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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz, It’s National Doctors’ Day

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When I first learned that today was National Doctors’ Day, I chalked it off thinking it wouldn’t really be fair of me to share in the celebration since I’m not a huge proponent of doctors. However, after tossing it around in my head for couple of hours, I erased such thoughts when it dawned on me that today just may be the perfect day to give a nod to the medical profession. After all, through the years, many medical professionals have come to, not only my “rescue,” but indeed the salvation of several members of my immediate family including friends and relatives. Most recently, the successful diagnosis and treatment of my daughter Michele. Although I have personally thanked them, it never hurts to remember them on Doctors’ Day. (FYI: India celebrates National Doctor’s Day on the 1st of July.)

National Doctor's Day began in 1933 to commemorate Dr. Crawford W. Long the physician who, on March 30, 1842 first used ether for surgical anesthesia. The first Doctor's Day observance was March 30, 1933, in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. This first observance included the mailing of greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors. The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctor's Day…
Olde-Time Heartland Country Wisdom
by Karyn Maiser ©2010

Today I would like to venture into the world of “patent medicines” and two books published by The Dr. Miles’ Laboratories. The first book is titled Dr. Miles Cookbook and the second, is simply titled The Daily Diet. Both books were most likely published in the 1930s.

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…Patent medicines originally referred to medications whose ingredients had been granted government protection for exclusivity. In actuality, the recipes of most 19th century patent medicines were not officially patented. Most producers (often small family operations) used ingredients quite similar to their competitors—vegetable extracts laced with ample doses of alcohol. These proprietary, or "quack" medicines could be deadly, since there was no regulation on their ingredients. They were medicines with questionable effectiveness whose contents were usually kept secret… History of Patent Medicine

Self-doctoring was a necessary part of life in early America. Not only was the field of medicine still virtually unknown in rural America, but the shortage of rural physicians was a huge problem. Medical science eventually improved but many people were still leery of doctors and avoided seeing them unless absolutely necessary. Many found it much simpler and cheaper to try to treat themselves with the plethora of "patent medicines" (what we would now call over the counter products) offered for sale. The Dr. Miles’ Laboratories, founded by “country doctor” Dr. Franklin L. Miles of Elkhart, Indiana, was one such purveyor.

From the Indiana Historical Society:

“In the early 1880s Dr. Franklin L. Miles began bottling and selling “Restorative Nervine,” which he prescribed for a variety of illnesses including nervous exhaustion, headaches, insomnia, backaches, epilepsy, and miscellaneous pains and spasms. The bromide sedative syrup was a precursor to modern tranquilizers. In 1884 Miles founded the Dr. Miles Medical Company to market his medications (ranging from his Restorative Nervine to tonics, blood purifiers, and liver pills). The Dr. Miles Medical Company invested heavily in advertising; the advertising budget was $100,000 as early as 1893. The company printed a huge amount of advertising material on its own presses, including a wide variety of colorful almanacs sent to rural customers, calendars distributed by retail druggists, and a Little Book series on health and housekeeping topics. The material combined useful information with product promotion. In 1932 the company became Dr. Miles Laboratories, shortened to Miles Laboratories three years later. The company expanded and diversified over the years, opening plants overseas and purchasing subsidiaries that produced everything from S.O.S. soap pads for the kitchen to citric acid, enzymes, and medical supplies. In 1978 Bayer AG, an international chemical and health care company based in Leverkusen, Germany, acquired Miles Laboratories for $253 million.”

In the Dr. Miles Cook Book, recipes are dispersed in between early products produced by the Miles Laboratories. Dr. Miles’ Nervine is one such product.

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And here are frozen dessert recipes. (notice the recipe using Junket:)

The “patent medicine” testimonial is as old as the medical industry itself. These ads all had one thing in common, they “promised” the purchaser of the medicine they would be immediately cured of a vast array of ailments just as their “neighbors” had been. Remember, there were no consumer protection laws, no testing laboratories to confirm or refute the claims, and no standards to ensure quality.

Perhaps the widest known drug manufactured by the company that Dr. Miles founded is Alka-Seltzer. Yes, you read that right, Alka Seltzer! (The first use of the drug was December 20, 1930. By 1981, the two billionth Alka-Seltzer tablet was produced.)

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In 1933, the makers of Alka Seltzer became the sponsors of The National Barn Dance touted as “one of the first American country music radio programs and a direct precursor of the Grand Ole Opry.”

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There aren’t really any “worthy” recipes in either of these books. However, I would like to remain in “healthy” mode so, I dug out a Mott’s Applesauce cookbook that I think will “fit” in with today’s post. I substitute applesauce in many recipes that call for oil. I’ve been doing it for years quite successfully, especially with box cake mixes. (yes, I use box cake mixes as does Marion:) I usually just substitute the same amount of applesauce for the oil called for in the recipe. If you’re a bit skeptical about my approach, you can, and should, try at least doing halfie halfie:) I should mention, Stefani, over at the Cupcake Project doesn’t entirely agree with this method. You can see her “lab” test approach here. (Stefani makes some amazing cupcakes!) Just for the heck of it, I searched out this recipe for Carrot Cake that successfully uses applesauce in place of the oil. And this recipe for Tropical Carrot Cake not only uses applesauce, it also uses egg beaters!

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I haven’t tried this recipe for Applesauce Cinnamon Rolls, yet. (you know me and my yeastaphobia:) Since this Cinnamon Roll recipe does, after all, come from the Mott’s Applesauce Cookbook, published in 1985, naturally it calls for Mott’s applesauce. I’m sure your favorite applesauce will work just as well, perhaps even better if you go all natural organic.

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As you have probably figured out, I have finally finished the transfer from the “kaput” computer to the new iMac. It should have been easier than what it was but I can’t really blame it on anyone but myself. I also had to buy a new scanner, which at this moment I’m not happy with. I must say though, the people at Epson tech support were very helpful. In the midst of all this “geeky” stuff, my flat screen TV also went “kaput.” That’s right folks, Best Buy and I have become quite friendly this past week. The new TV was almost as difficult to get up and running as the other paraphernalia I bought this week. I had no idea that televisions no longer last as long as they use to. The young man at Best Buy told me the “life” expectancy of the new LCD, LED televisions is only about 6-8 years. I may just be bringing in my “box” TV set in from the shed if the new one decides to quit any time soon. Talk about about a disposable society…

I’ve missed all of your delicious posts this week. I will be rejoining the world of blogging now that I am all set up and not as ‘putered out as I have been all week. “See” ya soon, Louise:)

Resources
1. The Crawford W. Long Museum in Jefferson, Georgia
2. ‘Pop’ Culture: Patent Medicines Become Soda Drinks
3. How to Substitute Applesauce for Butter
4. How to Substitute Applesauce for Oil
5. Healthy Substitutes for Oil

44 comments:

  1. Glad your new computer is up and running! Changing over to a new one is always such a pain. I didn't know it was National Doctor's Day -- I always learn the coolest things here! I could probably use a doctor today (well, not really) -- I have an annoying cold at the moment (persistent cough, nothing really heavy duty). I need a root . . . ;-) Fun post -- thanks.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well, John. I'm sure this crazy weather isn't helping much. I doubt you would get a house call on Sunday though:) There are some good herbal remedies available online. That might need to do for now.

      Yes, I'm up and running but I still have oh so much to learn. Thanks for stopping by, John...

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  2. We have all kinds of old medicine bottles. It's interesting to see what they contained and what they promised to fix!

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    1. Hi Pam!
      I have a few medicine bottles but none from Miles Labs. They are so cool, aren't they?

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  3. Congratulations on getting your new computer set up! I'm afraid my scanner might be going too. It makes squeaking noises now and distorts some of the writing when I scan, so something is probably sticking...

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  4. Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is! God, we used Alka-seltzer for everything in years past-who knew the history until you shared it.

    I would take those apple sauce cinnamon rolls anyway!

    Velva

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    1. I've had these books for years, Velva but, to be perfectly honest, I never really looked at them. I was pretty surprised to find all those Alka Seltzer ads. We always had Alka Seltzer at our house and I remember the jingle well, lol...

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  5. boo hiss to planned obsolescence but glad your computer is up and running again - happy national doctors day - feel like I could do with the doctor today - am a bit under the weather - at least we have some nice new season apples - if only i had the energy for the applesauce rolls - they sounds very yummy.

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    1. Oh Johanna, I'm sorry to hear you too are under the weather. You know what they say about those apples, An Apple A Day keeps the doctor Away. Hope you're feeling better soon:)

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  6. I love your vintage patent-medicine clippings! I guess things really are improving over the centuries.

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    1. Thanks Mae. It was such fun rediscovering them!

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  7. Loved this post. Made me smile. I used to LOVE vanilla junket!!!

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    1. Oh Barbara, it makes me smile to know you enjoyed this post!

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  8. Such interesting information! I've never in my entire life taken Alka-Seltzer, but substituting applesauce for oil is something I have tried on occasion. The sweet rolls look amazing! xo Nellie

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    1. I may have had Alka Seltzer when I was young Nellie. I know for sure I haven't taken it since the kids were little:) (I'm terrible at mdedicine taking, any kind!) So glad to know another who has tried the oil applesauce, swap!

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  9. Never knew doctors had a day. I guess they do deserve it especially the pediatricians dealing with tantruming kids all day. Thanks for sharing the great recipes.

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    1. I didn't find out until late last week, Lady Lilith. So many days to celebrate:)

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  10. Drooling over the Apple Sauce Cinnamon rolls..so delish they look...as usual enjoyed reading your post...

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    1. Give them a try after Lent, Gloria. I bet they taste yummy!

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  11. Me gusta tu post de remembranzas culinarias el carrot cake se ve estupendo con el glaseado,abrazos

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    1. Me alegro de que haya disfrutado de su visita, Rosita :)

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  12. Good post! Liked the Alka Seltzer info and user testimonies. I think I could use some of Dr. Miles' tablets now and then. lol! I could go for one of the cinnamon rolls right now! It's great that all went well for your daughter!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it Pam! The Cinnamon Rolls do sound inviting don't they? Perhaps I will be able to convince my daughter to bake some up when I visit in May!

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  13. Ryan hasn't finished my new computer yet...I guess that's what happens when your computer nerd is a senior in high school who gets distracted by other things! Oh, well, this one is still chugging along, although it's getting testy.

    I saw that it was Doctor Day, yesterday, too, and thought that I owe a great deal to my dearly beloved's nephrologist, who is the only doctor who believed me when I said his ticker wasn't up to snuff, and applied pressure to the cardiologist to get going. I'm working on heart friendly Hot Cross Buns (sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it?) and may just bring him a batch. Your old medicine articles are such fun, but I'm so glad we've advanced beyond those days!

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    1. Wait a second, Marjie, Ryan is a Senior??? I hope he gets you up and running before the chugger goes kaput:)

      Heart Friendly Hot Cross Buns do sound challenging Marjie. I can't wait until you share:) I'm glad medicine has advanced as much as it has too, Marjie. I'm reminded everyday when I speak to Michele:)

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  14. Hi Louise , what a wonderful post honoring the doctors . I always have Alka Selzer on hand . I also use box cake mixes when I'm in a hurry . I use apple sauce instead of oil and I also use a package of Dream Whip . Spring break is over , so I will make some Apple Sauce cinnamon rolls as a surprise tomorrow . So glad your computer is up and running . (((HUGS))) to you and Marion and thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hi Nee! You sound like me, lol...although, Marion is the one with the Alka Seltzer, lol...I can't wait to hear how the Applesauce Cinnamon Rolls went over with the kids. Do tell...

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  15. Dear Louise, WOW, you thought I did a lot of research on Rice, your research on National Doctor's Day is amazing. I had no idea about so many of these facts. Love the plop, plop, fizz, fizz. Alka Seltzer was big in my house growing up. Even though my Nanni (grandmother) used Brioschi instead. The short History of Medicine is so true, from roots and herbs, now we go back to them. I am not a fan of Doctors either. I guess it is because I have to see so many, that I can't stand it at times. Especially when you have to see a new one, what a torture, The information on Dr. Miles is priceless. Never knew this...The recipes for Carrot Cake, and the Applesauce Cinnamon Rolls are so fabulous. I love to add applesauce to so many recipes, especially vegan recipes, they use that as a sweetener. A fabulous post Louise and I can appreciate all your work. Thanks for sharing, have a blessed week..Dottie :)

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    1. Brioschi? Oh my Dottie, I haven't heard that word in years and years. Do they even still produce the stuff, lol...I can understand why you are not a fan of doctors, Dottie, I'm not either but truth be told, we do need their opinions every now and again. It's just a fact of life. I have found questioning and research (which you are terrific at:) very handy.

      The applesauce does have a way of adding sweetness but it is not too sweet which is good. Thank you so much for stopping by, Dottie..

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  16. I really enjoyed your ode to doctors Louise and I am so happy that your new computer is in order and you can get back to action haha! These cinnamon rolls are to die for!

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  17. Alka Seltzer does work for heartburn - I tried it while pregnant.

    The apple sauce cinnamon rolls look and sound amazing.

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    1. Really Pam? Alka Seltzer hasn't been in my medicine cabinet in years but Marion swears by it!

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  18. Hi Louise, thank you for the excellent posting, very impressive! Once upon a time, I was previously a nurse in the operating theater, really missed the good old days with the Doctors and nurses. I have to gave up my job due to irregular hours and to take care of my daughter.

    Many people got phobia with doctors and nurses. LOL....The history of medicine is so true...the herbs remedies are still the best and natural, no side effect. Best is to lead a healthy life styles and not over indulge in everything.

    I love the cinnamon rolls, one of the best. The recipes look awesome, thanks again for your effort and hard work. I love all your postings.

    Have a wonderful week ahead,regards.

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  19. Dear Louise, I love the Short History of Medicine! That Alka Seltzer ad brought back many memories. 'Plop plop fizz fizz, oh what a relief it is!' - didn't we just have the best commercials growing up?! I am so happy you have your new computer running and that you are back. ..Doesn't it always seem that when one thing goes 'kaput' it sets something off and everything else goes? Sometimes I wonderful if all this technology really make our lives easier or more complicated. Blessings to you dear, Catherine xo

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  20. Love this post Louise and especially love alka seltzer I remember well, in these times when my dad travel to USA always come back with Alka Seltzer!
    And I love this cinnamon rolls recipe, Im bookmarked I wanna makew some rolls:)

    xxxxx

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  21. I love the vintage Alka Seltzer ads. The cinnamon rolls look yummy:)

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  22. Hi Louise,

    I had a laughed reading a short history of medicine. Although I'm a scientific, chemistry and logic kind of person, I don't believe that the plop plop fizz fizz stuff works in fixing up health problems... Cakes, cookies or cinnamon rolls seems to be more therapeutic than these fizzy fizzy stuff :p I guess all these probably work on the psychology aspects of health. Am I sick? Am I not??? Or am I really really sick??? :p

    Btw, did you mention that you have grandkids? How old are you?!!! I always thought you are about the same age as me (like 40s). You are right that Martha Stewart is always the spot on lady. Personality wise, I choose not to be as distant as her :D

    Zoe

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  23. Glad you new PC is working! But not your TV too!! Your comment about how long things last was interesting (and sad). When we redid our kitchen 4 years ago, the new fridge didn't work when they installed it. One of the repair folks, who it turns out were the same guys who delivered it, just stuck their hands under the fridge and messed with wires until it started to hum. I'm so afraid that the first time we pull it out (I am avoiding this--I don't care how dusty it gets), it's going to die again. But happy that you are back together again!

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  24. Wow. Thanks for sharing. There is so much interesting info about the meds.
    I love the recipes.

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  25. don't be afraid of yeast! surely some fresh cinnamon rolls would make it all worthwhile? :)

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  26. Lots of fun! Enjoyed reading this post. However, I am grateful for modern medicine.

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  27. Dear Louise, I love the retro pictures and the stories that go along with them. I wish so many times to go to the simpler times. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  28. when i read about the self doctoring part, i think it's so true and even to these days, a lot of people especially the older folks still prefer to treat themselves rather than going to doctors..only if they feel it's really bad that they cant eat at all.! applesauce! i totally forgot about this ingredient..i remember reading it somewhere that some use that to replace fats in the recipe..tho it;s not easy to find applesauce here in my place but i think that's a good reminder!

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