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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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Terry’s Bottom Line:

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

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

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

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

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

Inflammation and Pain: The Connection

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

Relieve Inflammation and You Relieve Pain

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

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

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

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

Natural Inflammation Fighters – Safe, Effective, Fast-Working

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

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

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

But You Need the RIGHT Natural Ingredients

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

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

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

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

Curcumin’s Natural Partners – Boswellia and More

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

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

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

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

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

Fighting Inflammation, Improving Mood

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

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

Nattokinase – Bringing These Ingredients Together

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

Potent Combination

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

 

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

Proprietary Complex

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

2,181 mg

 

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You CAN get your omega-3s every day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Terry Lemerond:

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

 

References:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Amazing New Insight Into Bone/Joint Health

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The Last 1:30 Will Blow Your Mind!

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

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

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

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

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

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My mother was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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What do you recommend for mouth ulcers?

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Nature’s Answer for Colds, Bronchitis and Asthma

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With Medicine Hunter, Chris Kilham

Terry’s Bottom Line:

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

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

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

Here is the formula I suggest:

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

Proprietary Complex

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

250 mg

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

Proprietary Formula

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

880 mg

 

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

Natural Relief As A First Option

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

Stop Feeling Short of Breath

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Natural Remedies are Best

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Safe, effective, and just right for kids, too

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

Breathe Deeply with Natural Relief

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

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

Proprietary Complex

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

250 mg

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

Proprietary Formula

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

880 mg

 

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I have had fibromyalgia all my life.

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Water, Water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Sleep-Deprived World

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

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

Pain Makes a Bad Situation Worse

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

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

Curcumin

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

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

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

Boswellia and DLPA

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

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

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

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

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

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

Melatonin: The Hormone of Darkness

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

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

Why Drugs Are Not the Answer!

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

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

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

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

Potent Combination, Astounding results!

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

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

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

Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxal-5-phosphate)

60 mg

Melatonin

5 mg

Proprietary Complex

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

1,400 mg

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What do you recommend for high blood pressure?

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Echinacea for Anxiety. Really?

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

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I tend to have gas and bloating after eating.

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boswellia – Nature’s Gift to Us

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

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

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

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

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

AKBA

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

AKBA Content

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In fact, in a recent study conducted in Germany and Austria, participants with Crohn’s disease were treated with either boswellia or the drug mesalazine (a drug commonly used to treat Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, and IBS). The results of the study definitely favored boswellia. The authors concluded that boswellia performed as well as the drug, but without the dangerous side effects. In fact, considering safety and efficacy, boswellia showed a much better benefit-to-risk ratio than the drug.

In a clinical study of individuals with colitis, (another condition requiring inhibition of 5-LOX), patients were given boswellia extract or the prescription drug sulfasalazine. The results for boswellia were very positive. Of the 20 patients treated with boswellia, 18 showed an improvement in one or more of the diagnostic parameters, including stool properties and mineral excretion. A follow-up study showed similar results, again positive for boswellia. The authors concluded that boswellia could be an effective treatment because of this – and the lack of side effects.

Scientific research has also shown boswellia can help with IBS.

To stop the inflammation and other symptoms of IBS and other digestive problems, I have often recommended boswellia with a high-absorption curcumin extract. Curcumin also supports the intestines and digestive tract. It’s an excellent herbal pain reliever and anti-inflammatory to have on board when you experience IBS or other digestive flare-ups. In recent studies, the inflammation inhibitory abilities of curcumin suggest that it may help stop micro inflammation in the colon. This makes it an excellent partnering botanical to boswellia.

If you do use a combination, make sure you get the right curcumin extract. Look for one that is and blended with turmeric essential oils for up to 10 times the absorption and blood retention at meaningful levels of standard curcumin extracts.

You Can Have a Regular Life!

If you have IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, or other digestive disorders, there are also lifestyle tips that can help. First, consider keeping a food journal to note each instance of symptoms. You’re likely to see some patterns in food or behavior that add up to digestive discomfort and stress.

Consider the amazing power of the specialized boswellia extract I’ve discussed here – whether alone or in combination with high-absorption curcumin — plus these lifestyle changes. I am certain that you will have a better, more balanced, and vibrant healthy life.

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

Proprietary Complex

Containing Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) Gum Resin Extract standardized to contain >70% Total Organic and Boswellic Acids with AKBA >10%, with less than 5% beta-boswellic acids, Curcumin (Curcuma longa) Rhizome Extract, turmeric essential oils, in a medium chain triglyceride (cold pressed organic virgin coconut oil) complex

650 mg

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I am a 52 year old woman suffering from constant lower back pain.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I am a 52 year old woman suffering from constant lower back pain. While my doctor has prescribed pain medication, I find that I still have difficulty getting out of bed and moving most mornings.  I have even had to miss work because of the back pain. Do you have any options that might help?” — Patti P., Lincoln, NE

A. Dear Patti, Back pain can be extremely difficult to live with. The good news is I do have some natural options that can help. Best of all, these powerful botanicals are an effective option without the risks of over-the-counter and prescription medications.

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

You should also consider taking a combination of Devil’s Claw, boswellia, and white willow bark extracts. These three extracts work together synergistically to relieve inflammation and lower back pain. They also help to build the strength of your back to prevent future injuries. I advise taking 1 capsule of this blend twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Peak Physical Performance

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Terry asks Chris Kilham, the Medicine Hunter, for his suggestions on getting to peak levels of physical energy using the herb Rhodiola and grape extract.

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Is boswellia effective for diverticulitis?

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Q. Dear Terry, “Is boswellia effective for diverticulitis?” — Vicki L., Waterbury, CT

A. Dear Vicki, When it comes to diverticulitis, I believe that taking a blend of boswellia and curcumin daily is the best place to start. Curcumin and boswellia are traditional botanicals that do an excellent job relieving pain and inflammation, as well as healing the mucous membrane. The combination also benefits lung, heart and brain health as well, so it is a good product to use on an ongoing basis. I would suggest taking one softgel of this curcumin-boswellia combination twice daily.

Make sure the product you choose features curcumin that has excellent absorption and has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than plain curcumin. Also make sure that the boswellia is screened to less than 5% beta boswellic acid and standardized to 10% acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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My daughter is suffering from “chemo mouth” and is unable to eat regular food.

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Q. Dear Terry, “My daughter is suffering from “chemo mouth” and is unable to eat regular food. Is there a natural product or rinse she can use to alleviate the sores and ulcers in her mouth?” — Peggy O., Colorado Springs, CO

A. Dear Peggy, I am sorry to hear about your daughter’s health struggles. While I do have some suggestions, I strongly recommend that your daughter consult with her healthcare practitioner, who can help her determine which supplements are best for her specific situation.

I believe your daughter would benefit greatly by adding Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil to her daily regimen. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. The seeds contain exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare Omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). There are excellent studies demonstrating the ability of sea buckthorn oil, when taken internally in softgel capsules, to help soothe mucous membranes. I recommend that she takes 2 softgels twice daily until the problem is resolved, then reducing the dosage to 1 twice daily.  In addition, she can also let 1 softgel dissolve in the mouth and allow the oil to bathe the oral cavity.

When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.

She may also want to consider adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to her daily regimen. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product she chooses features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Curcumin

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High-Absorption Curcumin and its Role in Cancer Prevention, Depression, Pain and More

Learn about the science behind curcumin: the subject of 16 studies,(10 human clinical trials), and how it has shown astounding results in pain reduction, cognitive function and depression, as well as integration with radiation therapy and tumor cell reduction. This highly bioavailable form of curcumin has up to 10 times the absorption, and up to 12 hours the blood retention time of standard curcumin.

Join the experts: Dr. Ajay Goel as he reviews epigenetic research, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum as he discusses patient experiences, and Cheryl Myers, integrative health practitioner, as she further explains the latest research in this presentation.

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9 Conditions Linked to Low Vitamin D Levels

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Should vitamin D levels be a routine test? Deficiency is wide-spread – some estimate up to 77% of the population has low vitamin D levels. Vitamin D expert Dr Michael Holick recommends everyone take supplemental vitamin D whether they have been tested or not, as he believes at least 2/3 of Americans are deficient.

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I was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 3 weeks ago.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 3 weeks ago. I am totally overwhelmed when it comes to changing my diet. Hoping you can provide some guidance.” — Joe C., San Antonio, TX

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I’m 72 and have been experiencing general fatigue for a few months.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I’m 72 and have been experiencing general fatigue for a few months. I have seen my doctor, who says that I am in good health. I walk 2-3 miles every morning. My blood work is good, but I’m just tired a lot, and even feel the need to sleep early in the afternoon. What would you recommend for increasing energy levels?” — Bob L., Anchorage, AK

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

If you have not yet, I highly recommend taking a good look at your diet. A healthy diet is essential – you would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com.

My first recommendation is to add a mineral complex (iron, along with magnesium, copper, and zinc) to your daily regimen. This complex of minerals would help to increase your overall energy and endurance. Iron, an essential trace mineral, helps transport oxygen in the blood, create cellular energy, and support proper neurotransmitter synthesis. Magnesium, copper, and zinc are all vital to providing our cells with energy, building healthy blood cells, and helping to recover from exercise. When looking for a supplement, I strongly recommend choosing a mineral complex that features amino-acid chelated forms of iron, magnesium, copper and zinc. A “chelate” is a bond between a mineral (often called “inorganic”) and a molecule structure, called a “ligand” that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. The amino acid glycine, in particular, makes an excellent molecule to help shepherd minerals through the intestinal wall because it is so small that it can be transported directly into the cells of the body, so it can get to work right away. I recommend taking 1 tablet of this blend daily.

Because chronic fatigue can be a sign of adrenal fatigue, I would also recommend considering an adrenal support formula that contains DHEA, adrenal extract, L-tyrosine, licorice, P-5-P and rehmannia root extract, along with additional ingredients. These ingredients work together to help repair the adrenal glands, as well as support the body’s ability to respond to environmental stress in a healthy manner, which helps restore optimal adrenal function. I recommend taking 1-2 capsules of this combination three times daily.

Lastly, you may also want to consider trying a blend of two adaptogenic herbs: ashwagandha and rhodiola. Adaptogens work by increasing strength, stamina, and energy without being stimulants. I suggest taking 1 capsule three times daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Myth Busting

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The world of natural medicine is full of “myths” and misunderstandings. Today, Terry and Chris bust some of the most common myths surrounding herbs, health, and the science of medicinal plants.

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My daughter takes her vitamin and mineral supplement in the morning on an empty stomach.

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Q. Dear Terry, “My daughter takes her vitamin and mineral supplement in the morning on an empty stomach.  Is this the best way to get the most out of them?” — Lisa C., Lexington, KY

A. Dear Lisa, Unless otherwise specified on the label, it’s always better to take your supplements with meals.

Although it is not completely clear from your question, it appears as if your daughter is taking a once daily vitamin and mineral supplement. While I understand the desire to take one tablet and be done, it really doesn’t mirror the way the body uses these ingredients. If you want truly vibrant health, you need a premium daily multivitamin and mineral formula that is taken more than once a day.

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

I recommend choosing a multivitamin that features B6, B12, and folic acid in their active forms – P-5-P, methylcobalamin, and L-methylfolate. These forms don’t require conversion by the liver, so they can go to work immediately to increase energy levels, support heart health and optimize metabolism.

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Strong Bones Need Silica

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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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I suffer from severe trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain).

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Q. Dear Terry, “I suffer from severe trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain). While I have seen many doctors regarding this, I still have no relief. I am hoping you have some suggestions.” — Shirley C., El Paso, TX

A. Dear Shirley, I am sorry to hear that you are having difficulties finding an effective treatment. Trigeminal neuralgia is often considered one of the most painful conditions seen in medicine. It affects the trigeminal nerve, one of the largest nerves in the head and causes sudden, severe, electric shock-like, or stabbing pains that can last several seconds.

The good news is I do have some options that I believe will make a significant difference.

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

I believe you would also benefit greatly by taking a blend of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and zinc, among others. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of the pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing. When looking for a formula, choose one that features B vitamins in their “active” forms, as well as minerals in the form of amino acid chelates. Active B vitamins do not need to be converted in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate up to 30% of our population) do not convert B vitamins well, and don’t receive full benefits. I also prefer the amino acid chelates for minerals, because they are so much better absorbed. I recommend taking 2 capsules of this combination three times daily for 30 days, then reduce to 2 capsules twice daily thereafter.

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Repairing Painful Knees and Other Joints

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When your knees and joints are in constant pain and need repair, your options can seem limited to over-the-counter or prescription medications with terrible side effects, or simply living with the problem.

Fortunately, there are clinically-studied natural ingredients, including high-absorption curcumin and high-AKBA boswellia, which rebuild joint tissue and stop inflammation. Best yet, they are as effective as prescription drugs, but have none of the side effects.

Together, these ingredients:

  • Stop damage to the joints
  • Help rebuild shock-absorbing cartilage
  • Strengthen bones around knees and joints
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion
  • Reduce inflammation and pain

Do your knees hurt? Are stairs starting to be a misery? When you drop something and it rolls under the couch, do you dread kneeling to retrieve it? Do you avoid getting down on your hands and knees to play with the kids or grandkids? Our knees, hips and ankles are joints that take a beating in daily life, because they support our weight, act as shock absorbers, and allow us to run, jump, dance and dodge. And like movable parts in a machine, they are more prone to problems and they can wear out faster than the rest of our body.

Most people respond to knee and joint pain by taking over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen. But those options take a tremendous toll on the stomach and liver, and have life-threatening adverse effects. They reduce pain, but at a price.

Your joints can be saved. In this Terry Talks Nutrition®, we are going to look at ways to rescue your knees and improve your other weight-bearing joints as well, with clinically-studied natural ingredients that work as well – or better – than prescription drugs!

We Need Our Knees

Pain is a barrier to keeping active. If your knees and joints hurt, even the most moderate exercise often becomes impossible and just walking around the block is a chore. Of course, overall joint health is incredibly important for all of those great physical activities like tennis, bike riding, cross-country skiing, swimming, and even simply planting or weeding your garden.

However, taking care of the pain is only half of the equation. You need nutrients that reduce the inflammation (which damages joint cartilage and other tissue) and nutrients that help build up the structure of the knees and other joints in order to restore healthier levels of functioning.

A natural approach to knee and joint health includes ingredients that have been part of traditional medicine systems or integrative practice, but have been improved by recent cutting-edge research. It’s also important to use these nutrients in combination, because – strong as they are – what they accomplish together is even more impressive than what they can do on their own.

First, let’s look at two of the strongest ingredients for relieving pain and inflammation: curcumin and boswellia.

Curcumin, the active compound fromturmeric (Curcuma longa), has long been used as a treatment for inflammatory diseases. One of its limiting factors, however, has been absorption.

The fact is, standard curcumin’s absorption is poor. Because of this, clinical trials have used increasingly larger dosages (up to 10-12 grams daily) in order to get even a small amount into the bloodstream. While no toxicity is associated with curcumin, even at these very high dosage levels, cost, comfort and compliance can be a difficult issue to resolve for many people.

The high-absorption curcumin I recommend is different. It starts with a micronized curcumin extract and, in a unique process, blends it with turmeric essential oils that enhance absorption naturally. In fact, comparison testing shows that this formula has up to 10 times better absorption and greater blood retention time at significant levels than standard curcumin extracts.By combining this amazing herb with cutting edge science, it can reach its full potential, and give you life-changing results.

 

Consider this study on rheumatoid arthritis. Forty-five individuals were randomized to three groups. Group one received diclofenac sodium, 50 mg, twice daily; group two received 500 mg high-absorption curcumin twice daily; and group three received both diclofenac sodium and the curcumin.

High-absorption curcumin was more effective than diclofenac sodium at reducing joint pain and swelling. Taking the curcumin with the drug was no more effective than using the botanical alone, and taking the drug alone was less effective.

Laboratory studies on kidney and liver function, blood sugar, and a complete blood count were performed before and after participation. There were no significant changes in these measurements in general in all the groups. One laboratory analysis adverse event was reported in the drug (diclofenac sodium) group.

 

In the high-absorption curcumin groups, there were no drop outs due to adverse effects, but in the diclofenac sodium group, 14% withdrew due to adverse effects. That’s a pretty strong case for going with an effective, natural alternative.

 

 

Boswellia – Curcumin’s Perfect Partner

Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) is another traditional herb that reduces inflammation and relieves pain. The majority of anti-inflammatory activity in boswellia is linked to the array of boswellic acids in the extract. Research studies show that it’s especially potent at reducing the joint pain associated with arthritis. It does this by inhibiting the inflammatory enzyme, 5-LOX. But, make sure you look for a form of boswellia that is screened for compounds that interfere with beneficial activity. That means you should make sure it has less than 5% beta boswellic acid, (which can potentially promote, rather than block, inflammatory compounds) and includes at least 10% AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid). This makes for a strong extract, but one that is different from standard boswellia extracts which aren’t as effective.

Curcumin and boswellia form the two key players in the combination you want, because they reduce the activity of the two most significant pain pathways in the body – COX-2 and 5-LOX.

In fact, a unique combination of high-absorption curcumin and boswellia was judged to be superior to the prescription arthritis drug, celecoxib (the generic of the brand name Celebrex®), in a clinical study of osteoarthritis.

The curcumin and boswellia combination was better than celecoxib in relieving pain, walking distance and joint line tenderness scores. Not surprisingly, efficacy and tolerability of the herbal combination used in the current study was shown to be superior to those of celecoxib for treating active osteoarthritis. When it came to relieving pain, 64 percent of those taking the herbal ingredients versus 29 percent in the drug group improved to such a high degree that they were able to move from having “moderate to severe arthritis” to “mild to moderate arthritis.”

Of course, it’s not just about relieving pain – it’s about relieving the tissue-damaging inflammation that causes pain. That’s why these two ingredients are so important. They actually help heal the damage done over time to joints. When you use them, you’re not just “covering up” the pain signals your body sends out; you’re helping your body to heal.

Vitamin D and Fructoborate – Essential for Joint Structure

Two other ingredients that help reduce pain and keep the structure of the knees and other joints healthy are vitamin D and fructoborate.

There is some exciting new research that shows the relationship between arthritis, joint health, and vitamin D deficiency. In fact, vitamin D deficiency was noted in 69% of the patients with inflammatory joint diseases or connective tissue diseases, 77% with soft tissue rheumatism, 62% with osteoarthritis, 75% with back pain, and 71% with osteoporosis.

It’s common for older individuals to be deficient in vitamin D. Another recent study examined serum vitamin D levels in postmenopausal women. As it turned out, 53% percent of the women were actually clinically deficient in vitamin D, and only 17% had sufficient blood levels of the nutrient. Joint pain and joint swelling were reported, (74% and 34%, respectively). Typically, those with the lowest levels of vitamin D showed a higher average joint pain score.

But beyond pain, vitamin D is associated with stronger knee cartilage – the cushioning “shock absorber” of our joints. Another recent study showed a correlation between sunlight exposure (which helps our bodies synthesize vitamin D on our own), serum levels of vitamin D, and the loss of knee cartilage. The authors of the study concluded that sufficient vitamin D levels might prevent — or at least slow down – osteoarthritis-related cartilage loss in the knees. One of the challenges they noted was that vitamin D intake levels and serum levels didn’t always correspond. This can be due to a lot of factors, including absorption and metabolic disorders. But despite that, I think that this also shows the importance of having supportive ingredients in combination; you can’t always rely on a single nutrient to do all of the heavy lifting.

This is where fructoborate, found naturally in fruits and vegetables, comes in. It helps the body absorb and use Vitamin D, which helps build bone. It also boosted levels of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), a hormone that supports the adrenal glands and can boost energy levels and generally help you feel healthier. Additionally, it has been clinically shown to reduce joint pain in just 8 weeks in volunteers with severe osteoarthritis!

Staying Active Means More Than Relieving Pain

It’s easy to think that pain relief is the only thing you have to worry about. No doubt pain relief is important, and I’d always recommend a combination of high absorption curcumin, boswellia, DL -phenylalanine, and nattokinase to stop that pain now before beginning a new exercise regimen. But that’s only part of the picture. You need to have a regimen that provides your knees and joints with nutrients that help them heal and thrive. A formula with high-absorption curcumin, boswellia, vitamin D, and fructoborate is the perfect recipe for better knees and joints.

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

Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol)

1,000 IU

Proprietary Complex

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

1,341 mg

 

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The Herbs of the Amazon

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Terry’s special guest, Chris Kilham, the Medicine Hunter, travels frequently to exotic locations around the world. Today, he discusses with Terry his recent visit to the Peruvian Amazon rainforest and the herbs and natural medicines found there.

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What do you recommend for jet lag?

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Q. Dear Terry, “What do you recommend for jet lag?” — Mary S., Baltimore, MD

A. Dear Mary, I too, fly quite a lot. I find that melatonin can be quite helpful when it comes to jet lag. I recommend taking 5 mg of melatonin when you board the plane. Then, depending on the length of the flight (i.e., an international flight), you may also want to take 5 mg halfway through the flight and then 5 mg when you arrive at your destination.  If it’s a domestic flight, try taking 5 mg either at the beginning or at the end of the flight.  Safe travels!

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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8 out of 10 people experience a low back problem at least once in their lifetime.

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Taking an herbal formulation of boswellia, white willow bark and devil’s claw takes the aches and pains out of the low back.

 

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The Miracle Fruit: Apples

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Multiple studies have found that eating apples regularly reduces risk of dying from both cardiovascular and coronary artery disease. Apples also regulate blood sugar levels and prevent blood sugar spikes. Apples make you skinny! Listen for more on apples.

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The majority of Americans are challenged with a health crisis based on under functioning of the thyroid.

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Some experts have estimated that 70% of females and 50% of men have an underactive thyroid.  An underactive thyroid can cause a variety of symptoms, while not life threatening, that can make your life miserable.  For more on the symptoms including a symptom survey, on my website in the archived section of the newsletters, search iodine or hypothyroidism.  Blood tests have proven to be very inaccurate in determining the activity of the thyroid.  Patients are put off way too long when they complain of the many symptoms associated with an underactive thyroid and/or including cysts, nodules and goiter of the thyroid.  All the symptoms including cysts, nodules and goiter are the result of a deficiency of iodine.  Doctors have a fear or phobia of prescribing iodine.  I think they only know the destructive, toxic side effects of radioactive iodine which is a drug and cannot be compared to the mineral iodine.  They prefer to suggest a synthetic hormone which eventually will shut down the thyroid completely.  In the case of cysts and nodules, the doctor frequently prescribes radioactive iodine to destroy the thyroid.  Only in an iodine deficient thyroid will radioactive iodine destroy the thyroid.  If it’s possible to destroy the thyroid with radioactive iodine, the conclusion is the person is deficient in the mineral iodine.  The thyroid cannot function to its peak optimal level without iodine and the amino acid L-tyrosine.  These two natural nutrients combine in the thyroid to produce thyroxin naturally.  Another case where drugs are unnecessary.  90% of Americans are deficient in iodine to the point where the thyroid suffers the consequences.  I have recently written of how researchers discovered that vitamin D3 provides significant health benefits at higher dosages that were once thought to be sufficient.  Many health conscious Americans exceed the FDA’s recommendation of 400 IUs of vitamin D3 daily and are now taking 3000 to 5000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily.  The same is true today of iodine.  The FDA’s recommended daily allowance of iodine is 150 mcg daily which may support the thyroid, but again, experts have found higher levels of iodine to be more effective to prevent cysts, nodules, goiter and thyroid cancer.  In the last 30 years, thyroid cancer has become the 7th most common cancer and has tripled in the same time period.  Researchers have found from studies that 12.5 mg of iodine daily is significantly more effective for the thyroid than 150 mcgs daily.  Cultures around the world who consume high levels of iodine have less breast, prostate and thyroid cancer than in America.  Not only does the thyroid require iodine, but every cell in the body has a receptor site for iodine, particularly the breast, ovaries, uterus, and in men the prostate.  Many alternative physicians are treating these conditions with high levels of iodine.  Iodine has antibacterial, antiviral, and anticancer properties.

 

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Sinus Congestion and Sinusitis

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

When your sinuses are inflamed and stuffy, you want relief fast. The problem is, many over-the-counter drugs can make you jittery, tired, or simply feel “off”.

Fortunately, there are two powerful, fast-acting plant oil ingredients – eucalyptus and myrtle – that clear your sinuses and fight inflammation and bacteria. With this combination, you’ll:

  • Relieve sinus congestion from colds, flu or sinusitis
  • Breathe easier
  • Feel “clear-headed”
  • Bolster your immune system
  • Fight allergy stuffiness
  • Feel relief fast, without serious side effects

Have you ever heard the expression, “I need that like I need a hole in the head?” Well, it turns out that we really do need holes in our heads. Our “holes” are four pairs of hollow, air-filled sacs called sinuses. They are located over the eyes in the forehead, between the eyes, below the eyes behind the cheekbones, and near the center of the head.

In some ways, sinuses are a mystery. Scientists still haven’t unlocked the secrets of all they do. We know that the sinuses may help to insulate the skull, allow our voices to resonate, humidify and warm the air we breathe, and help to reduce the weight of the skull. Whatever their purpose is, they sometimes can be a pain – especially when you end up with a sinus infection or sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages).

What we do know is that when your sinuses are inflamed, you want relief fast. The concentrated plant oils from two amazing botanicals can do just that. And they are the focus of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

How Sinuses Should Work

Healthy sinuses are lined with tiny, hair-like projections called cilia. The cilia wave back and forth, pushing mucus out of the sinus cavities into the throat where it is swallowed or into the nose where it can be blown out. But, when the process doesn’t work correctly, you can be in for some real problems.

Acute Sinusitis

If thick mucus plugs up the sinuses so they can’t drain, or bacteria or viruses harm the cilia so they don’t efficiently push the mucus out, the lining of the sinus cavity becomes inflamed, the sinuses fill up, pressure builds, and the pain becomes intense. Worse still, the warm, moist, mucus-filled sinus cavity is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, leading to a sinus infection, or sinusitis.

Pain and pressure in the face is one of the most common symptoms of sinusitis. Which sinus cavity is involved determines where the pain is felt. Other common symptoms include headache, yellow or green mucus discharge from the nose, stuffy nose, bad breath, fever, cough that produces mucus, and a reduced sense of taste and smell.

Chronic Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis is a short-term event that resolves and goes away. However, when sinusitis lasts for weeks, or returns again and again, you have chronic sinusitis. It frequently occurs in people with asthma, and many people with chronic sinusitis have allergies. Experts believe there is a possibility that constant exposure to inhaled allergens that are present year round, such as house dust mites, pets, mold and cockroaches, can cause chronic inflammation on the nasal passages and sinuses.

While airborne allergens may have a significant role in causing sinusitis, food allergens can also act as triggers. I have personally witnessed a reduction of sinusitis with the elimination of certain foods, particularly wheat, all grains containing gluten, and dairy foods. Eliminating these foods may not necessarily eradicate sinusitis completely, but they can help increase recovery time significantly. Through trial and error, you may even find a food that is your favorite, eaten frequently, turns out to be your downfall.

Try eliminating the offending food for several weeks and you may be quite surprised at the improvement in the health of your sinuses. I’m not aware of any studies that can support this. However, based on my own personal experience and from the people I have counseled over the years, a change in diet can lead to a significant improvement.

Along with these lifestyle considerations, I believe that eucalyptus and myrtle are two of the most effective botanicals for sinus relief and protection from bacteria.

Sinus Relief from Eucalyptus and Myrtle

Eucalyptus is one of the most well-known plant oils for clearing the sinuses. In this case, I recommend the oil of Eucalyptus radiata. The essential oil of this plant contains 1,8 cineole, alpha pinene, and limonene – compounds that have strong anti-inflammatory abilities.

This natural plant oil thins mucus so it can drain more easily, and also is a natural antibacterial and antiviral to treat sinus infections. Many studies on eucalyptus oil and its key compounds show that it not only reduces inflammation and destroys pathogens, it also helps to strengthen the immune system so that it can respond more quickly to infections.

Another concentrated plant oil that has been well studied and sold in Europe for more than 75 years is myrtle (Myrtus communis cineole) oil. Like eucalyptus, myrtle has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. And, like eucalyptus, myrtle also contains 1,8 cineole, the powerful plant compound. This compound stimulates tiny, fluttering projections in the sinus cavities called cilia to move mucus along more quickly, so you experience even more sinus clearing and comfort.

Even More Relief from Concentrated Lemon Oil

For even more sinus relief, you can look for a combination that includes higher levels of the eucalyptus and myrtle oils, plus lemon oil for additional sinus-clearing power. One thing I would recommend is that your extra-strong sinus combination is in an enteric-coated form, so the eucalyptus doesn’t cause any gastrointestinal discomfort or “burps”.

Concentrated Oils

Concentrated plant oils I recommend in this combination are potent medicines. They are very different from those that massage and aroma therapists use (sometimes called “essential” oils) outside the body, as infusers, or topically, on the skin. And if you’ve ever used them for their aromatherapeutic properties, you know what a difference these essences can make to your sense of well-being. However, not every plant oil is only intended for external use. In fact, some of them are toxic if swallowed!

That’s why you need to be sure that the plant oils you use for clearing sinuses and preventing infections are meant to be taken internally. These oils have been examined and certified to be from the correct plant species, contain beneficial key compounds, be safe for internal use, and are extremely concentrated. In fact, they are up to 100 times more concentrated than herbal extracts.

Because advanced technology is used to take a “fingerprint” of the oil to confirm its identity, you’ll know that the most important compounds in these concentrated botanicals are present to make the product effective. For example, did you know there are over 900 kinds of Eucalyptus trees? While many share similar characteristics, not all of them can clear and protect your sinuses. And there are 2800 varieties of myrtle, but here again; you want to make sure you’re getting the best compounds from the best species. The best concentrated plant oils are tested for purity as well, so you’ll know what you’re getting.

You CAN Breathe Easy Naturally!

Chronic problems with sinus infection and congestion can get in the way of enjoying life to the fullest. They not only cause pain and discomfort, they interfere with your ability to savor your meals and smell the flowers. At their worst, they can even interfere with your hearing.

By using the powerful, concentrated plant oils I recommend from eucalyptus, myrtle and lemon, for especially stubborn sinus problems, your congestion will clear in your upper respiratory tract and sinuses. You’ll be amazed at the difference that feeling “clear” again can make!

 

For milder sinus concerns, Terry recommends taking 2 softgels of the following formula with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

Proprietary Formula

Containing Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) leaf oil with 50-70% 1,8 cineole, 2-15% alpha terpineol, <10% alpha pinene, and <10% limonene, Myrtle (Myrtus communis cineole) leaf oil containing 20-60% alpha pinene, 15-35% 1,8 cineole and <20% limonene

320 mg

For more serious sinus concerns, Terry recommends taking 1 softgel of the following formula with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

Double Strength Proprietary Formula   (Enteric coated)

Containing Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) leaf oil with 50-70% 1,8 cineole, 2-15% alpha terpineol, <10% alpha pinene, and <10% limonene, Myrtle (Myrtus communis cineole) leaf oil containing 20-60% alpha pinene, 15-35% 1,8 cineole and <20% limonene, Lemon (Citrus limon) Zest Oil

325 mg

 

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

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

A. Dear Helen, I have seen some research that your condition may be caused by less than optimal thyroid function, or even hypothyroidism. In some medical textbooks, calluses and very rough skin are included in the list of symptoms associated with sluggish thyroid function.

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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The Power of Adaptogens

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Terry’s special guest, Chris Kilham, the Medicine Hunter, discusses the special powers of adaptogens – relieving stress, energizing, boosting the immune system, and more. Chris uses adaptogenic herbs every day and tells you why you should, too.

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I have thick sinus drainage into my throat which causes me to get coughing spells.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have thick sinus drainage into my throat which causes me to get coughing spells.  Do you have some suggestions?” — Mark R., Appleton, WI

A. Dear Mark, When it comes to your sinuses, I would first recommend adding a blend of eucalyptus and myrtle oils to your daily regimen – both oils can help support the sinuses. Eucalyptus oil helps decongest the sinuses, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and has been traditionally used to treat runny nose, cough, and sore throat. Myrtle essential oil has been well-studied and sold in Europe for more than 75 years. These are two oils that I strongly value for natural treatment of sinusitis and sinus infection. I suggest taking 1-2 softgels of this blend three times daily.

For even more sinus relief, you can look for a combination that includes higher levels of the eucalyptus and myrtle oils, plus lemon oil for additional sinus-clearing power. One thing I would recommend is that your extra-strong sinus combination be in an enteric-coated form, so the eucalyptus doesn’t cause any gastrointestinal discomfort or “burps”. I recommend taking up to 3 softgels of the extra-strong sinus combination daily.

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

I also recommend taking a blend that combines the essential oil of thyme with climbing ivy extract standardized to hederacoside C. This soothing combination helps clear the sinuses and reduce tissue irritation and inflammation. I suggest taking 1-2 tablets three times daily. These same ingredients are also available in a liquid form that is a perfect option for children or anyone who prefers it to taking tablets.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have short bowel syndrome, which causes severe anemia due to lack of absorption.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have short bowel syndrome, which causes severe anemia due to lack of absorption.  Would boswellia be beneficial to me? Thank you and God bless you.” — Theresa B., Milwaukee, WI

A. Dear Theresa, The small intestine is where most digestion of food and absorption of nutrients occur. Short bowel syndrome refers to a group of problems related to the poor absorption of nutrients (water, vitamins, minerals, etc.) that typically occurs in people who have had a portion of their small intestine removed.

You are on the right track when it comes to boswellia. To get optimal benefits, I often recommend taking a combination of boswellia and high-absorption curcumin extract. Curcumin and boswellia are two Indian plants that exhibit very effective anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to promoting tissue repair. Take 1 softgel of this combination twice daily. When looking for a formula, keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure to choose a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid to 5% or less. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You also want a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.

I have some other options that may also be of benefit:

Pancreatin is a natural digestive enzyme complex that provides the enzymes protease, lipase, and amylase. The pancreatic enzymes I recommend are from a porcine source – that is, from pigs. They very closely resemble the enzymes created by the human body, which means they work much more effectively and quickly, and that’s why I think they are best when it comes to supporting digestive health. I recommend taking 1 or 2 tablets of pancreatin with each meal. Make sure that when choosing a formula, you get an undiluted pancreatin supplement. The United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) has set strict definitions for the level of activity – measured by how effectively the enzyme breaks down its targeted nutrient type – for pancreatin. I believe the best results come from full strength, undiluted pancreatin. Less potent pancreatin has often been diluted with salt, lactose or galactose.

For iron deficiency, I believe you would benefit greatly from adding a mineral complex (iron, along with magnesium, copper, and zinc) to your daily regimen. Iron is an essential trace mineral that helps transport oxygen in the blood, supports cellular energy creation, and supports proper neurotransmitter synthesis. We couldn’t live without it. And yet, iron deficiency and anemia is one of the world’s most common conditions. Magnesium, copper, and zinc are all vital to providing our cells with energy, building healthy blood cells, and helping to recover from exercise.

When looking for a supplement, I strongly recommend choosing a mineral complex that features amino-acid chelated forms of iron, magnesium, copper and zinc. A “chelate” is a bond between a mineral (often called “inorganic”) and a molecule structure, called a “ligand” that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. The amino acid glycine, in particular, makes an excellent molecule to help shepherd minerals through the intestinal wall because it is so small that it can be transported directly into the cells of the body, so it can get to work right away. I recommend taking 1-2 tablets of this blend daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Dietary Fat & Breast Cancer

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David Perlmutter, MD

When you go on the Grain Brain program, one of the things that is important is that you reduce your consumption of carbohydrates while increasing your consumption of dietary fat. Occasionally a woman might ask “Won’t that increase my risk for breast cancer?” As a matter of fact, when we look at the science we see that it will actually decrease your risk for breast cancer!

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America is the sickest country of all the developed countries in the world.

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60% of all the drugs manufactured worldwide are consumed in America, and 80% of all the pain killers manufactured worldwide are consumed in America.  The emphasis in America is to instill health through drug therapy when food really is our best medicine.  We should be emphasizing nutrition and not drugs, but drugs are more profitable so damn the nutrition.

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When traveling or eating in foreign places…

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… to eliminate harmful bacteria, swallow a softgel capsule when you’re eating containing thyme, clove, oregano oil and cinnamon.

 

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We once thought that vitamin D3 could provide its effectiveness at 400 IUs or less daily.

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In fact, the FDA cautioned Americans not to exceed 400 IUs daily of vitamin D3 as it would accumulate and cause toxicity.  We now know that most people are taking 5000 IUs or more of vitamin D3 without significant side effects.  Experts around the world are demanding that the recommended daily level of vitamin D3 be increased to a minimum of 1000 to 2000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily.  As a side note, a recent study of three groups of pregnant women were put on different levels of vitamin D3.  One group 2000 IUs daily, a second group 4000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily and the third group 6000 IUs daily.  The study lasted throughout the pregnancy and for an additional two years after the infant was born.  The ladies receiving 6000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily had less complications than the other two groups.  The group receiving the highest level of vitamin D3 had less gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, less toxemia, less post-partum depression, less premature births and fewer of the infants were born through C-section.  The infants upon birth were given 1000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily.  At their second anniversary, there was 78% less juvenile diabetes than the other two groups.

 

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3 Nutrients to Prevent Breast Cancer

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New study links exposure to toxic chemicals to increased risk of breast cancer. Discover the three key nutrients to minimize exposure to toxic solvents and xenoestrogens.

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France’s Best-Kept Health Secret

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Terry scours the world for new and innovative natural products. Listen as he discusses an amazing whole food product for omega-3 fatty acid supplementation, shown to be superior to traditional oil-based omega-3 fish products.

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I have been experiencing some vaginal atrophy and dryness.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have been experiencing some vaginal atrophy and dryness (due to menopause), which is making intercourse painful. While my primary physician has prescribed an estrogen suppository, I would prefer to use something natural. Do you have any recommendations?” — V.S. Lakewood, CO

A. Dear V.S., You are not alone, vaginal dryness is a common problem for women during and after menopause. Vaginal dryness is a hallmark sign of vaginal atrophy — the thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to a decline in estrogen.

I would recommend adding Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) seed and pulp oil to your daily regimen to help alleviate vaginal dryness. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. In addition, the pulp contains exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare Omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). One study looking specifically at post-menopausal vaginal inflammation and dryness found that ingestion of sea buckthorn oil resulted in almost double the amount of improvement in vaginal mucous membranes versus placebo. I recommend starting with a dose of 1,000 mg twice daily. Allow yourself several weeks before you begin to see peak optimal benefits. After that you may adjust the dosage as you prefer – in time, you may be able to do well on 500-1,000 mg daily.

When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have been dealing with a case of reoccurring athlete’s foot.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have been dealing with a case of reoccurring athlete’s foot for the last year or so.  The skin peels all over the bottom of my feet and between the toes. While it does initially respond to over the counter and/or natural (topical tea tree oil) products, it always returns after a time. What do you suggest I try? Thanks so much!” — Rose B., Rio Rancho, NM

A. Dear Rose, Athlete’s foot is a very common skin condition that affects the sole of the foot and the skin between the toes. The medical term for athlete’s foot caused by a fungus is tinea pedis. Signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot include a scaly rash that usually causes itching, stinging and burning.

While you can continue to apply the tea tree oil topically, I think there are some other options that may be more effective in ridding your athlete’s foot. When it comes to fungal infections, I highly recommend concentrated plant oils.

My first recommendation is for a combination of Ravintsara, Myrtle, Thyme and Bay Leaf concentrated plant oils. This combination is extremely potent in ridding the body of pathogens. I recommend taking 1 softgel of this blend orally twice daily.

You may also want to consider adding a second combination of natural, concentrated plant oils to your daily regimen. A combination of Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove, and Oregano oils – some of nature’s most powerful antimicrobial ingredients – will help to boost your natural defenses. Take 1 softgel of this concentrated plant oil blend orally three times daily. You could also pierce a softgel with a pin and dab a few drops on the affected area, as needed.

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have been taking a liquid horsetail herb product for the last 2 years.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have been taking a liquid horsetail herb product for the last 2 years.  Now, I’ve heard that you should not take horsetail long term.  Can you advise me if I can continue this program?” — Rosemary E., Burlington, VT

A. Dear Rosemary, The horsetail (Equisetum arvense) plant is a great source of silica. However, I would not recommend taking it as an unfiltered, unstandardized liquid form as it can contain substances that may be harmful if taken long term.

I recommend looking for a highly purified extract obtained from the above-ground parts of the common horsetail (Equisetum arvense) plant. In a special process, the silica in the plant is extracted while still attached to the plant bioflavonoids that support its activity in the body. At the same time, all the harsh and potentially harmful substances are screened out using this gentle process. This unique botanical silica is then blended with a specific marine oil to enhance absorption, beneficial effects, and cell membrane penetration of the active compounds. This form of silica is extremely soluble and virtually 100% bioavailable for the body. I recommend taking 400-800 mg of the specialized, standardized horsetail extract twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Stop Diabetes and Get Your Blood Sugar Under Control!

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Terry’s Bottom Line

High blood sugar and Type 2 diabetes are rampant. However, the need for supplemental insulin and the complications of diabetes – vision loss, nerve damage, kidney disease, heart disease and more – are completely preventable! In addition to committing to rethinking your diet and getting sensible exercise, there are proven ingredients that can help your body properly metabolize glucose and get your blood sugar levels down.

These nutrients:

  • Help metabolize carbohydrates and sugars
  • Keep sugar levels at an even keel throughout the day
  • Prevent damage to nerve endings
  • Help turn calories into energy rather that fat
  • Normalize circulating blood glucose
  • Reduce sugar cravings

The CDC reports that approximately 35 percent of Americans age 20 or older have pre-diabetes. That number soars to 50 percent for Americans over the age of 65. And that’s not even counting those who have undiagnosed diabetes– unaware that they even have the disease until they start to have physical complications. Clearly, blood sugar is a serious concern.

I find the rise in cases of type 2 diabetes alarming. If you’ve ever wondered why we’re seeing such an epidemic of diabetes and prediabetes, all you have to do is look at our diets.

Sugar Intake Soars

According to the USDA, our sugar intake nationwide has expanded dramatically within the past 100 years. In the early 1900’s, the national average of sugar consumption was 10 pounds annually per person. Today, the national average is around 150 (and probably up to 200) pounds of sugar per person.

And one type of sugar – high fructose corn syrup – has seen an explosion of use in just the past 40 years. From a small beginning in the 1970s of only 5 pounds consumed per person, by the year 2000, that number had risen to an average of 85 pounds of high fructose corn syrup in one year.

Sugar and starch consumption is one of themajor reasons for weight gain, mood swings, and the rise of type 2 diabetes. If you have high blood sugar, diet must be a part of your solution.

Because I have been asked about this information so many times, I have outlined a meal plan and an exercise program that is simple and effective in getting people healthy. Look for Terry’s Menu for Health and Longevity and Terry’s Exercise Plan on my website at www.terrytalksnutrition.com.

 

Nutrients to Balance Your Blood Sugar

Aside from diet and exercise, begin your recovery from high blood sugar with powerful supplemental nutrients. There are many that have extensive research, but some of the best include benfotiamine, biotin, chromium, mulberry leaf extract, and purslane.

Mulberry – More Effective than Drugs for Reducing Blood Sugar

Mulberry (Morus alba) trees are very common throughout the world, and their medicinal value is very impressive. In a clinical study published in the journal Clinica Chimica Acta, patients with type 2 diabetes treated with a mulberry leaf extract significantly improved their glycemic control compared to glibenclamide (a drug) treatment. Comparing the two, fasting blood glucose after treatment with glibenclamide decreased by 8 percent. After mulberry treatment? 27 percent!

In a similar study, mulberry leaf extract was also shown more effective in controlling fasting blood glucose levels than the oral hypoglycemic drug glibenclamide. And yet another scientific study in Thailand showed that mulberry leaf extract decreased blood sugar levels by 22 percent after being administered for six weeks.

The reason mulberry leaf works so well is because it contains substances that inhibit an enzyme (alpha glucosidase) responsible for breaking down carbohydrates into sugars. That means that the absorption rate of these sugars is reduced and delayed, which lessens the stress on the insulin system. Make sure that the mulberry leaf extract is standardized for alpha glucosidase inhibition for it to be effective. Other benefits of mulberry leaves in people with diabetes include: reduces high blood sugar levels, works as an antioxidant, slows the onset of retinopathy (damage to the retina of the eye common in people with type 2 diabetes), and curbs the cravings for foods that can worsen diabetic conditions.

Purslane – Nutrient-Rich Blood Sugar Control

Purslane (Portuluca oleracea) is an ancient herb discussed in Greek medical scripts, and was even mentioned in the book of Job in the Bible. Some experts call it “The best vegetable you’ve never had,” because it is not well known, but is enormously healthy.

In a pilot study of individuals with type 2 diabetes, purslane extract outperformed the placebo group by 44%, and returned high blood sugar levels to normal. In an observational study over five weeks, purslane extract normalized blood glucose in individuals with elevated levels. It was also safe and well-tolerated.

Purslane is rich in many nutrients, including vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and polysaccharides. A Chinese scientific study has shown that purslane’s polysaccharide content lowered blood sugar and triglyceride levels, and raised good HDL cholesterol. This is significant, because diabetes and unbalanced cholesterol levels tend to run together, essentially doubling a person’s risk of heart disease.

By stabilizing blood glucose concentrations, purslane may help to control blood glucose related appetite cravings, and help protect the body from the negative effects of high blood sugar levels.

Benfotiamine – A Powerful Form of Vitamin B1

Benfotiamine is a form of vitamin B1– also known as thiamin – that is retained in the body at 5 times the concentrations of standard water-based thiamin. Thiamin helps the body metabolize carbohydrates effectively, to turn those calories into energy. Without it, not only do sugars not break down as they should, (leaving more in the bloodstream), but your chances of oxidative damage and inflammation in the blood vessels increase.

Benfotiamine fights the damage of blood glucose in many ways. A scientific study at the University of Florida College of Medicine showed that benfotiamine prevented glucose toxicity and brought elevated blood sugar levels back down to normal.

This form of vitamin B1 has also been clinically proven to reduce pain and complications of diabetic neuropathy, the “pins-and-needles” and the “tingling” that people with diabetes feel in their feet and legs.

In a Serbian clinical study, patients with diabetes were treated with a combination of benfotiamine and vitamin B6 for 45 days. At the end of the study, 86 percent of the patients reported a highly significant reduction in overall pain. The pain due to light pressure, touch, or temperature – a condition called “allodynia” often seen in those with neuropathy – was reduced from 77 percent of the patients to 22 percent by the conclusion of the study. There was also a reduction in pain due to the loss of muscle fibers, (called hyperpathia), from 90 percent of the patients to just 32 percent. The researchers felt that these results “confirmed that benfotiamine was a good starting choice for the treatment of diabetic polyneuropathy.”

Biotin and Chromium – Perfect Partners for Glucose Control

Biotinis a B-vitamin that is absolutely necessary for our bodies to process glucose properly. In fact, in cases of biotin deficiency, the pancreatic islet structure – the “birthplace” of inulin – is altered as well. If you’re deficient, your body’s ability to respond to glucose levels is severely compromised. Biotin has been proven for glucose control in cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. An Iranian study found that it reduced A1C and fasting blood sugar levels in individuals with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes.

Chromiumis an essential trace mineral for blood sugar metabolism. It activates insulin receptors, helping to prevent the build-up of glucose in the bloodstream. If you have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, or have elevated blood sugar levels, getting chromium into your regimen is important.

An Indian clinical study followed 20 individuals taking chromium versus the same amount using a placebo. The fasting blood glucose level for those in the chromium group dropped from an average of 197 to 103 in just three months. Their triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels were brought down to healthier levels, too. The authors of the study concluded that chromium would be especially beneficial for people with newly onset diabetes.

Biotin and chromium used together have shown strong results as well.

In a four-week Yale University School of Medicine study, patients with type 2 diabetes taking biotin/chromium saw a reduction in their glucose of an average of -9.7 percent versus a +5.1 percent gain for the placebo group. Like other studies of a biotin and chromium combination, triglyceride levels dropped as well. Additionally, there were no adverse events in the study – something that most prescription drugs can’t claim.

Take Charge of Your Blood Sugar Levels and Your Life

Diabetes is an epidemic, but you don’t have to become a statistic. By simply changing just 3 things—food choices, exercise, and including extensively-researched ingredients to your regimen, you can fight this potentially disabling and life-threatening illness.

You have the power to take control and make a difference. Getting your blood sugar under control can add years to your life and give you many healthy tomorrows.

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

Biotin

667 mcg

Chromium (as Chromium Nicotinate Glycinate Chelate)

200 mcg

Mulberry (Morus Alba L.) Leaf Extract

335 mg

Benfotiamine

100 mg

Purslane (Portuluca oleracea L.) Aerial Extract

60 mg

 

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Do you have any advice for someone with a hiatal hernia?

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Q. Dear Terry, “Do you have any advice for someone with a hiatal hernia?” — Barbara D., Jersey City, NJ

A. Dear Barbara, A hiatal hernia is a condition in which the stomach bulges up into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm (the muscular wall separating the chest cavity from the abdomen.

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

I also have some natural ingredients that you may want to consider adding to your daily regimen to help reduce the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux.

I especially like a combination of d-limonene and sea buckthorn oil. The synergistic blend of d-limonene and sea buckthorn oil greatly improves healthy digestive function. Sea buckthorn has been clinically studied for healing ulcers and other gastric lining inflammation that can also cause heartburn, and d-limonene has been studied for GERD. This combination is also very soothing to the mucosa of the digestive tract. I recommend taking 1 softgel of this combination twice daily. Be patient, as it may take a month or two to see improvements.

I also recommend adding a clinically studied, encapsulated DGL. DGL, which stands for “deglycyrrhizinated licorice,” is a special licorice extract that has filtered out glycyrrhizin, a compound in licorice which can raise blood pressure. DGL is a strong antioxidant, antimicrobial agent, and helps reduce inflammation. It also helps soothe the stomach and intestines by keeping the mucosal lining strong and intact, which can be beneficial to individuals who suffer from heartburn and indigestion. I recommend taking 75 mg of this special encapsulated DGL twice daily.

Lastly, you may also want to consider consulting with a licensed chiropractor. They may be able to offer additional safe and effective alternatives such as adjustments and/or manipulations to treat hiatal hernia.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Sea Buckthorn Enriches and Revitalizes

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This berry from the Arctic area has very special properties, including the rare omega 7 oil. It helps prevent dryness of your skin, mouth, eyes, and mucous membranes and has been the subject of very interesting clinical studies showing its benefits, especially for vaginal dryness.

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Do you have any recommendations when it comes to spider veins?

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Q. Dear Terry, “Do you have any recommendations when it comes to spider veins?” — Toni D., Shreveport, LA

A. Dear Toni, Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that usually develop in the legs and can be seen through the skin. While spider veins rarely are a serious health problem, they can cause uncomfortable feelings (itching, burning) in the legs. Spider veins are most often caused by the backup of blood. However, they can also be caused by hormone changes, exposure to the sun, and injuries.

When it comes to spider veins, I do have a few options that you may find helpful.

I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a combination of red vine leaf extract and butcher’s broom to your daily regimen. Red vine leaf extract contains anthocyanins, in addition to a range of other protective polyphenols, and has been clinically proven to relieve the pain associated with varicose/spider veins. Butcher’s broom is also extremely well known for treating varicose/spider veins. Together, these two powerful botanicals have the ability to strengthen the veins of the legs and can help stop any pain and swelling you may be experiencing. I recommend taking 1 capsule of this blend twice daily. When looking for a formula, make sure to choose one that contains red vine leaf and butcher’s broom that are standardized for their active compounds.

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have a pinched nerve in my back.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have been told by my doctor that I have a pinched nerve in my back. What can I take to help alleviate some of the discomfort I am experiencing?” — Adolfo G., Toledo, OH

A. Dear Adolfo, I do have some options that I believe will make a significant difference. I would also encourage you to consult with a chiropractor to see if they can help.

I believe you would benefit greatly by taking a blend of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and zinc, among others. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of the pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing. When looking for a formula, choose one that features B vitamins in their “active” forms, as well as minerals in the form of amino acid chelates. Active B vitamins do not need to be converted in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate up to 30% of our population) do not convert B vitamins well, and don’t receive full benefits. I also prefer the amino acid chelates for minerals, because they are so much better absorbed. I recommend taking 1-2 capsules of this combination three times daily.

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Atherosclerosis, Aneurysms, or Deep Vein Thrombosis

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Blood vessels – arteries and veins – are crucially important in any effort to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, aneurysms, and strokes, yet there are no drugs that will make blood vessels stronger and resistant to rupture.  However, there is a clinically studied nutrient that can make blood vessels stronger – mesoglycan.  This nutrient:

  • Strengthens weak arteries and blood vessels
  • Improves blood flow and prevents abnormal blood clots
  • Makes arteries and veins more flexible
  • Relieves pain and bruising of chronic venous insufficiency
  • Protects delicate blood vessels in the eyes, preserving vision
  • Stops heart disease and other circulatory problems in their tracks
  • Helps prevent aneurysms – potentially life-threatening weakness and bulging in arteries

We are in the middle of a cardiovascular crisis.

One in every three deaths in America is due to heart disease or stroke – equivalent to 2,200 deaths every day. Heart disease is also expensive – over $400 billion dollars a year in healthcare costs and lost productivity. High blood pressure, oxidized LDL cholesterol and atherosclerosis, chronic inflammation, and even other diseases such as diabetes and abnormal thyroid levels are associated with developing heart disease. Experts have estimated that if we were to eliminate heart disease, we’d add about 10 years to the average human lifespan.

Many factors figure into heart and blood vessel disease, including strokes, but one thing they have in common is the strength of the blood vessel wall, and the need for uninterrupted, healthy blood circulation. There are no drugs to make the blood vessels stronger, but there is an amazingly powerful building block nutrient called mesoglycan.

In this Terry Talks Nutrition®, I’m going to discuss mesoglycan as an excellent source of building blocks called glycosaminoglycans, or GAGs – vital and necessary components that build the walls of our blood vessels and arteries.

Mesoglycan has been shown to prevent or slow atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) as well as to treat other diseases of the veins and arteries, including chronic venous insufficiency and diabetic retinopathy. Mesoglycan has more than one mechanism of action: it works on the actual formation of blood vessel walls, helping them to be strong, yet flexible, plus it helps keep blood moving through our arteries and blood vessels. This amazing compound provides a world of benefits for the entire circulatory system.

 

Strengthens Arteries, Prevents Abnormal Clotting, Promotes Blood Flow

Blood clots form from a protein called fibrin. Mesoglycan, aside from helping build the structure of blood vessels and arteries, also shows fibrinolytic activity. That is, it inhibits the effects of fibrinogen – a marker of inflammation and a precursor to fibrin and abnormal blood-clots– both of which can contribute to heart attack or stroke.  I think it is important to note that while mesoglycan helps prevent abnormal blood clots, it does not “thin” the blood. Mesoglycan also appears to improve the fluid properties of red blood cells. This may be due to changes in red cell membrane permeability and cell surface electric charges, or other interactions between the glycan and red membranes. Researchers are still investigating this aspect of mesoglycan and healthy blood flow.

Consider the clinical studies of 18 patients with heart disease (either general atherosclerosis or from diabetes). In a 9-day trial, mesoglycan showed healthy anti-clotting activity after just one dose! Repeated administration showed similar effects, so it was an ongoing benefit.

Another similar clinical trial involving patients dealing with atherosclerotic disease (general or with non-insulin dependent diabetes) showed an improvement in blood flow after just 30 days.

Of course, preserving strong, flexible arteries is about more than protecting the heart.  It’s estimated that the human body has about 60,000 miles of blood vessels – all of which have, and need, mesoglycan in order to function! This includes our entire cardiovascular system, including arteries, veins, and other “microcirculatory” vessels in delicate organs like the eyes and brain.

I think it’s important to keep a holistic outlook when you’re talking about one of our most complex systems. So if you want to support your entire cardiovascular system, you need to include the entire network. And for that, mesoglycan is extremely valuable.

Prevents and Treats Stroke

For example, in clinical studies, mesoglycan has also been shown to help vessel walls remain flexible, as well as to decrease plasma fibrinogen (again, reducing the risk of abnormal clotting) in patients who had previously suffered a stroke.

In fact, in one case, 40 individuals who had a transitory ischemic cerebral attack (TIA), a temporary stoppage of blood often called a “mini-stroke”, were treated with mesoglycan for two years. Aside from four people who had a relapse, the overall effect was very positive. This is very significant. Transitory or transient ischemic attacks are also considered “warning strokes”, and point to potentially debilitating or fatal problems in the future. The fact that mesoglycan was able to stop the recurrence of these clots provides real hope for anyone at risk of stroke.

For those who have suffered from a stroke, mesoglycan can help recovery because of the way it strengthens blood vessels in the brain. In an open trial, mesoglycan improved mood, autonomy, memory and emotional lability – the sharp, extreme changes in mood or emotional responses which may or may not be related to the mood at hand – in those with a history of stroke.

Stops Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

Mesoglycan also strengthens veins in the legs and relieves symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), stops venous ulcers and helps prevent the potentially damaging and dangerous clotting in the veins known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Clinical tests showed that mesoglycan stopped the recurrence of DVT, a normally common occurrence. It also relieved the pain, bruising, and overall mobility of those with CVI.

Another clinical study examined the effects of mesoglycan on patients with intermittent claudication – difficulty and pain from walking due to peripheral atherosclerosis, a narrowing and stiffening of the blood vessels in the legs.  In this case, the patients had blocked veins in their ankles, but did not have diabetes. By the end of the study, those in the mesoglycan group had fewer “ischemic events” and better walking distance than the placebo group.

For anyone with CVI, mesoglycan is considered by researchers to be an excellent natural medicine to be used in conjunction with conventional treatment, including compression stockings and other wound care. It has been clinically shown to help heal leg ulcers in just 90 days. In fact, in the mesoglycan group, the leg sores were resolved in 75% of the individuals in that time. It took 136 days for the placebo group to get the same results – using only conventional care.

Aside from arteries and major blood vessels, mesoglycan also strengthens the fragile blood vessels in the eye.

Protects Eyesight, Repairs Retinopathy

We often take our vision for granted, until something happens to make us realize how precious of a gift it truly is. For people with diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, this can be one of the most frightening aspects of the disease – losing eyesight because of the damage to these tiny blood vessels. Fortunately, mesoglycan provides a ray of hope here as well.

In a double blind, placebo-controlled study of patients suffering diabetic retinopathy, mesoglycan significantly reduced vision-damaging microhemorrages (small areas of bleeding) and micro aneurysms (small areas of blood vessel wall weakness and bulging). At the conclusion of the 6-month study, the researchers found that it was very well tolerated, and certainly warranted further study based on these powerful results.

Additional Mesoglycan Benefits

Heparan sulfate – a component of mesoglycan – is also critical to our cardiovascular system. Like the mesoglycan it is derived from, heparan sulfate proteoglycans are found in the endothelial cellular walls of arteries and blood vessels. They help build up the structure of veins and keep a healthy blood flow through the arteries. One thing to note, however, is that heparan sulfate is not the same as heparin, the blood-thinning drug.

In scientific studies, heparan sulfate was noted to not only help build and maintain cardiovascular tissue, but to actually strengthen it during times of stress. When you think about how much oxidative stress the heart and circulatory system has to bear, this is excellent news.

Other studies have shown that heparan sulfate is not only critical to the development and maintenance of our arteries, but actually helps balance triglyceride and cholesterol levels as well.

Another GAG found in mesoglycan is dermatan sulfate. While most often studied as a component of mesoglycan, dermatan sulfate, even on its own, has studies showing it protects the heart from injury during specific kinds of physical stress and also helps prevent DVT.

Mesoglycan – The Natural Artery Builder You Need

You don’t need to be a statistic in the ongoing cardiovascular crisis in America. Nature often has a better way, and mesoglycan is part of it.

The mesoglycan I recommend is from a porcine source, so it is bioidentical to the same building blocks in our own bodies. Mesoglycan helps the body strengthen weakened veins, reduce abnormal blood clotting, and promote blood flow – all vitally important to anyone with worries about heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, DVT, or any other circulatory problem. For anyone with these concerns, I strongly recommend that you make mesoglycan a regular part of your supplement regimen. It is a safe, natural way to reinvigorate your entire circulatory system!

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Mesoglycan

as a naturally occurring complex of glycosaminoglycans (porcine source)

50 mg

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Summer Drinks

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Don’t Cool off With These Drinks…! Drink This Instead…!
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Parkinson’s – Focus On Prevention

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One of the things I focus on is the notion that the preventive medicine mentality needs to be brought to the arena of brain related disorders. Can Parkinson’s Disorder be prevented? The answer is “Yes.” Parkinson’s may very well be related to some things we are exposed to in the environment.

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For a reduction of periodontal disease and gum inflammation…

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… after brushing your teeth, swish your mouth with a blend of clove, cinnamon, thyme and oregano.  This blend will kill the harmful bacteria in the mouth and reduce inflammation.

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Many people experience occasional dry eyes from viewing TV’s and computers as well as outdoor activities from wind and sun…

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Some people may even experience dry eyes, which is classified as a deficiency of vitamin B2, but pharmaceutical companies want to classify every disorder that humans can experience as a disease so now dry eyes is a disease.  But, dry eyes can be completely eliminated by taking a B complex containing vitamin B2 and a softgel capsule containing sea buckthorn oil.

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Adrenal Burnout and Chronic Fatigue

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Terry’s Bottom Line

If you struggle with adrenal problems, natural ingredients can help. This formula can help keep you on an even keel and stay emotionally and physically energetic without making you feel “revved up” or jittery. Together, these ingredients will:

  • 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 also plays 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. Although the thyroid is often the first gland that comes to mind for people with fatigue, I recommend you defer any thyroid stimulation until you’re certain of your adrenal health. If you stimulate thyroid function first, without regard to the adrenal glands, you’ll boost metabolism, and place more demands on the adrenals. Ideally, you repair adrenal function and then support the thyroid – if necessary.

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!

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

Vitamin C

200 mg

Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxal-5-phosphate)

10 mg

Pantothenic Acid (Calcium Pantothenate)

100 mg

Adrenal Extract (freeze dried)

450 mg

L-Tyrosine

450 mg

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Root (5:1) Extract

125 mg

Rehmannia (Rehmannia glutinosa) Root (5:1) Extract

75 mg

Pregnenolone

15 mg

DHEA

10 mg

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 recently started to experience ringing in my right ear.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have recently started to experience ringing in my right ear.  I went to the ear doctor and had them checked out. According to the doctor both ears checked out just fine; however, I am still experiencing the ringing.  Is there anything I can take that might help?  I am 71 years old and in good health.” — Gloria N., Ontario, Canada

A. Dear Gloria, The term “tinnitus” refers to a ringing, swishing, or other type of noise that seems to originate in the ear or head. Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from this disorder. Common causes of tinnitus include nerve damage, the aging process, use of certain medications, and exposure to loud noise, among others. In the majority of cases, tinnitus is considered a nuisance that eventually resolves.

However, if you are still experiencing some ringing, I would first recommend adding a high quality Ginkgo biloba formula to your daily regimen. A potent antioxidant, Ginkgo biloba helps toprotect cells against damaging free radicals. In addition, it’s also capable of increasing the oxygen carrying capacity in the blood and reducing swelling. Look for a Ginkgo biloba formula that is standardized to contain 24% ginkgoflavonglycosides and 6% terpene lactones. I recommend taking 120 mg twice daily.

If the ringing is not gone within a week or two of taking Ginkgo biloba, there are some wonderful homeopathic products specific to tinnitus that you may want to consider.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have 3 cold sores on my bottom lip.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have 3 cold sores on my bottom lip. What may be causing them and how can I get rid of them?” — Kathleen G., Erie, PA

A. Dear Kathleen, Cold sores often pop up during or after a stressful event. That’s because stress causes damage to the cells in your body and weakens your immune defenses. This is important when you’re dealing with viral intruders that use the cells to replicate. In the same way that having a good, solid foundation for your home helps it weather storms, strong cells repel viruses.

My first recommendation is for a combination of daily nutrients, including elderberry, vitamins A, C and D, along with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and bioflavonoids, which can help keep your immune system strong throughout the year, and – in higher dosages – gives your immune system an additional boost. All of these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, or immune-supportive properties. I suggest taking 1 tablet daily as a maintenance dose, and 1-2 tablets three times daily when your immune systems needs an additional boost.

Calcium lactate – along with magnesium – also helps fight virus-caused irritations like cold sores, as well as fever blisters. I have found that both types of sores heal extremely well and quickly when you maintain a higher level of calcium. While more well-known for its ability to protect bones, calcium also protects soft tissue from conditions such as rashes, sun burn, fever blisters, cold sores and cold and flu.

When purchasing a formula, look for one that features calcium lactate with magnesium citrate. Take 2 capsules of calcium lactate three times the first day, and in my experience, that stops the pain and tenderness of the cold sore within the first day. As the sores being to heal, you can then decrease to 1-2 capsules daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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What if You Could Increase Omega-3 Absorption 50 Times?

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All omega-3 fatty acid sources are not equal. Terry explains the difference between the different carriers of fatty acids, and how they are absorbed by your body, and dramatic differences with phospholipids.

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I have been diagnosed with sciatic nerve pain due to a tight piriformis muscle.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have been diagnosed with sciatic nerve pain due to a tight piriformis muscle, which is very painful. I would appreciate any help you can give me to alleviate this pain in my lower back. Thank you for your help.” — Bonnie S., Cincinnati, OH

A. Dear Bonnie, The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body and runs from the spinal cord to the buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg. It controls many of the muscles in the lower legs and provides feeling to the thighs, legs and feet. Sciatica refers to pain that often develops due to the sciatic nerve being compressed or “pinched”. The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort.

I do have some options that I believe will make a significant difference. However, I would first encourage you to consult with a healthcare practitioner that specializes in sports medicine and/or a physical therapist who can work with you on some stretches and exercises for the piriformis muscle.

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

I believe you would also benefit greatly by taking a blend of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and zinc, among others. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of the pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing. When looking for a formula, choose one that features B vitamins in their “active” forms, as well as minerals in the form of amino acid chelates. Active B vitamins do not need to be converted in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate up to 30% of our population) do not convert B vitamins well, and don’t receive full benefits. I also prefer the amino acid chelates for minerals, because they are so much better absorbed. I recommend taking 2 capsules of this combination three times daily for 30 days, then reduce to 2 capsules twice daily thereafter.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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For good health, don’t overdo your exercise program.

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The other day I was sitting in a park overlooking a beautiful lake when two young girls ran past me several times and eventually sat next to me on the same park bench to rest.  I said to them, “I guess you were running, was someone chasing you?”  They both laughed and said, “no, we are trying to stay healthy and fit”.  I said, “did you know that running will not make you fit or healthy?”  Both exclaimed, “I can’t believe that.  Many experts are recommending that we run to stay healthy and fit.”  And I answered, “maybe they haven’t told you the whole story.  While running can burn off calories and help people lose weight, it is not the most effective way to burn calories or to stay fit and healthy.  Running causes severe damage to the muscles and joints and is not a very good investment to burn calories.  Keep in mind that the heart is a muscle, it is not strengthened by running as it damages all muscles including the heart.  We can’t strengthen the heart with exercise stress and all exercise is stressful.  When you ladies ran by several times, I could not help but see your breasts bouncing which is certainly not good as the muscles attached to the breast can be stretched and damaged.  As we lose weight through running or any other aerobic exercise such as aerobic dancing or spinning, 50% of the weight we lose is muscle so not only do we lose muscle but we become flabby.  The best way to become fit and healthy is with some form of weight bearing exercise.  Moderate weight lifting, kettle bells, or walking with weights makes more sense because it strengthens the muscles while burning calories and building bone.  There is nothing healthy about running.  The major benefits of exercise come from doing brief and intense exercises.  Long distance runners, or those who do moderate running for an extended period of time like jogging an hour, are usually thin and gaunt while those who perform track sports that are brief but intense in nature such as the 100 yard dash or the 440 are very fit and muscular.  Most sports, whether it’s running or weight lifting, are usually overdone as the thought is, if I want to be better I have to do more.  More is never better.  Just the right intensity for a brief period of time, with plenty of rest between bouts of exercise, will stimulate the body to grow fit with toned muscles and a better, healthy outcome.  All I’m asking for you ladies to do is to rethink your exercise program, to maybe adopt kettle bells using the kettle bell swing for 30 to 60 seconds, rest for one or two minutes, and do this for five or six cycles.  You have probably exercised a couple of minutes and the whole procedure won’t take more than 15 or 20 minutes doing this one to three times a week with better cardiovascular function than if you ran an hour three or four times a week.  I would suggest to you ladies that you concentrate on a healthy diet, get rid of carbs, sugar and soft drinks, include an intense, brief, infrequent workout program and exercise only when you find that you thoroughly enjoy it.  Since exercise is stressful, it’s more important to include enough rest than more exercise.  Try this for six weeks and then meet me back here in the same spot and tell me how great you feel.  For good health, don’t overdo your exercise program.”

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Metabolic Syndrome

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Metabolic Syndrome is a name for a group of conditions including: Abdominal obesity (apple shape),  High blood pressure, High triglycerides, Low HDL cholesterol, High blood sugar levels (insulin resistance). Metabolic syndrome is extremely common. So – how to avoid Metabolic Syndrome?

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I have had Parkinson’s disease for 4 years now.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have had Parkinson’s disease for 4 years now.  I have tremors in my right hand and leg.  I’m on a prescription medication – it doesn’t work that well, but does take the edge off.  Is there anything natural I could take to relieve the tremors?  Are there other vitamins or herbs I should be taking on a regular basis?” — Sue P., Dallas, TX

A. Dear Sue, I applaud the proactive steps you are taking to optimize your health. I am glad to say I do have some recommendations. However, I strongly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your healthcare practitioner. I think the best health outcomes are achieved when all those involved are in the loop and cooperating.

I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.

You may also want to consider adding a clinically studied, uniquely standardized boswellia extract. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 500 mg of this unique boswellia extract twice daily.

Be sure to look for a boswellia extract that provides 500 mg of Boswellia serrata gum resin extract standardized to contain 70% total organic and boswellic acids with 10% AKBA. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract – look for an extract that contains 5% or less beta-boswellic acid. This is the right ratio for a strong – yet natural – boswellia extract.

I also strongly recommend supplementing with vitamin D because it plays such a crucial role in multiple health issues. There are two forms of vitamin D used in supplements. Vitamin D2 is the form of vitamin D synthesized by plants. It is also known as ergocalciferol. Cholecalciferol, or vitamin D3, is the form that is produced by the human body. Both D2 and D3 can increase circulating vitamin D levels, although many people prefer to use the D3 form as it is closer to what is already found in the body. I recommend taking 5,000-10,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 daily.

In addition to the natural ingredients mentioned above, you may also want to consider modifying your diet.  If you are not doing so already, I highly recommend taking a good look at your diet. Dietary restrictions would include avoiding all gluten and soy products. I would also recommend restricting carbohydrates and sugar to less than 50 grams per day. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have just been diagnosed with osteoporosis in my left hip.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have just been diagnosed with osteoporosis in my left hip.  I am a 63 year old woman, a walker and do yoga regularly and have a pretty good diet that includes calcium and vitamin D3, so this has scared the daylights out of me.  I am curious as to what you might suggest?” — Ellen M., Springfield, Massachusetts

A. Dear Ellen, I am glad to say I do have some natural options for you. However, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what they think about the following recommendations.

I would first recommend adding organic silica from horsetail to your regimen. It may surprise you to know this, but silica – not calcium – is the top osteoporosis supplement in parts of Europe. In fact, studies have shown that silica can increase calcium absorption by 50% and bone density by 15%. Silica tends to be poorly absorbed, so look for a product that contains organic silica and bioflavonoids, blended with marine oil. This form of silica is clinically studied, extremely soluble, and virtually 100% bioavailable for the body. I recommend taking a formula that provides 40 mg of silica daily.

You may also want to consider taking a combination of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D3, K1 and K2, silicon, boron, zinc, copper and manganese complimented with a probiotic (the “good bacteria” that helps us absorb nutrients) such as Bacillus coagulans to support bone health and increase bone density. I recommend taking 2 tablets at lunch and 2 tablets at dinner or bedtime.

The trace mineral strontium is also essential for optimal bone health. Strontium is a component of bones and occurs naturally in the body. Studies using strontium in the treatment of osteoporosis showed significant improvements in bone mineral density (BMD). Look for a formula that contains strontium citrate, a very absorbable form of strontium. I recommend 680 mg of elemental strontium at breakfast.

Please note that since strontium and calcium are absorbed via the same pathway, they should be taken separately, several hours apart from one another. Therefore, I would suggest taking strontium in the morning and other bone building minerals later in the day and at bedtime.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I am losing a lot of hair each time I shampoo.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have been approached to have a hair analysis done. I am losing a lot of hair each time I shampoo. In addition to the hair loss, my skin is very dry, my fingernails are splitting and peeling, my eyebrows are getting very thin, and my eye lashes have gaps in the bottom eyelids where there are no lashes. Do you think a hair analysis could tell me why? I thank you for your answer.” — Tammie K., Atlanta, GA

A. Dear Tammie, I can save you time and money – you don’t need the hair analysis. Hair loss can often be an indication of an underactive thyroid.

I would first recommend consulting with your healthcare practitioner to rule out the possibility that an underlying condition is causing your symptoms. If everything checks out, I would then suggest trying the following nutrients.

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Iodine, the Forgotten Mineral

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Iodine – the forgotten mineral – plays a crucial role in thyroid health, as well as breast and prostate health. Terry discusses how iodine acts as a detoxifying agent, an immune enhancer and thyroid support, as well as the optimal dosage needed for these benefits.

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A Better Omega-3 for A Sharp Mind and A Strong Heart

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You don’t have to take spoonfuls of heavily processed fish oil or handfuls of capsules just to get your omega-3s. There is a supplemental form that is better, fresher, and smarter than fish or krill oil – all in just one tablet daily!

This phospholipid-bound omega-3 supplement from salmon is gently processed using enzymes and water and supports many health concerns, including:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol balance
  • Depression
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Anti-aging
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke and heart attack prevention

Fish oil has been a popular supplement for decades. Aside from eating a lot of fatty fish, it was really the only way to get a beneficial level of omega-3s. But it leaves a lot to be desired. Besides being tough on the stomach, and causing fish burps, most fish oils or capsules require large doses and are very inconvenient.  Also, they can deplete the body of antioxidants.

Fortunately, that’s a thing of the past.

There is now a better way to get your omega-3s from fish. It is a revolutionary supplement that combines the best of science and nature for a much better omega-3 experience. It features phospholipid-bound omega-3s from salmon – in just one tablet per day – and it’s the focus of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Phospholipid-Bound = Better Absorbed

This new method uses a patented, gentle water and enzyme process to extract naturally occurring marine phospholipids with the omega-3 fatty acids DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) from salmon. It creates a supplement that is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. Because of this process, omega-3 fatty acids are carried by phospholipids — and are absolutely identical to the omega-3 fatty acids in the human brain.

This perfect match allows the body to absorb and use the fatty acids very efficiently. In fact, researchers have found that omega-3s naturally bound to phospholipids are much better utilized by the body.

Bioactive Peptides Not Found in Fish or Krill Oil

Peptides are groups of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. You probably haven’t heard much about peptides in your fish, flax, or krill oil supplements. There’s a good reason for that – they don’t have them.

 

However, the phospholipid supplemental form from salmon that I recommend provides an array of bioactive peptides that protect against heart and brain disease.  Plus, these peptides may help improve the absorption of DHA and EPA, too, so it’s a real plus to have them in your omega-3 supplement.

100% Salmon, Naturally

This revolutionary supplement uses 100% fresh salmon. No extreme heat or chemicals are used to extract the phospholipid-bound omega-3s. This means a big difference in the ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most.

Unlike many omega-3 supplements, this form uses only one species of fish – Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Native to the cold waters of the North Atlantic, the salmon are contained in ocean fjords in Norway and Scotland. These deep-water, narrow inlets are protected with marine-friendly nets that both protect the salmon and prevent them from leaving the fjord. However, they have all the advantages of ocean life – fresh, clean water, and natural diets – without the dangers of predation. Being a managed population – “wild farmed” – means that the salmon aren’t culled from rapidly depleting wild stocks. It also means they are not kept in shallow, artificial “fish farms” miles inland in unsanitary conditions. Additionally, no part of the salmon is wasted – the head tissue (rich in phospholipids) is used for the supplement, and the rest of the body is filleted for food. The entire process is completely sustainable and responsibly managed.

Better Than Fish, Better Than Krill

Most fish oils, on the other hand, are extracted from a variety of small, cold water fish that undergo a lot of processing. The “cooling and pressing” steps, for example, bring the raw material well above boiling and coagulate the naturally-occurring proteins in the fish. But this uses large quantities of solvents and creates toxic waste that needs to be reprocessed. All this heat and chemical action changes the molecular structure of the fatty acids as well, weakening them and making them more likely to go rancid. And, although krill oil products tout phospholipid-bound omega-3s, they are generally heavily processed using hexane, and many believe krill harvesting is not sustainable.

Both fish and krill oil have something in common: rancidity. When oils are exposed to oxygen, they develop rancidity, and the level of rancidity increases with time. Healthy oils like olive oil may be stable (less rancid) for more than a year, but because of the processing, many fish and krill oils develop high levels of rancidity quickly. Rancidity creates the hardest to quench free radical in the body called hydroxyl free radical. The body then has to use up its store of important antioxidants to protect itself from this free radical damage. Therefore, these rancid oils actually deplete the body of the antioxidants we need to survive and thrive!

Laboratory tests can detect how rancid a product is by looking for certain markers called peroxide and anisidine, and calculating a TOTOX value. The higher the TOTOX number, the more rancid the sample. In a recent comparison test, fish and krill oil products were purchased from a retail setting – just like you would buy them as a consumer – and sent to a laboratory for TOTOX testing, along with a tableted phospholipid omega-3 from salmon. All the fish and krill oil samples had detectable levels of rancidity. There was zero rancidity in the tablet of phospholipid omega-3 from salmon. Because it is not an oil, and because of the incredible stability of phospholipids, this product was absolutely free of rancidity. In fact, it is stable at room temperature for as long as 2 years. There is no fish oil on the market that can be left out in the open for two years without becoming rancid! For you, a stable product free of rancidity means better results for your health, and a product that is easier to take as it won’t cause fish burps or an upset stomach.

One Tablet Per Day and No Fish Burps!

Omega-3 absorption is a consideration with fish oils, too. While researchers have seen impressive results with fish oil, the fact that the omega-3s are triglyceride-bound limits their absorption.

That’s because fatty acids like EPA and DHA are very “lazy” nutrients by nature—they need to be carried everywhere. Triglycerides transport these nutrients about as well as an old broken-down bicycle — not very efficiently or quickly. Phospholipids, on the other hand, carry EPA and DHA like a race car – very easily and very fast.

 Normally, you have to take a lot of fish oil just to see a benefit—anywhere from 4 to 6 grams, or around 10 to 12 or more capsules a day! But with this form, the recommended daily dose is just one tablet per day. It delivers bioidentical EPA and DHA bound to phospholipids so the body can utilize the omega-3s easily.

Get the Most from Omega-3 Supplementation!

Without a doubt, the omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil have achieved remarkable things.

After all, essential fatty acids are integral to the membrane of cells, holding them together and protecting them against invaders. Essential fatty acids are also used to make hormone-like substances called eicosanoids, which regulate the secretion of hormones and digestive juices and influence the way cells divide and grow. Eicosanoids are responsible for both inhibiting blood clotting, and helping promote it when it’s necessary, such as after an injury.

Plus, EPA and DHA from fish oil improve heart health and blood profiles, relieve pain through anti-inflammatory action, enhance immunity, elevate mood, and alleviate the symptoms of ADHD, diabetes, skin diseases, menstrual pain, and more. In fact, one of the most important uses of DHA is the promotion of brain and vision development in infants and children. This neurological connection has led to research involving fish oil fatty acids in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and depression.And for this, the increased bioavailability of phospholipid-bound omega-3s poses some exciting possibilities for neurological health.

In an in vitro study published in the Journal of Neurochemistry, researchers pre-treated nerve cells with DHA from this phospholipid-bound omega-3 source for 48 hours before exposing them to substances known to cause the brain cell damage associated with Alzheimer’s.

The DHA pretreatment greatly increased nerve cell survival and reduced damage. The researchers concluded that “Such neuroprotective effects could be of major interest in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.”

Omega-3’s are Essential for Your Health

Getting these components into everyone’s daily regimen is truly essential. But it’s time to rethink the delivery of these nutrients, and that’s why I’m pleased about the specialized form of phospholipid-bound omega-3 fatty acids. It creates a fresh and stable omega-3 product that carries the long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, EPA and DHA, in a convenient form that heart and brain tissues can utilize best. At just one tablet a day, it makes getting your omega-3s so easy that you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel!

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

Omega-3 Phospholipid Peptide Complex

Containing Phospholipids, Omega-3 [DHA (docosahexaenoic) and EPA
(eicosapentaenoic)] and bioactive peptides extracted from Atlantic Salmon
(Salmo salar), in a balanced ratio as found naturally in salmon; not chemically altered or artificially spiked with DHA/EPA

292 mg

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The Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme Disease: Sorting Through the Controversy and Regaining Health

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Presented by Dr. Nathan and Dr. Teitelbaum

Successfully diagnosing and treating Lyme disease can be complicated and frustrating for patient and practitioner alike. The most common tick-borne infection in the United States, Lyme disease symptoms are diverse and can vary greatly from person to person. The medical community is divided on the best approach to treatment, and diagnosis may be difficult as well, increasing the risk of long-term complications of this disease.

In this special two-hour event, Dr. Nathan and Dr. Teitelbaum will help clarify the controversies surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease, and provide guidance on its effective diagnosis, treatment, and long term recovery.

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Fat Soluble Vitamins

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Vitamin E: Used for: prevention of strokes, heart disease, cataracts, and cancer
Vitamin K: Used for: blood clotting, bone formation
Vitamin D: Useful for: bone formation, cancer prevention, mental function, immune system and cold and flu prevention.

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I have suffered from chronic insomnia for 3 years and tried just about every sleep aid product on the market.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have suffered from chronic insomnia for 3 years and tried just about every sleep aid product on the market. I am hoping you may have some suggestions.” — Leslie G., Independence, MO

A. Dear Leslie, I strongly recommend that you look at adding vitamin B6 to your daily regimen. Vitamin B6 can raise serotonin levels, which is beneficial for inducing sleep. You want to look for a product that features B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phospate (P-5-P) in combination with magnesium glycinate. P-5-P is the biologically active form of vitamin B6. Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. Take 1-2 two capsules of this formula 30-45 minutes before bedtime.

If you find you are having a hard time falling asleep because you just can’t seem to turn your brain “off”, I believe you would also benefit greatly from taking a unique narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia). Researchers at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences discovered that when grown under the right conditions, harvested and processed in a particular way, and taken at the right dosage level, compounds in this unique type of coneflower can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. The unique compounds in this particular coneflower extract have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which help to instill a sense of calm and relaxation. Taken before bedtime, this extract will help calm your mind so it can listen to your body’s own natural sleep signals. I suggest taking 2 tablets 30-45 minutes before bedtime.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Turn Tired, Heavy Legs into Happy Legs!

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If you have varicose veins or legs that are swollen, heavy, and tired, there are natural ingredients that can help.

Red Vine Leaf Extract and Butcher’s Broom are a powerful combination of two clinically-tested botanicals to:

  • Repair blood vessels in legs
  • Stop formation of varicose veins
  • Help prevent chronic venous insufficiency
  • Eliminate the heavy, painful feeling in your legs
  • Strengthen blood vessels throughout the body

For many people who work on their feet, tired, swollen legs may just seem like a fact of life. But it doesn’t have to be.

There are two powerful botanicals that have the ability to strengthen the veins of the legs and help stop the pain and swelling you’ve come to accept. They actually help improve the structure of leg veins, making this problem a thing of the past. Sound good? Well, keep reading, because this combination is the subject of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Red Vine Leaf Extract:

Red vine leaf may sound strange, but it is more familiar than you might think. If you’re already aware of the amazing effects of resveratrol from red wine, then consider red vine leaf its first cousin. The leaves from the red grape plant (Vitis vinifera) also contain some of the same powerful natural compounds that are one of the grapes’ great gifts. In fact, in addition to resveratrol, red vine leaf extract also provides anthocyanins and a range of other protective polyphenols. Best yet, it has been clinically proven to relieve the pain and swollen legs associated with varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

Plus, red vine leaf extract is an excellent ingredient for overall circulatory system health, so while it’s helping strengthen the veins in your legs, it strengthens the vascular system throughout the body, too.

Clinical studies have definitely shown some real benefits for CVI. In one randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study, individuals with CVI from a wide age range (25 to 75 years old) took either a lower (360 mg) or higher dose (720 mg) of red vine leaf extract, or a placebo. The patients involved in the study were not using any conventional treatments for CVI, including compression stockings that help “push” blood back up toward the heart (and are usually worn every day), or diuretics.

By the end of the 12-week study, reduced CVI symptoms, including lower leg volume and circumference (due to less swelling and better blood movement from the legs to the heart) were seen in both treatment groups, although those using the higher dosage saw more significant improvements. By contrast, those using the placebo saw no improvement in leg circumference: in fact, the mean measurement actually increased!

The authors of this study felt that for anyone with mild CVI, red leaf vine extract was an excellent intervention, and was at least as effective as compression stockings and other conventional methods of treatment.

In another study, individuals with CVI used the higher dosage of red vine leaf extract, (720 mg) for just six weeks. By the end of the study, all of the subjective symptoms, including tired, heavy legs, tingling sensations, tension, and pain were significantly improved. Even in a short time, red vine leaf extract can make a big difference.

And later, another 12-week study, also using 720 mg of red leaf vine extract, showed similar results, reducing leg volume and improving other “subjective” symptoms, as well.

Yet another study examined how well cutaneous microcirculation – the very small blood vessels under the skin – reacted to a 360 mg red vine leaf extract. Like the other research I’ve mentioned, this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial included patients specifically with CVI. Aside from microvascular blood flow, the study looked at leg edema, and oxygen transport in the blood.

After just six weeks – even at what could be considered a lower dosage – blood flow improved, and leg circumference decreased, proving that red leaf vine extract is a very potent botanical.

Butcher’s Broom:

You’ve probably already heard of butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus). It is extremely well known for treating varicose veins, other symptoms of CVI, and circulatory health in general.

Clinical research investigating butcher’s broom has found impressive results. One multi-center, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial wanted to confirm how effective butcher’s broom extract truly was for CVI. In fact, the researchers very deliberately wanted to use the same standards for butcher’s broom as were used in conventional drugs to treat the same condition.

The study focused on a few parameters, many of the same ones, in fact, as the red vine leaf extract: leg volume changes, circumference of the lower leg and ankle, and subjective symptoms including quality of life, overall effectiveness, and tolerability.

Compared to the placebo, the results were dramatic. Already at 8 weeks, a significant improvement was seen in leg volume (reduced by 16.5 ml) and ankle and leg circumferences. By 12 weeks, leg volume was reduced even further, (20.5 ml), and the heaviness and tension in the legs had noticeably improved for the study participants, too. Butcher’s broom extract was clearly helping the veins in the legs pump blood back up toward the heart, and because of this, the “subjective symptoms” – the feelings that make CVI so tough to live with – became better as well. Best of all, butcher’s broom was well-tolerated, too.

The authors of the study concluded that the botanical was a safe and effective treatment for people dealing with CVI. After all, the results speak for themselves!

The key to butcher’s broom’s effectiveness appears to be the compound ruscogenin. In tests with butcher’s broom alone, or in combination with other ingredients, it helps repair the delicate circulatory machinery that helps our blood vessels work normally. Beyond its ability to fight varicose veins, edema, and thrombosis, it also has anti-inflammatory power.

In combination with other ingredients, butcher’s broom is a good team player. Time and again, clinical studies have shown that it reduces leg swelling and edema and increases “venous tone”, meaning it makes blood vessels and capillaries stronger and healthier.

Not surprisingly, butcher’s broom has been shown to improve other circulatory concerns, too. There is good reason to believe that butcher’s broom would be very useful for those suffering from chronic orthostatic hypotension, a condition of low blood pressure that makes people feel dizzy when standing. This unfortunate concern often affects people with diabetes, Parkinson’s and those with chronic fatigue syndrome.

In this case, blood pools in the limbs throughout the body and only improves when the individual is lying down. Researchers are looking at the potential of butcher’s broom to treat this condition due to its strong history of protecting capillaries and strengthening blood vessel structure. It will be fascinating to see how the uses of this well-respected botanical continue to expand in the years ahead.

Last but not least, improving the strength of blood vessel walls and promoting better circulatory return from the legs can greatly reduce the appearance of varicose veins.

Put Some Spring In Your Step

Aside from red vine leaf extract and butcher’s broom, there are some lifestyle tips I would recommend for anyone dealing with varicose veins or CVI.

First, if you need to be on your feet for work for long periods of time – stretch. Raise your legs occasionally, move them, even while you’re standing still, and flex your lower leg muscles to keep your blood moving.

Second, as tough as it may sound – especially when you’re on your feet all the time – avoid the temptation to sit down immediately after work. You’ll simply feel worse when you get up from the couch, and over the long term, it doesn’t do your blood vessels or overall health any good. Take a leg-stretching stroll around the block instead.

Third, get effective botanicals on your side. It’s important that you get the right, effective ingredients. That’s why the red vine leaf extract I recommend is triple standardized to take full advantage of the many powerful plant compounds, including polyphenols, anthocyanins, and resveratrol. The butcher’s broom extract is standardized for 10% ruscogenins – the herb’s key component.

I think that once you experience how good life can be without the heavy, tired feeling and swelling in your legs, you’ll be happy you tried my suggestions.

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

Proprietary Complex

Containing Red Vine (Vitis vinifera L.) Leaf Extract triple standardized to contain      > 30% polyphenols, > 0.3% anthocyanins, > 5 mg/100 g trans-resveratrols, Butcher’s Broom (Ruscus aculeatus) Root Extract standardized to 10% ruscogenins

1,000 mg

 

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The Rare Omega: Omega-7

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Omega-7 is a unique and rare fatty acid that supports healthy skin and mucous membranes. Found in Sea Buckthorn Berries, which grow near the arctic, they are an incredible source of a wide variety of omega fatty acids. Find out how you can look and feel younger by adding Omega-7 to your diet.

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I have suffered from recurring boils since I was in my teens.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have suffered from recurring boils since I was in my teens. I am now in my 60’s.  It seems as if I can’t get any relief from this condition.  Do you have any suggestions?” — Valerie J., Omaha, NE

A. Dear Valerie, I am sorry to hear that you are having difficulties finding an effective treatment.

My first recommendation is for a combination of Ravintsara, Myrtle, Thyme and Bay Leaf concentrated plant oils. This combination is extremely potent in ridding the body of pathogens. I recommend taking 1 softgel of this blend twice daily.

You may also want to consider adding a second combination of natural, concentrated plant oils to your daily regimen. A combination of Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia), Thyme (Thyme satureioides), Clove (Eugenia caryophyllus), and Oregano (Oregano compactum) oils – some of nature’s most powerful antibacterial ingredients – will help to boost your natural defenses. Take 1 softgel of this concentrated plant oil blend orally twice daily. You could also pierce a softgel with a pin and dab a few drops on the affected area, as needed.

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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My husband has phases where his sense of taste is “off”.

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Q. Dear Terry, “My husband is 62 years old and in great shape.  However, he has phases where his sense of taste is “off,” and sometimes his sense of smell as well.  Is there something he can take to help with this?” — Mary S., Roanoke, VA

A. Dear Mary, First, I recommend that your husband check with his healthcare practitioner to make sure there are no underlying diseases or structural problems that may be causing these issues.

If there are no underlying issues, he may want to consider taking zinc. I would suggest taking 50 mg of zinc glycinate daily for 30 to 60 days and then approximately 10-20 mg daily thereafter.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Legally Prescribed Drugs Kill

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Prescription drugs kill more people annually than car accidents, homicides, street drugs and yet the answer to our health care program is more prescription drugs.  Legally prescribed drugs kill 110,000 people annually.  The drugs that are prescribed for a so-called disease kills more often rather than the disease.  Drugs are not safe but may be justified.  But, ask why and how it’s justified.

 

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The skin, hair and nails beauty ingredient is silica.

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Take 20 mg of silica from horsetail two or three times  a day.

 

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My cardiologist pointed out some moderate calcification in my aorta.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have very painful spurs on both shoulders and both heels. I also have a thoracic aortic aneurysm that I get regular scans for. During one of these routine checks, my cardiologist pointed out some moderate calcification in my aorta. Is there anything I could take to help dissolve these deposits?” — Margarita M., St. Petersburg, FL

A. Dear Margarita, I am glad to say I do have some recommendations. However, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what they think.

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I’ve been diagnosed with frozen shoulder in both shoulders and have quite a bit of pain in my upper arms.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve been diagnosed with frozen shoulder in both shoulders and have quite a bit of pain in my upper arms and sometimes the pain travels down to my wrist.  I’ve had this for 2 months, and it has been getting progressively worse.  I’m hardly able to sleep at all due to the pain.  Do you have any recommendations that might help?” — Teri T., Decatur, IL

A. Dear Teri, I am glad to say I do have some natural options that can help. However, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what they think.

I would first recommend trying a combination of high absorption curcumin with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address any pain you may be experiencing. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise to start by taking one tablet of this blend three times a day. If necessary, you can double the dosage.

You should also consider taking vitamin B6, blended with a highly absorbable magnesium like magnesium glycinate chelate. When looking for a vitamin B6 formula, I strongly recommend choosing one that features vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phospate (P-5-P) in combination with magnesium glycinate. P-5-P is the biologically active form of vitamin B6. Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. In addition to optimizing vitamin B6 metabolism, the magnesium in the glycinate form is much less likely to cause loose stools, and delivers a good dose of magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. Take two capsules of this formula twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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How to Get What You Want, Today and Tomorrow

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What do you really want out of life, and how are you going to get it? Terry believes all things are possible and shares his best strategies for reaching your personal and professional goals.

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I am 77 years old and struggling with depression and anxiety.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I am 77 years old and struggling with depression and anxiety. I was taking a prescription medication, but had to quit taking it due to negative side effects and the fact that it didn’t seem to be helping. Do you have any alternatives that might help?” — Gloria B., Flint, MI

A. Dear Gloria, I am glad to say I do have some recommendations. However, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what they think.

I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. In a recently published clinical study, curcumin was shown to help ease depression symptoms. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.

The next product I would recommend adding to your daily regimen is narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia). Researchers at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences discovered that when grown under the right conditions, harvested and processed in a particular way, and taken at the right dosage level, compounds in this unique type of coneflower can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. The unique compounds in this particular coneflower extract have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which help to instill a sense of calm and relaxation. I recommend taking 40 mg of this specialized coneflower extract twice daily. When choosing a formula, make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract that is standardized for proprietary echinacosides.

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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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 E. 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 two words of advice: avoid antibiotics. Or, perhaps it’s more accurate to say, “avoid synthetic antibiotics”.

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 overprescribing immediately, 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. A combination of four of the strongest concentrated plant oil ingredients is what I recommend 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 isthyme(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. It is from the bark, and oil processed from its bark. At one time, this star of the botanical world was actually worth more than silver in ancient Rome.

You’ve probably heard about cinnamon’s anti-diabetic effects because there have been some very positive developments concerning diabetes and cinnamon extracts. It’s definitely an ironic twist to see an ingredient most often associated with sweets and baked goods actually having a moderating effect on blood glucose levels, but I hope that it yields even more good results in the future.

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!

This combination of 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.

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

Proprietary Formula

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

75 mg

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Vaccine For Shingles – Say No

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Shingles is caused by a virus, the same virus that causes chicken pox.  Most people in their 50s, 60s and 70s had chicken pox.  That means the virus that causes shingles is already in the nervous system.  To reduce the incidence of shingles, it is important to maintain a healthy immune system.  Most vaccines do not work and subject you to more serious side effects.

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Strengthen your back and eliminate back pain and soreness with…

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… boswellia, white willow bark, and devil’s claw.

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I love to ride my bike. However, I have been experiencing some pain in my knees.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I love to ride my bike – right now I am up 12 miles a day. However, I have been experiencing some pain in my knees. Is there anything else I can take to get rid of the pain?” — Nancy P., San Francisco, CA

A. Dear Nancy, I do have some options that I believe will make a significant difference. However, I would first encourage you to consult with a healthcare practitioner that specializes in sport medicine and/or a certified fitness professional who can determine if you are using the correct body mechanics when biking.

If it’s determined that you are doing everything correctly, I would then recommend a combination of highly absorbable curcumin, along with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address any pain you may be experiencing. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking one to two capsules of this blend three times a day.

In addition, I recommend using a different multi-ingredient combination of highly absorbable curcumin and boswellia, along with vitamin D and fructoborate. This quartet of ingredients helps to reduce joint pain and stiffness, as well as rebuild joint structure. I recommend taking one capsule of this blend three times daily.

Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the products you choose feature a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin. It’s also important to find formulas that feature a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid, to at least 5% or less. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You also want a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Do you have a suggestion for someone who suffers from Periodic Limb Movement Disorder?

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Q. Dear Terry, “Do you have a suggestion for someone who suffers from Periodic Limb Movement Disorder? It’s related to Restless Leg/Body Syndrome, but is much more severe and makes it very difficult to sleep.” — Jordy K., Columbus, OH

A. Dear Jordy, I’m sorry to hear that you are struggling with this disorder. Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is a sleep disorder characterized by rhythmic movements of the limbs during sleep. While the movements typically involve the legs, upper extremity movements may also occur. It can often cause a partial or full brief awakening, resulting in disrupted sleep. For the most part, individuals are unaware of these movements.

I feel strongly that making good decisions regarding exercise, food choices, and proven natural medicines can have a tremendous impact in reducing your symptoms.

If you haven’t yet, I would encourage you to work on reducing the amount of stimulants such as caffeine in your diet as caffeine can intensify PLMD symptoms. If you drink coffee or tea, try not to drink any past noon. You also have to be on the lookout for hidden stimulants. Try taking a warm shower or bath in the evening, and if you don’t have dairy issues, drink some warm milk (I prefer goat’s milk) or eat a small piece of cheese. The protein will help keep your blood sugar levels stable as you sleep, and the calcium can help relax your muscles.

I would first recommend taking vitamin B6, blended with a highly absorbable magnesium, like magnesium glycinate chelate. When looking for a vitamin B6 formula, I strongly recommend choosing one that features vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phospate (P-5-P) in combination with magnesium glycinate. P-5-P is the biologically active form of vitamin B6. Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. In addition to optimizing vitamin B6 metabolism, the magnesium in the glycinate form is much less likely to cause loose stools, and delivers a good dose of magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. Take one or two capsules of this formula twice daily.

I believe you would also benefit greatly by adding an iodine formula to your daily regimen. For optimal support, look for a formula that contains three types of iodine: potassium iodide, sodium iodide, and molecular iodine. I recommend taking 12.5-25 mg of this blend daily.

While you may have results earlier, please give this protocol at least 30 days before you evaluate your progress. Good luck – let me know how it works.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Stop Lower Back Pain – Naturally and Effectively

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from back pain due to injury or chronic conditions, you know how difficult – and risky – getting relief can be.

Fortunately, there are powerful botanical extracts that relieve pain and stop damaging inflammation and help rebuild the cartilage that helps cushion your spine. This combination of Devil’s Claw, Boswellia, and White Willow Bark extracts provide you with a targeted approach and no side effects.

These ingredients I recommend:

  • Stop pain and inflammation
  • Rebuild cartilage
  • Strengthen lower back structure
  • Are safe and clinically tested
  • Are perfect for long or short-term use

Millions of Americans deal with excruciating back pain every day. If you are one of them, you have probably tried over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers, perhaps along with chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, or steroid injections, or maybe you have even considered risky back surgery in an attempt to get rid of the pain.

Dealing with lower back pain is extremely challenging and often frustrating. In this Terry Talks Nutrition®, we’re going to look at the nutrients that can reduce inflammation, rebuild cushioning cartilage, and give you lasting relief from low back pain.

The Lower Back – Complex and Easily Damaged

When we think of the back, we normally think of the spine – the centerpiece of the entire structure. But of course, there’s much more to it than that. The back comprises all of the other muscles, ribs, nerve endings, cartilage and blood vessels that work in unison to carry us through the day.

The spine itself is a stack of 30 vertebrae – round bones with a central opening for the spinal cord – the nerves that extend from the base of the skull. What we think of as the “lower back” is made up of five vertebrae (technically known as L1 through L5).

Between the vertebrae are discs made of cushioning cartilage that keep us flexible and absorb shocks. The ligaments and tendons along the spinal column attach muscles to the spine and hold the vertebrae in their proper positions. When these cushioning disks rupture or move out of place due to lower back injury or strain, pain – sometimes extreme – is the result.

Of course, most of us experience lower back pain at some point in our lives. It becomes most common between the ages of 30 and 50, in part because we lose some of our bone strength and muscle flexibility as we get older.

Other risk factors for lower back pain include obesity, weight gain due to pregnancy, smoking, poor overall or working posture, stress, arthritis, disc disease, and simply not lifting heavy objects properly.

Unfortunately, whatever the cause, the resulting scar tissue from torn or injured muscles or discs is never quite as strong or mobile as the original. And that can set up more back injuries to follow.

While back pain can occur for a variety of reasons, it is also very common. In fact, back pain is the most common neurological ailment in America, second only to headache.

We certainly spend a lot of money trying to make lower back pain go away – about $50 billion each year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a division of the National Institutes of Health. And no wonder – it is the leading cause of missed work and job-related disability.

The problem with conventional treatments for lower back pain (outside of the obvious complications of surgery for severe cases) is that over-the-counter and prescription pain medications cause a number of risky side effects, including severe damage to your stomach lining, liver, and heart.

Fortunately, there are effective, natural ingredients that stop pain, inflammatory damage, and help rebuild the cushioning cartilage of your spine. They are time-tested and clinically-validated, and I think that once you try this combination, your lower back pain will be a thing of the past.

Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) from South Africa has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits for relieving back pain.

The dried roots of the Devil’s Claw have been used to treat pain for centuries in South Africa. In recent times, holistic physicians recognize the plant’s ability to relieve the pain and stiffness of lower back pain. It is highly regarded in Europe, and very popular there as a natural prescription medication.

In fact, Devil’s Claw has been shown to inhibit inflammatory enzymes, and aside from stopping pain and strengthening your lower back, can help stop the deterioration of the joints seen in those with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. In one study, Devil’s Claw relieved the pain of osteoarthritis by 35% by the end of the 8-week trial.

Other research shows that Devil’s Claw is equal in pain-relieving ability to rofecoxib, better known to pain sufferers as Vioxx®, a prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that has since been pulled from the market because it side effects.

Not all Devil’s Claw extracts are equally prepared. Many of them are only standardized at 2% harpagosides, the plant’s key compound. However, there is a specialized extract standardized to 20% harpagosides, with documented advantages, and it’s the one I recommend.

First, it reduces inflammation by inhibiting cycylooxygenase-2, (better known as “COX-2”) by 31%! This is a huge breakthrough. By reducing inflammation – and this enzyme specifically – Devil’s Claw actually provides a much more targeted approach to inflammation compare to many over-the-counter and prescription pain medicines. Part of the reason those medications are so tough on the digestive system is that while they reduce COX-2, they don’t spare COX-1 enzyme activity. That’s bad, because COX-1 helps protect the lining of the stomach.

Devil’s Claw has also been clinically shown to increase hyaluronic acid synthesis in chondrocytes – the cells that produce and maintain cushioning cartilage between your vertebrae. This makes it perfect for anyone with back pain, because it improves lubrication between the joints (and by extension, the vertebrae) by up to 41%!

Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) is one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatory medicines. It is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates inflammation-inducing leukotrienes. The most active and beneficial of the boswellic acids in the extract is known as AKBA (Acetyl-11-keto-B-boswellic acids).

However, not all boswellia extracts are equally beneficial. For example, in unstandardized boswellia products, the AKBA levels can be very low – sometimes as little as 1%. To make sure you get the best, look for boswellia standardized to at least 10% AKBA.

Also, one of the boswellic acids, called “beta boswellic acid,” is actually PRO-inflammatory – clearly the last thing you want when dealing with low back pain. Find an extract that filters out beta boswellic acid to less than 5% of the extract.

Remember, inflammation doesn’t just cause pain – it also destroys tissue over time – including the cartilage discs in your spinal column. So, stopping inflammation gives your body a chance to heal, too.

White willow (Salix alba) bark extract has been long recognized as a comforting herbal medicine for low back pain. Researchers have found that white willow is equal to rofecoxib (Vioxx), much like Devil’s Claw. Additionally, a review found that white willow bark was one of the most effective natural anti-inflammatories, along with Devil’s Claw.

White willow is often recommended by practitioners on its own merits, much like the other ingredients in this combination. However, I believe that its synergistic strength, combined with boswellia and Devil’s Claw, is better for lower back pain and inflammation relief. Look for a white willow bark extract standardized for at least 30% salicin.

You CAN Stop Back Pain, and Feel Good Again!

Back pain is extremely difficult to live with. It can color everything you do, keeping you from enjoying walks, working in the garden, and even from getting a good night’s sleep. The combination of Devil’s Claw, Boswellia, and White Willow extracts I recommend will stop the pain, and help build the strength of your back to prevent future injuries. Best of all, these powerful botanicals are an effective option without the risks of over-the-counter and prescription medications. If you want to feel good again, and enjoy being active, this is the formula you’ve been looking for.

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

Proprietary Complex

Containing White Willow (Salix spp.) Bark Extract standardized to contain 30% salicin, Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) Gum Resin Extract standardized to contain >70%, Total Organic and Boswellic Acids with AKBA >10%, with less than 5% beta-boswellic acids, Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) Root Extract standardized to contain >20% harpagosides

450 mg

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I am suffering from dry mouth, which is a side effect of a prescription medication I am taking.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I am suffering from dry mouth, which is a side effect of a prescription medication I am taking. Since I have to keep taking the medication, is there anything I can take to relieve the dry mouth?” — Esther J., Gainesville, FL

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Oral Essential Oils – Not Just Topical Anymore!

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While you may be familiar with using essential oils topically, cutting-edge herbal science has shown they can also be used internally with very potent effects. In this episode, Terry discusses the difference between oils intended for use on the skin, and those that can be used internally, as well as some of his favorite oils.

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The Overuse of Antibiotics

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Antibiotics are prescribed for non-bacterial conditions.  Recent research shows that destruction of the friendly flora may be a cause of cancer.  Highly prescribed antibiotics may be a prerequisite for cancer.

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Comfrey, in a cream base, applied topically, is excellent for…

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… wounds, burns, cuts, abrasions, acne, rashes, psoriasis, joint and back pain.

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Iodine for Thyroid, Cancer Prevention and More!

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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 the consideration the levels of T4 that need to be converted to T3, the active hormone.

In fact, readings of TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), thyroxine levels and other blood parameters may lead one to believe you are in the “normal” range when the normal range may be far too broad. A test initiated by Dr. Broda Barnes, considered to be one of the premier experts on thyroid, is far better. Plus, it has the added convenience of being able to be performed it at home.

The procedure is simple:

Normal is between 97.8 and 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

Anything under 97.8 probably means varying degrees of hypothyroidism. The lower the temperature, the worse the condition. In some these cases, it’s not unusual to find readings as low as 96 degrees.

Unfortunately, in many cases of hypothyroidism, doctors fall back on the catchall diagnoses: stress, anxiety or depression, because these are symptoms of the real disease. They overlook the root cause of these symptoms.

Let me emphasize the fact that low thyroid is very serious. Beyond weight gain, disruptions to the health of the thyroid can alter your personality significantly, completely taking away the enjoyment of life and eventually leading to depression, anxiety and anti-social behavior.

L-Tyrosine – Required for Your Thyroid

You may not hear about L-tyrosine that much, but without it there would be no hormone function and the adrenals would also be severely affected.

L-tyrosine, also known simply as “tyrosine”, is a natural amino acid found in legumes, cheese, and many protein-rich foods. It is a must for creating thyroid hormones, and that’s why you may need it in supplemental form – especially if your diet is a bit shy of food sources.

The thyroid gland uses two major building blocks to make thyroid hormone—iodine and L-tyrosine. Insufficient levels of either nutrient cause a decrease in the formation of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).

Of course, L- tyrosine isn’t only involved with thyroid hormone production – it also helps produce noradrenaline and dopamine. But it is impossible to have a well-functioning thyroid without sufficient quantities in the diet or through supplementation. Due to L-tyrosine’s role in creating neurochemicals, it’s probably no surprise that this amino acid is an excellent stress reliever and a natural treatment for depression as well.

Thyroid Health Really is That Important!

It’s easy to be fooled into thinking that just one small system in the body can be allowed to “slow down a little”, but thyroid health is extremely important.

The thyroid regulates the complete metabolic function of the body. Any dysfunction will make a tremendous impact on how much weight you carry, and how easy (or not) it is to regulate that weight. Plus, an imbalance of its hormone can produce skin disorders, irregular heartbeat, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, muscle dysfunction, gastrointestinal disturbances, mental confusion, severe depression, decreased libido, extreme fatigue and apathy. But I think you get the idea. The thyroid very definitely affects how you feel and how you relate to life in general.

Supplementing With Iodine

There’s a fear surrounding iodine and iodine supplementation that is completely unfounded, but it’s important to get iodine in different forms — including molecular iodine, sodium iodide, and potassium iodide — for more complete whole-body effects.

Remember, iodine was routinely used by physicians until the late 1930’s at doses of 37 mg or more per day, depending upon the disorder. Aside from thyroid, recent research has proven that all cells have a receptor site for iodine, in particular the breast, prostate, ovaries and uterus, which require iodine in order to function properly.

Formula #1

The right dosage truly depends on individual needs. Unfortunately, like many healthy nutrients, the reported amount for a suggested intake is only enough to prevent goiter. Integrative practitioners often suggest 50 mg per day for 3 months followed by 6.25 or 12.5 mg daily thereafter for optimal health. However, it’s best to find a practitioner that can help you develop a regimen that’s perfectly tailored for you. Look for supplements that provide these dosage levels so you get exactly the amount you need.

Formula #2

The ingredients I’d recommend more specifically for thyroid concerns include a combination of up to 30 mg of three forms of iodine along with 400 mg of L-tyrosine once or twice daily, depending on your situation. It may take 3-6 monthsto fully restore the thyroid and its metabolic function, so please be patient. After all, you may have inherited this condition.

I’d also highly recommend reading Iodine Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It and Overcoming Thyroid Disorders by Dr. David Brownstein. You can find them in your local health food store or on his website at www.drbrownstein.com.

Boost Your Metabolism and Protect Your Health with Iodine

If you’re extra-sensitive to cold, put on weight easily, have dry skin, or feel “foggy”, you may be deficient in iodine. Other signs include a thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows, stiff joints, and dull, lusterless hair. Sound like common symptoms? Of course they do – most people don’t get the iodine they need. They may wonder for years what exactly is “wrong”, until they restore the iodine levels their bodies are crying out for.

Fortunately, iodine supplementation either alone, or more specifically targeted with L-tyrosine for your thyroid, can make a big difference. And, if you have a family history of breast, uterine, or prostate cancer, you can help your body overcome the risk by getting the iodine you need.

 

Do You Need Iodine?

Test Yourself For Iodine Deficiency:

The following is a list of symptoms that may be experienced by someone with low or deficient iodine levels. This is not a diagnostic test. It is meant as a nutritional guide to raise awareness of suboptimal iodine levels. It may also help you determine whether you should have further discussions with your healthcare practitioner for clinical testing.

Please read each descriptive symptom and check off any that describes how you feel.

Do you have iodine deficiency? This checklist may help you decide:

Symptoms:

o   I’m sensitive to cold. My hands and feet are always cold.

o   My face is puffy and my eyelids are swollen in the morning.

o   I put weight on easily.

o   I have dry skin.

o   I have trouble getting up in the morning.

o   I feel more tired at rest than when I’m active.

o   I’m constipated.

o   My joints are stiff in the morning.

o   I feel like I’m living in slow motion.

o   I have foggy brain.

o   The outer 1/3 of my eyebrows is missing.

o   My lips are swollen and protruding, particularly the lower lip.

o   I have ringing in the ears.

o   My hair is coarse and falls out, it is dry, brittle, and grows slowly.

o   My hair is dull and lusterless.

o   I have frequency of urination.

o   I have impaired hearing.

o   I have reduced initiative.

o   My calves are big.

o   My legs and ankles are swollen in the morning.

o   My buttocks and thighs are too well padded, and when I look in the mirror, I’m pear shaped.

o   I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

o   My heart is weak and I have a weak heartbeat.

o   My stomach sags and is pushed forward by the curvature of my spine.

o   My body temperature is below 97.8

You said “Yes” to 12 or more symptoms: You would almost certainly benefit from iodine supplementation; check with your doctor to see if you have iodine or thyroid insufficiency.

You said “Yes” to 5 – 12 symptoms: You may want to consider testing and would be likely to benefit from iodine supplementation.

You said “Yes” to 0 – 5 symptoms: Although you have few symptoms you may want to consider taking iodine at a lower dosage for ongoing good health, disease prevention and detoxification.

 

Suggested formula #1:

Iodine

(as potassium iodide, sodium iodide, and molecular iodine [from kelp])

12,500 mcg (12.5 mg)

Suggested formula #2:

Iodine

(as potassium iodide, sodium iodide, and molecular iodine [from kelp])

30,000 mcg (30 mg)

L-Tyrosine

400 mg

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I have anxiety attacks almost every day.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have anxiety attacks almost every day. I don’t want to take prescription medications as there are so many side effects. Do you know of any natural options that might help?” — Rosie W., San Francisco, CA

A. Dear Rosie, I am glad to say I do have some recommendations. However, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what they think.

I recommend adding narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) to your daily regimen. Researchers at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences discovered that when grown under the right conditions, harvested and processed in a particular way, and taken at the right dosage level, compounds in this unique type of coneflower can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. The unique compounds in this particular coneflower extract have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which help to instill a sense of calm and relaxation.

I recommend taking 20-40 mg of this specialized coneflower extract twice daily. When choosing a formula, make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract that is standardized for proprietary echinacosides.

In addition, you may also want to consider adding a blend of two adaptogenic herbs: ashwagandha and rhodiola. Adaptogens work by increasing strength, stamina, and energy without being stimulants. I suggest taking 1 capsule three times daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Is there a supplement that can get cortisol levels back to normal?

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Q. Dear Terry, “Is there a supplement that can get cortisol levels back to normal?” — Kitty W., Charleston, WV

A. Dear Kitty, The best thing you can do for your cortisol levels is to support your adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are two small glands, each about the size of an acorn, that sit at the top of both kidneys. They are responsible for secreting important hormones, including cortisol, that help the body respond to stress.

Many of us are living lives full of stressful events – work, family, commuting, finances and more. All this stress may cause our adrenal glands to work overtime, leading to what is often called adrenal fatigue, or adrenal exhaustion. In cases of adrenal fatigue, the production of cortisol by the adrenal glands drops. This can lead to a lack of energy, weight gain, sugar cravings, and reliance on stimulants like caffeine to get moving every day

While I do have some recommendations, I encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.

If you are not doing so already, I highly recommend taking a good look at your diet. I would recommend restricting all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

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

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

I also recommend a blend of two potent adaptogenic herbs: rhodiola and ashwagandha. Adaptogens work by increasing strength, stamina, and energy without being stimulants. I suggest taking 1 capsule three times daily.

Please be patient – it may take several months, but you will feel a difference.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have had an attack of eczema all over my skin for about 10 months now.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have had an attack of eczema all over my skin for about 10 months now. It seems as if almost everything I eat (with the exception of veggies and protein) causes inflammation and severe itching.  I have been to doctors, but they have not been able to figure out what is going on. Is there anything I can do to get rid of this?” — Dorothy M., Whittier, CA

A. Dear Dorothy, Kudos to you – without really knowing it, you have stumbled upon the best diet of all to help treat eczema. I strongly recommend that people suffering from eczema restrict all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates from their diet. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

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

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

In addition to the curcumin, I would also recommend adding a clinically studied, uniquely standardized boswellia extract. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 500 mg of this unique boswellia extract twice daily.

Be sure to look for a boswellia extract that provides 500 mg of Boswellia serrata gum resin extract standardized to contain 70% total organic and boswellic acids with 10% AKBA. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract – look for an extract that contains 5% or less beta-boswellic acid. This is the right ratio for a strong – yet natural – boswellia extract.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Health Secrets of Curcumin

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The Indian Super Spice and the surprising benefits it can yield for your health – ultra-potent antioxidant, liver protectant, immune system booster, pain-reliever, brain enhancer, and more!

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Why Are There So Many Problems With The Thyroid?

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There are a few reasons for thyroid problems becoming so prominent – certainly food choices and lifestyle play a part, but the major reason is the disappearance of iodine in our diets and its lack of use in common medical practice. In fact, we have increased our exposure to toxic iodine competitors! Before the universal use of synthetic drugs that are so common today, iodine was essentially the medicine used by physicians around the world. And it was effective for everything; healing wounds, destroying bacteria, stopping viruses, and possibly even preventing cancer. Iodine – along with L-tyrosine – is an absolute must for a healthy thyroid. When your body produces too little thyroxine, the normal metabolic and chemical processes your body requires slow down, resulting in hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid. While low-functioning thyroid is common in both men and women, 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 diagnoses. That’s because most of the current tests are inadequate, and don’t show the full picture of how well the thyroid is functioning.
Historically, iodine was always used for infections and for pneumonia and bronchitis. Lack of it was considered to be the cause of mental slowness. Even today, iodine deficiency is considered to be the most common cause of preventable brain damage in the world. 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 overactive thyroid (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. With the advent of modern drugs since the 1940s, could the profits realized by the drug companies have a bearing on discrediting the use of iodine for hypothyroidism?

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For cough, cold, bronchial and sinus congestion…

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… look for ivy and thyme in tablets and liquid.  Safe for infants, children and adults.  No major significant side effects.

 

 

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The Greatest Medical Scam

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Prescribing statin drugs, those drugs to lower cholesterol, to 10 million patients may help 500 people live three months longer.  Talk about overkill.  It’s all about greed.

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Psoriasis, Eczema, and other Common Skin Diseases

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How to Heal The Skin You’re In, presented by Cheryl Myers RN

Many people overlook the fact that the largest organ in your body is your skin. Skin disease and damage can cause not only physical suffering, but also true mental anguish.

Join us for a discussion with integrative health specialist Cheryl Myers RN for a look at common skin diseases, and how proven natural interventions can relieve symptoms and restore your skin to vibrant health.

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I have noticed that I am starting to experience some numbness in my little finger.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have noticed that I am starting to experience some numbness in my little finger. Is there anything I can take for this?” — Delores B., Pittsburgh, PA

A. Dear Delores, I would first recommend that you consult with your healthcare practitioner to rule out the possibility that an underlying condition is causing the numbness.

Assuming the numbness is NOT due to an underlying illness, I believe you would benefit greatly by taking a blend of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and zinc, among others. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of the pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing.

When looking for a formula, choose one that features B vitamins in their “active” forms, as well as minerals in the form of amino acid chelates. Active B vitamins do not need to be converted in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate up to 30% of our population) do not convert B vitamins well, and don’t receive full benefits. I also prefer the amino acid chelates for minerals, because they are so much better absorbed. I recommend starting with 2 capsules three times daily for several weeks. Then reduce to 2 capsules twice daily thereafter.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Curcumin: The All In One Solution, Part 2

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Terry’s Bottom Line for Curcumin

Disease is caused by two major factors: oxidation and inflammation. For decades, we’ve been told that synthetic drugs are the cure for our ills, but most of the time they just make things worse. However, there is an amazingly effective natural solution – high-absorption curcumin.

Curcumin not only addresses these causes of disease, it has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, and has been the focus of over 5,000 published studies, so you know it gets results. The best curcumin is one that is micronized and blended with turmeric oils for up to 10 times the absorption and greater blood retention at meaningful levels as compared to standard curcumin. This amazing botanical is the single most helpful natural ingredient you can take for almost every disease or illness, including:

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

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, other 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 Alzheimer’s disease, 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 on the benefits of curcumin for treating AD.  In a ground-breaking new 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.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

A published study comparing a special absorption curcumin to two prescription drugs, fluoxetine (Prozac®) and imipramine (Tofranil®), in an experimental model, found the special curcumin 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 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 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.

How Much Curcumin Do I Need Every Day?

For most people, 750 mg of high absorption curcumin standardized to 500 mg pure curcuminoids will be very beneficial.  Highly absorbable curcumin can be combined with other ingredients to create targeted formulas for specific health concerns as well. See the other articles in the Terry Talks Nutrition® series (available at www.TerryTalksNutrition.com) for more information.

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

 

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  26. Benny M, Antony B. Bioavailability of BioCurcumax™ (BCM-95™). Spice India. September, 2006 :11-15.

 

 

 

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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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Do you have natural alternatives for hot flashes?

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Q. Dear Terry, “Do you have any natural alternatives for dealing with hot flashes associated with perimenopause? — Suzanne L., Green Bay, WI

A. Dear Suzanne, I would first recommend taking a complex of hop cone, pomegranate, and black cohosh extracts to help fight the symptoms the hot flashes you are experiencing. While each botanical in this blend is a strong contender in its own right, I find they are much stronger in combination. This complex of herbs also has additional benefits – it supports bone health, cardiovascular function and weight loss – additional health concerns faced by many women. I recommend taking 1 capsule of this combination twice daily. When choosing a formula, make sure to look for one that features standardized extracts. And when it comes to black cohosh – make sure it is standardized to 2.5% triterpene glycosides, as this is the type of extract that was used in black cohosh research.

You should also consider adding pomegranate to your daily regimen. Everything about the pomegranate is good for you. The bitter-tasting skin has excellent anti-inflammatory power. The seeds contain oils and fatty acids that moderate hormone activity, which plays a central role in perimenopause. When choosing a formula, look for one that features both a strong 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 600-1,200 mg of this special combination daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have suffered from weekly migraines for the last 5 years.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have suffered from weekly migraines for the last 5 years. What do you recommend I try to get them under control?” — Linda L., Roanoke, VA

A. Dear Linda, If you are not doing so already, I highly recommend taking a good look at your diet. Dietary restrictions would include avoiding all gluten and soy products. I would also recommend restricting carbohydrates and sugar to less than 50 grams per day. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

In addition to modifying your diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider. When it comes to headaches and migraines, there are a number of supplements that may be of benefit to you. I suggest you start by adding vitamins B2 and B6, magnesium, and CoQ10 to your supplement regimen. I have also listed additional recommendations. You do not need to use all of the suggestions, but I wanted to provide multiple options so you can find the combination that works best for you.

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), in particular, has been shown to reduce the frequency and duration of migraines in preliminary studies. In fact, one study indicated that people who took riboflavin had more than a 50% decrease in the number of attacks. I recommend taking 400 mg of vitamin B2 daily.

Vitamin B6 also plays a role in the prevention of migraine headaches. You want to look for a formula that features vitamin B6 in its active form of Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P-5-P). In foods or most supplements, vitamin B6 is found in one of three forms: pyridoxine hydrochloride, pyridoxal, or pyridoxamine. Inside the body, these forms of B6 have to be converted by the liver to the active form the body needs – P-5-P. By consuming vitamin B6 in the active P-5-P form, conversion is no longer necessary, and the full benefits are available immediately after absorption.

Magnesium is an extremely important mineral for nervous system function. People with migraines often have lower levels of magnesium compared to people who do not have migraines, and several studies suggest that magnesium may reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. Some studies also suggest that magnesium may be helpful for women whose migraines are triggered by their periods. Look for a formula that features magnesium in the form of magnesium glycinate chelate. This form of magnesium is well-absorbed and doesn’t cause loose stools or gastrointestinal upset, which can be present with certain other forms of magnesium. I recommend taking 2 capsules of a P-5-P/Magnesium combination twice daily.

Coenzyme Q10, also called CoQ10, is very healthy in general and an excellent addition to your daily supplement routine. In one study, 150 mg of CoQ10 each day reduced migraine occurrence about 50% over the course of three month’s use. I would suggest using the activeform of CoQ10 (called ubiquinol), which is more effective than plain CoQ10 (called ubiquinone). I recommend taking 100 to 200 mg of CoQ10, in the form of ubiquinol, daily.

A combination of high-absorption curcumin with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase can also help to address the pain you have when you are experiencing a migraine. 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 a day.

You may want to also consider using extracts of ginger, feverfew, or purple butterbur.Each of these botanicals has been shown to help people reduce the severity and frequency of migraine headaches. Again, you do not need to use all of the suggestions. Hopefully, by providing a wide range of options, you can find the combination that works best for you.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Acid Reflux

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Recent study found that delaying bedtime by at least three hours after eating reduced acid reflux symptom. Find out why stomach acid is Not the enemy! Learn tips for true digestive healing.

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Curcumin: The All In One Solution, Part 1

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Terry’s Bottom Line for Curcumin

Disease is caused by two major factors: oxidation and inflammation. For decades, we’ve been told that synthetic drugs are the cure for our ills, but most of the time they just make things worse. However, there is an amazingly effective natural solution – high-absorption curcumin.

Curcumin not only addresses these causes of disease, it has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, and has been the focus of over 5,000 published studies, so you know it gets results. The best curcumin is one that is micronized and blended with turmeric oils for up to 10 times the absorption and greater blood retention at meaningful levels as compared to standard curcumin. This amazing botanical is the single most helpful natural ingredient you can take for almost every disease or illness, including:

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

 

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 with micronization (making a very fine powder) and blending in turmeric essential oil has resulted in a natural substance that is as potent – or even more potent – at treating disease as prescription drugs, but without the adverse effects.

Why is Curcumin Good for So Many Problems?

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

In technical terms, curcumin has been found to

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

Curcumin is also a potent antioxidant, able to neutralize unstable, reactive free radicals. Free radicals are molecules with a missing electron that stabilize themselves by “stealing” electrons from neighboring molecules, creating another free radical in the process. This chain reaction of free radical formation is known as a free radical cascade, and it can result in cellular damage (called oxidative stress) leading to inflammation and chronic disease – including cancer. Free radicals can negatively impact all body systems, including the immune system. Curcumin, like other antioxidants, is able to stop free radical cascades without becoming unstable itself. Its ability to neutralize free radicals is extraordinarily strong. In fact, a specially prepared extract of curcumin has an antioxidant value of over 1,000,000 – 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 high absorption 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 extract 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 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 absorbable curcumin had the greatest reduction in joint pain and swelling, with no adverse effects. In contrast, 14% of the participants in the drug group stopped the test because of the adverse effects they experienced.12

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

 

References

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

 

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Where does your fish oil come from?

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If you knew where your fish oil came from, you probably wouldn’t take it! Fish oil is one of the most processed products in the “natural” supplement industry. Find out how to get your beneficial omega fatty acids from a truly healthy, natural fish source.

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I have very bad heartburn and acid reflux.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have very bad heartburn and acid reflux. What can I do naturally to help my problem?” — Julia G., Dallas, TX

A. Dear Julia, 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 a combination of d-limonene and sea buckthorn oil. The synergistic blend of d-limonene and sea buckthorn oil greatly improves healthy digestive function. Sea buckthorn has been clinically studied for healing ulcers and other gastric lining inflammation that can also cause heartburn, and d-limonene has been studied for GERD. This combination is also very soothing to the mucosa of the digestive tract. I recommend taking 1 softgel of this combination twice daily. Be patient, as it may take a month or two to see improvements.

After a few weeks of taking the d-limonene and sea buckthorn oil blend, I would recommend adding a digestive enzyme formula. 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 the 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.

Finally, you may also want to consider adding a clinically studied, encapsulated DGL. DGL, which stands for “deglycyrrhizinated licorice,” is a special licorice extract that has filtered out glycyrrhizin, a compound in licorice which can raise blood pressure. DGL is a strong antioxidant, antimicrobial agent, and helps reduce inflammation. It also helps soothe the stomach and intestines by keeping the mucosal lining strong and intact, which can be beneficial to individuals who suffer from heartburn and indigestion. I recommend taking 75 mg of this special encapsulated DGL twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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My 17 year old son suffers from constant congestion.

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Q. Dear Terry, “My 17 year old son suffers from constant congestion, all year round.  What do you recommend?” — Eileen, Stockton, CA

A. Dear Eileen, When it comes to respiratory health, I would first recommend adding a clinically studied, uniquely standardized boswellia extract to your son’s 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 mg of this unique boswellia extract twice daily.

Be sure to look for a boswellia extract that provides 500 mg of Boswellia serrata gum resin extract standardized to contain 70% total organic and boswellic acids with 10% AKBA. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract – look for an extract that contains 5% or less beta-boswellic acid. This is the right ratio for a strong – yet natural – boswellia extract.

In addition to the boswellia, I also recommend a blend of eucalyptus and myrtle oils, two very wonderful essential oils that can support the sinus cavity, reduce inflammation, reduce congestion, and open blocked passageways. If your son is a little bit on the brave side, have him take a capsule of eucalyptus and myrtle and allow it to melt in his mouth. Be careful though, some people may not like the strong taste of eucalyptus and myrtle. The fragrance of myrtle and eucalyptus spreads throughout the lungs and nasal passages, something I personally find to be effective and invigorating. Eucalyptus and myrtle oils are very therapeutic, effective and safe, and supplementing with these oils can help sail through any season with a clear head. I recommend taking 1-2 softgels of this blend three times daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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As I am getting older, it seems as if my skin is becoming thinner and I bruise more easily.

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Q. Dear Terry, “As I am getting older, it seems as if my skin is becoming thinner and I bruise more easily. I am very self-conscious about the bruises – they are very ugly. Is there anything I can take to help with this?” —Ted B., Scottsdale, AZ

A. Dear Ted, I would first recommend that you consult with your healthcare practitioner to rule out the possibility that an underlying condition is causing the bruising.

Assuming that your bruising is NOT due to an underlying illness, you may want to consider trying mesoglycan. Mesoglycan provides glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) – the building blocks of blood vessels – which are crucial to 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. When looking for a product, make sure to choose one that comes from a porcine (or pig) source – this ensures it’s bioidentical to the same building blocks found in our own bodies. I recommend taking 50-100 mg of mesoglycan daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I am a 66 year old woman who feels tired all the time.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I am a 66 year old woman who feels tired all the time. I just had my physical last month. The doctor checked my iron levels and said they were a little below the normal range. Should I be taking an iron supplement?” — Shirley F., Norfolk, VA

A. Dear Shirley, Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States. Over 7 million women and 700,000 young children in America are estimated to be iron deficient.

When it comes to iron supplementation, I recommend adding 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.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I had back surgery (a fusion and screws), but still continue to experience chronic pain.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I had back surgery (a fusion and screws), but still continue to experience chronic pain. I have been taking some prescription pain killers, but it seems as if my body has developed resistance to them and I need something new. What can I take for pain relief?” — Joan V., Cleveland, OH

A. Dear Joan, While back pain can be extremely difficult to live with, 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.

I also recommend taking a combination of Devil’s Claw, boswellia, and white willow bark extracts. These three 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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I just had a carotid endarterectomy.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I just had a carotid endarterectomy. Of course, it was necessary due to the cholesterol build up in the arteries, but I am reluctant to go on a cholesterol drug. I have another surgery on the left side coming up. Is there anything to clear your arteries naturally?” — Carol D., Augusta, GA

A. Dear Carol, After doing very extensive research on cholesterol and its effects on the human body, I believe the build-up of cholesterol in the arteries comes from excessive intake of sugar and carbohydrates. If you are not doing so already, I highly recommend taking a good look at your diet. I would recommend restricting all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

In addition to the diet plan, I suggest that you also consider adding three nutrients to your daily regimen to help balance your cholesterol levels – Indian Gooseberry (also called Amla), mesoglycan, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Indian Gooseberry, a fresh fruit from India, has been an important part of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. However, it was modern research that unlocked the secrets to its success in treating heart disease. Indian Gooseberry has antioxidant properties, which allow it to stop the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, the first step in heart disease. It is also able to increase levels of HDL – the good, protective form of cholesterol. I recommend taking 1,000 mg daily.

Another ingredient you may want to try is mesoglycan. Mesoglycan provides glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) – the building blocks of blood vessels – which are crucial to 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. When looking for a product, make sure to choose one that comes from a porcine (or pig) source – this ensures it’s bioidentical to the same building blocks found in our own bodies. I recommend taking 50-100 mg of mesoglycan daily.

There are also many studies showing the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids for reducing triglyceride and cholesterol levels. 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 – you need to allow at least 3 months with the above nutritional program before you evaluate your progress.

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®.

Angelica and lupines in HriseyAmazing 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.

Angelica close-up by ocean cliffsMany 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 two tablets per day – one in the morning and one at night – for the first few days, and then drop down to one tablet 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.

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

Angelica

(Angelica archangelica) Leaf Extract (aqueous extraction)

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To protect your heart and overall health I highly recommend Dr. Campbell-McBride’s book!

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Put your heart in your mouthIf you stop any person on the street and ask them what causes heart disease, you know what the answer will be: butter and eggs, meat and fat. Did you know that this idea comes from a hypothesis, which has been proven to be entirely false? This infamous hypothesis, called The Diet-Heart Hypothesis, has been proposed in 1953, and it took scientists all over the world a few decades to prove it wrong. Trouble is, while the science was working on it, a hugely powerful and wealthy political and commercial machine was built based on the diet-heart hypothesis. This machine has too much vested interest in this hypothesis to allow it to die, so they do their best to vigorously promote it to the population.

We have been subjected to anti-fat and anti-cholesterol propaganda for decades relentlessly and with increasing intensity. If this policy was correct, if indeed natural fat and cholesterol-rich foods caused heart disease, then the rates of this disease would have fallen by now. But they are not falling, they are increasing! So, the policy is wrong, and how can it be right, if it is based on a wrong hypothesis!

To understand what is going on, please read Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride’s book.

PUT YOUR HEART IN YOUR MOUTH. WHAT REALLY CAUSES HEART DISEASE AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO PREVENT AND EVEN REVERSE IT

The book will not only explain what really causes heart disease, but also provide you with a detailed guidance on what we should eat to prevent any degenerative condition, including heart disease.

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Dr Natasha says: “For millennia, possibly for millions of years human kind has prized fatty foods. People travelled long distances to obtain animal fat and considered it “a sacred food”. Fatty cuts of meat, fish and shellfish, eggs, cream and butter were reserved for the most important members of the tribe or the family: for their leaders, for the warriors going into battle, for couples who were trying to conceive, for growing children, for wise elders, and for those recovering from an illness. This ancient wisdom was passed through generations until the last few decades, when the infamous diet-heart hypothesis was born. At the time it was a tentative idea that maybe heart disease had something to do with dietary fats. As there was no other idea around, the authorities picked it up as a working hypothesis. A hypothesis is not ‘the truth’ until the science has proven it. More than fifty years have passed since then, and THE SCIENCE HAS SPOKEN: THE DIET-HEART HYPOTHESIS IS FALSE! NATURAL ANIMAL FATS AND CHOLESTEROL-RICH FOODS DO NOT CAUSE HEART DISEASE, THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT; IN FACT THEY PREVENT IT!

I believe, it is time for the diet-heart hypothesis to be put into the history books. Remember the children’s fairy tale The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen? In this story the two wiley weavers promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that are invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid or incompetent. The King and everybody else fall for their trick, and the Emperor parades before his subjects naked, thinking that he is wearing “new magic clothes”. It takes a child to see the truth and cry out, “But the king isn’t wearing anything at all!”. Once the silence is broken, everybody else sees the truth, and the king runs away in shame.

Somebody has to be that child, who breaks the silence about the diet-heart hypothesis – the malignant idea that is doing immeasurable damage to the health of people all over the world! Many eminent scientists tried to do it through the years and are doing it now. To hear them, please read my book!”

“We started eating lots of animal fat and I want everyone to know that my attacks of heart racing in the middle of the night or any other time have vanished. My anxiety level is lower than I can ever remember and constantly improving. Thank God for Dr Campbell-McBride’s book, Put your Heart in your Mouth, it convinced me we were doing the right thing… Over the years I have tried many new and different ways of eating; vegetarian, proper combining, metabolic typing, diet according to your blood type and more recently, only sprouted grains and flours. None, I repeat, none of these ways of eating improved our health like eating traditional foods.”
Sherry Miller, Lafayette, LA., USA, February 2011

 

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Let’s talk about Fats and the Brain

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The most abundant fat in the brain is DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid. DID YOU KNOW? The highest concentration of DHA anywhere in the body is in the retina of the eye. Researchers at the Georgetown University School of Medicine have developed a blood test that can predict the onset of dementia by measuring for levels of 10 different fats in the bloodstream. People with abnormal levels of fats (some fats were unusually high and some unusually low) are more likely to develop dementia than people with normal levels.
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A few years ago no one heard of autism.

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Now it is one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities in the US. No one knows why but it is more common in boys than girls. 1 out of 54 boys and 1 out of every 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the US. It is growing at a rate between 10% and 17% each year. Some experts believe the drastic change of diet in the last several decades may play a part in the rate of cases diagnosed. Sugar consumption, some experts, believe may be a causative factor and the reduction of healthy fats may also be responsible for the loss of healthy cognitive function.

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My grandson has an attack of pancreatitis about every 6 months and goes to the hospital.

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Q. Dear Terry, “My grandson has an attack of pancreatitis about every 6 months and goes to the hospital.  The doctors can’t, or won’t, give him any help other than pain medication and IV’s.  What do you suggest?”— Barbara B., Centerville, UT

A. Dear Barbara, I would first recommend adding a digestive enzyme formula to your grandson’s 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 the 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 come from full strength, undiluted pancreatin. Less potent pancreatin has often been diluted with salt, lactose or galactose.

He would also benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to his 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 once or twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have really bad seasonal allergies in the spring.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have really bad seasonal allergies in the spring. I have tried all the over the counter products, nothing seems to help. Any suggestions?” — Sara H., Green Bay, WI

A. Dear Sara, It seems that every season is associated with some type of allergy – Spring, Summer, and Fall are infamous for pollen allergies, while Winter brings such indoor allergens as mold and dust mites. The good news is that there are some very excellent and natural ways to help alleviate your seasonal allergies, regardless of the source.

When it comes to overall respiratory health, I recommend a blend of botanicals that have their roots – no pun intended – in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Botanicals such as Chinese Peony root, Siler, Sweet Wormwood, Summer Cypress Fruit, Dong Quai, Chinese Peony, and Licorice root have been used for thousands of years. They work by aiding the immune system and respiratory function to help treat allergies and respiratory problems.

Practitioners of TCM in China tested these herbs in a formula on 205 people suffering from allergic rhinitis or hives (itchy red welts) on the skin. The participants took the combination formula three times a day, and healthcare practitioners examined them and evaluated their symptoms. At the end of the study, the researchers reported over 85% effectiveness in reducing allergy symptoms in the participants. Reductions in allergy symptoms were noted after 3 days, with greater reductions with longer use (13 to 30 days). Additionally, there were no significant adverse effects, and no drowsiness, dry mouth or dizziness as is commonly experienced when using typical allergy medicines.

In addition to the botanical blend above, I also recommend a blend of eucalyptus oil and oil of myrtle, two very wonderful essential oils that can support the sinus cavity, reduce inflammation, reduce congestion, and open blocked passageways. If you’re a little bit on the brave side – take a capsule of eucalyptus and myrtle and allow it to melt in your mouth. The fragrance of myrtle and eucalyptus spreads throughout your lungs and nasal passages, something I personally find to be effective and invigorating. Be careful though, some people may not like the strong taste of eucalyptus and myrtle. Eucalyptus and myrtle oils are very therapeutic, effective and safe, and supplementing with these oils can help you sail through any season with a clear head.

As always, I strongly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician. He or she may have additional input as you put together a supplement regimen to help resolve these issues.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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A Healthy Sweet Treat – Organic Chocolate

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Have you been avoiding chocolate because you think it is bad for you? Well, you don’t have to deprive yourself of this delicious treat if you follow Terry’s advice on how to pick a better version of this classic indulgence.

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Is apple cider vinegar an effective treatment for bone spurs?

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Q. Dear Terry, “Is apple cider vinegar an effective treatment for bone spurs?” — Sylvia B., Lexington, KY

A. Dear Sylvia, 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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Extra Powerful Pomegranate

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If you’re looking for a concentrated “super food” ingredient that can do almost anything, high-ORAC pomegranate extract is the one.

Pomegranate seed oil combined with pomegranate seed extract supports many aspects of our health:

  • Reduction of cancer risk – colon, breast, prostate
  • Antioxidant protection
  • Inhibits tumor formation
  • Promotes healthy aging
  • Prevents arthritis
  • Stops inflammation
  • Keeps arteries open
  • Boosts the immune system

Pomegranates(Punica granatum) have been revered by cultures both ancient and modern, from the Mediterranean to India and China. They’re even mentioned in the Old Testament, being a featured decorative motif in the temple of King Solomon. Pomegranate trees were one of the first to be cultivated, dating back as far as 3,000 BC. Their popularity ensured their success, and soon they spread throughout the Middle East from their beginnings further north, probably near the Caucasus region along northern Turkey, Iraq, and Iran.

Although officially considered a berry, the large dark-red fruits of pomegranate are complex. Slice one open and you’ll see a host of smaller fleshy seeds called “arils” that are rich in pomegranate juice. They can be messy, but the fruits are worth it. They are delicious tasting and provide high levels of vitamin C in addition to their already impressive levels of anthocyanins and catechins.

The fruit has become popular in recent years, especially as a juice ingredient, and with good reason. Clinical and scientific research shows this amazingly strong antioxidant supports the cardiovascular system, reduces inflammation, protects joint cartilage, and for individuals with diabetes, raises levels of glutathione (the body’s own natural antioxidant) by 141%. Additionally, pomegranate has been shown to alleviate symptoms of depression and bone loss associated with menopause.

And while pomegranate juice has become a huge hit, there is an easier, more convenient way to get the amazing power of pomegranate. It is a special combination of pomegranate seed extract and seed oil, and it is the subject of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Breast and Prostate Health

Like the best fruits, everything about the pomegranate is good for you. The bitter-tasting skin has excellent anti-inflammatory power. The seeds contain oils and fatty acids that moderate hormone activity, which is crucial for preventing breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.

Breast Cancer

For women’s health – specifically breast cancer – pomegranate has emerged as a very strong natural therapeutic agent.  It is a powerful tumor inhibitor. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family or have concerns about it yourself, a blend of pomegranate seed oil and seed extract is a must.

Polyphenols, a very broad class of compounds that includes tannins and flavonoids, are natural chemicals that are found in the skins and seeds of many plants. Polyphenols from fermented and fresh pomegranate juice were tested against breast cancer cell lines in vitro. Interestingly, polyphenols from fermented juice showed twice the antiproliferative effect as fresh juice. But, in another study, pomegranate seed oil showed a 90% inhibition of MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Other tests have shown similar results – pomegranate oil and fermented pomegranate juice seem to have the strongest effects on breast cancer cell growth.

Of course, fermented pomegranate juice may not be very convenient. But a strong supplemental extract from pomegranate seed oil is a great way to guarantee that you’re getting a consistent amount at therapeutic levels that can make a difference.

Prostate Cancer

In a clinical study, men with increased levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) consumed 8 ounces of pomegranate juice daily. The levels of PSA are used as a way of determining whether or not previous prostate cancer treatment had been effective. The faster the rise of PSA levels, the faster the progression of the cancer. Researchers look at how long it takes for the PSA levels to double as a way of checking the progress – or lack of progress – of the cancer. 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.

I think findings like this show how vitally important it is for men to consider pomegranate – either in food or supplement form. Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States after lung cancer, and having a natural fighter like this in your corner is too good of an opportunity to pass up.

 

Colon Cancer:

Pomegranate seed oil has shown great hope for dealing with colon cancer as well. In laboratory studies, the nutrient-rich oil reduced colon cancer activity by enhancing a protective protein called PPAR-gamma (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma).

The punicic acid in pomegranate seed oil converts to an active compound in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is already known for its ability to reduce tumors. Interestingly, the oil was very effective even at low doses.

Strong Antioxidant Power

ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) values are typically presented as a way of determining the amount of free-radical fighting power in a given fruit or vegetable. 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. The pomegranate extract I recommend has a very high ORAC value – 13,000 per gram – higher than any others I’ve seen! Blueberries, for example, have an ORAC value of only 60 per gram.

Pomegranate’s free-radical fighting power is a must for keeping skin looking younger and more vibrant. Photo-aging and thickening of the skin can add years to your appearance. Laboratory studies of pomegranate have been very positive, and show that it can protect against skin-damaging UV radiation and promote wound healing. It inhibits the carcinogens created by UV damage, so it’s very possible that pomegranate helps prevent skin cancer.

Oxidative stress plays a role in our immune system function as well. The more stressed or inflamed our systems are, the less they can respond to threats. So whether you’re concerned about immune function and cancer prevention or preventing colds and flus, pomegranate should be at the top of your list.

Oxidative Stress &The Heart

Of course, preventing free radical damage isn’t just about keeping healthy skin. Oxidative stress can cause heart and artery damaging inflammation and lead to heart disease. There was a time when heart disease was typically considered a “man’s disease”, but the fact is, more women than men die from heart disease every year.

Pomegranate has been shown to decrease LDL cholesterol aggregation, lower blood pressure, and boost the activity of enzymes that protect LDL from oxidation. This is good news for anyone, but especially to women nearing or in menopause who may have heart concerns as well.

Oxidative stress plays a role in our immune system function as well. The more stressed or inflamed our systems are, the less they can respond to threats. So whether you’re concerned about immune function and cancer prevention or preventing colds and flus, pomegranate should be at the top of your list.

 

Joint and Cartilage Support

Beyond its value as a cellular health defender and antioxidant, pomegranate can prevent arthritis, acting as an anti-inflammatory and preventing damage to cartilage and joint structure. In one laboratory study, pomegranate was shown to delay the onset and even reduce the incidence of collagen-induced arthritis, which is used as a model of rheumatoid arthritis.

In other laboratory research, pomegranate extract protected joints in two ways: it prevented inflammation to chondrocytes  (the cells that make up cartilage) by inhibiting interleukin (IL-1β), a pro-inflammatory protein; and it inhibited a group of enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases  (MMPs)  that can destroy cartilage between the joints in cases of osteoarthritis – usually induced by IL-1β.

By reducing inflammation, not only does pomegranate help preserve the synovial fluid and the cushioning cartilage, it may help stop the pain of rheumatoid arthritis by keeping these structures sound.  Combined, these attributes of pomegranate make it much easier for someone to keep an exercise regimen that reduces stress, helps retain flexibility and balance, and helps build bone.

Antibacterial Power

While bacteria-fighting has become a primary battle around many households, the fact is, most conventional efforts aren’t very effective. However, there is a range of natural options, including concentrated oils and other botanicals such as pomegranate, which provide an excellent defense against bacteria. In fact, pomegranate extract fights E. coli bacteria quite well. In a study testing seven botanical extracts against E. coli, pomegranate showed the strongest activity.

Many Reasons to Use Pomegranate

The amazing thing about pomegranate is that it is so powerful for so many health concerns. I recommend it to anyone. But cutting open the fruits and scooping out the arils every single day can be a bit challenging. And the sugar and calories in pomegranate juice are not good additions to anyone’s diet.

That’s why the supplement form I’ve outlined here is the best. It provides the most convenient – and concentrated – way to shore up your antioxidant defenses, protect breast, prostate, and colon cells from the threat of tumor growth, and support the millions of tasks your body must perform each day

A strong pomegranate seed extract and seed oil supplement provides the amazing power of pomegranate, without the sugar, calories, or mess of drinking the juice or eating the fruit. You’ll be able to appreciate the power of pomegranate anytime, and it’ll make an astounding difference for your health.

 

 

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

Proprietary Blend

Containing Organic Pomegranate (Punica granatum) Seed Oil by Supercritical extraction standardized to contain > 60% punicic acid, Pomegranate (Punica granatum) Seed Extract standardized for > 60% polyphenols

600 mg

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Low Carb Diet

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Low carb diets are more effective for weight loss than low fat diets. A high intake of full-fat dairy may lead to weight loss in obese children and adults. Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat – Carbs Make You Fat! Listen for more details!

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The Healthy Brain

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Do conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s and autism reside in the brain alone, or does the body have a bigger role to play in the mind’s health? The Agenda examines what can be done to ensure brain health from cradle to grave with guests including Neurologist and Author David Perlmutter, Harvard Medical School’s John Ratey, Pediatric Neurologist Martha Herbert and Behavioural Neurologist Tiffany Chow.

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Gluten: A Most Addicting Drug

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How does gluten behave in the brain? Well, in some ways, much like a drug. In this video, Dr. David Perlmutter will examine whether or not it’s possible to be addicted to gluten/grains/bread. If so, we may need to start GA: Glutenholics Anonymous.

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“Grain Brain”

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The truth about wheat, sugar and other carbs. Dr. Perlmutter and host Clayton Morris discuss Grain Brain and the detrimental effect of carbohydrates on the brain.

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Learn to Love Lipoic Acid

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There’s a key player in your nutrient health you might be overlooking: Alpha Lipoic Acid. In this video, Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain, will explain just why it is that it’s important to have this nutrient in your diet, and how you can supplementally add it to your diet.

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The old scam: statin drugs prevent heart attacks and strokes.

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The new scam: cure shingles with a shingles vaccine.  Drug companies just like to sell you drugs.  How about learning how to take care of your immune system and your nervous system to keep you shingles virus inactive

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Vitamin D: An Undervalued Miracle

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Vitamin D is a miracle, no doubt about it. It can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, build bones and stop osteoporosis, and prevent up to 70% of cancers. So why are so many Americans – up to 58% – so deficient in vitamin D? Mostly because this vitamin – actually a pro-hormone – has very few food sources, and many people don’t get the vitamin D they need from exposure to sunlight. Plus, because vitamin D uses cholesterol as a building block, cholesterol-lowering drugs actually make it more difficult for your body to synthesize vitamin D. And as we age, our skin changes structure in a way that can reduce vitamin D production by up to 60%. Plus, there are genetic factors involved as well. A polymorphism – a slight mutation – on the VDR (vitamin D receptor) gene makes it more difficult for the body to absorb and use available vitamin D, whether from sunlight or supplements. Our old recommended daily requirements for vitamin D are partly to blame as well. They have been set at 400 IUs, which is barely 10% of what the body needs. Unfortunately, vitamin D deficiency is associated with at least 17 forms of cancer. Clinical research has found that over 75% of breast cancer survivors in their studies were vitamin D deficient, and other studies conclude that high levels of vitamin D – much higher than our current recommendations – may reduce the risk of breast cancer by 50%! That’s an amazing statistic – if vitamin D were a pharmaceutical drug, the manufacturer could practically boast a “miracle cure”. And yet, we tend to overlook something as simple as a nutrient like vitamin D. Other studies have found that vitamin D is able to enter breast cancer cells and trigger cell death – in other words, vitamin D can kill breast cancer cells. While there is no agreement on how much vitamin D a person needs for a daily intake, current research certainly shows a need for higher recommendations. In some disease treatment, extremely high dosages of 50,000 to 100,000 IU have been used, but for most of us, a daily intake of 1,000 to 2,000 IU of vitamin D – possibly boosting it in a range of 4,000 to 6,000 IU for cancer prevention – is probably just right.

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Defeat Diabetes: Control Your Blood Sugar Levels

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One in three Americans are predicted to have Type 2 diabetes by the year 2050 if we don’t aggressively confront this disease. What are the secrets to reversing this epidemic? Is the damage caused by diabetes, including heart disease, kidney failure, amputations, and blindness unavoidable?

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Natural Relief for Asthma, COPD and Allergies

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Terry’s Bottom Line: If you have asthma, allergies, or COPD, you can breathe easy, naturally. Boswellia helps balance 5-LOX, the inflammatory enzyme that activates leukotrienes. The right high-AKBA extract, low in beta-boswellic acids, provides natural relief for:

Asthma

  • Balances 5-LOX, reducing leukotriene activity and inflammation
  • Clinically tested results – 70% saw improvement

Allergies

  • Inhibits mast cells that trigger histamine

COPD

  • Inhibits HLE, alleviating the “shortness of breath” feeling

Did you know that one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatory medicines can be found by scraping the bark of a tree? In ancient times, this special resin extract was known as frankincense. Today it is better known as “boswellia” and we are finally beginning to understand why it is helpful in treating everything from irritable bowel to cancer. In this Terry Talks Nutrition®, I’d like to focus on boswellia’s ability to help those with asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

Considered one of the most beneficial herbs, boswellia (Boswellia serrata) deserves special merit. Native to India, the boswellia tree thrives in very dry environments. Traditionally, resin from the tree is considered the medicinal part of the plant, and gathering it is a very ‘hands-on’ form of harvesting, bearing some resemblance to collecting sap to make syrup from sugar maples. When the bark of the tree is scraped, it secretes a resin called “tears.” The resulting gum from these tears is what has long been known as frankincense.

Boswellia can assist in a broad spectrum of respiratory complaints. It opens airways, reduces bronchial and sinus swelling, and helps relieve the worst of allergy symptoms. And the best part is, the high-AKBA boswellia extract I recommend does all of this with no side effects. Whether your concern is asthma, allergies, COPD, or just seasonal respiratory colds, the right boswellia extract can make a big difference.

Asthma is a chronic condition that is all too common. There are multiple causes of asthma, and they often work together in ways that aren’t completely understood. An asthma attack can be triggered by a number of things: pollen and allergies, dust, cold air, nervousness or tension, exercise, or pollution. Some individuals are more prone to asthma than others, so genetics may play a part in this, too.

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 even mild symptoms much worse.

While there are medications that alleviate symptoms, they can also bring about a number of side-effects, including agitation, aggression, or depression.

How Boswellia Helps:

Boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions and diseases because, as different from one another as IBS and asthma may seem, they share one thing in common: inflammation. Inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage) is one of the primary causes of virtually every disease.

Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Leukotrienes are responsible for many of the symptoms of asthma. Although other botanical compounds do relieve inflammation, many of them do so as antioxidants. They reduce oxidative stress and damage, and in turn, reduce inflammation. And they work well, but aren’t as direct as boswellia, or another of my top botanicals, curcumin (which operates through COX-2 inhibition).

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-β-boswellic acids).

 

While I am not telling you to throw away your inhaler and take boswellia instead, the good news is that clinical studies with boswellia have been very positive.

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, 6-week clinical study, boswellia was tested in 40 individuals with asthma, ranging from 18 to 75 years old and a mix of 23 men and 17 women. At the end of the study, 70% showed marked improvement!

 

 

In another clinical study, boswellia was one of three botanicals in a combination that showed similar results. In this placebo-controlled study, 63 patients were divided into two groups; one received the herbal combination [boswellia, licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and tumeric root (Curcuma longa)], the other a placebo. At the end of the 4 week study, the herbal group showed a statistically significant drop in leukotriene levels and other inflammatory markers compared to the placebo group.

I have often recommended boswellia with a high-absorption curcumin extract, so these results don’t surprise me a bit. If you do use a combination, make sure you get a curcumin extract that is micronized and blended with turmeric oils for better absorption. In fact, it has up to 10 times the absorption of standard curcumin extracts, making it much more effective.

That brings me to a point about boswellia – it’s important to select the right boswellia extract.

Not all boswellia products are created equal. AKBA, 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 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 asthma.

 

The best products are purified with the beta boswellic acid filtered out to less than 5% of the extract. Unstandardized products can be as much as 25%, so it’s important to know what to look for! Plus, making sure your boswellia extract meets these standards ensures that you’ll see results similar to those found in clinical studies.

Aside from asthma, boswellia should be one of your seasonal solutions for sinusitis and allergies as well.

Many of the same conditions that cause asthma reactions cause both of these conditions. For people with chronic sinusitis, boswellia presents a real chance to break out of that cycle of infections, by reducing the irritation and inflammation that can bring about allergy and sinus reactions in the first place.

Anyone who suffers from allergic rhinitis, better known as “hay fever”, knows that the physical discomforts of seasonal flare-ups are a real problem. In any given year, over 17 million adults and almost 9 million American children are diagnosed. And, even though we often dismiss the sneezing, runny nose, and discomfort as “just allergies”, Americans take over-the-counter and prescription drugs each year to overcome them. Unfortunately, those conventional approaches usually bring a lot of unwelcome side effects, including jitteriness, fatigue, mental fog, and irritability. I’ve known many people who, by the end of allergy season, start to consider these synthetic “cures” worse than the “disease”.

Fortunately, boswellia can help here, too. For the same reasons that it does so well for those with asthma, boswellia has great promise for anyone with allergies.

In an allergic response, the body produces compounds that attach themselves to immune system cells called mast cells. When this happens, the mast cells release large amounts of histamine. The histamine reaction creates swelling and induces more inflammation, redness, and itching.

Scientific study has shown that boswellia can inhibit the action of mast cells, which respond to triggers by releasing histamine. Plus, the very fact that boswellia does such excellent work keeping inflammation at bay makes it a perfect botanical to reduce the sinus pressure and swelling that often make allergy flare-ups so miserable.

For many people, it’s a stuffy nose or a runny nose, or the irritating combination of both that signal the sinusitis as a result of an allergic attack. If you’ve experienced sinus pain, you know how serious a case of sinusitis can be, and how it can completely sideline you. Here again, you are not alone, because 37 million Americans are affected by sinusitis each year. For many people, the conventional choices for sinus relief are not attractive. Like allergy medicines, many synthetic drugs for sinuses either cause jitteriness or grogginess. A high-AKBA boswellia extract like the one I recommend can make a big difference without the side effects.

COPD

And, for those struggling with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), boswellia offers hope, too. Emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and other troublesome respiratory symptoms are triggered, in part, by the human leukocyte elastase (also abbreviated “HLE”). So, not only does someone feel as though they can’t get a “full breath” of air, they may notice more mucus adding to the “drowning” feeling that these conditions bring on.

Fortunately, research shows that boswellia also specifically inhibits this leukocyte, reducing the likelihood of the body’s reaction that causes this response.

Boswellia and Leading Research – New Frontiers

When we hear the word “inflammation” we typically think about sore muscles or allergic responses. Inflammation at a cellular level is associated with virtually every disease state in the body. It certainly contributes to the growth of tumors by over-exciting the very bio-mechanisms that are intended to keep the body healthy.

Aside from its incredible strength as an anti-inflammatory agent for respiratory health, research has previously shown that high-AKBA boswellia suppresses the activation of NF-kB, a protein complex that under the duress of inflammation, promotes the growth of tumor cells.

When cancer cells flourish, it is due to a process called “methylation”. Essentially, it circumvents our body’s own defense mechanisms by silencing certain genes that are designed to suppress tumors.

My friend and colleague, Dr. Ajay Goel, has explored the ability of this high-AKBA boswellia extract to inhibit the growth of tumors in colorectal cells. He found that this extract induces DNA demethylation, so it can potentially prevent aberrant cell division. (DNA methylation is responsible for much of the improper cell growth that leads to tumor formation.) Overall, the high-AKBA boswellic extract inhibited cell proliferation, decreased cancer cell viability, and decreased clonogenic (the mutated cells that create tumors) survival. In fact, this extract can actually reactivate tumor-suppressing genes, which can put the body on a path toward healing itself.

This is extremely exciting news – and it shows that we are just beginning to appreciate the full benefits of this astounding botanical.

Breathe Easy and Live Better with Boswellia!

Respiratory problems can really sideline a person. After all, if you don’t feel like you can breathe, how active do you want to be? The right boswellia extract can truly make a difference. It inhibits the triggers that cause these problems in the first place, and does it without the side effects of common synthetic drugs. Plus, boswellia relieves inflammation throughout the body, and may even stop tumors in their tracks.

Be sure to look for a boswellia extract that provides 500 mg of Boswellia serrata gum resin extract standardized to contain 70% total organic and boswellic acids with 10% AKBA.  And, be certain that it contains less than 5% beta-boswellic acids, too. This is the right ratio for a strong – yet natural – boswellia extract. This way, you’ll get all of the impressive benefits of boswellia for vibrant, optimal health.

With all of that going for it, you owe it to your health to enjoy this amazing gift from nature and breathe a little easier.

 

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

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

Use a formula like this 1-2 times daily

500 mg

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I’m suffering from neuropathy caused by chemotherapy treatment.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I’m suffering from neuropathy caused by chemotherapy treatment. Are there any nutrients that may be beneficial for me?” — Diane S., Cincinnati, OH

A. Dear Diane, Yes, absolutely. I believe you would benefit greatly by taking a blend of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and zinc, among others. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of the pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing.

When looking for a formula, choose one that features B vitamins in their “active” forms, as well as minerals in the form of amino acid chelates. Active B vitamins do not need to be converted in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate up to 30% of our population) do not convert B vitamins well, and don’t receive full benefits. I also prefer the amino acid chelates for minerals, because they are so much better absorbed. I recommend starting with 2 capsules three times daily for several weeks. Then reduce to 2 capsules twice daily thereafter.

As always, I strongly recommend consulting with your doctor regarding any additions to your supplement regimen.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Topical Boswellia and Curcumin

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Whether you’re a serious athlete or simply enjoy a weekend of gardening, you’re probably familiar with supplemental boswellia and curcumin for dealing with pain. But, did you know that there’s a new topical formula available with these two great ingredients? In this podcast, Terry shares the news about this excellent form of boswellia and curcumin that is perfect to use after athletic activity or chores around the house and yard. The best part is, these special extracts as a topical treatment provide simple relief and no mess!

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I have Lyme’s Disease and have gone through the antibiotic regimen to no avail.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have Lyme’s Disease and have gone through the antibiotic regimen to no avail. I have the constant headaches, fatigue, and achiness. I would love to feel normal again. Are you aware of anything that may help? Thank you.” — Lois V., MA

A. Dear Lois, You may want to consider adding a special combination of natural, concentrated plant oils to your daily regimen.  A combination of Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia), Thyme (Thyme satureioides), Clove (Eugenia caryophyllus), and Oregano (Oregano compactum) oils – some of nature’s most powerful antibacterial ingredients – will help to boost your natural defenses. I recommend taking 1 softgel of this combination three times daily.

As always, I strongly recommend consulting with your doctor regarding any additions to your supplement regimen.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Are there any alternatives to using over the counter pain killers?

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Q. Dear Terry, “I lift weights on a regular basis and have started to experience some wrist pain.  Are there any alternatives to using over the counter pain killers?  What would you suggest?” —Joan H., Madison, WI

A. Dear Joan, I am glad to say I do have some natural options that can help. However, I would first encourage you to consult with a certified fitness professional who can determine if you are using the correct body mechanics when weight lifting.

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

I would also recommend taking vitamin B6, which helps overall nerve function and reduces the frequency and intensity of symptoms. The B6 I prefer is blended with a highly absorbable form of magnesium, like magnesium glycinate chelate. In addition to optimizing vitamin B6 metabolism, magnesium in the glycinate form delivers a good dose of magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. Look for a formula that contains the active form of B6 – 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. I recommend taking 1-2 capsules of this blend twice daily.

Please be patient – you need to allow at least 3 months with the above nutritional program before you evaluate your progress.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Iron (and more) For Lasting, Natural Energy

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

If you’ve been low on energy and endurance, you’re probably low on iron. Most people have a deficit of iron in their diets, and that’s because we’ve been told for years that iron is only appropriate for children, women of childbearing age, and professional athletes. Nothing could be further from the truth.

You need supplemental iron to keep you energized throughout the day. But you need the right form. The amino-acid chelated form of iron I recommend, combined with magnesium, copper and zinc, will help you:

  • Stay active longer
  • Recover from exercise faster
  • Prevent muscle injuries and heal faster
  • Stop headaches and PMS symptoms
  • Beat fatigue and “afternoon slumps”

Iron for Energy and Endurance

It’s probably a universal wish to have more energy and endurance. Many of us wake up to a fresh cup of coffee or tea “just to get going”, or rely on an “energy drink” to get through the afternoon. But there is a far better approach to energy than revving up your system with coffee or other stimulants. It relies on the body’s own need for strong, well-absorbed minerals to create the red blood cells that fuel our system.

In this Terry Talks Nutrition®, we’re going to explore the essential minerals we need for healthy energy that can keep us going the distance whether we’re in a cross-country bicycle race, or simply racing against a busy schedule.

Everybody Needs Iron:

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States. Over 7 million women and 700,000 young children in America are estimated to be iron deficient. And, possibly due to the popular idea that men “don’t need iron” middle-aged and older men have been found to have low iron levels as well.

That may come as a surprise. After all, we’ve been told for so long that iron is only conditionally necessary. Basically, that it’s fine if you’re pregnant or menstruating, or maybe a professional athlete, but other than that we should leave it alone. That’s just not true.

Iron is a critical component of hemoglobin, the protein carried by red blood cells that delivers oxygen throughout the body for energy. We couldn’t live without it. And yet, iron deficiency and anemia is one of the world’s most common conditions. For athletes and anyone with an active life, the need for iron is even greater. Aside from hemoglobin, iron is a requirement for erythropoietin (EPO) production, a hormone needed by the body that also helps make energizing red blood cells.

Iron is the link in the way we sustain physical activity and energy. In some cases, professional athletes have injected EPO in order to boost performance and endurance. But there’s no need to take such drastic, potentially dangerous, (and probably illegal) measures. The highly-absorbable iron and other key minerals that I recommend help the body produce this hormone naturally.

Iron is an essential trace mineral that helps transport oxygen in the blood, support cellular energy creation, and support proper neurotransmitter synthesis. Studies have shown that children, women and men require this essential mineral to create healthy red blood cells, build muscle tone, and keep energy levels going strong. In some cases, the need for iron is very strong. In fact, women who are pregnant require almost twice the recommended amount of iron per day! For men, women, and children, the dosages vary depending on age, but for men, the recommended level of iron is 8 mg; for women of childbearing age, up to 18 mg; and for children, up to 10 mg daily. However, those recommendations are often not met. And everybody who is active– or wants to be more so – needs this mineral — most likely in higher amounts. In fact, people who exercise intensively may have a 30% greater need for iron.

On average, an adult loses one milligram of iron per day, and during exercise, people can lose that much in their sweat in one workout.

Some of our foods – coffee, tea, wine, fiber, and calcium – can inhibit iron absorption. And NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can boost your need for iron, too. Considering that many people still use these potentially-dangerous pain-relievers, it would be no surprise if they were low in iron as well – especially if they are active.

The iron I recommend is a glycinate chelated form. Why chelated? Because minerals can be difficult for the body to absorb and use efficiently. A “chelate” is a bond between a mineral (often called “inorganic”) and an organic molecule structure, called a “ligand” that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. The amino acid glycine is an excellent “shepherd” of minerals through the intestinal wall, because this form can be transported directly into the cells of the body, so it can get to work right away. But it is also a gentle form of iron. It doesn’t cause constipation and is not harsh on the stomach.

Magnesium: Another Energy-Creating Mineral

Magnesium helps us metabolize B-vitamins, (in fact, vitamins couldn’t work in our bodies at all without a full range of minerals), it provides our cells with energy, helps muscles recover after heavy exercise, helps our thyroid run smoothly, and helps keep us on an even keel emotionally, too.

Unfortunately, like so many of our mineral needs, we are often deficient in magnesium. One of the reasons for this is that our food just doesn’t have the mineral content that it did in the past. Our topsoil gets washed out over time, and as a result, much of our fruits and vegetables have become nutritionally “dumbed down”.

A deficiency of magnesium can lead to numbness and tingling, muscle contractions and cramps, and in severe cases, abnormal heart rhythms. As with iron, low levels of magnesium can lead to hypertension.

Magnesium is excellent at relieving pain, too. It does this by blocking a pain receptor called the NMDA receptor. It’s great to have on board after a workout (or to take preemptively before one) to keep your muscles from tightening up. Other studies on the effects of magnesium have found that it helps people suffering from headaches and premenstrual syndrome, too.

But more to the point about magnesium and activity,our bodies tend to burn through these minerals at a very fast rate when we are physically active – so they aren’t going to store up in the body as you might imagine. In fact, one endurance study showed that magnesium wasn’t being stored in the bones, and another with ultra-endurance athletes showed that individuals in the study – and by extension anyone in heavy activity – was very likely to be deficient in magnesium and zinc.

This study found that while the participants’ nutrient intake was generally adequate, they were deficient in magnesium and zinc – especially male athletes. They recommended better nutritional education for anyone engaged in strenuous activity. But, that brings a question – if well-trained athletes have a tough time getting the nutrients they need, what about the rest of us? Is it any wonder that we’re often tired and have a difficult time recovering from weekend chores around the yard or occasional charity bike-rides?

Like the iron in this formula, I recommend a glycinate chelated form. It is extremely well-absorbed and used by the body, and doesn’t leave excess magnesium in the digestive tract which can attract water and create loose stools. Beyond that, you want to make sure your magnesium is a high-quality supplement, because poorly-absorbed forms can interfere with iron absorption as well.

Copper: A Valuable Health Resource

Copper is a must. Along with iron, copper helps build healthy blood cells, so it is a vital component in any supplementation for energy and endurance. Without copper, anemia is almost certain to follow, along with heart disease, blood sugar issues, and arthritis.

In fact, one of the first times copper showed scientifically demonstrated importance was when malnourished children in Peru didn’t respond to iron therapy to treat their anemia. When copper was supplemented, their health turned around.

Aside from blood cell formation, copper is crucial for transporting iron in red blood cells, strengthening the immune system, and helping build strong bones.

The copper I recommend as part of this combination has been well studied for absorption and benefits. Like the others, it is an amino acid glycinate chelate form. Studies at the University of Nevada-Reno and at Yale have shown that it has 85% of the free-radical scavenging power of superoxide dismutase, an enzyme we produce naturally (but is available from a bovine source as a supplement) to neutralize oxygen reactive species.

In a study involving participants both with and without rheumatoid arthritis, the chelated copper helped boost levels of cellular superoxide dismutase, helping fend off potential cellular damage to muscles.

 Zinc: A Healing Mineral

Generally, if a person deficient is in one mineral, they are deficient in many of them. Zinc is no exception.

Zinc helps the body heal muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the event of small muscle tears that often happen when we’re active. Without adequate zinc, however, these tears can keep you from being active again. In models of wounds or tissue stress, zinc concentration at the injured site peaks after a few days, usually around the time you notice the strain the most.

Zinc deficiency also means reduced blood glutathione levels. Glutathione is a natural antioxidant produced by the body that protects our cells from oxidative damage, which can be heavy during times of intense exercise, when the muscles require oxygen-rich red blood cells. Zinc deficiency has also been linked to depression and anxiety disorders, so boosting zinc intake may be part of a more natural treatment option that doesn’t carry the risks and side-effects of conventional approaches. Zinc provides an excellent way to help support a healthy body and mind.

It’s important to have a well-absorbed supplemental source, and a glycinate chelated form of zinc is the one I recommend for this combination.

Mineral Deficiencies Are Common

Research shows that mineral deficiencies tend to occur in groups. Even though the initial problem may be a lack of iron in a diet or supplement regimen, there are usually other missing minerals as well. A lot of times, when we think about people with poor diets, or inadequate supplementation, we say that they have vitamin deficiencies. That may be true. But it’s probably more accurate to say that they have mineral deficiencies instead.

Don’t be one of them. Be sure you have a solid foundation of iron, magnesium, copper, and zinc as some of your core nutrients, and you’ll feel energized for the great days ahead!

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

Iron (as ferrous bisglycinate chelate)

30 mg

Magnesium (as magnesium bisglycinate chelate buffered)

300 mg

Zinc (as zinc bisglycinate chelate)

10 mg

Copper (as copper bisglycinate chelate)

2 mg

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I suffer from interruption of sleep because of 1 or 2 trips to urinate.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I received a course of radiation 7 years ago for mid stage prostate cancer. All has been good except the interruption of sleep because of 1 or 2 trips to urinate. Is there anything I can take that might help?” — Allen D., El Paso, TX

A. Dear Allen, There is a clinically-studied Angelica archangelica extract I recommend that will help strengthen bladder muscles and increase bladder capacity. Angelica archangelica has been used in folk medicine for centuries – the Vikings even used this herb as a form of currency. When choosing a formula, look for one that features an aqueous (water) extract of Angelica archangelica leaves that has been clinically-studied. Start by taking 2 tablets daily for 2-3 days, then decreasing to 1 tablet daily thereafter.

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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Supplements for Your Dog

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We all love our dogs and want them to be as healthy as possible. Providing your dog with high-quality supplements can be a great way to promote a long and healthy life. In this podcast, Terry shares his recommendations for canine-friendly supplements for a healthy heart and brain, antioxidant protection, and the occasional bouts of anxiety that can affect our favorite four-legged friends. [http://www.terrytalksnutrition.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/41_Supplements-for-your-dog.mp3|titles=supplements-for-your-dog]

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What can be done for eczema?

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Q. Dear Terry, “What can be done for eczema? My son has tried everything under the sun to help and nothing seems to work.” — Linda H., Flint, MI

A. Dear Linda, When it comes to eczema, diet is an extremely important factor. So, the best recommendation I can give anyone with this condition is to start removing dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter and eggs), sugar, soft drinks, and all grains from their diet. Their diet should consist of animal proteins from beef, bison, and lamb, poultry, fish, fruits, and non-starchy vegetables. They can also eat nuts, seeds and berries. For more information, review my diet at Terry’s Traditional Diet.

I would also recommend adding Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) seed and pulp oil to your son’s 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).

Dose is important when it comes to sea buckthorn oil – start with the clinically studied dose of two 500 mg capsules, taken internally, 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.

I also recommend your son try an omega fatty acid product extracted from salmon—without the oil. 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 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 would have your son take 1-2 tablets daily.

Please be patient – have your son follow the above suggestions for at least 90 days before judging the results.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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I feel like I have no energy and am tired all the time.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I feel like I have no energy and am tired all the time. What do you recommend when a person’s iron stores are low – not at anemic levels, just lower than normal?” — Sandra P., Cape Coral, FL

A. Dear Sandra, I believe I can offer you some alternative nutritional 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.

While fatigue and exhaustion can be caused by a lack of many nutrients, a recent study found the number one cause of chronic fatigue in women was lack of iron.

When it comes to iron supplementation, I recommend adding 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 1-2 tablets of this blend daily.

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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The Real Cause of Heart Disease and Cancer

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Cholesterol and saturated fats are not the cause of heart disease and cancer.  Cholesterol and saturated fats have never been clinically or scientifically linked to causing heart disease or strokes.  Cholesterol is one of our most valuable and primary nutrients to maintain good health.  There is no reason to lower cholesterol.  There are no benefits in terms of saving lives or extending the longevity of Americans.  Do statin drugs work?  Absolutely.  They work to drive cholesterol down but there is no health benefit, only additional harm due to the fact that without cholesterol we can’t make testosterone, estrogen, vitamin D, and the adrenal hormones.  Cholesterol is a precursor for these hormones.  There is more harm subjected to Americans by low cholesterol than benefits.  The side effects include muscle pain, muscle wasting, acute amnesia, loss of memory, vague aches and pains, depression, suicidal thoughts, and an increased risk of breast cancer in women by 1500%.  I believe the pharmaceutical industry is aware of these facts but, because of greed, pride and ego, they fail to warn medical doctors and Americans.

The drugs that lower cholesterol are the financial foundation for many drug companies.  While statin drugs are not killing people outright, therefore, there is no cry to ban them.  It is not saturated fat and cholesterol that causes heart disease and strokes.  When the diet 60 or 70 years ago was rich in red meats, animal fats, beef steaks, bacon, cream, lard, butter and eggs, heart disease and strokes were not the number one killer in America.  Based on poor evidence of the cause of heart disease and cancer, Americans were told to abandon saturated fats and cholesterol.  The diet of Americans was switched to grains, other carbohydrates and sugar, and NOW after 60 or 70 years of a carbohydrate diet, heart disease is number one and cancer is number two of deaths in America.  I always advise anyone taking drugs, especially prescription drugs, to work with their physicians to make healthy changes.  But the advice to avoid fats and cholesterol has been wrong for 60 to 70 years and will continue, so along with working with your doctor, do your homework.  To start your homework, read The Great Cholesterol Myth by Dr. Jonny Bowden and cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra.  LDL cholesterol, sometimes referred to as the bad cholesterol, is not bad on its own.  There are two patterns of LDL cholesterol, pattern A and pattern B.  Pattern A are particles of cholesterol that are large and fluffy like cotton balls.  They are harmless and have good benefits.  Pattern B is like BB’s, small and dense, and are harmful.  We make more pattern B particles from carbohydrates.  Cholesterol is not the enemy.  Triglycerides are the enemy.  Triglycerides are three molecules of fat attached to a glycerol backbone, all made from carbohydrates.  The best way to determine if you have a higher risk of heart disease is to divide your triglyceride number by your HDL number.  You’ll have a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke if you have a number below 3.5.  A low number of triglycerides and a significant increased number of HDL provides good protection and reduces risk of heart disease and strokes.  If your triglycerides are 150 and your HDL is 50, you have a number of 3.  If you have a triglyceride number of 300 and you have an HDL of 30, you have a number of 10, which is not in your favor and you have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.  By restricting your carbohydrates, you will reduce your triglycerides and increase your HDL, a favorable combination.  You will also have other benefits such as lowering your blood pressure, lowering your blood sugar, and all metabolic disorders when you restrict carbohydrates.  It will take a minimum of three weeks to adjust to a low carbohydrate diet.  And then, do not think of this as a remedy to make corrections, but look at this as a permanent change to change your life.  You often hear the advice to follow a low fat diet and they refer to the Mediterranean Diet.  The Mediterranean Diet is not a low fat diet, it is over 40% fat.  Fat is not the enemy nor is saturated fat the enemy.  Fat is healthy and your friend.  The overconsumption of carbohydrates, especially refined carbohydrates and sugar of all kinds, is the enemy.   Restrict your carbohydrates for better health.

 

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4 Ways To Prevent Cognitive Decline

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The Alzheimer’s Association has estimated that the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States will more than double in the next 40 years. Currently 5.2 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, but 13.8 million Americans are expected to by 2050. As a result, medical costs will increase to more than $1.2 trillion per year by 2050.1 And the cumulative costs for Alzheimer’s care from 2010 to 2050 is estimated to exceed $20 trillion.2

What can be done to prevent cognitive decline?

Reduce Abdominal Fat

Your belly affects your brain? It may seem like an odd connection, but a recent study conducted on more than 700 middle-aged subjects found that obesity lowered total brain volume in healthy middle-aged individuals. Lower total brain volume has been linked to the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life. The findings, published in the Annals of Neurology, suggested that insulin resistance and BMI did not correlate to dementia, but visceral abdominal fat was significantly related.3

Exercise

Everyone knows that exercise is good for us and we should be exercising regularly. It has been shown to help combat heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, sleep disorders, and many circulatory issues.4-7 But, did you know physical exercise can actually improve how the brain functions? Studies are increasingly demonstrating that exercise can improve memory and processing speed, and even slow down cognitive impairment.8-16 Based on the accumulation of evidence, regular exercise will soon be prescribed even to prevent  Alzheimer’s disease.17 Evidence is also mounting regarding exercise and its beneficial effects on Parkinson’s disease.18,19

Listen to Music

According to a study conducted at Boston University School of Medicine, Alzheimer’s patients can remember verbal information significantly better when it is set to music. Alzheimer’s patients and healthy older adults were recruited to listen to spoken words or words set to music. The results indicated Alzheimer’s patients were more accurate on memory tests when the words were set to music. Healthy older adults did not derive any significant benefits from listening to musical words. It was concluded that Alzheimer’s patients had significant memory improvements because music improved brain processes that function at a slower rate when Alzheimer’s is present.20 Two years later, more research also backed up the use of music in treating Alzheimer’s.21

Drink Blueberry Juice

Blueberries are loaded with health promoting phytochemicals, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Polyphenols and anthocyanins can slow decline in memory function by increasing cognitive signals and assisting glucose metabolism in the brain. Researchers found that individuals with memory decline showed significant improvement in learning and memory tests when they consumed 2 ½ cups of blueberry juice every day for 12 weeks.22

Polyphenols found in berries (especially the berries’ flavonoid content) have been associated with improvement in neuronal functioning with aging and cogntion. Concord grape juice has a variety of polyphenols including anthocyanins and flavonols. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry showed that concord grape juice could enhance neurocognitive function in older people with mild cognitive impairment.23

References

  1. Alzheimer’s Association 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Retrieved on September 2, 2013 http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_and_figures.asp
  2. Alzheimer’s News 5/19/10. Report: Alzheimer’s disease to cost United States $20 trillion over next 40 years. Retrieved on September 2, 2013 from http://alz.org/news_and_events_19623.asp
  3. Debette S,  et al. Visceral fat is associated with lower brain volume in healthy middle-aged adults. Annals of Neurology. Published online early. May 20, 2010.
  4. Kligman EW, Pepin E. Prescribing physical activity for older patients. Geriatrics. 1992 Aug;47(8):33-4, 37-44, 47.
  5. O’Grady M, Fletcher J, Ortiz S. Therapeutic and physical fitness exercise prescription for older adults with joint disease: an evidence-based approach. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2000 Aug;26(3):617-46. Review.
  6. Koivula RW, Tornberg AB, Franks PW. Exercise and diabetes-related
    cardiovascular disease: systematic review of published evidence from
    observational studies and clinical trials. Curr Diab Rep. 2013 Jun;13(3):372-80.
  7. Kemmler W, et al. Long-term exercise and risk of metabolic and cardiac diseases: the erlangen fitness and prevention study. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:768431. doi: 10.1155/2013/768431. Epub 2013 Jul 30.
  8. Özkaya GY, et al. Effect of strength and endurance training on cognition in older people. J Sports Sci & Med 2005; 4: 300-313.
  9. Perrig-Chiello P, et al. The effects of resistance training on well-being and memory in elderly volunteers. Age Ageing 1998; 27: 469-475.
  10. Cassilhas RC, et al. The impact of resistance exercise on the cognitive function of the elderly. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2007; 39: 1401-1407.
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The Great Cholesterol Myth, presented by Jonny Bowden

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Presented by Jonny Bowden

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recently released new cholesterol-treatment guidelines, which some experts believe will lead to millions more Americans unnecessarily taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. Why? What is behind the medical obsession with cholesterol levels and statin drugs, and why are the real causes of heart disease been virtually ignored?

In his provocative new book The Great Cholesterol Myth (co-authored with Dr. Stephen Sinatra), Dr. Jonny Bowden reveals the truth about cholesterol and saturated fat and provides a statin-free plan for preventing, managing, and reversing heart disease and staying healthy for life. If you or your loved ones are taking statin drugs the information you hear in this webinar could change your lives.

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I am looking for alternative treatments for my son who has been diagnosed with ADHD.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I am looking for alternative treatments for my son who has been diagnosed with ADHD. He is not currently on any prescription medications and I would like to keep it that way, if possible. Do you have suggestions?” — Stacy D., Tampa, FL

A. Dear Stacy, If you are not doing so already, I highly recommend taking a good look at your child’s diet. Dietary restrictions would include 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 the part of both the child and family, 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 son’s diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider adding to his daily regimen. Nutrients like DMAE, L-tyrosine, taurine, phosphatidylserine, black currant, rhodiola, grape seed, and specific vitamins have been shown to be of benefit in the treatment of ADHD. For instance, vitamin B, L-tyrosine, and DMAE aid in the function of neurotransmitters, which are messengers in the brain. The herb rhodiola has long been used for its ability to increase focus, concentration and memory, especially during stressful times (such as final exam testing for students). Phosphatidylserine is a specific kind of phospholipid that is important for cell membranes in the brain, as well as helping to create neurotransmitters that are important for memory, attention and focus. Each of these ingredients influences a different pathway, which is why I like to recommend them in a combination formula.

Omega 3 fatty acids have also been shown to help increase focus and attention in children. However, it can be a challenge to get kids to take fish oil. I recommend you get your son an omega fatty acid product extracted from salmon—without the oil. 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 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 would have your son take 1 tablet twice daily.

Lastly, you may also want to consider adding narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) to your son’s regimen. Researchers at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences discovered that when grown under the right conditions, harvested and processed in a particular way, and taken at the right dosage level, compounds in this unique type of coneflower can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. The unique compounds in this particular coneflower extract have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which help to instill a sense of calm and relaxation.

I recommend that your son take 20-40 mg of this specialized coneflower extract twice daily. When choosing a formula, make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract that is standardized for proprietary echinacosides.

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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I am 51 years old and both of my hands hurt every day

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Q. Dear Terry, “I am 51 years old and both of my hands hurt every day.  It is especially worse in the morning when I wake up – my hands are so stiff that I can barely even make a fist.  Doctor says it’s “arthritis”.  What do you recommend that I take for the pain and stiffness?” — Sylvia L., Chicago, IL

A. Dear Sylvia, I would recommend trying a combination of high-absorption curcumin with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address any pain you may be experiencing. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to help you get comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking 1-2 capsules of this blend three times a day.

You may also want to consider adding a combination of boswellia, curcumin, Indian gooseberry and devil’s claw to your daily regimen. These four ingredients support the structure and smooth functioning of the joints, as well as provide additional relief of inflammation and pain. I recommend taking 1 capsule of this blend twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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I am 74 years old and recently fractured a rib.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I am 74 years old and recently fractured a rib. My physician told me not to do much in the way of movement and lifting for at least 3 to 6 months because my fracture could dislocate. Is there anything I should be taking to help speed up my recovery?” — Gail B., Phoenix, AZ

A. Dear Gail, You may want to consider taking horsetail extract standardized to provide 20 mg of organic silica daily. Many people never think about silica when it comes to bone health, but it is one of the most important minerals we need. Because silica is poorly absorbed, you want to look for a product that contains organic silica and bioflavonoids, blended with marine lipids. This greatly increases absorption and will help you achieve the best benefits. I recommend taking 800 mg of the specialized, standardized horsetail extract three times daily.

When it comes to supporting the body’s healing process, it really does take a full family of nutrients. So, if you are not already taking one, I recommend adding a multivitamin and mineral formula to your daily regimen. Look for a premium formula that provides a comprehensive assortment of essential nutrients – including vitamin D, calcium, and boron – all important in building strong bones.

When choosing a multivitamin and mineral formula, look for one that features chelated trace minerals, along with B vitamins in their active forms. 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. A good multivitamin and mineral formula will also include vitamins B1, B6 and B12, as well as folic acid, in their active forms – benfotiamine, P-5-P, methylcobalamin, and L-methylfolate. These forms don’t require conversion by the liver, so they can go to work immediately.

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 multivitamin and mineral formulas, I recommend taking a minimum of 2 tablets daily for maintenance, or increasing to 4 tablets daily for optimal support.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Relieve Dry Eyes with Omega-7

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Whether you suffer from dry eyes due to working on a computer, exposure to irritating conditions, or actually have a chronic illness such as Sjögren’s Syndrome, which can cause severe eye dryness, there is a powerful nutrient that can help.

Sea Buckthorn, a rich source of omega-7 fatty acids, is the right choice for:

  • Relieving dry eyes and restoring eye moisture
  • Preventing eye fatigue and soreness
  • Reducing symptoms of Sjögren’s Syndrome
  • Stopping redness and irritation
  • Helping you feel more awake and refreshed

If you have dry, tired eyes, you are not alone.

Dry eye syndrome (DES) affects about 3.2 million women and 1.68 million men over the age of 50. For women, DES parallels menopause and other typical conditions of aging. For men, it corresponds not just with age, but hypertension, antidepressant use, and benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH).

Aside from computer use, dry eyes have many other causes as well: driving, working outside, contact lens wear, common over-the-counter drugs (like antihistamines), dust, wind, and exposure to air pollutants. In serious cases, an autoimmune disease like Sjögren’s Syndrome may be the root cause.

The right balance of fatty acids is truly essential to our health in many ways, and this incudes healthy skin and mucous membranes. However, it is not just omega-3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, which are pretty familiar to anyone interested in natural health. Omega-7, also called palmitoleic acid – not nearly as common as the others – is critical, too, but much harder to find. There are only a few sources of the rare omega-7 fatty acid, but the science on this subject is exploding. Today we’ll discuss how to reduce or eliminate dry eyes with omega-7 from sea buckthorn.

Sea Buckthorn Oil: The Answer to Dry Eyes

Sea Buckthorn (Hippophaë rhamnoides) has a long history of use and is such a healthy berry that it is called “the nutrient bomb.” Some varieties have been recommended for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine for everything from improving digestion and stopping heartburn to keeping the heart and circulation running smoothly. In fact, those are all still very good reasons to use an extract from the berries and seeds.

The seed, pulp, and skin of the berry are packed with over 200 nutrients, including antioxidant tocopherols, beta-carotene, phytosterols, and omega fatty acids. The omega fatty acid profile includes omega-3, 6, 9 and the much more difficult-to-find, but very valuable omega-7.  Omega-7 comprises up about 50% of sea buckthorn berry’s fatty acid content making it one of the most valuable nutrient sources, and the richest plant-based source of palmitoleic acid you’ll find.

However, not all sea buckthorn products contain omega-7 fatty acids. That’s because omega-7 is found only in the pulp of the berry, not the seed oil. However, the seed oil is rich in essential alpha-linolenic and linoleic fatty acids, for beneficial omega-3 and omega-6. Both the pulp and the seed oil supply high levels of natural vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols) and plant sterols along with the omega-7 fatty acid that makes sea buckthorn so unique.

There are many companies selling sea buckthorn products, but since many of them contain seed oil only, people aren’t getting the omega-7s they expect. That’s why it’s important to choose the right sea buckthorn – for many reasons.

These days, there is more cultivation of sea buckthorn. However, the berry needs to be handled with care. The buckthorn shrub is covered with thorns, which makes hand-harvesting extremely difficult and time-consuming. However, this tough work needs to be done in order to keep the practice sustainable and the berries nutrient-rich. Some companies try to circumvent the process by simply cutting off the branches, freezing them, and knocking off the berries. Unfortunately, that shortcut not only damages the plant, it damages and alters the very compounds you want from the berries. For the most benefits, you want to get extracts made with sea buckthorn berries that have been gently gathered for the most benefits.

Additionally, it’s also crucial to find a sea buckthorn extract that has been sensibly processed. I recommend a clinically-tested sea buckthorn extract that uses a supercritical CO2 extraction process. Overall, I think this form of extraction is one of the best for this specific nutrient.

That’s because most supplemental ingredients are produced using harsh solvents, such as hexane, to separate the extract from the plant material in order to concentrate its benefits. Supercritical CO2 extraction is much different.

Supercritical CO2 extraction is 100% natural and uses carbon dioxide in liquid form, which is odorless, tasteless, and non-toxic.  Oils in plants that are extracted using this method contain no heavy metals, are completely pure and safe, provide no base for germ growth, and need no additional preservation. Supercritical CO2 extraction works at very low temperatures, so it preserves the sensitive plant constituents, and avoids the risk of biologically active components being destroyed by oxidation. Plus, it yields high levels of the omega fatty acids.

Relieving Dry Eyes

One of the reasons we develop dry eyes is because the moisture levels of the eyes (and the entire body) changes as we get older. Aside from simple change in body chemistry, our lifestyle contributes to dry eyes as well. Being at a computer all day, working outside, wind, dust, allergies, and prescription drugs can cause a lot of the irritation and dryness that make us wish for lasting relief.

While the causes can vary, the basic mechanics of dry eyes generally boil down to two types: an “aqueous deficient” form of dry eye (you simply don’t produce enough tears or moisture to keep the eyes from feeling dry); and an “evaporative” dry eye where the amount of moisture starts off normal, but the composition of the tear film layer is simply not stable or healthy enough to prevent the eyes from drying out.

Certainly, there are many over-the-counter and prescription eye drops and “artificial tears” available, but they don’t really address the structural reasons that cause the problem to begin with. Nor do they offer a long-term solution. For that, you need nutrients working systemically from the inside.

Nutrients from sea buckthorn, including omega-7, do just that.

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 – 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. Participants kept a logbook of symptoms throughout the study, and clinical tests (including eye exams and fatty acid analysis of the tear film) were conducted.

The redness and burning sensations were lower in the sea buckthorn group 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 one important reason is the reduction of inflammation, which tends to dry out the eyes – and keep them dry. Other research has shown that omega fatty acids help reduce the inflammation, and they 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 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 demonstrable difference in the fatty acid composition in the tears of people with healthy eyes versus those suffering from dry eyes. Additionally, omega-7 fatty acids helps the cells themselves retain moisture.

When you consider how critical fatty acids are to our health overall, that’s really not surprising. After all, omega fatty acids help support the structure of skin, mucosal membrane layers in the digestive system, vagina, and cells throughout the body. But most people don’t get this unique omega fatty acid through diet alone, which is why I believe that supplementation is essential.

The sea buckthorn oil  I recommend has also been clinically proven for women with Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that leads to excessive dryness in the eyes, mouth, and vagina. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study, 24 women aged 37 to 66 took sea buckthorn oil or a coconut oil placebo for three months. The improvement for women in the sea buckthorn group was dramatic. The botanical relieved itching, pain, dryness and burning sensations in the mucosal tissues throughout the body. For anyone suffering from this painful condition, I highly recommend this extract. It has the power to improve your life dramatically.

Of course, carotenoids and tocopherols have also been shown to have similar effects on inflammation and oxidative stress in the eyes. Sea buckthorn provides all of them in one package, along with the added benefits of moisture-improving omega-7. So, you not only have nutrients that support the structure of the eyes – they also prevent free radical damage to the retina and other sensitive components of the eyes.

There is a Natural Solution to Dry Eyes – Sea Buckthorn Oil

Whether you have occasional dry eyes after being outside or working long hours staring at a computer screen, or are stressed each day by knowing you’ll have to contend with irritated, sore, and tired eyes, you don’t have to reach for the drops or some prescription drug.

The clinically-studied sea buckthorn I recommend can help your eyes feel fresh, rested, and healthy again. Plus, it will have amazing benefits for your skin, and support your heart and digestion, too. That’s because sea buckthorn truly is a “nutrient bomb”. The omega-7 it provides along with its astounding nutrient profile, make it a natural wonder you’ll appreciate every day.

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

Sea Buckthorn Oil

(Hippophae rhamnoides L.)  containing:

Omega-7 150 mg, Omega-9 90 mg, Omega-6 85 mg, Omega-3 65 mg, rich in Omega-7, phytosterols, tocopherols, tocotrienols and carotenoids; oil extracted in a specific ratio of berry pulp and seed oil, containing Omega-7 using supercritical CO2 extraction technology

500 mg

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The Diet We have Adopted in America is Causing Skyrocketing Cases of Heart Disease and Cancer

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Remember back, if you can, 60 or 70 years ago when meals were made of eggs, bacon, beef steak, cream, butter and lard along with vegetables and fruits, a time when heart disease was not the number one killer of Americans?  It was fourth or fifth in terms of people dying.  Cancer was eighth or ninth on the list of people dying.  Today, heart disease is the number one cause of people dying in America and cancer is number two, even after all the precautions of eating a low fat diet, avoiding animal fats, red meat, eggs and cholesterol.  These precautions were advised by scientists, nutritionists and the U.S. government.  These precautions were only based on assumption and observations of other cultures.  There have been absolutely no studies that link eating fats, including saturated fats, to heart disease or cancer.  There is more evidence of heart disease and cancer being caused by sugars, sucrose and glucose.  A type of fat called triglycerides, is three molecules of fat attached to a glycerol backbone.  This fat is more harmful than cholesterol.  Triglycerides are produced from carbohydrates.  People today are dying more frequently or are debilitated by cardiovascular disease and cancer.  What’s the cause?  When the alarm was sent out that fats may be a cause of heart disease and cancer, Americans reduced their intake of saturated fats and cholesterol.  Commercial and packaged goods, and many natural products, were drastically reduced in fats so many foods became low fat or no fat products.  The only alternative for Americans was to switch to a high carbohydrate, low fat diet.  It’s much easier to overeat carbohydrates and sugar than it is to overeat fats.  Carbohydrates are eaten in excess, which of course is obvious in America, since the average consumption of carbohydrates is 70% of the American diet.  Sucrose and glucose, which makes up the primary sugars along with high fructose corn syrup, are limited in their ability to convert to glycogen.  The remaining carbs that are not converted to glycogen are converted to fats.  The fats that are converted from carbohydrates are the same fats we are told to avoid, mainly saturated fats.  To some degree, glucose and sucrose can be used for a burst of energy, but the most sustaining level of energy comes from fats.  The most damaging effect from carbohydrates is the huge population of overweight and obese Americans who have become intolerant of carbohydrates.  While there are three food groups, proteins, fats and carbohydrates, only two of these groups are essential for good health.  Proteins are made up of essential amino acids, and fats are made up of essential fatty acids.  There are no essential carbohydrates.  We can live very healthy and well without eating carbohydrates or, for some people, a minimum of carbohydrates, 20 grams to 80 grams per day.  It may seem strange and unusual that people are intolerant of carbohydrates, but nobody seems to find it strange that people are intolerant of gluten, or people who are intolerant of lactose.  People who can eat carbohydrates and not gain weight may handle carbohydrates better than others.  People who are carbohydrate intolerant, gain weight easily, especially belly fat, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and are insulin resistant.  Today, type 2 diabetes is an epidemic caused by carbohydrate intolerance brought on by the misleading medical advice of avoiding fats and switching to carbohydrates, primarily a grain based diet.  For more on the damages of grains, read Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and go to www.drperlmutter.com, and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.  Today, many Americans are on prescription drugs only because the diet has changed so drastically in the last 70 to 80 years.  Our diet has changed more in this span of time than it had in the previous 2 to 3 million years.  If you suffer from high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high cholesterol, high blood sugar level, obesity, or you are at least 10 to 20% overweight, you’ll find most of these conditions will be corrected by a carbohydrate restricted diet.  Food truly is your medicine.  Drugs are not the answer.  Drugs are like putting your finger in the dike rather than restoring and repairing the dike.  Change your diet.  It will change your life.  Don’t adopt these changes for a few months to see all these biomarkers improve significantly and lose all the weight you’ve gained to return to the diet that caused the disorders and the weight gain in the first place.  If you’re carbohydrate intolerant, and most Americans are, this should be a permanent change.  Are you willing to make the changes and give up what you’re eating to save your life?

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What do you recommend in a case of spastic bladder?

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Q. Dear Terry, “What do you recommend in a case of spastic bladder?” — Solomon G., San Francisco, CA

A. Dear Solomon, I do have a recommendation 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.

There is a clinically-studied botanical extract that will strengthen bladder muscles and increase bladder capacity. It is made from angelica (Angelica archangelica) – the angels’ herb – which grows in Iceland. 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.

I’d recommend that you start with two tablets per day – one in the morning and one at night – for the first few days, and then drop down to one tablet per day thereafter.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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I have worked as an electrician for 30 years, but had to quit because of the arthritis in my back, hips and hands.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have worked as an electrician for 30 years, but had to quit because of the arthritis in my back, hips and hands. In addition, I also have nerve damage sustained in the Marine Corps. What is the best course of action to take to slow down or reverse these issues?” — Scott M., Springfield, MO

A. Dear Scott, Semper Fi. I would first recommend trying a combination of high-absorption curcumin with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address any pain you may be experiencing. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to help you get comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking 1-2 capsules of this blend three times a day.

When choosing a product, look for one 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 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 believe you would also benefit greatly by taking a blend of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and zinc, among others. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of the pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing. When looking for a formula, choose one that features B vitamins in their “active” forms, as well as minerals in the form of amino acid chelates. Active B vitamins do not need to be converted in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate up to 30% of our population) do not convert B vitamins well, and don’t receive full benefits. I also prefer the amino acid chelates for minerals, because they are so much better absorbed. I recommend taking 1-2 capsules of this formula three times daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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My physician is recommending that I undergo surgery on my L5 vertebrae.

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Q. Dear Terry, “My physician is recommending that I undergo surgery on my L5 vertebrae, which has a spur impinging on the nerves. I would like to avoid surgery, if at all possible. Do you have recommendations that might help me?” — Jenny M., San Jose, CA

A. Dear Jenny, I would recommend trying a combination of high-absorption curcumin with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address any pain you may be experiencing. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to help you get comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking 1-2 capsules of this blend three times a day.

When choosing a product, look for one 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 in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.

When it comes to the bone spurs itself, I recommend adding a combination of 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 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, 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 forms are important in maintaining optimal calcium absorption and healthy acid/alkaline balance.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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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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Arthritis: Restoring Function

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

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

High-absorption curcumin, specialized boswellia, Indian Gooseberry (amla), and Devil’s Claw provide a strong combination that fights inflammation, reduces pain, and helps you stay active. Together, these ingredients:

  • Stop arthritis fast
  • Shorten your recovery time
  • Help you stay active
  • Reduce COX-2 activity
  • Fight inflammation throughout the body
  • Provide proven, safe relief

If you have osteoarthritis, you are not alone. It is the most common of all joint diseases, accounting for about half of the arthritis diagnoses in the United States and affects approximately 21 million Americans.

But as powerful (and  frightening) as these numbers sound, they can only hint at the overall impact of osteoarthritis, which keeps people from working, enjoying vacations, and just getting around for everyday activities.  Osteoarthritis sends people to doctor’s offices and pain clinics and makes potentially dangerous and damaging prescription drugs seem like an attractive option.

There is a better solution.

There are four herbs that have been extensively researched to relieve pain and support the delicate structure and smooth functioning of the spine and joints.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Because they sound similar, it’s understandable that people may confuse osteoporosis, a degeneration of bone tissue, with osteoarthritis, a degeneration of the joints.

Osteoarthritis is a form of joint disease that develops when cartilage deteriorates.  Over time, the space between bones narrows and the surfaces of the bones change shape, leading eventually to friction and joint damage. Osteoarthritis often affects more than one joint, and while it can affect any joint in the body, some joints are affected much more often than others. For example, osteoarthritis is quite common in the hip, knee, lower back, neck, and certain finger joints, but it is rare in the elbow.

Because the risk of developing osteoarthritis increases with age, this form of arthritis is expected to become even more prevalent as the population of the United States grows older.

Who Gets Osteoarthritis?

About equal numbers of men and women have osteoarthritis, but it tends to affect them differently.  Men typically develop symptoms before age 45 while women usually don’t have symptoms until after age 55.

Women more often have osteoarthritis in the hands and knees. For example, women are ten times more likely to develop Heberden’s nodes, a type of osteoarthritis in which hard, bony growths form on the joint nearest the fingertip. In comparison, men are more likely to have it in the hips, knees and spine.

As I mentioned earlier, drugs are not typically the best answer for osteoarthritis. All of them come with serious side effects, including nausea, liver damage, and stomach bleeding – to name a few. Not only that, but while they may eliminate pain, they do nothing for the deterioration of the joints.

But is Glucosamine Sulfate the Only Alternative?

One of the natural alternatives for joint pain, inflammation, and structural support that has been well-received in the past 15 years is glucosamine sulfate (GS).

Because of the lengthy time that GS has been on the market, with better than fair results for joint support, it has gained a wide reputation for joint health with many doctors suggesting its use for elderly patients.

The clinical reports on GS indicate that about 40% of individuals placed on GS will experience benefits after about three months. But as time moves on, so does research.  And because of this, I can recommend several herbal ingredients that are far more effective than GS.

Three of these herbs come from India and one from South Africa.  The first and foremost in relieving pain and improving joint function is a clinically-studied, highly absorbable curcumin extract from turmeric (Curcuma longa). The problem with most curcumin extracts is that they don’t absorb well in the digestive tract, so they can’t exert their effects on inflammation very well, or for very long. That’s why I recommend a highly-effective curcumin extract which is re-blended with the essential oil of turmeric for up to 10 times the absorption of standard 95% curcumin extracts.

The second Indian herb, boswellia (Boswellia serrata), has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain and inflammation.  Its actions are very similar to our current drugs that are reported to be COX-2 inhibitors – but without the side effects.

The boswellia extract I recommend

has reduced levels of beta-boswellic acids, which can otherwise be pro-inflammatory, and was standardized to more than 10% AKBA, the most anti-inflammatory compound in the extract.

Curcumin and boswellia are two key players in the combination you want, because they reduce the activity of the two most significant pain pathways in the body – COX-2 and 5-LOX. Of course, it’s not just about relieving pain – it’s about relieving the tissue-damaging inflammation that causes pain. That’s why these two ingredients are so important. When you use them, you’re not just “covering up” the pain signals your body sends out; you’re helping your body heal.

Plus, these natural compounds have been around for thousands of years while the drugs that are being prescribed for arthritis are totally synthetic and have never before been on this planet before some scientist concocted them. I think I would prefer Mother Nature over what was fabricated in the laboratory and comes with serious side effects. Certainly, there are occasions when drugs are necessary, and I am not against their use but when you can choose a natural alternative that has as good a result as the drugs that are prescribed, I would always choose the natural solution.

The third herb, Indian Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis) – also known as “amla” – has anti-inflammatory benefits and helps rebuild healthy collagen and cartilage.

Then add to this trio of Indian herbs, Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) from South Africa, which has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits for relieving arthritis.

Devil’s Claw has been used for centuries by the native people of South Africa, treating pain with the dried roots of the plant. Holistic physicians including Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., have recognized the plant’s ability to relieve the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis.

According to Dr. Low Dog, Devil’s Claw is so highly prescribed and respected in European countries that it accounts for 74% of all prescriptions written for arthritic complaints. But it’s important to realize that not all Devil’s Claw extracts are equally prepared. Many of them are only standardized at 2% harpagosides, the plant’s key compound.  However, there is a specialized extract standardized to 20% harpagosides, with documented advantages.

First, it inhibits COX-2 by 31%. This is a huge breakthrough compared to past alternative or natural ingredients, including glucosamine and chondroitin, which has never shown this kind of intense effect.

Additionally, Devil’s Claw has been clinically shown to build up the joint structure by increasing hyaluronic acid synthesis in chondrocytes – the cells that produce and maintain joint-cushioning cartilage. This has amazing benefits for anyone with arthritis, because it can improve joint lubrication  by up to 41%!

Four Herbal Ingredients for Powerful Results

The pain and stiffness of arthritis is difficult to live with, and the prescription drugs so often used to treat it can create devastating complications. The combination I’ve discussed here provides an entirely different approach; one that relieves pain, and helps rebuild the cushioning structure of the joints and vertebrae. Simply allow it some time, and stick with the recommended dosages. But if you’re tired of conventional approaches to dealing with osteoarthritis, maybe it’s time to consider these amazing, effective ingredients and rediscover mobility without the risks.

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

Proprietary Formula

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 enhanced with turmeric essential oils and standardized for curcuminoid complex (curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin), Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) Root Extract standardized to contain >20%  harpagosides, Indian Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis) Fruit Extract (25:1) standardized to contain > 35% polyphenol content

1,050 mg

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Cut out cholesterol or lower it and the brain suffers.

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The literature currently available suggests that diets to treat Autism should be free of both gluten and casein. Removing these two food components from the diet show some efficacy and should be studied further. The diet should also be much higher in healthy fats to support brain function. The preferred fuel for the brain is fat. The brain is 2% of the total body weight but requires 25% of the cholesterol manufactured by the body. Cut out cholesterol or lower it and the brain suffers.  The fats to include in the diet are butter, cream, eggs, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil and grass fed beef. Use no other oils from the vegetable family. Too many unhealthy and disease states have originated due to current medical advice of adopting a rich carbohydrate, low fat diet. In the early 1900’s we ate animal fats, vegetables,  little or no sugar, few carbs, no juice or soft drinks, and we had little heart disease or cancer. Today on the proposed 70% carb diet recommended by the USDA, we have epidemic levels of heart disease and cancer. For better health, reduce cabs to less than 60 grams per day and get the carbs from vegetables and berries. No grains, sugar, soft drinks or juice.

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There is ongoing research on breast cancer.

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Statin drugs increase the risk of breast cancer by 1500%.  Smoking causes 30% of the cancers today including breast cancer.  Eating fried foods increases breast cancer risk by 10%.  Shouldn’t we be doing something about the causes of cancer?

 

 

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Vegetables Account for About One Third

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Of all cases of food poisoning.  The most common – leafy greens such as spinach, lettuce, and kale are at the highest risk.  Make sure you purchase fresh greens.  If they’re refrigerated, dig them out from the back of the shelf where it’s the coldest part of the coolers.  Washing them will be of some benefit, and rinsing them with a fruit and vegetable wash that you can find at health food stores will also be of benefit.

 

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What is a good supplement for post nasal drip?

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Q. Dear Terry, “What is a good supplement for post nasal drip?” — Mandy G., Cincinnati, OH

A. Dear Mandy, I like to take a blend of 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 1 or 2 softgels of this blend three 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. This allows the fragrance of myrtle and eucalyptus to permeate throughout the lungs and nasal passages. While it is an intense flavor, I find it effective and invigorating. If you do not prefer this method, taking it orally will also be effective.

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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I am looking for a supplement that would help increase hemoglobin.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I am looking for a supplement that would help increase hemoglobin. Do you have recommendations?” — Fay B., Rochester, NY

A. Dear Fay, Iron is a critical component of hemoglobin, the protein carried by red blood cells that delivers oxygen throughout the body for energy. We couldn’t live without it. Aside from hemoglobin, iron is a requirement for erythropoietin (EPO) production, a hormone needed by the body that also helps make energizing red blood cells.

When it comes to iron supplementation, I recommend adding 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.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Pet Health and Vitality

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My dogs are two of my favorite companions. I love to see them play and run, and be happy and healthy. And I believe that’s the case for all of us with pets. We want the best for them and we’re always willing to go that extra distance to make sure they get the right food, care, and exercise.

But what about giving supplements to our pets? Did you know that natural medicines such as the anti-inflammatory curcumin, or omega-3s from salmon can work as effectively for animals as they do for people? Use them to prevent disease, or to treat commonly experienced conditions such as:

  • Arthritis and hip dysplasia
  • Dry skin, dandruff and itching
  • Cancer
  • Pain and inflammation from accidents or chronic disease

Companion animals are a vibrant source of delight in our lives. Their unconditional love and enthusiasm can fill a dark day with sunshine. Our pets become part of our family, and of course, we want the very best for them. They rely upon us to provide what they need to survive and thrive.

My own dogs, Buddy and Bella (see their pictures in the upper left hand corner of the home page on my website), have become such a big part of my life that I cannot imagine what I would do without them! Nothing is too good for them–they have a healthy regimen of nutritious food, vigorous exercise, and targeted supplementation.

Not surprisingly, at many of my lectures all around the country, people inevitably ask about supplements for their pets. The two most common topics are joint pain and cancer, which are unfortunately common woes for our animal friends.

In this edition of Terry Talks Nutrition®, I’ll discuss supplements that address both of these concerns, and ways to enhance your pet’s everyday health as well.

Nutrients That Make a Difference

If you have noticed that your pet has a dry coat with dandruff or skin flakes, you should definitely consider supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids. While a dry, scruffy coat can be a sign of an underlying disorder and is certainly something you should discuss with your veterinarian, adding additional omega-3 fatty acids to your dog or cat’s food is an easy and inexpensive way to address this problem from a nutritional standpoint, and will often fix the problem entirely.

The reason omega-3 fatty acids help skin and hair look healthy is because they are important in building cell walls, or membranes. Cell membranes are what hold nutrients and water in, and keep waste material out. A healthy cell with strong, omega-3 fatty acid fortified walls is moist, full and plump. A cell membrane that is lacking these essential fatty acids will have weak walls, and be unable to hold in water, and can “dry” out. A common sign of omega fatty acid deficiency is dry, dull skin and brittle hair – in both pets and people!

Getting omega-3s is truly essential. But getting them from fish oils creates a lot of potential problems.

By the time fish oil is bottled, it has been processed so much that it bears little resemblance to the omega-3 fatty acids obtained from eating fish. Because this has bothered me for some time, I was glad to find a new method from Europe which uses a patented, gentle, cold water and enzyme process to extract from salmon naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) bound to phospholipids, rather than the triglyceride bonds in traditional fish oils. This creates a supplement that is much closer to nature and how people, and animals, were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. Plus, researchers have found that the omega-3s naturally bound to these whole salmon phospholipids are better absorbed. This concentrated effect means that you need to only give your dog or cat one tablet daily. While your pet may not mind oils added to their food, the tableted form with phospholipids is identical to what they would get from nature, and dogs and cats will chew it up just like a treat.

For your dog or cat, omega-3s not only keep skin healthy and build a shiny, glossy coat, but they also keep the heart and arteries running smoothly, gives the brain a boost (now there’s no excuse for them not to learn new tricks!) and reduces inflammation, too. Because omega-3 fatty acids are also natural anti-inflammatories, supplementation can be helpful for pets with allergies and itching, as well as other chronic diseases. Inflammation underlies almost all diseases, including the problems frequently experienced by our pets – arthritis and cancer.

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

Omega-3 Phospholipid Peptide Complex
Containing Phospholipids, Omega-3 [DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)] and bioactive peptides extracted from Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar), in a balanced ratio as found naturally in salmon; not chemically altered or spiked with DHA/EPA

292 mg

Inflammation and Cancer

One of the toughest things that pet owners have to deal with is their companion getting cancer.

Our pets – especially our dogs – are just as prone to cancer as we are; maybe even more so. After all, think about how many toxins they are exposed to on a regular basis. When they’re out at a park, they could be sprinting across lawns that are saturated with herbicides and pesticides, which absorbs right through the pads of their feet. When they’re eating at home, how often do they eat from a plastic dish, literally licking it clean? And, when you mop your floors, consider how much they walk over that heavy dose of chemicals left behind and then clean their paws.

Fortunately, there is a powerful, natural ingredient that reduces cell-destroying inflammation and helps prevent and fight cancer, and can add years to your pet’s life – curcumin, which is extracted from the spice turmeric.

Curcumin is an amazing substance. It is antiviral, antifungal, a very powerful anti-inflammatory, and it has even been shown to stop cancer cells. In fact, curcumin has been found to be effective at all stages of cancer: it can stop cancer cells from forming, stop cancer cells from replicating and forming a tumor, and stop cancer cells from spreading to other parts of the body (called metastasis). Our bodies have a natural ability to fight cancer, which can be reduced by the effects of our modern life (poor diets, exposure to pollution and chemicals, aging process, lack of exercise). Curcumin seems to reawaken these natural defenses, and it seems reasonable to suppose it would work similarly in dogs as it does in people. Curcumin can also be used in combination with chemotherapy drugs, and has been shown to reduce their toxicity. Because curcumin has no toxic effects, I highly recommend it to any dog owner who has a dog with cancer, or is concerned about cancer prevention in their dog. In the past I have been less comfortable recommending curcumin for cats. Felines have a very different metabolism than dogs and nutritional supplements need to be used with care. However, a recent study examining the use of curcumin to reduce inflammation in overweight cats found no adverse effects, and improvement in overall feline health. I now suggest curcumin for cats, since there is research on its use in these animals.

Most curcumin extracts aren’t well absorbed into the bloodstream, which is why I recommend a highly- effective, micronized curcumin extract that is re-blended with the essential oil of turmeric for up to 10 times the absorption of standard 95% curcumin extracts.

For prevention and health maintenance in dogs, go with a 375 mg dose (standardized to 250 mg pure curcuminoids) per day of a curcumin complex with micronized rhizome extract and turmeric essential oil. This is also a good dose for small dogs undergoing cancer treatment. However, in large dogs with cancer, a 750 mg dose (standardized to 500 mg pure curcuminoids) is better for dogs over 50 pounds. Cats can take less (squeeze a small amount from a softgel) but getting them to accept it added to their food can be challenging. Some cats are fine with a small amount mixed into food, but some are not. You can use a softgel capsule for a cat if taste becomes an issue.

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

Proprietary Complex
Curcumin (Curcuma longa) Micronized Rhizome Extract, phospholipids, turmeric essential oil, supplying 500 mg of pure
curcuminoids.

750 mg

Additionally, I highly recommend that you feed your dog or cat as natural a diet as possible. If you are not able to prepare a raw food diet, you can purchase premixed, frozen meals, or just simply switching to a premium, grain-free manufactured food can still be very helpful. And finally – treating cancer in animals can be difficult and frustrating. Please work with a holistic veterinarian who can help you choose the best options possible for your pet.

Fighting Pain and Restoring Joint Health

If your dog is getting a little slower when he gets up after resting, or your cat is unable to leap as high as he once did, it isn’t necessarily just “old age.” Like us, our pets can have problems with their hips and other joints. In young dogs, slowness to get up, and short steps with the hind legs, or running with the back feet locked together (a “bunny hop” motion) are key signals of potential hip joint problems. And in older pets, it may be arthritis.

Many veterinarians and pet owners are familiar with glucosamine sulfate for treating arthritis and hip problems. However, I believe that it is equally important to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with these conditions. Research studies show that boswellia is especially potent at reducing the joint pain associated with arthritis. It does this by inhibiting the inflammatory enzyme, 5-LOX. Make sure you look for boswellia that is low in beta-boswellic acid (which interferes with beneficial activity) and at least 10% acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid (AKBA), and not more than 5% beta-boswellic acids.

The amino acid combination DLPA (DL-phenylalanine) inhibits the breakdown of enkephalins (related to endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain killers), improves healthy neurotransmitter levels in the brain (dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine) and relieves muscle pain.

The enzyme nattokinase helps promote blood flow so that other compounds that are carried in the bloodstream (such as the curcumin and boswellia) can reach the areas where they are needed the most.

Look for a combination of highly-absorbable curcumin with inflammation-fighting boswellia, the amino acid DLPA, and the enzyme nattokinase. I think starting at one capsule with a 727 mg combination of these ingredients is best. Larger dogs may need double that, or 1454 mg of this combination.

These ingredients work very well together to reduce pain and inflammation and can help your pet recover some of the pep and vitality of their youth. I do not recommend this combination for cats, however, because the effects of some of the ingredients are not yet well-researched. I suggest sticking with glucosamine sulfate and the special high absorption curcumin I discussed in the cancer section for cats.

 

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

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

2,181 mg

Long, Healthy Lives

Keeping our pets healthy, comfortable, and full of vitality is a priority. We appreciate their companionship and their ability to share the joys of life with us. And we want that companionship for a long time. I believe that the natural ingredients I’ve outlined here can do exactly that for many years to come.

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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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I have had a problem with hemorrhoids for a number of years.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have had a problem with hemorrhoids for a number of years. I have used over the counter products and have had less than satisfactory results. Do you have something that may help me?” — JB, Atlanta, GA

A. Dear JB, Hemorrhoids are painful, swollen veins in the anal/rectal area. When they are irritated or inflamed, they can also bleed. I do have some natural options that I can share with you. However, I strongly recommend that you have ANY kind of rectal bleeding checked out first by your healthcare professional to make sure it is hemorrhoids and not something more serious.

Keeping your bowel movements soft and hydrated can greatly reduce hemorrhoid irritation. You can do this by drinking plenty of water, and making sure you have good sources of fiber in your diet—especially raw fruits and vegetables every day.

I believe you would also benefit greatly by adding a combination of red vine leaf extract and butcher’s broom to your daily regimen. Together, these two powerful botanicals have the ability to reduce the swelling, pain and bleeding associated with hemorrhoids. Butcher’s broom helps by constricting swollen veins, while red vine leaf extract helps to strengthen your blood vessels. I recommend taking 1 capsule of this blend twice daily. When looking for a formula, make sure to choose one that contains red vine leaf and butcher’s broom that are standardized for their active compounds.

Another ingredient you may want to try is mesoglycan. Mesoglycan provides glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) – the building blocks of blood vessels – which are crucial to 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. When looking for a product, make sure to choose one that comes from a porcine (or pig) source – this ensures it’s bioidentical to the same building blocks found in our own bodies. I recommend taking 50-100 mg of mesoglycan daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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A Simple Step to Lower Your Risk of Cancer

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In America, it has been estimated that less than 10% of American adults consume the recommended five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables daily and only 5% of the children consume the recommended five to seven servings.  I have always stated that drugs are not the answer.  Food is our best medicine.  The risk of cancer in the early 1900’s was one person out of 25.  Today, with all of our resources, state-of-the-art hospitals, billions spent on drugs and research, the cancer rate is now 1 out of 3 persons.  It is estimated by the year 2050 that everyone will be subjected to the risk of cancer.  We could reduce the risk of cancers by 30% just by simply adding five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables daily.  It’s not that we have found a drug to cure cancer, our diet has changed more in the last 100 years than it has in the previous three million years, but we still require the same nutrients.  We have been influenced to adopt a diet that is sorely insufficient to maintain good health.  The result is cancer.  The natural nutrients and the phytochemicals that are naturally found in fruits and vegetables can prevent and reverse cancers.  These chemopreventative properties of fruits and vegetables arise from their high content of phytochemicals such as phenolic compounds that target several key events involved in the development of cancer.  Potential mechanisms for cancer prevention of phytochemicals include prevention of DNA, adduct formation, enhanced anticancer effects, inhibition of inflammatory processes, and inhibition of tumor growth as well as through a direct killing off of cancer cells.  These powerful mechanisms of action of phytochemicals imply that the chemopreventative properties that are associated with fruit and vegetable consumption are complex and likely arise from synergistic combinations from several natural components, not only within a given food, but also from the overall composition of a healthy diet.  Researchers have identified specific foods or food groups that have beneficial effects on certain types of cancer which represents an important issue in order to verify current chemopreventative strategies based on increased consumption of fruits and vegetables.  A recent study was designed to investigate the profiles of fruits and vegetables.  Some of the highest containing phenolic fruits and vegetables that could possibly reduce the risk of cancer were the following.  Cranberry had the highest total phenolic content followed by apple, grape, strawberry, pineapple, banana, peach, lemon, orange, pear and grapefruit.  For a healthy mix of these powerful phyto (plant) chemicals that are inherited in many other fruits and vegetables, include a variety daily.

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80 to 90% of all disease is caused by inflammation and oxidative stress.

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A healthy diet can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.  You will not hear that from drug companies as they would prefer to sell you the drugs.

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Scratchy Dry Eyes are Due

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To a number of environmental and lifestyle causes; sun, wind, contact lenses, central heating, and air conditioning can all cause irritating, dry eyes.  Research shows that sea buckthorn oil from both fruit and seed relieves eye dryness more effectively than drugs.

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A recent study advocated flu shots for winter.

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The study found 2012 a year of the flu and they expect 2013 to follow 2012 in cases of the flu.  The study recommended to get flu shots for everyone.  Now here is the real scam.  This study was conducted by Walgreens, the biggest promoter of flu shots.

 

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Cardiovascular Effects

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In animal studies, fig leaves have been shown to lower levels of triglycerides (a form in which fats circulate in the bloodstream), while in in vitro studies, fig leaves inhibited the growth of certain types of cancer cells. Researchers have not yet determined exactly which substances in fig leaves are responsible for these remarkable healing effects.

Besides their potassium and fiber content, figs emerged from our food ranking system as a good source of the trace mineral manganese.

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The Original Cure For Cancer

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I have never felt comfortable donating to cancer research.  The cancer research machine has been looking for a cure for cancer for decades with little or no progress.  President Nixon made the bold claim that his desire would be to find a cure for cancer in his lifetime.  There are many different forms of cancer and just not one cure will fit all forms of cancer.  Researchers at Baylor University have found that chemotherapeutic drugs could be increased 100 times more than what is used today and still not be able to kill all the cancer cells.  While my heart and sympathy goes out to anyone challenged with cancer, we have to realize that the cure for cancer lies in prevention.  There is so much focus on looking for a cure and money raising benefits to pay for research that I believe the focus is off the real cure for cancer, and that lies in how we live our lives.  Remember, health is a choice.  Because of the powerful advertising and the propaganda from these drug companies along with fast food advertisers, we do not realize the power of food as our most important medicine.  90% of all cancers that are treated today are caused by the choices Americans make for food and lifestyle.   It is currently estimated that dietary factors account for approximately one third of cancer deaths.  That equates to 30% of cancer deaths attributed to the lack of a proper diet.  We never hear from any government, drug company, or medical association that our diet influences cancer similar to the impact of smoking.  30% of our cancers are related to a deficient diet, primarily in fruits and vegetables.  And, 30% of the cancers today are caused by smoking.  It’s possible, that if all Americans would significantly improve their diets and stop smoking, that we may prevent 60% of all cancers.  Another 30% of all cancers are caused by environmental effects.  The environmental effects causing cancer are due to the chemicals and preservatives in our food, the chemicals in city tap water, pesticides, and possibly to genetically modified foods.  Such a close relationship between diet and cancer is well illustrated by the large variations in rates of specific cancers among countries and by the observations that these rates are strongly correlated with differences in several aspects of the diet.  Among the dietary factors that are most closely linked to cancer, a large number of population based studies have consistently shown that individuals who eat five servings or more of fruits and vegetables daily have approximately 50% less risk of developing a wide variety of cancer types, particularly those of the gastrointestinal tract.

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Is there anything you suggest to do before, during and/or after air travel to avoid this?

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Q. Dear Terry, “Last year, I ended up with terrible head congestion and pain following our vacation. We are leaving for our annual “Spring Break” vacation this year and I am hoping to avoid getting sick again. Is there anything you suggest to do before, during and/or after air travel to avoid this?” — Amy D., Green Bay, WI

A. Dear Amy, I will share with you one of my personal favorites I like to take when I know I will be traveling.

I like to take a blend of eucalyptus and myrtle oils as I near my travel dates because they help support the sinuses. Eucalyptus oil helps decongest the sinuses, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and has been traditionally used to treat runny nose, cough, and sore throat. Myrtle essential oil has been well-studied and sold in Europe for more than 75 years. I suggest taking 1 or 2 softgels of this blend three 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. This allows the fragrance of myrtle and eucalyptus to permeate throughout the lungs and nasal passages. While it is an intense flavor, I find it effective and invigorating. If you do not prefer this method, taking it orally will also be effective.

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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Nutrients Everybody Needs in a Multiple

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You can’t get the nutrients you need for an entire day by taking over-specialized multivitamin and mineral formulas once a day. They don’t really 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 everybody needs – including bioavailable B-vitamins, amino-acid chelated minerals, and other high-quality ingredients. The right multiple formula makes 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’s a lot of confusion about multivitamins out there, and it’s not surprising.

However, when you scratch the surface of most of these multiples, you’ll find that the so-called “specialized formulas” are really just window-dressing ingredients added to a very basic formula. Essentially, there’s no real difference between most of them. Many multiples provide at least some of the nutrients you need every day – vitamin A, vitamin C, and so forth. But most of them don’t provide the forms of critical nutrients you need. In fact, most multiples are dumbed down with lowest-common denominator ingredients that your body probably won’t absorb, and therefore, can’t derive any benefit.

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

Important B Vitamins

A lot of people are deficient in B vitamins – even if they’re taking a supplement. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that some people can’t absorb B vitamins well. 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% of individuals over 60 years old.

The right forms of B vitamins – especially those which are easily used by the body, need no conversion by the liver, and are retained better in the bloodstream – are vitally important. B vitamins support energy levels, blood pressure, carbohydrate metabolism, amino acid production, nerve signal transmission, healthy muscle response and exercise recovery – you name it. Some of the “must-have” B vitamin forms not found in many common formulas include:

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.

Benfotiamine is the form of thiamin most readily utilized by the body. Due to its structure, it absorbs easily in the intestines, and is retained in the body at 5 times the 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”. By providing this necessary nutrient in the P-5-P form, it doesn’t require conversion by the liver, so it can bypass that step.

B12 as Methylcobalamin: The vitamin B12 you’ll find in most supplements is in the cyanocobalamin form, which requires a cumbersome conversion process by the liver, so its value can be limited. However, the methylcobalamin form is already in the ultimate form that the body needs. It provides much more targeted support for your nervous system, vision, and heart than you’re going to get with cyanocobalamin.

Folic acid as Methylfolate: Like P-5-P and methylcobalamin, 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, recent research shows that methylfolate may help people with depression. Even those who aren’t struggling with depression could use a better form – deficiencies can lead to irritability, general weakness, mental fogginess, and fatigue.

Amino-acid Chelated Minerals

Why chelated minerals? Because minerals are difficult for the body to absorb. A “chelate” is a bond between a mineral (often called “inorganic”) and an organic molecule structure, called a “ligand” that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. Amino acids are excellent “shepherds” of minerals through the intestinal wall, because this form can be transported directly into the cells of the body, so it can get to work right away.

Minerals are essential. For example, being deficient in magnesium makes you 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!

Imagine how much better you’d feel if all of your daily minerals were well absorbed. 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.

Research has shown that zinc chelated to amino acids is much better absorbed and is much more bioavailable compared to other forms of the mineral. One study comparing the absorption and bioavailability of zinc glycinate and zinc sulfate found the glycinate form was better absorbed (51% versus 44%) and 16% more bioavailable than the sulfate (non-amino acid) form!

Calcium is the body’s most abundant mineral. Beyond bone health, there’s emerging science that shows that calcium keeps blood pressure numbers healthy, and cholesterol in balance, too. Other research has investigated calcium and vitamin D therapy for colon cancer prevention.

Other Vitamins

People are more deficient in vitamin D3 than they may realize. In northern climates, and among those who have limited mobility and don’t spend much time outdoors, vitamin D3 deficiencies are common.

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.

Make sure to find a supplement that 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, you need the full value of vitamin E as d-alpha mixed tocopherols – alpha, beta, delta, and gamma – the way they are found in food. This is an essential part of the right multiple.

Vitamin E 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.

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 by taking a multivitamin and mineral formula once a day. And there are more mineral deficiencies in the U.S. than vitamin deficiencies!

Nutrients Everybody Needs

Admittedly, there are a lot of multivitamin and mineral supplements available, but you may not be getting the right forms of those nutrients. Plus, there is a lot of marketing hype that tries to convince people that only a so-called “tailored” formula will do. That’s why I stress how important it is to make sure that your daily formula is intended for everybody, and one that contains a diverse range of nutrients in the forms that your body 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 if individuals desiring a superior level of health would consume an array of nutrients as suggested below for 90 days, they would experience a new level 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. A truly effective multivitamin and mineral formula can help provide that solid foundation for good health.

 

 

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

Vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate)

5,000 IU

Vitamin C (as calcium ascorbate)

125 mg

Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol)

1,000 IU

Vitamin E (as d-alpha and mixed tcopherols)

50 IU

Vitamin K2 (as menaquinone-7) from natto

45 mcg

Thiamin (Vitamin B1) (as benfotiamine)

50 mg

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

50 mg

Niacin (Vitamin B3)(as niacinamide and niacin)

50 mg

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxal-5-phosphate)

25 mg

Folate

(as (6S)-5-methylfolate)(equivalent to 1600 mcg of (6S)-5-Methyltetrahydrofolic acid, glucosamine salt)

 400 mcg

Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)

250 mcg

Biotin

500 mcg

Pantothenic acid (as calcium d-pantothenate)

50 mg

Calcium

(as calcium bisglycinate chelate, calcium fructoborate, calcium ascorbate, and calcium d-pantothenate)

 400 mg

Iodine (potassium iodide)

150 mcg

Magnesium (as magnesium bisglycinate chelate buffered)

300 mg

Zinc (as zinc bisglycinate chelate)

15 mg

Selenium (as selenium amino acid complex)

100 mcg

Copper (as copper bisglycinate chelate)

1 mg

Manganese (as manganese bisglycinate chelate)

5 mg

Chromium (as chromium nicotinate glycinate chelate)

250 mcg

Molybdenum (as molybdenum glycinate chelate)

125 mcg

Potassium (as amino acid complex)

50 mg

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Root Extract
Standardized for 5% gingerols (10 mg)

200 mg

Choline (as choline bitartrate)

50 mg

Citrus (Citrus aurantium) Skin Extract

Standardized for 50% total bioflavonoids (25 mg)

 50 mg

Inositol

50 mg

PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid)

15 mg

Boron (as fructoborate)

1,500 mcg

Vanadium (as vanadium nicotinate glycinate chelate)

125 mcg
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My grandson, age 17, has a terrible case of acne….all over his face, neck & back.

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Q. Dear Terry, “My grandson, age 17, has a terrible case of acne….all over his face, neck & back.  It gets so bad that it bleeds and is painful.  He’s been to the dermatologist, who put him on antibiotics, to no avail.  Now they want to put him on stronger medications.  What do you suggest?” — Sheryl W., Omaha, NE

A. Dear Sheryl, In order to reduce his acne, your grandson should first examine his diet. A healthy diet is crucial to keeping the skin healthy. I recommend not only eliminating gluten, but all grains. For more information, have him 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.  He should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.  It will change his life.

He should also consider adding lactoferrin to his daily regimen. Lactoferrin, a protein found in milk, works by fighting inflammation and helping to rid the body of bad bacteria. I recommend taking 200 mg of lactoferrin daily.

Try the recommendations I’ve outlined here for at least 60 days. Some people will respond right away, in about 1 to 2 weeks, but others need longer to undo the problems that lead to the acne.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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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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I am experiencing extreme pain and flare-ups from gout attacks.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I am experiencing extreme pain and flare-ups from gout attacks. Do you have any suggestions to help combat these symptoms? Thanks.” — Dorothea T., Wausau, WI

A. Dear Dorothea, I believe I can offer you some alternative nutritional options. However, I encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician, as they may have additional input.

While conventional medicine would have people suffering from gout avoid red meat and saturated fats, I think it’s better to eat moderate amounts of healthy, grass fed, organic red meat (which behaves differently in the body than the mass market kind) and healthy fats, while avoiding grains (especially grains containing gluten such as wheat, rye, barley, oats). To get started, click my healthy diet plan. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com.  You may also want to read Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

Staying hydrated is also important. A study showed that drinking 8 eight ounce glasses of water a day can cut down gout attacks by almost half. The authors speculate that staying well-hydrated dilutes the circulating uric acid in the blood stream which is what triggers gout in the first place.

When it comes to relieving the pain/discomfort often associated with gout, I would recommend trying a combination of high-absorption curcumin with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address any pain you may be experiencing. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to help you get comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking 1-2 capsules of this blend three times a day.

To reduce gout symptoms and flare-ups, look to freeze-dried sweet cherry extract, which is effective in helping reduce uric acid levels. Cherries are an extremely nutritious fruit, containing important nutrients such as lutein and zeaxanthin, beta carotene, vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Look for a product that contains a freeze-dried extract. Freeze-drying, rather than spray drying or drum drying, fully preserves the plant compounds needed by the body to reduce uric acid levels, instead of losing them during processing (by exposing the berries to heat). I would suggest 1,500 mg of standardized, freeze-dried sweet cherry extract 2-3 times daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Prevent Blindness

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The Prevention and Treatment of Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Other Eye Diseases

Presented by Dr. Shalesh Kaushal

According to a survey conducted by the National Eye Institute, over 70% of Americans would rate the impact of vision loss as a “10” on a severity scale of 1-10. But surprisingly, only 10% were familiar with the risks and warning signs of diseases that can lead to blindness!

Join retina eye specialist Dr. Shalesh Kaushal for his “vision” for the prevention and treatment of common eye diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetic neuropathy. As a practitioner and clinical researcher, Dr. Kaushal is at the forefront of new treatments — particularly nutritional interventions – that can preserve your vision for a lifetime.

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Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham on Rhodiola

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Join Dr. Bond and his guest Chris Kilham, the medicine hunter, as they discuss the benefits of Rhodiola in the areas of memory, depression, energy and so much more.

“Every herbalist has their favorite plant. Mine is Rhodiola rosea. Why? Because it improves energy, endurance and stamina, it improves mental clarity, it enhances your ability to concentrate, it gives you a great night’s sleep even though it’s an energizer, it improves sexual function, and it improves your immune system too.” – Chris Kilham

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I am dealing with my hands and feet being very sensitive to cold and becoming numb.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I’m 38 and fairly healthy. Just this past year, I began dealing with my hands and feet being very sensitive to cold and becoming numb. I have seen a neurologist, who said that I did have a small amount of neuropathy. Do you have any recommendations? Thanks.” — Karen S., Fort Smith, AR

A. Dear Karen, Neuropathy is nerve damage or disease that can occur throughout the body. Neuropathy can start mildly, taking 10 years or more and beginning with a faint pins-and-needles sensation, before progressing to a moderate burning discomfort. Unfortunately, most current medical interventions address only symptoms and do not repair the damaged blood vessels and nerves that are at the root of neuropathies.

I believe you would benefit greatly by taking a blend of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and zinc, among others. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of the pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing. When looking for a formula, choose one that features B vitamins in their “active” forms, as well as minerals in the form of amino acid chelates. Active B vitamins do not need to be converted in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate up to 30% of our population) do not convert B vitamins well, and don’t receive full benefits. I also prefer the amino acid chelates for minerals, because they are so much better absorbed. I recommend taking 2 capsules of this formula three times daily for three to four weeks, then reduce to 2 capsules twice daily thereafter.

Another excellent supplement for supporting healthy circulation 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. 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.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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The Benefits of the Farmers Market

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Terry discusses the many benefits of shopping your local farmers markets. Most cities have multiple farmers markets almost every day of the week. Terry Naturally even has their farmer’s market every Wednesday evening. Support your local farmers by purchasing foods that are high in beneficial nutrients including grass fed beef and bison, fresh vegetables and fruits free of pesticides, and an array of natural and organic products to live a full and healthy life.

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My left ankle swells in hot weather.

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Q. Dear Terry, “My left ankle (due to many sprains/torn ligaments in my younger days) swells in hot weather or if I am on it a long time. Do you have any suggestions that might help to alleviate the swelling?” — Barb B., Spokane, WA

A. Dear Barb, I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a combination of red vine leaf extract and butcher’s broom to your daily regimen. You may have already heard of these two powerful ingredients. Red vine leaf extract 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 (Ruscus aculeatus) 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 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 for supporting healthy circulation 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. 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.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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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®.

Ketogenic diets emphasize foods rich in natural fat and adequate in protein, and restrict foods high in carbohydrate (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.