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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 in 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 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 may also want to consider increasing the amounts of the eucalyptus and myrtle oils, along with adding lemon oil for additional sinus-clearing power.

Concentrated Oils

The concentrated plant oils I have recommended 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 Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) leaf oil and Myrtle (Myrtus communis cineole) leaf oil up to three times daily.

 

For more serious sinus concerns, Terry recommends taking Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) leaf oil, Myrtle (Myrtus communis cineole) leaf oil and Lemon (Citrus limon) Zest Oil up to three times daily.

 

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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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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 have discovered that when 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. These compounds have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which helps to instill a sense of calm and relaxation.

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

In addition, you may also want to consider adding two adaptogenic herbs: ashwagandha and rhodiola. Adaptogens work by increasing strength, stamina, and energy without being stimulants. I suggest taking these two herbs 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 adding DHEA, pregnenolone, adrenal extract, L-tyrosine, pantothenic acid, licorice, and rehmannia root extracts, along with vitamins B6 and C. 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 these nutrients three times daily.

I also recommend taking two potent adaptogenic herbs: rhodiola and ashwagandha. Adaptogens work by increasing strength, stamina, and energy without being stimulants. I suggest taking these two herbs 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. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.

In addition to the curcumin, I would also recommend adding a clinically studied, 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 boswellia twice daily.

When choosing a formula, you 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. 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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Drugs will Never Cure any Disease including Cancer!

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

Epigenetics – The Power Of The Nrf2 Pathway


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While the shingles are now gone, she is still left with shooting pain in her left side.

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Dear Terry, “In March of 2013, my mom had shingles. While the shingles are now gone, she is still left with shooting pain in her left side. We have tried around 20 different things plus a number of supplements, steroids shots, acupuncture, massage therapy, pain management and nothing is helping her. Do you have any suggestions?” — Shirley S., St. Louis, MO

Dear Shirley, I’m sorry to hear about your mom’s ongoing ordeal.

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

I believe she would also benefit greatly by taking a combination of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, zinc, and boswellia. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing. I recommend taking these ingredients three times daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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How Glutathione Can Save Your Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fighting Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress

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

Removing Dangerous Toxins from the Body

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

Immune System Power

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

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

The Importance of Glutathione Ratios

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

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

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

Did you know that a special form of glutathione has been shown in human studies to boost the healthy ratio in the body 65% better than NAC.? It was also shown to boost the healthy ratio 230% better than unprotected glutathione. That can mean a life-changing impact on health.

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

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

Parkinson’s Disease

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

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

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

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

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

Cancer

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

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

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

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

Lyme Disease

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

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

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

Rheumatoid Arthritis

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

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

Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders

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

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

Alzheimer’s Disease

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

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

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

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

Special Glutathione Challenges

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

You Can’t Live Without Glutathione

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

 

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

 

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My wife is being treated for myofascial pain syndrome

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Dear Terry, “My wife is being treated for myofascial pain syndrome and we were wondering if there is a natural remedy that will help with the pain of this affliction? The pain medications prescribed by her doctor are ineffective and we were hoping to find something natural.” — Andy D., Madison, WI

Dear Andy, Myofascial pain syndrome, a chronic pain disorder that affects the fascia (connective tissue that covers the muscles), may involve either a single muscle or a muscle group.

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

In addition to the ingredients above, she may also want to consider adding vitamin B6 and magnesium to her daily regimen. When looking for products, I strongly recommend choosing ones that feature vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phospate (P-5-P) and magnesium in the form of 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, magnesium in the glycinate form delivers a good dose of magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. I recommend 60 mg of vitamin B6 (as P-5-P) and 200 mg of magnesium (as magnesium glycinate) three times daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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How do you get rid of tonsil stones?

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Dear Terry, “How do you get rid of tonsil stones? I have tried everything – nothing seems to help. Hoping you may have some recommendations.” — Carol K., Pittsburgh, PA

Dear Carol, When most people talk about having stones in their body, the most likely conclusion is kidney or gall stones. However, the tonsils are another location where hard, and sometimes, painful stones may develop.

Your tonsils are filled with nooks and crannies where bacteria and other materials, including dead cells and mucous, can become trapped. Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are formed when this trapped debris hardens, or calcifies.

While I do have some options that I believe may help, I would first encourage you to consult with your healthcare practitioner. They can instruct you on the proper way to dislodge the tonsil stones manually, often with the use of picks or swabs.

If for some reason you are not able to remove the tonsil stones manually, I would recommend trying calcium and magnesium, along with vitamin B6, betaine HCl, vitamin C, and ammonium chloride. These ingredients help keep calcium more fluid to make sure it doesn’t form stones. In short, they help ensure that calcium is where it should be, dissolves it where it shouldn’t be, and prevents it from building up there again. I recommend taking this combination with each meal, as well as at bedtime.

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

I would also recommend Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove, and Oregano oils – some of nature’s most powerful ingredients – to help kill bacteria in your mouth and tonsils, and prevent the stones from forming. I suggest taking a total of 75 mg of these oils internally 1-2 times daily. You may also want to consider taking the softgel and allowing 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 concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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The Modern Gut Microbiome

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The importance of gut bacteria:
•Our intestinal tracts naturally contain millions of bacteria
•Most of these bacteria are helpful and we need them to:
–regulate immune function
–digest food
–produce vitamins
–generate anti-inflammatory compounds
–synthesize neurotransmitters — chemicals that relay messages among brain cells

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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 these four ingredients: highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking these four ingredients three times daily.

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

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

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

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

A high-OPC grape seed extract:

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

Protects Your Cardiovascular System

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

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

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

Research published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences examined the vasodilating

– blood vessel relaxing – properties of grape seed fractions. By allowing blood vessels to open rather than restrict, blood travels with less force, reducing pressure.

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

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

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

Stops Diabetes and Obesity

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

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

Speeds Recovery from Exercise and Injury

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

Prevents Cancer and Tumor Growth

Grape seed OPCs are on the front line of cancer research. Some of the most exciting studies have been done at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Their research of grape seed extracts has shown that this powerful botanical ingredient has the ability to target specific colon cancer cells.

Another study examined the effect of grape seed extract on breast cancer cells when used alone or with a conventional treatment. Their results showed that the two interventions worked well together, but that grape seed extract alone was a strong inhibitor of breast cancer cells. These results have been mirrored in other research showing that grape seed extract polyphenols have a strong ability to stop tumor growth.

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

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

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

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

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

Slows Alzheimer’s Progression and Promotes Cognitive Health and Focus

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

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

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

While further studies are needed, I think it’s very likely that we’ll see more applications of high-OPC grape seed extract to bolster cognition and delay Alzheimer’s symptoms in the future.

Other OPC research has investigated the application of this natural ingredient to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. A placebo-controlled, double blind study published in the journal European Child & Adolescent Psychology found that after just one month, OPCs boosted attention span, caused a significant reduction of hyperactivity, and improved motor coordination. The researchers noted that the symptoms returned one month after stopping the treatment, so OPCs would need to be part of an ongoing regimen.

Stops Inflammation and Oxidative Damage

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

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

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

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

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

Other Powerful Benefits of Grape Seed Extract

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

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

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

Not All Grape Seed Extracts Work!

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Vitamin B6 and magnesium are nutrients you may want to consider adding to your daily regimen. When looking for products, I strongly recommend choosing ones that feature vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phospate (P-5-P) and magnesium in the form of 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, magnesium in the glycinate form delivers a good dose of magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. I recommend 60 mg of vitamin B6 (as P-5-P) and 200 mg of magnesium (as magnesium glycinate) 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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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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I just had a carotid endarterectomy.

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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

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, as this is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – in the natural sn-2 position, not the sn-1 position into which they are twisted when extracted in fish oil. This means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need a small amount compared to the handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils.

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

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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

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 this complex once daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Amazing New Insight Into Bone/Joint Health

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

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

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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

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.

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

I think you should also consider adding Devil’s Claw, boswellia, and white willow bark extracts to your daily regimen. These three botanicals 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 these three ingredients twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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The risk of taking an aspirin a day?

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In a recent study of seventy thousand participants taking aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease, researchers discovered that taking aspirin causes more harm than benefit and actually was a threat to life.  In people without cardiovascular disease, aspirin offers no additional benefits.  And taking it regularly can lead to brain and gastrointestinal bleeding.  The risk can be life threatening and far outweighs the potential benefit in terms of prevention.  The safer more effective action is to toss the pills out and focus on lifestyle modifications.  The researchers concluded the best thing to do is to rely on a healthy lifestyle choices of seafood, olive oil, fruits and vegetables, dairy, nuts, seeds, and berries which could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by eighty percent.

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Adapt to Stress Naturally with These Power Herbs

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Ashwagandha and rhodiola are two “must-have” herbal adaptogens that help you thrive during times of mental and physical stress. Together, these amazing botanicals:

  • Sustain your mental and physical energy – without jitteriness
  • Help you stay focused, even with demanding schedules
  • Boost physical endurance and stamina
  • Help you recover from exercise and physical labor
  • Improve sexual performance for men and women

The feeling of being overwhelmed, over-scheduled, and unable to keep a sense of mental balance is becoming all too common. As people feel more exhausted, it affects everything else in their lives – their relationships, jobs, blood pressure, sex life and libido, immune systems – even the ability to relax. Stress erodes all of it. If this sounds familiar, you know you’re not alone.

Unfortunately, few things hold us back more in life than stress. Whether it’s physical stress because you’re working out or have a demanding, physically intense job, or mental stress due to a schedule that always seems to be in overdrive, there’s no doubt about it, stress is a killer.

But the fact is, you will always have some stress in your life. So the ideal goal isn’t to eliminate all of the reasons for stress (although that can help, when it can be done), it is also to be able to healthily adapt to stress and respond in a way that doesn’t cause ill effects.

I believe we have the botanical answers to stress – ones that have been used for thousands of years. Two outstanding herbs that can make a life-changing difference are ashwagandha and rhodiola, and they are the subject of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Ashwagandha, India’s Wonder Herb

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a frequently utilized adaptogen in Ayurvedic medicine. One of the oldest healing systems in the world, Ayurvedic medicine has been practiced in India for over 5,000 years. Practitioners of Ayurveda incorporate diet, meditation, breathing, yoga, purification (detox), massage and herbal extracts in their treatment plans to restore patients to a state of balance and good health.

Adaptogens are special herbs. They seem to do exactly what we need them to do. An “adaptogen” simply means that ashwagandha provides the appropriate support you need at a given time, whether that means stress relief, more physical or mental energy, or a calmer outlook.

The name “ashwagandha” comes from the Sanskrit word used to describe the smell of a horse, referring to the scent of the plant’s roots after harvesting, but also to the feeling of strength and vitality that all those using the herb experience as well.

The plant itself is a small woody shrub with small yellow flowers that bloom year-round. It thrives in a sub-tropical climate, and does very well in harsh situations even with little water, making it easy to cultivate – a perfect match for its environment. In fact, it’s actually better for the root development if the plant is left unfertilized.

Traditionally, ashwagandha has been prescribed for many things: calming nerves, reducing inflammation, and increasing both libido and stamina. Like other botanical adaptogens, it is recognized as having the special ability to be simultaneously energizing while being calming, too.

Aside from these more psychological effects, ashwagandha is a well-known traditional therapeutic for arthritis and joint pain, so it is an excellent all-around herbal medicine for just about anyone.

One of the scientific explanations for ashwagandha’s success? It contains a wealth of potent natural compounds, including withanolides that boost resistance to stressors – physical and psychological. In fact, in scientific studies, ashwagandha has been shown to reduce corticosterone levels and increase antioxidant activity. The result – less “fight or flight” and more calm, and less oxidative damage as well.

Reducing Nervous Tension

Understandably, these effects make ashwagandha a natural stress reliever. But clinical and scientific studies have found that ashwagandha not only reduces stress by decreasing cortisol levels, it can significantly reduce tension as well – by over 50% in one clinical trial (as measured by a standard rating scale).

In this 60-day, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, volunteers were separated into ashwagandha and placebo groups. Each individual completed surveys relating to tension, depression, and fatigue. Cortisol levels – again, our “fight or flight” hormone – were also noted.

Reporting cortisol levels is a good “real world” way of telling whether a stress-reducing ingredient is really working. Obviously, some cortisol is a good thing – we need it to help speed up our reactions and make us more alert in potentially dangerous situations. But in many people with chronic stress, cortisol levels are elevated all the time. After a while, they simply feel exhausted.

Other “real world” symptoms this study investigated were the somatic symptoms of tension and stress.

Somatic symptoms mean the physical attributes of the condition. Muscle tension in the neck, back and jaw, increased heart rate, and other sensations are just as real as the psychological impressions for anyone suffering from chronic stress. Obviously, these somatic symptoms can cause a lot of long-term damage.

Throughout the test, researchers measured the differences between the ashwagandha group and the placebo group. By day 60, they were dramatic.

In each scale subset of the survey, the ashwagandha group showed clear reductions in symptoms (see Figure 1). As seen in this chart, the control group, by contrast, was nowhere close to the same results. The difference between the treatment group and the placebo group was as high as 89% – a very strong showing by ashwagandha overall.

Ashw_reduction_chartAdditionally, in the “stress” subset score, those in the ashwagandha group saw a 64% reduction. Those in the placebo group only reported a 10% reduction. There is no doubt that this botanical would be perfect for the regimen of anyone feeling overwhelmed.

This study is an excellent example of the range of ashwagandha’s benefits, because it shows how the herb is able to promote mental and physical health. Ashwagandha is practically a botanical “cure all” for fatigue, exhaustion, stress, depression, and nervous tension, because it addresses both the mind and body.

Not All Created Equal

As it happens, the extract of ashwagandha used in this study was a special type. It is a root-only extract that is standardized for withanolide content. Withanolides, along with sitoindosides and other alkaloids and compounds, account for much of ashwagandha’s strong effects. However, standardizing for one compound alone doesn’t always mean that you have a good ingredient. It’s important in the case of ashwagandha to keep the balance of the whole-root compounds that act together for the most benefits and yet have a credible yield of withanolide content.

Of course, not all stress and exhaustion is necessarily brought on by our mental state or some other type of deep-rooted concern. Sometimes, we’re just plain tired. Or, we simply want to do more and have better endurance. Ashwagandha can help here, too.

Athletic Performance

Consider this study that focused on the performance of 40 elite cyclists in India, 20 male and 20 female. Recognizing that the sports nutrition field is teeming with products that claim to improve aerobic capacity, researchers in India decided to try a traditional, yet updated, approach. They used ashwagandha.

The 8-week study was broken into placebo and treatment groups. At the beginning of the clinical trial, these elite athletes were examined via treadmill test for their maximal aerobic capacity (the rate of oxygen uptake by the body that fuels red blood cells), and respiratory exchange ratio (how much oxygen is inhaled versus how much carbon dioxide is exhaled). The researchers also measured the total time it took the athletes to reach a point of exhaustion.

In every parameter, the ashwagandha group improved. The botanical was able to boost the endurance of these athletes and support the intensive interplay between the ability of the lungs to bring in oxygen to fuel red blood cells, and the heart’s ability to pump those red blood cells to the muscles in the body. The placebo group showed no change at all.

Because ashwagandha is a natural, traditional ingredient, the Sports Authority of India accepts it as a non-doping energy booster, too. It will be interesting to see whether or not ashwagandha becomes as popular in North America as more athletes learn about the botanical.

If you’re active, and incorporate ashwagandha into your regimen, the result is ultimately going to be better workouts, faster recovery time, and improved muscle tone. Believe me, your body will thank you for it.

Other Benefits

In other scientific laboratory research, ashwagandha reduced the blood sugar levels, depression, gastric ulcers, and immune deficiencies induced by chronic stress.

And, if all of these stress-reducing and energizing effects weren’t enough, there is an exciting study being done on ashwagandha’s anti-cancer potential, too. For example, ashwagandha has been shown to boost normal cell growth and differentiation while stopping cancerous cell proliferation of neuroblastoma, a serious and often fatal nerve cell cancer of childhood.

Ashwagandha is also being investigated for its ability to fight bacteria and fungus, and even to help the body clear out beta-amyloid plaques that cause Alzheimer’s disease.

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Rhodiola – Energizing Adaptogen Extraordinaire

Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) is another one of nature’s amazing herbs.

Like ashwagandha, rhodiola has a long history of traditional use that, in more recent years, has become validated by clinical and scientific studies. Native to northern Europe and Asia, rhodiola figured prominently in the medicine systems of the arctic, Siberian, Mongolian, and other cold-climate cultures.

Labeled “rosea” by the great Swedish taxonomist Linnaeus because the freshly cut roots reminded him of the scent of roses, rhodiola has been noted in Western medicine since the 1700’s, and has been popularly called the “golden root” or the “roseroot”. It grows naturally in cold, harsh environments in sandy soil, produces yellow flowers, and reaches a height of about two feet.

In traditional medicine, rhodiola was often a gift to newlyweds, assuring them of a fruitful household and many children. Apart from that, the root was used to treat fatigue, illness, infections, and altitude sickness.

In fact, Vikings considered the plant invaluable for boosting endurance. Infusions made from the plant were prescribed in Mongolia for colds and flus. Over time, the herb was widely traded throughout northern Europe and Asia. However, the best harvesting places for the plant were often a well-guarded family secret.

Serious research of rhodiola really began in the early 1960s in the former Soviet Union. Like many nations with a rich heritage of beneficial herbs, the Soviet scientists were eager to see how a home-grown botanical remedy could be utilized in a more modern application.

Laboratory studies showed that smaller doses of rhodiola boosted endurance and increased the time to exhaustion in mouse swimming tests. However, larger doses showed a reverse effect. Interestingly, the middle-range doses helped mice to learn new tasks.

The reason for this may be because of the way smaller dosage levels stimulate brain chemistry. The early laboratory studies showed that rhodiola increased neurotransmitter activity, including norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin. Because of this, the sections of the brain that emphasize analysis, planning, memory, and attention work more effectively, yet calmly. That’s what makes rhodiola such an effective adaptogen.

What Makes Rhodiola Tick? Key Compounds

Important constituents of rhodiola include salidrosides and the compounds rosavin, rosin, and rosarin, which are specific to the Rhodiola rosea species. In chemical and scientific analysis, it is primarily these compounds that are responsible for the cognitive, stress-reducing, and energizing effects of the herb.

Clinical research on rhodiola has shown some remarkable results.

For instance, one well-known clinical study focusing on fatigue associated with night duty for young physicians showed an improvement in the rhodiola group for total mental performance – important for anyone working over the evening hours, but especially critical in this case.

Other clinical research focused on individuals trying to accomplish many goals in a limited time period, something many of us could identify with, but in this case, relating to students and final exams.

In one double-blind study of 60 college students, the rhodiola group saw improvements in mental fatigue, overall fitness and well-being, and final exam grades – a real world test with positive results if ever there was one.

students_LRIn another study of high school students, those in the rhodiola group also experienced better endurance, less fatigue, and reduced nervous tension.

Other studies have looked more specifically at physical stress factors: endurance, reaction time, speed, strength, and attention. These studies of Olympic athletes showed marked improvements versus the placebo groups, especially for heart rate (104-106 percent of baseline, versus 129 percent in the placebo group) and recovery time.

So again, like ashwagandha, rhodiola is another botanical that will help you adapt to the situations at hand, and meet your physical goals as well as the demands on your mind and attention span.

Interestingly, despite the fact that rhodiola can help give you the energy and clarity you need, it does not contain caffeine, nor will it affect your blood pressure or heart rate. That is part of what accounts for the feeling of calmness – you just feel better. And, conversely, it is not a sedative. So even though you’ll get past that “revved up” feeling that stress can bring about, you won’t feel like taking a nap, either.

Rhodiola for More Than Energy and Stress Reduction

Like ashwagandha, rhodiola has also been studied for other benefits, including preventing stress-related heart damage, tumor inhibition, and antioxidant ability. It is quite possible that in the near future, rhodiola will be recommended to help reduce the negative effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Stop Feeling Stressed – Adapt and Thrive Instead!

Maybe you’ve dealt with a lot of stressful events in your life. Maybe you’ve always had a tough time with social or work situations. Perhaps you are in a physically stressful job. You may feel like stress is getting the upper hand. We’re always going to have some kind of unavoidable stress in our lives, so adapting to it – working through it as the best person you can be – is a much more positive response. You are stronger than you realize. You are in the driver’s seat.

Consider your lifestyle. Prune away the “unnecessaries” that add to your stress levels. Take that time – limited as it may be – and become centered and focused. And consider, too, a natural, safe, and effective combination of rhodiola and ashwagandha that gives you the support you need.

These botanicals won’t give you a temporary boost only to let you down later, or conversely, to make you feel jittery and “off center.” That’s why I recommend adaptogens for anyone with mentally or physically demanding jobs and schedules. For those times when you feel tired or slightly stressed even before you begin your day, ashwagandha and rhodiola can help give you the boost you need to get started on your way.

If you’re looking to improve your exercise regimen, recovery time, or your sex life, they are two of the best herbal remedies available. You can use these herbal extracts continuously, or simply when you need them most. You’ll probably find that over time, as you develop a better way of adapting to stressful situations, that you won’t need to rely on ashwagandha and rhodiola as often. But rest assured they are there when you do need them. You’ll notice a difference with these herbs. You’ll feel more vital, more energetic, and more able to “swim through the tide” of stressful challenges each day.

Overall, I believe that ashwagandha and rhodiola are extremely effective natural medicines to help you sail through the challenges of everyday life and not only survive them – but thrive in the midst of them.

 

To protect yourself against the damaging effects of chronic stress and restore mental and physical energy, take 500-1,500 mg of ashwagandha and rhodiola daily.

 

 

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Do you have recommendations for treating athlete’s foot naturally?

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Dear Terry, “Do you have recommendations for treating athlete’s foot naturally?” — Wade W., Hartford, CT

Dear Wade, Athlete’s foot is the most common fungal skin infection. Signs and symptoms include persistent redness, itching, peeling, cracking, and scaling of the feet. Athlete’s foot is contagious and is spread via contaminated floors, towels or clothing.

I would recommend Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove, and Oregano oils – some of nature’s most powerful ingredients – to help boost your body’s natural defenses against athlete’s foot. I suggest taking a total of 75 mg of these oils internally 1-3 times daily. You may also want to consider applying these oils topically to the areas of concern.

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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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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I always thought DGL needed to be chewed to be beneficial.

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Dear Terry, “On a recent trip to my local health food store, I noticed a DGL product that was encapsulated. I always thought DGL needed to be chewed to be beneficial. What are your thoughts on this?” — Ellie K., Davenport, IA

Dear Ellie, For some time it was thought that DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) needed to be chewed to be effective. However, a clinically-tested, effective DGL is now available in a capsule form. This DGL extract has high flavonoid content and antioxidant activity, yielding more potent effects than standard DGL extracts. Therefore, it provides benefits at a lower dosage – only 300 mg is needed versus the usual 1500-3000 mg.

I recommend looking for a DGL extract that is standardized to contain 3.5% glabridindi, with greater than 10% total flavonoids per dose. I recommend taking the 300 mg suggested daily serving – just like the clinical research.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I have a Labrador retriever who suffers from hip and back leg pain.

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Dear Terry, “I have a 98 lb. Labrador retriever. We are currently giving her prednisone for hip and back leg pain. Are there any natural options to help relieve her pain? I really want to get her off meds as soon as possible. Hoping you can help.” — Joyce M., Wichita Falls, TX

Dear Joyce, When it comes to addressing your pet’s hip and back leg pain, I would recommend these four ingredients: highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase. These are the same ingredients I give my two Australian Shepherds (Buddy and Bella) for pain. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get your pet comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise giving your pet these four ingredients 1-2 times daily.

If your pet also has joint stiffness, I recommend using highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, vitamin D and fructoborate. This quartet of ingredients helps to reduce joint pain and stiffness, as well as rebuild joint structure.

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Natural Relief for PMS

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Chasteberry is an effective treatment for PMS. Chasteberry provides relief for a wide range of PMS symptoms:

  • Mood swings
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Headache
  • Breast tenderness
  • Cramps
  • Fatigue

Don’t just suffer with your symptoms or mask them with over-the-counter pain relievers. Natural therapies, like chasteberry, can help you feel more like yourself!

The “Other” Time of the Month

Does your life come to a screeching halt once a month? You get mad for no reason, cry easily, and eat way too much junk food in front of the TV every night. Your family and friends tend to go the other way if they see you before you see them. You’ve caught them in the act! But you can’t really blame them.

That’s not all. You’re in pain. You’re crampy. You’ve got that headache that just won’t go away. You’re bloated. You have intense breast pain.

It’s that other time of the month – the week or so before your period arrives. You’re irritable, crampy, and bloated. Maybe you get headaches every month. You’re definitely not alone. Up to 75% of women of childbearing age have experienced symptoms of PMS.

Many women just pop some ibuprofen and try to deal with the rest. That’s a risky choice and doesn’t bring real relief. But there is hope, and it’s the subject of this Terry Talks Nutrition®. Natural remedies, especially chasteberry, can help alleviate PMS symptoms, including those crying spells; so you feel more like yourself.

Hormones and the Menstrual Cycle

In the first half of your cycle (the start of your period marks day 1), levels of estrogen rise. Estrogen drives the menstrual cycle, signaling to other hormones. Estrogen is essential to egg production and helps prepare your uterus for a pregnancy. At about the midway point in your cycle, hormone levels increase, signaling your ovaries to release an egg. If the egg is not fertilized, hormone levels drop, and menstruation will begin within about two weeks. Then the whole cycle begins again.

Are you PMSing?

PMS triggers a wide range of psychological and physical symptoms that can change you from a mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll into a raging Ms. Hyde.

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Symptoms generally occur in a predictable pattern, typically beginning one to two weeks before your period begins and diminishing within a day or two after the start of menstruation. The list of PMS symptoms is long, but most women only suffer from a few of them, and can have different levels of severity on different months.

Chasteberry – Real Tested Relief

Chasteberry (Vitex agnus castus), from the chaste tree native to the Mediterranean region, has a long history of use as a natural remedy and is referred to in texts dating back to ancient Greece. Although researchers are still learning about the medicinal properties of chasteberry, its use as a traditional treatment for PMS – and perimenopause symptoms – has been documented for centuries.

Now scientific research has finally begun to validate the effectiveness of chasteberry in relieving PMS symptoms. The key compounds in chasteberry include flavonoids, essential oils, diterpenes, and glycosides. Chasteberry is not a phytoestrogen, but investigations into its physiological effects suggest it works by balancing hormones released by the pituitary gland. Scientific studies indicate that chasteberry may affect dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in regulating emotional responses, and suppress prolactin release. Breast tenderness during PMS has been linked to prolactin production. It has been found that most women with PMS have decreased progesterone production in the two weeks prior to menstruation, and chasteberry is very effective in promoting healthy levels of progesterone in women.

Doctors in Germany widely prescribe chasteberry, and the German Commission E, which regulates supplements in Germany, approves it for irregularities of the menstrual cycle, cyclical breast discomfort, and PMS. It’s no wonder. Results from clinical studies have been impressive, showing it to be effective for most PMS complaints, such as mood swings, irritability, headaches, cramping, and bloating.

In one randomized, placebo-controlled study, 170 women were evaluated for the effectiveness of chasteberry on the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. The women were divided into treatment and placebo groups and were given 20 mg of standardized chasteberry extract or placebo over three consecutive menstrual cycles.

Compared to the placebo group, those in the chasteberry group found significant relief for their symptoms of irritability, mood alteration, anger, headache, and breast fullness.

The authors noted that over half of the women in the chasteberry group had a 50% or greater improvement in their PMS symptoms. That’s great news for women who’ve tried over-the-counter remedies without success.

A Belgium observation study looked at chasteberry specifically for relieving migraines that occur or worsen during PMS. One hundred women took 40 mg of chasteberry daily for three months. Sixty-six women reported a dramatic difference in PMS symptoms and 92 percent of women reported at least a mild reduction in symptoms. For migraine symptoms specifically, 57 percent reported at least a 50 percent reduction in monthly days with headache. Likewise, the frequency of monthly attacks was significantly reduced in 42 percent of patients.

Chasteberry has been shown to be particularly effective for breast tenderness, a common complaint during PMS. A double-blind, randomized clinical trial of 97 women looked at the effects of chasteberry on cyclical mastalgia. Intensity of pain was recorded once per cycle for three consecutive cycles. The study concluded that chasteberry significantly reduced pain in 54% of the women taking chasteberry.

It’s important to note that when using chasteberry for the treatment of PMS, more doesn’t necessarily mean better. In one 2012 study, participants who were given 30 mg of chasteberry extract did not show greater improvement in symptoms from those in the 20 mg group. A 2014 study examined over 20 different chasteberry products and found wide variation in the key components of chasteberry, such as casticin. Some were so low as to not be clinically effective. Others were so high that the researchers suspected they were adulterated with other chasteberry species. The researchers were also concerned that the high levels could cause troublesome side effects. You’ll find chasteberry products with dosages of hundreds of milligrams. I recommend a 20 mg 6:1 extract – 6:1 means that it takes 120 mg of the dried herb to make 20 mg of extract. Science has shown there isn’t a need for more than that – it won’t work better and it may be harmful.

The longevity of chasteberry as a traditional remedy for PMS underscores its safety, and clinical studies confirm it. In the studies I’ve mentioned here, chasteberry was well-tolerated.

Other PMS Heroes

Other natural helpers for PMS include fatty acids, calcium, and B vitamins. Recent clinical trials have found that fatty acids, like those found in salmon, reduce both physical and psychological symptoms of PMS. Calcium has been shown to reduce symptoms of PMS – in some cases, lowering the severity by 48% overall. For the aches and pains associated with PMS, the individuals using calcium reported a 54% decrease in symptoms compared to a 15% increase for those using a placebo. I recommend calcium lactate for its beneficial effects on muscle.

B vitamins, particularly B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phosphate, or P5P, are also helpful. Vitamin B6 helps the liver process hormones more efficiently and balance sodium levels, leading to a reduction in symptoms like bloating. In one study, supplemental vitamin B6 helped reduce the breast tenderness, headaches and weight gain associated with water retention in 215 women.

Diet and lifestyle changes can also make a difference in easing PMS symptoms. That chocolate cake you normally resist is like a blinking beacon when you’re PMSing. The trouble is that sugar and simple carbohydrates can wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels and make PMS worse. So aim for healthy proteins and fats, complex carbohydrates, and lots of fruits and vegetables. You may want to avoid excessive salt during that time of the month as well. Too much sodium can lead to bloating.

Beware of chemicals that adversely affect hormone levels. Americans use tens of thousands of chemicals that may have toxic effects on our health and environment. Endocrine disruptors, like dioxins, phthalates, and bisphenol A (BPA), are especially concerning because they mimic or block your body’s natural hormones. They can alter hormone levels or change the way hormones work in the body. So kick the canned vegetables (BPA is a common ingredient in can linings), reduce your use of household chemicals, and choose organic foods when possible.

Finally, even moderate exercise can help improve mood and release tension. Exercise also stimulates endorphin activity, which relieves pain. Some studies have shown that exercise can reduce fatigue as well.

PMS is no joke – for some women the symptoms can be debilitating. But they don’t have to be. Simple things, like using a chasteberry supplement, mean natural PMS relief is possible!

I recommend taking 20 mg of chasteberry extract daily to relieve PMS symptoms (mood swings, irritability, anxiety, headaches, breast tenderness, cramps, and fatigue).

 

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My doctor diagnosed me with essential hand tremors.

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Q. Dear Terry, “My doctor diagnosed me with essential hand tremors over 15 years ago.   Is there a natural supplement I can take that would help my condition?” —  Ray A., Kansas City, MO

A. Dear Ray, 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 regarding a supplement regimen.

Vitamin B6 and magnesium are nutrients you may want to consider adding to your daily regimen. When looking for products, I strongly recommend choosing ones that feature vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phospate (P-5-P) and magnesium in the form of 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, magnesium in the glycinate form delivers a good dose of magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. I recommend 60 mg of vitamin B6 (as P-5-P) and 200 mg of magnesium (as magnesium glycinate) twice daily.

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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My nails are thin and brittle.

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Q. Dear Terry, “My nails are thin and brittle. There are also faint lines in the nails themselves and my cuticles are always tearing off.  I am sure I am lacking some nutrients. What do you suggest?” — Rosie L., Seattle, WA

A. Dear Rosie, The first thing that comes to mind is that you may be lacking the mineral silica. Many people never think about silica when it comes to nails, hair and bone health, but it is one of the most important minerals we need. Silica is found throughout the body; however, the highest concentrations occur in connective tissues, such as nails, skin, hair, and teeth, which are especially dependent on silica for strength and resilience. It’s also a major building block of collagen, which helps keep skin supple and blood vessels strong. As the body ages, it tends to undergo a steady loss of minerals. Some of these minerals are well known, like calcium, magnesium, and potassium. But silica is lost at an even greater rate than these other essential minerals.

I recommend that you start by taking a horsetail extract standardized for silica content. 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. It does take a little time for nails to grow, so you may not see changes right away. Be patient – I know you will see results.

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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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, I would recommend taking high-absorption curcumin, boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase 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 these four ingredients three times a day.

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. I recommend 60 mg of vitamin B6 (as P-5-P) twice daily.

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 200 mg of magnesium (as magnesium glycinate) 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.

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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Food preparation methods are based on profit and not for the nutritional content.

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I am absolutely convinced and want to make it perfectly clear that many of our so-called diseases such as premature aging and mental diseases like ADD and ADHD, cancer and other diseases are based on bodily malfunctions, specifically from the absence of vital nutrients in the body along with the loss of trace minerals and inability to maintain normal blood sugar levels, and toxins from chemicals and pollutants. The Standard American Diet cannot provide an abundance of nutrients to maintain good health. The American diet provides an abundance of empty calories from refined and processed foods. Most Americans today suffer the loss of several vital nutrients on a daily basis. Over a period of time, this severe deficiency causes malnutrition malfunction and disease. We are not deficient in drugs. We are deficient in vital nutrients even though we try our best to select the best diet possible. Our foods are deficient because our soil has been depleted of minerals and natural farming methods have been replaced with chemicals, toxic sprays and pesticides. Our food additionally loses lots of nutrients caused by lengthy storage time and transportation over thousands of miles. Additionally, nutrients are lost when foods are prepared and served in restaurants. Food preparation methods are based on profit and not for the nutritional content. Most Americans are unhealthy due to the unwholesome American diet. Then drugs are prescribed to bring some comfort to those who suffer diseases. This process will continue to get worse as we are not eating a diet to maintain good health and prevent disease, so each generation is going to get sicker and sicker. We live on our so-called modern diet from prepackaged foods, high calorie empty snacks, and adulterated foodstuffs. For now, the solution is to select the best healthy diet possible and supplement the diet with a high-quality vitamin and mineral supplement, not just a one-a-day but a formulation which provides all the nutrients in several tablets daily.

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Screening for cancer is like closing the barn door after the horses are out.

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The AMA does not provide education as to what causes cancer ; but we know that many lifestyle choices do increase the risk of cancer. But as long as doctors and drug companies get paid for treating cancer, nothing will change. The progression of cancer may be as long as 40 years.

They would prefer to push cancer screening and drug therapy —both money makers— instead of educating America as to what can be done to prevent cancer.

Prevention is The Cure.

 

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Recently, I reported on the life saving effects of vitamin B6 and magnesium for preventing and healing heart disease and atherosclerosis.

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Several doctors have reported that heart disease is caused by a magnesium starved heart.  They claim that the combination of B6 and magnesium significantly reduces the risk of heart disease.  The combination of B6 and magnesium can also block and lower the risk of forming kidney stones.  Always consult your healthcare practitioner for advice before making any changes with your prescription medications.

 

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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 combination.

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

Lastly, you may also want to consider adding narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) to your son’s regimen. Researchers have 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. These  compounds have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which helps to instill a sense of calm and relaxation.

I recommend that your son take 20-40 mg of 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 echinacoside content.

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 an amazing extract that strengthens bladder muscles and increase bladder capacity. Angelica archangelica works directly on the bladder making it the perfect choice for men and women. This powerful herbal extract 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, angelica (Angelica archangelica) – the angels’ herb – is the perfect choice for both, and it is the subject of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Amazing Angelica

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

Icelandic angelica 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conclusion:

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

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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 red vine leaf 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 would recommend taking 500-1,000 mg total of red vine leaf and butcher’s broom twice daily.

Mesoglycan is another ingredient you may want to try. 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 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 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, I would recommend Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove, and Oregano oils – some of nature’s most powerful antibacterial ingredients – to help boost your natural defenses. Make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

As always, I strongly recommend consulting with your doctor regarding any additions to your supplement regimen.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Want to get lean? Don’t Carb load!

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Some people think carbs are the optimal fuel for effective workouts. WRONG: one recent study found that men who take in only 11% of calories from carbs burn TWICE the fat as men with high carb intakes.

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Vibrant Health from the Best Essential Nutrients

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

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

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

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

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

Active B Vitamins That Work

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

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

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

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

B1 (Thiamin) as Benfotiamine: Deficiency of B1, also known as thiamin, greatly affects your nervous system, blood sugar levels, mood and the ability to think clearly. People who have difficulty staying on task or controlling their emotions have found great improvement with supplementation, becoming more composed and energetic. One of the most rarely-used forms of thiamin is benfotiamine, but it is the one I recommend. Because of its structure, it absorbs easily in the intestines, and 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”, which doesn’t require conversion by the liver. It is critical for proper muscle response and exercise recovery, blood pressure and blood sugar regulation, nerve health, and metabolism.

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

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

 

Amino-acid Chelated Minerals

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Essentials

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

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

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

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

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

Can You Stomach Good Health?

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

Twice Daily = Twice as Effective

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

Get the Right Forms of the Right Nutrients

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

I recommend a formula that provides nutrients in their best forms – including active B-vitamins, amino-acid chelated minerals, complete vitamin E and vitamin D3.

 

 

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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.

You may want to consider nutrients, such as: elderberry, vitamins A, C and D, along with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and bioflavonoids, to help keep your immune system strong throughout the year, and – in higher dosages – give your immune system an additional boost. All of these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, or immune-supportive properties. I suggest taking  these nutrients on a daily basis for maintenance, and up to three times daily when your immune systems needs an additional boost.

I also recommend adding calcium lactate to your daily regimen to 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. I recommend taking 80-250 mgs of calcium lactate, along with 8-50 mg of magnesium and 1-6 mg of zinc daily to help heal cold sores, fever blisters, and canker sores.

When it comes to boosting the immune system, I also like to turn to concentrated plant oils. These plant oils can be used to give your body the extra immune strengthening it needs. I would recommend Ravintsara, Myrtle, Thyme, and Bay Laurel oils to help stop viruses and shore up the immune system. Make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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I have restless leg syndrome.

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Q. Dear Terry, “I have restless leg syndrome. What do you recommend? It really is affecting my sleep and I would like to stay with something natural.” — Jenny T., Honolulu, HI

A. Dear Jenny, Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition where people experience uncomfortable sensations in their legs. The unpleasant feelings are described as creeping, crawling, pulling, itching, tingling, burning, aching, or electric shocks. Individuals with RLS feel an irresistible urge to move their legs in an attempt to relieve the sensations.

Making good decisions regarding exercise, food choices, and proven natural medicines can have a tremendous impact in reducing your RLS symptoms.

If you are not already doing so, I’d encourage you to add some moderate exercise to your daily regimen. However, one of the problems with RLS is that too little OR too much exercise tends to make symptoms worse, so try and find a comfortable middle ground. Taking a few short walks throughout the day (but not close to bed time) would be best. Try and reduce the amount of stimulants (such as caffeine) in your diet. If you like to drink coffee or tea, try not to drink any past noon. Also be on the lookout for hidden stimulants. For example, some over-the-counter (OTC) decongestants can contain ingredients (pseudoephedrine and synepherine) that act as stimulants, which can further aggravate RLS symptoms. You might want to try taking a warm shower or bath in the evening. If you don’t have dairy issues, you can 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 will help to relax your muscles.

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

Integrative health expert Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum has also found that there is often a mild to moderate iron deficiency associated with RLS. Therefore, I recommend iron, along with magnesium, copper, and zinc to your daily regimen. I strongly recommend choosing  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 15-30 mg of iron, 150-300 mg of magnesium, 5-10 mg of copper, and 1-2 mg of zinc daily.

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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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.

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

I believe you would also benefit greatly by taking a blend combination 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 nutrients, choose 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 these ingredients three times daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Sleep and Diabetes

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Recently, researchers reported that when healthy young men were deprived of sleep their insulin activity declined to levels seen in people with early stage diabetes.

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Managing Pain after a Heart Attack

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New research reports that drugs used to relieve pain – such as ibuprofen (Advil) or celecoxib (Celebrex) increase the risk of heart attack and stroke in heart attack survivors taking prescription blood thinners.

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Strengthening DNA to Prevent Cancer, Heart Disease, Dementia and More

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

By protecting DNA with high absorption curcumin, tannin free OPCs from grapeseed and turmerones from turmeric oil, we in turn can prevent and even treat health problems such as:

  • Breast, prostate and colon cancer
  • Brain dysfunction and memory problems
  • Liver disease
  • Strokes and heart attacks
  • And more!

Deoxyribonucleic acid, better known as DNA, is the genetic instruction manual of how to build every cell in our body. If our DNA was never damaged, we would easily live 150 years. But disease, toxins, and environmental exposures take their toll. DNA damage is responsible for creating cancer cells, cell damage in the brain, increased inflammation in the body and decreased activity in our organs. The role that oxidative stress plays in damaging DNA cannot be overstated.

However, the assaults on our DNA that happen every single day are incredibly diverse. Imagine if you had to fight against all kinds of weapons at once. The way you defend yourself from bullets is vastly different than defense against poison. That’s why damage to DNA is cumulative and insidious.

The most powerful nutrients I have found for protecting DNA and combating the threat of oxidation – the “cellular rust” that happens as we age – include a clinically-proven high absorption curcumin (from turmeric), turmerones from turmeric oil, and a tannin-free French grape seed extract with a high oligomeric proanthocyanidin (OPC) content. Combined, they can stop cellular damage due to inflammation and oxidation, and help reverse and heal a multitude of health concerns. That’s why they are subject of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

High-Absorption Curcumin

Curcumin, the powerful compound found in turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and inflammation fighter. It neutralizes free radicals, and stops them from causing cellular damage. It inhibits inflammatory markers in the body to prevent tissue degradation. However, not all curcumin extracts are the same, and many are difficult for the body to absorb. I believe the most effective curcumin extract is one that is blended with turmeric oils for enhanced absorption and increased time in the bloodstream.

In fact, the specially-prepared extract of curcumin I recommend has an antioxidant value of over 1,500,000 per 100 g – many times higher than that of blueberries (6,552), strawberries (3,577) or dark chocolate (powder) (40,200) – all of which are well-known, valuable food-based antioxidants. Like other powerful natural ingredients, this specific extract has no serious side effects – except to make you exceptionally healthy.

Curcumin has been shown to prevent the changes that cause normal cells to become cancerous, stop the replication of cancerous cells (tumor formation), and stop 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.

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

This amazing form of curcumin also stops the inflammation that leads to obesity and diabetes, fights fatty liver disease, and is being studied in leading-edge research concerning Alzheimer’s disease. It is simply one of the most effective natural medicines on the planet.

Turmerones

Turmerones from turmeric oil are unsung heroes. While much attention has been focused on the curcumin content of turmeric, the turmerones in turmeric oil have extraordinary benefits in their own right.

Research published in the journal Advances in Pharmacological Sciences compared the anti-inflammatory activity of the various compounds in turmeric, including curcumin and turmerones, and found that both had abilities to fight inflammation. Along with oxidation, inflammation is one of the primary causes of disease, and the two conditions are often found jointly affecting our health in negative ways.

Researchers in Hong Kong evaluated the tumor-fighting potential of curcumin and other compounds in turmeric. They found that both curcumin and turmerones inhibited breast and liver cancer cells. In fact, concentrated turmerones inhibited cell proliferation by 70 percent compared to controls in three cancer cell lines.

A study at Kyoto University examined the cancer-fighting power of turmerones from turmeric oil and found that the ingredient alone may be “a candidate for colon cancer prevention”, and that combined with curcumin, it could have even stronger synergistic effects. The combination better replicates the way turmeric has been used traditionally, but with a much more concentrated impact. I also believe that a supercritical CO2 extract of turmerones from turmeric oils preserves the natural properties the best.

Grape Seed Extract

A potent tumor inhibitor, grape seed oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) – components known for their cell-saving properties – have been intensively studied for about 40 years. However, much like curcumin, grape seed OPCs can have variable absorption. Many grape seed extracts contain tannins, which are too big to be absorbed. That’s why I recommend a tannin-free, high-OPC French grape seed with an amazingly powerful antioxidant value of over 2 million per 100 grams.

Grape seed OPCs are on the front line of cancer research. Some of the most exciting studies have been done at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Their research of grape seed extract has shown that this powerful botanical ingredient has the ability to target specific colon cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells intact. Colon cancer and its complications is are the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths, so this is a remarkable achievement.

Another work examined the effect of grape seed extract on breast carcinoma cells when used alone or with a conventional treatment.

Their results showed that the two interventions worked well together, but that grape seed extract alone was a strong inhibitor of breast cancer cells.

One of the reasons for this is that grape seed extract inhibits aromatase, an enzyme that converts androgen into estrogen. Breast and prostate cancer tissues typically have higher levels of aromatase. A study published in the journal Cancer Research showed that grape seed extract inhibited aromatase activity and reduced growth in MCF-7 breast cancer cells.

Recent Australian research found that grape seed extract reduced the severity of mucositis, the painful inflammation of the digestive tract due to chemotherapy, while also enhancing the effectiveness of chemotherapy in fighting colon cancer.

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

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

Because of their intensive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, grape seed OPCs are increasingly on the cutting edge of Alzheimer’s research. An Indian study found that grape seed proanthocyanidins   reduced the effects of oxidative stress in the aging brain. Studies conducted by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine showed that grape seed extract inhibited the formation of plaques and tangles and supported greater brain plasticity – the ability of the brain to adapt and create new neural pathways.

Grape seed extract also reduces high blood pressure, protects the blood    vessel walls from damaging free radical activity, and prevents the dangerous oxidation of LDL cholesterol – one of the first steps on the road to a heart attack or stroke.

An Italian clinical study reported that 93 percent of the individuals with pre- or mild hypertension using a high-dosage grape seed extract saw a normalization of blood pressure numbers. And another clinical study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, showed that grape seed extract improved lipid profiles and reduced oxidized LDL (bad) cholesterol in just 8 weeks. The researchers concluded that grape seed extract decreased the risk of blood clotting and other cardiovascular disorders.

Prevent Disease with the Right Nutrients

With these nutrients, oxidative damage to your cells is not inevitable. They can stop and reverse its progress and preserve your health. High-absorption curcumin, supercritical extract of turmerones, and high-OPC grape seed extract with absorbable proanthocyanidins, make an unbeatable combination of the strongest natural protection available.

 

For liver disease, heart disease, Alzheimers, or cancer, I recommend taking a combination of high-absorption curcumin, supercritical extract of turmerones, and high-OPC grape seed extract with absorbable proanthocyanidins.

 

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I have shingles. It seems as if I suffer one outbreak after another.

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Dear Terry, “I have shingles. It seems as if I suffer one outbreak after another. The nerve pain is excruciating. Is there anything that would provide relief or heal this condition permanently? Thank you kindly!” — Emma R., Lafayette, IL

Dear Emma, I’m sorry to hear about your ongoing ordeal with shingles. While not a life-threatening condition, shingles can be very painful.

I believe you would benefit greatly by taking a combination of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, zinc, and boswellia. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing. I recommend taking these ingredients three times daily.

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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My 34 year old daughter recently had her gallbladder removed.

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Dear Terry, “My 34 year old daughter recently had her gallbladder removed.  I’m worried she won’t be able to get all the nutrients from her food.  Can you please tell me some things to help her?” — Donna S., Erie, PA

Dear Donna, Your daughter should consider adding a digestive enzyme formula to her 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 pancreatin with each meal. Make sure your daughter chooses 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.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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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.

In addition to the dietary changes, I also recommend a combination of nutrients for treating acne and keeping skin looking healthy. Vitamins (A, B6, pantothenic acid, and C), and minerals (chromium, potassium and zinc), along with sulfur, burdock, and boswellia are crucial for balancing oil production, reducing breakouts, and improving overall skin integrity.

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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Stopping the Silent Killer: Chronic Inflammation

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My physical therapist has recommended curcumin to help my rheumatoid arthritis.

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Dear Terry, “My physical therapist has recommended curcumin to help my rheumatoid arthritis. However, I am overwhelmed by the choices and types. What should I be looking for in a curcumin product?” — June P., Oklahoma City, OK

Dear June, 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.

When looking for a product, here are a couple tips:

  1. Choose 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. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.
  2. Make sure the product you choose is standardized for curcuminoid content. You don’t want to settle for an unstandardized or plain turmeric product.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Does loss of hair have anything to do with hypothyroid?

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Dear Terry, “Does loss of hair have anything to do with hypothyroid?  I used to have beautiful hair, fine, but dense.  Now I fear fixing my hair because so much comes out in the brush.” — Naomi A., Newport News, VA

Dear Naomi, Yes, absolutely. 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 15-30 mg of iodine plus 200-400 mg of L-tyrosine at breakfast. This will provide the raw materials necessary for your thyroid glands to make healthy amounts of thyroid hormone.

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Acute and Chronic Pain

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

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

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

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

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

Inflammation and Pain: The Connection

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

Relieve Inflammation and You Relieve Pain

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

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

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

The natural ingredients I recommend have been traditionally used and clinically studied, and provide the relief you need without side effects or worry. 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

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 of high-absorption curcumin twice daily; and group three received both diclofenac sodium and curcumin. The 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. Makes you wonder why effective natural products aren’t the first course of action right away, doesn’t it?

But You Need the RIGHT Natural Ingredients

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

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

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

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

Curcumin’s Natural Partners – Boswellia and More

Boswellia (Boswellia serrata), another strong, traditionally used botanical from India, 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. I believe that extracts with a guaranteed amount of AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid) that also are low in β-boswellic acid (which interferes with beneficial activity) really boost the effectiveness of boswellia.

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

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

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

Fighting Inflammation, Improving Mood

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

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

Nattokinase – Bringing These Ingredients Together

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

Nature’s Best Pain Relievers

Curcumin, boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase are my best recommendation for safely and naturally relieving pain – whether it is the acute pain of a tension headache or for long-term use to treat chronic pain problems.

Over and over again, I have heard from people who were previously in pain that this combination was the best natural intervention they had ever tried, and that they are now living a pain free life. No matter what type of pain you may suffer from, I can give you no better suggestion than to try these ingredients for yourself. You have nothing to lose but your pain.

 

To safely and effectively relieve all types of pain, I recommend curcumin, boswellia, DL-phenylalanine and nattokinase taken one to three times daily.
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Is there anything I can do to help with plantar fasciitis?

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Dear Terry, “Is there anything I can do to help with plantar fasciitis?” — Joseph A., Jackson, MS

Dear Joseph, Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia, a very thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, becomes overstretched or overused, causing it to become inflamed. When inflamed, it can be painful and make walking more difficult.

I think the best way to deal with this is nutritionally AND mechanically.

You need to both reduce inflammation and mildly stretch out the connective tissue in your foot. I find that the easiest way to do this is to take a plastic water bottle and fill it 75% full, then freeze it. When you are sitting down at home, take off your shoes and socks and roll the frozen bottle with the bottom of your foot. This will ice the bottom of your foot, and also loosen up the ligaments and tendons a bit. Another alternative is to put a golf ball in the freezer so it gets very cold, and use the bottom of your foot to roll the ball around.

As for nutritional interventions, you need to reduce the pain and inflammation in these irritated tissues. I would first recommend these four ingredients: highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking the four ingredients three times daily.

I believe a combination of nutrients is best for further assisting in the repair process. I prefer 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 these ingredients twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Obesity Does Not Just Slow You Down and Make You Feel Out of Shape

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Unfortunately, obesity has reached epidemic proportions and is recognized as a major cause of cancer worldwide.  It has been estimated that approximately 20% of all cancer deaths in men and women can be attributed to excess body weight and overeating.  Obesity is associated with a variety of cancers such as colon, breast, endometrial, kidney, esophageal, pancreatic, colorectal, as well as gallbladder carcinoma.  In addition, a study from 2003 considered that more than 900,000 U.S. adults found that non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, prostate cancer, and multiple myeloma are also associated with obesity.  As early as the 1940s and 1950s, an association of obesity and overeating indicated a causative factor between obesity and cancer.  In animal studies, underfed animals lived twice as long as overfed animals of the same breed.  When animals were allowed to eat unlimited quantities of food, they had a higher incidence of cancer.  The researchers reported that these obese animals developed spontaneous mammary tumors earlier than non-obese controls.  Studies in the 1970s published the first significant evidence that excessive weight or obesity increases the risk of mortality from cancer.  In addition, for all cancers combined, the population of male and females with the highest BMI (Body Mass Index) have death rates that are 52% and 62% higher respectively than those of populations with normal weight.  Therefore, not only is being overweight making us feel out of shape, tired and unable to do our daily activities, but it significantly increases the risk of developing and dying from cancer and a causative factor for many other diseases.  Excessive weight is associated with esophageal adenocarcinoma in both sexes; thyroid; renal cancers in men, and endometrial gallbladder and renal cancers in women.  While the current emphasis is on drug research to locate a cure for cancer, the real emphasis should be on educating Americans on how to prevent cancer.  Billions of dollars are earmarked for cancer research.  We are encouraged to donate for cancer research through various events while the majority of the cancers are actually caused by the lifestyles of the Americans who believe that by giving donations for drug research that we will find a cure.  There will never be a drug to cure cancer.  In this blog, I’ve been sharing statistics that prove excessive weight causes cancer.  This is only one lifestyle choice that we can change to prevent cancer; lose weight, reduce the amount of calories consumed daily, stop smoking, eat a healthy diet based on good proteins and healthy fats, yes, including saturated fats, avoid carbohydrates, sugar, soft drinks and excessive alcohol.  I believe you and I would have a better chance to prevent and cure cancer than all the billions of dollars spent on cancer research.  30 to 45% of Americans are obese with an additional 35% overweight based on eating an additional 500 calories daily than compared to 10 years ago.  The lack of prevention and education is what causes cancer.  I believe these will be the cure for cancer.  It’s interesting that people who undergo gastric bypass have been found to have a decreased cancer risk of 24% and the risk of death from cancer by 46%.  This has even a bigger impact on women for whom this bypass surgery decreases the overall risk of cancer by 42% especially with a large impact on breast and endometrial cancers.  The cancer risk is significantly higher in women due to excess weight.  The Million Women Study developed in the UK, which also included a 5.4 year follow up for cancer incidence and a 7 year follow up for cancer mortality, revealed a significant increase in cancer incidents and mortality risk with increasing weight gain for 10 of 17 cancers that were examined in women 50 years of age or older.  Not only for good health but, for the prevention and the treatment of cancer and many other diseases, weight loss is one of the best treatments that can easily be adopted by everyone.  There are no magic pills or potions to lose weight.  Weight loss comes from adopting a diet that emphasizes proteins and healthy fats with a severe reduction of carbohydrates and sugar.  Cancer cells thrive and spread based on the quantity of glucose (sugar) consumed.  A number of researchers are now advocating the ketogenic diet for health improvement to prevent and treat cancer as well as many other metabolic diseases such as MS, Parkinson’s, and ALS.  For more information on the ketogenic diet go to www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.DrPerlmutter.com.

 

I would also recommend reading, Cancer As A Metabolic Disease by Thomas Seyfried.

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I am looking to take a more natural approach to treating my fibromyalgia.

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Dear Terry, “I am looking to take a more natural approach to treating my fibromyalgia. What do you recommend?” — Candy J., Mesa, AZ

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

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

You may also want to review information prepared by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, who has years of experience in treating chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. His website at www.endfatigue.com has a vast amount of information on the successful treatment of this disease.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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My wife contracted respiratory flu.

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Dear Terry, “My wife contracted what we thought was this year’s troublesome respiratory flu back in late November.  Now I’m concerned, as it has now been 12+ weeks, 3 different antibiotic treatments, and she still hasn’t improved. She feels good towards the end of an antibiotic treatment session, but deteriorates rapidly after the treatment ends.  Do you have any recommendations?” — Tom M., Appleton, WI

Dear Tom, I do have some recommendations that your wife may find helpful.

I think diet is extremely important, so the best recommendation I can give anyone with an upper respiratory condition is to eat a diet that is very low in carbohydrates – no bread, pasta, crackers, cookies, cakes, pies, and no sugar or juice. Your wife should try and focus on eating good quality proteins, vegetables of the non-starchy variety, as well as low carb fruits and fats. While I understand this takes a huge effort on her 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. She should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

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

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

She may also want to consider extracts of thyme and climbing ivy. These two botanicals function as expectorants (helps cough out phlegm) and mucolytics (breaks up congestion). When used together they make a very excellent combination, helping to keep the lungs clear. Both herbs have been extensively researched in Germany and other European countries for use with colds, cough, bronchitis and even asthma. I suggest taking a total of 250-500 mg of these two ingredients three times a day. These same ingredients are also available in a liquid form that is a perfect option for children or anyone who prefers it to taking tablets.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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What should I take for venous insufficiency?

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Dear Terry, “What should I take for venous insufficiency? I have been experiencing water retention in my lower legs, as well as leg ulcers.” — Jeff J., Dallas, TX

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

Together, these two powerful botanicals have the ability to strengthen the veins of the legs and can help stop the pain you are experiencing. When looking for these two botanical extracts, make sure to choose ones that are standardized for their active compounds. I would recommend taking 500-1,000 mg total of red vine leaf and butcher’s broom twice daily.

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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A Nutritional Approach to Treating Acne

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Toxins, stress, and poor diets can be rough on even the best skin. If you suffer from acne, a nutritional approach can help get your skin back on track. A mix of vitamins, minerals, and herbs will help:

  • Balance oil production
  • Reduce breakouts
  • Improve skin integrity

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve got something big coming up—a date with a new special someone, a job interview, or maybe an important presentation. The morning of the event, you look in the mirror and cringe. You’ve got a breakout. Whether acne is an everyday occurrence or an occasional problem, it can impact your life—it’s distressing and annoying. Plus, acne can be painful and lead to scarring.

If you’re looking for relief, you can be overwhelmed with the choices that line the drugstore shelves: foaming face washes, pads soaked in chemicals, drying lotions and astringents. However, I think that one of the most important choices you can make is to give your body the nutrients it needs to heal irritated and inflamed skin from the inside and restore normal skin function.

What is Acne?

Acne forms when pores—or hair follicles—become plugged with sebum (an oily substance meant to protect skin from drying out) and dead skin cells. Bacteria build up in the pores, triggering inflammation, and pimples and pustules appear.

Acne is not really about “clean skin.” In fact, harsh cleansers that are part of a traditional acne regimen can make your skin more prone to breakouts. That’s because they can be irritating and strip natural oils from the skin. Those oils include protective peptides that help kill bacteria. Your skin responds to this assault by producing even more oil.

Hormone fluctuations, especially during puberty, can also increase sebum production, making your skin more oily and your pores more likely to get clogged. Some medications, like birth control pills or corticosteroids, can also cause acne. Studies have also shown that a diet high in sugar and fat can increase sebum levels and make your skin more prone to acne.

A New Approach to Acne—From the Inside Out

In reality, healthy skin is really more about what’s going on inside your body than outside it. We need nutrients to help heal your skin and control oxidative stress, but also ones that help your body fight off bad bacteria that trigger acne formation. Fortunately, natural ingredients can help make clear skin possible.

Sulfur is an essential mineral present in most protein-rich foods, including meats, nuts, and eggs. It’s abundant in the human body. Sulfur has been used for generations as a natural acne fighter. It’s a requirement in glutathione production, the most important antioxidant in the body and essential for healthy, skin, hair, and nails. The antibacterial activity of sulfur may help cleanse the intestinal tract, preventing the buildup of bad bacteria. Sulfur may also help stop over production of oil in the skin to prevent pores from becoming clogged.

Don’t confuse sulfur with sulfa. They are similar-sounding words, but they’re not related. “Sulfa” is a class of drugs called “sulfonamides.” These synthetic drugs are not the mineral sulfur.

Potassium is another abundant mineral in the body needed for proper cell and tissue function and aids in the body’s waste removal process. Potassium is a much-needed alkalinizing mineral that helps keep our natural acid/alkaline balance stable. Along with sulfur, natural practitioners believe potassium helps keep bacteria and fungi in the gut in check. Potassium is also linked to liver and kidney functions, our bodies’ detoxification organs. Along with muscle weakness and fatigue, acne is another sign of potassium deficiency.

Vitamin A: Retinoids—Vitamin A and its derivatives—help prevent the buildup of dead skin cells that leads to clogged pores. Vitamin A is also required for immune system function, which is important in controlling acne. As an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, it’s important for skin function and repair.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C fights oxidative stress—the cell-destroying effect of free radicals—and promotes wound healing and healthy tissue development, including the skin surface. It also helps the body synthesize collagen, a skin-building protein that’s important for healing acne scars.

Pantothenic Acid: This B vitamin (B5) is important for the outer layers of skin. Preliminary clinical studies on oral supplementation with pantothenic acid as an acne treatment have been promising. In one placebo-controlled study, a pantothenic acid-based supplement reduced facial lesions in cases of mild to moderate acne by 67 percent after 12 weeks. The quality of life measurement for those using pantothenic acid also improved significantly over 85 percent compared to 36 percent for placebo.

Vitamin B6: An essential vitamin needed for over 100 enzymes that trigger metabolic processes in the body, including those involved in nervous and immune system function, making it a great addition to your anti-acne regimen. Vitamin B6 is also a potent antioxidant, and low levels of vitamin B6 have been associated with increased inflammation in the body. I recommend vitamin B6 in the pyridoxal-5-phosphate or “P-5-P” form because this is the bioidentical, active form of the nutrient, which requires no conversion.

Zinc: An essential trace element, zinc is crucial to cellular metabolism and structure, especially in the skin. In fact, six percent of the zinc stored in your body is found in the skin. Zinc helps speed wound healing and is crucial for healthy immune cell function.

A recent clinical study examined whether levels of zinc in the body correlated to acne severity. The study found that participants with lower levels of zinc suffered from more severe acne.

Chromium: Foods that increase the glycemic load, a measurement of how quickly food raises your glucose level, have the potential to increase insulin, which may affect acne. Chromium, another essential trace element, helps the body change food, like sugar and starches, into energy. Scientific studies suggest that chromium may improve glucose metabolism to process sugar more effectively.

Boswellia: When acne turns red and ugly, it usually means inflammation is on the rise. Boswellia works specifically on inflammation. It’s an inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which cause inflammation and promote free-radical damage.

When looking for products that include boswellia, be sure to find one standardized for at least 10 percent AKBA (Acetyl-11-keto- ß-boswellic acids), the boswellic acids with the most profound effects on inflammation. Unstandardized levels extracts can have very low levels of AKBA.

Burdock: A traditional herbal blood purifier, burdock root helps protect your liver, which makes it a good choice to keep your body’s detoxification systems working. In addition, burdock has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, free-radical scavenging and antioxidant properties. Research suggests that burdock improves the metabolism of the dermal extracellular matrix, which is essential to skin health and wound healing.

Face Your Day with Confidence

Part of avoiding acne and keeping skin healthy is by making sure you have the nutrients on board that support the skin and the gut. Stick with the ingredients I’ve outlined here for at least 60 days. Some people will respond right away, within about 1 to 2 weeks. But for others, the nutrients need time to do their job and start undoing the problems that lead to acne.

For even more complete healthy skin support, I’d also recommend sea buckthorn extract and a high-quality probiotic. Sea buckthorn supplies a wide range of valuable omega fatty acids (including the rare omega-7 fatty acid). Probiotics help improve gut bacterial balance, which affects our overall health.

It just makes sense. Supplying your body with the nutrients it needs to keep your skin functioning at its best will lead to a healthier you on the inside and the outside. You deserve to have healthy, clear skin!

I believe a combination of nutrients is best for treating acne and keeping skin looking healthy. I recommend vitamins (A, B6, pantothenic acid, & C), minerals (chromium, potassium & zinc), along with sulfur, burdock, and boswellia.

 

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I wonder how much money Terry Bradshaw is paid for his time to produce the shingles ad.

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You may have seen the very dramatic ads on TV of people who had an outbreak of shingles and the pain they had to endure. I know you are probably wondering if you should arm yourself with the shingles vaccine.

Yes, of course, I believe these people had a horrible time dealing with the virus and the pain it caused. But, let’s think about the health of their body first. I believe the body and its healthy state are already compromised before a viral outbreak can take place. What kind of lifestyle are these people living? Are they already on a variety of prescription drugs that can lower the immune system? Are they eating a healthy diet, or living to eat rather than eating to live?

How much alcohol are they consuming? Are they burning the candle at both ends? How much stress are they struggling with?  Are they getting by on little or no sleep? Are they smoking a few packs of cigarettes a day?

The virus is like a bad weed in our beautiful garden (body). To keep our garden healthy, we practice several sessions of weeding. Keep the weeds from spreading. If we don’t take care of our garden (body), it will be overrun by weeds (virus). A healthy garden has few or no weeds and a healthy body can fight against the virus.

Yes they absolutely want you to get the vaccine and every other drug out there because they can see billions of dollars racking up. Do you need the vaccine?

I really don’t know, that’s up to you and your doctor. Will I get the vaccine? Absolutely not!!!! I would rather try to do my best to keep the weeds (virus) out of my garden (body). Drugs do not make us healthy.  Most drugs will make us unhealthier and, therefore, require more drugs.  Prevention for all disease is a healthy body. Disease is not lurking in the dark and strikes some poor unfortunate person.  It’s not based on the roll of the dice. We first set the internal environment of our bodies that allows the weeds (disease) to spread. The healthier we are the more we can withstand the onslaught of viruses and other forms of disease. The diet today recommended by the AMA, AHA, and USDA, that really is our fuel for good health, has been transformed into very unhealthy choices. Our current diet is totally wrong. The emphasis should be on saturated fats (butter, cream, lard, eggs, and meat) not polyunsaturated fats such as vegetable oils.  The best choices are olive oil, coconut oil, sesame seed oil, animal proteins and their fats, non-starchy vegetables, berries nuts and seeds.  Use alcohol in moderation but no juice or soft drinks. Consume very little carbohydrates, less than 50-60 grams a day.

It really is true that food is our medicine. Good, healthy food choices means good health.  Bad food choices may lead to bad health.

We follow the recommended manufacturers tips when to service our car and the proper gas to use to maintain better performance. We know the cost and damage of not taking care of our car.

We have been so brain washed to believe that all our illnesses that occur in our bodies are out of our control and only a doctor and their prescription drugs are the answer. This is hogwash!!!!!!!   We are responsible for our health to the best of our ability.  Yes, there will always be conditions outside of our control. But not every virus, bacteria or inflammatory condition (80-90% of all our diseases are due to inflammation) is due to a deficiency of a drug. The right food is our medicine. SAD the “Standard American Diet” is our downfall. The American diet is an inflammatory diet. We are a nation of inflammation.

I wonder how much money Terry Bradshaw is paid for his time to produce the shingles ad.  He is not doing it based on his concerns for you.

While drugs and doctors can save lives, we can live a much better quality of life if and when we take control of our health and focus on eating healthy foods and not just live to eat. The American diet is killing Americans just as fast as bullets are.

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Chickenpox and Shingles Vaccines

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Chicken pox and shingles are both viral infections caused by varicella zoster. About 30% of people will experience a shingles outbreak during their lifetime; risk increases with age. Since 1995, the vast majority of children in the United States have received a chicken pox vaccine – the vaccination rate is at least 90%. Did you know? A child living in the United Kingdom does NOT get a chicken pox vaccine except in very special circumstances. Why do Americans vaccinate for chicken pox but the UK does not? In the UKthey believe…

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Is there a difference in curcumin and turmeric?

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Dear Terry, “I am so confused – are curcumin and turmeric the same thing?” — Donna F., Melbourne, FL

Dear Donna, Yes, there is a difference.

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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My systolic blood pressure has been creeping up over the past several years.

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Dear Terry, “My systolic blood pressure has been creeping up over the past several years. It ranges from 130-157. My diastolic number is in the normal range. Is there a supplement that will help me bring the systolic number down?” — Phyllis P., Plymouth, MN

Dear Phyllis, 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.

Olive leaf and hibiscus extracts can help safely lower 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 extracts, look for ones that are 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 these extracts twice daily.

You may also want to consider taking grape seed extract. Grape seed extract helps to reduce high blood pressure and protects the blood vessel walls from damaging free radical activity. I would recommend taking 150 mg of grape seed extract twice daily. When looking for a grape seed extract, it is important to choose one that is standardized to contain only OPCs that are small enough to be absorbed, so you’ll get the maximum benefits. Many extracts contain tannins, which are too large to be effectively absorbed and don’t contribute to your health the same way that OPCs do. However, these tannins are counted as OPCs and enhance the label claim, even though they cannot be absorbed! Tannin-free is best.

Weight loss via exercise and healthy diet, relaxation techniques, and getting a good night’s sleep can all help to lower your blood pressure also.

But, be patient – you need to follow this regimen for a minimum of three months before evaluating the benefits.

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.

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Complete Sea Buckthorn for Omega-7 and More

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

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

A complete sea buckthorn extract:

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

Omega-7 – The Amazing Essential Fatty Acid

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

Omega-7 from Sea Buckthorn Berry

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

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

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

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

Protects the Heart and Cardiovascular System

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

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

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

Scientific studies using the a combination of supercritical CO2-extracted sea buckthorn berry and seed oil I recommend (known as SBA24®) have shown potential to improve microcirculation. That’s not only due to the omega-7 and other omega fatty acids, but also because of the amazing variety of nutrients found in the complete berry and seed extract, including vitamin E, vitamin C, and many others.

Makes Skin Look Younger

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

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

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

Heals and Soothes Stomach and Intestinal Tract

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

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

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

Stops Sjögren’s Syndrome

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

About 90% of patients with Sjögren’s syndrome are female. The vaginal dryness associated with the condition causes pain during intercourse, as well as recurrent vaginal infections. In a placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study, patients with Sjögren’s Syndrome used either sea buckthorn oil (SBA24®) or a placebo for three months. Those in the sea buckthorn group showed greater improvement in vaginal mucosa and overall symptom relief, including burning, itching, pain, secretion, and dryness – including dry eyes and mouth.

Stops Inflammation

Sea buckthorn oil from the berry and seed has traditionally been used topically on the skin for burns, scalds, wounds, and dermatitis. A clinically studied berry and seed oil extract has been shown to improve the symptoms of atopic dermatitis and reduce inflammation when it was applied to the skin. Taken internally, it also showed some analgesic (pain-relieving) effects.

Relieves Dry Eyes

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

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

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

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

Finding tThe Best Sea Buckthorn

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

 

Based on scientific studies, to get optimal benefits, make sure you are taking 500-2,000 mg of Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.) Oil that has been extracted using supercritical CO2 extraction technology and contains both berry and seed oils.

 

 

 

 

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I am in my mid-forties and was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

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Dear Terry, “I am in my mid-forties and was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I currently suffer from slowness, pain and muscle rigidity. Are there any supplements that might be beneficial?” — MJ, Syracuse, NY

Dear MJ, 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 better absorbed than standard curcumin.

You should also consider supplementing with glutathione – virtually every person dealing with a chronic disease is depleted in glutathione. Glutathione is so crucial that your body makes its own, creating it from the amino acids glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid. Glutathione is required for cellular defense, detoxification, and fighting the DNA-damaging risks of oxidative stress. Ideally, our cells would be full of active glutathione. But that’s not always the case. Just when we need it the most, glutathione levels can drop. This is due to age, health challenges, environmental factors, genetics, or a combination of factors. Therefore, I recommend taking 150 mg of the reduced, active form of L-glutathione three times daily in order to support optimal glutathione levels.

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

Lastly, you may also want to consider adding CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) to your daily regimen. CoQ10 is needed by virtually every cell in the body because it is a crucial element for cellular energy production in the mitochondria – the cellular “engine.” I would recommend taking 1,200 mg daily. Make sure to choose a formula that features a non-oxidized ubiquinol form.

In addition to the natural ingredients mentioned above, 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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What do you suggest for systemic candida?

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Dear Terry, “What do you suggest for systemic candida?” — Ira D., Coral Springs, FL

Dear Ira, Candida albicans is a naturally occurring type of yeast that lives in your body. It generally doesn’t cause trouble unless it starts to grow and spread out of control. While your body has systems in place to keep Candida in check, they can get out of balance, thus allowing a window of opportunity for Candida to spread like wildfire.

Diet is an extremely important factor when it comes to candida. So, the best recommendation I can give anyone with candida is to start a very low carbohydrate diet – remove sugar and all grains from your diet. For more information, I recommend reviewing the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/).

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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My daughter is 32 years of age and has 3 children and complains of being tired all the time.

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Dear Terry, “My daughter is 32 years of age and has 3 children and complains of being tired all the time.  She just had a physical and her doctor said everything looked fine. What would you suggest for her to take to boost her energy levels?” — Karen S., Cedar Rapids, IA

Dear Karen, If she has not yet, I highly recommend that your daughter take a good look at her 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. She should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

If she finds she is also having problems with mood, weight gain and cold sensitivity, she may want to visit an integrative healthcare practitioner to have her thyroid function evaluated. Many women have suboptimal thyroid function, especially after the age of 35. If this is the issue, then adding a product that combines healthy doses of iodine with the amino acid L-tyrosine could be extremely beneficial. I’d recommend 30 mg of iodine and 400 mg of L-tyrosine in combination, taken twice daily. This will provide the raw materials necessary for her thyroid glands to make healthy amounts of thyroid hormone.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis

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Dear Terry, “I was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2010. I have been on steroids for 2 ½ years, but had to stop because I could not deal with the harsh side effects. Do you have any recommendations for me? Much thanks in advance.” — Angela W., Midland, TX

Dear Angela, Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition in which lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff tissue makes it more difficult for the lungs to work properly. I encourage you to continue to work with your health care practitioner to determine the best treatment plan. I can make some recommendations, but that never replaces a doctor’s care and oversight. That said, I do have some safe and effective nutrients I believe can help.

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

You may also want to consider extracts of thyme and climbing ivy. These two botanicals function as expectorants (helps cough out phlegm) and mucolytics (breaks up congestion). When used together they make a very excellent combination, helping to keep the lungs clear. Both herbs have been extensively researched in Germany and other European countries. I suggest taking a total of 250-500 mg of these two ingredients several times a day. These same ingredients are also available in a liquid form that is a perfect option for children or anyone who prefers it to taking tablets.

In addition to the nutrient recommendations, I would also recommend adopting the ketogenic diet.  This diet focuses on very low intake of carbohydrates, moderate intake of protein, along with high intake of good, healthy fats. You can learn more about this diet at www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com, along with the following nutritional supplements.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Become a Believer in Tart Cherry for Gout

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TERRY’S BOTTOM LINE:

With gout on the rise, many people are looking for ways to relieve the pain and inflammation the disease brings about. While conventional approaches can’t seem to address the problem effectively, tart cherries can.

This amazing fruit will:

  • Relieve the symptoms of gout
  • Stop pain, swelling, and inflammation
  • Reduce the number of gout attacks
  • Normalize uric acid levels
  • Prevent oxidative damage

It usually starts something like this: It’s the middle of the night, and you’re woken from a sound sleep by a throbbing pain in your big toe. You feel like someone has your toe in a vice grip. It’s red and swollen and even feels warm to the touch. The pain is intense for a day or two and then slowly subsides after a week or more. You’ve got gout.

Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood. The uric acid crystallizes in the joint— often the big toe—and causes severe pain and inflammation. These are not mild aches and discomfort. Many who suffer from gout tell me that the pain is excruciating, making it hard to walk or even dress themselves. Some have resorted to sleeping with a box around their foot because they can’t stand to have even a bed sheet touch their toe.

Uric acid is a chemical your body creates when it breaks down purines, a substance found naturally in the body and concentrated in some foods, like red meat, beans, and alcohol. When your body can’t rid itself of uric acid, it builds up and forms sharp crystal deposits. These deposits often accumulate in joints, including the joint of the big toe, ankles, heels, wrists, and fingers. That’s gout.

Gout is on the Rise

They call it “The Rich Man’s Disease” because, historically, only wealthy people could afford to eat the rich foods associated with gout attacks. But today, we are blessed—and cursed—with an overabundance of dietary choices that contribute to the increasing number of people who suffer from gout.

 

Sadly, once you’ve had one gout attack, it’s likely you’ll have more, and people with chronic gout may have attacks, sometimes called flares, as often as every month. There is no cure for gout, and standard medical treatment, like heavy-duty NSAIDs (such as Celebrex), corticosteroids, or uric acid-lowering drugs, can cause significant side effects. There has to be a better way to combat gout. And, of course, there is. It’s cherries.

Cherries: They’re Not Just for Pie Anymore

Every summer people in my home state of Wisconsin flock to Door County, where the local cherry crop means roadside stands selling all things cherry—even cherry beer and wine. Many people make it a tradition to go to a “pick-your-own” orchard. What many people don’t know is that this little red fruit is an antioxidant powerhouse that researchers are investigating for their ability to prevent or treat injuries and diseases.

Cherries contain anthocyanins—flavonoids that give cherries their deep red color. Studies show that anthocyanins reduce DNA-damaging inflammatory markers and oxidative stress and promote the production of healthy cells. Scientific studies of tart cherry suggest that it may be beneficial for a wide variety of health concerns, including relieving gout symptoms, improving muscle recovery following exercise, improving sleep quality, stopping chronic inflammation, and reducing the risks of type 2 diabetes—just to name a few.

In all these studies, side effects were minimal or non-existent. This makes cherries a great alternative to pharmaceutical treatments with pages of serious warnings attached to them.

The Science of Tart Cherries

We’ve known about using cherries to treat gout for a long time. Finally, the science is starting to catch up, and recent studies indicate that tart cherry is highly effective as a treatment for gout.

The first clinical study I found on tart cherries that mentioned uric acid was a 2009 study that examined   cherry juice in marathon runners. In this study, runners were given cherry juice or placebo daily for five days before a marathon, the day of, and 48 hours after the marathon. The researchers measured muscle damage, inflammatory markers (including uric acid levels), and oxidative stress before and after the race. They reported faster strength recovery, and reduced inflammatory markers in the cherry group. Of particular note to those who suffer from gout, uric acid levels stayed virtually the same in the cherry group but increased post-race in the placebo group.

A 2012 article published in Arthritis summarized three studies that investigated the use of tart cherries as a gout treatment. The in vitro study found tart cherry juice concentrate was able to inhibit inflammatory markers in cells, demonstrating tart cherry’s potent anti-inflammatory effects. The   researchers theorized that it may be these anti-inflammatory effects that make tart cherry work so well for gout.

 

Another article also presented the findings of a retrospective study of 24 patients that took cherry juice concentrate for at least four months. In this study, the researchers compared those taking a uric acid lowering medication from those who didn’t. The 11 people in the study who didn’t use the prescription drug were not randomized—they were people who had contraindications, intolerance to the drug, or were not getting any results from the drug treatment. The cherry juice concentrate reduced gout flares in both groups from nearly seven per year to about two per year. Fifty percent of all patients were flare-free at four to six months. It is especially important to note that the people who did not benefit from the uric acid reducing drug still benefited greatly from the use of cherry juice.

A 2014 clinical study examined the effects of tart cherry juice on plasma levels of uric acid and inflammatory markers in healthy volunteers. The researchers found that those who drank 30 or 60 ml of cherry juice for two days had reduced levels of uric acid and C-reactive protein, an inflammatory marker, in their blood, regardless of the tart cherry dose. Uric acid output in urine samples was increased, suggesting that tart cherry helps the body process excess uric acid. This is very important in gout because excessive uric acid buildup triggers the excruciating pain and deformities.

Juice vs. Supplement

You may have noticed that a lot of the research on cherries involves cherry juice or cherry juice concentrate. So why shouldn’t you just drink juice? The problem is sugar. Tart cherries are quite sour, and tart cherry juice contains a lot of added sugar to make it palatable. In fact, a cherry juice concentrate used in one of the clinical studies includes 80 calories and 15 grams of sugar in a one-ounce serving. That’s a lot of sugar in two tablespoons of concentrate.

We know that dietary sugar causes inflammation, which is already a problem with gout, so why would you want to add to your sugar load? That’s why I recommend adding tart cherry to your regimen in the form of a supplement. Taking a capsule or two is so much more convenient, and a quality capsule will not have added sugar.

Why Freeze-Drying is Best

Drying is an ancient process used to preserve food. Unfortunately, the nutritional content in foods can be drastically altered or reduced when dried conventionally. This is why freeze-dried cherry fruit is superior. The absence of water combined with the low process temperature stops cellular deterioration, enzymatic activity, and microbiological reactions.

Freeze-drying retains the ideal phytochemical content, enzymatic activity, nutritional value, and bioactivity of fresh cherries. Unfortunately, freeze-drying is expensive, but this is definitely an example of getting what you pay for. That’s why I recommend supplements that use freeze-dried cherries instead of cherries that have been dried by conventional hot air-drying, spray-drying, or sun-drying.

A Dramatic Difference

Tart cherry is the natural choice to stop the pain and inflammation of gout and reduce the number of gout attacks. It also keeps your joints flexible, your blood sugar levels stable, and your arteries healthy. I strongly encourage you to make changes to your daily food choices, drink 8 glasses of water a day, and add a quality freeze-dried tart cherry supplement to your daily regimen. You’ll notice a dramatic difference!

 

To help stop the pain and inflammation of gout and reduce the number of gout attacks, I recommend taking 750-1,500 mg of tart cherry (Prunus cerasus) twice daily.

 

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Fluorine and silica are minerals to maintain healthy bones and teeth.

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There is a belief that sodium fluoride can replace fluorine to protect our teeth and prevent cavities.  While fluorine is a natural mineral, sodium fluoride is a synthetic, cancer-causing chemical that has been added to city municipal water, toothpaste and a medicine prescribed by the dentist.  You may have pretty teeth but is it worth it with an increased risk of cancer?

 

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Beer and Wine

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Did you know? Researchers followed over 19,000 women for 13 years. Everyone gained weight over that time. However, the women who drank NO alcohol gained the MOST weight! The women who drank the equivalent of a glass or two of wine a day gained the least amount of weight. Why?

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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 naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) from salmon.  These naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids are 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 only need to only give your dog or cat one daily dose. While your pet may not mind oils added to their food, the phospholipid form 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.
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 improvement in overall feline health and no adverse effects. 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 curcumin extract that is re-blended with the essential oil of turmeric for enhanced absorption.

For prevention and health maintenance in dogs, go with a curcumin extract that yields a minimum of 250 mg of pure curcuminoids) per day. This is also a good dose for small dogs undergoing cancer treatment. However, in large dogs with cancer, using a curcumin extract that yields a minimum of 500 mg of 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.

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 is standardized for acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid (AKBA) content.

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.

 

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.

To help your pet stay healthy and active, I recommend you supplement their diet with phospholipid bound omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, as well as 375 mg of absorbable curcumin daily.
For arthritis pain in dogs, give a combination of DLPA, boswellia, curcumin, and nattokinase daily.

 

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My doctor said I should take a low dose of a cholesterol-lowering prescription medication.

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Dear Terry, “At my last physical, my doctor said I should take a low dose of a cholesterol-lowering prescription medication. I asked why and he thought it may prevent a heart problem even though my results were all within so-called normal. I tried the prescription medication for two weeks and my legs muscles were sore so I stopped taking the product. I don’t want to go back on the prescription medication – are there any more “natural” options?” —​ Ron B., Huntsville, AL

Dear Ron, After doing very extensive research on cholesterol and its effects on the human body, I believe the build-up of cholesterol 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 two nutrients to your daily regimen to help balance your cholesterol levels – Indian Gooseberry (also called Amla) 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.

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, as this is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – in the natural sn-2 position, not the sn-1 position into which they are twisted when extracted in fish oil. This means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need a small amount compared to the handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils.

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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I had major back surgery years ago to repair my spine.

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Dear Terry, “I had major back surgery years ago to repair my spine – I have titanium rods, pins, and screws plus a bone graft holding all in place. For the most part I have remained tolerant of the always present pain. However, as I age, I find the pain is worsening. Are there any natural alternatives out there for pain management?” — Anna H., Fresno, CA

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Do you have any advice for treating psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis?

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Dear Terry, “Do you have any advice for treating psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis?” — Debra K., Fayetteville, NC

Dear Debra, Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are mainly thought to be autoimmune conditions. Psoriasis causes patches or plaques of scaly and inflamed skin, while psoriatic arthritis causes joint swelling and pain. Though they are often related, not everyone who has psoriasis develops psoriatic arthritis.

I encourage individuals with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis to continue to work with their health care practitioner to determine the best treatment plan. I can make some recommendations, but that never replaces a practitioner’s care and oversight. That said, I do have some safe and effective nutrients I believe can help.

When it comes to psoriasis, diet is an extremely important factor. So, the best recommendation I can give anyone with psoriasis 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, 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. 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 believe individuals suffering from psoriasis would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to their 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. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.

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

Finally, I would also recommend adding Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil. 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. 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.

Please be patient –follow the above suggestions for at least 90 days before judging the results.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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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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Almost 70 percent of older women…

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About 43 percent of the US population (including almost 70 percent of older women) use dietary supplements containing calcium; but Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, warns that, without balancing their calcium with magnesium, they may be at risk of heart attacks and strokes

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Measles and Shingles are caused by a virus.

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The immune system in a healthy person is always on alert to attack the virus and protect the body against its attack. Why are some people spared the virus from contracting the virus and others not? I believe it’s the healthiness of the body’s immune system of the person who may be in contact with a person carrying the virus that determines whether or not they will come down with the disease (Measles or Shingles, cold and flu). Are the people braking out with Measles or Shingles already unhealthy?  Yes, I believe so. What about the 3 year old child coming down with the Measles? Does anyone care what the child is eating to maintain good health and therefore the healthiness of his or her immune system?

No, the answer is a vaccine, more drugs not a better and healthier diet for the child. Is that 3 year old living on cold cereal, white bread toast with jam for breakfast, cheese and mac for lunch and more sugar and carbs for dinner. A healthy diet should include meat of any kind but not processed, whole milk not skimmed or low fat, raw cheese and all full fat dairy products including butter and cream, whole fruits not juice and vegetables (no potatoes),berries and nuts. However the diet is never questioned. Just let our young kids eat whatever they cry for and then vaccinate them. Who wins? The drug and processed food manufactures will win and the American public will lose. Our health can only be insured for good or destroyed by the food we eat. It is so simple it is not thought possible to be diet related and our health determined by what we eat. All great truths are ignored at first because they are too simple. Doctors of the past could not believe washing their hands between surgery would stop spreading infection. Every metabolic disease can be traced back to a deficiency in the American diet.

Believe me the drug companies want to keep you in the dark. You have the freedom to choose between doing your best to keep your yourself and your family healthy with the right food choices or do you choose to vaccinate them. DRUGS ARE NOT THE ANSWER!!

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Is there anything he could take to help further support his heart health?

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Dear Terry, “My husband recently had an echocardiogram during his annual routine physical.  He was surprised to learn that he had a moderate narrowing of the aortic valve.  His doctor does not want to do anything at this point. Is there anything he could take to help further support his heart health?” —  Ruth T., Cincinnati, OH

Dear Ruth, I do have a few options that your husband may find helpful. However, I strongly encourage him to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with his physician, as they may have additional input.

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

In addition to the mesoglycan, he may also want to consider taking grape seed extract. Grape seed extract helps to reduce high blood pressure, protect the blood vessel walls from damaging free radical activity, and prevent the dangerous oxidation of LDL cholesterol. I would recommend taking 150-300 mg of grape seed extract three times daily.

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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What do you suggest I take for dry eyes?

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Dear Terry, “What do you suggest I take for dry eyes?” — Mary Z., Woodbridge, NJ

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

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.

Consideration may also be given to curcumin and omega-3 fatty acids to further support your vision, as well as your overall health.

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.

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.

I recommend mesoglycan 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!

I recommend taking 50-100 mg of mesoglycan daily to help the body strengthen weakened veins, reduce abnormal blood clotting, and promote blood flow

 

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My eyelids seem to flutter frequently throughout the day.

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Dear Terry, “My eyelids seem to flutter frequently throughout the day. What is the cause and is there something that will help?” — Denise C., South Bend, IN

Dear Denise, Eyelid twitching/spasms are pretty common. Most eye twitches come and go, although they can last for weeks or even months. These twitches can be triggered by multiple factors: stress, fatigue, caffeine intake, eye strain, stress, etc. However, if they continue for an extended period of time, you can consult with your healthcare practitioner.

You may want to consider adding vitamin B6 to your daily regimen. When looking for a vitamin B6 formula, I strongly recommend choosing one that features vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phospate (P-5-P) in combination with magnesium glycinate. P-5-P is the biologically active form of vitamin B6. Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function.

By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. In addition to optimizing vitamin B6 metabolism, the magnesium in the glycinate form delivers a good dose of magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. I recommend 60 mg of vitamin B6 (as P-5-P) and 200 mg of magnesium (as magnesium glycinate) twice daily. You can go up as high as 360 mg of B6 and 600 mg of magnesium daily, if needed.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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A high level of calcium with too little magnesium…

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A high level of calcium with too little magnesium in the body can cause some forms of arthritis, kidney stones, gall stones, osteoporosis, bone spurs and calcification of the arteries, leading to heart attack and cardiovascular disease.

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Adulterated? Supplements

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In case you missed it…The New York Attorney General claims that products from Walgreens, Walmart, Target and GNC do not contain the ingredients listed on their label (supposed to be St John’s wort, echinacea, ginseng, and other herbal extracts), and in fact contained undisclosed ingredients such as rice powder and houseplants. All the major industry groups have issued press releases and critical comments, which have NOT been repeated by the mainstream media.

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Milk, Testosterone, Pancreatin, Garlic and Curcumin

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Milk: Milk rehydrates better than Powerade.
Testosterone: How to Naturally Increase Testosterone
Pancreatin: What is pancreatin useful for?
Garlic: 17 studies on garlic and its effects on blood pressure
Curcumin: Researchers looked at the effects of curcumin for PTSD

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Is there anything she can do to shrink the nodules and possibly keep her from losing her thyroid?

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Dear Terry, “My 29 year old daughter has several nodules on her thyroid and recently had a biopsy. While they are not cancerous, the doctor recommended having her thyroid removed. She is not sure she wants to do this. Is there anything she can do to shrink the nodules and possibly keep her from losing her thyroid?” — Lana W., Odessa, TX

Dear Lana, I understand your daughter’s concern – the thought of having to take hormone replacement for the rest of her life can be scary.

When it comes to the thyroid, diet is extremely important. Your daughter would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in her 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 her 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. She should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

In addition to modifying her diet, there are some natural ingredients that your daughter may want to consider. Keep in mind that while I do have some recommendations, I encourage her to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with her physician as they may have additional input.

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Cholesterol and Heart Disease: A Phony Issue

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Nutritionist and researcher Mary Enig, PhD, was a health pioneer and a bit of a rebel. Back in the 70s and 80s, she spoke out against low fat diets and the link between cholesterol and heart disease despite heavy criticism and name-calling. One of the first to call out the dangers of trans fats, Dr. Enig was an expert in lipid chemistry and how fats contribute to health and disease. Today, more and more research is showing that Dr. Enig was right. Dr. Enig died this past year. During Heart Month, we honor her by reposting this article Dr. Enig originally wrote for the Weston A. Price Foundation, where she served as Board Member Emeritus.

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By Mary Enig, PhD

“The Soft Science of Dietary Fats,” by Gary Taubes, in the March 30, 2001 issue of Science,1 exposes the shenanigans of the 1970s McGovern Senate Committee staff and the follow-on by various government agencies that gave us the anti-fat, anti-cholesterol dietary goals and guidelines. This exposé adds to the material in “The Oiling of America”2 by Enig and Fallon and The Cholesterol Myths3 by Ravnskov. Taken together, these works provide substantial food for thought.

Blood cholesterol levels between 200 and 240 mg/dl are normal. These levels have always been normal. In older women, serum cholesterol levels greatly above these numbers are also quite normal, and in fact they have been shown to be associated with longevity. Since 1984, however, in the United States and other parts of the western world, these normal numbers have been treated as if they were an indication of a disease in progress or a potential for disease in the future.

As a result of some of this misinformation, which was purposefully planted by the leadership of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in 1984, many hundreds of thousands of people are treated with expensive medications to prevent the development of a non-existent illness. If the medications were only expensive and not life threatening, their use could no doubt be shrugged off as a harmless snake oil pharmaceutical scam; but, in fact, these are thoroughly dangerous medications for both physical and emotional reasons—for physical reasons because their use can lead to serious untreatable diseases such as liver cancer, and for emotional reasons because their use perpetuates the myth that cholesterol is dangerous and evil.

In his book The Cholesterol Myths, Dr. Uffe Ravnskov tells us what happens to an older woman who has normal high serum cholesterol levels. When her blood is tested in a forced cholesterol checkup, the cholesterol myth is used to justify treatment of her nonexistent disease state and she loses her vibrant state of good health.

The official advice to lower serum cholesterol levels has brought about numerous supplements with the attached claim that consuming them will lower cholesterol. This further supports the myth of cholesterol as an undesirable component of body and diet. In fact, the body uses cholesterol to repair and to protect. When improvement to the health of the body brought about by good changes in lifestyle or diet results in a lowering of serum cholesterol, it can be counted as an example of the body no longer needing the extra circulating cholesterol. The repair has been accomplished.

A month after the exposé in Science, the NHLBI responded by lowering its recommended “at risk” cholesterol level and increasing the number of people it wants to put on cholesterol lowering drugs. But there may be hope that the truth will win. Independent thoughtful researchers have continued to point out that there is a real need for correcting the wrong advice given to the public regarding the consumption of dietary fats. New research continues to show that the saturated fats are not a problem, that the trans fatty acids found in partially hydrogenated vegetable fats and oils really are a problem, and that the lack of appropriate balance in the diet of the polyunsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is also a problem. Even the mono-unsaturates have been taken to task by some of the recent research. And lowfat diets are being shown to be counterproductive.

The lesson to be learned from all of this is that the old-fashioned, more saturated fats form the healthy basis of a good quality diet. And a good quality diet can help to produce a state of vibrant good health. Meanwhile, there is no need to worry about your cholesterol levels. This is a phony issue.

References

  1. Gary Taubes, “The Soft Science of Dietary Fat,” Science, March 30, 2001.
  2. Mary Enig, PhD and Sally Fallon, “The Oiling of America.”
  3. Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD, The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the Fallacy that Cholesterol and Saturated Fat Cause Heart Disease, NewTrends Publishing, Washington, DC, 2000. More info online at:www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol.htm.

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Originally published in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Summer 2001. Available at http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/cholesterol-and-heart-disease-a-phony-issue/

 

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I was recently diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Dear Terry, “I was recently diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). My neurologist has opted not to put me on any medications as I have only had one exacerbation so far. Are there any supplements that might be beneficial?” — Anita B., Jackson, MS

Dear Anita, I think diet is an extremely powerful tool when it comes to health, so the best recommendation I can give anyone with MS is to adopt and follow the ketogenic diet as closely as they possibly can. To learn more of the benefits of this diet go to www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com.  Dr. Perlmutter is also a neurologist and treats holistically.

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

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. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than plain curcumin.

Glutathione is one of the most important compounds in your body. It is so crucial that your body makes its own, creating it from the amino acids glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid. It is required for cellular defense, detoxification, and fighting the DNA-damaging risks of oxidative stress. Ideally, our cells would be full of active glutathione. But that’s not always the case. Just when we need it the most, glutathione levels can drop. This is due to age, health challenges, environmental factors, genetics, or a combination of factors. Therefore, I recommend taking 150 mg of the reduced, active form of L-glutathione twice daily in order to support optimal glutathione levels.

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 IUs of Vitamin D3 daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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What can I take to get my liver back on track?

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Dear Terry, “I have been told I have a sluggish liver. What can I take to get my liver back on track?” — Shirley C., Fremont, CA

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

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

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

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

I recommend that you start by taking up to 390 mg of the sesamin and milk thistle twice daily. You can then reduce as desired.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Thomas Edison said, “The doctor of the future …

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Thomas Edison said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

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I have had trigeminal neuralgia for the past 6 years.

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

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

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

I believe you would also benefit greatly by taking a combination of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, zinc, and boswellia. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of the pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing. I recommend taking these ingredients three times daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

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

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

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

Propolis – Defends the City, Stops Invaders

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

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

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

Propolis Provides Powerful Nutrients

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

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

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

Strong Antibacterial Power to Fight “Superbugs”

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

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

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

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

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

Antiviral             

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

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

Anti-inflammatory, Anti-tumor

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

What to Look for in Propolis:

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

In addition to the changes in diet, I recommend taking calcium and magnesium, along with bioavailable B6, betaine HCl, vitamin C, and ammonium chloride. These ingredients help keep calcium more fluid to make sure it doesn’t form clumps that later become bone spurs. In short, they help ensure that calcium is where it should be, dissolves it where it shouldn’t be, and prevents it from building up there again. I recommend taking this combination with each meal, as well as at bedtime.

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Why We Must be Wary of Statins

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Statin Drugs and Diabetes:
The Case For Exercising Caution.

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

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

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Digestive System Cancers

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

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

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

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Natural Treatment for Cold and Flu

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

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Iodine for Thyroid, Cancer Prevention and More!

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

If you feel tired all the time, have gained weight, can’t tolerate cold, have dry skin, and worry about breast, prostate, or thyroid cancer, there is a natural solution that can make a world of difference: iodine.

Iodine is an amazing mineral. Traditionally, it healed wounds, destroyed bacteria and viruses, and prevented cancer. It is critical for your thyroid, weight, and energy. The problem is, we don’t get enough in our diets alone. You need a strong daily supplement that helps:

  • Prevent breast, prostate, ovarian, and thyroid cancer
  • Keep your weight low and your metabolism high
  • Stop migraine headaches
  • Boost energy and libido
  • Stop “brain fog” and improve focus
  • Improve dry, brittle hair and cracked skin
  • Stop food cravings

Did you know there’s one simple mineral that we need every day that most of us never get? There was a time when it was considered a “cure all”, but we’ve forgotten all about it in favor of prescription drugs, and as a result, rates of cancer are skyrocketing, obesity is epidemic, and our energy levels have plunged.

That mineral is iodine, and it is the subject of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Iodine is one of nature’s most amazing minerals. Unfortunately for our health, it is one that has been largely forgotten. But it wasn’t always that way.

Before the widespread use of synthetic drugs, iodine was recommended for everything: healing wounds and disease, destroying bacteria and viruses, and possibly even preventing cancer.

But new pharmaceuticals brushed iodine aside, and we see the result – high rates of cancer, thyroid dysfunction, and a build-up of toxins in our bodies – many of them from the foods we eat and water we drink.

Where Did Iodine Go?

Iodine as a medicine was once very common, but dietary iodine intake in many parts of the country was historically quite low. It wasn’t until after the First World War that medical professionals advocated for iodine enrichment in the diet.

Because most of us think we get enough iodine from table salt, it’s easy to forget that iodine was added to salt to reduce incidence of goiter (enlarged thyroid gland) back in the 1920s. And that worked, for a while.

But in the 1940s, a single paper written by two researchers completely changed the way we use iodine. This poorly documented paper gave the impression that iodine use was not only archaic and unnecessary, but could even be dangerous, citing hyperthyroidism as a side effect. Almost overnight, the use of iodine in medicine was stopped and in its place we have a fear of one of the most important and critical nutrients in our diet. Iodine costs just pennies a day. With the advent of modern drugs in the 1940s and 1950s, could the profits realized by the drug companies have a bearing on discrediting the use of iodine for hypothyroidism?

Compounding the issue is the fact that people have cut back on table salt at home, and the nature of processed foods. Most food manufacturers don’t use iodized salt, and their products – especially frozen pizzas, appetizers, and processed meats – are laden with unhealthy types of sodium instead.

That’s because chlorine, fluoride, and bromide – which lower iodine levels in the body by blocking iodine receptors – are increasingly consumed from foods or through environmental exposure.

Chlorine is now used to purify water instead of iodine. Fluoride is almost universally found in toothpaste and drinking water. And bromide replaced iodine in commercial baked goods over 30 years ago. Unfortunately, these minerals aren’t just toxic for your thyroid – they’re dangerous for your health overall. Fluoride is a problem because it blocks the ability of the thyroid gland to concentrate iodine and bromide can cause depression, headaches, and even hallucinations.

Additionally, consuming soy and gluten blocks thyroid function and inhibits the uptake of iodine. You find these ingredients not only in obvious sources like soy milk and wheat breads, but also as hidden ingredients in many processed foods. They are another reason why we are so deficient in iodine.

Iodine is Making a Comeback – And We Need It!

Fortunately, not everyone has forgotten what this amazing mineral can do. Integrative medical practitioners and other holistic-thinking individuals are bringing iodine back. And science is recognizing iodine’s great value, too. Researchers suggest that boosting iodine consumption could improve thyroid health, lower incidence of breast and prostate cancer and fibrocystic disease of the breast, and promote overall well-being.

Of course, our minimum daily requirement is still set far too low – only 150 micrograms (mcg) per day. This is enough to prevent goiter, but not enough for truly beneficial health effects. And there’s nothing scary about getting more iodine in your system. After all, people in Japan consume more than 12 mg – 12,000 mcg – of iodine per day. That’s 50 times more than the average American, and it hasn’t hurt a bit.

In fact, life expectancy in Japan is just over 83 years old, while in the United States it is about 78 years. The infant mortality in Japan is half of that of the United States, too. And, America faces almost three times the number of deaths from breast cancer than Japan.

Studies have noted a connection between thyroid abnormalities and breast cancer, and iodine intake may be a factor. Today, one in eight American women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. Compare that to thirty years ago, when iodine consumption was much higher, and one in 20 women developed breast cancer. Women in Japan who consume high amounts of dietary iodine have much lower rates of breast cancer and thyroid problems. However, when women emigrate from Japan to the United States and begin eating a Western diet, with its fractional amount of iodine, their breast cancer and thyroid disease rates increase dramatically.

Iodine Helps Stop Cancer

Iodine’s anti-cancer functions are one of its most important benefits. Scientific tests using estrogen-sensitive breast cancer cells exposed to iodine have shown that they are less likely to grow and spread. Fibrocystic breast disease, which creates swelling, tenderness, and discomfort, is also a common concern. In other clinical research, approximately 70% of patients experienced relief of pain and reduction in abnormal tissue with iodine supplementation. In patients with mastalgia – breast pain – at least 50% of the women had significant reductions in breast pain after taking 6 mg of iodine each day.

In another study, 98% of women receiving iodine treatment were pain-free by the study’s end, and 72% had improvements in breast tissue.

Why Iodine Can Help Prevent Breast and Prostate Cancer

Iodine works so well for breast health because it makes breast cells less sensitive to estrogen, and detoxifies toxic halogens – bromide, fluoride, and chloride. It’s important that you help your body flush out these harmful elements: one study found that breast cancer patients had double the bromide levels compared to non-cancer patients.

For the same reasons, iodine helps prevent the hormonal imbalances that leave some men more prone to prostate cancer. After all, women and men are equally subject to the estrogen-like chemicals so prevalent in modern packaging, home and office furnishings, and foods.

Different Forms of Iodine for Different Reasons

Supplemental iodine is available in different forms, each of which affects specific tissues in the body. Potassium and sodium iodide are best absorbed by the thyroid. Breast tissue uses iodine most efficiently in the form of molecular iodine.

Because of this, you need a supplement that includes more than one form of the mineral. The best formula provides three forms of iodine, sodium iodide, potassium iodide, and molecular iodide – at levels that can actually make a noticeably positive difference.

Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is an author and iodine expert who has treated thousands of patients in his clinic. He states, “As I started to use larger amounts of iodine (12.5-50 mg/day) to achieve whole body sufficiency, I began to see positive results in my patients. Goiters and nodules of the thyroid shrank, cysts on the ovaries became smaller and began to disappear, patients reported increased energy, and metabolism was increased as evidenced by my patients having new success in losing weight. Libido improved in both men and women. People suffering from brain fog reported a clearing of the fogginess. Patients reported having vivid dreams and sleeping better. Most importantly, those with chronic illnesses that were having a difficult time improving began to notice many of their symptoms resolving.”

Why You Need Iodine for Thyroid Support

Your thyroid is under attack all the time, and it’s going to affect your mood, your immune system, your focus, and definitely, your weight. There are few reasons for thyroid health problems becoming so prominent, but I’m certain that the disappearance of iodine in our diets and common conventional medical practice are two of the major causes.

What the Thyroid Does

This butterfly-shaped gland sits at the base of the throat. One of the chief functions of the thyroid is the production of the hormone, thyroxine (T4), and the conversion of this hormone into triiodothyronine (T3) as needed for metabolism.

However, things can go bad if the body produces too little thyroxine to begin with. Normal metabolic and other chemical processes slow down, and you have hypothyroidism or low thyroid.

Low functioning thyroids are common in both men and women, although from my experience, women are far more apt to have hypothyroidism than men. But diagnosing hypothyroidism isn’t always what it should be. The most serious problem is that many doctors rely completely on a blood test that is grossly inaccurate and overlooks a majority of low thyroid function diagnoses.

Why Most Thyroid Tests Don’t Provide the Full Picture

When doctors test for blood levels of T4, they generally find adequate levels of the hormone, so they naturally rule out hypothyroidism. But focusing on T4 levels only provides half of the picture, and the tests aren’t truly far-reaching. Many of these “good” readings of T4 don’t take into consideration the levels of T4 that need to be converted to T3, the active hormone.

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

The procedure is simple:

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

Normal is between 97.8 and 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

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

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

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

L-Tyrosine – Required for Your Thyroid

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

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

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

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

Thyroid Health Really is That Important!

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

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

Supplementing With Iodine

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

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

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

The ingredients I’d recommend more specifically for thyroid concerns include a combination of up to 30-60 mg of three forms of iodine along with 400-800 mg of L-tyrosine once or twice daily, depending on your situation. It may take 3-6 months to fully restore the thyroid and its metabolic function, so please be patient. After all, you may have inherited this condition.

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

Boost Your Metabolism and Protect Your Health with Iodine

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

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

Do You Need Iodine?

Test Yourself For Iodine Deficiency:

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

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

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

Symptoms:

  • I’m sensitive to cold. My hands and feet are always cold.
  • My face is puffy and my eyelids are swollen in the morning.
  • I put weight on easily.
  • I have dry skin.
  • I have trouble getting up in the morning.
  • I feel more tired at rest than when I’m active.
  • I’m constipated.
  • My joints are stiff in the morning.
  • I feel like I’m living in slow motion.
  • I have foggy brain.
  • The outer 1/3 of my eyebrows is missing.
  • My lips are swollen and protruding, particularly the lower lip.
  • I have ringing in the ears.
  • My hair is coarse and falls out, it is dry, brittle, and grows slowly.
  • My hair is dull and lusterless.
  • I have frequency of urination.
  • I have impaired hearing.
  • I have reduced initiative.
  • My calves are big.
  • My legs and ankles are swollen in the morning.
  • My buttocks and thighs are too well padded, and when I look in the mirror, I’m pear shaped.
  • I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • My heart is weak and I have a weak heartbeat.
  • My stomach sags and is pushed forward by the curvature of my spine.
  • My body temperature is below 97.8

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

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

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

For general iodine supplementation:
6.25-12.5 mg dailyNote: Integrative practitioners often suggest 50 mg per day for 3 months followed by 6.25-12.5 mg daily thereafter for optimal health. However, it’s best to find a practitioner that can help you develop a regimen that’s perfectly tailored for you.
For thyroid concerns:
A combination of up to 30-60 mg of three forms of iodine along with 400-800 mg of L-tyrosine once or twice daily, depending on your situation.

 

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

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

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

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

I believe your son would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to his daily regimen. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin 1-2 times daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than plain curcumin.

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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P-5-P Effects on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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

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It is uncomfortable to breathe & my throat feels raw.

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

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

I think diet is extremely important, so the best recommendation I can give anyone with an upper respiratory condition is to avoid all grains and dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter and eggs) for at least 90 days. You would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

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

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

You may also want to consider extracts of thyme and climbing ivy. These two botanicals function as expectorants (helps cough out phlegm) and mucolytics (breaks up congestion). When used together they make a very excellent combination, helping to keep the lungs clear. Both herbs have been extensively researched in Germany and other European countries for use with colds, cough, bronchitis and even asthma. I suggest taking a total of 250-500 mg of these two ingredients several times a day. These same ingredients are also available in a liquid form that is a perfect option for children or anyone who prefers it to taking tablets.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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

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

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

That said, you may want to consider extracts of thyme and climbing ivy. These two botanicals function as expectorants (helps cough out phlegm) and mucolytics (breaks up congestion). When used together they make a very excellent combination, helping to keep the lungs clear. Both herbs have been extensively researched in Germany and other European countries for use with colds, cough, bronchitis and even asthma. I suggest taking a total of 250 mg of these two ingredients several times a day. These same ingredients are also available in a liquid form that is a perfect option for children or anyone who prefers it to taking tablets.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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IT ALL COMES DOWN TO MONEY NOT SAFETY.

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Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

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

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

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

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

Can dairy farmers consume raw milk from their own farms?

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

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

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

TERRY’S COMMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO MONEY NOT SAFETY.    

 

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St. John’s Wort: Hope for Depression

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

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

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

Depression is a Thief

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

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

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

What Causes Depression

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of the plant’s key compounds is hypericin, and clinical studies have found that St. John’s wort standardized at 0.3% hypericin has shown the most (and most consistent) benefits. Interestingly, hypericin – concentrated in the flowers and buds of the plant — is generally a more stable component of St. John’s wort, (compared to hyperforin) and is easier to measure and standardize.

Over 26 clinical studies have found that St. John’s wort is effective for people with mild, moderate, and even severe depression. In most cases, St. John’s wort was far superior to the placebo. In others, it was at least equal to (if not slightly better than) the prescription medication. And it was certainly tolerated much better.

Impressive Clinical Results for St. John’s Wort

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

There is Hope!

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

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The Best Diet For Weight Loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

If underactive thyroid is indeed the issue, then iodine and L-tyrosine can be extremely beneficial. I’d recommend taking 15-30 mg of iodine plus 200-400 mg of L-tyrosine at breakfast. This will provide the raw materials necessary for your thyroid glands to make healthy amounts of thyroid hormone.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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My husband has been experiencing short term memory loss for some time now.

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

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

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

  • Stays in touch with friends and family – socializing and enjoying good company and conversation.
  • Stays physically active – exercising has huge benefits for your brain.
  • Does word searches and other puzzles. It can be fun, but also serves a purpose. In fact, studies have shown that keeping your brain engaged is crucial.
  • Adopts a brain-healthy diet. For more specific information, review my diet at Terry’s Traditional Diet. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

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

It’s important to note that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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

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

Dear Susan, When it comes to boosting the immune system, I would first turn to concentrated plant oils. These plant oils can be used when your daughter starts to become ill, or they can be used long term as a preventative, especially during cold and flu season, to give her body the extra immune strengthening it needs. I would recommend Ravintsara, Myrtle, Thyme, and Bay Laurel oils to help stop viruses, eliminate bacteria, and shore up the immune system. Make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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From clinical experience, it has been found that …

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

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Autism, ADHD, and ADD

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

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

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

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Resolutions and Goal Setting

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

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

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The Ketogenic Diet: Natural Health Booster

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Terry’s Bottom Line:

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

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

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

A word from Terry

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

The Ketogenic Diet: Natural Health Booster                

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

About Ellen Davis:

Ellen Davis

Ellen Davis 

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

 

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I have gallbladder problems. What do you recommend?

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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

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

Dear Sylvia, When it comes to alleviating joint stiffness, I recommend using highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, vitamin D and boron. These four ingredients work by helping to reduce joint pain and stiffness, as well as rebuild joint structure.

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Could you help me develop a supplement program that would address osteoporosis?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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

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

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

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

Eating is the key!

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

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

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

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

Eat Low starch vegetables, berries and nuts for snacks

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

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

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

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

SUPPLEMENTS THAT MAY HELP REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF ESTROGEN!

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

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

WOMEN

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

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Happy New Year 2015!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Merry Christmas!

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Dear Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

All God’s blessings and a Merry Christmas,

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

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

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

I would recommend adding Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) seed and pulp oil to your daily regimen. Sea buckthorn oil has been clinically shown to improve the hydration capabilities of the skin and mucous membranes, helping to alleviate dryness and facilitate skin healing. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. In addition, the pulp contains exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). I recommend taking 500-1,000 mg of sea buckthorn oil twice daily.

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

In my experience, calluses and very rough skin can also be associated with sluggish thyroid function. In that case, iodine and L-tyrosine can be extremely beneficial. I’d recommend taking 15 mg of iodine plus 200 mg of L-tyrosine at breakfast. This will provide the raw materials necessary for your thyroid glands to make healthy amounts of thyroid hormone.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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What would you recommend for alleviating water retention?

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to Vitamin B6, look for its active form – pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P). Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. The most advantageous form of magnesium to take is magnesium glycinate. This is a very effective form and unlike other forms of magnesium, does not cause a laxative effect.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to Vitamin B6, look for its active form – pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P). Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. The most advantageous form of magnesium to take is magnesium glycinate. This is a very effective form and unlike other forms of magnesium, does not cause a laxative effect.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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How Glutathione Can Save Your Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fighting Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress

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

Removing Dangerous Toxins from the Body

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

Immune System Power

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

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

The Importance of Glutathione Ratios

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parkinson’s Disease

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

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

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

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

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

Cancer

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

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

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

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

Lyme Disease

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

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

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

Rheumatoid Arthritis

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

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

Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders

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

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

Alzheimer’s Disease

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

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

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

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

Special Glutathione Challenges

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

You Can’t Live Without Glutathione

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

 

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

 

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Cold Sores

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

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What supplements would I use for stiffness in my joints?

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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I was diagnosed with pancreatitis two years ago.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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My husband and I both have spinal stenosis.

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Solutions for Alzheimer’s

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TERRY’S BOTTOM LINE:

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

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

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

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

How Prevalent is Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)?

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

What Changes in the Brain?

Plaques and tangles are:

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

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

No Conventional Cure

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

Natural Solutions for Alzheimer’s

Curcumin

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

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

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

Vitamin D

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

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

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

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

 

Rosemary and Spanish Sage Concentrated Plant Oils

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

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

Glutathione: Strong Protection

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

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

Hope for the Future

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

To help slow – and even reverse – the damage caused by Alzheimer’s, Terry recommends the following nutrients:
2,000 IU of Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol)
600 mg total of:

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

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Flower Oil

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

 

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Don’t Fall for the Anti-Fat Crusade

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

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Etheridge’s Breast Cancer Comments Prompt Backlash

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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What should be taken when you have mild hypothyroidism?

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Adrenal Burnout and Chronic Fatigue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You CAN Repair the Adrenal Glands

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

Mild Moderate Severe
Chronic fatigue 1 2 3
Low blood pressure 1 2 3
Muscle weakness 1 2 3
Dizziness 1 2 3
Weak, rigid nails 1 2 3
Brown spots or bronzing of the skin, especially on the shins 1 2 3
Frequent hives 1 2 3
Arthritis 1 2 3
Respiratory disorders 1 2 3
Bowel disorders 1 2 3
Muscular and nervous exhaustion 1 2 3
Decreased perspiration 1 2 3
Constipation 1 2 3
Swollen ankles, especially in the P.M. 1 2 3
Crave salt 1 2 3
Allergies 1 2 3
Asthma 1 2 3
Bronchitis 1 2 3
Weakness after colds and flu 1 2 3
  TOTAL:

 

 

RESULTS

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

 

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*Percentage of people with adrenal insufficiency who exhibit this condition

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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

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

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What would you suggest for depression and anxiety?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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I was recently diagnosed with endometriosis.

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

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

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Unlocking Glutathione’s Power: Serious Medicine for Serious Illnesses

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Presented by Cheryl Myers, RN

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

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Are supplements as effective as drugs?

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

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I am having a problem with my lower legs swelling.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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My doctor is talking about prolotherapy injections for osteoarthritis.

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Soy and the Risk of Breast Cancer

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

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Broccoli for Autism

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

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

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

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I have an enlarged prostate.

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Stop Bacteria With Nature’s Antibiotics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avoid Antibiotics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thyme

 

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

 

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

Cinnamon

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

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

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

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

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

Clove

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

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

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

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

Oregano

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

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

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

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

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

Boost Your Defenses and Stop Bacterial Invaders!

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

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

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

 

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My wife has a condition known as giant cell arteritis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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Vitamin D

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

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If you want to lose more weight…

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

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Where did all the testosterone go?

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

 

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Prostate Cancer and How Treatable Is It?

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

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I have dry mouth when I sleep at night.

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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The Most Important B vitamin – Vitamin B6

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

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Curcumin: The All In One Solution, Part 2

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Terry’s Bottom Line for Curcumin

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

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

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

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

 

Diabetes

 

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

 

Alzheimer’s Disease

 

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

 

Depression

 

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

 

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

 

Gastrointestinal Inflammation (IBD and IBS)

 

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

 

Wound Healing and Skin Conditions

 

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

 

Other Chronic Diseases

 

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

 

Curcumin Safety

 

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

 

Powerful Natural Medicine

 

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

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

 

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

 

References:

  1. El-Moselhy MA, Taye A, Sharkawi SS, El-Sisi SF, Ahmed AF. The antihyperglycemic effect of curcumin in high fat diet fed rats. Role of TNF-α and free fatty acids. Food Chem Toxicol. 2011;49(5):1129-40.
  2. Na LX, Zhang YL, Li Y, et al. Curcumin improves insulin resistance in skeletal muscle of rats. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2011;21(7):526-33.
  3. Seo KI, Choi MS, Jung UJ, et al. Effect of curcumin supplementation on blood glucose, plasma insulin, and glucose homeostasis related enzyme activities in diabetic db/db mice. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2008; 52(9):995-1004.
  4. Gupta SK, Kumar B, Nag TC, et al. Curcumin prevents experimental diabetic retinopathy in rats through its hypoglycemic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory mechanisms. J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2011;27(2):123-30.
  5. Peeyush KT, Gireesh G, Jobin M, Paulose CS. Neuroprotective role of curcumin in the cerebellum of streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Life Sci. 2009;85(19-20):704-10.
  6. Kulkarni SK, Dhir A. An overview of curcumin in neurological disorders. Indian J Pharm Sci. 2010;72(2):149-54.
  7. Rungseesantivanon S, Thenchaisri N, Ruangvejvorachai P, Patumraj S. Curcumin supplementation could improve diabetes-induced endothelial dysfunction associated with decreased vascular superoxide production and PKC inhibition. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2010;10:57.
  8. Garcia-Alloza M. Curcumin labels amyloid pathology in vivo, disrupts existing plaques, and partially restores distorted neurites in an Alzheimer mouse model. J Neurochem. 2007;102:1095-1104.
  9. Martins R. Evaluation of the nutritional extract Bio-curcumin (BCM-95) to preserve cognitive functioning in a cohort of mild cognitively impaired (MCI) patients over 12 months. Edith Cowan University. Joondalup, Western Australia.
  10. Xu Y, Ku BS, Yao HY, et al. The effects of curcumin on depressive-like behaviors in mice. Eur J Pharmacol. 2005;518(1):40-6.
  11. Huang Z, Zhong XM, Li ZY, Feng CR, Pan AJ, Mao QQ. Curcumin reverses corticosterone-induced depressive-like behavior and decrease in brain BDNF levels in rats. Neurosci Lett. 2011;493(3):145-8.
  12. Sanmukhani J, Anovadiya A, Tripathi CB. Evaluation of Antidepressant Like Activity of Curcumin and its Combination with Fluoxetine and Imipramine: an Acute and Chronic Study. Acta Pol Pharm. 2011;68(5):769-75.
  13. Panchal B. Effect of curcumin as nutraceutical in patients of depression. Available at: https://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Identifier: NCT01022632
  14. Bundy R, Walker AF, Middleton RW, Booth J. Turmeric extract may improve irritable bowel syndrome symptomology in otherwise healthy adults: a pilot study. J Altern Complement Med. 2004;10(6):1015-8.
  15. Holt PR, Katz S, Kirshoff R. Curcumin therapy in inflammatory bowel disease: a pilot study. Dig Dis Sci. 2005;50(11):2191-3.
  16. Bereswill S, Muñoz M, Fischer A, et al. Anti-inflammatory effects of resveratrol, curcumin and simvastatin in acute small intestinal inflammation. PLoS One. 2010;5(12):e15099.
  17. Thangapazham RL, Sharma A, Maheshwari RK. Beneficial role of curcumin in skin diseases. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2007;595:343-57.
  18. Sidhu GS, Mani H, Gaddipati JP, Singh AK, et al. Curcumin enhances wound healing in streptozotocin induced diabetic rats and genetically diabetic mice. Wound Repair Regen. 1999;7(5):362-74.
  19. Jagetia GC, Rajanikant GK. Effect of curcumin on radiation-impaired healing of excisional wounds in mice. J Wound Care. 2004;13(3):107-9.
  20. Gupta SC, Patchva S, Koh W, Aggarwal BB. Discovery of Curcumin, a Component of the Golden Spice, and Its Miraculous Biological Activities. Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 2012;39(3):283-99.
  21. Rajasekaran SA. Therapeutic potential of curcumin in gastrointestinal diseases. World J Gastrointest Pathophysiol. 2011;2(1):1-14.
  22. Ejaz A, Wu D, Kwan P, Meydani M. Curcumin inhibits adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes and angiogenesis and obesity in C57/BL mice. J Nutr. 2009;139(5):919-25.
  23. Aggarwal BB, Kumar A, Bharti AC. Anticancer potential of curcumin: preclinical and clinical studies. Anticancer Res. 2003;23(1A):363-98.
  24. Cheng AL, Hsu CH, Lin JK, Hsu MM, et al. Phase I clinical trial of curcumin, a chemopreventive agent, in patients with high-risk or pre-malignant lesions. Anticancer Res. 2001;21:2895–900.
  25. Antony B, Merina B, Iyer VS, et al. A Pilot Cross-Over Study to Evaluate Human Oral Bioavailability of BCM-95CG (Biocurcumax), A Novel Bioenhanced Preparation of Curcumin. Indian J Pharm Sci. 2008; 70(4):445-449.
  26. Benny M, Antony B. Bioavailability of BioCurcumax™ (BCM-95™). Spice India. September, 2006 :11-15.

 

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Do you have any suggestions for lichen planus?

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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Keep Your Vision Clear

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

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Skip the Cereal for Breakfast

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

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Curcumin: The All In One Solution

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Terry’s Bottom Line for Curcumin

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

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

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

Indian Solid Gold

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

Why is Curcumin Good for So Many Problems?

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

In technical terms, curcumin has been found to

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

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

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

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

Curcumin for Cancer

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

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

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

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

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

Curcumin, Inflammation, and Chronic Disease

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

Heart Disease

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

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

Arthritis

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

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

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

 

References

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  2. Aggarwal BB, Sundaram C, Malani N, Ichikawa H. Curcumin: the Indian solid gold. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2007;595:1-75.
  3. Meeran SM, Ahmed A, Tollefsbol TO. Epigenetic targets of bioactive dietary components for cancer prevention and therapy. Clin Epigenetics. 2010;1(3-4):101-116.
  4. Shehzad A, Wahid F, Lee YS. Curcumin in cancer chemoprevention: molecular targets, pharmacokinetics, bioavailability, and clinical trials. Arch Pharm (Weinheim). 2010;343(9):489-99.
  5. Johnson JJ, Mukhtar H. Curcumin for chemoprevention of colon cancer. Cancer Lett. 2007;255(2):170-81.
  6. Goel A, Aggarwal BB. Curcumin, the golden spice from Indian saffron, is a chemosensitizer and radiosensitizer for tumors and chemoprotector and radioprotector for normal organs. Nutr Cancer. 2010;62(7):919-30.
  7. Shin SK, HA TY, McGregor RA, Choi MS. Long-term curcumin administration protects against atherosclerosis via hepatic regulation of lipoprotein cholesterol metabolism. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2011 Nov 7.
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Do you know of anything that is good for anxiety and stress?

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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

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

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

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

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

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