two of these and Email us in the morning
Air Verses by Mike Cox 1-29-14
producers, grandmas make miracles
by Delbert Trew
Of all the strange, weird and confusing bits of history, none
quite compare with rain dancers, water witchers and grandmas. Each could perform
miracles if the sign was right, a fresh peach tree twig was used or the malady
could be cured with Castor Oil or Black Draught Tonic...
sprung from filling needs by Delbert Trew
As a child I could always tell
when my Grandmother Trew was near as I could smell the odor of Mentholatum. A
close friend said his grandmother always smelled like Vicks and his uncle smelled
like Bay Rum. Most old families had a relative or two who smelled like vanilla
flavoring, especially if you resided in a dry county...
the Epsom Salt. This Kids Got Dew Poisoning" by N. Ray Maxie
of the past four or five generations in NE Texas around Atlanta, aren't the only
ones to know the benefits of Epsom Salt. That age-old compound is gaining more
and more attention these days for...
aided America's health by Delbert Trew
History records that between 1830
and 1860, epidemics of typhoid fever and cholera claimed thousands of lives across
America. Between the epidemics, the third leading cause of death was amoebic dysentery
and as a result of these scourges the average life expectancy in the United States
was 47 years. Later research proved that most of the epidemics could be blamed
on improper waste disposal allowing contaminated sewage into domestic water supplies...
Healing Hands from Mississippi
Stops Severe Bleeding by N. Ray Maxie
Medicine by Clay Coppedge
"Today we can drive the countryside and
see grasses, flowers, weeds, critters, trees and the like. Modern-day herbalists
and naturalists can still see a drug store..."
medications were simple, gave relief by Delbert Trew
tickled by itch of childhood ailments by Delbert Trew
remedies would cure or kill you by Delbert Trew
oil was useful all-purpose home remedy by Delbert Trew
Sting by Delbert Trew
by Bob Bowman
If you grew up in the country, miles away from the nearest
doctor, home remedies were something you accepted routinely....
Sallet by Bob Bowman
"Poke sallet is the best spring tonic you can find;
it gets your blood going."
Oil, Jackrabbits, and Red Roosters by Lois Zook Wauson
Kerosene by Jeanne Diver Goff
Persimmons by Dana Goolsby
reveals that superstitions about cutting persimmon trees may help cure warts,
cancer and even predict weather, even Texas weather.
de Vaca, M.D. by Mike Cox 8-21-13
The story of Texas
medicine begins more than four centuries ago somewhere near the Rio Grande in
the vastness of the Big Bend... What took place there marked the moment in history
when the medical arts in this state first advanced beyond shamanism.
and Camp Bowie by Mike Cox 9-13-12
No one knew anything
about West Nile virus back in 1918, but at what proved to be the mid-way point
of the terrible conflict in Europe that would come to be known as World War I,
the military was fighting mosquitoes in North Texas.
adjust to barbed wire by Delbert Trew 7-5-11
of the nature of the subject, a significant chapter of Old West history - bloody
livestock injuries - is often ignored or forgotten. However, it did happen, and
here is the story.
by Mike Cox
Along the Texas frontier, bad water posed just about as much of
a problem as no or little water.
stories from pioneer days by Delbert Trew
If you had lived before, during
and immediately after the Civil War and had been seriously wounded, your life
might have depended on the hair from a horse's tail. How could this be? Well listen
up to some "hair" stories.
say take your meds and pray by Delbert Trew
I have often wondered where
the big R with the little x mark used on medical prescriptions originated. An
old 1949 Coronet Magazine (remember those?) offered an explanation...
Water by Mike Cox
"...Word of the amazing restorative qualities of
the water spread faster than the contents of a spilled bucket. The Javelin said
the people of Carrizo Springs got so healthy that the local doctors practically
fell into poverty...."
Palace of Healing
by Archie P. McDonald
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Flu by Mike Cox
Good Old Days Bob Bowman 9-16-12
by Roger T. Moore
Man and Typhoid
Cartoon by Roger T. Moore
and JOSEFINA by Maggie Van Ostrand 10-22-10
science could have saved itself a lot of trouble if the powers that be had consulted
my incredibly talented housekeeper, Josefina, before rescinding the tried-and-true
method of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
Visit by Peary Perry
A friend of mine has a saying along the line of… “I’d
rather be pecked to death by ducks than to…(fill in the blank). Well, when it
comes to going to a doctor’s office the saying goes for me as well...
if You Do, Damned if You Don’t by Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal
I was fascinated
and horrified by an article written by Amy McGuire in "Advance for Nurses" regarding
the bizarre case of two Texas nurses, Vickie Galle, RN and Anne Mitchell, RN...
Fraud by Peary Perry
Last month I read a report that stated that the good
old US government had paid out more than ninety two million of our hard earned
dollars to Medicare fraud. It seems so called medical suppliers have been billing
the government for wheelchairs and other pieces of home equipment for people who
had already died. Not only had the patients died, but so had a large number of
doctors who had originally prescribed whatever was needed...
Scared of Something by Maggie Van Ostrand
Comedian Steven Wright, says
"I'm not afraid of heights, I'm afraid of widths." Good thing his audiences don't
suffer from Geliophobia, a fear of laughter. But there are some people who really
are afraid of widths like Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger. She suffers from
agoraphobia, a fear of open spaces...
by Peary Perry
"... I thought I would take a moment to explain to both
the ladies who read my stuff as well as to any men who are unaware of what a PSA
score is and why it is important. PSA stands for prostate-specific-antigen test.
To understand exactly what the test is and why it is important..."
by Peary Perry
"...The spokesman for Lipitor for several years now has
been a Dr. Robert Jarvik. Dr. Jarvik is the inventor of the artificial heart and
started describing the benefits of Lipitor in 2006. The congress is now probing
the use of old Dr. Jarvik and has reached a conclusion that forced Pfizer, the
drug’s manufacturer, to remove Dr. Jarvik from the ads..."
Health by Peary Perry
"...The parents who would sign up for any test
would be the ones who were concerned over their children, but how do you reach
the parents who are feeding their kids two pizzas a day and have no concept of
the health of their child?..."
by Peary Perry
[H]ere is this ad telling all of us that this wonderful little
pill is going to help us feel much better and they are even offering to give me
free samples. I didn't really think anything about this but then turned the page
and found the section describing the potential 'side effects' that this wonder
medication might have...
Pause That Regresses by Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal
menopause. HA! That’s all I can say. HA! I was interested to read an article recently
addressing the issue of male menopause, or andropause. I was gratified, satisfied
and gleeful and not in a very nice way, if you must know. Here’s why..."
Visits by Peary Perry
Problem by John Gosselink
"...Swollen and itchy is no way to go through
life, so I ignored my usual aversion to going to the doctor and made an appointment.
Looking like a bus had repeatedly backed over my face...more"
and Diet by Peary Perry
"This year I’ve decided to get a head start
on my annual pilgrimage towards the torture of exercise and caloric reduction.
No more pie, no more cake, no more anything that remotely tastes good...."
Flu? Try A Sock Full of Onions by Maggie Van Ostrand
at Allergies by John Gosselink
and Botox by Maggie Van Ostrand
What happens to those wonderful laugh
lines when they're shot full of Botox? How will anyone know we ever had any fun
if our faces are unlined, unlived.