A Cure for Hiccups



 You're not going to believe this, but even at the risk of bending the Medical Practice Act, I just had to include it. I got this hiccup (“hiccough,” for you proper folks) cure from my outlaws, er.., inlaws, and it is as effective in practice as it is ridiculous in description.

 To cure ordinary hiccups, you do the following: Drink out of the far-side rim of a glass.  It may also be described as "drink out of a glass upside down,'' although you aren't really upside down.  It looks weird enough when you try it.

 My experience has been that it takes a full cup of water and about thirty seconds of this type of sipping for the hiccup reflex to cease. It has never failed me. Since I wanted you to gain all possible practical benefit from this book, I couldn't resist mentioning it. (Mag. Phos. 6x, a Schuessler Cell Salt in homeopathic potency, is also effective against hiccups as reported in Dr. Schuessler's Biochemistry, by J.B. Chapman, M.D.)

 A probable explanation for the success of the drinking out-of-the-other-side-of-a-glass technique is that your bending-over posture and your concentration on performing such an unusual feat serves to restrict the spasmodic inhalation characteristic of hiccups. The act of drinking itself might create new nerve messages to displace the hiccup reflex, calming the glottis and diaphragm. At any rate, it works.

Copyright C 1999 and prior years Andrew W. Saul. 

Andrew Saul is the author of the books FIRE YOUR DOCTOR! How to be Independently Healthy (reader reviews at http://www.doctoryourself.com/review.html ) and DOCTOR YOURSELF: Natural Healing that Works. (reviewed at http://www.doctoryourself.com/saulbooks.html )

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