In our medicine cabinet

What’s in our medicine cabinet?

Okay, not our real medicine cabinet. It’s a metaphor for what we do to support our health and prevent getting sick.

My personal take on healthcare is not treating symptoms but preventing illness. We’ve all seen the images floating around social media about “Farmacy not Pharmacy” and showing pictures of food with the caption “healthcare” then pictures of prescriptions and the caption “sickcare”. It’s true. If we maintain healthy lifestyle and take care of our bodies we can be better suited to ward off diseases and common ailments like colds and flu.

At our house, instill a number of regular practices to keep up an ideal health situation for our family and we are living breathing proof of our methods.

Of course for all you “live by the doctor, die by the doctor” people, you will question our validity because we are not doctors and for that you should not read this post. Just click the “x” and move on with your day.

Everybody else: get ready to learn about some alternative methods for staying healthy and getting over sickness fast without taking “drugs” to feel better. I will warn you that some of these methods you have probably heard of and even tried and for some you may think I’m a quack and belong in the loony bin but I assure you these are all things I , my husband and our children have done and continue to do on a regular basis to maintain the benefits from our efforts.

Water

It’s a big part of our day. I know. I know. EVERYbody drinks water and knows all about how it keeps us healthy. I mention it here because water is the essential component to keeping our body operating at its optimal ability. Water flushes out toxins as well as keeps us hydrated keeping the toxins flowing right out of our pours, literally. Something you may not know is the type of water we drink does make a difference. I don’t mean the tap/filtered/bottled debate of drinking water. Kangen Water, a water that can work miracles. Watch this video to learn more:

After drinking Kangen water we feel better overall!

Honey and cinnamon goes a long way for our immune system. For the skeptics on this one, here is a link for Snopes that includes the benefits.

Honey and cinnamon

 

Anyway, even without the proven benefits the kids LOVE it like candy!

Fruit Snacks and Juice pouches

HAHAHA I know. I know. This one sounds ridiculous to me too but it works! Vitamin C intake is a known boost to our immune system and there is no shortage in a package of fruit snacks and a 100% juice pouch. A word of caution: the ingredients are key! Some versions have toxic ingredients like carrageenan, aspartame, and GMO high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring and flavoring. Please if you try this crazy method be sure to find organic fruit snacks and organic juice pouches that do not contain these harmful substances.

fruit snacks

Why we don’t just take our chewable vitamin C?

Because of aspartame, artificial coloring and other harmful ingredients used to make most vitamins and supplements. We tend to stray from the traditional kids vitamins and use whole foods to harness nutrition.

Vitamins

If you’re a parent, go to the cabinet and pull out your kid’s multivitamin, whether prescription or over the counter, check out the ingredients and educate yourself what you are actually giving to your kids. It’s shocking!

 

Regular Hand Washing

Do I even need to go into this one?

 

Neti Pot

neti pot

A Neti Pot is a device designed to facilitate nasal irrigation.

What is nasal irrigation?

Using saline solution to flush out the nasal passages as well as sinuses.

Why is this practice beneficial?

Flushing the sinuses and nasal passages clears bacteria and illness causing germs from the body. Typically a cold or flu pathogen will be inhaled through the nose with the other environmental toxins. It will incubate there for a period of time before your body reacts (gets sick) to its presence. By regularly flushing this super highway for germs we reduce our risk of getting sick.

This link to Wikipedia shows this practice was used as a daily hygiene ritual in ancient India.

Chiropractic care

Visiting a chiropractor is not just for the injured. In fact, you can prevent injury by partaking in regular chiropractic care.

chiropractic

Here is a fantastic article about why spinal health is so important to our overall well-being and ability to function optimally.

Avoiding common household chemicals

Any bottle of cleaner that has a warning or caution notice is not something we should bring into our homes. These toxins contain disruptors that will damage our bodies in a number of ways. Neurological, endocrine, digestive, immune systems are all in danger when these chemicals go airborne. Our body can only neutralize so much before it has a dangerous effect on our health and ability to fight off common germs.

Crack the windows

Even in the dead of winter or sweltering summer it is important to have airflow in our homes. Bringing fresh air in and sweeping harmful toxins out. I’m sure most of us know this one.

Take off our shoes

Shoes

Leaving the doctor’s office floor at the door is a big step to keeping our home germ free. A recent study shows we can keep our homes 60% cleaner by one easy step: removing our shoes. I agree with this one big time! Keep the outside, outside. (the lazy in me sees this as an excuse to have to wash the floor less often) Having a Dog puts a damper on this for our family, unless we invest in a pair of shoes for him too.

Keep our distance

Another tool for keeping healthy is just staying away in general. It’s almost impossible if you don’t want to be a hermit but when you do enjoy a friends company try not to get too close. Avoid being in the line of fire. You know, close talkers and spitters and cannon sneezes? I try to keep back at least 2 feet if I can. This sounds harsh but my health is more important than ingesting your bodily fluids.

…and the most important instrument in our “medicine cabinet” is none other than…drum roll, please…

SLEEP

Another motivator for homeschooling, getting adequate sleep on our bodies own individual unique sleep cycle is imperative to our bodies reparative abilities. If we cannot charge our batteries properly or for long enough we will NOT stand a chance to be healthy. Without enough sleep our body will be worn out and not able to keep up battling germs and toxins. So turn off your alarm clock and go to bed early!

When we put it all together we have a pretty hefty arsenal of tools in our medicine cabinet, many of which are utilized directly after contact with a known sick person.

How does this even happen?

Well, some people don’t have the consideration to share their ailments with those they come in contact with until after the event or function. The ones that know they are sick but still come to a function infecting the other attendees because they care more for their own enjoyment and less about the overall health of the community.

Or some people don’t know they are sick until after the event and then some at least do have and take the courtesy to let people know. I appreciate this more than anything because those little germs are incubating in my sinuses and if I don’t have symptoms I still have time to evict them from my nasal passage and avoid getting sick all together.

In general, some people have bacteria that they are immune to the symptoms. The stomach flu carrier that experienced the wretched fury once a few weeks ago but grew an immunity to it not knowing they are carrying a spec and transferring this terrific illness to someone else. This is why regular practice, especially when in high risk scenarios like going to a doctor, hospital or visiting an elderly person, is crucial to maintaining our health.

We visit our chiropractor at least once a week. During the months where colds and flu are prevalent we take honey and cinnamon daily; eat fruit snacks and juice pouches often, after visiting friends and family we use the neti pot and be sure to wash hands often.

Happy health keeping! Hope you have found some new weapons to combat colds and flu for you and your family.

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 alternative medicine and what may be best for your overall health. Any mention in this blog of a specific brand name is not an endorsement of the product.

 

 

 

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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.

MY STORY:

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.