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What Are Your Favorite Natural Cures That Are Lost
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After Danceswithwolves post on conspiracy took a turn into the Keven Trudeau realm of holistic healing and the evils of the drug companies... I got thinking, what are some NATURAL cures I use that would cripple the drug industry if everyone turned to instead of $$ drugs? So here's mine...what's yours???

Green tea is great for daily health, IMO. I drink a cup a day and feel less hungry *aren't they adding EGCG to multivitamins now?! The benefits are supposed to be weight loss* That would hurt the diet pill market.

Sunlight When I'm feeling run down or even have a cold, I sit out in the sun and relax. The sunscreen industry has us all so paranoid about the dangers of the sun that we're all not getting our daily dose of sunlight to stay healthy. Think about it- we need the vitamin D. *they say MS may be linked to vitamin D defs. We know sunlight helps with mood. *less need for anti-depressants* It also feels like it cleans out and kills my germs when I've got a cold. Who needs Zycam? I swear I get better faster just by soaking up the rays.

Lysine for canker sores. I don't get them, my kids used to. If you take a lysine suppliment, you get way less canker sores.

I have to add deep breathing, relaxation techniques. I was given xanax for a panic attack about three years ago. I took a few pills, had a horrible reaction, but anyway... Deep breathing and relaxing and focusing ACTUALLY WORK to stop the attacks. It's not a cure-all for every attack, but seeing as I'm FORCED to not rely on any drugs out there for this problem, I found a way to avert any and all attacks. I believe there's no need for medicating panic attacks when this DOES work. You just have to have the dedication, or in my case, no other alternative.

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Also, any brightly colored fruits or veggies seem to be high in antioxidants. I recommend eating lots of these types of foods. And if you can't get organic make sure you wash them well.

Great thread BTW :D

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Bodyflex. Seriously. It totally works.

http://www.bodyflex.com/index.html

If you can find just the basic tapes (just the breathing), that's really what does it. The "gymbar" is an unnecessary piece of junk, in my opinion.

Also, hypnobirthing; as done by Hypnobabies. www.hypnobabies.com

Threelac for candida. www.globalhealthtrax.com

Airborne for colds/flu.

Nancy

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well, its not a cure, but acidophilus...it has definitely helped me in many ways.

i used to take echinacea, it always kept me from getting sick. (don't take it now, bad with active autoimmunes however...)

colloidal silver--anyone here use it? i am not endorsing it here, so don't run out and get it, apparently some people will get argyria from it... however, i will say my dh loves it and it always gets rid of his sinus infections...even with conventional antibiotics have not.

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i used to take echinacea, it always kept me from getting sick.  (don't take it now, bad with active autoimmunes however...)

colloidal silver--anyone here use it?  i am not endorsing it here, so don't run out and get it, apparently some people will get argyria from it...  however, i will say my dh loves it and it always gets rid of his sinus infections...even with conventional antibiotics have not.

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My mom is always trying me to take echinacea, but with all of my hayfever allergies I don't try it. I take extra zinc and C for immunity boosting.

Colloidal silver? Never heard of it - and I don't like antibiotics for my chronic sinusitis. And argyria? Could you expand on that, please?

For me - ginger is an old stand-by for upset tummy. That's why ginger ale is so nice when my stomach is upset. Just last week I had to leave work my stomach hurt so bad. Didn't want fresh soda, but thankfully we had a bottle of gingerale at home that had been opened for over a week. Flat, but soothing. Chamomile tea is soothing for my tummy too.

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I swear by chiropractic and massage therapy, keeps the nerves freed up and functioning the way they are supposed to, keeps blood pressure down, helps your body stay in a state of homeostasis (balance) and is PROVEN to reduce or even cure childhood ear infections (the chiropractic that is)

Peppermint oil on the temples for headaches (no tylenol here for headaches)

Valerian Root is natures Valium. Take it in a tea at night and you sleep like a baby (my husband swears by this one)

St. Johns Wort is nature's Prozac, this is a natural mood stabilizer with little or no side effects and no dependency issues.

CoQ 10 enzymes are very healing... used for a lot of different reasons. I even healed a dog with heartworms by using this and Black Walnut...

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argyria is where your skin turns gray. yeah, weird! the case against collodial silver is that phenomenon. i haven't given in and tried it yet...but my dh has used it many times, and a few friends have as well, and none of them have gotten argyria. i think that really becomes an issue when someone is taking long doses of it over a period of time. which wouldn't make sense to me anyway.

oh, one thing i will say on the natural meds/supplements is to make sure you use a trustworthy and researched brand. since they are "self-regulated" it can be easy to get an impure or low quality supplement.

peppermint oil..i have used that for headaches :)

i love lavender and sweet orange oil in the tub.

oh! epsom salts--i love using those in a hot bath for my pains.

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What about acupuncture? I've never done it, but I hear it actually works.

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i tried acupuncture pre diagnosis, when i was going to this wholistic type doctor. it didn't help me, but my bro-in-law swears by it for his back.

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About two years ago, my grandmother (85!!) had a horrible case of the shingles, which left her in a lot of pain. She gave in and finally tried accupuncture.....and it reduced her pain GREATLY!! It was truly a lifesaver for her. One of her good friends just had it done after getting the shingles this summer...and it helped her also.

I've never had accupuncture myself, but I was pretty impressed that two "old-fashioned" ladies had such great results!!! :D

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I can do accupressure on anyone except myself, I can stop their headaches, pain and clear their sinuses with it, however the best I can do on myself is my sinuses.

I use meditation for many things and is mind over matter. However, with allergies and lactose, gluten, casein pain it doesn't work because the pain is so bad I can't concentrate but I do it for back pain and when I broke my foot.

I agree with the sunlight and in the winter if I have to I will lay on a sun tan bed for the warmth and light. Of course the year I went to Cuba I laid on the beach had lots of sun and warmth.

For a cold; pour a can of coke into a pan and shred fresh ginger and boil it, strain out the ginger and drink it, it does not taste like coke and ginger but a nice hot ginger flavored drink and you sweat the cold out.

catnip tea is also good for a cold. Mugwort is good for bruises.

Black licorice the real kind, I believe Panda still has not wheat or gluten in it, twizzlers are not real licorice. Black licorice if you suck on it will get rid of canker sores, I have used it many times. Real non processed licorice is best.

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Tea Tree Oil is good for bug bites, scratches, rashes, hives ect. Put it on full strength for small areas (bug bite) or mix it with olive oil for large areas (hives) you can also drop a few drops in your bath to help clear your sinuses.

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Prior to my DX, I tried Accupuncture. It didn't help my symptoms (of course!) but at that time I had no idea what was wrong with me. I would like to try it again now because I did feel so relaxed and calm after the sessions and now that I know what it is I have, I think it would help now with some of the lingering aches, fatigue etc. I also consulted with a Kinesiologist before DX and, interestingly, he told me that I was "allergic to" wheat, oats, barley and rye as well as soy, corn, dairy and coconut. It was when I tried this way of eating that I became aware that maybe these foods had something to do with my health problems. This (along with a lot of reading on the subject) actually led me to get an appt. w/ the Gastro. to see if I did have a problem with food allergies and this all led to my eventual DX of celiac disease. I think that my DX (after many years of problems) was a combination of Alternative Medicine, Western Medicine, and my own research to put the clues together! It shouldn't have been that difficult.

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I am the hugest fan of omega 3 fatty acids, (fish oil). :P Studies show this thing to be the end all of end alls. Books have been written on the subject. Phsyciatrists are using it with great success. It is wonderful for your heart, lowers cholesterol, has been shown to reverse the effect of both types of arthritis, has even cured cases of deprssion and other mental problems. It even makes your skin and hair nicer. You see we Americans with our horrendous diets take in too many of the bad kind of fats. Our systems are meant to have about equal parts bad to good, a ratio of about 6-6. In the American diet we are about 22-0. It is affecting us in every way, killing us slowly. Not wonder we are all so stessed and nuts. A great book on the subjuct is the Omegal 3 connection. You can find it naturally in flax seed, walnuts, and fish, especailly salmon. Or you can take it pill or liquid form.

:) Wendy :D

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I have another one that I didn't mention in my first post,

Garlic :)

From what I have read garlic can help fight colds and flus and other infections, control fungal infections, aid in lowering cholesterol levels, and garlic may prevent cancer.

http://www.wholehealthmd.com/refshelf/subs...Health_Benefits

http://quanta-gaia.org/reviews/books/powerOfGarlic.html

http://72.14.207.104/search?q=cache:pUWgHi...nt+cancer&hl=en

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I have another one that I didn't mention in my first post,

Garlic  :) 

From what I have read garlic can help fight colds and flus and other infections, control fungal infections, aid in lowering cholesterol levels, and garlic may prevent cancer.

http://www.wholehealthmd.com/refshelf/subs...Health_Benefits

http://quanta-gaia.org/reviews/books/powerOfGarlic.html

http://72.14.207.104/search?q=cache:pUWgHi...nt+cancer&hl=en

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My great grandmother said garlic cured her arthritis. She ate minced cloves everyday after the age of 70 when her joints began hurting. She lived to 100 with NO joint pain-sewing until the end.

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My dad is on a garlic supplement for his high cholesterol and it seems to be helping...we will no for sure next blood test he gets but it came down from like 260 something to 230 something within like 2 months so we are hoping it has gone down even further.

I have used Colloidal Silver before and seems to be good

Have never tried accupuncture but I know many people that have who like it.

I use a homeopathis spray called stomach distress by Liddell that helps me alot with nausea when I am glutened.

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