Participants: Agatha Thrash (Host), Don Miller, Rhonda Clark
Series Code: HYTH
Program Code: HYTH000231
00:01 Hello! I love to treat people with problems with the
00:06 respiratory tree, there are so many things that you can do.
00:10 Many of these are applicable to a home setting and we'll be
00:14 showing you whom of these in this program,
00:16 we hope you will join us and that you will enjoy our program.
00:39 Welcome to Help Yourself To Health
00:42 with Dr. Agatha Thrash of Uchee Pines Institute
00:45 and now here is your host Dr. Thrash.
00:48 Every well equipped home has those items in it that are
00:57 required for doing simple treatments on the human body.
01:01 Such things as tubs, and towels, and salt, and water,
01:07 those things are what we need, there are some special things
01:12 but for the most part every well equipped home will have
01:15 anything that will be needed.
01:18 As a matter of fact you have probably been for all of your
01:21 life treating yourself for colds and sore throats
01:25 and tummy aches and the like and maybe we can help you
01:29 to know a few other things that we will show and tell
01:33 that can make your disease a little shorter, and make the
01:37 complications that you get from respiratory problems less.
01:41 So I would like to invite you to come with me to my little
01:47 laboratory which has in it just simple things from the kitchen.
01:53 Notice this first thing, this is just onion, onion is a common
02:03 household kitchen herb if you will, we use it as a food
02:09 but it's also an herb.
02:10 The definition of an herb is any food or plant that has a
02:15 healing benefit, an onion has so many, it has Quercitin in it,
02:20 which is so good for us, it's an anti-inflammatory
02:24 substance, it has anti- cancer properties, it has anti-germ
02:31 attachment properties, so it has a number of good properties
02:36 that make it a good healing agency.
02:37 Now another healing agency is honey, and here is some honey
02:43 that I have, this honey is about a cup here of honey
02:50 and this honey came from the honey comb directly so it still
02:55 has a little honey comb on it, but we don't mind that,
03:00 we can eat that as well, the honey comb is a very good
03:04 anti-microbial substance for us, it also has some
03:09 anti-allergy properties for us.
03:13 Now the onion and honey recipe that I am going to show you is
03:17 so simple you will think it probably does not work
03:21 but I can tell you that it does, and so what we have to do
03:24 is to put the honey on the onion, and it is simply layered
03:30 on in this fashion, notice how thick the honey is as I
03:35 put it on, and I just layer the honey on in this way
03:39 and it is just enough to cover it well, and it looks like I'll
03:48 need a spoon here to cut this off and make it so that it
03:53 will be not quite so messy.
03:54 Then I can stir it, or I can just leave it as it is
04:01 because it's going to become liquid, you might think is that
04:04 going to become liquid, yes it does, within a few hours
04:09 this honey will have drawn all of the healing properties
04:14 or many of them, from the onion and then the onion honey
04:22 is taken as a very nice cough syrup.
04:26 Now the way to use it is every time you cough just take a
04:31 teaspoonful of the liquid, now you have to take my word
04:35 for it right now, that it is going to become liquid
04:38 then you pour off the liquid and squeeze the limp onion
04:44 to get the rest of the liquid from it and then you are ready
04:48 then to take the cough syrup, one little item at a time.
04:55 Now I have asked Arianna Hartsfield to be my
04:59 cooking assistant here, and so Arianna can now help me to...
05:04 If you will just help me to keep these things going so that
05:08 I can show another recipe, now this one is another very
05:14 simple thing, for it you need a very simple teaspoon,
05:19 every well equipped home has a teaspoon, and you need some
05:23 salt, and again it's located all the time in homes.
05:28 So one teaspoon, one level teaspoon of salt in a pint jar
05:36 is the best, just a pint jar and then fill the jar with
05:42 water, just plain water from the tap or purified water
05:48 if you prefer.
05:49 This will probably be used for an irrigation substance for
05:53 the nose or for the throat if you have an inflamed throat.
05:59 So this can be simply stirred in this way to dissolve the salt
06:04 and then everything in fine.
06:07 It is ready then for you to use as an irrigation substance.
06:14 Now what I do when I have made it up is to simply set this
06:22 aside, it doesn't need to be refrigerated because it has
06:26 some anti-germ qualities of it's own, so I just set it aside
06:31 let it stay at room temperature, then it's ready to use or almost
06:38 ready to use, you may want to warm it up if you are doing a
06:41 nasal irrigation.
06:42 And now you can take this and this for me, thank you so much!
06:50 I will just keep this on hand in case I should need it for an
06:55 irrigation material, so we will set that aside.
06:59 Now irrigations are not used as much as they should be,
07:03 irrigations are so beneficial let's say to the nose, if you
07:09 have an allergy, a nasal irrigation just with this saline
07:13 and using a small bulb syringe or simply pouring a teaspoonful
07:19 in the palm of your hand and snuffing it up into the nose
07:23 this way and then allowing it to drop into a sink.
07:27 That will remove impurities from the air to which you may
07:32 be allergic causing your allergy or your hay fever,
07:36 and it's most beneficial for this kind of thing,
07:39 so I recommend that to you.
07:42 If your beginning to get a cold sometimes again
07:45 an irrigation with warm saline, very warm, as warm as your nose
07:51 can tolerate it nicely, can be very helpful.
07:54 Now Dr. Donald Miller has had a good bit of experience
07:59 in various parts of the world where he travels and lectures,
08:03 welcome Dr. Miller to our program today.
08:06 - Thank you! - I would like you to tell us
08:08 about some of the irrigations that I know you have done
08:12 I have heard some of your case history's about irrigating
08:14 wounds and sores and feet and ears and noses, what are you
08:20 going to talk with us about today?
08:21 - You know one of the challenges when you get into other
08:24 countries, especially third world countries is finding
08:27 ways to irrigate, you don't have running water,
08:29 you don't have hoses and so what do you do?
08:31 I was in India one time and there was a man that they said
08:35 you need to see this man he hurt his foot,
08:37 so I went to see the man and he had the most horrible
08:40 looking foot, it looked like hamburger on the bottom,
08:43 it was full of some black particulate matter,
08:45 I saw him at night under an oil lamp, I figured how am I
08:48 going to clean this thing, there is no running water
08:51 no way you can sit there and squirt this out, and so what I
08:54 did is I took a water bottle, just a simple plastic
08:57 water bottle which you carry and I had a little percussion
09:01 hammer that had a needle in the end, a little nail,
09:03 and I took it out and put a hole in the lid of my bottle
09:06 then I just turned it up and squeezed the bottle and got a
09:09 good strong jet of water that very nicely irrigated that foot.
09:14 I could keep filling it back up with water and irrigating
09:17 the foot and then I was able to see what I was working with
09:20 took a little surgical scrub brush and scrubbed a
09:22 a little bit more, cleaned it very nicely.
09:25 - My how innovative that is, necessity is certainly the
09:30 mother of invention I can see.
09:31 - What else are you going to do I couldn't pick it off
09:34 and use my toothbrush, you had to find some way to irrigate
09:37 the wound and it is so important, as you know you've
09:40 been in surgical fields where you've got to irrigate a wound
09:44 and what do you do when you don't have all the modern
09:48 We had one man with us on the team who was a medical doctor
09:53 and, I remember one day at lunch he said I'll never do this
09:56 again, I will never come on a mission trip as a doctor again
09:58 because I can't do anything and if you are held to the small
10:03 box of comfort, your comfort zone of what you learned in
10:07 all the fancy dan things that if you haven't learned that
10:10 what am I going to do.
10:11 I remember in the Marine Corp we had what was called a
10:13 speed march reaction course where you were put in the
10:18 situations where you had maybe five Marines and they would say
10:21 ok, this is going to happen you've got to do this and
10:24 get over here in a certain amount of time and you had to
10:27 think very quickly and so using things like water bottles
10:30 comes in very handy.
10:32 - And I can see that learning to think quickly because
10:36 there you are with an oil lamp and a patient and
10:38 you need to go home and get some sleep.
10:41 - Plus there are a hundred more people that wants to talk to you
10:44 also, it's tough.
10:46 The bulb syringe, Dr. Thrash has mentioned using this as a
10:50 nasal irrigator, I like to take a piece of cloth or here I've
10:54 got a Kleenex wrapped around it so it can close off one
10:58 nostril, and then insert that into the nostril this keeps the
11:02 water from coming back out and then slowly squeeze and
11:05 will bring the water through the sinus passages, usually out
11:09 the other side or out the mouth and the more you do this
11:12 especially the warmer the better and it has to be saline.
11:15 The first time I learned about this I sat there in class
11:19 and I said oh that's a good idea, when I tried it on myself
11:22 I forgot that one word, "Saline," I took warm water.
11:27 - So it burned a little! - Oh! It was excruciating!
11:30 I thought it must be doing good because it hurts awfully
11:33 bad, you know the old mind set, if it hurts it must be
11:36 good, that's not the case here.
11:38 - The worse it hurts the better it is for you.
11:40 - That's what you sometimes think but it hurt me bad.
11:43 - And it doesn't have to you just use the saline.
11:46 - Just use the saline! - Just keep it on hand,
11:49 or keep the salt and the water on hand and then you can warm
11:52 it up some if you want to. - No problem!
11:54 - That's nice! - Many of you have probably gone
11:57 swimming in the ocean and especially when they've got
12:00 waves and all of a sudden that wave hits you just right and
12:02 your top over end and you are rolling around,
12:05 you are finally up on shore and you are sputtering and
12:07 muttering and you have cleaned out your nasal passages
12:10 very well, it's on you lip, it's on your chin,
12:12 it's on the floor, but you "sniff" that was fun,
12:15 that felt really good.
12:17 This is the same thing although the ocean wasn't quite as warm
12:20 as our saline is going to be, warm saline, clean it out
12:24 it does a very nice job, Dr. Thrash has mentioned
12:26 using the palm of your hand, I've used a spoon before.
12:30 One of the nicest ways if you have the modern equipment
12:33 if you have a waterpik which has a nasal applicator
12:38 it's just a little L-shaped thing or almost an L with a
12:41 big bulb on the end, you put that in your nose turn the
12:44 thing on low, push the button and it just slowly pumps it up
12:49 and it will come out by itself.
12:51 You do this over a sink, or you'll make a mess otherwise
12:54 it just goes down the sink, some will go back up your throat
12:58 you could either spit it up or swallow it if you don't mind
13:02 a little bit of salt water, it's not going to hurt you
13:03 unless you have really high blood pressure,
13:05 so these are some nice things that you can do.
13:08 - I can just hear a young person say "Oh gross," I suppose
13:11 it is gross. - When I took this course at
13:15 Uchee Pines the Lifestyle Counselor Course
13:17 which is an excellent course
13:19 and believe me we've had doctors take this course,
13:23 we've had grandmothers take this course, we've had
13:25 high school students take this course, it's an excellent
13:27 course, but I remember we had the class and that person
13:32 said... the instructor said who wants
13:34 to be the demonstratee and a young woman, a French girl,
13:39 Isabelle who is a concert harpist, very proper person
13:48 and very dignified person says I'll do it, and so if Isabelle
13:54 can do it anyone can do it.
13:56 - And it's actually not so gross, especially if you are
13:59 in the privacy of your own bathroom, you are doing it right
14:02 by yourself. - The though of it like...
14:04 I guarantee you, if you put this spoon of water under your
14:09 nose and breathe it up, I promise you, you will not drown.
14:12 People worried they are going to drown or do something
14:15 strange, but if you are tired of having a stuffy feeling
14:18 all the time, try cleaning out your sinus passages with some
14:21 saline and it works extremely well.
14:23 - Yes! It is a very good one!
14:25 Now you mentioned the sinuses. - Yes!
14:28 - How are you going to treat the sinuses, they can't be
14:31 irrigated nicely, you irrigate past them but is there something
14:35 that you can do for the sinuses?
14:38 - We do a sinus pack and along with the sinus pack,
14:43 I can show you another way to do a nasal irrigation by
14:47 someone being prone, which is something I learned not long ago
14:51 when I was teaching up at Andrew's University, which is
14:53 an extremely interesting way of doing it.
14:56 - Good! I'm looking forward to seeing this new one,
14:59 I don't think I have seen it have I?
15:01 - You haven't seen it and it will be a 3ABN debut also.
15:04 - I love new remedies, I go everywhere looking for new
15:07 remedies, so I am really happy for this one.
15:09 I have asked Arianna Hartsfield to be your demonstratee
15:14 for this so Arianna if you will just lie right up here,
15:17 that's fine, and lie back right on this pillow,
15:22 are you comfortable there, ok, this is going to be...
15:26 - This is very fundamental, this is just basically a sinus pack.
15:31 - Ok! - Now if I would usually do a
15:34 sinus pack, I would have the person in a hot foot bath also,
15:37 that means I would have their feet in a hot basin of water
15:40 or a hot basin of water and slowly raise the temperature
15:44 until it's tolerable for them.
15:46 But now what we're working on is the face here and so I take
15:50 a hand towel and I fold it, basically this is folded in
15:54 fourths, I still have the length of it, and then I just do a
15:57 simple movement like this and make it into sort of a mask.
16:00 I put this in hot water and wring it out, you don't
16:04 want to steam this because you are going to lay this
16:05 directly on the skin of the face, but you want it to be
16:07 quite warm, and once you've got it ready,
16:10 you lay it over the face so it is covering the entire
16:16 sinus area.
16:17 You've got your sinuses all in the forehead and underneath
16:21 the eyes, next to the nose, they are all completely covered,
16:25 once you've got that on there then you take another towel
16:28 and I do exactly the same thing, I do a little flip with it
16:32 and lay this over the face.
16:35 Now the reason why I do it this way is the person for some
16:39 strange reason still needs to breathe, and so this way they
16:42 can still be breathing in and out, they are having no
16:44 discomfort, and you just put it there, now might wonder
16:49 well how do you know if it is to hot or not?
16:50 There are a few way that you can tell, one, you can ask them,
16:53 is that to hot, sometimes they will say it's a little bit warm
16:57 and all you have to do is just bring it up and wave it a
16:59 few times, lay it back down it will loose a degree or two
17:02 with just a small amount of waving.
17:04 Another way that you can tell is just watch the person
17:08 watch their nose, watch their mouth, watch their body because
17:12 usually body language will tell you when they are uncomfortable.
17:15 What you do is you leave this on for three minutes,
17:17 while this is on you've got yourself a basin of cold water
17:22 with a cloth, when the three minutes is up, you remove
17:26 the towel, I just lay it down, take the hot one off,
17:29 which is not longer extremely hot, take a cloth and do a
17:34 little rubbing all over the area where you have had the
17:38 the hot compress which will...
17:40 - Now that's with cold water? - This is with cold water!
17:42 - With the hot you've had a vasodilatation but deeper down
17:47 you've had a constriction, now this is going to do the opposite
17:50 and you want to get some fluxion some inflow of blood
17:53 into and out of the area.
17:54 Once you've cleaned it off nicely, you take your hot one
17:59 again, put it in hot water, wring it out and just lay it
18:01 right back down again and then put your other towel on
18:05 top which will hold the heat give some good heating
18:10 into the area, another way you can do this, a simple way is
18:14 just put someone in front of a lamp and let the lamp shine
18:17 in their face, it's the heat that we are looking for
18:19 which is going to help open up the sinus passages
18:22 get some of the sinus fluids that whatever might be
18:25 stopping it up moving and it will work very nicely
18:29 having the foot in the hot water...
18:30 - Just bend the knees and put the feet in a tub of hot water
18:37 as hot as they can stand. - Try not to let the back
18:39 of the legs hit the tub because it is just uncomfortable for the
18:42 person, this will be drawing down the blood decongesting
18:48 the head and the chest and we will be drawing more blood
18:51 down to the feet, this is derivation and there by
18:54 relieving some of the pressure in the head, the sinuses,
18:58 the chest, where ever it might be, giving some
19:00 very nice results.
19:02 How many times do you change it, three minimum,
19:05 I would go up to seven to eight at a time, the more the merrier
19:09 in this particular situation.
19:11 Now I mentioned that other irrigation that I have not yet
19:15 shown you Dr. Thrash, and what this one requires is a
19:19 little bit more interesting, what we are going to do
19:22 is we're going to slide Arianna this way until her head is
19:25 completely off the table, so if you can just lay there
19:28 Arianna, we can sort of slide the whole kit-n-caboodle over,
19:32 Ok I want your head all the way, that's all right,
19:35 just let your head fall, a little bit more, ok,
19:38 I want it all the way back, that's perfect!
19:40 and then what we do is we take an eyedropper and we take the
19:47 saline solution that we have made, I'm not going to actually
19:51 do it Arianna but this is what you do, you take a simple
19:54 eyedropper, you would fill it with the saline and then you
19:58 have the person open the mouth, open your mouth and breathe
20:01 through your mouth, and they you would slowly fill up each
20:04 nostril with the saline solution until it's completely
20:07 full, now it's going to slowly drain back into the back
20:11 of her throat, she can either swallow it or I like the
20:15 thought of taking a flexible straw and put a flexible straw
20:19 in her mouth and she can just expectorate out through the
20:22 flexible straw and you can take the whole pint of saline
20:28 and slowly run it through the sinuses patches.
20:30 Now you've got a couple of things working,
20:32 you've got gravity Dr. Thrash moving the saline down into
20:36 the sinus passages, you've got the salt which is very
20:39 soothing to the sinus patches and it's healing it's own right
20:43 and this is going to give her a very nice cleaning out of the
20:47 sinus passages.
20:49 Now one more thing that you can do in addition to these
20:52 things, if a person having real sinus problems is put some sage
20:56 in water and do some inhalation of sage steam, sage is very
21:02 cleansing and very healing for the sinus passages,
21:05 just a regular old can of sage.
21:07 So these things work very nicely, when I first experienced
21:11 this thing at Andrews University it was so interesting,
21:14 and the nice thing about it is you are laying down, you are not
21:17 sitting there trying to snuff it up your nose, you are just
21:19 laying there and let somebody else fill your nostrils
21:22 full of the water, you won't drown, your mouth is open
21:24 you are breathing through your mouth, if you breathe
21:26 through your nose you will just suck it all through and
21:28 it will all be in the back of your throat, no problem there
21:30 but I find this to be an extremely nice way to do
21:34 a nasal irrigation.
21:35 - Yes, it sounds very nice and sounds as if it might be
21:41 effective, I look forward to trying it myself and prescribing
21:46 it for other people.
21:47 Thank you Arianna!
21:49 - Now we can sit Arianna up here.
21:51 - Yes, I appreciate... I love learning new remedies
21:54 especially learning things that are dependent only on very
21:59 simple things that you have in your own home.
22:02 Now I'd like to review for you the anatomy here so that you
22:08 can see just what it is, just where we have been working.
22:14 Here are the sinuses and if the person leans backward
22:21 we will be irrigating past the sinuses just in the nose
22:28 which when Arianna was lying down the saline would
22:34 come into this area and stay.
22:37 Of course the sinuses are back in here and you would be
22:41 irrigating past those and you might get some of the saline
22:46 into the sinuses and that would also cleanse them if you did
22:51 and then it can be expectorated through the mouth,
22:54 very interesting new treatment and I am very happy that
22:57 I could learn a new one.
22:59 Now I have asked my colleague at Uchee Pines Rhonda Clark
23:07 to join me now for some more instruction,
23:10 this is Rhonda Clark who works with me at Uchee Pines
23:14 as you are an RN. - Yes!
23:17 And you have been working at Uchee Pines as a lifestyle
23:20 counselor and a person who does counseling by telephone.
23:25 - Yes! I have benefited from the education program that
23:30 Dr. Miller was mentioning and I received additional training
23:33 at Uchee Pines as a student and have benefited,
23:35 now I really enjoy the privilege of sharing what
23:37 I've learned with people who call with health concerns.
23:40 - I understand that your students really like you at
23:43 Uchee Pines because you make the subject live.
23:46 What are you going to show us today?
23:49 - Well I know that many people are concerned about the quality
23:52 of air in their homes and so they use machines such as
23:55 humidifiers or air ionizing machines to help improve the
23:58 quality and I just wanted to mention Dr. Thrash how very
24:01 important it is that these machines be cleaned properly
24:06 and cared for properly.
24:07 Everyone who has had one of these machines,
24:10 the package should come with manufacturers instructions
24:13 for cleansing the machine.
24:15 Even when very pure water is used in them they can harbor
24:19 bacteria, and ionizing machines if they are not cleaned
24:22 regularly can accumulate quite a lot of pollutants on the
24:26 device that helps to do the ionizing and so I just wanted
24:30 to mention how important it is to know the manufacturers
24:33 instructions for cleaning the humidifier or the ionizer
24:36 they require cleaning usually at least every day and
24:39 fresh water to be used in the humidifier to ensure that you
24:43 truly are improving the of quality of air in your home
24:45 and not worsening it.
24:48 And another little tip for improving the quality of air
24:52 in your home is to bring in house plants, some people
24:56 love them, I know that you have house plants in your home
24:59 and I was very interested to read a recent study from NASA
25:04 that they were looking at improving air quality on
25:07 space stations and we're looking at what types of plants might
25:11 be the very best for improving air quality in a home and
25:16 how many plants did you need.
25:18 I have a list here of the plants that they found that were the
25:22 best for purifying the air, and some of these are
25:24 very common: The Bamboo Palm. - The one that's tall.
25:28 - Yes! It's very decorative and many people have them in
25:31 their homes they fill a corner very nicely, wonderful for
25:34 filtering and purifying the air.
25:36 Spider plants, these are very common.
25:39 - They are also tall because they are long, they fall down
25:43 from the bowl, or the pot, and can fall all the way to the
25:49 floor, they grow all the way to the floor.
25:52 - And they are so easy to take the little baby spiders
25:56 that come off the end, the little spider plants...
25:59 - And make some new plants. - Yes!
26:00 I think in dormitory rooms we saw a lot of spider plants.
26:05 Flowering Mums, this is another one, and Peace Lilies which are
26:09 so beautiful, Mother-in-law's Tongues, now this was a plant
26:13 that I had not heard of, is this one that you are
26:15 familiar with? - I am familiar with that!
26:17 - Uh huh, and wonderful for purifying the air,
26:20 English Ivy - very common plant and the Gerbera Daisy,
26:25 I think I am saying that correctly, the daisies are
26:28 wonderful for purifying the air.
26:30 These were the top plants that they found and when they
26:34 looked to see how many do you need for an 1800 square foot
26:38 area between 15 and 20 plants and so quite a few actually.
26:43 - And that will actually purify the air?
26:45 - Yes! Help purify, help bring in...
26:48 - They take out gaseous impurities like carbon dioxide
26:53 of course, but also many other pollutants.
26:57 We can be thankful to NASA for that, and thank you for sharing
27:02 this with us. - I'm very grateful to!
27:04 - Well as you have seen these simple things that we can do
27:08 to improve the air and to improve the health of the
27:13 respiratory tree, I am sure that you are thrilled as I am
27:16 with the knowledge that we have.
27:19 I think that to live in this age would be the greatest
27:24 privilege ever, we have not only the hope of the soon coming
27:28 of the Lord, but we also have all of this information
27:32 that is being discovered day by day.
27:34 New applications of old principles, like the principle
27:38 of heat, the principle of cleanliness, the principle of
27:41 irrigation, all of these things are very simple, very important
27:47 things, but things that we enjoy experimenting with to make it
27:53 so that we can love the Lord more for His goodness
27:56 and His provisions.