I got this email from Reem yesterday. I thought it was very interesting – and very well written might I add – because it defines the exact thing that frustrates me the most: why complementary therapy is not shouted off the rooftops..
Look at the email and then see my comments below:
Let me first say that I’m a big fan of yours and love reading your e-mails and health tips and secretly really want to do a supermarket shop with you. I have adopted some of the things you have recommended. However, I do take some things with a pinch of salt and have been known to be a little skeptical about some of the remedies and recommendations that you suggest. I do however try to be a good sport and give your concoctions a try now and again.
Something happened to me the other day that totally threw me and made me take a second look at everything and my staunch belief in pharmaceuticals. I just wanted to tell you about it, and seek your opinions. My motto is “The stronger the better”, and when it comes to medicating, I usually hit it hard!
Here’s what happened: I was preparing a salad for lunch and I inadvertently cut my finger while trying out my new chopping skills, fuelled by watching BBC lifestyle a bit too much. It was one of those nasty cuts that was like a deep shaving cut that won’t stop bleeding, rather than a deep amputation like cut. I counted at least 5 capillaries bleeding. Anyway, point is, it was bleeding, and a lot. So I did all the things that I was supposed to do, applied pressure, raised my hand and got out a bag of frozen peas. It felt much better, but it still continued to bleed and I was getting annoyed, as it had already been 5 hours and multiple bags of frozen vegetables later. I asked my husband to go to the pharmacy for me and get some tincture that stops bleeding, and he came home with TeeGel, which, I cannot even come close to explaining how not amused I was.
I thought at that point that I would succumb and have to go to the hospital for some medical assistance, and then I recalled something that you said that the best remedies can be found at home. I had read somewhere that suggested if you sprinkle Cayenne pepper on wounds, they stop bleeding. So, in a last ditch effort I did an Alia Al-Moayed, and I reached for the kitchen cupboard. I don’t know if it was the blood loss or what, but there were multiple images of your smiley face, strangely in black and white, around me. I got the Cayenne out and much to my husband’s horror, and my daughter’s confusion on why I was cooking my finger, I sprinkled. WOW.did it sting.it honestly felt like someone hit my hand with a hammer, and then jammed it into a car door. But you will not believe it. The bleeding stopped almost instantly, although the painful stinging lingered for a bit. But I’m not joking when I say, I’ve never seen anything like it, well other than electrical cautery in the OT. The bleeding stopped just like that. I was able to put a regular old plaster on it and that was the end of it. well other that growing some more skin. It was over in 5 minutes.
I just wanted to share this with you, and ask if you could tell me more about it. How can the world not know about this? HOW? My jar of Cayenne now sits proudly in the medicine chest, in full view.. ” Reem Al-Arayed
Thanks Reem. Glad to hear your bleeding has stopped..
Let me tell you why not everyone knows about the cayenne pepper. Basically, because cayenne pepper cannot be patented and there’s no money in informing the public about it. Sadly, that is the case for many natural remedies. The Gerson therapy, for example, has been curing people of cancer for decades using organic carrot juice, but millions of dollars are still being spent on ‘cancer research’ to find a (more expensive and chemical) cure. There’s a lot of politics and profit in the pharmaceutical industry (I’m sure you know that).
If more people shout out the benefits of natural remedies, we can all benefit from less harsh medication and chemical concoctions that replace the simple magic that nature provides!
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