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  1. It didn't need social media. It actually had a cure. This virus does not have a cure yet.
  2. Told you before I am only afraid of stupid Liberals passing on their lies. Plus prove what you just typed. Let's see the numbers. Can you spread COVID-19 if you become infected after being fully vaccinated? Recommendations for Indoor Settings However, since vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing infection, some people who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19 infection. Fully vaccinated people who do become infected can transmit it to others. IN Short, you or nobody else has any idea how many people you and other vaxed people have infected. IN SHORT. there is NO CURE for the virus yet, no matter what you are being told. IN Short, you Liberals have no problem letting unvaxed people into this country illegally. But all we hear about is legal citizens not listening to those same Liberals. IN Short, you ain't paying attention. Your blaming a small percentage of American citizens for the continued spread of the virus. You all are dreaming up every scare tactic you can no matter how stupid they are. He is a real scare tactic for you. The Virus is still alive and kicking azz even though the majority of citizens have had the jab. Why is that?????? easy answer, there is no cure no matter how much you lie about it. How many millions, if not billions of people in other countries are not getting the jab? How are you gonna stop them with your jab that does not cure the virus? Your being led by your uneducated nose by liars. NO CURE---------------------THE VIRUS STAYS ON IT'S COURSE. FACT
  3. Get a vaccine or don't but for the love of God, stop with damn conspiracy theories. If you don't come out against the shots then you are for them. You want to sit in the middle of the road and point fingers at people claiming all they have is conspiracy theories.
  4. COVID-19: 99% of hospital admissions were among those not fully vaccinated Only 0.92 percent of deaths were result of breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated patients 99%???????? Describe fully vaccinated. Who sets those standards??? 0.92% Died? REALLY???????? I would like to see how they come up with that number. I also would like to see the numbers concerning how many people got the virus from so called fully vaccinated people who thinks they are pure because they don't know the truth. .
  5. I have never had a flu shot. I have never had the government tell me to get one or lose my job. Get all the shots you want for free on my dime, but for the love of god go about your business and quit accusing me of killing other people. Your being used like a puppet to further split America in half by the Liberals. Fact------All your free shots will not stop YOU from giving ME the virus so your not that special compared to me. "stop with damn conspiracy theories. "---NO, you stop lying to the people by telling them that their government will save them from dying as long as those people does every damn thing the government tells them to do.
  6. Coronavirus Tracker | Michigan leads U.S. in rates of cases, hospitalizations and positive tests November 24, 2021 Bridge Staff Michigan Health Watch Coronavirus Michigan SHARE THIS: Share this article on Twitter Share this article on Facebook Share this article via email Print this article Last updated: Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 4:03 p.m. This post will be continuously updated with Michigan coronavirus locations and updated COVID-19 news. For more interactive maps and charts, see the Michigan Coronavirus Dashboard, showing vaccine distribution information, case numbers, locations, deaths and demographics. Michigan reported 17,003 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, an average of 8,502 for Tuesday and Wednesday. That is the 10th most reported in Michigan on a single day since the pandemic began The cases pushed the seven-day average to 7,427, up from 7,078 on Monday. The state also reported that 18 percent of all coronavirus tests in the past week came back positive, the highest rate since after the initial wave in spring 2020 when fewer tests were available. The state also reported 280 additional COVID-19 deaths, including 137 which were determined after a review of medical and health records. All but six of those deaths were this month. There have now been 1,118 COVID-19 deaths in November. Michigan now leads the nation in the rate of new infections, the rate of hospitalizations and the rate of positive coronavirus tests. Statewide, Michigan has 4,138 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, up 175 from 3,963 on Monday. — Mike Wilkinson Monday, Nov. 22 Positive test rate 18.4 percent Michigan recorded the highest rate of positive coronavirus tests in more than a year on Monday, with 18.4 percent of nearly 123,000 tests in the past three days confirmed as COVID-19 cases. That puts the weekly rate at 17.4 percent — the highest since the earliest days of the pandemic when there was limited testing. The previous high was 16.9 percent in mid-April. The state reported 17,008 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, or an average of 5,670 cases for each of the last three days. Cases often decline on Mondays, though, as testing drops on weekends. The rate of community spread remains exceedingly high: Test result sin four counties (Luce, Keweenaw, Hillsdale and St. Joseph) were over 30 percent positive and 46 other counties were over 20 percent positive. Michigan has the highest rate of new infections in the country, and 3,963 are hospitalized with the virus. That’s 20 percent of all hospital beds statewide, and up 302 patients from Friday and 716 from last Monday. At the worst of the spring surge, COVID-19 patients occupied a quarter of all hospital beds. The state also reported 83 COVID-19 deaths, of which 73 have occurred in November and 10 in October. — Mike Wilkinson https://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-health-watch/coronavirus-tracker-what-michigan-needs-know-now Here is a great chance for everyone to educate your self. Read these numbers then go back to the beginning of Michigans moves to stop the virus. Their gov. was one of the toughest in shutting down her state completely for a very long time. Everyone wears a mask, millions of workers out of a job and look what is happening. BOOM the virus is winning again. If these measures and the shots actually work there is no way these numbers should be climbing this high, this fast. These cases should have went down in relation to how many residents got the shots but they didn't. 17,000 new cases in ONE day. Now, what ain't they telling you????? How many of these 17,000 has had the shots, still caught the virus and passed it on???
  7. The government is not telling you that you have to drive or lose your job.
  8. Because some people want to believe in a government produced myth. The government can't sell their product if they tell you the truth. Get all the shots still get and pass on the virus. Only about 2% actually dies from the virus and even then they ain't sure if it was just the virus. These people are lying and hiding the truth. I work with approx. 50 people and hundreds of patrons. About 10 people has had the virus and none has died. some of the workers has had all the shots twice and they have had the virus twice. Both of them was sick as a dog for days as they sat at home waiting for their 10 day prison sentence to end. If you listen to the lying government we all should have or had the virus. 40 of us has not had the virus and none of us has died. Educate your self. Go back to the beginning and refresh your memory on what all has happened. How many things have been proven wrong over the months? If you pay attention to today you will hear slight references to the shots wearing out requiring more shots. It's not breaking news but most likely the truth. They can't tell you the shots don't work and still require you to get the shots or lose your job.
  9. First off we had the neverending "your gonna die if you don't listen to us" going on, 24\7. Millions of chicken littles running around believing they had the virus. I wonder how many went to the E-Room claiming they had the virus when they only had the flue, cold or a hangover. The numbers have never added up since the whole thing started. The fudge factor has run the show from the start.
  10. It's hard to find a expert. It's easy to find a person who is not an expert.
  11. Fauci later said on ABC’s "This Week" that he hopes the booster shot will not wane the same way the initial regimens did, which would allow Americans to avoid more regular booster shots at either six months or even a year. https://www.foxnews.com/health/fauci-changing-definition-fully-vaccinated So the great doctor is admitting that his cures ain't working. See what I mean about changing free peoples lives over something that is not proven. Free people lose their jobs while Big Pharma and voted for politicians get rich.
  12. I don't have much of a problem with companies making up their own rules. I have a problem when they are stupid enough to make up silly rules based on lies, propaganda and party politics put in place to control free citizens.
  13. You are absolutely correct. It is not perfect, therefor it should not be used to fire people from their jobs.
  14. The Noble Lies of COVID-19 Do we want public health officials to report facts and uncertainties transparently? Or do we want them to shape information to influence the public to take specific actions? BY KERRINGTON POWELL AND VINAY PRASAD JULY 28, 20215:50 AM Anthony Fauci looks at the White House on March 27, 2020. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images TWEETSHARECOMMENT In March 2020, as the pandemic began, Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to the president of the United States, explained in a 60 Minutes interview that he felt community use of masks was unnecessary. A few months later, he argued that his statements were not meant to imply that he felt the data to justify the use of cloth masks was insufficient. Rather, he said, had he endorsed mask wearing (of any kind), mass panic would ensue and lead to a surgical and N95 mask shortage among health care workers, who needed the masks more. Yet, emails from a Freedom of Information Act request revealed that Fauci privately gave the same advice—against mask use—suggesting it was not merely his outward stance to the broader public. Although some have claimed that the evidence changed substantively in the early weeks of March, our assessment of the literature does not concur. We believe the evidence at the time of Fauci’s 60 Minutes interview was largely similar to that in April 2020. Thus, there are two ways to consider Fauci’s statement. One possibility is, as he says, that his initial statement was dishonest but motivated to avoid a run on masks needed by health care workers. The other is that he believed his initial statements were accurate, and he subsequently decided to advocate for cloth masks to divert attention from surgical or N95 masks, or to provide a sense of hope and control to a fearful and anxious public. ADVERTISEMENT Additional evidence suggests that the second interpretation may be more accurate. In a lengthy commentary from July 2020, COVID expert Michael Osterholm wrote in detail about the continued scientific uncertainty regarding masks—even as he expressed support for their widespread public use as one measure among many. But Fauci’s reversal, which came at a time of political polarization, contributed to the evolution of masks from a basic, precautionary mitigation strategy to a badge of political allegiance. President Donald Trump was reluctant to wear a mask and justified his behavior by referring to Fauci’s comments from the 60 Minutes interview. The controversy continued into the presidential debates, with Trump mocking Joe Biden for donning the “biggest mask” he’d ever seen. One thing is beyond a doubt, however: One of those two statements did not accurately reflect the evidence as Fauci saw it. Such high-profile mixed messages in a short time frame, without substantive new data to justify the change, generated confusion and a backlash from politicians, other experts, and the general public. Do we want public health officials to report facts and uncertainties transparently? Or do we want them to shape information? When experts or agencies deliver information to the public that they consider possibly or definitively false to further a larger, often well-meaning agenda, they are telling what is called a noble lie. Although the teller’s intentions may be pure—for example, a feeling of urgency that behavioral change is needed among the lay public—the consequences can undermine not only those intentions but also public trust in experts and science. During the first year of COVID-19, leaders were faced with an unknown disease amid a politically sensitive election in the era of social media, and the preconditions for noble lies became especially fertile. Not surprisingly, we witnessed several examples. More than anything, these examples illustrate the destructive potential of such lies. Later in 2020, Fauci participated in a second noble lie. In December, he explained in a phone interview with then–New York Times reporter Donald McNeil that he had been moving the target estimate for herd immunity based in part on emerging studies. But he also said: ADVERTISEMENT In his own words, he “nudged” his target range for herd immunity to promote vaccine uptake. Even though his comments were made to influence public actions to get more people vaccinated (a noble effort), the central dilemma remains: Do we want public health officials to report facts and uncertainties transparently? Or do we want them to shape information, via nudges, to influence the public to take specific actions? The former fosters an open and honest dialogue with the public to facilitate democratic policymaking. The second subverts the very idea of a democracy and implies that those who set the rules or shape the media narrative are justified in depriving the public of information that they may consider or value differently. Aside from whether it’s right to tell noble lies in the service of eliciting socially beneficial behavior, there is also the question of efficacy. Experts on infectious diseases are not necessarily experts on social behavior. Even if we accept Fauci’s claim that he downplayed the importance of wearing masks because he didn’t want to unleash a run on masks, we might wonder how he knew that his noble lie would be more effective than simply being honest and explaining to people why it was important to assure an adequate supply of masks for medical workers. With the arrival of vaccines in early 2021, the potential for such deliberately misleading messages to backfire became more obvious. Key opinion leaders, agencies, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all articulated some version of “once you are vaccinated, nothing changes,” implying that experts did not know if it was safe to relax precautions and restrictions, such as mask wearing or social distancing, after immunization. But the stance was immediately called into question by others, including epidemiologists, who pointed to the high efficacy of the vaccines and suggested that some, but not all, social distancing measures could be relaxed in certain circumstances. Ultimately, the “no change” message, which may have been intended to discourage mass gatherings or out of a fear that unvaccinated people would lie about their vaccination status, may itself have been harmful: Surveys find that interest in vaccination increases if people are told that it means they can stop masking. ADVERTISEMENT The fourth noble lie from government agencies and/or officials occurred more recently. On June 4, using data from February to March, the agency made the case that hospitalizations were rising in adolescents. It tweeted, “The report shows the importance of #COVID19 vaccination for adolescents.” That tweet spurred a great deal of media attention and concern. It was true that hospitalization rates had risen. However, at the time of the press coverage, hospitalization rates in this age group had already fallen again. Numerous commenters immediately pointed out that the “rise” in hospitalization statistic promoted by the CDC was out of date the moment it was highlighted and raised questions about why the CDC would promote a dated statistic, when the organization had access to up-to-date information. This obvious error was compounded weeks later during a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The committee met to discuss what we knew and did not know about heart inflammation, or myocarditis, that had been linked to mRNA vaccination, and most notable in young men who received the vaccine. During the course of the meeting, representatives of the CDC showed a model that claimed that vaccination of young adults was preferable to the disease itself. There were, however, several concerns with this model. First, it used rates of community SARS-CoV-2 spread that again were out of date. By the time of the meeting, the rates were lower, meaning the benefits of vaccination would be reduced, but the harms remain the same. Second, it did not consider the risks separately for boys and girls, who appear to have substantially different risk of myocarditis (much higher in boys). Third, it did not consider any middle ground positions, such as only receiving one dose of the vaccine, which provides much of the benefit with far lower myocarditis risk. Instead, the CDC presented zero or two doses as the only options. Fourth, the modeling did not consider natural immunity—i.e., the vaccine’s risk to kids who already recovered from COVID-19 might be the same, but the benefits far lower (as these children have some natural immunity). Finally, the model did not consider the fact that young adults with preexisting medical conditions and those who are otherwise well might have different risk benefit profiles, as the former account for a disproportionate number of COVID-19 hospitalizations. ADVERTISEMENT Together, these are all information choices made by government agencies and/or officials about vaccination of young adults. Amplifying out-of-date statistics and building a model to support vaccination that has questionable assumptions work to support rapid deployment of two doses of mRNA to all healthy kids aged 12 to 17. That may be the CDC’s policy pursuit, and one we are sympathetic to. However, distorting evidence to achieve this result is a form of a noble lie. Accurately reporting current risks to adolescents, and exploring other dosing possibilities, is part of the unbiased scientific exploration of data. POPULAR IN TECHNOLOGY They Found a New Bird! Everyone Is Missing the Point of Reddit’s Antiwork Sub How to Troll an NFT Owner The Real Reason Suicides Dropped During the Pandemic We worry that vaccine policy among supporters of vaccines is increasingly anchored to the irrational views of those who oppose them—by always pursuing the opposite. Exaggerating the risk of the virus in the moment and failing to explore middle ground positions appear to be the antithesis of the anti-vax movement, which is an extremist effort to refuse vaccination. This seems a reflexive attempt to vaccinate at all costs—by creating fear in the public (despite falling adolescent rates) and pushing the notion that two doses of mRNA at the current dose level or nothing at all are the only two choices—a logical error called the fallacy of the excluded middle. Noble lies—small untruths—yield unpredictable outcomes. Nietzsche once wrote, “Not that you lied to me, but that I no longer believe you, has shaken me.” Public health messaging is predicated on trust, which overcomes the enormous complexity of the scientific literature, creating an opportunity to communicate initiatives effectively. Still, violation of this trust renders the communication unreliable. When trust is shattered, messaging is no longer clear and straightforward, and instead results in the audience trying to reverse-engineer the statement based on their view of the speaker’s intent. Simply put, noble lies can rob confidence from the public, leading to confusion, a loss of credibility, conspiracy theories, and obfuscated policy. Noble lies are a trap. We cannot predict the public’s behavior, and loss of trust is devastating. The general population is far too skeptical to blindly follow the advice of experts, and far too intelligent to be easily duped. Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society. https://slate.com/technology/2021/07/noble-lies-covid-fauci-cdc-masks.html
  15. The government is not telling me I have to drive or I will lose my job. See how silly that its????? What is the death rate from covid????? .02 % ??????? or so. So we can stop the inflated drama. Known liars are telling you that the shots are safe. These liars have been lying to you from the start and now they have to continue to lie in order to not get caught in their previous lies. Pay attention to their words. "getting the shots, MAY keep you from getting sicker if you get covid" . They are not telling you that they WILL keep you from getting sicker. Plus describe sicker. People have different tolerances of pain. These so called experts are being told by your voted for government to tell you to get the shots and be saved. So they lie out their azzes as they blow sunshine up yours. Follow the money if you can. Just who is getting rich selling these unproven shots that will not protect you from getting or transferring covid?
  16. More amazing------ the stupidity accepted by the stupid.
  17. TA DAH TA DAH TA DAH Your voted for government never ever accepts responsibility.
  18. GOOD GRIEF Did you quit accepting government demanding needles? You are completely brainwashed by those that you allow to control your life.
  19. The only thing I am scared of is stupid brainwashed Liberals. If you had the ability to use your brain, you would care about how long it took the experts compared to the 2 years of research of a chemical you choose to accept, even for your kids, that has no say in the matter. Daddy listened to Don Lemon so daddy knows everything. You should be afraid of the Liberal propaganda that is being used to control your thoughts and actions. Your kids are your responsibility. You owe them the best you got, not the freaking politics that you are allowing to control your life
  20. Your post is totally irrelevant. Of course it is to you. Refresh your brain----it took 200 years to find a cure. Not 2 years.
  21. Another expert cure ABOUT US THALIDOMIDE SURVIVORS RESOURCES & DOCUMENTATION NEWS WHAT IS THALIDOMIDE? A SHORT HISTORY OF THALIDOMIDE Thalidomide is a sedative drug discovered at the end of the 50s, which caused a worldwide tragedy. The drug has been prescribed to many pregnant women in order to relieve pregnancy nausea. It was later found that thalidomide caused irreversible damages to the fetus and thousands of children were born with severe congenital malformations. Many of them did not survive more than a few days after they were born. For a more complete historic of the Canadian tragedy, click here. The chemical formula for thalidomide is C13H10N2O4. It is also known under the scientific more scientific name α-(N-Phthalimido)glutarimide. Thalidomide was first synthesized in 1954 in Western Germany by the firm Chemie Grünenthal, who found out that thalidomide had interesting sedative effects. Thalidomide appeared as a promising alternative to barbiturates that were then used as sedatives, because it didn’t seem to be toxic nor have any side effects. An overdose would only cause deep sleep, as opposed to barbiturates which could cause death if taken in excessive quantity. Thalidomide was marketed in 1956 by Chemie Grünenthal in Western Germany, first as an anti-flu, then in 1957, as an hypnotic drug. It was then available without prescription. In April 1958, thalidomide was marketed in the United Kingdom by Distillers Company. Several countries followed suit and thalidomide was put into circulation under many different brands. Overall, thalidomide was sold under about 40 different names around the world, principally in Western countries and in Japan. Important advertising campaigns were led by its fabricants, starting with Chemie Grünenthal and Distillers Company. Thalidomide was described as a miracle drug. Thousands of samples were distributed to doctors, who were encouraged to prescribe it to pregnant women in order to alleviate pregnancy nausea. Everyone was told that this drug represented no risk at all for pregnant women. The following excerpt, from the website of the documentary “NO Limits” addressing the thalidomide tragedy, describes particularly well how negligent Grünenthal was regarding the safety of thalidomide: “What the public did not know is that Grünenthal had no reliable evidence to back up its claims that the drug was safe. They also ignored the increasing number of reports coming in about harmful side-effects as the drug was being used. In fact, starting in 1959 Grünenthal was flooded with complaints from doctors about mild to severe and sometimes permanent nerve damage, especially by elderly people who had used the drug as a sleeping aid. […] The company was equally dismissive of concerns related to deformed babies. The drug was widely promoted as an anti-nausea drug for pregnant women experiencing morning sickness. When the company was confronted with reports on malformed babies and suggestions that the malformations could be possibly linked to Thalidomide, they didn’t react. Instead of taking all those reports seriously Grünenthal responded with measures to keep the drug on the market.” As early as 1960, unsuspected side effects on the nervous system started to be attributed to thalidomide by some doctors. The first concerns about teratogenic hazards were raised in Western Germany in October 1961. We had to wait more than six weeks after that for the drug to be withdrawn from the british and german markets, at the end of November and in early December. But it was already too late: thousands of babies around the world would be born with severe malformations. Other authorities were even slower to withdraw thalidomide from the market, so that in some countries, it was available until the end of 1963. It is hard to tell with precision how many thalidomide victims there is, because a lot of babies were dead before birth, stillborn or died soon after birth due to the severity of their malformations. Not all of these births were registered in proper form, especially considering that several thalidomiders infants are believed to have been infanticide victims. It is estimated that 15,000 children were born worldwide with malformations attributable to thalidomide. The victims also include the families of all these children, whose life were severely impacted by this tragedy. Not so long after that, new therapeutical effects were discovered to thalidomide, for treating or alleviating leprosy, systemic lupus erythematosus and some cancers, among others. The drug is currently available in many countries for these uses. To know more about the actual uses of thalidomide, click here. MAIN HAZARDS AND SIDE EFFECTS LINKED TO THALIDOMIDE Peripheral neuritis Peripheral neuritis is a type of nerve injury that may happen when one takes thalidomide. Peripheral neuritis can manifest anywhere in the body. It begins with a tingling sensation in hands and feet, followed by numbness and sensations of cold. The numbness expands and is followed by severe muscular cramps, a weakness of the limbs and a lack of coordination. Some of these symptoms can improve or disappear, but in some cases, the damages are irreversible. Patients on thalidomide are recommended to cease treatment immediately and contact their doctor if they experience nerve injury symptoms such as: a burning sensation, numbness or pins and needles in the arms, hand, legs or feet. Fetal impairment Here is a non-exhaustive list of the impacts that thalidomide may have on the fetus when taken by pregnant women: bilateral limb atrophy (legs, arms or both) – a condition known as phocomelia, bilateral limb absence (amelia), missing fingers or toes, palmature of the fingers or toes, extra fingers or toes, total or partial hearing loss, partial or total vision loss, paralysis (usually facial muscles), malformation of the digestive tube, malformation of the duodenum (most of the time lethal, before or not long after birth), malformation or absence of the anus, vital organs injury (most of the time lethal, before or not long after birth), death. Because of the aforementioned devastating effects, thalidomide is strictly contraindicated on pregant women or women and women at risk of becoming pregnant. You can find more detailed information about congenital malformations linked to thalidomide in the Congenital malformations section of our website. For more information on the hazards and side effects of the drug thalidomide, visit Health Canada’s page on THALOMID. THE MECHANISM OF THALIDOMIDE As of today, the mechanism by which thalidomide cause birth defects is not confirmed. There are, however, a few hypotheses regarding its effects on the organism, which have been published by researchers in various journals. As these are articles of a scientific nature whose writing style is rather technical, you will find these references in the Publications & Links section of our website, under “Academic and Scientific Publications”. https://thalidomide.ca/en/what-is-thalidomide/
  22. UPDATED: APR 1, 2019 ORIGINAL: SEP 5, 2017 7 of the Most Outrageous Medical Treatments in History Why were parents giving their children heroin in the 1880s? BRYNN HOLLAND It’s hard to keep up with the treatment recommendations coming out of the medical community. One day something is good for you, and the next day it’s deadly and should be avoided. Addictive drugs like heroin were given to kids to cure coughs, electric shock therapy has been a long used treatment for impotence, and “miracle” diet pills were handed out like candy. Below are seven of the most shocking treatments recommended by doctors. 1. Snake Oil—Salesmen and Doctors Collection of elixirs. (Credit: Efrain Padro/Alamy Stock Photo) While today a “snake oil salesman” is someone who knowingly sells fraudulent goods, the use of snake oil has real, medicinal routes. Extracted from the oil of Chinese water snakes, it likely arrived in the United States in the 1800s, with the influx of Chinese workers toiling on the Transcontinental Railroad. Rich in omega-3 acids, it was used to reduce inflammation and treat arthritis and bursitis, and was rubbed on the workers’ joints after a long day of working on the railroad.Enter Clark Stanley, “The Rattlesnake King.” Originally a cowboy, Stanley claimed to have studied with a Hopi medicine man who turned him on to the healing powers of snake oil. He took this new found “knowledge” on the road, performing a show-stopping act at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, where he reached into a bag, grabbed a rattlesnake, cut it open, and squeezed it. He labeled the extract snake oil, even though the FDA later confirmed that his products didn’t contain any kind of snake oil, rattlesnake or otherwise. That didn’t stop other unscrupulous doctors and fraudulent salesmen, who also started traveling the American West, peddling bottles of fake snake oil, giving the truly beneficial medical treatment a bad name. 2. Cocaine—The Wonder Drug Advertisement for Cocaine Toothache Drops,1890. Courtesy National Library of Medicine. (Credit: Smith Collection/Getty Images). Around the mid 1880s, scientists were able to isolate the active ingredient of the coca leaf, Erythroxylon coca (later known as cocaine). Pharmaceutical companies loved this new, fast-acting and relatively-inexpensive stimulant. In 1884, an Austrian ophthalmologist, Carl Koller, discovered that a few drops of cocaine solution put on a patient’s cornea acted as a topical anesthetic. It made the eye immobile and de-sensitized to pain, and caused less bleeding at the site of incision—making eye surgery much less risky. News of this discovery spread, and soon cocaine was being used in both eye and sinus surgeries. Marketed as a treatment for toothaches, depression, sinusitis, lethargy, alcoholism, and impotence, cocaine was soon being sold as a tonic, lozenge, powder and even used in cigarettes. It even appeared in Sears Roebuck catalogues. Popular home remedies, such as Allen’s Cocaine Tablets, could be purchased for just 50 cents a box and offered relief for everything from hay fever, catarrh, throat troubles, nervousness, headaches, and sleeplessness. In reality, the side effects of cocaine actually caused many of the ailments it claimed to cure—causing lack of sleep, eating problems, depression, and even hallucinations. You didn’t need a doctor’s prescription to purchase it. Some states sold cocaine at bars, and it was, famously, one of the key ingredients in the soon-to-be ubiquitous Coca-Cola soft drink. By 1902, there were an estimated 200,000 cocaine addicts in the U.S. alone. In 1914, the Harrison Narcotic Act outlawed the production, importation, and distribution of cocaine. 3. Vibrators—Cure Your Hysteria Handheld electric vibrator, 1909. (Credit: SSPL/Getty Images) We have 19th-century doctors to thank for the introduction of the vibrator, which was first advertised as a cure for a catch-all, female “disease” known as hysteria. Hysteria was believed to cause any number of maladies, including anxiety, irritability, sexual desire, insomnia, faintness, and a bloated stomach—so almost every woman showed some symptoms. The condition traced its roots back to ancient medical theories about “wandering wombs,” where a displaced (and discontented) uterus caused female ill health. The treatment? A “pelvic massage” that would induce “hysterical paroxysm”—commonly known as an orgasm. This job lay with Victorian doctors who manually massaged women. In an effort to spare the doctors this work, one ingenious practitioner named Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville created a steam-powered, “electromechanical medical instrument.” Nicknamed the “Manipulator,” the device allowed women to give themselves home massages, allowing them to cure their “wandering wombs.” READ MORE: The ‘Father of Modern Gynecology’ Performed Shocking Experiments on Enslaved Women 4. Fen-Phen—A Miracle Pill for Weight Loss Bottles of Phentermine and Fenfluramine, commonly known as Phen-Fen. (Credit: Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images) Today’s weight-loss industry is an estimated $60 billion business, a large portion of which is spent on diet pills. And while the first fat-busting pills went on the market in the late 1880s, no other pills have had quite the speedy rise and fall as Fen-Phen did in the 1990s.Originally released into the market as two separate drugs—the appetite suppressant Fenfluramine and the amphetamine Phentermine—they were marketed as short-term diet aids, but proved largely ineffective on their own. In the late 1970s, however, the two products were combined by Dr. Michael Weintraub to create what became known as Fen-Phen. Weintraub conducted a single study with 121 patients over the course of four years. The patients, two-thirds of which were women, lost an average of 30 pounds with seemingly no side effects—but Weintraub’s study didn’t monitor the patients’ hearts. The new miracle drug was first introduced into the market in 1992, and people could not get enough of it. Some doctors, looking for a quick way to make cash, operated “fen-phen mills,” where desperate patients looking to shed excess weight would pay anything for the pills. Soon, some 6 million Americans were using it. Recommended for you 7 Unusual Ancient Medical Techniques The Brutal History of Japan’s ‘Comfort Women’ How 5 of History’s Worst Pandemics Finally Ended In April 1996, after a contentious debate, the FDA agreed to approve the drug, pending a one-year trial. Almost immediately, reports of grave side effects started pouring in. That July, the Mayo Clinic said that 24 women taking fen-phen had developed serious heart valve abnormalities. Hundreds of more cases were reported, and by September 1997 the FDA had officially pulled fen-phen. In 1999, the American Home Products Corporation (the producers of fen-phen) agreed to pay a $3.75 billion settlement to those injured by taking the drug. More than 50,000 liability lawsuits were filed in the years following its withdrawal from the market, and patients are still able to file injury claims. 5. Heroin—The Cure for a Cough Pharmaceutical advertisement from a 1900 magazine, promoting the use of heroin for a cough. (Credit: Bettmann/Getty Images) How do you cure one drug epidemic? Create a new drug. That’s what happened in the late 1880s, when heroin was introduced as a safe and non-addictive substitute for morphine. Known as diamorphine, it was created by an English chemical researcher named C.R. Alder Wright in the 1870s, but it wasn’t until a chemist working for Bayer pharmaceuticals discovered Wright’s paper in 1895 that the drug came to market. Finding it to be five times more effective—and supposedly less addictive—than morphine, Bayer began advertising a heroin-laced aspirin in 1898, which they marketed towards children suffering from sore throats, coughs, and cold. Some bottles depicted children eagerly reaching for the medicine, with moms giving their sick kids heroin on a spoon. Doctors started to have an inkling that heroin may not be as non-addictive as it seemed when patients began coming back for bottle after bottle. Despite the pushback from physicians and negative stories about heroin’s side effects pilling up, Bayer continued to market and produce their product until 1913. Eleven years later, the FDA banned heroin altogether. READ MORE: Dr. John Kellogg Invented Cereal. Some of His Other Wellness Ideas Were Much Weirder 6. Lobotomies—Hacking Away Troubled Brains Dr. Walter Freeman performing a lobotomy. (Credit: Bettmann/Getty Images) Walter Freeman thought he’d found a way to alleviate the pain and distress of the mentally and emotionally ill. Instead, he created one of history’s most horrific medical treatments. Freeman developed his procedure, which became known as a prefrontal lobotomy, based on earlier research by a Portuguese neurologist. Early versions of Freeman’s “cure” involved drilling holes in the top of his patients’ skulls, and later evolved into hammering an ice pick-like instrument through their eye sockets, to sever the connections between the frontal lobes and the thalamus, which he believed to be the part of the brain that dealt with human emotion.Freeman soon teamed up with James Watts, and after practicing on cadavers, they performed their first procedure on a live patient in 1936, a woman who suffered from agitated depression and sleeplessness. It was deemed a success. But subsequent surgeries were not. Patients were often left in a vegetative state, experienced relapses, and regressed physically and emotionally. As many as 15 percent died. One of the most infamous victims was Rosemary Kennedy, the sister of future President John F. Kennedy, who was left incapacitated and spent the rest of her life needing full-time care. Freeman was as much a showman as he was a doctor, traveling to 23 states to demonstrate his miracle cure. In all, he performed some 3,439 lobotomies—some on patients not yet in their teens. And despite the obvious risks and lack of concrete success rates, hospitals willingly let Freeman continue, perhaps because lobotomized patients were considered “easier” to deal with. Everything changed in 1967, when Freeman performed a lobotomy on one of his original patients, a housewife living in Berkeley, California. This time, he severed a blood vessel and Mortenson died of a brain hemorrhage—finally putting an end to Freeman’s haphazard brain hacking. 7. Shock Treatments—The Cure for Impotence Electric belts featured in a Sears catalog, 1900. The medical profession has had varying opinions on the causes, and possible cures, for impotence. The repressive Victorians honed in on a man’s “moral weakness” as the cause for genital dysfunction, and by the 19th century impotence was thought to be caused by either an excess of sex or masturbation, or too little of it. As surgeon Samuel W. Gross noted in his book, Practical Treatise on Impotence, Sterility, and Allied Disorders of the Male Sexual Organs, “masturbation, gonorrhea, sexual excesses, and constant excitement of the genital organs without gratification,” would lead to impotence. Some doctors introduced “galvanic baths,” or bathtubs filled with electrodes, which were supposed to restore sexual desire in just six sessions. Others took an even more localized approach, where rods with currents running through them were placed inside the man’s urethra. The treatment would last for five to eight minutes and would be repeated once or twice a week. This was thought to be particularly helpful for those with significant atrophy to the genital area. Where a buck can be made off an insecure customer, then quack doctors and unsavory businessmen are sure to follow. By the late 1800s ads were running for “electropathic belts” or “electric belts” aimed at “weak men.” They claimed to help cure kidney pains, sciatic nerve issues, backaches, headaches, and nervous exhaustion—but the underlying message was they could cure men’s sexual problems. While today, impotence is seen as a blend of physical and mental issues, the belief that electric shock therapy is a useful cure for impotence still persists. Studies coming out of Haifa, Israel (2009) and San Francisco, California (2016) both claim there are merits to low-energy shock wave therapy to cure erectile dysfunction. WOMEN'S HISTORYMEDICINE BY BRYNN HOLLAND https://www.history.com/news/7-of-the-most-outrageous-medical-treatments-in-history Some more expert cures
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