I listen regularly to public radio and Doctor Zorba, and to “The People’s Pharmacy” at 6 a.m. on Sunday. We are, it seems, practicing physicians, at least on our own bodies and those of our family, children and friends, to include the practice of folk medicine and our collective credibility.
“Starve a cold, feed a fever,” “drink plenty of fluids,” “an apple a day,” mega vitamin C, not to forget vitamin E.” On “People’s Pharmacy,” a doctor/chef recommended three liters of citrus flavored water every morning. Every morning. I think a lifebuoy ought be included.
A guy called in on a recent morning recommending hot milk with turmeric and sugar to taste for flu symptoms. He swore by it, said it was something his grandmother passed down to him in India.
I have from time to time detailed my grandfather, who had arthritis of the crippling kind. Paraplegic by the time he was 42 years, thereafter a very long life of a witness from the porch and front window.