Wednesday, June 13, 2012
JUNE 13, 2012 NOT SO WICKED INSECTS
" To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee.” - William H Walton
Grudges serve no purpose in life. It is holding on to a resentment and anger, which will eventually lead to you being ill. As we hold on to resentments/anger we unbalance our throat chakra. This imbalance in the throat chakra will lead to confrontational issues as well imbalances in our thyroid. The thyroid gland is essential for balancing the metabolic rate of the body, body temperature and overall well-being. By the way, the thyroid gland is located in the neck- mid line. For some reason I had a large number of cases of thyroidits ( which I feel is common as it is associated with gluten) and thyroid cancers. In the last 2 months I have made the diagnosis of thyroid cancer in 4 patients. I recommended thyroid scans on these patients after the history/physical exam. These ultrasounds led to a fine needle aspiration. The pathology of these cases were all thyroid cancer.
Was there some anger/.resentment in these individuals ? Did this anger and resentment lead to a cancer ? In reviewing data, there seems to be a increased incidence of cancer in individuals who are angry.
“When you hold a grudge, you want someone else’s sorrow to reflect your level of hurt but the two rarely meet.” ― Steve Maraboli Life, the Truth, and Being Free
I love Mr Maraboli's book. The quote is so appropriate when you re-read it more than 5 times.
Why hold on to grudges ? Life is too short. Knowing me , this is one of my character defects I have been working on- letting go of resentments. I pray and meditate for these to be lifted. I send prayers to individuals whom I hold the resentment/grudge in hoping of letting go. I write a gratitude list at night before bed. Mostly I wish no one harm despite what he/she has done to me in the past. I want good karma. I might say hello to those or choose not to. Usually I do as a hello as it is a good practice . I am practicing humility and humbleness. Ella Peterson (Judy Holiday) in " Bells Are Ringing" with Dean Martin did it on a subway car and the results were remarkable. You see watching old movies can be of a benefit. Saying hello causes no harm
When a bee stings, it injects a barbed stinger and a venom sac into the skin. Immediate removal of the stinger and the venom sac can prevent further pain and swelling. The best method for removing the stinger is to scrape the stinger out with a credit card or longish fingernail. If you try to pull the stinger out, you will likely break the sac, releasing more venom and making the sting feel worse. And remember, hands off! Although you may want to scratch the sting, this can increase swelling (and therefore pain), as well as increase your chances of infection. Treat your bee sting at home with these natural remedies. I utilize all disciplines of medicine - ayurveda, homeopathy, botanical, folk remedies and even flower essences.,
If you know you are allergic to bee stings you should always carry a Epi Pen.
1. Honey: Folk lore says that if you’re stung by a bee, treat it with honey! Why not use the bee's honey to treat a sting. It does make sense. There are great studies on Australian Manuka honey for wound infections. Honey’s antibacterial properties will prevent the sting from getting infected.
2. Baking soda: Bee stings contain formic acid, so applying a paste of alkaline baking soda and water helps to neutralize the sting and its side effects. (If you’re suffering from a wasp sting, which is more alkaline, apply vinegar, which contains acetic acid, to the sting instead.)
3. Toothpaste: Although it might sting at first, applying toothpaste to the stung area can help neutralize the pain. Like baking soda, toothpaste contains alkaline ingredients that neutralize the venom in the sting.
4. Meat tenderizer: This kitchen-cupboard cure contains an ingredient called papain that breaks down the proteins found in bee venom.
5. Ice: This cheap and easy natural remedy numbs the pain and reduces swelling. Although it seems like the most simple, it’s probably the most effective—and you’re probably more likely to find ice than the other remedies if you’re on-the-go!
6. Juice of onion and cucumber - can be applied to sting or bite ; I have never used this remedy but does sound soothing especially the cucumber
Botanical / Herbal remedies:
1. Pot Marigold ( Calendula ssp ): Applying calendula cream to the stung area can reduce swelling and itching. Because calendula has antiseptic properties, it can also help prevent infection.
2., The leaves of wormwood and sage can be macerated and applied to bee strings as well as spider stings
3. Plantain ( Plantago major ) the leaves of his plant are the most useful; Know what the plant looks like It probably grows in your backyard and you think it is a weed. Weeds are plants which contain medicinal properties
4. Witch hazel - this is great for stings but I reserve for more mosquito bites than bee stings
1. Oil of lavender - can be applied to reduce swelling; All of these shoudl be in your first aid kit.
2. Tea tree oil - 1 drop on the bite can be rubbed in; takes the pain and swelling away
3. Eucalyptus - dilute three drops of this oil in a cup of water and apply to exposed area. If the bite is near the eyes-- DO NOT USE
For now these are enough remedies. You should have a herbal first aid kit handy at all times. I know Rick and I making one up for Gregory as he will be in Belize at the primate Research Lab and Belize Zoo for the next 3 months. He will need most of the above remedies