Arthritis Care | condoms for arthritis

Arthritis Care | condoms for arthritis


Condoms to treat arthritis… next
Grannies smearing condom lubricants on their knees to cure arthritis Reported in Bulawayo, elderly women in South
Africa are reported to be smearing condom lubricants on their knees after they were
misled to believe it heals arthritis. Condom lubricant soothes arthritic joints
– it’s become the condom myth that will not die as fresh reports suggest elderly Limpopo
residents are falling victim to the hype. In September 2013, South African and international
media reported that senior citizens were rubbing condoms on sore knees and joints after mistakenly
believing that the lubricant would relieve arthritis pain. Despite warnings from the National Department
of Health that the belief had no truth to it, the practice made headlines in 2014 again
when Northern Cape community health workers reported their patients were still buying
the hype. But Limpopo villagers in Matavhela village
about 40 kms north of Thohoyandou continue to claim that water-based condom lubricant
has become a cure-all for sore joints despite a lack of scientific evidence. On the heels
of alleged problems with the national condom tender announced last week, HIV activists
say this dangerous myth could further strain short supplies. “We use the oil from the condoms to rub the
swollen places where we have pain,” said 67-year-old Mmbengeni Ndou. “It works like a bomb, even
the medications from the clinic can’t compete with condoms.”
Comment: I’ve heard Viagra tablets dissolved in vinegar can do the same… just kidding…

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