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.
The writer of the movie Alien had from Crohns disease and created the chest burster inspired by the horrific pains he suffered.
There is a male version of PMS called IMS (irritable male syndrome.) Hormonal cycles in men can cause irrational fits of anxiety, stress, and frustration on a monthly basis.
In 1955, Jonas Salk chose not to patent his polio vaccine for the betterment of humanity. As a result, he missed out on earning an estimated $7 billion.
A peculiar arcade game called Polybius mysteriously appeared in a Portland arcade in 1981. Playing the game would reportedly result in severe headaches, intense nightmares, and amnesia in the several days and weeks that followed. Some people even became depressed or suicidal. After a few weeks, the game abruptly vanished from the arcade and was never seen again.