Health Tips

Cold Cures - Here's some of my home remedies for curing a cold:  (email me your remedies)

Nausea and stomach ailments - Here are some of my tricks for helping calm the belly.

* Put the essential oil ginger on your inner wrists and smell it every so often.  Breathing the smell of alcohol wipes will also help curb those nauseous feelings.

* Drink aloe vera juice.  This coats the stomach and will help with nausea, heartburn, reflux or any time you might normally take tums. 

* Apple Cider Vinegar.  This cure-all will bring your digestive enzymes back to normal.  If you suffer from acid reflux or heartburn, drink a little of this before each meal.  Never take those antacid drugs - they only make things worse and perpetuate the problem.

* Charcoal adsorbs poisons.  If you have food poisoning - take activated charcoal and it will stop the diarrhea.  It prevents the absorption of poisons or drugs.  Always good to have this in your medicine cabinet.  You can also mix with water and use as a paste on bug bites.

* Ginger - long known for its anti-nausea properties.  Albert has bottles of 'Ginger Trips' all over the house.  You can also just eat the root raw or drink it as a tea.  Ginger also has lots of other health benefits.

* Mint is a great digestive aid.  It is fun to pick some from the garden (it grows like weeds - hard to kill) and boil it - makes the house smell great.  Then strain and drink the liquid.

* Yogurt (acidophilus, probiotics) adds those good bacteria into the body.  Always extremely important to eat yogurt or take a probiotic after you have completed a course of antibiotics to replenish the friendly bacteria. 

* Fish oil is not well known for this, but it worked the best for curing my nausea during pregnancy. 

Cranial-sacral For children who have recurring ear infections get cranial-sacral work performed.  Every child is different and there may be many possible reasons why your child might be having recurring ear infections.  But before you stick those tubes into your child, take them to a cranial-sacral practitioner first.  I'm not promising it will work, but it can't hurt.  Chiropractors and osteopaths are trained in this practice.  It feels like a massage on your head.  Ear infections are caused by the eustachian tube not draining properly.  The idea is to adjust the head to allow it to drain.  Even massaging your child's ear can help.After about 5 ear infections in 8 months, I took Ben (back in 2000) to a lady who specialized in cranial-sacral at my chiropractors office.  He went two times and loved it!  He never had another ear infection after that.

There are many possible reasons a child might be getting recurring ear infections, so try simple things first to see what works for your child.  One suggestion is to look for allergens.  Food (cow milk and wheat are common allergens); carpet, draperies, pillows and other things that harbor dust mites; pet dander; smoke.  Any of these things may be causing an inflammatory response blocking the eustacian tubes.

Plastics leach hormone mimickers.  Especially those with a 3, 6 or 7 on the bottom.  They have been shown to leach bisphenol-A which is an artificial estrogen and known hormone disruptor.  With such a huge increase in the percent of women with hormone related problems such as infertility, thyroid problems, endometriosis, and breast cancer we must do all we can to avoid known toxins.  Bisphenol-A is found in many common plastics such as baby bottles, soft plastic toys,  dental sealants and lots of other things.  In place of plastic use glass, stainless steel, or ceramic.  It has been shown to effect the genital development of unborn baby boys.  High levels of BPA have been found in canned vegetables.

Here are some links to articles on this subject: http://atmizzou.missouri.edu/jun03/plastics.htmhttp://www.ourstolenfuture.org/NewScience /human/cancer/2001markeyetal.htmhttp://website.lineone.net/~mwarhurst/bisphenol.html,

 

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