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A CURE FOR BOILS

MY GRANDFATHER, FRANK PIAZZA, HAD A SMALL SISTER WHO HAD A VERY
LARGE BOIL ON HER CHEEK OF HER FACE WHEN SHE WAS TWO YEARS OLD. HER
PARENTS TOOK HER TO DOCTORS AND THE RESULTS WERE ALWAYS THE SAME, "WE
COULD OPERATE BUT THERE WOULD BE A LARGE VISIBLE SCAR."
MY GRANDFATHER'S PARENTS THOUGHT IT OVER, AND REMEMBERED A "BOIL
CURE" FROM THEIR OWN PARENTS.
THE CURE WAS TO ALWAYS KEEP GOOSE FAT ON THE BOIL, AND EVENTUALLY IT
WILL DISAPPEAR.
THE PARENTS DID THIS TO THEIR LITTLE GIRL, AND THE BOIL FINALLY WENT
AWAY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A PIAZZA FAMILY CURE THAT HAS BEEN IN THE PIAZZA FAMILY FOR
MANY, MANY YEARS. THIS CURE HAS BEEN PUT TO USE THREE TIMES IN THAT
FAMILY, AND EACH TIME IT HAS WORKED.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; ITALY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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WART REMEDY

PUT A PIECE OF RAW MEAT UPON A WART, BURY THE MEAT, WHEN THE MEAT
ROTS, YOUR WART WILL BE GONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

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 -- Animal

Date learned: 11-15-1973

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MEANS OF AVOIDING ILLNESS

THE HAIR FROM A DOG WHICH HAS BITTEN YOU IS AN ANTIDOTE AGAINST
EVIL CONSEQUENCES IF GIVEN BY THE OWNER TO THE PERSON BITTEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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SORE THROAT

A CURE FOR A SORE THROAT IS TO PLACE RAW BACON IN A RAG AND WRAP
IT AROUND YOUR NECK

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 11-03-1972

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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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TO CURE CANCER EAT THE BRAIN OF A FRESHLY KILLED MONKEY.

Submitter comment: DONE BY INFORMANT'S UNCLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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ANOTHER THING THE GYPSIES SAID WAS THAT IF A PERSON HAD A SORE
HEEL TO TAKE FRESH COW MANURE AND HEAT IT UNTIL IT WAS HOT.
TAKE YOUR HEEL AND PUT IT IN THE HOT COW MANURE AND THIS TAKES
THE SORENESS OUT OF YOUR HEEL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-20-1972

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BABY'S COLD

2 DROPS OF MELTED BUTTER TO AS MANY MONTHS OLD AS THE BABY IS.

Where learned: OHIO ; LUCAS COUNTY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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REMEDY

WHENEVER A BABY IS TEETHING A CRICKET NEST PLACED IN A BAG AND TIED
AROUND THE BABY'S NECK WILL EASE THE TEETHING. THE INFORMANT NEVER
SAW THIS TECHNIQUE USED, BUT WAS INFORMED OF IT BY HIS MOTHER, WHEN
HE AND HIS WIFE HAD THEIR FIRST CHILD.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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HOME CURES

THE FOLLOWING CURE IS GOOD FOR BODILY ACHES AND PAINS.
SOAK BREAD IN MILK AND PLACE IT ON THE AFFLICTED AREA.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Keyword(s): Affliction ; AILMENT ; BREAD ; CURE ; Curing ; Homeopathy ; Milk ; PAIN ; Relief ; REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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HOME CURES

THE FOLLOWING CURE IS GOOD FOR BODILY ACHES AND PAINS.
PLACE HORSE MANURE IN A BAG AND HOLD IT ON THE AFFLICTED AREA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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WARTS

TO GET RID OF WARTS, TIE A HORSE HAIR AROUND IT. THEN THE WARTS
WILL FALL OFF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MAGIC CIRCLE? TRANSFER?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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THE WAY TO GET RID OF AN EAR ACHE, IS TO GET A BETSY BUG, WHICH
ONLY HAS TWO DROPS OF BLOOD IN IT, PULL HIS HEAD OFF WHILE STANDING
OVER THE PERSON WITH THE EAR ACHE, AND LET THE TWO DROPS OF BLOOD
FALL IN THE INFECTED EAR. THE EAR ACHE WILL DISAPPEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER DID THIS FOR HER EAR ACHE WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.
HER MOTHER WOULD GET UP EARLY EVERY MORNING FOR THREE MORNINGS
AND CRAWL UNDER THE HOUSE AND DIG UNTIL SHE FOUND A BETSY BUG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 12-07-1971

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RELIEF FOR ASTHMA SUFFERERS

SUFFERERS FROM ASTHMA SHOULD GET A MUSKRAT SKIN AND WEAR IT OVER
THEIR LUNGS, WITH THE FUR SIDE NEXT TO THEIR BODY.
IT WILL BRING CERTAIN RELIEF.

Data entry tech comment: THERE IS 1 OTHER SIMILAR REFERENCE IN THIS SECTION OF ARCHIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 01-26-1968

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CURE FOR BLACK EYE

WHEN YOU HAVE A BLACK EYE GO TO A CREEK AND FIND A LEECH
AND PUT IT ON YOUR EYE AND IT WILL DRAW BLOOD OUT.

Data entry tech comment: THERE IS ONE OTHER REFERENCE IN ARCHIVE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 03-08-1972

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FOLK CURE

TO GET RID OF A BLOOD CLOT, PUT A LEECH ON THE SPOT WHERE
THE BLOOD CLOT IS FOUND.

Submitter comment: FROM HER MOTHER, MRS. METZEN, OF ENGLISH DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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CURE FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO BARBERS WOULD BLEED CUSTOMERS WITH LEECHES
TO CURE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

Where learned: LETTER ; NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 02-01-1971

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CURE

PUT A LEECH ON A BRUISE AND IT WILL SUCK OUT THE BAD BLOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 03-21-1972

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REMEDY

SOME CHINESE PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT CANCER CAN BE CURED
BY EATING THE BRAINS OF A MONKEY.
THE BRAINS SHOULD BE THOSE OF A RECENTLY KILLED MONKEY,
AND THEY ARE EATEN RAW.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS HIS UNCLE TRIED THIS METHOD OF CURE,
WITH APPARENT SUCCESS.
THIS STORY CONCERNING HIS UNCLE'S SUPPOSED CURE
WAS LATER PUBLISHED IN A CHINESE NEWSPAPER.
THIS STORY IS NOT BELIEVED BY INFORMANT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD ; MONKEY CURE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 02-23-1972

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POWDERED MILK FACIAL

TO REMOVE WRINKLES AND RELAX THE FACE MUSCLES,
ADD ENOUGH WATER TO A BOWLOF MILK POWDER TO FORM A THICK PASTE.
SPREAD IT EVENLY OVER THE ENTIRE FACE AND THROAT,
AND LET IT SET FOR ABOUT TEN MINUTES.
REMOVE GENTLY BY SPLASHING THE HARDENED MASK WITH WARM WATER
UNTIL IT BEGINS TO DISSOLVE;
THEN WASH FACE IN WARM WATER AND SOAP, DRY, AND APPLY MOISTURE CREAM.

Submitter comment: THIS METHOD IS QUITE EFFECTIVE
BUT SHOULD NOT BE USED TOO FRQUENTLY.
BECAUSE IT TENDS TO DRY THE SKIN.
MY INFORMANT OBTAINED THE INFORMATION FROM HER BEAUTY OPERATOR.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): BEAUTY TREATMENTS ; COMPLEXION ; FACIALS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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