Beaver testicles and radioactive toothpaste: 7 fatal self-care products that were used in the XX century
Today, when the world is dominated by science and technology, it is not easy to believe that even some 50 years ago people took for medicinal drugs something that today is not allowed without a protective suit. And when it comes to more distant times, you can only wonder what was the pharmacological fantasy of our ancestors and that they basically survived.
Toothpaste containing radioactive thorium, developed in Germany in the 30-40s of the XX century. The paste had a very funny pseudo-scientific advertising slogan that promised the death of all microbes in the mouth. Certainly, such a tool could not help in matters of treatment and care of the oral cavity.
A remarkable example from France. Knowing about it, it is difficult to believe that local craftsmen “carefully” created toothpaste exclusively for the Nazis. Products for women were sold under the brand “Tho-Radia”. Radium bromide and thorium chloride were added to the skin care cream, lipstick, and soap. Substances are incredibly expensive in the middle of the XX century and dangerous.
3. Radioactive placebo
In 1918, the drug “Radithor”appeared in pharmacies. It was a small flask of distilled triple-distilled water, to which radium was added. The manufacturer called its product “the cure for everything”. If you look at this tool with a certain amount of irony, then we created “Radithor” in this is not deceived.
4. Ammonia as a sedative
In the nineteenth century, the United States created a “beautiful” sedative, which was offered to give too restless babies. Innovative (at that time) assistant mothers and nannies had in its composition ammonia and morphine. A great combination of remedies for the growing body!
5. Tobacco does not kill
Today almost every bundle cigaret flaunt some scary pictures of cancerous lungs. It is hard to believe, but even in the 50s of the last century, tobacco companies managed to build their advertising campaigns on how tobacco is good for health. It was emphasized that it improves blood circulation.
6. The testicles of the beaver
It is unlikely that beaver testicles can be poisoned to death in any form. Still, it’s hard to believe that people used them as a contraceptive in the sixteenth century. It is difficult to judge the effectiveness of such a measure. The poor beavers.
7. Because a sinner
In the heyday of the British colonies, there were already painkillers, including those that could be given to women during childbirth. However, this was not done, because even doctors in the majority of their sincerely believed that the pain of childbirth-the punishment of women by God for the first sin committed by eve.