I've been ragging on hippies my entire adult life.
I can't remember how or why it started. Maybe the bully in me was just struggling to find a way out.
I was never Eric Cartman-like in my hippie bashing, but I came close. Even so, I've always had a few faithful hippie-ish friends.
But then a hippie-ish friend, tired of listening to me complain about my seemingly constant sinus problems, encouraged me to buy a neti pot. I always laughed him off, though and insisted I'd stick with medicine. I even vaguely recall my mother pouring stuff up my nose when I was a frail, allergy-stricken kid.
Meds haven't worked for me though. So this weekend, while sporting a 102 fever, an extreme sinus headache, and nasal congestion that was tough enough to dam a river, I caved in and went in search of a neti pot.
Found one at Walgreens for $15. Sat for about two hours trying to convince myself that it was perfectly normal to pour salt water into one nostril and watch it run out the other nostril. Eventually got up the nerve to try it. And waddayaknow? Not only didn't it hurt, but my sinus headache went away almost instantly, and the congestion was gone within hours.
I'm not writing off doctors anytime soon. But I will now listen more closely when the hippies I know tell me that something is good for my health.