Q. I have acne, and it seems that every time I eat anything with sugar, I break out. It also seems that milk makes me break out. Is this all in my head, or does diet make a difference for complexion?
It is not in your head. Dermatologists used to assure their acne patients that diet didn’t matter, but sophisticated research now establishes that foods like sugar and refined starches (carbohydrates) that raise blood glucose and insulin promote acne (Dermato-Endocrinology, January/February/ March 2012). The amino acid leucine, abundant in milk, also contributes to the biochemical processes that underlie acne. The current recommendation is to eat more vegetables and fruits, and avoid dairy products and highly refined foods.
Gin-raisins ease pain
Q. I don’t know if anyone other than me thought the gin-raisin remedy had to be an idea that companies made up to sell their products. I decided to prove you WRONG, and I made up a batch with the cheapest raisins and gin I could find. It cost me $6.24. The first batch lasted 129 days. At 5 cents a day, it only took 60 cents to prove you RIGHT.
I had taken everything from Advil to Vicodin, including Celebrex and Neurontin, for chronic shoulder and back pain that should be called agony.
After 12 days of gin-soaked raisins, I woke up and realized something was very different. There was no agony, only slight pain I could manage. Granted, I took nine raisins in the morning plus nine at night, because I didn’t think it would work, but it does!
I now only take nine raisins a day, and after seven months I am pain-free. I am still on my second batch. Six months’ worth of Vicodin cost $1,873, and I still suffered pain. After six months of gin-soaked raisins ($12.48), I had no pain. So instead of writing to say, “You are WRONG,” I’m writing to say, ”I was WRONG.”
Thank you for sharing. Not everyone benefits so impressively, but many have found gin-soaked golden raisins helpful.
Write to Joe and Terry Graedon at www.PeoplesPharmacy.com.