Sawbones: Enemas and Cleanses

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This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin blowing out your internal cobwebs with a history of enemas and cleanses. Let's blow this show OUT.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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Nicotine and parasites

Hi guys! I know I'm way behind on listening/commenting on this, but felt it might be interesting anyway. I read somewhere (can't remember where exactly) that nicotine solution enemas were probably at least somewhat effective for dealing with intestinal parasites, which were a pretty common problem in earlier eras. It makes me wonder how much the purported health benefits of enemas in earlier eras came from the frequency of parasitic infestations in the gut. Another great show, guys. Thanks for the laughs and the interesting info. keep up the good work!

Diane

With friends like these, who needs enemas!

Hi. Heard about this show while listening to Throwing Shade, thought I'd check it out. Glad I did, very interesting, and funny to boot.

Thought I'd share some enema trivia your way. Everyone's heard the saying "blowing smoke up my ass", but not many people know where it came from. In the health movement/craze of the late nineteenth century, one form of "treatment" involved having smoke (usually from "medicinal herbs") blown up the rectum of a person that had just been cleansed via enema. The quick absorption of smoke that occurred in the intestinal track gave the "patient" a nice buzz, proof (so they thought) of the health benefit. Eventually, the practice fell out of favor, and in time the phrase "blowing smoke" us someones ass became synonymous with something phony.

With friends like these, who needs enemas!

Hi. Heard about this show while listening to Throwing Shade, thought I'd check it out. Glad I did, very interesting, and funny to boot.

Thought I'd share some enema trivia you. Everyone's heard the saying "blowing smoke up my ass", but not many people know where it came from. In the health movement/craze of the late nineteenth century, one form of "treatment" involved having smoke (usually from "medicinal herbs") blown up the rectum of a person that had just been cleansed via enema. The quick absorption of smoke that occurred in the intestinal track gave the "patient" a nice buzz, proof (so they thought) of the health benefit. Eventually, the practice fell out of favor, and in time the phrase "blowing smoke" us someones ass became synonymous with something phony.

Nice website

Hi.

I was listening to a Hank Williams (Jr.) song and he calls his physician "Sawbones" in the song. I googled the interesting slang and ended up finding your podcast site. When I have more time, I will listen to a bunch of them, because you two sound pretty interesting and funny.

Merry Christmas.

baking soda and salt?!

Someone on my facebook feed posted a link to a wacko article that claims that bathing with baking soda and salt can cure cancer and radiation poisoning. I tried to find where this idea came from, and found that some sites say "sea salt" and some say "epsom salts."

It seems to be linked to the writing of a Dr. Hazel Parcells. I thought you might be interested in looking into this...