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« Just Asking

Is it in the “stars?”

By Kim Boccia (Contact)

Published May 17, 2013

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(In response to last week’s column)
I got a response that said it perfectly: “Regardless of a volunteer’s ability to help an organization, we greatly appreciate any sacrifice an individual makes to help us carry out the mission. A dollar at the checkout is helpful to someone, somewhere; but knowing you are making a difference in the community you live and grew up in is the most fulfilling contribution you can make. I challenge you to find a cause or nonprofit organization that inspires you and try to spend some time there, whether it is one time a month, or one time a year; you can make a difference if you make volunteering a priority!” Well put.
Just saying…
Who Knows?
Who do we believe? There are so many lotions, potions and snake oils out there that no one is sure which ones really work. I just asked my daughter to buy me the lotion that Jennifer Aniston uses for Mother’s Day. I didn’t know anything about it and wasn’t even sure of the name, but if Jen’s using it, then so am I. The fact of the matter is that good ol’ Jen probably doesn’t even use Aveeno. I’m such a sucker.
And we all have lists of remedies that friends and family have passed along over the years, but who has time to try them all? My dad swears that gin soaked raisins help his knees. My knees kill me all the time, so why don’t I try it? The same reason I don’t try the millions of other things that are “sure” to make me healthier, younger, prettier, and smarter - skepticism!
Once I was told by a respected friend that yogurt gets rid of yeast infections, well I won’t even tell you what I thought you were supposed to do with it. If ginkgo biloba really made you smarter wouldn’t everyone taking it be geniuses by now? Does vitamin E really remove stretch marks?
If we used everything we were told to use, and did all that we were told to do to improve ourselves it would take hours to get ready in the morning. There’s a lotion for your face to prevent wrinkles, another to remove age spots, one to moisturize… If I used them all, my make-up would slide right off and I’d look like I was melting! Can someone please tell me who to believe?
Just asking…


1BillieRay(19 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Hi Kim, Well if the remedy is not too expensive try it. I will give you an example. My dad suffered from painful leg cramps at night. I read in People's Pharmacy that if you stick a bar of soap under the sheets at the foot of the bed it would get rid of them. Now that sounds insane but several people swore by it. So what the heck. He tried it and it worked, no more leg cramps at night. I know there are a ton of things that people say will help with every condition and it would be impossible to try them all. I do think a good vitamin mineral supplement is smart to take because in modern society our diets are all lacking.

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2sammack(1 comment)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Hi Kim!
I am just as frustrated as you are with all these potions and lotions. I have found a few products that I love but it took years of trial and error. Everyone's body is different so what works for one is not necessarily going to work for another. I once took a multivitamin that Gwyneth Paltrow swore by and my blood pressure, which is always normal, went through the roof. I've tried so many face creams that have been endorsed by people with beautiful skin and still had dry skin in the winter. I finally just piled up on samples from a ton of cosmetic companies and found one that worked for my skin. I don't think one 'magic bullet' fits all when it comes to beauty and skin. When it comes to our health, I'm sure exercising regularly, eating nutritious meals, drinking lots of water and taking daily supplements of vitamins and minerals is the best medicine. I need to take my own advice!

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