There are thousands of remedies for any and all kinds of ailments available today, not only in drug stores, but also on the shelves of grocery stores, mini-marts and sometimes even in service stations. Most of these products are the ones that doctors recommend two-to-one. You are probably as confused as I am about which ones of these products is best suited to your needs.
During my childhood there were very few products to be bought across the counter and without a prescription from a doctor. Also; in many cases, those few products were cost prohibitive. As a general rule; for those of us who resided in an area that did not have a “CVS,” “REVCO,” or a “Quick-Drug,” nestled among the Pine Trees along “Rural Route” # “2;” many people relied on the tried and true remedies that had been handed down from generations past. Surprisingly enough; Many of these remedies worked in numerous situations.
One that I remember very well was a cough syrup made from a teaspoon of sugar with a few drops of whiskey. Sometimes the only “Spirits” that were readily available was the infamous ˜White Lightning.“ However, this did the trick.
When our children developed a cold, it usually meant that they would have trouble sleeping because of persistent coughing. After trying many brands of over the counter cough syrups, I finally resorted to the old sugar and whisky blend. One spoonful was all that was necessary to quiet the cough and allow them to sleep.
Today we are bombarded with promises that if we will only use this or that product, our lives will be forever changed for the better. Not only do doctors recommend these products two-to-one, but also many celebrities have created and use, their own brand of certain products. If they work for them and they still can look like a million dollars; how can they fail for those of us that look as if we’ve, “Been through th’ MILL;” many times over.
Some remedies have no need for extensive advertisements. They rely on plain, common sense. For example, I once attended a sales seminar; during which, one person in the audience with a persistent cough, was constantly distracting the speaker. He ignored the interruption for some time, but finally it became too great and he stopped with his presentation and directed his attention to the coughing individual. He said. “Brother, I can cure that cough.”
“Tonight, before you go to bed; I want you to drink a PINT of Castor Oil:” “Then; when you awake tomorrow morning”….
“BROTHER!” “I DARE YOU TO COUGH!”