Ten Great Bargain Health Finds

Band-Aids @ 4.2-cents apiece; a bottle of hydrogen peroxide for $1 (sells for ~$7.00 in drug stores); sun goggles that fit over your Rx eyeglasses so you don’t need to buy a pair of expensive prescription sunglasses; pumpkin seed oil that helps your hair grow for less than $3/month; chewable vitamin D dots for kids @ 7.8-cents each; Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in bulk bag at 3-times less cost than the grocery store (and no shipping cost); eye drops that clear up cloudy cataracts; vitamin C melts for kids and adults who have trouble swallowing pills.  These are among the many economical health finds I have used or found at Amazon.com.

I have license to say more about these products than their manufacturers because I am not commercially involved in their sale.  The Food & Drug forbids manufacturers from making unsubstantiated health claims that their products prevent, treat or cure a disease.  But that doesn’t mean they are ineffective.  It’s just that the FDA has a muzzle over their mouth.  But a health journalist like myself has free license under the 1st Amendment to the Constitution to guide others to many home-based remedies that doctors often ignore and that will save you tons of money and agony.

Here’s my list

Hydrogen peroxide

  1. You may not need a dozen bottles of hydrogen peroxide but you can buy a dozen for what it costs you to purchase two bottles in the drug store. And in case you aren’t using hydrogen peroxide daily, it can be used to whiten your teeth and cleansing your tooth brush at the same time. One Amazon customer mixes hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to make a home-made variety of Oxiclean for the washing machine.  This current deal at Amazon is a dozen bottles of 3% hydrogen peroxide for $14.52 or $1.21 per bottle.  Shipping is free.

Sun goggles over your eyeglasses

  1. Buying a second pair of prescription sunglasses can be pricey. Save your money and increase your eye comfort with wrap-around fit-over sun goggles.  They not only fit over your Rx eyeglasses but the wrap-around design keeps moisture from evaporation from the surface of your eyes.  Blockage of sun rays from the side also minimizes sun glare.  I found this economical brand at Amazon (Solar Shields $17.99, free shipping).  I suggest the amber lenses that block blue light, a spectrum of sunlight that accelerates aging in the retina. Here is what optometrists say about the hazards of solar blue light at the Review of Optometry.  If you have macular degeneration you should be wearing UV-blue filtering lenses.  Save yourself a hundred dollars.

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  1. Who doesn’t need Band-Aids? Well, I found I could buy a box of 280-count assorted size brand name Band-Aids for $11.63, or 4.2-cents each. I have Band-Aids in my garage, in my car and carry them in my wallet (can’t tell you how many times I’ve given a Band-Aid to a friend that cut their finger).  It’s practically a lifetime supply and they keep for years.  Shipped directly from Amazon.

Regrow your hair

  1. Oh, you’re not going to believe this. But guys (and gals) can begin to regrow their hair again. You can check out the photos of a man whose receding hair was reversed with pumpkin seed oil.  400 milligrams of pumpkin seed oil daily increased hair counts by 39-40% after 24 weeks of use.  Works as well as minoxidil without the side effects.  You can read the human clinical study at Evidenced Based Complementary Alternative Medicine journal.  While no brand of pumpkin seed oil can make the claim it enhances hair growth as forbidden by the FDA, I found these great deals for pumpkin seed oil at Amazon.com.  You can buy 180 1000-mg capsules, a six-month supply, for $13.99, or $2.33/month.  Another good deal is 1000-mg pumpkin seed oil 90 capsules for $11.46, or $3.81/month.

Eye drops that eradicate cloudy cataracts

  1. If you notice that you are putting a grey sock on one foot and a black sock on another; or someone tells you your necktie doesn’t match your shirt; or your lipstick isn’t applied just right; or you can’t see the dust accumulating on your kitchen clock or your wrinkles in the mirror; and you need brighter light bulbs just to read and you can’t thread a needle; and you experience glare from oncoming headlights when driving; and you are in your sixth-plus decade of life; you may be developing cloudy cataracts.

While surgical removal of a cloudy cataract only takes minutes and is performed under local anesthesia (it’s less distressing than visiting the Wally’s Natural ... Best Price: null Buy New $7.83 (as of 10:25 EST - Details) dentist), and the exchange of your cloudy lens for a clear plastic lens implant is 95+% effective at improving your vision, eye doctors aren’t into prevention, but veterinarians are.  Take your dog to the animal clinic these days and the veterinarian is likely to prescribe carnosine eye drops.

Now the scientific evidence for carnosine eye drops is pretty well substantiated.  However, the primary source is Dr. Mark Babizhayev (ba-buy-uh-shev), a Russian-based eye physician who pioneered the use of carnosine eye drops for cataracts.  There is no reason to mistrust Dr. Babizhayev’s science because he practices in a communist country.  His science dates back to 1996 and was first documented in 1996 in a European medical journal (Clinica Chimica Acta 1996).  The success of carnosine eye drops at improving vision in humans was documented in 2002 In the journal Drugs R&D.  Almost 90% of patients who instilled carnosine eye drops twice a day into their eyes for 6 months showed reduction in glare problems (27-100%) with no patient experiencing a decline in vision over that time.  Independent researchers not commercially involved in the marketing of these eye drops confirm their effectiveness at clearing up cloudy cataracts in the journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology.  In a study 72 patients age 53-83 years of age with declining vision in one or both eyes who instilled 1% carnosine eye drops twice a day for 9 months, strikingly these drops improved the vision of subjects with and without cataracts, more so for those individuals with cataracts.

Some testimonials from patients include statements like “after 4 months of use my vision improved and I renewed my drivers license without eye glass restriction”; “I used the eye drops for 3-4 months with clearer vision that became fuzzy again when I stopped using them.”  Skeptics can read the science and the testimonials in the journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging 2009.

Dr. Babizhayev’s eye drops are marketed under the brand name CAN-C and can be purchased at Amazon.com.  The reviews at Amazon are subjective, not controlled as in a study, so there are disappointed consumers.  But these eye drops are soothing and certainly worth trying to avoid or delay eye surgery.  CAN-C eye drops and reviews can be read at Amazon.com. Ito En Oi Ocha Japanes... Buy New $18.38 (as of 01:10 EST - Details)

If you ask your eye doctor if these eye drops work you are not likely to receive an informed answer.

Ear drops

  1. Moms, middle-ear infections are rampant among young children. Three out of four children will suffer ear infections before the age of 3. Running to the doctor’s office is not only expensive but does not provide timely relief to a crying child in the middle of the night.

My experience has been with Wally’s Ear Drops that include garlic, olive and tea tree oils.  You can read the reviews at Amazon.com.  Make sure you have these ear drops in your medicine chest if you have young children in your home.

Green tea from Japan is medicinal

  1. Green tea is considered medicinal. (Nutrients) It is a hot-water extract from tea leaves. (Journal Natural Products) But the crappy quality green tea bags sold in grocery stores may not be what the long-living Japanese consume. Japanese green tea is processed differently than Chinese green tea. (Tea-Blossom.com)  Furthermore, the high-quality green tea in Japan is matcha and only 2% is exported.

Think again if you are concerned about radiation emission from Fukushima being transmitted to Japanese green tea.  Japan has a very strict radiation standard.  When Greenpeace tested 18 different teas 12 contained pesticides (some which are banned).  No teas from Japan exceeded the limit. (MaruMatcha.com)

A favorite among the Japanese in Japan is Ito En Oi Ocha Japanese green tea presented in a small package that you can carry around in Amazon Prime (One Year... Check Amazon for Pricing. your purse.  It gets a 5-star rating at Amazon.com.  Just add to hot or cold water. 100 packets for $22.43 (22.4-cents each).

Epsom salt (magnesium)

  1. Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) offers many health benefits. Health seekers can read some of the testimonials of Epsom salt baths and applications at Amazon.com. Consumers can purchase Epsom salt in bulk bags and avert the shipping costs if subscribed to Amazon Prime.

A couple of good buys are:

Epsoak Epsom Salt 19.75 Lbs – 100% Pure Magnesium Sulfate, Made in USA

No shipping handling on Amazon Prime.  Current price: $29.99.

Greenway Biotech Inc. 25 pounds Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate). $29.99.  Free shipping.

Side-step complications of diabetes

  1. So many diabetics these days. The recently abandoned US Dept. of Agriculture food pyramid that emphasized carbohydrates (rice, pasta, bread, cereal) is certainly to blame. While anti-diabetic drugs may help reduce blood sugar levels, damage to vital organs and tissues may continue.  Even some of the best endocrinologists appear unaware that vitamin B1 (thiamin), which is known to be depleted by consumption of sugar, tea, coffee and alcohol, averts all of the serious problems posed by elevated blood sugar levels – namely nerve destruction in the retina (retinopathy), kidneys (nephropathy and peripheral nerves (neuropathy).  (Journal Clinical Source Naturals Benfot... Buy New $20.65 (as of 10:10 EST - Details) Medicine Research)

Benfotiamine is a fat-soluble form of vitamin B1 that is highly absorbable.  A good buy at Amazon.com is Source Naturals 150 mg – currently priced at 120 tablets for $13.55 (4-month supply with free shipping).  That is only $3.38/month.  Until you get your blood sugar under control supplement your diet with benfotiamine.

Chewable vitamins for kids

  1. Getting young kids to take vitamins can be a challenge, especially the very young who may have difficulty swallowing pills.

KAL offers chewable 1000 unit vitamin D softgels, peppermint flavored, that kids readily down without hesitation.  Last time I looked they were just  $7.88 for 100 chewable’s.  At Amazon, Purity Products offers its popular Vitamin C Melts that provides 3 times more C than provided in a glass of orange juice along with vitamin D3 and B vitamins.

All prices quoted were current at the writing of this report.  Amazon forwards a percentage of these purchases to support LewRockwell.com.  This is an easy way to save money and support LewRockwell.com