Even though we don't like them, look up to them, or care what happens to most of them... politicians are people ! At least that's what I've been told!
In case you have one on your Christmas list, I've found the perfect gift for you to give them! I guess you could say "It's just what the doctor ordered!"
Radium woo: the bad health science of yesteryear wants to irradiate your colon
By Cory Doctorow at 9:27 pm Sunday, Sep 19
Modern quackery might be full of terrible, life-threatening health advice, but it's really not got a patch on the golden age of radium-based medicine, when the newly discovered radioactive material was held to cure practically anything, especially in suppository form. Yowch.
If this was 15 May 1915, we could all be attending the Illinois State Medical Society's annual meeting at the Masonic Temple in Springfield, Illinois.And if we went to booth 18, we could've bought some fine, newish radium-based products that would be enjoyed drinking or bathing in. And all for the cause of human progress, the radium-based nonsense promised cures for all sorts of ills: rheumatism, dandruff, dull teeth, gout, sexual problems, general malaise, and on and on...
Many of these companies employed the real stuff, affecting thousands of people, radium-based cure-alls being ingested, injected, applied and bathed-in. For example, there were numerous companies distributing 'radium water" (such as "Radithor" by William J.A. Bailey's company), radium suppositories ("in a cocoa butter base"), toothpaste ("Doramad", distributed by Doramad Radioaktive Zohncreme during WWII, to Germans), cosmetics ("Tho-Radia"), and many different varieties of radium-enriched healing belts (to be worn or slept on). There were plenty of other products that used the "radium" name but didn't actually use the substance itself, further selling the idea of its usefulness on the individual level. There was radium beer, nail clippers, starch, cigars, polish, headache tablets, razor blades, butter and of course, condoms.
I have to thank the folks over at BoingBoing for this article! I thought it was pretty cool!
Amazing what folks have been known to do...all in the name of health! It's a wonder so many of us made it as far as we have! I do think many of the effects are starting to show up now, especially in some of those in office!
How about we have some coffee in the kitchen? A little chilly out on the patio this morning!