[A repeat from October 26, 2011]
My last post on Leg Cramps prompted numerous comments. One cure – from my old friend Jim – had me saying “no wayyyy”:
“I have a much easier solution . . . . You simply put a small bar of soap in a pocket or hold on to it. That’s it. It’s weird but I have used this for years. You can even place some small bars under your sheets. I prefer to keep some of the bars in my nightstand so they are readily available in case of a cramp. If I get a cramp I reach into my nightstand drawer, grab a bar of the soap and the cramp is gone within about 10 seconds. It has never failed to work. My doctor confirmed that he had heard of this working, but I know of no scientific evidence as to why.”
However, investigative reporter that I am, I delved into this “remedy.” There are many articles on this subject. Soap – a remedy for leg cramps. Even the ever-suspicious Snopes refers to the cure as “undetermined” – http://www.snopes.com/oldwives/legcramp.asp If you Google +”leg cramps” +”bar of soap” you will get more than 30,000 records. +soap yields over 2 million(!). One theory is that soap is heavy in sodium chloride – which can be inhaled.
Sure – I’m a skeptic. But you know what? I now have a bar of soap by the bed. . . . .