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9 old-time cures doctors swear by
Health.com via Foxnews.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | By Nancy Rones

Posted on 02/20/2014 11:47:05 AM PST by US Navy Vet

Medical offices might have gone high-tech, but some of the advice you'll hear there these days rings more nostalgic: Complain of constipation or congestion and you may get an Rx for dried plums (née prunes) or a saltwater gargle.

"The more that old remedies pan out in studies, the more likely physicians are to suggest them," said Dr. Philip Hagen, vice chair of the division of preventive medicine at Mayo Clinic. "Part of the drive is the cost of health care—trying these at home could save you a trip to the doctor." Consider these golden oldies the next time you're feeling under the weather.

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1 posted on 02/20/2014 11:47:05 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

Manuka


2 posted on 02/20/2014 11:48:34 AM PST by EBH ( The Day of the Patriot has arrived.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Prunes - Are three enough? Are six too many?


3 posted on 02/20/2014 11:48:43 AM PST by DManA
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To: US Navy Vet

Onions boiled in milk. For colds.

Grandma Anderson swore by it. Kinda faded from the family pharmacopeia after she passed.


4 posted on 02/20/2014 11:50:08 AM PST by DManA
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To: US Navy Vet

Stupid list:
Ginger
BenGay
Prunes
Pepto-Bismol
Salt-water gargle
Excedrin
Petroleum jelly
Adhesive bandages
Ice


5 posted on 02/20/2014 11:50:32 AM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: DManA

“Are six too many?”

Six are too many. Trust me.


6 posted on 02/20/2014 11:52:27 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: US Navy Vet

I had a knee replacement last April. Sometimes the post surgical pain was so much that my pain meds wouldn’t touch it. I found that Aspercreme rubbed on the scar worked better than the narcotics they were giving me at rehab.


7 posted on 02/20/2014 11:52:40 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: US Navy Vet

Wet tobacco slapped on bee/wasp stings takes the pain out and neutralizes the poison. I keep a can of Skoal in our First Aid kit.

Handed down in our family from our Cherokee Great Grandmother.


8 posted on 02/20/2014 11:55:44 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Thanks. Hate those fargin’ lists that go on on on for ever


9 posted on 02/20/2014 11:58:29 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Gen.Blather
the list recommends 12!

I think we are going to enter a new era of minimalist health care interventions...not just because of obamanocare, but because every single medicine you take has its downside, sometimes serious...

and for most aches and pains and joint problems, rest,ice,heat,losing weight in the long run, and use of aspirin or similar is probably just as affective as weeks of physical therapy or surgery....

10 posted on 02/20/2014 11:58:33 AM PST by cherry
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To: US Navy Vet

I remember my Day telling me they used kerosene on scrapes and cuts when he was a kid.


11 posted on 02/20/2014 11:59:55 AM PST by CodeJockey (Christian, Freeper, Tea Party Member, Bitter Clinger, Creepy White Cracker)
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To: US Navy Vet
I use ginger pills and tea for nausea and sick sickness and it works for me.

Gave some to my parents and it worked for them.

MythBusters checked it out and confirmed it works for seasickness.

12 posted on 02/20/2014 11:59:56 AM PST by chrisinoc
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To: US Navy Vet

Pepto Bismol

It’s like a miracle drug for anything stomach related, I was shocked when I got married and my wife and never used it and still resists using it for some unknown reason.


13 posted on 02/20/2014 12:00:12 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Beer.


14 posted on 02/20/2014 12:06:41 PM PST by prisoner6 (FREEDOM)
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To: CodeJockey

My mother had us kids swallow a little Vicks Vapor Rub when we had bad chest congestion, in addition to putting on the outside of the chest. I survived, but looking back, that may have been a bit overboard. LOL.


15 posted on 02/20/2014 12:08:14 PM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: cherry

We went through a period in the ‘60’s when practically every woman was on some kind of depressant. (I can’t recall the one, but I think “Valley of the Dolls” described the age.) I agree people will be using fewer medications. I was using four quality of life type meds that in 2012 cost $80/script for generic. In January 2013 they went to $230-280 each for generic. I asked why and the pharmacist said, “Obamacare.” It hadn’t even kicked in yet. She said they’d raised prices to even out the losses they’d have in 2014.

If I ate 12 prunes I’d never leave the house again. I’d just be a hollow skin bag perched on the toilet.


16 posted on 02/20/2014 12:09:30 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: US Navy Vet

My family didn’t do the salt water gargle, but Mom would take 4 or 5 Bayer Aspirins, dissolve them in warm water and make us gargle. When gargling, we would let a little bit of the warm water trickle down our throats. Good temporary relief for sire throats.

These days with the coatings and what not, I don’t know if you can dissolve aspirin in water.


17 posted on 02/20/2014 12:10:02 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: US Navy Vet

Got a sore throat? I will swear by gargling a cup of warm water mixed with with a 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Two gargle sessions and gone. Much more effective than salt water.


18 posted on 02/20/2014 12:11:57 PM PST by Phillyred
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To: Gen.Blather
DManA “Are six too many?”
Six are too many. Trust me.

The article says twelve per day. Twelve per day is Double Plus Ungood.

I remember getting three prunes as a kid (probably as punishment for some horrible misdeed), and three were too many.

"Dried Plums" sound so much better.

19 posted on 02/20/2014 12:12:22 PM PST by meadsjn
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To: prisoner6
Beer.

And ribs and asparagus and ice cream.

Works on body, mind and soul.

20 posted on 02/20/2014 12:14:03 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: b4its2late
Vicks VapoRub was a staple in our house. Mom would slather it all over our chests and backs. We used to sniff it through the nose to relieve nasal congestion.

I guess someone overdid the sniffing because it's not allowed anymore.

21 posted on 02/20/2014 12:14:08 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: US Navy Vet

Don’t forget peppermint sticks for an upset stomach.
Pharmacists used to stock them for children as a belly ache and nausea relief. They didn’t get associated with Christmas until someone red striped them and sold them as Christmas candy.


22 posted on 02/20/2014 12:14:45 PM PST by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: b4its2late

Those new Vicks Vapor electric wall plug-ins are miracles! Whenever my kids or any of us have a bad cough, you plug one of those things in and it is just about an instant good night sleep.


23 posted on 02/20/2014 12:17:30 PM PST by Phillyred
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To: b4its2late

“My mother had us kids swallow a little Vicks Vapor Rub ...”

She should have rolled it into a small ball and coated it with sugar ...


24 posted on 02/20/2014 12:19:06 PM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: US Navy Vet

To help with sex,put petroleum jelly on the doorknob leading into your bedroom. Keeps the kids out when you are fooling around


25 posted on 02/20/2014 12:23:39 PM PST by 12chachacha (Sucker??)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Good one. I’ll remember that!


26 posted on 02/20/2014 12:26:04 PM PST by gr8eman (Neptune, Titan, stars don't frighten!)
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To: b4its2late

LOL...our mom did the same. We’d beg not to have to do that. We’d even read aloud from the label...NOT TO BE USED INTERNALLY!!


27 posted on 02/20/2014 12:28:27 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Many Physicians are still “Practicing” medicine.

I avoid doctors at almost all costs.

The flu ? A double shot of Nyquil, lots of water and sweat it out.

Toothache ? A series of warm saltwater rinses.

If you have an “infection” as the result of a cut, you can put the skin of a raw egg on it, it will literally pull the infection out. The skin is between the egg itself and the shell.

Nose Bleed ? Fold a small piece of paper to about the dimensions of the “striking portion” of a book of matches. Place this as far as you can under your upper lip. There is a pressure point there that will stop a nose bleed.

Sinus problems ? Lay flat on your back. Relax. There are a number of pressure points on your face that when pressed will relive your discomfort. You will likely have to experiment here. Place constant pressure to the bridge of your nose to relive nasal congestion.Some people will actually feel their sinuses draining. There are additional pressure points under your eyes and along your eyebrows.

I was hit twice, many years ago, with something called SVT,Supraventricular tachycardia, I drove myself to the emergency room on both occasions. I learned a few techniques that I may have been able to use for future reference. One, is to “crunch down” your muscles like your tying to go number two. The other is to put your face in a bowl of ice water. I also learned that most EMT’s carry an injection of Adenosine, which works in an instant.

I’m sure there are more conditions in which I have a solution for. But I’m only 50 years old.


28 posted on 02/20/2014 12:28:36 PM PST by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Ah, the effects of Obamacare —— I’m so sick of those lying commercials with “I’m covered” -— yeah, with a $6,500 to $12,000 deductible and lousy co-pays, if any.


29 posted on 02/20/2014 12:31:38 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

colloidal silver is awesome too.

Why was silverware silver? Because germs can’t live on silver or in its presence.


30 posted on 02/20/2014 12:39:35 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS)
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To: F15Eagle

I want to know how much $$ these pawns received to appear in the commercial.


31 posted on 02/20/2014 12:40:11 PM PST by Phillyred
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To: Phillyred

~~~I want to know how much $$ these pawns received to appear in the commercial.~~~

Don’t worry!! - It vaas all paid by zee Americans taxpayerz!!

(if there are any left after ObamaJobDestruction).

And then, Alan Greenspan said we don’t ever have to go bankrupt, as we can always print more money to cover it!! (I knew he was a lunatic for years and I finally got my public proof — not to mention his marriage to Andrea Mitchell).

If that didn’t prove to everyone that Greenspan is a delusional lunatic, I don’t know what else would.


32 posted on 02/20/2014 12:44:15 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: US Navy Vet

When I was 21 I had a sore throat that was so painful it hurt to breath and was a pure nightmare when I swallowed. In desperation I gargled with Bacardi 151. Worked like magic.


33 posted on 02/20/2014 12:46:16 PM PST by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Back in the 1800s a person could self label himself “doctor” if he had a copy of the book on Thompsonian Medicine.

I have such a great great uncle. Went by the name Dr. Priddy Meeks. During his lifetime, he migrated from Charleston SC, through Kentucky, to southern Indiana, Illinois, westward as a Mormon through Iowa, to Utah. Then to southern Utah.

While in southern Indiana he witness his father killed and brother injured by Indians.

Throughout he treated people using herbs.

His lifetime was described in a journal transcribed late in life to his daughter. The non-Mormon aspects of the book are fascinating, as they describe life during those times, in those places.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Thomson


34 posted on 02/20/2014 12:51:35 PM PST by truth_seeker (Nissan)
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To: DManA

Prunes?

Google Haribo Gummy Bears


35 posted on 02/20/2014 12:54:32 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: prisoner6
I like your post!!

LOL!!

36 posted on 02/20/2014 12:54:47 PM PST by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Gargling a tall glass of salty, warm water has long been known as one of the best oral and sinus therapies out there.

Likewise, a mix of salt and powdered baking soda as toothpaste, alternatively with tartar control toothpaste, kills off the five kinds of spirochete bacteria common in the mouth. There are suspicions that these spirochetes may use gum disease as a conduit to the brain and may be implicated with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Because they feel similar when applied to human skin, there is a common misconception that petroleum jelly and glycerine are physically similar. While petroleum jelly is a non-polar hydrocarbon hydrophobic (water-repelling) and insoluble in water, glycerol (not a hydrocarbon but an alcohol) is the opposite: it is so strongly hydrophilic (water-attracting) that by continuously absorbing moisture from the air it produces the feeling of wetness on the skin, similar to the greasiness produced by petroleum jelly.”

I mention this because both petroleum jelly and glycerine have lots of traditional uses, and are important parts of a well stocked medicine cabinet.


37 posted on 02/20/2014 12:54:55 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: reed13

bfl


38 posted on 02/20/2014 12:55:09 PM PST by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
Wet tobacco slapped on bee/wasp stings

After running over a yellow jacket nest with the mower, I learned that Anbesol (for mouth sores) works like a charm in that regard as well. Wish I'd known about the tobacco, but then, I didn't have that in the house either.

I also learned that:

- It's faster to go THROUGH fences than over or around them. Especially when 100 of those little stinging @#$#@$@ are chasing you.

- My lovely wife didn't think I was crazy when I started hollering and taking my clothes off (without going into too fine a detail, they got up under my shorts) in the back yard. Guess that sets a pretty high bar for "What ARE you doing", I suppose.

39 posted on 02/20/2014 12:56:44 PM PST by wbill
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To: US Navy Vet

Great info


40 posted on 02/20/2014 12:59:13 PM PST by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: US Navy Vet


41 posted on 02/20/2014 1:00:10 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: US Navy Vet

Whiskey for my men....Beer for my horses!!


42 posted on 02/20/2014 1:00:18 PM PST by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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Bookmarking


43 posted on 02/20/2014 1:02:03 PM PST by RandallFlagg ("I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn't know how to use it." --Quigley)
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To: JoeProBono
Many moons ago, Mom had pneumonia. Doc prescribed booze instead of cough meds. "You want to break up that @$@#$ in your lungs, not keep it in" was what he said, approximately.

Dunno if it cured the pneumonia, but she didn't care so much about being sick. :-)

44 posted on 02/20/2014 1:03:59 PM PST by wbill
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To: DManA

When I feel a cold coming on or a scratchy throat, I take large doses of vit. C for 2 days. Haven’t had a cold or flu for years...


45 posted on 02/20/2014 1:14:44 PM PST by goat granny (.)
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To: BuffaloJack

“Don’t forget peppermint sticks for an upset stomach.”

We were given coke syrup for an upset stomach. Mom would run down to the candy store and bring up a cup filled with it.

Ice cream stick with tape for broken fingers. My father would hold me and my mom would pull. I screamed, dad would apply stick and tape. Then I got ice cream. Doctor in my building saw me one day and asked me why I had a stick taped to my finger. I told him what happened. He went through the roof. Forced my parents to take me across the street to the hospital.

Long story short, tape job worked. Worked so well, that parents were bringing their kids to my dad for medical treatment. He would politely say no and would recommend someone.

He wasn’t a doctor.


46 posted on 02/20/2014 1:23:01 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: JoeProBono

Thats what my dad used to do when he had the flu - pour a tumbler of Scotch, swill it down, wrap himself in about 6 blankets, and go to bed for 48 hours. He’d wake up cured.

We called it the “Scottish Sweatlodge” LOL.


47 posted on 02/20/2014 1:30:46 PM PST by LizardQueen (The world is not out to get you, except in the sense that the world is out to get everyone.)
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To: CodeJockey

kerosene on scrapes and cuts, it works had a many a cut treated that way.


48 posted on 02/20/2014 1:31:38 PM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: Repeal The 17th

Lets don’t forget the hot toddy for bad colds. My Mom used to dose us up at bedtime with one and you went right to sleep. I guess the oz of Wild Turkey was a significant factor. :-)


49 posted on 02/20/2014 1:32:22 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: goat granny

I haven’t had a cold or flu since the kids moved out.


50 posted on 02/20/2014 1:35:28 PM PST by DManA
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