Friday, March 2, 2018

Snake Oil Scam!

When you hear about snake oil, it almost always brings with it an image of fly-by-night scammers who sell some worthless product and then disappear. But, is this really the scam of snake oil?

Over the past few years, I have seen a number of things that have shown me not to trust either the media or some government agencies. However, not in my wildest dreams would I have thought that the real scam of snake oil is that it actually worked and had reasons to work but was given a completely bad rap.

The origin of snake oil was in China where the oil was extracted from a water snake and was applied to sore muscles among other things to provide relief.

When Chinese workers came to the US, they brought this "snake oil" with them, occasionally sharing it with other workers here who were amazed at its effectiveness. As it became popular, American entrepreneurs, seeking a source of wealth, started by killing snakes such as rattle snakes to extract their oil. As time progressed, more things were added and the amount of oil was actually diluted.

Soon, what was often called by the name snake oil had little snake oil in it, if any at all. When the US medical profession started trying to consolidate its power for the purpose of promoting pharmaceuticals, they took advantage of this, having snake oils prohibited and forced off of the market claiming that they were worthless trash. True, many did not have any significant snake oil or may have had none at all, but they may have even had a basis for functionality.

As fate would have it, California neurophysiology researcher Richard Kunin made the connection between Chinese water snakes and omega-3 fatty acids in the 1980s and an article was published in Scientific American about 2007. Apparently, the Chinese water snake oil contained 20 percent EPA, apparently more than salmon oil has. The importance of this was not realized for a number of years because the importance of EPA and DHA had not been made publicly available.

Even beyond this, some American Indian tribes also actually used Rattlesnake oils to treat arthritic pain. This is despite the fact that Rattlesnake oil has very little Omega 3's such as EPA and DHA. What I submit here is that there may well be something else in snake oil that is beneficial to healing joint and muscle injuries and further research is needed.

Additionally, this shows a common thread of how the medical industry and the FDA strive to take away things that are truly beneficial by giving a black eye to any competing products or services.

Some of the fake snake oils were:
Old Fashioned Snake Oil, produced by C.F. Sams of Durham, N.C., which contained mustard oil, pine oil, petroleum oil, paprika, camphor gum, and oil of wintergreen.
Clark Stanley’s Snake Oil Liniment ..., revealed that it contained mineral oil, red pepper (which warms the skin), traces of turpentine or camphor (for a medicine smell), and just 1 percent of fatty oil,

Looking at the contents of these so called "snake oils" do you not see a number of things that are used by many today for the same purposes.

While they used a misleading name, they were likely providing helpful products that were forced off of the market in favor of pharmaceuticals that were more profitable for the medical industry.

The best point that I can present here is if you see something that the powers that be, the government, the pharmaceutical industry, the media, etc. refers to as being "snake oil"  or a scam, think for yourself. Is this really a scam or are they trying to take something away from us through deceptive actions?

Thanks to information found in these and  other sources.
2018 Farmer's Almanac

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