Is this the weirdest arthritis remedy ever?
- Is this the strangest arthritis remedy ever?
- How SAND could cure your aches and complaints
- Or discover a far more easy and comfortable way to rub your pain away
I'm going to take you on a magical journey...
If you imagine that scene from The Snowman where he flies with the little boy.... (it's alright I'll be the fat snowman and you can be the wondrous child)... then that's the sort of thing I'm talking about.
I'm flying you over the channel.... down through France... over Italy... across the Mediterranean Sea...touching down in North Africa.
We land 700 kilometres northwest of Cairo, not far from the Libyan border.
You're now standing in a place called the Siwa Oasis in the El Dakrror mountains, have a look around you.
Notice anything weird?
Well, the people in Siwa have long believed that being buried in the sand during the hottest time of the day is a powerful remedy for rheumatism, joint pain and impotency.
Sufferers bury themselves neck-deep in the sand for 20 minutes at a time!
This bizarre natural therapy happens in other places in North Africa, and has been carried out for many centuries. And not just Africa...
For instance, you could also travel to the Geomedicine Centre & Spa in Madeira, Portugal.
There hot sand treatments are the local speciality.
People flock there and PAY to be buried in sand!
I read an article in The Times Online in which a journalist went there to this spa to try it out.
She ended up buried up to her neck in sand, heated to about 40 degrees centigrade. The therapist explained that you do this for 30 minutes twice a day over a seven day period.
The effects are supposed to take hold after four days of daily treatment.
So what's this all about?
The secret, say the modern advocates of 'sand therapy', is in the silica found on the surface of the sand granules.
So how can you discover some of these amazing benefits?
Well, I'll explain all - and offer you something a lot more convenient than being buried alive.
The tale of Norbert's search for silica
Back in 1957 a researcher called Norbert Duffaut got interested in silicon. His mission was to find a form of organic silicon that could be easily absorbed by the body.
This was important, because the body needs silica, especially as we get older.
As we age, the silica in our bodies runs out, resulting in wrinkles, dry skin, brittle nails and bones. Silica is important ingredient in collagen - this is the glue that you together. It keeps your joints and skin elastic.
So silica is vital for your joint health. It also keeps you looking a feeling younger. Glowing skin. Hard nails. Lustrous hair (well, in my case what's left of it!)
Going back to Norbert, then...
Inspired by the North African traditions, he discovered that on the surface of sand grains, micro-organisms dissolve silicon using special acids. This in turn creates a thin layer of amorphous silica.
This stuff is soluble in water, which means it can be absorbed by the human body. This was a real breakthrough.
Over the next 30 years, Duffaut developed an organic silica gel which can be easily absorbed through the skin. This way you could simply rub it on like a lotion and let it be absorbed by the skin.
In my view that's a lot more comfortable than burying yourself in sand.
I mean, when I think of being up to my neck in sand, I think of the old films about the French Foreign Legion.
You know, where the soldiers get buried in sand as a punishment? Looks Nasty!
So forget about the sand. If you're interested in trying a natural source of topical organic silica, take a look at this.
Why this is more than just silica
FX Silica mixes organic silica gel with an extract from blackcurrant. This is well known for its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. It also includes glucosamine, which has been used to treat arthritis for centuries.
This stuff gets straight to work on joint pain, rheumatic problems and skin complaints.
Some people claim to notice results in four or five days. For others may take a while longer. The recommended time for the gel to work is up to three weeks.
So, time to return from North Africa and think about how this simple, safe and effective remedy could make your life a whole lot better.