Vinegar victory


Vinegar victory

By Patrecia Gray - Special to the Register



(It is that time of year when the temperature goes to bacteria incubation stage. So from life’s lessons, I have learned to pull out the stops on the vinegar bottle – Patrecia Gray).

“Hand me the vinegar bottle,” my husband said as he rolled over in bed. The generator shut down at 9:30 p.m., but the scabies was on the march, and Larry was their victim.

On the isle of Papua New Guinea, with its limited socialized medicines, we kept a bottle of alcohol and a bottle of vinegar at the bedside and at our sink for times such as these.

Scabies were so rampant, all we had to do was open our door to people standing in line for medicines, and we could literally feel the scabies prick our skin. Do not let anyone tell you scabies are not airborne. We did our own personal clinical trial with scabies and vinegar, not from a lab, but from everyday working around them. We rubbed vinegar on the prickly places, and that took care of the scabies for that time.

Vinegar is natural. You can drink it or wear it. It is also good for killing lice eggs. Again, in our host country, most everyone had lice. We lived in close proximity with the people. My youngest daughter played, as children do, as they see adults do, and that is, they played carrying string bags on their heads. She got lice. (She would love me telling you this.) No alarm, we washed her head frequently and rinsed her hair in vinegar. Lice did not have a chance with vinegar around.

My oldest daughter said, “I’ll die, I’ll just die if I get lice.” She never got lice; she lived.

Due to unsanitary conditions, and other conditions, we rinsed our dishes in vinegar water. Once Typhoid Fever was in the area, we developed the habit of washing all our fruits and vegetables in vinegar. By the grace of God, and our sidekick vinegar, we avoided Typhoid.

More on “Vinegar Victory” next week.

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Vinegar victory

By Patrecia Gray

Special to the Register

Patrecia Gray is a member of the Point Pleasant Writers Guild.

Patrecia Gray is a member of the Point Pleasant Writers Guild.