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Apple-cider vinegar concoctions offer many health benefits

Peter H. Gott, M.D.

Dear Dr. Gott: I was so elated to read your article on apple-cider vinegar. About six months ago, I, too, discovered the secret of getting a peaceful night of sleep. I started drinking apple-cider vinegar before going to bed and discovered its wonderful benefits.

I mix one tablespoon of the vinegar, a teaspoon of honey and eight ounces of warm water. The “tea” is delicious, and I also believe it helps to regulate high blood pressure. I also discovered it is very good for indigestion because of the enzymes it contains.

Dear Reader: I have heard many praises over the years about apple-cider vinegar and have received many letters from people who claim it cured their high blood pressure or stopped their gastroesophageal-reflux disease. Most say to drink it straight from a shot glass or to mix a small amount with two or four ounces of water.

Your recipe, on the other hand, involves only a small quantity of the vinegar, which is then cut with a larger amount of water and sweetened with honey. I am not sure that such a small amount will actually provide any benefits, but it is harmless and worth a try.

So, readers, please write and tell me about your experiences with apple-cider vinegar. Has it improved your sleep, blood pressure readings or even reduced your acid indigestion? Has it helped you in some other way?

Dear Dr. Gott: My son developed eczema at the age of 2 months. He then developed psoriasis at 1 year. A friend of mine told me to give him fresh goat’s milk. Within six months, his eczema was gone and his psoriasis was under control.

My son is now 54 years old. He continues to drink goat’s milk. He purchases a half gallon of the unpasteurized variety and a quart of goat’s-milk yogurt once a week from a local farm. This simple remedy has continued to keep his psoriasis in check and eczema at bay all these years without any doctor’s medicine.

Dear Reader: This is a new treatment to me for two common skin ailments. I am glad to hear that your son has benefited from this simple remedy for so many years.

I would not recommend using unpasteurized milk of any variety, especially for babies or children, but I cannot argue with success. I have, therefore, chosen to print your letter for reader interest. My only alteration would be to use the pasteurized variety, which reduces the risk of getting sick due to bacteria in the milk. Also, parents of babies should check with their pediatrician before changing their baby’s diet.

Readers, let me know what you think.

To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report “Dermatitis, Eczema and Psoriasis.” Other readers who would like a copy should send a self-addressed, stamped No. 10 envelope and a check or money order for $2 to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title.

Dr. Gott is a retired physician. He writes for United Media.
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