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3 Yeast Infection Myths. (#1: Men Don’t Get Them.)

Sure, you can eat yogurt for a yeast infection. But for a more direct approach, you can insert a tablespoon where it really counts. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Since this is National Women’s Health Week, I tried to think of common ailments that I see women for more than men. Things that would be frequent problems in a disaster. The first ailment that came to mind was yeast infections. (It’s estimated that up to ninety percent of women will have one at some time.) But, men, this affects you too. Much more than may you think. Fortunately, for yeast infections, there are plenty of home remedies. […]

By | May 15th, 2012|General|243 Comments

A Smelly Remedy for a Yucky Problem

Garlic is an age-old home remedy for pinworms. Studies on its effectiveness are scarce, but it’s worth a try. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Warning: Gross-out level 8/10. Someone on the Homestead Survival Facebook page asked me, if there’s no way to get to a doctor, how does a person get rid of pinworms? Good question. There are plenty of home remedies, but there’s little objective proof they work. Garlic for Pinworms: Worth a Try(?) Using garlic is an age-old remedy for pinworms. We know it kills the worms and eggs through direct contact in a lab, but that’s different than going through the digestive system. The only study I could find using the stuff in a person showed a seven percent cure rate. Even the authors were surprised and suggested further study, but I found none. I suspect some reasons for the lack of studies are: (1) There are good pharmaceutical cures, such as prescription mebendazole and over-the-counter pyrantel (not to be taken if pregnant). (2) No one’s going to pay for a study using garlic. (Is there a Garlic Association?) (3) A pinworm infestation is not considered life-threatening. But I hear it can make your butthole itch like crazy. They like to come out at night, so that can certainly mess with your sleep. Two Steps to Killing Pinworms at Home So, what do you do if you can’t get the medicine? I’ve done a little research, and here are some suggestions for getting rid of those nasty creepy crawlies. […]

By | April 17th, 2012|Critters, Infectious Disease|438 Comments