Here is a story to illustrate how modern medicine often works. A man had some weeds in his lawn. A gardener was called to remove them. He came with a bazooka, some grenades and a machine gun and proceeded to annihilate the lawn. After the job was done, the owner was all upset. “What have you done with my lawn. All I wanted was a few weeds removed.” The reply was, “Well, I got rid of them didn’t I?” Our health care systems often do something like this – costly and difficult fixes instead of relatively non-intrusive, simple and inexpensive body aids.
Until “modern” medicine came about less than 150 years ago, people mostly looked after themselves from a health care point of view. They trusted natural products and approaches for ills and ailments. The idea was to help the body help itself instead of introducing chemicals and products that are highly invasive and in many cases weaken the body further. Ancient wisdom and remedies were passed on to next generations. We have lost much of that ancient wisdom and it is under constant attack by the “modern” medical world. We are told we need to use the gardener’s “kill at any cost” approach instead of something gentle, simpler and less expensive.
Our family members go to a modern-medicine doctor only if absolutely necessary and as a last resort. We learn about our problems and try to fix them ourselves first. This knowledge about how our bodies work can then be used in future situations. I think I know my body pretty well by now and I’m pretty sure I will keep fairly healthy in future years. To be honest, I wonder if modern medicine often causes greater harm than what it should and nobody says or does anything about it.
Our family relies on only a few simple things to maintain control of our health. I want to pass on what we have used for years. We have also saved much money and lost very little “down” time because of them.
I offer no medical claims or scientific proof for these easy and inexpensive self-care methods that work for us personally:
Instead of buying medicines and syrups containing questionable chemicals, we use a strong salt water or diluted food-grade hydrogen peroxide gargle to kill cold germs in the throat and it seems to prevent them from spreading. At the first signs of a cold, we also use a hot water bottle on the chest and throat while sleeping. Germs are killed easily in the body by the heat and you use less energy producing the fever because of the external heat source. Simple, natural and inexpensive.
A white coating on the tongue can be a good indicator of toxins. Scraping and mouthwashes to cover the smell are not the solution! Tongues should be pink and uncoated. Check your diet. The color of urine also indicates the level of toxins-the lighter the better. Drink more water to dilute and flush toxins. As you detoxify, two things will be evidence of successful detoxification: clearer urine and a fresh, pink tongue.
Many people are dehydrated and don’t even know it. Headaches can often be warning signs of not enough water in the system. Frizzy skin below cuticles, dry and lifeless hair, and dry flaky body skin are also indicators. Don’t just drink a whole glass of water all at once several times a day, sip continuously throughout the day.
I didn’t believe this one until I saw it with my own eyes when we tried it on our daughter. Rub a gold ring on a cheek. An obvious black streak indicates there is an iron deficiency. We tried the same thing on others in the family. It showed only on her.
Lack of Energy
Low energy is very often caused by poor diet. Many people think they need more sleep because they are always tired. Sleep is not the solution because it is repair time, not re-energize time. If the body doesn’t have the tools and raw materials to repair, it will still be tired when you wake up. Energy comes from nutritious food. Check your diet if you have low energy. Unprocessed foods are best. Cook at low heat to keep needed vitamins and minerals. Eat more raw fruits and vegetables. Learn relaxation techniques to improve depth of sleep.
Pro-active Disease Prevention
Dentists will tell you that many physical ailments start with germs and bacteria entering at the gum lines. Brush and floss your teeth regularly. Many diseases develop as a result of stress which compromises the immune system. Learn formal relaxation techniques. Also exercise regularly to aerate your body and keep the pipes clear of “sludge.”
Miscellaneous Inexpensive and Safe Self-Care
a) exercise, flex and tense face muscles each day to reduce sagging skin. Save money spent on facial creams.
b) eye exercises help keep stronger glasses away and eyes strong. Look them up on the internet
c) get rid of warts by rubbing crushed garlic juice on them
d) rub your hands on any stainless steel to get rid of garlic odor
e) for athletes’ foot, soak your feet in a hot, strong ordinary salt and water solution each day until eliminated
Looking after your own health care is not easy. It takes time, observation, analysis and talking with people that know. Over the long term, you will get to know yourself far better, appreciate yourself more and feel more in control of your life. As well, your body will be healthier and thank you by working properly because you have helped it help itself.