UPDATED: Holy Shit, This Weight Loss Supplement Has Prozac In It

The FDA just issued a warning not to use the weight-loss supplement Oxy ELITE Pro Super Thermogenic — because it contains fluoxetine, also known as Prozac. Not a drug humans should be taking unaware, and one that can cause serious side effects, including suicidal thoughts and seizures. » 2/28/15 5:53pm 2/28/15 5:53pm

Tobacco smoke enemas were like dialing 911 before the invention of the…

Like some merciless scatological phoenix, butt-chugging — or the art of funneling alcohol into one's keister for the express purpose of getting tore up extremely quickly — is back in the news again. But butt-chugging's sister technique, the tobacco enema, has been around for centuries, being foisted upon those who… » 10/08/12 1:55pm 10/08/12 1:55pm

The Awful Inhumanity of Using Bleach Enemas to Treat Autistic Children

There are almost no words for the inhumanity of this. Someone is not only promoting a treatment of bleach enemas to treat autistic children — every two hours, for 72 hours, every possible weekend — but they've started a religious organization to promote this, with "bishops" and other church officials touting the… » 6/06/12 1:51pm 6/06/12 1:51pm

1950s PSA helps demolish the myth of "Z-Rays"

Snake oil salesmen are as old as time itself — but so too are their detractors. Check out this 1950's public service announcement from the US Food and Drug Administration; Raymond Massey's message is as relevant today as it was over half a century ago. » 9/02/11 1:57pm 9/02/11 1:57pm

In Indonesia, lying on train tracks is a folk remedy

In Indonesia, ill people are searching for a New Age cure that transcends crystals and healing magnets — they're cozying up to train tracks, soaking in its curative aura. Thankfully, this therapy doesn't require the practitioner to get hit by a train. Rather, one lies on the railroad tracks and absorbs the rails'… » 8/08/11 2:25pm 8/08/11 2:25pm

Man realizes he owns the last immensely stupid "Square Earth" map in…

Here's another reason why you shouldn't throw away anything ever. Since the mid-1970s, former North Dakota state senator Don Homuth has been in possession of the only known complete copy of a singularly strange "Square Earth" map from the 1800s. » 6/20/11 8:30am 6/20/11 8:30am

In the early 1900s, real men used radium suppositories

If you were a strapping gent looking to improve your virility in the early 20th century, one such option would be the radium suppository. Nothing says "lothario" quite like shoving a radioactive pellet up your rectum. » 9/19/10 7:16pm 9/19/10 7:16pm

Learn that dreams about bacon are evil with this 1800s snake oil catalog

The Kickapoo Indian Dream Book was a mail-order catalog from the 1800s that sold quack cures for ailments like dyspepsia and tapeworm. The best part of this pamphlet was the poetically absurd dream taxonomy, which warned readers about sinister bacon. » 8/31/10 2:28pm 8/31/10 2:28pm

Zap Yourself Healthy With The Electric Corset, 1883

Ladies! Are you suffering from Nervous Debility, Spinal Complaints, Rheumatism, Paralysis, Numbness, Dyspepsia, Liver and Kidney Troubles, Impaired Circulation, or Constipation? Perhaps you are troubled by those annoying Diseases Peculiar To Women (and I think you know what I mean). Then Dr. Scott's Electric Corset is… » 4/28/08 1:20pm 4/28/08 1:20pm