The pain was part of everyday life for Linda Faulkner, one of the 8.5million arthritis suffers in the UK. He diagnosed the joint incurable condition in 2006, tried a number of treatments with little success, from painkillers to steroids – that helped in the short term -. A supplements including glucosamine, chondroitin, fish oils and collagen
Despite their best efforts, the pain started in her wrists, had migrated to the back and neck and was increasing.
So when Linda recently read church organist Sarah Gall, who had cured his crippling arthritis pain by drinking a mixture of cider vinegar and honey, that was willing to give it a try.
Surprisingly, in the last two weeks – for the first time since the disease developed -. Linda has been almost painlessly
The 58-year-old pharmacist retired from Billericay, Essex, says. “After four days, the pain in my neck disappeared And before, there was always a dull pain in my wrists and if eliminated even slightly I howled in pain. I have not needed painkillers for the last few weeks.
“At first, I was almost afraid to admit he was working. But it really is. I can not still believe it. “
Linda Every morning and evening drink a mixture of one tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of vinegar with a pinch of hot water.
“The other night my electric toothbrush broke and I had to wash the old-fashioned teeth. Before, I had no power in my hands and wrists to do this. It is such a small thing, but so significant. “
cider vinegar has been prized for centuries by herbalists as a tonic for health – although doctors are not convinced
“Some herbalists believe that arthritis is caused by acid crystals in the joints,” says Professor Robert Moots consultant rheumatologist at the Hospital of the University of Liverpool.
“vinegar drink is supposed dissolve. But we know from the study of joints affected by osteoarthritis symptoms are not caused by crystals, but by the wear of the cartilage that lines the joints. The subsequent friction leads to excessive bone growth, pain and inflammation.
“Other claims are that vinegar somehow influences the pH balance of the body, but would have to take a large alkaline Cuba scope to affect the acid environment of the stomach. A change in pH could cause the vital organs stop functioning. “
cider vinegar – which is produced by allowing the alcoholic to drink sour – contains similar nutrients to apples, including pectin, beta-carotene, potassium and magnesium
But Professor Moots, spokesman for the British charity Arthritis Research Campaign, said: “I can not see anything of benefit but is unlikely to harm not approve it, but I do not discourage patients.. from trying.