Imagine if you could soak golden raisins in some alcohol, faithfully eat a few every day, and be cured of your RA. Wouldn’t that be great?
There are, unfortunately, many people pushing this crazy idea. Newly diagnosed patients who are searching for a cure hear this one and decide to give it a try instead of trying the treatment recommended by their doctors. The rheumatologists I’ve asked had never heard of this “cure” so didn’t realize it’s something they even need to address.
What’s astonishing is that so many websites attempt to explain how this could possibly work: chemicals in the raisins, chemicals in the juniper berries… If you read their explanations, though, it becomes apparent that if this works at all, it would act like an NSAID.
If NSAIDs worked to cure RA, then people who took ibuprofen for years would not have had progressive joint damage and ended up permanently disabled, confined to a wheelchair within 5-10 years of their diagnosis. If anti-inflammatories worked to cure RA, then there would have been no reason for pharmaceutical companies to research new and more effective drugs. DMARDs would never have been discovered because they wouldn’t have been needed.
Place golden (white) raisins in a shallow bowl. Cover with good gin made from juniper berries and allow to soak for two weeks. The gin that doesn’t soak into the raisins should evaporate. Store in a sealed jar. Eat nine of these raisins per day to cure arthritis.
Don’t we all wish it were that easy!
This does not work. Nobody is cured of rheumatoid arthritis by eating gin soaked raisins. In fact, many RA medicines make the liver work overtime, so doctors recommend NO alcohol. People who want to try gin soaked raisins can’t try this along with their scientifically based RA treatment, so they must try it instead of treatments that have a proven track record.
Early, aggressive treatment is recommended for RA. Do not risk further damage to your joints and organs by being sidetracked into trying crazy ideas that don’t work and could hurt you in the long run.
NSAID: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug
(ibuprofen, motrin, aleve, naproxen, feldene, daypro, mobic, etc)
DMARD: Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drug
(methotrexate, plaquenil, sulfasalazine, gold, etc)
RA: Rheumatoid Arthritis
(a systemic autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s healthy joints and organs; not to be confused with OA, osteoarthritis, in which the cartilage cushion at a single joint starts to wear away)
A few of the places you can read about gin soaked raisins on the web: