January 20, 2017

Weird Remedies That Work

By Dr. Scott Saunders, M.D.

I read all sorts of literature on healthcare and I’m continually amazed at the number of remedies that exist for ailments.  I have tried countless remedies with my patients and have found some really crazy ones that work!

In medical school, sometimes we called weird remedies that worked “the placebo effect.” But, that doesn’t really matter, does it?  If something works, it works, no matter how or why!  Just because I can’t explain it chemically, doesn’t mean a remedy doesn’t have value.

For example, I give vitamin B12 shots for all sorts of neurological problems. But, one of my colleagues believes I shouldn’t be doing that because it’s just a “placebo” and isn’t widely accepted by the medical community.  However, to that thought I responded, “I promise I will stop using it as soon as it stops working!”  I’m still giving those shots because they work – weird or not!

Weird Cures That Work

Humans all over the world for thousands of years have used weird disease cures and methods to become and stay healthy. While modern Western medicine has evolved into a system of doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical drugs, other remedies— some pretty silly remedies — are still in use around the world.

Here are 6 weird remedies that actually happen to work, no matter how foolish you feel.

1. Lemon peels for headaches

In a small book on home remedies, I read about using lemon peelings for headache.  Years later, I had a woman with chronic headaches who had a very hard time with the medications she took that didn’t really work very well. I mentioned the lemon peel trick: peel a lemon and take the white part of the peeling and rub it on your temples, massaging it in to the skin on both sides.  Within a minute or so the headache will be gone!  She did it and it worked – better than the drugs she had been taking.  Now she always has a lemon with her, in case she gets a headache.

2. Soap for cramps

One woman came into my office because of nighttime leg cramps.  I know what to routinely do for leg cramps:

  • Take coral calcium, magnesium or potassium.
  • If that doesn’t work, I tell people to drink more water to assure hydration.
  • Some are low in sodium, so I tell them to use more salt on their food.  A good trick is V-8 vegetable juice, which has sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium all together.

However, none of the usual remedies worked.  She tried increasing her stomach acid for better absorption, without any help.  I also tried glycine and taurine to relax the muscles but to no avail.  We then tried medications for Restless Legs Syndrome, but that didn’t help either.

I didn’t see her for a while and then when she came in to see me for something else I asked her about the cramps.  She said a neighbor told her to put a bar of soap under her sheet by her legs. She did – and she slept all night without cramps!  After a few months she started getting cramps again and the neighbor told her to change the soap.  She swapped out the bar of soap for a new one and hasn’t suffered with leg cramps since discovering this weird remedy.

Another patience of mine had the same problem with leg cramps, so I told her about the soap trick, which she said she had used in the past and it worked.

Diatomaceous Dirt for Diarrhea

3. Dirt for diarrhea

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6 Amazing Cures That Don’t Work and 1 That Does!

By Michael Tyrrell

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

So, here’s the truth… I am writing this article without a topic title! And to add insult to injury, I’ve chosen “Six Amazing Cures That Don’t Work & One That Does,” for the title of my article.

Now, you may be thinking:

  1. Michael has lost his mind.
  2. Michael has a lot of faith.
  3. Michael knows something we don’t.
  4. All the above.

And the correct answer is…wait for it… D)!  You see, sometimes life follows no direct pattern. Try as you may to get all your “ducks” in a row, sometimes they refuse to walk in a straight line. When I encounter this scenario, I have two choices:

  1. Stress and try to be in control.
  2. Relax, laugh and throw caution to the wind!

Laughter is a medicine that always works. So, if you haven’t caught on yet, this article is written with tongue in cheek and a hearty chuckle.

When I consider God’s genius in His creation of man, I quickly discover His equally amazing sense of humor. Think about it, God creates man at the tip top of the “food chain” and endows him/her with amazing minds that build skyscrapers, satellites and super computers, grants them the talent to paint masterpieces and guides them to rule nations. Yet, man can still fall prey to gullibility!

When it comes to man, the line between genius and insanity is razor thin. That is why each of us possess a margin of sense… as well as nonsense. You don’t believe me?

Consider this example: the 2012 Presidential debates. If you are a conservative, then you probably viewed the platform of the liberal candidate as nonsense, But if you are a liberal, then you probably considered the platform of the conservative as nonsense.

Does that make sense? Here at Barton Publishing’s Home Cures That Work, we are dedicated to finding cures that not only make sense…they work! So this month, I couldn’t resist researching a few “cures” that don’t work and one that really does.

6 Cures That Don’t Work

In 2001, an edgy game show “Fear Factor” hosted by Joe Rogan made its American debut. The contestants had to perform death-defying stunts like repel from skyscrapers, sit enclosed in caskets full of snakes, stay bound in a locked cage underwater.  You name it, they did it!

But nothing, I mean nothing, was nastier to watch than the food! Contestants would have to eat roaches, maggots, rat hair tortilla chips and the infamous live Madagascar hissing cockroaches!

I would bungee dive off the Statue Of Liberty, parachute out of a plane at 20,000 ft and swim with sharks but there is NO way I am eating a bowl of live Madagascar hissing cockroaches!!!!!

But as you will soon discover, people endure far worse in search of cures that don’t work!

So, here are my top Six Cures That Don’t Work:

1. Eating live tree frogs cures stomach pain.

eating a frogConfucius say, “Man who eat live frog’s feel a little jumpy!”

Our first entry for, “Six Amazing Cures That Don’t Work” comes to us from China (same place we received “Chinese drywall,” children’s toys coated in lead paint and 99% of the junk we buy at the dollar store. A man, Jiang Musheng, claims eating live tree frogs cures stomach pain. He later admits that he needed to eventually add live mice and baby rats to his diet and had once eaten 20 mice in a single day! Funny, I had a friend who owned a boa constrictor and surprisingly the snake had the same diet!

2. Psychic Surgery.

There is a famous quote, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” After researching :psychic surgery,” I think we need to amend that quote to, “There’s a sucker born every second!”

Psychic surgery is a “sleight of hand” procedure typically involving an alleged incision using only the bare hands of the practitioner. The “surgeon” palms a balloon filled with chicken blood and slowly dispenses it as his fingers “appear” to be making an incision. Then, the surgeon begins to pull out fake tumors which are usually chicken livers, kidneys and even foreign objects hidden in the surgeons other hand.

When the “surgery is completed, the chicken blood is washed off and the incision mysteriously disappears. This practice is still popular in Brazil and the Philippines and some continue this quackery in the U.S. even though the practice has been condemned in many countries as a form of medical fraud.

3. A bowl of onions in a room wards off the flu.

Since the 1500s, people have believed that keeping a bowl of onions in a room would absorb the “noxious air,” thus keeping the room virus free. The only way an onion can ease a cold or flu is if it is thrown into a bowl of chicken soup which, by the way, has been proven to have a positive effect by clearing nasal passages. A little fresh garlic in soup wouldn’t hurt either!


4. Placing a copper penny over a bee sting relieves pain and swelling.

This is a hoax. It doesn’t work at all. Penny for your thoughts?

5. Touching a turtle will heal rheumatism.

Here’s a winner from Cambodia where the Terrapin turtle is regarded as “a powerful healer.” Cambodians believe a turtle’s touch will cure rheumatism and other bodily ailments. They also believe cows and snakes have supernatural healing powers, as well. Maybe that’s how the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” became so popular!

6. The 2012 “Flu” shots.

Flu Shot failureThe latest statistics for the 2012 flu vaccine were abysmal, at best. As of this week, the CDC is reporting this seasons vaccine was only 59% effective and virtually ineffective for children and the elderly. The University of Minnesota reported on October 15, 2012 that, “Flu shots are not as effective as previously reported.” They went on to say that, “This misperception of effectiveness is standing in the way of creating new more effective vaccines.”

If you study the statistics and studied people groups, you will quickly discover that this 2012 vaccine was virtually worthless in combating this year’s flu outbreak. A further study of the side effects will quantify this statement.

So, there is my top six cures I recommend never trying at home! As a minister of the Gospel (good news!), I am amazed at the myriad of bizarre things people put their trust in. Doesn’t it stand to reason that trusting a creation rather than its Creator is irresponsible at best?

“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.” ~ Romans 1:25

Even if I wasn’t a Christian, I would have considered the fore mentioned cures total foolishness! So as promised, I will share a cure that does work for every single need… Jesus Christ!

The One Cures That Always Works

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’ Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.” ~ 1st Corinthians 1: 18-21

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” ~ Psalms 14:1

If you have subscribed to Home Cures That Work, then you have undoubtedly read about hundreds of natural cures that can restore quality of life to people suffering from a multitude of illnesses. Have you ever stopped to consider who created the natural ingredients we recommend?

The same God that created the Heavens and the Earth should always be our first line of defense, healing and ultimately salvation!

Does God HealFor the last 28 years, I have witnessed first hand, miraculous physical healings wrought by the power of God. Blind, deaf, lame, stage 4 cancer and people that medical science gave no hope…have been cured by their Creator.

There are thousands of documented cases of unexplainable divine healings for thousands of years, yet people would still put their trust in charlatans and reptiles! Maybe you are asking yourself, “Michael how can you be so sure God heals?”

I am sure God heals because He healed my neck after it was broken in a car accident!  My documented healing came in 1986, three days after the driver of the car I was riding in hit a parked car. Since the young man’s car had no seat belts, my head shattered the windshield… and my C-4 and C-5 vertebrae. After my x-rays were examined and metal slivers were removed from my knee and elbow, I was told my neck was broken and I would not walk again. My response was, “Either you will zip me up in a body bag or I will walk out of here in three days.”

Faith is substance and it has a voice. God responded in the middle of the night and His presence felt like fire in my neck and limbs.

The next morning, a well-known neurosurgeon was flying in from New York to examine me. When the neurosurgeon arrived, he ordered another set of x-rays. Later that afternoon, he came into my hospital room visibly shaken.

“Mr.Tyrrell,” he said, “I do not believe in miracles but I have no explanation for what I am about to show you. On the left, we have the x-rays that were taken when you were admitted clearly showing a totally shattered C-4 vertebrae and a partially shattered C-5 vertebrae. On the right, we have the x-rays I ordered today, which clearly show a perfect C-4 and C-5 vertebrae. I see no reason why you shouldn’t be able to move.”

Now, remember up until this moment, I was paralyzed and had no feeling in my neck or legs. Yet, when this wonderful Jewish neurosurgeon said I see no reason why you can’t move, the feeling returned to my legs, arms and neck! I was discharged and walked out of that hospital exactly three days after I was admitted!

Dear friend, before you put your trust in anything or anyone else, call upon the one who created everything and everyone! He is the one cure that ALWAYS works!

“When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.” ~ Matthew 14:34-36

Jesus is no respecter of persons. What He has done for me, He will do for you, as well…Just call out His name and He will answer you. I am expecting to hear reports of amazing and miraculous healings from our readers! Write us!

To God be the Glory!


Q. Why do we always run to the medicine cabinet before we run to God in prayer?

Q. Have you ever experienced a miraculous healing?

Q. Would you eat frogs to heal your upset stomach?


Michael TyrrellMichael Tyrrell, www.michaeltyrrell.com is the founder of the Network Center Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001 which works as an advisory agency to local churches, faith-based ministries, Para-church ministries, schools, home fellowships and music ministries in connection with their outreach ministries or missions based activities.  Michael has been committed to training their key leaders and members to deliver the message of their Christian faith in order to reach the lost, the disenfranchised, the sick and the hurting through the organic roots of the Christian faith and other areas as needs arise.  Michael has been in full time ministry for the last 27 years and is a writer music producer and well known musician. http://michaeltyrrell.com


Crazy Cabbage: Cures to Cuisine

I forget how wonderful cabbage is, but when I use it: WOW!  Here are just a few of the many uses for cabbage known for its healing properties:

  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Detox
  • GERD
  • Joint pain
  • Hematoma
  • Engorged breasts
  • Headache and hangovers

Personally, I’ve just recently used it for congestion by placing cabbage leaves on my chest overnight, wrapped in ace bandages.  I also had painful lumps behind my knees after working in the garden and did the same thing with incredible results!

As a child, cabbage was the last vegetable on earth I would even consider eating.  But, as an adult, cabbage is one of my go-to cures. Who knew that such a cheap, humble looking and so widely used cabbage could work miracles?

Some apply it warm, some cold, some crush it, and some don’t.  Some wrap it ace bandages, others in plastic.  Some apply it externally; some ingest it – a food, juice or whatever.  Either which way, it works wonders!

Cabbage Fun Facts

  • Cabbage has more vitamin c than oranges, great for strengthening the immune system and being one of the best anti oxidant, reducing free radicals in your body which are the basic causes of ageing.
  • Cabbage is very rich in fiber. This helps retain water and forms the bulk of the food and the bowels. Thus, it is a good cure for constipation and related problems.
  • Cabbage is rich is sulphur, which helps to fight infections in wounds and ulcers.
  • Cabbage, being rich in iodine, helps in proper functioning of the brain and the nervous system.

Cabbage Medicinal Qualities

Uncooked cabbage is high in glutamine, an amino acid that is useful for the excellent functioning of our digestive system and immune system.  Cabbage has also been known to have therapeutic and antibacterial properties, destroying a wide variety of bacteria in the intestines.

Liberal intake of the fresh juice of this vegetable has thus been found very valuable for treating ulcers, bladder infections and other infectious disease.  Try

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Accepting the Transitions of Life

Is Menopause a Joke?

The moment notice came that this month’s issue of Home Cures That Work would focus on menopause I knew the angle I would take in my monthly column on the Spiritual Dimension of Wellness. However, I also knew I would be unable to restrain myself from my favorite little joke on the matter of menopause.

Where is menopause mentioned in the Bible? Answer: “…and Mary rode Joseph’s a** all the way to Egypt.” My wife said, “Don’t you dare drop that in your column.”

Hopefully, I have not alienated half my audience. If so, my apologies and I should have heeded my wife’s warning. All kidding aside, the Bible does speak to every area of life and we don’t have to twist texts like that to get them to apply.

Of course, PMS and menopause are not the same thing. Menopause is part of life. It is a transition every bit as much as birth, puberty and death are transitions.

Though we think of it as primarily a female transition, the male body has its own version sometimes called male menopause, man-opause or andropause. Changing hormonal levels are normal as the human body ages and men and women transition out of a childbearing phase or season of life.

Seasonal Changes

The season of menopause is not a disease and therefore there is no cure. Granted, there are hormone therapies that mask it, but menopause is part of our design. They only way to fully avoid it would be to die early. For sure that is no solution and we are left to seek out healthy and positive strategies to navigate this normal transition.

Dealing with change is something that differs slightly from person to person. Some people are seemingly un-phased by even major changes. Others find their world turned upside down by even the slighted change. Since humans are holistic beings, when change begins to manifest in one area (physically for example), other areas (emotionally and spiritually for example) adjust themselves to the new norm.

My wife and I are a couple years away from our last teenager leaving the house. Teenagers vividly illustrate what I am describing.

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Is There A Cure For Autism?

Raun Kaufman

In 1976, a ground-breaking book was published about an autistic child who was cured of his autism.  Prior to that time, autism was thought to be an incurable disease.  Raun Kaufman disproved the theory, whose own son triumphed over autism.

However, even today when parents are told that they have a child with autism they are almost always told that there is no cure.  In fact, if a person diagnosed with autism improves, then most doctors still assume the diagnosis was wrong in the first place.  But in a world where we regularly heal leprosy, cause the blind to see, the lame to walk and the deaf to hear, I think it is not very realistic to call anything “incurable.”  We are beginning to understand that “incurable” just means “ignorant.”  If we understand a disease, then we can cure it.


Autism is not a disease with a cause; it is simply a collection of symptoms.  People who are diagnosed with autism meet certain criteria that include:

  1. Problems with social interaction, such as a lack of eye contact or not acknowledging others.
  2. Language delays, such as speaking, reading or writing.
  3. Repetitive behaviors, such as spinning things, flapping hands, or balancing things.


Like every other part of the body, the brain has stages of development.  If there is an insult during a certain stage, the function that would normally take place doesn’t happen and there is a resulting deficit.  In autism, the insult to the developing brain seems to happen anywhere from the womb to early childhood.  Those things that are thought to cause this disturbance are many, some of which include:

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Fibromyalgia Syndrome Simplified

Fibromyalgia has been “trash can” labeled, just as another syndrome, simply because no one is sure what causes fibromyalgia.

It’s not any easy task; fibromyalgia represents a whole barrage of symptoms with groups or clusters of symptoms, which makes it hard to properly diagnose, treat or cure.

Fibromyalgia has been generally thought of as a type of “rheumatic” or inflammatory pain disorder, but instead of involving the joints it’s characterized by a painful tenderness around tendons, surrounding tissue and muscles.

Later in this article I will reveal how some leading researchers now suspect fibromyalgia may be more of a neurological disorder than inflammatory.

How Is Fibromyalgia Classified?

First, let’s look at the diagnostic criteria established more than two decades ago by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in 1990.

According to ACR guidelines, fibromyalgia symptoms must represent wide spread chronic pain in at least 11 of 18 defined “tender points” of the body.

Currently, these “tender points” are being reconsidered because after all these years of misdiagnosing people. Doctors have finally accepted the possibility that there is more to fibromyalgia then just inflammatory pain.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sleep disorders
  • Mental issues

Fibromyalgia is like electricity: we can say we know a lot about it, but we still can’t explain exactly what it is.

The Adrenal Connection


Common Adrenal Fatigue symptoms are: *Cravings for sugar, *Cravings for salt on food when you eat, *Feel dehydrated and thirsty and require plenty of water, *Difficulty falling asleep at night, sleep lightly or wake early or often, *Difficulty relaxing, nervous, anxious or hyperactive, *Often spacey, or foggy thinking, even memory loss,* Lack willpower to accomplish, *General exhaustion,*Hormone imbalances, *Low libido,*Weight gain, especially in abdomen and waist area, *Losing muscle tone, *Sagging skin, dry, yellow or pale in color, *Hair starting to gray, thin out and become dry, *Lips losing their color,*Loss of appetite, *Anorexia, *Weight loss,*High blood sugar

Fibromyalgia can also be related to a decreased adrenal function or adrenal fatigue. There are a few other diseases that also have an adrenal system component, such as: chronic fatigue syndrome, alcoholism, ischemic heart disease, hypoglycemia, rheumatoid arthritis and recurrent respiratory infections.

I am mentioning this because it’s important to identify where fibromyalgia and other disease patterns overlap in the hope of finding better solutions than what are typically offered.

It’s also interesting to note that researchers have found circulatory abnormalities in as many as 30% of fibromyalgia patients in preliminary studies (3).

Here’s another interesting piece of research from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA):

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Removing Sexual Disorders and Improving Intimacy… Naturally

Men let’s talk straight about “sex” and, please, women listen in…

Fact is men who have sexual performance concerns will turn to anything for a solution, which is the reason arousal drugs sales are so incredibly successful. Yet, they are far from being a cure.

Read the warning labels. These drugs are only meant for short-term use, at best, and even when properly prescribed these drugs can kill you. To make matters worse, the easy availability of these drugs and their bootleg counterfeits has become a huge public health concern.

Read on to learn a better way.

Just considering the sheer numbers of men and women who continue to suffer from sexual performance problems is startling.

In a 1992, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Conference on Impotence estimated between 10-20 million men in the U.S. have Erectile Dysfunction (ED). That estimate jumps to 30 million if you count men with partial erectile dysfunction.

Taking prescription drugs is a real problem in our American culture. Even the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported 106,000 patients die from properly prescribed drugs every year and more than 2,000,000 suffer serious side effects1. The moral of this story is, “Say no to drugs.”

Before I reveal some proven safe and effective ways to increase your sexual prowess and all that, it’s vital I point out that if you’re frustrated by sexual performance, you may be unaware of “deeper underlying health concerns.

A major study carried out in four countries revealed prevalence of male impotence increased by 10% per year of age. Additionally, increased risk was associated with diabetes, heart disease, lower urinary tract symptoms, heavy smoking, and depression2.

In this study, sexual impotence increased with age from 2% in 18 year old men up to an amazing 39-48% in men 70 years and older3.

According to the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted6 major disease rates remain high, the cost of medical care is the highest in the world and all this is due to under-nutrition — NOT drug deficiencies.

In the ultimate search for a natural cure, you must consider your whole lifestyle, diet and environment and not just your symptoms — no matter what they may be.

If you suffer from sexual impotence, you could pop a Viagra, or similar PDE-5 inhibitor class drug. If you survive the side effects, at best you’ll have a 35% chance you’ll be able perform sexual intercourse, despite your remaining in poor overall cardiovascular health (the likely cause of your sexual disorder).

Or, you could take the nutritional approach using whole plant-based foods scientifically proven to have a “natural” overall healing benefit.

As far as which “magic pill” leads to successful intercourse faster, patients reported that:

  • Only 35% treated with sildenafil succeeded within 14 minutes
  • Only 21% treated with vardenafil within 10 minutes
  • Only 16% treated with tadalafil within 16 minutes

Viagra (sildenafil ), made by Pfizer is similar to Eli Lilly’s Cialis (tadalafil) and GlaxoSmithKline’s Levitra (vardenafil). All three of these drugs work the same way and have the same toxicity profiles.

The big question is, is it really worth the risk? Apparently, millions of people think so, but do they even have half the facts?

By the way, PDE stands for Phosphodiesterase. PDE is a natural enzyme that is needed to break down nitric oxide in your tissue cells. PDE-5 Inhibitors block that natural breakdown of nitric oxide, prolonging erections for unnaturally long periods of time.

Nitric oxide is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate ejaculation, maintain erection and also helps your eye “retina” to expand and contract, as well as many other biological functions.

Are There Any Good Medical Uses For PDE-5 Inhibitors Other Than Risky Recreational Drugs?

One medical use does seem promising for those patients who had radiation therapy for prostate problems. It appears if the patients use a PGE-5 inhibitor drug within 18 to 36 months after prostate radiation therapy, then they’ll have a better chance of restoring erectile function4. There you have it, a medical use. BUT, they are NOT designed to be like “sex candy.” These are serious prescriptive medications.

Here are some of the extra risks PDE-5 inhibitors bring to your bedside:

  • Headache pain
  • Flushing of the skin
  • Indigestion problems
  • Sinus issues
  • Back pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Diarrhea

Very sexy guys . . . NOT!

PLUS, these arousal drugs can also cause a sudden drop in blood pressure and trigger heart attack, stroke, chest pain, heart palpitations and SUDDEN DEATH, which is really NOT the way to go!

As I mentioned before, the PDE-5 inhibitor drugs block PDE enzymes from doing their normal biological function. PDE is involved in the constriction and dilation of your eyes’ retina, allowing you to focus properly.

That’s why vision problems is one of other “bizarre and totally unwanted effects” of these arousal drugs: PDE-5 Inhibitors block the enzyme that regulates a critical function in “all your cells,” not just the penis.

This adverse side effect is so serious they have a new warning label for it called “non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy” (NAION).

Short of experiencing sudden and total blindness while making love, many men taking these sexual arousal drugs also experience hallucinations of blue-green colored halos around objects for several hours accompanied by eye pain.

Using Natural Herbs Can Provide The Same Benefits, But Without The Risks

Here’s a hand full of common remedies people have used successfully for thousands of years to help with sexual disorders.

The point here is to address your underlying cause of sexual impotence first, which is usually “lack of cardiovascular health,” then consider using proven natural remedies instead of dangerous designer drugs like PDE-5 Inhibitors.

By properly using natural plant-based remedies such as Ashwagandha, Horny Goat weed, Maca, Yohimbe root, Ginseng, Catuaba bark, Tongkat Ali, Tribulus, Passion flower and Miura Puma, along with healthy lifestyle modifications you can ignite your sexual libido, boost youthful vitality and transform overall health.

Natural aphrodisiacs are reported to work great with little or no risk. Always ask your doctors about “unexpected reactions” with the medications you may be already taking and never suddenly stop taking a prescription unless under a physicians care.

Recapturing your sexual prowess using herbal aphrodisiacs is safer, less expensive and they work with you and your mate in a “natural” way, which sexually active people report is more intimate.

Artificially stimulating your sex impulse by blocking brain, tissue and whole body chemistry with drugs is not to be taken lightly. Death from using PDE-5 inhibitor drugs are rarely reported, but the risks are real.

Keep in mind, sexual impotence is a sign of a weakened circulatory system. The same biological factors causing erectile dysfunction (ED) are the same factors that cause heart disease and risk of heart attack. Erectile dysfunction (ED) usually appears 1 to 5 years before more obvious signs of cardiovascular health disease of which the next sign can be death.


Whatever problem you are facing, work through it as a couple. Not just figuratively, but literally. It’s easy to begin to feel very alone when you’re at odds with your partner. But, by simply holding hands with your partner can make you feel loved and supported enough to get through whatever unsexy problem falls in your path.

The Whole Hearted Truth

The biggest risk people take with their health is by simply NOT taking control of it. Taking control can be fun and educational. You wouldn’t tell your child to make an important decision that will affect the rest of his or her life without looking into the matter completely, now would you? Then, why would you?

The key to renewed sexual vitality is to first love yourself enough to strengthen those primal healing connections naturally, without drugs.

Improving your sexual health means you need to nurture your health at the cellular level first. Healthy cells give you healthy organs, sexual drive and overall superior health and vitality. It couldn’t be simpler!

Now that you know you can have renewed sexual vigor and vitality, start investing whole heartedly in your relationship with a more endearing, positive and intimate manner.

It is a good idea is a to talk to your health professional about curing “the real cause” of your sexual impotence before you risk your health, vision and life on resorting to these popular arousal drugs.

It may also surprise you to know that countless males have sexual impotence because of adverse effects of “other prescriptive drugs” like SSRs, antidepressants and even asthma breathers.

As you eliminated all other possibilities, the real cause will become more obvious.

Truth is you may be suffering from heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, bad cholesterol levels or other conditions that would NOT make you a safe risk even for just one night of chemically induced sex.

High Risk Sex Vs No Risk Sex

They say even if you smoke, or were a smoker, wear glasses or are over the age of 50, that you could go blind within 24 hours of popping a Viagra. Why even take the risk when there are proven ways to help your situation improve naturally?

On the other hand, if you’re “un-lucky” enough to experience some of these serious side effects you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

So, if you’re planning on having sex with arousal drugs, then make sure you not only have an eager date, but that you’re also able to secure a good lawyer, too. Or, maybe just date a good lawyer who’s willing to take your case on contingency.

Wait there’s more! The FDA just issued another health alert concerning Viagra, Cialis and Levitra’s (All PDE-5’s) adverse effects. Sudden hearing losshas been reported by enough men that they had to make more label changes. I imagine there must have been an awful lot of lawsuits to make that happen.

Think of it from your mates point of view: you got dizzy passed out, woke up with a headache whining about blue fuzzy halos everywhere as your ears ring, your hearing stops, you go blind and, finally, you have heart palpitations and suddenly die of a massive stroke. Was it worth it?


Blind, deaf and paralyzed . . . Hmmmm, you know there is a better way!

Taking control of your real biological age—not your age in years—can mean the difference between enjoying sex at 50, 75 or at 100.

Making smart dietary choices, using the simple plant-based remedies and enjoying walks together can cure and transform your love life faster than you think.

Sexual disorder or dysfunction  is NOT part of the “normal” aging process.

While enhancing your sex life imagine turning-back your biological age too.

Improve your cell health and everything else quickly follows suit.

Healthy living backed up by a mostly plant food-based diet is the best way to ensure strong sexual performance levels throughout your entire lifespan5,6.

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  3. Parazzini F, Menchini Fabris F, Bortolotti A, Calabro A, Chatenoud L, Colli E., Landoni M, Lavezzari M,, Turchi P, Sessa A, Mirone V.: Frequency and determinants of erectile dysfunction in Italy Eur Urol 2000 Jan;37(1): 43-9
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  5. SOURCE: Bacon, C. Annals of Internal Medicine, August 2003; vol 139: pp 161-168.
  6. Campbell, T. Colin (2006). The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health. Benbella Books. ISBN 1-932100-38-5
Martin Jacobse (Big Pharma Corporate Arm), a hearing and speech specialist of 30 years, was first inspired by the natural home remedies used by his Cherokee Grandmother. He has since expanded his interests into naturopathic, alternative and energy medicine. Excited to share his findings and close the gap between the medical profession and natural home remedies, Jacobse found a passion as an independent medical researcher and ghost writer, dedicating his life to getting the word out as a consumer health advocate for Barton Publishing. Jacobse spends his free time practicing the healing art of magnetic Qigong, publishing books and enjoying the quiet of a small horse ranch near the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.

Drugs – Will They Kill You or Cure You?

In 1977, Dr. Charles Carson and I never heard of each other. However, the next year, separate but similar incidents in each of our lives bonded us… until last week. That’s when Chuck’s amazing life, and thirty-four years of pain and suffering came to an end. And antibiotics may have had a hand in it… but not in the way you might think.

First, let’s address the drug issue, and then we’ll get back to Chuck.

Are Prescription Drugs Good or Bad For You?

The answer is “both.” They can cure… and they can kill. In fact, The Journal of the American Medical Association reports about 113,000 annual deaths due to drug medical errors and non-errors, and negative effects of drugs.

If you read Life Extension Express, you saw my opinion on drugs. Especially their chronic use to treat symptoms such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, headaches, weight gain, etc. One example, weight loss drugs, have the worst record of all in terms of side effects and success rate. In 1977, a research project showed a modified diet consisting of eight to ten servings a day of fruit and vegetables lowered blood pressure as well as drug therapy. Many things can be treated naturally or avoided altogether that doctors throw drugs at.

Do You Know How America’s Health Compares to Other Developed Countries?

Not too well. Yet we consume 50% of the world’s prescription drugs. The other 95% of the world’s population takes the rest. That would be a good testimonial for drugs if we led the world in health, longevity and aging. But we don’t. We lag behind almost every other developed country. In fact, we are ranked a pathetic forty-second in the world in longevity. Don’t buy into the story that you have to live on medications for lifestyle-related diseases. Statistic prove otherwise.

Symptom treating may mask and actually increase the underlying causes. In almost all cases, if you treat only a symptom you are going to make the disease worse. The symptom is there as your body‘s attempt to heal itself. Medication almost always causes an imbalance to your system. Most medicines are blunt instruments, and no one really knows what they’ll do once they’re inside of you. So, the deadly paradox of chronic drug use can often deceive you into thinking you are doing your body favors, when in fact you may be masking the cause and sabotaging your biochemistry. You could be playing with deadly medicine—short-term gratification that costs you long-term health and satisfaction.

Do you know how big a vested interest the medical and drug industries have in keeping you sick and keeping you on medications? Why do you think they spend twice as much on advertising as they do on research?

Drugs Can Be Life Savers

Drugs and nutrients can both cure and prevent disease. But only pharmaceuticals have government sanction. And Big Pharma protects its turf.

So, keep thinking “cause” and not treating “symptoms.” Take drugs when necessary. They can be life savers. But avoid chronic use unless you are well informed and well advised. The few hours you invest over time could reward you with revitalized health and extra years to appreciate it.

There may be times when you should thank your lucky stars that drugs are available though. Antibiotics used properly are a common example. In fact, if it weren’t for antibiotics, I would have been gone years ago. That’s what is so ironic about Chuck’s death. We shared a strong skepticism and  distrust of many of Big Pharma’s products, but he was much more distrustful. So distrustful, in fact, that he ignored his doctor’s prescription for antibiotics when he was hospitalized for pulmonary fibrosis. His doctor also suspected pneumonia and gave Chuck antibiotics. He dismissed them and died the next day.

Would he be alive if he took his drugs? I don’t know. I do know there is a time to trust and a time to distrust Big Pharma, and those should always be informed decisions.

What Pain Meds Do NOT Do

Chuck and I bonded due to our personal spinal cord injuries. He was a smart guy, and his grandmother told him if he wanted to walk again, he’d have to figure out for himself how he was going to get cured. In 1979, he founded the Spinal Cord Society, a non-profit foundation dedicated to curing paralysis. I was one of the start-up donors and opened a local fundraising chapter where I invested most of my energy until I decided aging was a more important challenge.

One of the things Chuck and I shared was chronic pain as a side effect of our injuries. Recently, my pain medication stopped taking the edge off, and the pain got more severe. So, I visited a specialist who worked with a lot of spinal cord injury pain. He prescribed methadone, you know, the drug used to get addicts weaned off heroin. Yep, I said what you are thinking. I asked him if that wasn’t an awfully strong drug, was it addictive and what the side effects were. He assured me it is now the preferred drug for my neuropathic pain syndrome, that it blocks three separate pain receptors and that it is perfectly safe at the doses I would be taking.

Here’s what it DID NOT do:

  • Relieve my pain

Here’s what it DID do:

  • Made me sick to my stomach
  • Made me weak
  • Made me dizzy
  • Slowed down my heartbeat dramatically
  • Made me itch
  • Decreased my appetite

It’s been a miserable month, especially the last week.

Sure, I checked the side effects before I took the medication methadone and read the long list that you see with nearly every drug. And even though I was encouraged by the doctor’s assurances that is was perfectly safe, I started at less than ½ dose and gradually worked my way up. As I increased dosage, I gradually started getting sick. When I really felt sick and weak, I checked the side effect list again. My symptoms jumped off the page, and I stopped taking it.

A Massive Amount of Drug Companies’ Marketing Budgets Target Physicians

They brainwash doctors. Then doctors give what they think is good advice, and lots of patients get better. But some get sicker with side effects, and some even die from their medications.

By the time we cure aging, science will deliver us personalized, targeted, safe and effective drugs. Until then, be careful.

Twenty years ago, when I suggested to Chuck that we should cure aging, he said “We’ll work on aging once we cure paralysis”. I’m sad he won’t be around to see either. Our paths slowly diverged when I founded Maximum Life Foundation. He set great examples as to how research should be managed, and that knowledge is now reinforcing the aging research agenda.

Gluten-Free: Discerning between Craze and Cure

Jumping on a bandwagon is not something I typically do. Considering I’m a Christian minister and the book has sold a hundred bazillion copies, some find it hard to believe when I tell them I still do not own, nor have I read a copy of The Purpose Driven-Life by Rick Warren. My snarky side emerges at times when people inquire as to why I resist joining the crowd. One of my favorite retorts is that Jesus told us to follow him not the latest hip getting hyped.

For better than a year, the subject of health care reform has made headlines and we all watched our elected officials vote for something we found out later no one had actually read. One brazen legislator said Congress needs to make haste to pass the bill so we can all find out what’s in it. People jumped on the craze — not the cure.

Most would agree we need health care reform, but true to form I found myself bucking the crowd saying, “No. What we need more is for the government to promote health, not provide healthcare.” The shift I am talking about is from intervention to prevention. Forty years ago, the government made polluting unpopular through national Keep America Beautiful campaigns that promoted a clean environment (Remember the teary Indian in the canoe?).  It worked, and there was a cultural shift toward a clean environment. My sense is the same needs to happen with regard to Keeping Americans Healthy. If that ever becomes a fad, I’ll jump on board. The craze is toward treatments, whereas the cure is in preventions.

That’s why I am committed to natural health. It’s preventative and deals with root causes, many of which are spiritual in nature. Natural health can hardly be considered trendy or a fleeting fad, as these things have been known and working since ancient times.

Gluten-Free: Fact or Fad?

All that being said, natural health is not immune to fads. Perhaps it was only a matter of time; lots of money is to be made in the health care industry. Companies hire “experts” to tell them what the trends are for grocery shoppers and, for example, things like the gluten-free market become all the buzz. In 2003, 135 gluten-free products were on the market. Five years later in 2008, there are 832. As you can see, gluten-free became quite the craze.


Even without a Celiac disease diagnosis, a gluten-free diet has proven to help alleviate the symptoms of migraines and dermatitis.

What is interesting is how less than one percent of Americans have a condition known as Celiac Disease where the consumption of gluten damages the small intestine and impairs its ability to absorb nutrients. To put it more plainly, gluten-free products are a cure for some, but many others appear to be going gluten-free just for the fun of it. Yes, I have taken the time to read up on the gluten-free diet pros and cons and this appears to be a cure for some, but a craze to others.

One of the wonderful side benefits of this boom in gluten-free products is those who really need them now have options on top of options, which is something they did not have just a few years ago. My assistant’s middle age son has suffered from Celiac since college and he’s benefited greatly from the attention paid his condition in the last few years. His life is better.

Gluten is a protein mainly found in wheat, rye and barley and it seems significant to me to point out these are all deemed “good” in the Bible.

See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.” (Genesis 1:29)

Is Gluten Free, Guilty Free?

The evidence in both the Bible and archaeology shows that wheat was one of the main staple foods of ancient times and some form of it was probably eaten at every meal. Numerous times throughout the Bible, a bountiful wheat harvest is portrayed as a blessing from God to His people.

God later warns us to not call bad what he calls good. (Isaiah 5:20) Granted, it is certain that verse applies to far more substantial “evils” than gluten but there is the principle to not dub good what God calls bad or dub bad what God calls good.

Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of the valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey.” (Deut. 8:6-8)

Each one of these seven foods is of high nutritional value and good for us.  Barley is mentioned forty times in the Bible. In fact, Jesus feeding five thousand people by multiplying the loaves and fish was not a gluten-free miracle because the loaves were barley loaves (John 6:1-14).

Crave the Cure

In discerning between a craze and a cure, my advice is three-fold.

First, don’t be quick to join the crowd.

Second, judge the fruit. Jesus said a good tree can’t bear bad fruit and a bad tree can’t bear good fruit (Matthew 7:18).

Finally, ask God to show you the truth. The human body is a very complex creation and each month these articles deal with the complex relationship between things spiritual and emotional, psychological and physical. Just as ailments can be psychosomatic, so can remedies.

Steve Hickey, is the founding pastor of a life-giving church with over 700 members, a church planter, a trainer of leaders with John Maxwell’s organization, a police chaplain, and is very active in politics as a national voice for the unborn. He’s written several books, including his latest, Momentum: God’s Ever Increasing Kingdom (www.MomentumHandbook.com).Steve and his wife would like to pray for your specific needs and have a prayer team at the church waiting to hear from you. For more information or to submit a prayer request, visit:www.ChurchAtTheGate.com/prayer.php


The Invisible Symptoms Of The Silent Killer HBP Revealed

Did you know in 2009, an estimated 785,000 Americans had their first heart attack, and of those about 470,000 will have another? That means about every 25 seconds an American has a heart attack and about every minute someone dies as a result.1

That makes High Blood Pressure (HBP) the #1 cause of sudden death America. HBP is called “The Silent Killer” because for most people their first symptom is a heart attack or death. Why is that?

Medical Myth: HBP has no cure and there are no symptoms.

Truth is every action has a reaction, every cause has an effect and every dis-ease has its symptoms.

I’m sure you’d agree that if you simply don’t know what to look for, you’ll never find it. Right?

I want you to know that worrying yourself to death is NOT your only option. So, today, I hope to help you learn how to stop a heart attack before it happens. Once you can recognize the effects of HBP, then you can better address the cause(s).

There’s no need to worry about curing your HBP if you’ll focus on the root cause of it.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” ~ Franklin D Roosevelt

Uncommon Sense

Common sense is no longer “common” because so many people have become confused by all the mixed messages concerning their health care. As an independent medical investigator, consumer health advocate and author, I’ve found even doctors find it hard to keep up with all the advancing scientific discoveries and still manage their practices. Helping make common sense more “common” is why Home Cures That Work (HCTW) is such an exciting publication for both professionals and laymen alike.

Home Cures That Work helps keep intelligent people like you in the loop.

New Science Based On Time-Tested Remedies

The business of Western medicine, the American Medical Association (AMA), is actually quite young —historically speaking —and as a result, has made many costly mistakes over the past 160 years. One of them was the exclusion of all holistic, alternative and ancient time-tested medicine of the east.

The good news is America is finally realizing the benefits of joining ancient healing wisdom with cutting-edge medical science.

Cutting Edge Health Breakthroughs

Because of recent breakthroughs in epigenetics,” we now know your hypertension is NOT usually determined by your genes. In fact, HBP is a direct response to your whole environment. The incorrect belief that your body was only a chemical machine without any intelligent design has caused untold suffering in the world.

The truth will set you free!

You are NOT a victim of chance and your fate was NOT determined by faulty genetics. Believing degenerative disease is nothing but a drug deficiency condemns you to counting on the dark side of western medicine to repair, replace or remove your “mechanical parts” when they finally breakdown. That’s just wrong and it doesn’t have to be that way — at all.

The key to unlocking the cure to any dis-ease is to understand the real cause of the problem. Once you grasp the nature of “cause and effect,” it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to learn what to do.

Knowing your hypertension can be prevented, reversed or cured definitely determines your results.

“Since both in importance and time, health precedes disease, so we ought to consider first how health may be preserved, and then how one may best cure disease.” ~ Galen 170 A.D.

If you recall, back in the HCTW Volume1, Issue 10, I revealed how you can successfully reverse the degenerative effects of dis-ease by first identifying the root cause.

I call it “The 7 Rungs of The Health and Wellness Ladder.

Let’s review the seven hidden symptoms of High Blood Pressure:

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