hundreds of years the medical profession
believed your health was based on maintaining
a balance of the "four humours."
you got sick, your doctor would engage
in a process to balance your humours.
You would be required to drink concoctions
that made you vomit and increase your
bowel and bladder activity. Your doctor
would apply hot burning plasters to your
body, feet or head to make you perspire
and they would also bleed you by lancing
a vein to drain your blood.
Bloodletting was used for every disease
and injury. The theory was to produce
noticeable results. Physicians believed
they were drawing "bad blood" which caused
the disease. The indiscriminate bleeding
was bad enough; however, the amount of
blood taken was shocking.
doctors recommended bleeding until the
patient passed out. It has been reported
that George Washington was hastened to
a premature death by his doctors use of
bleeding during a minor illness.
was the process used to balance your humours.
Doctors believed the more violently you
reacted to this form of treatment, the
better chance you had to get well.
the late 1400's, about 150 years after
the plague (black death) killed almost
one third of Europe's population, doctors
began to use mercury, antimony, and sulfuric
acid in the concoctions they made their
chemicals are extremely toxic and poisonous.
They would cause horrible reactions if
you drank them. Since the prevailing medical
opinion was that the healing process was
improved greatly when the patient reacted
violently, these poisons became very popular
with doctors. They ultimately formed the
foundation upon which the medical establishment
treated its patients for over 400 years
- - lasting well into the 1900's.
it went like this - - you got sick and
your doctor poisoned you. If you got well,
they considered their treatment successful.
If you didn't get well, they would continue
to poison and bleed you - - until the
combination of your illness and the poison
killed you. Many patients survived in
spite of this, which of course the doctors
attributed to their treatment. The longer
you were sick, the greater the odds were
that you would not survive the doctor's
the time the Mayflower sailed for America,
Calomel was a popular medicinal drink.
Made with mercury, it was prescribed by
doctors for many different illnesses.
Physicians increased the dose when the
patient did not get well or failed to
respond in an appropriate manner, further
hastening the patients demise.
over 400 years their organizations attacked
anyone, including any doctor within their
ranks, who so much as suggested that this
treatment regime was detrimental to a
remedies and herbal practitioners were
viciously attacked by the medical establishment
for being ineffective and ignorant and
for practicing unsafe medicine - - while
doctors poisoned, bled and killed patients
by the 100's of thousands.
During this period, distrust of doctors
was widespread and not without justification.
Physicians and surgeons killed almost
as many patients as they saved. The medical
profession relied on visible symptoms
in diagnosing diseases and had difficulty
in distinguishing one illness from another.
Doctors tended to treat only the patients
symptoms by using accepted drugs, many
of which were poison - - which produced
the required results - - perspiration,
vomiting, diarrhea and a semi comatose
state from bleeding.
considered female reproductive organs
the source of almost all female illness.
Gynecologists did not hesitate to remove
ovaries for little or no reason. The mortality
rate for this barbaric practice was as
high as 40 percent.
removing a woman's reproductive organs,
the primary source of monthly variations
in hormone levels was eliminated. Eliminating
hormones that affected mood changes and
sexual desires, eliminated the "hysteria",
was the state of medicine in 1875 that
encouraged Lydia E. Pinkham to begin producing
an herbal formula for women in her kitchen
in Lynn Massachusetts. Lydia Estes Pinkham
was born on February 9, 1819, the tenth
of twelve children of Rebecca and Billy
Estes. On May 17, 1893, at the age of
sixty-four, eighteen years after she created
the only dietary supplement that survived
the patent medicine era, Lydia died.
success of her "Vegetable Compound" propelled
the company named after her to unprecedented
success. Her herbal supplement is the
only product, with some minor changes,
that survived the patent medicine era.
The primary ingredient in her formula
is Black cohosh, a native American herb.
Black Cohosh is probably one of the most
studied herbs in use today. For over 100
years clinical trials have been conducted
on this herb in the United States and
in Germany. It is now known as the "woman's
Time of Your Life, Inc. has published
an exact replica of a book originally
published around 1915, by the Lydia E.
Pinkham company. It is a self medication
health and maintenance manual for women
PRIVATE TEXT-BOOK UPON AILMENTS PECULIAR
The textbook is also an obvious blatant self promotion
tool used to sell Lydia E. Pinkham products.
However, considering the status of medicine
in America during this time period, it
most likely fulfilled a need not provided
by a visit to your friendly - - but not
so safe - - doctor.