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When you think about it, we all have folk remedies that we might use when we have a cold, a bug bite, a bee sting and the like. We all have heard of castor oil, witch hazel and mustard plasters. We continue to use them because we are convinced that they work. Whether that faith comes from the opinion of a much loved relative – such as a grandmother – or medical science, we do it because we have faith that it will help us.

Such is the case with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and cheese. According to an article in CNN Health, Vonn has been wrapping her injured shin in cheese. Austrian cheese to be exact, Topfen. According to Vonn her trainer began doing this and she believes that it helps.

The article explains that sometimes it is not the method utilized for these home remedies that work, but rather the faith that the person receiving the remedy places in the remedy itself. Basically, the power of positive thinking.

The internet is replete with various home remedies and reasons why they work. The most important reason why they seem to work is that the recipient believes that it will work. The power  of faith – even if it is faith in cheese.

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This is a big debate surrounding the ski slopes at Whistler where the 2010 Winter Olympic games will kick off in about a month. It is a fairly common practice evidently in competitive skiing events to use water injection. Using this method, water is injected via a tiny nozzle one to two feet below the snow level and freezes. The idea is that it creates a skiing surface that is better able to withstand repetitive skiing over the same area and less than ideal weather conditions. The down side is that many skiers dislike skiing on the water injected surfaces which have been compared to skiing on “pond ice” according to U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn. Vonn evidently suffered injuries after falling on a slalom course which caused her to have to use a sling on her arm.

It is anticipated that the Olympic ski courses, at least those used by the men’s events, may well use the water injection method.

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