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SICK PERSONS WHO SEE A SHOTTING STAR WILL RECOVER IN ONE
MONTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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CURE FOR INDIGESTION

SAID HIS FATHER ALWAYS TOLD HIM THAT IF HE DRANK A YOUNG BABY'S
URINE IT WOULD CURE HIS INDIGESTION.

Submitter comment: SAID HIS FATHER SWORE BY IT BUT HE NEVER HAD THE GUTS TO DO IT
HIMSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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BURDOCK-FEVER REDUCER

BOIL BURDOCK IN WATER, ADD SUGAR TO THE WATER, AND DRINK IT.

Submitter comment: HIS GRANDMOTHER USED IT ON HIM SEVERAL TIMES, SAID IT WORKED.
BURDOCK IS A COARSE, WEEDY PLANT HAVING LARGE, HEART-SHAPED LEAVES
AND PURPLISH FLOWERS SURROUNDED BY HOOKED BRISTLES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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HOW TO PREVENT BLISTERING IF BADLY SUNBURNED.

GREASE AFFECTED AREA(S) WITH VASELINE AND COVER WITH LETTUCE LEAVES,
THEN WRAP WITH A TORN SHEET OR OTHER LIGHT MATERIAL TO HOLD LEAVES
IN PLACE. NO BLISTERING WILL OCCUR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVES THE CURE FOR HE SAW HIS MOTHER DO IT TO HIS
BROTHER AND SAID IT WORKED.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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REVERSING A BABY'S SLEEP CYCLE

IF YOU WANT TO REVERSE A BABY'S SLEEP CYCLE YOU TURN IT HEAD OVER
HEELS AND THE SLEEP CYCLE WILL REVERSE.

Submitter comment: SAID HE DIDN'T REALLY BELIEVE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION POSITION ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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CURE FOR CHAPPED HANDS

INFORMANT SAID HIS FATHER TOLD HIM THAT TO CURE CHAPPED HANDS ALL
HE HAD TO DO WAS TO URINATE ON THEM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FOUND THE IDEA REVOLTING BUT SAID HIS FATHER DID IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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METHOD OF CURE

IF A PERSON OR BABY HAS BEEN ADMIRED (HAIR, LOOKS, DRESS, ETC.), THE
ADMIRER MUST TOUCH THAT WHICH THEY ADMIRED OR ELSE IF THE BABY (OR
OTHER) DEVELOPS A FEVER, THEY WILL CALL THE MEDICINE MAN OR WOMAN TO
CURE THEIR BABY. THE CURE IS A FRESH EGG DRAWN IN A CROSS OVER THE
PERSON WHILE SAYING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS, AND A HAIL MARY, OUR
FATHER OR AN ACT OF CONTRITION. THEY THEN DREW A CROSS OVER THE SICK
PERSON'S EYES, NOSE, MOUTH, HEAD, FOREHEAD, BODY, AND LEGS WHILE
SAYING 2 MORE PRAYERS(3 IN ALL), THE HAIL MARY , OUR FATHER OR ACT OF
CONTRITION. THEY THEN BROKE THE EGG INTO A DISH WHILE SAYING THE
CREED. FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON, AS THEY BROKE THE EGG, AN EYE
APPEARED IN THE CENTER OF THE YOLK. THE YOLK SOMETIMES APPEARED TO BE
PARTIALLY COOKED. I KNOW IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT I SAW IT MYSELF.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL IN TEXAS.
SHE WAS TAUGHT THIS BY HER MOTHER OR GRANDPARENTS, PRIMARILY HER
GRANDMOTHER. THE INFORMANT DIDN'T SEEM TO COMPLETELY BELIEVE THE
SUPERSTITION, BUT SHE SAID SHE HAD SEEN IT HAPPEN. AND SHE SAID SHE
SAW THE METHOD WORK ON A LITTLE GIRL. SHE DIDN'T WHOLEHEARTEDLY
BELIEVE IN THE SUPERSTITION, THOUGH.
THIS IS ACTUALLY A CURE FOR THE EVIL EYE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-10-1973

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WARTS

IF YOU HAVE A WART, RUB IT WITH A POTATOE, BURY IT UNDER A FULL
MOON AT MIDNIGHT, AND WHEN IT ROTS, YOUR WART WILL BE GONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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SORE THROAT

IF YOU TIE GARLIC AROUND YOUR NECK IT WILL CURE A SORE THROAT

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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BELIEF

YOU GO OUT IN THE SPRING MORNING DEW TO WASH YOUR FACE TO REMOVE ALL
ACNE PIMPLES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER 30 YEARS AGO. SHE DOES NOT
BELIEVE IT TO BE TRUE BUT HER MOTHER DID.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1942

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BELIEF

AN OLD POLISH BELIEF IS TO PUT ON A TOPAZ NECKLACE TO DRAW OUT }
INFECTION FROM THE HUMAN BODY AND AS THE NECKLACE DISCOLORS
IT SHOWS IT IS WORKING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER FIRMLY BELIEVED THIS AND INFORMANT
SAID THE BEADS
ACTUALLY DID DISCOLOR BUT SHE HERSELF DIDN'T HOLD IT TO BE TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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BELIEF

IF YOU WEAR A RAG SATURATED WITH HUMAN SWEAT IT WILL CURE ACNE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER GIRL FRIENDS AT SCHOOL AND DOES NOT
HOLD IT TO BE TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSPIRATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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HANGOVER CURE

ONE WAY TO GET RID OF A HANGOVER IS TO BEAT A RAW EGG INTO THE DRINK
YOU WERE DRINKING THE NIGHT BEFORE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAYS THIS CURE ONLY MAKES MATTERS WORSE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-13-1972

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WHEN A GIRL HAS VERY LONG HAIR; AND IS VERY SKINNY; CUT HER HAIR AND
SHE WILL GAIN WEIGHT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Remedy

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TEA MIXED WITH HONEY AND LEMON WILL CURE A COLD.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001960S

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CURE

REMEDY FOR ACHES AND PAINS RESULTING FROM PHYSICAL LABOR:
1 TABLESPOON TURPENTINE AND SUGAR; DRINK

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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MY COUSIN HAD VERY SORE EYES AND NO HELP COULD BE FOUND. ONE
DAY AS THE GYPSIES WERE GOING BY MY AUNT RAN OUT AND ASKED A
GYPSY WOMAN WHAT COULD BE DONE FOR HER SON'S EYES. THE GYPSY
WOMAN WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND TOLD MY AUNT TO TAKE A BOTTLE AND
GO TO A PARTICULAR SPRING, FILL THE BOTTLE WITH SPRING WATER
AND EVERY SUNRISE WASH HIS EYES OUT WITH THE SPRING WATER. I
SAW THIS CLEAR UP MY COUSIN'S EYES. THIS TOOK PLACE IN
SCOTLAND WHERE I LIVED AS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SCOTLAND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-20-1972

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HAY FEVER

HALF OF A SOUP BOWL FULL OF HORSE RADISH, FILL REST OF BOWL
WITH HONEY. EAT SIX TEASPOONS FULL BEFOREEACH MEAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-01-1972

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BURNS

FOR BURNS APPLY SPIRITS OF PEPPERMINT DIRECTLY TO THE BURNS.
THIS IS GOOD FOR THE PAIN AND AIDS IN HEALING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-01-1972

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PERSON KNOCKED OUT

HALF CUP OF VINEGAR
TWO TABLESPOONS OF SODA
TAKE THE VINEGAR AND SODA AND DISSOLVE THEM TOGETHER, THIS
MIXTURE WILL WAKE THE PERSON UP QUICKLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): UNCONSCIOUS INSENSIBLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-01-1972

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