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Monday, September 9, 2019



Recently my brother and sister-in-law visited us before they spending a few days in the big city.  Somehow a conversation about muscle cramping led to eating bananas as a cure to that problem.

It reminded me of a story my Mom often told.

A zillion years ago, one of her relatives, possibly her beloved Uncle Ferd, was in the hospital.  He was very sick, and health care being what it was a zillion years ago, they didn’t know what to do for him.  All they could do for Uncle Ferd, was try and make him as comfortable as possible.

During his stay, Uncle Ferd asked if he could have a banana.  The doctors had to tell him that in his condition a banana would not be a good idea.

Uncle Ferd’s condition continued to deteriorate and he continued to ask for a banana.

As days passed, Uncle Ferd was not expected to recover from whatever ailment he had that the doctors could not identify.  He did continue to ask if he could have a banana.

Finally a nurse said to the doctor,

"What the heck, he is not going to live much longer anyway, let him have a banana.”

Uncle Ferd got his banana and his condition immediately started to improve.  A few more days and a few more bananas and Uncle Ferd was sent home to live out and enjoy a few more years.

I’m guessing there is only a small bit of truth in this story, stories do change as they are handed down; but I always remember it when I am told about “expert opinions.”
"Expert opinions” are fine, but also listen to your body and what it wants, and don't ignore your intellectual instincts.  


  1. Possibly had low potassium. His body was telling him how to treat it but did the doctors listen??? Nope they rarely do. I'm glad he was able to have a few more years, all due to a banana and the nurse willing to speak up and say give him a banana. Nurses are the backbone of the hospitals.


  2. Good point well made, Joe.

    Doctors always bury their mistakes in cemeteries.

    God bless.

  3. Interesting. It just goes to show how the body often knows best.

  4. i am going to believe this story dear Joe because i have seen few miracle happens

    and yes i have also seen a movie on net flix based on true story miracles from heaven" check it out :)
    i am glad doctor heard the nurse at least ,they don't listen the patients at all

  5. It's interesting to learn how our bodies crave certain foods when we are lacking in different nutrients. Considering bananas are such a mild, harmless food, the strange part of the story is a doctor saying no to it.

  6. I'm a firm believer in doing what your body says. Good for Uncle Ferd.

  7. I believe the story. Betty probably hit the nail with the potassium deficiency. We should listen to our bodies though I kind of ignore mine always wanting french fries and bacon.

  8. Like my Nana K, who was told she was't sick until whatever it was she didn't have killed her. Experts don't know everything.

  9. Well the facts could be shaky but there is still a great deal of truth in that story!

  10. I ended up in the ER with irregular heartbeat and lightheadedness, which was discovered (by accident) to be caused by low potassium. Thank goodness they were testing my blood for something else. They sent me home with some big horse pills of potassium, and instructions to eat bananas. I enjoyed the bananas more than the horse pills.

  11. There were lots of tales like that. Who knows what happens. Perhaps he just wanted a banana and that made him feel better when he finally got one. Whatever works.

    Have a fabulous day, Joe. 😎

  12. Bananas are good for people with low potassium levels.

  13. Bananas are rich in potassium which helps to regulate the heartbeat and they have lots of other benefits too. Clearly Uncle Fred knew what he needed and I think the doctors and nurses should have listened to him sooner.

  14. I agree with this. I just finished a book on health and one of the things he said was that you should listen to your body.

  15. We just had this discussion in our house about listening to your body and interestingly enough bananas were part of it. :)


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