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Dave W.
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Posted - 06/17/2007 :  20:42:37  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Poll Question:
The last time you used an "alternative medicine" was

Choices:
in the last week.
in the last month.
in the last year.
more than a year ago.
never.
to cure a massive hangover.
while trying to impress that cute girl/guy.
a colossal waste of $19.95.

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filthy
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USA
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Posted - 06/18/2007 :  02:40:15   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Every spring, I drink a quanity of sassafras tea. My grandmother used to make us drink it to "thin out" the blood for summer. I don't know if it works or not but the habit has stuck with me life long.

I got so thin on sassafr's tea,
I could hide behind a straw.....


Don't remember the rest of it -- it has something to do with leaving Arkansas.


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marfknox
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Posted - 06/18/2007 :  04:24:30   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit marfknox's Homepage  Send marfknox an AOL message Send marfknox a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use herbal teas when I'm sick, and I'm sick right now. Yesterday I used ginger tea to help calm my stomach and peppermint tea to help clear the yuck out of my throat.

Edited to add: Mostly for temporarily alleviating the symptoms of colds 'cause I hate the side effects of over-the-counter cold meds.

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Edited by - marfknox on 06/18/2007 04:25:35
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moakley
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USA
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Posted - 06/18/2007 :  05:09:01   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send moakley a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Is drinking a shot or two of bourbon a day for "medicinal purposes" considered alternative medicine? My Father-in-Law has been doing it for years and he is approaching 90.

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Cuneiformist
The Imperfectionist

USA
4954 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2007 :  05:45:11   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Cuneiformist a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by moakley

Is drinking a shot or two of bourbon a day for "medicinal purposes" considered alternative medicine? My Father-in-Law has been doing it for years and he is approaching 90.
I once read a quote attributed to a 16th century Bishop of Seville. It goes:
All of my life I have drunk a bottle of wine a day for the sake of my health; except on those days when I feel sickly, then I drink two bottles.
I'd say that bourbon (and wine) is medicinal. But is it alternative?
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HalfMooner
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Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2007 :  06:07:22   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by filthy

Every spring, I drink a quanity of sassafras tea. My grandmother used to make us drink it to "thin out" the blood for summer. I don't know if it works or not but the habit has stuck with me life long.

I got so thin on sassafr's tea,
I could hide behind a straw.....


Don't remember the rest of it -- it has something to do with leaving Arkansas.


I just like the taste of the stuff. Kinda like root beer, as I recall.


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filthy
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Posted - 06/18/2007 :  06:20:28   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by HalfMooner

Originally posted by filthy

Every spring, I drink a quanity of sassafras tea. My grandmother used to make us drink it to "thin out" the blood for summer. I don't know if it works or not but the habit has stuck with me life long.

I got so thin on sassafr's tea,
I could hide behind a straw.....


Don't remember the rest of it -- it has something to do with leaving Arkansas.


I just like the taste of the stuff. Kinda like root beer, as I recall.


Before the artificial gunk came along, it was a primary ingredient in the commercial soft drink. And today, some homebrewers use it in place of hops. The cajuns dry the leaves to make file' for gumbos and such. A sassafras perch in the hen house will keep mites at bay. All in all, a most excellent plant -- I wouldn't be at all suprised to find that it does indeed thin the blood.




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GeeMack
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USA
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Posted - 06/18/2007 :  06:36:47   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send GeeMack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've studied wild edibles, as a hobbyist, for many years. My understanding is that sassafras tea contains carcinogenic compounds. Sassafras was once used as a primary flavoring ingredient for root beer, but has been replaced with synthetic flavorings because of potential health risks. This article may be of some interest.
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filthy
SFN Die Hard

USA
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Posted - 06/18/2007 :  07:05:44   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by GeeMack

I've studied wild edibles, as a hobbyist, for many years. My understanding is that sassafras tea contains carcinogenic compounds. Sassafras was once used as a primary flavoring ingredient for root beer, but has been replaced with synthetic flavorings because of potential health risks. This article may be of some interest.

Interesting indeed, and meaningless as far as I'm concerned. What with all the rest of my ailments and bad habits, the risk of a little 'fras-cancer is not even a distant blip on the radar. I will continue to have my gallon or so through the first weeks of spring and file' in my soup at any time of year. In fact, I just made some file' about a month ago. The leaves are young and at their best then.

Shit Gee, I've come to think that if we avoided everything & anything that might not be good for us, we'd all likely die of starvation. I certainly would.




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"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


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Dr. Mabuse
Septic Fiend

Sweden
9669 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2007 :  11:34:19   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Does Multi-Vitamin & Minaral supplement count as Alternative Medicine?

Or medication used for a very different purpose from what it was originally intended?

I'm getting Glucoseamine on prescription, but not Kontritine. What are those considered?

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GeeMack
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USA
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Posted - 06/18/2007 :  12:25:30   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send GeeMack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by filthy...

Shit Gee, I've come to think that if we avoided everything & anything that might not be good for us, we'd all likely die of starvation. I certainly would.
Oh, filthy, give up those dangerous natural ingredients and come on over to our side. After all, the synthetic additives are approved by The Feds. You have nothing to fear. You know it's the right thing to do, for your own good of course. Tomorrow you'll be one of us. We accept you, we accept you, one of us, one of us...
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filthy
SFN Die Hard

USA
14408 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2007 :  13:26:18   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by GeeMack

Originally posted by filthy...

Shit Gee, I've come to think that if we avoided everything & anything that might not be good for us, we'd all likely die of starvation. I certainly would.
Oh, filthy, give up those dangerous natural ingredients and come on over to our side. After all, the synthetic additives are approved by The Feds. You have nothing to fear. You know it's the right thing to do, for your own good of course. Tomorrow you'll be one of us. We accept you, we accept you, one of us, one of us...

Surrender to the capitalist swine who run the bellywash and additive industries? NEVER!

Trust the Bushie Feds, whose track record for duplicity is equaled only by the late Alphonse Capone's Chicago administration? Not even as soon as never! Don't you realize that the fuckers are trying to turn us into weaklings, then kill us when we no longer have the strength to offer an ATM card? I'll surrender when the bald-headded bird shits up at Air Force One.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE!, and fetch the Kalashnikov....




"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


"The default position of human nature is to punch the other guy in the face and take his stuff." ~~ Dude

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Siberia
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Brazil
2322 Posts

Posted - 06/19/2007 :  12:46:37   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Siberia's Homepage  Send Siberia an AOL message  Send Siberia a Yahoo! Message Send Siberia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, define alternative medicine; I never drink tea, so I'm not sure if I ever used it. Don't think so; if anything, ginger, honey and mint, I think, for throat ache...

Actually, I hardly take anything at all (that is not related to my arthritis) - even when I'm sick. Go figure...

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@tomic
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USA
4607 Posts

Posted - 06/20/2007 :  14:12:02   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit @tomic's Homepage Send @tomic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm confused by the question. Does alternative medicine include getting a second opinion and acting on those recommendations?

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Dave W.
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USA
25997 Posts

Posted - 06/20/2007 :  15:41:39   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This wasn't meant to be a difficult question: Alternative Medicine at Wikipedia.

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@tomic
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USA
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Posted - 06/20/2007 :  19:45:47   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit @tomic's Homepage Send @tomic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I guess it was the quotes that threw me.

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