HONEY AND VINEGAR
About a year ago you mentioned a recipe for arthritis from a football player. He mixed one-half teaspoon apple cider vinegar and one-half teaspoon honey in a glass of water with a teaspoon of orange powder. I’d really like to try this remedy, but I cannot find orange powder. Did he mean Tang?
The reader who gave us this recipe got it from a former owner of the Dallas Cowboys. The mysterious orange powder is nothing more than orange-flavored Knox gelatin. At age 81, he says this formula still keeps his knuckles flexible.
My husband says that his magnetic bracelet helps his arthritis pain. What do you have to say about that? Would it also help my fibromyalgia? Are there side effects?
A few randomized studies suggest that magnets may help arthritis pain. Many scientists are skeptical, and after one small, placebo-controlled trial, researchers concluded that magnetic and copper bracelets are useless for treating arthritis pain.5 Some people who have tried magnets agree with your husband, however. Magnets are not appropriate for pregnant women, people wearing pacemakers, or people using electromagnetic equipment such as insulin pumps or sleep apnea machines. There are no studies to show whether a magnetic bracelet would help people with fibromyalgia, although one reader reported that a magnetic bracelet made her fibromyalgia pain worse.
Years ago, you wrote about an enzyme in pineapple juice that helps with arthritis pain. At that time I was in my early 40s and was already having pain in my hands and feet from arthritis. I started drinking one glass of pineapple juice a day, and my symptoms cleared up. I may eventually develop arthritis, but hopefully it will not be as severe as it would have been.
Pineapple juice contains bromelain, which appears to have anti-inflammatory properties. In one study, a product containing bromelain (Phlogenzym) was effective in easing discomfort from hip arthritis.6
Joe Graedon & Terry Graedon, The People’s Pharmacy: Quick & Handy Home Remedies, published by National Geographic