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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 1 (April 1, 1937)

Sciatica Ran In The Family

Sciatica Ran In The Family

Grandfather, Father, Grandson Were Victims.
Kruschen Ends Family Curse.

Sciatica and lumbago ran in this family. Grandfather, father, and grandson suffered from both these agonising complaints. But the grandson found a way to end the family curse. His letter tells how he did it:—

“Up to 10 years ago, I suffered from sciatica and lumbago. In fact, one week, I had to be ‘ironed out’ every morning before I could go to my work. My grandfather and my father had sciatica and lumbago, so I suppose it was hereditary. Ten years ago, I started taking Kruschen Salts, and since then I have never had a suspicion of a pain. I never take anything else but my daily dose of Kruschen, year in and year out.“—G.R.L.

Sciatica and lumbago are commonly caused by too much uric acid in the body. And when these complaints run in a family, there is a hereditary tendency to make uric acid to excess. But, if you can keep down the excess of uric acid every day, it stands to reason that you will not have to suffer any more.

That is just what Kruschen does—it rids the blood of the excess of poisonous uric acid. If there are deposits— in the muscle sheaths, as in lumbago— or piercing the nerves, as in sciatica— or in the joints, as in rheumatism, Kruschen Salts dissolves them and assists Nature to pass them out of the body. And as they go, aches and pains go too!

That is not all—Kruschen Salts keeps your inside so regular, so free from stagnating waste matter, that no such body poisons as uric acid ever get the chance to accumulate again.

Kruschen Salts is obtainable at all Chemists and Stores at 2/6 per bottle

Treatment of Cuts, etc.

In all treatment of cuts and sores the chief thing to remember is asepsis, which means free from germs. With many home remedies this is not considered. In all cases of ordinary cuts or scratches it is advisable to apply an antiseptic immediately. Dilute tincture of iodine or methylated spirit will cleanse the wound of any germs that may be introduced. In the case of a cut made with a garden tool or in a stable or a similar place it is always necessary to visit a doctor, who will probably give an injection of antitetanic serum to guard against tetanus page 61 —or lockjaw as it is often called. If a wound is of any depth a doctor should be consulted as soon as possible, as there is the danger of tendons or ligaments being severed, and unless they are properly connected loss of function may follow.

In every home it is a good plan to keep a first-aid box. This box should contain: (1) A screw jar, or tin containing pieces of boiled rag. The tin or jar must be boiled to make it germ free. Then when the clean rags are put in, the jar must be put in the oven for half an hour or so. This makes the dressings germ-proof. (2) Roll of cotton wool. (3) Bandages. (4) An ordinary enamel basin. (5) A pair of scissors. (6) A pair of dressing forceps. Boil the basin, scissors and forceps, and do not put the hands into the sterile jar.

Miscellaneous Useful Hints.

To renovate a black straw hat, brush off the dust, apply methylated spirits with a small brush and leave till dry.

To remove grease-spots from leather, apply the white of an egg to the spots and allow to dry in the sunshine.

To remove a spot of oil from a frock dab it with a small piece of bread dampened with petrol.

Broken china, glassware, woodwork, etc., may be easily and satisfactorily mended by mixing ordinary flour with vinegar into a firm paste and applying to parts to be mended. Allow to set before using.

To raise pile of velvet, hold the wrong side of the material over a jug or basin of boiling water. This will cause the pile to rise.

To retain the crispness of organdie dip it in methylated spirits after washing, dry as usual, and iron while damp. Organdie treated thus will retain colour and freshness for months.

If a scorched article is immediately put into boiling water and left for a while, the mark will fade out.

A mixture of washing-blue and breadcrumbs will remove stains from silver shoes.

Directions for a Four-Ear Humpty.

Cut two squares of unbleached cotton each 36 inches square; sew around the edges, leaving an opening about 12 inches in one side. Turn and tie each corner firmly in a lug with string, and then proceed to stuff it. This must be done well and packed very tightly. Old rags cut up are very suitable. When stuffing is completed, sew up the opening. Cut another two thirty-six inch squares in moquette or shadowette; sew on three sides; pull over humpty; tie the lugs and sew up by hand.


Savoury Bacon Tart.

Rub half lb. lard into one lb. plain flour and mix to a stiff paste with cold water. Roll out one-half of the pastry and line a plate. Cover with a layer of thin bacon rashers, then a layer of sliced onions, and lastly a layer of sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle with pepper and salt, cover with remaining pastry and bake in hot oven.

Note: It is a matter of opinion whether the bacon is fried and the onions partially cooked beforehand.

Londonderry Potatoes.

Scrub thoroughly and carefully bake as many large potatoes as required. When done break each potato open near the middle, make a hole with a spoon and insert a good lump of butter and a teaspoon of grated cheese well mixed with salt and pepper. Return to oven for a few minutes and serve very hot. Very good for cold day lunch or supper.

Meat-and-Rice Loaf.

Take two cups of cold rice, two cups finely chopped meat, two eggs, two tablespoons butter, two tablespoons chopped parsley, half onion, salt and pepper. Fry onion in fat until brown, put in cold rice and meat and stir well. Remove from the fire, add eggs and seasoning, place in a dish and bake until brown. Turn out on a hot dish and pour tomato sauce over.

Potato Dumplings.

One cupful cooked potatoes, half cupful flour, three-quarters teaspoon baking powder, one egg, salt and pepper, finely-chopped parsley. Mash the potato, add the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and parsley; then the well-beaten egg. Mix in well. Drop spoonfuls into boiling stew about thirty minutes before the stew is to be served.

Dutch Cutlet.

Mince one lb. of beefsteak, mix with the meat pepper, salt, one cup breadcrumbs, one minced onion and bind with one egg. Form into a flat cake, put into a greased baking-tin with two cups water, one tablespoon sauce and one minced onion, and put a slice of bacon on top. Cover with buttered paper and bake in moderate oven for one hour. Garnish with tomato slices and parsley.