You aren’t helpless when it comes to stopping flu viruses, colds, respiratory infections, and the severity of shingles. You aren’t helpless because I’m about to tell you all the natural ways you can boost your immune system and fight viruses, shingles, and respiratory infections —naturally. In fact, you can have a finely tuned immune system and fight off viral attacks.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have an underperforming thyroid and it’s been this way for years. I’m ready to make some serious changes in my life and help get my energy levels back. What can I do to help support my thyroid?” — Jolene R., Alexandria, VA
Q. Dear Terry, “I recently had my gall bladder removed and the surgery was uncomplicated. However, now I seem to experience diarrhea more than I used to. My doctor said this is normal. Is there anything natural I can take to help?” — S.D., Los Angeles, CA
Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Individuals who are persistently sad, anxious or experience an empty mood with feelings of hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities including sex, are candidates for treatment of depression. Depression also can include insomnia, or the opposite - excessive sleeping, agitation, decreased energy, fatigue or a sense of going through life in slow motion. They may also experience low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt. They may experience difficulty in concentrating or remembering and making decisions. Severe cases may have recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, contemplate a suicide attempt or have a specific suicide plan.
Typically doctors will prescribe a medication such as an SSRI (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor), which includes Prozac. However, these types of drugs have common side effects which include nausea, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, drowsiness, diarrhea, dry mouth, loss of appetite, sweating, tremors, short term memory loss and rashes. As if all of this weren’t bad enough, most antidepressants also reduce your sex drive. Studies that looked specifically at sexual dysfunction found that 30 - 40% of all men and women taking antidepressants suffered a drop in libido.
So, how can you effectively address depression with a natural antidepressant and without side effects? Here comes St. John’s Wort to the rescue. For a fraction of the cost, this herb can be as effective as prescription antidepressants without the numerous side effects that often accompany the drugs. Dozens of clinical studies have demonstrated St. John’s Wort remarkable ability to alleviate mild to moderate depression as well as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is depression brought on by the absence of sunlight. The proper dosage can be accomplished by taking a 900 mg tablet first thing in the morning. Taking 1 tablet daily will provide significant, effective results for the next 24 hours. For those who are not depressed, St. John’s Wort can improve moods and act as the best blues buster while increasing sexual desire. Everyone can lead a happier life using St. John’s Wort.
TODAY'S WORD From Joel and Victoria
Anxious for Nothing
So many people today are living uptight, worried and anxious about the future, filled with frustration and concern. In the natural there may be good reason, but understand, that is not God’s best. God doesn’t want us to live in anxiety and frustration; He wants us to live in peace. You can find rest in Him knowing that no matter what is happening around you, God Almighty has His hand on you.
The next time you’re tempted to worry or be anxious about something, remember this verse. God invites us to come to Him. In fact, the Bible says He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. But notice, we can’t just come to Him any old way. He wants us to come to Him with a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving. Begin by simply saying, “Father in heaven, thank You for the privilege to come before You. Thank You for hearing my prayers.” As you come to Him with an open and humble heart, He will hear you and fill you with His peace and joy all the days of your life.
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