Monday, January 14, 2013

The Concocter (Who Prefers Evening Hours) Is In

A credible West Coast street psychic once relayed that I was a healer in a past life. (She also said I’d been a man. We didn’t get into whether I was a male healer; or a female healer in one life and a male something else in another, separate life - if I had held onto her business card, that answer could be one phone call, and a $10 debit-card payment, away.)

My healing strategy is to avoid medication as much as possible. I went off birth control last summer and can’t remember the last time I swallowed ibuprofen. My mom taught me that vigorous cardio helps with cramps; an old Doctors' Book of Home Remedies commercial taught me how to control a toothache by icing my hand; I taught myself that getting more sleep and disengaging from toxic people will help with tension headaches; and I’ve kept my Hashimoto’s Disease in check with dietary modifications and exercise.

I’ve been known to reverse sore-throat symptoms with pinot grigio.

Last month, a suffering co-worker told me about her hernia diagnosis. The doctors would only treat it with painkillers, which weren’t doing much. The distress in her voice was all it took to get me on the case. She’s sewn up holes in my clothes before – in a Senegalese restaurant.

After 20 minutes of online research, I prepared a list with tips on how to naturally treat hernias, emailed it to her, and followed up on the phone. The prize piece of advice involved elevating the head end of her bed with bricks. She declined my offer to grab the bricks for her.

When I sashayed toward her on a subway platform one morning last week, she looked as radiant as my future in this field. I won’t hang up a shingle until I’m able to cure the flu. 


  1. I'm also not a huge fan of modern Western medicine. I feel like we're just so overmedicated. I read the book "You Can Heal Your Life" and it talks a lot about affirmations as healing tools. Next time I have an ache or a pain I'm heading straight to you.

    Stopping by from SITS

  2. It's so awesome that you've taken to more holistic alternatives to medication. Apart from living a more active lifestyle, I wish I could quit ibuprofen.

  3. Yes, I agree that I want to eat in a healthy manner and not take medication unless it is really necessary. But,oh, Roving Retorter, I hate to say it, but my trust in holistic-style medicine is limited. If antibiotics had not become available to the general public in 1945, a lot more of us would be dead right now, or at the very least deaf (from ear infections, which can destroy a baby's hearing). As for vaccinations, I am incredibly grateful to live in an era when they are available--every time my child got a vaccination I remembered that my mother's little brother died of whooping cough in an era before many vaccinations were created. I'm stunned by how many mothers refuse to get vaccinations for their children in the present era--amazing how short the human memory can be.

    1. I'm with you. I'll do drugs when it's really necessary. I'm just lucky enough (so far) to not really need them often.