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Ask Dr. Gott 3/27
Vitamin E cures boil
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DEAR DR. GOTT: Many years ago, I had a boil, and my doctor said to put compresses on "as hot as I could stand " to draw the core out. After several days of this, only to be in much pain without any results, I resorted to researching another remedy. I had heard vitamin E was good for skin care and decided to purchase a vitamin E capsule. I put it directly on the boil, then covered it with a bandage. I repeated this procedure three times a day. Within 24 hours, the boil had decreased in size by one half. After three days, it was gone, and there was no scar or sign there ever was a boil. The vitamin E also brought me pain relief. I have had three boils since, one recently, and have treated each of them this way. I'm disappointed in the fact that doctors aren't more informed of cures like this so they can pass the information on to their patients. Maybe there are others who would like to know there is an easy and inexpensive way to get rid of a boil.
    DEAR READER: Many superficial skin infections do not respond to topical vitamin E. Surgical drainage and/or antibiotics may be necessary. However, if this therapy has worked for you, keep it up as needed.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Vitamin E: Myths and Facts."

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I read your column about having what is called hot flashes. I have had a battle with what you are describing; however, mine were frequent but lasted only for a short time. I noticed mine occurring especially when there was any amount of stress present in my life, large or small. I had an episode one day while shopping. Big sweat beads popped up, and I was literally dripping. A very nice lady noticed and asked me if I experienced hot flashes often. Of course, I told her I did. She suggested I take over-the-counter garlic-and-parsley gel caps. The secret is, the product must have parsley, not plain garlic. Gelatin capsules are preferred. The capsules should be taken at night and do not cause burping or belching. The results were obvious in two to three weeks.
    I had stopped having hot flashes completely and forgot to buy the capsules recently. Well, one day I noticed I was feeling the old familiar heat. Of course, I quickly went back on the capsule, and it worked.
    DEAR READER: This could be a huge breakthrough if it works for other readers. I personally have had no experience with the garlic-and-parsley mix, so I'll wait for reports from readers concerning its effectiveness. Stay tuned.
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