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My five-year-old son is prone to ear infections.

Q. Dear Terry, “My five-year-old son is prone to ear infections. We’ve tried diet changes, chiropractic, and other natural options. I don’t like the antibiotics the doctor’s prescribe, but I don’t want him to be in pain either. Is there something I can give him that might help prevent these infections in the first place?” – Nadya M., Vancouver, WA
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I did a saliva test that said my cortisol levels were high.

Q. Dear Terry, “I did a saliva test that said my cortisol levels were high. I find it hard to manage my stress and I know stress can cause high cortisol levels. How can I lower my cortisol levels naturally?” – Katerina H., Nova Scotia, Canada
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I know that zinc is really important for the body, but when I tried taking it I got really nauseous.

Q. Dear Terry, “I know that zinc is really important for the body, but when I tried taking it I got really nauseous. Is there a specific type of zinc you recommend?”– Lisa G., Gillette, WY
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I’ve had restless legs, muscle cramps, and other symptoms that seem to be from a magnesium deficiency.

Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve had restless legs, muscle cramps, and other symptoms that seem to be from a magnesium deficiency. There are many options for magnesium out there. What kind should I take to increase my magnesium levels?” – Ian R., Lafayette, LA
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My 10-year-old son has anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Q. Dear Terry, “My 10-year-old son has anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It’s very difficult for him to focus because of the ADHD and anxiety. He’s really smart, but school has been really difficult for him. What recommendations do you have for him?”– P.M., Burlington, VT
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I heard pomegranates are good for your overall health.

Q. Dear Terry, “I heard pomegranates are good for your overall health. I don’t really have the time or patience to eat pomegranates, so I’ve been drinking pomegranate juice. Because the juice has a lot of sugar, I’ve been looking into trying a pomegranate powder or supplement. Do you have any advice on pomegranate supplements?” – Leilani L., Hilo, HI
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My husband gets really bad heartburn at night.

Q. Dear Terry, “My husband gets really bad heartburn at night. We’ve started eating dinner earlier and he does a good job of avoiding foods that usually cause heartburn. But, he still has symptoms and he’s a little frustrated. Is there anything else he can try?” – Chloe F., Pittsburgh, PA
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What can I do to help fibrocystic breasts?

Q. Dear Terry, “What can I do to help fibrocystic breasts? My breasts become really sensitive close to my period. I tried several birth control pills, but that didn’t help. Help!” – Savannah O., Madison, WI
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I’m interested in trying St. John’s wort for mild depression.

Q. Dear Terry, “I’m interested in trying St. John’s wort for mild depression. I’m not on any medications and would like to keep it that way. How much St. John’s wort should I start with?”– Devon M., Glendale, CA
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My teenage daughter has Raynaud’s syndrome that mainly affects her fingers.

Q. Dear Terry, “My teenage daughter has Raynaud’s syndrome that mainly affects her fingers. When she gets cold, her fingers can turn white or bluish-purple. She doesn’t have too many episodes in the summertime. Is there anything she can start taking now to hopefully reduce or eliminate the episodes come fall and winter?” – Selma R., Miami, FL
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I’ve been struggling with driving at night as my vision has been declining.

Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve been struggling with driving at night as my vision has been declining. I’m to the point where I don’t even want to drive past sunset. Things get blurry and I have difficulty reading signs. Is there anything I can take to improve my vision? I’m in my 80s and really enjoy the independence that driving gives me.” – Shirley W., Mesa, AZ
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I’m interested in trying melatonin as I’ve been reading about its health benefits.

Q. Dear Terry, “I’m interested in trying melatonin as I’ve been reading about its health benefits. I don’t really have sleep troubles, but it seems like melatonin could be helpful for whole body health. What dosage of melatonin should I take?”– Tristan R., Ontario, Canada
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My teenage daughter has low red blood cells.

Q. Dear Terry, “My teenage daughter has low red blood cells. Her doctor thinks it’s the reason why she is so fatigued and is likely from her heavy menstrual periods. She doesn’t really like red meat. What type of iron supplement should she take?” – Holly B., Lansing, MI
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My allergies have been so bad this year.

Q. Dear Terry, “My allergies have been so bad this year. I’m constantly sneezing, blowing my nose, and nothing seems to be helping. I tried a couple over-the-counter medications, but the relief was temporary and I don’t want to use medications every day. What other options are there for allergy relief?” – Victor D., Rochester, MN
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My husband has been dealing with heart issues for many years and is on several medications.

Q. Dear Terry, “My husband has been dealing with heart issues for many years and is on several medications. The heart issue and medications have really reduced his sexual function. He doesn’t want to go on another medication. Is there something natural he can try instead?”– S.P., Dallas, TX
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What do you recommend for cystic acne on the face and body?

Q. Dear Terry, “What do you recommend for cystic acne on the face and body?” – Charlie M., Vancouver, WA
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I’m having a hard time working at my computer all day due to dry eye.

Q. Dear Terry, “I’m having a hard time working at my computer all day due to dry eye. I’ve tried sunglasses, blue light glasses, and they only help a little. What natural ingredients are there to help my eyes?” – Rylie D., Broken Arrow, OK
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At my husband’s last checkup he was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.

Q. Dear Terry, “At my husband’s last checkup he was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. He’s had high blood pressure, weight issues, and pre-diabetes for a few years. He doesn’t really like to go to the doctor or take pills. I convinced him to try something natural. What would be your top suggestion for him?”– Gabrielle K., South Fulton, GA
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I started noticing that my nails are cracking more easily and seem more brittle.

Q. Dear Terry, “I started noticing that my nails are cracking more easily and seem more brittle. I stopped getting my nails done, but still want my nails to look healthy. What can I do?” – Joelle M., Fishers, IN
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What’s your favorite kind of fish oil?

Q. Dear Terry, “What’s your favorite kind of fish oil? It’s so hard for me to stomach the taste, but I know how important omega-3s are for the body.”– Audrey G., Silver Spring, MD
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