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Where did that phrase come from - Apple a day keeps the doctor away
Stan St. Clair

This sounds like something Ben Franklin could have come up with. But it’s not! The earliest version of this maxim was found in a very old rhyming Welsh folk proverb. 

The phrase was first cited in print as we know it in the U.S. in 1913 by Elizabeth Wright in “Rustic Speech and Folk-lore.” According to Wright, it started in Pembrokeshire, Wales circa 1764.

“Ait a happle avore gwain to bed, An’ you’ll make the doctor beg his bread; or as the more popular version runs: An apple a day Keeps the doctor away.”

But does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? A study done at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted during 2007-08 and 2009-10. It compared those actually eating an apple each day to those who didn’t and found no difference in needed doctor visits, but did discover that fewer drugs were prescribed to the apple eaters. So maybe there’s a bit of truth in this after all!

It has been undeniably shown that those who take the proper vitamins, in the needed doses, and regularly exercise are healthier in the long run. So during this frustrating time when many of us are likely not moving around as much and getting all the fresh air and sunshine we need, and most of us are not having regular doctor visits, we shouldn’t ignore common sense health issues. We can still get out and walk, do indoor exercise, eat right as much as possible, and take vitamins like B complex, C and lots of D3.

Remember, we are all in this together. Some things are getting ready to reopen even though a lot of us are uncomfortable about that fact. Things may not go back to the way they were. Let’s hope that when this is finally over they get better!

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