Q. I don’t know if anyone other than me thought the gin-raisin remedy had to be an idea that the 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 a grand total of $6.24. The first batch lasted 129 days. At $.05 per day, it only took $.60 to prove you RIGHT.
I had taken everything from Advil to Vicodin, including Celebrex and Neurontin for chronic shoulder and back pain that should really 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 9 raisins a day, and after seven months I am pain free. I am still on my second batch. Six months’ worth of Vicodin cost $1,873.00 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.”
A. Thank you for sharing your story. Not everyone benefits so impressively, but many others have found gin-soaked golden raisins helpful. Anyone who would like to learn more about the details of this and other natural approaches to managing joint pain may be interested in our Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis. It offers a recipe for preparing the gin-drenched raisins as well as information on many anti-inflammatory supplements such as ginger or turmeric.