Originally Posted by BeckyBird
I thought this was a great retelling of the original fairytale! It is possible that the early practice of vaccination might have assisted in the spread--not decline--of smallpox. How so? Read the tale and find out!
There was something else in the story that took me completely by surprise, and I wanted to share. You might know that I LOVE apple cider vinegar, or ACV for short. Well, as legend has it, a very effective cure and preventative for smallpox was.....wait for it........
Apple Cider Vinegar!! Yes, ACV saved the day, so you might want to consider adding it to your health regimen!
It's a good thing medicine and science has come so far since the 1800s. For instance :
It wasn't until the early 1900s that doctors started realized this was probably not good for babies. It was used in the 1800s to sooth babies and each ounce of Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup contained 65 mg of pure morphine. Other similar syrups contained "...morphin sulphate, chloroform, morphine hydrochloride, codeine, heroin, powdered opium, cannabis indica."
Lobotomies were used into the 1940s as a cure for depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. The inventor of the lobotomy even won the nobel prize for it in 1949.
And lets not forget bloodletting! "Bloodletting persisted into the 20th century and was even recommended by Sir William Osler in the 1923 edition of his textbook The Principles and Practice of Medicine. "
Arsenic and mercury were used to treat syphilis.
Opium was prescribed for almost anything, including constipation.
The 1800s was infamous for all the "snake oil" type of remedies. "In 1862, Mixer'sCancer and Scrofula Syrup claimed to treat "Cancer, Tumors, Erysipelas, Abscesses, Ulcers, Fever Sores, Goiter, Catarrh, Salt Rheum, Scald Head, Piles, Rheumatism, and ALL BLOOD DISEASES."
They also invented a dizzying array of devices, such as electric insoles and magic shoes, to cure sore feet and crippling conditions.
Consider, too, the Health Jolting Chair of the 1880s. It resembled a garden-variety armchair--only rigged with springs and levers. Its advertising promised that the chair would give "efficient exercise to the essentially important nutritive organs of the body."
It wasn't until the 1900s that the FDA cracked down with new legislation to prohibit adulteration or misbranding of foods and drugs, as well as false advertising.
So basically, people could claim almost anything in the 1800s and since there is no scientifically plausible way that vinegar protects you from smallpox, I think it's safe to say that if there were ever another outbreak we should stick to the vaccine ;)
TLDR: Just because someone said something worked in the 1800s doesn't make it true.