Monday, May 1, 2017

The Importance of Immune Function in Stomach Flu and other Illness

It may be the end of stomach flu season but for the first time in 20 years my husband and I came down with stomach flu. This was a real nasty version that made you feel like a mac truck had mowed you down.  I could hardly drag myself out of bed for two days. 
Why did we get sick, when normally we don't get sick with flu or colds?  The answer is easy in our case. Our immune function was down.

Stomach flu really is sneaky at times.  My father-in-law got sick a few days after seeing the dermatologist.  They diagnosed  his over the body rash as a drug interaction. They then gave him Prednisone for the rash which is hard on the stomach. He was given a Prednisone taper dosage.
"Prednisone is a synthetic corticosteroid drug that is particularly effective as an immunosuppressant drug. It is used to treat certain inflammatory diseases (such as moderate allergic reactions), some autoimmune diseases, and (at higher doses) some types of cancer, but it has significant adverse effects."

After a few days on the new medicine, he called us saying he had been throwing up with diarrhea for several hours and was really sick.  We rushed over there and took him to emergency since he is 92.  They put him into the hospital for dehydration and instability. They did lab tests on various kidney and liver functions. They ruled it a medicine side-effect reaction. He was there for 3 days. At the time of his entrance into the hospital, my sister was due in to stay with us for a month, and the place he was living at gave all the residents a 60 days notice to pack up and leave. They had sold the building. I was livid with anger at what they did to the residents, all in their late 90's.  I was at the hospital constantly with dad. My stress level was off the wall. My emotions were torn up with where to move dad and the others. So I was angry as well.

My fatigue started while he was in the hospital.  I was tired from the stress and away from the house to take my daily regimen of immune boosters. I thought the fatigue was due to stress.  The second day of the fatigue, I went and bought sea food salad locally from a store to eat while at the hospital. When I began to get sick and throw up three hours later, I thought it was food poisoning.   I took colloidal silver and Kyolic garlic for it only after I began throwing up.  Two days later my sister got sick, then my niece, then my husband. It was apparent then, it was the flu originally caught from dad, that we were all sick with. So the diagnosis of 'medicine reaction' was wrong and misleading.  Since I have never had stomach flu, I was not worried about that. I have been around people who got sick before and not gotten sick.  What made the difference?

Immune function in all of us was down. I might add that my sister gets a flu shot every year, but she got sick too. My husband and I don't believe in flu shots. I still don't. I believe in keeping the immune function at optimal performance so you don't get sick, even when others are.  In this case all of us were under abnormal stress.  We were devastated in having to move dad again. He had just moved in the place the middle of January. He and all the others loved it there and it was convenient for us to visit him. The way they did it caused emotional turmoil and anger.  Those negative emotional reactions really cause problems in your immune function.  It imbalances your fragile immune function.  So what should we have done.

I should have made more of an effort to take immune and nerve supporting herbs. When my sister was there, I did not take them as I usually do.  My normal schedule was thrown off with all the activity.  She does not believe in herbal medicine, so we took the herbs from the kitchen to the bedroom where it is harder to remember to take them. I was having a hard time juggling my sister's visit, dad's hospital stay, and trying to figure out the next step for dad.

When dad got sick, I should have begun a heightened response to ward off what dad was sick with. I really thought it was medication related.  No one else was sick at his apartments that we knew of. So I was caught off guard as well. I had suspected food poisoning,  since the food they served the residents was often uncooked or of poor quality.  My advice for myself and all of you for the future, is to assume that anyone around you who is throwing up and suffering from diarrhea, is contagious.  It is better to be safe than sorry. 

Immediately began a high dosage of Vitamin C,  Goldenseal, oregano, and Kyolic garlic. Take more of your favorite immune boosting formula. If you don't have one, visit your local health food store, and they will help you pick one. 

At the first sign of heavy fatigue, start the immune system regimen. Do not blame it on stress.

Assume the worst, that you are coming down with a virus or bacterial infection. Waiting as I did, cost me one day of throwing up and severe fatigue for several days longer. It ruined Easter day and a week of my sister's visit.  She got sick too which did not help her visit. I must point out that she would not have taken herbal remedies from me because she believes in standard medicine and flu shots. She proclaimed if it's the flu, I take my flu shot every year. She  got just as sick as we did.  So the flu shot does not work for all flu viruses.  She did not experience a reduced case either.

So my lesson for today is don't assume it is stress or just fatigue from overwork. Immediately go on a heavy regimen to boost your immune system early when the abnormal fatigue begins which is about two days before the illness really sets in.

So healthy blessings for you all reading this column.

All for today, Kate Freer,  the herbladyisin

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Moringa Helps Boost Your Immune Function

In the last blog, we talked about boosting your immune system which is the key to good health. Without a healthy immune system, you will be prone to colds, flu, and other diseases. So today, the focus is on Moringa and how it boosts immune function. 

Moringa is one of the most beautiful super foods in God's green kingdom.  Its nutrients are easy to digest and utilize.  You can eat food, but if the nutrients the food contains are not easy to utilize, you may get little value. An example is corn. Most of the corn grown in this country is from GMO seed and is very difficult to break down in the stomach. It also high on the list of foods that people are allergic to. That is why corn often leaves our system looking exactly the way we eat it. It was not broken down well in the stomach.  So Moringa is one super food easy to digest and its nutrients are effectively used by the body to create health. 

Moringa contains protein, amino-acids, calcium, magnesium, iron, and all the complement of nutrients needs to both repair and sustain great health. So the nutrients in the Moringa leaves feed the different body systems and tissues, both helping to prevent disease and helping to put your health back on the right track. One of the systems it feeds and supports is your immune system. 

Why do we need Moringa? In America we eat well.

If we eat well, then why is diabetes and obesity rampant in this country. It is a national disgrace, the many thousands of adults and children that have severe health problems.  Being over weight is the the norm, not the standard.  Our ingestion of fatty foods, junk foods, sodas, candy, and processed foods is horrible.  So we have the money often to eat healthy, but we don't.  So we are starving our body systems, tissues, and organs from healthy food in this country. We spend most of our time on the Ipad or computer. We watch TV more than do any form of exercise.  This results is health problems. 

Even if you eat better than the average American, most of our veggies come from big farms that use pesticides, artificial fertilizers, and often contain far less nutrients than in years past. The vegetables spend a lot of time being shipped and stored. This affects their nutrient values.  Then the way they are processed and cooked by either you or the company you buy from, further effects nutrient value.  

Moringa leaves which you can grow yourself is pure nutrition. You pick the leaves, then add the leaves to your salad or other meals. Even dried Moringa leaves have less processing when purchased from a reliable company than many of your store bought vegetables.

Adding Moringa to your health diet plan will go a long way to making sure you are getting all the nutrients and trace minerals needs for effective immune function and health. So go Moringa for better health!

All for today, Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Cold and Flu Season: Natural Antibiotics for Colds and Flu

It seems like everywhere you go friends and co-workers are coughing and sick. Whether you get sick and how long you stay sick depends on your immune system and stress level.  You need to boost your immune system during the cold season.  Eating healthy, controlling stress, and getting enough quality rest at night will go a long way in prevention.  Stay away from crowds if you can. When going to the doctor, sit away from other patients and again frequently wash your hands while there and after leaving the area.

Washing hands frequently and disinfecting your desk area phone, computer mouse, and work area will also help in prevention.  Phones and other desk tools really are nasty with germs. So the first step is defense.

The rest of this blog deals with how my family deals with getting sick.  I cannot advise you on this issue. So I am sharing with you my readers my views on dealing with sickness. Your medical doctor will not agree with this blog, I assure you. So realize that your doctor would disagree with the way our family works with health problems.He would tell you to ignore anything I talk about.  I have used standard antibiotics only on rare occasions in the past 50 years, one of them being this past year. It is my belief system and I stand by that system. I use antibiotics when nothing else works for me and when I feel the infection is dangerous and not responding to my program. You must decide for yourself.  So now I will go on with the rest of the blog.

Vitamin C 

After these steps, Vitamin C is important. Increase your Vitamin C according to tolerance when you are exposed to someone sick or when getting that sick-coming down with something feeling. If you take too much Vitamin C, you may get loose stools. If that happens back off some with the dose.

B-Complex and Zinc

A good B-Complex formula is also beneficial in boosting immune function. Zinc should be included into that formula. Extra Zinc in the form of a throat spray or lozenge often helps. There are also immune herbs formulas that help to boost your immune function enough to stop a cold in his early tracks.

Herbs that help to stamp out cold and flu:

Goldenseal, garlic, oregano are all natural herbal antibiotics.  They come in caps or liquid. The sicker you are, the more often you take the herbs. Just like standard antibiotics, you need to take herbs often enough during the day to keep the herbs in the blood stream to fight the bacteria or virus. Doctors will say that herbs to not work on viruses but after 50 years of using them, I know they do. The sooner you begin taking the herbs,  the faster you will feel better.  The more set in the sickness is, the harder it will be to stamp it out.  If you get worse despite the herbs after several days, it maybe time to do into the doctor. 

The quality of the herbs you buy determine results. The quality of the herbs depends on the integrity of the manufacturing company. There are great brands out there and poor quality brands. It is all in the quality of the herbal material and the manufacturing steps. Nature's Sunshine and New Sun are two brands I use. In my store you will only see support of brands that I feel are quality by either experience or investigation. So visit the store to see what brands I support. Poor quality herbs are throwing your money down the toilet.

Colloidal Silver and liquid Kyolic Garlic:  These two healing therapies seem to work the best for mouth and throat infections. The Colloidal Silver is very effective on a range of infections. Their liquid nature soaks into mouth crevices that are harboring infection. Effective on infected teeth and gums, I hold the liquid in my mouth for as long as possible. Clove oil rubbed into a sore tooth will also stop a tooth ache.

Neem and its benefits. I had never used Neem until this past year. Neem is not familiar to many people but should be included in the arsenal of natural antibiotics. It also stimulates the immune system. There are a number of research projects confirming its antibiotic and immune benefits. You will find tooth paste and mouth wash that includes Neem for its beneficial effects on teeth and gum problems. 

Visit the resources at the end of this article to learn more about Neem and its health benefits.

If you use one herb frequently, it is a good idea to switch to another herbal formulation for awhile, especially if what you are using is not working as effectively as you would like.

Know when to visit a physician:

If your sore throat rapidly progresses to the point you are having trouble swallowing, visit the ER. Just this year I got a jaw infection from a tooth that rapidly spread up my jaw, into my throat, and in less than a day got to the point I could not swallow. I did go to ER and used high powered antibiotics. There are times when herbs just don't work fast enough to stop the infection. 

MRSA infections can be tougher than herbs and standard antibiotics spreading through the body, shutting down organs and systems.  My jaw infection did not fully respond to drugs and got worse again, after two days of finishing three weeks of treatment. 

Standard medicine threw the best they had at the infection and it did not completely snuff it out. So then I returned to using herbs, but in higher doses. They threw 1800 mg of Augmentim at the infection for three weeks without complete success. I knew then, I would need to use a much higher dosage of herbs than I had used before.  I threw all three herbal antibiotics above at the infection plus Neem in massive doses and that finally stopped it after two more weeks. At least at that point I could eat and chew again. I felt better overall than I had in awhile.

Resistant jaw / MRSA infections are  tough for standard medicine resulting in hospital stays and antibiotic IV's. Even after all that, it often comes back according to patient comments on drug sites. Oral surgery actually removing jaw tissue is done when nothing else works.  

I found with mine that infection under two teeth, one of each side was the source of the  reoccurring jaw infection. That is why it is such a stubborn problem.  I am trying to avoid  losing those teeth but in the end, it may result is that step. Right now, I am still fighting it off and on with herbs while trying to boost my immune system as well. Any time I notice soreness starting, I begin treatment.  We will see if in the end, if I will have to have several teeth removed. We have some genetic problems with our teeth in the family. Years ago, I suffered from diagnosed Mercury poisoning from some old fillings that had deteriorated in the back of my mouth.  That caused severe health problems and complications.

I hope this gives  you some insight into how I deal with colds, flu, and infections. It is important to know when to visit the doctor. If you lack experience or are unsure when sick, it is then best to seek medical advice and help. If you visit the doctor getting a diagnosis, you then can treat it then herbally or with standard medicine. Do not use both at once, for they can increase side effects of the antibiotics or render the antibiotic more or less effective. You must decided for yourself. 

With children, infections overwhelm their small systems rapidly. Infections can turn into a killer rapidly so don't hesitate to take them in for a diagnosis. It helps to know what infection you are dealing with since it could be either a bacteria or virus.Pay attention to your motherly senses that tell you the infection is more serious than it would seem. Always go with your intuition on that. When in doubt, call for advice by your doctor.  


Thursday, January 26, 2017

How is Your New Year Going? Life is Always Changing? Dealing with change?

Life brings changes whether you want them or not.   The  'life changes' needed in our life became a priority over my writing.  It became evident that my father-in-law, who was living with us out in Indian Mound, was not getting enough stimulation. We live too far out with too many restrictions on his activities with mud, snow, and steep terrain.  We also had a tree fall on our animal barn which caused a tremendous amount of work and misery.  We were mind deep with decisions on every level.
Stress was pretty high the past several months.  The winter weather brought things to a head. Ice, snow, slippery steps, slippery mud, rain, rain and more rain just pointed out how dangerous it was for him to live with us. He is a commander and when he wants to do something, it is hard to stop him.

Finally now the barn is safe, the animals are safe again and my father-in-law is now living in a beautiful, safe, cheerful independent living arrangement with my help. In fact I am writing from there today.  Change so often is forced into our lives. It is up to us to find the rainbow in those unwelcome changes. We can get mad, fight them, let them make us sick or find a way to make them work in a positive way. That is rarely easy but in the long run, it is the healthiest answer to forced change. 

One thing we are in control of,  is our reaction to changes and the rocks life throws into our path.  It was our desire to keep his dad living with us at our own home. That is not always the best answer in every case.  We were always telling him no. He wanted to help us mow at 92 with COPD, help us with the barn roof, take shortcuts through the mud and water, and refuse to hold the rail on the steep stairs.  He was confused by our farm life style. He could not understand why we wanted to live in the country with trees falling on the barn. He would get scared when we were on the roof trying to fix it. He got upset every time we were not in the house.  Were we hurt? Did we need his help?  So after many emotional discussions, we knew living with us in the country was hurting him in this situation. 

So with hours of research we found a independent living apt near our house that was wonderful. I would have to be there a lot during the day to make sure he was managing ok, but it would work. This required our dedication to being there every day for several hours. Since I am the one with care giving experience, most of the responsibility would fall on my watch. That meant being away from the house, not having the time for a garden or much else, and being away from the house most of the day. The mental adjustment was hard. I love working on the property and working green.  I realized that  time for a garden might be gone for this year but that here sitting with him during the day, I could get some writing back into my life.  Here there are less distractions and no chores, so no guilt for not doing this or that at home. Other than errands and taking him to play golf, I just have to learn how to concentrate on writing while he has the TV very loud. Keeping track of my thoughts while keeping track of what he needs. His memory goes in and out so it is important for me to be here when it is not working well. I am his stability when he is not functioning well. A balancing act that is easier here than it was at our house.

So now that he is more settled here, I can get back to writing.  I still get to be home for a little while in the mornings and evenings for my husband and my animals.  I focus on the blessings that he is still functioning on many levels so that he does not need a nursing home. All is all, there are many blessing in all of this. 

I know that many of you are going through changes that are hard, much worse than mine.  It is our choice to be happy or feel resentment. We can either find the blessing in each change or focus on the pain. You may feel there are no blessings in your situation.  At times, it is very difficult to see how your life can ever be positive again.  I try to see the lessons in any given situation. My lesson now is to learn to live one day at a time, not knowing what the next bend will bring. I hate that. I am the girl with back up plan one, back up plan two and three.  I hate uncertainty. I don't like loose ends. It seems that life right now is full of the unknown.  My father-in-law may get worse at any time and require a nursing home or other decisions. He may be fine for months. There is no one who has that answer.  So I must learn to go with each day and know that God will help me now and through each step of this uncertain future.  We can only do our best on each day. We can only strive to get the most from each step in our life.  So I do hope you stay reading this blog as the year goes through.  I hope your new year brings you peace, beauty, and joy.
Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tagamet (cimetidine) Reduces the Side Effects of Herpes and Shingles

Many of you who read my articles have insurance but don't have the money to buy herbs. I am writing about Tagamet (cimetidine), an OTC drug only because Shingles is so miserable and the antiviral drugs are really expensive. Tagamet is easy for you to obtain to get relief sooner.   It has been known for over 20 years that Tagamet will help reduce the symptoms of Shingles and Herpes, yet the majority of doctors will not tell patents about it.  It all has to do with money. The drug companies and the doctors make little money on prescribing Tagamet but do make money on the expensive anti-viral drugs.  To get an anti-viral drug, you probably will have to pay a co-pay at the least to see a doctor to get the prescriptions.  That is criminal when a less expensive and easily obtainable drug is right at the corner drug store.

How does Tagamet work?

Tagamet is taken by patients to relieve symptoms of esophageal reflux such as heartburn. It is over the counter and popular.  Research shows that it has been shown to reduce symptoms on both Shingles and Herpes.

T-suppressor cells are one of the problems in immune function. The T-cells fight infection and are part of your immune system function that keeps you healthy.  So Tagamet helps boost your immune function by stopping these T-suppressor cells from increasing. It has the effect of reducing the severity and length of side effects caused by both herpes and Shingles.

The dosage is to take 200 mg of cimetidine three times and a day and 400mg at night before you go to sleep.  

Which drug would you promote if you were a drug company making money from your products? Both drugs are used to lessen the effects of Shingles and Herpes.
Acyclovir which runs $112 to $206 dollars per one months supply depending on the dose or Tagamet that is only $38.00 for the same dosage? It is all about money.

This is an example of how drug companies extract trillions of dollars from patients.

I presented this article to help those of you without medical insurance or the money to buy herbs.  I don't take drugs very often unless nothing else works for me. That has not been very often. Read my past blog here for how to address Shingles with herbs and alternative medicine.

All for today.....thank you for visiting my blog and supporting my business.

References:  ( Tagamet research article)

Duck Therapy- Yes, it could be prescribed by your mental health doctor?

Video would not upload...the file was too here they are. The video of our ducks in San Diego is uploaded to my Facebook page here. Pictures do not show the real fun with raising them. 

After a swim, it out to forage before we lock them up in two hours.

I always knew my ideas were before their time. Well today is Wednesday and I found this article on the main page of Yahoo news that confirmed my view on duck therapy.  My sister saw it on the evening news. A duck making national headlines in a rarity. I imagine this duck will now get a Twitter and Facebook page of his own. He will receive more email than I do in a year. The duck deserves every email she gets.

The article is about a woman who has PTSD, who uses a duck as a service animal so to speak. The duck was given clearance by her mental health doctor  to be declared a service animal. She is more respectful than some dog owners, the duck is wearing a diaper and on a leash.

 Here is the story here of the duck who flew with the woman on the airlines. Since ducks are not easily house trained, Daniel the duck wears a diaper for the trip. You may think that is foolish, but only if you never watched ducks playing in a pool of clean water. Ducks and chickens do have personalities and it is easy to get attached to them. Many people never experiencing anything but dogs and cats, have no idea on how much personality they do have. Ask any kid who has raised a animal in 4-H. I don't raise my animals in dirty cages. My ducks and chickens spend their life in a huge yard in the morning, then allowed to forage over about an acre until just before dark. They are kept in a large protected coop lined with straw which is 12 by 12 at night. So ducks can be raised in tiny, dirty pens or with quality of life. Ducks are pretty awesome. You can not enjoy them or see their personality locked in a tiny, dirty pen. To be fair, if you are a farmer who intends on eating them, it is not a good idea to get attached. Even if you are going to eat them, they should be kept in pens with room and water to play in. All farm animals should have quality of life, regardless of their future. The reality of most farm animals is grim. I raise mine for eggs. Duck eggs are wonderful. Ducks eat ticks and bugs plus weeds. Their manure is great for plants. Even if were good for nothing else but smiles, they would be worth the expense and trouble.

 It is cruel to keep a duck as a therapy service animal (they are waterfowl not classified as animals)?  It is funny we call them farm animals when they are really in a class all their own.

The woman probably has a yard for her at home, although it gives no details.  Ducks do not need to be in water all the time.  You can let them play in the bathtub until they are done, drain the water and bleach the tub.  Bleach does an awesome job.  They could be quite fine given a small yard with some grass and a large dishpan of water. They survive here in the winter when the grass is all dead. I feel it is better generally to have more than one duck since they are a flock animal but some ducks or chickens bond with a human. If you start them out in a flock, most ducks would be unhappy separated.  If  you hatch a baby duck or chick from an egg and he never sees another of its kind, the duck thinks he is human.  If the first thing he sees is a cat, he will think he is a cat.  What they see coming out of the shell is what is imprinted in their brains. They still will always want to play in water, even if it's the dog's water bowl. I let a chicken hatch out a duckling once. The baby got big enough to get into the water bowl. The mother chicken had a fit seeing the baby duck in the water. To her he was in danger. Ducks do require water deep enough to clean out the nose holes on their bill. They do need a big, low -sided bucket of water. I would say, that overall that dogs and other non-flock animals make better therapy for people. I know people with pet chickens will disagree with that statement. Most people do not leave their chickens in the house all day. They don't house train easily either. So if this duck is happy living with her human, it is not mean. I might add that most ducks can be very loud when upset. Female ducks are very noisy and male ducks make little noise.  The males are brightly colored with a curl in their tail. They are very quiet. In the short video I saw, it looks like he has a duck hand puppet to keep her company. 

A note about ducks as pets....

Most ducks are not cuddly like dogs and cats and do not make good pets for young children who have not been taught how to treat them. They can hurt you when frightened and fighting you. Handling them often when babies is important. You must teach your dogs not to hurt them. They panic easily and then are easily killed. They are best kept where they have room to roam and just be ducks. This duck would be an exception to the rule. Most Indian Runner ducks are nervous and quirky. They walk upright and are raised for their eggs. They are not eaten. There is not much meat on them. I say this so you don't go run out and buy a duck for your toddler. This is a SPECIAL duck given a lot of handling. Children raised on farms are taught the proper handling of farm creatures.

Service therapy animals and emotional service animals are not just dogs. Service animals help humans who have diseases, are physically limited or mentally limited, and for those with severe PTSD and anxiety disorders of all kinds. Horses are used with kids to help them emotionally and physically overcome problems.  They are used with kids and adults to help them communicate better. They can sniff out cancer and give the dying comfort.

Any animal can be used as a service animal if it performs the task of calming one down who suffers from PTSD or anxiety disorder.  Dogs, ducks, or cats it doesn't matter. It is better therapy than drugs that do more harm than good. Servicemen every day commit suicide here in the US. They serve our country protecting us, then come home with life long disabilities. The ones you can't see may be worse than the leg that is missing. Dogs have shown to be one of the best tools to help men and women with anxiety and PTSD.  Instead of drugs, we should be spending many thousands to provide VETS and those with anxiety, animals trained for PTSD therapy. 

For the Love of ducks!

I have loved ducks since I was a kid.  They are messy but their benefits outweigh that aspect.  I personally prefer them outside in our yard.  Ducks are funny creatures.  When you give them new water in their kiddie pool, they duck in and out of the water quacking with joy.  Don't let anyone ever tell you that ducks don't like clean water. Their water is changed every other day.  They sift mud into it so it stays clean for all of about two hours.  Many times they have this soft quack that is very calming. They talk to each other about a frog they found or a juicy night crawler.  I bring them treats of watermelon and they quack with happiness.  It is real funny when the rooster goes to breed one of the hens, she protests, and one of the ducks will go over and goose the rooster. Its like get off her, she does not want you bothering her. When I treat one of the ducks with an eye infection using C. silver, they quack in protest, and the hens will come over to protect it.

When things get tough, I get duck therapy every time!

 When things are tough with my father-in-law who is in later stage dementia, I go down and hang out with the ducks for a few minutes. If they do not bring the smile back to my view, I am indeed in trouble.   Someone on Facebook once suggested I may prefer ducks and chickens to people. On some days that is very true. So three cheers for duck therapy!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Alternative Medicine for Shingles and Shingles Like Rashes with PNR Pain

The difficulty of getting a correct diagnosis with rashes and Shingles!

Herbalists Shouldn’t get sick is a view by many people who don’t understand the real point.

Herbalists do suffer health issues. Many of us discovered alternative medicine because of those health issues. One big difference between herbalists and people who don't use herbs is alternative medicine. Herbalists use natural medicine the majority of the time to deal with their health issues. It isn't that we don't have health issues, it’s that we deal with them with a different attitude and set of tools. One auto accident and a nasty fall added to some bad genetics have caused me to explore and find answers in alternative medicine.

Most of you don't know this, but I worked for doctors when I was young. I was a lab and medical assistant. I also worked with the drug salesmen that came to call on the doctors. I helped order drugs for the outreach clinic that serviced the Indian reservation in San Diego, County. In those days, before the casinos and the money that came with that, the people were so bad off. There was TB and many sick children and adults. I both worked and believed in the standard medical system. It was only after my youngest was born and had serious immune system problems that standard medicine could not solve, did I delve into alternative medicine for answers. I got my Master Herbalist degree to help her.

After a year of antibiotics, I could see they were making her worse not better. In those days, doctors did not realize that long term antibiotic use hurts the immune function and sets up drug resistant problems in the body. I saw it and they told me I was crazy. I was told that antibiotic resistance could not happen. I saw it happening. I took her and myself off the standard medicine grid to the displeasure of my husband then. It was her life at stake. I was right to do so. So I have a standard medical background, as well as, alternative medicine. There are fewer herbalists out there with a solid background in both worlds.

It was during my third pregnancy that my right leg's vein system with genetic weaknesses, failed to hold up. The vein system failure ended up resulting in phlebitis or deep vein inflammation resulting in blood clots on and off . I used alternative medicine then and now to keep me out of the hospital and alive. I have worked with my leg with alternative medicine for 38 years successfully. Instead of taking blood thinning drugs which have pages of side effects, I have used alternative medicine.

So reoccurring shingles is one health issue I have dealt with over the past 5 years. Up to this time, it was a very mild case always over a small patch of skin. It did not affect my life much, more annoyance than anything else. The original cause was a burn that got infected, and then later was affected by Shingles as a result. 

Shingles often attacks damaged areas of skin. The Shingles vaccine does not stop Shingles outbreaks completely in all people but reduces the outbreaks and severity in many. I know because I got one reluctantly. I had felt up to this point that perhaps the shot had been beneficial but am now questioning that it had any value at all. Perhaps changing my diet to exclude chocolate and other Arginine foods was the real reason I had experienced few reoccurrences. I also take Lysine on a regular basis.

Shingles can be one of the most painful conditions you can endure. Shingles can involve a small area or a large area and cause from mild to severe symptoms. Shingles is actually a infection in the nerves of the skin. Shingles in some people can reoccur, just read the blogs written by shingles sufferers. I am one of them. The PNR ( postherpetic neuralgia) pain associated with severe shingles can last for weeks or months.

What does Severe Shingles with PNR pain feel like?

Your skin is so hypersensitive that even the light touch of your hand brings pain. It is like a horrendous sunburn that takes weeks to ease. The pain is part itch and burning pain. You can feel every nerve on the skin. Clothing feels unbearable. The pain is distracting affecting sleep and concentration. Those of you who have experienced shingles in the severe form can back me up on this statement.

Shingles or Poisonous Weed Rash? Misdiagnosis is a real problem.
I am sharing with you my experience with rashes and Shingles to demonstrate just how difficult it is to get a correct diagnosis on a rash. It may be relevant to your situation and difficulty getting help in the medical system.

I had the misfortune of getting a bad case of shingles the past two weeks. It was actually thought to be weed rash from some weed cleanup we did on the property, since my husband's arms were a mess of rashes as well. I had helped him carry the brush away from the house, so it stood to reason that was the case. After using the normal remedies such as tree oil, I had a intensely red and itchy rash all over my left arm. Then they began spreading over my torso but I still thought it was from the weeding. I had carried the brush on that side of my body down the hill. We were both really miserable.....severely so. We used our typical regimen of tea tree oil and Goldenseal. It helped his rash but didn't make a dent on mine. Mine continued to spread. I was perplexed at that point. Why wasn't it working on my rash?

Since our alternative medicine remedies were not making a dent on the rash, we went to a dermatologist. Her diagnosis on mine was eczema, which I knew was wrong. She persisted with her diagnosis, so I gave up. His was diagnosed as a weed rash which was probably correct. She ignored the fact I was weeding the same area. She gave us two ointments which did not help mine at all and made them hurt worse. She would offer me nothing more or consider any other diagnosis.

So I went to plan B thinking it was a bacterial infection on mine, like I had experienced last year. Gardening here makes it imperative to wear gloves. But gloves don't cover your arms and torso. Bacterial infections spread and are nasty to contain at times. I normally use colloidal silver gel but we were out. The normal regimen Goldenseal and tea tree oil was not having much effect, which should work on a bacterial infection. So what next?

So I ordered colloidal silver gel which is expensive but the rash was awful. It took three days to get here by Amazon Prime. The colloidal silver did stop the itching on the left arm for the most part but the rash was still spreading from the arm to the left torso but with different looking huge nasty welts different than the ones on my arm. I was really stumped. The welts were huge and severely painful. They felt like someone had burnt the welt deeply into the skin area. Then the hypersensitivity began to worsen to the whole area of skin. I could feel it spreading over the nerve paths from the left side to the right like a blanket of hypersensitivity and pain.

It hit me then that the rash was shingles, not what my husband had or bacterial. Shingles is about the only rash that comes with severe PNR pain. Most rashes itch or hurt but does not cause the skin to overall become hypersensitive to touch. I spent hours researching that aspect of rashes. The pain was so intense, I wanted to make sure if possible that it was shingles.

So we went to another doctor on a well visit appointment that had been scheduled for two months. This new doctor stated, the rash was not eczema but was not sure what it was. She wanted to send me to doctor who was an expert in infections. She said it didn't present itself like the classic shingles, even thought the PNR pain was particular to shingles. The whole rash was affecting the left side which is a hallmark of shingles. She would not culture it.

So I went home and decided to see what a regimen of shingles treatment would do. Even if it was PNR pain from something else, I wanted to try it since the doctor offered nothing. I might add that the second doctor, being short handed, did not get to making me another appointment. Out of sight, out of mind I guess. After two days of calls to them and no help, I figured I was better off going back to try my own regimen.

I spent a day reviewing rashes and their symptoms. None of them came with PNR pain or spread mainly on one side of the body. Shingles was the only rash that meant that criteria. I also saw that the rash did not always look the same. Some of the pictures looked like the rash on my arm and some looked more like the welts. It was also stated that Shingles can cover over a larger area and take over multiple nerve paths. This was not the classic presentation.

I reviewed research from a well known holistic clinic, the natural approach to dealing with Shingles and PNR pain to be sure I was not missing anything that might help. I had always used Lysine, aloe spray and aloe gel to solve the problem. I had just purchased a colloidal silver machine and had begun making my own. The gel is hard to do yourself.

How I treated my shingles like rash with PNR pain with natural medicine? I state it this way since I could not get a concrete diagnosis.

If the rash had been staph or bacterial this following regimen would have been inadequate. The Lysine would not have helped and it would have needed either heavy duty herbal antibiotics or prescription antibiotics. Staph is very dangerous because it can take over the blood stream and kill you. A PROPER diagnosis is important.

Mild Shingles case: How I treat my Shingles; Lysine; 3000 milligrams in divided doses, Vitamin C 3000 mg, B-Complex, Immune herbs three times a day. I use aloe spray without alcohol which is hard to find and colloidal silver gel. I buy the aloe online since the only kind they carry in spray often is the one containing alcohol. I may use Colloidal silver gel as well both orally and the gel. Colloidal silver kills pathogens including viruses. This is what I used the two other times when Shingles was concretely diagnosed.

I am sharing with you my program. If you are taking prescription drugs, you should get your doctor's advice on your treatment. Call an herbal doctor and get their help. I am a Master Herbalist who had worked with herbs and my own body for over 30 years. I don't go to doctors unless I need a diagnosis or my program will not work and I feel its serious. It helps to know for sure what you are fighting

The problem with getting a diagnosis is that between my husband and myself, we have had more wrong diagnosis than correct diagnosis. No doctor yet has properly diagnosed my husband’s MRSA staph infections he gets on his arms until the later stages. One got so bad it required IV treatment. My bacterial infection last year on my arm from a dirty metal cut was misdiagnosed by three doctors. That was a stubborn one that ended up taking over both arms. It seemed to be resistant against anything I tried. Through experience, we now know how to stop MRSA quickly which will be another blog.

MRSA infections are tough, even with herbal medicine at times. Often, it takes trial and error to find the right treatment and dosage to stop a severe staph or bacterial infection no matter which protocol (standard or alternative) you use. If you only use standard medicine and they misdiagnose it, refuse to listen to you, and refuse to culture will not get your problem solved.

My home treatment for shingles and shingles like rash with PNR pain....severe case.

I had already started alternative medicine when the PNR pain began. I increased the dosage considerably. With the exception of Esseac and Colloidal Silver and gel, this is part of the protocol from Whole Health Chicago on shingles treatment. The rest of the Chicago Whole Health protocol is continued in the rest of this article featured here in my article directory. This subject needs more discussion than this blog, which is longer than usual.

  • 1500 mg of Lysine three times a day,
  • Esseac tea (4 ounces) every four hours was started. Esseac supports immune function and helps clean out the blood and whole body of toxins. I used it on a daily basis but increased the dosage up to 4 ounces, 4 times a day.
  • My dosage of B-complex with extra B-12 and herbs such as Valerian and Passion flower that calm nerves were tripled. Calcium and magnesium before bed help to get you more rest.
  • I took Colloidal silver, 2 ounces every two hours.
  • I used colloidal silver gel over all the welts and rashes every couple of hours. You can try aloe spay or gel over the areas. I used the aloe spray initially because touching my skin was agony. Its effect was limited. When that did not seem to reduce the welts adequately or their effect, I went to the more expensive silver gel. The silver get was much more effective in the long run. I went through three tubes of silver gel.

  • The Chicago Whole Health website offers more alternative medicine therapy for shingles. I picked some of theirs and my own to fight this problem. If what I was doing had not worked, I would have tried more of their suggestions.

By 1 1/2 days later, the shingles plus regimen of treatment had reduced my pain down by 60% and now only three days later the PNR symptoms are gone completely. The rash remains but stopped spreading and itching stopped on all of the rashes and welts. It has now been a week and the welts are still faintly visible but no symptoms. I could have been feeling better a week sooner if I had realized it was not a poisonous weed rash. The misdiagnosis by the first doctor and the other doctors refusal to identify it did not help either. I normally have really nice skin and have never had acne, eczema or unhealthy skin conditions. This has been a new unwelcome experience but hopefully what I learned may help a reader with this problem.

My husband and I had different rashes that just happened to occur at the same time. I have to say that rashes are hard to diagnose for skin doctors. There is a hundred different rashes and they don't always present themselves in the classic way. When you work at gardening and in projects around your property, you can run into poison plants, spider bites, flying bug bites, crawling bugs of every description, and bacteria in the soil that can cause problems. 

Rashes are one of the hardest problems in medicine. Then there is Shingles, bacterial and staph to give you more variety. Some rashes are never identified by a doctor, they don't have a clue. 

When doctors are forced by Obama Care to submit pages and pages to the insurance carrier, that results in doctors who have less time to review your chart, less time to talk to you as they type in what you are telling them, and much less time to examine you.  Two of my doctor visits came with a statement by the nurse, that the doctor would only have 15 minutes to see me.  Wow, now that is sad. I kid you not. How can they really give people proper diagnosis and treatment with 15 minutes. 

What brought Shingles on and other holistic remedies suggested by the famous Chicago Whole Health Clinic are continued in the full article here. 

 References: The Chicago Whole Health Clinic, Shingles treatment article