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I have been taking a statin drug for my high cholesterol for several years.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have been taking a statin drug for my high cholesterol for several years. I recently read that statins can decrease the amount of CoQ10 in the body. How much CoQ10 should I take to make up for the statin?” – Austin S., Jackson, MS
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I have problems with varicose veins and I stand for twelve hours a day.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have problems with varicose veins and I stand for twelve hours a day. Could you recommend what to take?” – Leila B., Greenville, SC
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I want to help my kids build their immune system naturally.

Q. Dear Terry, “I want to help my kids build their immune system naturally. My three children range from six to twelve years old. What can they take? ” – Blake M., Cleveland, OH
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My youngest child has been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Q. Dear Terry, “My youngest child has been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I don’t completely agree with the diagnosis and I don’t like the medications the doctor suggested for her to take. I know there are natural ways to help with focus and concentration. What can she try?” – Louisa M., Little Rock, AR
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I have been struggling with fatigue for over a year.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have been struggling with fatigue for over a year. My doctor thinks I am a COVID “Long-Hauler.” My biggest complaint is having very low energy. I barely have enough energy to get all the things done I need to during the day. Any natural recommendations for me?” – Elias M., Paradise, NV
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I recently asked my doctor how much vitamin D I should be taking each day.

Q. Dear Terry, “I recently asked my doctor how much vitamin D I should be taking each day. He said that according to my age (65 years old) I should take 600 IU per day. I know many of my friends take more vitamin D than that per day. What do you think is a good daily dose?” – Georgiana S., Plymouth, MN
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I was recently diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Q. Dear Terry, “I was recently diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). I have the mixed type of IBS, as I have both diarrhea and constipation. My digestion can be really frustrating and it’s impacting my daily life. I did some reading and it looks like IBS is just a diagnosis that doctors give you when they don’t have an answer for what’s causing your symptoms. I feel like there must be a natural approach to help with my symptoms. What should I do?” – Sheena J., Columbus, GA
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I am a 72-year-old man with arthritis in my left knee that has been giving me more trouble recently.

Q. Dear Terry, “I am a 72-year-old man with arthritis in my left knee that has been giving me more trouble recently. It’s hard to get up and going in the morning due to the stiffness and pain. I frequently have to rest my knee during the day. I am hoping there are some natural things that can help. Any suggestions?” – Curtis D., Boca Raton, FL
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My girlfriend suffers from really terrible PMS symptoms every month

Q. Dear Terry, “My girlfriend suffers from really terrible PMS symptoms every month. She gets really crabby and irritable, talks about being bloated, and also has really bad cramps. I want to help her because she seems so miserable for at least one week per month. What can she try?” – D.P., Concord, NH
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What causes eye floaters in a 70 year old female? And is there a treatment?

Q. Dear Terry, “What causes eye floaters in a 70 year old female? And is there a treatment?” – Denice C., San Marcos, TX
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One of my friends recommended that I try a B vitamin complex.

Q. Dear Terry, “One of my friends recommended that I try a B vitamin complex. What do the B vitamins do and should I take them daily?” – Sophia F., Vista, CA
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My 22-year-old daughter has low blood pressure. She occasionally gets dizzy when she stands up.

Q. Dear Terry, “My 22-year-old daughter has low blood pressure. She occasionally gets dizzy when she stands up. We’ve talked to her doctor about this many times, but they don’t really have any answers. She is already taking iron because her doctor thought she may be anemic.  Any other ideas?” – Heidi L., Great Falls, MT
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I have low back pain that goes all the way to my feet.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have low back pain that goes all the way to my feet. My doctor said its sciatica. I was given some medication and stretches, but they don’t seem to be helping. What else can I try?” – Jeremiah B., Eugene, OR
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My dog gets really bad anxiety with fireworks.

Q. Dear Terry, “My dog gets really bad anxiety with fireworks. With the holiday coming up, I want to do whatever I can to help keep her calm. What do you suggest?” – Arden P., Kansas City, MO
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My husband doesn’t really like taking supplements or medications.

Q. Dear Terry, “My husband doesn’t really like taking supplements or medications. I finally convinced him to try a multivitamin since he doesn’t eat a lot of fruits or vegetables. What kind of multivitamin should I get for him?” – Jenn A., Chicago, IL
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Following dental surgery, I was prescribed a week of penicillin tablets.

Q. Dear Terry, “Following dental surgery, I was prescribed a week of penicillin tablets. How can I get the good bacteria back? Is a certain probiotic better than others?” – Karyl L., Edgewater, FL
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My 10-year-old son developed a mild cough earlier this year.

Q. Dear Terry, “My 10-year-old son developed a mild cough earlier this year. I took him to the pediatrician and they did some tests, but everything was normal. Since then, they said it would just go away. The cough is still around, even though it’s been several months. He doesn’t seem to be bothered by it, but I want to find something natural that will help. What do you suggest?” – Reed R., Parma, OH
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I am having trouble with swelling in my ankles.

Q. Dear Terry, “I am having trouble with swelling in my ankles. I've learned to watch sodium intake. The problem is when I travel the swelling is worse. I take lisinopril with a small amount of diuretic in it. I would like to find something natural that would help keep swelling down.” – Ladonna S., Owensboro, KY
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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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