Q. I've had some arthritis in my left index finger. The treatments I tried helped a little, but didn't resolve it. I’ve heard that a packet of Knox unflavored gelatin twice a day dissolved in the beverage of your choice can be helpful, but might take up to six weeks to be effective. I take it with tomato juice.

DON'T ever get in a hurry and just dump the packet of granules in your mouth and head out the door. It combines with saliva to create an EXTREMELY powerful glue inside your mouth. Your mouth AND lips will get glued firmly together and it will take you 20 minutes or so of dedicated work to get your mouth pried back open again.

This is certainly going to entertain your co-workers, but I really think you might suffocate if you had a cold and couldn’t breathe through your nose. I'm an EMT [emergency medical technician] and you need to trust me on this. You will not be able to speak so we might not figure out you have glued your own mouth shut. That could make it difficult to come up with an effective solution before you are hopelessly dead.

A. Thanks for the warning! This sounds as if it comes from personal experience.

Several years ago a reader shared an arthritis remedy he learned from a former owner of the Dallas Cowboys. He mixes apple cider vinegar and honey half and half. One teaspoon of this mixture is added to 6 oz. of water along with a teaspoon of Knox orange gelatin for the daily dose. Taking the gelatin in liquid won’t glue your mouth shut.

We include this and dozens of other arthritis remedies in our book, Best Choices From The People’s Pharmacy. It is available from libraries, bookstores or online at this web site.

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  1. jh

    My Mom suffers from arthritis and is looking to find out how much of the unflavored gelatin she should be taking a day. Pretty much she is looking for the recipe for it. Should she do it more than once a day? She had heard about the gin/raisins but that is not something she is interested in doing. Any other remedies would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you
    PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: HERE’S THE INFO: http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/04/20/using-gelatin-to-fight-hip-pain/

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