Author: Dawn Scott

Typhoid Fever Prevention

I wish that I could rely on my doctor to make sure that I have all the medications I might need while traveling in developing countries, but I can’t. Even if my doctor prescribes medications to deal with a nasty case of typhoid, for example, it’s possible that the prescription will kill me if the disease doesn’t. Prescription medications aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, unfortunately and patients need to beware and read all the fine print. Though there are situations warranting the use of prescription meds, the fact is, the more people use these prescription medications, the more resistant bacteria become to them. Pharmaceutical companies are in a race to keep up with this problem, but they’re also in a race to keep the public under-informed about the value of herbal or alternative medications when treating or preventing certain diseases like typhoid. Typhoid fever or enteric fever is a disease that’s common throughout the world. It occurs when someone ingests food or water that’s been contaminated with the feces of a person infected with Salmonella typhi. With the use of sanitation techniques, Typhoid fever has become less prevalent but in countries like India, people are 18 times more likely to contract the disease. For travelers to India, preventing Typhoid is extremely important. Typhoid fever can totally ruin a vacation. There is an oral typhoid vaccine that’s a...

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West Nile, Malaria, Dengue and Neem

Herbalism hasn’t always fascinated me like it does now. When I was younger, I wanted to be a medical doctor of the Western variety. It wasn’t until I taught Human Anatomy lab at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln that I realized wasn’t cut out for the politics of modern medicine in the United States. Some of the stupidest students got into medical school, while the most knowledgeable, driven, and talented ones kept trying and trying to get in, with no success. While in college, I had a minor crisis about uninspired students getting into med school. And thank God. Western medicine did not suit me. I changed directions in life. I believe that health is so much more holistic than what medical school teaches students today. Since that time, I’ve explored everything from acupuncture and massage therapy to herbs and hypnotherapy. There is no cure-all out there, but it’s unfortunate that more people don’t realize how valuable alternative medicine is when it is applied with thought and careful consideration. When our family travels to tropical countries, we take along a medicine bag full of various antibiotics and Western remedies for things like malaria, diarrhea, and other ailments, but I also bring along herbs. Often, herbs are less harsh and more effective than Western remedies at either preventing or curing different health issues in the U.S. and abroad. It can...

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How to Deal with ED

When I was working through my graduate psychology courses, I had to choose a set of psychopathologies that I would summarize for my class and then give a seminar about them. All the members of the class had to choose, but I was gone on the day when everyone picked something. I was in the hospital having a miscarriage. When I returned, the topic that was left for me was Sexual Dysfunctions. I was okay with this actually, despite the fact that my classmates were already uncomfortable with me because I had had a miscarriage (psychologists are notoriously fearful of things related to sex and death—that’s why they study it—I didn’t finish the program, by the way). Sexuality is infinitely important and having a healthy sex life, I believe, is part of being healthy overall. But nevermind my personal beliefs about sex and sexuality. Everyone has a right to their own beliefs and ways of doing things. What does perturb me, however, is that a number of pharmaceuticals today contribute to the so-called Sexual Dysfunctions that have been dubbed “psychological” in origin. Both men and women suffer needlessly, feeling like failures in bed or even in their relationship as a whole because of a simple reaction to very common drugs. One such drug that causes sexual problems like erectile dysfunction (also known affectionately as “ED”) is Sudafed or pseudoephedrine....

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