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Self medicating (saying no to antibiotics)

I  had two ailments recently for which I would normally saunter off to the doctor and promptly receive (I would imagine) a prescription for antibiotics to cure me. But NO! I held out and saw both off with grit, determination and a dose of self-medication…

The first is a recurring sore gum which seems to rear it’s ugly head when I’m feeling a bit run-down. It’s actually I think an infection (fungal?) of some sort as my bottom left gum and cheek were sore and red and  coated with a whitish film that looked fungal to me.  The cheek also felt rough when felt with my tongue.

Due to my natural phobia towards doctors (over-prescribing, sheep mentality) and dentists (just scary) I decided that I would try and fight it off by myself. With a combination of crushed garlic (ouch!!!) pressed on the gum/cheek daily, garlic tablets,  swills of salt water and also taking of Pine Needle Oil (for apparently reducing inflammation and killing bacteria – I found out about this from my wife’s family who are Vietnamese).

I also remembered about bicarbonate of soda being an anti-fungal agent so I washed my mouth with this twice-daily –  I basically threw any anti-microbial thing I had in the kitchen/medicine chest at it! It finally subsided after around 3/4 weeks. Hooray!

The euphoria was short-lived as the second ailment which occurred two weeks later  (about 5/6 weeks ago now) and stayed for a month was (I guess) a chest infection that came from nowhere. Symptoms – coughing up lots of thick green phlegm everyday (sorry for the graphic description!). Again I treated this by myself with garlic tablets and pine needle oil tablets. It went on as I say for about a month and although I did feel like going to the doctor on a few occasions (particularly when my wife was nagging me) I resisted and again it went by itself.

The only other thing I did was to eat a healthy diet and get lots of rest which is easier said than done with a full-time job and 3 kids under 10 years of age…

Yes, a dose (or two in my case) of antibiotics would have undoubtedly got rid of these infections quickly but stepping back figuring out what is wrong and trying to treat yourself initially I think is the best way forward. Yes of course if things hadn’t got better I would have gone to the doctor (I’m not a masochist!) to seek help but if we did a bit more of listening to our bodies, supporting the immune system with natural products rather than run to the doctor we would all be better off (including financially…)

Curing cancer with baking soda?

Sounds great doesn’t it? No more chemo or other poisons in the war against one of the western worlds biggest killers cancer. Now, this idea/theory has been around for a few years though I must admit I’ve only come across it recently as I have been looking around for possible alternatives to the mainstream treatment of cancers. Why? Well, lets face it we seem to be losing the battle with cancer. Over the past 2/3 years I’ve personally known three people who have died after having cancer – the last one was a recent friend of the family who passed away less than a week ago at the time of writing this. All three were in their mid/late fortiies. That is what I find truly scary – not even reaching 50 years old. All were fit and active people were not overweight or smoked…Each cancer was different – one had skin cancer initially, one bone cancer and the most recent one had stomach cancer initially. In all three cases the given chemotherapy and in at lastt one case the medics were trying out ‘novel’ treatments on him which obviously failed.
Some people do beat their cancer and go on to live happy healthy lives, though in a lot of  cases the cancer is the victor – According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) cancer killed nearly 8 million people worldwide with almost half a million deaths occuring in the richest country of the world – the U.S.A. Now, I’m not saying not to use ‘conventional’ treatments were appropriate but I feel that the medical establishment needs to look into alternative treatments as well which leads me back to baking soda or more accurately bicarbonate of soda. Now I’m not medically trained but commonsense tells me that if something isn’t working we should look to do something else.

One doctor has an alternative theory regarding cancer and he goes by the name of Dr Tullio Simoncini. What intrigued me about this doctor is that he is a medical doctor and furthermore an oncologist, i.e. a cancer doctor so he should know what he is talking about. Dr Simoncini believes that cancer is caused by a common fungus (Candida albicans) which is in all our bodies but is usually gets kept in check by our immune system. When our immune systems are low the Candida can take advantage and cause cancer. This is not as controversial as it sounds ass Candida is found at the centre of the cancer it’s just that current mainstream thinking believes that the Candida does not cause cancer but moves in afterwards.  What was predictable was Dr Simoncini’s treatment in the media and medical establishment for voicing his theory (and practice). Indeed he was struck off as a doctor in Italy because his treatments do not conform to mainstream practice (even if it cures the patient it seems!). This intrigues me even more when the mainstream lashes out – to me it smells of fear that he may be on to something (a bit like the treatment of Dr Andrew Wakefield and MMR – another story!). Futhermore, Dr Simoncini was banned from talking in the UK (Totnes, Devon) after a local politician (also a doctor) objected. She said “There are, very rightly, safeguards in place to protect people against adverts for remedies which really have no basis in evidence” Hmmmm… rather like a lot of conventional cancer treatments then…! If it’s such quackery then then mainstream medical establishment haven’t got anything to worry about have they? Anyway make your own mind up. Go to Dr Simoncini’s website and/or find him on You Tube: