Boric Acid - Misunderstood Traditional Treatment

In this day an age, people are brainwashed into thinking that only doctors can cure diseases and that doctors are never wrong. All you have to do is notice the number of malpractice lawsuits floating around to see that the last part of the previous statement isn't exactly correct.

What about the first part? That isn't exactly correct either. There are lots of "Old Wive's Cures" or, in politically correct parlance, "Traditional Cures" floating around that actually work without having to shell out big bucks to doctors who are only guessing anyway.

So if your eye hurts or is possibly infected, what choices do you have? Well, you can go the modern way. This involves three office visits to an opthamalogist at $50/visit plus a vial of antibiotic eyedrops at $60, plus a bunch of antiviral pills at $30. Why both antibiotic and antiviral? Because doctors can't be bothered with finding out what's wrong with you. They treat the symptoms with everything that might work and hope for the best.

So let's talk Boric Acid. Sounds nasty, doesn't it? And don't they use it as an insecticide? Yes and yes. But, until companies decided to put special chemicals in eyewashes so that they could charge more, a 3% boric acid solution WAS the eyewash. Now, for $15, you can buy sterile water to use as an eyewash. Not exactly a special chemical, but $15 for a cup of water? Really?

For about $5, you can make gallons of boric acid eyewash. And you know what? Unlike sterile water, a boric acid eyewash is a disinfectant. Read that, it kills germs. It takes care of things like pink eye and other minor eye infections.

And the recipe is simple.

In the end, you'll have more than a quart of solution.

Warning! Boil the water! Do not use the Boric Acid solution if the water has not been boiled/sterilized.

Let the solution cool to room temperature. Unless you live in Hades, it will then be cool enough for your eyes.

Once cool:

  1. Pour some of the solution into the eye cup.
  2. Put the eye cup over your eye.
  3. Tilt your head back and open your eye. (It's very soothing.)
  4. Rotate your eyeball so that the solution covers as much of it as possible.
  5. After about 20 - 30 seconds, stop.
  6. Discard any liquid in the eye cup.
  7. Rinse the eye cup with some of the Boric Acid solution.
  8. Put the eye cup somewhere and cover it to keep it clean.

There is no pain. It is soothing. If some gets into your mouth, it's no big deal. Even if you swallow some, it's no big deal. In small doses it has no effect on your, uh, digestive processes.

Use the solution two or three times a day for a couple of days. This regimen will clear up most infections. If the infection gets worse instead of better, definitely see a doctor as soon as possible. These are your eyes that we're talking about.

Now for the rant...

Why are people so afraid of helping or treating themselves? I've had two loved ones nearly killed by doctors who didn't bother to check medication interactions. Two death watches because people you are supposed to trust (doctors) failed to be concerned enough to do their research using a simple Physician's Desk Reference. The failure of doctors to even care is more rampant than might be suspected. In the end, you are responsible for yourself because no one loves you like you love yourself. (Well, God does but that's another topic.)

It's like the old joke. If you want to have a conversation with someone who really cares about you and what you think, then start talking to yourself. If you want to be treated by someone who has your best interests at the forefront of their actions, treat yourself.

Vicks Vaporub is still popular because it works. Talcum powder? Still around because it works for diaper rash. Witch hazel for bug bites? Well, maybe not so much. Drawing salve? It's still around. Boric acid? Yeah, baby!

Don't be fooled by the hyperbole regarding the role of the doctor in your life. People have thrived for thousands of years without physicians. Often throughout history, physicians did more harm than good. Even today, it's impossible to get hospital staff to wash their hands going from patient to patient. (Source: "With Money at Risk, Hospitals Push Staff to Wash Hands" - NY Times May 28, 2013)

Cholesterol is bad for you. Really? Isn't cholesterol the stuff that keeps veins and arteries soft? And how do people figure that eating cholesterol becomes the cholesterol that blocks the arteries? Isn't that stuff called plaque? When you eat cholesterol, it has to be broken down. It doesn't magically jump into your blood stream.

But, oh, no! Pill pushers would have you believe that high cholesterol levels lead to heart attacks. There is no cause and effect that has ever, ever been proven between cholesterol levels and heart attacks. (Source: "The Cholesterol Myth That Could Be Harming Your Health" - Huffington Post 08/12/10) But people buy into this. (Probably the same ones who'd never use a homemade eyewash.) Right now, there are law suits against companies that make cholesterol reducing drugs. It turns out that these pills are linked to the onset of Alzheimer's. (Source: "Myth: Cholesterol Causes Alzheimer's Disease Part I: Debunking the Myth" - August 1, 2005)

And vaccines. Some are good, but even the first Salk polio vaccines led to deaths. The first Swine Flu vaccines in 1976? Only one death, but five hundred people left with Guillain–Barré syndrome, or paralysis from the feet up. Don't buy into the hyperbole! If the government tells you it's for your own good, question it.

Are there good vaccines? Heck, yeah. Anything that's been around a while can usually be trusted. Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, a.k.a. whooping cough, (DTaP) is great. I received it as a child. Tetanus vaccines are good as well throughout your life. Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) has been around a while, too. Today's polio vaccines are necessary. The Smallpox vaccine? It was the first, so if the kinks aren't worked out of this one by now, the whole vaccine thing is ready for the scrap heap. In other words, Smallpox vaccine = Yes (if it hasn't been "improved").

Influenza vaccines? What a joke. Want to get the flu? Get the vaccine. Want to NOT get the flu? Keep a positive mental attitude, get plenty of rest, and keep your immune systems operating at peak efficiency by taking lots of Vitamin C before being exposed to the virus. Stress and depression lead to more cases of the flu than any other factor. (I'm basing this last on observation, but many doctors and psychiatrists (I know that psychiatrists are M.D.s, too) share this belief.)

I stay away from flu shots. Why? Influenza is caused by a virus, not a baterium. Vaccines work best against bacteria. Viruses mutate more rapidly than bacteria meaning that vaccines are only only effective against them until the viruses mutate. Bacteria in vaccines are dead. Viruses are never alive, so they aren't dead in vaccines. Everyone I know who has had a flu vaccine comes down with "flu-like" symptoms shortly after getting the shot.

And the biggest reason I stay away from flu shots? It smacks of a scam. The word "epdidemic", the word that was good enough to describe the Black Plague which wiped out around half the population of Europe, was not good enough to describe what might happen with the Swine Flu. Oh, no. New words like "Pandemic" were coined as if this were even more dreadful than the mere epdidemic of the Black Plague. And "Swine Flu" didn't cut it either. It had to be something more austere, something colder so it was renamed to "H1N1".

So lots of untested and potentially harmful vaccines were produced. Remember the 1976 Swine Flu vaccine debacle? So did a lot of people. And the latest H1N1/Swine Flu vaccines sat on shelves because nobody trusted them. Instead of a run on the vaccine, there was a glut. The government couldn't give it away. Millions of tax payer dollars languished on shelves. So, it's now included with the regular flu vaccine. This scares me.

Remember, it's your body. Don't trust it to anyone but yourself.