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Imagestormyla
Aug 11, 2010 10:10 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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More and more patients and physicians today are turning to older traditional and non traditional approaches to medicine as well as adapting methods from abroad into their daily practices. Here we can explore some of those methods and remedies.


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Imagestormyla
Aug 18, 2010 2:53 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
An alternative therapy that I have used is Hypnosis. I tried it three times and found that it only worked once. I think that the results that I got had a lot to do with the person administering the therapy.

I also used accupuncture once and it worked, but it had side effects that annoyed me, so I didn't stick with it.
Imagestormyla
Sep 28, 2010 8:45 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
When I fell down the steps and crushed my disks and cracked my neck, I could not turn my heade for 2 months. My chiropractor suggested that I get some massages. I went to one masseuse and she hurt me so badly that I promptly left and smashed my back bumper trying to back out of her driveway.

A few months later I still couldn't turn my head and decided to try another masseuse. The second one was excellent. She also did something on the soles of my feet, a diagnostic technique. I think it may have been reflexology, I'm not sure. When she pressed a point on the outside edge on the bottom of my left foot, I shrieked in pain. She told me that it meant that there was something wrong with my liver.

Since then my bloodwork always shows elevated liver enzymes. Every time I have gone for a complete physical, my doctor orders a cat scan of my abdomen and gives me a big lecture about my liver. I'm clueless. It is enlarged and fatty. I never mentioned this incident to the doctor. She says it can lead to cirrhosis. I think that she doesn't believe that I only have about a dozen drinks a year. I've read a lot about what can cause a fatty liver. In my case, it's just a part of the metabolic syndrome associated with diabetes. The excess sugars in the blood over tax the liver. I really do watch the cholesterol.
Imageflowersrjen
Sep 28, 2010 3:46 PM CST
Name: jennifer
central nj
Have you ever done a liver cleanse and/or detox of the liver?


Went to dr today to find out why I have this cough and post nasal drip, didn't even see a dr but saw a nurse practitioner, just gave me a scrip for nasal spray, read the info for it, has more side effects than I don't know what and says may not have any effect for 1-2 WEEKS Confused Really??? Guess I just spent $20 for no reason.
Anyone have a homeopathic solution for allergies?
Imagestormyla
Sep 28, 2010 3:53 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
No, Jen, I haven't. I'm a little bit scepticle of those types of things because two years agao I did one of those colon cleanse programs and totally messed up my digestive system. I won't go into the grizzley details. I do eat a liver friendly diet. The whole key to improving the liver function is to keep the endocrine system in balance. It keeps getting out of balance about every 6 months.
Imageflowersrjen
Sep 28, 2010 6:25 PM CST
Name: jennifer
central nj
The liver detox is done from the outside with castor oil packs, so really not dangerous to anything
Imagestormyla
Sep 28, 2010 6:28 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
That's very interesting Jen. Do you know of a link where i could read about it? I know that I'm not supposed to ingest castor oil. You're making me smile again. Big Grin
ImageWoodwife
Sep 29, 2010 4:04 AM CST
Name: Wendy
N. of Houston, Texas - 8b
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Nettle tea is good for allergies.

http://www.ehow.com/how_4498806_use-nettle-treat-allergies.h...

Cayenne pepper will help break up the mucus, if you don't like hot foods you can get it in capsules . Eating honey from a local source is supposed to help build up immunities to your local pollen.

You could also try a Neti pot, or there's a saline nasal spray called Ocean you can get at most pharmacies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neti_pot
http://www.netipotsecrets.com/netipotdanger/

http://flemingpharma.com/content/view/111/91/



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Imageflowersrjen
Sep 29, 2010 5:56 AM CST
Name: jennifer
central nj
Thanks Wendy.

Here ya go Stormy, they also sell the packs in health/organic stores so you don't have to make them yourself
http://www.naturalhealthtechniques.com/HealingTechniques/cas...
Imagestormyla
Sep 29, 2010 9:15 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks, Jen. I think I will give those liver detox packets a try. Figure it sure can't hurt anything. We do have a hugh health foods/holistic products store in a nearby town.

Hi Wendy, glad to see you join us! Lots of people swear by neti pots. I have always used Ocean, especially in the winter. Actually because the humidity was so low here for most of the summer I used it too this summer. The whole key to keeping the sinus healthy is to keep them irrigated.

Ocean now makes their product in two forms. They have the traditional squeeze bottle and also a can that has a longer tube adapter which uses some type of propellant. That is for reaching deeper into the sinus. For whatever reason, they add something to Ocean that makes it work much better than the off brand saline solutions. Don't waste your money on store brands. I've had this conversation with many other folks and they have all noticed the same thing.

Keeper the humidity level up in your house will help your sinus too. All fall, winter and early spring I run several humidifiers. This summer I noticed that because we spent so much more time indoors due to the heat that my sinus dried out from the a/c. Drinking and eating anything wet and hot helps too. Notice the effect on your sinus whenever you eat soup? Gargling with warm water and maybe a bit of salt or baking soda every morning and night will also help. If I'm out somewhere or don't have access to my ocean, or just plain want some more relief, I'll take some wet paper towels or a wet warm washcloth and put it against my nose and breathe deeply through it. This works very well, similar to a dip in the ocean. I always do this midday in the winter.

Wendy, that's a good tip about the cayenne. I never thought of cayenne capsules. Do you think one capsule a day would be enough? I know that any kind of hot peppers would stimulate the sinus. I'm afraid that I'd have a tough time with the Texan diet. I don't enjoy hot peppers, but I do like cayenne and use red pepper flakes in many things that I cook.

i also remember reading something about the use of local honey to build up allergy immunities. I never tried it, but it would be good to stir some in a tea daily. I know that the traditional recommendation for mucus is to take Mucinex, but I hate how drying that stuff is and try not to use it. I prefer your recommendations.

Jen, what is the name of the sinus product that the doctor prescribed?
Imageflowersrjen
Sep 29, 2010 2:59 PM CST
Name: jennifer
central nj
Nasonex
Imagestormyla
Sep 29, 2010 4:02 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
That's what I use Jen. I have no side effects from it and it works so much better than any of the pills without any of the drowsiness or dehydration that they cause. It does take a while to build up in your system.
Imagestormyla
Sep 29, 2010 4:03 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
You can get a $10 or $20 dollar per refill coupon for it off of their website. You have to print one out each month.
Imagestormyla
Sep 29, 2010 4:04 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Wendy, you inspired me. When I was out today I stopped at a farm stand and bought some locally produced honey.
ImageWoodwife
Sep 30, 2010 9:15 PM CST
Name: Wendy
N. of Houston, Texas - 8b
An Old Wive's Tale
I hope it helps! Of course eating honey for whatever reason never hurts, IMO Drooling
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Imagestormyla
Sep 30, 2010 9:41 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Wendy I have diabetes, so don't generally sweeten anything, but I don't think that a teaspoon full in tea will hurt me everyday.
Imagestormyla
Oct 22, 2010 12:48 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I found this interesting article that could possibly help people who are always cold. It's about using ginger therapeutically to alter your internal body temperature.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/512385/using_ginger...

http://health.msn.com/health-topics/articlepage.aspx?cp-docu...

luvsgrtdanes
Oct 22, 2010 6:51 AM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Thanks for the links Stormy. I think I may give the ginger a try in my tea. I'll also look where I order tea from and see if they have some specific kind. The juice sound good but as weird as this sounds it will make me cold Sad
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Imageflowersrjen
Oct 22, 2010 8:57 AM CST
Name: jennifer
central nj
I had a bad experience with ginger once and can't stand any strong ginger taste, it's supposed to help nausea but it actually makes me nauseous, too bad since it's supposed to be so good for you.
Imagestormyla
Oct 22, 2010 10:35 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I buy bags of dried ginger from Trader Jo's and try to chew a chunk a day as it's supposed to be so good for you. I also sprinkle the powdered form in a lot of things that I cook. The tea sounds like a great use for that fresh ginger that I'm always trying to figure out what to do with. But Yikes! I surely don't need anything to make me any hotter!!

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