One of the top headlines today is a story about a 24-year-old woman who got flesh-eating bacteria, or "necrotizing fasciitis," after a fall from a zip line. She's had one leg amputated and may lose some fingers and her other foot.
This is one of those scary stories that makes us wonder how vulnerable we might be to just the most minor of scrapes and cuts. Western medicine has some basic advice to give people to prevent such problems:
There is no known way to fully prevent the illness, but the National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation suggests these common sense tips: frequent hand-washing, immediate medical treatment for wounds (thorough cleansing of the area and application of an antibacterial ointment), limited contact with anyone with a strep infection, and teaching children the need for cleanliness.
When I hear of OSHA, I normally think of a government agency (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration). Osha is also an herb, which is used to fight colds and viruses. It has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It is said to be especially good for upper respiratory infections, and it helps oxygenate the blood.
I had never heard of Osha until the other day, however. I had just moved across three states and was run down and experiencing some symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. It could have been a cold, or even allergies, but I was just bone tired and feeling like a truck hit me. Even though I do holistic healing, I forget sometimes to take care of myself using the tools available. I remembered there was a health food store across the street from my new apartment complex, and I went there to get some natural remedies.
Once again, a big government entity is attempting to regulate the use of herbs, vitamins, and other supplements through heavy-handed tactics. In this latest FDA push, you may not be able to suggest to someone try a fruit juice, because to suggest that a juice has therapeutic qualities would thus make it a "drug" and subject to regulation.
Can you imagine? If you tell someone to drink their orange juice because it's good for you, you could be arrested for practicing medicine without a license!