This week May 19, 2008 through May 24, 2008, we will be covering home remedies and health and nutrition tips that have been proven to work. Folk and traditional medicine practitioners have been dispensing advice for centuries that must be effective, because people are still practicing some of the techniques. Methods of treatment that didn’t work or, in some cases, actually did harm to the patient have gone into the dumper where they belong … at least in the more developed countries. Following are a few updated reports I’ve run across in the last few days.
❑ ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO CHILL OUT
The inability to control anger can slow the healing process. Patients with experimentally induced blisters on their forearms who rated low on anger control scales measured by psychological tests healed less quickly than patients who had more control over the expression of their anger. Patients who frequently had outbursts of anger or who could not stop themselves from losing their temper were four times more likel to heal slowly. People who fail to hold in anger secrete more of the stress hormone cortisol, which may slow wound healing. These results were published in Brain, Behaviour, and Immunity by Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD, and Jean-Philippe Gouin, MPS, psychologists with the University of Ohio, Columbus, who were the leaders of a study comprising 98 subjects.
❑ A LITTLE-KNOWN MARKER OF HEART DISEASE RISK
We all know that heart disease is the number one killer of United States citizens. But did you know that fully half of all heart attacks occur with no advance warning symptoms? However there is one marker that can be listed as a risk factor and is not part of any traditional medical test. It doesn’t show up on any blood test. It doesn’t show on an EKG and it can’t be detected on a stethoscope. It doesn’t show up on any high-tech medical scans, either. What can it be?
Simply this: Several university studies have found that people who interrupt conversations are at greater risk for heart problems. In fact, one study at Duke University found that people who interrupt are up to seven times more likely to get heart disease! Why is this so? The researchers theorize that people who interrupt are excessively competitive and controlling – two hallmarks of the worst “Type A” personalities. But here is the amazing, real kicker: These same high-risk people can lower their risk without totally altering their personalities … and without any drugs, exercise or dietary changes. All they have to do is practice being good listeners. In one study, the test subjects focused on being silent while others talked. The result? They lowered both their blood pressure and their stress hormone levels.
❑ CONTROL PAIN BY USING A NATURAL PHENOMENA
People who spend a lot of time on their feet know all about pain and stiffness. They know they can get relief with aspirin, Tylenol and ibuprofen. But they also know that prolonged use of these drugs can cause bleeding ulcers, liver damage and other nasty side effects. That’s why more and more doctors are avoiding these pills and relying on natural remedies like willow bark and cayenne.
And here’s another pain remedy — one that involves no drugs or supplements whatsoever. It costs practically nothing ... it’s very effective ... and it works in just minutes. What is it? It is static electricity. Yes, static electricity. Medical science has long recognized that the human body is pulsing with tiny electrical currents. And “normalizing” this flow of electricity promotes healing.
Go to your local hardware store and get an ordinary painter’s mitt ... plus a one-foot section of PVC pipe about an inch thick. Create an electric charge by rubbing the pipe vigorously with the mitt for one minute. Then slowly sweep the pipe over the painful area. Move in a head-to-toe direction, about a half-inch away from your skin. After three or four passes, recharge the pipe by rubbing it again with the mitt. Keep repeating the process until the pain subsides. Most people get relief within a few minutes, and the relief is really quite dramatic. Try it you’ll be amazed!
Disclaimer: The purpose of this weblog is not to dispense medical advice nor in any way is meant to be construed as diagnostic or prescriptive. Always check with your physician before beginning any new program or trying any of the items discussed in the posts that appear on this site.