Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Where She Runs to the Kitchen, Not the Medicine Cabinet
I don't know. Maybe it's that I'm so sick of all those commercials for drugs on tv. You know, the ones which say, "Side-effects may include searing headaches, wild urges to gamble, turning green, oh, and, well, uhm--death."
And maybe it's all the research my daughter and I are doing into nutrition and the dangers of med's.
But frankly? I think we've all been duped. Brain-washed.
And it's like the book, New Choices in Natural Healing, says:
"What's really tragic about this is that we were so busy learning how to fix broken arms, deliver babies and do all of those "doctor" things in medical school that we considered nutrition to be boring," says Michael A. Klaper, M.D.... "But after we get into practice, we spend most of the day treating people with diseases that have huge nutritional components that have long been essentially ignored. I frequently get calls from doctors across the country saying that their patients are asking questions about nutrition and its role in their conditions and they don't know what to tell them."
Well for the past four years, ever since experiencing a months-long sinus/ear infection, I've been educating myself. Heck, I've been doctoring myself (I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on tv). And instead of racing to a medicine cabinet, I now race to my kitchen.... or outside... or to a quiet place.
If I have a headache, I drink a glass of water with a tablespoon of lime juice added. And/or I spray organic peppermint juice on a tissue and inhale (or I use arbor oil). And/or I take 1,000 Mg's of Vitamin C (good, I've found, for sinus headaches/infections). Or I delve more into what I may be eating/thinking/feeling which may be triggering these headaches.
If I experience ear pain, I chew a couple papaya enzyme tablets and take 1,000 mg's of Vitamin C.
Tummy upset? I drink ginger tea and/or chew an acidolphulus tablet.
Trouble sleeping? I no longer eat after 6 p.m., except for a small portion of (non-meat)protein before bed. I take a Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc pill and a Vitamin D before retiring.
Night sweats? I don't eat sugary foods after 2 p.m., or again, I don't eat a meal after 6 p.m.
Gaining weight? I eat less, take more walks and learn more about nutrition. I avoid processed foods with sucrose (or its forms) because it blocks your body's ability to feel full.
Feeling forgetful? I take a fish oil tablet each day. I eat more fish. I avoid drinking out of aluminum cans or using any product with aluminum as an ingredient (as in baking powder and underarm deodorant).
Constipated? I eat a prune or two. I eat more fruits and vegetables.
Bladder infection or discomfort? I take cranberry pills or drink cranberry juice (not the kind with added sugar).
Feeling stressful? I stop and ask myself if I've had too much coffee or wheat products lately. I ask myself what I've been thinking/ dreading or worrying about.
Back pain? I do back-strengthening exercises. I watch my posture. I walk to lose weight. I take hot baths.
Facial wrinkles? I use pure coconut oil.
Feeling arthritic? I cut out all decaf coffee (I've switched to organic and only drink it occasionally). I re-study the list of foods which may trigger arthritis to see if I've been eating any of them lately. I use a dehumidifier to remove moisture around our house. I step up my exercise program and do more stretching, including stretching before I even get out of bed. I pay attention to my thoughts and I forgive those who have wronged me.... I let it go and then get on with my life.
I-- well, you get the idea. This is just a blog post, after all-- not a book.
And I'm just saying this is what I do. You can do as you wish. But as for me, I plan to keep on running just about any other place on Earth rather than a medicine cabinet when I need help. And I plan on learning more and more about the healing power of foods, vitamins, herbs and oils as the years go by.
I'd love to hear your own favorite natural cures in my comment box!