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How to Kick Strep Throat

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Now's Castor Oil 16ozFor strep throat remedies, we use Children’s Advil and castor oil compresses. We also use natural remedies including vitamin C, A, and D. Proberry also works wonders against the flu and other ailments.

My experience with strep

I once got strep throat so bad the inside of my whole mouth swelled up. My tongue got so thick my teeth left indents on it. My tonsils and throat swelled until I could hardly breathe. My uvula swelled until I was choking on it.

I had to go to the doctor for that one and take amoxicillin. We did not know then (eleven years ago) the strep throat remedies we know now. I have had a few bouts with strep since and have won.

We do not want you to think we are giving anyone medical advice. We only want to share what we found works best and safest for our family. Since children ages 5-15 often get this during the winter months, be ready.

Signs and symptoms of strep throat

Recently, my son had complained of a sore throat. In cold dry air, sore throats can come and go. When he started complaining more and breathing funny, however, I knew we were in for a ride.

Strep throat can begin with pain or difficulty in swallowing. It might also include a slight fever and other cold-like symptoms. In the reddened throat, you might see white patches if it has advanced.

Strep throat can continue to grow and swell the throat lining and tonsils. Oversized tonsils and lymph nodes may cause an earache. It can morph into tonsillitis and even lead to heart problems.

Why we avoid antibiotics

When I took the amoxicillin for a strep throat remedy, it killed my immune system. I kept catching every bug that winter, and the strep throat kept trying to come back. Like most of traditional medicine, it fights the disease with little concern for the human’s well-being. I would rather struggle through an illness and come out with a strong immune system, than to compromise my overall health.

Treating the symptoms

When my son’s throat started hurting when he swallowed, I got scared. I remembered what I had gone through and did not want him to. In prayer, God reminded me the doctor had given me Children’s Advil to help me swallow.

Our midwife (a continual source of health advice) told me strep would only last four to five days. We just had to make him comfortable until he got through it. The Children’s Liquid Advil did the trick to help him swallow and sleep soundly.

You should not give Advil (ibuprofen) for more than two days. We switched him to liquid Tylenol which worked as well. However, the Advil lasted longer and targeted the pain better. Also, Tylenol (acetaminophen) accumulates in the liver quickly. We switched back to Advil after a day on Tylenol—much to his appreciation.

Instead of giving the whole dose, which lasts for 6-8 hours, we gave partial doses. We kept the dose as small as possible and gave it every 2 hours or so.

Why we use castor oil

Our midwife suggested castor oil compresses and we found this to be a miracle among strep throat remedies. We rubbed castor oil on his neck and then placed a warm washcloth, soaked in castor oil, in the same area. Then we put a heat pad on it and kept it warm for at least an hour.

As soon as we started the castor oil treatment, he started spitting out all kinds of phlegm. We did this for two to three times a day. The more mucus he expelled the more the lymph nodes shrunk and pain left.

Some people say apple cider vinegar works this way, too, as one of their strep throat remedies. It never worked for me (remember, I had to see a doctor). I wish I could patent the idea of these castor oil compresses, they draw out infection and even help with cancer.

Target the throat

People recommend doing mouthwashes for strep, so we did. Gargling with Lysterine (the kind with four anti-microbes in it) supposedly kills surface germs. At our midwife’s suggestion, we added a few drops of grapefruit complex to each mouthful.

A pharmacist also told me to keep the saliva flowing. This helps sooth the throat which gets dry quickly and helps kill the germs (you have naturally antiseptic saliva). Instead of giving a child sugary throat drops (which can feed bacteria), we let them suck on a chewable vitamin c. This is a good sore throat remedy as it keeps saliva flowing and boosts immunity at the same time.

Boosting the Immune system

To help our son’s body heal, we gave him as much vitamin C as he could take. You know you have too much vitamin C when it gives you the runs. If you intend to take medicinal doses of vitamin C with your strep throat remedies, we have found calcium ascorbate to be the easiest to digest.

Another immune booster we use is ARA6. This product has the healing power of aloe, but ten times more powerful. You will find it an effective health boost for any condition.

We also use a powerful form of elderberry extract called Proberry. If we had this on hand when the strep started going around, my son probably would not have gotten sick. This stuff kicks the flu and other bugs quickly.

We use natural antibiotics including olive leaf extract, grapefruit complex, garlic oil, and oregano. We followed these with acidophilus to rebuild his healthy bacteria. We also used vitamin E oil, omega 3 oil, and vitamins A and D3 to keep the immune system strong.

Change the diet

If you are fighting any disease, you should cut out all corn products, wheat products (white flower, pasta), dairy, pork, and instant/prepared foods from the diet. This is not medical advice—it is just good sense. Good strep throat remedies will not help if you eat junk. Do not eat sugar or imitation products.

Focus on organic fruits and vegetables. During the worst part of strep, you may only want to sip fruit juices and homemade soup (not from a can) with real broth and vegetables. Make sure you drink plenty of water to flush out toxins (some say scarlet fever results from toxic secretions by strep bacteria).

We are not attempting to tell anyone medical advice for treating strep throat; we are just letting you know what strep throat remedies worked for us.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Grapefruit Seed Extract can serve you well or it can be an utter nightmare. Taking someone’s recommendation for a disease I was fighting, I took large quantities of the grapefruit seed extract I picked up at the health food store. Since it tastes so horrible, we put the grapefruit seed extract inside capsules so I could swallow it without gagging or burning my throat. Instead, I burned out my innards. You do not want to know the details, but it convulsed my intestines and cleaned me out. I doubt I retained enough of it to do any infection fighting.

Later, since we could not take this form of GSE (grapefruit seed extract) internally, I figured I could use it topically. However, it literally burned my skin. The areas I had rubbed with it turned red within an hour and hurt so bad I wanted to punch a hole in the wall. Relief came about twelve hours after I washed the burned skin and treated it with Vitamin E and fresh Aloe Vera plant leaves. I have determined that the Grapefruit Seed Extract by Nutribiotics is junk. I was using it to treat an outbreak of impetigo on my face and it worked well to kill it initially, but then all the burned areas got infected and this skin infection took over my face for a few days until I got it under control again (more on that later).

The best form of grapefruit extract we have found is by NOW Foods. This company consistently produces some of the best supplements for almost every health concern. We only buy NOW Foods Grapefruit Complex which comes from grapefruit bioflavinoids. I used it on my skin and it helped kill the impetigo without destroying the good skin. I can even mix it in fruit juice and it does not burn my throat or have too strong of a flavor (although it is not pleasant either).

My wife and I have used NOW GSE for a variety of conditions, taking whole droppers full in a capsule without any discomfort or upset to the intestinal tract. However, GSE is such a powerful antibiotic it will clean out the good bacteria. Follow any internal treatment of Grapefruit Seed Extract with acidophilus and other blood-type friendly bacteria to restore a healthful balance in your intestines. By the way, we recommend acidophilus from NOW as well. Save yourself some frustration and start with Now’s Grapefruit Complex.

How to Get Acidophilus

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Yogurt is not the only source of acidophilus. Acidophilus comes naturally in fresh fruits and vegetables such as carrots. This gives us just one more reason to eat enzyme-rich fresh produce.

Why do we need acidophilus supplements?

This bacterium dies easy. Eating junky, toxic foods can wipe out healthy bacteria. Antibiotics will also kill much or perhaps all the friendly bacteria in your intestines. Any time a person has taken medication and antibiotics, he or she should follow-up with a regimen of live acidophilus powder for at least a week. To keep the delicate balance of these good bacteria, we should not live on processed food, preserved food, carbonated beverages, and lattes. Raw, fresh foods keep your good bacteria alive, and as a side effect help you live a little longer and happier, too.

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How do you take acidophilus?

Get the live product. I know scientists tell us they have technology capable of stabilizing strains of acidophilus, but I choose the real thing. Like most things you ingest, take this in its most natural form possible: alive. Live strains of acidophilus need refrigeration. If you go to buy an acidophilus product from your local health food store, look in the refrigerated section, not the supplements aisle.

We always buy the bottles of powdered acidophilus. Measure it out with a teaspoon or tablespoon into your glass of 100% juice (we use pure pineapple or grape juice). I actually mix the acidophilus powder right into a glass of water or sprinkle it over a salad, watermelon slice, or grapefruit half. It has a light taste on the chalky-sweet side of the palate. Your children will not notice it in any drink or food (as long as they do not see you hide it there).

There are a few other strains of probiotics like acidophilus beneficial to some people—but they do not work for everyone. According to the Right for Your Type concepts taught by Dr. D’Adamo, some of these additional bacteria strains will work against one blood type and for another. To learn more about the genotype strategy for life management, go here and get the book Change Your Genetic Destiny.

What should you not take with acidophilus?

Since acidophilus is alive, do not take it with killing things. Antibiotics, of course, will kill off your good bacteria. If you are taking high doses of a garlic supplement, grapefruit seed extract, iodine, or colloidal silver, take your acidophilus as a follow-up routine once you finish these products. Also, do not take this bacteria powder in a hot beverage, as the temperature will kill it.

Just for the record, frozen yogurt has no benefit with healthy, live acidophilus. Many commercially sweetened and flavored yogurts do not have enough live bacteria to be worth anything either. If you want to take acidophilus in yogurt, find an organic product without flavor or sweetener. The best source of acidophilus we have found is NOW’s live, powdered acidophilus available here.

How Acidophilus Works

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Those asking, “What is acidophilus?” have a variety of pleasant surprises ahead. Our family has found this friendly bacterium to help overcome staph infections, strep throat, abscessed teeth, an abscessed ulceration of the cornea, flu and stomach viruses, colds, whooping-cough, tetanus, botulism, and salmonella. We have found those uses in addition to the commonly known effects of acidophilus in reducing gas and bloating, stomach cramps, indigestion, gut rot, constipation, and acid reflux. A very popular Dentist Chandler has said it can really help to strengthen your gums and reduce bad breath. Certainly, we could go on about dozens of other reasons you need these bacteria in your body.

What does acidophilus do?

Acidophilus works to build a healthy flora in your intestines. Most people who know about acidophilus think it only serves the purpose of aiding digestion. However, your whole life depends on your ability to digest food. People would not have to take so many vitamins and minerals if they could adequately access the God-given nutrients locked up in the whole foods we can eat. A poor digestive system will not access the healing properties of most foods. L. acidophilus bacteria, however, works with your body to digest the food you eat.

Scientists think of your gut as your second brain. People with sluggish digestive systems have sluggish minds. People with healthy bacteria in their intestines will thrive with alertness and endurance as they put to use the miracle nutrients in natural food.

What does acidophilus do for disease?

As we add content about diseases and sicknesses we have conquered, we will explain the dosages we use for certain symptoms. Often we use a whole tablespoon of acidophilus three times per day until the condition improves. We have taken this much for over a week at times for serious situations. Once, my wife had to take one tablespoon (12 billion CFU’s) every hour.

Think of disease as bad armies invading your body. When you take probiotics, such as acidophilus, you are deploying good armies to fight off the bad. My wife’s aunt beat of a horrible Candida-like yeast infection with high doses of acidophilus and a couple other supplements. We will not tell you how much to take, but from experience we know what works for us. Our midwife, a chiropractor, and a few other informed people have helped educate us on the disease-fighting properties of lactobacillus acidophilus. Post your experiences in the comment section below; we would love to know how this bacterium has made your life better.

What is the best kind of acidophilus?

We have tried several brands and have found NOW Foods’ acidophilus to be the best product for the money. Put it in the fridge as soon as you get it (it will survive the shipping time until then). We usually buy a dozen bottles at a time. We have found this to be one of the most useful health products for fighting a lot of issues with our children and ourselves. We have shopped around and found one of the lowest prices for acidophilus and all the other top-quality NOW Food products right here.


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