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What herbs do you recommend for UTIs?

Q. Dear Terry, “I just had my third urinary tract infection (UTI) this year. I’ve done all of the recommended hygiene things, increased water intake, and many other things. I’m so frustrated with these UTIs. What herbs do you recommend for UTIs?”– G.P., Appleton, WI
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I have seasonal affective disorder and tend to feel the worst in late fall and winter.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have seasonal affective disorder and tend to feel the worst in late fall and winter. Last year, I started taking extra vitamin D and that seemed to help a little bit. I still feel like I need more mood support, but I don’t want to take a prescription drug. What natural options are there for seasonal affective disorder?” – Nathan N., Portland, ME
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I recently stopped taking my anxiety medication with the help of my naturopathic doctor.

Q. Dear Terry, “I recently stopped taking my anxiety medication with the help of my naturopathic doctor. I started counseling and made some other healthy changes. Overall, I feel like I’m doing pretty good, but some days my anxiety seems to be worse than others. What do you suggest for anxiety?” – Sydney K., Albuquerque, NM
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My husband has been snoring for years.

Q. Dear Terry, “My husband has been snoring for years. I wake up several times a night due to his snoring. He tried the snoring adhesive strips and they didn’t make a difference. Are there any herbs or natural things that can help?”– Elaine K., Midland, TX
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At my last doctor’s appointment, I was told my iron levels were low-normal and I was almost anemic.

Q. Dear Terry, “At my last doctor’s appointment, I was told my iron levels were low-normal and I was almost anemic. I don’t eat a lot of red meat, which I know is a good source of iron. I would rather just take an iron supplement. What should I look for in an iron supplement?” – Riley N., Allentown, PA
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For the past two months both of my legs have become swollen.

Q. Dear Terry, “For the past two months both of my legs have become swollen. I had a lot of tests done and the doctors ruled out heart issues and other things. They don’t really know what is causing the swelling. I’ve been using some compression stockings and they help for a short period of time. Since the doctors can’t figure this out, I want to look for natural options. What can I take to get rid of this swelling?” – Jayne S., Detroit, MI
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My daughter started getting acne a couple of years ago.

Q. Dear Terry, “My daughter started getting acne a couple of years ago. She tried medication and topical creams, but they didn’t really help and actually irritated her skin more. I have been looking into natural options instead. What is your approach to acne?” – Janel P., Peoria, IL
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I have all of the symptoms of low thyroid, but my lab tests are normal.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have all of the symptoms of low thyroid, but my lab tests are normal. I read that you can have thyroid issues and still have normal thyroid labs. My doctor isn’t concerned about my thyroid, but I am. What can I do to help my thyroid?” – Victoria L., Alberta, Canada
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What natural options do you recommend for ulcerative colitis?

Q. Dear Terry, “What natural options do you recommend for ulcerative colitis? And what dosage?” – Neil M.
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What are your top suggestions for Alzheimer’s disease?

Q. Dear Terry, “What are your top suggestions for Alzheimer’s disease?” – Tarra R., Dallas, TX
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My knees are really stiff and sore in the morning.

Q. Dear Terry, “My knees are really stiff and sore in the morning. The stiffness usually gets better throughout the day. I’ve been trying to walk every day, which seems to help a little bit. What else can I do?” – Andre V., Spokane, WA
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I’ve been hearing a lot from my friends and family about the importance of zinc, especially to protect against viruses.

Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve been hearing a lot from my friends and family about the importance of zinc, especially to protect against viruses. Is zinc safe to take daily and how much?” – Faith P., Aurora, CO
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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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