Health 104: Ailments

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Uncontrollable demographic factors can influence many afflictions

Some issues appear as we age


  • Breast cancer in females
  • High cholesterol
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) in females – the leading cause of cervical cancer
  • Melanoma (skin cancer)
  • Testicular cancer in males


  • Colorectal cancer in males
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease in males
  • Cervical cancer in females
  • Breast cancer in females


  • Heart disease
  • Prostate cancer in males
  • Ovarian Cancer in females


  • Colon cancer
  • Stroke
  • Osteoporosis in females


  • Lower risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Sharply increased risk of heart disease and all cancers
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Colorectal cancer in females

Some ethnic groups are more prone to specific medical issues

Africans (sub-Saharan)

  • Sickle-cell anemia


  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Lung cancer

Americans in the USA

  • Stroke


  • Sickle-cell anemia
  • Stroke

Ashkenazi Jews

  • Lactose intolerance
  • Tay-Sachs disease


  • Mental illness
  • Stroke


  • Lactose intolerance
  • Sickle-cell anemia

Latin Americans

  • Lactose intolerance
  • Sickle-cell anemia

Native Americans

  • Lactose intolerance

Northern Europeans

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hereditary hemochromatosis
  • Lactose intolerance

South Asians

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease

Southern Europeans

  • Sickle-cell anemia
  • Thalassemia

Most health risks come from lifestyle decisions

Drink plenty of water to avoid or minimize most ailments

  • Bottled water isn’t necessarily healthier
  • Use your own activated charcoal water filter

Breathe correctly by fully expanding your lungs

Work on your posture to ensure you’re moving your body correctly

  • Stretching improves your posture and will also make you taller

Having a beard can help with asthma and allergies and will also protect facial skin from the sun’s radiation

Most health issues can be avoided by eating well

Obesity alone gives countless problems

Psychological problems

  • Depression
  • Lowered sex drive
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (difficulty sleeping)
  • Anxiety

Physiological problems that diminish the quality of life

  • Shortness of breath
  • Low metabolism
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Migraines
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (reproductive dysfunction)
  • Asthma
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Acid reflux disease
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Joint problems
  • Gout
  • Hypothyroidism and sometimes hyperthyroidism

Life-threatening conditions

  • Pseudotumor cerebri (cranial pressure causing nausea, headache, and vomiting)
  • Dyslipidemia hypercholesterolemia (excess fat and cholesterol in the blood)
  • Heart disease
  • Hepatitis
  • High blood pressure
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Venous stasis disease (blood flow slowed in limbs)
  • Early death

Avoid dangerously unhealthy food products as much as possible

Canned foods contain BPA

Processed meats often have growth hormones, antibiotics, and veterinary drugs

Anything marketed as low-fat uses sugar to compensate for the flavor loss

Anything marketed as low-carbohydrate uses artificial sweeteners which are usually more unhealthy than natural sweeteners

Margarine and vegetable oils have high levels of trans fat

Pre-made foods like microwave popcorns and microwave dinners have many preservatives and unhealthy additives

Non-organic vegetables, especially potatoes and apples, are known for a high pesticide contamination

Any unfermented soy products, since they have a host of risks

Most fast foods add plenty of salt, fat, and preservatives to their product compared to store-bought alternatives

Ground hamburger, hot dogs, and sausage are leftover miscellaneous meats

When dining out, try to avoid some more dangerous food selections

  • Don’t take a waitress’ recommended dish, since it’s usually what the kitchen is trying to get rid of
  • Don’t eat the KFC Pot Pie or Honey BBQ chicken sandwiches, since they use the leftover chicken from the previous day

Substitute healthier alternatives into your diet


  • Replace bread loaves with pita bread
  • Replace potato chips with popped popcorn
  • Replace beef with fish
  • Make sandwiches open-faced
  • Replace rice with quinoa
  • Ask for unsalted fries when ordering French fries

Condiments and dressings

  • Replace croûtons with almonds
  • Replace iceberg lettuce with romaine or kale
  • Replace ketchup with salsa
  • Replace mayonnaise with mustard
  • Replace MSG with a mix of half-salt, half-sugar mix, and a dash of fish sauce
  • Replace salt with Himalayan crystal salt
  • Replace soy sauce with tamari sauce
  • Replace vinegar with lime juice


  • Replace beer with root beer
  • Replace coffee with cashew nut milk
  • Replace soda with tea
  • Replace milk with coconut, hemp or almond milk
  • Replace juice with infused water or water
  • Replace sports drinks with coconut water

Add other healthy foods

  • Apple cider vinegar increases your immune system strength
  • Drinking tea prevents stroke
    • Ginger or ginger tea maintains digestive health
    • Green tea reduces cavity risk, strengthens bones, and strengthens the immune system
  • Fruits increase metabolism and increase immune system health
    • Avocados lower cholesterol
    • Cherries reduce the risk of cancer
  • Legumes provide good fats that help with brain and heart health
    • Peanuts balance the blood sugar
    • Unsalted sunflower seeds reduce cholesterol level
  • Pizza decreases the risk of esophageal cancer
  • Vegetables, especially dark green and orange ones, decrease lung cancer
    • Broccoli balances the blood sugar
    • Cabbage decreases the risk of breast cancer and ulcers
    • Cranberry juice prevents bladder infections
    • Garlic lowers cholesterol
    • Habanero peppers improve blood flow
    • Horseradish root increases heart health
    • Onions lower blood pressure
    • Oregano or olive oil lowers blood pressure
  • Yogurt prevents yeast infection

Alcohol can lead to some risks without moderation

Risk of liver failure

Risk of oral cancer

Quitting alcohol is a matter of transferring your interests

  • Exercise to associate the pain of cravings with staying healthy

Tobacco has a few risks

Smoking one cigarette interferes with the body’s healing ability for two weeks

Smoking cigarettes slightly increase the chances of lung cancer

Chewing tobacco increases the chances of mouth cancer

Nicotine withdrawal is painful, but there are ways to curb it

  • Switch to a lousy brand of cigarette
  • Stop smoking after eating
  • After stopping, go to a sauna three days in a row

Every time you get a craving

  • Lick a little salt with the tip of your tongue
  • Eat bananas instead
  • Exercise to release endorphins that decrease cravings

Despite their marketing, some things aren’t good for your health

Fruit juice has much more sugar and far less fiber than eating fruits

Health supplements are mixes of unknown items

  • There aren’t any laws indicating what they can or can’t consist of

Many drugs have unfortunate side effects

  • If the drug is an opioid, it’s addictive
  • If the drug is a painkiller, its results can be addictive

No cure-all food product can fix ailments

  • Healthy dieting is about balanced nutrition, not in eating anything specific
  • Gluten-free doesn’t matter unless you have the rare celiac disease
  • Fermented foods are not inherently better
  • Fat-free items are worse for you than sugar-free
    • The sugar industry blamed fat for obesity, and the marketing has never stopped
  • Excessive amounts of fat or protein will still cause weight gain and mess with the body’s system

Vitamins are useless for health

  • Most of the effect of vitamins is the placebo effect
  • They can’t cure or help a cold
  • They’re dangerous if over-consumed

Try some simple ways to cure small ailments


  • Eat a spoonful of apple cider vinegar
  • Eat yogurt
  • Eat honey from your local region every day


  • Eat a spoonful of apple cider vinegar
  • Eat marshmallows
  • Eat onions
  • Slow down your breathing

Arthritis/joint pain

  • Eat fish or take fish oil
  • Eat marshmallows
  • Eat pineapple
  • Rub aloe vera on your joints

Brain freeze

  • Press your tongue against the roof of your mouth
  • Press your thumb against the roof of your mouth

Burnt tongue

  • Apply honey to the burn
  • Apply sugar to the burn

Canker sore/mouth ulcer

  • Put a chewable heartburn pill directly onto the sore for a few hours
  • Wash your mouth with baking soda mixed into water
  • Wash your mouth with equal parts milk of magnesia and Benylin/Benadryl

Chapped lips

  • Dip a soft-bristled children’s toothbrush into Vaseline and vigorously scrub your lips
  • Mix a teaspoon of Epsom salts with a teaspoon of pure maple syrup and apply to lips
  • Mix non-petroleum jelly and raw sugar and apply to lips
  • If the lips split, hold a damp black tea bag to the area

Congestion/stuffy nose

  • Eat chicken noodle soup
  • Eat garlic
  • Hold your breath, bob your head up and down repeatedly, then resume breathing
  • Have sex
  • Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into water and drink
  • Push your tongue against the roof of your mouth and press your finger between your eyebrows for twenty seconds


  • Drink senna leaf tea
  • Drink dried aloe vera juice


  • Drink thyme tea
  • Eat honey
  • Eat a teaspoon of raw honey mixed with a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Eat oregano
  • Eat red peppers
  • Exercise vigorously
  • Gargle or drink pineapple juice
  • Lay on your stomach
  • Raise your hands above your head
  • Mix two lemons, half a cucumber, and ten to twelve mint leaves in three quarts of water, brew it overnight, then drink it throughout the day


  • Drink children’s pediatric electrolyte solution
  • Drink pickle juice


  • Drink apple cider vinegar
  • Drink a mix of a fiber product mixed into water
    • Fiber powder
    • Corn husks
    • Oats
    • Psyllium husks
  • Eat apples


  • Drink something while someone else pulls down on your earlobes
  • Hold your breath and swallow three times
  • Inhale through your mouth, swallow your saliva twice, and slowly exhale through your nose
  • Masturbate
  • Try to force yourself to hiccup

Need to pee

  • If it’s at a bad time, scratch on the back of the calf
  • If it’s at a bad time, think about sex
  • If you can’t pee, multiply random numbers in your head

Need to sneeze

  • Rub or press your tongue on the roof of your mouth
  • Tickle the inside of your nose with a feather or cotton
    • Remove the cotton on a cotton swab


  • Hang a damp towel over an open window
  • Place an ice pack on the wrist
  • Run your wrist under cold water for at least 5 minutes
  • Wet paper towels, fold into ankle and wrist cuffs and wear

Parasites, worms, and lice

  • To suffocate lice, apply mayonnaise or any other high-oil product
  • To remove worms and other parasites, eat honey with vinegar

Period cramps

  • Blend a smoothie of a cup of fat-free milk, a tablespoon of chocolate syrup, half a banana, half a cup of strawberries, a kiwi peel, and ice
  • Apply a heating pad to the affected area
  • Fart to relieve pressure
  • Masturbate with a tampon to barely touch it, then pee afterward and change the tampon to avoid a bladder infection
  • Run hot water onto a cloth or paper towel and wring out until damp, then place it over the cramp
  • Use a pad instead of a tampon or menstrual cup


  • Stick out your tongue

Small cuts, papercuts, and razor cuts

  • Apply superglue to the cut
  • Lick them to speed up the healing process
  • Rub lip balm onto the cut

Something in your eye

  • Fill a bowl of water big enough for face and open your eyes in it
  • Grab your eyelashes and pull your eyelid down with your fingers, then blink several times rapidly
  • Pull back the bottom eyelid and wipe the inside of the eyelid with a clean finger
  • If eye drops hurt, run the bottle under hot water for a few seconds first

Spicy foods

  • Eat dairy products (yogurt is more effective than milk)
  • Eat a teaspoon of sugar


  • Apply a paste of baking soda mixed with water, then wait a few minutes for it to pop out
  • Pour a small amount of white glue over the area, let it dry completely, then peel it off with the splinter
  • Bottle technique
    1. Fill a wide-mouthed bottle with hot water nearly to the brim
    2. Press your hand tightly onto the bottle
    3. Wait for the suction to pull on the flesh and the steam to draw out the splinter


  • Dip a cotton swab in mouthwash and bite down on it with the hurting tooth
  • Eat marshmallows
  • Rub ice on the back of the hand
  • Rub ice on the webbing on the back of the hand between the thumb and index finger

Itches, bug bites, and skin irritations

Use any anti-itch cream to tighten the blood vessels and reduce any skin from itching

  • Rub deodorant onto the itch
  • Apply baking soda mixed into a paste with water directly to the area
  • Apply a mixture of baking soda and vinegar

Place slices of raw potatoes on the skin, which will also heal blisters

For more severe issues like measles or chicken pox, take a bath with baking soda added

If earrings irritate your skin, put Vaseline on them before putting them in

For poison ivy

  • Rub liquid dish soap onto the affected skin, then rinse after letting it sit
  • Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply directly to poison ivy

Bug bites

  • Press a hot spoon onto the skin to break up the proteins that cause the itch
  • Make an X on the bite with your fingernails
  • Apply scotch tape or nail polish to the area
  • Mix a teaspoon of Epsom salt into a cup of boiling water, cool down for twenty minutes, stir and place on the bite
  • Mosquito bites
    • Apply soap or white-out to the affected area
    • Rub a banana peel onto the bite

Migraines and general headaches

Bite on a pencil

Cut a lime in half and rub it on your forehead

Eat ginger

Eat a mint or chew mint-flavored gum

Eat fish or take fish oil

Massage the back of the neck on both sides

Put an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas at the base of the skull

Take short, rapid breaths

Drink something

  • Drink cinnamon tea
  • Drink ginger tea
  • Drink grape juice
  • Drink peppermint tea
  • Drink two glasses of Gatorade
  • Make a tea of three mint leaves, a half cucumber, a half lemon, and a cup of filtered water

Take a bath

  • Soak your feet in hot water
  • Add Epsom salt for more effect


Drink something

  • Chai tea
  • Chamomile tea
  • Ginger tea
  • Mix a spoonful of honey into a drink
  • Mix a tablespoon of Epsom salts into a cup of warm water
  • Mix a half teaspoon of baking soda into four ounces of water
  • For chronic indigestion, drink water consistently a half hour before eating

Eat something

  • 15-20 almonds
  • Applesauce
  • Bananas
  • Chicken broth
  • a few grams of ginger root
  • Oatmeal
  • Papaya
  • Plain yogurt
  • White rice

Lay on your left side and rub your stomach in clockwise circles

Run hot water onto a cloth or paper towel and wring out until damp, then place over the stomach

Apply a heating pad to the stomach

Smell rubbing alcohol

Carsickness and seasickness

  • Focus on an object outside the vehicle, such as the horizon or the scenery
  • Tilt your head from side to side
  • If you’re on a cruise, hang out in the pool, since the water will stay level
  • To avoid motion sickness in 3D movies, sit in the rear center of the theater

When you know you will throw up soon

  • Squeeze hard on your left thumb
  • Drink equal parts milk of magnesia and Benylin/Benadryl
  • Eat vanilla ice cream to prevent stomach acid from burning your throat

For painful gas, lay on your back and lift your left knee to your chest to fart it out

Psychological pain

The brain connects pain with sight, so look away when an injury happens

If you can’t swallow pills, press your tongue against the roof of your mouth before swallowing

Needlestick pain

  • Put pressure around the area about to be stuck
  • Forcibly cough while the needle goes through

Pins and needles sensation

  • Rock the head side to side or stretch the neck

Sore/itchy throat

Drink something

  • Lemon tea
  • Mix a quarter cup of vinegar and a quarter cup of honey, then take a tablespoon six times a day
  • Mix Jello powder and water, then microwave it for thirty seconds and mix it with a teaspoon of honey
  • Mix two tablespoons of honey, two teaspoons of vinegar, two tablespoons of lemon juice, and a dash of cinnamon in hot water

Eat something

  • Cucumbers
  • Marshmallows

Gargle something

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Prepare a cup of tea, add a whole lemon’s juice and a teaspoon of salt, stir and gargle, repeat two or three times a day

If your throat is itching or you have curds in it, scratch your ear

If you’ve lost your voice from a sore throat, gargle Tabasco sauce mixed with water


Eat tomatoes to prevent sunburn from ever happening

Avoid any further exposure to direct sunlight

Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration

Gently rub it with vinegar to relieve pain

Treat it to let it heal faster

  • Don’t apply cold water or ice to a severe burn
  • Apply Right Guard men’s spray-on deodorant
  • Rub aloe vera plant sap over the burn
    • Make aloe vera ice cubes for especially bad sunburns
  • Place chilled cucumbers directly onto it
  • Rub Earl Grey tea bags onto it
  • Apply a paste of baking soda and water
  • Apply a washcloth of cold milk on the burn
  • Stir two tablespoons of Epsom salt into a cup of water, then put into a spray bottle
    • Alternately, soak a clean cloth in it to apply it

If the burn is severe and blisters develop, seek medical attention

Tense muscles/muscle pain

Pinch and massage the fleshy part of the hand under the thumb

Rub olive oil into the skin

Use lavender soap in a bath

  1. Melt ten tablespoons of finely grated Castile soap in a double boiler, then stir frequently until smooth
  2. Crush two tablespoons of dried lavender flowers into a powder, mix with soap and four drops of lavender oil, then store in a bottle

Neck/shoulder pain

  • Stretch arms behind head and behind back
  • Massage the tops of the shoulder blades

Back tension

  • Duct tape two tennis balls together and lay on them against the back
  • Massage it out with a tennis ball

Lower back pain

  • Change your diet to manage weight
  • Do low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, and biking
  • Invest in comfortable shoes
  • Massage the lower back on both sides
  • Sleep on your side instead of your back
  • Spend less time sitting down
  • Stand straight with the shoulders pulled back
  • Stretch out your torso

Foot pain from standing

  • Invest in comfortable shoes
  • Put a pillow under your feet while sleeping
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