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I am Perry Peterson, a retired auditor and tax accountant. My wife Valeta and I live along the front range of the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains.
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We have all heard at one time or another not to put egg shells down the garbage disposal.
Egg shells, in moderation, are actually good for the disposal. They are thin enough to travel around the blades and thick enough to push out mashed food and smelly bacteria that hide in the crevasses.
A word of caution: if you plan to make egg salad for a large gathering, you need to put the shells in your carry-out trash bin. A lot of egg shells can help plug drains.
In fact there was a recent warning from a building engineer posted recently:
Do not put egg shells through your garbage disposal! They lie in the bottom of your sewer pipes and will eventually clog. Use your carryout trash for egg shells or be ready to hand a plumber at least $150 to unclog your pipes.
Conclusion: egg shells may not be bad for your disposal but could help clog up drain pipes.
Radio news commentator Paul Harvey is said to have recommended gin-soaked white raisins to relieve joint pain. Mr. Harvey is said to have recommended taking seven gin-soaked raisins at one time.
Some kinds of pain that have claimed to have been relieved or eliminated after taking the gin-soaked raisins include migraine headaches, gout and arthritic pain in joints.
If it works, the raisins probably do more good than the gin. Grapes and raisins contain many pain relieving, anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory chemicals.
The following was taken from the Internet (the URL has been missplaced).
Looking over the long list of compounds that occur naturally in grapes, I see such pain relievers as ferulic acid, gentisic acid, kaempferol-glucosides and aspirin-like salicylic acid.
Grapes and raisins also contain several anti-inflammatory compounds: ascorbic acid, cinnamic acid, coumarin, myricetin, quercetin and quercitrin.
And in 1997, there was a flurry of interest in resveratrol, yet another anti-inflammatory compound of which grapes are the best source. Ounce for ounce, raisins contain more of all of these compounds than grapes because they contain less water.
All of these pain relievers occur at low levels in raisins, so how would a mere seven gin-soaked raisins (that Paul Harvey touted) contain significant doses.
The user may have benefited from a placebo effect: Believing enough in a remedy really can help it work. But a large quantity of raisins might well provide significant pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory benefits.
As a non-drinker, I would probably be repulsed by the gin. Using raisins, however, does make sense based on the quoted text above.