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Old 29th December 2017, 09:47 AM   #1
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Does sleeping with a sliced potato in your sock reduce cough/fever?

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"So I saw an article about putting potatoes in the babies sock when they’re sick. So Deairres had a little cold and i put potatoes in his socks last night around 8-9pm. He didn’t cough through the night..nose isn’t running...isn’t as congested and he slept for 12 hrs. 🙌🏾 the potatoes out of his sock were black 😳 now before people mention “oxidation” i left the other parts of the potato on the counter to see the difference and..."
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Old 29th December 2017, 09:51 AM   #2
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Much more effective stuck in their ear or up a nostril. Seriously. Someone really really clever told me that.
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Old 29th December 2017, 09:58 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by corybluefire View Post
the potatoes out of his sock were black"

They need to wash their kid's socks and feet more often.
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Old 29th December 2017, 10:07 AM   #4
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I saw something come up on Facebook about putting sliced onions in your socks when you sleep but can't remember what it was supposed to do. Now potatoes! Think I'll just tie my feet into some bags of soup, that should sort out everything.
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Old 29th December 2017, 10:07 AM   #5
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I tried it once. Didn't seem to make much difference except that the socks were a bit wet the next morning when I went to put them back on, so I changed to a new pair of socks. The potatoes were the same color.
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Old 29th December 2017, 10:15 AM   #6
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Did anyone here ever have their mother rub butter on the lump when they bumped their head as a child? Or give them an infusion of liver-wort if they suspected liver problems? We're dealing with the same level of scientific understanding with this crap.
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Old 29th December 2017, 10:28 AM   #7
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These home remedy cures never seem to dictate using expensive exotic or illegal things.

For sniffles, place a whole black truffle in each sock. For fever, place a dried panda penis in each shirt sleeve. For lung cancer, place the toenail of a California condor beneath your tongue for seven hours a day until the affliction passes.
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Old 29th December 2017, 11:27 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by William Parcher View Post
These home remedy cures never seem to dictate using expensive exotic or illegal things.

For sniffles, place a whole black truffle in each sock. For fever, place a dried panda penis in each shirt sleeve. For lung cancer, place the toenail of a California condor beneath your tongue for seven hours a day until the affliction passes.
Fixed that for you as everyone knows it has to be placed in the left cheek - Jesus K Christ don't you know anything about scientific medicine?
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Old 29th December 2017, 02:55 PM   #9
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Old 29th December 2017, 05:44 PM   #10
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Where was this advice when I needed it?
(Just getting over double whammy of Flu and Bronchitis.)

Perhaps if I'd slept in a tub of mashed potatoes?
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If you place a whole potato in a sock you can use it as a weapon. A stone can be even better.
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Old 29th December 2017, 07:12 PM   #12
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Post hoc ergo propter hoc (well, that one time, anyways).
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Old 29th December 2017, 07:17 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by William Parcher View Post
These home remedy cures never seem to dictate using expensive exotic or illegal things.

For sniffles, place a whole black truffle in each sock. For fever, place a dried panda penis in each shirt sleeve. For lung cancer, place the toenail of a California condor beneath your tongue for seven hours a day until the affliction passes.
Actually those things seem to remind me of some of the ingredients used in Chinese medicine. The rarer, the more endangered, the more powerful the medicinal effects (ostensibly).
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Old 29th December 2017, 09:06 PM   #14
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An Indonesian friend, whilst as a child very ill with chickenpox was bathed several times in water that a feathered chicken had been soaked in for hours...the ultimate magical thinking
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Old 29th December 2017, 09:13 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Puppycow View Post
Actually those things seem to remind me of some of the ingredients used in Chinese medicine. The rarer, the more endangered, the more powerful the medicinal effects (ostensibly).
Was intending to post the exact same thing.

Also the believe that Chinese "medicine" (the fake kind, not real Chinese medicine, which is the same as Western medicine) has to taste really bad, otherwise it isn't working. Hence embittering agents in all concoctions.

I think the advice is confused.

You put a slice of potato into your tobacco pouch to make your tobacco go mouldy. (I'm not sure if that is the intention, but it surely is the effect)
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Old 30th December 2017, 12:23 AM   #16
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Did anyone here ever have their mother rub butter on the lump when they bumped their head as a child? Or give them an infusion of liver-wort if they suspected liver problems? We're dealing with the same level of scientific understanding with this crap.
They used to put a steak on a black eye here in the states.
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It works, but only if you use the right incantations to force the Evil Cough Spirits from the human host into the potato.
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Old 30th December 2017, 02:06 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Delphic Oracle View Post
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
Post hoc ergo potato hoc. Surely!
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Originally Posted by corybluefire View Post
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"So I saw an article about putting potatoes in the babies sock when they’re sick. So Deairres had a little cold and i put potatoes in his socks last night around 8-9pm. He didn’t cough through the night..nose isn’t running...isn’t as congested and he slept for 12 hrs. ���� the potatoes out of his sock were black �� now before people mention “oxidation” i left the other parts of the potato on the counter to see the difference and..."
I hope you're not suggesting that this anecdote is evidence that this particular folk remedy actually works. Anyone who has been a member of this forum for five years should know what constitutes reliable evidence for the efficacy of a medical treatment, and that a single anecdote falls far short of it.
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Old 30th December 2017, 02:26 AM   #20
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The real solution is to sacrifice a goat, smear its blood on the floor around the bed in a circle, put the severed head on the headboard, and drape the entrails over your sleeping child.
Rhinoviruses really hate that.
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The real solution is to sacrifice a goat, smear its blood on the floor around the bed in a circle, put the severed head on the headboard, and drape the entrails over your sleeping child.
Rhinoviruses really hate that.
Not as much as the goat does.
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........

You put a slice of potato into your tobacco pouch to make your tobacco go mouldy. (I'm not sure if that is the intention, but it surely is the effect)
I'd heard it was potato skins/peelings. The intention is to keep the tobacco from drying out, with resealable packs now it's not as much of a problem but with leather pouches I can imagine the tobacco drying out and breaking up into powdery flakes quite quickly making it a pain to roll and not very nice to smoke.
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I can’t recall the product now, but it was some sort of pad you were supposed to put on your feet like this, and they would “draw out” whatever sickness you had.
The proof offered was that the pads would turn black.

Analysis showed that the pads contained a lot of iron sulfide (or something similar) which would oxidize in contact with sweat....

Also, why would you need potatoes... I thought that Apple Cider Vinegar was supposed to cure damn near anything.....
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Also, why would you need potatoes... I thought that Apple Cider Vinegar was supposed to cure damn near anything.....
It leaks out of the socks.
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Amazingly, the bottoms of your feet are both dirty and sweat. This causes potato slices and various new-age pads to turn black. It is not only medically useless, but there is no mechanism by which it ever could work.

Also, colds go away. If you use a silly folk remedy, the cold will go away. It'll stop eventually in all cases. It has nothing to do with potatoes.

Think of it this way: There is no such thing as alternative medicine. Something either works, in which case doctors would use it, or it doesn't work, in which case it's nonsense.
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Originally Posted by corybluefire View Post
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"So I saw an article about putting potatoes in the babies sock when they’re sick. So Deairres had a little cold and i put potatoes in his socks last night around 8-9pm. He didn’t cough through the night..nose isn’t running...isn’t as congested and he slept for 12 hrs. 🙌🏾 the potatoes out of his sock were black 😳 now before people mention “oxidation” i left the other parts of the potato on the counter to see the difference and..."
Per the title: NO!!!!!!!!!
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I tend to abide by the saying that if you treat a cold it will last for seven days, and if you do nothing it will last a week. Which is not to say I won't treat the symptoms with actually effective medicine - but it's a self-limiting complaint.
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James Randi did a book on faith-healing, and he pointed out a typical process.

Most diseases are self-limiting. Further, they tend to “peak” in terms of symptoms just before they start to get better. Usually, folks will “tough it out” and avoid treatment till things get really uncomfortable, then they’ll try anything, be that a trip to the doc or a trip to the health-food or supplement store.
They take the homeopathic remedy or the folk-cure and viola! They get better.
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Originally Posted by Bikewer View Post
James Randi did a book on faith-healing, and he pointed out a typical process.

Most diseases are self-limiting. Further, they tend to “peak” in terms of symptoms just before they start to get better. Usually, folks will “tough it out” and avoid treatment till things get really uncomfortable, then they’ll try anything, be that a trip to the doc or a trip to the health-food or supplement store.
They take the homeopathic remedy or the folk-cure and viola! They get better.
While I agree with your explanation of how people self-delude on how such "medicine" helps - isn't the highlighted a tautology? A peak is per definition the point after which it goes downhill.
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Originally Posted by William Parcher View Post
These home remedy cures never seem to dictate using expensive exotic or illegal things.

For sniffles, place a whole black truffle in each sock. For fever, place a dried panda penis in each shirt sleeve. For lung cancer, place the toenail of a California condor beneath your tongue for seven hours a day until the affliction passes.
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Actually those things seem to remind me of some of the ingredients used in Chinese medicine. The rarer, the more endangered, the more powerful the medicinal effects (ostensibly).

And poaching of these animals for the Traditional Chinese Medicine trade is one of the two biggest reasons for so many being critically endangered, and eventual going extinct (the other being habitat loss, with the pressures from both about equal in most cases).

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You put a slice of potato into your tobacco pouch to make your tobacco go mouldy. (I'm not sure if that is the intention, but it surely is the effect)

My late father-in-law recommended a slice of apple for the same reason. It's ostensibly supposed to maintain the proper level of humidification for pipe tobacco, but I prefer distilled water and a purpose-made porous clay disk for the same purpose.
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They take the homeopathic remedy or the folk-cure and viola! They get better.

"Viola"?

Perhaps you meant "voilà"?

Although they do say that "Music has charms to soothe the savage breast.", which could be a prescription of sorts, I suppose.

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And poaching of these animals for the Traditional Chinese Medicine trade ...
I watch a few vlogger types on Youtube who live in China. The TCM thing seems to run deep. It crops-up all over and is a basis for behaviour. For example, the will eat dogs because the meat is said (in TCM) to warm the body. The onset of winter usually spells a rise in such trade.
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The real solution is to sacrifice a goat, smear its blood on the floor around the bed in a circle, put the severed head on the headboard, and drape the entrails over your sleeping child.
Rhinoviruses really hate that.
Decapitate the goat, smear the blood around the bed by dragging the carcass by its hind legs. You don't need to limit it to the bed, you can go around the perimeter of the house. If you don't have a goat, a chicken can be a second-rate substitute, but that does not bleed enough to make a whole path around the house.

For a larger facility such as a hospital or barracks, use a water buffalo, dragged around the perimeter of the building. Need a sword for that, rather than a khukri, and two strong men to do the dragging.

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Originally Posted by Bikewer View Post
I can’t recall the product now, but it was some sort of pad you were supposed to put on your feet like this, and they would “draw out” whatever sickness you had.
The proof offered was that the pads would turn black.

Analysis showed that the pads contained a lot of iron sulfide (or something similar) which would oxidize in contact with sweat....

Also, why would you need potatoes... I thought that Apple Cider Vinegar was supposed to cure damn near anything.....
Then how did the 5-day deodorant pads work? Huh? Gotcha!
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Originally Posted by William Parcher View Post
These home remedy cures never seem to dictate using expensive exotic or illegal things.

For sniffles, place a whole black truffle in each sock. For fever, place a dried panda penis in each shirt sleeve. For lung cancer, place the toenail of a California condor beneath your tongue for seven hours a day until the affliction passes.
A sasquatch nut sack under your armpit...
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Why is the OP even here?

The story goes

"According to American mom Debbie Vigan’s Facebook post, placing peeled potatoes on your child’s feet can reduce the child’s symptoms of colds and make him or her feel a little bit better. Here she explains the effects of doing this hack on her son Deairres, who experienced a minor cold last December"

and it's been repeated in every ignorant corner of the web.

The smelliest piece of crap is the image of the sliced potatoes in the kitchen and those which were in the socks. It is the de-cerebrated mom who claims

«the potatoes out of his sock were black 😳 now before people mention “oxidation” i left the other parts of the potato on the counter to see the difference and...»

as if chemical processes were identical at temperatures slightly below 37°C, sandwiched between salty sweat and fabric and on the kitchen counter, open air, during a cold night of December (in the Northern Hemisphere).

Have we stoop that low as to discuss such pitiful topic?
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Originally Posted by Porpoise of Life View Post
The real solution is to sacrifice a goat, smear its blood on the floor around the bed in a circle, put the severed head on the headboard, and drape the entrails over your sleeping child.
Rhinoviruses really hate that.
Hmmm.......and I smear snot (complete with full complement of rhinoviruses) in a circle around my bed and I have never been attacked by goats in my sleep.
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I tend to abide by the saying that if you treat a cold it will last for seven days, and if you do nothing it will last a week.
Yep, the "tincture of time".
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Originally Posted by aleCcowaN View Post
.......Have we stoop that low as to discuss such pitiful topic?
Discuss it? Who's done that?
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