Patent Medicines The Great American Fraud

By Antique-Dave Latest Reply 2009-12-21 10:08:15 -0600
Started 2009-12-20 04:45:42 -0600

Cure baldness! Gout, kidney stones, and make monkeys fly!

Patent Medicines are nothing new, around 1900 many contained up to 80% alcohol plus their secret ingredients. Sometimes that meant that cocaine, heroin, morphine, laudanum, etc were added. I'm sure granny felt a lot better with a shot of booze and a line of cocaine but it didn't cure her illness.

google patent medicne or nostrum, there are some pretty good sites with the old cures and machinery, entertaining to say the least.

How bout some bottled water? Did you know Evian spelled backwards was naive? Most of the natural spring water comes from municipal taps and look how much they make from it.

What does immunocal have in it?
This is cut from the site "The product is additive-free; the sole ingredient is undenatured whey protein isolate"

Which you can buy in a health food store at a better price.

Would I consider using undenatured whey protein isolate? maybe, I use a scoop of protein mix in my smoothies, use a green mix sometimes, but what I have found when you do a little research is that there are economical sources to buy supplements.

Is Glutathione needed? apparently so, the effectiveness of taking it orally appears to be in question, the precursor amino acid cysteine might be the supplement to take but you would have to do some research.

Glutathione occurs naturally in many foods, if you are following a low carb diet but high in fresh veggies and fruit you are probably getting enough.

If you are taking a multi vitamin, or supplementing with vitamin E and C you've got some some additional anti oxidant protection.

I am a believer in reducing free radicals, our cells get hit 10,000 times a day by free radicals, and while they do a good job of repairing themselves they do eventually start deteriorating, it was 100% to begin with , but then its 99%, 98% etc.

Got wrinkles? its because your skin cells are not being repaired at 100%, think about the damage that you can't see.

I supplement with about 2 dozen vitamins, spices and herbs so I'm no stranger to trying new things.

The prefabricated potions and pills that are targeted to diabetics I avoid like the plague because while they have a little bit of the things I am taking they don't have enough in potency to have any therapuetic value.

So when someone tries to sell you a bill of goods, research it, and talk to your health care professional. You have to manage your own disease and be in the drivers seat.

7 replies

kdroberts 2009-12-20 22:03:45 -0600 Report

I mostly agree. The water comment is not quite true. Purified water (aquafina, dasani, and others) are basically tap water that has been through some sort of process. Spring water is defined legally by the FDA and EPA and has to come from an underground water source that flows naturally to the surface and there are additional regulations about how it can be collected.

If you want a good laugh about purified bottled water (and probably Coke's biggest ever PR screw up), look for the story of the Dasani launch in the United Kingdom.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-12-20 22:38:41 -0600 Report

growning up, we had a natural spring on our property, so I had spring water my whole life. This crap that is marketed today as "natural spring water" I can get from my refrigerator!

kdroberts 2009-12-21 07:37:10 -0600 Report

I don't follow. Anything sold as spring water legally has to come from an underground source that comes to the surface naturally and has to have that source listed on the bottle. If it's not then the company selling it as such is breaking the law. Aquafina, Dasnani and other are sold and marketed as purified water (and a lifestyle drink) rather than spring water and is municipal water that they put through their purification process which you can also do yourself at home if you want. The spring water is also processed to remove and contaminants but it doesn't come from a local water plant.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-12-21 10:08:15 -0600 Report

It doesn't matter; I was just saying that when I was growing up we had natural springs on our property, so we always had access to spring water. Every body either got water from the spring, or from their wells. Now there are companies selling us water. And, our water was free! LOL. I never dreamed that we would ever have to buy water, ours just came naturally. But then, that was a long time ago…

Deb-G 2009-12-20 18:24:30 -0600 Report

We are indeed our own advocates…

Products accepted as effective generally come with the approval of the professional organization for that desease or condition…

When someone is trying to sell me something experimental or "new" that is what I look for first…If its a cure all our Doctors and our organizations would be acknowledging it and endorsing it :)

Nice post :)

2009-12-20 12:15:48 -0600 Report

You can buy Cystiene at the health food store in pill form but it is destroyed in the stomach by acid, you can buy glutathione also and the same thing happens. What is unique about Immunocal is that it provides cysteine that is bonded to proteins that are not destroyed in the stomach thus make it thru to the intestine where it is absorbed sent to the cells taken up and provides the cysteine for the production of glutathione, There are other companys that have tried to jump on the Immunotec wagon of success and claim to have indentical products, unfortuneately most are not the same and none have any proof of their efficacy, only Immunocal does. I have tried several of these other brands because they are much cheaper and everytime my complications come back.It does take reseaerch on ones own part to get to the truth and I encourage it. There is ample evidence out there that support the claims. Dan

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