Q: I’ve read about drinking tonic water to prevent waking with leg cramps. Try coconut water instead! It is the best stuff for leg cramps.
A: When we looked this new product up online, we discovered that, in addition to health-food stores, several major chains carry it as well. We appreciate your testimonial. We remind readers, though, that too much coconut water might be constipating.
Q: When I read your column about gin-soaked raisins, I recalled a similar remedy I used several years ago. I don’t like gin. But the man who told me about using gin-soaked raisins for tendinitis also said that, according to his own doctor, apple-cider vinegar worked just as well as gin. The recipe I used very successfully to treat my tendinitis was golden raisins soaked in a combination of two parts apple-cider vinegar and one part honey. Cover and soak for three days, and take about 10 raisins a day. The tendinitis gradually disappeared. I had started on them before the doctor could figure out what was wrong with me. I was already getting some relief from the raisins that improved with physical therapy. I think people who are not drinkers would like this alternative.
A: Thank you for offering this alternative to gin for the raisin remedy. Some people use rum instead of gin, while others have tried vodka or sloe gin. The raisins are the common denominator, though.
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist, and Teresa Graedon is an expert in medical anthropology and nutrition. They can be reached at peoplespharmacy @gmail.com.