20th June 2015
The magic of Vicks VapoRub, olive oil, aloe vera, KCl and extreme stretching
Just thought I'd summarise the few things that have helped me reduce physical pain and inconvenience, and save thousands of dollars in doctor visits/ tests and charges. I've addressed these elsewhere but perhaps not included olive oil yet. Let me explain, briefly:
1) Vicks Vaporub: I developed a fungus type problem in my big toe, perhaps from the swimming pool. A stupid "skin specialist" tried his level best to waste my time and money – with zero results. I applied Vicks vaporub for a few weeks and viola, the entire problem disappeared. I now generally apply Vicks vaporub quite liberally – to any skin-related issue. It works.
2) Aloe vera: I developed some painful sharp cuts in the skin (in an embarrassing place) for which the doctor advised some pretty strong medicine. Nothing happened. Medicine failed. I tried the sap from a fresh aloe vera leaf and within a day the skin healed. Aloe vera works. I've tried it henceforth for similar trouble and it works ALWAYS. Without fail.
3) Olive oil: I developed some crumbs of white on my face some time ago – flaking skin. Dry etc. Went to doctors for opinion, they gave strong cortisoids. One didn't work, so tried another. No effect. Asked a pharmacist. He gave some other brand of some similar strong medicine. Nothing worked. (btw, Vicks Vaporub or Aloe Vera also didn't work – although they seemed to assist). Finally, tried olive oil. Worked like magic. Within weeks, the flaking has almost entirely disappeared. Further, there is this costly medicine that allegedly helps reduce ear wax. One fine day I tried olive oil, instead. I thought it worked well. In fact, it seems to work like magic.
4) Potassium Chloride (KCl): This one I've written about relatively recently – about the heart specialist who gave me some terrible medicine called beta blocker for some random, fast heart palpitations (mostly while playing tennis). After reading up and thinking about it, I decided to try KCl to supplement my diet (to try to mimic the K-Na ratio of paleo diets) along with a banana a day. This has worked beautifully. The frequency of the palpitations had dropped very significantly. I've decided to escalate my supplementation of KCl to around 2-3 gms per day.
5) Extreme stretching: YOGA IS USELESS. After getting extreme RSI I spent a lot of time doing yoga, and in mild stretches. BOGUS. No point doing any mild stretch. When your muscles get really sore, you need EXTREME STRETCHING. By now my RSI (which had reached a level that is perhaps unprecedented) and my eyestrain (which again, is definitely unprecedented) – both driven by my extreme typing/reading/writing – have almost disappeared. Not because of yoga but because of extreme stretches. I will perhaps write about these extreme stretches one day, time permitting.