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April 27, 2016

Coco-Bay and Chiego-Foot

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Original ad here.

Holloway's Pills and Ointment were apparently miraculous as seen by the number of ailments they could cure. But I was curious about two of the more obscure ills, and managed to track them down.

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Definition here.

Yes, the treatment could cure leprosy! The second disorder is much less severe.

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Definition here.


Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 27, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Scams, Cons, Rip-offs, and General Larceny, Nineteenth Century, Diseases,

February 20, 2016

Coffee vs Alcohol

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Coffee consumption protects the liver from alcoholic cirrhosis. The more coffee the better the effect according to a 22 year study involving 125,000 subjects. Tea does not have the same effect, ruling out caffeine as the cause. So, hit the coffee if you drink much but not for any other form of the disease as alcoholic cirrhosis is the only form it benefits.

Posted By: patty - Sat Feb 20, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Health, Coffee and other Legal Stimulants, Diseases, Alcohol,

February 11, 2016

VD:  It Is Your Problem



Man, that is some mighty light-hearted music to accompany this message.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 11, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: PSA's, 1970's, Diseases, Genitals,

October 1, 2015

Body Integrity Identity Disorder

Body Integrity Identity Disorder or BIID is when a person believes part of their body is foreign and should be removed. These people will sometimes harm themselves to reach their ideal. Some have laid on railroad tracks to get the offending limb either severed or mangled so badly it must be surgically removed. With that explanation in place let me introduce you to Jewel Shurping. Jewel claims to have been fascinated by blindness from childhood. As an adult she would go out in dark glasses with a white cane and feign blindness and taught herself braille. But she still desired to be blind for real as she felt she was meant to be from birth. So much so that she found a psychologist who was understanding of her disorder and the compelling need Ms. Shurping felt to become blind. The psychologist decided to help by administering drain cleaner into Jewel's eyes to fulfill her wish. Jewel claims to be very happy now with the exception of being disowned by her family when they became aware that her blindness was due to a deliberate act. As far as the helpful psychologist, there was no mention of that person's fate, perhaps they just walked away.

Posted By: patty - Thu Oct 01, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses, Differently Abled, Handicapped, Challenged, and Otherwise Atypical, Diseases, Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise,

September 18, 2015

Keeping Mentally Fit



Is the narrator drunk? Of just folksy?

The lesson learned: look around you and you will probably spot a lunatic.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 18, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: PSA's, 1950's, Diseases, Mental Health and Insanity,

July 29, 2015

Kissing Chickens





"They ain't got no lips!"



Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 29, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Agriculture, Animals, PSA's, Diseases,

June 22, 2015

April 10, 2015

Yet Another Reason To Legalize

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Marijuana has long been known to be an effective glaucoma treatment. It also helps cancer and AIDS patients by increasing appetite and decreasing nausea. Now a recent study indicates pot may be useful in treating some brain tumors. Unfortunately, some people wouldn't be in favor of legalization even if it cured cancer, and now it just might.

Posted By: patty - Fri Apr 10, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Drugs, Brain, Diseases,

March 4, 2015

Anti-Vaxxers

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Picture one is a child with measles. Picture two is a child with smallpox. The only study to vilify vaccines has been completely debunked and yet supposedly loving and intelligent parents are denying their children the protection of vaccinations. These people also put others at risk with this irresponsible choice. The scientific community is at a loss as to how to reverse this dangerous trend. Meanwhile pop culture icons weigh in on a subject they have no expertise about and influence decisions that damage society as a whole and children especially.
Government needs to step in for public safety before these diseases take hold in the general population unnecessarily. Parents are being threatened with having their children taken away for letting them walk to the park unaccompanied yet refusing the protection of vaccinations is being allowed. We are down the rabbit hole on this issue.

Posted By: patty - Wed Mar 04, 2015 - Comments (25)
Category: Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension, Medicine, Surrealism, Can't Possibly Be True, More Things To Worry About, Diseases, Disease,

February 28, 2015

Bile Beans

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One of the less-alluringly named nostrums. Full story here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 28, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Drugs, Scams, Cons, Rip-offs, and General Larceny, Advertising, Excrement, Nineteenth Century, Diseases,

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