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I used to take medication for my acid reflux, but I stopped because it wasn’t working anymore.

Q. Dear Terry, “I used to take medication for my acid reflux, but I stopped because it wasn’t working anymore. I try my best to avoid foods and drinks that trigger my reflux. I would like to try and find other natural ways to help with this issue. What do you suggest?”– Andre S., New Rochelle, NY
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Do you have any suggestions on how to stop snoring?

Q. Dear Terry, “Do you have any suggestions on how to stop snoring?” – Judi B., Green Bay, WI
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I recently read an article that talked about the health benefits of ashwagandha.

Q. Dear Terry, “I recently read an article that talked about the health benefits of ashwagandha. I think I could really benefit from taking this herb. Is it safe to take every day?” – Gabby R., Fresno, CA
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My husband has gout flares a few times per year, despite being on prescription medications.

Q. Dear Terry, “My husband has gout flares a few times per year, despite being on prescription medications. His doctor recommended cutting back on red meat and alcohol, which he has been doing. What other natural solutions do you have for gout?” – Alex B., Madison, WI
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I have some circulation issues due to a heart condition.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have some circulation issues due to a heart condition. Most of the time I don’t notice it, but other times my hands and feet get cold or tingle, or I become dizzy. I’ve seen many doctors and tried many medications, but no one has the answer. What natural remedies do you recommend for helping with circulation?”– Lupe G., Fort Worth, TX
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My senior dog is having some urinary incontinence issues, especially when she gets really excited.

Q. Dear Terry, “My senior dog is having some urinary incontinence issues, especially when she gets really excited. The veterinarian said its normal as dogs age, but I’d still like to try something natural and see if it helps. What do you suggest?” – Donna K., Memphis, TN
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I wake up at least twice every night to urinate.

Q. Dear Terry, “I wake up at least twice every night to urinate. My prostate has increased in size, but it is benign. I would really like to decrease the amount of times I get up at night, so I can sleep better. What natural options are there?” – Gary M., Great Falls, MT
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I went to the doctor because I feel tired all the time and I was diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia.

Q. Dear Terry, “I went to the doctor because I feel tired all the time and I was diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia. I heard iron can cause constipation, so I haven’t started taking any yet. What kind of iron do you recommend?”– Missy W., Columbia, SC
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I’m experiencing some perimenopause symptoms, like hot flashes and low energy.

Q. Dear Terry, “I’m experiencing some perimenopause symptoms, like hot flashes and low energy. I know menopause is a natural occurrence, but I’m hoping there are herbs that can help ease this transition. What can I try?” – Toni L., Shreveport, LA
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My husband was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis several years back.

Q. Dear Terry, “My husband was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis several years back. He does have issues with his heart as well, but it seems that the pulmonary fibrosis has come to the forefront now. He is consistently short of breath. What would you recommend to help his lungs and breathing?” – Judy A., Davenport, FL
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My husband is having trouble in the bedroom.

Q. Dear Terry, “My husband is having trouble in the bedroom. He’s too embarrassed to ask the doctor for medication. Is there anything natural he could take?”– S.K., Minneapolis, MN
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My sister has been suffering with lichen planus and it causes sores in her mouth that are very uncomfortable.

Q. Dear Terry, “My sister has been suffering with lichen planus and it causes sores in her mouth that are very uncomfortable. She is in her 60's and the only thing the doctor recommends is steroids, which she does not want to take because of immune and sleep issues. Are there any natural remedies you would suggest for this condition?” – Jill M., Lake Geneva, WI
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My neck hurts really bad today from falling asleep on the couch.

Q. Dear Terry, “My neck hurts really bad today from falling asleep on the couch. I’ve tried stretching and some over-the-counter pain medications, but the pain is not going away. What else can I try?” – Mal L., Honolulu, HI
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I have arthritis in both knees that is worse in the morning.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have arthritis in both knees that is worse in the morning. My main issue is the stiffness, which gets better throughout the day. I don’t want to take any drugs and want to use natural stuff if possible. Any suggestions?”– Bruce M., Dallas, TX
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I have the gene mutation (MTHFR) where I need to take B vitamins that are in the active form.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have the gene mutation (MTHFR) where I need to take B vitamins that are in the active form. I tried shopping for a B complex, but I don’t know what forms are “active.” Can you help?” – Gabriella S., San Juan, Puerto Rico
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My 23-year-old daughter developed breast cysts a few years ago.

Q. Dear Terry, “My 23-year-old daughter developed breast cysts a few years ago. Her doctor said they aren’t cancerous and are “benign”. The cysts become very painful during her menstrual cycle. I’m looking for something natural to help her. What do you suggest?” – Jamie R., Kansas City, MO
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A few years ago, my fingers started changing colors when I got cold.

Q. Dear Terry, “A few years ago, my fingers started changing colors when I got cold. The doctor told me I have Raynaud’s Syndrome. The only other trigger I’ve found, aside from temperature, is when I get stressed. What do you recommend to help my hands?” – Aubrey C., Milwaukee, WI
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I have some extra weight and cholesterol issues.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have some extra weight and cholesterol issues. A friend told me that berberine might be able to help. I don’t like taking medications and would like something natural to try. Is berberine a good choice? ”– Jose R., Las Cruces, NM
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I was on an antibiotic late December 2020. I was experiencing side effects, like diarrhea and low energy, for several weeks.

Q. Dear Terry, “I was on an antibiotic late December 2020. I was experiencing side effects, like diarrhea and low energy, for several weeks. I started taking probiotics two weeks ago and noticed some relief. I was just diagnosed with C diff, which I was told was a side effect of the antibiotic. Now my doctor put me on another antibiotic and told me C diff is serious and most people don’t fully recover. Do you have any advice as to help with a full recovery?”– Shirley M., Los Angeles, CA
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I have Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD).

Q. Dear Terry, “I have Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD). My wife says I kick violently at times throughout the night during sleep and I wake up tired. What are some natural supplements I can possibly take to help this condition?” – Jeff W., Birmingham, AL
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