Survival Health and Medicine (or cheap home remedies that work)

(In no way does this article take the place of medical advice.)

As a kid, I figured out pretty quick how to handle minor cuts, burns, sprains, bumps on the head and accidents. Not to mention nose bleeds, swollen lips and black eyes (which came from fights that you did not want your mother to know about.) Usually, the adults just asked too many questions. Really dumb questions, like “why were you fighting with Billy so-and-so?” “Why were you cart racing on that busy street?” and “Whose dumb idea was it to play with matches?” The answers got you in trouble. So, have a good cover story or do not admit to anything. Instead, look after yourself.

So, I learned to clean cuts with alcohol, peroxide or iodine and tape it up. Or lance boils, blisters and minor infections. Nothing too serious.

Later on, as a young soldier, I figured out really quick how to put on a tension bandage, fix a cut, burn or blister and not complain over getting my head rocked from a fall or accident. Complaining just got you labelled a moron or a sissy. So, I learned to patch up the minor stuff. No one was calling an ambulance over a twisted ankle or case of poison ivy. It just did not happen.

When I was short on time and cash, I studied old folk medicine for aches and pains. The old-timers never had medical plans and the nearest doctor was usually days away. (I once met a guy who had such a long delay in getting his broken arm fixed, that he now has a crooked arm.) Therefore, it is important to look after oneself, at least in the short term.

Here are a items/techniques that almost anyone can use:

  1. Iodine. Good for cleaning cuts or purifying water. Small amounts (150 micrograms) are needed to maintain thyroid health.
  2. Hydrogen peroxide. Another good antiseptic. External use only.
  3. Rubbing alcohol. -same as hydrogen peroxide.-
  4. Apple cider vinegar. This has saved me many times from food poisoning. I take it prior to going to a barbeque, hot dog roast or when in doubt. I have taken it after eating something not properly cooked or if I have suspected food poisoning. Taking a tablespoon in a glass of water first thing in the morning assists digestion. Gargle some for a sore throat. You can also mix a TBS of apple cider vinegar with a TBS of hydrogen peroxide to soak fruits and vegetables in it to remove impurities.
  5. Baking soda. Good toothpaste substitute, bee sting and poison ivy treatment, deodoriser and antacid (for heartburn).
  6. Ginger. Make a tea for stomach flu and sore joints.
  7. Magnesium oxide. 600 mg. of this can help clean out your large colon and speed the healing of fevers, sore throats and common colds. (Alternative is an enema.)
  8. Sweat therapy. A sauna, steam room, hot tub or hard earned sweat can raise the body’s T-cells (protects the body from pathogens and cancer cells) and help cleanse the skin of impurities. I find that sweating speeds the healing of sore throats, the flu or colds and generally helps me sleep better.

Learn more about healthy, do-it-yourself tips in Flat Gut After 50.

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