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Ask Barry Questions on Tinnitus - April 2018

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

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Chemicals in Ginkgo Extract?

Hi Barry,

I am going through Ativan withdrawal and I'm very sensitive to chemicals, certain foods, OTC drugs, supplements, etc. How is your Ginkgo Biloba extracted? Do you use chemicals to do that? Are there chemicals in Arches Tinnitus Formula?

Thank you,
Cindy L.

Dear Cynthia,

Chemical solvents have to be used in the extraction of any herb. However, the quality of the chemicals is extremely important. Many low cost ginkgo extracts use harsh solvents, such as hexane or acetone, as the chemicals because they are less expensive. These leave toxic residues behind.

Arches Ginkgo Max 26/7®, our trademarked ginkgo extract, uses only water and pure ethyl alcohol. These are completely evaporated during processing and leave no chemical residue.

Also, many ginkgo extracts do not get rid of ginkgolic acid, a powerful allergen that causes many allergic reactions. Ginkgo Max 26/7 goes through a separate process that removes ginkgolic acid. On our Certificate of Analysis, ginkgolic acid is tested at less than 1 ppm (parts per million). This means it is undetectable.

Our proprietary ginkgo extract is the most concentrated, highly refined ginkgo on the world market. It was engineered by us to be the most effective ginkgo for people with tinnitus. Here is the Certificate of Analysis for the Ginkgo Max 26/7. You will not be able to obtain one of these for any other ginkgo product.

There are no chemicals used in the zinc and garlic in the product. All secondary materials used are hypoallergenic and non-toxic.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Lyme Disease and Pulsatile Tinnitus

Hello Barry,

A family member has tinnitus as a result of Lyme disease. I understand the implication of inflammation.  She has pulsatile tinnitus hearing her blood flow with no hearing loss thankfully. Can you recommend what supplements and in what amounts and or name brands would be beneficial.

Many thanks for your time.
Randy R.

Dear Randy,

Lyme disease often causes tinnitus. This is the first time I’ve heard of it causing pulsatile tinnitus, which is due to turbulent blood flow.

Fortunately, there is a new treatment for Lyme disease. It involves the use of Stevia extract, the plant based sugar substitute. Initial studies show the extract kills the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease more effectively than antibiotics. See an article on Lyme disease and this new treatment.

Hopefully, this new treatment will resolve the pulsatile tinnitus. If not, you should send your family member to a vascular surgeon for diagnosis. Once the exact cause of the turbulence is found, cure rates are high. Here’s an article on pulsatile tinnitus.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

Cardio Event Causes Tinnitus


Will anything help if tinnitus appeared after a CVA?


Dear Starr,

Ginkgo biloba may help. CVA refers to Cardiovascular Accident, usually an ischemic stroke, where blood supply is cut off to an area of the brain. This damages neurons and can cause numerous neurological side effects, such as tinnitus.

A clinical study published in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebral Vascular Disease shows ginkgo "protects against stroke-related neurological deficits in human subjects.”

Our pharmaceutical-grade Ginkgo Max 26/7® is a primary ingredient in Arches Tinnitus Formula. It should not be taken with prescription blood thinners, such as Coumadin, without the prescribing physician’s understanding and approval. If a prescription blood thinner is being taken, it can be reduced to compensate for the blood thinning effects of ginkgo. There are no other interactions besides being additive.

Ginkgo is great brain food. It should be taken for at least three months to get the full benefit. We recommend Arches Tinnitus Starter Kit, a full 100 day supply of four bottles.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

NOTE: Ask Barry is pleased to be able to answer your questions based upon the information we have available. Our answers to your email inquiries are not substitutes for a physician's advice nor are they reviewed by a physician. We encourage you to share any suggestions you have received from Ask Barry with your doctor.