SUPPLEMENTal health insurance: Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a naturally occurring fat soluble antioxidant found in foods.You can find a whole workup by the U.S. Department of health and human services here.


I was thirteen. I had a chalazion cyst on my eye the size of a marble. I was embarrassed to go to school. I was embarrassed to go anywhere. I had questions to answer if I did. “Is that a sty?” “What’s wrong with your face?” “Are you sick?” “It’s still there?”

A chalazion cyst is not something that just goes away. At the time, at least, the ophthalmologist told us it would have to be surgically removed. We made an appointment for an in office procedure.

When the day came, I was nervous. My dad brought me in the room and left. I was at the mercy of the doctor and nurse who strapped me into a chair that reminded me of the execution electric variety. All the lights and instruments made me very uncomfortable. I think it would have been easier to prepare myself had someone warned me what was about to happen.

A three-inch needle coming towards MY EYE!

I panicked! I started crying and shaking my head making it impossible for the poker to have any accuracy. They unstrapped and released me. “aah, freedom!”

No surgery! I would be left with this marble in my eyelid and be “ugly” forever. Oh well, at least I wouldn’t have to put a needle in my eye.

After a few weeks of pretending I didn’t care, I started to look for other ways to eradicate my growth.

My mother, an avid reader and medical enthusiast, had a book about natural home remedies. I was looking up cysts and came across a testament to vitamin E. Desperate, I began breaking open vitamin E capsules and squeezing the oil right into my eye. Then taking another capsule orally. Every night before bed, I did this. Within a matter of weeks, the cyst was no more! Not a trace of it remained in my eye and the torture ceased. What a relief!

At 13 I learned that doctors, although well-educated and mean well, do not have all the answers and to an extent, cannot be trusted (not because they are not trustworthy, but because they are only trained in surgical procedures and writing prescriptions. Their training no longer includes alternative methods or turning to the earth for help, only chemical processes created in a laboratory).

Fast forward 15 years. 4 babies later, I ended up with cysts and hormonal changes from pregnancy and childbirth. “Where is that book??!?!?!?” I searched for almost a year at mom’s, at my dad’s, asking my sister… it was gone. Finally, after searching online for a week straight I found it buried on amazon. It’s from the eighties and I didn’t have the exact title which made finding it like a needle in a haystack.

I had it in my hand. I read it cover to cover and felt a sense of comfort having all of this wisdom at my fingertips. It doesn’t cover EVERYthing, but the range of common ailments is quite extensive. From Acne to cradle cap, heart disease to leg cramps and ulcers, it is a compilation of folk medicine, medical breakthroughs by common people, new age healing, finding cures in the kitchen and all had accounts from real people and their results.

42 Needles to Avoid: The wonders of Vitamin E

  1. acne
  2. arthritis
  3. athlete’s foot
  4. boils
  5. breast pain
  6. burns
  7. chicken pox
  8. circulatory system
  9. cold sores
  10. cracked skin
  11. cradle cap
  12. cysts
  13. dandruff
  14. diaper rash
  15. eczema
  16. facial skin care
  17. fertility problems
  18. fingernails
  19. gum problems
  20. heart disease
  21. herpes type II
  22. high blood pressure
  23. itching
  24. leg cramps
  25. leg pain
  26. leg ulcers
  27. leukoplakia
  28. menopausal problems
  29. muscle pain
  30. nosebleeds
  31. phlebitis
  32. poison ivy
  33. psoriasis
  34. ringworm
  35. scar tissue
  36. seizures in dogs
  37. shingles
  38. sinus problems
  39. sunburn
  40. toenail problems
  41. warts
  42. wound healing

Finding Vitamin E in our food

alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) can be found in many foods such as nuts, seeds, plant oils, cruciferous vegetables, shellfish and other sea dwelling creatures; avocados and squash also give a good amount of the this magnificent health aid!

“SUPPLEMENTal health insurance” is a blog series highlighting various methods, supplements, vitamins, minerals and home remedies for common ailments and improving health.

Disclaimer: I am not a physician!The information here should not take the place of medical advice. I urge you to talk to your health care providers (doctor, registered dietitian, pharmacist, etc.) about your interest in, questions about, or use of dietary supplements and what may be best for your overall health. Any mention in this publication of a specific brand name is not an endorsement of the product.




Published by MaMaDuCk

Mom, wife, artist, spreader of joy!

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