Participants: Agatha Thrash, Don Miller
Series Code: HYTH
Program Code: HYTH000146
00:01 It seems to me that viral infections are increasing,
00:04 and that the number of people
00:06 who get viral infections
00:07 is also increasing.
00:09 So we have both the number of viruses
00:11 and the number of people involved that seem to be
00:15 We'll be talking about this subject for the next
00:18 half an hour.
00:19 I'm Agatha Thrash from Uchee Pines Institute
00:22 and some of my helpers from there will be discussing
00:25 this topic... so we hope you will join us.
00:48 Welcome to "Help Yourself to Health" with Dr. Agatha Thrash
00:51 of Uchee Pines Institute.
00:54 And now, here's your host, Dr. Thrash.
00:58 Sometimes it is quite difficult for us to make the diagnosis
01:02 of a viral infection.
01:04 Sometimes a viral infection will appear to be
01:08 a trauma...
01:09 or will appear to be...
01:12 some kind of collagen disease.
01:14 Or maybe, we think it's an allergy.
01:17 And sometimes, we go this way and that way...
01:20 and we may finally say, well it's for sure an allergy.
01:24 And I think that probably I have thought in myself,
01:27 as well as in my patients
01:29 that an allergy was a virus, or a virus was an allergy
01:32 more than any other single mistake that we might make
01:36 in diagnosis.
01:37 And so a number of years ago, my husband and I
01:39 wrote a book called, "Food Allergies Made Simple,"
01:42 along with Phyllis Austin...
01:44 And in this, we discussed the symptoms of various allergies,
01:50 and if you were to read these, you would think that we were
01:53 maybe talking about a viral infection...
01:56 because they often sound exactly the same.
01:59 So if you have some kind of affliction
02:02 that seems to be an infection and it goes on for a long time,
02:05 you have a fever... every night you have a fever,
02:08 your muscles ache, your joints ache,
02:10 you have a headache,
02:11 maybe even you feel a little sore throat...
02:14 it may not be a virus, it may be an allergy.
02:18 But in dealing with allergies,
02:20 we need to have some tools,
02:23 and some of these tools are very simple.
02:25 And I have asked my cohort at Uchee Pines, John Champen,
02:30 to talk with you about an allergy that he deals with
02:35 And so, at this time,
02:36 John Champen will talk with you.
02:39 This is one of our health educators
02:41 and administrators at Uchee Pines.
02:44 John Champen.
02:45 Thank you.
02:47 There's something that happens around here
02:50 and around, I guess, all parts of the country
02:51 and a little in the fall and in the winter...
02:55 people start getting the flu.
02:59 The bug comes by...
03:00 they find that their throat starts to bother them
03:02 and the next thing you know,
03:05 the glands are swollen on the side...
03:07 they're running a temperature
03:08 and they're in the full swing of it.
03:11 Well, I've had the same problem,
03:14 and I'm sure you've had it too.
03:15 And they get shots for flu and different things like that.
03:20 Then, I got to thinking one day,
03:22 well, God has a solution to everything...
03:25 We may be among those who have a virus or flu
03:30 and some people get it and some people don't.
03:34 Well, I used to get it and get it quite often.
03:37 But for the last 5 years,
03:39 I haven't had a virus.
03:40 Those around me in the office with me where I work,
03:43 they've had the virus...
03:45 and I haven't had the virus.
03:47 I've had the beginning of the virus though,
03:49 but at the first symptom,
03:51 something interesting began to happen.
03:55 I reasoned that lemon...
03:58 you know, I've never seen a worm in a lemon... have you?
04:02 Lemon is a natural antibiotic.
04:04 And I said... "Well, perhaps
04:06 ALSO, it can deal with the virus very effectively"...
04:10 So, I thought maybe not so much in taking lemonade
04:15 but perhaps if lemon juice
04:18 was in the area where the viral infection was
04:21 just beginning.
04:22 ...maybe it would take care of it.
04:24 And so, this is what I did...
04:26 The next time I had a first sign,
04:29 and, of course, I've come to recognize those signs,
04:31 that little feeling in the back of your throat...
04:34 it's a little bit raw and... you know what I'm talking about.
04:38 You've had that too.
04:39 And so, I took the lemon juice,
04:43 and I took it up and I
04:47 rinsed my mouth to get the area nice and lemony
04:51 and then held it in the back of my mouth...
04:53 I said, "Well, let's give it a good try. "
04:56 "Let me see if I can hold it back there for about
04:57 20 minutes to a half an hour. "
05:00 It's a little reflex back there that makes you want to swallow.
05:05 But, I held it anyway.
05:06 and when a little bit went back
05:09 and a little bit more swallowed,
05:10 I just took another little sip...
05:12 so that I kept the surface of my mouth all lemony
05:16 for about a half an hour.
05:20 After that time, I got up and I
05:24 I noticed that there was a difference...
05:26 a slight difference.
05:27 And within 45 minutes to an hour,
05:29 the sensation that had begun was finished.
05:34 My flu was averted,
05:37 and I said, "Well, maybe it's just a quirk. "
05:40 So, the next time, it came around again...
05:45 another flu, I don't know what flu it was...
05:48 what number it was.
05:49 But I did the same thing.
05:50 I took the lemon juice the first sign
05:54 and I held it in the back of my mouth...
05:56 swished it around my mouth,
05:57 I laid down so that it stayed in the back,
06:00 making sure that it stayed there,
06:02 and I found that I was getting
06:03 a little better with that swallowing reflex...
06:05 I could hold it a little bit longer.
06:07 And for a half hour...
06:08 and I found that it was gone.
06:11 I didn't get the flu...
06:13 and it's been over 5 years now and I haven't had the flu!
06:16 I've had the first symptoms of the flu,
06:18 but I haven't had the flu or a cold in over 5 years.
06:22 And, I'd like to show you now with Melissa,
06:25 just how that is done.
06:27 Melissa is coming up...
06:32 and she's going to take a little swallow of it
06:35 and then rinse it around in her mouth
06:38 and then she's going to lay down...
06:42 so that it stays in the back...
06:44 She's doing very well.
06:46 So that it stays at the back of the mouth
06:48 and try not to swallow.
06:49 And she just relaxes and rests.
06:52 I find that doing that the first thing in the morning,
06:55 either before I go to work,
06:57 or at night,
06:59 or whenever it is practical.
07:01 And it doesn't take very long.
07:02 You can do it on your lunch hour.
07:04 Whenever you feel that bug coming on,
07:07 you can go ahead and have that simple treatment.
07:09 It's a blessing!
07:12 And, it is very, very cheap.
07:13 Now you can use lemon juice here, or
07:16 you can use what is right here...
07:27 or a lime.
07:29 And you do exactly the same thing
07:31 whether it's a lemon or a lime.
07:32 You do exactly the same thing.
07:36 Thank you.
07:40 This is a natural treatment that the Lord has provided for us...
07:43 And, at Uchee Pines, I've shared this with others
07:46 and even one of the physicians there and they have tried it
07:52 and they've shared it with others
07:54 And I'd like you to try it.
07:55 The next time you feel the first sign of the flu coming on
07:59 that sensation in the back of your throat that you know
08:02 what it leads to... try some lemon juice.
08:06 Take it... swish it around in your mouth
08:09 ...hold it in the back of the mouth,
08:10 lie down for 20 minutes to a half an hour.
08:12 And then, when you get up, rinse your mouth real well
08:16 because the lemon juice has a lot of acid and
08:19 it etches your teeth.
08:21 So rinse your mouth 2 or 3 times after you get up
08:23 and you'll find that with the blessing of the Lord,
08:26 there are 2 more things that would be helpful also.
08:29 One is, don't take any sweets for that day.
08:32 Be sure you take nothing that has extra sugar in it.
08:35 And the second thing is, drink plenty of water.
08:38 And I believe God will bless you even as He has blessed me.
08:43 I'm sure that He will and
08:44 you know it's such a simple treatment
08:46 and, of course, it has vitamin C in it and a number of other
08:50 nice nutrients that it certainly will do you no harm
08:54 and an interesting thing about this treatment is
08:58 what John Champen was telling you and that is that
09:01 you take it with the very first sign that you've got
09:05 the problem.
09:06 And that's a rule
09:07 of treatment.
09:09 The sooner you begin treating it,
09:11 the greater the likelihood that you have for success.
09:14 So, at the very sign of a symptom,
09:19 consider that to be a signal from heaven telling you
09:22 that tissue is about to be injured
09:25 and then you can institute your treatment at that time.
09:28 Now I'd like to show you the differing signs or sizes
09:34 of a virus.
09:36 So, let me just show you here on the board
09:39 just what you can expect in the way of these very tiny viruses
09:44 and you can see why it is that we are having a problem with
09:48 these viruses.
09:50 Let us say that this represents the size of a small bacterium.
09:58 A very, very small bacterium
10:02 requiring the high power lens of a microscope
10:07 in order to see it with oil immersion.
10:10 Then, if that's the size of a bacterium,
10:15 then a very large virus would be perhaps this size.
10:21 And a medium-size virus would be perhaps that size.
10:25 You can't see these with a microscope.
10:27 And then, a very small virus would be quite tiny...
10:33 ...of course, very much submicroscopic.
10:36 Now as we think about the fact that
10:39 these are the sizes of viruses,
10:42 as compared to ordinary bacteria that we're exposed
10:44 to all the time,
10:45 then we can see why it is that the Bible calls this
10:48 the pestilence that is hidden,
10:52 we don't see it, it walks at midnight.
10:55 And certainly these are viruses and pestilences
10:59 that are in the dark, we cannot see them.
11:03 So, we need to protect ourselves from them even though
11:06 we can't see them.
11:07 And that means when we get fruit from the grocery store,
11:10 we wash it first.
11:12 It's not taken to the refrigerator and stored
11:15 in the refrigerator with all of our other food.
11:18 We take it first to the sink and wash it.
11:20 And if you think it might be fairly contaminated,
11:24 was it with soap.
11:25 Sometimes some fruit has been not handled by human
11:30 hands since it did have a washing period.
11:32 And if so, you may only have to wash off the grocer's
11:37 As well as those who come by to pick it up and
11:41 they wipe their nose and they cough on their hands
11:45 or whatever they do and then they touch the fruit...
11:48 and their viruses from their illnesses are now on the fruit.
11:53 If you eat that unwashed, then you are subject to
11:56 the kind of illness that they had.
11:59 Now, we have a number of treatments other than those
12:03 having to do with lemon juice.
12:06 And, Don Miller is going to show you some of those.
12:10 Don Miller, it looks as if you have quite a lot of things here.
12:13 And I think that we're going to do hydrotherapy.
12:16 We're going to do hydrotherapy and the reason why
12:18 I've got this one right here
12:20 is Melissa is busy right now with her lemon juice,
12:22 so I have to use her doll here to demonstrate
12:25 the particular treatment that I'm going to be showing you.
12:27 I want to show you 2 different types of packs
12:31 we're going to call them.
12:32 One is what is called a wet-sheet pack.
12:34 Now Dr. Thrash has showed you the relative size of virus...
12:39 It's a very small enemy but we can attack it
12:42 in a very large way using something as simple as
12:46 And I believe in hydrotherapy very much.
12:48 What we want to do when we do a wet sheet pack is
12:51 basically that's what we use
12:53 and I'm going to use, for this case, just a wet towel.
12:55 This is going to be a dry towel.
12:56 This is what we call a "dry run"
12:58 where we take a towel, and in the case of a large human,
13:02 a sheet, and put it in cold water and wring it out.
13:06 And then we're going to take the patient,
13:09 and what we normally have them do...
13:11 see this one is frowning because she is not too well today...
13:14 we'd have them raise their arms
13:16 but she doesn't raise her arms very well but
13:18 the reason why we want to do that...
13:20 is we take the sheet and we take it...
13:25 ...perhaps I could help you here.. That would be a good idea
13:27 She's not very cooperative today.
13:31 You want to have every part of the body touching
13:34 the wet sheet.
13:35 And so what we do is, we take the sheet
13:40 and we start over and cross it over the body
13:46 and go underneath the arm
13:49 and then around this leg over here because
13:53 it's got to be completely surrounding the leg.
13:56 And the other part of the sheet will go across the other way
13:59 this time getting this whole arm... this part of the sheet
14:03 is underneath the arm...
14:04 this sheet is over the arm.
14:06 This one came from under the arm and it goes over the arm.
14:10 And then the bottom of it then tucks around
14:14 this other leg.
14:15 Basically, she is completely covered now by a wet sheet.
14:19 And, what we can also do is, we can use a hot foot bath
14:24 to accelerate the treatment or the vigorousness of
14:28 this treatment.
14:29 We put her feet in hot water...
14:31 at the same time we would want to take
14:33 a blanket or a towel
14:35 and drape her shoulders to keep her from getting chilled.
14:38 You do not want a person receiving this treatment
14:41 to become chilled.
14:42 So I would drape the shoulders
14:43 and then I would wrap the entire body
14:46 in another blanket or a towel
14:48 as the case might be.
14:50 For a child, you can use a large towel.
14:52 But now the child is being wrapped up...
14:55 now what's happening inside here
14:57 is you first put down this wet, cold sheet
15:01 Well, that's going to cause an immediate reaction of a
15:04 But the body is jealous for warmth and for healing
15:08 and so it starts sending blood to the area
15:11 to increase the warmth of the area.
15:14 Now as that temperature goes up,
15:16 which now this is an entire body the temperature is going up
15:20 When the temperature goes up, we are rallying and increasing
15:24 our white blood cells.
15:25 We're saying, "White blood cells it's time to get to work. "
15:29 And so now, our spleen and our bone marrow starts
15:35 producing white blood cells, I'm trying to say.
15:37 And we have far more white blood cells in the bloodstream
15:40 out there fighting these little viruses
15:42 to try to bring down the disease process.
15:44 And this treatment...
15:46 now the first maybe 10 minutes of the treatment,
15:49 is a stimulant treatment.
15:54 It will really get a person roused up because it's cold.
15:56 But then it becomes, as it starts to heat up, about
15:58 body temperature, a sedative treatment.
16:01 But as it goes on beyond that, it becomes a
16:04 pyrotechnic treatment, if I can use the term.
16:06 It heats the person up and gives the person a fever.
16:09 And a fever is what we call a friend.
16:13 It's not an enemy that we have to throw aspirin at.
16:15 A fever is a friend.
16:17 And as a person's temperature goes up,
16:19 as I've already mentioned, white blood cells increase
16:22 and healing takes place.
16:23 And before long, instead of having a sickly and sorrowful
16:29 patient, you have a happy patient...
16:32 because now they're feeling so much better for the treatment
16:35 Now there's another thing you can do
16:36 in this type of a treatment.
16:38 Rather than using the wet sheet,
16:40 you can do what's called a blanket pack.
16:42 And what I'm going to do with this particular
16:44 treatment is lay my patient down...
16:49 First I would prepare the bed
16:51 and always prepare the bed before treatment begins
16:54 I'd put a blanket down longways
16:58 and a second blanket longways on the bed
17:01 And then I would lay the patient down in bed
17:07 and I would cover the patient with these blankets.
17:12 Now at the same time,
17:14 you can be adding what we call a "fomentation. "
17:17 And you can do a fomentation quite simply a home.
17:20 Just take a towel
17:22 and what I would do is I would put it in fourths,
17:25 dip it in hot water,
17:27 wring it out,
17:29 and then lay it over the first layer of the towel
17:33 over the blanket that's over the part of the person.
17:35 You want to have these things all the way up and down the legs
17:38 This sometimes takes for a full grown adult
17:40 12 different towels or fomentations
17:43 to give this heating effect.
17:45 And you don't want to put it right against the skin
17:47 because it should be as hot as you can make it.
17:50 So you put it against both legs, the abdomen, the chest
17:53 and the arms,
17:54 and then you wrap them up in these blankets.
17:57 Wrap them up like a mummy.
17:59 Wrap them up like a papoose.
18:00 Wrap them up like a dog in a blanket.
18:02 Or pig in a blanket...
18:03 whatever you want to call them...
18:04 and you put them there and this is going to start
18:07 causing the temperature to rise in the body.
18:09 Again, white blood cells are increased...
18:12 they become more voracious
18:14 they're a lot faster
18:15 and they're much more active
18:16 And this is what we need to fight our viruses.
18:19 You know, many times we go to the pharmacy or something
18:25 and get some type of antibiotics...
18:26 Antibiotics do not work against viruses.
18:29 But God's methods of hydrotherapy
18:31 do work quite nicely.
18:33 So, this is a simple treatment,
18:34 I've used it before on myself and used it on others
18:38 and we get some quite nice effects out of these
18:41 simple treatments, Dr. Thrash.
18:42 Yes, and we have patients who have smiley faces and not
18:46 frowny faces.
18:49 Herpes is a member of the virus family
18:52 and it itself is a large family.
18:55 The virus that causes chickenpox
18:58 and shingles is a member of that family.
19:00 But also the virus that causes fever blisters
19:04 and genital herpes is also a member of that family.
19:08 There are many others... several other members of that family
19:11 it's a fairly large family.
19:13 Now, when a person gets the herpes virus,
19:17 is there something that can be done?
19:20 One way that a person gets herpes infection
19:25 is herpangina.
19:28 It may start as a herpes infection, or it may be
19:31 a pain in the mouth that feels like a herpes infection.
19:38 The symptoms of herpangina which sounds like
19:44 a viral infection...
19:45 The treatment for it is hot mouth washes
19:49 and simple diet and sunshine exposure,
19:55 and keeping the mouth rinsed, as well as heat-treated.
20:00 And since it occurs in children, sometimes the mother has to
20:05 irrigate the mouth, instead of asking the cooperation
20:08 of the child.
20:09 The child will get swollen gums, bleeding gums,
20:13 and the teeth may become almost covered by the swollen gums.
20:19 And then, after the treatment is done,
20:22 the gums are just as sound as they ever were.
20:26 Now, a fever is a true herpes infection.
20:29 And it is associated with the deposition of the virus
20:36 in the tissues of the lip...
20:38 so wherever it strikes the person,
20:42 it generally lives there.
20:44 And it may live there for decades...
20:46 Unless for some reason, the person is able to throw it off.
20:50 One way that you can treat fever blisters is with cayenne pepper.
20:55 Just mix up some cayenne with alcohol
20:58 and dab it on the area where you have the fever blister.
21:02 You can expect that it will burn intensely for about 15 minutes.
21:07 But then, if you're successful,
21:09 it will be very helpful in getting rid of that herpes
21:14 infection on the lips.
21:17 L- lysine can also be used to treat a viral infection,
21:22 and hot baths can also be used to treat a viral infection.
21:27 So as we learn these various treatments for an infection,
21:33 we can be armed against them.
21:36 Now, the next thing that I would like to present to you
21:39 is that of heating compresses.
21:41 And John Champen is going to talk with you about
21:45 heating compresses.
21:46 And the heating compresses can be applied in many areas.
21:50 And, here you come with a number...
21:53 So, I'd like to see how you put these on.
21:56 Thank you.
21:58 Heating compresses, you might think that we put on something
22:02 hot but we don't.
22:04 We put on something that's cold.
22:05 Melissa is going to be my subject.
22:07 We're going to take this cloth and put it in cold water
22:13 or ice water.
22:14 It is wrung out where it's not completely dry,
22:18 but it is fairly dry.
22:22 This goes on... this is going to be for her neck.
22:34 All right, what this does is,
22:35 of course, it causes
22:36 the blood vessels to constrict...
22:46 while they're constricting,
22:48 the body is saying, "Well, we can't have that,
22:52 we've got to heat this place up. "
22:54 And so what it does,
22:57 it begins to heat up this area
23:03 Now, first cloth goes on... it's dipped in ice water
23:08 or cold water and then it's wrung out and placed on the neck
23:13 Then it's covered with the plastic.
23:15 The plastic should cover the entire area.
23:18 And then above that, I'm going to use a sock
23:24 which is something that you have in your home
23:28 All right... and that will cover the heating compress.
23:36 Now this can be slept in very comfortably
23:39 for a person that has a sore throat...
23:43 and it is pinned.
23:49 This is a heating compress.
23:51 The body will begin to heat this up
23:54 and as it heats it up,
23:57 there's more blood drawn to the area
23:59 and the sore throat that she has, will begin to go away.
24:03 It's not uncommon that in the morning
24:05 when she takes this off,
24:06 and then takes a little mitten
24:14 in the morning, it should be very warm
24:17 and then rub the area very briskly
24:20 and then dry it off so that the pores can be closed.
24:24 This simple procedure is very effective.
24:27 Thank you, Melissa.
24:29 Now, if the person has a cold,
24:31 and they like to work with their feet,
24:37 they may have cold feet...
24:39 the same thing can be done.
24:41 You can take a very thin, cotton sock,
24:43 and do exactly the same thing that you did for the throat,
24:46 you can do it for the foot.
24:48 You would take this, dip it in ice water,
24:50 wring it out, place it over the foot...
24:54 When you do the feet though, you'd like to do both of them.
24:57 One on each foot...
24:58 then you would take a plastic bag
25:02 and put the foot into the plastic bag,
25:04 cover it completely,
25:07 and then put a heavy sock over that...
25:10 So you wind up with 3 layers...
25:12 the cold wet one,
25:15 the plastic
25:17 which the foot goes in
25:19 and then that goes inside here.
25:23 And again, you have exactly the same thing
25:26 that you had for the throat.
25:27 The feet would warm up during the night...
25:29 they would feel chilly initially
25:31 but then they'd warm up
25:32 and the person would feel very well in the morning.
25:36 Now, you might have congestion in your chest,
25:39 in this area...
25:40 you could use a band if it was for the abdomen area;
25:44 if you had... like constipation, you could do the same thing.
25:49 You could use a band and you would do exactly the same thing.
25:52 Now if you had your entire trunk...
25:55 ...you had congestion in your chest,
25:57 you would take a shirt without sleeves
26:01 and exactly the same procedure would be made.
26:04 You would put it in cold water, wring it out
26:06 and place it on.
26:08 It would feel very chilly...
26:10 then over the top of that, you would take a...
26:12 this is a garbage bag...
26:15 and a hole is cut out for the head
26:16 A hole is cut out also for each arm
26:21 and slip it over the person or for yourself,
26:24 then over the top of that,
26:27 you can place a sweatshirt.
26:32 So the same procedure can be used for many different
26:35 parts of the body.
26:38 This could be worn during the daytime.
26:40 I've known folks who have placed this on themselves
26:43 and worn them during the day,
26:45 or the collar during the day also.
26:48 So, this is one way that we can deal with some of the
26:52 health problems that,
26:53 with the material that you have in your own home,
26:55 it's very inexpensive and very effective.
27:00 You know, as I was thinking about your doing this,
27:03 I thought of many cases where I have recommended
27:06 this kind of treatment
27:07 and the person has said,
27:09 "My affliction is too severe for that simple treatment
27:13 to be helpful for me. "
27:14 And they simply refuse it.
27:15 And I think about what happened in the Bible...
27:18 when THE remedy for the bite of those serpents was
27:23 given to the people...
27:26 The brass serpent was raised up on the pole,
27:30 and the only thing that the sick Israelite had to do
27:34 was to look up on that pole
27:37 and see that brass serpent
27:39 and they would be healed
27:43 but many of them refused to do it and died of their
27:47 Don't sell these simple remedies short.
27:50 They are very effective,
27:51 and I would like to encourage you to learn how to do them.
27:54 You will enjoy them.