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Old 12-07-2016, 07:48 PM
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Beginning of November I hit Connecticut for a combination doctors appointment and booty call with the husband [temporarily geographic bacheloring and living in Western NY.] He had strep throat, which he got tested for and a provisional scrip, and the doc knows I am prone to picking up strep if I even look it up online [or so it seems, I am just really prone to getting it when I am exposed] so he wrote a scrip for me just in case because he know if Rob was positive I would get it from him [can you tell we have done this multiple years?*sigh*] so I get home, and get the first tingle of a sore throat, my roomie checks and yup, white placques and all. Fill the scrip, take the scrip and wait it out. At least I had a full 5 gallon batch of homemade Jewish Penicillin and a couple gallons of juk in the freezer ...

<Juk, also known as rice porrige or congee: Take a black chicken, put it in a pasta penta with a whole onion cut in quarters, a peeled piece of ginger the size of a ping pong ball, a large bulb of garlic peeled and cloves left whole, a star anise and the contents of a black cardamom pod, the anise and cardamon seeds wrapped in a piece of kitchen gauze. Add just enough cold water to cover, cover and set on the burner. Turn on high and bring to a boil and turn off. Let sit for 1.5 hours. Lift the insert out throwing away the used up veggies and seasonings set the chicken aside to pull the meat off from. Measure the resulting chicken stock, and add raw washed rice [hm, you want half the amount of rice for that amount of liquid as you want it to be watery and not cooked rice] and in addition to the rice, add one or two onions chopped, another bulb of garlic, smashed, another peeled and chopped ball of ginger and the meat off the chicken chopped. Let simmer for 2 to 3 hours.

Jewish Penicillin - a moderately standard chicken noodle soup, though I like largish pieces of carrot, onion and celery as well as the chicken chunks and wide egg noodles. I wait to add the noodles til the end so they don't turn into mush. Sometimes I substitute wild rice for the noodles.]
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Old 12-07-2016, 08:33 PM
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Saw one of the ingredients in the recipe, and had to comment. A few years back, when there were fears of a flu pandemic and Tamiflu was in short supply, one reason given was that there was a shortage of the source of one of the key ingredients - star anise.
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Old 12-09-2016, 01:26 PM
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Saw one of the ingredients in the recipe, and had to comment. A few years back, when there were fears of a flu pandemic and Tamiflu was in short supply, one reason given was that there was a shortage of the source of one of the key ingredients - star anise.
The congee/juk? It is actually a traditional Chinese medicine soup - the ginger, garlic, star anise and black chicken [silkie bantams] are actually like 3000 years old recipe for medicine specific It is actually moderately 'hypoallergenic' for food sensitivities [rice is considered pretty neutral allergy-wise for humans and dogs] though I have seen it made with buckwheat kasha or barley instead of rice. *purportedly* [so I don't get gigged for pretending to be a doctor or something] ginger is a specific for nausea [which can be a result of a cold, from swallowing the mucus] garlic and anise are supposedly good against both bacteria and virus critters, and the black chicken is supposed to be excellent for the lungs, blood and strengthening the qi to fight illness.

If you are really interested in the idea of Chinese food as medicine, I suggest Buell's Soup for the Qan ... I really like Bal-Po Stew [lamb or mutton, daikon radish, black cardamon. Very tasty, almost curry like heat-wise.] I know Charles Perry and Paul Buell and respect their scholarship =)
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Old 12-11-2016, 01:45 AM
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Ancient remedies can be amazing and are often a starting point for new antibiotics. A lot of antibiotics started out with, well, the bark on this tree...

I read recently where some researchers decided to investigate European ancient doctoring and found a recipe for the 'greatest of leechings'. It involved garlic, leeks, ox bile and a bunch of other things cooked up in a copper kettle for eight days, I think it was. It immediately caught their attention because everything on the list was known for having mild anti-microbial properties. What happens when you stew them together for eight days in a copper (also anti-microbial) pot?

The magic happens. They followed the recipe as closely as they could then sent it to a lab to be tried out. It killed everything up to and including multi-drug resistant MRSA. Pretty cool! And now they have to figure out how it does that lol...

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Old 12-11-2016, 04:11 AM
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Aria, can I get a link? PLEASE?

Day five of this go-round of the sinus infection that has recurred 2 - 5 times a year for the last 12 years. Second day of antibiotics, with steroids this time, every over the counter decongestant in the world, and I'm afraid if I go to bed I'll drown in my sleep . . .

Ever coughed so hard your chest just burned? My back is doing that.

I'll try anything . . .

Never mind, found it. Thinking of brewing up a batch.

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Old 12-11-2016, 11:33 AM
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Aria, can I get a link? PLEASE?

Day five of this go-round of the sinus infection that has recurred 2 - 5 times a year for the last 12 years. Second day of antibiotics, with steroids this time, every over the counter decongestant in the world, and I'm afraid if I go to bed I'll drown in my sleep . . .

Ever coughed so hard your chest just burned? My back is doing that.

I'll try anything . . .

Never mind, found it. Thinking of brewing up a batch.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technol...ar-old-5429511 for those who are lazy =)

I have been gassed with phosgene twice, sulphur dioxide once, ammonia and chlorine multiple times and inhaled more damned chemical evil brews than I care to think about [haz mat tech ...my shop was in a warehouse between the ammonia fill station and the chlorine fill station. I happen to *know* I can exhale, close my eyes and make it through the warehouse and into a scott airpack, clear and flush it and deal with whatever ended up leaking and I can get into a standard gasmask without ripping out hair in under 10 seconds from in a case to on my face ] Why yes I *have* coughed so hard I tore an interstitial muscle.

I have found that if I flush my sinus cavities with a neti pot every other day during the winter I manage to avoid my recurring sinus infections and don't get the bloody nose from drying out thanks to the overprocessed centrally heated air.
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Old 12-11-2016, 12:57 PM
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... I can get into a standard gasmask without ripping out hair ...
I remember in my hippie teen days (circa 68) one of our gang demonstrating his dad's WWII gas mask (with *rubber* straps) sans canister. He looked really cool... until his good buddy, oldest pal, Bestest Friend Forever grabbed the hose end and farted.

Closest I've ever seen to somebody ripping their own head off.
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I have found that if I flush my sinus cavities with a neti pot every other day during the winter I manage to avoid my recurring sinus infections and don't get the bloody nose from drying out thanks to the overprocessed centrally heated air.
I don't know if it prevents any of the sinus infections, but it does keep me alive until I can get to the doctor.

Also useful for grossing out friends by describing the colors/consistencies of the results . . . (What, I should suffer alone?)

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Old 12-12-2016, 01:28 PM
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I don't know if it prevents any of the sinus infections, but it does keep me alive until I can get to the doctor.

Also useful for grossing out friends by describing the colors/consistencies of the results . . . (What, I should suffer alone?)
I have dust allergies and between making me feel like I have ants crawling around under my skin, it turns the mucus monster in my sinus cavity on ... so I end up having to shower and flush my sinuses out ... I got in the habit when I worked in a machine shop and one of the products I worked with was graphite impregnated asbestos packing for chlorine valves .... Yup, this stuff .... [mesothelioma danger, anybody? *sigh* I get real twitchy whenever I get chest issues.] Nothing like flushing out black slime ... or black and green slime from dealing with corroded alloy b bronze ...

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Old 12-20-2016, 07:24 PM
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Got this cold from hell. Coughing up so much crud, and every time I do it feels like my ribs are clicking together.
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