September 25, 2012 in Features, Health

Turmeric conquers tough wart

Joe Graedon And Teresa Graedon

Q. Turmeric is magical! I tried duct tape on my plantar wart, but I got another one next to the first one. I tried OTC salicylic acid, but the wart just spread.

Freezing didn’t work. The podiatrist “beetle-juiced” me four times. I got big blisters and more warts. She prescribed 26 percent salicylic acid, and the wart grew to the size of a quarter.

Then I read about turmeric on your website. After two weeks of applying bandages over a mix of olive oil from the cupboard and turmeric from the local grocery-store spice aisle, using a pumice stone every few days, my wart is gone!

A. Readers have reported success with either powdered or fresh turmeric root on plantar warts. It is important to keep the turmeric covered with a bandage, because otherwise it can stain socks or sheets a bright yellow.

Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound that has anti-viral activity (Recent Patents on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery, August 2012). Perhaps that is why it works against warts, which are caused by a virus.

Q. My husband has had several gout attacks during the past few years. The last one caused terrible pain in his knee and immobilized him for days. I am pretty sure his blood pressure medications have caused this. Is there a more natural way to control blood pressure so he doesn’t have to go through this hell again?

A. Many blood pressure drugs contain diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide. These can contribute to high uric-acid levels that trigger gout attacks. We are sending you our Guide to Blood Pressure Treatment with a number of natural approaches to controlling hypertension, including foods rich in magnesium and potassium, the DASH diet, beet juice and pomegranate juice. Anyone who would like a copy, please send $3 in check or money order with a long (No. 10), stamped (65 cents), self-addressed envelope to: Graedons’ People’s Pharmacy, No. B-67, P.O. Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027. It also can be downloaded for $2 from our website:

Several readers recommend celery seed as an extract or tea. Here’s one story: “I’ve used celery-seed tablets for more than two years. This works well to prevent gout flare-ups.”

In their column, Joe and Teresa Graedon answer letters from readers. Write to them in care of this newspaper or email them via their Web site: www.Peoples Their newest book is “Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them.”

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