Survival of the Fittest – Home Remedies you already own – Have your own unique health remedy, tell us?

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1. ANTACID TABLET

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It’s for: Heartburn
The effervescent type with sodium bicarbonate helps neutralize the acid that causes painful heartburn symptoms.

But try: Soothing insect bites
“Antacid formulations such as Alka-Seltzer contain aspirin, an anesthetic that can help ease the sting and itch of insect bites,” says Howard Sobel, MD, a clinical attending physician in dermatology and dermatologic surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

He recommends making a paste with a crushed antacid tablet, a pinch of oatmeal (also a skin soother), and water and applying it to the skin. Results are immediate – and this DIY formula has a healing bonus that other anti-itch salves lack. “Calamine lotion contains zinc oxide, which can be drying to the skin,” Dr. Sobel explains. “Effervescent antacid tablets provide quicker relief from pain and itching – without the dehydrating side effects.”

2. MOUTHWASH

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It’s for: Freshening breath
“Both types of mouthwash—with and without alcohol – contain antimicrobial properties that reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth,” explains Edgard El Chaar, DDS, a clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry at NYU College of Dentistry.

But try: Preventing athlete’s foot 
If you’ve switched to an alcohol-free version (such as Tom’s of Maine or ACT Fluoride), don’t throw away the old bottle: Use the alcohol mouthwash to keep your feet and toenails pristine. To prevent athlete’s foot, soak a cotton ball with the liquid and swab the bottoms of your feet and between toes after every shower. According to Dr. Sobel, the high alcohol content of traditional mouthwash helps ward off fungal infections.

3. BAKING SODA

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It’s for: Tooth whitening
Many dentists recommend baking soda to help remove superficial stains from enamel, making teeth appear whiter. It also prevents bad breath and gets rid of plaque embedded in the area between the teeth and gums.

But try: Calming irritated skin
Used topically, baking soda takes the sting out of sunburn and minimizes the itch and discomfort caused by a variety of skin conditions (including eczema, prickly heat, and poison ivy). “Sodium bicarbonate is a mild alkaline compound that can help neutralize the pH balance of your skin,” says Linda K. Franks, MD, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University. “This ‘buffering effect’ may help quell the inflammation that occurs at the skin’s surface, easing your soreness.”

To get relief, place a cup of baking soda under a running bath tap so it dissolves completely, and then soak in the water for about 30 minutes.

4. NASAL SPRAY

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It’s for: Easing congestion
The decongestants in it shrink blood vessels and swollen mucous membranes in your nose, making it easier for you to breathe.

But try: Stopping nosebleeds 
Most nosebleeds can be stopped by simply pinching the nose for 10 to 20 minutes, but if yours persists, nasal spray may do the trick. According to Amy Sutton Peak, PharmD, director of Drug Information Services at Butler University, about two-thirds of people who visit an emergency room for a persistent nosebleed are successfully treated with oxymetazoline, the decongestant found in common drugstore nasal sprays such as Afrin and Mucinex.

To stop the bleeding, she recommends tilting your head forward and clearing your nose by blowing out any clots (this may increase bleeding for a few seconds). Next, inhale through your nose while spraying oxymetazoline into the affected nostril(s), and then pinch the soft part of your nose closed. Maintain pressure for 10 full minutes. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped, continue pinching for another 10 minutes. If none of these measures works, see a health care provider for further treatment.

5. WITCH HAZEL

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It’s for: Treating acne
This plant extract helps fight acne by drying out excess oil in the skin. Because it contains alcohol, witch hazel can help kill the bacteria that cause infection and lead to breakouts.

But try: Shrinking hemorrhoids
“Witch hazel is a natural astringent,” says Dr. Sobel. “It works to contract the skin and surrounding blood vessels back to normal size.” That’s why it is a primary ingredient in many OTC hemorrhoid wipes and medicated pads, such as Tucks and Preparation H. “Alone, witch hazel may dry out delicate tissue, so also apply a cream, such as Vaseline or A+D original ointment, to moisturize the area,” says Dr. Sobel.

6. ALOE VERA

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It’s for: Soothing burns
Topical application of aloe gel can speed the healing of first and second-degree burns.

But try: Eliminating canker sores 
“Aloe vera contains vitamins as well as amino acids that help repair damaged tissues,” says Irwin Smigel, DDS, president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. “Several compounds found in aloe vera work together to decrease or prevent inflammation and control pain.” A research review found that canker sore sufferers who applied aloe vera gel healed about 50% faster than those who didn’t.

7. TEA TREE OIL

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It’s for: Soothing burns
Topical application of aloe gel can speed the healing of first and second-degree burns.

But try: Eliminating canker sores 
“Aloe vera contains vitamins as well as amino acids that help repair damaged tissues,” says Irwin Smigel, DDS, president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. “Several compounds found in aloe vera work together to decrease or prevent inflammation and control pain.” A research review found that canker sore sufferers who applied aloe vera gel healed about 50% faster than those who didn’t.

8. YOGURT

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You eat it for: Digestive health
The probiotic bacteria it contains help foster healthy digestion and keep you regular.

But try: Preventing gum disease
Adults who consume 55 g of yogurt per day have significantly fewer markers of periodontal disease than those who don’t include this food in their diets, according to scientists at Kyushu University in Japan. That’s because the lactic acid in yogurt helps protect their gums from the harmful bacteria that cause this chronic condition.

9. EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

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You eat it for: Lower cholesterol
Subbing it for butter keeps your cholesterol (and belly fat) in check.

But try: Boosting your vision
Studies show that the omega-3 fatty acids in olive oil help prevent age-related macular degeneration. People who ate the most olive oil (at least 100 ml, or nearly 7 tablespoons, per week) were about half as likely to develop late AMD as those who consumed less than 1 ml per week, according to researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

10. DARK CHOCOLATE

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You eat it for: Heart health
A few ounces weekly reduces risk of cardiovascular disease (and satisfies a sweet tooth).

But try: Protecting skin from sun damage
Dark chocolate may help protect the skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, finds a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. Researchers say minimally processed versions of the sweet treat are rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that could prevent wrinkles and cut the risk of skin cancer caused by exposure to sunlight.

Credit: theremedist.com

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FASD and the criminalisation of mothers by Mama Duck Quacks (BLW Contributor)

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I was listening to the radio in the car yesterday when a news reporter started talking about criminalising mother’s who drink while they are pregnant. As present, the court of appeal is deciding whether a council in the North West of England can hold the mother of a 7 year old girl responsible for her Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD).

FASD is an umbrella term for all disorders resulting from a foetus being exposed to alcohol. It can lead to memory and attention span issues, affect speech, language and behaviour. It can affect a child’s immune system as well as damage their vital organs.

When I heard this, my only thought was “What mother would drink copious amounts of alcohol if she knew what it would do to her child?” And the only answer that came to mind was a) A mother who didn’t know better b) A mother who felt stuck in an isolated situation.

If that’s the case then criminalising mother’s who give birth to babies with FASD does nothing to support them. And if a mother really wants to drink then how are they going to catch her doing it in the privacy of her own home? Will stores not be allowed to sell alcohol to pregnant women? Are pregnant women going to be treated like under 18 kids trying to purchase alcohol?

Want my two cents? I think the government needs to spend the money they would putting women behind bars (which in itself would only make the situation worse once they got out) on better health care/education for those women in need. Pregnant women who feel the need to drink when carrying a child. Pregnant women who feel trapped with no where to go who resort to alcohol. Women who are depressed who resort to alcohol. Women who’s partners have deserted them and so they resort to alcohol. Young women who know no better. Reach out to them, educate them, show them the consequences of their actions. Many women in prison are there as a consequence of trauma. By criminalising drinking during pregnancy, that number would only increase.

A healthy diet also goes a long way towards a healthy foetus. Preventing FASD requires a better funded NHS in place to provide support for women with not only alcohol abuse but substance abuse. Midwives and GPs who are trained to understand addiction and whom women can confide in. Counsellors and support workers who can work with these women to get to the root of the problem and help solve it.

What really irks me are all the feminists coming out of the woodwork. The people who claim that just by telling a woman she can’t drink during pregnancy, we are controlling her and telling her what she can and cannot do with her body. Now come on! Really?! What is more important? Simply telling a woman she cannot/should not drink while pregnant or dealing with the aftermath of her drinking and ruining her child’s life?!

I also get the opposing argument, I’m not naïve. I’m sure there are many women who do understand the consequences of their actions but just don’t care enough. Any healthcare system in the world isn’t going to be able to reach all of the people all of the time but even if we can begin to tackle the situation for half the women out there, it’ll be one step in the right direction.

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Him, Her and Angels Sent…by One Happy Hapa (BLW Contributor)

Mom and Pops

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As I reflect upon my childhood, the greatest thing that stood out in my mind was the closeness of this family. It didn’t matter to me what the overall financial status was, the family stayed close through thick and thin. After my dad left the army of 25 years he had a very hard time keeping or finding work. From VW salesman to security guard he was out there trying to make a better life for his family.

We were never close as father and son, I was always off doing my own thing and he was trying to find work. I blame myself for this separation, even to this day. He served three campaigns during the wars – Italy, North Africa and North Korea. I haven’t a clue about any of this, he never talked about it and I never asked him. It’s shameful and I’ll always regret not getting closer to the man who took cared of me, who loved me.

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Words cannot express the feelings and love I have for my mother. She reminds me of a mother hen that has all her chicks around her and wherever she went we would follow. We could talk to each other like we were best friends, of course I never would admit that to anyone outside the family but she is where everything started and ended, at least in my life. Yes I was sort of a mama’s boy but hey, alone, with no one around we all are. You can admit it.

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They both led honorable and productive lives living as if the end of the world was on the morrow. However, they both ironically were subjected to the cruelties of life, as I learned at an early age just how rough life can be.
Dad crashed his car one night asleep at the wheel and broke his neck. He would be in beds and wheelchairs for 10 years trying to make the best of his somewhat limited life. Mom developed pancreatic cancer and would die a quick death. It wasn’t easy for this young man to see this and I remember distancing myself so it wouldn’t be in my face.

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I give tribute to my two sisters who took charge of the caring and whatever else they needed in their time of need. It is they my sisters who had that strength and compassion to make their lives a little easier, it is they who I will always remember and forever be grateful to for this love and kindness. They were angel sent…

1. Photos: top, Pops, Retired Major, US Army

2. Mom, Pa’u rider for Oahu in the Aloha day Parade (I think she’s 20yrs here)

3. A rare early photo of a mom and pops

4. The two angels… Love you

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Cancer Doesn’t Take A Snow Day

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Current of Time among the Waves

Grief takes time but, just maybe time brings out clarity. As an ocean flows with the current and tide, it sustains a rhythm centered by outside forces. Grief  has a flow that is sustained differently by each person, a wave in a sense that is centered amongst a current, a very unique current due to many outside factors.
Grief, I always thought was the same for everyone until I was caught in the current.  Trust your ability to swim against the uncontrollable tide and ride the waves. Remember,  you know yourself and your grief the best. Have faith in yourself even when the waves come crashing down on you that you will bask in the sunlight and ride the wave back to the shore in time.

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Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops at all.

And sweetest in the gale is heard;

And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little bird

That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chilliest land

And on the strangest sea;

Yet, never, in extremity,

It asked a crumb of me.

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What’s in Your Purse? by House of the Hartmanns (BLW Contributor) – Tell us ladies what’s inside of yours & Why?

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What’s in Your Purse? 

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Today I decided to organize my purse!! This is whats inside.

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  • wallet
  • diaper cream for my boys
  • husbands watch
  • husbands keys
  • old os tickets from august
  • a save the sate from our wedding 2 years ago my son threw in their
  • baby socks
  • sonic jelly fish kids meal toys
  • two types of lipstick and blistex
  • bracelet
  • pumpkin spice gum
  • old pro golf score card from the beach from June
  • registration paper from school
  • a bag of nickels from my tripoly game!!

That’s all folks :) Whats in your purse??(or wallet for my male readers)

Thanks for reading!! G

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