Some years ago I was bitten by a brown recluse spider. I immediately went to my doctor to see about it, but he said not to worry, it was not a spider bite and soon heal. At that time I trusted my doctor had to say everything. Now I feel a little more personal responsibility for my health. When I saw the bite grow and develop, turning my skin black, and the change in the shape of my leg, I decided to seek to go back to another doctor for a second opinion. This doctor said it was definitely a brown recluse spider bite. However, he said it was too late to treat them. He prescribed an antibiotic and sent me on my way. But not after I asked him, after looking at the state of my leg, if it could fall down my leg. His soothing words? “I do not know.” Apparently I was allergic to the antibiotic, and I broke out in hives all over. It itched like crazy! My doctor prescribed a steroid to combat it, my reaction to the antibiotic. I did not like where this would go. Needless to say, I have to do. I called a few friends who were interested in herbal remedies, and they advised me to make a paste made of coal and put it on my bite, such as coal in whole or poison. I bought some capsules of charcoal in a health food store and empty the contents of a capsule or two, a paste made by adding a little water, apply to my bite, and secure it with a plaster. In a few minutes my natural color started back. My doctor told me I would have a scar for life, but today there is no bite out of my left lane! So if you live in a somewhat rural area where brown recluse spider bites are a real risk, you may get some charcoal capsules to keep in your medicine cabinet. You never know when you might need! I then went to a naturopathic doctor, I really hooked up to an Echinacea-IV and then I prescribe large doses of vitamin C. While the efficacy of these natural substances much discussed in Western medicine, I can attest that it worked for me ! My leg healed completely in a few days. I was never so happy to see my leg back to its shape (it looked like it was “caving in”), and to see the black skin turn skin tones! Since then I have a follower of alternative medicine. It’s not that I do not see my regular doctor (although I have since changed doctors!), But I no longer trust with my doctor implicitly my health. I see now that we have to be actively participate in the doctoring process. We have research to search for answers, interview doctors and do what we can to better health with our own hands. Although it look vital medical treatment as soon as you maybe a brown recluse bite you have to think, if for some reason your situation turns out like mine and your doctor is “too late” for medical community to treat your bite, follow these simple steps and the matter into their own hands! You will not regret it!