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I haven’t been sleeping well the past several weeks.

Q. Dear Terry, “I haven’t been sleeping well the past several weeks. What is something natural I can take to help with sleep?” – Julia L., Portland, ME
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I sprained my ankle really bad a few months ago.

Q. Dear Terry, “I sprained my ankle really bad a few months ago. The doctor said I damaged several ligaments and tendons. It still feels unstable, but isn’t painful anymore. What can I take to help heal the ligaments and tendons?” – Josh S., Louisville, KY
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My 10-year-old dog recently started losing urine when she gets excited.

Q. Dear Terry, “My 10-year-old dog recently started losing urine when she gets excited. The veterinarian said it’s a normal part of aging. I don’t think she needs medications, but I’m hoping there is something natural I can give her. What do you suggest?” – Natalie H., Rapid City, SD
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I am 74 years old and have gout. It is so painful that I can hardly move my right foot.

Q. Dear Terry, “I am 74 years old and have gout. It is so painful that I can hardly move my right foot. What can I do or take to help ease the pain and manage the flare-ups? I am on medication, but prefer some natural options. Please help.” – Millie S., Long Beach, CA
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I have restless legs every night.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have restless legs every night. What natural products can I use to stop the movements?” – Juanita S., Eugene, OR
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My husband has diabetes and eventually wants to stop taking his medications.

Q. Dear Terry, “My husband has diabetes and eventually wants to stop taking his medications. He is more interested in trying natural options. What would help his blood sugar?” – Connie M., Omaha, NE
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I have high cholesterol and don’t want to take medications.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have high cholesterol and don’t want to take medications. My doctor said he would let me try natural options for a few months and see if my numbers improve. What should I do?” – Tomás R., Los Angeles, CA
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I recently started learning more about stress and the bad effects it has on the adrenal glands.

Q. Dear Terry, “I recently started learning more about stress and the bad effects it has on the adrenal glands. I’ve had a major increase in my stress levels over the past few months. What do you suggest I take to help my adrenal glands?” – Lucy K., Sterling Heights, MI
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I have reflux that acts up a lot at night.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have reflux that acts up a lot at night. I try to avoid the foods that trigger the reflux. Is there anything else I can do?” – Gerrie P., Ontario, Canada
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I was diagnosed with Raynaud’s syndrome a few years ago.

Q. Dear Terry, “I was diagnosed with Raynaud’s syndrome a few years ago. My hands turn white and sometimes other colors. I have been able to manage my symptoms pretty well by keeping my hands warm. Are there any supplements that can help with my condition?” – Amelia C., Knoxville, TN
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My mother is 84 and has gotten shingles. Is there anything she can do for it?

Q. Dear Terry, “My mother is 84 and has gotten shingles. Is there anything she can do for it?” – Jane T., Newark, NJ
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My husband has psoriasis and has not been able to tolerate the medications that were prescribed to him.

Q. Dear Terry, “My husband has psoriasis and has not been able to tolerate the medications that were prescribed to him. I’ve been trying to look into natural options to help. ” – Tanya K., Brandon, FL
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I had surgery two days ago on my shoulder.

Q. Dear Terry, “I had surgery two days ago on my shoulder. I was sent home with painkillers, but I’d rather not take them. What do you suggest to help with the pain?” – Shawn P., Alexandria, VA
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For the past several years, I have not been interested in intimacy.

Q. Dear Terry, “For the past several years, I have not been interested in intimacy. I’m not sure if it’s from stress or what else it could be. It’s starting to take a toll on my relationship. I’ve heard there are a couple medications, but the side effects look pretty scary. Is there something natural I can try instead?” – J.W., Milwaukee, WI
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What are your recommendations for helping with Lyme disease?

Q. Dear Terry, “What are your recommendations for helping with Lyme disease?” – Tyler M., Bangor, ME
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I have a cat that I adopted and I am very fond of, but I am very allergic to her.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have a cat that I adopted and I am very fond of, but I am very allergic to her. My eyes itch from the moment I wake up in the AM. I wash my hands often, especially after petting her, but it is still a problem. Is there a supplement that would help?” – Blenda L., Ocala, FL
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I was treated for breast cancer with chemotherapy and surgery.

Q. Dear Terry, “I was treated for breast cancer with chemotherapy and surgery. I just started taking tamoxifen and was told I will probably experience hot flashes and leg cramps. What can I supplement with to try and prevent these side effects?” – Mary M., Oshkosh, WI
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I read an article about ashwagandha and think it could really help with my stress levels.

Q. Dear Terry, “I read an article about ashwagandha and think it could really help with my stress levels. Can you tell me more about ashwagandha and if it’s safe to take daily?” – Elissa S., Tucson, AZ
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I have been reading a lot about melatonin and all of its health benefits.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have been reading a lot about melatonin and all of its health benefits. I always thought that melatonin was just for sleep. What is a good dose to take to get all of melatonin’s other benefits?” – Kelli V., Lakewood, CO
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I was diagnosed with cyclic mastalgia several years ago.

Q. Dear Terry, “I was diagnosed with cyclic mastalgia several years ago. Before my menstrual cycle, both of my breasts become extreme painful. One of my friends told me it could be from a hormone issue. Is there anything that might help?” – Angela S., St. Louis, MO
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