I am a skeptic. I see something on Facebook and research to authenticate whether it is fact, opinion, skewed information, or an extremely old misinterpretation. For example, someone posted that a specific month (I don’t remember which) had 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays (or something like that) which wouldn’t happen again for a certain number of years. I immediately opened my calendar and found that it wasn’t last year. Then, for some reason I had to find the year and then post it.

See what I mean.

I am a skeptic. I received a call in December asking for donations for the National Police Department. “Really? In December? I give to my local police department IN PERSON. I do not donate over the phone to someone I don’t know, especially during the holidays.” It is the same line I have given over and over during the donation drives. Usually I get the sympathetic, understanding person thanking me for my time. This time, however, I got the creep on the other end of the line who snickered. It triggered my mind to say that that was a con who knew he had gotten caught in a con.

See what I mean.

So several years ago when my husband answered an advertisement looking for people with arthritis for a research trial regarding Noni, I was skeptical. His arthritis, however, had progressed enough to where he didn’t feel comfortable walking without a cane.

He went to the health evaluation and came home with four bottles of Tahitian Noni Juice and the instructions to take an ounce in the morning, and ounce in the afternoon, and an ounce at bed. It was a fruit juice without any chemicals and it didn’t taste too bad. What harm could it do?


Each week of the eight week study, he was to return to the office for an interview and an evaluation. By the second week of the study, he had ditched his cane.

Unfortunately, when the study ended, the only way to purchase Noni was to become a distributor, not something I was interested in.

The effects of the eight weeks of Noni had more of a long term effect that lasted for a couple of years.

This past November (2016) his arthritis has been making walking and moving more and more difficult. Stopping into the GNC nearest us, we happened upon bottles of Noni. It wasn’t the same brand he had used in the study, but why not give it a shot?

You guessed it. He is moving better.

Now, move to me. I’ve been having stiffness in the bones in my feet. I was accusing my shoes, but because of my husband’s coaxing, I tried it. Two weeks later, I am walking more like my old self.

We first tried the Noni juice from Lakewood. Unfortunately, we found even though it worked well, it had a bitter taste. We then tried Dynamic Health Organic Noni Juice (which is ok), but the one we think tastes the best is Tahitian Trader Noni, both sold by GNC. The Vitamin Shoppe also sells Tahitian Trader Noni in both liquid form and in pill form. We are going to try the pill form when we head to St. Croix – can’t necessarily take an open bottle of liquid on board a plane.



I hate scales; however, necessity requires me to step on one occasionally. Usually, I take the time to set foot on a scale on the first day of the New Year. It tells me how much damage my unrestrained holiday feasting has done. I’ve used it in the past to motivate me to get in shape and lose weight.

Has it worked? Ah, no! Knowing how much I weigh doesn’t seem to warrant my action.

So, every Tuesday, I’m going to be “weighing in” on how changes in what I am eating and doing have impacted how I feel. Continue reading “WEIGHING IN”