had to go to the doctor Thursday to flush a huge mass of wax out of my
ears, and it got me thinking about my version of healthcare.
Except for preventative checkups, I've only been to the doctor four
times in the last twelve years --- three times for ear wax removal, and
once for a urinary tract infection. Mark's got me beat, having
only been in once for Lyme disease (assuming you don't count his elective surgery).
Which isn't to say we
never get sick, just that we work hard to dose ourselves at home if
possible. If we feel a bit low, I'll treat us to some kind of garlicky meal with freshly
sauteed leafy greens
on the side (often with the addition of pastured red meat).
Relatively major scrapes heal right up after a few applications of
homegrown comfrey poultices, and most viruses
flee in the face of my Emergen-C plus homemade chicken soup combo
(imbibed separately). Simply taking a day off to relax will often
fix minor complaints.
Infections that need
antibiotics get dosed with echinacea or goldenseal (both of which we
grow). My doctor sister advised me that the former is better
above the belt (ie, for head colds, etc.) and the latter below the belt
(for female complaints), and I've been following her advice. I
also freeze enough cranberries each holiday season that I can fix them
throughout the year to stave of further urinary tract problems.
It's true that these homegrown medications don't nip illnesses in the
bud as quickly as prescription drugs, but they seem to help my body
build up a resistance so I don't have to run back to the antibiotics
nearly as often.
The trick to eating your
way to good health is to make sure that all of
these medicinal foods are easily available at all times. I keep
of chicken soup (made from stewing
hens for extra
nutrition) in the
freezer for easy access and most of our herbs are right in the front
yard. Being the kind of family who only goes through a bottle of
painkiller once every six years helps, as does the internet's amazing
ability to diagnose most ills.
What's your favorite
home remedy? Do you run to the doctor, or self-medicate?
What kind of medicinal herbs do you grow?
Our chicken waterer allows you to leave town for
the weekend without worrying about your flock.
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