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In ancient Chinese medicine, the cure for stuttering was a good hard whack in the face.
But it must… and this part is crucial… be on a cloudy day.
The funny thing about folk remedies is some of them actually work.
Early American settlers apparently believed that urine cured acne. We don’t know if that’s true. And we’re not that interested in finding out.
Merrie England’s once-favored method of treating sore throats was to wrap your own dirty socks around your neck.
Again, not interested.
All cultures and societies have folk medicine of their own. And the modern day is no different.
The funny thing about folk remedies is some of them actually work. Today, we’ll take a look at the ones that work… and how to use them…
ONE: Eradicate foot odor with vodka. Suffering from foot stench? Wipe down those dogs with a vodka-soaked washcloth. The alcohol is antiseptic and destroys the fungus and bacteria that causes odor. And it dries out the moisture that allows these organisms to grow. (Yes, you could use rubbing alcohol. Whichever is closer-at-hand.)
TWO: Cure your headache with a pencil. When stressed, most people clench their jaw and teeth. This can strain the muscles in your face and temples and cause tension headaches. A simple trick is to put a pencil between your teeth, but don’t bite down. By doing this, you’re forced to relax your jaw. This will ease the tension.
THREE: Bad breath? Cure it with bacteria. The live bacteria in yogurt have been shown to suppress the bacteria that cause bad breath. The “good” stuff will fight off those baddies that make your breath kick. Eat up.
The live bacteria in yogurt have been shown to suppress the bacteria that cause bad breath.
FOUR: Listerine cures blisters. While it’s not as effective for bad breath as yogurt, Listerine does have one use: curing blisters. Moisten a cotton ball with the burning blue and dab the blister three times a day. Watch the blister go away.
FIVE: Cure mouth herpes with tea. Suffer from cold sores? Lemon balm tea has antiviral properties that have been shown to tame herpes outbreaks (the mouth kind, not the sexually transmitted kind). Dab your cold sore with the tea several times a day and voila… mouth herpes no more!
SIX: Grind your corns with licorice and jelly. This is a weird one. Licorice contains estrogen-like compounds that can soften your skin. Especially the rough skin of calluses and corns. So grind up a few licorice sticks, mix them with petroleum jelly, rub it on your feet, and ignore all the weird looks your family gives you.
SEVEN: Motion sickness? Pop some olives. Motion sickness makes you produce excess saliva. This excess saliva is a signal to your body that something is wrong… in turn, making you feel nauseous. Olives have tannins that can help dry out your mouth and trick your body back to wellness.
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[Ed. Note: Back on January 15th, Greg Guenthner alerted readers to Alcoa’s breakout. He now feels Alcoa can double your money as it begins another rally... Read on...]
The blockbuster trades take the most guts.
As a dude by the name of Joseph Campbell once said, “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”
And today we’re going to see if you’ve got the guts to pull the trigger on a trade that could double your money by this time next year. I’ll tell you what it is in just a minute…
You have the perfect opportunity to play the new breakout in Alcoa stock right now…
It’s so tempting to run with the herd. And sometimes, it can produce fantastic trades. You ride the wave of hype and hope — and cash out somewhere along the way when the party starts getting a little crazy.
Then there are the “hate trades”. These are the stocks that your worst enemy wouldn’t wish on you. They’ve been heaved out of a third-story window, run over in the street, and given last rites. Not even the most diligent value investor can find a pulse…
But listen, fortunes are made from these trades. They’re the trades that can make your year — or even pile up an entire decade’s worth of gains. If you have the guts to grab these potential turnarounds in the early stages, you could easily ride some of the biggest waves you will ever see. And that’s what we’re looking at today with one of the most hated stocks out there. I’m talking about Alcoa.
Let me explain…
Yes, in late September 2013, Alcoa Inc. was dropped from the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The aluminum manufacturer had been a Dow component for 54 years. But its low share price had become a bit of a problem for the Dow (which, unlike the S&P 500, is a price-weighted index). That means that toward the end of its run, even a major move in Alcoa shares barely registered on the Dow. In that sense, the company had become irrelevant.
So Alcoa got the boot. The stock was already considered a joke. It never beat earnings expectations and shares always seemed to find lower ground. No one took the stock seriously. And that’s the best thing that ever happened to it…
Alcoa’s expulsion was the final straw for this stock. Every last bull was chased from the barn. The running of the bulls was just the spark the stock needed to begin a new rally. September 2013 was the bottom. From there, a massive change in trend helped carry this stock to gains of more than 102% in a little more than a year…
I alerted you to this move back on January 15th. I said that unlike many stocks on the market, Alcoa had yet to come close to its pre-financial crisis highs. The breakout was changing that fact. And even after its massive run, this stock is nowhere near its 2008 high water mark north of $40…
Now the good news…
I believe Alcoa’s rally to its old 2008 highs begins today. Even if you missed the first signs of this massive trend change last year… Even if you failed to buy when I wrote you again back in January… And even though AA has already handed patient investors more than 120% in just 14 months… You have the perfect opportunity to play the new breakout in Alcoa stock right now… and potentially double your money over the next year.
Settled down yet? Good. Now let’s see if you have the guts to make the right move…
P.S. By the end of 2015, AA could be $35. That’s gains of more than 100% from today’s prices. If you want to cash-in on the biggest profits this market has to offer, sign up for my Rude Awakening e-letter, for FREE, right here. Don’t miss out.
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