Several years ago My Big Fat Greek Wedding took our country by storm as ladies drug their men into movie theaters to see one of the funniest romantic comedies to hit the silver screen in ages. Not only did the movie expose you to the crazy intertwining of a large Greek family but it also played up some funny ways people try to heal ailments. “Just put some Windex on it” was a popular phrase throughout the movie that made its way into many homes across the U.S. My bet is that some families are still quoting that phrase and recommending that someone spray Windex on any bump, bruise or questionable spot that appears.
Foods and products once thought to have ‘healing’ powers
Windex isn’t the only substance that’s been mistaken as a miracle medicine over the years. Until the 1960s, Lysol was considered a feminine hygiene product and used as a form of birth control. Coke, Dr. Pepper and other soft drinks have a history of being marketed as either a health drink or “pick me upper” over the years. Fig Newtons were used for problems related to going “number two” and Heath Bars were said to be healthy. (If only that were true…)
Read more about 10 snack foods originally sold as medicines.
Finding the source of wellness
Of course now that it’s 2013, we look back at the medicinal uses and claims of cleaners and soft drinks and realize how silly they were. It also makes me wonder what types of foods, drugs or routines currently accepted in our society will one day be taboo.
While products will continue to improve and go on-and-off the market, one thing is sure to remain constant – the way to check wellness and determine health. Wellness tests that determine levels like cholesterol, blood counts, sugar levels and hormone levels are a sure way to determine how healthy someone is and if changes to diet or lifestyle need to be made. You might already know that Lysol will not prevent conception; however, maybe you don’t realize that your cholesterol is high or hormone levels are low.
As you head into 2013, make it a healthy year by requesting a baseline wellness test and tracking your progress all year long. Need a wellness center – no insurance required? Find the nearest one to you!