Thursday, March 3, 2011

So...what exactly IS a "Scrofula"????

Any guesses? 'Cause...I'm pretty sure that I don't even
want to catch THAT! Thank goodness for "Ayer's sarsaprarilla" and Christopher Collumbus for discovering America where you can
get some!!

I'm not sure of the date on this advertisement
but it was in with
other "little treasures" of my Grandmother Josephine's.
Most of the dates there were 1911-1915.
Ok...This advertisement
does not
any of the ingredients!???
other than
"extract of the sarsaparilla-root
of the tropics (which one? where?)
...stillingia (c' that real?)
yellow dock, mandrake
and (other roots-shhhhhh! secret ingredients?)

Up until right now...I haven't given
the FDA enough credit
for all of the
they have managed to
stamp on our
society! (...long, begrudging sigh)
sorry for all the times
I ...maybe
said a
few....very few
unkind words
about how LONG
it takes you (FDA)
to allow a
drug (that could be saving millions)
to be approved
for the
every day USA

(another ...sigh) OK...compared to
what some of the (quacks)
could get away with
You were right.

by the way...the medical "condition" of

according to (The American Heritage medical dictionary, copyright 2004,2007 by Houghton Mifflin Co. Pub. by Houghton Mifflin Co. all rights reserved) {wow...that's longer than the definition!}

Scrof -u-la (n.) A form of tuberculosis affecting lymph nodes especially of the neck that is most common in children and is usually spread by unpasteurized milk from infected cows. Also called Strum.


Who knew? And many were "cured" by a little
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1 comment:

  1. Scrofula is a bacterial infection that settles in the cervical lymph nodes (lymph nodes under your chin). It is more commonly found in children around the Ohio River area. My daughter somehow ended up with it and we live in Oklahoma. During Medieval times it was known as 'King's evil'. Basically, if you don't remove the infected lymph node it will grow larger and larger until an opening forms and it can drain.