Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Gift For Politicians...!

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!


Phyllis (N/W Jersey) said...

Too funny. I guess we should always look carefully at the whole package of ingredients, weather it be a product or a politician!
Coffee in the kitchen is fine; it's pouring out here this morning!

Anonymous said...

Lol, that is too funny! I wonder if one of the side effects makes your butt glow in the dark (look Ma - I'm a firefly!)

You all have a pleasant Thanksgiving holiday.

Momlady said...

Just goes to show how naive people were. And some the the so-called cures today aren't much different.
Hope you have a great day tomorrow with family. And don't eat too much!

Sixbears said...

I think Momlady is onto something. Some of today's treatments will look pretty weird in the future.

Don't they sometimes treat prostrate cancer with radioactive pellets?

Mechanic in Illinois said...

For the politicians first roll them in broken glass and use a 4 inch diameter piece of hedge. Thanks for the info and have a great Wednesday.

JoJo said...

Yes like Momlady said some of today's treatments are just as silly if not as dangerous. Some people will fall for anything. but today they will run down all the side effects so fast you are lucky to catch what they are.
Coffee in the kitchen sounds good. Anything baking in the oven to smell good?

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
It's a shame there isn't some sort of machine to look inside someone running for office! You know, to check and see if they have any morals!

Guess for the most part we have to settle for almost honest!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Anon 6:23...
If that's the case, then everyone will want one!

Somehow it wouldn't surprise me!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Hey Momlady...
Boy, ain't that the truth? Some of the "so called" cures now days are pretty damn scary!

My friend, I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow! Peace to ya!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Sixbears...
They probably have about the same effectiveness, also!

Each generation before us always seems to be so primitive! Wonder how we will look?

Thanks, my friend, for coming over this morning!

Hey Mechanic...
So many ways to apply the medicine!

Thanks, buddy, for coming over today!

Hey JoJo...
Nothing in the oven yet! Baking starts this afternoon!

Most folks don't pay attention to the side effects! Too bad for them!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming over today!

TROUBLEnTX said...

You just don't know what is in the meds prescribed! for you. Only the future will tell. Trust only the old meds, tried and proven.

Dizzy-Dick said...

A perfect gift for the politicians. You do know the lady that dicovered X-rays died shortly after from cancer and radiation poisoning? Wonder what is killing us now. . ??

HermitJim said...

Hey Trouble...
I'm glad that I only have to take very few meds!

I really only trust aspirin! But the VA tells me I can't have it anymore!

Thanks for coming by this morning!

Hey DD...
You have to wonder if the cures are just as bad as the sickness!

Almost makes you want to deal with the illness, doesn't it?

Thanks, buddy, for coming by today!