Participants: Agatha Thrash (Host), Calvin Thrash, Don Miller, Rhonda Clark
Series Code: HYTH
Program Code: HYTH000239
00:01 Hello! I grew up in rural South Georgia
00:05 about 33 miles from the nearest hospital because of our
00:09 distance away from good medical care, my parents became quite
00:10 proficient in home remedies.
00:16 Since I grew up with these I know their effectiveness
00:20 I know that in may instances they are the best remedy for
00:24 a certain disorder.
00:25 It won't work for all things but it does work for many
00:29 and where it is applicable, a home remedy is the best remedy
00:34 that we have for that disease.
00:35 We're going to be talking about Home Remedies, some of which
00:39 I think you will never have seen before,
00:41 so we hope you will join us and I know you will
00:43 enjoy the program.
01:05 Welcome to Help Yourself to Health
01:07 with Dr. Agatha Thrash of Uchee Pines Institute
01:10 and now here is your host Dr. Thrash.
01:16 In most homes you will find a lot of things that are very
01:22 applicable to home remedies.
01:25 Now every home that has water and a source of heat and a
01:32 source of cold and cloths and sometimes some kind of
01:39 irrigation equipment, any home that has these can be
01:43 sure that they know how that they have the equipment to do
01:47 the home remedies.
01:48 Now I have here a very simple home remedy,
01:52 this is a cough syrup, and notice this thick honey,
01:56 see how thick it is.
01:57 This honey is produced in South Georgia,
02:04 it's Gall Berry Honey and as you can see it is quite thick
02:08 but when you put that with some chopped onion,
02:11 just ordinary onion chopped notice how very thin the
02:17 honey gets, the reason for that after 12 hours or so
02:21 it has extracted all the benefits from the onion.
02:25 Now we have there the Quercitin, we have a lot of flavonoids and
02:29 a variety of antioxidants, some antimicrobial substances,
02:35 a lot of things that can be most beneficial for a cough.
02:40 and this is a cough medicine.
02:43 Let me show you what you would do from this point,
02:46 just take a strainer and pour the juice, the onion honey
02:55 pour that into a strainer and strain out the onion
03:01 and then you have the onion honey fluid, you can mash this
03:08 a bit to get it so that you have only the fluid in a cup and then
03:17 it can be stored in the refrigerator.
03:19 Simply store the nice honey water, now when a person has
03:25 a cough, whether it's dry or productive, this can be used
03:30 by the teaspoonful to quell the cough.
03:34 Not very long ago we had a patient who had a cough,
03:39 it was really terrible, and every time she coughed,
03:43 she would take a teaspoonful of this from the refrigerator
03:46 and simply swallow it.
03:48 In seconds her throat would feel better, she would have a
03:52 paroxysm of coughing and in just seconds she would be
03:58 free of cough and go sometimes for half an hour with
04:02 no coughing.
04:03 Then another paroxysm of coughing, just almost like
04:07 the whooping cough, take another teaspoonful, and it was
04:11 again quelled in just a matter of seconds.
04:15 Now a close relative of onion is Aloe, Aloe can grow in your
04:20 kitchen or in your living room, it's a beautiful plant.
04:24 You can have it if you live in very warm climates
04:27 you can have it living out of doors, and it has so many
04:31 uses, and I have asked Rhonda Clark who is one of our
04:35 co-workers at Uchee Pines to tell us some of the wonderful
04:40 unexpected uses of Aloe Vera.
04:43 - Oh! There are so many I really enjoyed researching a little bit
04:46 of the unexpected uses of Aloe Vera.
04:48 A typical bottle of Aloe Vera Gel that you can find at a
04:52 Health Food Store, even now in many pharmacies or
04:55 grocery stores has so many uses for she wouldn't believe.
04:58 Some of the ones that I knew of of course that it's wonderful
05:04 for burns, it's wonderful to put on poison ivy or insect bites
05:09 or other irritations of the skin, such as a scrape
05:13 or a small abrasion, but did you know that this also can be
05:17 used as a deodorant.
05:18 It can be used as a hair jel, or a hair conditioner,
05:22 and it even is a wonderful treatment for dandruff
05:25 if you just thickly apply Aloe Vera get to the scalp
05:28 allow it to set for 10 minutes and then shampoo the hair
05:32 as normal, it can help clear up dandruff.
05:35 - And you just sort of work it into the scalp.
05:37 - Work it in good, let it sit and then shampoo your hair
05:41 as normal.
05:42 - Well that sounds interesting. - Yes! You know it was said
05:44 that Cleopatra used as her secret for beautiful skin.
05:49 In Ancient Egypt they used Aloe's in the embalming process
05:54 not to help preserve anything, but just to help keep the
05:57 skin intact Aloe Vera Gel makes a wonderful face moisturizer
06:01 face cream and it has nice microbial killing property
06:08 that makes it useful for individuals with acne's,
06:10 psoriasis, other types of skin conditions that you want to
06:14 keep the skin very clear of bacteria.
06:16 - Do you have anything for wrinkles?
06:17 - No! cream against wrinkles unfortunately.
06:21 - Well I guess I'm proud of all my wrinkles, it indicates that
06:24 I have lived a long time and that's amazing in this age.
06:28 - Yeah, there were some things that surprised me when I was
06:31 doing this, I guess there are some individuals who suffer
06:34 with odor in the belly button of all places and Aloe Vera
06:39 is a wonderful remedy for that.
06:40 Using Aloe Vera gel twice a day in the belly button can help
06:44 reduce irritations or odor in the belly button
06:47 and some other kind of surprising things of Aloe Vera
06:50 that I thought were...
06:52 Oral care, this one really surprised me.
06:54 There is a growing body of evidence of the benefits of
06:57 Aloe Vera gel in many dental procedures.
06:59 It can be used to treat gingivitis or inflammation
07:03 of the gums and that can be either by gargling, rinsing,
07:07 swishing with an aloe Vera juice, or letting the gels sit
07:11 against the gums for a period of time.
07:13 There is even now toothpaste made with Aloe Vera that can
07:16 be useful in fighting against gingivitis, when a tooth has
07:20 been extracted, Aloe Vera can help prevent infection
07:23 in that socket of the extracted tooth it could be...
07:26 - A nice way to put it against the gum is to take a small
07:34 segment of one of the blades of the Aloe, remove the cortex
07:43 the little bark of it from one side and make sure there are
07:47 no thorns projecting from it and then lay that right against
07:52 the gum and then in a few minutes it becomes quite nicely
07:56 soft and molds to the side of the jaw and that makes a
08:02 very nice anti-microbial remedy for a gum boil
08:07 or an abscess tooth.
08:09 - Yeah! -Well I appreciate the opportunity to come and share
08:13 some of these unusual uses of Aloe Vera gel.
08:15 - Well thank you so much, I enjoyed these and I would
08:18 like to try the one with the Aloe Vera shampoo.
08:21 - Yes! - Thank you!
08:23 Now I would like to show you another remedy and this remedy
08:28 is a heating pad, it's a very simple one, you could just buy
08:34 these from a pharmacy or a department store,
08:36 and they should be in every home having electricity.
08:41 If you don't have electricity all is not lost, you can simply
08:45 take a bottle of the appropriate size, fill it with hot water,
08:49 wrap it with a towel and it can be applied in the same way
08:54 to the chest, to the abdomen, to the back, to a knee,
08:57 a foot, and any place where there is pain or discomfort
09:02 it can be nicely used to great advantage it has both immediate
09:07 benefits in pain relief, and it also has long term benefits
09:12 in healing.
09:14 Now I suppose my very favorite remedy is charcoal
09:18 and I have asked Cal Thrash to join me for this
09:22 next demonstration which will be of charcoal remedies.
09:26 - Yes!
09:27 - Cal you have a number of things here I see,
09:30 and I know that you are very familiar with charcoal,
09:34 - Oh yes! - Because you grew up with it.
09:35 - I certainly did, in fact I have some experiences that I
09:38 would like to tell today to our viewers as well.
09:41 Charcoal is an absolutely amazing substance, but it
09:44 doesn't look like a whole lot when we look at it, it's just a
09:47 powder and it's what you expect a black substance,
09:50 and of course what we use is powdered activated charcoal.
09:54 It is quite useful for many external applications and some
09:58 internal ones as well. - Now you said it was activated
09:59 tell us what that means.
10:03 - Activation is a process that charcoal goes through when it
10:07 still in the kiln the steam is injected into the environment
10:14 under pressure and at just the right temperature and the right
10:16 pressure, it actually blows open more holes little surface
10:20 area in the charcoal. - And these little surface areas
10:23 are for what purpose?
10:24 - Well that's to attract poisons to it,
10:28 now I have a graphic that perhaps
10:30 we could show at this time that has actually a picture
10:34 that the tunneling electronic microscope took of charcoal
10:38 surface, and you can see the surface of the carbon there
10:41 under extreme magnification of course, and see the features
10:46 that charcoal has too.
10:47 - It has little ridges and holes and valleys.
10:50 - Right! - I guess the toxins go in all
10:53 of those little valleys and into those holes and are held there.
10:58 - That's part of the beauty of charcoal actually, in fact
11:02 one of the uses of charcoal is to take up and draw poisons
11:07 of all types, drugs fit into that category as well
11:11 so they can be taken up, but toxins and...
11:14 - Toxins from germs. - That's true and in fact
11:16 even bacteria themselves can be actually taken up by charcoal
11:22 some people think though that once the charcoal has actually
11:25 soaked up, if you want to call it these toxins and poisons,
11:28 that it could be squeezed back out again.
11:30 But that is not really what happens with charcoal.
11:33 charcoal works through the process of what we call
11:36 adsorption, you notice I said adsorption and not absorption,
11:40 which is different, it's actually the attachment of
11:43 the toxin to the surface of the carbon itself.
11:47 - So it comes into the charcoal by method of traction.
11:53 - That's correct! - Rather than just being
11:55 absorbed where it's just like a sponge it flows into it.
11:59 - That's right, now the process of taking the poison back out
12:03 of the charcoal is considerably more difficult and usually not
12:07 compatible with life, although it's true that under certain
12:10 circumstances some of the toxins could come out
12:12 but those are very unusual circumstances.
12:15 For instance if a person has been given a drug like Morphine
12:18 or something that actually stops the bowel itself
12:22 and a person may have trouble actually eliminating that
12:24 charcoal and it could cause problems.
12:26 Most people don't have that kind of a problem
12:28 and if they are generally healthy then they won't have
12:31 a problem with eliminating the charcoal and the toxin
12:35 that it took up.
12:36 - Now you look as if you are going to make a
12:39 charcoal compress.
12:40 - Actually I'm going to show some of the uses for external
12:43 uses of charcoal, and I have some of the sizes,
12:47 I will show you some of the sizes of charcoal that we
12:49 actually carry at our book store at Uchee Pines,
12:53 and we bottle this up ourselves.
12:54 Now this one is the largest size we have, that is 21/2 lbs.
12:58 size and it's the easiest probably to use under most
13:02 circumstances for external uses where you need a lot of powder.
13:06 - Such as a brown recluse spider bite.
13:10 - That's correct.
13:11 - It takes up that toxin right through the skin.
13:13 - And we'll be talking about some of those uses too
13:16 as we go along here, I won't be able to show you probably
13:19 that one because that would be quite an intense usage
13:23 of charcoal, but this smaller size is probably the most
13:27 common size, that's the quart size charcoal, and we have
13:30 that as well.
13:32 These are powders and it's powdered activated charcoal,
13:35 and then we have smaller sizes, this one is a tablet and a
13:41 capsule vege-caps, both of which we have at our store
13:46 there at Uchee Pines, and we bottle all of those together.
13:52 - Now would you use charcoal capsules for it's external use
13:57 say making a compress?
13:59 - You could of course, but it is considerably more expensive
14:02 to do it that way.
14:04 Probably the best way to use charcoal the most effectively
14:08 way, the most cost effective way is to use it as the powder,
14:12 you can use it both internally and externally in powder form.
14:15 - So if you are traveling you certainly want to take the
14:16 powder. - You probably want to take some
14:18 along, now I think it's entirely possible that you'd want to have
14:22 capsules and tabs when you go traveling and in my experience
14:27 actually it seems like the most common thing that happens
14:31 to you when you are traveling is some kind of
14:33 gastrointestinal distress.
14:35 - Yes! What can be called Montezuma's Revenge if you
14:39 are going south of the border.
14:41 - Now I have to say that charcoal is very effective
14:43 with these types of gastrointestinal problems,
14:47 and I wouldn't travel without it, it's...
14:50 - Yes, I never travel without it,
14:51 it will save your trip sometimes.
14:53 - Absolutely! Now what I would like to demonstrate today is a
14:57 poultice and for that I would like to ask Arianna Hartsfield
15:00 if she would come and we will show you actually the external
15:04 uses here in kind of a small way because obviously it would be
15:11 very difficult to work with charcoal in a large way
15:14 here at this set.
15:15 I want to show you exactly what I mean by that
15:18 when I add the water to the charcoal you can immediately
15:23 see that charcoal will begin to powder out and it's very
15:30 light, now people have... - Now see this little dust
15:33 coming up there. - And you don't want to stir
15:36 very rapidly, now people have told me that they have tried to
15:40 mix charcoal in various ways they have stirred it very
15:43 quickly and tried to get it mixed up quickly,
15:46 but this is not a quick process at all, you want to really
15:49 take your time when you are adding the water and mixing
15:52 the charcoal.
15:53 One person they told me they had a neat experience
15:55 they put this into the blender and put some water in there
15:59 and turned it on and even after they opened up the top
16:02 it was pretty much everywhere all over the kitchen,
16:05 and so it's something that you want to go very carefully and
16:09 very slowly with, and the mixing process can take a little bit
16:14 of time so don't rush this process at all.
16:17 But I have mixed some up already for you and you can see from
16:21 this little container here about the consistency that I've
16:25 mixed it up, is the consistency of soft melted ice cream here.
16:30 And it does taste wonderful just like that ice cream would
16:34 but this is probably just a little bit thick for the average
16:39 poultice it's not to bad, but you certainly don't want to
16:42 scrimp to much on the water when you are using it because
16:45 you do want it to go ahead and soak through the material
16:48 that you are going to put it on and of course this today
16:51 we are going to use a paper towel which is very easy
16:55 to use for the poultice, so we are just going to spoon this
16:59 on to the paper towel material itself and it will begin to come
17:04 through the paper towel as you spoon it on
17:06 and of course you can make it fairly large whatever the sizes
17:10 that you need to be able to take up the surface of the
17:13 problem that you have and we'll just assume that
17:16 Arianna has a bug bite that she is having some
17:21 little bit of inflammation, maybe a little bit of infection
17:25 there. - There it is right there.
17:26 and you want to try to take all of this up with the charcoal
17:29 so we are going to put that right on to the surface of
17:32 the area and cover it well, so that you make sure you have
17:35 plenty of area covered with the charcoal.
17:38 Don't scrimp in this area, this is not where you want to
17:41 scrimp at all, you want to make sure you cover plenty of
17:44 area with that charcoal poultice, then we take some
17:47 plastic wrap, the regular good stretchy kind is good,
17:51 and we can cover our charcoal poultice with our stretch wrap
17:57 and of course this is probably way to much for the
18:01 average poultice, but it's to show you exactly what
18:05 you would want to do.
18:06 You probably could use less, just enough to cover the
18:10 charcoal poultice itself, and you can take some tape...
18:13 The best thing actually is to take some paper tape
18:17 the kind of surgical tape that you find and actually
18:20 tape the edges around like this, and of course that keeps
18:25 the charcoal from coming out the side and it makes it so that
18:30 the person can wear this for quite some time,
18:33 maybe several hours without having any problem at all
18:35 with the charcoal leaking out around the edge.
18:38 - Maybe even wear it over night.
18:40 - It certainly can be worn over night.
18:42 - Or a couple of days if necessary.
18:43 - But depending on what it is this poultice could be used for
18:49 an hour or two, or up to twelve or so hours,
18:54 but you wouldn't want to keep it on for to terribly long
18:57 because it could begin to cause a little bit of a problem
19:01 being wet there, once the charcoal has pretty much all the
19:05 surface area has been used then it's taken up whatever
19:09 it needs to, you need to go ahead and take that one off
19:11 and if the problem still exists then you want to do that
19:15 all over again, start with another charcoal poultice
19:18 and continue to do it.
19:19 Now we talked about Brown Recluse spider bites,
19:21 Brown Recluse spider bites are quite a problem in that they can
19:26 actually cause a necrosis or death of the tissue all the way
19:31 down to the bone in a cone shaped area, and there is no
19:34 real effective way to treat Brown Recluse spider bites
19:38 except for using charcoal.
19:40 They use steroids and just excision of the tissue
19:43 and so forth, but it can cause a real problem and continue
19:46 to cause problems on through until the person gets
19:51 skin grafts which sometimes will take and sometimes because
19:53 of the inflammation that is involved in this they can
19:56 slough off and cause a problem and be a real tough issue
20:00 in fact it can even cause amputation of certain limbs
20:04 because of the Brown Recluse bite.
20:06 This treatment that we've just shown you of course
20:09 considerably bigger area that you would want to make your
20:12 charcoal poultice, and you can use a cotton piece of sheet
20:16 or something that you could put it on rather than a
20:19 paper towel, if you would like to use it over it's something
20:22 that you can do, but certainly with a Brown Recluse bite
20:25 you want to change that poultice probably once every couple
20:29 of hours at the very most, maybe even more often than that,
20:32 to give the opportunity to take up as much of this poison
20:36 as possible and take it away so that it is not something
20:40 that the body has to deal with and the body can focus on
20:44 healing the Brown Recluse bite rather than...
20:46 - I remember a patient that you had one time who had a
20:50 Brown Recluse spider bite on the leg and it was a week
20:56 or so before the patient came for the poultice and yet it was
21:04 healed but it took quite awhile, it took what was it
21:07 5 or 6 weeks? - It took well over a month
21:10 in fact it was more like about 3 months that the person was
21:14 dealing with this problem.
21:15 So the faster that you can actually get the poultice
21:18 the charcoal to the site of the bite, the better,
21:22 and that of course includes bee stings or anything else
21:24 that a person is having any kind of reaction to.
21:26 - Very good, how about a snake bite, would you use it for
21:29 a snake bite?
21:30 I wouldn't hesitate to use it for a snake bite,
21:32 I have never had the opportunity to actually
21:34 do that and so, I'm not really certain the procedure other than
21:38 just simply using as much charcoal as is possible,
21:42 I think I would also use it internally as well as externally
21:45 in that type of instance.
21:46 - Yes, I'm sure I would too but I still think that the
21:50 anti-venom might be the good route to go,
21:53 maybe using both the charcoal for the first aid and
21:56 the anti-venom at a later time.
21:59 - That's correct, now we have one other graphic that we want
22:01 to show you and that's a picture of a young fellow that is in a
22:05 bathtub that has charcoal in it.
22:08 Now what was happening here was the individual involved
22:12 had the chicken pox and you just draw a bath full of water
22:16 and put some charcoal in it and you don't have to necessarily
22:20 put a certain amount, but a cup or two in the bath,
22:25 it helps to bring about the relief from the itching,
22:28 and the little boy there was saying, "it doesn't itch
22:30 any more" after only a minute of being in the charcoal bath.
22:33 - It certainly looks messy. - It is quite messy, and it's
22:36 not something that you would want to do every single day,
22:38 but I can tell you this that if a person did have a
22:41 snake bite or something that was a serious problem,
22:44 I certainly wouldn't hesitate to put their whole affected area
22:48 if it was their arm or leg, most of these snake bites are
22:50 around the leg area where the snake has actually gotten
22:53 the person as they walk along.
22:54 I wouldn't hesitate to put that whole limb right into
22:58 a bucket or even put them in the bath tub full of charcoal
23:01 because that certainly would give the opportunity
23:04 for as much skin area as possible to take that toxin
23:07 right out of the body.
23:08 - Now I know of three instances where really serious snake bites
23:12 have been treated with charcoal in field situations
23:15 and so I wouldn't hesitate to do it, and to rely on it
23:19 in a field situation. But if I had the anti-venom
23:23 I think I would probably not have the courage to just use
23:27 the charcoal alone.
23:28 - I'm not sure I would either but certainly it has been
23:30 used effectively in stories that I've heard, especially with
23:34 animals where an animal was treated that way and
23:36 seemed to be just fine the next day so I'm not sure
23:40 that it's not effective but like you I'm not certain that I
23:43 would rely only on that one.
23:46 - Well thank you so much I appreciate this very nice
23:49 discussion of charcoal.
23:53 Now there are so many other remedies that you can use
23:57 and maybe I will ask Dr. Don Miller to come next
24:03 and show you some remedies and what have you here Dr. Miller?
24:09 You always have nice things that you talk about.
24:13 - Well, I travel around a lot but you know I was just thinking
24:15 as I was listening to Rhonda and Cal's presentation
24:18 Cleopatra used Aloe Vera for her youth and she needed
24:21 some of Cal's charcoal for her Asp bite there at the end.
24:25 - Oh! That's right, history would have been changed.
24:29 - Maybe! You know I travel a lot and here are some
24:34 charcoal tablets I bought in Ukraine.
24:36 - Oh yes! Ok I feel them in there.
24:39 - Where ever you go, it's amazing how other countries
24:42 have a lot more of the simple remedies and charcoal is very
24:46 easy to find, especially in Eastern Europe and
24:49 other countries, but what I wanted to show you was
24:53 my little travel kit, I basically have a mind towards
24:56 travel because when we travel we have to have it,
24:58 and that's why these come in so handy it's hard to mix a
25:01 charcoal poultice or a charcoal slurry when you are
25:04 36,000 feet and making a mess all over the place.
25:07 So a few tablets in the mouth chewed up, and you have to,
25:10 I like to chew them up because the more you break them down
25:14 the more they get to work.
25:15 - And then if you got anything in the mouth it helps with that.
25:18 - Absolutely! - Bad breath to gum boils.
25:21 - May sort of freak the stewardess out when she sees
25:23 all the black in your teeth. - It's also for a sore throat.
25:26 - It's good for whitening the teeth if you can get it off the
25:28 teeth, which you do with a toothbrush.
25:29 My goal when I travel is not to get sick in the first place
25:36 and charcoal is great to sit there and take care of that,
25:38 Montezuma's Revenge, but why not try to prevent Montezuma's
25:42 Revenge in the very first place.
25:43 Having been in the Marine Corp for 14 years maybe Montezuma's
25:47 a little bit more aiming at me, so I carry little things called
25:50 Wet Ones, there are various different types, this is a
25:53 Wet One. - One of the best ways to avoid
25:55 a cold, keep your hands clean.
25:57 You touch your eyes, and your nose, and your mouth you
26:00 won't be transferring germs.
26:02 - These are some I bought in Ukraine although they are
26:05 in English, but I bought those in Ukraine.
26:08 I use this for many many different things, if you are
26:11 traveling and you are in a situation where you use the
26:14 toilet and maybe the toilet paper is not adequate or
26:18 whatever else, these are very nice, very soothing,
26:21 cleaning your hands after anything that you do.
26:24 Before you eat, sometimes I even wipe my food down with it
26:27 you may catch a little bit of what is on the cloth but
26:30 I would rather have a little bit of that chemical
26:32 than whatever that virus or bacteria or whatever else
26:36 might kill me.
26:37 I carry, these are very nice I took a bunch of these one time
26:44 down to Africa for my students and I kept one set for myself
26:47 this is a pair of tweezers with a magnifying glass attached
26:51 to it for when you get those splinters or other things that
26:56 might be giving you problems that way you don't have to try
26:59 to hold a magnifying glass, you just got it all right there
27:03 and you can pick out your splinter or thorn or
27:08 whatever else it might be, very nice with the magnifying glass
27:14 and so I like to carry a piece of equipment like that.
27:17 When I'm traveling you know we talk about the laws of health
27:20 how important sleep is and sometimes it's hard to get
27:23 a good night's rest, or a good flight rest and so I like
27:27 to carry with me some earplugs, keep them around my neck
27:32 they are always there, I like this type because if one falls
27:35 out it's not going to fall on the floor and I can't find it
27:37 and so these are very nice mosquito protectors to you
27:40 can't hear the little fellow.
27:42 - Very good! Well thank you Dr. Miller I appreciate your
27:45 showing us your kit, and with these simple things
27:49 we hope that you will live much more successfully
27:52 in this diseased world.