We had a great hour of interactive talk radio yesterday, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 for the 7:00 a.m. hour.

You can listen to the “Hurley in the Morning” Podcast on demand on the WPG Talk Radio smartphone app.

The topic was old-fashioned cures and home remedies, some that are still in effect today.

When I proposed the topic, I had no idea how this segment would go. It couldn’t have gone better. The call volume and guest listener input was fantastic.

Let’s start with Crisco shortening, (first introduced in 1911). A former Registered Nurse called-in and said that Crisco was very effective at treating and limiting the appearance of scars.

Here’s the list of additional home cures and remedies that our callers shared as follows:

  • Potato’s for wart removal
  • Black salve to draw out a cyst
  • Wet cigarette tobacco for a bee sting
  • Mineral oil for muscle pain
  • Oatmeal on cuts
  • Butter on burned skin (bad idea)
  • Ocean salt water for cleaning cuts
  • Aloe plant for sun burned skin
  • Mercurochrome for cuts (now banned)
  • Rub Whiskey on a tooth ache

All of our listener/callers were passionate about and swear by their home remedies. I looked them up and there is a lot of truth to each and every one of their home remedies.

After our program, I spent some time researching some old fashioned home cures and remedies that are still in effect today.

  1. Believe it or not, Leeches are still used today. They have been used for more than 3000 years since the time of The Egyptian‘s. Leeches are still used today to treat a variety Nervous system abnormalities and following plastic surgery and micro surgery.
  2. Penicillin, which was invented in 1928 and led to many other antibiotics and other remedies.
  3. Aspirin, which was invented in 1899. It was marketed as a “Wonder Drug” for its ability to ease pain, inflammation and blood stickiness (used as a blood thinner).
  4. nitroglycerin was first used in 1867. It’s still used today ... to relax veins and relieve chest pain. It’s use now as it was then.
  5. insulin was first identified in 1869. It wasn’t used in humans to treat Diabetes until 1920. This drug has been reformulated many times since then and has improved the quality of life and slowing down the damaging effects that Diabetes has on blood vessels and other organs.
  6. Morphine was first sold in 1827 to help control pain. It was derived from opium.

SOURCE: For the above list 1-6 is Robert Weber, who is the administrator of pharmacy services at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

This on-air topic was so much fun and interactive. We’ll be doing more things like this (as we have over the past 30 years) ... as a respite from the relentless, hyper-negative politics that is suffocating daily life.

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