Posted by: terrapraeta | December 21, 2009

Holiday Humbug

“I cannot go to school today,”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox
And there’s one more–that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut–my eyes are blue–
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke–
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is–what?
What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”

Shel Silverstein, Sick

So last Christmas, for the first time in I don’t know ho many years, I got sick. Specifically on Christmas Day. And, of course, I had volunteered to work. So there I am blowing my nose constantly, aching, tired, half dazed, but business wasn’t very heavy so I made due. Took an afternoon break, came back in looking a bit green and my boss said, forget it. Go home. Feel better.

Inevitably, that means that in the last few weeks I have been told repeatedly that I cannot get sick this year. Also, inevitably, I woke up this morning with a scratchy throat, persistant couch, a dull ache in my sinuses and, well, you get the picture.

But I’m not gonna take it this year. In the last several months, I have had a few friends that have had amazing success with Grapefruit Seed Extract. If you do a google search, you will find scores of articles telling you why it is no good, why it is not natural, why it does not work and so on. As a result, I’m not going to try and convince anyone otherwise, because technically, I know little about it. What I do know is this:

Eddie has chronic infant bronchitis. This year he got it really bad and was half bedridden for most of a month. He was advised to give grapefruit seed extract a try. Once he got some and started using it, the worst of his symptoms passed in a few days. He took a grand total of perhaps 10 doses over three to four days.

Another friend of mine has gum disease. In a bad way. His teeth are a disaster and he has chronic infections. Late this fall he had a bad infection, went to the doctor, spent 150 bucks on prescription antibiotics and seemed to recover. A few weeks later, it became apparent that the infection did not go away — it moved deeper into his jaw. He was delirious, he looked like he had a golf ball in his cheek, and finally he went to the emergency room. They told him that if he got punched in the jaw, it would kill him and then treated him with antibiotics in drip form at the hospital three times in two days, until he could think again. Then they sent him home with several hundred dollars worth of prescriptions that he had no way of filling. I called Eddie and asked him to donate enough of the grapefruit seed pills for a ten day course, 3x daily. Not only did they work in the short term, but they appear to have completely killed the infection, unlike the earlier course of antibiotics.

A few weeks later, my friend felt a cold coming on. He took one more of the tablets and stopped it in its tracks.

Obviously, this is all anecdotal evidence. But its enough for me to give it a try. I’ll let you know how I’m feeling tomorrow 😉



  1. Quick Update…. I spent the day, yesterday, eating far too much, reading a fantasy novel, napping occasionally and sipping at mullien tea.

    This morning I took my third tablet of grapefruit seed extract.

    I’m still trying to analyze how I feel. Not as bad as I was yesterday, but not yet a pinnacle of health, either. My chest no longer hurts (at least for the moment — seems to depend on how much I smoke — surprise!), and my sinuses are dry. But my head is fuzzy and my eyes still feel a bit puffy.

    So today will be another quiet day, with tea and reading — although I MUST do laundry and clean my kitchen as well — and I’ll take another tablet tonight if I don’t feel recovered. But at least I do feel like I’m on the “upside” already.


  2. The stuff works. I once worked in an alternative clinic and people had good results with it.

    But… it may provoke eczema in those susceptible.
    But maybe not. I know that cleaning stuff with grapefruit extract in it makes me break out.

  3. Hey —

    Yeah… Eddie had a bout of really dry itchy skin after he used it. I’m hoping that one or maybe two more doses will be enough and little enough to not set off my skin;-)


  4. Dammit. Still not better. But at least the infection is gone from everywhere except for my sinuses. I always have a hard time getting my sinuses to clear in the winter…. even the mullien tea is no longer helping. So most likely over the next week it will gradually get better but I’ll have some level of post nasal drip until spring ;-(

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