Pain Relief You Can Swear By

This was the headline in an article in the Chicago Tribune. Since this is a family blog I won’t tell you the headline over at the AARP website.

I saw the 456 of you who peeked at the AARP headline.

Cursing has been around for centuries and there are curse words in every culture. But a pain reliever??? Really now!!!!!

Does swearing really reduce pain? It does according to researcher, Dr. Richard Stevens of the School of Psychology at Keele University in England.

Swearing increases a person’s pain tolerance, increases heart rate, and lessens perceived pain level.

From the Chicago Tribune:

According to Stevens: “Swearing is emotional language. We think that people had an emotional reaction to swearing (indicated by the increase in heart rate), bringing about the fight or flight response, which is known to increase pain tolerance (make people more able to withstand pain).”


It is not clear yet why this link exists.

According to paperblog:

….the researchers postulate that the brain circuitry which is responsible for our emotions is involved. Previous studies have shown that unlike regular everyday language, which relies on the outer few millimeters in the left hemisphere of our brain, expletives excite the evolutionarily structures buried deep inside the brain’s right half.

One such structure is the amygdala, a group of neurons that triggers a fight-or-flight response which is partially responsible for allowing us to become less sensitive to pain and raising our heart rate. In the study, the subjects heart rates did indeed rise when they swore, a fact the researchers say suggests that the amygdala was activated.

Researchers also found that swear words lose their pain reducing quality if we over use them since there is no emotion attached to the words if we use them every day.

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Featured Recipe        Simple Tomato Salad

This is a great salad anytime of year. It is perfect for a buffet. So this is perfect for your Super Bowl table. This is a pretty, bright and cheery salad. And since the tomatoes are cut up into such teeny, tiny pieces it is easy to handle on paper plates and while watching TV.

This salad would also make a picture-perfect accompaniment to Monday’s recipe: Ham, Turkey, and Cheese Open-Face Sandwich.

This recipe is also very easy to make.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

1-2 containers of cherry and/or plum tomatoes; assorted colors*

1 small clove garlic

1 small onion

2-3 tablespoons capers

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

*About a pound and a half  to two pounds

Here is what you do:

Wash the tomatoes and dry them off.

This is how I dry the tomatoes. I simple place them in a cloth towel set in a bowl and cover them and gently pat them. Let them stay in the cloth towel while you prepare everything else.

Use a garlic press to dice the garlic right into a mixing bowl large enough to hold  all of your the tomatoes.

Then slice the onion and place in the bowl separating the layers as you do.

Drain the capers and add them to the bowl too.

Cut the tomatoes into various small shapes and pieces. Be creative. Discard any excess seeds as you go along.

Add the cut-up tomatoes to the bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.

NOTE: The capers will add a great deal of salt to the salad. So I always go easy on the salt until I do a taste test. If salt is an issue with you, you can rinse the capers when you drain them.

Mix everything together. I find it is easier and more gentle to just use my fingers to do this. Any kitchen implement has a habit of crushing the little pieces of tomatoes. Fingers are more gentle.

Now add about 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar in a small bowl. Whisk until emulsified. Pour over the tomato salad and gentely mix in. Check for seasonings and then serve.

Isn’t that a pretty salad? It is super delicious too.


Bon appétit!!!


Cherry tomatoes                   $6.58

1 small clove garlic                $0.03

1 small onion                        $0.39                         

2-3 tablespoons capers         $0.10

3 tablespoons olive oil           $0.36

1 tbspn red wine vinegar       $0.05

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $7.51
Cost per person = $1.88

Quote of the Day

The world is perfect. It’s a mess. It has always been a mess.  We are not going to change it.  Our job is to straighten out our own lives.

Joseph Campbell


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