Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Back to basics, late-April update

I suggest that you start here and follow the links to earlier posts in this series.

But I'll give you the Hillel (standing-on-one-foot version), in case you'd prefer to skip all that clicking around:

"I cured my chest pains by reducing my consumption of nuts [acid reflux is a (literal) pain for nut-lovers], my skin problem by switching to all-natural, 100%-vegetarian-ingredients glycerine-based soaps, and my leg cramps by cutting back on sugar.  Would that all my ailments were that easy to cure.  I'll bring on the big pharmaceutical guns when I need them, but not before.  In the meantime, I'm sticking to the basics, thank you."

Here's my latest recommendation, which I'm sorry I didn't think to share sooner:  Xlear nasal spray.  I was reminded of how much I like this stuff when I used it this past weekend to cure an ear infection, which I've done several times before.  (Since the nose and ears are connected physically, what clears germs out of one will often clear germs out of, or prevent them from entering, the other.)  Xylitol, the main ingredient, is all-natural, and so are all the other ingredients.  The spray is non-addictive and safe for kids.  What more could you ask?

I just love sharing ideas for helping people stay healthy naturally.  If you have any all-natural health tips that you'd like to share, the comments section is open.


Anonymous placebos work said...

Xylitol is not all natural. From wikipedia: Xylitol is naturally found in low concentrations in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables, and can be extracted from various berries, oats, and mushrooms, as well as fibrous material such as corn husks and sugar cane bagasse,[3][4] and birch.[5] However, industrial production starts from xylan (a hemicellulose) extracted from hardwoods or corncobs, which is hydrolyzed into xylose and catalytically hydrogenated into xylitol.

But hey, the placebo effect is a wonderful thing, so have at it.

Wed May 01, 07:56:00 AM 2013  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Okay, maybe Xylitol is of natural *origin.*

But I'm not convinced that I'm experiencing a placebo effect.

Wed May 01, 10:16:00 AM 2013  
Anonymous placebo effect said...

nobody ever believes it's just the placebo effect. but if you read the article, there's no real clinical evidence it works. A case study of 3 is hardly data.

Wed May 01, 01:00:00 PM 2013  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

What article?

Wed May 01, 01:32:00 PM 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

on wikipedia. cited to in the first comment.

Wed May 01, 02:52:00 PM 2013  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

"Furthermore, the 33-month Xylitol for Adult Caries Trial in which participants were given either five grams of Xylitol or a placebo, found no statistically or clinically significant reduction in 33-month caries increment among adults at an elevated risk of developing caries. [18]"

What do the dental benefits of Xylitol, or the lack thereof, have to do with the ear-infection-reducing benefits of using Xylitol-based nasal spray?

"In a very small case series, nasally administered xylitol reduced ear complaints in children previously having chronic complaints, on the order of almost one a month, by more than 92%. The author also reported beneficial effects on asthma with nasal administration.[25]"

They didn't use a placebo in the *nasal-spray* study. Kindly try to focus your comments on the subject of the post.

Wed May 01, 03:38:00 PM 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) I wasn't citing to the dental caries study.

2) the fact that they didn't use a placebo control proves my point. Without a placebo control, this is junk science. Any effect was likely due to placebo. Not to mention that if you go to footnote 25, it was three case studies. That's anecdotes, not data.

You're welcome to shell out your money as you see fit, but since you constantly cry poverty, you may want to stick to regular saline.

Wed May 01, 03:56:00 PM 2013  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Point taken. I'll consider trying plain saline spray in the future.

Wed May 01, 08:43:00 PM 2013  

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