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Old 06-16-2007, 06:33 PM   #21
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White raisins are with the normal black ones. I got some cheapos from Aldi, but you can get them at most any decent sized grocery.
Yes, you can taste the gin. I'm not crazy about the stickiness of the raisins after the soak or the gin taste, but I know it is working. Why? Because all the pain has gone away.
I have found a number of testimonials to this on the net in the last couple of days, so there are many people who have used this remedy for years, I guess.
I cannot figure out why it works, but, since there is no more pain, I don't care how it works...just so long as it takes the pain away.
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Old 06-17-2007, 12:43 PM   #22
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I am waiting for them to create something similar to synvisc (which is used in knees, but my knees aren't my problem) but is for hips. It's like motor oil for your body. Sounds very soothing...
DW had this done to her knee about 18 months ago. It consisted of several injections, all very painful and she said "never again".

However, the results have been so good that she is ready to do it again. She was told it lasts 18 months to 2 years and that is about what is happening.
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I had the series of injections in my knees 2 different times. I didn't find them that painfull and would do it again. I'm about due since it's been about 2 years since the last set. They do work pretty well. Maybe I'll have the Dr. inject some raisins in my knees next time, I'm willing to give it a try.
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Maybe I'll have the Dr. inject some raisins in my knees next time, I'm willing to give it a try.


Do you have raisin to believe that this will work
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queeneev, sorry...white raisins are also called golden raisins.
You can find theories on why this works on about.com. I put in "why gin raisins work" and it popped up. Some say it is the juniper berries which makes the gin, other say it is the vitamin c and other ingredients in the raisins. For me, it works is all.
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Taking high quality fish oil tablets has helped decrease my tight back and occasional joint pain. Maybe it s"greasing the wheels"........

Truth is, I never saw a healthy fish swim around obvious pain, so maybe I'm on to something.........
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I take high quality fish oil tablets for the Omega3--great for the heart muscles.
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OMG the raisins thing is on TV right now! It's an infomercial for a book called Secret Food Cures. She mentioned the gin remedy as "9" raisins a day.

(I don't make a habit of watching informercials - it was the first thing that came on this morning, and I heard "gin-soaked raisins"...).

Although now I want the book, hahaha
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Seems there are two basic flaws with this remedy.

First off, the alcohol from the gin is going to evaporate. Thats just wrong.

Second, why the soaking period, except that some additional fermentation may occur....ohhh...now I get it...raisin jack!

My first thought was in line with wahoos...drink the gin and if necessary, eat the raisins.
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Yeah, I caught that tv commercial the other day, too. And I thought I was on to something nobody knew of...ha!
The gin I used on my raisins I put so all of them got a good soaking. Well...the gin did not totally evaporate, and all I put on top of the glass pie pan was aluminum foil. It still--after a month--has not evaporated. Is there something extra in that Tanqueray?
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Probably water. The two main contenders for why this remedy might not be a placebo are elements in the juniper thats in the gin and sulphur in the raisins.

Seems regular raisins dont do it..."white" raisins are full of sulfurs.

Cheap gin doesnt do it...cheap gin is just neutral spirits with some juniper flavoring added.
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Is there something extra in that Tanqueray?
I always thought it was 'love'... but then I get that way after my 3rd martini ...
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