Random Acts of "Kindness"


I’m interested in natural ways to heal the body. I don’t know whether this interest started when my father’s memory started to vanish or if my interest began many years before. I take an assortment of vitamins and drink herbal tea. When I read an article about the importance of collagen in the body, I added another pill to my assortment. This particular pill supports hair, skin and nails. Nothing is mentioned about joints.

Asking a pharmacist, I learned that Glucosamine and Chondroitin are recommended for joints. Both of which I’m already taking. I was excited when I received a coupon book advertising a supplement for joint health. Researching the pill on the internet I was disappointed to learn it was exactly the same as the pill I was already taking, just higher in cost.

Sadly my weight and my knees are not getting along. In fact — since I wear the outside edges of the heels of my shoes, throwing off my balance — my knees have been yelling lately. I don’t pay close enough attention to the wear on my heels, causing myself PAIN.

I have read that cherries are a natural pain reliever and I LOVE cherries. A few years ago I found a recipe for a cherry smoothie in a woman’s magazine. It sounded good — I wrote the recipe down but didn’t try it until recently when my knees started complaining. Smoothies for breakfast — maybe I would lose weight. This recipe calls for a tablespoon of cocoa. Cherries and chocolate — what’s not to love?

Two weeks after starting cherry smoothies for breakfast, I received an invitation to participate in a cocoa – multivitamin study. Studies have shown that cocoa may reduce the risk of heart disease and age-related cognitive decline. I would join their study but I don’t want to give up the assorted vitamins that seem to be good for my body nor do I want to take a chance that I would take a placebo instead. But it is NICE TO GET CONFIRMATION that I might be doing something good. “Thank You! to my friends” even though it has taken me a few years to act.

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