Nasty tasting stuff! (OT)

Jose Gonzalez-Gigato JoseTally at
Wed Dec 31 17:35:12 CET 2003

It makes sense.  As a kid I was very thin (boy, 50+ years have changed
For constipation, the cure was (maybe still is) Milk of Magnesia.
And for the flu, chunks of "alcanfor" (whatever that was) that we wore
around the neck.


> As a child growing up in Cuba in the 50's, I remember having on occasion
> to
> drink cod liver oil (aceite the bacalao), but for the life of me I can't
> remember why?  Maybe I've blocked it! Subconciously I associate it with
> being sick, either stomach illness or not hungry or not eating enough, so
> I was given that to make me hungry?!?


Cod liver oil is an excellent source of vitamins A and D.  A brief bit of
history and application can be found at:

So it essentially is used as a regular source of nutrition.

Castor oil, on the other hand, is ingested only as needed to ease
constipation or to induce vomiting.  For more details:

Midwives rely on castor oil as a means to get delivering mothers to purge
themselves so they can concentrate on pushing the newborn child through the
birth canal without worrying about the effect that pushing would have on
their bowels.

Doctor Dan (not really, but I play one on DCML)

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