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Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 21, 2011 at 8:37 am

If more folks would try eating organic, leaving alone the “hfcs soda”, taking a good “raw” vitamin everyday and using the natural cures GOD gave us, we’d sure be a lot healthier. People need to stop running to the doctor, seeking antibiotics for colds, etc. While I was working (Nurse) in our local hospital ER, I couldn’t believe the amount of people coming to the ER with their kids, wanting antibiotics for a snotty head & a productive cough. Yah, it’s called a COLD. Push good clean water, juices, suction the kids nose with a baby bulb syringe. A tsp. of super silver, 2X’s a day, and some homemade cough syrup (garlic & onion soaked in honey) would have helped the baby to cough up & out any mucous. Using onion & garlic soaked in olive oil, applied to the childs feet at bedtime (socks on) would also break up any chest/nose congestion. It was stupid, how these parents immediately wanted the ER doc to “give my baby a shot”……..antibiotics were not called for.
Everyone needs to start thinking as if there were NO doctors handy. Use your head. Read & learn about natural cures. Very simple to learn & apply. Tinctures are wonderful, too. Make your own!!!! All the info is right in front of you. Just read…..I’ll take my chances, anyday, with natural cures vs big pharma poisons.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1StrictlyStock
January 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

AMEN! What you describe is what was the norm 50 or more years ago.

Our society has succumbed to a desire for instant gratification with no personal effort expended.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

No kidding!! I’m appalled at how many people would rather use antibiotics, than to take the time to eat healthy, use natures cures, and take responsibility for their health. Everyone has been brainwashed into believing “pills” are the cure-all. Upset stomach…take a pill, feeling stressed….take a pill, can’t role in the hay like you once could….take a pill. It’s disgusting….and crippling us.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
January 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I agree with you 100% on the benefits of taking care of yourself rather than running to the doctor every time you get a sniffle, but it’s also important to realize that many people just aren’t going to agree with us…or even have the energy to evaluate our position.

People only have so much mental bandwidth and many are so far behind the 8 ball that they just don’t have the ability to think about their health and they can’t do anything but abdicate the responsibility for their health to a doctor/medical system.

I’m not saying that the situation necessarily excuses them from thinking and personal responsibility, but I do sympathize with people who are too overwhelmed to do the research necessary to take ownership for their health.

If that’s you…hold on, and keep taking small bites 🙂

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 26, 2011 at 11:30 am

I have a good friend who was diagnosed with Diabetes, 4 yrs ago. She immediately began drinking the “diet soda” and within 1 yr, she was displaying symptoms of MS. I tried to tell her it was from the diet pop. Her condition became worse & worse, until she ended up having a stroke. This is a 37 yr old w/f with no history of high BP. Her eating habits were/are atrocious. Being they have limited funds for food (after bills) she buys the pre-packaged junk, lots of white rice, potatoes, etc. No fresh veggies. They eat very little meat, other than ground beef or bacon. She has the mental capacity to understand that what she’s eating is contributing to her over-all worsening health, yet cannot do a whole lot about it. She hasn’t worked for over 6 yrs, due to ill health, and doesn’t qualify for SSDI. I know her health would improve, dramatically, if she’d leave the diet pop alone and start eating fresh veggies and taking a good raw vitamin. How do these folks with limited money ever expect to get healthier if they’re stuck on this hamsters wheel of low income and poor foods? Of course, the state pays for her meds & physician visits, but she doesn’t qualify for food stamps. I don’t get it????

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Vote -1 Vote +1tveng
January 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Amen to that, this is how my parents and grandparents taught me. My son was very sick early on in his life and had to have several minor operations we still dealt with the daily struggles of colds, flus etc. (even with both children going to day care everyday) personally I believe its the mentallity of the people, they are to lazy and uncaring to do it right and expect a shot or pill to just fix it. Personally I haven’t been to a doctor in years I may have the flu once every 2 or 3 years take a little Vitamin C and it’s gone, otherwise even when the family gets sick I usually do not even display symptoms. Should I start a nature regiment now or stick with my natural defenses?

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Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Sounds like you have things under control. Far as your child, and the issues you’re dealing with, I’d make sure he/she was on a good, raw vitamin. Probiotics are another resource to stay healthy. Cuts colds down to maybe once a year, and you just feel better. Try the Probiotics. You won’t be sorry. You will be amazed though 🙂 Stock up on them. Vit D3 is another good vitamin to do daily. Children usually take 2,000u daily. Adults 5,000u daily. Let us know if this helps.

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Vote -1 Vote +1susie
January 21, 2011 at 8:37 am

How do you get these vitams/herbs in a form your little ones will take?

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
January 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Great question…It’s easy when you’re nursing…they get what mama gets.

For the most part, we’ve knocked out almost all of the bugs that they’ve caught with essential oils…on their feet, on their chest, and diffused into the air.

Our older one also takes elderberry syrup…which is no problem at all.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Robert
January 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

Get the stuff ready in a spoon and then hold their nose closed. When they open their mouth (for air, to protest, etc.) pour the ‘goodies’ down the hatch. LOL *;>

On a more serious note just eat and serve wholesome food in your household. The kids will get used to the good stuff in a few weeks. If they refuse to eat then do not offer a junk food reward — offer more good food next meal. (No snacks) Just do not have the ‘junk’ available in your house. Especially soda pop and cold cereal. Go easy on the pastries and candy too. (Say once a week)

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Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

Very carefully 🙂 If I had small kids, and was trying to get the herbal remedies down their little throats, I’d disguise the stuff in applesauce or organic chocolate pudding (the stuff is delicious). I use the raw milk making the organic pudding. Just getting your kids to take a daily raw vitamin/probiotics would make such an impact on their health. Start with your water, and whether it’s flouridated or not. If it is, get rid of it.
Use a good water filter (Berkey) and start there. If you’re using good water (well) or a good water filter, that’s 1/2 the battle to good health. The herbal remedies are gravy.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 21, 2011 at 8:51 am

Elderberry tincture is SO SIMPLE to make, too. I use 1 tsp everynight in a cup of Dandelion tea. Any medicinal tea is OK. I prefer the Dandelion tea. Having a good water filter is essential, also. We have well water, and having the Berkey makes our water even more enjoyable.

Empty Mason jar
Elderberries (dehydrated): 1 cup
Vodka or cheap Whiskey: pour over (enough to cover) the berries
Use a well fitting lid
Set in a cabinet…..shake once daily, for 6 weeks.
Strain the berries out of the tincture. Fill small colored bottles with glass droppers.
(I use old Straus Heart Drop bottles)

“Make sure you write the date on the jar that you started the tincture, along with the date the tincture will be finished steeping”

This tincture is a favorite….and it works!!! Keeps your immune system strong.

Good Luck 🙂

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Vote -1 Vote +1cathie
January 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm

thanks for all that great info..i’ve added it to my natural get well notes…on the elderberry tincture…do you have any info on how long it will stay viable? thanks again for your comments!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm

The Elderberry keeps for up to 1 yr. I make my own Echinacea, also. That keeps for almost 2 yrs.

The herbal tinctures go down real easy when you mix with fruit juice, or even water and a little honey. Echinacea is bitter, and kids don’t care for the taste. Just stay away from sugar. Use raw honey!! Go to your local Health Food store and get some raw, local honey. It helps with kids allergies, too.

Stay Well 🙂

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
January 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm

If you don’t make your own elderberry syrup and buy it premade, the ones that we have and that I’ve paid attention to have a 1-2 year shelflife, assuming storage at room temperature before opening and refrigeration after opening.

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Vote -1 Vote +1shirley
January 27, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Where do you buy elderberry syrup? Also, I really like the Urban Survival Course. I have been going through the course late at night, and printing it out, punching holes, and putting it all in a binder notebook. Thank you. P.S. I love Natural Medicine, so all these things you’ve made your newsletter on, and the comments, are just great!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Don Ruane
January 21, 2011 at 9:00 am

Dave.

Any recommendations on Homeopathy books you have used?

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Vote -1 Vote +1Shawn
January 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Hi Don!
A few I’ve used and I like are, “Herbal Preparations and Natural Therapies”, its a set of DVD’s by Debra St. Clair that is pretty good. Shows to to harvest, make, and use the different therapies.

Also, I’d recommend when you can afford it, I bought the survival herb seeds. These are all Heirloom seeds, so you can harvest your own seeds to replant. It has a variety of I THINK 22 different plants (Its in the deep freeze) so would have to go pull it out and look.

So the only other thing you’d need is to get some asst. bottles, maybe some vodka, etc. Depending on what you want to make and how you want to prepare it.

Some are external medicines, not internal, so you’d want to put them on, and then as it said above on the feet, put socks on, or a bandage, etc…..to cover the area.

If you need further specifics let me know, I’ve got some others I use, read. watch too.

Shawn

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Vote -1 Vote +1Cathy
January 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Hi Don,
I am a Master Herbalist and one book I refer to a lot when I am counseling a client is ” Prescription for Nutritional Healing”. by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC. It is a book I believe every household should have. You can get it at Barnes and Nobles or Borders. Best to you and yours.

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Vote -1 Vote +1StrictlyStock
January 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

“God Given Herbs for the Healing of Mankind”; G. Richard Culp, O.D.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 22, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I got the majority of my herbal remedy books through Herbal Healer. They have some wonderful “do it yourself” books. Easy directions, and they’ll even send you video’s, showing “step by step” instructions. You can’t screw ’em up.

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
January 22, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I actually don’t have any homeopathic books I can recommend. I know that homeopathy works for many people, and that there are volumes of anecdotes of it’s validity, but I just can’t wrap my scientific, analytical mind around it.

To be clear, homeopathy is different than any of the natural remedies that I mentioned. One of the bases of homeopathy is that if you dillute something 1000 times, it becomes stronger than something taken at full strength. I just don’t get it, I can’t wrap my head around it, and I haven’t found double blind tests that show homeopathic treatments to be effective.

In fact, if you notice, the other responses to your question weren’t books on homeopathy…they were books on natural medicine.

If that confuses the issue instead of helping, let me know.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jim
January 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Hi David,
Homeopathy is energetic medicine, not chemical medicine. That’s why so many can’t ‘wrap their heads around it’ – it requires a paradigm shift, not just an expansion of knowledge at the same level.

It’s a lot like the difference between making TNT vs. nuclear power. How could splitting just one teensy, tiny atom make so much energy? vs. a huge chemical reaction (like detonating TNT)? Paradigm shift.

A homeopathic remedy is created by dilution and shaking, the more that is done, the more potent the remedy. The dilution and shaking (succussion) process potentizes the remedy. As in many things, a more potent remedy is not always the best answer to each situation. I’ll stop here, as things get considerably more complex. (perhaps a book may help: The Magical Staff – The Vitalist Tradition in Western Medicine by Matthew Wood, 1992)

Contrary to atomic power, the high frequency energies working in Homeopathy can often be overshadowed by the more physical & chemical (gross level) energies, and getting the proper dilution of the proper remedy is an art (I think) few have mastered and only some have attained proficiency in, thus creating less than consistently spectacular results. I have dabbled in this in my own professional endeavors and have attained only moderate success, yet I still understand and believe in it’s principles.

Also, contrary to modern chemical medicine, these remedies would not likely be patentable and thus bring little profit on the scale that pharmaceuticals and vitamins do. Part of the reason they haven’t been well-researched – no profit. Add to that, a required paradigm shift and voila: On the sidelines.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Becky Chinn
January 21, 2011 at 9:07 am

I have a 12/13 year old unopened 5 gal bucket of dry milk. Would it be grainy or like what we buy in the stores today?
During cleaning I found unopened box of yogomet yogurt culture, made some yogurt w/ regular pwd milk, w/out a yogurt maker and it turned out very tasty. Put it on my home made pancakes w/ rasberry jelly for a good treat.
Last week I canned 30 pints of turtle beans (black) for quick meals. Beans also make a great flour for instant soups too.

ggyiayia aka Becky

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Vote -1 Vote +1wayne
January 21, 2011 at 9:21 am

I had same problem last week bad upper resp and chills as i caught a cold but you gotta do this to belive it.

i would never believe this either but i tried and it works.
here is what you do for 3 nights.

each night before you go to bed you make a pair of socks wet. maybe not the ankle part but certainly the foot part. simply put them on.

then put a dry pair over them.

when you wake in the morning they will be dry.

wala cold congestion nearly completely gone in 3 days. still caugh occationaly but it wacked a very bad cold in the butt.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Ernst
January 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm

For all things upper respiratory try fresh raw pineapple. Not the stuff in the can or any that has added sugar. Pineapple contains an enzyme that kills the germs that do not belong there and helps to heal the throat. Pineapple also helps with digestion which also helps promote better overall health. When taking it for your upper respiratory system remember to eat it slow to keep the fruit and juice in contact with the affected area the longer the better. The best way to use as a remedy is to slice in to small chunks and eat a small amount like every half hour not to just set down and gobble the whole thing down.

Another good item for colds and cough is ginger use it the same way. You can get ginger altoids candied ginger and fresh ginger at the grocery store. Amazingly ginger will also sooth an up set stomach and helps with ulcers of the stomach caused by a bacteria bacterium H. pylori.

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Vote -1 Vote +1SammiD
January 21, 2011 at 9:38 am

Let’s face it, “Big Pharma” is not in business to cure our diseases. If we were cured from every disease and illness, Big Pharma, thousands of doctors, clinics, special hospitals, etc., would all go out of business. Instead, they are in business to treat our symptoms, which prolong our diseases and illnesses and makes them all a nice living along the way. Drs are not trained to cure us, they are trained to treat us.
Every visit your doctor and see those beautiful, well-dressed people with briefcases waiting to see the Dr.? Those people are from the big pharmas, and they are there to promote their drugs by enticing your doctor to prescribe their meds to YOU, except, it’s not about you anymore, it’s about profit. Just read the list of side-effects that come with most prescription drugs – in some cases the side effects of the drugs are as bad or worse than the original disease!
No thanks, in an extreme emergency I’ll go to my doc, but until then, it’s up to me to do my own research about how to stay healthy and then try to live in a way that will keep me and my family happy and healthy.
Dave, thanks for all the hard work and great information.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Norm Johnson
January 21, 2011 at 9:44 am

Speaking of silver products, there are quite a few out there. My wife and I prefer the Silver Biotics over over colloidal silver. Silver Biotics has 10 PPM and can be taken 3 times per day for 30 days, at least. My on-line search for colloidal silver shows they range from 30 PPM to 250 PPM (and a bottle we have, still unused, advises not to take it more than 10 days). Silver Biotics has worked well for me and my family.

Another thing to add to our survival supplies is pro-biotics like Acidophilus, Acidophilus Bifidus, etc. to replenish and supplement the good bacteria in our body. Taken daily these can help keep our immune system strong to ward off attacks of whatever is going around the community. Search the different pro-biotics and decide which is best for you.

In summary, the Silver Biotics kill the bad guys and the pro-biotics replace the good guys that died in the war to save your body, and also provides re-enforcements to help in the battle. Where antibiotics kill all bacteria indiscriminately, the silver products help fight against bacterial and viral infections without harming the good bacteria in our bodies, thus preserving the integrity of our immune system.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jim Jarvis
January 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

The best guard against any upper respitory infection is to have your body in an alkaline condition.
I always stock up on vinegar and honey to keep myself from getting sick. I take a juice jug where juice is purchased from a store and when the jug is empty I mix 1/3 cup of vinegar with 1/3 cup of honey making sure the honey is in a liquid enough form to use all of it and then fill the jug with water. Drink at least two glasses a day during the time when you might be susceptible to airborne viruses and this combinnation will keep the bugs at bay. Also germs like a warm climate so if you keep your thermostat at about 65-68 degrees you are less likely to be susceptible to disease.

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Vote -1 Vote +1StrictlyStock
January 22, 2011 at 10:32 am

I’m a bit confused here. Being as how vinegar is acetic acid, how can it contribute to an alkaline condition?

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Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Using 1/4 tsp of good ole “baking soda” in 8 oz of good, clean water works very well, also. If you do this 2X’s a week, you’re alkaline enough to keep most anything (bugs) at bay. Willard Water is outstanding, but very expensive. It has a pH of 12…..we need to keep ourselves at 7.5 or 8 to stay healthy.
Vinegar will eat the enamel right off your teeth, too. Always drink vinegar mixtures through a straw. Avoid contact with teeth.
I used the vinegar with Cayene pepper and got off the Nexium. I had been on that med for over 10 yrs. Reflux. I haven’t been bothered with heartburn or that feeling of stomach contents washing up into my throat for over 3 yrs. Vinegar tricks your body into thinking it all ready has enough acid in your belly, so it doesn’t kick out anymore. Vinegar is wonderful. Always use the Organic vinegar.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Tina Almario
January 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Ginger is great for acid reflux and is an anti inflammatory for your tummy. For those women (and men) who suffer from bloated tummies this works great!
I buy mine, crystalized ginger, in bulk at Central Market. I steep several slices in hot water for 5 minutes and drink up whenever needed. When you first start drink a cup every time you have reflux or your tummy swells. I rarely have to drink it for reflux anymore but when I eat the wrong stuff I swell up like I’m 9 months pregnant. This also helps with my bowel movements but it doesn’t do that for every one. (gross I know)

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jim Farley
January 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

We are blessed in our local prep group to have Dr.’s, nurses, herbalists, homeopathist, essential oil specialists and naturopaths to name some of the alternative medical members in our BSOSC group here in Montana. If you have questions in any of these areas, you can post on our http://www.bsoscblog.com blog/forum and someone will help you out. At our last meeting our local homeopathist presented her bio-terrorism, trauma and injury kit. A couple of days later I had a jaw/gum infection. I used one of her nosodes and the infection was gone the next day. In the fall of ’09 we had her work up a homeopathic anti-vaccine kit in case people were caught in a forced vaccination traffic stop. Her kit had one nosode to pop in your mouth before the shot and another right after the shot to neutralize the vaccine.

Kudos to David for his posting on this very important subject of alternative/home medications which we take extremely seriously in our group. We bought David’s course a couple of years ago and can say anyone who chooses not to get it is flat out dumb!

Happy Preparedness Trails,
Jim

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Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Jim, I pulled up the site and didn’t see where you guys talked about the nosodes being used after a vaccine. I do know about using Benzenite Clay and doing 50,000 u of Vit D3. The clay will draw out the chemicals, and the Vit D3 will neutralize the vaccine itself. Everyone should be taking at least 5,000u daily of Vit D3. Stuff is amazing. Please, send the link showing the discussion on forced vaccines.

Thanx 🙂

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Vote -1 Vote +1Don
January 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

LoL….. laughing at all you colloidal silver people. Can’t wait to see the next generation of smurfs

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
January 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Hey Don,

Like anything you put in your body, too much is a bad thing. This is a common problem with almost all vitamins, minerals, and supplements. The difference is that the consequences of using too much silver is visual rather than invisible, like it is with the internal organ damage that you can get from taking too much of other supplements.

The particular medical condition you’re referring to is called Argyria, which happens when people ingest too high of a concentration of silver or ingest silver with too many impurities. As a note, it’s almost laughable that you would think that anyone who has chosen to take colloidal silver isn’t aware of this condition or that they would purposely do something to turn themselves blue. It’s also quite sad that you have so little empathy for your fellow man that you chose to laugh at their/our potential folly rather than trying to present a compelling argument based on facts as to why the decision to use silver might be harmful.

I, myself, have no desire to turn blue. But I also understand that silver has THOUSANDS of years of track history as an antibiotic agent. That’s why I thoroughly researched the efficacy of colloidal silver, the risk vs. benefit, and the different manufacturing processes before ever putting any of it into my body.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Shirley
December 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I’d like to suggest a Book I used for my family since the ’70’s. It has been updated a few times since then. It’s called “Symptoms: Their Causes and Cures”. It is put out by the Editors of Prevention Magazine, who all are pro’s in this field.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Ben Martino
January 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

Great stuff ! I agree that Doctors are not trained to cure us, they are trained to treat us…. And the drug companies are only there to push their product and make money….

Dave is there a book that has all these remedies in it that you can recommend ?
It would be nice to have all this info on one place….

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Vote -1 Vote +1Shawn
January 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Ben,
See the reply I’d sent Don earlier….have the name of some DVD’s to look into getting.

Also look into getting a cheap bottle of alchohol (vodka is good, no taste and clear), Vinegar, etc You’ll see while watching what you need.

The DVD’s that I purchased also came with a work book.

Then I purchased the Survival Herbal Seed Bank…….which has non hybrid herbal seeds to be able to grow my own plants, when the time comes.

Shawn

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Vote -1 Vote +1Cathy
January 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I am up on the natural aspects of taking care of myself and loved ones. I have been using herbs and essential oils along with proper nutrition and supplimentation for several years now. I do not have health insurance or a doctor, I treat myself. I am never sick and when I feel something coming on I immediatley start an all natural regimine which knocks it out before it even gets started. One of the herbal formulas that I do recommend friends and family to get (they have had equal results) is called Wellness Formula by Source Naturals. It is excellent. I have a Master certificate in Eastern and Western herbs and this is one formula that is great without having to formulate yourself.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Shawn
January 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Thanks Cathy!
Have not heard of that. I’ll have to look into it.

I’m all self study, so I’m sure there are other things I’m not aware of.

Became an EMT for the physical stuff, but now I’m learning homeopathics for when the time comes that its all thats available.

Shawn

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
January 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Wellness Formula is awesome stuff. As a note, Whole Foods has a store brand version placed right next to Source Natural’s original version. They are NOT equivalents and the Whole Foods version is missing SEVERAL key ingredients.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Betty Peckmann
January 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Homeopathy is a great option for your bug out kit as well as every self help. The medicines are NON toxic, and can be given to babies as well as adults and are non prescriptive.. meaning you can buy them over the counter, and what you use for the family can also be used for your pets. In fact, pets respond quickly to them. Two very user friendly books I would recommend are HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE AT HOME by Panos and Heimlich, and EVERYBODY’S GUIDE TO HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES
by Cummings and Ullman.
These books and the homeopathic medicines can be purchased through http://www.Homeopathic.com . They have convenient kits that cover all you would need in any situation, until medical help is available.

For the flu I recommend Oscillicocinum found at your local drug store or health food store. Also Sinusalia for sinus congestion. both will knock flu and sinus out especially if you take them at the early stages, with no side effects. Homeopathics do not interfere with most prescritive drugs.. especially those required for “life” i.e. heart or diabetic reasons.

My husband and I have used homeopathics for “what ails” us for the past 20 years and only see our doc for our annual physical. I am very sensitive to antibiotics, so homeopathics have been a life saver for me, because you don’t need the name of what you have.. just list your symptoms and apply the homeopathic remedy that fits those symptoms..and cure is on the way! Can’t beat that…

So, check it out, you will find the limitless shelf life an added blessing.

If you are interested in herbs, the HERBAL DRUGSTORE by White and Foster (Rodale House) and FOOD REMEDIES by Yeager also Rodale House publishers are good resources to flesh out the Herbal Survival Kit.

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
January 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Betty,

I want to be clear that despite my comment above, I really do think it’s great that you and your husband have figured out how to make homeopathy work for your bodies. I’m not sure if there’s a one size fits all solution to natural health and the fact that you’ve had such good success with it and I haven’t is a testament to that.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Di
January 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Many years ago, we purchased a Colliodal Silver maker which can be used with electricity or battery. This has proved to be invaluable in averting illnesses, healing wounds. The cost of making it ones self is fractional compare to purchasing it in a bottle. (would be willing to share purchase info if there is any interest)
Mr Smurf (Don) must know someone who OVERUSED their Colliodal Silver and greyed their skin…….. even a ‘good’ thing can be abused, thus A-L-L things in moderation/balance is the best motto.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Shawn
January 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Di,

Please post the link for the CS maker.

Shawn

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Vote -1 Vote +1Dave W
January 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

As you know when the flu season is comeing I drink cranberry juice,and I never get the flu.Preventive steps you can take so you don’t get the flu in the first place.
Your body can build up antibodies,so if the flu germs try to attack you?It gets shut down.It will still have some side affects.You get diarrhea,but thats just the germs passing threw your body.Your not hit with a high fever,puking,and stuck in bed.
I don’t have time for the flu,So do everyone a faver please?Use hand sanitizer after using the bathroom.And if you do have the flu?Keep it to your self.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Bob
January 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I heard you mention air quality as a issue. I am an energy auditor by trade and if you want your home’s air quality as tight as possible, a green energy retrofit may be a solution. This will include “air sealing”, with a great side effect, an energy efficient home (insulation, etc…) that does not need as much energy to keep warm and HELPs you keep cooler during the “global warming” extremes.
I have a web site at http://www.savemoneyonenergy.com/index.html . Just a FYI site.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Sue Rosenorn
January 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I would love to study alternative medicine. Do you know of any schools that specialize in this area?

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Vote -1 Vote +1Margaret
January 22, 2011 at 8:39 am

I love Dr. Mercola. Sign up for his Newsletter at http://www.mercola.com. He has gotten me off of tap and bottled water, more vitamin D and C. He is a natural food products guru. He goes the many extra miles that his peers do not. Also, do your research on his site regarding the dangerous vaccines for children and adults. He is a true blessing to all who follow him.

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Vote -1 Vote +1John T
January 22, 2011 at 9:01 am

I was afraid the comments would become a jam session of holistic cures.
While I won’t denie the Holistic choices have merit and centuries if not milenia of documentation it really is a life style choice and I’ve seen many slide into an allmost OCD type slope following natural medicines and cures.

In a survival situation from where will a source of Colloidial Silver come from?

I think it’s wise to be aware of native and local plants that can be used to supplement vitiman, mineral and even proteins needed, as well as help with common ailments and first aid needs.

I spend time in our local woods and flora and have found The “Peterson Field Guides” to be extremely helpfull in identifying and locating palnts with great descriptions of proper use for a variety of issues medicinal and nutritional.

The Color photo’s, glossry of uses and preperations are priceless. lager book stores have these in stock or can order them for you.

http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/peterson/plants.cfm

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
January 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Hey John,

Great comments and questions. While there are definitely “purists” who I appreciate, there tend not to be too many “zombies” on this site.

Personally, I’m a “get ‘er done” kind of guy and I’ll use whatever plays out the best as far as cost/benefit, risk/reward, effectiveness/side effect, and personal responsibility/abdicated responsibility.

As far as where you’ll get colloidal silver in a survival situation…that’s the same question you have to ask about gas for your generator/car, ammo for your guns, etc. Just because it is a solution that you have to stock up on doesn’t mean that it’s a bad solution. In a LONG term survival situation, lots of stuff will run out and won’t be replaced, but that doesn’t mean that you should avoid using any of those items now or stocking up on them for short to medium term survival situations.

On the Peterson Field Guides, nothing beats working with a local botanist to figure out the most potant varieties of plants you’re interested in that are native to your area and spreading LOTS of those seeds around. Also, it’s good to work with a local botanist to hone your plant identification skills so that you don’t pick the poisonous cousin of a benefical herb. And finally, make sure you know what runoff and spraying is being done if you’re picking wild herbs anywhere but your own property.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Shawn
January 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Hi David!
For the seeds, at least some of them. I bought the Herbal survival seed bank.
These are non hybrid seeds of a variety of herbs, some medicinal some for cooking, all usable…..and just store them in my freezer with my vegatable seed bank. Being non hybrid, they also show you how to harvest the seeds to use for the next year. I think that is a skill and product that will be in high demand if/when the SHTF.

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
January 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm

The “skill” part of the equation is HUGE! If you’re thinking that you’ve got an asset that you can use to feed yourself or make medicines with in a survival situation, make sure that you’re practicing those skills now.

Chances are very good that you’ll have less time to learn to get all of those seeds to grow, rather than more, in a survival situation. The seeds that you see as a valuable asset now may end up being a time vampire in despirate times if you haven’t developed the skills already.

Personally, we grow a few things each year and hone skills that we can use to trade with people who are doing nothing but growing food. Many people CAN grow gardens efficiently, but I’m not one of them and my time is better spent developing my strengths and seeking out people who are very good at gardening.

Don’t let this discourage you from buying seeds. If Bill and Melinda Gates decided to donate $30 million to stock the “Doomsday Seed Vault” in Norway with heirloom seeds, then it’s probably not a bad idea to do the same on a smaller level.

Also keep in mind that in addition to growing a garden, a MUCH simpler use for seeds is sprouting. You will only get one generation of seeds this way, but sprouting is a great way to generate vitamins and trace nutrients with only the sun, seeds, and a little water.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Shawn
February 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Hi David!
Actually, I’ve tried a variety of ways to grow a garden. Normal garden, raised beds, suspended plants, and want to try to grow an indoor garden powering the solar lights with nothing but my solar panels. I want to see if its possible, what grows well, what doesn’t, etc. This way I’m learning what will and won’t work at different times of the year, different conditions, etc.

Worse case senario is a major calamity in fall JUST before harvest!! This means stockpiles are low, no more growing season, could make for a lean winter, UNLESS you can grow at least SOME food indoors.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

The silver generator I purchased can run on batteries, also. My suggestion: Make yourself a few gallons of the super silver. Pass it out to friends & family. Once they use it, they’ll swear by it. I make my own. It’s every bit as potent as the super silver you can purchase. Make sure you store it in GLASS containers.Keep out of direct sunlight. It keeps for quite a while. Use it to clean wounds, gargle with it, take internally 2 to 3X’s a day if you’re ill. The stuff is amazing. Wish I had known about the benefits of colodial silver a long time ago.

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Vote -1 Vote +1StrictlyStock
January 22, 2011 at 10:38 am

My ex was a Brazilian, and she had a potent, but simple recipe for the flu. Claimed it was an old Brazilian Indian remedy, but I doubt garlic was available in Brazil before the Portugese arrived. In any case it was the juice and pulp of a lime, one clove of garlic smashed into a paste, and about a tablespoon of unfiltered honey (need the propolis that’s ordinarily filtered out). A bit nasty to get down, but I always experienced 100% recovery within 12 hours.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jim
January 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I’ve sat here and composed page after page in response to some of these posts and have boiled my comments down to the following four thoughts.

There are certain things that are or can be life threatening that no amount of herbs and supplements will reduce or cure. Appendicitis being one of those afflictions. There are many more that I will leave them to your own study and research.

Most communicable infections enter and exit the body through the openings in the human face; nose, mouth, and eyes. My Serve Safe training has taught me that if one of my kitchen staff or servers touches his/her face they must wash their hands. The county health agency, which inspects my kitchen three times each year, has informed me that I may not install nor use hand sanitizer. Why? Because it is not nearly as effective as simply washing one’s hands with soap and hot water. We all touch our faces multiple times each day, so to slow the spread of diseases, wash your hands often.

The best defense against disease is a healthy and fit body. Part of the health side of this is to eat a balanced diet. What is that? I don’t know. The AMA and NHO say so many serving of this and so many of that, but what is a serving? My wife works with a gentleman who’s serving of fried chicken is an 8 piece bucket of KFC. For a breakdown of servings and serving sizes go to:http://www.nalusda.gov/fnic/Fpyr/pmap.htm

Fitness: I’m a 71 year old caterer and I can still carry three 32 count cases of soda and toss around 80lb cases of meat. And guess what, I still do exercises as well as work. Why exercise? Because the work I do only conditions a select set of muscles and in order to really be fit you need to work all of the muscle groups. You don’t need any of the crap equipment you see on TV, you can do it all with body weight exercises. Now to tie the fitness and nutrition together. If you are fat, you need to consider your condition. Check out the BMI (body mass index) at: http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/
I’m a BMI of 25.4, which according to the chart is overweight. To get below the the 25 index I need to go from 182lbs to 179lbs or grow an inch. When I was training for each of the 5 marathons I ran in and completed, I could ingest 3500 calories a day and not worry about weight gain. Now, because of age and no longer running, if I ate that much I would likely weigh more than 282lbs. It is a simple equation, if you take in more calories than you burn you will gain weight and if you take in fewer calories than you burn you will lose weight. Stay slim, stay fit, stay healthy.

What has this to do with natural medicine? A fit, healthy body is it’s own best natural medicine.

By the way, if you don’t treat a cold it will go away in two weeks, but if you treat that cold it will be gone in 14 days.

God bless you and your preparations

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Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I’m living proof, that treating my cold “all natural” cut my down time to 7 days. My husband had this cold for a week before I caught it. He was still coughing after I was over mine. He doesn’t like the “natural cures”, and would rather use the OTC crap….no thanks!!

I like to burn Thieves Oil in my little oil burner, cleansing the air in the house. I love the fragrance of the the Thieves. Forget using disinfectant sprays, and placing more garbage into the air. The Thieves can even be taken internally (1 drop with 8oz of water) and it kicks a sore throat!! I gargle with it, and then do a chaser of SUper SIlver. I have my own silver generator. Good investment.

Deb

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Vote -1 Vote +1Aunty Ism
January 22, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Thanks for the tips and good ideas, all. I just want to remind everybody that honey may contain spores of the bacteria that causes botulism. The spores of Clostridium are very difficult to kill, and even processed honey may contain them. The honey preserves tham in an anerobic state, which these critters love.

So, never give honey to a baby under one year of age. Their little tummies cannot neutralise the bugs like older children and adults can.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Shirley
December 26, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Thank you! I always wondered why we weren’t to give our babies honey.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Aunty Ism
January 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm

P.S.

For the garlic and onion remedy, I used some sugar overnight to draw out the juices from the minced bulbs.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

How much sugar do you place on the garlic/onions to draw out the juice? I’ve never done that, but I will. I just pour olive oil over chopped up onion, and I squish the garlic in a glass bowl. This sits for a few hours, then I strain out the garlic/onions and rub the bottoms of my feet with the concoction. You have the most horrible “garlic breath” in the AM….but…..your chest is clear, and when you do cough, you’re coughing up all that junk that was sitting in your lungs. The husband didn’t believe me, but he did allow me to use the mixture on him because he was coughing so violently. Dry cough. He awoke in the AM and actually “vomited” mucous. No kidding. He stopped coughing. He hesitates to allow me to use this on him, again. He didn’t care for pukin’ up the mucous, but he admitted itf works!!! I’ve turned all my friends onto the “mucous be gone” remedy. Stuff is wicked.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Hana
January 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm

All these comments have a implicit assumption – you are basically healthy. In my case, with a chronic lung disease, my take is a little different. I use herbals to keep the rest of my family healthy so they won’t bring me and “gifts”.
I work with my doctors as a team and we have worked out a medication regimen that keeps me ambulatory and functioning. They have encouraged me to keep extra supplies on hand. I do brew myself various herbal teas to strengthen myself and give the meds an extra push.
In a SHTF situation, we take as a given that I’d be more vulnerable.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Actually, up until 3 yrs ago, I was extremely “unhealthy”. I had high blood pressure, acid reflux, elevated cholesterol, severe arthritis, and then throw menopause into the mix. Not a pretty sight. Being a Nurse, I trusted the pharmacy industry. When I awoke from my slumber (brainwashed, soda pop induced slumber) I started taking notice of all the chemicals in our foods. Then, I began reading about natural remedies to take care of my health, rather than relying on medications that had severe adverse effects. One pill caused the belly to have too much acid, while another caused the blood pressure to go up. Doc told me “you have to take the BP med, like it or not.” OK, I started to wean myself off ALL my meds. I went from 4 medications a day, to ZERO. The blood pressure is a high normal, but I’m doing OK. No more acid reflux. The arthritis has improved since I started eating Organic. I take a daily, raw vitamin. I started the Vit D3, and began using the immune boosting herbal teas. Raw honey is another great immune booster. Witrh our bees dying off (what a surprise) the raw honey is getting very expensive. My last lipid levels were excellent, without the med. He was astonished, that my over-all cholesterol was normal, and in fact even better being OFF the meds.
I began using the oils, also. Thieves oil is a GODsend. The way I cook even changed. I make more soups & stews using the organic veggies, and I try to get the organic meats. What a difference. I now drink raw milk, and I use a Berkey water filter. The combination of the organics, vitamins, and good clean water has changed my life. My own doctor asked me “what advice could you give me, to give to my diabetic patients?” We had a 1/2 hr long discussion. He was willing to listen, and not dismissmy sugestions. First thing I told him was “tell your diabetics to leave the diet drinks alone!!”

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Vote -1 Vote +1Hana
January 24, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Diabetes is relatively easy. I know, as it was recently added to my list. I have a kind of chronic pneumonia, and for that , as my daughters say “if we lived before anitbiotics we’d be orphans.”

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Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 25, 2011 at 11:20 am

Maybe a hand held neubulizer is what you need, with Super Sllver in it to inhale into your lungs, 2X’s a day? I bought a really nice hand held (non electric) neubulizer from The Power Hour. You can use most anything in it, to be inhaled
directly into the lungs. Check into it. No more inhalers, antibiotics, etc. You can bet you’ll feel tons better, and not have to worry about becoming resistant to an antibiotic. Give it a try. You said you added Diabetes to the list. Does this mean you’ve recently been diagnosed with Diabetes? Don’t use the artificial junk for sweetening. You think your health is bad now….gauranteed you’ll be in really bad shape if you start using the Splenda, Equal, etc. Stay away from diet pop, too.
Watch your carb intake. Rice, breads, potatoes, etc.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Marcia
January 23, 2011 at 9:57 am

Thank you David for this posting. There is so much that I want to check out now for more natural remedies. I agree that Docs and Pharmacies are also looking to prescribe another pill. My Dr. knows that I avoid taking anything more than I absolutely have to. Sometimes obviously prescr meds can and do save lives. Especially when it comes to infection. Infection is not something to play around with. Years ago I had cellulitis (sp?) Very nasty painful skin infection that gets into the cells. I was fortunate that I did not end up in hospital. My sister had surgery a few years ago and also ended up with cellulitis and was hospitalized. My point is some meds are valuable but too many things on the market seem to be causing more harm than good. Like someone said earlier, the side effects were worse than the ailment. I too would love to find 1 book that compiles different remedies together. It is so hard to figure out all these different remedies with a little info here and a little info there. Thanks to all and especially David.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Shirley
December 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm

“Symptoms: Their Causes and Cures” by The Prevention Editors

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Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Natural cures are like anything else. You need to use your common sense. Just because it’s “natural” doesn’t mean it can’t harm you. Too much of anything is bad for you. I got into making my own herbal remedies once I retired from Nursing. The commercials on TV are pimps for Big Pharma, pushing more & more poisons. People are too trusting. Just because they see it on TV, well…it must be good for you. NOT!!! I get FDA update letters, and it’s amazing how many drugs have been pulled, because they caused heart attacks, liver disease, changes in behavior, etc. The list is endless. Mind you, these same drugs that got pulled were out for human consumption for a year or longer, before getting pulled. How sad.
Everyone needs to re-evaluate their own health. If you’re a soda pop consumer, stop drinking the “HFCS” crap, and do the natural soda. Virgil’s is great. Yes, it’s expensive, but so worth it. Raw milk is another wonderful beverage. Like heaven in a glass!! This sludge we get in super markets has had the snot boiled out of it, along with all the nutrients. If they’d stop boiling everything, and allow our bodies to actually do what it was intended to do, we’d all sure be tons healthier. Our bodies have forgotten how to fight infections, due to the over-use of antiobiotics & using disinfectant soaps. Plain ole “soap & water” works great.
I came from a family of 8 kids. The doctor would marvel at how healthy we all were. We’d go in once a year, for physicals. We didn’t eat fast foods, or drink large amounts of soda pop, or eat junk. Plenty of fresh steamed veggies, meat, and ice water with our meals. Well water. No potatoe chips. We ate a lot of popcorn. The kind you’d do on the stove. Home made fudge was another treat we got maybe 2X’s a year. As kids, we rarely missed school from illness. Chicken Pox swept through the house, but only my little brother & I got it. Kids just didn’t get as “sick” back in the 50’s & 60’s, and I know it’s got to do with all the chemicals they throw into our foods, fast foods, and all the soda pop kids consume. We had milk machines in school. No vending machines with junk or pop.
Sorry for the rant, but it’s so irritating when I see these young Moms in the grocery store, cart loaded up with Fruity Pebbels, chips, soda pop, pre-made main dishes. Jeez…..just cook!!! The amount of money they spend on junk could be better spent on fresh veggies & healthy foods. I feel sorry for young kids now days.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Tobias
January 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Neti-Pot Neti-Pot Neti-Pot!! It really is the silver bullet for flu. I’m a nurse in a clinic and see the flu and the H1N1 flu all the time. Had myself even. Nasal washing helped me and EVERYONE I have treated with it.

Let me explain how the flu works. It lives in your nose and despite what people say, doesn’t really go anywhere else. We test for the flu with a nasal swab. A popular way to get the flu vaccine without the nasty Injection preservatives is a nasal inhalant. The reason we feel the flu throughout our bodies is because of prostiglandins. Think of these as the smoke and debris from the war our bodies wage on the virus. Most pain meds like ibuprofen are anti-prostiglandins. Anyways, the best way to treat the flu is to remove it from the body. This can be done by washing it out of the nose. The Yogis from India have been doing this for a couple thousand years and they call it Neti-pot. Western medicine, in the need to sound smart, calls it nasal lavage.
I’m not talking about the little sea water mister sprays you buy. This just gives the flu a nice shower and may feel good but does nothing but sooth a dry nose.

You can buy all sorts of kits at any pharmacy. Niel-med is my favorite. Or you can mix 1 cup of CLEAN (may need to boil first) warm water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a pinch of baking soda which gives you homemade saline. Pour into one nostril until it flows out the other nostril. Messy so over the sink or in the shower is a must. You can do this as often as needed and NO, you won’t wash out the protective mucus like some people believe. That’s like trying to rinse off a luggy you just hocked in the sink, it doesn’t come off without scrubbing. Be gentle if using a squeeze bottle, too much pressure can force the saline into your inner ear and that hurts. Remember you want the saline to come out so lean over the sink, don’t tilt your head back.

This physically removes the virus which is simple and effective. I was able to get over THE flu in 24 hours. Of course I was also doing a lot of the natural medicine that was talked about in this article, but washing out my nose made the biggest difference.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Vindi
January 26, 2011 at 11:56 am

You’re 100% right. Netti Pots are outstanding to use. I forgot all about it, until I read your post. My g/f turned me onto the Netti Pot, to flush out the nasal passages. Man, what a difference it makes. I use the Himalayan Salt when I douche my nose. Just a pinch in warm water. It’s soothing to the sinuses and takes the sinus headache away, almost immediately. Though quite messy, it’s well worth it. Between the Netti Pot, homemade herbal tinctures, super silver and Oregano Oil (under the tongue), bacteria doesn’t have a chance. For you folks that want these items, and money being tight, go to http://www.bio-alternatives.com for excellent products and a very reasonable cost. If you can swing it, invest in a silver generator. All you need is the distilled water. Directions are included.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Rudy
January 31, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Five years ago I was working in AZ out on the reservation. I remembered a conversation my mother and I had had when I was about 10 or so years old. She was telling me that when she was a child my Grandmother would give the kids Cod Liver Oil when they showed signs of illness, because it helped boost the bodies immune system. I decided to give it try. I figured it couldn’t hurt. One weekend in Nov. of 06′ I was heading back home to a house full of sick girls. I had already been taking the CLO for about 2 weeks. I was determined to put this to the test. When I got home everyone had the full blown flue. Upper respitory congestion the works. I purposed not to take any special percautions. I drank water out of the same glass that my girls did. I kissed them goodnight at the end of the day and so on and so forth. After spending a three day weekend with them (I can assure you the air quality was horrible) I headed back out to the Rez that Sunday afternoon with not if a hint of symptons. I have been taking CLO for 5 years, twice a day. 6 capsules after breakfast and 6 after dinner. Since then there was only on time in 08′ over a weekend when I came down with a slight fever and chills. I attribute this happening because I had not been consistant with taking the CLO. To date I have not been sick with flu or even a cold for that matter. I have made CLO a major part of my survival medical supplies. I have tried to convience my family to follow my example but they will not. They continue on average to being sick at least twice a month. Others I have talked to and have taken it have reaped the same benefits. I would encourage you all to check this out. it’s amazing stuff. For $3.00 a month (Wal-Mart) its worth every penny. Its the only thing I take year around.

Rudy

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Vote -1 Vote +1Lisa
February 10, 2011 at 7:15 am

Rudy, I appreciated your story and trust many will benefit from the info. I too subscribe to taking cod liver oil for the Vitamin A and Vitamin D. Here’s a little background on CLO.. Folks have been taking CLO or fish oil for many years even recently, the increase has been exponential because of the benefit of Omega 3 and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaeoic Acid) in boosting immune system and helping to eliminate free radicals in your blood that can lead to diseases like cancer, etc.
The difference between Cod Liver Oil and regular Fish Oil is that Fish Oil does not contain Vitamin A and Vitamin D. CLO does. In years past, doctors determined that we all need a certain amount of vitamin D to stay healthy–about 600 IU or an adult or 800 IU for an elderly person. Recently, doctors have rethought their estimates and have increased them. Depending on your particular nutritional requirements, age, and health these may vary.
I have begun the journey through menopause and my physician noticed my Vitamin D levels had dropped at my recent annual physical. Keep in mind I take supplements, liquid vitamins and fish oil. She recommended I get about 2000 units of vitamin D per day. Now, when you think about it, that’s not as easy as it sounds. CLO has about 430 units per serving, liquid vitamin/mineral complex has about 600 units, other supplements can get you over the threshhold but you should know your requirements before taking an excess. (although apparently it is very difficult to have too much vitamin D–40,000 units some researchers say). Women going through menopause and the elderly need more vitamin D to ward off osteoporosis.
I would suggest that everyone get a base line blood test which will show where you are right now on all your vitamin levels. Then learn everything you can on the vitamins your body needs to stay healthy and keep those supplements on hand. I keep Emergen C packets ( hundreds and hundreds of them) in the cupboard, as well as fish oil, Calcium with Vitamin D3, and many others. My husband has been sick with either the flu or severe cold consisting of fever, chills, dizziness, bronchial distress, diarrhea, for the past several weeks, etc etc. I increased my intake of Vitamin D, Emergen C, and am glad to say I have not gotten sick even though I am taking care of him and changing his sheets, cleaning his room, etc…Getting sufficient rest and keeping alcohol consumption to a minimum also plays a role in your immune system. Also remember age-old traditions passed down to us from generation to generation. Many of them work!
If “the system” breaks down and you can’t get to a store to purchase vitamins, make sure you stockpile what you can…these will keep you going when you’ve got nowhere else to go.
Lisa

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