I Know You Paid A Lot of Money, But It Just Doesn’t Work

“I know you probably paid a lot of money for them, but the research says that those don’t work, and all I can go on is the science and the facts.” That’s what my orthopedist told me some years ago as he looked at the orthotics a foot doctor made for me and that I'd been wearing for a couple of years. I looked at the orthotics, which I hated, and then back at the Doctor and I told him, “Wow! That’s what I tell people all the time in my business too!” I was at the orthopedist’s office because my feet hurt, and because the foot doctor who sold me the orthotics couldn’t seem to figure out anything to help me. He said my orthotics were perfect, and maybe if I put a little cotton pad over my ankle, things would work out. But they didn’t. Now the orthopedist was telling me that the science didn’t support the expense and hassle I’d gone through. Instead he handed me a sheet of paper with some stretching exercises and sent me home. I was skeptical. But the science said so, and I use science every day, so I tried the stretches. And it worked! I’m not 100%, and there’s a little arthritis and over-use that may keep me from having the feet I had when I was 20. But the benefits of listening to the science are that I don’t have to buy or wear special shoes or orthotics, and I get to spend an extra 5 minutes in bed doing my foot stretches. The lesson for

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4 thoughts on “I Know You Paid A Lot of Money, But It Just Doesn’t Work

  1. This article brings out the fact that good grazing management is the answer. Chemicals do more damage than good.

    Our weed problems come from continuous grazing practices. In most cases all that is needed is free grazing management, not an input.

  2. Thanks, Kathy. I first felt my foot trudging through the winter mud two years ago, I’m not 20 anymore either. The only thing that helps is stretching it. My sister impressed this on me and encouraged me to “stick with the science” and as long as I do my foot is 90% better.

    As for herbicide, a Chinese Tallow infestation has bdriven us to spot spray with Tordon/2-4-D mixture. I don’t like messing with the stuff and I really didn’t like when my tongue was numb from the tiny bit of overspray I must have inhaled even though I was careful. The ewes will eat the leaves, but the trees keep growing.

    Have you worked with Cattle and Chinese Tallow? We have Pineywoods and I have seen them nibble a tiny bit on the leaves, but nothing to speak of.

    Once we put a dent in the “infestation” we will stop using the Tordon. Hopefully before I have to buy another bottle– That Stuff is EXPENSIVE!


    1. Hi Donald,

      Well, Chinese tallow isn’t good for cows, but apparently sheep and goats can eat it. So sorry, you are probably approaching this one in the best way possible.

      Thanks for reading and writing!


      1. We heard from a friend of a friend that her goats were poisoned (to death) by eating too much Chinese Tallow, but she was cutting down trees for the herd and it may have been the majority of their diet. IF a cow were to eat Chinese Tallow I could see her ingesting enough at one time to feel the effects of the toxins. Would they learn to moderate their intake and possibly benefit from small amounts of the toxin as a de-wormer like tannins in oak leaves? Researchers, where are you?

        Thanks for OnPasture!

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