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Old 02-23-2015, 10:30 AM   #71
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What you are doing here is stretching your hamstring muscles which are the ones located on the back of your leg between your ankle and your knee, also referred to as your calf muscles. There are two other ways of doing this in addition to what you posted, one is to stand on a step with the edge of the step located just behind the ball of your foot and the middle, feet apart same width as your shoulders, relax your foot and let your heel drop slowly as far as you can and hold for a few seconds then lift your ankle as high as you can for a few seconds, repeat this process a couple of times each time letting your heal drop as far as possible and holding. This should be done at least once per day, you will find many of the leg cramps disappear, most the first time you do it.
The other method is the one I use most as I have back and knee problems which sometimes throws off my balance. Sit on the bed or floor place legs together straight out in front of you with feet and legs together toes pointed up, tip your feet so your toes point back towards you as far as possible, repeat as many times as necessary to give relief. This will also stretch the ham strings as well but not as good as the first one in the standing position.
Your exactly right SARGE/AF. After one stretch the pain was gone. And to think how long I lived with that sciatic pain.
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:54 AM   #72
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Your right DaveFL..... Forum ''Gods'' mods can you make the change for us. So we can minimize debating and focus on staying healthy This thred is design for us to share our experiences on staying healthy. If anyone has benefited from this thred please share.
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:58 AM   #73
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One home remedy that I find very useful as a parent of small children is living inside a biohazard suit.

You need not necessarily buy literally a level 4 biohazard suit that one may use to handle hot agents capable of high rates of mortality....but rather, I mean, you can improvise....although if your kids are coughing, have that disgusting snot constantly running, or they are with fever generally, then the level 4 suit is probably a good idea.

Also wear the suite when picking them up from daycare always...

This sort of strategy can greatly minimize catching various forms of infectious diseases from the cute little petri dishes that you created.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:03 AM   #74
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For some symptoms described by some of my patients, I have really only wanted to prescribe a certain concoction they can make at home, but I am not sure it is entirely ethical or good customer service, so I keep it to myself...allow me to vent this option, if not for anything my own catharsis.

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Your exactly right SARGE/AF. After one stretch the pain was gone. And to think how long I lived with that sciatic pain.
Tried these for the leg down to the ankle pain severe over two months. Went to Chiropractor who ordered an MRI - two herniated discs in L4 and L5, L5 is pushing into the spinal cavity and a fractured L4 vertebrate. "It will heal on it's own is what I get from medical doctors, and Chiro as well as Acupunter.

So far only relief is oral steriods, but those are only for 8 days. They all told me to do the exercises still to build up core strength and hamstring strength to take pressure of the back.

Time will tell,.
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One home remedy that I find very useful as a parent of small children is living inside a biohazard suit.

You need not necessarily buy literally a level 4 biohazard suit that one may use to handle hot agents capable of high rates of mortality....but rather, I mean, you can improvise....although if your kids are coughing, have that disgusting snot constantly running, or they are with fever generally, then the level 4 suit is probably a good idea.

Also wear the suite when picking them up from daycare always...

This sort of strategy can greatly minimize catching various forms of infectious diseases from the cute little petri dishes that you created.
LOL Pharm... I went to a county sponsored prevention seminar last fall and they said to stay 3 ' away from sick people.... Also at a cpr course, I found out that the expiration date on prescriptions means that the prescription would be at least 71% effective on that date. Is this right Pharm?
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For some symptoms described by some of my patients, I have really only wanted to prescribe a certain concoction they can make at home, but I am not sure it is entirely ethical or good customer service, so I keep it to myself...allow me to vent this option, if not for anything my own catharsis.

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On the contrary my friend, I would think it would be unethical and bad customer service if you knew of a certain concoction that they can make at home that WOULD BE EFFECTIVE and you didn't share it. I think as long as you aren't "practicing medicine" but simply making a suggestion as to something that would be helpful it would be very appreciated by many. So feel free to share those on this thread. I know that the pharmacists that I have had over the years that were making suggestions on things were always the folks that i respected and trusted the most. Just for what it's worth. Again, I am not an ethicist, nor to I play one on television, just adding my two cents worth

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A number of years ago my son returned from 4 years with the Marine Corp, mostly at Subic Bay in the Philippines. My wife and I were in the process of moving to another house and we were staying in my son's upstairs bedroom. In the middle of the night my wife got leg cramps and I went down stairs to get her some water. As I was about to go back up the stairs, my son came out and asked what was wrong. I told him mom had cramps. He thought I said "crabs", and he went nuts yelling about how mom got crabs and in his bed. I told him to calm down, it was cramps, not crabs and to go back to sleep.
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My ethics comment was tongue and cheek

As a pharmacist / it's not entirely uncommon that in some cases I am not recommending any "product" - but rather would suggest that time, fluids, rest, a humidifier, perhaps tea with honey etc is in order...I drink a lot of hot tea when I'm sick - I doubt it objectively helps but it soothes me greatly and to that degree it is highly effective.

Mostly if I am not recommending a particular "traditional pharmacological agent" or for the patient to be medically evaluated - it's an assumed self limiting condition such as "the common cold" for which we (science based medicine community) have no reliable way to effectively stop it in it's tracks.




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A number of years ago my son returned from 4 years with the Marine Corp, mostly at Subic Bay in the Philippines. My wife and I were in the process of moving to another house and we were staying in my son's upstairs bedroom. In the middle of the night my wife got leg cramps and I went down stairs to get her some water. As I was about to go back up the stairs, my son came out and asked what was wrong. I told him mom had cramps. He thought I said "crabs", and he went nuts yelling about how mom got crabs and in his bed. I told him to calm down, it was cramps, not crabs and to go back to sleep.

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More on tumeric, from ME News this am:

"Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the most versatile of all herbal healers. “It’s my favorite herb,” says K.P. Khalsa, the formulating herbalist for Yogi Tea. Turmeric can soothe upset stomachs and help skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis and psoriasis. It is a powerful antioxidant and has been used to relieve pain. The spice also detoxifies the liver and protects it from damage, and it aids digestion by increasing bile secretion. As little as 1⁄4 teaspoon a day can have measurable healing effects.

Although it is a staple of Ayurveda (an ancient Indian system of medicine) and Traditional Chinese Medicine, modern Western researchers are also interested in turmeric’s healing properties. Most recently, researchers have been analyzing its anticancer effects. Results are still early, but evidence suggests that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, may help prevent, control or kill several types of cancer, including breast, colon, prostate and skin. One 2009 study published in the British Journal of Cancer showed that curcumin starts to kill esophageal cancer cells within 24 hours of treatment. Studies also suggest that curcumin may prevent the onset of dementia; people who eat curry two to three times a week seem to have a lower risk of developing the disease.

To benefit from turmeric’s healing powers, try incorporating this aromatic spice into your cooking. Turmeric is delicious in curries, but its flavor also works well with eggs, on meat, with sautéed or roasted veggies, and in rice or chili. Otherwise, take 1 gram a day of dried, ground turmeric in capsule form or try a standardized extract and simply follow the instructions on the label. Talk to your health-care provider before taking medicinal doses of any herb or supplement. In medicinal doses, turmeric might increase blood-thinning effects and therefore increase risk of bleeding from drugs such as warfarin and aspirin. (The herb is safe to use as a culinary spice.)"

Dr. Oz is doing a lot these days on natural remedies and homemade products for hair, skin, health, etc,, the idea being to reduce waste, use of chemicals and artificial whatevers.


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I seemed to be contracting a cold. Reaching for my favorite remedy - Fresh squeezed Orange juice..

Later tonight may be a Hot Toddy. Ok, ok, THAT is my favorite remedy
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Mmmmm, yes......hot whiskey.

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