When I was a child the panacea for all throat ailments was Fennings Fever Cure.
Mam would give me a dollop in an egg cup. It removed all the polish off your teeth before it got to your throat. It wasn’t surprising it did this because it was simply dilute nitric acid which burned away all the infection.
At infants school we were given cod liver oil capsules and a red pill. I never found out what the red pill was. We were very trusting. I suppose my Granddad would have stopped them giving it to me if he’d known.
He wouldn’t let me have any vaccinations at all. So unlike the rest of my generation I haven’t any marks on my arms. His attitude could have killed me or made me very ill.
Dad was walking proof of what measles could do. The disease had made him stone deaf at the age of four. We were all paranoid about germs and disease. Mam caused a panic at school when she told them I had yellow fever. I had jaundice. For this I was given a purplish liquid which I had to drink through a straw. To this day I haven’t found out what it was.
From this you will gather I’m fascinated by medicine particularly quack medicine. Simplistic though it was, I think the nitric acid actually worked.
Sometimes modern remedies are fancified and sold at high prices. Take for example wrinkle cream. I’ve known for many years a cheaper way to shrink the bags under your eyes is to use pile ointment. A tip from fashion models. Not having bags under my eyes I’ve never tried it. I suggested to Finley Topham that he might try it on his quite large eye bags. He did. Did it work? Sort of. He rubbed it on both bags. One shrank. The other bag didn’t. Staring at him face on he looks weird but if he stands right profile he’s young again.
You have been warned.