Medicine is for wimps. Well, not in all cases, but surely for minor headaches and the common cold I feel that it is better to avoid popping Advil or downing NyQuil. I want to know what natural remedies my fellow, like minded men use that really work?

For me, whenever I feel that feeling in the back of my throat that signifies a cold coming on, I drink as much Yerba Mate with honey that I can, usually 6-8 cups a day. For those that don't know, Yerba Mate is a type of tea from South America that makes green tea look like a featherweight in terms of antioxidant content. I have been doing this for about two years, and without fail I have beaten back each cold in less than two days. It really works.

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I suffer from sinus problems due to allergies. If I don't keep my sinuses clear I develop sinusitis. So I grow a common Utah weed out back so I can make Brigham tea. The government has made it so damned difficult to buy Pseudoephedrine and Phenylephrine does not work for me. So, I drink Brigham tea. It's the best decongestant ever. Works for me every time.
We have looked at several over the years some better than others. Kava helps with anxiety, cantheras with bladder/urinary tract infections, so on and so on. But the absolute coolest that I have found is the good old dandelion. Once thought to be an annoyance but thanks to google I now know that it is so much more. The roots can be dried and roasted to a coffee like drink that has no caffein and is loaded with anti oxidants. The leaves are good greens for salads. The milky stuff that you get when you break the stem is a anti inflamitory. Needless to say I was quite impressed yes I know that it does not really stick to the topic but I had to share about this useful once hated weed.
I had a supervisor turn me on to apple cider vinegar. Do a search on its health benefits and there are scores of them, real and imagined.

But I will vouch for having added cinnamon capsules plus a mix of AC vinegar and water to my daily regimen, my diabetes is well controlled and the doctor was amazed that my supplements to Metformin had a pay-off.
I'm not sure of the sucess of my method, but I take one multi vitamin every morning, and I am sure to eat at least one citrus fruit every day for the vitamin C, and I make an effort to excercise every day. I haven't been to a doctor for illness since 1989.
I keep active, and am sure to strike an Irishman at least once a week. That keeps the ill humours away.

Just kidding. Mostly.

I will concede that modern medicine has become too clinical, and fails to connect to the patient. And that Yerba Mate is awesome (at least one cup a day here). I will not concede that modern medicine has not found the cure for many ailments that were attributed to "lacking faith" and the like. There are very legitimate criticisms for the modern medical practice. Efficacy is not one of them.

To follow up on a few posts here, my family has also had great results from kava and dandelion root. My wife is going to open a business selling those drinks and others. I've had great results from intermittent fasting (read Warriors Diet). None of these belong to conventional medicine, partly because most doctors have a really hard time keeping up to the pace of research while running a practice. I don't fault them for this. I have a hard time keeping up with modern tech while running an IT department. It's the same problem.

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