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I read one of your previous articles about breast cancer and you talked about a pathway in the body that could be activated, and how certain natural supplements can help. Can you tell us which supplements? -H.B., Bellevue, Washington
I’ve had fibromyalgia for the last 8 years, and I take Lyrica, Hydrocodone and citalopram for medicine. My local pharmacist said those are used to treat pain and depression but I want to make sure with you. And also, I’d like to know what natural alternatives I have. —S.D., Gainesville, Florida
I take loratadine all spring because of my allergies to pollen and grass. Is that the best antihistamine and are there natural ones? — S.M., Orlando, Florida
I’ve written before about “fountain of youth” hot spring waters which are super rich in minerals and sulfur compounds. These substances penetrate the skin and relieve muscle aches/spasms, arthritis and skin rashes…
You’ve said that if you have twitches, leg cramps, spasms or heart arrhythmias that you could be deficient in acid. What does this mean? I am taking an acid pill myself for reflux.
– L.B. Las Vegas, Nevada
Sometimes my tongue gets bald, red patches, or thick yellowish coatings on it. I can’t figure out why this happens, or what it means. My tongue looks nasty. Suzy, I don’t know who else to ask since it’s very embarrassing. My doctor says that it’s nothing to worry about. Do you agree? – A.P., Ocala, Florida
I just became a pharmacist and started reading your syndicated column. Your emphasis is usually centered around the benefits of vitamins, minerals or alternative treatments, as compared to prescription medications. Why don’t you recommend more of our gold standard pharmaceuticals which are FDA approved, unlike nutritional supplements? –JK, Gainesville, Florida
I have erectile dysfunction and routinely take Viagra. Is it safe and do you have a natural recommendation?
– L.B., Sacramento, California
My brother, father, and uncle all died of a heart attack in their early 50’s so I’m getting nervous. How can I help myself now? – G.H., Decatur, Illinois
After years of hiking without many problems, I began experiencing pain near my ankle and heel. My doctor diagnosed “Achilles tendonitis” and prescribed medicine which did reduce pain and swelling. I’m still worried I’ll not be able to hike again. What natural remedies keep this at bay? – J.S. Boulder, CO
I’ve had migraine headaches for 11 years and live on triptan drugs and ibuprofen. There must be something else I can do. Please lend some sensible “Suzy” insight, I’m desperate. –J.C., Tuscon, Arizona
I heard your lecture on free “The Gluten Summit” last week and was shocked to find out I take gluten every day in my medicine, and I’m a Celiac. Can you write more about this food additive? –P.M., Austin, Texas