Mary Poppins said a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down, but can you substitute Vaseline for sugar? Apparently, Vaseline inventor Robert Chesebrough thought so. He took a spoonful of Vaseline every day until he died—at age 96. Since then, the company has taken a step back, though their website still states that their product is “perfectly safe”—for external use.
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
The 25th ergot-derived substance developed by Albert Hoffmann in 1930, the Switzerland-based chemist discovered LSD’s hallucinogenic effects after he “accidentally” consumed the substance. A Los Angeles-based doctor even prescribed it for his patients, many of whom were among the Hollywood elite. Despite the drug’s euphoric and psychedelic effects, Hoffmann stood by his product for many years, reportedly having used LSD hundreds of times before his death at age 102 in 2008. It was outlawed in the United States in 1967.
Used to dilate pupils and transform women into “belladonnas” or “beautiful ladies” during the Italian Renaissance, such beauty came with some major risks, earning the plant the nickname, “deadly nightshade”.
Eli Lilly sold belladonna in the early 1900s, and in December 2017, the FDA proposed new legislature regulating the sales of homeopathic belladonna products for babies. However, eye drops derived from belladonna (atropine) are still considered safe enough to dilate your beautiful eyes at the doctor’s office.