Friday, October 15, 2004

Cookie Recipes Are So 20th Century

Heinz Kerry ended with what she called “a highly effective” remedy for arthritis that drew laughter and some skepticism from the audience.

“You get some gin and get some white raisins — and only white raisins — and soak them in the gin for two weeks,” she said. “Then eat nine of the raisins a day.”

Despite the laughter, Dr. Steven Phillips, director of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Nevada quickly supported the prescription.

Phillips, on stage with Heinz Kerry as part of the panel, said sulfur and sulfides found in grapes are increased by the alcohol and could perhaps alleviate joint pain.

Dr. Michael Gerber, a noted homeopathic doctor in Reno, also said the formula has merit.

“It makes sense,” said Gerber from his office. “People go to hot springs to soak in the water and that water is very high in sulfur. So Mrs. Kerry’s remedy is pretty plausible.”

Dolores Jackson of Reno, a Kerry supporter who attended the rally, took the raisin and gin remedy seriously.

“There are really other remedies where we don’t have to use so many drugs,” Jackson said. “I really believe in alternative medicine.”

I'd like to propose a medical study of pain relief for arthritis.
One group would be given white raisins soaked in gin for two weeks, the other would be given the nectar of the juniper berry straight up. Let's see who gets the most relief.

It's one thing to steep fresh plants in alcohol and strain off the fluid. You're preserving the fluids of the plants.
But taking dried plants, and steeping them in alcohol, and then eating the plants, is a means for taking alcohol in solid form.
And why a homeopath and a doctor would say otherwise is beyond me.

Wasn't there a passage in Kurt Vonnegut's Welcome to the Monkeyhouse where he describes gin as a psychotic aphrodisiac?

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