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I have really intense breast pain that correlates with my menstrual cycle. My doctor calls it “cyclic mastalgia.”

Q. Dear Terry, “I have really intense breast pain that correlates with my menstrual cycle. My doctor calls it “cyclic mastalgia.” I’ve tried using a heating pad, ice packs, and pain relievers with temporary relief. I’m hoping you have some suggestions on how to reduce the pain with natural approaches. Any advice?” – E.Y., Philadelphia, PA
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What is your top recommendation for metabolic syndrome?

Q. Dear Terry, “At my last annual exam my doctor told me I have metabolic syndrome. I know I have some extra weight, blood sugar issues, and high blood pressure. I’m willing to try something natural while working on my diet and increasing exercise. I’m not the greatest at remembering to take multiple things. So what is your top recommendation for metabolic syndrome?”– Will D., Kenosha, WI
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What are some options for boosting energy without caffeine?

Q. Dear Terry, “I’m quitting coffee for a month to see if it decreases my anxiety. I really need some extra energy since I rely so much on coffee. What are some options for boosting energy without caffeine?” – Evan B., Longview, TX
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What are your top choices to age gracefully?

Q. Dear Terry, “What are your top choices to age gracefully?” – Lori G., Tempe, AZ
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I had to do some shoveling over the weekend and now I’m feeling some pain in my back, shoulders, and knees.

Q. Dear Terry, “I had to do some shoveling over the weekend and now I’m feeling some pain in my back, shoulders, and knees. I would like to avoid taking over-the-counter pain medications, but I need some relief. What do you suggest?” – Francisco Y., Buffalo, NY
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What can I take to help my digestion during the holiday season?

Q. Dear Terry, “Normally I follow a pretty healthy diet. But during the holiday season, I tend to eat at my family or friend’s houses. I can tell that some of the food doesn’t agree with me as I get gas, bloating, and discomfort. What can I take to help my digestion?”– Zak K., Ontario, Canada
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What can I take to get rid of herpes?

Q. Dear Terry, “What can I take to get rid of herpes? I take a prescription medication for prevention, but I don’t want to take it forever. What natural options are there?” – S.B., Los Angeles, CA
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I get heartburn after almost every meal.

Q. Dear Terry, “I get heartburn after almost every meal. My doctor told me to lose weight and take a medication. I’m working on losing weight, but I don’t want to take a medication. Are there any herbs or natural medicines I can try instead? ”– Hugh P., Centennial, CO
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My mother-in-law has congestive heart failure (CHF). I heard that CoQ10 can be helpful for CHF.

Q. Dear Terry, “My mother-in-law has congestive heart failure (CHF). I heard that CoQ10 can be helpful for CHF. How much should she take?” – Heather L., Lakeville, MN
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I saw that high levels of cortisol can be really damaging to the body.

Q. Dear Terry, “I saw that high levels of cortisol can be really damaging to the body. I’ve had really high stress levels for most of my life and probably high cortisol levels too. What can I do to reverse the damage that has been done?” – Kat H., Hammond, IN
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I have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), even though I don’t have any symptoms.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), even though I don’t have any symptoms. My doctor said there aren’t any medications specifically for NAFLD, but I wouldn’t take them anyway. I’m interested in learning about natural ways to help my liver. What are your recommendations?” – Forrest S., Oklahoma City, OK
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My dog has a spinal cord condition that is causing her to have accidents in the house.

Q. Dear Terry, “My dog has a spinal cord condition that is causing her to have accidents in the house. She’s really healthy otherwise, but because of her age surgery isn’t really an option. Is there anything I can give her to hopefully reduce the accidents?”– Brandy T., Kenner, LA
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I don’t get outside much this time of the year. How much vitamin D should I take?

Q. Dear Terry, “I don’t get outside much this time of the year. How much vitamin D should I take?” – Jolene P., Minot, ND
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I’ve developed some really bad allergies over the past year.

Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve developed some really bad allergies over the past year. I can’t figure out what I’m allergic to and it seems to be a year-round issue. My doctor recommended some medications or allergy shots, but I’m not interested in either. What do you recommend for naturally dealing with allergies?”– Patrick G., Louisville, KY
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I read that elderberry is helpful for the immune system.

Q. Dear Terry, “I read that elderberry is helpful for the immune system. I’m wondering if I can give elderberry to my 10-year-old son? He seems to keep catching everything that goes around at school and I can’t afford to stay home with him all the time.” – Jessica C., Houston, TX
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I was sick a few weeks ago with a cold. I recovered quickly, but then I got shingles.

Q. Dear Terry, “I was sick a few weeks ago with a cold. I recovered quickly, but then I got shingles. I’ve had several shingles outbreaks in the past year. I’m so frustrated! What can I do?” – Mallory R., Orlando, FL
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My legs move around a lot when I’m trying to sleep.

Q. Dear Terry, “My legs move around a lot when I’m trying to sleep. While I haven’t received a diagnosis from a doctor, it seems like “restless leg syndrome.” I plan to see my doctor in a couple weeks, but is there anything I can try now?”– Andie H., Idaho Falls, ID
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What kind of health benefits does andrographis have and how much should I take?

Q. Dear Terry, “I read that andrographis can be helpful for the body. What kind of health benefits does andrographis have and how much should I take?” – Nolan C., Henderson, NV
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I’ve read that glutathione is important for detoxification. My question is can you take glutathione daily and how much?

Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve read that glutathione is important for detoxification. I have a history of chemical exposures and I want to help my body detoxify. My question is can you take glutathione daily and how much?” – Bethany A., Milwaukee, WI
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I have been working with a chiropractor to help manage my low back pain.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have been working with a chiropractor to help manage my low back pain. I’ve been doing some at-home stretching, walking when the pain isn’t too bad, and trying to work on my posture. I’ve used over-the-counter pain medications in the past, but I know they can be harmful.  What can I take for my back pain that is safe and natural?”– Selma K., Washington, D.C.
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