| The Mill
July 24, 2017;
No doubt, some of you have arthritis. I'm not
accusing you, mind you, just stating that I am
cognizant of our somewhat advanced years,
whether 70 is the new 50 or not. If that surmise
(about the arthritis, not the 70 being 50) is correct,
this column might be helpfully relevant. Not being
a doctor (I received a liberal arts degree...& was
not saddled with the handicap of having to
overcome a vocational school education
as is the case with doctors. To the credit of
many, they have learned to take time they no
longer have to devote to 47 hour days in the ER
room to earn their craft, and started reading. But
I digress) this is just repeating information sent
this way, but it was sent by a very smart PhD in
the peripheral field of mental health, so his
research more than smacks of credibility.
This friend is smart, but not smart enough to have
avoided osteoarthritis (just like Stephen Hawking
is not smart enough to have avoided ALS, so tell
me, who's smarter, him or, so far, so good, me?).
Getting no relief from nothing, my friend started
researching the disease and found that where
Boron, a cheap, un-patentable, element
is prevalent, arthritis is not an issue. He
somehow put four and four together, decided to
give it a try and began taking Boron, or Boron
pills (do such exist?) or the readily available
Calcium Fructoborate. No medical doctor was
consulted for these ingestants because, at least
in part, because non ever recommended this
In short order (I'll get back to you on how long it
took) about 90% of the symptoms disappeared.
When doctors were consulted, they replied that
my friend was just responding to a placebo affect.
"How so, then," my friend, who is smart, as I said,
rapidly replied, "did not the stuff you prescribed
have a placebo affect?" Silence.
My friend believes that a couple of dynamics are
at work here. The Boron is too cheap and
abundant for pharmaceutical companies to bother
with it because they won't be able to make money
off it. I can see that as possible. Also, because of
that situation, research on its efficacy hasn't
been conducted by pharma and thus doctors have
not been informed that it might be an ameliorative
for osteoarthritis (and maybe rheumatoid
arthritis...more to come on this, one supposes).
"Cure," at this point is too strong a position to
take, so we'll stay away from that for now.
That is this web site's contribution to medical
health. It doesn't, however, stop my slightly off-
center brain from rolling over. Think of Scurvy,
Beri-Beri & Pellagra.
Scurvy, a disease causing weakness, weariness,
soreness in joints and myriad other problems,
was known as early as ancient Egyptian times, yet
the simple cure of Vitamin C (found in citrus
fruits, tomatoes, etc.) wasn't discovered 'til 1753
by a Scottish physician and not applied to its navy
for another 40 yrs.
Beri Beri attacks the peripheral nervous system
and is caused by lack of grains. Victims were
common in Asia, where white, or polished rice was
the mainstay because of its longer shelf life, not-
withstanding that the hulls of brown rice would
have been much healthier for the populace.
After how many centuries of this disease's
presence the correlation wasn't understood until
the end of the 1800s.
And Pellagra, a disease that exhibits symptons of
diarrhea, dementia, skin lesions and more, is
easily treated by fresh foods and vegetables
containing vitamin B1, which was not much known
until the 1930s.
If that's all true (not counting my transcribing
mistakes), that the medical and scientific
community missed what we now consider the
ultra obvious, then why is it not easily possible
that Boron has been overlooked as treatment for
a common disease? Plus, and I've not the time to
go here, there are quite possibly, if not probably,
other diseases that can be handled by simple,
inexpensive, natural treatments, rather than by
using drugs with serious side effects.
I will say that in doing a little googling for this
column, I was directed to the site of a Dr. Axe,
who talked about Boron as a treatment for
arthritis. I don't know if Axe is considered a
reputable source or a quack. If you have arthritis
and care to, you can look up his web site.
My friend did forward to me a bunch of the
research papers he looked into that support his
contention and I sent them to two of my medical
doctor friends/correspondents. No comment, yet,
from either of them.
As a final word, I refer you to Norman
Greenbaum's Junk Band song (think washboard,
kazoo and stringed...1 string only...instrument)
"Patent Medicine by Dr. West."
"You say you want something good for a cold?
You want something new & not old?
I got something better than the rest...
Patent Medicine by Dr. West.
For 50 cent you can cure
Anything that ails ya,
With a money back guarantee
If for some reason it fails ya.
You want something to make ya feel good?
Well, a spoonful of Dr. West's should.
Buy a bottle and put it to the test...
Patent medicine by Dr. West."
Here's what's new:
On the Danish page is a Tom Elta
ng sandblasted Snail, two unsmoked Jorgen L
pieces and an unsmoked Former. On the
Italian page is an older Becker and on the
German page is an unsmoked Peter Klein.
The English page now has a few George
Huybrecht pipes & a Pre-Transition Barling's
EXEXEL. If I get to it, there will be a Senatorov
(from Lithuania, I believe) & Cherapanov of
Russia on the Misc. page. (I did get to it. The
pipes are there for the viewing.
Pease Southlinch from 2002 NASPC show. $90
Friedman & Pease Winter's Tale. $100
Balkan Sobranie Virginia # 10 50 grams. 4 tins.
New Tins arrived, including
Abingdon, and a bunch of
others from 2003 and starting @ $40 a tin.
More old, collectible tins from the 1990's:
McClelland Mixture #1 (2000?) 100 grams. $50
McClelland Virginia Woods. 1997. 100 grams. $50
Ashton 1997 Celebrated Sovereign 4 oz., $100
Esoterica Pembroke...2 oz., 56 grams. $80
Davidoff Royalty 50 grams. $30
Davidoff Danish 50 grams. $25
Dunhill Nightcap from Lane Ltd. 50 grams. $85
Dunhill Std. Mixture Mile from Lane 50 grams. $65
Butera Matured Ribbon 1996 & '97 50 grams. $50
Benjamin Hartwell Pvt. Reserve 50 grams from
Consolidated Cigar (thus from mid '90's) $30