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Discovery Health “18 Home Remedies for Bronchitis”

Posted by kristobaldude on February 3, 2014


Natural remedies for Bronchitis

Discovery Health “18 Home Remedies for Bronchitis”.


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Top Ten Natural Ways To Heal Chronic Illness

Posted by kristobaldude on February 2, 2014

Essential Oils
Headstands and Handstands
Raw Honey
Grade B Organic Maple Syrup
Alternating Hot and Cold
Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Hemp Oil Soap
Raw Juicing
The Master Cleanse
Water Fasting
Aloe Gel
Alternating Pushups/Situps

So, I’m in bed sick today with what would be characterized by the allopathic medical community as “Bronchitis”. Taking a more naturopathic/holistic view, one might say my body is detoxing or my immune levels have lowered, or even that my body has encountered organisms it has never met before and is self-adjusting. In any case, it has been quite an ordeal, and I had almost forgotten how horrible it is to have a cold with the sore throat, runny nose, and persistent cough that almost always accompanies it. Around company, I think the most embarrassing aspect is always having to find something to cough, spit, or hack phlegm into. Based on the recent ordeal of mine, I decided to try to recall the natural healing methods that have been effective in keeping chronic and acute illnesses at bay.

  1. Essential Oils – These have been miracle workers for me and my family. Congested? Make your own “vapo-rub” with eucalyptus, peppermint, and clove oils, about 4 to 10 drops of each added to 1 tsp. of coconut oil. I have not had athlete’s foot or jock itch for over 20 years now thanks to a natural effective remedy I came up with. Here it is: 10 drops each of peppermint and tea tree oils added to coconut oil, olive oil, or organic lotion
  2. Yoga/Stretching – What I am talking about here is a stretching routine consisting of about 6-12 exercises. This will warm up your body, increase blood flow, and help rejuvenate your energy by cycling oxygenated blood through all your organs. Many of the best stretches are so good that both  bodybuilders and gymnasts have used them for years in their warm-up routines. Some good ones to do are:
    • Forward Lunge
    • Side Splits – Also called straddle split, this can be done from a horse-riding stance and eased into gently. Go until you feel tension, then drop down just about another inch. Hold this position for 30 seconds then repeat.
    • Front Splits – Do this for both right and left legs.
    • Horse-Riding Stance – Try to hold this for 2 minutes. If you can’t do 2 minutes yet, just go as long as you can and gradually work toward the 2 minute goal.
    • Bodyweight Squats – Squats are one of the best exercises you can do for overall body health. Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart, starting in a standing position, eyes facing directly in front of you, back straight up and down. Lower your bottom to it’s natural stopping position about 2 inches off the floor, keeping eyes ahead and back straight, then return to starting position. You can hold your hands in a upright prayer position, or place them on your shoulders. Either way is effective. It is important to go all the way down. My knees used to crack and make crunching and clicking sounds when I would bend down–even in my early twenties–, but I have discovered that by doing these weightless
    • Straight-Leg Stretch – These are like straight-leg deadlifts except you only use your bodyweight. Stand with you legs together or as close as you can get them–this will help keep you from tipping over. Now raise your hands high above your head–reach to the sky with your fingertips. You should feel a slight stretch or tingling in the lower back. Then, keeping the knees straight, bend over, folding your body in half and let your arms hang. Your goal is to touch the ground with your fingertips while keeping your legs straight. Don’t worry if you can’t do it at first; just go down as far as you can. The most important part to is always keep your legs straight (do not bend your knees). I have personally found that heavy straight-leg deadlifts are a great way to help heal lower back pain. If you chose to do this, consult with a personal trainer or qualified medical professional first.
    • Side Kicks – Side kicks are a great metric for your overall level of flexibility. If you can’t even lift your leg up and hold your knee bent at a 90 degree angle with your thigh parallel to the floor, then you will need to gradually work up to this level. If you want to maintain hip and joint flexibility and you have taken any martial arts, dance, or yoga classes, and you are already able to do side-kicks, then this will make more sense to you. Three side kicks to each side every morning will help maintain lower body flexibility with the least amount of effort.
  3. Headstands and Handstands – Our bodies can only go so long in one position without being fatigued. Most of us lie down, stand up, sit, twist and roll over (good dog!…lol), but very few of us as adults ever go upside-down regularly. By inverting our bodies we allow more blood to flow to our brains, which again allows more oxygen to feed our brain cells, and results in our brains and our mind functioning much better. Another good application of this is hanging upside down from a tree branch or monkey bar. Try to stay upside-down for about 3 minutes.
  4. Raw HoneyRaw honey, like coconut oil and olive oil, can be used as a delivery medium for your essential oils. But, one advantage of honey is that it is a natural antibiotic and delivers some micronutrients as well. While any honey is better than no honey, it is usually best to use the “raw” form. Raw honey has not been heated and hence retains a larger amount of vitality and usefulness as medicine than any of the processed kinds. If you visit a good organic store like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or New Seasons you might find a really good variety of raw honey. My experience has been the all seem to work the same.
  5. One additional benefit of raw honey is you can eat very little amounts of it for energy that will last you hours with no crash (see ya Red Bull). I remember one week when I was working one of my programming jobs and I needed a nutritious snack and didn’t want to buy any of the processed garbage in the vending machines, or fast food, etc., and I happened to have raw honey with me so I dipped my finger in and tasted it–it was delicious! I had been feeling lethargic for three days straight, but after eating the honey, I had so much energy. I ate honey every day that week. The really neat part is that–for whatever reason–raw honey is one sweetener that seems to heal teeth. I am not a licensed physician so this is not medical advice, but my own personal experience when I had a really bad cavity that was opened was that any sugar of any kind–soft drinks, ice cream, candy, pastries, sugar cookies, popsicles, etc.–severely irritated my tooth and sent a painful electrical shock sensation all through my mouth. But, raw honey had no effect. I realized this was probably related to the fact that honey is a natural antibiotic and healing salve. The only downside of honey is that anywhere you put it will be sticky, so make sure you adequately cover the area with something like tissue or a bandage.
  1. Grade B Organic Maple Syrup – Depending on the brand, grade B maple syrup currently runs between $15-$36 for a 32 oz. jug. This is the only other sweetener I have found that does not irritate cavities or other dental issues. Do not confuse this with “maple-flavored” pancake syrup like Mrs. Butterworth’s, Log Cabin, or Aunt Jemima–these are really just flavored corn syrup, and corn syrup, as we know, is anti-healthy.
  2. Alternating Hot and Cold – This is one that sounds scary, but that I found to be most effective for overall energy and lethargy, as well as spot healing of difficult to reach body areas. One effective implementation standing in a hot shower–as hot as you can stand it–for about 2 minutes, then turn all the hot water off quickly so all that is left is ice cold water. Remain in the cold shower for 2-3 minutes. This is about healing, not hygiene, so don’t use any soap or cleaning products.  It may be a shock at first, but if you stick it out you will soon see how energized you feel. Repeat the cycle 3 times. What alternating hot and cold does it it circulates blood from to lowest level of your skin to top layer of skin and vice versa.
  3. Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Hemp Oil Soap
  4. Raw Juicing
  5. The Master Cleanse
  6. Water Fasting


  1. Aloe Gel
  2. Alternating Pushups/Situps

Well, I am getting exhausted from typing and so will have to stop now. Perhaps I can add some meat to the last few items later. Did you find this useful? If so, please leave a comment below! Do you have other simple natural cures that you think should have been on this list? If so, let me know in the comments below and I’ll try to incorporate them into a later version of this post. Maybe I’ll do a post on the next fad (not a comment on it’s effectiveness, just popularity) in natural healing you may soon start hearing about: Crown of Thorns Extract. More research is needed…

Blessings and Prosperous Journeys,

Portland, OR – 02/02/14

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Natural Remedies for Heartburn & Acid Indigestion

Posted by kristobaldude on August 2, 2012

The Fast and Easy Natural Cure for Acid Reflux

Apple cider vinegar is a healthy, fast and easy natural remedy for heartburn. Take half a shot, about one ounce. If need be, you can dilute it 50/50 with water, but it works best straight. It will burn a bit going down, but within seconds it will relieve your symptoms.  And unlike antacids, apple cider vinegar is good for you.

Why Does Apple Cider Vinegar Cure Heartburn?

Though vinegar is acidic, apple cider vinegar is alkaline-forming. It is an alkaline-ash food, which means if burned it would leave … (Read More)

Natural Remedies for Heartburn.

Heartburn sucks!!

Heartburn sucks!!

Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother

Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother

Reflexology for heartburn

Reflexology for heartburn

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The Power Of Apple Cider Vinegar — Organic Cure For Heartburn & Indigestion

Posted by kristobaldude on August 2, 2012

You’ve probably heard of Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. But, do you know what all the talk is really about?

This murky brown vinegar, the one with the sediment in the bottom of the bottle, is the vinegar that has been used for hundreds of years largely for medicinal purposes.

The Benefits of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is made from nutritious organically grown apples and retains many of the fruits’ beneficial components … (read more here)


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Green Juice Fast – Day 6

Posted by kristobaldude on November 17, 2011

Green Juice Fast – Day 6


I’m afraid I’ve developed a severe candida infestation.  My groin is terribly itchy including my ballsack, my taint, my anus and parts of my thigh.  I’m starting to think that candida has been in my body all along, since before I began my fast, and may a root cause of my chronic tiredness, but then again maybe not.  The only thing I know for sure is it was with me at least 5 days ago.  It’s emergence really does seem to coincide with when I stopped eating microwaved chicken enchiladas, chips, salsa, icecream, hummus, and nuts, and started drinking more fruit juices in preparing to begin my fast.

So, did the increase in (and basically replacement of) fruit based juices in my diet lead to this seeming explosion of candida?

Remedies Used and Efficacy:

Peppermint Oil, Tea Tree Oil, & Honey:

This is prepared as a salve (as mentioned in this post).  It seemed to be effective for about 3 days.  Unfortunately, on day 3 of my fast it seemed to loose it’s efficacy which was baffling to me.

Bentonite Clay (the kind for internal and external use):

I have been using this for 3 days now.  The way it works is you mix equal parts clay powder (comes in a round container with an Aztec temple on it) and warm to hot water.  The instructions say don’t use a metallic utensil to stir.  In my case, I mix it in a plastic disposable cup (like the kind you find at keggers) with the non-writing end of a plastic cased writing utensil, like a sharpie.  Stir fast for about a minute and it’s ready to go.

Next, take the clay mixture and spread it down the middle of two facial tissues stacked on top of each other.  Spread the mixture the whole length of the the tissue about 2 inches wide.  Carefully pick up the Kleenex from the bottom and align the middle of the tissue with your buttcrack and the basically apply the clay by pressing into your buttcrack.  (This type of clay is all natural and is safe for internal use).  Then use the tissue and kinda smear the clay around.  The idea is you want it to coat everywhere that the itching is occurring.  Until the clay begins to set (about 20 minutes) you may feel discomfort and more itching because of the moistness which feeds the yeast (candida).  However, you should start to experience relief within about 30 minutes maximum.  One caveat however: this can get messy so I recommend sacrificing a pair of cotton underwear layered under cotton lounge pants to the gods of healing.

At first you might think “Rubbing clay on my asshole is going to feel like I shit my pants – No thank you!”  I know, I thought that too at first … that’s part of the reason why I bought this stuff six months ago and have only now been desperate enough to try it.  But, to the contrary, after it sets up, it feels kinda like a plaster mold and kinda like it’s not even there – it’s weird that way.  I think maybe it has thermoconductive properties that make it assume the same temperature as your body.  Regardless, this has proven an effective, if not strange, modality for treating jock itch/candida overgrowth with relief lasting over 12 hours.

Unfortunately, the one bad part is that I start to itch again around noon.  Not everywhere, as most of the clay is still in effect, but even in places where the clay is clearly sitting, the itching will just randomly resume.  Could it be that the random itching actually coincides with my lunch meal drink, which today was 4 different varieties of sweet apples, granny smith apples, pears, carrots, ginger, greens, and lemons?

9:34 PM

So, I’m sitting here typing this post after having applied a new “mud pack” (which is how you can think of the clay, I guess) and I’m feeling a lot of relief.  My last green drink was about 3 hours ago.  That is relevant because in my search earlier this evening to find information about clay, candida & juice fasting altogether I discovered some interesting info already out there:

Recommends juices made with these ingredients for candida sufferers:

    • cranberries, broccolli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, leafy greens, onions, squash, sweet potato and red pepper, garlic, ginger, parsley
    • minimize fruit sugars as much as possible
    • granny smith apples, lemons, limes and cranberries are the standard candida diet fruits that are allowed

Offers a step-by-step treatment for Candida Overgrowth

    • begin with a fast to remove all sugars from the diet and reveal food allergies that often co-exist with Candida. Fasting also allows the body to detoxify and boost the immune function.
    • fast on 3 days of vegetable juices. best is carrot (1 part), celery, beet and parsley (1/3 part each) and water.  unsweetened peppermint or chamomile tea are ok to drink.
    • there may be discomfort while fasting as the yeast dies off and toxins are released into the bloodstream. Headaches, dizziness, bad breath and pimples are not unusual. Don’t worry about these, they will disappear as the yeast dies down. Try to schedule the 2nd and 3rd days of the fast over a weekend so that you don’t have to be energetic unless you feel up to it.
    • when you break the fast don’t go back to eating heavy cooked foods right away or you will shock the body [Editor’s Note:  I learned this one the hard way.  When I did my first fruit fast I actually made that mistake and lets just say I lived in the bathroom for about 2 days after I first tried to eat cooked and processed food again!]

I’m falling asleep and I hungry … strange combination. Lol.  No it really sucks!  Argghh…

Well, I hope this info has been useful to some of you.

Have a blessed day!

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Day 2, or as I like call it: The NEW day 1

Posted by kristobaldude on November 12, 2011


(8:30 PM)

So I broke down yesterday, after drinking juice all day at work, when I got home and ended up eating some nut mix and some oriental crackers, and chocolate covered toffe nuts (delish!).   I was just way hungry and my burning hemorrhoid was really putting a damper on my day.  That’s why this is now the true start of my juice-fast.

I read a quote somewhere to the effect of everyone thinks that talk about farts and poop and problems with your butthole is amusing unless you happen to be one of the people suffering with those problems.  I believe that IBS, Chron’s, Constipation, Diarrhea, … even Fibromyalgia, are all basically the same thing.  That is, they are manifestations of your body’s inability to succesfully rid itself of toxins that have built up over time.  In my mind this would explain why many folks, (yours truly included), can go for 20 or 30 years never having a problem until all of a sudden, seemingly “out-of-the-blue”, they are stricken with some ‘incurable’ disease.

Some practitioners of Alternative Medicine actually hold that the whole concept of “disease” is a mindset perpetuated by the medical industry who’s underlying goal appears to be money rather than altruistic concern for people’s health, based on a misunderstanding of what is being observed.  I have to agree with them for the most part.

I laid on bed chest down last night after applying a some aloe vera gel internally and externally up and down my buttcrack because I had actually developed some kind of jock itch, but on my taint and around my anus.  The only thing that seemed to help is a virtual cure all salve I invented about 3 years ago, which is basically a mixture of raw honey, and about 10 drops of peppermint oil and 10 drops of tea tree oil.

The honey is a natural antibiotic and healer.  The tea tree fights infections and fungus, and the peppermint provides a burning/cooling sensation that kinda makes the itching go away.  Many of us are aware that histamine is the “itch” chemical that gets activated when you have a rash, or hives, or get bitten by mosquitos.  I suppose its likely that peppermint temporarily (effects lasting 2 to 12 hours depending on dosage) suppresses histamine in some way.  Anyway, all I know is I made it, I tested it, and it works and I’ve been using it for years.  In fact, I’ve used my salve for all kinds of things including ear infection (instant relief/3 days to fully clear), basic cuts (instead of triple antibiotic, although in severe cases only tripAB seemed to do the job quickly).  And much much more.

On the same note, after having innefective experience with OTC athlete’s foot medicine, and not willing to pay the cost to go to a doctor and get a prescription for high strength anti-fungal medicine, I looked into herbs and natural medicines, and it’s actually been so long now that I don’t even remember exactly how I came up with it, but I think i just read somewhere that peppermint oil soothes itches and rashes and such.  So, I said ‘hey, let’s throw some peppermint oil in with my hemp lotion and see what happens’.  And again, I’ve been using the same recipe for years as an athlete’s foot cream.  I mix about 2 oz of lotion with 10-20 drops of peppermint oil.  The only change I made was adding tea-tree oil, but about 5-7 drops.  Works like a frickin’ charm.

Well, I’m getting tired so let me just bullet point some random things real quick:

  • in North Florida, where I live, it was freekin’ cold today (48 ° C).  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve come from Iowa where it regularly dips to 20 below in Winter.  But here in Florida, it was 80 ° the day before!
  • I made my firs green juice today with my top-of-the-line, Dan the Man approved Breville $400 I-forget-the-name badass juice machine.  Ingredients were 3 types of apples including granny smith, gala, and some heirloom variety, carrots, celery, ginger, romaine lettuce, and collard greens.  It wasn’t bad.  It made almost exactly 36 fl oz which I poured into 2 Nalgene bottles.
  • Hems not itching as bad today as yesterday.
  • I believe due to the drastic overnight temperature differential I am starting to develop a tickle/itch/cough in my throat.  Also experienced hiccups today as well.
  • Last night right before bed I made a test webpage that demonstrates jQuery, PHP, and self-posting forms, built with Komodo.
  • Purchased and registered rawlifewizard.com and thrashmetalmania.com — Fuck yeah!  I can’t believe nobody had those yet.  But I lucked out and got what I wanted the first time … (power of attraction/secret anyone?)
  • Brought rest of my nut snacks to work today, threw out last of my salsa and began the first step on a long journey towards complete healing and health!  I am shooting for a 30 day juice fast ( I did 35 days on nothing but grapes one time so we’ll see how this goes) … baby steps … and hopefully extend it to a year if I see that I’m continuing to get health and wellness improved by staying on it.
  • Note, as part of the “healing crisis” that results from triggering your body’s detox process, I think that could explain why my teeth are hurting after drinking 14 oz of my green concoction.

So, overall things are great!  I made my 40 hours this week so I will proably stay home and do laundry and work on some programming stuff.  I plan to apply the aloe gel everyday this weekend along with the peppermint salve.  If all goes well, my fungal infection will be totally erradicated, and the cracked skin that resulted as a complication in my butt-crack should have almost completely healed.

Have a great night and Be Blessed!

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