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Show 949: Summertime Remedies for Safe Grilling and Easing Bites, Burns, Stings and Scratches

We offer tips for safe grilling and remedies for common summertime hazards like sunburn, stings, bites and scratches. What are your favorites?

When you put the burgers on the grill for Father’s Day or 4th of July, are you raising your family’s risk of cancer? Lots of research shows that charcoal-broiled meat contains carcinogens. But there are plenty of simple steps you can take to reduce them. Here’s a link to the research.

Watch Out for Wire Bristles on the Grill:

You can avoid the danger of swallowing wire brush bristles by using a cut onion to clean the hot grill. One company makes a gadget to help. We also discuss home remedies that are handy for minor burns.

Summertime Hazards:

In addition to barbecue safety, we invite you to share your favorite remedies for summertime ailments. Have you ever put a cut onion on a bee sting? What do you do for itchy mosquito bites? Do you have a motion sickness remedy you really like? We encourage sunburn prevention, but if your skin does become red, how do you ease the pain?

Call in your questions and comments at 888-472-3366 or email between 7 and 8 am EDT.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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This radio show was very enjoyable when I listened. I have learned that Diabetes can cause Cardiovascular complication on people. For recovery from this disease it’s better to lose weight or walk a little bit each day to keep the good shape. We have to be careful when we have cookouts and expose foods to the radiation of fire.

Cornmeal as an antifungal? Perhaps it’s the farm chemical residue on the corn that is antifungal. Does ORGANIC cornmeal work?

I tend to have a rash begin, in the bra area, once the weather turns hot. I have found original amber-colored Listerine to be a great help. Twice a day, wipe the rash area with a cotton ball soaked with Listerine. Let area dry before putting your bra on.

I play a lot of tennis in summer & always develop either heat rash or a bacterial or fungal rash in groin and/or breast. I have tried prescription and over the counter remedies with no success. Rash doesn’t itch or blister but doesn’t go away for months until weather gets cooler. Any suggestions?

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