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A Google Search a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

crutchesI was watching an investing video a couple days ago that included a powerful quote:

Fools believe every word they hear, but wise people think carefully about everything.

I seriously keep running that quote through my head because it really makes me think – if I would take the time to look into things – even if I think they’re beyond me, I can find the answer myself. See that’s the problem even as a Reduction Rebel; I think some things like medicine are beyond me. Silly girl! No one knows my body like me!

Case in point. For years my feet have been bothering me and I’ve thought about surgery. So last Monday I had an appointment with a podiatrist. He felt my joints, took some x-rays. Almost two hours and $40 later I walked out of his office with these simple Ace bandage-like wraps with a little pad wrapped around the arches of both my feet.

I went home and showed my husband – just about in a huff. A year ago when my feet were really bothering me I had put sweat wristbands (like a tennis player or Ritchie Tenenbaum wears) on the mid-section of my foot. I had done this naturally because those bands made my feet feel good. I was answering a natural feeling for what I needed, but didn’t have reassurance because MD doesn’t follow my name.

Long story short, do I really need a doctor…or surgery? Apparently not. I’m going to keep wearing my makeshift arch supports because the pain is alleviated. I’ve also been taking tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to help with my joints.

Moving forward. With the amount of information available to us, the prudent and wise can carefully look into their problem before shelling out money. Yes, it’s nice to know antibiotics and other marvels of modern medicine are available when we do actually need them. But before we go looking for a pill or a procedure take the time to look for preventative measures or home remedies, like rubbing oil of oregano on my arthritis.

What conditions have you successfully treated on your own?

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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3 Responses to A Google Search a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

  1. BunionSurvivor Mary December 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    Hi Cristin. Thanks for your post at http://BunionSurvivor.com. Your DIY arch support is wonderful! Mary

    • Eve December 15, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      I’m so glad. I just went skiing today and wore my DIY arch supports with no pain.

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