Alternative Remedies, part 2 at BettyConfidential.com
Thousands of flowers, leaves and other plant parts are touted as elixirs for a variety of ailments, but how do you know what's for what?
Here's a list of herbal remedies that have shown promise in scientific testing.
Before taking one, check with your doctor; many herbs, even some that are beneficial alone, can cause harm in combination with other supplements or drugs. When buying herbal preparations, be confident of your source. The FDA recently cited 69 weight-loss supplements that were tainted with Bumetanide, a potent diuretic that can cause serious side effects and was not listed as an ingredient.
Aloe Vera Studies say it can help heal burns and abrasion, but paradoxically, it inhibits healing of deep surgical wounds. Note that it does not prevent burns from radiation therapy.
Chamomile Early studies find benefits when used topically for mouth ulcers and certain skin conditions. Chamomile is currently being researched for generalized anxiety disorder.
Chasteberry Preliminary research finds benefits for easing premenstrual syndrome and breast pain, as well as treating some kinds of infertility.
Cranberry Small studies suggest cranberry juice and other products can help prevent urinary tract infections. It's currently being tested for prevention of dental plaque.
Elderberry Small studies indicate it relieves flu symptoms and, given with antibiotics can help treat sinus infections.
Evening Primrose Oil Small studies suggest benefits for eczema, rheumatoid arthritis and breast pain. Evidence is mixed for relief of premenstrual syndrome.
Fenugreek Helps lower blood sugar in patients with diabetes, in some studies.
Feverfew Several studies suggest it can help prevent migraines.
Flaxseed Lower cholesterol levels in some studies. New research is investigating its potential for preventing heart disease and osteoporosis.
Garlic Some studies show it lowers cholesterol levels, and may slow atherosclerosis.
Ginger Studies show it can ease pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting. Though many people swear by it, the scientific jury is out on its efficacy for motion sickness.
Ginkgo Some studies suggest it lowers the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer's disease and improves memory in the elderly. It's being studied for asthma, multiple sclerosis and sexual dysfunction due to antidepressants.
Ginseng Research suggests it may lower blood glucose and benefit immune function.
Milk Thistle Research outside the U.S. finds it improves liver function. The National Center for Complementarry and Alternative Medicine is funding research on its use for chronic hepatitis C and other liver disease.
Peppermint Oil Studies suggest it may improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and, with caraway oil, ease indigestion.
Bitter Orange A component of many herbal weight-loss products, bitter orange can speed up heart rate and raise blood pressure, reportedly causing fainting, heart attack and stroke. Used topically, it can increase the risk of sunburn.
Ephedra In 2004, the FDA banned sale of dietary supplements containing ephedra following reports of stroke, heart attack and sudden death.
Kava While some studies suggest it can ease anxiety, the FDA warns that kava supplements can cause severe liver damage.
For more, read Susan Crandell's report on Alternative healing methods.
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Sunday, February 22, 2009
How to Go on a Free Date
DIzzIE [c]opyleft 2007
So you’ve got an empty wallet with a hot date being just
around the corner and you’re worried that your usual
schemes won’t rub off the right way on your significant
other? After all, rushing him in through the back door
amidst a crowd of exiting moviegoers to avoid the $8.50
ticket price may indeed seem cheap, and holding her hair
back as she spits up the alka-seltzer mixed in with the
crème brule to get out of paying the $200 bill at the
city’s most posh restaurant isn’t the most romantic of
ways to spend an evening.
Worry not fair courtier, for here’s a walkthrough
on how to have an entirely free evening with style.
First off, we need to take care of transportation.
A few days in advance, pay a visit to a few prominent car
dealerships and ask about their test drive programs. The
good news is that not only do numerous dealerships now
offer 24-hour test drives, many also give away promotional
gifts like DVDs as ‘thank yous’ for the taking their
product for a spin. The bad news is that the dealer may
insist on running a credit check or/and ask you to leave
your current car at the lot.
Next, let’s take care of the conventional chocolate and
candy. Last month having written a letter to your chocolate
manufacturer of choice (Godiva, See’s, and so forth),
describing your great distaste with their product, and
including a UPC code that you took off a box at the store
or created yourself using barcode software and the fitting
paper stock, you should now have either a coupon or a
check for the value of the candy, or even an actual
replacement box shipped to you.
As for the flowers, drive by a cemetery and pick out
a particularly appealing array.
A couple days before the big day, call up your selected
fine dining establishment and explain that you are the
Food & Arts reviewer for a local community paper or a
startup magazine and have been assigned to do a review
of said restaurant (depending on the particular
restaurant’s policy you may or may not have to explain
that you are coauthoring the article, so as to explain
the presence of your associate). Set a date and a time
ballpark for when you’ll be coming, give your name,
and when you show up at the restaurant simply drop
your name. You may want to create business cards
matching your supposed position.
Following the meal, when you’re going to the theater
use the same technique as for the restaurant,
with ‘food & arts’ being replaced with ‘entertainment’.
And as for later in the night, well we all know that
free contraceptives are available from a local health
center. Of course, various companies would gladly
send you a sample if you write to them requesting one;
some, such as Trojan, have a convenient online
request form: trojancondoms dot com/freesample.aspx
Have fun! ;)
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On my recent trip to Burger King I made a little departure from my main stay and decided to do a little covert ops.I found the coupon code book for free whoppers and chicken sandwiches.PreZ who? » Free Burger King Whoppers for Life
All you have to do is get a reciept from a burger king that has a survey box on the back. Instead of calling the number and wasting your time just follow these instructions for free no hassle food.
Here are the instructions:
- Find a reciept with the telephone survey on the back.
- Where it says to write the code and place the two letter code followed by 5 numbers (hint: Numbers do not have to be in any order or value except that there has to be five of them) for which month you are currently in.
- Example: WH 12345 the only thing they will check are the two letters.
- You still have to buy any size fry or drink but you will always get a free sandwich of your choosing.
Based on which month your are in choose the two letters that coincide with that month.
- Jan = BB
- Feb = LS
- Mar = JH
- April = PL
- May = BK
- June = WH
- July = FF
- Aug = BF
- Sept = CF
- Oct = CK
- Nov = CB
- Dec = VM
Hope this helps when the craving hits.
10) Collect potatoes. Paint faces on them and give them names. Name one after your roommate. Separate your roommate's potato from the others. Wait a few days, and then bake your roommate's potato and eat it. Explain to your roommate, ''He just didn't belong.''10 Ways To Creep Out Your Roommate | Crazy Piglet
9) Move everything to one side of the room. Ask your roommate if he knows how much an elephant weighs, and look at the floor on the empty side of the room with concern.
8) Draw a tiny black line on your nose. Make it bigger every day. Look at it and say, ''The hair, it's growing. Growing!''
7) Buy some knives. Sharpen them every night. While you're doing so, look at your roommate and mutter, ''Soon, soon....''
6) Collect hundreds of pens and pile them on one side of the room. Keep one pencil on the other side of the room. Laugh at the pencil.
5) Tell your roommate, ''I've got an important message for you.'' Then pretend to faint. When you recover, say you can't remember what the message was. Later on, say, ''Oh, yeah, I remember!'' Pretend to faint again. Keep this up for several weeks.
4) While your roommate is out, glue your shoes to the ceiling. When your roommate walks in, sit on the floor, hold your head, and moan.
3) Make a sandwich. Don't eat it, leave it on the floor. Ignore the sandwich. Wait until your roommate gets rid of it, and then say, ''Hey, where the heck is my sandwich!?'' Complain loudly that you are hungry.
2) Every time your roommate walks in yell, ''Hooray! You're back!'' as loud as you can and dance around the room for five minutes. Afterwards, keep looking at your watch and saying, ''Shouldn't you be going somewhere?''
1) Talk back to your Rice Krispies. All of a sudden, act offended, throw the bowl on the floor and kick it. Refuse to clean it up, explaining, ''No, I want to watch them suffer.'''