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I have had trigeminal neuralgia for the past 6 years.

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Dear Terry, “I have had trigeminal neuralgia for the past 6 years. Treatment for this condition has included two medical procedures, injections, and radiofrequency ablation. I am currently taking a prescription medication for the pain. Do you have any more “natural” options?’ — Marvin S., Elizabeth, NJ

Dear Marvin, I am sorry to hear that you are having difficulties finding an effective treatment. The good news is I do have some options that I believe will make a significant difference.

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.

I believe you would also benefit greatly by taking a combination of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, zinc, and boswellia. 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. I recommend taking these ingredients three times daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Is there a natural way of getting rid of toe nail fungus?

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Dear Terry, “Is there a natural way of getting rid of toe nail fungus?  I took a prescription medication for almost a year last year and it didn’t work. Do you have any suggestions?” — Joan B., Norman, OK

Dear Joan, I would recommend Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove, and Oregano oils – some of nature’s most powerful antimicrobial ingredients – to help further boost the body’s natural defenses against the nail fungus. I suggest taking a total of 75 mg of these oils three times daily. In addition to taking these oils internally, you may also want to consider applying these oils topically on the affected toenail(s).

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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Propolis – The Natural Antibiotic for MRSA, Candida, and More

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

Bacterial infections have become extremely difficult to treat because of the over-prescription of antibiotics. This has led to resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, H. pylori, and other dangerous bacteria. Finding an answer to synthetic antibiotics is a must.

One of the best answers is propolis. This bioflavonoid-rich nutrient provides strong defense against bacteria, viruses, and many other health challenges. The properties of this natural wonder have been well-studied around the world for many health concern and conditions:

  • Stops harmful, resistant bacteria, including MRSA and Candida
  • Fights viral infection
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Fights tumor formation
  • Stops free radical damage

Propolis – Defends the City, Stops Invaders

There’s little doubt that most people have heard about the health benefits of honey – immune and DNA protection are just two of them – but I think fewer people are probably familiar with propolis.

Propolis is made from the resins gathered from trees and other plants and then modified by the bees’ own enzymes as they process the material, mix it with beeswax, and make it into a protective antibacterial glue and sealant. It’s not surprising that the word “propolis” means “defender of the city” in Greek.

Propolis was used as a medicinal ingredient in the ancient world, and continues to be intensively studied and recommended today.

Propolis Provides Powerful Nutrients

The color and natural properties of propolis vary depending on geography. While many bees tend to use resins from trees (poplars and conifers are a favorite) as a source, other flowers and plants are often part of the mix, too. That’s why you’ll hear propolis referred to as “green”, “red”, “yellow”, or any variety of names. Interestingly, even though the plant sources of propolis can differ around the world, they all supply some benefits though many experts prefer the European variety to provide maximum benefits for fighting pathogens.

Bees seek out the best resins they need to protect their hives. They instinctively know what works. Tree resins and plant saps perform the same protective functions across species lines. The main compounds in propolis include typically include polyphenols, vitamins (including vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, and E), minerals (including magnesium, potassium, zinc, and calcium), enzymes and antifungal and antibacterial flavonoids, plus pinene and other essential oils inherent in tree and plant resins.

Polyphenols, including flavonoids and phenolic acids, are the prime movers of antioxidant activity in propolis. In many areas of the world, Eastern Europe among them, propolis has been extensively researched for antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties as a natural offshoot of both beekeeping and traditional medicine. As antioxidants, the bioflavonoids in propolis work in two ways: they stop the formation of free radicals to begin with, and reduce the potency of existing free radicals. Other propolis research has found that propolis has liver-protecting effects as well.

Strong Antibacterial Power to Fight “Superbugs”

The over-prescription of antibiotics has led to dangerous bacterial resistance, creating a class of “superbugs” that synthetic antibiotics can’t stop, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is especially troublesome following surgery or anytime the immune system is weakened. Fortunately, propolis can stop it.

A study at the University of Heidelberg tested a propolis extract (GH2002) against a variety of disease-causing bacteria, including MRSA, vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE), Candida albicans, and Streptococcus pyogenes.

Within six hours, propolis stopped the activity of S. pyogenes, the cause of strep throat and hard-to-stop skin infections. The study also found that it had a high degree of antibacterial activity against all tested MRSA strains, and inhibited Candida as well. While this test did not show an ability to kill off VRE as it did with other dangerous bacteria, it was able to stop it from further growth. Because of these dramatic results, the researchers concluded that propolis extract might be used in the development of alternative products for therapy of microbial infections.”

Other studies have found similar results. British research also discovered that propolis shows antibacterial activity, and other work has shown that propolis has strong antifungal abilities, reducing the activity of Candida albicans, and inhibiting dangerous Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli bacteria. The researchers found that it was propolis from Northern and temperate zones (like Europe), that provided the phenolic acids and flavonoids that fight bacteria and fungus.

Laboratory work in Bulgaria found that propolis is a strong inhibitor of many strains of Helicobacter pylori bacteria, known for causing ulcers and gastric cancer. In fact, the National Institutes of Health report that H. pylori is the leading cause of peptic ulcers worldwide, and that about two-thirds of the world population is infected with the bacteria. Even though H. pylori doesn’t always develop into an illness, the fact that propolis can defend against it is just one more point in its favor.

Antiviral             

Research at the University of Heidelberg pitted a propolis extract (GH2002), against herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) and found that it reduced the formation of viral plaques (the areas of cell destruction) by 98%. Interestingly, the researchers stated that while only two of the analyzed compounds in propolis, galagin and chrysin showed antiviral activity separately, other components of the whole extract, (caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, benzoic acid, and pinocembrin) showed stronger effects than single constituents.

Other research using this same propolis extract as a topical found that it also suppressed herpes simplex virus 2, reducing the strength of the virus by 99%. The researchers also discovered that pretreatment prior to an infection was significantly effective at stopping the herpes virus. They concluded that the propolis extract could be an effective topical for stopping recurring infections as well.

Anti-inflammatory, Anti-tumor

Propolis is more than an antibacterial and antiviral. It has been shown to stop tumor growth as well. Remember when I mentioned that H. pylori is the cause of gastric cancer? Well, aside from that, a study from Thailand that found that propolis shrank cancer cells after 24, 48, and 72 hours of treatment. Scientists reporting in the journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that the polyphenols in propolis were mainly responsible for cancer cell inhibition, and consider it a possible treatment option for different types of leukemia.

What to Look for in Propolis:

Even though many propolis extracts from around the world have shown similar abilities, some are simply more effective than others, so be selective when you look for your propolis extract.

Found raw in the hive, propolis is often mixed with wax (which doesn’t break down in the body or provide any benefits), dirt, bee’s wings, and other debris. It needs to be purified and clear of beeswax before it can be truly useful. It should also be a clinically-validated variety, so you can start off with a propolis extract that has already shown results. Additionally, the best extracts will be from sources with a more “controlled” environment – that is, from hives that are strategically placed near a stand of specific trees that produce beneficial resins that bees use naturally. That way you’re getting a propolis that has been standardized and provides consistent benefits.

 

Terry recommends taking 100 mg of concentrated bee propolis extract daily. If additional support is needed, increase to 100 mg twice daily.

 

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Pain and Sleep

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Up to 90% of people with chronic pain have a significant sleep disturbance. Interrupted sleep impedes tissue repair and exacerbates inflammation. Terry discusses the benefits of curcumin and melatonin to get restful sleep to sleep your pain away!

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I am a sixty year old male with bone spurs in my hand, shoulder, and heel.

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Dear Terry, “I am a sixty year old male with bone spurs in my hand, shoulder, and heel. I also have stenosis in my back causing sciatica. I have heard that certain foods can play a role in bone spurs. Is that true? If so, what should I avoid?” — Patrick G., Peoria, AZ

Dear Patrick, When it comes to bone spurs, diet can play a crucial role. I highly recommend avoiding all grains, soft drinks, oranges, grapefruits, and tomatoes, as these foods cause a disruption of calcium absorption.  I recommend following this diet for at least 90 days.

In addition to the changes in diet, I recommend taking calcium and magnesium, 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 this combination with each meal, as well as at bedtime.

Make sure to look for products that feature calcium in the form of calcium phosphate and calcium chloride and magnesium in the form of magnesium glycerophosphate. These forms are important in maintaining optimal calcium absorption and healthy acid/alkaline balance.

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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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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Actually lard is the best fat to use for most purposes…

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Dr. Mary Enig MS (Nutritional Sciences), Ph.D. did original research that showed a positive link between vegetable oil, corn and soy in particular as  (POLYUNSATURATED OIL) and cancer and a negative correlation for animal fat. –  70% of the oils added to processed foods and for deep frying is soy, because it is cheap oil. Actually lard is the best fat to use for most purposes.

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Digestive System Cancers

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Of the 1.7 million cases of new cancer reported every year, cancers of the digestive system (esophagus, stomach, colon) are the second most frequently reported, after cancer of the genital tract (ovarian and prostate cancer). One of the most powerful natural medicines to treat colon cancer is curcumin. Find out what are additional natural protection against Colon Cancer.

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Why Are We Experiencing Outbreaks of the Measles and an Epidemic of the Flu?

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When a virus attacks the body, there are internal mechanisms and natural components that go to work to defeat the virus.  The primary site of this mechanism of action is found in the gut.  80% of the immune system resides in our intestinal tract.  “Disease begins in the gut”, Hippocrates.  Weeds can be found in an unattended garden.  Anyone would agree that a garden overrun with weeds is not a healthy garden.  In our intestinal tract, we should also have a garden of healthy bacteria.  These bacteria that improve the quality of the immune system in the intestinal tract are known as probiotics, the opposite of antibiotics.  Many people are supplementing their health by taking more probiotics.  Many companies from the health food industry to the big box marketers, including pharmaceutical companies, are selling probiotics.  Disease begins in the gut because without sufficient quantities of probiotics we have an overgrowth of bad bacteria which gives off toxins and poisons every physical and mental function.  Many alternative physicians believe that most of our diseases, including mental disorders, are caused by the high count of bad bacteria in the intestinal tract.  Now, science supports this theory as well.  Mental disorders such as depression, autism, ADD, ADHD, and even schizophrenia are directly related to the workings of our gut.  Instilling the friendly, good bacteria in the intestinal tract by supplementing with probiotics can have a significant advantage, but it makes more sense to cleanse the intestines of the bad bacteria by starving them out.  Certain foods we eat nourish the bad bacteria which causes them to multiply.  Starch and complex carbohydrates (grains: wheat, barley, rye, buckwheat, rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, and oats) do not easily digest in the intestinal tract, if at all, which leaves the exact food in the intestinal tract that bad bacteria requires to thrive.  The multitude of bad bacteria has a disastrous effect on the immune system.  What we eat lays the ground floor for viruses and bacteria as well as candida to grow and thrive.  Since we have changed the diet over the last 80 to 100 years from quality animal proteins, healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil and sesame seed oil, and fruits and vegetables to a diet of 70% carbohydrates, starch, soft drinks and alcohol.  With these foods, we are continuously fueling the bad bacteria to grow.  Increasing the population of good bacteria by supplementing with probiotics can have a great effect.  However, the benefits will be far superior if we take action to eliminate the bad bacteria by eliminating the foods mentioned above which feeds the bad bacteria.  It’s best to starve them out and supplement with a probiotic.  This would present a healthy intestinal tract and immune system that can fight against the onslaught of measles, flu and shingles.  We are seeing more of these diseases because of the health of our intestinal tract.  All doctors have to offer are inoculations, shots and vaccines, which still does not make the body healthier but sends the message that food has nothing to do with your health.  Food is your best medicine when you’re eating the best food that’s natural to your intestinal tract.  Change your diet: that will change the health of your intestinal tract; that will boost your immune system; that will prevent the viruses from being active, therefore, reduces the risk of virus outbreaks, measles, flu and shingles.

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Natural Treatment for Cold and Flu

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The most common type of flu this year is Influenza A:
–30% of cases are Influenza A H1N1 (included in this year’s flu vaccine)
–70% of cases are Influenza A H3N2 (Not included in this year’s vaccine)
H3N2 causes more severe symptoms, infections and deaths than Influenza A H1N1 or influenza B virus.
Find out the natural options you have to fight the flu.

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Iodine for Thyroid, Cancer Prevention and More!

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

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 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:

  • Take a non-digital thermometer and place it on your bedside table
  • In the morning upon wakening – without getting out of bed – place the thermometer in your armpit and hold arm close to body for 10 minutes
  • Read temperature and record (women in menstruation should wait for ovulation to cease)
  • Repeat procedure each day for three days

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 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.

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.

The ingredients I’d recommend more specifically for thyroid concerns include a combination of up to 30-60 mg of three forms of iodine along with 400-800 mg of L-tyrosine once or twice daily, depending on your situation. It may take 3-6 months to 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:

  • I’m sensitive to cold. My hands and feet are always cold.
  • My face is puffy and my eyelids are swollen in the morning.
  • I put weight on easily.
  • I have dry skin.
  • I have trouble getting up in the morning.
  • I feel more tired at rest than when I’m active.
  • I’m constipated.
  • My joints are stiff in the morning.
  • I feel like I’m living in slow motion.
  • I have foggy brain.
  • The outer 1/3 of my eyebrows is missing.
  • My lips are swollen and protruding, particularly the lower lip.
  • I have ringing in the ears.
  • My hair is coarse and falls out, it is dry, brittle, and grows slowly.
  • My hair is dull and lusterless.
  • I have frequency of urination.
  • I have impaired hearing.
  • I have reduced initiative.
  • My calves are big.
  • My legs and ankles are swollen in the morning.
  • My buttocks and thighs are too well padded, and when I look in the mirror, I’m pear shaped.
  • I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • My heart is weak and I have a weak heartbeat.
  • My stomach sags and is pushed forward by the curvature of my spine.
  • 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.

For general iodine supplementation:
6.25-12.5 mg dailyNote: Integrative practitioners often suggest 50 mg per day for 3 months followed by 6.25-12.5 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.
For thyroid concerns:
A combination of up to 30-60 mg of three forms of iodine along with 400-800 mg of L-tyrosine once or twice daily, depending on your situation.

 

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My 12 year old son has just been diagnosed with ADHD.

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Dear Terry, “My 12 year old son has just been diagnosed with ADHD. Are there any natural ingredients or supplements that might be helpful?” — Sandra P., San Francisco, CA

Dear Sandra, First, I would suggest having your son follow a diet that avoids excessive carbohydrates, sugars, juice and soft drinks.  The diet should be primarily proteins, fats and very little carbohydrates.  For a better understanding of this diet, called the ketogenic diet, go to www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com.  I would also suggest reading Dr. Perlmutter’s book Grain Brain.

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

I believe your son would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to his daily regimen. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin 1-2 times 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. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than plain curcumin.

I would also strongly recommend that you consider adding omega-3s to his 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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P-5-P Effects on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Carpal tunnel affects upwards of 5% of the working population and there are about half a million surgeries done each year for this syndrome, which incurs pain, work loss, scarring, and medical costs. Yet most of the people with this problem could be treated for pennies a day with the bioactive form of vitamin B-6, called pyridoxal 5 phosphate, or P-5-P. Learn how P-5-P can help this common and troublesome condition.

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It is uncomfortable to breathe & my throat feels raw.

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Dear Terry, “I got a cold back in August and it went into my chest/lungs. I saw my doctor, who ended up giving me two different antibiotics. Neither one really helped. Now it is January and I am still struggling with the same issues. It is uncomfortable to breathe & my throat feels raw. Do you have any suggestions?” — Annie C., Billings, MT

Dear Annie, I do have some recommendations, which include dietary changes and a nutritional protocol that you may find helpful. I strongly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician, as they may have additional input.

I think diet is extremely important, so the best recommendation I can give anyone with an upper respiratory condition is to avoid all grains and dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter and eggs) for at least 90 days. 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.

When it comes to fighting colds, my go-to herbs include echinacea, pelargonium and andrographis. All three herbs help to reduce the severity of a cold and shorten the duration. I recommend taking a total of 250-450 mg of these three ingredients several times a day.

You may also want to consider extracts of thyme and climbing ivy. These two botanicals function as expectorants (helps cough out phlegm) and mucolytics (breaks up congestion). When used together they make a very excellent combination, helping to keep the lungs clear. Both herbs have been extensively researched in Germany and other European countries for use with colds, cough, bronchitis and even asthma. I suggest taking a total of 250-500 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.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Is there something that I can give my 6 year old son for bronchitis?

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Dear Terry, “Is there something that I can give my 6 year old son for bronchitis?” — Jeanne O., Topeka, KS

Dear Jeanne, As always, I strongly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your child’s physician, as they may have additional input.

That said, you may want to consider extracts of thyme and climbing ivy. These two botanicals function as expectorants (helps cough out phlegm) and mucolytics (breaks up congestion). When used together they make a very excellent combination, helping to keep the lungs clear. Both herbs have been extensively researched in Germany and other European countries for use with colds, cough, bronchitis and even asthma. 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.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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IT ALL COMES DOWN TO MONEY NOT SAFETY.

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Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

THE FOLLOWING ANSWERS ARE BASED ON WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, TRADE and CONSUMER PROTECTION.

WE ARE TOLD WE CANNOT BUY RAW MILK BECAUSE IT MUST BE HEATED TO DESTROY THE HARMFUL BACTERIA THAT COULD CAUSE SICKNESS AND DEATH.

Can a dairy farmer legally sell dairy products made from raw milk?

No. You must have a dairy plant license to make dairy products that are sold to consumers. Products such as yogurt, butter and cream must be made from pasteurized milk. Cheese must be made from pasteurized milk unless it is properly aged for at least 60 days.

Can dairy farmers consume raw milk from their own farms?

Yes. A licensed milk producer may consume raw milk from his or her own farm, and may serve that raw milk to family members and nonpaying household guests. A licensed milk producer is legally responsible for all dairy farm operations

Can dairy farm employees buy raw milk from the dairy farm where they work?

Yes. Employees can buy raw milk for their personal or household consumption, provided that the licensed dairy farm operator declares them as employees for payroll and tax-reporting purposes.

TERRY’S COMMENTS

Raw milk is a very healthy drink providing many body building nutrients, and has been consumed in the raw state for centuries. Pasteurized milk on the other hand, when standing too long, is not fit to drink.  It will spoil and turn rotten.  Raw milk will eventurally sour and can still be healthy to drink; It takes on the tase and texture of butter milk.  Raw milk, with its natural lactic acid bacteria, will kill off the harmful bacteria that may cause sickness, providing safe, wholesome raw milk. Pasteurization is similar to using an antibiotic killing off the good and bad bacteria.

If milk is dangerous and can cause harm, why are farm owners and farmhands allowed to drink raw milk and I am not allowed to have the same right?

It seems the war is not against raw milk and safety, but a war to control pricing.

In the past few years, a number of foods have caused sickness and some deaths. These foods are primarily fruits and vegetables such as sprouts, spinach and melons. No one has required these foods to be pasteurized before they are sold and they are still on the market.

I am all for raw milk regulations that would require farms to be certified as they would for organics. Give farms the right to sell raw milk and the consumer the right to buy raw milk.

Prescription drugs kill over 110,000 people a year.  Tylenol is the number one cause of liver failure in the U.S.  Who is protecting whom? Where is the safety?

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO MONEY NOT SAFETY.    

 

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St. John’s Wort: Hope for Depression

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Over 15 million Americans suffer from depression. It is one of the biggest challenges people face – aside from finding an effective way to overcome it. Prescription medications, while popular, also bring a host of unwanted side effects: weight gain, sluggishness and fatigue, and in some cases, a worsening of depression itself.

Fortunately, there is a special, 900-mg once-daily St. John’s wort extract available that can remain in the bloodstream for up to 24 hours or more. Taken consistently, it can:

  • Stop depression and dysthymia
  • Reduce anxiety and fear
  • Boost positive natural brain chemistry
  • Help you feel hopeful again

Depression is a Thief

Depression robs us of our most treasured gifts: happiness, pleasure, comfort, and energy. Many people feel they have only the choice of taking prescription drugs that have significant side effects or continuing to live in misery. But there are botanicals that are even more effective than these drugs and can literally change lives for the better.

One such natural medicine is St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum). Shown in multiple studies to have an extraordinary impact on alleviating depression, this wonderful herb has not always lived up to its promise. Why? Mainly, it’s because of irregular dosing and lack of standardization to the most beneficial compound in the plant!.

In this Terry Talks Nutrition®, we are going to look at the effective way to use St. John’s Wort to help people reclaim their lives from the insidious thief of depression.

What Causes Depression

The causes of major depression aren’t completely understood. They can have a genetic component, and people with parents who suffered from depression are typically more likely to experience it themselves. Certainly, traumatic events and chronic stress can bring about depression, as can hypothyroidism, cancer and cancer treatment, and lack of sleep. Nutrition – or the lack thereof – can’t be ruled out either.

In any case, during a depressive episode, our brain pathways don’t function properly. Signals that should get through – signals for joy, for example – simply don’t connect. The biochemistry behind all of this is extremely complicated and elusive. This may account for the astronomical amount of medications prescribed each year for depression, many of which try to inhibit the breakdown of specific neurotransmitters like monoamine oxidase inhibitors – MAOIs – which help prevent the breakdown of serotonin, epinephrine, and norepinephrine, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors – SSRI’s – which help keep circulating levels of serotonin available. These drugs attempt to alleviate depression by focusing solely on the communication signals, and trying to restore chemical signals that have been minimized by this disease. However, these medications bring many problems with them, too, and for many people, they may have to be switched often from one drug to the next.

The statistics for depression are daunting: over 15 million Americans suffer from the condition. While I believe depression is a serious disease, there are times when I have to wonder if there’s something of a “depression industry” going on. It seems that you can’t watch TV these days without seeing an ad pop up that recommends a prescription drug for this debilitating condition. Unfortunately, these medications are often risky and can create almost as many problems as they attempt to solve, including weight gain, loss of sexual feelings, altered thinking, joint stiffness, hair loss, and most paradoxically, suicidal thoughts.

However, there is hope. You don’t have to choose between feeling lost or hopeless or taking prescriptions with frightening side effects. Instead, you can look to a specialized extract of a time-tested botanical: St. John’s wort.

St. John’s Wort – Natural, Effective Hope for Depression

St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) has a long history of use. Even though this perennial plant is native to Europe and Asia, it was introduced to North America over 300 years ago in the 1690’s, so it has become quite common.

Since that time, it has been heavily researched and studied. In fact, St. John’s wort has shown great promise in numerous double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials – without the side-effects that are often seen in conventional approaches.

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. Interestingly, hypericin – concentrated in the flowers and buds of the plant — is generally a more stable component of St. John’s wort, (compared to hyperforin) and is easier to measure and standardize.

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.

Impressive Clinical Results for St. John’s Wort

One multi-center clinical study in Germany divided patients into two groups; one taking St. John’s wort, and the other imipramine (a prescription drug for major depression) for 6 weeks. Both groups showed similar improvements, but St. John’s wort was much better tolerated. In fact, the researchers concluded that St. John’s wort was, “therapeutically equivalent to imipramine in treating mild to moderate depression, but patients tolerate hypericum better.” They also felt that St. John’s wort should be the first-line treatment, rather than some drug, because of being so much easier on people’s systems.

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study involving 105 individuals with depression for a total of 4 weeks, depressive symptoms were reduced by half. Of those in the St. John’s wort group, 67% responded to the botanical extract, which was provided at the standard dose of 300 mg, three times daily for a total of 900 mg per day.

A randomized, double-blind, 6-week study comparing St. John’s wort to fluoxetine (an SSRI commonly marketed as Prozac®) found the botanical to be just as effective as the drug, but, once again, St. John’s wort’s safety was found to be “substantially superior to fluoxetine”. The fluoxetine group, by contrast, reported agitation, dizziness, tiredness, anxiety and erectile dysfunction. In fact, here the authors of the study concluded, “Although hypericum (St. John’s wort) may be superior in improving the responder rate, the main difference between the two treatments is safety. Hypericum was superior to fluoxetine in overall incidence of side-effects, number of patients with side-effects and the type of side-effect reported.”

Another placebo-controlled, double-blind efficacy trial of St. John’s wort published in the American Journal of Psychiatry showed impressive results for individuals with major depression. The researchers found that the 300 mg dose, 3 times daily of hypericum was “safe and effective for those with moderate to mild depression. They also concluded that the 900 mg per day dosage “led to global reduction of depression-related core symptoms, assessed with the melancholia subscale of the Hamilton scale.”

For major depressive disorder, St. John’s wort has been found to be better than prescription drugs as well. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study in Boston, patients received 900 mg of St. John’s wort, 20 mg of fluoxetine, or a placebo. The authors concluded that “St John’s wort was significantly more effective than fluoxetine and showed a trend toward superiority over placebo.”

 

Then Why Does St. John’s Wort Have Inconsistent Results?

There are two big problems with many of the St. John’s wort supplements on the market. One is that many contain little – if any – of the key compounds needed for effectiveness. The most important compound is hypericin, and it is found in the flowers and aerial parts of the plant. There is little in the stem and virtually none in the roots. When St. John’s wort became enormously popular, unscrupulous companies decided to turn St. John’s wort waste material into money, so they cleaned up stems and roots, ground them up and sold them as St. John’s wort powder. Were they “legally” St. John’s wort? Yes. Did they do anybody a bit of good? No. Therefore, MAKE SURE you buy St. John’s wort only from reputable companies that you trust, and make sure they are standardized to 0.3% hypericin.

Secondly, St. John’s wort works best at 300 mg, taken three times a day. But iIt is human nature to forget the occasional dose., or simply decide it isn’t necessary when things start to feel better. In fact, research verifies that when people need more than one dose per day of a medication or supplement, only about 50% percent take the recommended amount.

But St. John’s wort is really only effective at a consistent 900 mg dose. It can be ineffective if it is not dosed at the proper amount, and missing doses over time can lead to a greatly reduced impact on depression. This is why I recommend once-daily St. John’s wort that provides the full 900-mg amount and a form that remains in the bloodstream for 24 hours or more.

There is Hope!

If you have had a difficult time just getting through the regular challenges of the day, or for that matter, don’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning, St. John’s wort may be nature’s gift to you. It has been clinically proven safe and effective, and has none of the dangerous side effects that plague common synthetic drugs. But you need a consistent, 900-mg amount each day. I believe St. John’s wort is one of the premier natural medicines, and should be a first-line of defense to help you feel vibrant, healthy, and happy again.

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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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New Research on Sea Buckthorn

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Omega Fatty Acids are beneficial for many functions of the body. Sea buckthorn oil contains Omega 3,6,7 and 9 and is best known for its ability to hydrate the mucous membranes. Terry discusses the numerous issues that can benefit from this oil from the Sea buckthorn tree.

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What do you suggest I can take for thinning hair after menopause?

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Dear Terry, “What do you suggest I can take for thinning hair after menopause? Anything you suggest for weight gain also?” — Barb O., Memphis, TN

Dear Barb, While menopause is an inevitable change in a woman’s life that brings with it a host of symptoms, I do have good news – there are natural ingredients that can help.

When it comes to thinning hair, look for a combination of nutrients including B vitamins, sulfur-bearing amino acids like L-cysteine and L-methionine, silica, as well as millet seed oil. Research in Europe has shown these nutrients to have tremendous benefits in healthy hair growth. Since hair grows slowly, keep in mind that it will take a minimum of 90-120 days before you can judge the positive benefits.

However, if after the 90-120 days, you continue to have difficulties with your hair, and you find you are also having problems with energy, mood, weight gain and cold sensitivity, you may want to visit an integrative healthcare practitioner to have your thyroid function evaluated. Hair loss and weight gain can often be an indication of an underactive thyroid.

If underactive thyroid is indeed the issue, then 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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My husband has been experiencing short term memory loss for some time now.

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Dear Terry, “My husband has been experiencing short term memory loss for some time now. However, it has become more noticeable over the past 6 months. Is there anything that might help slow it down?” — Linda, Greensboro, NC

Dear Linda, While I do have some recommendations, I encourage your husband to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with his physician as they may have additional input.

When it comes to maintaining optimal memory and mental function, making good decisions regarding exercise, food choices, and proven natural medicines can have a tremendous impact. Make sure your husband:

  • Stays in touch with friends and family – socializing and enjoying good company and conversation.
  • Stays physically active – exercising has huge benefits for your brain.
  • Does word searches and other puzzles. It can be fun, but also serves a purpose. In fact, studies have shown that keeping your brain engaged is crucial.
  • Adopts a brain-healthy diet. For more specific information, review my diet at Terry’s Traditional Diet. 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.

When it comes to natural medicines, I would recommend taking 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.

It’s important to note 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.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Is there ANYTHING natural that will help build and strengthen T cells in the body?

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Dear Terry, “Is there ANYTHING natural that will help build and strengthen T cells in the body?  My daughter has been told hers are weak and she doesn’t make enough.  Thank you.” — Susan H., Milwaukee, WI

Dear Susan, When it comes to boosting the immune system, I would first turn to concentrated plant oils. These plant oils can be used when your daughter starts to become ill, or they can be used long term as a preventative, especially during cold and flu season, to give her body the extra immune strengthening it needs. I would recommend Ravintsara, Myrtle, Thyme, and Bay Laurel oils to help stop viruses, eliminate bacteria, and shore up the immune system. 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.

I think your daughter should also consider adding nutrients such as elderberry (Sambucus nigra), vitamins A, C and D, along with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and bioflavonoids, to her daily regimen to help keep her immune system strong throughout the year. All of these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, or immune-supportive properties.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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From clinical experience, it has been found that …

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From clinical experience, it has been found that of all the elements of food, carbohydrates is the one which must be excluded rigorously; that with this greatly reduced, the other elements are almost always well digested…” [2]John Howland 1921

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Autism, ADHD, and ADD

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There are many children who are afflicted with autism, ADHD, and ADD.  It has been estimated that 25% to 50% of school age children are taking drugs for behavioral modification.  Children today are behind the average rate of learning abilities and learning skills.  It has been estimated that young adults entering the first year of college have a seventh grade reading skill.  Children are not able to concentrate and focus as school age children of 25 to 50 years ago.  Why do we have all these brain changing conditions affecting our children today?  I believe the majority of these changes in children are based on the changes of our diets.  Our diets several decades ago were high in fats, primarily saturated fats like cream, lard, butter, eggs, and animal fats such as meat.  Because of the false and misleading information that fats were bad for us, Americans switched from fats to the other food group of carbohydrates and sugar.

For proper function, the brain needs fats and cholesterol.  The brain only accounts for 2% of the body weight but uses 25% of the cholesterol manufactured by the body.  When the body manufactures an ingredient on the basis of its need, I suspect that it’s a clue that we should not try to lower it or eliminate it.  Today, adults and children have adopted the American diet which is now 70% refined carbohydrates and sugar.  Grains such as wheat, rye, and barley in particular, but also all grains, are far from what they were at the beginning of the 20th century.  Grain starches cannot be easily digested and are allowed to ferment in the intestinal tract giving off large quantities of lactic acid and other toxins that disturb normal brain function.  Many neurological brain diseases such as MS, Parkinson’s, and ALS, as well as the brain disorders in children, are affected by the undigested starch of grains.  These undigested grain starches feed the bad, harmful bacteria in the intestinal tract.

There is a tremendous emphasis today on supplementing with probiotics, the friendly flora or bacteria.  But if we continue to eat foods that feed the bad bacteria, we’ll never know which bacteria is implanted more successfully.  If we plant friendly bacteria without eliminating the growth of the harmful bacteria, it’s similar to putting out a fire with water on one end while someone is pouring gasoline on the other end of the fire.  Probiotics are a good addition to the diet, but it makes more sense to change the diet by eliminating grains, carbohydrates and sugar to starve out the bad bacteria.  In fact, if using a prebiotic and starving out the bad bacteria, I don’t believe a probiotic would be necessary.  To really capture the health benefits of eliminating grains, read the book, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

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Resolutions and Goal Setting

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Almost half of all Americans made a resolution to change or improve their life on January 1, 2015. By February 1, 2015, almost half the people who made resolutions will have given up.

Do you need some suggestions to get started on a healthier 2015? Here are some modest changes to help you make your plans…

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The Ketogenic Diet: Natural Health Booster

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

Our food choices have been wrongly skewed away from healthy proteins and fats for many years. The results have been an epidemic of diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, chronic joint pain, and neurological disorders.

The Ketogenic Diet, with its emphasis on proteins and fats as fuel, can help your health in many ways:

  • Stop sugar cravings and weight gain
  • Eliminate “brain fog” and fatigue
  • Prevent or reverse diabetes
  • Reduce inflammation and joint pain
  • Slow progression of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases
  • Stop oxidative stress and damage to the cells

A word from Terry

My guest author, Ellen Davis, has years of research and her own health experience in recommending the ketogenic diet. This diet is in line with many of my own thoughts about food and health, and I’m proud to introduce her to my readers as the author of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

The Ketogenic Diet: Natural Health Booster                

Ketogenic diets emphasize foods rich in natural fat and adequate in protein, and restrict foods high in carbohydrates (sugars and starches). The term “ketogenic” refers to the fact that when the body metabolizes fat for fuel, ketone bodies are created through a process called ketogenesis. When there are elevated levels of ketone bodies in the blood, one is said to “be in ketosis.” As ketone levels in the blood rise, our cells can begin using them for fuel.

standard american dietWhile the USDA guidelines recommend that 45-65% of our calories come from carbohydrates, ketogenic diets restrict carbohydrate intake to about 5% of calories. The charts at right compare food group intake between the Standard American Diet (SAD) and a ketogenic diet.

When foods containing sugars and starches are digested, they are broken down into blood sugar (glucose) in the body. The more of these carbohydrates we eat, the more glucose is made. Since excess blood sugar is toxic to the body (as many diabetics will attest) there are metabolic processes which push that sugar into our cells to be broken down or metabolized into energy or fuel. Only after excess glucose has been metabolized can cells turn to using stored or dietary fat for energy needs.

Reducing dietary carbohydrate intake has the effect of reducing blood glucose levels. Lower glucose availability switches our internal biochemical energy pathways to metabolizing fat instead. This results in the production of elevated amounts of ketones (ketogenesis). After a few weeks of restricting carbohydrate intake, these fat derived ketone bodies then become the main energy source for most cells.

Once the body is using ketones as a main fuel source, there are some profound and positive health effects. Ketogenic diets are terrific for weight loss and addressing health issues such as heartburn and achy joints. However, they are much more powerful than those popular uses would suggest. In other words, the low carb, ketogenic diet is not a “fad.” It is a potent regulator of metabolic derangement, and when formulated and implemented correctly, it can be extremely effective in correcting a wide variety of health conditions.

ketogenic dietIn fact, switching to a high fat, low carbohydrate ketogenic diet can eliminate heartburn, improve cardiac risk factors and reverse the elevated blood pressure, high blood sugar and dyslipidemia associated with metabolic syndrome. In addition, formal research has shown that the metabolic effects of eating more fat and less carbohydrates can alleviate many other serious health issues. Medical researchers are using ketogenic diets to reduce the tremors of Parkinson’s disease and help Alzheimer’s patients regain memory and thought function, drive cancers into remission, provide diabetics better control over their blood sugar and lipid profiles, and for the past twenty years, hospitals all over the world have employed the ketogenic diet to improve epilepsy treatment outcomes for children and adults. In fact, epilepsy studies have found that the diet is more effective than most epilepsy drugs and with no toxic side effects. 1-20

How can a simple diet have so much power? The secret is the effect that reducing carbohydrate intake and increasing fat intake has on blood sugar, insulin and ultimately, cellular energy processes.

Most of our cells contain mitochondria which act as the power plants for the cell. These little organelles are responsible for generating cellular energy from oxygen and other molecules, and when they are healthy and running efficiently, the body works as it should. But when cellular mitochondria have problems, good health is compromised. In fact, mitochondrial health is an important factor in the pathology of diabetes and obesity, brain function and aging.21-25

And the foods we choose to eat have a direct consequence on the health of our mitochondria. Let me explain. Normal cellular respiration is an intense metabolic process in which the mitochondria transform food nutrients and oxygen into a cellular energy called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). As with any energy process involving oxygen, byproducts of oxidative stress are produced. Oxidative stress is what causes metal to rust and oils to go rancid when left exposed to the air.

In our cells, oxidative stress can create molecules called reactive oxygen species (ROS). These molecules, commonly called “free radicals” are chemically reactive and can damage internal cellular structures and genetic material. Because small amounts of ROS are created every minute as part of normal cellular respiration, our cells have been equipped with various antioxidant molecules to disarm them. So far, so good.

However, if inflammation is present, excessive amounts of ROS are created and overwhelm the cell’s antioxidant defenses, causing accelerated damage and eventual cell death. This is why inflammation is linked with so many types of disease processes.

Here is where our food choices become very important. A steady diet of high carb foods leads to increased ROS and inflammation because these foods increase the amount of glucose and insulin in the bloodstream. This is the main problem with high carbohydrate diets. While glucose is an important fuel for the body, too much of it circulating in the bloodstream can harm body systems. How much is too much? Typically, a healthy individual will have less than one teaspoon of sugar dissolved in the bloodstream at any one time. Compare that to a canned soft drink which contains about ten teaspoons of sugar or a bagel which breaks down into about sixteen teaspoons of sugar in the bloodstream. These high carbohydrate foods provide much more glucose than the human body can handle efficiently. 26-30

Blood glucose is basically liquid sugar and if you have ever spilled fruit juice or syrup on your hands, you know how sticky it can be. In the body, this “stickiness” is called glycation. Glycation is a process in which excess blood sugar sticks to and damages the proteins of body tissues. These injured proteins stop functioning correctly, and this results in a chain of events that increase inflammation and create substances called “advanced glycation end products (AGEs).” Advanced glycation end products interfere with cellular function, and are linked to the progression of many disease processes including Alzheimer’s, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, stroke and autism.31-35

Glycation damage is a direct function of glucose and insulin concentrations in the bloodstream. The higher the blood sugar, the more serious the damage. Glycation damage is why diabetics with chronically high blood sugar experience neuropathy, higher rates of cancer and heart disease, kidney damage and blindness. It’s wise to minimize glycation damage and the resulting inflammation as much as possible for good health, and this is exactly what a ketogenic diet does for us. 36-40

In contrast to the inflammatory actions of glucose and glycation, the presence of fat derived ketones in the mitochondria actually inhibits ROS production and provides a sort of defense for the ravages of cellular respiration. Because of the metabolic path they take in the mitochondria, ketones enhance mitochondrial efficiency and reduce oxidative stress. In other words, ketones promote mitochondrial health.41-47

And here is another benefit of ketosis: breaking down fat for fuel also provides a greater amount of ATP energy. When our cells use fatty acids to create energy, they can create more than three times the amount of ATP than they can using glucose alone. So, not only is ROS production reduced, more cellular energy is made and that means more energy overall. People who eat a high fat, low carbohydrate diet have lots of energy, and it stays steady throughout the day.48

Using carbohydrates for body fuel is just not efficient. The presence of high amounts of glucose increases glycation and inflammation, ramps up oxidative stress and ROS damage, and creates less energy for cellular and body use. Given that excess glucose can be toxic, and ketones are so beneficial, it makes sense to consider the idea that ketosis is the preferred nutritional state of the human body. Muscles use fatty acids constantly, and research has shown that the heart and brain utilize ketones as a fuel source to a greater extent when carbohydrate intake is minimized.49-51

When your diet is higher in fat and lower in carbohydrates, all body systems work as they were designed and inflammation is reduced. This is why a ketogenic diet has such a positive effect on health markers associated with metabolic syndrome and on more serious disease states such as neurological impairment, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and epilepsy.3-7,9-10,12-18,20,52

You don’t have to avoid all carbohydrate containing foods. There are certain cells in the body that can only use glucose for fuel, so we must have some glucose in the blood stream. The idea is to avoid having too much glucose by minimizing your consumption of concentrated carbohydrates. Fats, protein and green leafy vegetables are better choices as these foods can provide the small amount of glucose needed without causing glycation damage.

In summary, ketogenic diets can have a profound and positive effect on a multitude of health markers and they provide an excellent tool for regaining and maintaining health and well-being, right down to the cellular level.53

 

About Ellen Davis:

Ellen Davis

Ellen Davis 

Ellen Davis is the creator and owner of www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/, a website devoted to sharing information on the health benefits of ketogenic diets.  She is an avid supporter of ketogenic diets in all forms, and attributes her devotion to personal experience.  She reversed her symptoms of metabolic syndrome, regained excellent health and lost over 80 pounds by switching from the standard American diet to a whole foods ketogenic diet. She also created www.healthy-eating-politics.com, a website devoted to sharing information about the health benefits of whole, nutrient dense foods and dismantling the myth that saturated fat and cholesterol are at the root of heart disease.  Ellen lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and can be reached via email at [email protected].

 

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I have gallbladder problems. What do you recommend?

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Dear Terry, “I have gallbladder problems. What do you recommend?” — Cindee V., Shreveport, LA

Dear Cindee, Your gallbladder is located under the liver. Its job is to store and concentrate bile produced in the liver. Bile aids in the digestion of fats, and is released from the gallbladder into the upper small intestine in response to food, especially fats.

When it comes to gallbladder issues, I often recommend artichoke leaf extract. In fact, Germany’s Commission E approves the use of artichoke extract for liver and gallbladder complaints.

However, I would first recommend consulting further with your healthcare practitioner prior to taking to determine if you have a blocked bile duct. While artichoke leaf extract is generally considered safe and is well tolerated, you should not take it if you have a blocked bile duct because it may worsen symptoms. If a blocked bile duct is ruled out, I would recommend taking 320-640 mg of artichoke extract with each meal.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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What can I use to help alleviate the stiffness in my joints?

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Dear Terry, “What can I use to help alleviate the stiffness in my joints?” — Sylvia G., Green Bay, WI

Dear Sylvia, When it comes to alleviating joint stiffness, I recommend using highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, vitamin D and boron. These four ingredients work by helping 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 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. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than plain curcumin. 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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Could you help me develop a supplement program that would address osteoporosis?

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Dear Terry, “Could you help me develop a supplement program that would address osteoporosis?” — Marti L., Akron, OH

Dear Marti, 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 for overall bone health. As always, I encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician as they may have additional input.

Calcium, magnesium, vitamin D3, K1 and K2, silicon, boron, zinc, copper and manganese, as well as a probiotic (the “good bacteria” that helps us absorb nutrients) such as Bacillus coagulans can work together to support bone health and increase bone density.

I would also 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 is clinically studied, extremely soluble, and virtually 100% bioavailable for the body. I recommend taking a formula that provides 40 mg of silica daily.

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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How to produce more testosterone (T) no matter how old you are!

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Men usually take testosterone in the form of creams, capsules or injectables to get bigger, not fatter, more muscular and to increase their sex drive.

A higher level of T will also reduce stress levels and depression.

Men let me give you some tips on how you can increase your testosterone levels naturally.

Eating is the key!

First, reduce your body fat levels as body fat cells produce more estrogen.  Often, men look like they have breasts as they put on more weight and they become softer due to higher levels of estrogen. They take on a more feminine look and shape.

Testosterone (T) is made from dietary fats and cholesterol; no, not your body fat but the fat you can now safely eat. Our body fat comes from eating carbs and sugar; lower your carbs to less than 40-50 grams daily, and as low as 20 grams daily is really super. You will get slim and trim faster than ever before without being hungry. Some men may get ripped.

Our testosterone is made from dietary fats and cholesterol. Eat good fats, normal grass fed cream, whole milk, butter, eggs and red meat every day, yes, just what we were told not eat. Why? That is a story for another time. But let me say this for now, our current modern day diet is totally wrong as it is recommended by the AMA, USDA AND AHA. The American diet today is responsible for 90% of our chronic diseases and will help make invalids, both mentally and physically, out of many of our elderly Americans.

Throw out all your polyunsaturated vegetable oils and use only extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, sesame seed oil, and avocado oil.

Eat Low starch vegetables, berries and nuts for snacks

Look into the Ketogenic diet at www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com to learn more about a high energy, healthy sex and weight loss method that requires no special foods, pills, and no clubs to join.

Adopt this diet of moderate protein intake, high fat and low carb healthy foods. It will change your body and your life.

Work with your doctor to get off statin drugs which depletes your body of the powerful cholesterol you will need to produce testosterone. All our sex and adrenal hormones and vitamin D are produced from cholesterol.

To be healthy, we need high cholesterol not low cholesterol levels. People with high cholesterol are healthier and live longer than those with low cholesterol.

SUPPLEMENTS THAT MAY HELP REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF ESTROGEN!

Aromatase: An enzyme involved in the production of estrogen that acts by catalyzing the conversion of testosterone (an androgen) to estradiol (an estrogen). Aromatase is located in estrogen-producing cells in the adrenal glands, ovaries, placenta, testicles, adipose (fat) tissue, and brain.

To block the enzymatic conversion of testosterone to estrogen taking an aromatase inhibitor would be of benefit. Doctors may prescribe a drug called an aromatase inhibitor (such as anastrozole,or letrozole). A natural herbal inhibitor of Pomegranate seed oil or Grape seed extract is nearly as effective as the drugs prescribed. Recent studies prove the herbal aromatase inhibitors are 80-90% as effective as the drugs and no side effects.

WOMEN

This may also be a significant benefit for women, who may have a higher risk of breast cancer later in life or are a breast cancer survivor. They are often prescribed the aromatase inhibitor Tamoxifen to reduce estrogen levels, whereas, Pomegranate seed oil, 600 mgs twice daily, may be equally as effective as Tamoxifen without side effects.  

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Happy New Year 2015!

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In the New Year, we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany — the time when we traditionally recognize the three kings (or wise men, or whatever your belief) who arrived to visit the Christ child and present their gifts.

In a very real way, a new year is an amazing gift from God — a gift we should spend wisely! If you have a dream or a goal, don’t hide it under a bushel — make it happen. Show others what you can do.

How did the three kings get to Bethlehem? One step at a time. And you can achieve your goal by taking one step at a time, too. How do you do it? Write it down! It may sound simplistic, but writing down your goal is a powerful tool that focuses your spiritual and intellectual resources. Put your goal in a place where you will see it every day. Read it. Take a few minutes to reflect on it. Envision yourself achieving your goal. What would that look like? How would you feel? What would you do if you met your goal? Allow these thoughts to form pictures in your mind.

Now watch your dreams become a reality. You may not fully know how you are going to reach your destination, but if you keep your goal in sight every day, opportunities you never expected will materialize that help you become healthier and healthier. This system works. I know, because I use this myself to set goals and always keep them in sight.

Remember, too, that you are a gift to this world. In fact, one of your goals may be simply to be there more than ever for others this coming year — it may very well be the reason you are here. So consider that as a goal, too. Sometimes, when you take the focus off of yourself, your mission becomes clearer.

I wish you a year of happiness and health, of giving and receiving many blessings. May all your dreams come true. Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas!

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Dear Friends,

This week, in place of my usual article, I would like to extend a holiday greeting to each of you. For many, this special time of year is one of grace and peace. It is a chance to gather with family and friends that you may not have seen for the past 12 months, and makes you wonder why you don’t get together more often.

As a Christian, I celebrate this season because of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is my Lord and Savior. But whatever your belief – or even non-belief – I think there is something universal in the birth, life, and rising of Christ.

Each day we may have to carry burdens that, at the time, seem unbearable. But in the end, they become the very things that remake us anew. When you’re going through a challenge, it can be hard to see its value. It’s only with time and perspective that we realize why we were guided along a certain path.

During the holidays as one year slips into the next, we have a chance to reflect on the year behind us and at a new beginning ahead. To me, this time of year brings with it a sense of hope and the promise of even better things to come.

I know that many of you have lived this message in your daily lives and in your actions with others. You go out of your way to help change the world for the better and to lead by serving others.

I count your friendship as one of God’s most precious blessings to me. I wish you peace and all the best in this wonderful season, and an abundant New Year filled with joy.

All God’s blessings and a Merry Christmas,

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Winter hasn’t even officially started and I already have calloused feet and dry lips.

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Dear Terry, “Winter hasn’t even officially started and I already have calloused feet and dry lips. Any tips on how to keep them from getting so dry?” — Hannah R., Davenport, IA

Dear Hannah, To keep your skin moisturized and healthy, you have to nourish it from the inside out.

I would recommend adding Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) seed and pulp oil to your daily regimen. Sea buckthorn oil has been clinically shown to improve the hydration capabilities of the skin and mucous membranes, helping to alleviate dryness and facilitate skin healing. 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). I recommend taking 500-1,000 mg of sea buckthorn oil 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.

In my experience, calluses and very rough skin can also be associated with sluggish thyroid function. In that case, iodine and L-tyrosine can be extremely beneficial. I’d recommend taking 15 mg of iodine plus 200 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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Ivy Extract for Children

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Nearly 9 million children in the U.S. suffer from asthma. Learn how Ivy Extract, a widely known herbal extract from Europe can help loosen the congestion and clear the upper respiratory system to improve breathing.

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What would you recommend for alleviating water retention?

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Dear Terry, “What would you recommend for alleviating water retention?” — Bob H., Rockford, IL

Dear Bob, I would first recommend that you consult with your healthcare practitioner to rule out the possibility that an underlying condition is causing the water retention/swelling. If everything checks out, I would then suggest trying the following.

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. As always, I encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician as they may have additional input.

You may also want to consider adding vitamin B6 and magnesium to your daily regimen to address the issue of bloating. These two nutrients work extremely well together to help balance sodium levels, leading to a reduction in water retention. I recommend taking 30-60 mg of vitamin B6 and 100-200 mg of magnesium two or three times daily.

When it comes to Vitamin B6, look for its active form – pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P). 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. The most advantageous form of magnesium to take is magnesium glycinate. This is a very effective form and unlike other forms of magnesium, does not cause a laxative effect.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I started having very painful muscle cramps in the back of my right leg.

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Dear Terry, “I started having very painful muscle cramps in the back of my right leg (it happens in the middle of the night when I’m in bed). The next day my leg muscle is a little sore in that area. Do you know what I can take to get this to stop happening?” — Debbie B., Rochester, MN

Dear Debbie, When it comes to muscle cramps, staying hydrated is important. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water (6-8 8 oz. glasses per day) to make sure you’re not dehydrated.

I also recommend adding calcium lactate to your daily regimen to help alleviate the leg cramps you are experiencing. While most people tend to associate calcium with bone health, it also plays a key role in the way our muscles flex and contract. When calcium is released into the muscles, as it is during exercise, it serves as a signal for them to contract and work. After the exercise or physical labor is done, the muscles signal a return to a relaxed state. Calcium goes back to being on “stand by”. However, if you’ve used up your stores of calcium during exercise, your muscles will be unable to respond quickly and effectively – that’s when you get muscle cramps. I recommend taking 80-250 mgs of calcium lactate, along with 8-50 mg of magnesium and 1-6 mg of zinc daily.

You may also want to consider adding vitamin B6 and magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. I recommend taking 30-60 mg of vitamin B6 and 100-200 mg of magnesium two or three times daily.

When it comes to Vitamin B6, look for its active form – pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P). 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. The most advantageous form of magnesium to take is magnesium glycinate. This is a very effective form and unlike other forms of magnesium, does not cause a laxative effect.

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 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 the majority of people 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.

Research scientists in France have developed a way to keep glutathione stable and deliver it intact by combining glutathione with protective antioxidants. This significantly improves the ratio of active glutathione to oxidized glutathione in a way that other approaches can’t.

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, pesticides/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 form of glutathione I recommend 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 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 symptoms. 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 as part of their clinical protocols for a wide variety of cancers.

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, the cells could once again 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

Glutathione is absolutely necessary for health and vigor. In fact, if you go 24 hours without food, your liver will steal amino acids from the protein in your muscles to make this critical compound. 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 taking 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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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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TERRY’S BOTTOM LINE:

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)?

  • 6th leading cause of mortality in the U.S.
  • 3 Million Americans have AD
  • Someone develops AD every 70 seconds

What Changes in the Brain?

Plaques and tangles are:

  • Clusters of a protein called beta amyloid
  • Clumps of dead and dying nerve and brain cells

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:

  • Adult volunteers with even moderate vitamin D deficiencies had a 53% increased risk of dementia and a 69% increased risk for Alzheimer’s.
  • Severe deficiencies showed a 125% risk of dementia and a 122% risk of Alzheimer’s.

 

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.

graph in newsletter-Increase in bladder volume

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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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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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.

 

References:

  1. El-Moselhy MA, Taye A, Sharkawi SS, El-Sisi SF, Ahmed AF. The antihyperglycemic effect of curcumin in high fat diet fed rats. Role of TNF-α and free fatty acids. Food Chem Toxicol. 2011;49(5):1129-40.
  2. Na LX, Zhang YL, Li Y, et al. Curcumin improves insulin resistance in skeletal muscle of rats. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2011;21(7):526-33.
  3. Seo KI, Choi MS, Jung UJ, et al. Effect of curcumin supplementation on blood glucose, plasma insulin, and glucose homeostasis related enzyme activities in diabetic db/db mice. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2008; 52(9):995-1004.
  4. Gupta SK, Kumar B, Nag TC, et al. Curcumin prevents experimental diabetic retinopathy in rats through its hypoglycemic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory mechanisms. J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2011;27(2):123-30.
  5. Peeyush KT, Gireesh G, Jobin M, Paulose CS. Neuroprotective role of curcumin in the cerebellum of streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Life Sci. 2009;85(19-20):704-10.
  6. Kulkarni SK, Dhir A. An overview of curcumin in neurological disorders. Indian J Pharm Sci. 2010;72(2):149-54.
  7. Rungseesantivanon S, Thenchaisri N, Ruangvejvorachai P, Patumraj S. Curcumin supplementation could improve diabetes-induced endothelial dysfunction associated with decreased vascular superoxide production and PKC inhibition. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2010;10:57.
  8. Garcia-Alloza M. Curcumin labels amyloid pathology in vivo, disrupts existing plaques, and partially restores distorted neurites in an Alzheimer mouse model. J Neurochem. 2007;102:1095-1104.
  9. Martins R. Evaluation of the nutritional extract Bio-curcumin (BCM-95) to preserve cognitive functioning in a cohort of mild cognitively impaired (MCI) patients over 12 months. Edith Cowan University. Joondalup, Western Australia.
  10. Xu Y, Ku BS, Yao HY, et al. The effects of curcumin on depressive-like behaviors in mice. Eur J Pharmacol. 2005;518(1):40-6.
  11. Huang Z, Zhong XM, Li ZY, Feng CR, Pan AJ, Mao QQ. Curcumin reverses corticosterone-induced depressive-like behavior and decrease in brain BDNF levels in rats. Neurosci Lett. 2011;493(3):145-8.
  12. Sanmukhani J, Anovadiya A, Tripathi CB. Evaluation of Antidepressant Like Activity of Curcumin and its Combination with Fluoxetine and Imipramine: an Acute and Chronic Study. Acta Pol Pharm. 2011;68(5):769-75.
  13. Panchal B. Effect of curcumin as nutraceutical in patients of depression. Available at: https://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Identifier: NCT01022632
  14. Bundy R, Walker AF, Middleton RW, Booth J. Turmeric extract may improve irritable bowel syndrome symptomology in otherwise healthy adults: a pilot study. J Altern Complement Med. 2004;10(6):1015-8.
  15. Holt PR, Katz S, Kirshoff R. Curcumin therapy in inflammatory bowel disease: a pilot study. Dig Dis Sci. 2005;50(11):2191-3.
  16. Bereswill S, Muñoz M, Fischer A, et al. Anti-inflammatory effects of resveratrol, curcumin and simvastatin in acute small intestinal inflammation. PLoS One. 2010;5(12):e15099.
  17. Thangapazham RL, Sharma A, Maheshwari RK. Beneficial role of curcumin in skin diseases. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2007;595:343-57.
  18. Sidhu GS, Mani H, Gaddipati JP, Singh AK, et al. Curcumin enhances wound healing in streptozotocin induced diabetic rats and genetically diabetic mice. Wound Repair Regen. 1999;7(5):362-74.
  19. Jagetia GC, Rajanikant GK. Effect of curcumin on radiation-impaired healing of excisional wounds in mice. J Wound Care. 2004;13(3):107-9.
  20. Gupta SC, Patchva S, Koh W, Aggarwal BB. Discovery of Curcumin, a Component of the Golden Spice, and Its Miraculous Biological Activities. Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 2012;39(3):283-99.
  21. Rajasekaran SA. Therapeutic potential of curcumin in gastrointestinal diseases. World J Gastrointest Pathophysiol. 2011;2(1):1-14.
  22. Ejaz A, Wu D, Kwan P, Meydani M. Curcumin inhibits adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes and angiogenesis and obesity in C57/BL mice. J Nutr. 2009;139(5):919-25.
  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

  • Suppress the activation of the NF-kB, which regulates the expression of pro-inflammatory gene products
  • Downregulate COX-2, the enzyme linked to most inflammation
  • Inhibit 5-LOX, another pro-inflammatory enzyme
  • Downregulate the expression of cell surface adhesion molecules linked to inflammation
  • Inhibit the activity of TNF, one of the most pro-inflammatory cytokines (cell-signaling protein molecules)

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

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  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:

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  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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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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Terry’s Bottom Line

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 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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  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL 35294, USA.

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  • Carcinogenesis. 2013 Aug;34(8):1941.

Abstract

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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Whether you are faced with acute pain – perhaps due to the effects of exercise or a sports injury – or chronic pain from arthritic joints, powerful natural ingredients can safely and effectively reduce inflammation, stop pain, and return you to your active life.

My favorite natural pain relievers are curcumin and boswellia, along with DL-phenylalanine and nattokinase. Together they

  • Help you stay active
  • Inhibit COX-2 and 5-LOX inflammation
  • Provide safe, and effective pain relief

To safely and effectively relieve all types of pain, I recommend curcumin, boswellia, DL-phenylalanine and nattokinase taken one to three times daily.

If you are in pain, you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer every day from painful conditions such as arthritic joints, low back problems, headaches, sports injuries, and other types of illness and trauma. If you are one of these unfortunate people you are probably well aware that the answer to your pain problems can be almost impossible to find. I have spent years researching natural solutions to pain and I believe that there is no better way to safely and effectively relieve both acute and chronic inflammation and pain than by the use of curcumin, boswellia, DL-phenylalanine, and nattokinase.

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. I consider them to be truly advanced pain relieving ingredients.

Natural Inflammation Fighters – Safe, Effective, Fast-Working

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.

I believe curcumin gives the best results when it is blended with turmeric essential oil. Not only does turmeric essential oil have significant health benefits in its own right (studies have indicated it may have as potent anti-cancer effects as curcumin), it effectively increases the absorption of curcumin many times over that of plain curcumin extracts.

Because it is absorbed so well, curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil 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.

In a clinical study, boswellia and curcumin were shown to effectively fight osteoarthritis pain. This compared the two botanicals to the generic drug celecoxib (known under the brand name Celebrex®) in individuals with osteoarthritis.

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.

Nature’s Best Pain Relievers

Curcumin, boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase are my best recommendation for safely and naturally relieving pain – whether it is the acute pain of a tension headache or for long-term use to treat chronic pain problems. Over and over again I have heard from people who were previously in pain that this combination was the best natural intervention they had ever tried, and that they are now living a pain free life. No matter what type of pain you may suffer from, I can give you no better suggestion than to try these ingredients for yourself. You have nothing to lose but your pain.

 

 

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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:

  • Phosphatidylcholine (PC) – protects the “engine” of your cells – the mitochondria – from oxidative damage
  • Phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) – helps build the myelin sheath around nerve cells to keep nerve signals firing properly
  • Phosphatidylinositol (Pl) – plays a major role in nerve and brain signals, helping to keep your brain healthy and your mood positive.
  • Sphingomyelin (Sph) – a strong supporter of overall brain health.
  • Phosphatidylserine – one of the most widespread phospholipids, often recommended as a stand-alone supplement for broad-spectrum brain health.

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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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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Restore Your Liver Naturally

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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 protects cells against oxidative damage and enhances the strength and detoxification power of the liver.
  • Silybin helps the body rapidly detoxify and can speed healing of the liver. Without being bound to phytosome, silybin can be difficult for the body to absorb and use. But when it is bound to a phytosome, clinical research shows that it can be present in the body for up to 8 hours.

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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Terry’s Bottom Line:

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.

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Sodas, coffee and tea can make your emotions feel “revved up” and begin the spiral of emotional reactions that can lead to IBS symptoms. Alcohol, considered to have a calming influence, can actually cause inflammation in the digestive tract.
  • Avoid wheat (and other grains), refined sugar, and dairy products. Any one of these, or a combination of them, can cause physical reactions that make IBS and other digestive disruptions more likely. There is some relationship between people with Celiac disease, who cannot digest gluten, (and have to avoid wheat, rye, barley, and oats) and symptoms of IBS. To learn more, I strongly recommend reading Breaking the Vicious Cycle, by Elaine Gottschall and Wheat Belly, by William Davis, M.D.
  • Try to find effective ways of dealing with stress. If you can, get regular exercise. Even a walk around the block at lunchtime or during a break can make you feel much more grounded. If anxiety seems insurmountable, please consider discussing it with a professional who can help you work through tough situations more productively. Not only will it lessen symptoms, but you’ll be able to live a fuller, more vibrant life.

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?
How to Use Mesoglycan.

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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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