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My husband has a lot of sciatic pain. It’s painful for him to sit or stand too long.

Q. Dear Terry, “My husband has a lot of sciatic pain. It’s painful for him to sit or stand too long. He’s tried several medications, but they didn’t help at all. He’s frustrated and I want to help him. Do you think there’s some natural ingredients that could help?” – Rose S., Des Moines, IA
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What natural options are there for blood sugar issues and diabetes?

Q. Dear Terry, “What natural options are there for blood sugar issues and diabetes?” – Jerome P., Syracuse, NY
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I try and feed my dog the best dry kibble I can afford.

Q. Dear Terry, “I try and feed my dog the best dry kibble I can afford. I recently read that dry food can be low in omega-3s. I give my dog a little fish when I cook it for myself. Should I give him extra omega-3s? And if so, what kind should I give my dog?”– Patti B., Tuscaloosa, AL
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My husband has been getting very bad leg cramps, sometimes after walking or bike riding.

Q. Dear Terry, “My husband has been getting very bad leg cramps, sometimes after walking or bike riding. The cramps wake him up at night and are very painful. What can he take as a natural remedy to help?”– Regina C., Port St. Lucie, FL
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I sprained my ankle yesterday and I’m in a lot of pain.

Q. Dear Terry, “I sprained my ankle yesterday and I’m in a lot of pain. I don’t want to take what the doctor recommended, but the pain is really intense. What natural alternatives are there for pain relief?” – Jonas K., Bellevue, WA
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Over the past few years, I feel like my libido has decreased quite a bit.

Q. Dear Terry, “Over the past few years, I feel like my libido has decreased quite a bit. I love my husband, but I just don’t have the desire to be intimate. I’ve seen my doctor about this and she didn’t have much advice to offer. Are there any natural options for my issue?” – S.Z., Shawnee, KS
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My husband developed a tremor a few years ago.

Q. Dear Terry, “My husband developed a tremor a few years ago. After a lot of tests and doctor’s visits, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I’m optimistic that there are some natural options that can help him. What do you suggest?”– Selena R., Tallahassee, FL
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What are your natural recommendations for gout?

Q. Dear Terry, “What are your natural recommendations for gout?” – Rick R., Louisville, KY
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I’ve been reading a lot about vitamin D being able to fight viruses.

Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve been reading a lot about vitamin D being able to fight viruses. I’ve been taking about 600 IU per day. Is that enough or should I take more?” – Miriam G., Rogers, AR
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My dad is really stubborn and refuses to take medication for his high blood pressure.

Q. Dear Terry, “My dad is really stubborn and refuses to take medication for his high blood pressure. I’ve read some of your articles and learned about how harmful high blood pressure can be to the body. He’s open to natural therapies. What should he take?”– Hans D., Alberta, Canada
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This time of the year, between the holidays and the stress, I feel like my digestion is really off.

Q. Dear Terry, “This time of the year, between the holidays and the stress, I feel like my digestion is really off. Do you think I should do a cleanse? Or are there ways I can get my digestion back on track?” – Charity P., Los Angeles, CA
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I’m awaiting a few more tests, but it sounds like I will be starting chemotherapy next month.

Q. Dear Terry, “I’m awaiting a few more tests, but it sounds like I will be starting chemotherapy next month. I’m really afraid of losing my hair. I know it’s silly to worry about, but are there any vitamins or herbs I can take before chemo to prevent the hair loss?” – Bethany Y., Sterling Heights, MI
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I had some dental work done last year, which included some fillings and other things.

Q. Dear Terry, “I had some dental work done last year, which included some fillings and other things. I’m trying to take better care of my teeth and gums. Aside from brushing and flossing, what else can I do?” – Alana M., Honolulu, HI
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My husband tosses and turns a lot at night from his arthritis.

Q. Dear Terry, “My husband tosses and turns a lot at night from his arthritis. I’m afraid he’s not getting enough sleep. What should he take?”– Vicky P., Los Cruces, NM
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What are your natural treatments for shingles?

Q. Dear Terry, “What are your natural treatments for shingles?” – George S., Meridian, ID
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I’m noticing that my anxiety has been increasing over the past year.

Q. Dear Terry, “I’m noticing that my anxiety has been increasing over the past year. A few years ago, I was put on an anxiety medication, but I didn’t like how it made me feel. I’m trying to meditate more, but I feel like I need more support. Can you offer any advice?” – Brian D., Richmond, VA
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I have acid reflux and recently had surgery to take care of it, since the reflux was so bad.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have acid reflux and recently had surgery to take care of it, since the reflux was so bad. I would like to know what I can take for maintenance to keep things running smoothly?” – Adolfo G., Toledo, OH
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My grandson has pretty severe hyperactivity and has been diagnosed with ADHD.

Q. Dear Terry, “My grandson has pretty severe hyperactivity and has been diagnosed with ADHD. He struggles quite a bit in school and at home. He’s not currently on medication and my daughter would like to keep it that way. What are your natural approaches to ADHD?”– Martina R., Tyler, TX
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I have a very heavy menstrual flow every month.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have a very heavy menstrual flow every month. My doctor told me this is why I’m anemic. He put me on some iron that really backed me up. I had to stop taking that kind of iron, but I still want to do something about the anemia. What do you suggest?”– Taleah C., Madison, WI
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I’ve tried St. John’s wort in the past for depression.

Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve tried St. John’s wort in the past for depression. I stopped taking it a while back, but I want to give it another try. What should I look for in a St. John’s wort supplement?” – Harper K., Fort Wayne, IN
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