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11 Memories of Not-So-Modern Medicine

Medicines and medical practices have come a long way. Here are some items that have vanished from medicine cabinets in the last few decades. 1. Mercurochrome Most folks over the age of 30 have never heard of this topical antiseptic. But many of us Boomers begged mom to daub our cuts and scrapes with the relatively painless [...]

How Much Rodent Filth Does the FDA Allow?

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we thought we’d do a little research into the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulations on our favorite holiday foods. We wish we hadn’t. Franck Boston / Shutterstock.com Because of the way foods are mass harvested, factory processed and packaged in the States, the FDA has to allow food companies [...]

Dietribes: Oatmeal

• Though Samuel Johnson wrote in his Dictionary of the English Language that oats were ”a grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people,” to which Lord Elibank (so wrote Sir Walter Scott) replied, “Very true, and where will you find such men and such horses?”’ • Oats contain the highest [...]