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At my last doctor’s appointment, my doctor recommended I start a drug called metformin.

Q. Dear Terry, “At my last doctor’s appointment, my doctor recommended I start a drug called metformin. I have pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, and some extra weight. I’m hesitant to start a medication and would prefer to try something natural. One of my friends recommended berberine, do you think that could help?” – Jonah P., Salt Lake City, UT
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My teenage son spends a lot of time looking at screens. Lately, he’s been complaining that his eyes have been dry.

Q. Dear Terry, “My teenage son spends a lot of time looking at screens. Lately, he’s been complaining that his eyes have been dry. He tried some eye drops, but those only helped for a short time. Are there any natural options that could help?” – Holly B., Chicago, IL
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What do you suggest for low thyroid function?

Q. Dear Terry, “What do you suggest for low thyroid function?” – Meghan S., Erie, PA
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What do you recommend for liver support?

Q. Dear Terry, “What do you recommend for liver support? My husband was recently diagnosed with a “fatty liver.” I’ve been trying to get him to eat a little bit better. What else can he do or take? – Lily P., Santa Fe, NM
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I have to get up a couple times each night to go to the bathroom.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have to get up a couple times each night to go to the bathroom. My prostate has been enlarged for a few years and my doctor told me there’s not much he can offer except for medications. I feel like there has to be something natural I can try that will help. Any advice?” – Ted M., Santa Cruz, CA
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I have very painful herpes outbreaks a few times per year.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have very painful herpes outbreaks a few times per year. Normally I get the painful blisters around my mouth, but sometimes I have genital outbreaks too. Is there anything that can help?” – C.K., Austin, TX
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What are your top ingredients for helping with memory?

Q. Dear Terry, “What are your top ingredients for helping with memory?”– April K., Reno, NV
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I had a bone density scan done and my doctor said I have osteopenia.

Q. Dear Terry, “I had a bone density scan done and my doctor said I have osteopenia. It looks like osteopenia can become osteoporosis and I don’t want that to happen. What should I take to strengthen my bones?” – Grace W., Boise, ID
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I threw my back out yesterday and it’s really painful.

Q. Dear Terry, “I threw my back out yesterday and it’s really painful. I can barely walk or move much at all. In the past, I have taken medications, but I don’t want to do that. What natural things can I take for the pain and stiffness?” – Lance C., Sunrise, FL
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Is there anything you recommend to increase libido?

Q. Dear Terry, “Is there anything you recommend to increase libido? Ever since I went through menopause, my desire has decreased quite a bit. My doctor didn’t really have any good suggestions, so I’m hoping there is something natural I can try. Thank you.”– A.P., Eugene, OR
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My dad was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago.

Q. Dear Terry, “My dad was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago. He’s not very good about taking his medication and I worry about his diabetes getting worse. I told him I would look into natural options, since he’s not a big fan of prescription medications. What can he take?” – Candace A., Lowell, MA
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What herbs can I take to help me with my asthma?

Q. Dear Terry, “What herbs can I take to help me with my asthma? I am having attacks every four hours.” – Delphina D., Suva, Fiji
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What are your favorite natural ingredients to help with acne?

Q. Dear Terry, “What are your favorite natural ingredients to help with acne?”– Shannon C., Arvada, CO
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My wife has rheumatoid arthritis and I want to help her feel better.

Q. Dear Terry, “My wife has rheumatoid arthritis and I want to help her feel better. She’s been to many doctors and tried several medications, but she still has issues with her hands. Are there any natural ways to help with her arthritis?” – Daniel C., Manchester, NH
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I just had surgery on my rotator cuff. I want to prevent another surgery and keep my shoulder healthy.

Q. Dear Terry, “I just had surgery on my rotator cuff. I want to prevent another surgery and keep my shoulder healthy. What do you recommend?” – Mark G., Austin, TX
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What natural options are there to help with depression?

Q. Dear Terry, “What natural options are there to help with depression? I’ve tried several medications that either didn’t do anything or made my depression worse. I would love to use natural things to help my mood. What do you suggest?”– Emily D., Jefferson City, MO
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I’ve been having sleep issues lately because my brain doesn’t want to turn off.

Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve been having sleep issues lately because my brain doesn’t want to turn off. My mind starts racing when I’m lying in bed and then I can’t fall asleep. I don’t want to take sleeping pills because they make me feel terrible. What can I try?” – Karen T., Greenville, SC
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I started taking zinc about four months ago to help boost my immune system.

Q. Dear Terry, “I started taking zinc about four months ago to help boost my immune system. My wife recommended I take it, so I don’t know a lot about what zinc does. How does zinc help the immune system and should I keep taking it daily?” – Jason P., Akron, OH
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Is there a natural way to control high blood pressure?

Q. Dear Terry, “Is there a natural way to control high blood pressure?”– Carol W., Green Bay, WI
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My doctor recommended a statin, but my cholesterol isn’t even that bad.

Q. Dear Terry, “My doctor recommended a statin, but my cholesterol isn’t even that bad. I would like to see if I can naturally lower my cholesterol. What vitamins or natural options are there to help?” – Valentina S., Miami, FL
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