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m., adj. cold; also used to describe medicines and other physical agents capable of causing/curing disease as well as the diseases themselves. In some areas, pills may be rejected on the basis that they are the incorrect color for the disease (red is hot; green is cold).

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Cure for the Bite of a Mad Dog

Infections, injuries, or chronic health problems were just as common in the 17th and 18th centuries as now. The difference is that today we have ready access to medical evaluation and antibiotics for the treatment of potentially life-threatening cases such as rabies caused by the bite of a rabid animal. 650 more words


The Doctor Is In

Remember the Clampett family from the television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies?

If not…come and listen to a story about a man named Jed. A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed, 612 more words



f. cellulitis, esp. of the leg which is treated by rubbing with a frog or tortilla dough with achote; possibly derived from “erisipela” (erysipelas).

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Hilot, Usog at Tawas

Bata pa lamang ako, suki na ako ng hilot. Tuwing nilalagnat ako, bago pa man ako isugod sa ospital, dadalhin muna ako sa bahay ng Ninang nina Nanay sa kasal: si Lola Ceny, na ang bahay ay isang tricycle lamang mula sa amin. 412 more words


m. cheeks; according to superstition, babies’ cheeks are thought to sag if you stand them up.

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Cardamom is the third most expensive spice by weight, behind only saffron and vanilla. But with a captivatingly complex flavor profile crammed into such a small package, there’s little mystery behind its steep price. 334 more words