Christmas was approaching and most of the shopping was done, but I was still short of a stocking filler for my wife. Then the Whatsapp notification flashed. It was a trusted friend, Eduardo who had moved away a few months ago. He had started a new business - selling socks, and he wanted me to buy some.
But these weren't just ordinary socks. They were "Magic Socks"!
He sent me some information about the science: something about neurotransmitters and a new technology that affected how your brain worked! Wow. My daughter who was studying Natural Science at Cambridge was a bit sceptical and said something about "placebo" but the video testimonials of how people who wore these socks had benefited were very impressive.
One of them turned out to be the son-in-law of a friend of ours at the church we attend. For many years Graham has suffered a condition called ‘Functional Hemiparesis’…basically a weakness or partial paralysis in the whole of his left side, plus suffering from Fibromyalgia with chronic pain and chronic fatigue. For years he was unable to walk without sticks, nor be able to work.