Sep 252017
Safe and Natural Ways To Treat Sore Throat

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15 million people with sore throat visit the doctor every year while natural, safe and inexpensive home remedies work as well as potentially hazardous pharmaceuticals.


Approximately 15 million people in the USA with sore throats visit the doctor every year with up to 70% receiving antibiotics even though only a much-smaller percentage actually suffer from strep throat: about 20 – 30% of children and as little as 5-10% of adults. The average cost of a medical visit for a sore throat can cost anywhere between $150 and $300, depending on what tests are ordered and the medication that is given. Emergency Department (ED) visits for the same reason are even more expensive.

While it is sometimes necessary to seek professional medical assistance for a sore throat, many times a good natural remedy will work just as well as potentially hazardous pharmaceuticals. Not only are you being environmentally responsible but you are protecting your body from an array of chemicals that are often prescribed when not necessary. There are countless natural, safe and inexpensive home remedies for you to try when it comes to soothing and healing a sore throat.

Natural remedies for sore throat:

Sage and water / Wheatgrass juice
Sage and water have great throat-soothing properties and can be used to ease swollen and painful nasal passages as well. Some recipes call for a mixture of sage, brown sugar, vinegar and water while others simply suggest you steeping a tea with dried sage leaves and hot water. A quick gargle and spit with Wheatgrass juice helps to prevent bacteria growth and eases a sore throat. It is also said to help rejuvenate inflamed gums and lessen toothache.

Apple cider vinegar
If a bad cough has left your throat raw and inflamed make sure to get hold of a bottle of apple cider vinegar. Germs will not be able to survive the acidic environment created and your throat will have time to heal. Gargle using a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of warm water. If you are looking for a gentler treatment add half a teaspoon of honey to the mixture.

Clove tea and tomato juice
Simply add 1 to 3 teaspoons of ground cloves to warm water, allow it to steep for a few minutes and gargle. Cloves contain great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can heal and soothe a sore throat rapidly. Another alternative is to gargle with a mixture of tomato juice, warm water and hot sauce. The antioxidant properties of the lycopene will aid the throat in healing faster.

Natural remedies for sore throat not withstanding, if your throat is coupled with mild to severe symptoms such as a very high fever, headache and vomiting it is recommended to seek professional medical advice. As much as we would like to take full responsibility for our healing there are times when we need to seek out assistance. If children are unable to eat or drink due to a sore throat urgent medical care is required before they become dehydrated.

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Sep 182017

Home remedies for the flu nourish and support the body while it is fighting the flu. Unlike flu shots they don’t contain mercury or formaldehyde.


Home Remedies For The Flu


I know that flu is caused by a virus, that it is tough on the person dealing with it, that there are deaths caused by the flu. I’m aware of the existence of flu shots and the lack of a cure for the flu although some claim that Tamiflu is a miracle treatment that shortens the duration of the flu. This post doesn’t provide a secret recipe for curing the flu, it asks a question: how to treat the flu?

Even though the flu is a disease, personally I prefer to think of it as a “cleansing” opportunity.

  • When the heat of summer becomes uncomfortable, we sweat.
  • After we eat something unbecoming, we throw up.

When does the respiratory system get a chance to rid itself of accumulated junk? When we have the flu!

I watched people who faithfully took annual flu shot and successfully avoided the flu. I watched people who suffered with the flu, twice a year. Those who dealt with the flu – as opposed to avoiding it – fared better.

I and “my people” accept the flu as a seasonal cleansing and go about it the traditional way. These are our home remedies for the flu:

  • Home-cooked chicken soup helps relieve symptoms of cold and flu, including sore throat and congestion.
  • Plenty of water with freshly-squeezed lemon and orange juice throughout the day increases urination and helps the body flush out the flu virus.
  • A garlic sandwich once a day delivers a powerful dose of photochemicals. We make the sandwich with butter, a half – or even whole – bulb of garlic (cleaned, peeled and finely chopped) and a bit of salt to taste. A tip: the sandwich is best eaten before noon so it doesn’t linger in the digestive system over night.
  • In particularly nasty cases of flu, a glass of hot milk with a teaspoon of raw honey and a teaspoon of butter (yes, butter!) just before going to sleep does the body good.

Home remedies for the flu nourish and support the body while it is fighting the flu and make the flu symptoms easier to bear. But they don’t suppress the flu, allowing it to “clean the house” and run its course. As much as no one enjoys being sick with the flu, we always feel better after the flu passed than we felt before it struck.

Obviously, whether to face the flu or prevent it is a personal decision. Age and overall health are factors that have to be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to get a flu shot.

I for one believe that unless you have a compromised immune system, suffer from a chronic condition or know how to unburden your respiratory system on demand, embracing the flu might be a good idea! Better: neither chicken soup, citrus fruit, garlic nor milk contains detergent, mercury, formaldehyde, etc. the flu shots contain. None of the home remedies will increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, either. Just a thought.

Sep 152017

Well-intentioned green purists are often mistaken. Toxins are omni-present, animal products are well-hidden, some allegedly toxic products are not. Know your facts!

Green Purists

As a wellness coach I’m often amused when encountering a green living “purist”. There are so many people today who believe themselves “green purists”!
Health-conscious, informed and frequently vegan, these people avoid sugar and gluten, known carcinogens, chemically-treated produce and fruit, processed foods and “toxins” of any kind. In theory their approach is perfect. In real life, not so much. The “green purists” believe themselves superior to people who – to name just one example – have bacon for breakfast. It’s funny and sad, at the same time.

As humans we are omnivores. We need meat, vegetables and fruit to function properly and maintain good health. Being a total carnivore or total herbivore isn’t healthy. Our bodies are designed to process food of animal and plant origin and derive benefits from both, not either one. Abstaining from animal products entirely creates an imbalance that eventually has a negative impact on a person’s health.

The individual who had bacon for breakfast potentially increased his risk of developing cardiovascular disease because bacon is treated with sodium nitrate. The purist who didn’t eat bacon is at the same risk of developing cardiovascular disease because vegetables are the MAIN source of nitrites. Another source of nitrates is water. (It never seizes to amaze me that “green purists” don’t realize that there is no such a thing as organic water!)

The vegan believes that he doesn’t consume animal products. Animal products are everywhere. They are present in medications, vaccines, nutritional supplements, beer, wine, candy, cosmetics, non-dairy products, vanilla, building materials, perfumes, hair dyes, and other products you’d never suspect. Vegans consume / use animal products whether they are aware of it, or not…

“Green purists” discriminate against certain substances they classify as “toxic chemicals” without a valid reason. They create false narrative against time-proven, natural and safe products depriving themselves – and by spreading misinformation, others – of significant benefits.

Life isn’t about avoidance but a skillful balance. Not every risk can be averted. Many can be managed.

The biggest health risks we’re exposed to:

  • building materials our homes are constructed of
  • furniture, flooring, interior paint
  • cleaning and washing products
  • the air in your neighborhood
  • food
  • drinking water
  • everyday use products applied to skin
  • clothing, shoes and jewelry materials

Some of the factors listed above can be controlled by the individual, some can’t. Some can be modified with common sense and / or money. The perfect solution? Being WELL-informed, reducing and / or counteracting health risks, getting over the superiority complex of imaginary “purism”. There is no reason to be “holier than thou”: fanaticism of any kind is counterproductive. We live in the same world of toxins, pollutants, GMOs, misinformation and hypocrisy. Most of us have the same health concerns.

I’m all for healthier, green living. It is my belief however that it should start with complete information and exercise of common sense. Without either one, a green purist is no less hypocritical than the establishment he or she rejects. (Soy “milk” or nut “milk”, give me a break! Did you read the ingredient list?! All of the pseudo-milks are chemical concoctions I wouldn’t recommend to a personal enemy.)

And by the way, the best way to counteract nitrates (whether you are a fan of bacon, vegetables or drinking water) is by taking antioxidants and probiotics on a regular basis. (To rephrase it for “green purists”: by maintaining a diet rich in antioxidants and probiotics.)