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For some years I had difficulty getting food down. Not very often, but when it did happen it was very painful and embarrassing. I cured it myself. My singing teacher had told me not to eat chocolate or drink milk before singing as it causes the body to make a lot of thick mucus which means your tubes are full and you can't get any resonance in the voice. When the dysphgia started many years ago I thought I was having a heart attack, but the stuck food bolus eventually went down and I was able to have a drink of water. Some years later, after several such occurrences, some of them very bad and one lasting over 24 hours, I read that an infusion of thistle roots made by stripping the outer skin from the roots of a thistle, cutting into small pieces, crushing and adding to a saucepan of boiling water, stops the mucus problem, sipped when cooled down! It worked brilliantly and I have hardly ever have a problem since, except for one or two very minor ones which can be sorted out with warm water and jumping up and down, landing quite hard. To anyone with the same problem I say try it. It worked very well for me and can't do any harm and it's free. The best thistles arte the ones that grow flat and round, though any thistles are OK. It's just that the flat ones have thicker roots. It's hard to find thistles in the winter, but I've kept a bottle of thje infusion for years, so get some now while they are still relatively easy to find.
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