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  • The more I think of living on the road one question pops up, how do you go about getting any long term medicine's? This specially applies to me being a diabetic, so was wondering if your moving from place to place how do you go about picking any prescriptions up? Any help much appreciated.

  • Have you heard of okra? I'm sue i spelt that right, but if you soak it over night in water and drink in the morning, its meant to regulate insulin levels, as good if not better than the medicines... Now i don't have diabetes, so i haven't tried tried this and cant validate the claims, but i do believe that for every illness, there is a plant in nature that can help. If you can, google that plant, just have a look... ( okra is sometimes referred to as ladies fingers, if that helps) :)

  • Have you heard of okra? I'm sue i spelt that right, but if you soak it over night in water and drink in the morning, its meant to regulate insulin levels, as good if not better than the medicines... Now i don't have diabetes, so i haven't tried tried this and cant validate the claims, but i do believe that for every illness, there is a plant in nature that can help. If you can, google that plant, just have a look... ( okra is sometimes referred to as ladies fingers, if that helps) :)


    Thank you, I know I've had to look up my diet and stuff on my own as the info you get from the NHS is useless at best. However I've never even thought about looking stuff like this up.

  • Any doc's have to see you, so if you have an ongoing prescription, they can renew it. May take a little longer as they'd probably have to get a copy of your record or at least contact your original doc.


    Much appreciated, it's something I never really thought of until today.

  • I've always stayed with my original doc ad just keep returning every two months to top up prescription :)

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  • I've always stayed with my original doc ad just keep returning every two months to top up prescription :)


    I would have asked my doctor but I know a couple of people who work there, I know they can't talk about stuff but ours is a small community and rather people didn't know my plans until later, all info is much appreciated.

  • Youre welcome, I'm on quite alot of holistic health/medicine sites that have alot of good advice on.... Its always worth a gander :)


    Something I'll look further into, the last time I went for my diabetic review he said "bloods fine, liver fine, colestrol fine but we'll see about a tablet for that", I'm thinking if it's fine why do I need a tablet, struck me as a pill first questions later thing.

  • I think most towns and cities have out of hours surgeries at hospitals? I know there's one next town over from because I used it, next to primary care, no a&e tho


    It's a side of life up till the last 16 months I've had nothing to do with, until then I'd been to the doctors twice both for medicals for jobs.

  • Buckwheat is also good for people with diabetes (and for everyone else); it can be eaten in a wide variety of dishes, and its flour can be made into bread and pancakes. I like it a lot.

  • Buckwheat is also good for people with diabetes (and for everyone else); it can be eaten in a wide variety of dishes, and its flour can be made into bread and pancakes. I like it a lot.


    Could you use it instead of rice?

  • Could you use it instead of rice?


    Yes, absolutely! I usually buy it raw, and then toast it in a pan, on light fire (the minimum the stove allows), until it is golden brown (revolving it regularly with a spoon, so all the grains get toasted and don't burn). You can also buy it already toasted ("kasha"), but it's much more expensive (I've never bought it - it's not worth it).


    In another pan, just boil the double of water (for example, if you have toasted 1 cup of buckwheat, boil two cups of water); when it is boiling, throw in the toasted buckwheat and a little bit of salt, and let it simmer (covered), on light fire (again the minimum the stove allows), until all the water disappears (I don't know exactly how much time this takes, but it must be between 15 and 20 minutes). While it's cooking, there's no need to revolve it (just don't forget it's on the stove, or it could burn).


    From here, you can use it exactly the same way as rice, adding it to other dishes, be them hot or cold, like salads. You can also add spices, like pepper, cumin, coriander, etc., while it's cooking.


    Besides being good for diabetic people because it helps with the glucose regulation, it's also very good for the blood vessels, and it contains complete protein (much like chickpeas, beans and soya beans), so it's great for vegetarians/vegans too.


    Buckwheat bread is also delicious.

  • Ask your doctor how long a prescription he can give you.
    One prescription for six months worth of medication? Or can he give you six one month prescriptions at the same time which you can 'cash in' at any pharmacy.
    You would then have 'limited' drugs in your possession, but have 'instant' access to more.


    Cholesterol can be reduced by exercise and diet,
    Cycle 6 miles to work and back, five days per week.
    Oats (porridge and oatmeal bread)
    High fiber fruit and veg, Apples and cabbage etc


    works for me, YMMV
    :beard:

  • The more I think of living on the road one question pops up, how do you go about getting any long term medicine's? This specially applies to me being a diabetic, so was wondering if your moving from place to place how do you go about picking any prescriptions up? Any help much appreciated.



    There are several ways you could go about this.


    Firstly you could either get a long term prescription from your doctor (get to know them/tell them your going on an extended trip abroad) If your a type 1 diabetic then prob won't happen but if your type 2 then just store your pills as normal.


    Secondly, just call into an out of hours or emergency doctors/GP and get prescriptions as and when required.


    Thirdly, diet related look at things stated previous.


  • Much appreciated, yeah cut loads of stuff out and eating healthier what did me was coca cola.




    Yeah should be okay then as I'm on metformin tablets.

  • look at things like St. Johns wart


    There are several complementary therapies that some people say work for them. However, none has been shown conclusively in a study to reduce seizures. Withdrawing anti-epileptic medication without medical specialist supervision may result in seizures. Treat with caution any advice from therapists to reduce or stop taking your anti-epileptic medication.
    Herbal remedies should be used cautiously because some of their ingredients can interact with anti-epilepsy drugs. St John’s Wort, a herbal remedy used for mild depression, is not recommended for people with epilepsy because it can affect the blood levels of anti-epilepsy drugs and may affect seizure control. Ayurvedic herbal medicines are also not recommended.
    For some people with epilepsy, stress can trigger seizures. Stress-relieving and relaxation therapies such as exercise, yoga and meditation may help.


    source - http://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs…aedia/e/article/epilepsy/

  • I didn't realise we had been talking about epilepsy, and its not an illness i have researched, as i know no one who has it, but considering that most drugs are derived from compounds found in nature, yes, i still believe that there is a plant for every ailment, even if it hasn't been found yet. Now obviously, I'm not saying to anyone, ditch your medications, but there are proven benefits of using plants alongside, or instead of certain drugs to negate the unpleasant side effects, like tumeric root and almonds instead of/ with a smaller dose of Prozac, Okra for regulating insulin etc. I don't believe that big pharmaceutical companies want to make people well, after all, if they cured everyone, they'd have no customers. They need repeat customers, and so, studies that prove plants sources help are squashed or pushed aside, but there are alternatives.... Obviously, if you don't agree, then you're welcome to that opinion, as i am to mine....

  • No we weren't talking about epilepsy. However I have been here before In one of these 'There is a plant in nature for every illness' conversations. Last time, was with a gentleman who really got on my wick by asking me to 'define epilepsy' at every corner when he couldn't come up with his natural remedy.
    Big Pharma is corrupt. You don't need to have read Ben Goldacre's books to know that but some of us are stuck with them. I get up an every morning I take my medication because I know what will happen if I don't - I truly hate the industry that i rely on; I spent a year on a drug that cost me my business and almost cost me my marriage and my home, due to the way it affected my personality so please don't try and preach to the converted. Oh and please please don't say sorry or you understand. Whatever happens regards austerity, the economy, independence; the truth of it is I will have to find a source of these drugs for the rest of my life....I cant hold out for someone finding a flower ten years down the line that only alleviates the side effects.


    'yes, i still believe that there is a plant for every ailment, even if it hasn't been found yet. Now obviously, I'm not saying to anyone, ditch your medications, but there are proven benefits of using plants alongside, or instead of certain drugs to negate the unpleasant side effects, like tumeric root and almonds instead of/ with a smaller dose of Prozac, Okra for regulating insulin etc.'


    Your comment regarding the 'unpleasant side effects', just because something is natural doesn't mean that it might not give you unpleasant side effects. My Doctor has a database that checks the interactions of pharmaceuticals and natural medicines, again just because it is natural doesnt mean it isnt going to interact. This might be of interest https://theconversation.com/he…d-drug-interactions-23118. They have a series of discussions as well as this one if you are interested.

  • As Daisysmum said, not everyone is the same, so not every 'cure' will be the same.
    I cycled more, switched out wheat and replaced it with oats, then ate more high fibre foods.
    My cholesterol went from top end normal to mid range, purely as a precaution due to family history.


    My friend has very high cholesterol so has to take huge number of statins/tablets because my 'cure' was not fast enough for him.


    But for the original poster, I still say the solution is talk to your GP (It comes under patient/doctor confidentiality)
    Explain you want to travel, how frequently does the doctor want to see you?
    Mine is happy for once every two years. YMMV


    Then ask how you can do 'big' prescription/repeat prescription/lots of prescriptions.


    Offer it as a choice for them to make, they may just surprise you.


    :beard:

  • About every 6 months at the moment, only found out I had diabetes Feb of last year. At the moment it doesn't matter as it will just be a week or two away everytime, just something I've never seen talked about.

  • There are several complementary therapies that some people say work for them. However, none has been shown conclusively in a study to reduce seizures. Withdrawing anti-epileptic medication without medical specialist supervision may result in seizures. Treat with caution any advice from therapists to reduce or stop taking your anti-epileptic medication.
    Herbal remedies should be used cautiously because some of their ingredients can interact with anti-epilepsy drugs. St John’s Wort, a herbal remedy used for mild depression, is not recommended for people with epilepsy because it can affect the blood levels of anti-epilepsy drugs and may affect seizure control. Ayurvedic herbal medicines are also not recommended.
    For some people with epilepsy, stress can trigger seizures. Stress-relieving and relaxation therapies such as exercise, yoga and meditation may help.


    source - http://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs…aedia/e/article/epilepsy/



    Whoops the paramedic slipped up. My apologies. My knowledge of herbal remedies for mental health is very limited.

  • Whoops the paramedic slipped up. My apologies. My knowledge of herbal remedies for mental health is very limited.


    Epilepsy is a neurological condition, although repeated seizures can cause a deterioration in mental health....
    If you don't mind I wont follow your avatars advice if you have come up with THAT common misconception. Go educate yourself...


    http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/ate/neurology/201729.html
    http://www.health.harvard.edu/…eleases/epilepsy-symptoms
    http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ert/2012/163731/


    You slipped up again...go back to your flip charts.

  • I'mQUOTE=whitepoppy;1338108]I didn't realise we had been talking about epilepsy, and its not an illness i have researched, as i know no one who has it, but considering that most drugs are derived from compounds found in nature, yes, i still believe that there is a plant for every ailment, even if it hasn't been found yet. Now obviously, I'm not saying to anyone, ditch your medications, but there are proven benefits of using plants alongside, or instead of certain drugs to negate the unpleasant side effects, like tumeric root and almonds instead of/ with a smaller dose of Prozac, Okra for regulating insulin etc. I don't believe that big pharmaceutical companies want to make people well, after all, if they cured everyone, they'd have no customers. They need repeat customers, and so, studies that prove plants sources help are squashed or pushed aside, but there are alternatives.... Obviously, if you don't agree, then you're welcome to that opinion, as i am to mine....[/QUOTE]


    I'm totally with you on this. I do believe there is a cure or treatment for everything even if we don't know about it yet. We all know that lifestyle and diet choices can negatively impact our health and we also know the importance of our 5 a day and also the wonders of super foods and their ability to stave off certain types of illness and much more. So, to me, it's a no brainer that there are so many cures out there in the plant world. Just wish I had the knowledge to utilise them.