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Don't Try This at Home

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Everyone has grown up learning those secret home remedies'like gargling salt water to cure a throat infection or applying baking soda paste to soothe a bee sting. But experts at WebMD.com warn that the following home cures are not only ineffective but could be downright dangerous. > Ear candling to remove earwax. Holding a flame just inches from your ear can cause burns and damage to the eardrum that can lead to hearing loss. > Butter to treat a burn. Butter isn't sterile and could easily cause an infection through an open burn wound. And any cooling effect is lost when butter melts. > Colloidal silver to treat disease. Silver can turn the skin bluish gray and cause irreversible damage to the kidneys, stomach, brain, and nervous system. > Colon cleansing to flush out toxins. Colon cleansing disrupts electrolyte levels and over time can lead to anemia, malnutrition, and heart failure. Not to mention it could be really messy!

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.