The CRAZIEST Things That Were Once Considered Medicine!

The CRAZIEST Things That Were Once Considered Medicine!


– Hopefully you don’t
get sick this season, because what the doctor
might give you as medicine, might not be considered
medicine next year. You probably like to
think that medical science has it mostly figured out by now. You know, that when you’re sick, the doctor will give you exactly
what you need as medicine. Yeah, but as it turns out, there are many things in the past that were once considered medicine, that are very much not. And when you hear about these, they’re going to surprise you. (tentative music) Here are the 10 craziest things that were once considered medicine. Number 10 is vitaminwater. Introduced in Queens, New York, by John Darius Bikoff, in May of 1996, vitaminwater was advertised as a beverage that offered a number of different health and energy improvements. But in 2009, the Center for
Science in the Public Interest filed a lawsuit against vitaminwater’s parent company Coca-Cola, over the marketing claims
that the product was healthy. In reality, each bottle had
33 grams of sugar in it, and was more likely to lead
to issues like diabetes, and obesity, over a healthy, cleaner, vitamin-enriched existence. vitaminwater founder Darius Bikoff stated that his company’s product wasn’t meant to substitute
daily vitamin intake, but supplement those
vitamins that the consumer was already taking in. Wait, how does that makes sense? If you’re already getting enough vitamins, then how does it supplement you getting those vitamins, and man, Coca-Cola’s just taking your money. Number nine is shark cartilage. There’s a strange but popular myth that’s floating around the internet, one which you’ve probably already heard, that states that sharks are
incapable of getting cancer. The theory unfortunately
for the giant fish prowling the oceans, is not true, as tumors have been found in them. But, that hasn’t stopped
a number of people from scrambling to find
themselves some shark cartilage, to fight off what ails them. Specifically, to fight off cancer. Though it’s also been thought
to help things like arthritis, psoriasis, retina damage
caused by diabetes, and inflammation of the intestine. Some have even claimed
that it helps wounds heal, though there’s no concrete
proof of any of this. In fact, a number of doctors have come out against shark cartilage
being a useful treatment for pretty much anything except reducing the shark population. And ain’t nobody got time for that. What’s gonna happen to Shark Week? What am I gonna binge watch? Number eight is tobacco. While today it’s well-known that smoking is an unhealthy habit,
and can cause various sometimes crippling issues,
such as cancer and emphysema, back in the 15th century,
tobacco was considered a disinfectant, and a form of medicine to relieve headaches,
colds, and other diseases. Tobacco was even popular as an anesthetic, and energy provider, much like
how we look at coffee today. When it made its way to Europe, it was dubbed God’s
remedy, and the holy herb for its medicinal properties. However we now know that
basically, none of that was true. Believe it or not, tobacco
was even considered to be good for your teeth
in some parts of India. I would love to see the
teeth of those people. Actually in fact, no I wouldn’t. There was even a tobacco toothpaste! Not only is that of
course not true at all, but it’s been proven that smoking is actually terrible for your teeth. It’s true, I’ve seen people that smoked for like 40 years, they end up looking like the crypt keeper,
just (imitates evil laugh). Number seven are psychedelic mushrooms. Before they got the label
as an illegal street drug, psychedelic, or magic mushrooms, were considered a number
of different things, including a medicine, a
transportation device of sorts, and even a way to get enemies to talk during investigations in World War II. As a treatment, it was believed that through of psilocybin, which is the active ingredient that makes mushrooms so trippy, psychological ailments such
as anxiety and depression could be dealt with swiftly. Others ate the feel-good food in order to ascend on spiritual journeys so that they could get a better
understanding of this world. Now, while this treatment
isn’t widely offered anymore for obvious reasons, there
are still some doctors who believe things like severe depression could be better handled through the use of psychedelic mushrooms. No, you take that, you never
know what going to happen. My, my, my. Number six is ecstasy. Developed by Merck, a German
pharmaceutical company, this substance is now labeled as a recreational street drug, but
that wasn’t always the case. Also known as
methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA, or Molly for short, it was making the rounds
as the hot new product that was sure to help you
lose those extra few pounds. And fall in love with everything. By causing excessive
diarrhea and vomiting, the MDMA pills became
popular as effective, though harsh, treatments,
but it was also marketed to veterans as a cure for
post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as other ailments. Numerous pharmaceutical
companies have experimented with MDMA-assisted therapy sessions, for a number of patients, but
its use as a weight-loss pill right now is completely ridiculed. I’ve never tried it,
and I genuinely have no interest in trying it because apparently it just makes you wanna
stroke the furry wall. Number five, is cocaine. The white powder street drug
that has millions of people hooked on it today, was once something that could be picked up easily for just a bit of indigestion. Oh yeah that dinner
didn’t go down so well, gimme a second. Even Sigmund Freud, the
world-famous Austrian neurologist, who is credited as the
founder of psychoanalysis, recommended cocaine for its medical uses, claiming it calmed his
depression symptoms, and helped treat his indigestion. Seriously, how did this
indigestion thing start? What? Since its introduction in the 1860’s, cocaine has been used as a
fix for morphine addiction, asthma, and even tuberculosis. By the time cocaine had even
become a well-known medicine, it was already a popular
ingredient in certain beverages, specifically, alcoholic ones, though it’s arguable that the
most well-known consumable that it was a part of was Coca-Cola. Most of you already know that,
but some of you might not. That’s right, that’s why Coca-Cola is called Coca-Cola. The Coca, coca leaf, cocaine! Number four is LSD therapy. As a hallucinogen,
lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD, has been a popular
street drug for a long time. But back in the late 1950’s and ’60s, it was considered a useful medicine. Specifically, the drug
was used to treat people with mental health issues. Initially developed at the
Sandoz pharmaceutical company in Basel, Switzerland, by
Dr. Albert Hofmann in 1938, LSD is a synthetic
chemical that facilitates feelings of interconnection, and is considered an empathogen, meaning it enhances empathy in people. In the mid 1940’s, it was looked at as a potential treatment
for various issues, including anxiety or
depression in cancer patients, and was even called a cure for alcoholism. Probably because when you
take a strip of this stuff, it makes the alcohol
bottles look like snakes! Criminalized in 1966, LSD
is now an illegal substance, though some medical professionals argue it might be of some
benefit to some people. Except those that don’t
like snakes, scary. Number three are tapeworms. What? Yeah. If you’re looking to lose weight fast, but don’t want to go through that whole eating less than normal thing, then there may be a solution for you! Simply have a parasite
implanted in your body that can take some of those
calories before they accumulate! Yummy! Yeah I know, this sounds
ridiculous, but it happened. In fact, in some places it still happens! In the early 1900’s,
people trying to slim down began swallowing pills that were actually beef tapeworm cysts. The tapeworms would
grow and rob their hosts of some of the foods
that they were taking in, but the side effects
were far from healthy. Hosts would be plagued with
bouts of nausea and diarrhea, but getting rid of them, after
reaching the desired weight of course, could prove more damaging, as many experienced abdominal
and rectal complications. And by the way if you’ve
ever seen a tapeworm removed, there’s videos on YouTube
it’s like (groans), it just keeps going, it’s disturbing. Number two is chocolate. Ooh, chocolate, yes! It’s hard to believe, but many years ago, the sweet treats that
are collected by children at Halloween today, were
considered a potent medication. Back in the 17th century,
chocolate was being hailed by whatever the equivalent
of the medical community was back then, as a
miracle cure-all substance. The reason for this
mistaken identification is an ancient medical theory, that said if one of the four humors inside the human body was off balance, it opened the door to infections. Chocolate simply helped bring balance! Documents from the 1600’s revealed that hot beverages such as teas and coffee were also prescribed alongside chocolate, and were actually considered
to be strong drugs, that could be dangerous, or even lethal, if taken improperly. Well I actually totally get that part, because I’ve eaten so much
chocolate at one point that I did think I was gonna die. Halloween, every year. And number one is heroin
cough suppressant. Today, we are well aware
that the drug heroin is a devastatingly addictive substance, that has cost a massive
number of people their lives. But while multiple governments fight to eliminate the drug from city streets, there was once a time
when it was openly offered as a remedy. In the late 1890’s, experts
at Bayer Pharmaceuticals realized that by boiling morphine, which was already a cure
for coughs at that point, for several hours, they could
create a concoction that, according to their claims, could cure tuberculosis, bronchitis, and various other
throat-affecting conditions. In 1906 the American
Medical Association approved the replacement of morphine with heroin, which, in less than eight years, caused 200,000 people
in New York City alone, to become addicted to the drug! Well, kinda makes you wonder
what you’re taking right now, which is medicine. Let’s see what happens in 10 years. (tentative music)

14 Comments

  • David Wells says:

    The banning of LSD and "magic mushrooms," has been a tremendously devastating action. They don't just "maybe" have medicinal potential. In the 60's and 70's, both drugs were used in trials to potentially treat PTSD and severe (and psychosomatic) depression, stress, anxiety, etc. The primary difficulty found in treating these issues is the effect of PTSD, specifically that the brain, or more specifically the psyche or "mind," defends itself by partitioning off regions of memories and pathways to prevent further psychological harm. Attempting to access that part of the mind triggers a self-defense mechanism in the brain. The person reacts violently to the threat of reliving the memory. It makes therapy an impossible task, trying to convince a person to overpower their own natural self-defense mechanism to expose themselves to reliving a life-shattering experience.

    LSD and Psilocybin both work by removing the mind's self-defense mechanism, allowing the memories to flow freely. It places the user in a state of mind open and willing to discuss and work through the harm and fear caused by the event, and the subsequent PTSD.

    In one case, a soldier with PTSD received counseling and medication to treat his depression, anxiety, etc., for 2 continuous years, with little, if any, improvement. That same soldier later received treatment of 2 counseling sessions a week. He was administered a dose of LSD at the beginning of the session.

    Within 2 months of receiving these counseling with LSD treatments, he was able to stop taking any medication and showed a 90% reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety. He said his PTSD was almost entirely gone.

    So…Why aren't we researching this? Because people are stupid. And stupid people ruin everything.

  • David Wells says:

    Heroin! Well, it won't actually cure anything that ails ya, but you sure won't care about it anymore.

  • Sabastian Lucero says:

    We have a heroin cough sryup today it's called lean so what does that say about are government

  • ANKIT AMAR KASHYAP says:

    That last line really freaked me out.

  • says:

    you lost me at psychedelic mushrooms.
    they are very beneficial for many different reasons.

  • Cassandra Monroe says:

    Who put wet tobacco on bee stings

  • Jaelin Hall says:

    My grandparents told me about tobacco being medication. It's not a surprise that we weren't always the smartest people of making it a medication😒

  • Mary Baratucci says:

    So scary! I wonder what we'll look back on years from now that is supposed to be healthy.

  • Jeremy Beyer says:

    Every time I had a Vitamin Water, I got the craps an hour later.

  • Jimmy Duncan says:

    So not trying to be argumentative but tobacco is useful for treating wasp stings and snake bites. By putting it on the wound it will draw the venom out

  • Rudyard Kipling says:

    tobacco is good for toothaches, not smoking though, you pack a plug into a cavity… trust me I have done it you bite down on it, and it cant be dry tobacco for smoking

  • hatred is power says:

    actually mdma was created in the 70s and was used in couples therapy

  • MasochistMouse says:

    Bars of pure happiness are not medicine?!?! What is this madness, saying chocolate is not good medicine for you..?

  • OutOfSight OutOfMind says:

    Many of these actually do have some medical use and/or is being researched. Tapeworms was a fad, not a medical treatment.

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