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Cowboys by Clay Coppedge
Peddling snake oil
Anti Fat by Mike Cox
"[A] 19th century man is credited with inventing the notion
of losing weight in deference to one's health or appearance. His
name was William Banting..... Yes, for generations, going on a
diet was called "banting." And being overweight was known as corpulence..."
Air Verses by Mike Cox
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
Grandmothers 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
"Some of the treatments used in the early days, which some
people still remember, might appear today as cruel and unusual
punishment. Take the asafetida bag, or the granny rag. Please..."
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
Oil, Jackrabbits, and Red Roosters by Lois Zook Wauson
Kerosene by Jeanne Diver Goff
Persimmons by Dana Goolsby
Folklore reveals that superstitions about cutting persimmon trees
may help cure warts, cancer and even predict weather, even Texas
House Calls with Dr. Keidel by Michael Barr 7-15-22
Flu Didn't Play Fair by Michael Barr
Flourished in Old Texas by Murray Montgomery
Flu by Mike Cox
Epidemic at Grand Bluff by Bob Bowman
Edward Arrel Pye, a Texas Medical Hero by W.T. Block Jr.
Whenever the virulent yellow fever plague came to town, the townsmen
who were cautious packed up their families and belongings and
fled elsewhere. Sometimes a town’s physician did not leave; they
stayed to treat their patients and occasionally died...
Rubbing Doctors by Clay Coppedge
The Milling brothers, Roscoe and George, billed themselves as
rubbing doctors and utilized elements of massage therapy, magnetic
healing and hypnosis in their respective practices. In towns where
the water had a high mineral content they added mineral water
to their treatments...
Clear Look at Eye Surgery History by Mike Cox
Fever's Nothing to Sneeze At by Mike Cox
de Vaca, M.D. by Mike Cox
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
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
Because 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
Good Old Days Bob Bowman
of a colonoscopy by Jase Graves 7-12-22
it's not COVID by Jase Graves 5-16-22
Memory by Brewster Hudspeth
up and Diet by Jase Graves
Meds by Wanda Orton
and JOSEFINA by Maggie Van Ostrand
Medical 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
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
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
Pause That Regresses by Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal
"Andropause. Male 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
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.