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I have been on a proton pump inhibitor for several months because of heartburn and reflux.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have been on a proton pump inhibitor for several months because of heartburn and reflux. I was looking at the side effects and found it can decrease vitamin B12 levels in the body. Should I be taking B12 while I’m on this medication?” – Noah B., Casper, WY
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My daughter has interstitial cystitis. Any natural relief for this condition?

Q. Dear Terry, “My daughter has interstitial cystitis. She has changed her diet and removed all known food and beverage triggers. Her symptoms are still persistent and it’s starting to affect her mood. Any natural relief for this condition?” – Amanda V., Wilmington, NC
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How can I fix my sciatica without medications or surgery?

Q. Dear Terry, “How can I fix my sciatica without medications or surgery?”– Will K., Rio Rancho, NM
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What are some natural options that might help the inflammation in my lungs and airways?

Q. Dear Terry, “I was diagnosed with asthma about ten years ago. My medications work, but I don’t feel like they address the underlying causes of my asthma. What are some natural options that might help the inflammation in my lungs and airways?” – Corinne B., Athens, GA
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I’m going to be traveling in a few weeks. Anything I can do to prevent bad diarrhea?

Q. Dear Terry, “I’m going to be traveling in a few weeks to a remote place in South America. Medical care will be limited and last time I got really bad diarrhea, which I assume was from contaminated food or water. It was manageable, but miserable. Anything I can do to prevent this from happening again?” – Trenton K., Corpus Christi, TX
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Are there any herbs or nutrients that might help with focus?

Q. Dear Terry, “I was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) as a kid. I used to be on medication, but started improving my diet and other things that made a big difference. For the most part, my ADD is under control. However, sometimes it is a little difficult to focus. Are there any herbs or nutrients that might help with focus?”– Martin R., Carmel, IN
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I have been on high blood pressure medication for several years, but the doctor can’t seem to get the medication right.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have been on high blood pressure medication for several years, but the doctor can’t seem to get the medication right. I feel like every time I see the doctor, my medication gets switched and my blood pressure is still high. I’ve been told not to stop the medication myself, so I won’t. Is there anything natural that could maybe help the medication work better?” – Luis M., San Juan, Puerto Rico
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I have been on an antidepressant for over five years. My mood is stable, but my sex drive is almost non-existent.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have been on an antidepressant for over five years. My mood is stable, but my sex drive is almost non-existent. I know decreased libido is common with antidepressants. Is there anything I can try to naturally boost my libido?” – S.R., Ankeny, IA
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What do you recommend for elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels?

Q. Dear Terry, “What do you recommend for elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels?”– Ken L., Bozeman, MT
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What do you recommend to help with liver detoxification?

Q. Dear Terry, “What do you recommend to help with liver detoxification?” – Ilana R., Aurora, IL
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A friend suggested that I try ashwagandha to help with my stress and anxiety.

Q. Dear Terry, “A friend suggested that I try ashwagandha to help with my stress and anxiety. How much ashwagandha should I take? And do you have other recommendations?” – Omar V., Orlando, FL
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My husband hurt his back doing some work around the house.

Q. Dear Terry, “My husband hurt his back doing some work around the house. I’m trying to discourage him from using over-the-counter pain relievers as I know they can be harmful. What is something natural he can take that will give him fast relief?”– Marina K., Jersey City, NJ
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What are your top choices for preventing cancer?

Q. Dear Terry, “What are your top choices for preventing cancer?” – Nathan P., Dover, DE
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My question is, what kind of omega-3 supplement do you give to your dog?

Q. Dear Terry, “I know you are a pet lover and have made recommendations for dogs in the past. My question is, what kind of omega-3 supplement do you give to your dog?” – Cathy R., Mobile, AL
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What do you recommend for getting a good night’s sleep, without medication?

Q. Dear Terry, “I have a friend who has been using sleep medications for a long time. I’m trying to help her find natural alternatives. What do you recommend for getting a good night’s sleep, without medication?”– Sam G., Odessa, TX
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I have a lot of friends who are starting to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Is there anything I can do to prevent the same from happening to me?

Q. Dear Terry, “I’m turning eighty years old next month. I’m grateful that my memory is still intact. I have a lot of friends who are starting to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Is there anything I can do to prevent the same from happening to me?” – Linda V., Boise, ID
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My back pain wakes me up during the night at least a couple times per week.

Q. Dear Terry, “My back pain wakes me up during the night at least a couple times per week. I used to take pain medications to help with my sleep, but I’m looking for other options. What natural recommendations do you have? ”– Finn L., Dallas, TX
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What are your suggestions for low thyroid?

Q. Dear Terry, “What are your suggestions for low thyroid?” – Chelsey K., Knoxville, TN
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I have been working on adding more fruits and vegetables to my diet, but it’s been hard.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have been working on adding more fruits and vegetables to my diet, but it’s been hard. I travel a lot for work and have irregular work hours. I know I’m probably missing out on nutrients that my body needs. What do you recommend?”– Eric G., New York, NY
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I’ve noticed that when it gets hot out my ankles become a little swollen.

Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve noticed that when it gets hot out my ankles become a little swollen. It’s not painful or anything, but I feel like I should do something about it. I try to elevate my legs at the end of the day, which helps a little. Any other recommendations?” – Melanie L., Naperville, IL
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