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Ask Barry - February 2004

Do you have questions about tinnitus, our products or specific treatments? Ask Barry. Arches President Barry Keate will select the most representative questions each month publication. Regardless all questions will receive a personal reply from Barry.

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Hi Barry, I have read your newsletters and find then interesting. I have had tinnitus for about 6 years now. Noise induced tinnitus. I have read that gingko can thin the blood. If one is taking Arches for a long period of time, could there be a problem if one needed surgery or just in general. What studies have been done for the long term on taking your product? I have not yet tried your product but I would be interested since my tinnitus is unbearable most of the time. My tinnitus has gotten worse in the last few years. I am a hairdresser and the blow dryers play havoc on my ears. I do wear earplugs and head phones. Also,I heard there is a new medication out for tinnitus. My friends heard this on the news a few weeks ago and failed to write the number. Could you enlighten me with these few answers.

Thank you, Cooky

Hi Cooky; Thanks for your message. Yes, Ginkgo can and does thin the blood. We have a cautionary note on our website and labels that our products should not be taken with prescription blood thinners, unless under the supervision of a doctor, and should be discontinued two weeks prior to any surgical procedure, just like aspirin.

There have been studies conducted on long term use of Ginkgo and they show there is no bad effect whatsoever. There is no change in any organ, including the liver, there is no change in sugar metabolism, so it’s safe for diabetics, and it’s very heart healthy. Ginkgo actually reduces total cholesterol and helps dissolve plaque build up on artery walls so the body can eliminate it. It’s very good for the eyes and prevents glaucoma, and it improves memory and fights Alzheimer’s Disease.

I wrote an article on the general health benefits of ginkgo and am a firm believer that Ginkgo is perhaps the most healthy herb you can take for a variety of reasons.

I’ve been taking it for 10 years to help my tinnitus. The sound levels have not only been reduced by 2/3 but my cholesterol has been reduced from 250 to 170. At my last physical, the doctor told me the relationship between LDL and HDL was perfect.

I believe your friend may have been watching ABC Good Morning America. There was a program segment on there about Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. It’s not a new concept, it’s been around for about 10 years. It’s pretty expensive, costing around $5,000 and it takes 18 to 24 months to be effective. It has helped many people and you can find a TRT Center by searching for Tinnitus Retraining Therapy.

Wishing you quiet times,


Hi Barry, I am currently taking the Arches Tinnitus Relief Formula which you sent to me about 6 weeks ago. I am sure that my tinnitus in all probability was caused by the numerous stressful situations that has occurred in my life over the last two year, I have tried different anti-depressants which side effects have affected me. As I would rather be on a more natural substance, I was wondering if I can take the Arches Stress formula along with the Tinnitus Relief formula? I have been diagnosed with Meniere's disease with dis-equilibrium, with tinnitus being a part. In the meanwhile, I am finally noticing some relief regarding the tinnitus. I understand that it will take up to three months before I will see better results. I have been reading your question and answer sections from tinnitus sufferers and have to agree that stress or stressful situations do aggravate the tinnitus. I am learning to reduce my salt intake and also watch my caffeine intake. Thank you for your organization and caring concern to fellow tinnitus sufferers.

Looking forward to hearing from you. Christina

Hi Christina;

Thank you for your kind words. You can certainly take Arches Stress Formula with the Relief Formula. The Stress Formula is designed to help you in coping with increased stress.

Reducing salt is extremely important for both tinnitus and Meniere’s. It’s one of the first things most doctors recommend for equilibrium disorders. The other thing they recommend (your doctor has probably already said this) is a diuretic, or water pill. Meniere’s and other equilibrium disorders stem from increased fluid pressure in the balance canals. Diuretics will help reduce the fluid buildup. We published an article about Meniere’s disease and tinnitus in an earlier edition of our newsletter, Quiet Times.

Wishing you quiet times, Barry

Hi Barry,

Received my latest bottle of Arches Tinnitus Relief Formula,and noticed that the zinc had been increased, and the garlic had been decreased. Just curious as to how come?

Thanks Ragene

Hi Ragene;

We increased the zinc because we’ve been finding that zinc is extremely helpful for people with tinnitus. A clinical study published last year showed that 82% of tinnitus patients improved after taking 50 mg of zinc daily for 3 months. We’ve increased our daily dosage to 30 mg and advise our customers to take up to 20 mg more of chelated zinc daily.

The reason we didn’t increase it to 50 mg of zinc is that many individuals get zinc in their daily diet from other supplements. While 50 mg is therapeutic, higher dosages can inhibit the absorption of both copper and manganese. Since we sell to the general public and don’t know what other supplements our customers are taking, we felt 30 mg zinc to be the safest course. Generally, you would have to take in excess of 70 mg daily for several months for this to happen.

We reduced the odorless garlic due to a small number of people felt it gave them body odor and as well as our research showed 600 mg to still be therapeutic. The great majority of people have no problem with it. I think garlic is a wonderful herb that has many healing properties. My family cooks with it regularly but some people are very sensitive to it.

Wishing you quiet times,