For most sicknesses no medicines are needed. Our bodies have their own defenses, or ways to resist and fight disease. In most cases, these natural defenses are far more important to our health than are medicines.
To help the body fight off or overcome a sickness, often all that is needed is to;
* Keep clean
* Get plenty of rest
* Eat well
* Drink a lot of liquid
Even in a case of more serious illness, where a medicine may be needed, it is the body that must overcome the disease; the medicine only help.
Cleanliness, rest, and nutritious food are still very important.
Much of health care does not and should not depend on use of medications.
Even if pharmacy is not around you, there is a great deal you can do to prevent and treat most common sicknesses.
Many sicknesses can be prevented or treated without medicines. If you will learn how to use water correctly, this alone might do more to prevent and cure illnesses than all the medicines they noe use or misuse.
Healing With Water
Most of us could live without medicines. But no one can live without water. In fact, over half (57%) of the human body is water.
Correct use of water is basic both in the prevention and treatment of diarrhea. In many areas, diarrhea is the most common cause of sickness and death in small children. Contaminated (unclean) water is often part of the cause.
1. To boil water in a pot, even for one minute, will kill the germs that cause diarrhea, and make the water safe.
2. Babies should always be breast fed but if a cup and spoon have to be used for additional feeds, the utensils should also be boiled in water. Try to avoid bottles and teats altogether because it is never easy to keep them clean and safe enough for a baby, even with regular boiling. Washing one's hands with soap and water after a bowel movement and before eating or handling foods is just as important.
3. Use the sun! A day's supply of drinking water may be put in clear glass or plastic bottles, or plastic bags securely closed, and placed in the sun for several hours. The ultra violet rays in sunlight will purify it even without boiling. Overnight the containers can be cooled, and the water used for drinking next day.
4. Tap water from the borehole, or other mains supply that has been properly treated, is ideal. Obtain this service whenever possible.
The common cause of death in children is severe dehydration, or loss of too much water from the body. By giving a child with diarrhea plenty of water, dehydration can often be prevented or corrected.
Giving a lot of liquid to a child with diarrhea is more important than any medicine. In fact, if enough liquid is given, no medicine is usually needed in the treatment of diarrhea.
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