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November 27th, 2013
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Cheap, probably safe remedies
I just ran across this* about gelatin being good for arthritis. and found some confirmation here.

I've cleared up a case of gastric reflux by sleeping on my left side for a few nights. I'd have sworn I got the idea from wikipedia, but it isn't in the article now. I definitely picked it up from a fast search.

There's some evidence that a spoonful of honey before sleep (unfiltered honey on an empty stomach, not much sugar during the day) improves sleep for a high proportion of people who try it, and I've gotten mostly good results-- I'd been waking up many times during the night (presumably from hot flashes), but with honey, I'd only wake up once. It didn't work last night, but it's mostly worked. That spoonful is usually a tablespoon, but some people have reported good results with a teaspoon.

Anyway, what cheap and probably safe remedies have you found?

*From the same discussion: youraugustine said: "I have always suspected that border collies feel that if humans were THAT smart, they'd herd the sheep themselves, and this gets passed on via some kind of breed indoctrination as puppies."

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From:whswhs
Date:November 27th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Ginger for a queasy stomach. If I wake up a bit unsettled I have ginger on the morning's oatmeal. Apparently ginger has been thought good for the digestion at least since the Middle Ages.
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From:dr_zrfq
Date:April 8th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Second the motion on the ginger.

I can also recommend fennel seeds; many Indian restaurants put a bowl of them at the exit, for good reason.
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From:siderea
Date:November 27th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
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After years of putting successively more socks on my feet in a futile effort to keep them warm when I sleep, I discovered I don't need anything on my feet at all: the answer was legwarmers on my calves. I now sleep with bare feet and legwarmers and have happily toasty toes. Except when they get bunched at my knee and I wake up.
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From:nancylebov
Date:November 27th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
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A good bit more obvious, but I used to have a problem sometimes of trying to sleep, but finding that a sheet kept me too warm and no sheet was too chilly. The solution was to just cover my feet.
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From:stripeyseven
Date:December 4th, 2013 03:39 am (UTC)
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That often works for me too.
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From:darius
Date:November 27th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Flaxseed oil for headaches that were diagnosed as migraines -- they were never as bad as you'd think by that word, but very persistent. (Taking it daily, not waiting for a headache to ward off.) Vitamin K for self-diagnosed psoriasis, again preventative. Occasional organ meats keep a cracked tooth from aching, the last several years (going against a dentist who said it needed a root canal, so you might want to drop the 'safe' from this one).

I tried the honey too and got the impression it helps me, although not strongly like the effect of 5000IU of vitamin D in the morning -- another one from Seth Roberts. (I tried that at first with 2000IU without noticing any effect.)

Edited at 2013-11-27 09:55 pm (UTC)
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From:marycatelli
Date:November 28th, 2013 12:27 am (UTC)
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Fiber supplement for high cholesterol. (work up slowly.)

Protein supplement for muscles and glucosamine chondroitin for joints -- it doesn't keep me from aching after I've exerted myself, but the next time I exert myself as vigorous, I don't ache -- apparently I can adapt more quickly with the nutrients on hand.
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From:acelightning
Date:November 28th, 2013 07:09 am (UTC)
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If you can tolerate, and even enjoy, spicy foods, when you get a head cold or sinus allergies or anything like that, just have a meal of the spiciest food you can handle. If it's definitely a cold, not an allergy, eating something really hot will sometimes even "burn" it out of your head before it gets any worse. (Other people tell me that doing the same with garlic instead of, or in addition to, the hot peppers is very effective, but I'm violently allergic to garlic, as well as onions, scallions, leeks, shallots, and the Allium family of vegetables in general.)
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From:stripeyseven
Date:December 4th, 2013 03:41 am (UTC)
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During the civil wars in Central America, I heard that civilian communities migrating at night would put honey on babies' tongues to prevent their cries from alerting the army.
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