Just before we left on vacation, I had read in your column about putting black pepper on wounds to stop the bleeding. It was the last thing I tucked into my luggage as we walked out the door.
The blood was pouring down his leg like a faucet, filling his shoe. I grabbed the pepper and poured it on, and the bleeding stopped immediately. It was like a miracle. Thank you for saving his life. I’m sure he could have bled to death.
You also might want to keep a product called WoundSeal handy. The powder quickly helps stop bleeding, especially for those prone to bleed easily like your husband. It can be found in the first-aid section of most pharmacies.
Side effects of statins
I don’t want to continue this medication, but the doctor says she doesn’t think it is the cause of my problems.
Recent research demonstrates that statin use increases the risk of developing diabetes (BMJ online, May 29, 2014) and can reduce physical activity (JAMA Internal Medicine online, June 9, 2014). Less exercise is counterproductive for good health.
Remedy for bug bites
My daughter and I both react to mosquito bites with swelling and itching that lasts for days. Now we use a Therapik device to cut that reaction off. This small, hand-held, battery-operated device is relatively inexpensive (less than $15).
Reach Joe and Terry Graedon at PeoplesPharmacy.com.