People are always looking for cures to common ailments. Acne, blackheads, aches, pains, you name it and a search on the internet will provide a “cure” for it. Some of the cures for these problems will be licensed medicines that have been tested and approved by the FDA for being marketed and sold to the public. On the other hand, many other cures will be quote unquote “natural cures” or rather: cures which use objects that household or other common items in order to solve a problem one ails from. Many people often go for the latter: whether this is because they cannot afford medicine or simply prefer natural cures varying from case to case.
For example, I and many others in my age group suffer from acne. Usually, I use acne medicine that has been prescribed or recommended to me by my doctor/ primary care provider. My mother, one day, told me that instead of using this medicine, I should try a trick she had seen on Facebook of all places: putting honey on the blemish before I went to bed. Figuring I had nothing to lose I decided to give it a try. I woke up the next morning with a sticky dry spot where I had applied the substance but no visible difference to the zit I’d been trying to get rid of.
There are many others in this vein with people claiming they work. One of the most famous examples of this is the “Put some Windex on it” quote from My Big Fat Greek Wedding. In this movie the Father of the Bride claims the glass cleaner is a cure-all for everything, “from psoriasis to poison ivy”. It has no real basis in reality, but the effect the media (in all its various forms) has on certain aspects of how we view medicine and natural cures is astounding?
Should we put a stop to potential scams under the guise of “natural cures” by rejecting everything that isn’t approved by the FDA? I’m not sure, but I do know that to this day every time I hit my head on something my parents tell me to, “put some Windex on it”.