Why You Should Put Garlic in Your Ear

By Diane January 25, 2019 07:41

Why You Should Put Garlic in Your Ear

A good many of you probably took one look at my title and said “What?’ You’re probably sure you read that wrong, but you didn’t. You already know that garlic is especially healing. It has been used to treat all kinds of illness and infections over the past centuries, including earaches and ear infections.

Garlic’s health properties include anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties both topically and when eaten. It also eases the pain of an earache when applied topically. It numbs the pain while treating the underlying infection.

How to Use Garlic for Middle Ear Infections

Eat Garlic

 Not only does garlic add flavor to your food, it also boosts the immune system, which helps the body heal.

Put Garlic in Your Ear

This works, but your biggest problem is making sure that you remove all the garlic when you’re done. Here is how to do it safely:

#1. First peel a clove of garlic and cut off one end. Wrap the clove of garlic in a small square of gauze, cut end in the center. Twist the gauze so that the garlic is tightly packed against the gauze. Pinch the end to hold it in place.

#2. Place the wrapped garlic into the outer ear with the wrapped end toward the inner ear. Do not push it into the ear canal.

#3. Warm a washcloth or small towel with hot water, squeeze out the excess water and place it over the ear. Hold it in place until the pain is gone or the cloth cools. Do not let water drip into the ear.

#4. When you start to feel a heating sensation in the ear, the pain will begin to subside. Leave the garlic in your ear for 30 minutes or longer.

#5. Remove the garlic by grasping the ends of the gauze and removing the entire bundle.

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Use Garlic Oil

Garlic oil is easily made at home with fresh garlic. It is important to make sure everything is sterile before beginning. Boil your containers and utensils covered in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes or more, longer if you live at elevations above 1,000 feet. Follow this recipe to make a small batch.

You’ll need:

  • 1 clove peeled garlic
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Small pan
  • Small glass jar with a dropper lid
  • Cotton ball
  • Strainer


#1. Peel the garlic and chop or crush it

#2. Add the garlic and 4 tablespoons of oil to a small cold pan

#3. Warm the oil and garlic over low heat for about 30 minutes to an hour, infusing the oil. You don’t want to cook the garlic, just warm it through slowly.

#4. Stir the oil around until you can smell the fragrance.

#5. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool until it is cool.

#6. Strain the oil and pour it into a sterile jar with a dropper lid. Label the jar with contents and date.

#7. Store in the refrigerator and use within 3 days.

To use the garlic oil drops:

Method #1: Lie the person with an ear infection on their side with the painful ear facing up. Put two or three drops of warm oil into the ear. Cover the ear opening with cotton to stop the oil from seeping out. Continue lying in this position for 10 to 15 minutes.

Method #2: Alternately, soak the cotton ball in the oil and place it in the outer ear. Allow the oil to seep into the ear canal.

Related: How To Prepare Medicinal Pickled Garlic

Warnings and Risks

Do not use garlic or garlic oil if you have a ruptured eardrum. Symptoms of a ruptured eardrum include pain and fluid draining from the ear.

Bacteria can grow in garlic oil, so it is necessary to make sure that all your utensils are sterile. Do not skip this step. Also, store the oil in the refrigerator and discard after 3 days.

In rare cases, garlic or garlic oil can cause skin irritation or even skin burns where it is in contact with the garlic. Test the garlic or oil on a small patch of skin before placing it in the ear. Tender skin such as the inner arm is ideal for testing. Watch for tingling, burning, redness or discomfort where the garlic was applied.

Do not use garlic or garlic oil in the ears of small children or people with narrow ear canals.

How Does Garlic Work

Garlic oil contains allicin which is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral, which covers all possible causes of ear infections. The allicin compounds are released and penetrate the eardrum into the middle ear and inner ear to fight the infection. These compounds also reduce inflammation and fluid build-up in the eardrum and middle ear. In addition to numbing the ear, allicin in the garlic also fights pain by reducing inflammation.

Garlic in the ear is a time-tested remedy that our grandparents took for granted. We’ve forgotten many of these old-time remedies. That is why I believe it is so important to share these remedies.

If you are wary of herbal remedies, you should know that there have been a few studies done on using garlic to heal infections. At least one study tested the benefits of using garlic in the ear and verified the healing benefits.

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By Diane January 25, 2019 07:41
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  1. Captain bonespurs January 25, 12:31

    Onions in the socks
    Lemons in the socks
    Garlic in the socks
    Garlic in the ears

    My god you people are fucking weird. Thanks for perpetuating the common idea that preppers are weirdos.

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    • Hoosier Homesteader January 25, 13:27

      When I was a little boy, my mommy told me, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”
      Wise words, CAPTAIN.
      You’d discover that these “weird” remedies work, if you’d just try them.

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      • Nolan Conley January 25, 14:43

        Mr. Hoosier Homesteader… your reply was a class act. Kudos to you and your mom!

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      • Kimberly January 25, 15:01

        Weird is being forced to inject ourselves and children with formaldehyde and cancer causing chemicals and call it a vaccine.

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        • Tuna January 25, 21:23

          Thank you. So true you are. So much hate. Guess mr. Capt is happy to post his neg words. Vaccines are scary.

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        • Tuna January 25, 21:24


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        • BRIE January 26, 12:59

          Hello. People need to make sane connections. We are make of the earth’s elements found in the foods we consume and the water we drink. We have to get back to reality to get out of the mental, physical, and spiritual chaotic conditions we are in.

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          • Armin January 26, 20:17

            So true, Brie. The problem these days is that a great number of people have become completely divorced from nature. They’re happy to live in their multi-story apartment buildings. Drink the water that comes out of their taps. Eat processed food. Sit in front of their TV’s for hours on end in a semi-hypnotic state. And they’re happy because they don’t know any better. No one has ever told them any different. They are secure and happy in their ignorance. And they would shrink back in horror if anyone were to suggest that they get their hands dirty in a garden. And to me working in a garden and getting my hands dirty growing things is one of life’s most precious and satisfying pleasures. I’ve done it for most of my life and for me it is a way of life. We are part and parcel of nature and to work with your hands in a garden only helps to strengthen our connection to nature. And it’s so satisfying. It’s almost like meditation. I ALWAYS feel better after having worked in the garden even if I do have little aches and pains afterwards. They don’t know what they’re missing and I feel very sorry for them. Their loss.

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        • Armin January 26, 19:57

          Agree entirely with you, Kimberly. I even refuse to take the “FREE” flu vaccines they try and push on us every year because of the things I’ve heard about that they put in there BESIDES the actual vaccine. Especially thimerosal which is an organomercury compound. No amount of mercury is good for us. Even the tiniest little bit. They can take their vaccines and do OTHER things with them. LOL! I refuse their flu vaccines and I almost never get the flu. Plenty of rest. Exercise. Some fresh air and eating simply and healthily. Common sense recipe for staying healthy. For the most part a great many of us are over medicated, undernourished and over stressed. A recipe for disaster. Hence obesity and a whole plethora of health problems that don’t NEED to exist. Does the term “lab rat” ring any bells? LOL!

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          • EddieW January 27, 20:37

            I haven’t had a flu shot for pver 20 years, I never get the flu, and rarely even a cold…because the moment I feel it coming, hit it with Vitamin C 500 MG and a D-3 1000MG and it’s history! Flu vaccines, now they are putting fetuses in vaccines, and some foods and other stuff…Wish I’d have saved the link and doctor that’s pushing it!!

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        • EddieW January 27, 20:31

          What’s far worse is that now they are putting Fetuses in all vaccines!! But also in cosmetics, and some foodstuffs!

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      • Graywolf12 January 25, 16:43

        I do not remember a comment he has made that was not derogative toward preppers, and anything considered conservative. TROLL, MUCH.

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      • Captain bonespurs January 25, 17:24

        I tried the onion and lemon ones.
        They smelled horrible, my eczema kicked in worse and the shoes smelled so bad after the onions I had to buy a new pair for work.

        Sorry but even if they worked, which I still doubt, it makes preppers look extremely weird and off putting.

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        • Armin January 25, 19:11

          The good thing, Captain, is that you TRIED the remedies and unfortunately they didn’t work for you but that shouldn’t stop you from trying. I know what you’re going through with the eczema. I think I have a “bit” of eczema on my feet and sometimes it gets so itchy I want nothing more than to rip the skin off my feet. Literally. I can’t help scratching it sometimes because it gets so darn itchy. And then of course the area gets infected. Eczema is horrible. They say that treatment of atopic dermatitis is usually with moisturizers and steroid creams but in a SHTF situation those things will be in very short supply or not at all so we have to go back to the natural remedies that our ancestors knew about. What I’m trying on my own right know is bathing the affected areas with some very strong (126 proof) rum and will see if that helps the condition. Just hope it doesn’t make it any worse. That “rash” is driving me bonkers. As preppers it’s always a good idea to have some strong booze stashed away as a barter item and for medicinal purposes. Nudge. Nudge. Wink. Wink.

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          • left coast chuck January 25, 20:39

            Armin: I think the rum will dry out your skin where applied which can worsen the eczema condition. If you want a natural remedy, try olive oil. It doesn’t have to be the fancy extra virgin stuff, just plain old olive oil is an emollient which is helpful with skin conditions in many cases. It meets Dr. Gott’s three criteria for a folk remedy: cheap, not harmful in itself, and used for a non-life threatening condition. (Notice that he didn’t talk about driving-you-crazy conditions)

            If that doesn’t work, and if you can find it, try to find lanolin ointment. My father’s burn keloids would dry out and crack and be very painful. He massaged in lanolin ointment and it helped considerably with keeping them from cracking. Lanolin is the natural oil in sheep’s wool and closely resembles the natural oils in our skin. Try to find lanolin without any additives.

            Worst case, drink the rum. It won’t cure your rash but if you drink enough of the rum you won’t care.

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            • Armin January 26, 18:29

              Thank you all for your kindness and advice regarding what I THINK is eczema. I will try some of your remedies and see what happens. We are all preparing for what MAY turn out to be a SHTF situation and in doing so we are kind of practicing using unconventional methods. Again thank you all very, very much for caring and sharing. I have nothing to lose but this darn itchy rash. I hadn’t thought about the drying effect of alcohol but you’re absolutely right. Putting the booze on my feet DID make it feel better though but may not cure the cause of the infection. I will take all of your advice to heart. I’m proud to be part of such a caring, compassionate bunch of people.

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            • Don March 6, 16:16

              Bag balm works quite well for dry skin. It has lanolin in it.

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          • DrGoon January 25, 21:50

            Arming, try this for your feet: soak them in a 50/50 solution of bleach and water for 10 minutes. Do this every day for a few days. You should see immediate results. This is an old remedy. While your feet are soaking, drink the rum!

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            • Armin January 26, 18:33

              That sounds scary, DrGoon. I’m not a big fan of bleach but I will take it under advisement as they say. Thank you.

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          • Tam January 25, 23:25

            Are you sure this isn’t a fungal issues? Vinegar and salt in water are natural fungal cures. So is tea tree oil.

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            • Armin January 26, 18:36

              It very well may be, Tam. It could be something like a REALLY bad case of athlete’s foot that has spread onto the top of my feet. I have tried soaking them in ACV but all it seemed to do is make it itch a LOT more. Thank you for your comment. 🙂

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          • spirit walker January 25, 23:27

            I have had the same symptoms the itching is un bearable the more you itch. try taking a zip lock baggie and fill with ice cubes wrap a wash clothe around the baggie and place it on the irritated area and it should give you some relief until it subsides. just don’t apply heat, and try not to scratch it any more think of something else it helps me maybe it will help you.

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            • Armin January 26, 18:44

              It is isn’t it, spirit walker? And every once in a while it’s almost impossible to keep yourself from scratching the area. The itching is that bad. And I hate going to doctors. All they’re going to do is prescribe some kind of steroid cream or other ointment that MAY provide some temporary relief but I want to get down to the cause of that darn rash. So much weird stuff happens to a person when they get a little older. I really didn’t sign up for this. Thank you very much for your advice. I will remember the ice cubes when it gets too bad and maybe take Chuck’s advice also and drink the rum when it gets too bad. Rum and ice cubes go well together. Or so I’ve heard. LOL!

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          • Hoosier Homesteader January 26, 12:07

            Armin, I would agree with Chuck that rum could dry your skin. Another option to try would be organic coconut oil. I use it in the winter on my face to keep it from flaking.
            Hope you can get rid of the eczema. Good luck!

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            • Armin January 26, 19:02

              Hi, HH. Now that Chuck has mentioned it I would tend to agree. I had forgotten about the drying effect of alcohol. I’ve heard a lot of good things about organic coconut oil so another item on my list. Thank you for caring HH. I hope I can get rid of it also. It’s more than annoying but only really flares up every few weeks to the point where I want to take a blow torch to my feet. Thank you, sir. The only other thing I wanted to mention, HH, is that I’ve grown up in a very cold climate (Canada..we’re having a bugger of a winter) and my skin is naturally very oily so I’ve never had any problems with my face peeling or flaking. As I’m getting older just my darn feet. I’ve just thought of something too. I’ve had a lot of operations in my life and the last one was a full knee replacement. For pain management they gave me hydromorphone. HORRIBLE STUFF! After a month of taking it I couldn’t stand it anymore and went cold turkey. I didn’t have problems with my feet before the operation. So my foot problems could be the result of either getting older, an autoimmune response or that my immune system was actually compromised by that darn medicine. What I don’t think anyone has mentioned is CBD’s. I don’t know a lot about it but what I’ve heard is positive. May be another option worth exploring.

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            • INPrepper February 5, 07:20

              I tried Bag Balm once and it did not work at all. In fact I think it made the problem worse. Best success so far is using cortisone cream. I know in a SHTF situation, cortisone will be in short supply. But hey, what do preppers do? They stock up.

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          • Leanybean January 26, 13:25

            Eczema is caused by an allergy to something you’re eating. From the age of 9 months to 1 year 9 months, while my mother was feeding me cow’s milk, I suffered with eczema. She didn’t get a full night’s sleep for that entire year. She took me to every doctor, but none helped. In desperation, she went into the local pharmacy to see if they could help. The clerk said to eliminate 3 things from my diet, cow’s milk, chocolate, and tomatoes if I remember correctly. My mother took me off cow’s milk and put me on goat’s milk. In one week, I was fine.

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            • Armin January 26, 19:16

              I didn’t know that, Leanybean. I really haven’t changed my diet very much. I’m pretty well eating what I’ve eaten most of my life but then the aging process may be exacerbating some underlying conditions. I don’t drink milk. I think I’m lactose intolerant. Whenever I’ve tried drinking milk it upsets the heck out of my stomach. So I avoid it. Hardly EVER eat tomatoes. LOVE DARK chocolate. They say it’s good for your heart. But I haven’t eaten chocolate for quite a while now. And this problem with my feet started last summer when it was so hot here. I very much appreciate your advice. Thank you for caring. 🙂

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              • left coast chuck January 27, 01:33

                Armin: eczema can be caused by diet or by stress. Sometimes we don’t recognize the stress. Your current eczema could be caused by the stress of the operation and the recovery. It could be a reaction to the medication you were taking. For something that seems to pop up so suddenly, getting rid of it is like getting rid of a bad habit. It seems to haunt us forever.

                In addition to topical applications of lotions, you might try deep breathing three times a day. One sits and concentrates just on breathing. That is a lot harder to do than it seem. Take a deep breath, taking as long to take it in as you can. Exhale the same way, taking as long as you can to exhale. Do that for ten minutes and concentrate on not thinking of anything but breathing. Ten minutes three times a day may help relieve you of whatever stress is bothering you if that is the cause of your eczema.

                On the other hand, our skin does dry out as we age. Another benefit of living too long. Your dry skin encourages skin irritation. I sure hope one or more of the remedies that have been mentioned helps. I agree that the big pharma solution is steroidal cream which has its own side effects. While I like the steroidal creams for the sometimes efficiency, long term use is really not good for your skin.

                It’s like the remedy for osteoporosis, a phosphorous compound. However, continued use of phosphorous leads to a lethal condition called in the vernacular fossy jaw which is a leaching away of the calcium in the bones of the jaw. How counter-intuitive is that? Take phosphorous to make strong bones but watch out for the fossy jaw which is bone dissipation due to phosphorous ingestion.

                Thanks for straightening me out on the Ten Commandments. Been a while since I was in bible school. Obviously it shows.

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                • Armin January 27, 19:31

                  Thank you for caring, Chuck, and taking the time to post on this page. Funny you should mention deep breathing exercises. I do have some experience with that and to take it a step further I could also go back to alternate nostril breathing. It’s not as difficult to JUST focus on your breathing as you may think. If I’m not mistaken it is a form of meditation. You focus on nothing but your breath. In. Out. In. Out. I can keep this up forever. You may have a point about unacknowledged stress. My mum’s passing generated SO much negative energy it’s taken me YEARS to come to terms with it. That could also be a part of the problem. Thank you, sir.

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              • BC January 29, 19:44

                Armin, have you ever tried a holistic doctor to try some things out? My wife and I started going to one about three years ago for various ailments. She’s really hit hard by food items like pesticides/parasites on food and really gets severe stomach problems/alergic reactions and he’s been able to cure everyone so far with the exception of once that it got too bad before we got to him that my wife HAD to go to the hospital (internal medicine doc poo-pood us even going holistic route). It really is an eye opener going to someone like this as you find out your whole system has been plagued with crap like metals and everything else under the sun. Everything he uses is plant based. Problem we find is to treat one thing, need to treat something else first and can get spendy with the supplements (of course…these are covered by modern insurance…makes too much sense and would put most modern medicine out of business).

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          • Leanybean February 25, 17:48

            Eczema is the result of something you have ingested such as cow’s milk, Chocolate, or tomatoes. I suffered eczema as a 9 month old. My mother didn’t get a full night’s sleep for 1 whole year. Finally, after taking me to see every doctor she could find, she, in desperation, asked at the local pharmacy if there was any advice they could give her. They said to eliminate cow’s milk, chocolate, or tomatoes. She eliminated cow’s milk, and in one week, I was fine. She put me on goat’s milk instead. Good luck.

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            • Birdi December 26, 19:43

              Hi I am 70 and my skin’s gone bananas, It bruises so.easily. red blood spots it i scratch it. gone so dry and flakey. I have excema had it for years. but now it is crazy. cannot stop itching. tried olive oil. baby cream. coconut oil. oat baths. nothing seems to work. given up milk. all dairy, but so hungry. lol any ideas thank you

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          • IrishLad November 7, 15:10

            Have you tried apple cider vinegar? I used to have a foot issue similar to what you are describing and soaked/scrubbed my feet with Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar and all my feet issues disappeared. I haven’t had any issues 4 years later!!

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        • Miss Kitty January 25, 22:44

          Sometimes conventional medicines don’t work either. At least onions, garlic, et al are not expensive. Notwithstanding you having to replace your shoes the most you were out of pocket was a few dollars and the time to try it. Eczema is an autoimmune reaction, but all too often only the symptoms are treated, not the underlying cause. Get a really good herbal reference book and consult with your doctor as to what may be the underlying cause of your problem before further experimentation. That way you will have the knowledge to self-treat your problem if you can’t get to a pharmacy for your usual medicines.

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          • Armin January 26, 19:25

            I know you’re mainly directing your comments at the Captain but I totally agree with you. Doctors are not all powerful and all knowing. They’re just people like you and I. The cliché about doctors is, take these pills and see me in the morning. Many times the medicine prescribed by doctors does nothing more than cure the symptoms but not the underlying cause. On that we agree. You’re a very smart person, Miss Kitty, and I have oodles of respect for you. Your comments are ALWAYS welcome. Take care and thanks. 🙂

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            • Miss Kitty January 27, 14:05

              Thanks Armin! Appreciate your warm words as always!:) What is alarming though is the fact that this was a post-operative occurrence. Intense itching and a rash could indicate the presence of an infection. Do you have other symptoms? Please contact your doctor for an appointment. Also, if you have any predisposition to diabetes the operation may have been a catalyst – any stress to your system can exacerbate underlying medical conditions. Again, make note of any other symptoms you may have and talk to your doctor. Best of luck! 😉

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              • Armin January 27, 19:54

                You’re very welcome. As always, Miss Kitty. I don’t THINK I have any other symptoms and overall am fairly healthy and active. Try to eat right. Exercise regularly. Get enough sleep. Very moderate use of alcohol. Non smoker. The only other complaint I have is my back. Have had chronic back problems most of my life. Probably congenital and it got VERY bad last February to the point where I was confined to my bed for about a week. I’m trying to work my way through that but doubt that my back problems have anything to do with my foot problems. As I say the foot problems started up in earnest last summer when it was so hot here and I figured the symptoms would subside once it got cooler. I was wrong. As for diabetes I’m pretty sure I’m not predisposed to it and I don’t eat a lot of sugar to begin with. Sugar is my nemesis. If I even look at a lot of sugar I gain weight. LOL! I may HAVE to bite the bullet and go see my GP about my foot problems even though doctors are not my favourite people. I don’t want to say they’re a necessary evil but……LOL! Thank you for YOUR kind words. They ARE always appreciated. This may not be appropriate on a public forum like this and you can slap me down if you so choose but why can’t I find a wonderful woman like you up here in the GWN? Take care and thank you very much. 🙂

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                • Miss Kitty January 27, 21:33

                  Flirt! Next time you’re down on Cape Cod we’ll have to meet for coffee. In the meantime, please get checked out by your doctor. And as far as non-dairy sources of calcium, some greens like collards and kale, canned salmon with bones, many soy-based products and calcium-fortified juices are worth checking out. Check out also plant based protein shake mixes, as many of them are quite good. I like Nature’s Bounty optimal solutions complete protein and vitamin shake mixes, but they have dairy in them ( whey) but I tolerate it very well and if you can eat cheese it might work for you. Again, all the best Armin.;)

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                  • Armin January 28, 02:46

                    Thank you, Miss Kitty. See if I can get down to Cape Cod within the next few years. I’d love to meet you in person. You sound pretty amazing. This is obviously not a dating site but I feel comfortable joking around a little with the regulars. Good advice as regards non-dairy sources of calcium. There was a lady on this forum the beginning of last year that said she would gladly marry me. Obviously tongue in cheek but that was one of the nicest, kindest things that anyone had ever said to me. Actually shocked the heck out of me. Can’t find that post again. Just wanted to thank her for her kindness. Been going through a really rough patch these last 2 or 3 years. Take care and thanks. 🙂

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                    • Miss Kitty January 29, 01:49

                      Doesn’t surprise me – you sound like quite the catch! Sorry about your mum; losing a loved one is very difficult, especially if you were her caregiver as well. Stress is definitely a factor in our health and if you have to deal with family members on top of that I can see that triggering all sorts of problems, health wise and emotionally.
                      As far as childhood exposure to diseases goes, yeah I agree up to a point. One thing that I remember as a child was getting to lick the spoon when my grandmother baked – now everyone freaks out about “raw eggs will kill you” from salmonella, e coli etc. We never heard of e coli, never heard of the vast array of food allergies either. I don’t know if it was because of constant exposure leading to increased immunity or because of the genetic engineering of our food supply over the years, but it seems to have exploded in the last twenty years. Much food for thought there, wouldn’t you say? And I agree that the formulas have been altered, probably to make production cheaper, which has exposed people to all sorts of side effects. There is also the fact that many diseases no longer respond to traditional medicine – accidental or the result of, again, genetic modifications?And again, much food for thought. And on that cheery thought, I bid you all adieu for tonight.

                  • Armin February 9, 03:33

                    Yes, Miss Kitty, I was fortunate enough to be her primary caregiver for many years and unless someone has done it they have no way of realizing just how demanding it is. It takes it’s toll on you, both mentally and physically. I’d rather take care of a pack of wolverines. Much easier. LOL! Did the same thing when I was younger and never had any problems whatsoever. When my mum baked she let me lick out the bowl. Loved raw dough and never any problems even with all the eggs and everything in it. In my early twenties and thirties I was one heck of a strong son of a gun. I was into weightlifting at that point and I used a 50 lb. bar to warm up. I got to the point where I could do 20 or 30 reps with 300 lbs. Multiple sets per night. Might be the reason I now have back problems. At least part of it. You HAVE given me much “food” for thought. Thank you for your kindness. All the very best. 🙂

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          • Pat January 27, 14:55

            My husband had severe eczema for 16 years over 75% of his body started taking vit D-3 everyday and no diary it worked for him…

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            • Armin January 27, 20:14

              Thank you for that, Pat. Vitamin D-3. H’mmm. Tha’s something I can VERY easily try. Another thing to put on my list. I do have one question for you though, Pat. If your husband has eliminated dairy from his diet how does he get enough calcium in his diet? As we age our bodies have more difficulty taking in enough calcium to satisfy our daily needs and that’s why many older people end up with brittle bones. Even though I can’t stomach (pun intended) milk I’ve eaten cheese ALL my life, daily, and that’s how I figure I get enough calcium in my diet. Just a quick word about calcium that some people may not be aware of. Because of my open heart surgery to repair a valve I have become acutely aware of many things that I normally wouldn’t have. Calcium is EXTREMELY important for our optimal health and we need a small amount of calcium ALWAYS circulating in our blood to make our heart beat properly. If we don’t have enough calcium circulating around in our blood then the body pulls the calcium from our bones and eventually there isn’t enough to meet our needs and our heart stops beating. I didn’t realize that calcium was so important to us but it is. So if a person doesn’t eat any dairy where do they get their daily calcium needs from? Many thanks for your kind words, Pat. 🙂

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        • Southern Utah January 26, 01:59

          you say you have eczema. My husband had that on his lower leg. He went to all kinds of doctors getting all kinds of medicine and nothing worked. One day one of our dogs started licking it and in three weeks it was totally gone and never came back. I know this sounds weird, but just a thought, it did make it go away and it did not come back.

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          • Armin January 26, 19:42

            I THINK I have excema, southern Utah, but I may be FORCED to go to my GP to get a more definitive diagnosis. Not a big fan of doctors but sometimes we HAVE to bite the bullet. At the moment I’m going with eczema. You bring up a good point about unconventional methods to use to heal ourselves. My mum grew up on a small farm and she was a very natural person. She’s even mentioned things like dog saliva, cow pies and even urine to treat conditions that might crop up. She was fearless in that respect. I may have to rent a leg licking dog to see if it actually helps. LOL! Thank you for your advice and your kindness. I’m getting a whole different perspective on the American people from this website. They’re not the monsters that some would have us believe they are. You’re not much different from myself even though we live in adjacent countries. You’re caring, compassionate and very helpful and for that I’m extremely grateful. I wish there were some way that I could meet most of you in this lifetime but I fear it won’t come to pass. And it’s really too bad. You are such a great bunch of people. I am richer for at least being able to communicate with you in this manner.

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        • Katie January 26, 06:13

          Since this a autoimmune dx, you might research Curcumin. Its covers inflammatory issues is antioxidant, very good for all of your organs, incl. Digestion which is where your immune system comes from. The best one made is Terry Naturally. Its acculative, meaning results its not over night. Amazon has it. Also Spiralina. BWT these two my autoimmune is shutting down and skin integrity is coming up. Given to me by my nutritionist. You must be consistent…also dont stop if you get diarrhea on the Spiralina, (start slower than full amt required) its just body body adjusting & take on full stomach only…hope this helps…

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          • Hoosier Homesteader January 26, 15:03

            My hat’s off to all the good folks who want to help Armin get rid of his eczema!
            It’s good to see such a flood of advise!
            Thanks, Claude, for providing the means to help others.

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            • Armin January 27, 00:11

              That’s very kind of you to say, HH, and much appreciated. And if I haven’t said it before I’ll add my own sincere thanks to all the wonderful advice that the people on this page have offered. But isn’t that how it should be, Hoosier Homestead? We are (for the most part…LOL!) a group of like-minded people working together towards a common goal or interest. We give freely of ourselves and in that giving we find great joy. I really think that most people have a sincere desire to help others and that may be the one thing that saves our collective butts in case SHTF actually goes down in our lifetimes. There’s no way any of us can survive on our own in an EXTENDED grid down situation. The lone wolves may be able to go it alone for a short time but what happens if they need a dentist or a real doctor for something serious? We’ll be forced to band together with like-minded people for many, many reasons other than just basic survival. The bottom line is that no matter how independent you THINK you are, people need people or else you may as well paint a face on your basketball and talk to it in lieu of talking to a real human being and then go slowly insane. Even communicating like this over the internet with all the wonderful people on this page helps me immensely as I’m alone and helps to keep me grounded. I send you all my love, respect and gratitude. 🙂

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          • Armin January 26, 20:31

            You’ve given me a pretty good idea, Katie. Curcumin is in turmeric which I have plenty of on hand. I could make a paste out of the turmeric powder, mixing it with some of the other ingredients that other people have suggested. And then slap that paste on my feet and see what happens. Most of the time I run around the house sockless anyways so that would work. I might just discover something. Thank you! 🙂

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          • EddieW January 27, 20:28

            Be sure to get the variety with Pepper also called Pepperdine in it…It activates it a lot!!

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            • Armin January 27, 21:47

              Didn’t know, Eddie. Thank you. Would it work just as well if I added some cayenne pepper to the turmeric?

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              • SH February 5, 10:29

                I have read that GINGER also increases turmetic effectiveness.. I would think CAYENNE pepper would Do the same, ad it is know to increase efficacy of other herbs in our bodies. Of course, that is just my thinking.

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      • Tuna January 25, 21:16

        Thank you..for ur gracious reply to Captain rude. His effin weirdo words are just mean. So unnecessary. Guess it makes them happy to be that way. I don’t understand why. Haters can’t keep getting away w/their hate words. Thank You once again. You’re so right.

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      • Tuna January 25, 21:20

        Thank you. So true you are. So much hate. Guess mr. Capt is happy to post his neg words. Sad really.

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    • Kimberly January 25, 14:56

      It’s natural! Weird is taking a needle and syringe full of man-made medicine that contains ingredients known to cause cancer, and contains formaldehyde, then allowing ourselves and our children to be injected! Nature supplies better remedies without the extras.

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      • Miss Kitty January 25, 22:52

        Before vaccines were available millions died around the world from diseases like smallpox, measles, diphtheria, pertussis and the list goes on. How irresponsible of the anti-vaccine movement to expose not only their own families but the community at large to these diseases because they choose to believe faulty pseudoscience that claims all these vaccines cause autism. Other causes have never been tested.

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        • Leanybean January 26, 13:37

          Are you going to argue with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.? See what he said in this 8 minute 43 second video:

          The MMR does cause autism IF the genetic component includes allergy to wheat and/or dairy. That’s why autism rates have skyrocketed. Wake up! I have so much more on vaccines that it would blow your mind.

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        • Graywolf12 January 27, 14:59

          The vaccines of today are NOT the same as the old, originals. Look up ingredients on the package inserts. We were immunized when we contracted the disease. Once you had the disease your immune system received a boost every time that disease came around again. Our body was only stressed with one disease at a time, not the many different antigens in the many shots even babies are given before their immune system is even capable of handling one. They were protected by their mothers breast milk, not something made from non human materials.

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          • Armin January 27, 21:40

            I wanted to say something along the same lines, Graywolf, but I didn’t want to start a big argument with Miss Kitty because from what I can tell she IS a force of nature. LOL! I agree with most of what you say. When I was a very small child, maybe 3 or 4, something like that; I went through all my “childhood” diseases like mumps and measles and I think there was another one and my immune system was able to handle it quite well and that obviously gave me a lifetime immunity to those diseases. These days they won’t let the children go through their childhood diseases and instead vaccinate the heck out of everyone even before their immune systems are capable of handling it. You need to challenge your immune system all the time to make it stronger. George Carlin does a very funny bit about his immune system and it’s true. Your immune system needs to be challenged to make it stronger. If you don’t then you leave yourself open to getting sicker more easily. It doesn’t help that basically all we eat, drink and breathe is poisoned these days.

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    • doc January 25, 15:00

      The only one that seems to think that is you ! What else do you have roving around between those empty ears ?

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      • SH February 5, 10:33

        I have read that GINGER also increases turmetic effectiveness.. I would think CAYENNE pepper would Do the same, ad it is know to increase efficacy of other herbs in our bodies. Of course, that is just my thinking.

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    • Prepper In Training January 25, 15:22

      I would rather be weird and happy, than cool and enslaved.

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    • Hacksaw January 25, 16:42

      Dont like it Corporal Bonehead? Stick it in your ear!

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    • left coast chuck January 25, 18:38

      Why are you following such a weird list then? It would seem that you are wasting your time following this list which from your post, I gather you do.

      While I personally don’t put much stock in some of the folk remedies posted here, I generally avoid making any comment about them because of the placebo effect. For some people they will work despite possibly not containing any therapeutic qualities. In many cases seemingly urgent medical problems self-remedy or the body’s own natural resistance handles the problem while the poultice of whatever gets the credit for a miraculous cure. Even cancer has occasionally self-cured.

      That said, the vulgarity used in your post only shows your limited vocabulary and mental process. I would suggest that you try your best to improve your vocabulary and acquire additional adjectives in order to convey your thoughts. It will add more gravitas to any comments you might post.

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    • Armin January 25, 18:38

      The good thing, Captain, is that you are reading some of these articles and it will do nothing but help you in the long run. Many things posted here sound weird but they have a sound basis in alternative medicine. The point being that if SHTF comes to pass then all the conventional wisdom we have learned will go out the window and we will be forced to go back to ancient wisdom to have any chance of survival. If you want to criticize then also provide alternative ways to do things that are NOT weird to you. OK?

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    • Old ways are best ways January 27, 12:54

      Your language leaves a lot to be desired as does your intelligence. There is a place for allopathic remedies as well as naturopathic. What would you do if you could not get to an allopathic doctor? Think about that and then close your mouth for a while.

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      • Mad Fab January 28, 20:00

        A quick way to determine if it is a fungal problem is to put a dab of hydrocortisone cream in it. If fungal it will go crazy and spread
        If not could truly be exema. This happened to me and mine turned out to be fungal and was easily treated by athletes foot cream
        Hope this helps
        Also when I was younger I was prone to bad earaches
        My mom put warm corn oil in and in the am was just fine. It is the heat that heals.
        Peace to all

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        • Armin January 29, 13:28

          Thank you very much for that, Mad Fab. Sounds like a plan. So much good advice from so many good people. You guys really are a great bunch! 🙂

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    • oligover January 27, 22:28

      Garlic up the wazoo is actually the best way to gain it’s benefits. One a day after your constitutional will do ya 🙂

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    • Goodashbadash79 February 1, 16:48

      Actually, it’s not weird at all. Have you ever tried any of these treatments? If not, then why are you bashing them, unless you’ve tried them without success? My grandma taught me both the garlic and onion tricks. They work. Foods have powerful ingredients that are ignored by modern medicine companies because there is no money to be made off of them. I’ve previously lived paycheck-to-paycheck without insurance, and when you have no other options, you see just how well old-timey solutions can work.

      I’ve cured strep throat drinking shots of apple cider vinegar, plus gargling with essential oils of clove, lemon, eucalyptus and cinnamon. Crushed black walnut made into a paste with olive oil and placed on an abscessed tooth cleared the infection over night. I have so many other success stories too. Guess I’m just “weird”, and that’s fine with me!

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    • Graywolf12 December 27, 00:10

      Maybe it is us old-timers that remember what worked when medical care was scant and distant. Vicks on chest. Gently heated onions in gauze and apply to chest and leave on all night. Cant get a splinter out, put black drawing salve on I, place a bandage over it, and leave in place over night. There are others but just some you would be wise to remember rather than scoff the people that know homeopathic cures.t

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  2. SH January 25, 14:37

    Captain, I had a brown pre-cancerous spot the size of a dime, doctor-diagnosed. He wanted me to come to his office to have it removed. I knew something about GARLIC and decided to save some money. Morning and afternoon when I wasn’t at work, for about a month, I cut a slice across a clove of fresh garlic. Using garlic’s own adhesivenes, I pressed the slice of garlic on the brown spot until it stuck. I wore that around home whenever I could, replacing with a fresh juicy slice when that slice fell off. In 30-40 days the brown had vanished, replaced by healthy new pink skin. Today I see my old photos with the ugly brown spot. Years later (12?), that spot has never returned.

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    • Leanybean January 26, 13:47

      You were wise. Cutting never worked to rid one of cancer, because cancer is in the system, not in just one spot. I have a good friend who had a tumor removed, but surprise, surprise, the cancer was in the scar tissue. Fortunately, he refused to have chemo. He had Squamous cell carcinoma, a very aggressive cancer. He’s fine now, cured with Cannabis oil which he bought legally from a company in Manchester, England which bought it legally from Holland.

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      • Armin January 26, 20:49

        I’m sorry I didn’t read this post of yours earlier, Leanybean, because in one of my posts I mentioned that no one had said anything about CBD’s. But obviously you have. Have heard many good things about them but don’t know much about them. And now that cannabis is legal in Canada you can always order it from the GWN*. (*Great White North) 🙂

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    • Hoosier Homesteader January 27, 13:38

      I’ll bet this is one of the reasons God made garlic!
      Thank you for sharing that story.

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  3. Rockin Ricky January 25, 15:19

    Hey Cap’n, better to take your chances with overpriced pharmaceuticals that give you debilitating side effects while only masking your symptons and ignoring the root cause of your problem. That my friend is “weird” behavior but that’s the way the masses flock. I’ll try the natural healing remedy before I line the pockets of the quacks. Call me crazy, I’ll wear it proudly and healthfully. If you want different results, try something different.

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  4. Bread man January 25, 16:52

    Can u smoke garlic with your weed

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    • Armin January 25, 18:32

      @Breadman You can be the first to try that and let us know how it works out. Good luck. LOL!

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    • Garlicker January 25, 18:58

      Bread man: I wouldn`t advise smoking anything. Most of the old dopers I knew died in their 30s/40s/50s/60s.Some of the survivors are chronically ill with reduced mobility and horrid quality of life.Reason: For starters weed relaxes and opens up the lungs so that the tar goes deeper.Then there`s all the other chemikills(sic), from the combustion process, whatever you choose to smoke. Compressed slab hash in Europe is often contaminated, I demonstrated this to a numpty smoker at a party in 1980, using a pin, beer mat and pint beer glass. Your weed over there often has molds etc too. It`s my job to know these things, I`m a researcher from an epidemiological family.

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      • Prep and Survive January 26, 00:49

        Hahaha!!! Another person claiming weed is bad! Just shaking my head again.

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        • Leanybean January 26, 14:05

          Long term marijuana smoking causes impotence in males and eventually also causes psychosis.
Provided by Professor Malcolm Hooper, Professor Emeritus at the University of Sunderland, U.K in Medicine Chemistry. Taken from http://www.truedemocracy.net/td-20/18.html

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        • Armin January 27, 00:43

          Hi, P&S. I think the bottom line here is that anything one smokes is not good for us. Whether it’s weed, or hash or oil or mushrooms or pipes or cigars or cigarettes. Our lungs are not set up to be constantly filled with smoke and after a while of doing this they will complain. Sometimes with dire consequences. 🙁

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        • left coast chuck January 27, 01:45

          Interestingly, I just read a post from Imprimis, a bulletin of Hillsdale College. In it the author cites some compelling evidence of a strong link between smoking marijuana and schizophrenia. The incidence of schizophrenia is seemingly linked to the increase in TCH in current marijuana which is much higher than the levels of TCH in marijuana being sold in the 70s. It is due to market demand and genetic modification.

          It was an interesting read. Fortunately, unlike at least a couple of U.S. presidents, I have never indulged in marijuana or any other perception altering drugs with the exception of pain medication prescribed after my knee replacement and which I dropped just as soon as I possibly could. A glass of wine alters my perception as much as I want it altered.

          There were some interesting comments about alcohol consumption and its effect on violence.

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          • Armin January 27, 22:03

            I’m with you there, Chuck, and at my age it only takes a very SMALL glass of wine to alter MY perceptions. LOL! Have never been a big drinker and when I do indulge I really feel it. And what people seem to forget is that alcohol is ALSO a very potent drug. And in large doses quite dangerous. To produce alcohol we force yeast to convert sugar under anaerobic conditions. I look at alcohol as the poison produced by that process. Alcohol IS a very low grade poison. As with all poisons caution is advised. If you want to commit slow suicide drink a 40 oz. bottle per day for 20 years. I’ve seen the result firsthand and it is beyond horrendous.

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          • Graywolf12 February 9, 19:05

            LCC, I read the same article. I have it ready to take to church tomorrow and post for all to read. I marked it “all teen should read this”. I know they will blow it off, but I have to try.

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      • Hoosier Homesteader January 26, 20:41

        Garlicker, I don’t know about not smoking anything; I sure like a good cigar at the tag end of a fine day 🙂

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        • Armin January 27, 22:11

          The “advantage” of a cigar, HH, is that you usually don’t inhale the smoke from it. People that smoke a LOT of cigars may have problems with mouth and throat cancer. Just like smoking a pipe constantly. I’ve “heard” that a fine cigar (Cuban) goes very well with some fine brandy in a crystal brandy snifter. Cheers! LOL!

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    • Miss Kitty January 29, 04:54

      I would suggest rather combining them in a chopper, then simmering them in a base oil or butter and using the infused oil as a dip for bread or in salad dressing. (Or other cooking-pizza, maybe.) Garlic and onions contain sulfur (which is why your eyes water when you chop them) and smoking them will make you choke. And burnt garlic tastes nasty! If you do the garlic separately, sliver it and simmer the garlic until it’s a very light toasted color. Skim it out of the oil then simmer the pot until the oil takes on a greenish color. Skim it out and drain on paper towels. There are a lot of cannabis cooking tips online – I’m sure you will find the I you need. And fried garlic chips are amazing! 🙂

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  5. skinney January 25, 18:05

    doc and captain probably still eat processed flour and spam for dinner too!

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    • Armin January 25, 18:49

      @Skinney In a true grid down situation, when you’re literally starving to death, and you come upon some spam you may thank god for your good luck and wolf that can of spam down like it was the most tasty steak in the world. Depending upon the situation it can change our perceptions in a huge way. Nothing really wrong with spam. Not MY first choice but many people regularly eat it. Can you fault them for their choices?

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  6. Wannabe January 25, 18:24

    Good thought Rockin Ricky. How many millions have died of cancer after getting stuff cut out/off, pumped full of chemo, or made to glow in the dark because of radiation treatments? Same things being tried which are making pharma. companies and individuals veerrrrry rich? Same treatments. Keep producing the medicine and sick people will keep taking it curing nothing. Cancer is really never cured, you are fortunate to catch it early enough to kill fewer bad cells. Sometimes I think they know how to cure it but don’t want to release it because it will be the end of their money train. Kind of like apple coming out with a new phone every year and they make us think we just have to have it because the one we bought last year for 800 bucks is junk. A continuous evil plot to get people’s money. Hey, garlic is cheap, for now, and you can grow it yourself, for now. Maybe I will never get cancer because I eat garlic almost every day. Doesn’t hurt to try

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  7. left coast chuck January 25, 18:49

    While I ordinarily try to avoid commenting on folk remedies due to the almost religious-like belief some folks seem to have in them, the apparent contradictory statements that I have copied from this article just compelled me to highlight them.

    “Bacteria can grow in garlic oil, so it is necessary to make sure that all your utensils are sterile.”

    “Garlic oil contains allicin which is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral, which covers all possible causes of ear infections.”

    Well, I see that my attempts to highlight the pertinent words has not survived the pasting into this post.

    It seems to me contradictory to say that garlic oil is antibacterial in one sentence while a previous sentence warns that bacteria will grow in garlic oil and so even though refrigerated, it must be thrown out after 3 days. It can’t be both. It can’t be anti-bacterial and also allow the growth of bacteria while refrigerated which inhibits bacteria growth, within a period of three days.

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    • Garlicker January 25, 19:23

      left coast chuck: It loses its efficiency and spoils just like any fresh plant-life. Fresh food, remember.
      Also olive oil degrades quicker for certain grades of it, certainly adding water-containing garlic to it doesn`t help.Chlorophyll(plant blood) soon spoils.
      Alcohol can be used to preserve, if correct tincture-making process is observed.
      Drying can retain or even enhance/concentrate some health-giving properties,especially with roots…if kept in a dry/non-humid environment. I`ve used a herb root from Astragalus for over 20yrs, that stuff can keep for five years. I know the smell that tells me it`s still ok to chew/infuse etc.
      I make a mean recipe including raw garlic(dried wouldn`t work), that in 1988 and a few years later, cured my laryngitis, from being unable to speak & having to write notes, to fully clear voice within 24hours.
      I have not been sick for many years,not even a cold. I get the odd twinge,the ones that used to lead to full-blown colds/flu etc,but within an hour or less,my immune system is on it…gone. I`m not attributing this to garlic alone, but to many lifestyle and dietary changes.
      I would recommend that everyone has a nice stash of quality dried,powdered garlic in stock.

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      • BRIE January 26, 13:45

        Care to share how you take care of yourself that keeps your immune system on point? Details are needed.

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      • Armin January 28, 02:58

        I tend to agree with you, Garlicker, about having dried, powdered garlic on hand. I do. I buy a few cloves of garlic every once in a while with the best intentions and then don’t use it up quickly enough. And when fresh garlic goes bad, it REALLY goes bad. For long term storage definitely powdered garlic in a sealed package kept in a cool place.

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  8. simon January 25, 19:10

    great article , all natural first then if needed seek medical pros.
    1 thing i would suggest is not to through out garlic oil after 3 days but use it in a dish you are cooking like chili or something else , waist not want not lol.

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  9. Ben January 25, 19:36

    Weird is someone who refuses to even try to be independent, because he/she believes the government should and will take care of them. And when (not if) the SHTF, that same person will expect help from those who have prepared.

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  10. Armin January 25, 19:52

    I’m going to try and be as tactful as I can with this next bit but will still probably get a lot of negative comments. Let the chips fall where they may. In his own way, Captain is reaching out to us and maybe even asking for our help. Because he’s taken the time to read some of these articles and actually try some of the remedies that have been suggested that makes him part of the prepper community. And in turn that makes him family. And you don’t throw family under the bus if they’re going through a rough patch. You put your own ego on hold and try your best to help them. His comments may not have been the most polite but at least they were honest. Although he may want to think about using such blatant profanity. In an enlightened society there is no need for such bad language to make a point. But for all of you to criticize him for his criticisms is to descend to his level. We’re here to help each other and to me his comments were a cry for help. And in that respect we’ve dropped the ball. All of us are at a different level in our prepping journey and those that may have only started that journey recently need more of our help. Not less. Put your egos away and help those that need more of our help. One thing that I would suggest to you, Captain, is that if your eczema is particularly troubling then just type “eczema” into the search box at the top right of this page and see what comes up. Your search will yield many pages of natural remedies. And yes, Captain, I do agree with you that preppers are “weird” in many ways. We are the contrarians of society. We are the ones that don’t bow to authority and the ones that plan for most contingencies because no one knows what the future may hold. We have had a relatively long “peace” since the end of the last great war which in reality has been no peace at all for a great many people engaged in “local conflicts”. The arms merchants of the world saw a wonderful profit opportunity because of world war 2 and they obviously want to keep that revenue stream flowing to everyone’s detriment. So the best that we can do is to be as well prepared as we can for the future. Hopefully if a true SHTF happens some of us will survive so that the human race can carry on. There have been instances in our distant past where the human race has almost been wiped out. There was one particular instance of an extinction event, where the human population was reduced to about 10,000 individuals. That one almost did us in. Just can’t remember the name of it. And on a practical level, even if SHTF never happens, it’s always a good idea to have a little extra on hand just in case of an extended blackout, hurricanes, tornados, etc. There is no way of knowing what’s around the corner. We can only do the best we can. Hope for the best. Be prepared for the worst. A number of years of good harvest. And then some lean times. I do sincerely wish you ALL the best. And be kind to those that are not as far along the path as some of us. 🙂

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    • left coast chuck January 26, 02:19

      Good post, Armin. Thank you. One correction, however. His language was vulgar, not profane. People confuse cursing, profanity and vulgarity all the time. As I pointed out in response to another poster with a limited adjectival vocabulary, hardly anyone knows or uses a good curse these day. Of course, in earlier times one had to be careful because if the accursed happened to have a run of bad luck and ID’d you as the originator of the curse, you were liable to be thrown tied up in a river or just plain old burned at the stake. Fortunately we have given up on that sort of treatment for those who curse so I wonder why good old-fashioned cursing seems to have fallen out of style.

      Vulgarity is using words that folks normally do not use in polite society. Using the verb as an adjective certainly displays one’s lack of vocabulary in my estimation. English is a rich language and we have so many wonderfully descriptive adjectives it is a shame to only have one which is a vulgarity.

      Profanity is using the name of the Almighty in a careless manner. Our most common profanity is Oh my God which is sort of borderline. in the contest it is usually used, it reaches the level of profanity. If one is actually addressing the Almighty, then it doesn’t reach the level of profanity. For those who believe in the Codex called The Ten Commandments, the first Commandment proscribes profanity.

      Class is dismissed. There will be a quiz on Monday regarding this lecture. The quiz will count 1% toward your final semester grade on Cursing, Swearing and Profanity.

      You can leave your critique of this lecture at the door.

      I can’t tell whether I missed my calling as a teacher or as a bordello comedian which is one pay grade lower than the bordello piano player.

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      • Armin January 26, 21:11

        Thank you for taking the time to school me, Chuck. I am ALWAYS willing to learn from those that know more than I and that includes a LOT of people. Thank you, sir. Just one question. Isn’t profanity vulgar in and of itself? Just one correction concerning the ten commandments. The FIRST commandment is, You better not have any other gods before me or I’ll lay a can of whoop ass on you. The third commandment is the one you’re talking about. Which is, You better not take the name of your lord god in vain or he’ll rain almighty hell down on you. I paraphrase. Hope this helps. You have a great sense of humour. Love the comments about the whore houses. Almost as good as being an erection engineer in a cathouse. LOL!

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      • Armin January 27, 00:37

        I don’t want to split hairs with you, Chuck. It’s a waste of both our times and effort. Just like to add one thing. The definition of profanity is; “Abusive, vulgar, or irreverent language.” Can we just agree that vulgarity and profanity are the vernacular of the uncouth and leave it at that? Do I pass your quiz? LOL!

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    • left coast chuck January 26, 02:42

      Armin: It was called the Black Death or Bubonic Plague or the Black Plague and occurred at different intervals through the dark and middle ages. The most virulent form occurred around the 12th or 13th century. There are a couple of good books I read about that particular plague and later episodes of the plague. It dramatically changed Europe and eliminated serfdom. So many people died that labor became scarce and folks found they could work for wages and were in high demand and just walked off the lands where they were serfs and found employment anywhere they chose. World population did not drop that low however. I don’t think it has reached that low world wide since recorded history. Unless that population were concentrated in a limited area, such a small population would lead to extinction of the human race. Imagine 10,000 people spread across the land mass of Europe and Asia. They would never find each other to breed.

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      • BRIE January 26, 14:04

        You both failed to mention when earth’s population was reduced to 8 persons: Noah, his wife, their three sons and their three wives:..

        Chapter 6 KJV
        1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

        2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

        3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

        4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

        5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

        6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

        7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

        8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

        9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

        10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

        11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

        12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

        13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

        14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

        15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.

        16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

        17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

        18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

        19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.

        20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.

        21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.

        22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

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        • Armin January 26, 23:46

          I don’t want to say too much about this, Brie, as it’s just going to devolve into a big argument. You believe what you believe and I respect that. But don’t you think it’s highly unlikely that the world’s population of today could have been built up from such an incredibly small genetic base of only 8 people. And then you have to wonder how we could have such diverse races as the Chinese, Blacks, Japanese from only 8 people. I don’t think you can take the story of Noah literally. There are many things in the bible which are more allegorical than anything else. Let’s take this a little further. You start out with eight people. Noah and his wife only had 3 sons so they’re out of the picture. That leaves 6 people to rebuild the world. Highly improbable. Let’s say each of Noah’s sons has one child. Even if each of them has more than one child. Who are those children going to have children with? If this pattern keeps going you’re going to have one heck of a lot of incest and with it the problems of recessive genes. After a few generations they will have died out because these close pairings will produce faulty offspring. I think the story of Noah and many of the other stories in the bible need to be taken with a grain of salt. Not literally. And the passages you quote say that “the SONS of god saw the daughters of men”. Did god not only have one son? And why would the sons of god need to mate with ordinary humans? Would the “sons of god” not be so highly evolved they would have no need of taking human females as mates? We need to ask the hard questions instead of taking everything literally. Especially a fairy tale like the bible with which the wool has been pulled over our eyes ever since it was written.

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          • spiritwalker January 29, 19:29

            be careful when you say the bible is mere fables every single idle word you speak you will give account for on your day of judgement. weather you believe the word of God or not, doesn’t lesson the validity of gods creation or his plan for man. so weather you believe or don’t, doesn’t change who god is, and his truth. and just because you cant believe past your own understanding there is a higher calling . if you are having problems seeing Gods work in the earth just stop and open your eyes, and see him . the way it works,it is futile to resist, because the more you try to disprove that god exists the more you see him. peace to you.

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            • Armin February 9, 03:15

              You sound like a really good person, spiritwalker. Hence your username and I like that. It resonates with me. And I don’t want to have a big argument about this. You believe what you believe in and that’s based on faith. I can respect that and I have no problems with that. But for me to believe in something called God you would have to prove to me, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God does exist. And everyone always refers to God as HE. By definition, if God does indeed exist, then God has no gender and all genders. If you read the bible carefully with an open mind there are just too many contradictions in it. The one thing I do like about the bible are the ten commandments and I try my best to live my life by them. They’re a wonderful guide to live your life by. I just wish everyone did. The ten commandments, in their distilled essence, come down to one thing. Respect for self and respect for others. Treat others as we would like others to treat us. And 90% of the problems on this planet would be solved. If what some of the ancient texts say are true and we ARE living in the worst and most material age then it’s little wonder we have all these present day problems. Personally I don’t believe in heaven or hell and if there IS going to be a judgement then it’s us that are going to judge ourselves as we are our own worst critics. What plan for man? God doesn’t have a plan for man. Do you think God’s plan for man is for us to keep on building bigger and better weapons all the time and keep killing each other all the time? Is that God’s plan for man? We’ve been given free choice and it’s up to us to make of this earth either heaven or hell and we seem to be doing the latter. And you say “who god is”. Then please tell me spiritwalker, who or what is god? And you’ve got me wrong, spiritwalker. I’m not trying to disprove the existence of God. I just don’t believe it exists. At least not in the form that most people think of it as. They’re trying to personify God and I don’t think that’s being realistic. If there is an ultimate entity or being in the universe it’s supposed to be all knowing, all powerful and everywhere at the same time. Sounds like we’re talking about the universe itself. Could our universe be sentient? And then we, as the smallest of dustmotes, are part and parcel of God. The planets in this universe are like the grains of sand on an infinite beach. Do you really think, if God exists, that it cares any more about this primitive, backwater planet than any other? Do you not think that there could be an almost endless number of sentient beings living on an almost endless number of planets? For us to think that we are more important to some invisible, mythical figure than any other is to me the height of hubris. I have more understanding than you may realize, spiritewalker, and I am also much more spiritual than you may realize. The text of the bible has been changed many times in its existence. Things have been added and things have been taken out. At the first Council of Nicea all the ascension material was taken out. Now we’re just left with the dregs. The bible has been modified to be a control mechanism, not to set people free. How many people have been killed in the name of religion over the ages? Is that what the bible is supposed to teach us? God is supposed to be unconditional love. Does unconditional love tell us to keep killing each other? And those who believe everything in the bible literally are not using their faculties of critical thinking and are entrenched in dogma. When you read the bible do so with a critical eye and ask the hard questions and then YOUR eyes will be opened and you’ll see it for what it is. People will believe what people believe and it’s very difficult to pull them out of their programming. I’m trying to get people to ask the hard questions when reading the bible and look at it objectively. And when you do that you will find that most of it IS basically a fairy tale. Can’t fault you for what YOU believe in. It is what it is. We may be on a path to eventually understand unconditional love but we have chosen a very difficult way to get there. I not only wish you peace, spiritwalker, but also for the whole world. If only the whole world would choose the path of love instead of hate. We still have a very long way to go.

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      • Armin January 26, 23:19

        NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, Chuck. LOL! I’m not talking about the Black Death of the 14th century. That particular pandemic reduced the world population from an estimated 450 million down to 350-375 million people in the 14th century. What I’m talking about is a true mass extinction event VERY early in our evolutionary history. I just don’t remember the name of it right now and apparently whatever happened did reduce the world population down to about 10,000 people. And some seem to think even as low as a thousand breeding pairs. And apparently this has happened at least 5 times in our distant past. Don’t know how the eggheads figured that out though. You need a certain size of a genetic base to be able to build up the population again to previous levels and 10,000 people was pretty close to that threshold. After doing a little more digging the one I’m talking about, Chuck, is the Toba eruption approx. 70,000 years ago which was supposed to have reduced our population down to about 10,000. I thought it was called something else. The joy of knowing too many things and an older memory. LOL! Hope this helps.

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  11. Ben January 25, 22:16

    Many of the old-time remedies did/do work. Before modern medicine, the people had to rely on herbs and other natural products to make their remedies. Of course, educating ourselves on how to make and use homemade remedies is a must.

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  12. IvyMike January 26, 00:33

    I’ve been learning about herbs (and nature in general) since I was a kid with a special fondness for herbal remedies of the Southwest, a botanica that incorporates traditional remedies from the Native American, Mexican, and Spanish/European cultures. Have to say, the reason modern antibiotics were immediately hailed as miracle drugs is because they work so much better than herbs. The major usefulness for natural remedies is in soothing digestive tract problems caused by eating a subsistence diet, grubs, fibrous roots, acorn mash, poorly preserved meat and the like are really hard on the stomach, herbs in the mint family in particular are effective remedies. I still think traditional remedies are worth trying, but I’m never sick and can’t recommend anything from experience beyond Echinacea and Elderberry to prevent flu and colds.
    I’m not going to stick garlic in my ear, but years ago a friend of mine’s mother who is a Curandera in Mexico told us to chop a clove of raw garlic, spritz it with fresh lime juice, and toss it down chased with a glass of water every day. Which I do, and then I chase that with some cheap white Tequila.
    My weird cure for earache: tilt my head to the side and pour a half teaspoon of the amber colored Listerine in the ear canal. Let soak half a minute, then let it drain out. Works great, wish it stopped ear hair growth though.
    Everybody is a little different, medicine for one is aggravation for another.

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  13. Ben January 26, 13:35

    Herbs and other natural products are preventive medicine. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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  14. countryblood January 27, 00:32

    I find it unfortunate to hear the term “anit-vaxxer”, I am one who would be “put” in this category. The reality is that I am pro vaccine, I just happen to think Vaccines should be tested and safe. Doctors (not all) look you in the face and promise vaccines are both of these, and attempt to prove it by quoting those who make money from vaccine uptake (illogical). Quite shallow investigation, like 5 minutes of listening to Bobby Kennedy should be enough to mandate further investigation. I am surprised how many environmentalists don’t know the actual percentage of CO2 (Global warming gas) in the atmosphere; the same blank look happens when asking vaccine users where they checked out the CONS of vaccine use from. Basically; Its a crazy world!!!

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    • Armin January 27, 22:47

      Thank you for that, countryblood. 🙂 THEY are trying to convince us that CO2 levels are the cause of the current global warming going on. While current CO2 levels may be contributing in some small part to the strange weather we’re having I don’t think they’re the sole cause. It’s much more complicated than that. As far as I’m concerned current CO2 levels are a non issue. CO2 levels of 400 ppm or even higher are NOTHING! Doesn’t affect us in any appreciable manner. We need a minimum of 150 ppm of CO2 in our atmosphere for plants to just survive. Below that threshold plants start to die. Historically CO2 levels have been MUCH higher and if you do your due diligence concerning these levels you will find there is NO direct correlation between CO2 levels and either global warming or cooling. If you really look into it you’ll find that CO2 levels have been much, much higher in the earth’s past and no one died because of it. Higher CO2 levels are GOOD for plants. Makes them grow much better. It’s just too bad that they’re destroying the Amazon rain forest just to raise more cattle. So short sighted and stupid. And as a so-called “greenhouse gas” methane is so much more potent than CO2 can ever be. Think of 1.4 billion cattle and over a billion hogs, um, passing wind. All that methane has to have SOME kind of effect. LOL!

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      • Johnny3 January 28, 07:32

        AND, a more common and prolific greenhouse gas is WATER VAPOR!!!

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        • Armin January 28, 16:34

          Thank you for reminding me about THAT one, Johnny. Sometime I miss the obvious. Take care and thanks for contributing to this page. And you and I are on the same page as regards alcohol and yeast. Yeast pi$$ is a colourful way to look at it and probably not that far off the mark. However you want to look at it we are forcing yeast to work in a manner it doesn’t like and the poisonous byproduct IS what we call alcohol. Human beings are “funny”. Almost anything to get that small temporary buzz on. On a serious note could that be our collective desire to get back to a natural state of grace? We can’t do it very easily “naturally” anymore so we need little “helpers”. Is this our primitive attempt to get back to god again somehow? Some of the ancient holy texts say that this earth constantly keeps going through four cycles or yugas. The first one is the most spiritual and the longest. The second a little shorter and less spiritual. The third, once again shorter and more material. The fourth, totally material and shorter still. If it wasn’t that short we WOULD all perish. I can’t remember the exact quote in the Christian bible but doesn’t it say something like; if not for god “interfering” then all life should perish?

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  15. Precisely January 27, 04:14

    Armin, here are 3 other suggestions: Raw Honey, apply until it dries, or until you feel ready to rinse it off w warm water, or Lavendar Essential Oil, keep rubbing it in, as it will be absorbed quickly and you want that area to be saturated. Or, my favorite website for all kinds of folk/natural remedies is “Earth Clinic” – earthclinic.com – Last thoughts, have you tried soaking your feet in an Epsom Salt soak? That might really help, too. And, Borax dissolved in hot water is very gentle, very helpful to our whole system. Look up Borax on Earth Clinic, you will be amazed. Yes, I really do mean “20 Mule-Team” Borax, found in the Laundry section in most large groceries (or online).

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    • Armin January 27, 23:23

      Thank you for that, Precisely. I LOVE honey. Inside and out. If you apply a little honey to your honey it can turn out to be quite an interesting experience. And then you can always fall back on the whipped cream if the honey doesn’t work. LOL! But I digress. I’ve just come across a brand of honey called Casablanca and it is the best darned honey I have EVER eaten. About as close to raw honey as you can get. Wonderful stuff! I like the idea of lavender. Such an intriguing scent. I HAVE soaked my feet in both Epsom salts and ACV and it didn’t do squat for me. ACV seemed to make it worse. Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate and a great way to get magnesium into our system as when we soak in it, it is absorbed into our skin. Magnesium is very important for us. Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate and disodium tetraborate is a salt of boric acid. So it is a salt of a type. You would think soaking in regular salt would be just as good but then you have the boron in there. Which may be the more important component. Looking up boron I find that borates are not particularly toxic to us and apparently NOT an essential nutrient for us. They ARE mildly antimicrobial, though, which could come in handy for what ails me and may play a small part in bone health. Something else to keep in mind. Thank you for that. Precisely! LOL!

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      • Precisely January 28, 08:41

        Thanks for the Honey comments, Armin! There are lots of texts relating to Borax being important to our health — but start here, and if you do read it, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts: http://educate-yourself.org/cn/boraxconspiracy03jul12.shtml

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        • Armin February 9, 04:17

          Son of a gun, “precisely”! Had no idea you were interested in things like this. Ran across this website at least 30/40 years ago and I had completely forgotten about it. Glad you reminded me it was still there. 🙂 I think I have some boron tablets here somewhere. I did try them and I think I got a strange reaction from them. Will have to revisit them. Thank you for the link and didn’t realize how important boron was to us. Especially the parathyroid glands. Did read through the whole thing. It’s easy enough to get some borax and slap it on my feet. I’m a little leery of drinking it though. Think I’ll stick to using externally for now. I will let you know if it works. Thank you again. 🙂

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        • Armin February 9, 04:42

          If you’re interested in Nexus and the linked website you may also find this interesting, “precisely”. http://www.overlordsofchaos.com/

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  16. EddieW January 27, 04:25

    For ear infection…rather than garlic…I would use Colloidal Silver, fill ear canal with warm silver water, leave for 6 minutes…and infection is GONE!!!!

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    • Armin January 28, 03:32

      You remind me of so many things, Eddie. I believe you can even drink colloidal silver solution. Or so I’ve heard. Have never tried it myself. If I had my druthers I would rather use colloidal gold as silver irritates my skin. I don’t know a lot about colloidal silver so I looked it up. According to folk medicine apparently colloidal silver IS antimicrobial. Conventional medicine recognizes the antimicrobial benefits of silver. For example, many medical device companies coat their devices with silver to prevent bacterial biofilms. Hospitals used to give silver nitrate eye drops to newborns to prevent gonorrhea infections to the eye. Many studies show the effectiveness of silver solutions, silver gauze, or silver complexed with other antimicrobials in the hospitals to treat burn wounds. Like anything else you have to be careful how you use colloidal silver. If you ingest colloidal silver it WILL disrupt your gut flora and possibly damage your gut cells. So this sounds like it’s something that should only be used externally.

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  17. SH January 28, 04:39

    This conversation has meandered through several topics. I have a question, after reading several other thoughts.
    Is it possible that the treatment failed because what was thought to be Excema might actually be something else linked to antibiotics?
    My sister had several treatments that led her down a difficult path. She developed staph infection on her foot. Angry. Red. Itching and peeling. I cannot remember her treatment; but it seems it had something to do with taking B12 before it finally went away.

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    • Armin January 28, 16:54

      That’s really interesting and something I hadn’t thought of, SH. When I go see my GP I’ll have to grill him about things like this. The symptoms you are describing are exactly what I have. Angry. Red. VERY itchy AND peeling. I hadn’t thought about antibiotics. But because of my heart surgery I’m FORCED to take antibiotics before ANY kind of procedure. Even something as “simple” as going to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned. Especially going to the dentist. Something very well worth looking into. Thank you for that, SH. 🙂 And that’s what’s so great about this forum. When we discuss things like this publically, not only does it help one person but many. Others may have similar ailments and when we discuss it like this it may also help those others. Thank you again, SH.

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      • Hoosier Homesteader January 28, 22:21

        Armin, when you find a solution, let us know what it is. There have been so many suggestions from so many helpful folks, I’d like to know which one you tried that worked. Just shoehorn it into a future post no matter what it may be about; us regulars to the site will recall the fun we had on this post and we’ll be able to celebrate with you 🙂

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  18. Joyce January 29, 03:22

    My x had eczema badly on his hands. I read about capsules of liquid lecithin, had him try it. It worked! After a few months he would have to get off it and it would come back but then got back on it and it worked again. Never took it completely away, but very much lightened and stopped the pealing and itching.

    As far as the fungus on the feet..make some very strong regular ole black tea and soak your feet in it. The tannic acid will kill the fungus ( do it several times) and some bacteria. Take some garlic capsules every day…I take 4-6 and you will find it gone. Good luck!!!

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  19. Joyce March 22, 20:51

    I use Dr. Willard’s Water on everything skin related. It has been very helpful in everything I have used it on, including on my face when my radiator blew up in my face burning me severely. I luckily was traveling with my Dr. Willard’s water in my cooler. After the policeman who watched it happen, dumped the gallons of water I had there for my radiator over me, I started spraying the Dr. Willard’s water on my face. He took me to the ER where they did not realize how bad it was and gave me pain killers and some cream. I continued on my way home spraying the Willard’s water every time it started burning bad again. After 7 days, the skin started peeling off a layer a day until day 14 when it was healed & I looked like I had a face lift. I also used it with much success on Shingles for the healing and itching. I began using it in the 80’s after the 60 minutes shoe previewed it and I have never looked back. I use it daily just spraying it on my face. Dr. Willard discovered it accidentally after he seriously burned himself and it was just the closest thing available to give him comfort from the burn. He was a chemist developing it as a cleaner for a mining company.

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