Last month, Sarah Gall, a church organist from Rochdale, Lancashire wrote to The Daily Telegraph describing how she believed she had been cured of arthritis in her spine by following a diet that included apple cider vinegar and honey. The Letters page was inundated with dozens of emails, letters and phone calls from readers requesting more information about Gall's regime - which had been first devised by a nurse called Margaret Hills in 1961.
In fact, Hills's use of cider vinegar follows in a long tradition: people have been using natural cider vinegar as a medicine for centuries.
As far back as 3,000 BC, Egyptians were using it for health benefits including weight loss and Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, was said to have used cider vinegar for its healing qualities. While doctors remain sceptical, many sufferers have embraced it, including the explorer and adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
And with increasing pressure on the Health Service to fund drugs - last week it was revealed that thousands of severe rheumatoid arthritis sufferers (a type of arthritis in which the immune system starts attacking the joints) may be denied the drug Orencia after the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence said it should not be available on the NHS due to its annual cost of £10,000 per patient a year - people are increasingly looking to alternative therapies to control their condition.
Source - Telegraph