Date: Wed, 3 May 1995 08:11:34 -0700
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From: Don Dancing Feather <dms.EFN.ORG>
Subject: Re: spider bite

> My wife has a bite type wound on her chest that the doctor has said may be a spider bite. If anyone has any info on such a thing or pointers to a site/list could they please email me.

May I suggest applying some green clay, bentonite or montmorillite clay to it (mix into paste, apply) to draw out the toxins. Mix in some cayenne with that for drawing power. ON a fresh bite, nothing works as good as fresh plantain, chewed up into an instant poltice! One summer I stepped on wasps or bees barefoot twice, each time grabbed a nearby leaf (plantain grows everywhere where humans tread, as in lawns) and chewed it up and put it on right away, and within 5 minutes nearly forgot about them!

Internally some echinacea might help....but try the external things first. Focussing on alkinalizing the diet--avoiding the classic acid forming foods like sugar/sweets, dairy, meats, and eating healthy/macrobioticish for a bit could help the recovery process too.

My two cents, NOT medical advice, just what I have done for the same sorta thing.

From: bruce bammes <bruce.bammes.M.CC.UTAH.EDU>

A mixture of baking soda, rubbing alcohol, and enough flour or cornstarch to hold it together will create an extreme osmodic gradient. If a poltice is made from this mixture, and placed on a toxic wound it will draw most anything back through the skin. Even some oils will respond to the alcohol and be pulled out. Formic acid from bee, and ant stings seems to respond especially well.