Section 1
General Problems

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SYMPTOMS—A sick feeling in the stomach, similar to motion sickness.

CAUSE—A variety of things can induce nausea, including nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, pregnancy, and cancer.

A common cause of nausea is worms or constipation. See both topics.


• Use the treatments suggested for motion sickness; especially the charcoal and ginger root. It is said that powdered ginger root will definitely eliminate nausea. Do not forget the final solution: Go ahead and vomit.

• Read the article on "Vomiting." It will provide very helpful information. It will also tell what to do if you have been nauseated and vomiting for days.

ENCOURAGEMENT—Angels of God are waiting to show you the path of life. It is outlined in the Bible, and as you seek, through the grace of Christ, to obey His Word, you will find the strength needed to meet your problems.

FAINTING (Syncope)

SYMPTOMS—The person passes out and becomes unconscious.

CAUSES—Fainting points to some other problem, such as hysteria, epilepsy, insulin shock, heat exhaustion, lack of oxygen, or anemia.


• Immediately check the pulse, heart beat and breathing. Often a dash of cold water in the face helps. Loosen tight clothing, open windows and doors, and have others stand back so the person can get more air. Use your fist to pound slightly on the back between the shoulders to stimulate the heart. When able to drink, give him a little cold water.

• If you have it, place 8 drops of antispasmodic tincture on the back of the tongue. If you know in advance that the person has these fainting problems, you may want to prepare the tincture and keep it on hand. See "Antispasmodic Tincture".

• Sometimes artificial respiration or oxygen is needed. As soon as the person is conscious, try to find the cause and deal with it.

• If a person has frequent fainting spells, give him an herb tea of mint, skullcap, catnip, rue, mistletoe, rosemary, and small amounts of cayenne.

HYDRO—Here are hydrotherapy techniques, taken from the author's book Water Therapy Manual (see book store), used on those who have collapsed: Alternate Hot and Cold Compress over the Spine; Cold Friction; Hot Enema (110o F.); Alternate Compress over the Heart (p. 184); Hot Blanket Pack 15 minutes, followed by Cold Mitten Friction (p. 185).

Heat to neck; short cold application to chest and face. Alternate Compress to spine; percussion of the chest with the hands dipped in cold water or with the end of a cold towel; vigorous centripetal friction; rhythmical traction of the tongue (p. 209).

ENCOURAGEMENT—If you have given yourself to Christ, you are a member of the family of God, and everything in the Father's house is for you. What a promise this is! May we each one prove faithful to the end.


SYMPTOMS—Thirst is generally the first symptom of heat exhaustion, followed by general malaise, weakness, tiredness, a loss of appetite, headache, pallor, dizziness, and a general flulike feeling that may include nausea and even vomiting. Sometimes the heart races and concentration becomes more difficult.

Heat exhaustion is less severe than heat stroke, and may occur over several days out in the sun. Dehydration may eventually lead to blood volume loss, poor heat regulation, and shock.

CAUSE—Heat exhaustion is generally caused by water depletion (dehydration), and more rarely by a lack of salt in the diet (salt depletion). When we sweat, we lose both water and salt (as well as potassium and sodium).


• First, get out of the sun, so the body temperature will not continue to rise and the body will not lose more water and salt. If you remain in the sun, even though resting and drinking fluids, your temperature will continue to rise! Do not return to the sun for many hours!

• In the early stages, drink large amounts of mineral-rich vegetable and fruit juices to replace water and electrolyte loss in perspiration. Water, by itself, does not replace electrolytes. Potassium-rich vegetable broths are helpful.

PREVENTION—Plan ahead, so you will not come down with heat stroke later:

• Drink water. Drink diluted electrolyte drinks. Avoid salt tablets. They do the opposite of what they are supposed to do. The increased salt in the stomach keeps fluids there longer.

• Do not use caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco. The first two accelerate dehydration, and the smoking constricts blood vessels.

• Over several days' time, adapt yourself slowly to the sun. Do not overexert when out in it. Avoid working in the mid-day. Wear a hat, and keep on a light-colored shirt.

• Pour water over your head and shirt, especially if the air is not humid. Keep drinking lots of water.

—See "Heat Stroke," which is different.

ENCOURAGEMENT—We must ever set the Lord before us and trust implicitly in Him. He will guide and care for us to the end. As we obey His Inspired Writings, we shall have the help we need.

HEAT STROKE—1 (Sunstroke)

SYMPTOMS—The body temperature goes very high (105o F. or more!), sweating is reduced, there is a strong headache, accompanied by tingling, numbness, confusion of mind and delirium. The pulse becomes rapid, and breathing is faster. Blood pressure rises.

DANGER—Heat stroke is a serious emergency. If not properly cared for, the person can go into convulsions, permanent brain damage, and even death.


• You must begin the cooling treatments immediately; do not wait. Be sure to immediately apply a cold cloth to the head.

• If near a hospital, wrap him in an ice-cold sheet and immediately take him to the hospital. Continue to apply more ice-water as you travel. Take his temperature at least every 5-10 minutes, and do not let it go below 101o F. Once below this, you can stop the ice treatment but monitor the temperature that it continues to move towards normal and not back up.

• If you are not near a hospital, put him into a ice-cold bath and use fans to aid cooling. If an ice bath is not available, use a cold stream or lake until medical help can be obtained. While he is in the cold bath, rub the arms, legs, hands, and feet to increase circulation.

—See "Heat Exhaustion," which is different.

ENCOURAGEMENT—Treat God as your honored Friend, giving Him the first place in your affections. As you do this, you will have the support and help you need to meet each day's trials and afflictions.

HEATSTROKE (SUNSTROKE)—2 (J.H. Kellogg, M.D., Formulas)

SUNSTROKE—Increase the body's heat elimination. From a height, pour water (600 F., or less) onto him while two people rub him vigorously. Give special attention to the spine. Ice Compress to the head and neck. Continue until the temperature falls to 1010 F.; Cool Enema; cold water drinking when possible. Ice Bag to the head and neck during the Cold Pail Pour. As soon as the temperature falls to near the normal point, give a sweating Wet Sheet Pack.

AFTER-TREATMENT—Should consist of daily graduated cold applications (Tonic Frictions) to slowly build up the body. The head should be thoroughly cooled before each application.

HEAT EXHAUSTION—Hot Full Bath, 3-8 minutes; Hot Blanket Pack; Hot Enema followed immediately by short Cold Mitten Friction, Cold Wet Sheet Rub, afterward wrapping in warm blankets.

THREATENED CARDIAC FAILURE—Cold bag over heart for 15 minutes every hour; Cold Mitten Friction every 2 hours; Hot Blanket Pack for 10 minutes, followed by Cold Towel Rub; Hot Enema followed by Cold Enema; artificial respiration.

- These are all very grave conditions and must receive immediate attention. Immediately call your physician and begin water treatments.

—Also see "Heat Exhaustion," and "Heat Stroke (Sunstroke)".

MOTION SICKNESS (Car Sickness, Sea Sickness)

SYMPTOMS—Nausea, excessive salivation, vomiting, cold sweat, queasy feeling, stomach churning. Possible dizziness, sometimes fainting.

CAUSE—The semicircular canals in the inner ears detect your vertical position. When there is too much jostling back and forth, movement which you do not have control over (as when riding in cars, planes, or boats), your sensory system may become overloaded. Since the eyes also sense vertical balance, when what you see does not seem to agree with what your labyrinthine receptors in the inner ear sense, then mental confusion results. Nausea occurs when the brain does not know what to tell the body to do. This weakens the stomach.

The experts say that nausea at such a time also indicates that your liver is not doing well.


• If at sea, lie down and close your eyes. If in a car seat, rest your head back on the headrest, so it is somewhat faced upward. This relaxes the semi-circular canals.

• Charcoal tablets may help settle the stomach.

• Ginger capsules are highly recommended.


• Prevention is the best. Do not eat heavily processed meals, drink liquor, or eat junk food. Some people do well eating a few whole-grain crackers before and during the trip. Avoid smoke and food odors. Stay cool, and get fresh air!

• You may wish to take 5 charcoal tabs, one hour before the trip begins. Another method is 2 ginger tablets every 3 hours, beginning one hour before the trip. Ginger helps prevent motion sickness, by absorbing acids and thus preventing nausea.

• Some recommend additional magnesium (500 mg, one hour before trip) and vitamin B6 (100 mg one hour prior to trip) to relieve anticipated nausea.

• In order to settle the stomach before a trip, use the nervine herbs: hops, scullcap, chamomile, and valarian root.

Here are more preventative suggestions:

• Travel at night. When it is dark, what you see conflicts less with what you sense, and the air tends to be fresher.

• Avoid junk food, smoking, and alcohol. Keep a window open and stay near it, all the while breathing that fresh air.

• Sit still and do not look around very much.

• Look straight ahead. If you are in the driver's seat, you will sense (and have) better control of the movements taking place. Do not read while riding. Keep your eyes on something stationary far ahead.

ENCOURAGEMENT—Provision has been made for us to come into close connection with Christ and receive the constant protection of the angels of God. Our faith must reach within the veil, where Jesus has entered for us, and trust Him implicitly for the help we need.

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