stability and the ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need one or two tablets a day instead of handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils. I recommend taking 1 tablet twice daily.

Curcumin: This one amazing herb (my friends in India call it “Indian Gold” because it is so valued) will provide dozens – maybe even hundreds – of health benefits. It is a potent antioxidant and has an amazing capacity to reduce inflammation, which is the root cause of nearly every type of degenerative disease from Alzheimer’s and arthritis to inflammatory bowel conditions and auto-immune disorders. It is very effective for helping to prevent cancer, or to help with recovery after a cancer diagnosis. Curcumin is liver healthy, which means it helps facilitate removal of toxins from the body. Studies also show that it helps alleviate depression. The list could go on and on. I personally think that every adult in America could benefit from taking 750 mg of a clinically studied, high absorbable curcumin daily. However, don’t be fooled by inflated claims. When you choose a curcumin, make sure its absorption has been PROVEN in published human studies.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Revolutionary Rhodiola

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Chris Kilham, the Medicine Hunter, discusses his favorite herb with Terry. Rhodiola, or golden root, has been used for thousands of years to increase energy, reduce fatigue, boost mental and physical energy and stamina, and benefit libido – all without artificial stimulants.

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My husband was recently tested and found to have low sperm count.

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Q. Dear Terry, “My husband was recently tested and found to have low sperm count. Any recommendations on what he can do nutritionally?” — L.W., Chula Vista, CA

A. Dear L.W., I do have some options that I believe can make a difference. However, I strongly encourage your husband to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with his physician, as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.

Your husband may want to consider adding maca, a root plant from the highlands of the Andes Mountains called maca, to his daily regimen. In one study, maca was shown to improve both sperm production and motility. In addition, maca can also have an impact on energy, mood and stamina, as well as enhance sexual performance. I suggest taking 2,250-4,500 mg of organic whole maca root extract daily.

When looking for maca, be wary – lots of companies are making claims about “special” forms of maca. However, I think maca is best when in the form used in the ancient Andes cultures–nothing altered or manipulated. I think this form far and away has the most powerful effects. Some other things to consider when purchasing maca: Is it whole root? Organic? Clinically studied? A “yes” answer to all these questions indicates a high quality product.

Diet can also play an important role – he would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in his diet. While I understand this takes a huge effort on his part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com.

Keep in mind that it may take up to 4-6 months to see changes – be patient!

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I recently had laser surgery on my eyes.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I recently had laser surgery on my eyes. Two days after the surgery, I started experiencing burning, which continues even to this day. I have seen multiple doctors and not one of them have found a way to relieve my symptoms. Hoping you have some suggestions.” — Jackie Y., Aurora, IL

A. Dear Jackie, I recommend trying Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. The seeds contain exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare Omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). There are excellent studies demonstrating the ability of sea buckthorn oil, when taken internally in softgel capsules, to reduce dryness of the eyes. There are also clinical studies using sea buckthorn oil for Sjögren’s syndrome, which is a difficult autoimmune disease that causes excessive mucous membrane (especially mouth and eye) dryness. I would suggest taking 1,000 mg twice daily. When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Hope for Neuropathy

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

While there are prescription drugs available to treat diabetic neuropathy, they don’t repair delicate blood vessels and nerve endings and help the body learn how to metabolize sugar properly again. Plus, they have significant side effects.

Fortunately, there are clinically-tested, safe, and effective nutrients that can make a big difference. This combination:

  • Stops tingling and numbness
  • Repairs damaged nerves and blood vessels
  • Prevents damage to nerve endings
  • Helps metabolize carbohydrates and sugars
  • Turns calories into energy rather than fat
  • Normalizes circulating blood glucose
  • Stops sugar cravings

Neuropathy is nerve damage or disease that can occur throughout the body. However, most people are familiar with the problems it causes in the feet and lower legs, generally caused by diabetes. It can start mildly, taking 10 years or more and beginning with a faint pins-and-needles sensation, before progressing to a moderate burning discomfort.

At its worst, neuropathy causes permanent loss of sensation, making foot damage and infection go unnoticed. However, there is hope. Clinical studies show that several nutrients can improve, reverse, and possibly even prevent, the course of neuropathy entirely.

Neuropathy and Diabetes

For the increasing number of people, neuropathy (the “tingling” feeling, pain, or loss of sensation in the feet) is a most distressing condition. And while we are going to focus more on diabetic neuropathy in this Terry Talks Nutrition®, these same nutrient principles apply to other forms of neuropathy as well!

The symptoms of neuropathy range from numbness and tingling in the feet to an intense, deep pain in the muscles of the legs. Left untreated, neuropathy continues to get worse. The physical symptoms travel from the toes and feet up the leg (or, in some cases, from the fingers and move up the arm) and nerves and muscles continue to deteriorate.

The prescription drugs that are typically recommended for diabetic neuropathy vary, but they all have significant side effects. They range from antidepressants and anti-seizure medications, to pain relievers and anti-nausea medicines. But none of them really get at the core of the problem – repairing delicate blood vessels and nerve endings, and helping the body learn how to metabolize sugar properly again.

 

Nutrients That Make a Difference

Fortunately, there are clinically-tested, safe, and effective nutrients that can make a big difference and offer hope for those with diabetic neuropathy.

In a recent study examining patients with hyperglycemia – high rates of blood sugar – 14 of 34 patients were found to be deficient in vitamin B6. Even so, the remaining 20 patients still had high blood glucose levels. But those in the group who were given P-5-P – the bio-active form of vitamin B6 – showed reduced blood glucose after only 7 days.

The form of vitamin B6 is critical here. That’s why I always recommend the P-5-P (pyridoxal-5-phosphate) form of vitamin B6. Because it is already in the form our body uses, it doesn’t need to be converted into this form by the liver the way other types of vitamin B6 do. You absorb it. It goes to work – plain and simple.

Other B-vitamins are extremely important for blood sugar metabolism and nerve health, too. For example, thiamin or vitamin B1, is typically deficient in people with diabetes, much the same as vitamin B6. Thiamin helps the body metabolize carbohydrates effectively, to turn those calories into energy. Without it, sugars do not break down as they should, (leaving more in the bloodstream), and your chances of oxidative damage and inflammation in the blood vessels increase.

The active form of vitamin B12, methylcobalamin, is another “must-have” for anyone with concerns about diabetic neuropathy. Vitamin B12 supports the nerve structures that move signals throughout the body – some of the very structures that are threatened by inflammation and damage from elevated blood sugar levels. But it is important to get this active form of vitamin B12 (as opposed to cyanocobalamin, the form you most often see in supplements that isn’t utilized as well) into your regimen – the sooner, the better.

In a recent scientific study, researchers determined that methylcobalamin helped nerves function better and delayed the damage to nerves in diabetic conditions. But, they also concluded that this form of vitamin B12 was best at controlling high blood sugar levels – and the damage they can cause – if they are brought in at an early stage.

Like vitamin B12, folate can be in forms that are easier for the body to absorb, and L-methylfolate is one of them. Current research combining L-methylfolate with methylcobalamin (vitamin B12) and P-5-P (vitamin B6) shows that it improves the nerve fibers that lay close to the surface of the skin in people with Type 2 Diabetes. At the end of 6 months, 73% of the patients being treated with this combination showed an increase in those nerve fibers, referred to as “epidermal nerve fiber density” or “ENFD” in their calf muscle. And, 82% reported reduced frequency and intensity of the “pins and needles” feeling or of the painful sensation (or lack of sensation) brought about by simple touch and contact.

Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, was one of a group of nutrients, including thiamin, folic acid in the active folate form, vitamin B6, and B12, that reduced diabetic neuropathy symptoms in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study over the course of four months.

Of course, the feet aren’t the only areas of the body to be affected by diabetes. The same damage that occurs to nerves and blood vessels in our legs can happen in the delicate structures of the eye as well. Riboflavin helps keep reduced glutathione – the body’s natural free radical fighter – active in the eyes. In fact, there’s a correlation between riboflavin deficiency and the development of cataracts, too. In clinical research, the greatest reduction in cataract risk was seen in those taking a combination of riboflavin and niacin compared with other tested nutrients. It’s not surprising that niacin would be an important part of that combination.

Pantothenic acid is another member of the B-vitamin family sometimes referred to as “vitamin B5.” As seen with deficiencies of other B-vitamins, a lack of pantothenic acid can cause numbness and tingling in the feet. The nutrient’s primary role in the body is as Coenzyme A, which is involved in many important functions, including healthy tissue formation of nerve endings and blood vessels. However, if your blood sugar levels are high, and your insulin levels are off, it can affect your levels of Coenzyme A. That’s why it’s a good idea to include it along with these other B-vitamins.

Alpha-lipoic acid can boost levels of glutathione, helping keep delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research shows that it fights diabetic neuropathy by helping normalize the intake of blood sugar by the muscles, reducing the pain and tingling of peripheral nerves.

Biotin is also an important part of the optimal formula. Research suggests that biotin plays a role in the creation and release of insulin, which could improve blood sugar control. There are also reports that this nutrient reduces the symptoms of neuropathy, though this may take 1 to 3 months before results are fully realized.

Chromium is an essential trace mineral for blood sugar metabolism. It activates insulin receptors, helping to prevent the build-up of glucose in the bloodstream. If you have just been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, or have elevated blood sugar levels, getting chromium into your regimen is important. In a clinical study, individuals taking chromium reduced their fasting blood glucose level from an average of 197 to 103 in just three months. Their triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels were brought down to healthier levels, too. However, the authors of the study concluded that this intervention was beneficial for people recently diagnosed with diabetes, though it is also helpful in people who have struggled with blood sugar issues for many years.

Zinc, beyond its immune-supporting ability, is extremely effective as an antioxidant and promotes tissue and wound healing. While there are many forms of minerals available as supplements, I recommend that you find amino acid chelated forms that are easily absorbable by the body.

Why chelated minerals? Because minerals can be difficult for the body to absorb. A “chelate” is a bond between a mineral (often called “inorganic”) and a molecule structure, called a “ligand” that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. And the reason I specify an amino acid chelated form is because one particular amino acid, glycine, makes an excellent molecule to help shepherd minerals through the intestinal wall. It is so small that it can be transported directly into the cells of the body, so it can get to work right away.

Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) extract is one of nature’s best anti-inflammatories. One of the biggest difficulties for people with diabetes and nerve damage is the pain and inflammation that goes along with it. But not all boswellia extracts are the same, so you have to select carefully.

It’s important to find a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid, at least down to 5% or less. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. On the other hand, look for a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid, also known as AKBA, that helps reduce damaging inflammation and the pain that it creates. Scientists believe that AKBA is the most potent anti-inflammation compound in the plant.

You Can Heal Naturally

The damage done by elevated blood sugar levels – Type 2 Diabetes – happens slowly over time. Other types of neuropathy can also be insidious. Most current medical interventions address only symptoms and do not repair the damaged blood vessels and nerves that are at the root of neuropathies. But you can beat this problem. Early interventions are quite effective, but even if you have suffered with this problem a long time, this nutrient combo will help you get back on your feet again – naturally!

Terry recommends a product with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

Thiamin (B1) (as thiamin hydrochloride)

25 mg

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

25 mg

Niacin (Vitamin B3)

10 mg

Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate)

30 mg

Folate                                                                                                                           (as (6S)-5-methylfolate) (equivalent to 500 mcg of (6S)-5-Methyltetrahydrofolic acid, glucosamine salt)

250 mcg

Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin)

500 mcg

Biotin

1,000 mcg

Pantothenic acid (as D-Calcium Pantothenate)

200 mg

Zinc (as Zinc Glycinate Chelate)

10 mg

Chromium (as Chromium Nicotinate Glycinate Chelate)

200 mcg

Alpha Lipoic Acid

200 mg

Boswellia (Boswellia serrata)Gum Resin Extract

(standardized to contain >70% Total and Organic Boswellic Acids with AKBA >10% with less than 5% beta-boswellic acids)

100 mg
 Benfotiamine  50 mg

 

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Elevated Blood Glucose Shrinks the Brain

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David Perlmutter, MD

Studies have demonstrated that there is a direct correlation between changes in size of the brains memory center, the hippocampus, and declining memory function. So it’s obviously in our great interest to do everything we possibly can to preserve the size of hippocampus, which is to say, prevent hippocampal atrophy.

 

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To breathe free and reduce the incidence of allergies and asthma…

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…take a boswellia extract containing 10% AKBA and one that is free of beta boswellic acids.

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In some areas of the country, 50% of the kids in school are on drugs legally prescribed.

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Kids don’t need drugs.  Parents need to learn how to teach their children the proper ways of nutrition.  To replace drugs for hyperactive children, they would do well with omega-3 fatty acids containing EPA and DHA.

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Recently, in one of my earlier blogs, I reported the benefits of vitamin D3, which for several decades was recommended at 400 IUs of vitamin D3 daily.

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Now in most cases, experts are recommending several thousand units of vitamin D3 daily with little or no side effects but huge health dividends.  This is a classic example of how outdated our nutritional research has become.  Like any research including nutritional research, it costs huge sums of money.  Very few companies consider the investment in nutritional research to be worth the investment.  Most pharmaceutical companies would prefer spending their money on drugs and keeping America sick.  Any company that has the financial whereabouts to invest in nutritional research would have little opportunity to recover their investment.  Any company would not benefit by proving that vitamin B1 could regulate type 2 diabetes.  No one can patent vitamin B1 so the research never comes about.  But drug companies can make huge sums of money on patented drugs to regulate type 2 diabetes.  This is true for all natural substances including botanical medicines.  90% of what is classified as disease today are really metabolic disorders based on a deficiency of vitamins and minerals and the aging process.  These disorders, or in other words, out of balance with nature, could in most part be corrected with a diet that supplies all the vitamins and minerals and accessory food factors, and not drugs.  Drugs can make a difference in the health of Americans when they are used for an emergency or a crisis, but every little illness from a hang nail to dry eyes is treated with a drug.  Drugs will eventually lose their effectiveness when they’re overused.  We now have an epidemic of super bugs because we have overused antibiotics for many so called diseases, and the antibiotics will be found in the animals that we consume either through their meat or milk. Our bodies have built up a resistance to antibiotics and they are no longer effective.  It’s ironic that the common cold is treated frequently by physicians with antibiotics.  Only 2% of the colds that occur in Americans is caused by bacteria.  98% of the colds are caused by a virus but still doctors overuse antibiotics.

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Mesoglycan and Vascular Diseases

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What is Mesoglycan?
Mesoglycan can do what Drugs can’t do!
How Does it Work?
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Stay Healthy on Vacation

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Last year, Americans took over 1.6 billion trips. According to the U.S. Travel Association, 78% of all traveling is for vacation and relaxation. Don’t let illness ruin your trip – pack some prevention in your suitcase and have a healthy vacation!

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It was recommended that I take garlic tablets as a preventative for some sinus infections.

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Q. Dear Terry, “It was recommended that I take garlic tablets as a preventative for some sinus infections that I have been experiencing on and off since November. Do you have any recommendations on what might be a good choice?” — Carl K., Shreveport, LA

A. Dear Carl, Garlic can be extremely beneficial. It can help reduce high blood pressure, lower triglyceride levels, fight oxidative stress that damages cells, prevent cancer, and has strong anti-viral and anti-fungal properties to keep the immune system strong. However, when it comes to your sinuses, I would first recommend trying a blend of eucalyptus and myrtle oils – these are two oils that I strongly value for natural treatment of sinusitis and sinus infection.

Eucalyptus oil helps decongest the sinuses, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and has been traditionally used to treat runny nose, cough, and sore throat. Myrtle essential oil has been well-studied and sold in Europe for more than 75 years. I suggest taking 1-2 softgels of this blend three times daily.

For even more sinus relief, you can also look for a combination that includes higher levels of the eucalyptus and myrtle oils, plus lemon oil for additional sinus-clearing power. One thing I would recommend is that your extra-strong sinus combination be in an enteric-coated form, so the eucalyptus doesn’t cause any gastrointestinal discomfort or “burps”. I recommend taking up to 3 softgels of the extra-strong sinus combination daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I suffer from severe trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain).

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Q. Dear Terry, “I suffer from severe trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain). While I have seen many doctors regarding this, I still have no relief. I am hoping you have some suggestions.” — Shirley C., El Paso, TX

A. Dear Shirley, I am sorry to hear that you are having difficulties finding an effective treatment. Trigeminal neuralgia is often considered one of the most painful conditions seen in medicine. It affects the trigeminal nerve, one of the largest nerves in the head and causes sudden, severe, electric shock-like, or stabbing pains that can last several seconds.

The good news is I do have some options that I believe will make a significant difference.

I would first recommend a combination of absorbable curcumin with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address your pain. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking 1-2 capsules of this blend three times daily.

I believe you would also benefit greatly by taking a blend of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and zinc, among others. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of the pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing. When looking for a formula, choose one that features B vitamins in their “active” forms, as well as minerals in the form of amino acid chelates. Active B vitamins do not need to be converted in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate up to 30% of our population) do not convert B vitamins well, and don’t receive full benefits. I also prefer the amino acid chelates for minerals, because they are so much better absorbed. I recommend taking 2 capsules of this combination three times daily for 30 days, then reduce to 2 capsules twice daily thereafter.

And last, but not least, you may also want to consider adding vitamin B6 to your daily regimen. When looking for a vitamin B6 formula, I strongly recommend choosing one that features vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phospate (P-5-P) in combination with magnesium glycinate. P-5-P is the biologically active form of vitamin B6. Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. In addition to optimizing vitamin B6 metabolism, the magnesium in the glycinate form delivers a good dose of magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. Take two capsules of this formula twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Repairing Painful Knees and Other Joints

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When your knees and joints are in constant pain and need repair, your options can seem limited to over-the-counter or prescription medications with terrible side effects, or simply living with the problem.

Fortunately, there are clinically-studied natural ingredients, including high-absorption curcumin and high-AKBA boswellia, which rebuild joint tissue and stop inflammation. Best yet, they are as effective as prescription drugs, but have none of the side effects.

Together, these ingredients:

  • Stop damage to the joints
  • Help rebuild shock-absorbing cartilage
  • Strengthen bones around knees and joints
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion
  • Reduce inflammation and pain

Do your knees hurt? Are stairs starting to be a misery? When you drop something and it rolls under the couch, do you dread kneeling to retrieve it? Do you avoid getting down on your hands and knees to play with the kids or grandkids? Our knees, hips and ankles are joints that take a beating in daily life, because they support our weight, act as shock absorbers, and allow us to run, jump, dance and dodge. And like movable parts in a machine, they are more prone to problems and they can wear out faster than the rest of our body.

Most people respond to knee and joint pain by taking over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen. But those options take a tremendous toll on the stomach and liver, and have life-threatening adverse effects. They reduce pain, but at a price.

Your joints can be saved. In this Terry Talks Nutrition®, we are going to look at ways to rescue your knees and improve your other weight-bearing joints as well, with clinically-studied natural ingredients that work as well – or better – than prescription drugs!

We Need Our Knees

Pain is a barrier to keeping active. If your knees and joints hurt, even the most moderate exercise often becomes impossible and just walking around the block is a chore. Of course, overall joint health is incredibly important for all of those great physical activities like tennis, bike riding, cross-country skiing, swimming, and even simply planting or weeding your garden.

However, taking care of the pain is only half of the equation. You need nutrients that reduce the inflammation (which damages joint cartilage and other tissue) and nutrients that help build up the structure of the knees and other joints in order to restore healthier levels of functioning.

A natural approach to knee and joint health includes ingredients that have been part of traditional medicine systems or integrative practice, but have been improved by recent cutting-edge research. It’s also important to use these nutrients in combination, because – strong as they are – what they accomplish together is even more impressive than what they can do on their own.

First, let’s look at two of the strongest ingredients for relieving pain and inflammation: curcumin and boswellia.

Curcumin, the active compound fromturmeric (Curcuma longa), has long been used as a treatment for inflammatory diseases. One of its limiting factors, however, has been absorption.

The fact is, standard curcumin’s absorption is poor. Because of this, clinical trials have used increasingly larger dosages (up to 10-12 grams daily) in order to get even a small amount into the bloodstream. While no toxicity is associated with curcumin, even at these very high dosage levels, cost, comfort and compliance can be a difficult issue to resolve for many people.

The high-absorption curcumin I recommend is different. It starts with a micronized curcumin extract and, in a unique process, blends it with turmeric essential oils that enhance absorption naturally. In fact, comparison testing shows that this formula has up to 10 times better absorption and greater blood retention time at significant levels than standard curcumin extracts.By combining this amazing herb with cutting edge science, it can reach its full potential, and give you life-changing results.

 

Consider this study on rheumatoid arthritis. Forty-five individuals were randomized to three groups. Group one received diclofenac sodium, 50 mg, twice daily; group two received 500 mg high-absorption curcumin twice daily; and group three received both diclofenac sodium and the curcumin.

High-absorption curcumin was more effective than diclofenac sodium at reducing joint pain and swelling. Taking the curcumin with the drug was no more effective than using the botanical alone, and taking the drug alone was less effective.

Laboratory studies on kidney and liver function, blood sugar, and a complete blood count were performed before and after participation. There were no significant changes in these measurements in general in all the groups. One laboratory analysis adverse event was reported in the drug (diclofenac sodium) group.

 

In the high-absorption curcumin groups, there were no drop outs due to adverse effects, but in the diclofenac sodium group, 14% withdrew due to adverse effects. That’s a pretty strong case for going with an effective, natural alternative.

 

 

Boswellia – Curcumin’s Perfect Partner

Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) is another traditional herb that reduces inflammation and relieves pain. The majority of anti-inflammatory activity in boswellia is linked to the array of boswellic acids in the extract. Research studies show that it’s especially potent at reducing the joint pain associated with arthritis. It does this by inhibiting the inflammatory enzyme, 5-LOX. But, make sure you look for a form of boswellia that is screened for compounds that interfere with beneficial activity. That means you should make sure it has less than 5% beta boswellic acid, (which can potentially promote, rather than block, inflammatory compounds) and includes at least 10% AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid). This makes for a strong extract, but one that is different from standard boswellia extracts which aren’t as effective.

Curcumin and boswellia form the two key players in the combination you want, because they reduce the activity of the two most significant pain pathways in the body – COX-2 and 5-LOX.

In fact, a unique combination of high-absorption curcumin and boswellia was judged to be superior to the prescription arthritis drug, celecoxib (the generic of the brand name Celebrex®), in a clinical study of osteoarthritis.

The curcumin and boswellia combination was better than celecoxib in relieving pain, walking distance and joint line tenderness scores. Not surprisingly, efficacy and tolerability of the herbal combination used in the current study was shown to be superior to those of celecoxib for treating active osteoarthritis. When it came to relieving pain, 64 percent of those taking the herbal ingredients versus 29 percent in the drug group improved to such a high degree that they were able to move from having “moderate to severe arthritis” to “mild to moderate arthritis.”

Of course, it’s not just about relieving pain – it’s about relieving the tissue-damaging inflammation that causes pain. That’s why these two ingredients are so important. They actually help heal the damage done over time to joints. When you use them, you’re not just “covering up” the pain signals your body sends out; you’re helping your body to heal.

Vitamin D and Fructoborate – Essential for Joint Structure

Two other ingredients that help reduce pain and keep the structure of the knees and other joints healthy are vitamin D and fructoborate.

There is some exciting new research that shows the relationship between arthritis, joint health, and vitamin D deficiency. In fact, vitamin D deficiency was noted in 69% of the patients with inflammatory joint diseases or connective tissue diseases, 77% with soft tissue rheumatism, 62% with osteoarthritis, 75% with back pain, and 71% with osteoporosis.

It’s common for older individuals to be deficient in vitamin D. Another recent study examined serum vitamin D levels in postmenopausal women. As it turned out, 53% percent of the women were actually clinically deficient in vitamin D, and only 17% had sufficient blood levels of the nutrient. Joint pain and joint swelling were reported, (74% and 34%, respectively). Typically, those with the lowest levels of vitamin D showed a higher average joint pain score.

But beyond pain, vitamin D is associated with stronger knee cartilage – the cushioning “shock absorber” of our joints. Another recent study showed a correlation between sunlight exposure (which helps our bodies synthesize vitamin D on our own), serum levels of vitamin D, and the loss of knee cartilage. The authors of the study concluded that sufficient vitamin D levels might prevent — or at least slow down – osteoarthritis-related cartilage loss in the knees. One of the challenges they noted was that vitamin D intake levels and serum levels didn’t always correspond. This can be due to a lot of factors, including absorption and metabolic disorders. But despite that, I think that this also shows the importance of having supportive ingredients in combination; you can’t always rely on a single nutrient to do all of the heavy lifting.

This is where fructoborate, found naturally in fruits and vegetables, comes in. It helps the body absorb and use Vitamin D, which helps build bone. It also boosted levels of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), a hormone that supports the adrenal glands and can boost energy levels and generally help you feel healthier. Additionally, it has been clinically shown to reduce joint pain in just 8 weeks in volunteers with severe osteoarthritis!

Staying Active Means More Than Relieving Pain

It’s easy to think that pain relief is the only thing you have to worry about. No doubt pain relief is important, and I’d always recommend a combination of high absorption curcumin, boswellia, DL -phenylalanine, and nattokinase to stop that pain now before beginning a new exercise regimen. But that’s only part of the picture. You need to have a regimen that provides your knees and joints with nutrients that help them heal and thrive. A formula with high-absorption curcumin, boswellia, vitamin D, and fructoborate is the perfect recipe for better knees and joints.

Terry recommends a formula with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol)

1,000 IU

Proprietary Complex

Curcumin (Curcuma longa) Rhizome Extract enhanced with turmeric oils and standardized for curcuminoid complex (curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin), Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) Gum Resin Extract standardized to contain >70% Total Organic and Boswellic Acids with AKBA >10%, with less than 5% beta-boswellic acids, Boron (as fructoborate)

1,341 mg

 

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The Herbs of the Amazon

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Terry’s special guest, Chris Kilham, the Medicine Hunter, travels frequently to exotic locations around the world. Today, he discusses with Terry his recent visit to the Peruvian Amazon rainforest and the herbs and natural medicines found there.

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What do you recommend for jet lag?

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Q. Dear Terry, “What do you recommend for jet lag?” — Mary S., Baltimore, MD

A. Dear Mary, I too, fly quite a lot. I find that melatonin can be quite helpful when it comes to jet lag. I recommend taking 5 mg of melatonin when you board the plane. Then, depending on the length of the flight (i.e., an international flight), you may also want to take 5 mg halfway through the flight and then 5 mg when you arrive at your destination.  If it’s a domestic flight, try taking 5 mg either at the beginning or at the end of the flight.  Safe travels!

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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8 out of 10 people experience a low back problem at least once in their lifetime.

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Taking an herbal formulation of boswellia, white willow bark and devil’s claw takes the aches and pains out of the low back.

 

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The Miracle Fruit: Apples

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Multiple studies have found that eating apples regularly reduces risk of dying from both cardiovascular and coronary artery disease. Apples also regulate blood sugar levels and prevent blood sugar spikes. Apples make you skinny! Listen for more on apples.

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The majority of Americans are challenged with a health crisis based on under functioning of the thyroid.

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Some experts have estimated that 70% of females and 50% of men have an underactive thyroid.  An underactive thyroid can cause a variety of symptoms, while not life threatening, that can make your life miserable.  For more on the symptoms including a symptom survey, on my website in the archived section of the newsletters, search iodine or hypothyroidism.  Blood tests have proven to be very inaccurate in determining the activity of the thyroid.  Patients are put off way too long when they complain of the many symptoms associated with an underactive thyroid and/or including cysts, nodules and goiter of the thyroid.  All the symptoms including cysts, nodules and goiter are the result of a deficiency of iodine.  Doctors have a fear or phobia of prescribing iodine.  I think they only know the destructive, toxic side effects of radioactive iodine which is a drug and cannot be compared to the mineral iodine.  They prefer to suggest a synthetic hormone which eventually will shut down the thyroid completely.  In the case of cysts and nodules, the doctor frequently prescribes radioactive iodine to destroy the thyroid.  Only in an iodine deficient thyroid will radioactive iodine destroy the thyroid.  If it’s possible to destroy the thyroid with radioactive iodine, the conclusion is the person is deficient in the mineral iodine.  The thyroid cannot function to its peak optimal level without iodine and the amino acid L-tyrosine.  These two natural nutrients combine in the thyroid to produce thyroxin naturally.  Another case where drugs are unnecessary.  90% of Americans are deficient in iodine to the point where the thyroid suffers the consequences.  I have recently written of how researchers discovered that vitamin D3 provides significant health benefits at higher dosages that were once thought to be sufficient.  Many health conscious Americans exceed the FDA’s recommendation of 400 IUs of vitamin D3 daily and are now taking 3000 to 5000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily.  The same is true today of iodine.  The FDA’s recommended daily allowance of iodine is 150 mcg daily which may support the thyroid, but again, experts have found higher levels of iodine to be more effective to prevent cysts, nodules, goiter and thyroid cancer.  In the last 30 years, thyroid cancer has become the 7th most common cancer and has tripled in the same time period.  Researchers have found from studies that 12.5 mg of iodine daily is significantly more effective for the thyroid than 150 mcgs daily.  Cultures around the world who consume high levels of iodine have less breast, prostate and thyroid cancer than in America.  Not only does the thyroid require iodine, but every cell in the body has a receptor site for iodine, particularly the breast, ovaries, uterus, and in men the prostate.  Many alternative physicians are treating these conditions with high levels of iodine.  Iodine has antibacterial, antiviral, and anticancer properties.

 

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Sinus Congestion and Sinusitis

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

When your sinuses are inflamed and stuffy, you want relief fast. The problem is, many over-the-counter drugs can make you jittery, tired, or simply feel “off”.

Fortunately, there are two powerful, fast-acting plant oil ingredients – eucalyptus and myrtle – that clear your sinuses and fight inflammation and bacteria. With this combination, you’ll:

  • Relieve sinus congestion from colds, flu or sinusitis
  • Breathe easier
  • Feel “clear-headed”
  • Bolster your immune system
  • Fight allergy stuffiness
  • Feel relief fast, without serious side effects

Have you ever heard the expression, “I need that like I need a hole in the head?” Well, it turns out that we really do need holes in our heads. Our “holes” are four pairs of hollow, air-filled sacs called sinuses. They are located over the eyes in the forehead, between the eyes, below the eyes behind the cheekbones, and near the center of the head.

In some ways, sinuses are a mystery. Scientists still haven’t unlocked the secrets of all they do. We know that the sinuses may help to insulate the skull, allow our voices to resonate, humidify and warm the air we breathe, and help to reduce the weight of the skull. Whatever their purpose is, they sometimes can be a pain – especially when you end up with a sinus infection or sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages).

What we do know is that when your sinuses are inflamed, you want relief fast. The concentrated plant oils from two amazing botanicals can do just that. And they are the focus of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

How Sinuses Should Work

Healthy sinuses are lined with tiny, hair-like projections called cilia. The cilia wave back and forth, pushing mucus out of the sinus cavities into the throat where it is swallowed or into the nose where it can be blown out. But, when the process doesn’t work correctly, you can be in for some real problems.

Acute Sinusitis

If thick mucus plugs up the sinuses so they can’t drain, or bacteria or viruses harm the cilia so they don’t efficiently push the mucus out, the lining of the sinus cavity becomes inflamed, the sinuses fill up, pressure builds, and the pain becomes intense. Worse still, the warm, moist, mucus-filled sinus cavity is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, leading to a sinus infection, or sinusitis.

Pain and pressure in the face is one of the most common symptoms of sinusitis. Which sinus cavity is involved determines where the pain is felt. Other common symptoms include headache, yellow or green mucus discharge from the nose, stuffy nose, bad breath, fever, cough that produces mucus, and a reduced sense of taste and smell.

Chronic Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis is a short-term event that resolves and goes away. However, when sinusitis lasts for weeks, or returns again and again, you have chronic sinusitis. It frequently occurs in people with asthma, and many people with chronic sinusitis have allergies. Experts believe there is a possibility that constant exposure to inhaled allergens that are present year round, such as house dust mites, pets, mold and cockroaches, can cause chronic inflammation on the nasal passages and sinuses.

While airborne allergens may have a significant role in causing sinusitis, food allergens can also act as triggers. I have personally witnessed a reduction of sinusitis with the elimination of certain foods, particularly wheat, all grains containing gluten, and dairy foods. Eliminating these foods may not necessarily eradicate sinusitis completely, but they can help increase recovery time significantly. Through trial and error, you may even find a food that is your favorite, eaten frequently, turns out to be your downfall.

Try eliminating the offending food for several weeks and you may be quite surprised at the improvement in the health of your sinuses. I’m not aware of any studies that can support this. However, based on my own personal experience and from the people I have counseled over the years, a change in diet can lead to a significant improvement.

Along with these lifestyle considerations, I believe that eucalyptus and myrtle are two of the most effective botanicals for sinus relief and protection from bacteria.

Sinus Relief from Eucalyptus and Myrtle

Eucalyptus is one of the most well-known plant oils for clearing the sinuses. In this case, I recommend the oil of Eucalyptus radiata. The essential oil of this plant contains 1,8 cineole, alpha pinene, and limonene – compounds that have strong anti-inflammatory abilities.

This natural plant oil thins mucus so it can drain more easily, and also is a natural antibacterial and antiviral to treat sinus infections. Many studies on eucalyptus oil and its key compounds show that it not only reduces inflammation and destroys pathogens, it also helps to strengthen the immune system so that it can respond more quickly to infections.

Another concentrated plant oil that has been well studied and sold in Europe for more than 75 years is myrtle (Myrtus communis cineole) oil. Like eucalyptus, myrtle has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. And, like eucalyptus, myrtle also contains 1,8 cineole, the powerful plant compound. This compound stimulates tiny, fluttering projections in the sinus cavities called cilia to move mucus along more quickly, so you experience even more sinus clearing and comfort.

Even More Relief from Concentrated Lemon Oil

For even more sinus relief, you can look for a combination that includes higher levels of the eucalyptus and myrtle oils, plus lemon oil for additional sinus-clearing power. One thing I would recommend is that your extra-strong sinus combination is in an enteric-coated form, so the eucalyptus doesn’t cause any gastrointestinal discomfort or “burps”.

Concentrated Oils

Concentrated plant oils I recommend in this combination are potent medicines. They are very different from those that massage and aroma therapists use (sometimes called “essential” oils) outside the body, as infusers, or topically, on the skin. And if you’ve ever used them for their aromatherapeutic properties, you know what a difference these essences can make to your sense of well-being. However, not every plant oil is only intended for external use. In fact, some of them are toxic if swallowed!

That’s why you need to be sure that the plant oils you use for clearing sinuses and preventing infections are meant to be taken internally. These oils have been examined and certified to be from the correct plant species, contain beneficial key compounds, be safe for internal use, and are extremely concentrated. In fact, they are up to 100 times more concentrated than herbal extracts.

Because advanced technology is used to take a “fingerprint” of the oil to confirm its identity, you’ll know that the most important compounds in these concentrated botanicals are present to make the product effective. For example, did you know there are over 900 kinds of Eucalyptus trees? While many share similar characteristics, not all of them can clear and protect your sinuses. And there are 2800 varieties of myrtle, but here again; you want to make sure you’re getting the best compounds from the best species. The best concentrated plant oils are tested for purity as well, so you’ll know what you’re getting.

You CAN Breathe Easy Naturally!

Chronic problems with sinus infection and congestion can get in the way of enjoying life to the fullest. They not only cause pain and discomfort, they interfere with your ability to savor your meals and smell the flowers. At their worst, they can even interfere with your hearing.

By using the powerful, concentrated plant oils I recommend from eucalyptus, myrtle and lemon, for especially stubborn sinus problems, your congestion will clear in your upper respiratory tract and sinuses. You’ll be amazed at the difference that feeling “clear” again can make!

 

For milder sinus concerns, Terry recommends taking 2 softgels of the following formula with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

Proprietary Formula

Containing Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) leaf oil with 50-70% 1,8 cineole, 2-15% alpha terpineol, <10% alpha pinene, and <10% limonene, Myrtle (Myrtus communis cineole) leaf oil containing 20-60% alpha pinene, 15-35% 1,8 cineole and <20% limonene

320 mg

For more serious sinus concerns, Terry recommends taking 1 softgel of the following formula with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

Double Strength Proprietary Formula   (Enteric coated)

Containing Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) leaf oil with 50-70% 1,8 cineole, 2-15% alpha terpineol, <10% alpha pinene, and <10% limonene, Myrtle (Myrtus communis cineole) leaf oil containing 20-60% alpha pinene, 15-35% 1,8 cineole and <20% limonene, Lemon (Citrus limon) Zest Oil

325 mg

 

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Do you have any suggestions for preventing or eliminating thick cracked callouses on my heels/feet?

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Q. Dear Terry, “Do you have any suggestions for preventing or eliminating thick cracked callouses on my heels/feet?” — Helen M., Virginia Beach, VA

A. Dear Helen, I have seen some research that your condition may be caused by less than optimal thyroid function, or even hypothyroidism. In some medical textbooks, calluses and very rough skin are included in the list of symptoms associated with sluggish thyroid function.

That said, I would recommend adding a combination of iodine with the amino acid L-tyrosine to your daily regimen. This will provide the raw materials necessary for your thyroid glands to make healthy amounts of thyroid hormone. I’d recommend taking 1-2 capsules of this blend at breakfast.

Diet is also extremely important – you would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. Dietary restrictions would also include avoiding all gluten and soy products, which can prevent healthy thyroid function. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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The Power of Adaptogens

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Terry’s special guest, Chris Kilham, the Medicine Hunter, discusses the special powers of adaptogens – relieving stress, energizing, boosting the immune system, and more. Chris uses adaptogenic herbs every day and tells you why you should, too.

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I have thick sinus drainage into my throat which causes me to get coughing spells.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have thick sinus drainage into my throat which causes me to get coughing spells.  Do you have some suggestions?” — Mark R., Appleton, WI

A. Dear Mark, When it comes to your sinuses, I would first recommend adding a blend of eucalyptus and myrtle oils to your daily regimen – both oils can help support the sinuses. Eucalyptus oil helps decongest the sinuses, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and has been traditionally used to treat runny nose, cough, and sore throat. Myrtle essential oil has been well-studied and sold in Europe for more than 75 years. These are two oils that I strongly value for natural treatment of sinusitis and sinus infection. I suggest taking 1-2 softgels of this blend three times daily.

For even more sinus relief, you can look for a combination that includes higher levels of the eucalyptus and myrtle oils, plus lemon oil for additional sinus-clearing power. One thing I would recommend is that your extra-strong sinus combination be in an enteric-coated form, so the eucalyptus doesn’t cause any gastrointestinal discomfort or “burps”. I recommend taking up to 3 softgels of the extra-strong sinus combination daily.

When choosing a formula, make sure it features concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

I also recommend taking a blend that combines the essential oil of thyme with climbing ivy extract standardized to hederacoside C. This soothing combination helps clear the sinuses and reduce tissue irritation and inflammation. I suggest taking 1-2 tablets three times daily. These same ingredients are also available in a liquid form that is a perfect option for children or anyone who prefers it to taking tablets.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have short bowel syndrome, which causes severe anemia due to lack of absorption.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have short bowel syndrome, which causes severe anemia due to lack of absorption.  Would boswellia be beneficial to me? Thank you and God bless you.” — Theresa B., Milwaukee, WI

A. Dear Theresa, The small intestine is where most digestion of food and absorption of nutrients occur. Short bowel syndrome refers to a group of problems related to the poor absorption of nutrients (water, vitamins, minerals, etc.) that typically occurs in people who have had a portion of their small intestine removed.

You are on the right track when it comes to boswellia. To get optimal benefits, I often recommend taking a combination of boswellia and high-absorption curcumin extract. Curcumin and boswellia are two Indian plants that exhibit very effective anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to promoting tissue repair. Take 1 softgel of this combination twice daily. When looking for a formula, keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure to choose a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid to 5% or less. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You also want a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.

I have some other options that may also be of benefit:

Pancreatin is a natural digestive enzyme complex that provides the enzymes protease, lipase, and amylase. The pancreatic enzymes I recommend are from a porcine source – that is, from pigs. They very closely resemble the enzymes created by the human body, which means they work much more effectively and quickly, and that’s why I think they are best when it comes to supporting digestive health. I recommend taking 1 or 2 tablets of pancreatin with each meal. Make sure that when choosing a formula, you get an undiluted pancreatin supplement. The United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) has set strict definitions for the level of activity – measured by how effectively the enzyme breaks down its targeted nutrient type – for pancreatin. I believe the best results come from full strength, undiluted pancreatin. Less potent pancreatin has often been diluted with salt, lactose or galactose.

For iron deficiency, I believe you would benefit greatly from adding a mineral complex (iron, along with magnesium, copper, and zinc) to your daily regimen. Iron is an essential trace mineral that helps transport oxygen in the blood, supports cellular energy creation, and supports proper neurotransmitter synthesis. We couldn’t live without it. And yet, iron deficiency and anemia is one of the world’s most common conditions. Magnesium, copper, and zinc are all vital to providing our cells with energy, building healthy blood cells, and helping to recover from exercise.

When looking for a supplement, I strongly recommend choosing a mineral complex that features amino-acid chelated forms of iron, magnesium, copper and zinc. A “chelate” is a bond between a mineral (often called “inorganic”) and a molecule structure, called a “ligand” that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. The amino acid glycine, in particular, makes an excellent molecule to help shepherd minerals through the intestinal wall because it is so small that it can be transported directly into the cells of the body, so it can get to work right away. I recommend taking 1-2 tablets of this blend daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Dietary Fat & Breast Cancer

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David Perlmutter, MD

When you go on the Grain Brain program, one of the things that is important is that you reduce your consumption of carbohydrates while increasing your consumption of dietary fat. Occasionally a woman might ask “Won’t that increase my risk for breast cancer?” As a matter of fact, when we look at the science we see that it will actually decrease your risk for breast cancer!

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America is the sickest country of all the developed countries in the world.

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60% of all the drugs manufactured worldwide are consumed in America, and 80% of all the pain killers manufactured worldwide are consumed in America.  The emphasis in America is to instill health through drug therapy when food really is our best medicine.  We should be emphasizing nutrition and not drugs, but drugs are more profitable so damn the nutrition.

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When traveling or eating in foreign places…

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… to eliminate harmful bacteria, swallow a softgel capsule when you’re eating containing thyme, clove, oregano oil and cinnamon.

 

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We once thought that vitamin D3 could provide its effectiveness at 400 IUs or less daily.

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In fact, the FDA cautioned Americans not to exceed 400 IUs daily of vitamin D3 as it would accumulate and cause toxicity.  We now know that most people are taking 5000 IUs or more of vitamin D3 without significant side effects.  Experts around the world are demanding that the recommended daily level of vitamin D3 be increased to a minimum of 1000 to 2000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily.  As a side note, a recent study of three groups of pregnant women were put on different levels of vitamin D3.  One group 2000 IUs daily, a second group 4000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily and the third group 6000 IUs daily.  The study lasted throughout the pregnancy and for an additional two years after the infant was born.  The ladies receiving 6000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily had less complications than the other two groups.  The group receiving the highest level of vitamin D3 had less gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, less toxemia, less post-partum depression, less premature births and fewer of the infants were born through C-section.  The infants upon birth were given 1000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily.  At their second anniversary, there was 78% less juvenile diabetes than the other two groups.

 

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3 Nutrients to Prevent Breast Cancer

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New study links exposure to toxic chemicals to increased risk of breast cancer. Discover the three key nutrients to minimize exposure to toxic solvents and xenoestrogens.

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France’s Best-Kept Health Secret

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Terry scours the world for new and innovative natural products. Listen as he discusses an amazing whole food product for omega-3 fatty acid supplementation, shown to be superior to traditional oil-based omega-3 fish products.

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I have been experiencing some vaginal atrophy and dryness.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have been experiencing some vaginal atrophy and dryness (due to menopause), which is making intercourse painful. While my primary physician has prescribed an estrogen suppository, I would prefer to use something natural. Do you have any recommendations?” — V.S. Lakewood, CO

A. Dear V.S., You are not alone, vaginal dryness is a common problem for women during and after menopause. Vaginal dryness is a hallmark sign of vaginal atrophy — the thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to a decline in estrogen.

I would recommend adding Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) seed and pulp oil to your daily regimen to help alleviate vaginal dryness. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. In addition, the pulp contains exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare Omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). One study looking specifically at post-menopausal vaginal inflammation and dryness found that ingestion of sea buckthorn oil resulted in almost double the amount of improvement in vaginal mucous membranes versus placebo. I recommend starting with a dose of 1,000 mg twice daily. Allow yourself several weeks before you begin to see peak optimal benefits. After that you may adjust the dosage as you prefer – in time, you may be able to do well on 500-1,000 mg daily.

When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have been dealing with a case of reoccurring athlete’s foot.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have been dealing with a case of reoccurring athlete’s foot for the last year or so.  The skin peels all over the bottom of my feet and between the toes. While it does initially respond to over the counter and/or natural (topical tea tree oil) products, it always returns after a time. What do you suggest I try? Thanks so much!” — Rose B., Rio Rancho, NM

A. Dear Rose, Athlete’s foot is a very common skin condition that affects the sole of the foot and the skin between the toes. The medical term for athlete’s foot caused by a fungus is tinea pedis. Signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot include a scaly rash that usually causes itching, stinging and burning.

While you can continue to apply the tea tree oil topically, I think there are some other options that may be more effective in ridding your athlete’s foot. When it comes to fungal infections, I highly recommend concentrated plant oils.

My first recommendation is for a combination of Ravintsara, Myrtle, Thyme and Bay Leaf concentrated plant oils. This combination is extremely potent in ridding the body of pathogens. I recommend taking 1 softgel of this blend orally twice daily.

You may also want to consider adding a second combination of natural, concentrated plant oils to your daily regimen. A combination of Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove, and Oregano oils – some of nature’s most powerful antimicrobial ingredients – will help to boost your natural defenses. Take 1 softgel of this concentrated plant oil blend orally three times daily. You could also pierce a softgel with a pin and dab a few drops on the affected area, as needed.

Make sure to choose formulas that feature concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have been taking a liquid horsetail herb product for the last 2 years.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have been taking a liquid horsetail herb product for the last 2 years.  Now, I’ve heard that you should not take horsetail long term.  Can you advise me if I can continue this program?” — Rosemary E., Burlington, VT

A. Dear Rosemary, The horsetail (Equisetum arvense) plant is a great source of silica. However, I would not recommend taking it as an unfiltered, unstandardized liquid form as it can contain substances that may be harmful if taken long term.

I recommend looking for a highly purified extract obtained from the above-ground parts of the common horsetail (Equisetum arvense) plant. In a special process, the silica in the plant is extracted while still attached to the plant bioflavonoids that support its activity in the body. At the same time, all the harsh and potentially harmful substances are screened out using this gentle process. This unique botanical silica is then blended with a specific marine oil to enhance absorption, beneficial effects, and cell membrane penetration of the active compounds. This form of silica is extremely soluble and virtually 100% bioavailable for the body. I recommend taking 400-800 mg of the specialized, standardized horsetail extract twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Stop Diabetes and Get Your Blood Sugar Under Control!

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High blood sugar and Type 2 diabetes are rampant. However, the need for supplemental insulin and the complications of diabetes – vision loss, nerve damage, kidney disease, heart disease and more – are completely preventable! In addition to committing to rethinking your diet and getting sensible exercise, there are proven ingredients that can help your body properly metabolize glucose and get your blood sugar levels down.

These nutrients:

  • Help metabolize carbohydrates and sugars
  • Keep sugar levels at an even keel throughout the day
  • Prevent damage to nerve endings
  • Help turn calories into energy rather that fat
  • Normalize circulating blood glucose
  • Reduce sugar cravings

The CDC reports that approximately 35 percent of Americans age 20 or older have pre-diabetes. That number soars to 50 percent for Americans over the age of 65. And that’s not even counting those who have undiagnosed diabetes– unaware that they even have the disease until they start to have physical complications. Clearly, blood sugar is a serious concern.

I find the rise in cases of type 2 diabetes alarming. If you’ve ever wondered why we’re seeing such an epidemic of diabetes and prediabetes, all you have to do is look at our diets.

Sugar Intake Soars

According to the USDA, our sugar intake nationwide has expanded dramatically within the past 100 years. In the early 1900’s, the national average of sugar consumption was 10 pounds annually per person. Today, the national average is around 150 (and probably up to 200) pounds of sugar per person.

And one type of sugar – high fructose corn syrup – has seen an explosion of use in just the past 40 years. From a small beginning in the 1970s of only 5 pounds consumed per person, by the year 2000, that number had risen to an average of 85 pounds of high fructose corn syrup in one year.

Sugar and starch consumption is one of themajor reasons for weight gain, mood swings, and the rise of type 2 diabetes. If you have high blood sugar, diet must be a part of your solution.

Because I have been asked about this information so many times, I have outlined a meal plan and an exercise program that is simple and effective in getting people healthy. Look for Terry’s Menu for Health and Longevity and Terry’s Exercise Plan on my website at www.terrytalksnutrition.com.

 

Nutrients to Balance Your Blood Sugar

Aside from diet and exercise, begin your recovery from high blood sugar with powerful supplemental nutrients. There are many that have extensive research, but some of the best include benfotiamine, biotin, chromium, mulberry leaf extract, and purslane.

Mulberry – More Effective than Drugs for Reducing Blood Sugar

Mulberry (Morus alba) trees are very common throughout the world, and their medicinal value is very impressive. In a clinical study published in the journal Clinica Chimica Acta, patients with type 2 diabetes treated with a mulberry leaf extract significantly improved their glycemic control compared to glibenclamide (a drug) treatment. Comparing the two, fasting blood glucose after treatment with glibenclamide decreased by 8 percent. After mulberry treatment? 27 percent!

In a similar study, mulberry leaf extract was also shown more effective in controlling fasting blood glucose levels than the oral hypoglycemic drug glibenclamide. And yet another scientific study in Thailand showed that mulberry leaf extract decreased blood sugar levels by 22 percent after being administered for six weeks.

The reason mulberry leaf works so well is because it contains substances that inhibit an enzyme (alpha glucosidase) responsible for breaking down carbohydrates into sugars. That means that the absorption rate of these sugars is reduced and delayed, which lessens the stress on the insulin system. Make sure that the mulberry leaf extract is standardized for alpha glucosidase inhibition for it to be effective. Other benefits of mulberry leaves in people with diabetes include: reduces high blood sugar levels, works as an antioxidant, slows the onset of retinopathy (damage to the retina of the eye common in people with type 2 diabetes), and curbs the cravings for foods that can worsen diabetic conditions.

Purslane – Nutrient-Rich Blood Sugar Control

Purslane (Portuluca oleracea) is an ancient herb discussed in Greek medical scripts, and was even mentioned in the book of Job in the Bible. Some experts call it “The best vegetable you’ve never had,” because it is not well known, but is enormously healthy.

In a pilot study of individuals with type 2 diabetes, purslane extract outperformed the placebo group by 44%, and returned high blood sugar levels to normal. In an observational study over five weeks, purslane extract normalized blood glucose in individuals with elevated levels. It was also safe and well-tolerated.

Purslane is rich in many nutrients, including vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and polysaccharides. A Chinese scientific study has shown that purslane’s polysaccharide content lowered blood sugar and triglyceride levels, and raised good HDL cholesterol. This is significant, because diabetes and unbalanced cholesterol levels tend to run together, essentially doubling a person’s risk of heart disease.

By stabilizing blood glucose concentrations, purslane may help to control blood glucose related appetite cravings, and help protect the body from the negative effects of high blood sugar levels.

Benfotiamine – A Powerful Form of Vitamin B1

Benfotiamine is a form of vitamin B1– also known as thiamin – that is retained in the body at 5 times the concentrations of standard water-based thiamin. Thiamin helps the body metabolize carbohydrates effectively, to turn those calories into energy. Without it, not only do sugars not break down as they should, (leaving more in the bloodstream), but your chances of oxidative damage and inflammation in the blood vessels increase.

Benfotiamine fights the damage of blood glucose in many ways. A scientific study at the University of Florida College of Medicine showed that benfotiamine prevented glucose toxicity and brought elevated blood sugar levels back down to normal.

This form of vitamin B1 has also been clinically proven to reduce pain and complications of diabetic neuropathy, the “pins-and-needles” and the “tingling” that people with diabetes feel in their feet and legs.

In a Serbian clinical study, patients with diabetes were treated with a combination of benfotiamine and vitamin B6 for 45 days. At the end of the study, 86 percent of the patients reported a highly significant reduction in overall pain. The pain due to light pressure, touch, or temperature – a condition called “allodynia” often seen in those with neuropathy – was reduced from 77 percent of the patients to 22 percent by the conclusion of the study. There was also a reduction in pain due to the loss of muscle fibers, (called hyperpathia), from 90 percent of the patients to just 32 percent. The researchers felt that these results “confirmed that benfotiamine was a good starting choice for the treatment of diabetic polyneuropathy.”

Biotin and Chromium – Perfect Partners for Glucose Control

Biotinis a B-vitamin that is absolutely necessary for our bodies to process glucose properly. In fact, in cases of biotin deficiency, the pancreatic islet structure – the “birthplace” of inulin – is altered as well. If you’re deficient, your body’s ability to respond to glucose levels is severely compromised. Biotin has been proven for glucose control in cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. An Iranian study found that it reduced A1C and fasting blood sugar levels in individuals with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes.

Chromiumis an essential trace mineral for blood sugar metabolism. It activates insulin receptors, helping to prevent the build-up of glucose in the bloodstream. If you have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, or have elevated blood sugar levels, getting chromium into your regimen is important.

An Indian clinical study followed 20 individuals taking chromium versus the same amount using a placebo. The fasting blood glucose level for those in the chromium group dropped from an average of 197 to 103 in just three months. Their triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels were brought down to healthier levels, too. The authors of the study concluded that chromium would be especially beneficial for people with newly onset diabetes.

Biotin and chromium used together have shown strong results as well.

In a four-week Yale University School of Medicine study, patients with type 2 diabetes taking biotin/chromium saw a reduction in their glucose of an average of -9.7 percent versus a +5.1 percent gain for the placebo group. Like other studies of a biotin and chromium combination, triglyceride levels dropped as well. Additionally, there were no adverse events in the study – something that most prescription drugs can’t claim.

Take Charge of Your Blood Sugar Levels and Your Life

Diabetes is an epidemic, but you don’t have to become a statistic. By simply changing just 3 things—food choices, exercise, and including extensively-researched ingredients to your regimen, you can fight this potentially disabling and life-threatening illness.

You have the power to take control and make a difference. Getting your blood sugar under control can add years to your life and give you many healthy tomorrows.

Terry recommends a formula with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

Biotin

667 mcg

Chromium (as Chromium Nicotinate Glycinate Chelate)

200 mcg

Mulberry (Morus Alba L.) Leaf Extract

335 mg

Benfotiamine

100 mg

Purslane (Portuluca oleracea L.) Aerial Extract

60 mg

 

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Do you have any advice for someone with a hiatal hernia?

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Q. Dear Terry, “Do you have any advice for someone with a hiatal hernia?” — Barbara D., Jersey City, NJ

A. Dear Barbara, A hiatal hernia is a condition in which the stomach bulges up into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm (the muscular wall separating the chest cavity from the abdomen.

I strongly recommend that individuals with hiatal hernias restrict all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates from their diet. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

I also have some natural ingredients that you may want to consider adding to your daily regimen to help reduce the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux.

I especially like a combination of d-limonene and sea buckthorn oil. The synergistic blend of d-limonene and sea buckthorn oil greatly improves healthy digestive function. Sea buckthorn has been clinically studied for healing ulcers and other gastric lining inflammation that can also cause heartburn, and d-limonene has been studied for GERD. This combination is also very soothing to the mucosa of the digestive tract. I recommend taking 1 softgel of this combination twice daily. Be patient, as it may take a month or two to see improvements.

I also recommend adding a clinically studied, encapsulated DGL. DGL, which stands for “deglycyrrhizinated licorice,” is a special licorice extract that has filtered out glycyrrhizin, a compound in licorice which can raise blood pressure. DGL is a strong antioxidant, antimicrobial agent, and helps reduce inflammation. It also helps soothe the stomach and intestines by keeping the mucosal lining strong and intact, which can be beneficial to individuals who suffer from heartburn and indigestion. I recommend taking 75 mg of this special encapsulated DGL twice daily.

Lastly, you may also want to consider consulting with a licensed chiropractor. They may be able to offer additional safe and effective alternatives such as adjustments and/or manipulations to treat hiatal hernia.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Sea Buckthorn Enriches and Revitalizes

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This berry from the Arctic area has very special properties, including the rare omega 7 oil. It helps prevent dryness of your skin, mouth, eyes, and mucous membranes and has been the subject of very interesting clinical studies showing its benefits, especially for vaginal dryness.

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Do you have any recommendations when it comes to spider veins?

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Q. Dear Terry, “Do you have any recommendations when it comes to spider veins?” — Toni D., Shreveport, LA

A. Dear Toni, Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that usually develop in the legs and can be seen through the skin. While spider veins rarely are a serious health problem, they can cause uncomfortable feelings (itching, burning) in the legs. Spider veins are most often caused by the backup of blood. However, they can also be caused by hormone changes, exposure to the sun, and injuries.

When it comes to spider veins, I do have a few options that you may find helpful.

I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a combination of red vine leaf extract and butcher’s broom to your daily regimen. Red vine leaf extract contains anthocyanins, in addition to a range of other protective polyphenols, and has been clinically proven to relieve the pain associated with varicose/spider veins. Butcher’s broom is also extremely well known for treating varicose/spider veins. Together, these two powerful botanicals have the ability to strengthen the veins of the legs and can help stop any pain and swelling you may be experiencing. I recommend taking 1 capsule of this blend twice daily. When looking for a formula, make sure to choose one that contains red vine leaf and butcher’s broom that are standardized for their active compounds.

Another excellent supplement is mesoglycan,a naturally occurring substance found in the body. Mesoglycan is an excellent source of glycosaminoglycans (also known as GAGs) – vital and necessary components that build the walls of our blood vessels and arteries. Other examples of GAGs include chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. Mesoglycan works on the actual formation of blood vessel walls, helping them to be strong, yet flexible, plus it helps keep blood moving through our arteries and blood vessels. I recommend taking 50-100 mg of mesoglycan daily.

Keep in mind that while you may start to see changes within several weeks – you need to be patient – it may take up to 3-6 months to see full benefits. Good luck!

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have a pinched nerve in my back.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have been told by my doctor that I have a pinched nerve in my back. What can I take to help alleviate some of the discomfort I am experiencing?” — Adolfo G., Toledo, OH

A. Dear Adolfo, I do have some options that I believe will make a significant difference. I would also encourage you to consult with a chiropractor to see if they can help.

I believe you would benefit greatly by taking a blend of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and zinc, among others. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of the pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing. When looking for a formula, choose one that features B vitamins in their “active” forms, as well as minerals in the form of amino acid chelates. Active B vitamins do not need to be converted in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate up to 30% of our population) do not convert B vitamins well, and don’t receive full benefits. I also prefer the amino acid chelates for minerals, because they are so much better absorbed. I recommend taking 1-2 capsules of this combination three times daily.

In the meantime, I would recommend a combination of absorbable curcumin with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address any pain you are experiencing. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking 1-2 capsules of this blend three times daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Atherosclerosis, Aneurysms, or Deep Vein Thrombosis

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Blood vessels – arteries and veins – are crucially important in any effort to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, aneurysms, and strokes, yet there are no drugs that will make blood vessels stronger and resistant to rupture.  However, there is a clinically studied nutrient that can make blood vessels stronger – mesoglycan.  This nutrient:

  • Strengthens weak arteries and blood vessels
  • Improves blood flow and prevents abnormal blood clots
  • Makes arteries and veins more flexible
  • Relieves pain and bruising of chronic venous insufficiency
  • Protects delicate blood vessels in the eyes, preserving vision
  • Stops heart disease and other circulatory problems in their tracks
  • Helps prevent aneurysms – potentially life-threatening weakness and bulging in arteries

We are in the middle of a cardiovascular crisis.

One in every three deaths in America is due to heart disease or stroke – equivalent to 2,200 deaths every day. Heart disease is also expensive – over $400 billion dollars a year in healthcare costs and lost productivity. High blood pressure, oxidized LDL cholesterol and atherosclerosis, chronic inflammation, and even other diseases such as diabetes and abnormal thyroid levels are associated with developing heart disease. Experts have estimated that if we were to eliminate heart disease, we’d add about 10 years to the average human lifespan.

Many factors figure into heart and blood vessel disease, including strokes, but one thing they have in common is the strength of the blood vessel wall, and the need for uninterrupted, healthy blood circulation. There are no drugs to make the blood vessels stronger, but there is an amazingly powerful building block nutrient called mesoglycan.

In this Terry Talks Nutrition®, I’m going to discuss mesoglycan as an excellent source of building blocks called glycosaminoglycans, or GAGs – vital and necessary components that build the walls of our blood vessels and arteries.

Mesoglycan has been shown to prevent or slow atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) as well as to treat other diseases of the veins and arteries, including chronic venous insufficiency and diabetic retinopathy. Mesoglycan has more than one mechanism of action: it works on the actual formation of blood vessel walls, helping them to be strong, yet flexible, plus it helps keep blood moving through our arteries and blood vessels. This amazing compound provides a world of benefits for the entire circulatory system.

 

Strengthens Arteries, Prevents Abnormal Clotting, Promotes Blood Flow

Blood clots form from a protein called fibrin. Mesoglycan, aside from helping build the structure of blood vessels and arteries, also shows fibrinolytic activity. That is, it inhibits the effects of fibrinogen – a marker of inflammation and a precursor to fibrin and abnormal blood-clots– both of which can contribute to heart attack or stroke.  I think it is important to note that while mesoglycan helps prevent abnormal blood clots, it does not “thin” the blood. Mesoglycan also appears to improve the fluid properties of red blood cells. This may be due to changes in red cell membrane permeability and cell surface electric charges, or other interactions between the glycan and red membranes. Researchers are still investigating this aspect of mesoglycan and healthy blood flow.

Consider the clinical studies of 18 patients with heart disease (either general atherosclerosis or from diabetes). In a 9-day trial, mesoglycan showed healthy anti-clotting activity after just one dose! Repeated administration showed similar effects, so it was an ongoing benefit.

Another similar clinical trial involving patients dealing with atherosclerotic disease (general or with non-insulin dependent diabetes) showed an improvement in blood flow after just 30 days.

Of course, preserving strong, flexible arteries is about more than protecting the heart.  It’s estimated that the human body has about 60,000 miles of blood vessels – all of which have, and need, mesoglycan in order to function! This includes our entire cardiovascular system, including arteries, veins, and other “microcirculatory” vessels in delicate organs like the eyes and brain.

I think it’s important to keep a holistic outlook when you’re talking about one of our most complex systems. So if you want to support your entire cardiovascular system, you need to include the entire network. And for that, mesoglycan is extremely valuable.

Prevents and Treats Stroke

For example, in clinical studies, mesoglycan has also been shown to help vessel walls remain flexible, as well as to decrease plasma fibrinogen (again, reducing the risk of abnormal clotting) in patients who had previously suffered a stroke.

In fact, in one case, 40 individuals who had a transitory ischemic cerebral attack (TIA), a temporary stoppage of blood often called a “mini-stroke”, were treated with mesoglycan for two years. Aside from four people who had a relapse, the overall effect was very positive. This is very significant. Transitory or transient ischemic attacks are also considered “warning strokes”, and point to potentially debilitating or fatal problems in the future. The fact that mesoglycan was able to stop the recurrence of these clots provides real hope for anyone at risk of stroke.

For those who have suffered from a stroke, mesoglycan can help recovery because of the way it strengthens blood vessels in the brain. In an open trial, mesoglycan improved mood, autonomy, memory and emotional lability – the sharp, extreme changes in mood or emotional responses which may or may not be related to the mood at hand – in those with a history of stroke.

Stops Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

Mesoglycan also strengthens veins in the legs and relieves symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), stops venous ulcers and helps prevent the potentially damaging and dangerous clotting in the veins known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Clinical tests showed that mesoglycan stopped the recurrence of DVT, a normally common occurrence. It also relieved the pain, bruising, and overall mobility of those with CVI.

Another clinical study examined the effects of mesoglycan on patients with intermittent claudication – difficulty and pain from walking due to peripheral atherosclerosis, a narrowing and stiffening of the blood vessels in the legs.  In this case, the patients had blocked veins in their ankles, but did not have diabetes. By the end of the study, those in the mesoglycan group had fewer “ischemic events” and better walking distance than the placebo group.

For anyone with CVI, mesoglycan is considered by researchers to be an excellent natural medicine to be used in conjunction with conventional treatment, including compression stockings and other wound care. It has been clinically shown to help heal leg ulcers in just 90 days. In fact, in the mesoglycan group, the leg sores were resolved in 75% of the individuals in that time. It took 136 days for the placebo group to get the same results – using only conventional care.

Aside from arteries and major blood vessels, mesoglycan also strengthens the fragile blood vessels in the eye.

Protects Eyesight, Repairs Retinopathy

We often take our vision for granted, until something happens to make us realize how precious of a gift it truly is. For people with diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, this can be one of the most frightening aspects of the disease – losing eyesight because of the damage to these tiny blood vessels. Fortunately, mesoglycan provides a ray of hope here as well.

In a double blind, placebo-controlled study of patients suffering diabetic retinopathy, mesoglycan significantly reduced vision-damaging microhemorrages (small areas of bleeding) and micro aneurysms (small areas of blood vessel wall weakness and bulging). At the conclusion of the 6-month study, the researchers found that it was very well tolerated, and certainly warranted further study based on these powerful results.

Additional Mesoglycan Benefits

Heparan sulfate – a component of mesoglycan – is also critical to our cardiovascular system. Like the mesoglycan it is derived from, heparan sulfate proteoglycans are found in the endothelial cellular walls of arteries and blood vessels. They help build up the structure of veins and keep a healthy blood flow through the arteries. One thing to note, however, is that heparan sulfate is not the same as heparin, the blood-thinning drug.

In scientific studies, heparan sulfate was noted to not only help build and maintain cardiovascular tissue, but to actually strengthen it during times of stress. When you think about how much oxidative stress the heart and circulatory system has to bear, this is excellent news.

Other studies have shown that heparan sulfate is not only critical to the development and maintenance of our arteries, but actually helps balance triglyceride and cholesterol levels as well.

Another GAG found in mesoglycan is dermatan sulfate. While most often studied as a component of mesoglycan, dermatan sulfate, even on its own, has studies showing it protects the heart from injury during specific kinds of physical stress and also helps prevent DVT.

Mesoglycan – The Natural Artery Builder You Need

You don’t need to be a statistic in the ongoing cardiovascular crisis in America. Nature often has a better way, and mesoglycan is part of it.

The mesoglycan I recommend is from a porcine source, so it is bioidentical to the same building blocks in our own bodies. Mesoglycan helps the body strengthen weakened veins, reduce abnormal blood clotting, and promote blood flow – all vitally important to anyone with worries about heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, DVT, or any other circulatory problem. For anyone with these concerns, I strongly recommend that you make mesoglycan a regular part of your supplement regimen. It is a safe, natural way to reinvigorate your entire circulatory system!

Terry recommends a formula with this ingredient. Look for it at your local health food store.

Mesoglycan

as a naturally occurring complex of glycosaminoglycans (porcine source)

50 mg

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Summer Drinks

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Don’t Cool off With These Drinks…! Drink This Instead…!
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Parkinson’s – Focus On Prevention

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One of the things I focus on is the notion that the preventive medicine mentality needs to be brought to the arena of brain related disorders. Can Parkinson’s Disorder be prevented? The answer is “Yes.” Parkinson’s may very well be related to some things we are exposed to in the environment.

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For a reduction of periodontal disease and gum inflammation…

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… after brushing your teeth, swish your mouth with a blend of clove, cinnamon, thyme and oregano.  This blend will kill the harmful bacteria in the mouth and reduce inflammation.

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Many people experience occasional dry eyes from viewing TV’s and computers as well as outdoor activities from wind and sun…

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Some people may even experience dry eyes, which is classified as a deficiency of vitamin B2, but pharmaceutical companies want to classify every disorder that humans can experience as a disease so now dry eyes is a disease.  But, dry eyes can be completely eliminated by taking a B complex containing vitamin B2 and a softgel capsule containing sea buckthorn oil.

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I have recently started to experience ringing in my right ear.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have recently started to experience ringing in my right ear.  I went to the ear doctor and had them checked out. According to the doctor both ears checked out just fine; however, I am still experiencing the ringing.  Is there anything I can take that might help?  I am 71 years old and in good health.” — Gloria N., Ontario, Canada

A. Dear Gloria, The term “tinnitus” refers to a ringing, swishing, or other type of noise that seems to originate in the ear or head. Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from this disorder. Common causes of tinnitus include nerve damage, the aging process, use of certain medications, and exposure to loud noise, among others. In the majority of cases, tinnitus is considered a nuisance that eventually resolves.

However, if you are still experiencing some ringing, I would first recommend adding a high quality Ginkgo biloba formula to your daily regimen. A potent antioxidant, Ginkgo biloba helps toprotect cells against damaging free radicals. In addition, it’s also capable of increasing the oxygen carrying capacity in the blood and reducing swelling. Look for a Ginkgo biloba formula that is standardized to contain 24% ginkgoflavonglycosides and 6% terpene lactones. I recommend taking 120 mg twice daily.

If the ringing is not gone within a week or two of taking Ginkgo biloba, there are some wonderful homeopathic products specific to tinnitus that you may want to consider.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have 3 cold sores on my bottom lip.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have 3 cold sores on my bottom lip. What may be causing them and how can I get rid of them?” — Kathleen G., Erie, PA

A. Dear Kathleen, Cold sores often pop up during or after a stressful event. That’s because stress causes damage to the cells in your body and weakens your immune defenses. This is important when you’re dealing with viral intruders that use the cells to replicate. In the same way that having a good, solid foundation for your home helps it weather storms, strong cells repel viruses.

My first recommendation is for a combination of daily nutrients, including elderberry, vitamins A, C and D, along with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and bioflavonoids, which can help keep your immune system strong throughout the year, and – in higher dosages – gives your immune system an additional boost. All of these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, or immune-supportive properties. I suggest taking 1 tablet daily as a maintenance dose, and 1-2 tablets three times daily when your immune systems needs an additional boost.

Calcium lactate – along with magnesium – also helps fight virus-caused irritations like cold sores, as well as fever blisters. I have found that both types of sores heal extremely well and quickly when you maintain a higher level of calcium. While more well-known for its ability to protect bones, calcium also protects soft tissue from conditions such as rashes, sun burn, fever blisters, cold sores and cold and flu.

When purchasing a formula, look for one that features calcium lactate with magnesium citrate. Take 2 capsules of calcium lactate three times the first day, and in my experience, that stops the pain and tenderness of the cold sore within the first day. As the sores being to heal, you can then decrease to 1-2 capsules daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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What if You Could Increase Omega-3 Absorption 50 Times?

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All omega-3 fatty acid sources are not equal. Terry explains the difference between the different carriers of fatty acids, and how they are absorbed by your body, and dramatic differences with phospholipids.

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I have been diagnosed with sciatic nerve pain due to a tight piriformis muscle.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have been diagnosed with sciatic nerve pain due to a tight piriformis muscle, which is very painful. I would appreciate any help you can give me to alleviate this pain in my lower back. Thank you for your help.” — Bonnie S., Cincinnati, OH

A. Dear Bonnie, The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body and runs from the spinal cord to the buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg. It controls many of the muscles in the lower legs and provides feeling to the thighs, legs and feet. Sciatica refers to pain that often develops due to the sciatic nerve being compressed or “pinched”. The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort.

I do have some options that I believe will make a significant difference. However, I would first encourage you to consult with a healthcare practitioner that specializes in sports medicine and/or a physical therapist who can work with you on some stretches and exercises for the piriformis muscle.

I would first recommend a combination of absorbable curcumin with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address your pain. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking 1-2 capsules of this blend three times daily.

I believe you would also benefit greatly by taking a blend of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and zinc, among others. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of the pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing. When looking for a formula, choose one that features B vitamins in their “active” forms, as well as minerals in the form of amino acid chelates. Active B vitamins do not need to be converted in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate up to 30% of our population) do not convert B vitamins well, and don’t receive full benefits. I also prefer the amino acid chelates for minerals, because they are so much better absorbed. I recommend taking 2 capsules of this combination three times daily for 30 days, then reduce to 2 capsules twice daily thereafter.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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For good health, don’t overdo your exercise program.

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The other day I was sitting in a park overlooking a beautiful lake when two young girls ran past me several times and eventually sat next to me on the same park bench to rest.  I said to them, “I guess you were running, was someone chasing you?”  They both laughed and said, “no, we are trying to stay healthy and fit”.  I said, “did you know that running will not make you fit or healthy?”  Both exclaimed, “I can’t believe that.  Many experts are recommending that we run to stay healthy and fit.”  And I answered, “maybe they haven’t told you the whole story.  While running can burn off calories and help people lose weight, it is not the most effective way to burn calories or to stay fit and healthy.  Running causes severe damage to the muscles and joints and is not a very good investment to burn calories.  Keep in mind that the heart is a muscle, it is not strengthened by running as it damages all muscles including the heart.  We can’t strengthen the heart with exercise stress and all exercise is stressful.  When you ladies ran by several times, I could not help but see your breasts bouncing which is certainly not good as the muscles attached to the breast can be stretched and damaged.  As we lose weight through running or any other aerobic exercise such as aerobic dancing or spinning, 50% of the weight we lose is muscle so not only do we lose muscle but we become flabby.  The best way to become fit and healthy is with some form of weight bearing exercise.  Moderate weight lifting, kettle bells, or walking with weights makes more sense because it strengthens the muscles while burning calories and building bone.  There is nothing healthy about running.  The major benefits of exercise come from doing brief and intense exercises.  Long distance runners, or those who do moderate running for an extended period of time like jogging an hour, are usually thin and gaunt while those who perform track sports that are brief but intense in nature such as the 100 yard dash or the 440 are very fit and muscular.  Most sports, whether it’s running or weight lifting, are usually overdone as the thought is, if I want to be better I have to do more.  More is never better.  Just the right intensity for a brief period of time, with plenty of rest between bouts of exercise, will stimulate the body to grow fit with toned muscles and a better, healthy outcome.  All I’m asking for you ladies to do is to rethink your exercise program, to maybe adopt kettle bells using the kettle bell swing for 30 to 60 seconds, rest for one or two minutes, and do this for five or six cycles.  You have probably exercised a couple of minutes and the whole procedure won’t take more than 15 or 20 minutes doing this one to three times a week with better cardiovascular function than if you ran an hour three or four times a week.  I would suggest to you ladies that you concentrate on a healthy diet, get rid of carbs, sugar and soft drinks, include an intense, brief, infrequent workout program and exercise only when you find that you thoroughly enjoy it.  Since exercise is stressful, it’s more important to include enough rest than more exercise.  Try this for six weeks and then meet me back here in the same spot and tell me how great you feel.  For good health, don’t overdo your exercise program.”

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Metabolic Syndrome

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Metabolic Syndrome is a name for a group of conditions including: Abdominal obesity (apple shape),  High blood pressure, High triglycerides, Low HDL cholesterol, High blood sugar levels (insulin resistance). Metabolic syndrome is extremely common. So – how to avoid Metabolic Syndrome?

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I have had Parkinson’s disease for 4 years now.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have had Parkinson’s disease for 4 years now.  I have tremors in my right hand and leg.  I’m on a prescription medication – it doesn’t work that well, but does take the edge off.  Is there anything natural I could take to relieve the tremors?  Are there other vitamins or herbs I should be taking on a regular basis?” — Sue P., Dallas, TX

A. Dear Sue, I applaud the proactive steps you are taking to optimize your health. I am glad to say I do have some recommendations. However, I strongly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your healthcare practitioner. I think the best health outcomes are achieved when all those involved are in the loop and cooperating.

I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.

You may also want to consider adding a clinically studied, uniquely standardized boswellia extract. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 500 mg of this unique boswellia extract twice daily.

Be sure to look for a boswellia extract that provides 500 mg of Boswellia serrata gum resin extract standardized to contain 70% total organic and boswellic acids with 10% AKBA. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract – look for an extract that contains 5% or less beta-boswellic acid. This is the right ratio for a strong – yet natural – boswellia extract.

I also strongly recommend supplementing with vitamin D because it plays such a crucial role in multiple health issues. There are two forms of vitamin D used in supplements. Vitamin D2 is the form of vitamin D synthesized by plants. It is also known as ergocalciferol. Cholecalciferol, or vitamin D3, is the form that is produced by the human body. Both D2 and D3 can increase circulating vitamin D levels, although many people prefer to use the D3 form as it is closer to what is already found in the body. I recommend taking 5,000-10,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 daily.

In addition to the natural ingredients mentioned above, you may also want to consider modifying your diet.  If you are not doing so already, I highly recommend taking a good look at your diet. Dietary restrictions would include avoiding all gluten and soy products. I would also recommend restricting carbohydrates and sugar to less than 50 grams per day. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have just been diagnosed with osteoporosis in my left hip.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have just been diagnosed with osteoporosis in my left hip.  I am a 63 year old woman, a walker and do yoga regularly and have a pretty good diet that includes calcium and vitamin D3, so this has scared the daylights out of me.  I am curious as to what you might suggest?” — Ellen M., Springfield, Massachusetts

A. Dear Ellen, I am glad to say I do have some natural options for you. However, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what they think about the following recommendations.

I would first recommend adding organic silica from horsetail to your regimen. It may surprise you to know this, but silica – not calcium – is the top osteoporosis supplement in parts of Europe. In fact, studies have shown that silica can increase calcium absorption by 50% and bone density by 15%. Silica tends to be poorly absorbed, so look for a product that contains organic silica and bioflavonoids, blended with marine oil. This form of silica is clinically studied, extremely soluble, and virtually 100% bioavailable for the body. I recommend taking a formula that provides 40 mg of silica daily.

You may also want to consider taking a combination of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D3, K1 and K2, silicon, boron, zinc, copper and manganese complimented with a probiotic (the “good bacteria” that helps us absorb nutrients) such as Bacillus coagulans to support bone health and increase bone density. I recommend taking 2 tablets at lunch and 2 tablets at dinner or bedtime.

The trace mineral strontium is also essential for optimal bone health. Strontium is a component of bones and occurs naturally in the body. Studies using strontium in the treatment of osteoporosis showed significant improvements in bone mineral density (BMD). Look for a formula that contains strontium citrate, a very absorbable form of strontium. I recommend 680 mg of elemental strontium at breakfast.

Please note that since strontium and calcium are absorbed via the same pathway, they should be taken separately, several hours apart from one another. Therefore, I would suggest taking strontium in the morning and other bone building minerals later in the day and at bedtime.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I am losing a lot of hair each time I shampoo.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have been approached to have a hair analysis done. I am losing a lot of hair each time I shampoo. In addition to the hair loss, my skin is very dry, my fingernails are splitting and peeling, my eyebrows are getting very thin, and my eye lashes have gaps in the bottom eyelids where there are no lashes. Do you think a hair analysis could tell me why? I thank you for your answer.” — Tammie K., Atlanta, GA

A. Dear Tammie, I can save you time and money – you don’t need the hair analysis. Hair loss can often be an indication of an underactive thyroid.

I would first recommend consulting with your healthcare practitioner to rule out the possibility that an underlying condition is causing your symptoms. If everything checks out, I would then suggest trying the following nutrients.

A combination of iodine with the amino acid L-tyrosine could be extremely beneficial. I’d recommend taking 1-2 capsules of this blend at breakfast. This will provide the raw materials necessary for your thyroid glands to make healthy amounts of thyroid hormone.

Diet is also extremely important – you would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. Dietary restrictions would also include avoiding all gluten and soy products, which can prevent healthy thyroid function. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Iodine, the Forgotten Mineral

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Iodine – the forgotten mineral – plays a crucial role in thyroid health, as well as breast and prostate health. Terry discusses how iodine acts as a detoxifying agent, an immune enhancer and thyroid support, as well as the optimal dosage needed for these benefits.

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A Better Omega-3 for A Sharp Mind and A Strong Heart

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You don’t have to take spoonfuls of heavily processed fish oil or handfuls of capsules just to get your omega-3s. There is a supplemental form that is better, fresher, and smarter than fish or krill oil – all in just one tablet daily!

This phospholipid-bound omega-3 supplement from salmon is gently processed using enzymes and water and supports many health concerns, including:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol balance
  • Depression
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Anti-aging
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke and heart attack prevention

Fish oil has been a popular supplement for decades. Aside from eating a lot of fatty fish, it was really the only way to get a beneficial level of omega-3s. But it leaves a lot to be desired. Besides being tough on the stomach, and causing fish burps, most fish oils or capsules require large doses and are very inconvenient.  Also, they can deplete the body of antioxidants.

Fortunately, that’s a thing of the past.

There is now a better way to get your omega-3s from fish. It is a revolutionary supplement that combines the best of science and nature for a much better omega-3 experience. It features phospholipid-bound omega-3s from salmon – in just one tablet per day – and it’s the focus of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Phospholipid-Bound = Better Absorbed

This new method uses a patented, gentle water and enzyme process to extract naturally occurring marine phospholipids with the omega-3 fatty acids DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) from salmon. It creates a supplement that is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. Because of this process, omega-3 fatty acids are carried by phospholipids — and are absolutely identical to the omega-3 fatty acids in the human brain.

This perfect match allows the body to absorb and use the fatty acids very efficiently. In fact, researchers have found that omega-3s naturally bound to phospholipids are much better utilized by the body.

Bioactive Peptides Not Found in Fish or Krill Oil

Peptides are groups of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. You probably haven’t heard much about peptides in your fish, flax, or krill oil supplements. There’s a good reason for that – they don’t have them.

 

However, the phospholipid supplemental form from salmon that I recommend provides an array of bioactive peptides that protect against heart and brain disease.  Plus, these peptides may help improve the absorption of DHA and EPA, too, so it’s a real plus to have them in your omega-3 supplement.

100% Salmon, Naturally

This revolutionary supplement uses 100% fresh salmon. No extreme heat or chemicals are used to extract the phospholipid-bound omega-3s. This means a big difference in the ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most.

Unlike many omega-3 supplements, this form uses only one species of fish – Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Native to the cold waters of the North Atlantic, the salmon are contained in ocean fjords in Norway and Scotland. These deep-water, narrow inlets are protected with marine-friendly nets that both protect the salmon and prevent them from leaving the fjord. However, they have all the advantages of ocean life – fresh, clean water, and natural diets – without the dangers of predation. Being a managed population – “wild farmed” – means that the salmon aren’t culled from rapidly depleting wild stocks. It also means they are not kept in shallow, artificial “fish farms” miles inland in unsanitary conditions. Additionally, no part of the salmon is wasted – the head tissue (rich in phospholipids) is used for the supplement, and the rest of the body is filleted for food. The entire process is completely sustainable and responsibly managed.

Better Than Fish, Better Than Krill

Most fish oils, on the other hand, are extracted from a variety of small, cold water fish that undergo a lot of processing. The “cooling and pressing” steps, for example, bring the raw material well above boiling and coagulate the naturally-occurring proteins in the fish. But this uses large quantities of solvents and creates toxic waste that needs to be reprocessed. All this heat and chemical action changes the molecular structure of the fatty acids as well, weakening them and making them more likely to go rancid. And, although krill oil products tout phospholipid-bound omega-3s, they are generally heavily processed using hexane, and many believe krill harvesting is not sustainable.

Both fish and krill oil have something in common: rancidity. When oils are exposed to oxygen, they develop rancidity, and the level of rancidity increases with time. Healthy oils like olive oil may be stable (less rancid) for more than a year, but because of the processing, many fish and krill oils develop high levels of rancidity quickly. Rancidity creates the hardest to quench free radical in the body called hydroxyl free radical. The body then has to use up its store of important antioxidants to protect itself from this free radical damage. Therefore, these rancid oils actually deplete the body of the antioxidants we need to survive and thrive!

Laboratory tests can detect how rancid a product is by looking for certain markers called peroxide and anisidine, and calculating a TOTOX value. The higher the TOTOX number, the more rancid the sample. In a recent comparison test, fish and krill oil products were purchased from a retail setting – just like you would buy them as a consumer – and sent to a laboratory for TOTOX testing, along with a tableted phospholipid omega-3 from salmon. All the fish and krill oil samples had detectable levels of rancidity. There was zero rancidity in the tablet of phospholipid omega-3 from salmon. Because it is not an oil, and because of the incredible stability of phospholipids, this product was absolutely free of rancidity. In fact, it is stable at room temperature for as long as 2 years. There is no fish oil on the market that can be left out in the open for two years without becoming rancid! For you, a stable product free of rancidity means better results for your health, and a product that is easier to take as it won’t cause fish burps or an upset stomach.

One Tablet Per Day and No Fish Burps!

Omega-3 absorption is a consideration with fish oils, too. While researchers have seen impressive results with fish oil, the fact that the omega-3s are triglyceride-bound limits their absorption.

That’s because fatty acids like EPA and DHA are very “lazy” nutrients by nature—they need to be carried everywhere. Triglycerides transport these nutrients about as well as an old broken-down bicycle — not very efficiently or quickly. Phospholipids, on the other hand, carry EPA and DHA like a race car – very easily and very fast.

 Normally, you have to take a lot of fish oil just to see a benefit—anywhere from 4 to 6 grams, or around 10 to 12 or more capsules a day! But with this form, the recommended daily dose is just one tablet per day. It delivers bioidentical EPA and DHA bound to phospholipids so the body can utilize the omega-3s easily.

Get the Most from Omega-3 Supplementation!

Without a doubt, the omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil have achieved remarkable things.

After all, essential fatty acids are integral to the membrane of cells, holding them together and protecting them against invaders. Essential fatty acids are also used to make hormone-like substances called eicosanoids, which regulate the secretion of hormones and digestive juices and influence the way cells divide and grow. Eicosanoids are responsible for both inhibiting blood clotting, and helping promote it when it’s necessary, such as after an injury.

Plus, EPA and DHA from fish oil improve heart health and blood profiles, relieve pain through anti-inflammatory action, enhance immunity, elevate mood, and alleviate the symptoms of ADHD, diabetes, skin diseases, menstrual pain, and more. In fact, one of the most important uses of DHA is the promotion of brain and vision development in infants and children. This neurological connection has led to research involving fish oil fatty acids in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and depression.And for this, the increased bioavailability of phospholipid-bound omega-3s poses some exciting possibilities for neurological health.

In an in vitro study published in the Journal of Neurochemistry, researchers pre-treated nerve cells with DHA from this phospholipid-bound omega-3 source for 48 hours before exposing them to substances known to cause the brain cell damage associated with Alzheimer’s.

The DHA pretreatment greatly increased nerve cell survival and reduced damage. The researchers concluded that “Such neuroprotective effects could be of major interest in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.”

Omega-3’s are Essential for Your Health

Getting these components into everyone’s daily regimen is truly essential. But it’s time to rethink the delivery of these nutrients, and that’s why I’m pleased about the specialized form of phospholipid-bound omega-3 fatty acids. It creates a fresh and stable omega-3 product that carries the long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, EPA and DHA, in a convenient form that heart and brain tissues can utilize best. At just one tablet a day, it makes getting your omega-3s so easy that you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel!

Terry recommends a formula with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

Omega-3 Phospholipid Peptide Complex

Containing Phospholipids, Omega-3 [DHA (docosahexaenoic) and EPA
(eicosapentaenoic)] and bioactive peptides extracted from Atlantic Salmon
(Salmo salar), in a balanced ratio as found naturally in salmon; not chemically altered or artificially spiked with DHA/EPA

292 mg

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The Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme Disease: Sorting Through the Controversy and Regaining Health

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Successfully diagnosing and treating Lyme disease can be complicated and frustrating for patient and practitioner alike. The most common tick-borne infection in the United States, Lyme disease symptoms are diverse and can vary greatly from person to person. The medical community is divided on the best approach to treatment, and diagnosis may be difficult as well, increasing the risk of long-term complications of this disease.

In this special two-hour event, Dr. Nathan and Dr. Teitelbaum will help clarify the controversies surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease, and provide guidance on its effective diagnosis, treatment, and long term recovery.

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Fat Soluble Vitamins

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Vitamin E: Used for: prevention of strokes, heart disease, cataracts, and cancer
Vitamin K: Used for: blood clotting, bone formation
Vitamin D: Useful for: bone formation, cancer prevention, mental function, immune system and cold and flu prevention.

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I have suffered from chronic insomnia for 3 years and tried just about every sleep aid product on the market.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have suffered from chronic insomnia for 3 years and tried just about every sleep aid product on the market. I am hoping you may have some suggestions.” — Leslie G., Independence, MO

A. Dear Leslie, I strongly recommend that you look at adding vitamin B6 to your daily regimen. Vitamin B6 can raise serotonin levels, which is beneficial for inducing sleep. You want to look for a product that features B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phospate (P-5-P) in combination with magnesium glycinate. P-5-P is the biologically active form of vitamin B6. Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. Take 1-2 two capsules of this formula 30-45 minutes before bedtime.

If you find you are having a hard time falling asleep because you just can’t seem to turn your brain “off”, I believe you would also benefit greatly from taking a unique narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia). Researchers at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences discovered that when grown under the right conditions, harvested and processed in a particular way, and taken at the right dosage level, compounds in this unique type of coneflower can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. The unique compounds in this particular coneflower extract have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which help to instill a sense of calm and relaxation. Taken before bedtime, this extract will help calm your mind so it can listen to your body’s own natural sleep signals. I suggest taking 2 tablets 30-45 minutes before bedtime.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Turn Tired, Heavy Legs into Happy Legs!

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

If you have varicose veins or legs that are swollen, heavy, and tired, there are natural ingredients that can help.

Red Vine Leaf Extract and Butcher’s Broom are a powerful combination of two clinically-tested botanicals to:

  • Repair blood vessels in legs
  • Stop formation of varicose veins
  • Help prevent chronic venous insufficiency
  • Eliminate the heavy, painful feeling in your legs
  • Strengthen blood vessels throughout the body

For many people who work on their feet, tired, swollen legs may just seem like a fact of life. But it doesn’t have to be.

There are two powerful botanicals that have the ability to strengthen the veins of the legs and help stop the pain and swelling you’ve come to accept. They actually help improve the structure of leg veins, making this problem a thing of the past. Sound good? Well, keep reading, because this combination is the subject of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Red Vine Leaf Extract:

Red vine leaf may sound strange, but it is more familiar than you might think. If you’re already aware of the amazing effects of resveratrol from red wine, then consider red vine leaf its first cousin. The leaves from the red grape plant (Vitis vinifera) also contain some of the same powerful natural compounds that are one of the grapes’ great gifts. In fact, in addition to resveratrol, red vine leaf extract also provides anthocyanins and a range of other protective polyphenols. Best yet, it has been clinically proven to relieve the pain and swollen legs associated with varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

Plus, red vine leaf extract is an excellent ingredient for overall circulatory system health, so while it’s helping strengthen the veins in your legs, it strengthens the vascular system throughout the body, too.

Clinical studies have definitely shown some real benefits for CVI. In one randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study, individuals with CVI from a wide age range (25 to 75 years old) took either a lower (360 mg) or higher dose (720 mg) of red vine leaf extract, or a placebo. The patients involved in the study were not using any conventional treatments for CVI, including compression stockings that help “push” blood back up toward the heart (and are usually worn every day), or diuretics.

By the end of the 12-week study, reduced CVI symptoms, including lower leg volume and circumference (due to less swelling and better blood movement from the legs to the heart) were seen in both treatment groups, although those using the higher dosage saw more significant improvements. By contrast, those using the placebo saw no improvement in leg circumference: in fact, the mean measurement actually increased!

The authors of this study felt that for anyone with mild CVI, red leaf vine extract was an excellent intervention, and was at least as effective as compression stockings and other conventional methods of treatment.

In another study, individuals with CVI used the higher dosage of red vine leaf extract, (720 mg) for just six weeks. By the end of the study, all of the subjective symptoms, including tired, heavy legs, tingling sensations, tension, and pain were significantly improved. Even in a short time, red vine leaf extract can make a big difference.

And later, another 12-week study, also using 720 mg of red leaf vine extract, showed similar results, reducing leg volume and improving other “subjective” symptoms, as well.

Yet another study examined how well cutaneous microcirculation – the very small blood vessels under the skin – reacted to a 360 mg red vine leaf extract. Like the other research I’ve mentioned, this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial included patients specifically with CVI. Aside from microvascular blood flow, the study looked at leg edema, and oxygen transport in the blood.

After just six weeks – even at what could be considered a lower dosage – blood flow improved, and leg circumference decreased, proving that red leaf vine extract is a very potent botanical.

Butcher’s Broom:

You’ve probably already heard of butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus). It is extremely well known for treating varicose veins, other symptoms of CVI, and circulatory health in general.

Clinical research investigating butcher’s broom has found impressive results. One multi-center, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial wanted to confirm how effective butcher’s broom extract truly was for CVI. In fact, the researchers very deliberately wanted to use the same standards for butcher’s broom as were used in conventional drugs to treat the same condition.

The study focused on a few parameters, many of the same ones, in fact, as the red vine leaf extract: leg volume changes, circumference of the lower leg and ankle, and subjective symptoms including quality of life, overall effectiveness, and tolerability.

Compared to the placebo, the results were dramatic. Already at 8 weeks, a significant improvement was seen in leg volume (reduced by 16.5 ml) and ankle and leg circumferences. By 12 weeks, leg volume was reduced even further, (20.5 ml), and the heaviness and tension in the legs had noticeably improved for the study participants, too. Butcher’s broom extract was clearly helping the veins in the legs pump blood back up toward the heart, and because of this, the “subjective symptoms” – the feelings that make CVI so tough to live with – became better as well. Best of all, butcher’s broom was well-tolerated, too.

The authors of the study concluded that the botanical was a safe and effective treatment for people dealing with CVI. After all, the results speak for themselves!

The key to butcher’s broom’s effectiveness appears to be the compound ruscogenin. In tests with butcher’s broom alone, or in combination with other ingredients, it helps repair the delicate circulatory machinery that helps our blood vessels work normally. Beyond its ability to fight varicose veins, edema, and thrombosis, it also has anti-inflammatory power.

In combination with other ingredients, butcher’s broom is a good team player. Time and again, clinical studies have shown that it reduces leg swelling and edema and increases “venous tone”, meaning it makes blood vessels and capillaries stronger and healthier.

Not surprisingly, butcher’s broom has been shown to improve other circulatory concerns, too. There is good reason to believe that butcher’s broom would be very useful for those suffering from chronic orthostatic hypotension, a condition of low blood pressure that makes people feel dizzy when standing. This unfortunate concern often affects people with diabetes, Parkinson’s and those with chronic fatigue syndrome.

In this case, blood pools in the limbs throughout the body and only improves when the individual is lying down. Researchers are looking at the potential of butcher’s broom to treat this condition due to its strong history of protecting capillaries and strengthening blood vessel structure. It will be fascinating to see how the uses of this well-respected botanical continue to expand in the years ahead.

Last but not least, improving the strength of blood vessel walls and promoting better circulatory return from the legs can greatly reduce the appearance of varicose veins.

Put Some Spring In Your Step

Aside from red vine leaf extract and butcher’s broom, there are some lifestyle tips I would recommend for anyone dealing with varicose veins or CVI.

First, if you need to be on your feet for work for long periods of time – stretch. Raise your legs occasionally, move them, even while you’re standing still, and flex your lower leg muscles to keep your blood moving.

Second, as tough as it may sound – especially when you’re on your feet all the time – avoid the temptation to sit down immediately after work. You’ll simply feel worse when you get up from the couch, and over the long term, it doesn’t do your blood vessels or overall health any good. Take a leg-stretching stroll around the block instead.

Third, get effective botanicals on your side. It’s important that you get the right, effective ingredients. That’s why the red vine leaf extract I recommend is triple standardized to take full advantage of the many powerful plant compounds, including polyphenols, anthocyanins, and resveratrol. The butcher’s broom extract is standardized for 10% ruscogenins – the herb’s key component.

I think that once you experience how good life can be without the heavy, tired feeling and swelling in your legs, you’ll be happy you tried my suggestions.

Terry recommends a formula with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

Proprietary Complex

Containing Red Vine (Vitis vinifera L.) Leaf Extract triple standardized to contain      > 30% polyphenols, > 0.3% anthocyanins, > 5 mg/100 g trans-resveratrols, Butcher’s Broom (Ruscus aculeatus) Root Extract standardized to 10% ruscogenins

1,000 mg

 

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The Rare Omega: Omega-7

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Omega-7 is a unique and rare fatty acid that supports healthy skin and mucous membranes. Found in Sea Buckthorn Berries, which grow near the arctic, they are an incredible source of a wide variety of omega fatty acids. Find out how you can look and feel younger by adding Omega-7 to your diet.

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I have suffered from recurring boils since I was in my teens.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have suffered from recurring boils since I was in my teens. I am now in my 60’s.  It seems as if I can’t get any relief from this condition.  Do you have any suggestions?” — Valerie J., Omaha, NE

A. Dear Valerie, I am sorry to hear that you are having difficulties finding an effective treatment.

My first recommendation is for a combination of Ravintsara, Myrtle, Thyme and Bay Leaf concentrated plant oils. This combination is extremely potent in ridding the body of pathogens. I recommend taking 1 softgel of this blend twice daily.

You may also want to consider adding a second combination of natural, concentrated plant oils to your daily regimen. A combination of Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia), Thyme (Thyme satureioides), Clove (Eugenia caryophyllus), and Oregano (Oregano compactum) oils – some of nature’s most powerful antibacterial ingredients – will help to boost your natural defenses. Take 1 softgel of this concentrated plant oil blend orally twice daily. You could also pierce a softgel with a pin and dab a few drops on the affected area, as needed.

Make sure to choose formulas that feature concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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My husband has phases where his sense of taste is “off”.

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Q. Dear Terry, “My husband is 62 years old and in great shape.  However, he has phases where his sense of taste is “off,” and sometimes his sense of smell as well.  Is there something he can take to help with this?” — Mary S., Roanoke, VA

A. Dear Mary, First, I recommend that your husband check with his healthcare practitioner to make sure there are no underlying diseases or structural problems that may be causing these issues.

If there are no underlying issues, he may want to consider taking zinc. I would suggest taking 50 mg of zinc glycinate daily for 30 to 60 days and then approximately 10-20 mg daily thereafter.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Legally Prescribed Drugs Kill

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Prescription drugs kill more people annually than car accidents, homicides, street drugs and yet the answer to our health care program is more prescription drugs.  Legally prescribed drugs kill 110,000 people annually.  The drugs that are prescribed for a so-called disease kills more often rather than the disease.  Drugs are not safe but may be justified.  But, ask why and how it’s justified.

 

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The skin, hair and nails beauty ingredient is silica.

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Take 20 mg of silica from horsetail two or three times  a day.

 

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My cardiologist pointed out some moderate calcification in my aorta.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have very painful spurs on both shoulders and both heels. I also have a thoracic aortic aneurysm that I get regular scans for. During one of these routine checks, my cardiologist pointed out some moderate calcification in my aorta. Is there anything I could take to help dissolve these deposits?” — Margarita M., St. Petersburg, FL

A. Dear Margarita, I am glad to say I do have some recommendations. However, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what they think.

You may want to consider a combination that includes specific forms of calcium (calcium phosphate and calcium chloride) and magnesium (magnesium glycerophosphate), along with bioavailable B6, betaine HCl, vitamin C, and ammonium chloride. These ingredients help keep calcium more fluid to make sure it doesn’t form clumps that later become bone spurs. In short, they help ensure that calcium is where it should be, dissolves it where it shouldn’t be, and prevents it from building up there again. I recommend taking 2 capsules of this blend with each meal, followed by 2 capsules at bedtime. However, once your immediate health concerns are cleared up, I think going to a maintenance dosage of 1 or 2 per day is sufficient.

When choosing a product, you must make sure to look for one that contains calcium in the form of calcium phosphate and calcium chloride, as well as magnesium in the form of magnesium glycerophosphate, as these are the forms that help the body clean away those unwanted calcium deposits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I’ve been diagnosed with frozen shoulder in both shoulders and have quite a bit of pain in my upper arms.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve been diagnosed with frozen shoulder in both shoulders and have quite a bit of pain in my upper arms and sometimes the pain travels down to my wrist.  I’ve had this for 2 months, and it has been getting progressively worse.  I’m hardly able to sleep at all due to the pain.  Do you have any recommendations that might help?” — Teri T., Decatur, IL

A. Dear Teri, I am glad to say I do have some natural options that can help. However, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what they think.

I would first recommend trying a combination of high absorption curcumin with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address any pain you may be experiencing. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise to start by taking one tablet of this blend three times a day. If necessary, you can double the dosage.

You should also consider taking vitamin B6, blended with a highly absorbable magnesium like magnesium glycinate chelate. When looking for a vitamin B6 formula, I strongly recommend choosing one that features vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phospate (P-5-P) in combination with magnesium glycinate. P-5-P is the biologically active form of vitamin B6. Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. In addition to optimizing vitamin B6 metabolism, the magnesium in the glycinate form is much less likely to cause loose stools, and delivers a good dose of magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. Take two capsules of this formula twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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How to Get What You Want, Today and Tomorrow

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What do you really want out of life, and how are you going to get it? Terry believes all things are possible and shares his best strategies for reaching your personal and professional goals.

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I am 77 years old and struggling with depression and anxiety.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I am 77 years old and struggling with depression and anxiety. I was taking a prescription medication, but had to quit taking it due to negative side effects and the fact that it didn’t seem to be helping. Do you have any alternatives that might help?” — Gloria B., Flint, MI

A. Dear Gloria, I am glad to say I do have some recommendations. However, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what they think.

I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. In a recently published clinical study, curcumin was shown to help ease depression symptoms. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.

The next product I would recommend adding to your daily regimen is narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia). Researchers at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences discovered that when grown under the right conditions, harvested and processed in a particular way, and taken at the right dosage level, compounds in this unique type of coneflower can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. The unique compounds in this particular coneflower extract have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which help to instill a sense of calm and relaxation. I recommend taking 40 mg of this specialized coneflower extract twice daily. When choosing a formula, make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract that is standardized for proprietary echinacosides.

Lastly, you may also want to consider adding an omega-3 product. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, in a tablet form. This unique form utilizes a patented, gentle, cold water and enzyme process to extract naturally occurring marine phospholipids with the omega-3 fatty acids, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). This process creates a supplement that is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – in the natural sn-2 position, not the sn-1 position into which they are twisted when extracted in fish oil. This means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need one or two tablets a day instead of handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils. I recommend taking 2 tablets daily.

Please be patient, as it may take 30 to 90 days before seeing a difference.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Vaccine For Shingles – Say No

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Shingles is caused by a virus, the same virus that causes chicken pox.  Most people in their 50s, 60s and 70s had chicken pox.  That means the virus that causes shingles is already in the nervous system.  To reduce the incidence of shingles, it is important to maintain a healthy immune system.  Most vaccines do not work and subject you to more serious side effects.

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Strengthen your back and eliminate back pain and soreness with…

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… boswellia, white willow bark, and devil’s claw.

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I love to ride my bike. However, I have been experiencing some pain in my knees.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I love to ride my bike – right now I am up 12 miles a day. However, I have been experiencing some pain in my knees. Is there anything else I can take to get rid of the pain?” — Nancy P., San Francisco, CA

A. Dear Nancy, I do have some options that I believe will make a significant difference. However, I would first encourage you to consult with a healthcare practitioner that specializes in sport medicine and/or a certified fitness professional who can determine if you are using the correct body mechanics when biking.

If it’s determined that you are doing everything correctly, I would then recommend a combination of highly absorbable curcumin, along with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address any pain you may be experiencing. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking one to two capsules of this blend three times a day.

In addition, I recommend using a different multi-ingredient combination of highly absorbable curcumin and boswellia, along with vitamin D and fructoborate. This quartet of ingredients helps to reduce joint pain and stiffness, as well as rebuild joint structure. I recommend taking one capsule of this blend three times daily.

Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the products you choose feature a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin. It’s also important to find formulas that feature a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid, to at least 5% or less. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You also want a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Do you have a suggestion for someone who suffers from Periodic Limb Movement Disorder?

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Q. Dear Terry, “Do you have a suggestion for someone who suffers from Periodic Limb Movement Disorder? It’s related to Restless Leg/Body Syndrome, but is much more severe and makes it very difficult to sleep.” — Jordy K., Columbus, OH

A. Dear Jordy, I’m sorry to hear that you are struggling with this disorder. Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is a sleep disorder characterized by rhythmic movements of the limbs during sleep. While the movements typically involve the legs, upper extremity movements may also occur. It can often cause a partial or full brief awakening, resulting in disrupted sleep. For the most part, individuals are unaware of these movements.

I feel strongly that making good decisions regarding exercise, food choices, and proven natural medicines can have a tremendous impact in reducing your symptoms.

If you haven’t yet, I would encourage you to work on reducing the amount of stimulants such as caffeine in your diet as caffeine can intensify PLMD symptoms. If you drink coffee or tea, try not to drink any past noon. You also have to be on the lookout for hidden stimulants. Try taking a warm shower or bath in the evening, and if you don’t have dairy issues, drink some warm milk (I prefer goat’s milk) or eat a small piece of cheese. The protein will help keep your blood sugar levels stable as you sleep, and the calcium can help relax your muscles.

I would first recommend taking vitamin B6, blended with a highly absorbable magnesium, like magnesium glycinate chelate. When looking for a vitamin B6 formula, I strongly recommend choosing one that features vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phospate (P-5-P) in combination with magnesium glycinate. P-5-P is the biologically active form of vitamin B6. Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. In addition to optimizing vitamin B6 metabolism, the magnesium in the glycinate form is much less likely to cause loose stools, and delivers a good dose of magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. Take one or two capsules of this formula twice daily.

I believe you would also benefit greatly by adding an iodine formula to your daily regimen. For optimal support, look for a formula that contains three types of iodine: potassium iodide, sodium iodide, and molecular iodine. I recommend taking 12.5-25 mg of this blend daily.

While you may have results earlier, please give this protocol at least 30 days before you evaluate your progress. Good luck – let me know how it works.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Stop Lower Back Pain – Naturally and Effectively

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from back pain due to injury or chronic conditions, you know how difficult – and risky – getting relief can be.

Fortunately, there are powerful botanical extracts that relieve pain and stop damaging inflammation and help rebuild the cartilage that helps cushion your spine. This combination of Devil’s Claw, Boswellia, and White Willow Bark extracts provide you with a targeted approach and no side effects.

These ingredients I recommend:

  • Stop pain and inflammation
  • Rebuild cartilage
  • Strengthen lower back structure
  • Are safe and clinically tested
  • Are perfect for long or short-term use

Millions of Americans deal with excruciating back pain every day. If you are one of them, you have probably tried over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers, perhaps along with chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, or steroid injections, or maybe you have even considered risky back surgery in an attempt to get rid of the pain.

Dealing with lower back pain is extremely challenging and often frustrating. In this Terry Talks Nutrition®, we’re going to look at the nutrients that can reduce inflammation, rebuild cushioning cartilage, and give you lasting relief from low back pain.

The Lower Back – Complex and Easily Damaged

When we think of the back, we normally think of the spine – the centerpiece of the entire structure. But of course, there’s much more to it than that. The back comprises all of the other muscles, ribs, nerve endings, cartilage and blood vessels that work in unison to carry us through the day.

The spine itself is a stack of 30 vertebrae – round bones with a central opening for the spinal cord – the nerves that extend from the base of the skull. What we think of as the “lower back” is made up of five vertebrae (technically known as L1 through L5).

Between the vertebrae are discs made of cushioning cartilage that keep us flexible and absorb shocks. The ligaments and tendons along the spinal column attach muscles to the spine and hold the vertebrae in their proper positions. When these cushioning disks rupture or move out of place due to lower back injury or strain, pain – sometimes extreme – is the result.

Of course, most of us experience lower back pain at some point in our lives. It becomes most common between the ages of 30 and 50, in part because we lose some of our bone strength and muscle flexibility as we get older.

Other risk factors for lower back pain include obesity, weight gain due to pregnancy, smoking, poor overall or working posture, stress, arthritis, disc disease, and simply not lifting heavy objects properly.

Unfortunately, whatever the cause, the resulting scar tissue from torn or injured muscles or discs is never quite as strong or mobile as the original. And that can set up more back injuries to follow.

While back pain can occur for a variety of reasons, it is also very common. In fact, back pain is the most common neurological ailment in America, second only to headache.

We certainly spend a lot of money trying to make lower back pain go away – about $50 billion each year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a division of the National Institutes of Health. And no wonder – it is the leading cause of missed work and job-related disability.

The problem with conventional treatments for lower back pain (outside of the obvious complications of surgery for severe cases) is that over-the-counter and prescription pain medications cause a number of risky side effects, including severe damage to your stomach lining, liver, and heart.

Fortunately, there are effective, natural ingredients that stop pain, inflammatory damage, and help rebuild the cushioning cartilage of your spine. They are time-tested and clinically-validated, and I think that once you try this combination, your lower back pain will be a thing of the past.

Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) from South Africa has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits for relieving back pain.

The dried roots of the Devil’s Claw have been used to treat pain for centuries in South Africa. In recent times, holistic physicians recognize the plant’s ability to relieve the pain and stiffness of lower back pain. It is highly regarded in Europe, and very popular there as a natural prescription medication.

In fact, Devil’s Claw has been shown to inhibit inflammatory enzymes, and aside from stopping pain and strengthening your lower back, can help stop the deterioration of the joints seen in those with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. In one study, Devil’s Claw relieved the pain of osteoarthritis by 35% by the end of the 8-week trial.

Other research shows that Devil’s Claw is equal in pain-relieving ability to rofecoxib, better known to pain sufferers as Vioxx®, a prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that has since been pulled from the market because it side effects.

Not all Devil’s Claw extracts are equally prepared. Many of them are only standardized at 2% harpagosides, the plant’s key compound. However, there is a specialized extract standardized to 20% harpagosides, with documented advantages, and it’s the one I recommend.

First, it reduces inflammation by inhibiting cycylooxygenase-2, (better known as “COX-2”) by 31%! This is a huge breakthrough. By reducing inflammation – and this enzyme specifically – Devil’s Claw actually provides a much more targeted approach to inflammation compare to many over-the-counter and prescription pain medicines. Part of the reason those medications are so tough on the digestive system is that while they reduce COX-2, they don’t spare COX-1 enzyme activity. That’s bad, because COX-1 helps protect the lining of the stomach.

Devil’s Claw has also been clinically shown to increase hyaluronic acid synthesis in chondrocytes – the cells that produce and maintain cushioning cartilage between your vertebrae. This makes it perfect for anyone with back pain, because it improves lubrication between the joints (and by extension, the vertebrae) by up to 41%!

Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) is one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatory medicines. It is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates inflammation-inducing leukotrienes. The most active and beneficial of the boswellic acids in the extract is known as AKBA (Acetyl-11-keto-B-boswellic acids).

However, not all boswellia extracts are equally beneficial. For example, in unstandardized boswellia products, the AKBA levels can be very low – sometimes as little as 1%. To make sure you get the best, look for boswellia standardized to at least 10% AKBA.

Also, one of the boswellic acids, called “beta boswellic acid,” is actually PRO-inflammatory – clearly the last thing you want when dealing with low back pain. Find an extract that filters out beta boswellic acid to less than 5% of the extract.

Remember, inflammation doesn’t just cause pain – it also destroys tissue over time – including the cartilage discs in your spinal column. So, stopping inflammation gives your body a chance to heal, too.

White willow (Salix alba) bark extract has been long recognized as a comforting herbal medicine for low back pain. Researchers have found that white willow is equal to rofecoxib (Vioxx), much like Devil’s Claw. Additionally, a review found that white willow bark was one of the most effective natural anti-inflammatories, along with Devil’s Claw.

White willow is often recommended by practitioners on its own merits, much like the other ingredients in this combination. However, I believe that its synergistic strength, combined with boswellia and Devil’s Claw, is better for lower back pain and inflammation relief. Look for a white willow bark extract standardized for at least 30% salicin.

You CAN Stop Back Pain, and Feel Good Again!

Back pain is extremely difficult to live with. It can color everything you do, keeping you from enjoying walks, working in the garden, and even from getting a good night’s sleep. The combination of Devil’s Claw, Boswellia, and White Willow extracts I recommend will stop the pain, and help build the strength of your back to prevent future injuries. Best of all, these powerful botanicals are an effective option without the risks of over-the-counter and prescription medications. If you want to feel good again, and enjoy being active, this is the formula you’ve been looking for.

Terry recommends a formula with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

Proprietary Complex

Containing White Willow (Salix spp.) Bark Extract standardized to contain 30% salicin, Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) Gum Resin Extract standardized to contain >70%, Total Organic and Boswellic Acids with AKBA >10%, with less than 5% beta-boswellic acids, Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) Root Extract standardized to contain >20% harpagosides

450 mg

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I am suffering from dry mouth, which is a side effect of a prescription medication I am taking.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I am suffering from dry mouth, which is a side effect of a prescription medication I am taking. Since I have to keep taking the medication, is there anything I can take to relieve the dry mouth?” — Esther J., Gainesville, FL

A. Dear Esther, Dry mouth and throat can be improved with omega-7 fatty acids. I recommend trying Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. The seeds contain exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare Omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). There are excellent studies demonstrating the ability of sea buckthorn oil, when taken internally in softgel capsules, to reduce excessive mucous membrane dryness. I would suggest taking 1,000 mg twice daily. When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Oral Essential Oils – Not Just Topical Anymore!

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While you may be familiar with using essential oils topically, cutting-edge herbal science has shown they can also be used internally with very potent effects. In this episode, Terry discusses the difference between oils intended for use on the skin, and those that can be used internally, as well as some of his favorite oils.

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The Overuse of Antibiotics

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Antibiotics are prescribed for non-bacterial conditions.  Recent research shows that destruction of the friendly flora may be a cause of cancer.  Highly prescribed antibiotics may be a prerequisite for cancer.

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Comfrey, in a cream base, applied topically, is excellent for…

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… wounds, burns, cuts, abrasions, acne, rashes, psoriasis, joint and back pain.

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Iodine for Thyroid, Cancer Prevention and More!

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If you feel tired all the time, have gained weight, can’t tolerate cold, have dry skin, and worry about breast, prostate, or thyroid cancer, there is a natural solution that can make a world of difference: iodine.

Iodine is an amazing mineral. Traditionally, it healed wounds, destroyed bacteria and viruses, and prevented cancer. It is critical for your thyroid, weight, and energy. The problem is, we don’t get enough in our diets alone. You need a strong daily supplement that helps:

  • Prevent breast, prostate, ovarian, and thyroid cancer
  • Keep your weight low and your metabolism high
  • Stop migraine headaches
  • Boost energy and libido
  • Stop “brain fog” and improve focus
  • Improve dry, brittle hair and cracked skin
  • Stop food cravings

Did you know there’s one simple mineral that we need every day that most of us never get? There was a time when it was considered a “cure all”, but we’ve forgotten all about it in favor of prescription drugs, and as a result, rates of cancer are skyrocketing, obesity is epidemic, and our energy levels have plunged.

That mineral is iodine, and it is the subject of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Iodine is one of nature’s most amazing minerals. Unfortunately for our health, it is one that has been largely forgotten. But it wasn’t always that way.

Before the widespread use of synthetic drugs, iodine was recommended for everything: healing wounds and disease, destroying bacteria and viruses, and possibly even preventing cancer.

But new pharmaceuticals brushed iodine aside, and we see the result – high rates of cancer, thyroid dysfunction, and a build-up of toxins in our bodies – many of them from the foods we eat and water we drink.

Where Did Iodine Go?

Iodine as a medicine was once very common, but dietary iodine intake in many parts of the country was historically quite low. It wasn’t until after the First World War that medical professionals advocated for iodine enrichment in the diet.

Because most of us think we get enough iodine from table salt, it’s easy to forget that iodine was added to salt to reduce incidence of goiter (enlarged thyroid gland) back in the 1920s. And that worked, for a while.

But in the 1940s, a single paper written by two researchers completely changed the way we use iodine. This poorly documented paper gave the impression that iodine use was not only archaic and unnecessary, but could even be dangerous, citing hyperthyroidism as a side effect. Almost overnight, the use of iodine in medicine was stopped and in its place we have a fear of one of the most important and critical nutrients in our diet. Iodine costs just pennies a day. With the advent of modern drugs in the 1940s and 1950s, could the profits realized by the drug companies have a bearing on discrediting the use of iodine for hypothyroidism?

Compounding the issue is the fact that people have cut back on table salt at home, and the nature of processed foods. Most food manufacturers don’t use iodized salt, and their products – especially frozen pizzas, appetizers, and processed meats – are laden with unhealthy types of sodium instead.

That’s because chlorine, fluoride, and bromide – which lower iodine levels in the body by blocking iodine receptors – are increasingly consumed from foods or through environmental exposure.

Chlorine is now used to purify water instead of iodine. Fluoride is almost universally found in toothpaste and drinking water. And bromide replaced iodine in commercial baked goods over 30 years ago. Unfortunately, these minerals aren’t just toxic for your thyroid – they’re dangerous for your health overall. Fluoride is a problem because it blocks the ability of the thyroid gland to concentrate iodine and bromide can cause depression, headaches, and even hallucinations.

Additionally, consuming soy and gluten blocks thyroid function and inhibits the uptake of iodine. You find these ingredients not only in obvious sources like soy milk and wheat breads, but also as hidden ingredients in many processed foods. They are another reason why we are so deficient in iodine.

Iodine is Making a Comeback – And We Need It!

Fortunately, not everyone has forgotten what this amazing mineral can do. Integrative medical practitioners and other holistic-thinking individuals are bringing iodine back. And science is recognizing iodine’s great value, too. Researchers suggest that boosting iodine consumption could improve thyroid health, lower incidence of breast and prostate cancer and fibrocystic disease of the breast, and promote overall well-being.

Of course, our minimum daily requirement is still set far too low – only 150 micrograms (mcg) per day. This is enough to prevent goiter, but not enough for truly beneficial health effects. And there’s nothing scary about getting more iodine in your system. After all, people in Japan consume more than 12 mg – 12,000 mcg – of iodine per day. That’s 50 times more than the average American, and it hasn’t hurt a bit.

In fact, life expectancy in Japan is just over 83 years old, while in the United States it is about 78 years. The infant mortality in Japan is half of that of the United States, too. And, America faces almost three times the number of deaths from breast cancer than Japan.

Studies have noted a connection between thyroid abnormalities and breast cancer, and iodine intake may be a factor. Today, one in eight American women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.Compare that to thirty years ago, when iodine consumption was much higher, and one in 20 women developed breast cancer. Women in Japan who consume high amounts of dietary iodine have much lower rates of breast cancer and thyroid problems. However, when women emigrate from Japan to the United States and begin eating a Western diet, with its fractional amount of iodine, their breast cancer and thyroid disease rates increase dramatically.

Iodine Helps Stop Cancer

Iodine’s anti-cancer functions are one of its most important benefits. Scientific tests using estrogen-sensitive breast cancer cells exposed to iodine have shown that they are less likely to grow and spread. Fibrocystic breast disease, which creates swelling, tenderness, and discomfort, is also a common concern. In other clinical research, approximately 70% of patients experienced relief of pain and reduction in abnormal tissue with iodine supplementation. In patients with mastalgia – breast pain – at least 50% of the women had significant reductions in breast pain after taking 6 mg of iodine each day.

In another study, 98% of women receiving iodine treatment were pain-free by the study’s end, and 72% had improvements in breast tissue.

Why Iodine Can Help Prevent Breast and Prostate Cancer

Iodine works so well for breast health because it makes breast cells less sensitive to estrogen, and detoxifies toxic halogens – bromide, fluoride, and chloride. It’s important that you help your body flush out these harmful elements: one study found that breast cancer patients had double the bromide levels compared to non-cancer patients.

For the same reasons, iodine helps prevent the hormonal imbalances that leave some men more prone to prostate cancer. After all, women and men are equally subject to the estrogen-like chemicals so prevalent in modern packaging, home and office furnishings, and foods.

Different Forms of Iodine for Different Reasons

Supplemental iodine is available in different forms, each of which affects specific tissues in the body. Potassium and sodium iodide are best absorbed by the thyroid. Breast tissue uses iodine most efficiently in the form of molecular iodine.

Because of this, you need a supplement that includes more than one form of the mineral. The best formula provides three forms of iodine, sodium iodide, potassium iodide, and molecular iodide – at levels that can actually make a noticeably positive difference.

Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is an author and iodine expert who has treated thousands of patients in his clinic. He states, “As I started to use larger amounts of iodine (12.5-50 mg/day) to achieve whole body sufficiency, I began to see positive results in my patients. Goiters and nodules of the thyroid shrank, cysts on the ovaries became smaller and began to disappear, patients reported increased energy, and metabolism was increased as evidenced by my patients having new success in losing weight. Libido improved in both men and women. People suffering from brain fog reported a clearing of the fogginess. Patients reported having vivid dreams and sleeping better. Most importantly, those with chronic illnesses that were having a difficult time improving began to notice many of their symptoms resolving.”

Why You Need Iodine for Thyroid Support

Your thyroid is under attack all the time, and it’s going to affect your mood, your immune system, your focus, and definitely, your weight. There are few reasons for thyroid health problems becoming so prominent, but I’m certain that the disappearance of iodine in our diets and common conventional medical practice are two of the major causes.

What the Thyroid Does

This butterfly-shaped gland sits at the base of the throat. One of the chief functions of the thyroid is the production of the hormone, thyroxine (T4), and the conversion of this hormone into triiodothyronine (T3) as needed for metabolism.

However, things can go bad if the body produces too little thyroxine to begin with. Normal metabolic and other chemical processes slow down, and you have hypothyroidism or low thyroid.

Low functioning thyroids are common in both men and women, although from my experience, women are far more apt to have hypothyroidism than men. But diagnosing hypothyroidism isn’t always what it should be. The most serious problem is that many doctors rely completely on a blood test that is grossly inaccurate and overlooks a majority of low thyroid function diagnoses.

Why Most Thyroid Tests Don’t Provide the Full Picture

When doctors test for blood levels of T4, they generally find adequate levels of the hormone, so they naturally rule out hypothyroidism. But focusing on T4 levels only provides half of the picture, and the tests aren’t truly far-reaching. Many of these “good” readings of T4 don’t take into the consideration the levels of T4 that need to be converted to T3, the active hormone.

In fact, readings of TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), thyroxine levels and other blood parameters may lead one to believe you are in the “normal” range when the normal range may be far too broad. A test initiated by Dr. Broda Barnes, considered to be one of the premier experts on thyroid, is far better. Plus, it has the added convenience of being able to be performed it at home.

The procedure is simple:

Normal is between 97.8 and 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

Anything under 97.8 probably means varying degrees of hypothyroidism. The lower the temperature, the worse the condition. In some these cases, it’s not unusual to find readings as low as 96 degrees.

Unfortunately, in many cases of hypothyroidism, doctors fall back on the catchall diagnoses: stress, anxiety or depression, because these are symptoms of the real disease. They overlook the root cause of these symptoms.

Let me emphasize the fact that low thyroid is very serious. Beyond weight gain, disruptions to the health of the thyroid can alter your personality significantly, completely taking away the enjoyment of life and eventually leading to depression, anxiety and anti-social behavior.

L-Tyrosine – Required for Your Thyroid

You may not hear about L-tyrosine that much, but without it there would be no hormone function and the adrenals would also be severely affected.

L-tyrosine, also known simply as “tyrosine”, is a natural amino acid found in legumes, cheese, and many protein-rich foods. It is a must for creating thyroid hormones, and that’s why you may need it in supplemental form – especially if your diet is a bit shy of food sources.

The thyroid gland uses two major building blocks to make thyroid hormone—iodine and L-tyrosine. Insufficient levels of either nutrient cause a decrease in the formation of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).

Of course, L- tyrosine isn’t only involved with thyroid hormone production – it also helps produce noradrenaline and dopamine. But it is impossible to have a well-functioning thyroid without sufficient quantities in the diet or through supplementation. Due to L-tyrosine’s role in creating neurochemicals, it’s probably no surprise that this amino acid is an excellent stress reliever and a natural treatment for depression as well.

Thyroid Health Really is That Important!

It’s easy to be fooled into thinking that just one small system in the body can be allowed to “slow down a little”, but thyroid health is extremely important.

The thyroid regulates the complete metabolic function of the body. Any dysfunction will make a tremendous impact on how much weight you carry, and how easy (or not) it is to regulate that weight. Plus, an imbalance of its hormone can produce skin disorders, irregular heartbeat, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, muscle dysfunction, gastrointestinal disturbances, mental confusion, severe depression, decreased libido, extreme fatigue and apathy. But I think you get the idea. The thyroid very definitely affects how you feel and how you relate to life in general.

Supplementing With Iodine

There’s a fear surrounding iodine and iodine supplementation that is completely unfounded, but it’s important to get iodine in different forms — including molecular iodine, sodium iodide, and potassium iodide — for more complete whole-body effects.

Remember, iodine was routinely used by physicians until the late 1930’s at doses of 37 mg or more per day, depending upon the disorder. Aside from thyroid, recent research has proven that all cells have a receptor site for iodine, in particular the breast, prostate, ovaries and uterus, which require iodine in order to function properly.

Formula #1

The right dosage truly depends on individual needs. Unfortunately, like many healthy nutrients, the reported amount for a suggested intake is only enough to prevent goiter. Integrative practitioners often suggest 50 mg per day for 3 months followed by 6.25 or 12.5 mg daily thereafter for optimal health. However, it’s best to find a practitioner that can help you develop a regimen that’s perfectly tailored for you. Look for supplements that provide these dosage levels so you get exactly the amount you need.

Formula #2

The ingredients I’d recommend more specifically for thyroid concerns include a combination of up to 30 mg of three forms of iodine along with 400 mg of L-tyrosine once or twice daily, depending on your situation. It may take 3-6 monthsto fully restore the thyroid and its metabolic function, so please be patient. After all, you may have inherited this condition.

I’d also highly recommend reading Iodine Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It and Overcoming Thyroid Disorders by Dr. David Brownstein. You can find them in your local health food store or on his website at www.drbrownstein.com.

Boost Your Metabolism and Protect Your Health with Iodine

If you’re extra-sensitive to cold, put on weight easily, have dry skin, or feel “foggy”, you may be deficient in iodine. Other signs include a thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows, stiff joints, and dull, lusterless hair. Sound like common symptoms? Of course they do – most people don’t get the iodine they need. They may wonder for years what exactly is “wrong”, until they restore the iodine levels their bodies are crying out for.

Fortunately, iodine supplementation either alone, or more specifically targeted with L-tyrosine for your thyroid, can make a big difference. And, if you have a family history of breast, uterine, or prostate cancer, you can help your body overcome the risk by getting the iodine you need.

 

Do You Need Iodine?

Test Yourself For Iodine Deficiency:

The following is a list of symptoms that may be experienced by someone with low or deficient iodine levels. This is not a diagnostic test. It is meant as a nutritional guide to raise awareness of suboptimal iodine levels. It may also help you determine whether you should have further discussions with your healthcare practitioner for clinical testing.

Please read each descriptive symptom and check off any that describes how you feel.

Do you have iodine deficiency? This checklist may help you decide:

Symptoms:

o   I’m sensitive to cold. My hands and feet are always cold.

o   My face is puffy and my eyelids are swollen in the morning.

o   I put weight on easily.

o   I have dry skin.

o   I have trouble getting up in the morning.

o   I feel more tired at rest than when I’m active.

o   I’m constipated.

o   My joints are stiff in the morning.

o   I feel like I’m living in slow motion.

o   I have foggy brain.

o   The outer 1/3 of my eyebrows is missing.

o   My lips are swollen and protruding, particularly the lower lip.

o   I have ringing in the ears.

o   My hair is coarse and falls out, it is dry, brittle, and grows slowly.

o   My hair is dull and lusterless.

o   I have frequency of urination.

o   I have impaired hearing.

o   I have reduced initiative.

o   My calves are big.

o   My legs and ankles are swollen in the morning.

o   My buttocks and thighs are too well padded, and when I look in the mirror, I’m pear shaped.

o   I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

o   My heart is weak and I have a weak heartbeat.

o   My stomach sags and is pushed forward by the curvature of my spine.

o   My body temperature is below 97.8

You said “Yes” to 12 or more symptoms: You would almost certainly benefit from iodine supplementation; check with your doctor to see if you have iodine or thyroid insufficiency.

You said “Yes” to 5 – 12 symptoms: You may want to consider testing and would be likely to benefit from iodine supplementation.

You said “Yes” to 0 – 5 symptoms: Although you have few symptoms you may want to consider taking iodine at a lower dosage for ongoing good health, disease prevention and detoxification.

 

Suggested formula #1:

Iodine

(as potassium iodide, sodium iodide, and molecular iodine [from kelp])

12,500 mcg (12.5 mg)

Suggested formula #2:

Iodine

(as potassium iodide, sodium iodide, and molecular iodine [from kelp])

30,000 mcg (30 mg)

L-Tyrosine

400 mg

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I have anxiety attacks almost every day.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have anxiety attacks almost every day. I don’t want to take prescription medications as there are so many side effects. Do you know of any natural options that might help?” — Rosie W., San Francisco, CA

A. Dear Rosie, I am glad to say I do have some recommendations. However, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what they think.

I recommend adding narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) to your daily regimen. Researchers at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences discovered that when grown under the right conditions, harvested and processed in a particular way, and taken at the right dosage level, compounds in this unique type of coneflower can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. The unique compounds in this particular coneflower extract have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which help to instill a sense of calm and relaxation.

I recommend taking 20-40 mg of this specialized coneflower extract twice daily. When choosing a formula, make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract that is standardized for proprietary echinacosides.

In addition, you may also want to consider adding a blend of two adaptogenic herbs: ashwagandha and rhodiola. Adaptogens work by increasing strength, stamina, and energy without being stimulants. I suggest taking 1 capsule three times daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Is there a supplement that can get cortisol levels back to normal?

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Q. Dear Terry, “Is there a supplement that can get cortisol levels back to normal?” — Kitty W., Charleston, WV

A. Dear Kitty, The best thing you can do for your cortisol levels is to support your adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are two small glands, each about the size of an acorn, that sit at the top of both kidneys. They are responsible for secreting important hormones, including cortisol, that help the body respond to stress.

Many of us are living lives full of stressful events – work, family, commuting, finances and more. All this stress may cause our adrenal glands to work overtime, leading to what is often called adrenal fatigue, or adrenal exhaustion. In cases of adrenal fatigue, the production of cortisol by the adrenal glands drops. This can lead to a lack of energy, weight gain, sugar cravings, and reliance on stimulants like caffeine to get moving every day

While I do have some recommendations, I encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.

If you are not doing so already, I highly recommend taking a good look at your diet. I would recommend restricting all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

In addition to modifying your diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider.

To function at their optimal level, the adrenals require an array of necessary nutrients. So, in order to support and repair the adrenals, I would first recommend taking an adrenal support formula that contains DHEA, adrenal extract, L-tyrosine, licorice, P-5-P and rehmannia root extract, along with additional ingredients. These ingredients work together to help repair the adrenal gland, as well as support the body’s ability to respond to environmental stress in a healthy manner, which helps restore optimal adrenal function. I recommend taking 1-2 capsules of this combination three times daily.

I also recommend a blend of two potent adaptogenic herbs: rhodiola and ashwagandha. Adaptogens work by increasing strength, stamina, and energy without being stimulants. I suggest taking 1 capsule three times daily.

Please be patient – it may take several months, but you will feel a difference.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have had an attack of eczema all over my skin for about 10 months now.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have had an attack of eczema all over my skin for about 10 months now. It seems as if almost everything I eat (with the exception of veggies and protein) causes inflammation and severe itching.  I have been to doctors, but they have not been able to figure out what is going on. Is there anything I can do to get rid of this?” — Dorothy M., Whittier, CA

A. Dear Dorothy, Kudos to you – without really knowing it, you have stumbled upon the best diet of all to help treat eczema. I strongly recommend that people suffering from eczema restrict all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates from their diet. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

In addition to modifying your diet, there are two natural ingredients that you may want to consider.

I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.

In addition to the curcumin, I would also recommend adding a clinically studied, uniquely standardized boswellia extract. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 500 mg of this unique boswellia extract twice daily.

Be sure to look for a boswellia extract that provides 500 mg of Boswellia serrata gum resin extract standardized to contain 70% total organic and boswellic acids with 10% AKBA. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract – look for an extract that contains 5% or less beta-boswellic acid. This is the right ratio for a strong – yet natural – boswellia extract.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Health Secrets of Curcumin

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The Indian Super Spice and the surprising benefits it can yield for your health – ultra-potent antioxidant, liver protectant, immune system booster, pain-reliever, brain enhancer, and more!

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