Dangerous Ancient Cures You Won’t Believe

Modern medicine has come along way, and looking back at some of the cures used in times past will leave you laughing, shaking your head, or just plain cringing. So the next time you bemoan getting a shot, just remember – at least the nurse isn’t giving you one of these dangerous ancient cures.

Ancient Roman Hangover Remedy

It’s no secret the Romans loved to party, and just as we do today they paid the consequences the next morning. But their remedy wasn’t chugging Gatorade, staying in bed, and faking sick to get out of work; the Romans go-to miracle cure. Pliny the Elder advised those afflicted to fry a canary and eat it whole. Today, college students keep the tradition alive by scarfing down fried foods after a night of a few too many.

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Got a cough? Eat a snail

A delicacy now, in past centuries they were merely a remedy for those suffering from a bad cough or sore throat. Users found the slimy creatures soothing. If you’re looking to test this out on your own (and who isn’t) you’ll need about a pounds worth. Or you could just, you know, take a cough drop.

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Snails didn’t do the trick for that cough? Give Jr. some nice heroin

Many of today’s most illicit drugs started as so-called miracle cures. Cocaine and heroin are both among them. Doctors prescribed them to all types of people for all types of illnesses; children were even given heroin to quell a nasty cough. The drug was even marketed by Bayer, who continued producing and selling the drug until 1913 when hospitals warned them of its addictive, dangerous nature.

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Lobotomies

While this is practice is well known to most people, you may not know how often it was prescribed. The practice, where a near foot long pick was hammered into one’s skull until it reached the brain was for a time considered brilliant – even winning it’s inventor a Nobel Prize. Shockingly, it was often used for a malaise as simple as moodiness or depression. Rosemary Kennedy was one such patient, she was rendered with the mental capability after a failed lobotomy to ‘cure’ her violent mood swings.

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A little mummy is good for what ails ya

Today, legends abound of those who dare to disturb the deads’ resting places being stricken with horrible curses causing terrible disease or even death. Other cultures in the past though have seen it differently. Approximately 900 years ago it was popular in many Arab regions to grind up mummified Egyptians into a fine powder for medicinal use both internal and external.

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Some more health tips from our ancestors

Have a breakout before school picture day? Rub your face with a wet diaper.

Chilly? Have someone trace a cross on your back with a broom.

Rescue a drowning victim? A tobacco smoke enema will get them good as new.

High school reunion coming up? Lose those pesky last 10 pounds and swallow a delicious tapeworm.

Nearsighted? Farsighted? Piercing your ears will fix that.

Want to rid yourself of an unsightly wart? Tie a strand of horse hair around it and it will fall off within days.

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20 Beautiful Cave Pictures That Will Blow Your Mind

It took countless years for these caves to be formed, but only an instant to record them for all-time on film. These breathtaking photos may look like the product of a brilliant artist’s countless hours of work, but they are very much real. While few brave the long hours or even days to make the hike many of these require to view, it is all worth it. But if you’re not able to get there in person, you can at least enjoy these beautiful cave pictures below.

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Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

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Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier

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Guilin Reed Flute cave in China

Guilin Reed Flute cave in China

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Russian ice cave

Russian ice cave

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Marble Caves, Patagonia

Marble Caves, Patagonia

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 Naica Mine, Mexico

Naica Mine, Mexico

Image Credit: geo-magazin

Halong Bay cave complex

Halong Bay cave complex

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Deer Cave in Borneo

Deer Cave in Borneo

Image Credit: izismile

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

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Melassani Cave in Greece

Melassani Cave in Greece

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Kyaut Sae Cave, Myanmar

Kyaut Sae Cave, Myanmar

Image Credit: photobotos

Ice cave under Vatnajokull Glacier

Ice cave under Vatnajokull Glacier

Image Credit: whatsontianjin.com

Another shot of the Vatnajokull Glacier cave

Another shot of the Vatnajokull Glacier cave

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Tham Lod Cave, Thailand

Tham Lod Cave, Thailand

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Algarve, Portugal

Algarve, Portugal

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Glacial cave in Juneau, Alaska

Glacial cave in Juneau, Alaska

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Batu Caves, Malaysia

Batu Caves, Malaysia

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Castner Glacial Cave, Alaska

Castner Glacial Cave, Alaska

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Sweden

Sweden

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Alnwick Gardens $7 Million Dollar Tree House

When you’re royalty, money is truly no object and this $7 million dollar tree house proves it. Located adjacent to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England, Alnwick Gardens has been the site for its Duke and Duchesses relaxation since the 1700s. Over the years it began to fall into disrepair. This changed in 1997 when Duchess Jane Percy began revitalizing the grounds. Among the improvements was beyond any child’s wildest dreams. The Gardens now boast perhaps the most impressive, out of this world tree house which even features its own restaurant and bar. But it is not just a playground for the nobles, visitors are welcome to eat, drink, or meander around its deck, watch a movie in the cinema, or participate in one of the many yearly activities that are open to visitors. No word on the maximum capacity for sleepovers.

Alnwick Gardens Tree House

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None of my tree houses ever had their point of sale system

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Fine treetop dining

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A charming wedding followed by the bride & groom’s first ride on the rope swing?

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No multimillion dollar treehouse is complete without a rope bridge

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