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  BHT Working for High Blood Pressure

Sun, 13 Sep 20 17:03:16 -0700
Posted by Sandra (Ms) on 09/13/2020

Can you please tell me what BHT means?

EC: Hi! It stands for Butylated Hydroxytoluene

Please see this page for information:

 Re: Trigger Thumb and Basal Joint Injuries

Sun, 13 Sep 20 17:01:33 -0700
Posted by Deirdre (CT) on 09/13/2020

Hi Sue,

Thank you so much for your replies. So glad to hear that surgery fixed your issues years ago. Nope, I won't rule out surgery in the future if I can't fix it. But, arrrgh and rarrrrr, I'd really like to figure it out!

Myofascial stretches seem to help for about an hour, then it starts getting stuck again.

Yes, thank you, I will get a Lyme test to rule that out. And have you heard about Borrelia Miyamotoi Disease? There was an article in the NYT July in the Mystery Diagnosis section. You also get this from ticks, but they don't need to be on your body for a few days, like Lyme. One of the symptoms is arthritis in the hands.

Here's the NYTimes link:

and here is another article about it:

Thank you again!

 Re: Trigger Thumb and Basal Joint Injuries

Sun, 13 Sep 20 16:58:20 -0700
Posted by Deirdre (CT) on 09/13/2020

Thank you so much for the suggestion, Msmg! I ordered both Serrapeptase and Nattokinase yesterday. Interestingly, Whole Foods in my area recently stopped selling both of these supplements. The supplement aisle "helper" couldn't tell me why. I thought that was interesting, given how potent they are!

 Re: Feels Like Something Stuck Between Gums and Teeth

Sun, 13 Sep 20 16:20:14 -0700
Posted by Lee (Eur) on 09/13/2020

To Natalie:

I would like my father who has been suffering this problem for the moment to try your advice. But I need to make clear how it should be done properly, so could you please list the instruction step by step so that could guide us do the right way? Sincerely appreciate with your help!!!

And one more question, can you recommend the brand of toothpaste which without fluoride, glycerin, and SLS? Thanks a lot once again! I live in Sweden and I hardly can find any toothpase without SLS or glycerin.

 Re: Trigger Thumb and Basal Joint Injuries Not Healing After Two Months

Sun, 13 Sep 20 16:20:02 -0700
Posted by Sue (Fairfax Va) on 09/13/2020

PS Like yours, my trigger thumb started due to a risky, dangerous move in an exercise class! Not systemic but mechanical...

 Re: Trigger Thumb and Basal Joint Injuries Not Healing After Two Months

Sun, 13 Sep 20 16:19:41 -0700
Posted by Sue (Fairfax Va) on 09/13/2020

Deidre, I am so sorry you are going through this. I had trigger thumb on my dominant hand almost 20 years ago, and spent a painful, frustrating six months of trying natural things that worked for a little while but then it reverted to as bad as ever (heat, ice, supplements but not as extensively as you are doing.)

I hope you find a natural and effective solution, but if not, please don't be afraid to get surgery. That is what solved my problem right after the procedure (under local anesthetic) I could move my thumb without pain or "€œcatching" and a few days later it was back to normal activity. I was amazed and so grateful. The key is finding an excellent surgeon who does the procedure several times a week.

But also, even if you didnt have immediate Lyme or related tick-born symptoms, that could also be a contributing factor. Can you get tested for it?

  Re: Vitamin B to Prevent Mosquito Bites

Sun, 13 Sep 20 16:13:03 -0700
Posted by Anita (Outside U.S./Canada) on 09/13/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I have always been a mosquito magnet, and get horrible allergic reactions to the bites. Skin so soft is hard to get hold of here, so I'm saving the dregs for special occasions. This past week, I twice found a mosquito in my apartment, swiftly despatched each time. But when I looked for the inevitable bites, I couldn't fine any. This seemed impossibly lucky but now I know the reason - I recently started taking a Vitamin B complex tablet once a day. To say I'm overjoyed is an understatement!

  Re: Using 35% Hydrogen Peroxide for COPD Nebulizing

Sun, 13 Sep 20 13:31:30 -0700
Posted by Nj (Georgia) on 09/13/2020

You absolutely have to tremendously dilute 35%. It is dangerous at full strength. Even the 3% food grade needs to be diluted if nebulized and I've read that it should never be nebulized with plain water but with saline or salt water.

  Dishwashing Liquid Trick for Mosquitoes

Sun, 13 Sep 20 13:30:54 -0700
Posted by Cjuan (Malaysia) on 09/13/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Yes, I read about that from someone who likes sitting on the veranda with her friends. She would fill a plastic basin with water and put a few drops of dish-washing liquid in it and the leave the basin on the deck. She said that she would see mossies dive into the basin and die.

  Re: Choosing the Right Castor Oil Drops for Cataracts

Sun, 13 Sep 20 13:30:21 -0700
Posted by Dee (Florida) on 09/13/2020

Choose organic cold pressed hexane free Castor Oil in a glass bottle. I would try Castor Oil on the eyelids first. Some people can be allergic to Castor Oil.

For dry eyes mix a drop of organic honey in a drop of distilled pure water in each eye.

Blink, it will sting at first, then it will soothe the dry eyes.

 Re: Trigger Thumb and Basal Joint Injuries Not Healing After Two Months

Sun, 13 Sep 20 13:30:02 -0700
Posted by Art (California) on 09/13/2020

Hi Deirdre,

There are a couple of questions I forgot to ask you. Is the pain just in the thumb joint or is it also in your wrists?

Is the pain more prominent when the hand is at rest or when in motion.

This device may be helpful to help support the thumb for healing.


 Re: Trigger Thumb and Basal Joint Injuries Not Healing After Two Months

Sun, 13 Sep 20 13:29:07 -0700
Posted by Art (California) on 09/13/2020

Hi Deirdre,

See if icing offers any relief. I suggest that you try the collagen caps that I previously suggested in an earlier post, those specific ones. Take 2 grams of vitamin C. Try Rhus Tox 30x.

If you can immobilize the joints as much as possible and keep them wrapped for added support. Take a break from karate, its too rough on the joints when you are trying to heal them.

Good luck and keep us posted!


  Re: Sinus Polyps

Sun, 13 Sep 20 05:15:35 -0700
Posted by Daniel (London ) on 09/13/2020


My name is Daniel living in London. I found your post very informative as you mentioned that polyps could be also caused by holding grudges or anger to someone close to me.

Could you give some more tips on diets eliminating polyps formation. On the other hand, l would like to maintain my body muscle mass also to keep my strength allowing me to do my physical job. Any help would be highly appreciated.

  Re: Baking Soda and Blackstrap Molasses for Liver Cancer

Sun, 13 Sep 20 05:14:24 -0700
Posted by Carol (Pennsylvania) on 09/13/2020

Thanks! Sorry for just getting back and I just ordered this from Amazon to help with my potassium level and being a little afraid because I am thinking potassium bicarbonate is salt I feel more braver now do I mix the capsule with BSM. My blood pressure is always up when I see the doctor for cancer check up. Making arrangement for more MRI, CAT Scan. blood work, and treatments before I see the doctor and waiting for the results is the worse. I hate when the nurse take my blood pressure and then ask why are you so upset, it's a nice day outside or other related comments. I have try the coffee enema lots of work couldn't keep it up and the aloe vera and honey gave me energy for a few days but didn't help with the cancer the honey is very expensive about sixty dollars per 10 day treatment plus must be taking forever. My palette level always low also I am struggling with bleeding gums. I am increasing my dark green vegetable salad and drinking papaya tea I which it will stay close to normal the few days I stop the tea and salad it just drop down again I can always tell when I brush my teeth even before the blood test.

Mustard Works for Heartburn

Sun, 13 Sep 20 05:12:57 -0700
Posted by Mike (Kent, Uk) on 09/12/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Mustard for Heartburn:

Seems to work fine. I'm not sure how long it works for but it's long enough to make me feel comfortable and seems fine.

All I've been doing is just getting a bit of dijon mustard (30% mustard seeds) on my finger and then quickly swallowing it with some water so it doesn't hit my tongue too much. Weirdly as long as it's only on one place on my tongue and goes quickly I don't really taste it much.

So yeah. That's what I've found :)

 Trigger Thumb and Basal Joint Injuries Not Healing After Two Months

Sun, 13 Sep 20 05:08:15 -0700
Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 09/13/2020

Well Deirdre,

I hate not to be my usual, up-beat, relentlessly positive self on this one but the news on your thumb is not too good I reckon. You have my sympathy for what it's worth.

You are correct that one takes the working of the thumb for granted until it starts to play up. Older people with thumb joint problems are at a real disadvantage.

First the obligitory story:-

Whilst I was working overseas back in 2008 or so, my boss decided to build his million dollar carpark (not kidding) but ringed the whole building site with just one cheap and nasty wire that was about waist high.

Arriving at work one day (after safely negotiating this pesky wire for a week or more), I caught my trailing foot/shoe on it one day and came a cropper, hard down on my left thumb. It still pains me at times, on and off, till this day! After a few years the right one starts to play up in sympathy with its mate so I can relate to that phenomenon of yours. It certainly happens as you say!

If I overuse the thumbs during the daytime with hard and aggressive yard work, I can loose sleep with the pain through the night. It is a very nasty pain especially if you have two of them going hammer and tongs. Time to take the pill then or you don't sleep at all.

I will think some more on this for you but as you can imagine, if I had found a cure by now I might have made a full recovery I suppose. No such luck but hey, I am long past my "Best Before" date these days and am somewhat reconciled to not healing like I used to. Depressing I know but what to do?

You might have to troll through this Site in search for a few Arthritis, Sore Joint, Cartilage AND Tendonitis treatments (maybe not "cures" as such! ) to see if anything seems promising. Too many to list here!

However, the thumb is a good candidate for soaking in Epsom Salts, coating & wraping with Castor Oil and warming with a hot-water bottle, as well as rubbing on some "Soothe Cream" from "Bronsons". These latter two could help overnight too.

My Guru from Thailand recommended that I do more flexing of my hand- you know- clenching of the fist- release and then stretch out the whole hand to the extended position, fingers wide apart and hold then repeat. I found that helpful if done gently over a period of time. I scoffed at first but not later on!!

Not all people get relief from homeopathy (I heard that 70% do though) but you might find something if you let a practitioner listen to your condition and personality make up.

They can then "hone in" on what might seem appropriate and beneficial.

All the best to you from:-

Michael Down Under

Tea Tree Oil for Gum Disease

Sun, 13 Sep 20 05:06:31 -0700
Posted by Mike (Kent, Uk) on 09/12/2020
4 out of 5 stars

To be honest, I don't know if what I have is gum disease but it's just bacteria causing a bad taste in my mouth that gets progressively worse unless I kill the bugs. I think it's due to dry mouth issues.

Anyway without getting into all that too much, I've found that tea tree oil (diluted in water) works fine. I don't know how toxic it is in this application though as I know the mouth absorbs things quite easily. Hopefully it's ok. But yes it does work about as well as chlorhexidine but without the change to sense of taste.

I am trying to find a better solution still though. Maybe hydrogen peroxide but I never had much success with that in the past. I'll try again :)

  Re: Apigenin for Gout

Sun, 13 Sep 20 05:05:37 -0700
Posted by Peter (Ca) on 09/12/2020

Interestingly enough, apigenin is also found in celery, which is maybe one reason why juicing celery has been found to help deter and treat gout as well. It also found in celery seed extract which is also another popular natural remedy for gout sufferers.

 Re: Trigger Thumb and Basal Joint Injuries Not Healing After Two Months

Sun, 13 Sep 20 05:04:38 -0700
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 09/13/2020

Deirdre, when I saw "scar tissue" in your post, I thought of Serrapeptase.

 Re: Need Help for Extreme Moodiness, No Supplements Helping

Sun, 13 Sep 20 05:03:46 -0700
Posted by Joanne G. (Melbourne, Australia) on 09/13/2020

I totally agree, lithium orotate works well for bad moods & anxiety.