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TOOTHACHE CURE
IN VIRGINIA, THEY TAKE THE PATIENT BEFORE SUNRISE TO A
CHURCHYARD, WHERE HE MUST SIT DOWN UNDER A FIR TREE. THEN
THEY MAKE WITH A KNIFE AN INCIISION IN THE TREE AND PEEL OFF THE
BARK. THE GUMS ARE SCRATCHED TO THE POINT OF BLEEDING, AND AFTER
INSERTING A FEW DROPS OF THE BLOOD INTO THE TREE WOUND, THEY RE-
TURN THE BARK TO ITS PLACE. NO THIRD PERSON SHOULD BE ALLOWED
TO WITNESS THE PERFORMANCE.

Submitter comment: THIS TOOTHACE CURE WAS TOLD TO ME BY A FORMER NEIGHBOR WHO WAS A
NATIVE OF VIRGINIA AND OF GERMAN BACKGROUND. SHE HAS SINCE
MOVED BACK TO THE SOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING

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

Date learned: 00001930S

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ARTHRITIS CURE

SHE WEARS A COPPER BRACELET THAT LOOKS LIKE A KEY CHAIN
BUT IS A LITTLE LONGER.

Submitter comment: SHE IS A COLORED LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE WHO LEARNED THIS CURE
FROM HER FAMILY WHEN YOUNG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NEGRO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Surgery

Date learned: 03-18-1967

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REMEDIES

TAKING ZINC AND PINEAPPLE JUICE A FEW DAYS BEFORE HAVING DENTAL
SURGERY, WILL HELP EASE THE PAIN AND ANY COMPLICATIONS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Surgery

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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BLOOD CIRCULATES IN DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE BODY ACCORDING TO
THE SIGN OF THE MOON. IF YOU HAVE A TOOTH PULLED UNDER THE
WRONG SIGN OF THE MOON, WHEN THE BLOOD IS CONCENTRATED IN
THE HEAD, YOU WILL BLEED TO DEATH.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT COULD NOT REMEMBER THE SIGN OF THE MOON.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): ALMANAC

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Surgery

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CURE FOR STRINGHALT IN HORSES:
SPLIT THE SKIN ON THE INSIDE OF THE AFFECTED LEG FOUR
INCHES ABOVE THE HOOF OVER THE MAIN MIDDLE VEIN OF THE
LEG. UNDERNEATH THE VEIN YOU WILL FIND A SMALL CHORD
ABOUT THE SIZE OF REP STRAW. THIS TAKEN UP WITH AN AWL
OR SOME LIKE SMALL INSTRUMENT AND CUT INTO WILL
UNDOUBTEDLY CURE. THE OPERATOR MUST BE CAREFUL AND NOT
CUT THE VEIN OR ANY OF THE SWINEWES (SIC) OF THE LEG AND
THERE ARE SEVERAL IN THAT REGION OF THE LEG. WASH THE
WOUND TWICE EVERYDAY WITH WARM SOAP SUDS UNTIL HEALED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

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

Date learned: 10-17-1973

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YOU SHOULDN'T PULL A TOOTH BEFORE CHECKING TO SEE THAT THE
SIGN OF THE MOON SAYS THERE'S NO BLOOD IN THE HEAD. IF THE
SIGN SAYS THERE'S BLOOD IN THE HEAD, DON'T PULL ANY TEETH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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SUPERSTITION

YOU SHOULDN'T CUT A BABY'S FINGERNAILS BEFORE IT'S A YEAR OLD.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Surgery

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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TO GET RID OF A WART

PUT ON A STRING ON A ROCK WHERE YOU NEVER WALK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SHELBYVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Surgery

Date learned: 05-27-1972

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