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TO STOP A HEADACHE PUT LEECHES ON THE FOREHEAD.

Submitter comment: THE LEECHES DRAW THE PAIN FROM THE HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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FOR AN EASY CHILD BIRTH PUT AN ALLIGATOR HEAD OVER THE DOOR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT DID NOT KNOW OF AN INSTANCE WHERE THIS WAS USED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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TO REMOVE WARTS TIE A HORSE HAIR AROUND THE WART AND SAY,
''WART GO AWAY WITH THE HORSE.''

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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METHOD OF CURING WITH GOOSE GREASE

TAKE THE GREASE FROM A COOKED GOOSE AND RUB IT ON YOUR CHEST TO CURE A COLD
I DO NOT KWOW IF THIS WORKS, BUT I HAVE HEARD IT FROM A LOT OF
PEOPLE.

Submitter comment: NONE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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REMEDY

RUB GOOSE GREASE ON YOUR THROAT TO CURE A CHEST COLD & CONGESTION.

Where learned: HOME ; OHIO ; TOLEDO

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

Date learned: 03-00-1979

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REMEDY

EATING SNAKE MEAT WILL CURE RHEUMATISM.

Submitter comment: HE HEARD THIS FROM HIS GRANDMOTHER, WHO SAID IT WORKED FOR HER. YOU
HAVE TO EAT IT REGULARLY IN ORDER FOR IT TO DO ANY GOOD. RATTLESNAKE
MEAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE BEST.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MEXICAN-AMERICAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 03-00-1979

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REMEDY

A CURE FOR A SORE THROAT IS GOOSE GREASE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ORIGINALLY A FRENCH-CANADIAN CURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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REMEDY

TO REMOVE A SPLINTER, A PIECE OF RAW BACON SHOULD BE APPLIED TO THE
AREA WHICH IS THEN COVERED UP WITH A TOWEL. THE TOWEL SHOULD BE
SECURED IN SOME WAY AND THEN ALLOWED TO REMAIN ON THE PERSON
OVERNIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 11-12-1979

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SORE THROAT CURE

IF YOU HAVE A SORE THROAT, GARGLE WITH HERRING JUICE.

Submitter comment: THIS CURE IS BASED ON THE MEDICINAL POWERS OF SALT. (HERRING
JUICE IS MOSTLY SALT.) THIS CURE IS CONSIDERED VILE, BUT EFFECTIVE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: CA00001916 ; 01-13-1980

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A CURE FOR TUBERCULOSIS.

IN VERACRUZ IT IS BELIEVED THAT TUBERCULOSIS CAN BE CURED BY DRINKIN
THE WARM BLOOD OF A FRESHLY SLAUGHTERED COW..

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): MEXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 04-00-1980

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GERMAN-AMERICAN REMEDY

WRAPPING LIMBERGER CHEESE IN A TOWEL AND PLACING IT OVER THE
THROAT WILL CURE A SORE THROAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: CA00001930

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GERMAN-AMERICAN REMEDY

PIN A STRIP OF BACON OR SALT PORK TO A PIECE OF FLANNEL AND LAY
IT OVER THE THROAT TO CURE A SORE THROAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: CA00001920

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FOLK CURE AND REMEDY

MIX SPIDER WEBS WITH SOFT BREAD AND PUT IT ON A SORE TO HELP IT
HEAL FASTER.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT FIRST HEARD OF THIS FOLK REMEDY AROUND 1910 IN
POLAND. SCIENCE DOES NOT SEEM TO BE INVOLVED WITH THIS, SUGGESTING
THAT IT WILL SURVIVE LONGER. THE COLLECTOR CAN FIND NO REASON WHY
A SPIDER WEB WOULD PROMOTE HEALING OTHER THAN THE ASSOCIATION THAT
SPIDERS KILL UNWANTED THINGS (FLIES AND BUGS, ETC.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1980 ; CA00001910

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REMEDY

RAW BACON WITH PEPPER MAKES A POULTICE FOR DRAWING OUT PAIN OR
SORENESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00001930S

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REMEDY

WHEN YOU HAVE A STONE BRUISE YOU CAN DRAW OUT THE SORENESS BY
PUTTING COW MANURE IN YOUR SOCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

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

Date learned: 00001930S

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CURE FOR COUGH

GOOSE GREASE ON NECK WITH A FLANNEL CLOTH WRAPPED AROUND THE THROAT
WAS USED TO CURE COUGHS.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER REASSURED ME WITHOUT ANY DOUBT THAT THIS REMEDY FROM
POLAND WORKED WELL.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1930

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CURE FOR BOILS

COW MANURE PUT ON CHEESE CLOTH AND WRAPPED AROUND AN OPEN WOUND OR
BOIL WAS USED FOR HEALING.

Submitter comment: THE BAD THING MY GRANDMOTHER FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS REMEDY FROM
CHICAGO WAS THAT ITS USE LED TO ISOLATION FOR AWHILE.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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USING BUTTER TO FREE GUM FROM ONE OF HER PLAYFUL GRANDCHILDREN'S HAIR
WAS ONE OF THE FOLK REMEDIES I REMEMBER FROM MY CHILDHOOD.

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER THIS FOLK REMEDY BECAUSE MY GRANDMOTHER ADMINISTERED IT
ON ME QUITE A FEW TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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SUPERSTITION

IF A PERSON HAS TAPE WORMS, ONE CURE FOR THEM IS TO PLACE A BOWL
OF RAW EGGS IN FRONT OF THE PATIENT AND THE WORMS WILL CRAWL UP THE
THROAT AND INTO THE BOWL.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS STATED WITH A GRUESOME SMILE. SHE HEARD OF IT AS A CHILD
FROM HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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MEDICINE

WHEN A MAN BREAKS HIS LEG, HE GOES TO A HERBALIST. THE HERBALIST
BREAKS THE SAME LEG OF A CHICKEN AND TREATS THE CHICKEN'S LEG. THE
HEALING THAT THE CHICKEN EXPERIENCES IS THE SAME THAT YOUR LEG WILL
EXPERIENCE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE IN NIGERIA

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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