Home Remedies that Work

Here are some home remedies reported to work.

Vapor Rub to Cure Nail Fungus


While there are no studies to prove coating infected toenails with vapor rub once or twice a day is an effective treatment for nail fungus, a basic Internet search results in a number of personal testaments to the medicinal ointment’s fungus-killing powers. “I’ve heard many patients say that vapor rub does help, but I’m not exactly sure why,” Dr. Blum admits. While some argue it’s the menthol in the balm that kills the fungus and others say it’s the smothering effect of the thick gel, if used consistently, vapor rub has been shown to get rid of not just the fungus, but the infected toenail, too, which will turn black and eventually fall off. When the new nail grows in, it should be fungus-free. Photo: Thinkstock


Oatmeal to Soothe Eczema

“This is absolutely true, as oats have anti-inflammatory properties,” Dr. Blum says. Whether it’s used as a paste or poured into a bath, most experts recommend choosing colloidal (finely ground) oatmeal and soaking the affected area for at least 15 minutes. In addition to reducing inflammation, oats are thought to have an antihistamine effect, Dr. Blum says. By lowering levels of histamine, which triggers inflammation as part of the immune system’s recovery response, she explains, oats prevent or reduce the redness. Photo: Thinkstock

The article from Woman’s Day gives 6 more home remedies:

  • Duct Tape to Remove Warts
  • Yogurt to Cure Bad Breath
  • Bite a Pencil to Cure a Headache
  • Olives for Motion Sickness
  • A Spoonful of Sugar to Cure Hiccups
  • Gargle Salt Water for a Sore Throat

Lumps over top of hip / low back Video

Here’s a video I recently made about a fairly common situation that affects at least ten percent of people and that is lumps that form over the low back or across the top of the hip.  In most people who have them they are nothing to worry about.  However, in a small percentage of those who have them, they can cause severe back pain, often mimicking a herniated disc.  It is one of the most overlooked cause of back pain because most doctors are not familiar with them.

These are commonly called back mice.  Other medical term are multifidus triangle syndrome, episacral lipoma, lumbar fascial fat herniation, and iliac crest pain syndrome.

I made an earlier blog post about it   For More information go to:  http://discomfortfree.com/2010/11/lumps-in-low-back-top-of-hip/

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Third Leading Cause of Death in the US

Dr. Peter Glidden talks about the third leading cause of death in the United States. Can you guess what it is.

On a personal note, in 1980 my mother suffered a severe stroke.  She lost total use of her right arm.  She learned to walk with a walker by moving her hip because she lost most function in her right leg.  She lost her ability to speak and to read and write.

She was 63 years old (a year older than I am now).  Never smoked, was never overweight, walked over two miles every day.  She developed diarrhea that persisted.  Possibly from the water or bird droppings on the berries and garden vegetables, who knows.

She went to a doctor who gave medicine that didn’t work, so got different medicine.  She’d been on it a few weeks when she had the stroke.  Coincidence?  If she had been shot in the head there would have been an investigation.  The results would have been the same.  After the stroke she was healthy but disabled.  She died 22 years later, a horrible quality of life. 

Salt is Good for You, Salt Additives Bad

I’ve got a video posted here by Dr. Leonard Coldwell.  Although the video is about curing cancer within weeks, that is not what I want to talk about.

Starting at about minute 4:18 he starts talking about salt.  And what he says I had never heard before.  “Very often table salt is one third sand, one third glass and one third salt.”

He goes on to say that the “sand” causes abrasion in the arteries and they start to bleed.  Then cholesterol comes in to stop the bleeding.  That in turn narrows the arteries.  But the problem is not too much cholesterol and not too much salt, but the additives in table salt.

 Now I always thought that salt was salt.   So I looked on my box of IODIZED salt at home (a store brand).

Here are the ingredients listed.  They were listed all in upper case letters:


The additive of concern here is sodium silicoaluminate which is added to keep the salt from caking.

According to Wikipedia, Sodium silicoaluminate, may also be listed as:
Amorphous sodium aluminosilicate
sodium aluminosilicate
aluminium sodium salt,
aluminosilicic acid,
sodium salt,
sodium aluminium silicate,
aluminum sodium silicate
sodium silico aluminate

Note there are other additives that are used for non-caking as well.

I just bought some Kosher salt which had no additives.

NOTE: Many brands of Sea Salt ALSO have non-caking additive. So if you want to avoid this problem — read the label. (And maybe buy a salt grinder).

Now I looked at several places on the web which had arguments of sea salt vs. table salt vs. what ever other kind of salt someone was selling.

Nowhere did anyone mention the abrasion of arteries from table salt as the reason for high blood pressure as did Dr. Leonard Coldwell in the video

Whether this is true, I personally don’t know.  Let’s hear your opinion.

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