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Our kids got whooping cough at the hospital. Fortunately we found some information to treat it that kept them from having to be admitted.
While in the family room visiting with friends, we noticed a teenager coughing horribly and pounding his chest for air. We thought he was just a drama king. Later, we learned he was a patient who should not have wandered out of his room.
It started as a tickling little cough that sounded innocent enough. Within a week, our daughter who had started the little cough had stepped up to paroxysms (coughing fits).
What goes from red to blue to gray?
My daughter woke us one morning coughing and gasping for air. I thought she was just overreacting. Then next morning her cough was worse and another child started it.
Whooping cough (pertussis) bacteria strips out all the hair in the throat and bronchial tubes. Once these are gone, any mucus (which you always have) slips down into the bronchial tubes. You gag, breath in, and suddenly have to cough repeatedly to bring up the less-than-exciting subject of excess mucus.
While the child is out of air, he or she coughs repeatedly, turning red in the face, then from lack of oxygen can turn blue, and then from the strain of coughing, turns gray for a second or two. Then comes the trademark “whoop” as the child gasps for fresh oxygen.
The point of no return
Once the hair is gone from the windpipe, you are at the mercy of your wisdom in treating this disease. Figure on facing six weeks of horrible coughing and six months until normalcy returns once those hairs have grown back. In the mean time, there are several things you can do to prevent further problems.
Whooping cough is not a huge problem in and of itself if your children can manage past the lack of air a few times during the night. The danger lies in potential pneumonia, bronchitis, and other issues. Our midwife recommended we give the kids supplements to prevent infection from other diseases getting down into the lungs. We used:
How to kick Whooping Cough quickly
Reading online, we found a post on using sodium ascorbate. While we did not have ready access to this, we found powered Emergen-C to work just as well. The site recommended using as much Vitamin C as a doctor would use antibiotics. Vitamin C is not toxic because it is water-based and will flush out of your body (with diarrhea) if you take too much.
You have to have nerves of steel to keep your kids out of the hospital if they get this nasty monster. Most kids who take antibiotics, however, get all the other nasties like pneumonia and such, afterward.
Read this story of a mother taking a baby through pertussis. Also, search online for “whooping cough” and “sodium ascorbate” together. You will find some very helpful and encouraging information.
When we started using the ascorbate blend (instead of pure ascorbic acid), we saw dramatic reduction in mucus and coughing and cut this disease short. I give honor and credit to my Lord Jesus who carried us through this trying time. I got to know Him and His Word better during those interrupted nights.
For 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.
I experienced and conquered the symptoms of tetanus (by the grace of God) after stepping on a rusty nail. Tetanus symptoms began to show up within a short time of this deep puncture wound, and I sought out natural remedies and herbal or holistic alternatives to treat it. Since, I lived to tell the story, I thought someone else asking the question, “How do I know if I have tetanus?” or “How do you treat tetanus?” might benefit from what I learned. Here’s the story:
I stepped on a rusty, dirty nail in a board hidden under leaves in the woods. The rusty nail punctured deep into my foot, right between my two smallest toes. The nail made such a deep cut, it nearly poked out of the top of my foot. Looking back, I wish it had. After I pulled the nail out, I did not realize it had left flakes of rusty metal and pieces of leaf inside. The moral of this story is: Clean deep wounds thoroughly with hydrogen peroxide.
This was the last day of moving, and I had been cleaning up the edge of the yard when this happened. I had kept first aid supplies on hand until the day before, but since I had nothing on hand at that moment, I pulled off my shoe and sock to let the wound bleed. I had heard that if the wound bled enough it would wash out most bacteria and be less likely to get tetanus. I do not bleed very well in general, but this time I really bled. Still, I got tetanus. It took me an hour to get somewhere I could tend the puncture wound. By then, it had begun to heal and I could not get peroxide very deep into the cut. What I should have done at this point was dug a pointed object into the wound and opened it back up so I could flush it out with water and then peroxide. Then I should have soaked it in boric acid water and Epsom salts. The main failure here, however, was not getting the wound thoroughly clean, right away.
By evening, my left foot felt weird. I could see a red area on top of my foot, but it was not hot. It felt agitated and bruised more than infected. I could feel activity in my lymph vessels like something was surging through my lymphatic system on the side where I had stepped on the nail.
I had a hard time concentrating on writing and study. Physical labor seemed to help distract me. I felt nauseous and vomited later on. By evening, I felt okay. I considered getting a tetanus shot, but shrugged it off, having endured many nails in the past that never led to anything serious (I used to roofing).
I noticed pulsations in my hand like my muscles were flexing on their own. That night I was trying to finish remodeling a bedroom, and began to feel strange. My heart would race and my shoulders began aching. I am not overweight, and I have never had blood pressure or pulse problems before, so this alarmed me. I worked until 2 AM and decided to do a web search on my symptoms. I read that muscle spasms and cramping were tetanus symptoms.
Worse yet, I learned that tetanus lives everywhere—in the dirt, on wood, in the dust on the furniture. I also grimaced to learn that tetanus is more than just lockjaw, but it locks up all the skeletal muscles with severe cramping and seizures. People die in convulsions, gasping for air.
Now, I could not tell if my heart was beating rapidly from an infection or from fear. What I read told me that a high pulse was an early sign of this deadly disease. I told myself I was imagining things, and too much coffee, not tetanus, was to blame for my symptoms. Caffeine did not explain the pings and twitches in my muscles or the recurring chills I felt. I had not told my wife my concerns and did not think I should wake her at that moment. I finally went to bed at 4 AM. Unfortunately, I did not get much sleep from having to visit the bathroom multiple times as my body cleaned out all food and liquid.
At 7 AM, I called a friend who is a midwife and former nurse. She told me to go to a walk-in clinic. She knew I should not play around with this disease. I called an express-care clinic and a nurse told me the tetanus shot was effective only within 72 hours of the cut or puncture wound (there is another shot you can get when hospitalized that will work after the 72 hour limit). My last tetanus shot had been 20 years before. My wife and I had taken my pulse by now, so I told the nurse my heart rate was over 120 beats per minute. She did not think I had tetanus but told me to come in anyway. I did not go in.
I found that walking helped slow my pulse and calm my nerves. That evening, I dug open the scab from the rusty nail wound. A gob of stuff came out of the deep wound. I saw no puss and felt no pain when I sprayed the peroxide. However, the hydrogen peroxide foamed a lot when I spray it inside. I tried to keep that foot bare and exposed so I would not have to wear a bandage. This allowed it to heal from the inside out. While cleaning out the deep wound like this, I should have probed further (in spite of the pain it would have caused). I missed a clump of leaves and dirt way up inside which would cause me problems later.
I expected the worst when I woke up, but had no dramatic symptoms. I felt physically drained and uncomfortable with the idea that something else was living inside my body. After, lunch, my colon emptied itself right away along with something that looked like green bile.
Another restless night. My calf muscle cramped up suddenly when I awoke. It felt like a Charlie horse, but when I stretched my leg the cramp went away. I had been fighting off little cramps like these all weekend. Once, when my infected foot cramped in the arch, I just let it constrict to see what would happen. It started to hurt, and then I flexed and it went away. Muscle twinges agitated my face. My eyelids felt like they wanted to flutter if I did not hold on, and my cheek muscles jerked and flexed. I figured this was lockjaw symptoms and I would lock up soon. All my strength was gone and I could not even undo a garden hose connection.
I went out to pick up natural remedies I had read about online. I tried Aconite, a homeopathic remedy. I got the 30C strength of the Aconite and held six or more of them under my tongue every fifteen minutes. My pulse slowed after a little over an hour of this, and my jaw stopped twitching. I talked to several natural and herbal health practitioners who said they had never dealt with tetanus. Online, I learned that only 50 people get tetanus per year. Most take the dT shot.
I started having trouble with fingers and limbs going numb—as if my blood was not circulating properly. Sometimes I would wake up and not feel much of a heartbeat and then suddenly my heart would pound like a logger’s boot kicking down a door. I woke up this morning to a stiff neck and shoulders as if I were suffering whiplash. When I tried to move my head, it ached badly. I finally knew for sure I had tetanus.
While crying out to the Lord in prayer later that morning, I was interrupted by a return call from a naturopathic doctor who said, “Get some good colloidal silver and take a tablespoon three times a day. And get the NOW brand Beta Glucan, and take two capsules twice a day.” I tried to explain to him what I was taking and he said, “I don’t care. A tablespoon of the best colloidal silver you can find—three times a day, and two caps of Beta Glucan, only from NOW.”
I drove out and bought these items and added what he had recommended to what I was doing already. My wife massaged my tight neck and shoulders with aromatherapy lavender oil in olive oil (I would probably use coconut as a carrier oil now).
I woke up to much less stiffness in my shoulders and neck, but the mid-section of my back had locked up now. Two read lines arched away from the spine and seemed to follow the ribs a bit. Any muscles that had cramped up on me got swollen or puffy.
We learned that tetanus systematically locks up the body muscles starting with the jaw, then the neck and shoulders, the back, the buttocks, the back of the legs, the front of the legs, and usually stops with the abdominal muscles and the diaphragm (breathing muscle). It stops here, of course, because a person suffocates by not being able to breathe any longer. We tried massaging the next muscle groups in advance to keep them from getting hit so hard.
I could only process fruits and fruit juices because all other foods would purge out immediately at this point. New constriction on lower right side of my back and buttocks.
Constriction came to my lower left back and upper legs. I kept taking aconite and hypericum to offset the symptoms of my high pulse. Aconite seemed to help a little, but the hypericum did not seem to do much. My heart felt mushy and uncomfortable.
My heart hurt for a while this morning. My appetite returned at this point and began eating more grapefruit.
My pulse returned to 70 and my heart felt more normal. My extremities had poor circulation still and would go numb if I sat in one position too long. Movement and stretches promote better blood flow, but nighttime made me nervous.
Pain in my abdomen indicated that my kidneys were hurting. This disease seemed to do a roll call my whole body.
I had a recurrence of all the symptoms: stiff neck, sore back, mini spasms, and minor cramping in muscle groups for about an hour each, in succession.
Two weeks later
Had a bad itch between my toes near the area where the dirty, rusty nail punctured my foot and gave me tetanus. I looked and saw what looked like athlete’s foot (which I had not had seen since teen years). When I went to treat it, I found it was like a water blister. It popped open and let out pieces of leaves and dirt. This area had become a pocket of infection above where the wound had healed on the surface of the skin. This is why I say wound care is the most important part of preventing tetanus (most tetanus victims have been vaccinated).
Cleaning out the wound must have stirred up more tetanus toxins because I had another run of symptoms for a day or so. The tetanus disease is not the cause of the symptoms, but the toxins it creates. Those toxins affect the brain, as I understand it, and trigger certain nerves to make the muscles contract (the opposite of botulism toxins, which paralyze a person).
I am not giving medical advice to anyone. I am sure there are things you might be able to add to this to help someone else in the future. For reference, my daily supplements included:
Colloidal silver – 3 tablespoons of 50 ppm
Beta Glucan from NOW – 2 capsules
Vitamin C – a few tablets because studies show Vitamin C can prevent death from tetanus,
Garlic – 5 capsules to fight infection
Olive leaf extract – 2 capsules to fight infection
Grapefruit Extract only from NOW
Bromelain and Calcium to reduce muscle pain
Fish Oil – 2 caps to clean the arteries and heal the heart
Milk thistle – 1 capsule daily to cleanse the liver
Also, Glucosamine sulfate with MSM, Colostrum, Oregano, and Echinacea.
I give all thanks to my Lord Jesus Christ who brought me through this ordeal and spared me from what could have been much worse. I also thank my wife for her moral support. I started by asking, “How do I know if I have tetanus?” and then “How do you treat tetanus?” Now I know how important it is to clean a puncture wound with hydrogen peroxide. I have also learned to soak deep wounds in warm water with a tablespoon of boric acid.
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