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Re: Cod liver oil HenryO

Posted by Noa on January 13, 2003, at 18:13:06

In reply to Re: Cod liver oil, posted by HenryO on January 13, 2003, at 2:19:43

I was thinking something similar about old folk remedies like cod liver oil. My only exposure to cod liver oil is from watching old tv broadcasts of The Little Rascals, which I think is from the 30s and 40s--remember how they had to get their cod liver oil? I have to ask my mom and dad if they had to take it as kids.

It also makes me think of "snake oil salesmen", which is now used as a euphemism for the kind of con-artist sales person. In old movies, like The Rain Maker, the snake oil salesman traveled around trying to sell snake oil as a panacea to all that ails you.

Now I wonder if the idea of snake oil didn't originate from someone's experience that it did help people feel better.

About the cod liver oil, it possible it was used as a kind of laxative like mineral oil was?




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