Category:
Self-help Schemes

Acugenics



Learn how to acugenics yourself here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 13, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Self-help Schemes, 1980s

Dig Yourself



Sound advice--no pun intended.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 06, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Self-help Schemes, 1960s

Three Decades of Slimming







Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 14, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Food, Self-help Schemes, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s

Are You Ready for Self-Hypnotism?


A self-help book from the 1970s. Among the problems it promised to cure:
  • How to use self-hypnosis to cure your slipped disc, backache, headache, low back pain, even the painful torticolis or "wry neck" that has defied medical science
  • How to conquer a condition we call "loneliness" but which our subconscious mind knows to be a genuine starvation of our love needs
  • Even if you've been smoking for twenty-five years you can give it up overnight—and actually enjoy the so-called "withdrawal" period
  • An entirely new and different way of controlling overweight—on a self-hypnotic diet that requires no dieting

There was also an audio version, available on vinyl, which is still for sale on Amazon.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 20, 2013 - Comments (2)
Category: Self-help Schemes, 1970s

Mrs. Jones’ Flesh Grower

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Who knew bioengineering and stem cells were in use so long ago?

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 10, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Body, Bodybuilding, Body Modifications, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Self-help Schemes, 1900s

Good For What Ails You

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 12, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Medicine, Self-help Schemes, Advertising, 1920s, Alcohol

Improve Your Face

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 08, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Body Modifications, Self-help Schemes, 1910s

Roca Labs Gastric Bypass



Eighty percent of your stomach filled all day with indigestible mystery fiber, for only $480.00? Sign me up! Or just plunk me down in a barn full of hay!

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 06, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Food, Medicine, Self-help Schemes

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