Skip to comments.A Century Ago, Alcohol Was Legitimate Medicine
Posted on 04/16/2013 11:58:01 AM PDT by Kid Shelleen
At every doctor's visit, there are a few axioms you're almost guaranteed to hear: Eat healthier, exercise more, and ease up on the alcohol. But, incredible as it may seem, there was a time when the latter -- alcohol -- was considered an altogether beneficial and valuable drug, and it was utilized for a wide range of medicinal purposes.
In the early 20th century, alcohol was viewed as both a depressant and a stimulant, a conflicting label that -- as you can imagine -- grew increasingly difficult to maintain as scientific knowledge promulgated. (Today we know alcohol to be a depressant.) However, at the time, this dual-action reputation reinforced alcohol's positive image within the medical community.
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It always helped granny with her Rheumatism on the Beverly Hillbillies.
Everclear works wonders on rotten teeth too. (Even if you don’t swallow it.)
Around that same time, cocaine also was considered a “beneficial and valuable drug.”
We could use an opium den in Congre$$ these days,, mellow the ‘rats&rinos out.. one would hope anyway... used to be almost everything was legal.
In certain political realms, it still is,, until it is exposed.
Still is. An extremely valuable local anesthetic used in emergency rooms.
Check the label on a bottle of Nyquil.
Some reputable doctors will still prescribe 1 oz per day of whiskey for certain heart conditions.
During Prohibition could get prescription for “medicinal
My doctor told me 1 oz. of alcohol every day would help my life expectancy by another day. At this point, I’m going to live to be 2000 years old, if my knees hold out.
For generations, doctors often advised their patients to drink alcohol as a remedy for various ailments. Perhaps the most notorious instance was the medical advice to William Pitt the Younger, one of Britain’s greatest prime ministers, to drink port in quantity for the sake of his health. This led to the liver and gastric ailments that vexed and in time ended Pitt’s life — but not before he set into place the policies and strategy that led to the defeat of Napoleon.
It helps me with boredom. :-)
By the same logic, if a beer a day is good for you, based on my college activities back in the late 1970s, I’m still set until sometime in 2042.
My ENT still uses cocaine when poking around my sinuses.
Alcohol - in moderation - is excellent for circulation. Nothing wrong with a Scotch or two in the evening. Or a glass or two of wine.
A Bottle or Two .... that's another story. ;-)
Many, many moons ago, my grandfather was told *by his cardiologist* to give up his nightly Scotch.
Grandpa's solution? He fired the doc, and continued to enjoy a Scotch or two in the evening. He lived to the ripe old age of 87. :-)
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