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Is That OK? No, It's Not

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In his 1740 bestseller "Primitive Physick, or, An Easy and natural Method of Curing Most Diseases," British evangelist John Wesley suggested a two-week diet consisting only of boiled carrots for treating asthma.

For heart palpitations, Wesley prescribed a pint of cold water and dabbing a vinegar-soaked rag to the forehead.

For toothaches, he advised electrotherapy.

And for the prevention of nosebleeds, he recommended application of a red-hot poker beneath the nose or, barring that, burning a linen rag soaked in vinegar and inhaling the smoke through a straw.

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