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My 10-year-old son has several small warts on his hands.

Q. Dear Terry, “My 10-year-old son has several small warts on his hands. He’s a little self-conscious of them. Before I consider some type of wart removal, is there anything else he could try?” — Larisa B., Pompano Beach, FL

A. Dear Larisa, I believe diet is very important for overall health and your son should eliminate any refined sugar and carbohydrates. For more information on this, you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: and You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

Most warts are caused by a viral infection that attacks the top layer of skin. Therefore, the proper way to eliminate warts is to strengthen the body’s immune system so it can kill the virus naturally. In addition to the dietary changes, I also have some recommendations I believe will help.

One of my favorite botanicals for dealing with viruses is elderberry. Elderberry neutralizes the virus particles so they cannot enter the cell and it helps with immune system activation, which can help reduce the spread of viral infections. The elderberry I recommend is very safe and can be taken daily.

This special elderberry is standardized for anthocyanin content. I also think vitamins A, C, D3, and E, along with calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and bioflavonoids work synergistically with elderberry to keep the immune system functioning optimally. All of these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, or immune-supportive properties.

I would have your son take 300 mg of elderberry per day, along with the other supportive ingredients.

Additionally, I think propolis would be a great addition. Propolis is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral so it is a great choice for children and adults alike. Make sure you use propolis that comes from a controlled and managed bee population so the material provides consistent levels of bacteria, virus, and fungi fighting compounds. Look for a clinically studied propolis that is purified and contains no beeswax. For daily support, I would have your son take propolis once per day.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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