Joe and Terry Graedon have been teaching, writing, and broadcasting information to help people make informed decisions about their health for more than four decades. Joe is an adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy at the University of North Carolina. Terry has a PhD from the University of Michigan in medical anthropology. Together the couple write a popular syndicated newspaper column and are hosts of The People’s Pharmacy public radio program. They are authors of Simple Health Remedies, a monthly newsletter produced with Newsmax Health, and many books, including Quick & Handy Home Remedies.
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Pickle Juice Cured Leg Cramps

By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 04:36 PM

Q. I would like to tell you about a remedy for leg cramps. One evening we were playing cards with some friends, and suddenly my husband bent over with a severe leg cramp. Our host went to the refrigerator, got the jar of pickles and poured one-quarter glass of pickle juice. He told my husband to drink it, and the leg cramps eased almost immediately. Have you ever heard of such a remedy?

A. Scientists at Brigham Young University tested this remedy on 10 college students. A mild electrical current was applied after exercise to induce a muscle cramp.

The volunteers were given water or pickle juice. Water did nothing, but pickle juice relieved the cramps (Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, May 2010).

The most unusual way to prevent leg cramps is to put a bar of soap under the bottom sheet of the bed in the area where the feet are.

When we first heard about this approach over a decade ago, we laughed. How could soap possibly prevent a muscle spasm?

We’re not laughing anymore. In fact, we have a couple of bars in our own bed to ward off cramps.

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