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Old 09-22-2017, 10:03 AM   #1
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Got Belly Issues? Try Ginger!

Some people take a 'shot' of ginger every day in the morning, claiming it kills all the bad things inside of them. While not exactly true, there are many health benefits to ginger. Ginger has been shown to slow the growth of pathogens like E. coli and Staph. Although still in the testing stages, it is hoped that the ingestion of ginger will be used to fight gastrointestinal infections. And although there is no evidence that ginger will ward off flu or a cold, it's warming properties can help relieve some of the symptoms of the common cold.

It has long been known that those that suffer from problems with the stomach can benefit from ginger. Used frequently to calm the nausea and upset stomach from pregnancy for years, it has also shown to have a positive effect to those with motion sickness and those that suffer from the side effects of chemotherapy.

But there are other uses for ginger. The anti-inflammatory effects once absorbed into the bloodstream are used to treat the symptoms of arthritis. Essential ginger oil can be applied to the skin once diluted with another oil to treat muscle pain and soreness. Taken internally, gingers' ability to enhance circulation will help with warming cold hands and feet.

How much and what kind of ginger? There are ginger candies that are more palatable than taking a bite of raw ginger. Those suffering from nausea find them useful. But although raw ginger gives the best effect, the flavor has more bite to it than most people can tolerate. Grated into a cup of tea is a common way to ingest it. Dry ginger works well, too, but only use a quarter dose of it. You can find capsules and extracts in your local health food store. Experiment with the various types of ginger to find what works best for you.

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Old 09-22-2017, 11:12 AM   #2
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Some people take a 'shot' of ginger every day in the morning, claiming it kills all the bad things inside of them. While not exactly true, there are many health benefits to ginger. Ginger has been shown to slow the growth of pathogens like E. coli and Staph. Although still in the testing stages, it is hoped that the ingestion of ginger will be used to fight gastrointestinal infections. And although there is no evidence that ginger will ward off flu or a cold, it's warming properties can help relieve some of the symptoms of the common cold.

It has long been known that those that suffer from problems with the stomach can benefit from ginger. Used frequently to calm the nausea and upset stomach from pregnancy for years, it has also shown to have a positive effect to those with motion sickness and those that suffer from the side effects of chemotherapy.

But there are other uses for ginger. The anti-inflammatory effects once absorbed into the bloodstream are used to treat the symptoms of arthritis. Essential ginger oil can be applied to the skin once diluted with another oil to treat muscle pain and soreness. Taken internally, gingers' ability to enhance circulation will help with warming cold hands and feet.

How much and what kind of ginger? There are ginger candies that are more palatable than taking a bite of raw ginger. Those suffering from nausea find them useful. But although raw ginger gives the best effect, the flavor has more bite to it than most people can tolerate. Grated into a cup of tea is a common way to ingest it. Dry ginger works well, too, but only use a quarter dose of it. You can find capsules and extracts in your local health food store. Experiment with the various types of ginger to find what works best for you.
Better yet, let's not give medical advice to random people on the internet.
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Old 09-22-2017, 11:17 AM   #3
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I'm sorry you feel that this is medical advice. But there are many people out there taking random vitamins and supplements for various reasons. This is just one more bit of information for their armory.
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I am one of many who take ginger regularly, twice a day for my arthritis. I have osteoarthritis and the ginger seems to ease my constant discomfort.

One of my cousins takes it because she's plagued with a temperamental stomach. She swears by it.

I didn't have any reaction to chemotherapy when I was treated for breast cancer in 2016. I don't know if the connection could be made but, perhaps, taking ginger may have helped with that. It wasn't a controlled situation so it's only a guess on my part.
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I'm sorry you feel that this is medical advice. But there are many people out there taking random vitamins and supplements for various reasons. This is just one more bit of information for their armory.
When you tell people how they can treat medical problems, that's giving them medical advice.

I know there are lots of people who take supplements, herbs, whatever; it's come up over and over again here. The fact is, though, that supplements are not miracle workers and their so-called benefits are usually overblown. Just look at all the weasel words used to describe them: may help, might support, could be beneficial.

Then there's the fact that some can actually interact in a dangerous way with prescribed medications, causing serious problems for people. And the fact that there's no standardized dose of essential oils or whatever because there are no rigorous studies about their use. And many supplements have been found not to contain what the bottle says they contain, because their manufacture is not regulated.

There are good reasons why the scientific method and randomized double-blind clinical studies are used to validate safety and effectiveness of prescription drugs. Supplements are not required to go through this process. Look up the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act if you want to know more.

Here's one good source: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/tag...n-act-of-1994/
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One more thing: when individual chemicals are isolated from an herb or spice or spider venom or whatever and tested in a laboratory, certain effects may be observed, like killing e. Coli. That does not mean that ingestion of that chemical will have the same effect in the human body. Often it does not.
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While it is possible to poison yourself with food, herb, spice, legumes, grapefruit juice or at least have a negative reaction, it is not probable. I'm not talking about allergies. I'm not talking about food sensitivities. And I'm not talking about diseases that you must stop eating certain types of food due to gastrointestinal diseases, celiac, ibs, crones.....etc.

For hundreds/thousands of years foods, herbs, spices, have been known to help and alleviate physical issues and mental issues. Vitamins, herbs, spices, combinations of those have been used in ancient traditions in most cultures for much longer than we've had a gov't agencies making decisions for us. Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, indian medicine (both native American and Indians from India) as well as most cultures have provided relief from this or that ailment.

Food as medicine. While many people won't even look at food as the basis for nutritional eating, it can do so much more. Research is being done now, check out doctors on ted talks, look at how combinations of teas are amazingly effective, or eating cooked tomatoes 3 x a week, are as effective as some cancer medications. While I'm not saying, don't check with your doctor, stop taking your medications, don't do that, do check, but you might be amazed at the information available in the research. Not all doctors are against using food, herbs, spices, to supplement medical prescriptions.

We use a number of herbal medicines, one for colds coming on, and another for aches and pains, as well as ginger (candied ginger) for stomach ailments. Chamomile, Valerian, melatonin, for sleep. While you might want to go to your doctor every time you change your menu or try a new herbal remedy, you might also have access to doctors that others do not.

Look at turmeric and black pepper as an example. And for as many herbal medicines are helpful and good for you, there are others that can make conditions worse, like licorice negatively affects high blood pressure. So I'm all for herbal medicines, food as medicine, spices as medicine as long as you are willing to educate yourself about each of them.
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Be that as it may, average life expectancy before 1900 was 45 years old. The fact that people have been doing something for a long time does not prove that it works well with no side effects, as many believe. It just proves that they had no other choices. People used to chew willow bark for pain relief; little did they know it caused stomach ulcers, for which they had few treatments. Lots of things can cause belly pain and ginger sure won't help an ulcer.

And again - over the counter supplements, whether from a pharmacy or a health food store, have been shown over and over again either to not contain the amount of ingredients listed on the label or to contain illegal ingredients that can be dangerous. Their manufacture is not regulated by the government or anyone else, so you can never be sure of the dosage you're getting.

Did you know grapefruit can interact with blood pressure medications, leading to uncontrolled blood pressure, which can cause strokes? Or that taking echinacea can interfere with the action of warfarin (Coumadin), increasing the chance of uncontrolled bleeding? St. Johns wort, even ginger and garlic, can interfere with some cancer treatments.

People who are not medical professionals should not be giving medical advice to people blindly on the Internet, and people who are medical professionals won't do it because it's unethical, if not illegal. I don't care what people do in their own homes. This is not about that.
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GG, I'm sure we can agree to disagree. I knew about grapefruit because of my blood pressure but I didn't know about echenacea because I don't take coumadin. You can only be a good partner in your own medical care if you are willing to do your own research and work with your own professionals if you have them. It's not likely I'd probably care about the million or so diseases we have in our society, so I mostly pay attention to the one's that affect me and my family.

The herbal medicines we take for colds (for which there is no cure) and for pain relief, we make, so we know what is in them 100%.
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Bliss, of course. Again, my issue is not with what people on their own decide to do. I simply don't think it's a good idea for someone to just breeze into a public forum and promote something like this as if it's no big deal.

I'm also wondering what a "quarter dose" means when you can't be sure what the dose is in the first place
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