Health Hit-Or-Miss

For 16 Years, People Legitimately Thought Ketchup Was Medicine

If you ever have a headache, bad cough, or pain in your neck just reach for your ketchup bottle.

Just kidding, that’s a terrible idea, but there was a time when people thought Ketchup had healing components, according to Fast Company.

When Dr. John Cook Bennett created a recipe for tomato ketchup in 1834, he advertised it as a medicine that cured you of diarrhea, jaundice, indigestion, and rheumatism. He even made the ketchup into pills, which made it seem even more legit.

We’ve all eaten ketchup, and know that’s clearly all nonsense, but until 1850, people were flocking to ketchup to cure their ills.

The reason this scam eventually ended was because imitators started making their own bootleg ketchup medicine, making even crazier claims, saying it’d cure scurvy and mended bones, and people eventually started calling bullshit.

Tomatoes do carry antioxidants and vitamin C, but don’t expect to chug a bottle of ketchup and feel like a million bucks after. Trust me.


Science Says THREE Glasses Of Champagne Can Prevent Alzheimer’s And Dementia


We’ve been telling everyone for years how alcohol can be good for your health. OK, maybe not if you’re constantly pounding beers. However, a new study shows that a few glasses of champagne a week can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

According to the Mirror, a group of researchers from Reading University attribute the health benefits of champagne to the chemical compounds in grapes. The fruits used to make champagne can help boost memory and battle illness.

Pinot noir and pinot meunier were tested on rats which yielded significant health benefits in the rodents. Professor Jeremy Spencer, of Reading, told the Mail that the testing had dramatic results.

Unfortunately, three glasses of champagne a week might be too expensive for the average consumer looking to battle Alzheimer’s and dementia. Though we don’t really know yet if brands matter when it comes to health.

Luckily, a spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Society says it’s still a while before the celebratory alcoholic beverage can actually be turned into medicine. Until then, we’ll have to stick to recreational drinking.

If you ever need any ideas on how to open that champangne bottle, here are ten.




Science Admits What Kids Have Known for Years – Sugar Can Heal Better Than Antibiotics


Thank Moses Murandu. We’re so glad someone finally believes us.

Apparently, in Zimbabwe, where Murandu (now a lecturer on adult nursing at an English university) grew up, his father regularly used granulated sugar to help speed the healing process of open wounds. When Murandu moved to the UK, he was all, “Wait, people only use sugar to eat? WTF?” and jumped into action, because sugar is way less gross than anitbiotics are.

Murandu is now heading a research team and has since treated one Alan Bayliss, a 62-year-old electrical engineer whose leg was taking its “sweet time” healing after an amputation in January. Murando shows up, and, taking a page from the Def Leppard Book of Medicine, pours some sugar on Bayliss. Two weeks later, he was seeing serious improvement — the kind which hadn’t come with the standard non-sugar approach.

When Moses first did the dressing he almost used the whole pot of sugar, but two weeks later he only needed to use 4 or 5 teaspoons…I am very pleased indeed. I feel that it has speeded [sic] up my recovery a lot, and it has been a positive step forward.

The sugar (which is treated to avoid infection) works by drawing water away from the wound and into whatever dressing is applied on top. Since bacteria needs water (but not sugar) to survive, they pretty much just starve to death, while you laugh, because you just made a Band-Aid out of a Pop-Tart. Sort of.

So far, 35 of the research patients have seen improvement, while 16 untreated patients have not. So basically, sugar is winning.

Check out the rest of the story here, and then never go back to Neosporin and rubbing alcohol again.

You know. Probably.

H/T + PicThx Daily Mail


Coca-Cola Now Recommended to Help Cure Stomach Blockages


It seems so obvious now, kinda makes you wonder why the study wasn’t published by a bunch of kindergarteners twenty years ago: The medical condition gastric phytobezoar (stomach blockages) can be alleviated with an ingredient that appears in Coke. The fizz in the soda helps break down blockages, which can apparently be caused by certain types of fruit, like persimmons.

Researchers cited 46 separate studies conducted worldwide over the last ten years, in which half the patients had their blockages completely dissolved by the administration of Coke, while another 19 did not require fully invasive surgery, landing the soda with a 91.3 percent success rating.

Phytobezoar is a gastric blockage which can lead to bowel obstruction if not removed or dissolved. There are apparently a number of different ways to treat said condition, but Coke is probably the safest, cheapest and tastiest. And for anyone suffering from a stomach blockage while counting calories, researchers say that both Diet Coke and Coke Zero serve the same purpose, thanks to a pH of 2.6 (pretty dang acidic), making all three products work like fizzy gastric acid.

So, basically, I’m not a doctor, but next time your stomach hurts (or you have a headache, or you stub your toe, or you’re stuck in traffic), try Coke first.

Disclaimer: I’m just kidding. Please don’t sue me.

H/T Telegraph + PicThx CBSNews


The New Argument for Drinking Panda Blood: Antibiotic Superpowers

So what do you do with an endangered giant panda population that’s really difficult and really expensive to conserve, let alone increase? Drink their blood for the health benefits, of course!

Well, maybe not drink exactly. According to the Telegraph, scientists have discovered the bears produce a powerful antibiotic compound in their blood — cathelicidin-AM — which could be used to create potent new treatments against drug-resistant superbugs. Luckily, the compound has been successfully synthesized in the lab, so no panda blood-letting or mass-sacrifice will be necessary for its continued research — though the discovery will hopefully garner enough attention to ensure continued panda conservation efforts, as the study was probably intended to do, considering cathelicidin has been studied for years and is actually produced in the blood of many mammals, including ours.

Or we could take HANKHILL’s advice, provided on Newser after he discovered how powerful panda blood could be against curing illness:

Can you say Panda Express, Paleo-Style?

H/T Telegraph + Picthnx George Lu


Medicine Lollipop

The trouble with children’s medicine is that it’s boring and tastes terrible. And while there really isn’t anything that can be done for the taste that hasn’t already been done, you can jazz up how you treat your kid’s cough. By using a lollipop mold that can be found on Amazon, medicine can now be made into lollipops!

Now all you have to do is figure out a way to make sure they finish the whole thing!

Would definitely consult a physician, pharmacist, doctor or someone of knowledge before altering the state of your medicine though. Still a novel thought, but, be safe!

[via: SwissMiss]


Cough Syrup Ice Cream

How many times have you heard your friends or yourself cringe after the first bite of something yelling, “This taste like cough syrup”. Well, this time it is really made with cough syrup. This Cough Syrup Ice Cream is made with cherry flavored cough syrup alongside all the main ingredients in ice cream like eggs, heavy cream and sugar. This might revolutionize the medicine industry to help children take their “yucky” cough medicine! If you want the real low down on how to make this cough-syrup-infused dessert, make to sure to check out the recipe on the UnWholesomeFoods blog!