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Vinegar as a medicine
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Nathan(GA)    Posted 06-04-2001 at 11:31:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I used vinegar to clear up a toenail fungus. 2 drops applied twice a day(every 12 hours). I had to do it for 10 months. I asked a podiatrist about the toe before I found out about the vinegar. She said it would cost around $400 for treatment and take medication for months.

The toe was damaged when I dropped a 1/2" drill on it. I wear steel toes 90% of the time, but NOT that day.

My reason for the post was to ask if you have used vinegar for other medicinal reasons?


vad    Posted 05-30-2003 at 03:17:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i found vinegar is excellent against warts. better than the salicylic-acid based medicines from the pharmacist.


Nathan(GA) - with a link    Posted 06-05-2001 at 12:01:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks folks. I'll add the link to the site where I found the info.


M.R.    Posted 06-04-2001 at 22:08:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well they claim its good for whatever ails ya ;^]

We used to use quinine for charlie-horses, vinegar seems to work quite a bit faster, if and when you may feel the need to try it, be sure to chase it quickly with a few swallows of water or something as it will leave your throat with a Glow not unlike a good or bad shine. [^;


Larry    Posted 06-04-2001 at 18:50:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Many Moons ago,when I had lost my right leg. I had a really bad infection that had gone through my whole body. I was put in isolation,and put on acitic acid(vinegar),and neomiosin(spelling?) soaks for twelve hours a day. One hour on,and a half hour off to change the sweaty bed sheets. The end of my stump was left open,so it could drain. Yes,it did kill the infection,but nearly killed me too. Now you know why I'm half goofy.


stinky the arab    Posted 08-06-2001 at 20:05:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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stinky the arab    Posted 08-06-2001 at 20:04:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
that is a terrible story you GOON


Spade    Posted 06-04-2001 at 18:12:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
May I suggest you use HEINZ vinegar!


IHank    Posted 06-04-2001 at 16:20:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Nathan- A short answer is "yes". But many people don't realize it and never give it any thought.

Vinegar contains acetic acid. I been using vinegar to "pickle" veggies and hard boiled eggs, and it allows them to be stored in glass jars at room temperature for long periods of time.

Vinegar kills off the bacteria, mold, and all the other microscopic organisms that cause rot and food poisioning problems. I'm sure foot fungus is also one that it zaps.

What happens is that the pH on the skin is drastically shifted to acidic and the creeping crud is killed off. Similar can be done with sugar, salt, and lye. All of 'em mess up the environmental conditions needed for the nasty stuff to grow in and they die.

Salmoneye's comment makes good sense within this context, because sour stuff will temporarily alter the pH of the GI tract and knock back undesirable stuff growing in your guts.

That doctor ain't gonna get involved in a self treatment regimen that likely is not taught in med. school and lowers the odds of collecting a fee for treating according to accepted medical standards. The pharmacy companies ain't going to get invovlved because they can't patent common vinegar and make any money from the deal.

Follow the money and many things in life suddenly make lots of sense!

Recommend you go ahead and have an old general practioner doctor check you out and discuss it with him/her, just to make sure you're on the right track. Hope this gives a little perspective on the subject. IHank


Doc    Posted 06-06-2001 at 19:39:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hank if you use the homeopathic methods you might make it to eighty something. If you use the best physicians in the country, you still might make it to eighty something. Best Regards, Doc


IHank    Posted 06-06-2001 at 20:57:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Doc- Thank you for the kind words and thoughts. Please speak up here on these medical issues. We honestly need somebody to argue the professional medical side of things that come up. Please do it.

At this time in my life I'm seeing that the treatment end of things don't make much difference. The biggie is exposure over a person's lifetime...

I wallowed in all the new farm chemicals in the early fifties. I got a good dose of what all was sprayed, shot in my butt, and pills I had to swallow in Vietnam. After that I had many years of automotive fuel and maintenance chemicals exposures.

My Great great grandfather died a bit over 90. My Great grandfather died a bit over 90. My grandfather died a bit past 80. My father died just past his 70th. I rolled past 60 last Feburary and got some health problems that VA is treating...

My grandfather and my father were big on the new fangled chemical weed killers and we all got lots of exposures. There might be a lesson in there someplace.

I still try to keep the hammer down and don't look in the rear view mirror and worry about the Grim Reaper mebbie behind me. One of the good things about Vietnam service for some of us is that it simply used up all our fear emotion and we now just deal with stuff in life head on.

Like I asked, please keep posting Doc. You and Old Cuss got lots of opportunity to do lots of good here. IHank


Scott Hansen    Posted 06-04-2001 at 14:50:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A cup in a few gallons of warm water works well against athlete's foot. Soak in it, don't drink it!


Salmoneye    Posted 06-04-2001 at 14:20:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Around here in Vermont, all the old people (and I mean old) swore that you had to have something sour to eat every day. Used to be a very common thing to see a 3 pound jar of yellow mustard with a big spoon next to it on every kitchen table and it wasn't there as a condiment.
Alternatives were a jug of cider vinegar and a well used shot glass.
Never tried it as an external medecine...


Gregg Bonner    Posted 07-19-2002 at 22:27:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am a scientist, so I usually think these "alternative" remedies range from nutty to complete wack. I went to Puerto Vallarta, and forgot my surf-socks, which would have been useful on the beach, and also against the invisible fungal paradise which was my shower/jacuzzi. So I get home with THE worst case of athlete's foot. I have had it before - usually takes maybe 5-7 days to clear completely, maybe 10 days if I neglect it. But this case was bad - historically bad. So I get back and my girlfriend says, "Put some tea tree oil on it". Okay, why don't I just gnaw on some elderberry bark - that should have the equivalent effect. Figuring it wouldn't hurt much, I agreed.

Day 1: Deep, cracked skin which was very red => deep, cracked skin which was not red;

Day 2: Deep, cracked skin which was not red => skin slightly cracked, no redness;

Day 3: Skin slightly cracked, no redness => practically undetectable;

Day 4: Practically undetectable => undetectable

I thought it was impressive. Enough so that I searched on google to find a message board for this specific reason - to give you this story, as my gift to all. So that was my experience - I thought it negligent to not mention it. CHEERS


Burrhead    Posted 06-04-2001 at 16:09:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know what all it's good for but it will flush and cure some kidney infections.


Larry    Posted 06-04-2001 at 18:38:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]

So will cranberry juice.


Grove r    Posted 06-05-2001 at 08:16:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
FWIW, Many years ago, a cousin of mine told me of a cure for scours in calves, [this may not pertain directly to the above topic,but..], he said to use apple cider viniger on the cows hay, 'till the problem in the calf cleared up. Suspect something in that kind of viniger went through the cow, and killed the bug in the calf, via the milk.

Think a lot of the old time cures have a lot of merit, if we just take the time to listen to the old folks, and give them credit for their knowledge. Have a gooder, R.E.L.


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