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Home Remedies That Are Toxic For You

By Jesus Caton

In our modern society, expensive medication, both prescriptions and over the counter items from large companies are what most of us rely on when we need relief from a condition. Not too long ago, most people had to depend on home remedies and folk medicine to help provide relief for their problems. While some of these treatments are still in use today, many of them should remain in the past.

In order to kill head lice, people would use kerosene.

There was a time in our medical past when people would dump kerosene over the heads of their kids to kill lice. It actually worked, but it was incredibly dangerous, and the dangers were more than the benefits.

Kerosene will be quickly absorbed into the skin, and it is incredibly toxic, not too mention pretty flammable too. Many people got sick and died as a result of this treatment.

The second treatment to avoid at home is ingesting greta or azarcon for stomach problems.

Many older people, especially those from Latin American communities will be familiar with both of these powders that were used in the treatment of empacho. Empacho is a term that described many various intestinal and digestive problems. Unfortunately, both of these powders are nearly 100 percent lead.

You still can find both acarcon and greta today, but be sure to avoid them at all costs. Even small doses of these substances can cause lead poisoning and has killed and harmed many, many people.

Number three to avoid is putting butter on burns.

Buttering a burn is a fine example of a home remedy that was a really dumb idea. Butter can reduce the pain from a burn at first, but it also will contaminate the wound site while providing the perfect environment to grow bacteria in. This can lead to a nasty infection and lead to numerous other complications.

Most of us are taught to revere the wisdom of our elders while maintaining and keeping certain traditions alive. However, when it comes to treating problems with home remedies, getting a professional opinion first may save your life.

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Caton, Jesus . "Home Remedies That Are Toxic For You." Home Remedies That Are Toxic For You. 5 Jul. 2010. 18 Jul 2014 <>.

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