While I have
written articles in the past at LR that have addressed heart
and other maladies, I hadn’t yet addressed every-day and emergent
health problems that cause Americans to run to the doctor.
begin to stock their home medicine chest with items that will avert
or forestall a visit to the doctor. Many of the most common reasons
to visit a doctor, stomach pains, chest pains, fever, cough, headaches,
sore throats, infections, toothaches, back aches, can be handled
with low-cost remedies at home. Here are some proven home remedies:
hundreds of thousands of Americans visit the
hospital emergency room every year due to food poisoning. The
food chain is contaminated and animal
is a huge problem that poisons water and food.
The bacteria count in meat and dairy products has increased 100-fold
in recent decades as domesticated animals are fed grain instead
of grass which alkalinizes their digestive tract. Stomach acid
is the primary defense against incoming germs found in food and
poisoning occurs, diarrhea and fever will come hours after exposure,
sometimes at hours when doctors are not easily accessible. If
you have a bottle of bismuth (Pepto-Bismol) handy, it will coat
the lining of your digestive tract and the germs can’t continue
to replicate and your symptoms will rapidly subside.
food poisoning before it occurs:
Hundreds of thousands of
Americans rush to hospital emergency rooms each year due to food
poisoning. There are simple ways to prevent food poisoning.
harbors a bug called campylobacter. Beef harbors E. coli. Salmonella
is commonly found in meat and dairy products.
to these foods kill any bacteria that may survive heat. A Cornell
University study shows that garlic,
onion, oregano and allspice
kill off all food-borne germs.
Save a trip to the doctor’s office and spice up your foods.
– some people with gum disease brush their teeth with diluted
oil of oregano to kill off the acid-forming bacteria that causes
gum inflammation and destroys dental enamel.
or clove oil for toothache
: maybe you can find a doc-in-the-box
or emergency room that is open in the wee hours of night, but
a throbbing toothache will not likely be quelled till your dentist’s
office opens the next morning. Cloves and clove oil, applied
topically, are well known to quell a toothache. In a head-to-head
oil was found to provide anesthesia equal to benzocaine
the numbing medicine dentists use.
peroxide and therapeutic oils for middle ear infection
Hydrogen peroxide can be safely instilled into the ear canal
at the first sign of an ear infection. After peroxide bubbles
for a short while it will turn from H2O2 to H2O – totally non-toxic water. Not to worry –
it is safe. Begin instilling hydrogen peroxide in the ear canal
of children at the first sign of a cold as the infection may
gravitate to the ear canal days later. In an animal study, oil
of basil cured or healed 56–75% of experimental cases of
middle ear infection
. While home treatment is encouraged,
don’t let ear infections in children linger without seeing a
doctor, or this may result in permanent hearing loss.
sore throat, gargle with salt water or baking soda: the
mouth is full of acid-forming bacteria (primarily streptococcus).
A raw throat that is not coated with mucus will permit bacteria
will dig in and within hours you have a sore (strep) throat.
At the very first sign (a tickle in the back of your throat),
begin gargling with something alkaline like warm salt water
or baking soda water, which will kill off the acid-forming bacteria.
how many people forget to gargle at the first sign of a sore throat
and later have to run to the doctor for antibiotics. Forget to
gargle and you may end up with inflamed tonsils, bronchitis, and
other upper respiratory symptoms.
(NAC) for bronchitis. Bronchitis, usually caused by a viral
infection, is a common reason to obtain care from a doctor. Bronchitis
is experienced as a chronic cough or clearing of the throat, and
it emanates from mucus accumulating in the windpipe or deeper
in the lungs. Millions of Americans suffer with chronic every-day
bronchitis or smoker’s cough.
cause of a chronic tickling cough at the back of the throat is
dry eye. When glands in the eyelids do not secrete a sufficient
amount of oils and mucin onto the surface of the eyes, a water
gland located above the brow is switched on, creating a stream
of watery tears that flows into the nasal passages via a drain
(punctum) in the eyelids, and then drips onto the epiglottis,
which then causes a person to continually clear their throat.
If your eyes are watery, red, burning, and your skin is dry and
your nails are brittle, and you have a chronic tickling cough,
these are indicators you need to supplement
the diet with essential oils
. A combination of flaxseed
will stimulate glands in the eyelids to secrete a sufficient
amount of oil to coat the eyes and reduce evaporation of tears,
and the water gland switches off, and no more tickling cough.
D for colds and flu or any other types of infection.
recently have infectious disease investigators learned that vitamin
D creates an antibiotic
(cathelicidin). This discovery opens a whole new era
in the control and prevention of infectious disease – in particular, influenza
and the common cold
colds and flu, at least 2000 IU (international units) for children
and 5000 IU for adults is recommended. Therapeutic doses range
from 10,000 to 50,000 IU, with many adults reporting rapid disappearance
of common cold symptoms (in minutes) at this dosage range.
Americans are unduly concerned about overdose of vitamin D, a
full hour of midday summer sun will produce ~10,000 IU of natural
vitamin D without side effects and for many years doctors have
injected 250,000 IU vitamin D in a single day for wintertime protection
without reported side effect. Ignore health authorities who warn
against overdoses and have intentionally kept this remedy from
the public for far too long.
with young children should have liquid and chewable vitamin D
available. The Vitamin
has an online array of 50 products to choose from,
including D for kids, high and low-dose D, and its famous 30-Minutes-Of-Sunshine
pill. It also offers The Uncensored Family Guide To Vitamin D,
by this author, free.
remedies for pain and inflammation.
Pain is a major reason
for visits to the doctor’s office. Common over-the-counter pain
relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen are fraught with side effects
and it is sad to realize thousands of Americans have died needlessly
from side effects produced by prescription or non-prescription
anti-inflammatory drugs. There is no
safe prescription or over-the-counter pain pill
remedies for headache.
Unbearable headache is another common
reason for doctors’ office visits. There are many causes of headache
so it may be difficult to pinpoint a cause and match it with a
home remedy. However, migraine headaches are usually caused by
a spasm within blood vessels around the eyes and forehead.
and intestinal gas are common
has been shown to be effective in relieving intestinal
gas, which is a commonly reported problem. Activated charcoal
can be found in drug and health food stores. Fennel seed is
often provided in east Indian restaurants as a traditional digestive
aid and it is known to adsorb intestinal gas. As an aside, fennel
was convincingly shown to relieve menstrual-related discomfort
better than a commonly-prescribe drug. Fennel seed is available
as a spice or dietary supplement capsule.
(reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus) is a most common
reason to rush to the doctor to obtain a prescription antacid.
Most of these heartburn medications induce nutrient deficiencies
via reduction of stomach acid and are also intentionally designed
to create rebound heartburn if a patient stops taking the drug.
of alcohol and strong coffee is often helpful for this condition.
Prescription drugs often induce heartburn. When bedtime heartburn
is experienced, prop your head up on a pillow to prevent backflow
of stomach acid into the esophagus.
drugs are histamine blockers (histamine is required for stomach
acid secretion). Quercetin, a natural histamine blocker found
in red onions and red apple peel, is available as a dietary supplement
reduce the severity of esophageal reflux
pain is another common reason to pay an expensive visit to the
may be helpful for this condition. In Germany, an
extract obtained from Devil’s
(botanical name Harpagophytum procumbens
50 milligrams of the active ingredient harpagoside, has been shown
to be as effective as prescription pain relievers with fewer side
sinusitis (sinus infection) is a very common and poorly treated
. It usually emanates from fungal infection of the
sinus cavities and is very chronic in nature. People continually
exposed to contaminated water, like surfers and water skiers,
often complain of this problem. Oil of oregano taken orally,
3 times a day, is often helpful in quelling this agonizing condition.
and use of these and other natural remedies should save thousands
of dollars in out-of-pocket health care expenses and increase school
and work productivity.
Natural Medicine Chest
Oil of oregano
– oil or capsules
or crushed cloves
1000 IU mint
5000 IU mint
– extract of cocoa bean
Flax + borage