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8 Natural Anxiety Relievers: Which Ones Really Work; Which One Can Be Deadly

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Just ask anyone who survived a natural disaster, or has health or financial problems or family issues: anxiety can get you down. Top it with an uncertain future, and it can be downright debilitating. If it gets too bad, you go to a doctor or therapist, but what if there came a time you couldn’t get there. What natural anxiety relievers could help? If you’re under some stress right now, you might even want to give a couple a test run so you’ll know what works in the future. Of course, always check with your doctor since none of these can take the place of expert medical care. […]

By | December 4th, 2012|General|37 Comments

10 Medical Uses for Hot Peppers

Hot peppers hang out at the Chile Frijoles Festival in Pueblo, CO. Dried, peppers maintain some of their medicinal powers. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I just got back from the Chile & Frijoles Festival in Pueblo, CO, where everyone was eating the hot fruit in every conceivable way. Not that anyone needed another reason to enjoy, but it reminded me of all the health and medicinal benefits packed in those little pods of flavor. […]

By | October 4th, 2012|General|22 Comments

No Mercy for MRSA. How to Treat One of the Most Common Superbugs.

MRSA may be resistant to some antibiotics, but honey can still kill it. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Of all the “superbugs” that can infect you, the one you’re most likely to get outside of a hospital setting is community-acquired MRSA (pronounced mer’-suh). The official name is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. I see it in the office fairly often, and it’s resistant to the antibiotics we commonly use for staph. For cases where you can’t get to a doctor, everyone should know how to treat MRSA. […]

By | September 18th, 2012|Infectious Disease|227 Comments

New Details on Safest Cough Medicine

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Over-the-counter cold and cough medicines are no longer an option for children under five. That’s what makes the information in a new study so great. We already knew honey was a good alternative for a cough—actually better in some cases than anything else—but now we know more details. […]

By | August 9th, 2012|Children, Infectious Disease|33 Comments

Surprise: 4 Common Cold Treatments That Don’t Work

Though it’s popular, most studies say echinacea extract doesn’t work for colds in children. In adults, studies show mixed results. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Okay, I know I’m going to get into trouble with some of you here; I just feel it in my bones. The same American Family Physician article that named study-proven common cold treatments also listed treatments proven not to work. If you’ve tried these and they work for you, be my guest. Except for one: […]

By | August 7th, 2012|Children, Infectious Disease|29 Comments

The Natural Remedies Proven to Work on the Common Cold

Split second before a sneeze. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. No one wants to deal with the symptoms of a cold during a disaster—actually during any time, now that I think of it. But being in close quarters with others will put you at increased risk. Even if you’re a loner, the natural stress of the situation is going to lower your immune system. So what can you do? Antibiotics won’t help. In fact, treating a cold is one of those times when natural solutions may be the only solution. The journal American Family Physician has a new article called “Treatment of the Common Cold in Children and Adults.” There’s still no cure, but this article cites proven methods to prevent colds and to shorten the course if you have one. Some things work better on children than adults and vice versa. […]

By | August 2nd, 2012|Children, Infectious Disease|42 Comments

Diabetes During a Disaster: What to Do When You’re Out of Medication

American ginseng may help lower blood pressure during a disaster if you have to go without your medication. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Okay, it’s disaster time, you’re a type 2 diabetic, and you’ve run out of or lost your oral medication. What do you do? Here are some ideas to lower your blood sugar. First, continue your diet and exercise. If you’re on oral medications that means you still produce insulin. Insulin works most efficiently when you (1) eat small meals not loaded with simple sugars, (2) stay hydrated with water, (3) do a little exercise. […]

By | June 21st, 2012|General|84 Comments

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

Butterbur: An Overlooked Herb for Allergies, Migraines, and Asthma

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. As I researched recent posts on bee stings, asthma, and pepper for pain, an unfamiliar herb (at least to me) kept showing up. Another thing that struck me was there were mainstream medical studies showing objective proof it worked. Many of these studies warned the findings were only preliminary and the long-term safety was not known, but still, finding a number of studies on a lesser-known herb is unusual in my experience. So I researched it further. […]

By | May 10th, 2012|General|22 Comments

Pain Relief Packed in a Pod

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Around here it’s not unusual to see a string of dried peppers hanging on a wall for decoration. These people are preppers and probably don’t know it. Many would be surprised of the pain-relief power packed in each those little pods. Capsaicin is the chemical that makes the pepper hot. It’s concentrated in that pepper placenta—the light-colored material that keeps the seeds stuck together. Diluted into a cream or spray, the capsaicin can do wonders for certain types of pain. In a disaster setting, when no other pain medicine is available, you could make your own. But be very careful. You’d need gloves, a mask, and airtight goggles. Undiluted capsaicin is beyond hot. More on recipes later. When I have to give a painful shot, I often kid that at least it’ll take your mind off the pain you came in for. I know, lame on my part, but that’s actually the way I used to think the capsaicin worked. It masked the underlying problem. Now I know it works in far more wondrous ways than that. […]

By | April 19th, 2012|General|18 Comments