In 1957, a terminal cancer patient was given a worthless drug that caused his tumors to “melt like snowballs on a hot stove.” When he found out it was proven worthless, his cancer returned. He was given a placebo version and it went away again. He learned the truth, then died soon after.
A woman (registered nurse) was watching the show “Flip or Flop” on HGTV and noticed a lump on hosts neck. Emailed production company to make them aware and host ended up having thyroid cancer and didn’t know.
A man has survived on pizza alone for 25 years. Beyond the fact that his diet is completely horrifying, he also has diabetes and frequently gets low blood sugar.
Before antibiotics, patients with syphilis were sometimes purposefully infected with malaria. This was because the bacteria that causes syphilis doesn’t fare well at higher temperatures (a blistering fever is a side effect of malaria).
For those who have trouble sleeping researchers say that 1 week of camping, without electronics, resets our biological body clock and synchronizes our melatonin hormones with sunrise and sunset.
Lack of exercise kills roughly as many people as smoking does.
A Green Bay Packers fan used to donate blood often to afford tickets to games. He learned later on that he had a potentially fatal blood disease that was preventable through blood donation. He had unknowingly been saving his life the entire time.
In a 2008 Duke study, patients received painful electric shocks. Afterwards, $0.10 cent placebo pills alleviated pain for 64% of study participants. $2.50 placebo pills reduced pain for 85% of participants. So it is: expensive placebos work better than cheap ones.
America’s oldest veteran, age 107, doesn’t take medicine, smokes cigars, and takes whiskey in his morning coffee.
During Prohibition, the U.S. Treasury Department authorized physicians to write prescriptions for medicinal alcohol. Licensed doctors advised their patients to take regular doses of hooch to stave off a number of ailments—cancer, indigestion and depression among them.
Scientists think there is a link between our improved sanitary habits and the increase in allergies and auto-immune disorders because our immune systems are looking for something to fight.
Edwin Robinson suffered a severe head injury in a 1971 road accident and gradually lost his sight and hearing. On 4 June 1980, he was struck by lightning outside his house in a suburb of Portland, Maine. He survived, because of his rubber-soled shoes, but remained unconscious for 20 minutes. On regaining consciousness, he found that his central vision was back and that he could hear perfectly well without his hearing aid (which had been burnt out by the lightning).
In 1990, 14-year-old Lisa Reid went permanently blind as the result of a brain tumor. Then one night about 10 years later, she smacked her head on a coffee table as she was bending down to kiss her guide dog goodnight. When she woke up the next morning, 80% of the vision in her left eye had been restored. She celebrated the miracle “by telephoning her mother and reading aloud the health warning on a pack of cigarettes”.
There are tiny bugs closely related to spiders living in the pores of your face, which crawl about your face in the dark to mate.
You can make beer in your gut. A man’s intestinal tract was acting like his own internal brewery. The patient had an infection with saccharomyces cerevisiae. So when he ate or drank a bunch of starch — a bagel, pasta or even a soda — the yeast fermented the sugars into ethanol, and he would get drunk. Essentially, he was brewing beer in his own gut.