Nature’s Medicine Cabinet – Secrets Of A Forgotten Age.

Have you ever wondered how our forefathers and
Have you ever wondered how our forefathers and their ancestors all managed to survive without modern medicines, supplements, specialized therapies and health insurance?

Has traveling along the path of least resistance” been the direct cause of our forgetting about all of the ways that mother nature” can provide for our health and well-being?

Certainly, it would be difficult to imagine life without the available technologies and breakthroughs of 21st century medicine, but some would argue that modern medicine has as much to do with contributing to disease as it does curing it. But, as self-serving as they may seem, physicians and practitioners are not alone in this cycle of catch 22s”. The pharmaceutical manufacturers bombard us with commercials, articles, and studies, not only identifying a plethora of disease, but even more alarming, they help manifest elements of fear and anxiety, creating a psychological need for their highly profitable products.

So, what are the alternatives to this medical madness?

To be sure, modern medicine is such a convenient means of coping with our stressful and demanding lifestyle that we’re not about to abandon that measure of security to go about digging up roots, shaving tree bark and cultivating exotic herbs. Who has the time or the expertise?

What I hope to achieve through this article is a stimulation of curiosity within the reader. A tease, if you will, to recall long forgotten memories of a more natural side of human existence. At the same time, I want to be clear that none of this should be considered a substitute for required medical treatment, however, various alternatives can be successfully employed for many minor complaints and therapies.

Let’s take a look a few:

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – used for thousands of years to treat a multitude of diseases and conditions. Referenced in the Bible, this natural substance contains a perfect balance of 19 vital minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, chlorine, sodium, iron, fluorine and silicon, just to name a few. Additionally, more than 90 other components can even help your body regulate blood pressure, while supporting your immune system. Studies have shown that the nutrients, enzymes, and organic acids found in ACV act as a weight loss component, by safely suppressing the appetite while increasing the body’s metabolic rate. External benefits include:

* A natural germ fighter, as well as a powerful cleansing agent.
* Maintenance of healthy skin.
* Soothes sunburn.
* Helps prevent dandruff.
* Used as a topical solution, research shows it can even prevent baldness.

Essential Oils a natural-medicine alternative to many common ailments with benefits ranging from topical antiseptics, anti-inflammatories, analgesics, digestive system tonics, and anti-depressants. Here’s a brief look at just a few:

Lavender (medicine chest in a bottle) – anti-inflammatory; very effective on burns; speeds wound healing; reduces scarring; reduces stress.

Peppermint – An excellent digestive tonic, calming motion sickness and reducing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. And, did you know it’s considered by some to be a more effective insect repellent than citronella, when used on the body (rather than in the surrounding air).

Chamomile – The great tension reliever. Useful for a wide variety of nervous conditions, and is often indicated for cases of stress in children, including teething and general crankiness.

Eucalyptus – most often used for respiratory conditions, clearing congestion with coughs and colds. Diffusing Eucalyptus oil can kill most staphylococcus bacteria, present in many bronchial infections. And, did I mention, an effective insect repellent?

Medicinal plants have a long history in treating disease. In fact, the written history of herbal medicine goes back over 2,000 years. Many so-called weeds” were considered treasures, worth their weight in gold, to ancient cultures. Dandelion, Comfrey, Digitalis (Foxglove), the Poppy, Milk Thistle, Stinging Nettle, as well as many others, have well-established medicinal qualities that have few, if any rivals in the pharmaceutical industry. In fact, many are the basic ingredient of some of the most important pharmaceutical drugs.

One notable example is the Dandelion. Research is currently being conducted by scientists at the Royal Botanical Gardens, in London, who consider the plant a potential source for a life-saving drug to be used in warding off cancer, which presently kills tens of thousands of people every year.

Balance is the best alternative.

While the advanced cultures of the world’s industrialized nations enjoy the absolute best that modern medical technology has to offer, many of the third world” societies and certainly the world’s remaining primitive cultures, utilize the ancient methods and natural medicines developed by their ancestors. But, rather than being mutually exclusive, a more practical approach would be to bring both ends of the spectrum together, blending both the old and the new into what is more commonly referred to as Complementary Medicine”, where consideration is given to the mind, body and spirit regarding the health and well-being of the individual.

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Introduction Of Labeling Machines

In the past, when labeling was done for jars, cans or boxes it was done by hand. Doing labeling with hand took lot of time and added to the cost of the product. These costs were paid by the costumer. Labeling machines are truly one of the wonders of the modern age.

Consider a world without labeling machines. That would be a world without bar codes. Bar code saves time for the business person selling a product and for the customer buying a product. Without bar codes and labeling machines business can be slowed down. If labels are not put in bottles or jars, customers have to ask clerks where a particular item can be found and then ask the price. This can slow down the buying process in a store and people have to wait for a longer time for shopping. Labeling machines truly speed up the whole process of shopping.

Labeling machines also help humans with memories. Just imagine you buy a medication and forget how often that medication should be used. A simple labeling machine will place a label on the bottle of the medicine on which instructions will be written. Labeling machines have a major impact on our everyday lives that we don’t realize.

With the introduction of labeling machines there has been reduction in cost. The best part of label is that when you visit a store for buying a product you just have to look at the labels which have all the details of the product like manufacturer’s details, what ingredients are added in the product, Price of the product, manufacturing and expiry date etc.

Due to advancement in the industry, new devices like labeling machines were introduced. Since products are properly labeled, concept of self-service shopping developed. A person can visit a discount retail store or a grocery store any time of the day and begin shopping. They can read the label and decide whether to purchase that item or not.

Labeling machines are often used for home or office use. These are available in a variety of colors, sizes, styles and with various user-friendly functions. For an office setting a basic black, white or gray model will suit the environment best. For a home setting, more florescent, brightly hues and even patterned models of labeling machines will add a splash to the environment. A labeling machine can be found in many different sizes and shapes to please any purchaser.

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Five Key Ways To Ensure Accurate Dosing Of Liquid Medication To Infants

All too often, parents forget to handle with care the everyday medications we give our children, especially when it comes to the readily available over-the-counter medications. The recent infant cold and cough products recall serves as a frightening, but important reminder that no medicine comes without risk.

Dr. Laura Jana, accomplished pediatrician, author, and mother of three, acknowledges parents’ natural instinct to try and make their children feel better when they’re sick, but warns that overdosing can cause serious side effects. Here she provides five important ways parents can ensure accurate dosing of medication for their infants and young children:

1. Children are not simply little adults. Never assume that adult medications are OK to give to children. What is recommended for treating adults is not always approved for use with children. Not only can dosing and frequency of use vary significantly, but children may also be at risk for unwanted side effects not experienced by adults.

2. Weight matters. Too much of a medication can be very harmful, while too little may prove ineffective. While medications approved for use in adults and older children typically offer dosing instructions by age, what’s most important for accurate dosing of medications given to young children (especially those under the age of 2) is their actual weight. Given that weight can change significantly over relatively short periods of time at this age, parents should always talk to their doctor or pharmacist before administering medication to their children to make sure they’re giving the right amount.

3. Treat symptoms only as needed. It’s important that parents don’t over treat their children by using medications designed to tackle an all-encompassing list of symptoms. If a child has a horribly runny nose and a hacking cough significant enough to warrant treatment, then it’s best to use medications made to treat those specific symptoms. Also, be sure to continue to use them only for as long as they are truly necessary.

4. Coping with rejection. Let’s face it, some medicine both over-the-counter and prescription doesn’t taste so good. And even when it does, young children who don’t feel well are prone to spitting it out, throwing it up, or simply rejecting it altogether. While it may be tempting to try and mask the taste by mixing the medication directly with other liquids in a child’s bottle, unfortunately, parents are all-too-often left guessing how much medication has actually been absorbed when children fail to finish drinking it. Since repeat dosing runs the real risk of an overdose, it’s critical to discuss with your child’s doctor before offering a second dose, and better yet getting it right the first time.

5. Contact Your Doctor or Pharmacist. Remember, you’re not a doctor. You’re a parent. Rely on credible sources, such as your pharmacist and child’s pediatrician, to make sure you always get the right medication for your child’s symptoms, the right amount of medication for your child’s age and weight, and that you are giving it to your children the right way. Doctors and pharmacists can give you additional valuable information, such as which medications should not be mixed with other liquids, so you can make sure the medicine you’re giving is not only necessary, but that it is going to be safe and effective as well.

As we head into yet another cold and flu season, remember to ask yourself (and your child’s doctor) if over-the-counter medications are really necessary before getting them off the shelf. If your child is eating and playing normally, and you find yourself having to chase him all around the house in order to give him something to treat his symptoms, the odds are in your favor that he’s probably going to be OK without it. Just as adults don’t always need medicine to make them feel better when they’re sick, the same rules apply to kids. As a parent, always remember to ask yourself: Does this [runny nose] bother me more than it actually bothers my child?” If so, a tissue may be all the treatment you need.

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